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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

A Quick CASE

A swap from our recent training event caught my eye. Although I didn't own the stamp set used on the original (by Sara Sayers), I knew the basic colour combo could be used with different stamps and would be perfect for my Coffee & Card. I also substituted a punch for the dies used on Sara's card.


The base card is Berry Burst, topped by a layer of Grapefruit Grove and finished off with our stamped images on Whisper White card.
I used the sprig from First Frost, such a lovely stamp set which I almost didn't buy! This was stamped in both Berry Burst and Pumpkin Pie ink. I chose a fairly dry old olive ink pad for the leaves, deliberately not reinking it so that the final image was soft and faded. The stamp is from the Painted Harvest stamp set. 
I punched a piece of Berry Burst card with the Story Label punch and a piece of Whisper White with the Classic Label punch. Onto the white I stamped a greeting from Itty Bitty Birthdays then assembled both labels onto the card, finishing with two rhinestones.
A simple but quite pretty card which could be made in various colour combinations using a variety of stamps in your stash.
A handy style to have in your stash.
I wonder which stamps you'd have chosen?
Have a good week,
Lesley

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Chop Up That DSP!

With our monthly Just For Fun class imminent I knew I wanted to showcase the pretty free Saleabration Botanical Butterfly DSP. I felt that, as whole sheets, the pack wasn't really 'Me' but that it would be transformed once cut into smaller pieces. We tend to hoard pretty paper and try not to cut into it. By cutting into the sheets in this pack, along with using the reverse of some sheets to showcase the black and white monochrome, this pack of DSP is so much more usable. Add to that the fact that the Butterfly Duet punch perfectly matched some of the images and my cards were starting to take shape.
Having said all this, my first card doesn't have any DSP!
Our first card has a thick whisper white base card with a layer of basic grey, topped with another white layer,
Using smoky slate and a stamp from Artisan Textures we stated to create a background. Using a second stamp from the same set an Frost White Shimmer Paint, we stamped around the edges of the first stamp.
Now a black stamped sentiment from the Lift Me Up stamp set
We then punched a butterfly from the DSP, adding more Shimmer paint. this was attached with a Stampin' Dimensional.




The second card is a little more formal looking. The same pack of DSP, this time with a couple of pieces of Black and Silver Striped Metallic Ribbon. The butterfly is mounted on a piece of Window Sheet which has been die cut wit one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.


And the inside...


On our next card we injected a little colour with a cople of Stampin' Blends and a silver element by die cutting with a die from the Frosted Bouquet Framelits and Silver Foil card.



For our fourth card I chose the lemon lime twist ribbon from the Saleabration
Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack. Such a shame that stocks of this pretty ribbon were depleted so quickly - though I'm not surprised that everyone wanted it! When the ladies made their cards they were given a choice of colour.


Here are a few of the cards made by the class ladies and some photos from one of the groups showing them having crafty fun!...







I love getting together with my class ladies, their enthusiasm is infectious and we have such fun!
If you think you'd like to join us then contact me - you can email lesleylendon@gmail.com
I look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Amazing Life!

Today I'm sharing a card which we made at a Coffee and Card session early last month.
The stamp set - Amazing Life, is one that I wasn't overly sure about when I first received it but I really love the card that we made!



The Happy Birthday stamp is used lightly down the right hand side of the base card in Smoky Slate (and no, I didn't use my Stamparatus, I did that freehand!) with the main sentiment in bold Pacific Point towards the bottom right hand corner.
The cake is stamped in black on a separate piece of Whisper White, coloured in with Watercolour Pencils - Melon Mambo and Daffodil Yellow, with a little Wink of Stella on top - then punched out using a large circle punch. From a piece of Pacific Point cardstock we punched with the Starburst Punch and glued this behind the cake image. This was placed on top of a small strip of White Flax Ribbon which had been daubed with Melon Mambo ink, before being attached to our base card. Our card was finished off with a few retired sequins from my stash. I love that you can still some of the white on the Flax Ribbon, it gives it more depth and texture.




By using a plain thick Whisper White base card, this colours on this card could easily be changed up to suit the recipient or to work with whatever colour Stampin' Pads you own. You really don't need to own them all to reproduce this card.
Below are pictures of some of the ladies getting 'inky'.






Have you got a stamp set that you're not sure about? Why not pull it out today and see what you can make - you might be surprised by the result!
Have a good week,
Lesley

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Not The Nicest Cards To Send

Sympathy cards are the cards we all wish we didn't need to send. What can you say to make life easier for someone who is dealing with the death of a loved one. I tend not to make anything too fanciful or with lots of words,preferring something quite simple instead.
Here is a recent sympathy card I sent out.


The base is thick Whisper White. I stamped the triple dandelion stamp from Dandelion Wishes onto regular Whisper White using Versamark and then covered it in clear embossing powder before heating it. Next I daubed Soft Seafoam ink over the image. Then I took another piece of Whisper White, cut a square from the front using a die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits, placed the stamped image behind the aperture and attached both pieces to the front of my base card. 
Despite appearance, the sentiment was also stamped in Soft Seafoam.
I'm hoping that I don't need to make another sympathy card for a long time!
Have a good week,
Lesley

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Frosty Birthday

Morning! I hope it's bright and sunny where you are.
Today I'm sharing a brithday card I made for a friend called Lisa who was celebrating her birthday last month.
I pulled out a stamp set which was featured in our Autumn/Winter catalogue but which I hadn't yet opened. It was part of a bundle with coordinating dies, no longer a bundle, these items can still be purchased individually.
In contrast to our current weather, the stamp set is called First Frost. The dies are Frosted Bouquet Framelits. Here is the card I created for Lisa..



I used soft colours - Mint Macaron and Highland Heather with Soft Seafoam and a touch of Tranquil Tide to add depth.
The front of the base card has been embossed with the suitably named Subtle TIEF embossing folder. As you can see above, the envelope has also been stamped to match.
This is the inside of the card...


The bottom edge has been stamped with the same set and the words dies cut using the Well Written dies.
Loving the gentle images on this card, I only wish I'd purchased and used them sooner!
I hope Lisa had a very happy day.
Wishing you all a very happy weekend!
Lesley 

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Not To Be Missed! - Coordinating SAB Products

This week saw the second release Saleabration leaflet. you will by now, no doubt, be accustomed to having a fresh batch of SAB goodies to earn FREE on your qualifying order before the end of March and below I'll share the leaflet detailing the items.
What you won't have seen before is the 'Not To Be Missed' Coordinating Saleabration Products. These items have been carefully selected to coordinate with some of the existing Saleabration items, thereby extending your scope for creativity! Like SAB items, these coordinating products are only availbale for a limited time - until 31 March or whilst supplies last.
So, without further ado, we'll cut straight to the Coordinating Products -here are the all the goodies 

You can shop for these coordinating items online at the link by clicking the image, below but why not take a look at the new SAB leaflet first so that when your item reaches £45 you know exactly which free gift you'd love to have!


It's easy to see what the cupcakes, frogs and lily pair up with but what about the Four Seasons Framelits and More Than Words stamp set?
You'll find more of the Fours Seasons in the Saleabration 2nd Release leaflet. There's a stampset and beautiful DSP to go with the dies above. They are bundled together and you can earn the stamps and DSP on a £90 order.
As for the More Than Words stamps, they pair up with a few of the SAB stamp sets to extend yuor creativity.
The Story Label Punch is just a useful tool in it's own right. Such a great shape.
Now let's get back to saleabration. As you will know, the SAB free items are whilst stock lasts and you've all managed to deplete the total 3 month supply of Organdy Ribbon! Soon to go will be the Grapefruit Gove & Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets along with the Precious Parcel Card Kit. The latest item to be reaching for a sell out is the Buterfly Elements. Saleabration is a super time to get a ton of freebies. Don't despair at the items mentioned above because our second release adds some new products.
Check them out in the leaflet below, just click on the image to view...


Shop here on the image below to earn your free SAB goodies!


Free SAB items available whilst stock lasts, or until 31st March so get yours while you can!
Happy shopping!
Lesley

Saturday, 16 February 2019

A Couple Of Thanks

I am often in need of Thank You cards, sometimes for customers and at other times simply because someone has done a random act of kindness - RAK - for me.
Last month, in addition to customer cards, I needed two RAK cards. Both were for colleagues, one who'd gone out of her way to help me and the other had given me a super gift of a bag with colourful dogs on the outside, inside was a pair of secateurs.
Now, you may well wonder why. Our bulldog Lily is always snacking on our garden shrubs and is not averse to chewing the branches. At least with the secateurs I could cut them off cleanly rather than have her leave them all ragged!
My 'Go To' stamp set for these cards was the Incredible Like You set. The cards are almost identical but that doesn't diminish the good wishes sent therein.
Here is the first which is in portrait position, the second picture shows the matching envelope too.





The second card is a tent shape card, shown below and then again with envelope. No naked envelopes here!



It seems I made a bit of a booboo here as the 's' got misaligned whilst the glue was still wet and I didn't notice!
Both cards are in Night of Navy, Old Olive and Crushed Curry. On the second card the flowers were done using two step stamping. 
I love this set which is a 'Distinktive' set, meaning that the stamps give photo realistic style images. There are several 'Distinktive' stamp sets in the current catalogues.
This die cut 'thanks' on the second card is cut using the Well Written Framelits dies.
If you'd like to view the products online, click on the links below


The dies are also available as a bundle with the coordinating stamp set at a 10% saving over the individual prices. Click HERE for more information.
I do hope the recipients liked these cards and I thank them both for their kindness. So thankful to have such lovely people around me!
I hope that you are fortunate enough to need to make some Thank You cards this week. It's great to send thanks.
Lesley