Annual Catalogue

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Dandelion Wishes

The stamp set Dandelion Wishes was one of the first sets to catch my eye in the new catalogue so I was especially pleased to get a chance to create with it.

My first card is stamped and heat embossed onto vellum. I'd prepared a piece of white card some while ago after using reinkers. The inks were in strong orange and green shades, I overlaid the vellum onto this which softened the strong colours, adding a piece of white polka dot tulle ribbon over which I'd attached leaf ribbon.
I sent it as an anniversary card.

My second card was for a birthday this weekend.
I masked off the edges of white card, stamped with Versamark ink and, using white embossing powder, I heat embossed the image. Next I sponged petal pink ink onto the exposed area. The sentiment is from my pre-SU stash.
Removing the masking, the card was mounted first onto copper foil sheets then onto a petal pink base.
Of course, no bare envelopes so that was stamped to match!

I was quite pleased with the end results on both cards. I hope the recipients liked them too! Maybe they'll give you a couple of ideas to create something to send.
If you'd like to purchase any of the products use then either click on the shop link  (to the right if you're on blogger or above if you're on my website) or click on the images below.

Have a good week!
Dandelion Wishes    146747       £19

Copper Foil Sheets     142020         £3.75

Vellum A4 Cardstock    106584          £8.25

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Appreciate Amazing Alaska!

Tomorrow my upline Natalie and 3 other team members will be travelling off to enjoy the Stampin' Up! Incentive trip to Alaska.
Below I'm sharing the card I made to send to Natalie.

We were fortunate to visit last year to celebrate my BIG birthday and had a wonderful time. Flying to Vancouver then on a cruise up to Anchorage.
The trip was amazing, certainly a time to make memories. We didn't manage to see bears as we went earlier in the season but we saw so many other creatures including whales who put on 'shows' for us at various places. The eagles fighting over a salmon. The sight of the Hubbard Glacier and hearing the deep low 'boom' as it carved. The seaplane flight  and heli-moshing,. We took a helicopter and landed on a glacier followed by riding then driving a team of huskies on a sled. Quite a few of the dogs ran in the annual Iditerod race.
I'll also remember the excursion we booked prior to travelling out, to view the whales which was on a small boat. The engine decided to die for a while during the trip... a little unnerving! 
A treasure box of memories.
I hope Natalie likes the card and that the team have an amazing trip. Above all, I hope they make treasured memories to bring home!


Saturday, 14 July 2018

Waterfront - Not Just For Cards!

I fell in love with the Waterfront stamp set the moment I spotted it and knew it would be a 'MUST HAVE'.
Why, oh why, did it take me so long to use the set and then, when I opened it, why did I just look and not know where to start?
I don't have the answer. I just knew that my ladies would love it if I only I could show them. With that in mind, it became the focus for our Just For Fun classes during June.
We made two projects - a framed picture and a pizza box with note cards.
My first picture was an evening scene. All went well until I spilt a small splash of water onto it. Add to that the fact that I cut the card too small...
However, I like to show my work, warts and all, to encourage the ladies to turn their happy accidents into something usable.
I then followed up with a day scene.
Both pictures can be seen below.

Some of the Ladies are allowing me to share their pictures too.
This one is Kati's, a sunset not yet in it's frame

Dee's daytime scene

Maria's sunset 

Liz's day scene

Sue's day scene

Wanda's day scene

Deb's sunset

Marian's day scene

Teresa's day scene

Tara's sunset

Lynn's day scene

Here is our little pizza box, ready to give

The box contains these 3 little 3" note cards and envelopes.  They can be used for a quick greeting or as tags on gifts.

The ladies seemed to enjoy the change in class this month. Some weren't quite as happy with their pictures as others but I thought they all did brilliantly!
Happy crafting!

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Botanical Tags Mini Card

Excitedly ploughing my way through the new catalogue, I spotted the odd looking picture shown below. Botanical Tags Thinlits.
It really didn't seem to look much. Not for me, I thought. Dismissing them out of hand. How wrong could I be!

They were perfect for the mini 'Thank You' card I had in mind.

You see, they don't actually pre cut the bottom part of the tag, just the shaped area at the top. This means that you can make the tag as long as you like!
The base of my mini card was a 2" wide strip of the new softly coloured Sea Foam card. At one end I die cut the rose (top left in the picture), scored the card and folded it in half.
Next I die cut a piece of scrap with the same rose die. I intended to use this as a stencil on a strip of Whisper White card cut just slightly narrower than 2".
I mixed a little Powder Pink ink refill with a small amount to shimmer white embossing paste, placed the die cut scrap at one end of the white card and spread the paste over the flower petal area of the stencil. Then I mixed a tiny bit more paste with old olive ink refill and spread that over the leaf area of the stencil.
This was left to dry. 
I trimmed the white strip to size and glued it inside my mini cards so the the stencilled rose lined up perfectly under the die cut rose on the Sea Foam card. 

Onto the white card I stamped 'Thank You' and added a little silver washi tape (now retired).

A tiny pink card belly band and some ribbon, the card was finished. Just a short note inside and ready to mail!

Sometimes I just need to 'think outside the box'!
Stay out of the sun - enjoy some crafting in the cool,

Sunday, 8 July 2018

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Saturday, 7 July 2018

Summer Babies

I'm not a great one for making baby cards, perhaps because my boys are older and I don't particularly like 'frilly' cards.
Last month I needed to make two. So that was a bit of a challenge!
I pulled out the super new Animal Outings stamp set. I received it at our Onstage event in April but have only just bought the coordinating dies and DSP. Well, I wish I'd bought them sooner!!! 
To view the product online just click any of the images below or HERE.

I'll be using them for a workshop I'm doing later today so won't tell you all about them yet but I'll share the two cards that from last month with you.

This card was for a sweet little boy called Jake whose Mummy is a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.
It has a peep hole window made using the Stitched Shape Framelits which are a favourite product of mine. The actual kangaroo image is inside the card. 
Here is a close up of the inside -

A simple looking card, not too cluttered.
My second card is for a little girl called Esme. Now, by the time I delivered this card I felt sure that Esme would have started school as it took me ages to get it delivered!

As I mentioned above, I've a workshop to do tomorrow and there is a baby card in that selection so I'll share that with you in another post.
I do hope these little ones are getting more rest than I am in this heat, even our lovely bulldog Lily can't get cool.
What better excuse to craft than having to stay inside in the cool!
Have fun!