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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Playing With Reinkers

My Just For Fun classes have come round again and a couple of my ladies had requested that we use reinkers and revisit the baby wipe technique. Well, it's always good to revisit techniques but I also didn't want anyone to get bored. With this in mind I planned 4 cards around using reinkers but only one uses the baby wipe technique.
The card designs are extremely simple, although the ladies can change them up to something which pleases them. It's more about them getting to try different things than the finished cards. I try to bear in mind the rising cost of postage too so that the cards are very simply layered without bulk.
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As I said, the cards are very simple. Here is the first card, the baby wipe technique.
You make an ink pad out of baby wipes by dropping ink from bottles of reinkers on to them and then using the 'pad' with your rubber stamps. The sentiment is a retired stamp from Sale-a-bration, die cut using the Stitched Shape Framelits, the other stamps are from Lovely As A Tree.
On the second card we did a resist technique.
Usually you would stamp and heat emboss with either clear or white embossing powder. After that you can add ink to your project and the embossed area will resist the ink.
I say usually as we didn't heat emboss at all. Instead we used the Woodland embossing folder to emboss watercolour paper then covered the raised area (in this case, trees) in white crayon. We followed this by 'flooding' the area in between the trees with water then added reinker with a brush. The ink seemed to float on the water until it dried out giving a lovely graded effect. A touch of fine tip glue and dazzling diamonds glitter before finishing with a sentiment and cute stamped and die cut deer (both from the Carols For Christmas bunde).
Our third card was different again. The background was created using marbles. Yes, I did say marbles!
Three drops of Bermuda Bay in an empty stamp case with some marbles. Put the lid on and roll the marbles around in the box. Open the box, stick a piece of gloss card into one side of the box, put the lid back on and roll the marbles around again. This time the marbles will have rolled the ink over the card.
A little ribbon, a metallic doily and a sentiment from the Pop of Paradise stamp set and we're done!
Now to our final card. We did the spotlight technique, colouring the images with reinker which is mixed with rubbing alcohol. The ink dries very quickly and blend well. The stamp set is Vintage Leaves.
So, four very different techniques, all using reinkers. Have you tried them all? My ladies hadn't. Why not try them for yourself.
Hope you're having a good weekend and manage to get some crafty time.
Lesley x

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Colours Of Vintage Leaves

Another week, another Coffee and Card session. I do love these get-together's with the ladies!
I'd recently been using our markers pens on stamps during a class and did the same technique for Coffee and Card, this time using the Vintage Leaves stamp set. Space is at a premium so I knew that there wouldn't be room for the Bigshot, plus there could be beginner stampers there since it was a drop in session. Keep it simple.
I made the same card in 3 different colourways - they seemed to be quite popular. One feminine, one more masculine and the third in autumnal tones. The sentiment is from Window Shopping set.
Here is the more feminine card -
Soft pinks (powder pink and pink pirouette) paired with smoky slate.
This more masculine card is in neutral shades with a touch of tranquil tide-
Finally the autumnal card, which is created using inks from the regal palette with a touch of orange from the brights (pumpkin pie and tangerine tango), ribbon on this is retired
Next time you're crafting why not pull out our marker pens and use them direct to stamp instead of your ink pad - our Stampin' Write Markers contain the same ink as our ink pads and are completely safe to use on stamps. So easy to clean too! Happy crafting,
Lesley x

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Tabs For Everything

Whenever we launch a new catalogue I order products that I like and think my ladies might like too. This can sometimes mean that it takes me ages to get round to opening and using everything.
This past week I had another Coffee and Card session in Costa, my local coffee shop, so I thought I'd use a set that I bought during pre order back in August. Called Tabs For Everything, I thought it would be a most useful set,along with the coordinating punch (see image below), but when I opened it I was stumped. Some of the images are tiny, though they fit the punch perfectly.
 

I played around with the set and some of this years In Colours and ended up quite pleased with the result. A fun card in zingy colours.
I needed to stamp the inside too, just a small, matching border to continue the theme. 
Now that I've tried it, I think this set might be a very useful one after all! Some of the ladies liked the unusual shaped card, I can see me using this shape on another occasion.
Sometimes it isn't easy to see the possibilities of a stamp set when we flip through the catalogue and we tend to navigate towards the obvious images but give this set a go, you might be glad you did!
Here are some photos of a few ladies crafting the card with me.

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If you'd like to join in one of my Coffee and Card sessions, my next event will be on Tuesday 24th October, drop in between 10 am - 11.30 am. Cost is £5 and includes a small drink.

I hope you're enjoying your weekend, we're off to take Lily our (rather large) puppy to the beach.

Lesley x

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

12 Weeks of Christmas - Week 2

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Two Coffees

I don't quite understand why, but I do love the latest coffee shop style stamp sets. I'm not even sure how they became so popular. My friend Pat says she doesn't 'get it' at all. To be honest, nor do I. I just like them!
With this in mind, I'd like to share two recent cards I made. One is using Coffee Cafe stamp set from the annual catalogue, along with coordinating DSP. The other is the new Merry Cafe stamp set from the Autumn/ Winter catalogue. Both sets work with the Coffee Cups Framelits dies.
Back to the first card. I made it as part of a shoebox swap when I gathered together with about 10 other demos for a shared crafting day. I'll show you the card then explain what a shoebox swap is, for those of you new to this term.
Here is the front of the card -
A Pool Party base card, the coffee pot and cup is cut from Coffee Break DSP. One of the Framelits dies matches with the cup, so that was quick to cut. I used  Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut the aperture and frame on the card.
Inside - 
You can see the stamped cup with the sentiment that shows through the aperture and I've also stamped some coffee beans for added interest and to 'pull the card together'.
Shoebox Swap - each person participating makes one sample card and then prepares a pack of supplies for each person attending to reproduce that sample. Everything that is required to make the card is packed into a shoebox and brought to the event. This is then passed around for each person to make theirs. So, for instance, if 10 people attend including yourself, you will take home 9 cards that you have made plus your own original sample. It's good fun! I got to make some super cards that day and shared time with my lovely friends.
My second card is one I prepared for a recent Coffee and Card session in Costa. It uses the Merry Cafe stamp set and I thought the sentiment apt as, due to the season, pumpkin latte is just back in the coffee shops. Yum!
Here is the card -
Please do bear in mind that my photography is very amateur. I have tried to show the super new Year Of Cheer Speciality Washi Tape in this photo. It is in lovely metallic foil shades , I've used a piece from 4 of the 5 rolls in the set on this card. To give texture to the whipped cream on the cup (without adding bulk and weight), I've stamped onto crepe paper, fussy cut it then stuck onto the card. A light smear of glue came through as I was adhering it to the card front, onto this I dropped a pinch of copper embossing powder and left to dry (not heat setting), to resemble cinnamon sprinkle on the whipped cream.
I really like both of these cards and hope you do too!
Have a good week and, for those of you who subscribe to my newsletter, look out for this weeks free 12 weeks of Christmas project which will arrive in your inbox on Wednesday.

Lesley x

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

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Friday, 29 September 2017

Four Seasons





















We made a card for each season in our Just For Fun classes this month. The stamp set we used was Colourful Seasons (see image above), we had a bit of fun with some of the backgrounds.
Here is the Spring card

The smooshed background and stamping is on white shimmer cardstock. It's difficult to get the shimmer to show in the photo but there is a lovely soft sheen when seen up close.
On the Summer card I stamped two deckchairs. Masking the first one when stamping the second. Usually an easy task but made a little more tricky by having to stamp the fabric area on the second chair at the correct angle. The background is created by inking the blocks with 2 ink pads and stamping then onto the centre of the white card.



The Autumn card is much simpler. The many shades of autumn are stamped onto very vanilla cardstock around the central sentiment. Embellished with 3 skeleton leaves, two in copper foil card and one in cajun craze.



My favourite card is the Winter one. Yes, it's blue! The background has again been made using the smoosh technique. The sentiment I chose would be great for any season and is not at all Christmassy. It's been stamped onto card which has been die cut with the stitched shapes framelits. This is layered onto a foiled snowflake. I removed the centre of the snowflake before sticking down so that I still have another smaller snowflake to use. The card front has been simply embellished with 3 die cut snowflakes.



This is such a versatile bundle of stamps and dies that it really didn't make sense to buy just one or the other. Also there is a saving when buying both stamps and dies together.
There are many super examples online of projects made using this set, I hope you have fun with yours!
When you read this I will be enjoying a weekend craft retreat by the sea in Folkestone, I hope you get some crafty time and have a super weekend too!
Lesley x