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Sunday, 8 March 2020

Craft Fair Display Cards

Back in November I took a plunge back into the world of craft fairs when I agreed to join with two demo friends, Kim and Fiona, and work on a stand with them at the craft fair being held at Sandown Racecourse last month.

I'm often accused of not accepting help when I'm snowed under with class and event preparations. This time I decided to call in the cavalry in the form of some team members and another demo friend. Four of them received emails asking for help with projects for display at the show and boy, did they deliver the goods!
Today I'm sharing these fabulous creations with you. All stamp sets used are from the spring/summer seasonal catalogue - 

Jan (Brackpool) chose the music set - Music From The Heart. I asked for one or two cards and received 5! I have photos of four to share with you..

Pat's (Stubbs) brief was to make one curvy card with any stamp set/dies, any colour. I received 2! Pat chose the Peaceful Poppies Suite.

I had an idea in my head for Cathryn (Perkins) and Nikki (Acton), as they love to play with ink and altered art, a decoupage vintage style covered chest to hold letters and a notebook/diary. I had the idea floating around but I wasn't sure what the end results would be. Not only did I get what I'd asked for, there were a couple of cards too! The products used are from the Parisian Blossoms Suite.

Finally, I asked Yvonne (Bevan) to make a card or two using the Best Dressed Suite (although a few samples from the Peaceful Poppies also crept in!). I don't own the Best Dressed Suite myself so thought the projects would make a complimentary addition to my own. One or two? She made 11 plus a candle and a bag!

I think I am really spoilt by having these fabulous samples made for me and am very grateful for the time everyone has taken - a huge 'Thank You' to you all!
You've had lots of inspiration in todays post and I hope you go on to create something of your own. 
Below is a list of product suites used, to view or buy any of them just click on the image - don't forget, in addition to orders £45 and above giving you a FREE Saleabration product, EVERY person placing an order with me this month will receive a FREE 12 project tutorial.
If you're not placing an order but would like to purchase the tutorial you can do so for £11.

Product List

Have a super weekend,


Monday, 2 March 2020

Stamping Around the World Tutorial Bundle

The March Tutorial Bundle is available NOW!
Everyone who orders from me during March gets this bundle  FREE! That's right - 12 projects just for you and they're FREE when you order me!
Not ready to place an order? No problem! You can buy the bundle for just £11 - that's less than £1 per project! What a steal!

Silicone Mat Stamping

In January's class we spent a little time playing with the ink and spritzer to see how it gave a slightly different effect to our stamped images.
We pressed some directly from the ink pad onto a silicone mat then lightly spritzed with water. By using the mat as our 'ink pad' in this way we got a slightly water colour effect when stamping. Prior to class I wasn't sure how well it would go down with my ladies but the idea was well received.
Here is the first card ...

The stamp set is Beautiful Friendship, you can't quite see in this photo but we embossed the night of navy card with the tufted embossing folder, perhaps it will show up clearer here..

The other thing idea that I wanted the ladies to try was to punch a shape then alter it slightly by snipping away pieces thus giving us a shape that was a little different to the one we'd normally get. In this way we can extend the use of some of our punches. We did this on our second card.

I chose the new Braided Border punch. By cutting away some of the punched shape we could thread ribbon through.

This is how the punch image would look before trimming
Here you can see the altered punched card more clearly -

Our third card was made using the hostess set Make A Splash. This was the set I used, only available to purchase when you either place an order or have a party to the value of  £150 or more.

We stamped the fish using the silicone mat technique which gave it the illusion of moving through water, the other images were stamped as normal. Behind the oval aperture is a piece of acetate/window sheet - it feels as if you are looking through glass.

Our last card was inspired by one I'd seen online. However, the crafter had stapled the card closed and popped the sentiment card in the top like a tag. She's also used completely different stamps, colours, papers. My first photo might give you an idea of the style of card I'd seen online..

I chose to have mine open out and stand,not stapled, with the sentiment panel fixed and not as a removable tag.

Here you can see the inside more clearly -

I was very pleased with the finished result and can see myself making many more in this style.

I was hoping to get my ladies to look at their stash with new eyes and think outside the box when they're at home stamping.
I do hope you like the cards we made. Perhaps you could look at your stash and find other ways to use items?
Here is a list of all the products used on these cards. If you'd like to read more about any of them or would like to buy them for yourself simply click on the image, you'll be taken to the correct area in my shop.

Product List

I'll be back soon to share the cards I had on show at the recent Create It craft show at Sandown racecourse.
In the meantime - happy crafting!