Monday, 20 February 2017

Not Just For Calendars!

Those old project photos just keep turning up.

Here is a set of notecards made early last year using the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set, proving it's not JUST for calendars!

Saturday, 18 February 2017

One Sheet Wonder Class

This month we had a One Sheet Wonder (OSW) class. I'd seen a super, yet simple set of cards by 2 Big Girls Crafting which I had to have! Made using the Festive Birthday paper and colourway.
As you may have seen already, there are a vast number of OSW 'grids' online , this one made 11 cards.
The idea behind OSW is to use one sheet of Designer Series Paper, in this case a 12" x 12" sheet, to create toppers for a bundle of cards which you can keep simple or step up, just as you'd like. This idea is perfect when having to batch make cards such as Christmas time.
Now, I'm not going to show you the class cards - you can view them over at 2biggirls - but will share what the ladies made. They may decide to 'bling' them up before sending or may choose to use 'as is'. We kept to the same colour selection and used the Festive Birthday DSP.
BEWARE! Photo heavy post!
The following are by Sue Lee, Marian Roots and Sam Coates, shown here in the first photo - I couldn't resist using the blossom overlay on this photo as it was Chinese New Year..


Lovely Liz Walmsley decided to finish some of hers at home and instead opted to stamp some llama and cacti with which to embellish her cards.
The ladies also had a 12" x 12" white sheet of card and a water colour sheet to make their own cards from a grid at home. I stamped a 12" sheet to show them and will share that with you in another post.
OSW - a simple but effective idea when you need a batch of quick cards.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

They keep turning up!

Yes, I do realise that Christmas was over 2 months ago but every time I scroll through my photos I find yet more that I haven't shared. So, at the risk of boring you to bits, here are (hopefully!!!) the last of them!
A lovely little batch in blue!
Here is a close up. I made a triangular template and stamped a large snowflake through the mask. Then I added the large flourish of stars stamp from Star of Light (from the Autumn/Winter catalogue) which I  embossed in silver. The same stamp is used around the edge of the card along with some blended ink. A quick greeting and shiny star which was left from a kit.
The same card in sweet sugarplum and copper, mounted on copper card.
This card base was calypso coral, which had faded a little (I'd left it in sunlight!). An aperture was cut using the star die. The card behind the star was a project life card. That same flourish stamp to finish and plenty of bling.
Finally a little frame to hang on the Christmas tree. The 2016 is a window sheet from Hello December project life. Behind that the whisper white card has been stamped and heat embossed with white stars with various blue inks blended on top.
Let's hope this really is the last batch!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

A Little Thank You

Sharing the little 'Thank You' cards for recent orders.
Silly me gave most of them out before taking a photo!
Made using some retired DSP, the focus was on the Avant Garden free SAB set and the Stitched Shape Framelits. I was inspired after having seen a treat bag by Jenny McCormac. Initially I used the design for a recent Coffee and Card session but really liked it so made more for customers as a thank you.
Colours are - base card in crumb cake, oval in pool party, leaves and greeting in emerald envy, flower is calypso coral. The white DSP is recently retired from the Autumn/Winter catalogue but I had a little left and it was way too nice not to use it!

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Coffee & Card

Yesterday I was, once again, in Costa, Goldsworth Park running a coffee and card session. Since it's a 'drop in', I have no prior knowledge of who will be there unless someone specifically says beforehand.
One lady had said she'd come along but I knew that she might not make it - dreadful road closures in this area, a friend had also said she'd pop in. So, I kind of thought it might just be me, sipping on my latte. With this in mind, I only prepped 4 packs before I went. Maybe I should have been a little more prepared....

When some of the ladies left another two fab, supportive friends came and took their seats. Thank you!
Lydia told me only to take a photo of her best side, when I asked which side that was I was presented with the back of her head, this photo is to humour Lydia! 
Today's cards are from the 'Carried Away' card idea and are made with the Lift Me Up stamp set and coordinating DSP (which you can earn FREE until 31st March, or whilst stock lasts, with a £45 order).
If you'd like to join us, my next Coffee and Card session in Costa, Goldsworth Park is on Tuesday 7th March. No need to book - drop in between 10 am - 11.30 am. The cost is £5 which gets you the supplies to craft your card and a primo size coffee to sip whilst creating! It's a lovely friendly atmosphere, the manageress and staff make us very welcome.
Come join in the fun!

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Just For Fun - January

After all the craziness of making cards for Christmas I thought my ladies might like to chill during this months Just For Fun classes. They really enjoy water colour which gave me the idea of some very simple stamping but letting them play with our brand new water colour pencils, their usual water brush and a blender pen. I also introduced them to the Stitched Shapes Framelits which have just come back into stock.
I'd liked the 'You're Sublime' stamp set in the annual catalogue and it was simple enough to make their 'craft play time' relaxing and enjoyable.

A little Wink of Stella on the crab's eyes to make them 'pop'.

Blending yellow with the green to give a more lime shade

Blending brown with grey on the barrow

Totally overdosed on Bermuda Bay!

Lastly, the yellow submarine

The complete set - 

So, 5 note cards and a nifty wallet to pop them in.
Simple idea but the ladies left relaxed at the end of the crafty class.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Stampin' Is For All!

Have you spotted this fun set in our Sale-a-bration leaflet? I'm not a 'bird person' but think this was a really fun set. Many people agree with me, including one of my ladies, Sue.
Sue works with young people and I was delighted when she sent me photos last week. They showed the handiwork of two of the youngsters.  Obviously I can't share photos of the people concerned, but I can show their 'makes' - it would be lovely for them to see their projects online. Here they are...

I think you'll agree that they've made a super job on their cards. I am so thankful for the chance to share them with you.
Big thanks to Sue, I'm sure she'll show the proud crafters that they've 'hit the web'!