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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Epic Celebrations

A short post today - I wanted to share with you a card I made this past week for my youngest sons birthday. 
Again I chose to make a shutter fold card. I do love this fun fold. It’s also very apt in a couple of ways - firstly because my son enjoys photography and the fold inside looks like a camera shutter, secondly because the stamp I used is a trainer/running shoe and my son, Ant, always seems to be buying running shoes! To be fair, he does run in half marathons so he does have a good excuse!
So, I got to make a card in a style that I enjoy making plus the added bonus of using Brushos on it. I’ll go into more detail about the brushos in another post but, suffice today that I used them to create a background for the stamped, embossed images.
Here is the card, looks like a gate fold from the outside.

As you can see, I hand stitched white bakers twine through the shoe on the 'topper' to represent laces.
Below you can view a little video from my YouTube channel which shows the inside of the card and how the shutter opens when you open the card itself.

I intend to follow this up over the next couple of weeks with a video illustrating how I made the background.
I hope you've enjoyed stopping by today and get the chance to craft a little...or a lot (!) this weekend.
Lesley x

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Still On Christmas!

It seems that I still have cards to share with you from December. Whilst it's no longer Christmas, sometimes elements of cards can inspire you to craft or make something, even for another season. So, here goes.
Making good use of DSP in traditional colours. The stamp is from Carols Of Christmas.
One of my 4 favourite cards this Christmas. The greeting is from the Hearts Come Home stamp set. Embellished with a foil snowflake and die cut flakes using the Snowflake Sentiments dies. The background is smooshed.
A few little treats for my regular class ladies. No matter how small the treat, it's always a good idea to package it nicely!
This card is from a Coffee & Card session in Costa during December. As you can see, mine has a little smudge from being handled so much. Traditional shades again. The stamp set, sadly now retired, is Feeling of Christmas. 

A few fuzzy photos now. Another couple of cards making good use of the seasonal DSP and Carols of Christmas stamp set

This card, in old olive and basic black is CASED from the Autumn/Winter 2017 catalogue.
Finally, a New Year eclipse card CASED from one of the fabulous samples online. I can't remember the name at present but, when I do, I'll pop back on here and update.
Off to clear my crafty space in time for next weeks classes.
Bye for now,
Lesley x

Monday, 8 January 2018

Painted With Love

A BIG birthday, I needed a different card a shutter card would fit the bill perfectly!
I pulled out the lush Painted With Love DSP from the new Spring/Summer catalogue. I really do think this is my favourite item in there and could easily become one of my all time favourites!
Here is what I came up with...
A shutter card and gift pouch/wallet.
The front of the card is a simple gate fold, like little wardrobe doors with a greeting panel attached.
The sentiment stamp is part of the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set, seen below. Only partly shown on the front of my card because I masked some of it when I inked the stamp.  
The gate fold card front hides the fact that inside is a clever shutter mechanism, just like a camera shutter.
As you can see, the words inside the shutter are the two words that I masked off when stamping the outside of the card. 
Below you can see how the shutter opens as you open the card front.

My first shutter card and I'm really quite pleased with it.
The birthday gift has yet arrived but I wanted to let the recipient know that it's on its way. A little pouch/wallet was needed in which to enclose a note.
I used the new set of dies from the Painted With Love Suite - the Lots To Love Box Framelits Dies.
A box would have been too large for the note so I simply cut the DSP twice with the large die then folded the sides inwards and glued them like a seam. Finished off with 3/8" (1 cm) Metallic-Edge Ribbon in gold - the ribbon itself is very vanilla (if you order the silver edged the ribbon is whisper white).
Had I had some, I could have easily used Berry Burst 3/8" (1 cm) Metallic-Edge Ribbon. That would have looked pretty too.
The ribbon has got a little twisted in this photo.
This DSP is so stunning up close that I really think I'm going to have to put in another sneaky order!
I do hope you've enjoyed today's projects.
I look forward to sharing with you again soon.
Have a good week,
Lesley x

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Look What's Here!

Look what's here! This short video showcases just some of the fabulous new products available in our Spring/Summer catalogue launching today!

And don't forget, each and every order of £45 (not including p+p) will earn you a FREE Saleabration item!
Ask me for your very own copies of the catalogues or for more information

Monday, 1 January 2018

Want A Copy???

Last week I mailed out copies of the fabulous NEW Spring/Summer and Saleabration Catalogues. I'm about to order more!
Are YOU on my list? If not, would you like a copy of your own? Yes? Then just send me a quick email at or phone 07725 217695
and a copy of each will wing their way to you!

Sunday, 31 December 2017