Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The BIG Birthday - Cards 3

Here are the final batch of handmade cards I received for my recent birthday. Shared with you for your inspiration. As before, no comments, just the name of the sender - they've all put their hard work into these creations,
From Emma Goddard
From Eimear & FinnCarville
From Elaine Kerr
From Jan Twinks
From Cathryn Perkins
From Kim Fee
From Linda Kasparian
From Cheryl Algie
And finally, a thank you card I received from Cathryn Perkins
Phew! Such a lot of fabulous cards and designs over these last 3 posts! Plenty to inspire you to create.
The next post won't be quite so picture heavy!
See you on Saturday!
Lesley x

Saturday, 20 May 2017

The BIG Birthday - Cards 2

I'm back again today to share more of the handmade birthday cards I received. As I previously posted, all have been made with love and care so I won't leave individual comment, just the name of the sender.
From Bridget Metcalf
From Lisa Francis
From Rebecca Willmore

From Sarah Lower
From Karen Hewitt
From Nikki Acton
From Lesley Gillett
We've come to the end of today's batch of cards. Some more inspiration for you there!
I will post the last batch here on Wednesday and look forward to your company!
Lesley x

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

The BIG Birthday - Cards 1

This month I had a BIG birthday. I was lucky to receive lots of cards, many of them handmade.
Today I've like to share some of the handmade one with you. There are too many to show all at once but here are the first batch. Everyone has gone to so much time and trouble and I appreciate all of them, I won't leave any comments, just the name of the sender.
The first is from Pat Stubbs
 and opened again!
From Elaine Higham
From Marilyn Hills
From Louise Sims

From Lesley Boyle
From Dee Mead
From Susanna Tolkein
From Yvonne Bevan
What a lovely batch of cards! I hope you've enjoyed today's post, I'll be back with some more on Saturday!
Have a good week,
Lesley x

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Just For Fun - May

We don't often do new techniques at our Just for Fun classes, mainly due to the lack of time and not wanting to rush things.
This month we got time to play around with shaving foam and reinkers. A bit like marbling paper, the ink is suspended in the foam rather than water, this also means that the card stock doesn't get so wet and messy.
I took a shallow plastic tray into which I could fit an A4 piece of card. Spray inside the tray with shaving foam until the base is covered, it doesn't need to be too thick. Now drop ink on top, I used 3 colours, then swirl together. Lay the card on top and gently press down a little so that the card come into contact with both the foam and ink. Remove card from the tray. Scrape the foam/ink off, wipe the card with a piece of kitchen paper. Voila!
I made 4 note cards, I had enough marbled card over to make another card too which was shown on my previous post. Here are the note cards -

The ladies had fun with this simple technique - I did think that we might have a table full of foam at one point but all turned out well. They also got to use some soft new Bermuda Bay mini chevron ribbon and the new 'Just Add Text' stamp set.
Why not try out the shaving foam technique yourself - it's fun!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Sneak Peep Birthday

Today is a special lady's birthday. She always makes such fabulous cards that I'm loathe to create anything for her. But I can't let the day just slip by.
This past week I've revisited the shaving foam technique. The results are always different and I really loved the colours on this latest one so decided to use it on the birthday card.
I'd hoarded a little of the Bermuda Bay glimmer card from Saleabration as it was so difficult to part with. Here I've used it with the background I'd made and a homemade birthday topper, created with our die from the new catalogue - Happy Birthday Thinlets. I cut the die 5 times in Whisper White cardstock and once in Bermuda Bay. I then stuck the white ones on top of each other, slightly offset, finishing with the Bermuda Bay. Stacking like this gives it depth. To give it a glossy finish I traced over the letters with our Fine Tip Glue Pen and let it dry before assembling.
If you'd like a copy of the catalogue then do contact me. It will go live on 1st June and is chock full of goodies!
I hope Kim likes her card - mahoosive happy birthday, my friend!!!

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Onstage Live Swaps pt 2

I'm back today with the rest of the swaps I received at Onstage Live, Amsterdam.
 So varied!
I love that some are perfect for beginners and others slightly more taxing for the advanced crafter.
I hope you've had some inspiration from the swaps in both today's post and previous one.
So, how did I lug all these swaps around?
You've heard me wittering on for a little while about our Onstage events. These events are only open to demonstrators.
As many of you know, Onstage replaces out old Stampin' Up!convention. When we arrive to register, we receive a bag which contains goodies, including a brand new stamp set from the upcoming catalogue. Below, you can see most of the contents of this year's bag. Perfect transport for the swaps!
Love that the pens in this years bag are also a stylus for our phones and tablets.
If you'd like to have the opportunity to attend the next Onstage event then join my team! Choose £130 of products for just £99! You don't even have to demonstrate - just purchase for yourself, friends and family. Contact me for more information - or phone 07725 217695.
Have a super craft bank Holiday!
Lesley x

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Onstage Live Swaps pt 1

I've been promising you photos of the swaps and have the first half here today. As you can see, they are very varied, which is great as there are lots of different styles to choose from.
From cards and card fronts to 3D items
Though I have to be honest, if it had chocolate inside, the 3D item came home empty!
How can you possibly pick favourites from these???
So much time goes into these creations...
...a lot of hard work too!
Stampin' Up! Demos love to swap -
We get so much inspiration from these swaps which we share with you!
I will share some more swaps with you this weekend.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Stylized Birthday

I know that I promised you swaps today but, in all honesty, I haven't photographed them yet - I promise that I WILL get round to doing it!
Instead I'm sharing this month's Just for Fun class cards. We focused on the single stamp 'Stylized Birthday'. Dies used are Lots of Labels and Stitched shape Framelits.
First, is a bright,zingy card with a tempting turquoise base which is quick and great for using up your DSP scraps. 
Now for something in the more sombre colours of cherry cobbler and smoky slate, which are lifted a little by the copper embossing, copper ribbon from the upcoming annual catalogue and a bit of copper gardening tape...generally used to keep the snails off your plant pots! The muted background stamp is from Timeless Textures.
This next card is a little pretty in wisteria wonder, the base card is stamped using Grateful Bunch, the small daisy like flowers are from the same set. They've been punched out with the coordinating punch and finished with clear Wink of Stella (which, unfortunately, you can't see easily in the photo) and a few rhinestones.
The final card, and my favourite, is in the retiring delightful dijon, very vanilla and basic grey. The stamp set, which I've had for months and only just opened, is Wherever You Go. I've also used the super washi tape from the Urban Underground suite.
I had to stamp a little on the inside too!.
I hope you've enjoyed the cards we've shared today. Look forward to your company on Wednesday!
Have a super weekend,