Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Classes & Treats!

Every month I run Just for Fun classes. My ladies are a loyal bunch and many have become friends. Last month I had hoped to do a little treat for my ladies as it was my big birthday month, but as my Dad was in hospital and I was going on a trip (Alaska. Yes, thank you very much - I had a great time!), I wasn't able to do as planned.
So, what was in the basket this month?......
Everyone received a cello bag which contained a piece of each new In Colour card** with which to make 5 cards along with a sheet of the new Mini stampin' Dimensionals** (144108 £3.75).
At the end of class they like to take home the grid sheet they've been working on so I also laminated grid sheets for them which would wipe clean after use.
See those little green pouches? I have a die in my stash which creates those tear strips you see on boxes etc. Inside each one is a little 'offer' such as a free class, 10% off when you buy a bundle, choose some rhinestones or pearls when you place a qualifying order. They're all a little different.
I also introduced a Loyalty Card scheme. Qualifying orders gets a stamp on the card, 6 stamps and you get a free class.
I used those lush gold and white striped bags**(Striped Treat Bags 144255 £5) tied with ribbon to enclose ink pads in the new colours.
Last, but certainly not least, there was cake !!! Let's not forget the cake!
Now onto the cards. Note - ** indicates brand new product.
We used the new Daisy Delight stamp set** and coordinating punch** (available as a bundle, saving you money! 145361 £27.75) to create 4 cards.
The first is bright and breezy in daffodil yellow and pear pizzazz. The centre of the main daisy has a little Wink of Stella over the yellow ink in the centre
The sentiment is from another new set - Just Add Text ** (clear mount 143934 £16, wood 143931 £23))
The second card recreates a widow box or flower trough. Using the Daisy Delight stamp set again. The box is die cut from the Wood Textures dsp** (144177 £9.00) using the Wood Crate Framelits die** (143730 £27.00). To make a 3D box you would cut the image twice but I only needed one cut for the card. The ribbon is shimmer ribbon in powder pink** (144151 £6.25).
The last 2 cards were made together.
For the 3rd card we inked through one of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks** (144103 £5.50) with In Colour inks**, punched out 3 daisies which were set aside for the final card. The inked and punched piece of card was then glued to a piece of pear pizzaz before being stuck to the rose red base. Sentiment is from the Painter's Palette stamp set and has been die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I thought the sentiment apt as the inked and punched layer was a little 'arty'!
The final card is simple but bright which befits the sentiment on it (from the Beautiful You stamp set). The 3 daisies which were held over from the previous card are attached with dimensions to a strip of lemon lime twist card which in turn has been glued to the sentiment stamped white card. The whole lot has then been attached to the sahara sand base card.
My ladies had fun making these cards, what do you think of them? Do you like them or could I have done something differently?
Have a good week
Lesley x

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Birthday Wishes Challenge

Have you noticed this image popping up recently on social media?
Stampin' Up have set a challenge for demonstrators, their customers - anyone who'd like to take part, in making 10,000 birthday cards this weekend in aid of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Ronald McDonald House Charities provides free 'home away from home' accommodation to families while their child is in hospital. There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses across the UK, all located close to specialist children's hospitals. The Houses are open 365 days a year and are equipped with everything you would find in a family home. Families can get a good night's sleep, prepare their own meals and feel at home, knowing that they are only moments away from their child (

Whilst I'm not holding an event myself, I will be supporting 3 other demos at their events. We will be making cards like crazy!

Another way to support this worthwhile charity is to purchase the stamp set called 'Sharing Sweet Thoughts'. Every time a set is purchase £2.00 is donated by Stampin' Up! to the charities. The set consists of 13 stamps and has a bright, summery feel.
As you can see, the woodmount set is £26 (find it in the shop HERE), the clearmount is £19 (it can be found in the shop HERE )
Here are some examples of cards from Stampin' Up! which have been made using this set
If you'd like to browse the catalogue and are reading my blog on the internet, there is a link to the right of this post. Also, here below:

I'd like to wish you luck if you're taking part int he challenge this weekend, let me know how you get on!
Lesley x

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Birthday Girl

Last week it was the birthday of one of our girlies. I made her a pop up panel card on soft shades of pool party with white to give it a clean, crisp finish.
Unfortunately the photos are a little dark. I do wish I'd used the lightbox to make them brighter!
Here, on the front, I've used the celebrate embossing folder (Celebrations Duo, which gives a negative, debossed effect) over which I've used a sponge roller and ink to show off the negative letterpress style word. I've edged the panel in a retired washi tape and highlighted the word itself with Wink of Stella. You can see it a little better in this close up -
Inside I've used DSP from the Serene Scenery stack (also retired). I do find it hard to let some of these things go!!!
On these panels I've stamped images and sentiments from the 'Beautiful You' stamp set in Bermuda Bay and added a few sequins  for subtle bling.
It was a pleasure to make it for Laura, I hope she liked it!
See you soon!
Lesley x

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Pop Up Celebration

I mentioned before, that this year I have a LOT of BIG birthday cards to send. Many of my friends were born the same year as me, this sure will keep me busy!
I'd made some black, white, melon mambo card fronts a while back, using the Beautiful you stamp set. I held a couple back as I knew they would appeal to some friends. This week I used one to make a pop up panel card for Therese.
A piece of black card was embossed with the Falling Petals embossing folder (now retired but was current when I made the card front!) and mounted onto a melon mambo base card. Onto whisper white I stamped one of the ladies from Beautiful You. I masked her off and stamped the scene from Mediterranean Moments over the top. Remove the mask - voila! There's the lady standing in the scene! 
I stamped the lady again onto window sheet, fussy cut, and coloured her hat and dress on the reverse using glue, rubbing alcohol, melon mambo reinker and glitter. When the glue was almost dry I stuck the window sheet image over the stamped image on the white card. I edged the white card with melon mambo and stuck this to the front of my card.
Now to make the inside of my card. I made the pop up mechanism from melon mambo card and the pop up panel itself from black card.

On these inside panels I attached whisper white card onto which I'd stamped 2 of the ladies and added a pop of colour from some retired Pop of Pink Speciality DSP on the umbrella and dress. I also added a little bling in the form of the number 60, die cut using the retired Little Numbers dies and gold glimmer card.
Suitable for a celebration, do you think?

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Bike Ride

Sometimes the ideas we have don't always work so well or turn out so good when put into a project. This is exactly what happened when I made a card for the lovely Linda a few days ago.
I am delighted that glossy card has made it back into our latest catalogue and wanted to use our Stampin' Write Markers on a piece to incorporate into Linda's card. I know she likes cats and found an image in the  Mediterranean Moments stamp set, I also wanted to use the new Bike Ride stamp set and coordinating dies.
The base card is new Berry Burst. I stamped with the markers onto glossy card, watercoloured the image then coated the chair with fine tip glue. This image, after drying, was die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and adhered to the inside of the card.
I cut an aperture in the front of the card using the same die. Using the die again along with a smaller one, I created a frame for the aperture.
Next I stamped on glossy card again and die cut the bike image. I used a punch to cut the wheels, the rear one was attached with a brad so that it can be turned.
A piece of Tranquil Tide ribbon stapled to the top left corner and a wooden sentiment, I had stashed away from a previous catalogue, and the card was finished.
I still wasn't sure about the finished card so called on a friend and fellow demo who suggested I move the wooden sentiment to where it is shown on the card above. Her suggestion and reassurance that the card was good enough to send, was enough. There was no time left to make another!
I hope Linda had a wonderful birthday and the card didn't disappoint!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Celebrating 5 Years

Many of us join Stampin' Up! for the discount. When we get used to having the discount on such fabulous products we tend to stay on, initially as 'hobby demos' in as much as we buy just for ourselves and sometimes have a friend or family member buy too. We start to enjoy the many friendships and fun in the world of Stampin' Up! and don't want to leave. That's how it was for me and countless others. That's how it was for my first team member too!
This week marked her 5 year anniversary with Stampin' Up!. She'll receive a certificate and pin from the company but I wanted to celebrate the occasion too.
With this in mind, I made her a card and sent it to her along with a gift to mark the occasion.
Here is the card I made -
As many of you know, photography is not especially my strong point so I'm hoping that the next photos shows the card a little clearer.
The base is Elegant Eggplant. The centre panel is watercolour paper with Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum ink applied using a water brush. I used the large flourish stamp from Star of Light, heat embossed in gold, with Wink of Stella brushed around it to give shimmer. The balloons are stamped and heat embossed using one of the balloon stamps in Happy Birthday Gorgeous, mounted on dimensionals, with gold twine (retired) added. The whole panel is edged in gold foil card. The sentiment and oval behind were die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

I value all my team members and wanted Cathryn to have a little something from me to remember her day!

Thursday, 8 June 2017

White On White

Despite the number of stamp sets I own, there are often occasions where I don't have the 'perfect' stamp and need to improvise (as you will have seen on the new baby card on this post).
Whilst I was away on holiday, a little lady in our family made her first communion. I had a stamp with an appropriate sentiment but nothing for the front of the card. Then I remembered the daisy stamp from the new catalogue. I knew there were flowers on the dress so went for a simple white on white card with just a hint of silver underneath.....
The stamp set - Daisy Delight, has a coordinating punch, no fussy cutting necessary!
The base card is thick whisper white. the next layer is silver foil card - just a tiny border showing around the top layer which has been stamped and heat embossed in white using a retired stamp set - Grateful Bunch. I stamped the large daisy stamp from the new set 3 times in versamark onto vellum and white card, heat embossed in dazzling diamonds on the vellum and white on the whisper card  and then punched out the shapes
The vellum daisies was layered under the whisper white. These were added to the card. The daisy centres were filled with fine tip glue over which I poured some tiny crystal like pieces which I had stashed back from a Stampin' Up! Christmas kit.
The finished card is not overly religious but the effect is clean, pure and simple - I think that description fitted the bill!
So, what do you think? Did I manage to improvise successfully? I hope so!
Lesley x

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Another Birthday!

Well, I've been back almost a week after an amazing trip to Alaska to celebrate my (big) birthday which was early last month. So glad we booked this fabulous trip as I spent my actual birthday afternoon visiting my Dad in hospital after his recent heart attack. Thankfully, he's now home and doing well.
I returned, feeling rested and relaxed, not a normal state for me, but have had to 'hit the ground running' as our new whoop-de-doo catalogue went live on 1st June - let me know if you need a paper copy, online version link in the side bar. One of my team has a birthday today. Despite a long list to catch up on, my fault for going away(!), I galvanised myself into action and came up with the following card.
At the moment I can't recall the name of this fold. But it's one that I like and it's also not one of those that won't stand properly/topple over. I find those very annoying!
The Festive Birthday DSP has now retired but is so bright and cheery, especially on that Tempting Turquoise card that you feel you need a siesta after all that fiesta! The die is brand new Happy Birthday Thinlet, cut in Crushed Curry, which you may have seen me use in a previous post. I like that it's fairly large die and makes you immediately focus on the event. I do hope Jan likes it and has a wonderful day.
Lesley x

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

New Catalogue Goes Live!

So, here it is!
As usual, it's crammed full of crafty goodness.

Go right on, click on the image and you'll be transported to our online world - such fun and inspiration! Enjoy!
Need a paper copy? Contact me - Email or phone 07725 217695
Lesley x

Last Day To Order!

Today is the last day to place orders from the current catalogue. If there is something you NEED, then place your online order NOW!
Click link below to shop
Tomorrow brings our exciting new annual catalogue!
Keep an eye out for the link to view online or contact me for your paper copy!
Email -
Phone 07725 217695

Cracked Glass Card

Another day, another birthday!
Yet again I was flying by the seat of my pants. I had a good excuse reason, my Dad had had a heart attack only a couple of weeks beforehand and I was travelling to a from the hospital most days, that aside, I still needed to get that card in the post. Well, I had to make it first.
Two weeks ago I took delivery of a small pre order of goods from the upcoming catalogue.  Now, I'm very keen on one of our new in Colours. It reminds me of a retired In Colour - Lucky Limeade, which I just LOVED! Due to it's demise, it's now forever known in my craft room as Unlucky Limeade. So, imagine my delight when I spotted new Lemon Lime Twist!
I set out to make this birthday card using the zingy new colour with absolutely no idea of what I would create.
The final card ended up with a 'cracked glass' centrepiece. The sentiment is from another new product - a stamp set called Just Add Text. I managed to incorporate all 5 of the new In Colours by die cutting them into circles with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. and adhering them to the front of the card.
In the centre I cut a square aperture through which you can see the cracked glass sentiment panel. The panel is watercolour paper with inks applied randomly. The sentiment has been heat embossed in gold, the whole panel was covered in versamark and clear embossing powder then heat embossed. Repeat the versamark and clear powder a few times. Flatten the panel to make the cracks appear. By putting the versamark and clear powder over the top of the embossed sentiment, the sentiment 'melts' slightly and the gold takes on a slightly greenish hue.
Open up the card, the area around the sentiment panel is stamped in the In Colours inks and a flower stamp from another new stamp set - Colourful Seasons.
But where to stamp or write your greeting - the back of the card? Not in this case. This card consists of 3 panels. I recently saw a card made like this by Lynn Starzl - a seascape - and loved her finished project. It inspired me to have a go!
Lift up the inside -
A stamped greeting and a place to write your good wishes. The 'Oh Happy day' stamp is from a retiring set - Scenic Sayings. I think it goes well with the other sentiment which says 'May all your tomorrows be as happy as today'.
Of course, you need a matching envelope too!
If you'd like to see what's inside our new catalogue, contact me for your copy -
I'm really rather pleased with this card and sooo enjoyed making it! I hope you like it too!

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Thoughtful Branches.

I just came across a photo of a card I made back in March.
I'd had the stamp set for ages. Liked it and thought it would be soooo useful though I never really got around to using it much. Really only played with it once or twice but I needed a card.
This is what I came up with.
The green leaf garland is from the 'Foxy Friends' stamp set. The pink flower stamped flowers and green leaves are die cut from Thoughtful Branches**. The gold foil happy is from my much used, beloved 'Hello you' thinlet dies** and the 'Birthday' is a stamp in the 'Crazy About You'** set.

** These items are now sadly retired. Other items from the current catalogue could easily be substituted.

I hope you liked my pretty card today, pop back on Wednesday for more inspiration.

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