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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Tile trouble

One of my ladies, Sue, had to cancel the July Just For Fun class. I set up another date for her this week. In the meantime she'd seen the tiles we were stamping on in our August class. I suggested that we should 'speed stamp' to get the July cards finished early, enabling her to try out the stamped tile.
It was rather an 'experience', but fun time! We both ended up laughing until we cried. I won't admit to how many times we wiped the tile clean and restarted.
Below you can follow some of the sequence of events!

I don't think that Sue is going to continue with her original plan to make sets of tiles but at least she finally stamped one that she was happy to take home!
Our classes are always fun, if you'd like to find out more then do contact me.
I hope you have a fun, crafty week!
Lesley x

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Fun With Stamps & Inks

Another day, another birthday!
This friend bought me a super stamp for my birthday and I wanted to use it on her card. Although it's not a Stampin' Up! stamp, the rest of the images and inks on the card are.
The base card was rose red, the next layer is champagne foil. Background stamps are from the Timeless Textures set and ink colours are berry burst, lemon lime twist and tranquil tide. The inks have been layered on using the smoosh technique then images are stamped on top. The bow is new Vintage Crochet Trim in black.
I really had a lot of fun playing with this. It's a shame that you can't clearly see the lush new Champagne Foiled card behind, I should also add that all traces of glue were removed from the foil before sending! 
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Enjoy your week!
Lesley x

Sunday, 20 August 2017

High Tide

High Tide is the chosen stamp set for this months Just For Fun classes.
I bought the set as soon as it was available in the annual catalogue but hadn't actually opened it until now.
The first project was stamping onto a glass tile. I know that we no longer stock Staz-On ink, but it has been in my stash for many years and I don't intend to part with it! It's great for all kinds of awkward surfaces. 

The tile is stamped, very simply, in black.
in contrast, two of the cards we made are quite bright

The final card is just two colours - dapper denim and sahara sand. This gives it a much calmer effect.
The stamp set is available in photopolymer (click HERE to view in my shop) and comprises 16 stamps, 4 of which are sentiments.
Hope you've enjoyed today's cards, see you again soon!
Lesley x

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Useful Kit - Silicone Craft Sheet

Our silicone craft sheet has numerous uses, but I hadn't intended to write a short post about it.
At 6" x 6" it's small enough to pop into your craft bag. It's non stick and heat resistant too. You can use it for inking, painting, gluing all your papercraft projects. Especially useful as, when the glue is dry, your delicate project simply lifts away.

It has other uses too (more about another one in a future post).
So why am I telling you about it today?
Some of you will have seen our new puppy. She has a good appetite and insist on getting every last scrap from her bowl - that girl is no fool!
However, both she and I spent ages chasing the bowl around the kitchen floor the other evening. I hasten to add that I wasn't eating from it but attempting to keep the bowl near her while she ate! Suddenly I remembered my Silicone Craft Sheet! Tucked under the bowl it helped keep the bowl in situ, thought Lily did eventually manage to nudge it, such is her insistence.
She also discovered another use which wasn't greatly appreciated by me -
The photos are pretty fuzzy, this was due to her continually getting in the frame as you'll see below....
I guess we all love a bit of attention and she is rather photogenic!
If you'd like to but one of these great pieces of kit, click HERE
Happy hump day, have a good week,
Lesley x

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Marbled Stamp.

My two latest cards have something in common despite looking totally different - the Marbled stamp.
Rather a large stamp but so useful!
Here on the first card which I recently sent to Lucy (hope she had a fab day!), I've used it to make a vibrant card where the stamp almost covers the entire background.
Stamped in tangerine tango it is very bright and vibrant indeed! To counteract some of this I've used black card stock which I've die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits then layered them. This has been topped by a large happy birthday sentiment which is die cut with the Happy Birthday Thinlet.
To make the sentiment 'pop' I've coated it with a layer of fine tip glue which, when dry, creates a glossy finish, as you can see in the close up below ....
The second card is the one we made today at our Coffee and Card session in Costa. I hold these events twice a month, so roughly fortnightly.
Again I have used the Marbled stamp but this time to create a border or panel down one side.
The base card and ink are both in the retired colour, Lost Lagoon. This is quite simply because I felt it was the right colour to use on this card. The shell stamps are from So Many Shells are stamped with the 2 step stamping method, in powder pink and sahara sand ink. the ribbon is powder pink. the sentiment is from the same set. We fussy cut the shells then used the stylus from the score board on the reverse to make part of the shell image raised.
Two very different cards - what do you think? Do you prefer one to the other? they're certainly different.
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Back with my next post at the weekend,
Happy crafting,
Lesley x

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Not So Crafty!

I seem to have been busy all week but only have one card to show for it! I don't want to post it up yet as the recipient hasn't seen it. So, today is a short, non crafty post!
I'd like you to meet this lovely girl who has melted our hearts. 
I think we're going to have our hands full and envision lots of naughtiness on the horizon!
Normal service will be resumed shortly!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Mixture Of Sentiments

What a mixed bag this past month! Along with the birthday cards I've been busy with a mixture of other cards. Among these are baby cards, a sympathy card and, of course, thank you's.
Now, I like a baby along with the next person but 5 new people arriving in one month? I'd like my friends to stop having grandchildren, or, at least spread it out! Thankfully, two friends both had 2 new grandchildren each so I only needed 3 cards. I don't carry baby stamps so my cards were pretty simple. 
I didn't take a photo of them standing. Although very similar, this photo may give you a slightly better idea as to how it opens.
Sadly, one of those same friends, whilst celebrating 2 new lives in the family, also had to deal with her Mum passing away. Though very sad, this grand old lady had lived well into her 90's so I didn't want to send an overly sombre card as I feel the family want to celebrate her life. I resorted to a 'thinking about you' sentiment instead. This is the card I sent.
I left it rather last minute again to get my customer cards made to enclose with their orders. Then, of course, they all went wrong and I had to start again. I really need to catch up on myself.
These were made using Coffee Cafe and crumb cake note cards. My ink pad wasn't overly wet and I like the patchy granular look it gave when I heat embossed. A bit rustic.
Something a bit brighter in colour now -
Here's another card I popped into the post recently to a lady called Chris when I had a little guessing game going on my Facebook page...
Last month I announced to my ladies that each person who ordered during July would have their name put into a draw (I included an online customer too). The prize was the Tranquil Tulips stamp set which, as a hostess set, can only be acquired by getting stampin' rewards via a party or workshop, not by purchasing from the catalogue. It's a 2 step stamp set and I've seen some lovely samples made with it.
So, I entered the names into an online random spinner which looks like this
The winner was - Teresa Brooks!
I will pop the set into her bag along with her order. I hope she has fun with her surprise.
Not only that, all who ordered get a loyalty card on which I stamp each time they place a £25 order. A full card = a free Just For Fun class. Another surprise in their bags as I don't think they've remembered that!
I'm hoping to have my new little phone cradle before the weekend so that I can show you a wee video. Fingers crossed.
Have a good week
Lesley x