Thursday, 2 April 2015

Mum's Love note cards - Stampin' Up artisan blog hop

Hello and welcome to this week's fabulous Stampin' Up artisan design team blog hop! This week each member of the team is using the beautiful Mums Love stamp set and I'm really excited to see what my team mates have come up with!

HOW MANY STEPS IN TWO STEP STAMPING?
Mum's Love is one of Stampin' Up's fabulous two step stamping sets - which means that you can stamp an outline with one stamp and colour it by stamping over it with a solid version - like this:


I love the arty look you get from these two step stamping sets. Do you see how the flowers look sketched and the colour looks as if it's been dashed in with a paint brush? And using the speckle image from Gorgeous Grunge just adds to the artistic look!

The two step stamps don't have to be used in this way though and it's interesting to see the different looks you can get by using just the outline...


... and colouring by hand. Here I went for an intense, precise look with Stampin' Write markers but there are heaps of different things you could do with it:

• watercolour with an aquapainter and ink
• colour with ink and a blender pen for an airbrushed look
• leave as an uncoloured outline over a colourful background

Those are just off the top of my head!

Two step stamping sets can be used in a different way again by stamping just the solid stamps:


It's gives a 'painted' look again, but softer this time.


I stamped all these cards onto the gorgeous suede-feel Naturals Ivory card stock, sponging them first with Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi inks. A circle was cut into the panel with a 1 3/4" circle punch ready to hold the sentiment. These were stamped on Very Vanilla card stock and cut out with a 1 3/8" circle punch before attaching.


I hope I've inspired you to try Mum's Love, with all its possibilities. Now, there's plenty more inspiration from the rest of the team - just click the button below to see what Allison Okamitsu has come up with using this fabulous set!



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Boys really are a different species aren't they (or specie as my youngest son used to say!) Last week I collected him from a fun-filled evening where he and a group of friends played 'army manoeuvres' in the woods. "How did it go?" I asked as he hopped into the car. "It was brilliant!" he said fervently. "I got kicked in the woods!" It turned out that this wasn't the highlight of the evening however. The boys had done further activities inside and "I got taken out on a stretcher!" said my son with great satisfaction.

I'd like to wish you all a very happy Easter and hope you'll join me next week for another great Artisan Design Team blog hop and more crafting fun :)

Monday, 30 March 2015

Free Stampin' Up products? Don't you go missing out now!

I'll be on holiday while my family are all home together but I just had to pop in to remind you that Sale-a-bration ends tomorrow... don't miss out!

GO SHOPPING IN MY ONLINE SHOP NOW!
Don't forget you'll get a free Sale-a-bration item for every £45 you spend
If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.


Now, I may be on a break but there'll still be plenty of inspiration here on Thursday as I've scheduled my project for the Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team blog hop. The team are trying something new this week as we're all creating something with the same set!  Isn't that fun?! Don't miss it will you!

And if you're looking for a last-minute Easter treat project, how about my cute little bunny boxes?


These are so easy to make with designer paper and the extra large oval punch and are designed to hold just a few mini eggs. There's even a video tutorial!



I'm getting lots of TLC after my horrible chest infection. This morning I came downstairs to find this:


Orange boats prepared by my cute daughter! See that little label on the 'sail'? It says HMS Vitamin C! That's what I need - not just vitamin C but also giggles! 

Have a wonderful Easter and I'll see you soon with a full report on our Puppy Easter! 

Friday, 27 March 2015

Another look at the Easter bag with rabbit ears!

When a friend of mine asked me if I could come up with some quick Easter gifts for the children, I immediately thought of my bunny bags from last year, made using Stampin' Up's chevron paper bags. Come and see:


These chevron bags are only £3.75 and they come in a gorgeous dotty design too! It's so quick and easy to give them ears, fill them with treats...


... and tie them closed with the heavenly chevron ribbon which comes in a range of gorgeous colours!

There's even a video tutorial to show you how it's done!




If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

They say you're never too old to learn and it appears to be true...


Here's Tuppence the cat, 85 in human years, doing a bit of swatting up on her history! No, not really! Actually, my youngest son had been sitting there with his history book and had just got up to get something only to find his warm spot had been filched by the cunning feline!

Have a great weekend won't you - and don't forget that Sale-a-bration ENDS on Tuesday, so don't miss out on those freebies!

See you next week,

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Little cupcake shaped treat boxes - Stampin' Up artisan blog hop

What amazing creations my team mates from the Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team made for March - and we haven't finished yet! Get ready to climb aboard for another crafty hop round the world!

INTRODUCING THE NO BAKE CUPCAKE!
For my project this week I've made a little something to help someone celebrate a birthday. Come and see:


I can imagine popping this on a colleague's desk, to surprise them when they arrive at work!


Isn't this the cutest little fairy cake?! It's easy to make with card stock and punches and the icing on the cake (yes, the pun IS intended!) is the gorgeous 'sprinkles' design from the Birthday Bash speciality designer paper pack topped with a pom-pom trim 'cherry'.

The cake is even cuter when you take off the top and discover...


... a single Ferrerro Rocher chocolate nestling inside! Very understated!


I made the coordinating card with the Balloon Bash stamp set. The candles on the stamp were coloured with markers and stamped in a row; the card was finished with the wonderful 'celebrate' banner from one of the other stamps in the set.


If you'd like to have a go at making the cupcake favour box, it's very quick and simple to make - I've made a short video to show you how.



I know you'll be excited to see what the talented Allison Okamitsu has to show you today. Click the button below to hop over and see!




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Don't forget you'll get a free Sale-a-bration item for every £45 you spend
If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

I'm really enjoying having my daughter home for the holidays. Yesterday she had me in stitches describing what happens when she phones home on the land line and her father picks up the phone:

DD: Hello, it's me!
OH: Who is this?
DD (indignantly): It's me, your daughter!
OH: Oh hello, it's daddy here!"

See you tomorrow,

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Sale-a-bration 2015 is nearly over - get your free Stampin' Up products now!

I've never seen Stampin' Up offer quite so many amazing free products as during this year's Sale-a-bration! The promotion is drawing to a close now and must end on 31st March so please don't miss out - click here to find out how to claim your freebies!

One of my favourite of the stamp sets has been A Happy Thing. The lemons are such a lovely bright image and I adore the little bird (you know what I'm like about bird stamps!) Here are three very different looks using that little bird:


I liked the idea of the bird against a strong background so I stamped him in Stazon ink, once on the Crushed Curry off-set panel and then again on a piece of scrap card stock. I aquapainted the second one, cut him out with sharp paper snips and glued him over the one on the panel.


There's a whole change of mood in the next design. This time I created a background for the bird by sponging Soft Sky and Smoky Slate ink over the small panel and stamping the bird over the top and aquapainting him. I love that wonderful striped ribbon - and this card shows that you only need a snippet of it to create a touch of interest.


Finally, here's a card I've shown you before: the bird was stamped and coloured and cut out with a circle punch before mounting onto a background stamped with Painted Petals. I like the tropical feel of this card so I emphasised it with a Coastal Cabana card base. Roll on summer!

I hope you've enjoyed these three looks for the price of one! Did I say price? Er my mistake - this stamp set is FREE as part of the Sale-a-bration promotion! Click here for details.


BUY THE SUPPLIES TO MAKE THESE CARDS NOW!
Click on any item to be transported to my online shop!
Don't forget you'll get a free Sale-a-bration item for every £45 you spend
If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

Look who turned up yesterday:


My lovely daughter! I met her at the station and we had a big hug then she stepped back and said: "Hello maman, what a stripy lady!"

Are you ready for another dose of amazing artisan design team inspiration? Do come back tomorrow for the blog hop and see what we've all been up to!