Thursday, 2 July 2015

Endless variety with Endless Thanks - Stampin' Up artisan blog hop

Hello and welcome to Inspiration Land! Every Thursday, the Artisan design team organises a wonderful blog hop to give you ideas for using all these wonderful Stampin' Up products, and today we've all got 'thank you' on our minds!

ENDLESS STAMPIN' POSSIBILITIES!
I am SO excited by the Endless Thanks stamp set! The stamps are made of clear photopolymer so you can see exactly where you're stamping and there are lots of words to mix and match; but it's the gorgeous stylised flowers and leaves that have captured my imagination. There's no end to the ways you can stamp these but here are a few:


Here, I stamped a border with a 60s feel and added a sentiment above it.


I do love this colour combination of Cucumber Crush and Pacific Point, with Mint Macaron background flowers and Watermelon Wonder accents. Epoxy stickers add a bit of fun!


With this version, I stamped that wonderful sentiment banner and added the flowers and leaves at the top and bottom. The middle of the sentiment was snipped out of a second banner, stamped onto spare card stock, and popped up over the first.


It reminds me a bit of a tattoo design but with much less pain!


For my last card I wanted to show you how easy it is to make a wreath using stamps of this scale.


TIP: Draw a faint circle shape with a pencil to use as a guide before stamping.

I've got heaps of ideas for using this wonderful set but, for now, it's time to follow the blog hop and see what the rest of the team have come up with today. Click the button below to hop over to be wowed by Allison Okamitsu!



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If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
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The heatwave continues here and seems to have brought Tuppence the cat and Eva the pup together. They've both been found slumped on the cool kitchen tiles together, too hot to care about having a stand-off!

Thanks for joining me today. Have a wonderful weekend and I'll be back on Tuesday with more crafting fun.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

My new favourite Stampin' Up goodies!

I've fallen in love again! This time it's the Endless Thanks stamp set that has caught my fancy - a photopolymer sentiment set with lots of words to mix and match, AND some fabulous images that I've been having great fun with! Come and see:



Aren't these flowers and leaves just so pretty?! I stamped them in Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder and Pear Pizzazz, a lovely cool colour combination. A sprinkling of pearls.


This is just one example of what you can do with these sentiments. I stamped the 'thanks' onto the card front and added the 'for your kindness' on a little banner.

Actually, while I'm on the subject of falling in love, I'm LOVING the new thicker white card stock! Beautifully smooth like the original Whisper White card stock, but in a thicker weight that's perfect for one layer cards like this one, or as a sturdy base for layers. Highly recommended!

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My daughter has been amusing me with anecdotes about her boyfriend's little sister who is four years old and as cute as a button. She's at the stage where she can be a little bossy so when she demanded to watch TV she was recommended to try asking nicely. "May can I please watch TV with you,"she said earnestly, taking the advice to heart.

Are you around tomorrow? I've got some more Endless Thanks cards to show you as part of the Stampin' Up Artisan design team blog hop and I know my teamies will be out to inspire you too! Don't miss it!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Good things with You've Got This from Stampin' Up!

The sun is beaming down on the heart of England and the flowers are showing off their beautiful colours. What an inspiration for card makers!


To make this simple card, I stamped the crosshatch background stamp in one corner and added the flower over the top.


The petals were coloured with Blushing Bride and Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write markers - they've blended rather well I think :)


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I love it when a heatwave sweeps the British Isles - people move more slowly and are quicker to smile. It's not quite so much fun when you're wearing a large fur coat though. No, not me, my friend:


That look is telling me that she is disappointed with me for giving her a bowl of water. 'I can't get in there!' she's thinking. 'Why can't we just go and live in the river?!' Oh yes, Eva has taken up swimming in quite a major way!

See you tomorrow,

Monday, 29 June 2015

Cute and trendy lace trimmed socks gift

When I saw Stampin' Up's new Dotted Lace Trim in the trendy new in-colours, I immediately thought how fabulous it would look on clothing. On a scale of 1-10 my sewing skills are about -5 but these cute trimmed socks are as easy as pie and really quick to make too! Come and see:




Aren't they the cutest thing ever?! Let's take a look at them in action!



These are the socks in cool Mint Macaron but I also made them in…


Delightful Dijon,


Watermelon Wonder


and Cucumber Crush. Phew! All that leaping about and I just don’t know which is my favourite!

Would you like to know how I made these? 

LACE TRIMMED SOCKS TUTORIAL
Here’s what you’ll need:

Stampin’ Up Dotted Lace Trim
Plain white socks
Needle and white thread
An empty 1 or 1.5 litre bottle

Here’s what to do:


First fit the sock over the bottle to stretch out the top.


Wrap Dotted Lace trim round the top of the sock, overlapping by 1cm (1/2”) and pin into place.


Simply hand sew into place along the centre of the ribbon, and along the join, using a tiny stitch at the top and a longer running stitch at the back of the sock. 


Pull the sock off the bottle and finish with a few stitches at the back. Repeat the steps above for the other sock.

TIP: Make sure the join is on the inner ankle of each sock for a neat finish.



What a bouquet of socklets!


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Life is a funny old business isn't it? I made these socks for my daughter, who would have been outraged if I'd suggested she wore something so girlie when she was an adorable little tot. Fast forward to 2015, and, as a student living in trendy Manchester, she was delighted with her gift!

See you tomorrow,

Friday, 26 June 2015

Stampin' Up products at a discount anyone?

You know that fabulous feeling when something you've wanted for ages turns up in a sale? Well you might want to check the Stampin' Up special offers this week because there are some Must Haves among them - including two of my favourite stamp sets! Come and see:


Here's a notebook I covered with Typeset designer series paper and stamped with the wonderful Choose Happiness stamp set. The paper was sponged with ink and the flowers and leaves coloured with markers.

And what about these little note cards?


The trendy brushstroke backgrounds and the sentiments all come from the indispensable Work of Art stamp set. I simply added punched shapes.

I can't go without singing the praises of the Fast Fuse adhesive. It's quick, convenient and strong enough for boxes and bags - and, once you have it, economical refills are available! To use, just run it along your card stock towards your body and flick to the right to remove from the card stock.

These are just some of my favourites on offer this week until Tuesday 30th June. Check out all the Weekly Deals below :)

GO SHOPPING IN THE WEEKLY DEAL SALE NOW!
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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.

My daughter came back from a toddler group sports day yesterday, full of cute stories about the little ones' antics. Her boyfriend's four year-old sister was taking part in the event and was thrilled to have won not only the Egg and Spoon race but also the Balance a Bean Bag on Your Head race! She became very hot and on the way home all the windows were wound down to get a rush of air through the car. It was too much for her though. "Let's turn the windows off now," she suggested.

Wishing you a lovely weekend full of sunshine! I'll be back on Monday with a fun gift idea for girls - don't miss it!