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

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Just For Fun - July

We had fun with masks at this months Just For Fun classes.
Not the mannequin type masks, decorative ones, stencils - Pattern Party Masks.
I was a little surprised that some of the ladies hadn't used them before but they enjoyed putting them to the test. We made 4 cards, using sponge daubers, sponge rollers, and..... a silicone mat!
So, lets start with the first one, a 6" square card in fresh fig.
Here we used the medallion style mask, sponge daubers and a selection of inks - elegant eggplant, berry burst, tranquil tide and lemon lime twist. Some of the ladies went for a deep colour, some lighter. A couple of them just used 2 colours - they all looked different.
The centre piece was punched using the daisy punch and gold foil card which was then given a 'hammered' look with a stylus. In my stash I had a pack of doilies from the retired catalogue which are vanilla on one side and white on the reverse. We snipped out the centre for the flower.
On this second card we again used the medallion style mask with melon mambo for both the card base and the ink. This gives a more watermarked effect. 
On the strip of white card we used another mask and lemon lime twist ink. The sentiment, from Feather Together stamp set, is in black, the thick bakers twine has been tied and then the trailing pieces unwound which resembles the end of a tassel.
This next card used the cloud mask - this mask will be oh,so popular! So many uses.
We used the sponge rollers and smoky slate ink on soft sky card. When applied by roller through the mask it doesn't look as if there is any ink on the roller and the image on the card seems faint until the mask is removed and the image revealed. Before removing the mask we traced around the edges of each cloud quickly with a chalk pen. The balloon and sentiment from the Lift Me Up stamp set are in real red.
Our final card is different. I showed the ladies how to further extend their masks by using them in place of embossing folders***. For this one we used the brick mask.
We used a different mask to emboss the copper foil card, using the same technique. The card is finished by stretching a piece of copper trim and topping it with a stamp from Banners and Badges.
*** If you would like to know how to use your masks in place of an embossing folder, thus extending the use of them as tools in your stash, do pop back as I'll be telling you how!
Lesley x

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Costa Card Session

As many of you will know, I run a Coffee and Card Session twice each month at my lovely local Costa coffee shop. I really enjoy these, the staff are friendly and welcoming, it's a nice atmosphere. Since it's a 'drop in', I never know if I will be crafting on my own or will be busy with people joining me.
The cards need to be easy enough for a beginner to attempt, with assistance, but enough to engage a regular crafter. I also like to change up the stamp set I use. Sometimes it takes a few cardmaking attempts before I come up with a suitable card. This week was no different.
This the start of the first attempt. I didn't get any further before I ditched the idea. I stamped the whipped cream onto crepe paper. I like the textured effect it gave, although next time I'd line the paper up so that the texture lines are horizontal.
I may have ditched the attempt but at some point this image may crop up on another card!
Next up was this card which you may have already seen on my Facebook page.
We had a little fun guessing game when I posted it to the page. The cup is in cherry cobbler to resemble a Costa take away cup, even the texture is the same! I decided that each person would have to wait around too long to be able to share the stamps. Did you like this card? Or was it too rustic? Too busy?
Then I moved on to this card. 
I liked that it wasn't traditional colours. There are some fab cards online but many of them are in shades of green and brown to match our coordinating DSP.
The whipped cream on this card is stamped onto a coffee filter, good textured effect, not sure if you can see it on this photo. There just seemed to be something missing. Can't put my finger on it. Apart from the cup and tag being crooked, what would you change to make it right?
Finally, this is the one!
In shades of crumb cake and soft sky, which pick up the colours of the DSP. I'm happy with this.
Thankfully, the ladies loved it too. One of them, Jane, has shared two photos that she took in Costa.

I hope you've enjoyed visiting today. I look forward to your company this weekend.
Happy crafting ✂️
Lesley x