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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Tabs For Everything

Whenever we launch a new catalogue I order products that I like and think my ladies might like too. This can sometimes mean that it takes me ages to get round to opening and using everything.
This past week I had another Coffee and Card session in Costa, my local coffee shop, so I thought I'd use a set that I bought during pre order back in August. Called Tabs For Everything, I thought it would be a most useful set,along with the coordinating punch (see image below), but when I opened it I was stumped. Some of the images are tiny, though they fit the punch perfectly.
 

I played around with the set and some of this years In Colours and ended up quite pleased with the result. A fun card in zingy colours.
I needed to stamp the inside too, just a small, matching border to continue the theme. 
Now that I've tried it, I think this set might be a very useful one after all! Some of the ladies liked the unusual shaped card, I can see me using this shape on another occasion.
Sometimes it isn't easy to see the possibilities of a stamp set when we flip through the catalogue and we tend to navigate towards the obvious images but give this set a go, you might be glad you did!
Here are some photos of a few ladies crafting the card with me.

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If you'd like to join in one of my Coffee and Card sessions, my next event will be on Tuesday 24th October, drop in between 10 am - 11.30 am. Cost is £5 and includes a small drink.

I hope you're enjoying your weekend, we're off to take Lily our (rather large) puppy to the beach.

Lesley x

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

12 Weeks of Christmas - Week 2

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Two Coffees

I don't quite understand why, but I do love the latest coffee shop style stamp sets. I'm not even sure how they became so popular. My friend Pat says she doesn't 'get it' at all. To be honest, nor do I. I just like them!
With this in mind, I'd like to share two recent cards I made. One is using Coffee Cafe stamp set from the annual catalogue, along with coordinating DSP. The other is the new Merry Cafe stamp set from the Autumn/ Winter catalogue. Both sets work with the Coffee Cups Framelits dies.
Back to the first card. I made it as part of a shoebox swap when I gathered together with about 10 other demos for a shared crafting day. I'll show you the card then explain what a shoebox swap is, for those of you new to this term.
Here is the front of the card -
A Pool Party base card, the coffee pot and cup is cut from Coffee Break DSP. One of the Framelits dies matches with the cup, so that was quick to cut. I used  Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut the aperture and frame on the card.
Inside - 
You can see the stamped cup with the sentiment that shows through the aperture and I've also stamped some coffee beans for added interest and to 'pull the card together'.
Shoebox Swap - each person participating makes one sample card and then prepares a pack of supplies for each person attending to reproduce that sample. Everything that is required to make the card is packed into a shoebox and brought to the event. This is then passed around for each person to make theirs. So, for instance, if 10 people attend including yourself, you will take home 9 cards that you have made plus your own original sample. It's good fun! I got to make some super cards that day and shared time with my lovely friends.
My second card is one I prepared for a recent Coffee and Card session in Costa. It uses the Merry Cafe stamp set and I thought the sentiment apt as, due to the season, pumpkin latte is just back in the coffee shops. Yum!
Here is the card -
Please do bear in mind that my photography is very amateur. I have tried to show the super new Year Of Cheer Speciality Washi Tape in this photo. It is in lovely metallic foil shades , I've used a piece from 4 of the 5 rolls in the set on this card. To give texture to the whipped cream on the cup (without adding bulk and weight), I've stamped onto crepe paper, fussy cut it then stuck onto the card. A light smear of glue came through as I was adhering it to the card front, onto this I dropped a pinch of copper embossing powder and left to dry (not heat setting), to resemble cinnamon sprinkle on the whipped cream.
I really like both of these cards and hope you do too!
Have a good week and, for those of you who subscribe to my newsletter, look out for this weeks free 12 weeks of Christmas project which will arrive in your inbox on Wednesday.

Lesley x

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

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Friday, 29 September 2017

Four Seasons





















We made a card for each season in our Just For Fun classes this month. The stamp set we used was Colourful Seasons (see image above), we had a bit of fun with some of the backgrounds.
Here is the Spring card

The smooshed background and stamping is on white shimmer cardstock. It's difficult to get the shimmer to show in the photo but there is a lovely soft sheen when seen up close.
On the Summer card I stamped two deckchairs. Masking the first one when stamping the second. Usually an easy task but made a little more tricky by having to stamp the fabric area on the second chair at the correct angle. The background is created by inking the blocks with 2 ink pads and stamping then onto the centre of the white card.



The Autumn card is much simpler. The many shades of autumn are stamped onto very vanilla cardstock around the central sentiment. Embellished with 3 skeleton leaves, two in copper foil card and one in cajun craze.



My favourite card is the Winter one. Yes, it's blue! The background has again been made using the smoosh technique. The sentiment I chose would be great for any season and is not at all Christmassy. It's been stamped onto card which has been die cut with the stitched shapes framelits. This is layered onto a foiled snowflake. I removed the centre of the snowflake before sticking down so that I still have another smaller snowflake to use. The card front has been simply embellished with 3 die cut snowflakes.



This is such a versatile bundle of stamps and dies that it really didn't make sense to buy just one or the other. Also there is a saving when buying both stamps and dies together.
There are many super examples online of projects made using this set, I hope you have fun with yours!
When you read this I will be enjoying a weekend craft retreat by the sea in Folkestone, I hope you get some crafty time and have a super weekend too!
Lesley x

Saturday, 9 September 2017

My New Season Swap

A couple of post back I told you about a swap I was doing with Tracie St.Louis, a Canadian demonstrator. I also shared the super card that I'd received from her.
I am hoping by now that she will have received the swap I made for her so am sharing it here today.
This is the swap gift packaged, ready to be boxed and mailed.
The gold and white stripe is one of our gift bags. I've used a Foil Snowflake but turned it onto the reverse side, which is plain. This is topped by a snowflake which is part of the die cut made using a die from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlets. I've finished off with a Black Rhinestone Jewel.
This photos shows what's inside the treat bag.
One of our mini pizza boxes. I've cut away a square panel in the centre of the lid using a die from the Stitched Framelits. This makes a frame for the panel set behind.
First I cut a square of white card to size -  3 1/4" . I heat embossed clear stars on to the card then applied various blue inks to create a a sky. On top of this I added a die cut layer using stampin dimensions. The die is from the Hearts from Home thinlets.
To the die cut I smeared some embossing paste which I sprinkled with diamond dust glitter.
On top of these 2 layers I attached a piece of window sheet onto which I stamped Father Christmas and his reindeer in black staz-on ink (now retired). The layers were attached by foam strips to the inside of the pizza box lid. The tab opener has a Black Rhinestone Jewel on it.
Open the box - 
There are 3 mini cards. Each has a topper which has been made using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Father Christmas stamp. They've been shaded in the same way as the sky on the box lid but I left the die in place whilst doing so. This leaves a white border around the edge. The envelopes have also been stamped.
With the contents removed you can see the interior of the pizza box and how it is decorated with Foil Snowflakes and Stitched Shapes Framelits with a stamped sentiment. 
My final photo shows all the components of my swap.
I do hope that Tracie likes it when it arrives. 
I hope you like it too! Let me know what you think.
Have a good week,
Lesley x