Saturday, 30 May 2015

Stampin' Creative Blog Hop

Good morning to you all! Welcome to the Stampin' Creative Team's latest blog hop - The New Catty Sneak Peek Blog Hop, no less! 
Whether you've hopped here from Pip's super blog or you've just decided to stop for a visit, it's nice to have your company. I must just add, at this point, that photography is NOT one of my skills, so be kind! There is also a complete list of blogs at the foot of this post, just in case you get lost or missed one!
Our present catalogue retires on 2nd June and, crazy though it seems, our new one starts the same day! With that in mind, I've a little tip for you at the bottom of today's post.
In the meantime, let me show you my projects. The first showcases one of our new embossing folders - it's bigger, approx 6" square, and fits perfectly with of our stamp sets.



My first glimpse of this embossing folder, well, it didn't exactly grab my attention. But inked up I'm loving the background it provides. The original colour was Daffodil delight but I've used Pumpkin Pie ink to give the impressed image a bit more depth. The butterfly is made from radiator tape, adhered to card stock and then die cut. The tape is very soft and easy to cut through. Behind the wings is a piece of window sheet (our own acetate) which has had a bit of work on it. I'm not sure if you can see from the next photo but it has almost a tortoiseshell finish colour way.


The body is coated in Crystal Effects and dazzling Diamonds. Greeting is from the Flower Patch stamp set.
With my second project I bring some of the new In Colours to you. As usual, there are 5 new colours which you can see on the chart here:
And my 2nd project here:

Using Tip Top Taupe I cut a fruit punnet using the Berry Basket die, embossed it with the Hardwood folder, then added some ink. To make the picnic 'cloth' I used a stamp from Work of Art and the Watermelon Wonder ink pad on a piece of kitchen towel. Inside the punnet is a set of cards which would be perfect for a summer invitation or simply to say 'Hello'.
Here is, hopefully, a clearer photo of the cards.


The card base is cut with our circle thinlets from Cucumber Crush card, a layer of Whisper White, a top layer of Watermelon Wonder. Finished off with black 'pips' using the owl punch.
This next card is in the new Mint Macaron colour. I've used the flower and fern from Butterly Basics.  The flower is stamped and embossed in white, then coloured with chalk pen and, surprisingly, Watermelon Wonder ink. It looks much more of a rose colour when put over the chalk pen and mint card.
The sentiment is from Flower Patch, stamped and embossed onto vellum then placed over Mint Macaron card. Two tiny pearls in the centre of each 'O'. The ferns are stamped in the same Mint and also in Crushed Cucumber.
My final project is a set of mini notecards - just 3.5" square. The stamp sets used are Perpetual Birthday Calendar and Crazy About You. Whilst these are quite simple, they do show off the new card and inks.
Each card is finished off with a little gold or silver metallic bakers twine.

Before we move on here's a little TIP OFF for you: our current catalogue retires on 2nd June, our new one begins the same day. On the 2nd June you can still order out of the current catalogue at the prices printed. From the 3rd June only items in the new catalogue will be available and those prices will apply. Our Hostess rewards also change on June 3rd, so bear that in mind if you wish to place an order with a value of £150 or more, get that order in on the 2nd!

The next blog on the hop is Eimear's, I'm sure she'll have something special to share with you too! Just click on her name and you'll hop right over!
Here is the list of blogs taking part:
Anyone needing a list of supplies, please let me know as some of these items are not for general sale until 2nd June..
I do hope you've enjoyed your visit today and look forward to your company again soon.

Lesley x

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

This Weeks Deals

Here you go, more bargains - but for one week only!
Available from my online shop - button to the right.

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Over in a flash!

My graffiti style badge
As Stampin' Up! demos we just love to get together with other demos from around the country at regional events. you could feel the build up to Telford this year as swaps, badge, roomie and downline gifts were made. Busy, Busy!


Here is a picture of some of the items I made....
What's inside?
The bag at the back was a gift for my friend and demo Kim, it contained a planner and a matching card.


The smaller, striped box at the back held a Stampin' Up! apron for Christine to congratulate her on her recent promotion to Bronze 2, also a card.

The 9 video style boxes are woodmount stamp cases. These are for downline and friends. They were DIY Washi Tape Kit's. Each contained a Stampin Up stamp pad, a stamp, sponge, mini craft sheet, black memento ink and a roll of paper tape.
The swaps I made were for our Stampin' Creative Blog Hop Team. I cut a Mini Treat Bag, using the die, from vellum. The cut 10 small circles, 5 down either side of the bag front. Behind the left circles I stuck a sample of the new In Colours and behing the right hand circles,  the name of the new colour.
And up close...



We had lots of fun together. It all seems as if it was over in a flash. I'll bring you some more photos in my next post.
Thanks for stopping by.










Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Grab Yourself A Bargain!

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This week's deals on the slideshow below, grab yourself a bargain. All items are available from my online shop, button to the right. 
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Friday, 15 May 2015

Telford - Here We Come!

As I type around 350 demonstrators are preparing to start their journey to Telford for our Regional event tomorrow.
We make a badge, swaps and gifts for downline and friends.
I'm rushing around, as usual so am only sharing a couple of bits for now.
Here's my graffiti badge, made using DSP from our mat stack.

And some of my gifts, ready to give...


I'll have plenty more to share with you after the weekend. Cheery bye!



Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Weekly Deals

Morning Crafty people!
Here are this weeks deals, all available from my store - link to the right.
Pleased to see the Project Life dies and a couple of punches in there this week.

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Busy Times

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I can't believe how I've missed posting recently! Sometimes life just takes over, doesn't it?
At the moment I'm busy prepping for our Regional event which is being held at the end of the week in Telford, I really do need to get started on my swaps!
In the meantime I'll share one of the projects from the all day papercraft event I did a couple of weeks ago with the lovely Kim Fee. I don't have photo's of Kim's projects to hand so I'll share my project with you first and hers on another day.
The ladies made a mini book. Now, I do have to say, this was not my own design. I've had it in 'storage', aka my brain, for ages and can't remember where I originally saw it. In an effort to give credit to the originator I checked out google but there were so many similar mini books I was unable to pin this down.
Here is the front cover.

The DSP throughout is from the Stacked With Love Mat Stack. A bargain - only £6.25 for 48 sheets (each 11.4cm x 16.5cm).
Here are some shots of the inside....




All pages decorated with Stampin' Up dies and punches.
I hope you've enjoyed today's post. Do stop by again, on Wednesday I'll be sharing this weeks deals.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Weekly Deals

Hello, how was your long weekend?
Mine was super busy, lots going on and now, as usual, I'm playing catch up.
Since I posted details of the Retirement Lists the items have been flying off the warehouse shelves. In the excitement of all this I almost forgot to post details of this weeks deals - how remiss of me!
Don't forget - these are all available from my online store (button link to the right of this post, or simply click on any item) until Tuesday evening. Happy shopping!


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