Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy Crafty New Year!


Wishing you all a very Happy and Crafty New Year!!!
Thank you to all who have supported me during 2017. 
Lesley xxx

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Going back to November (seems a lifetime away!) and our Onstage event in Solihull. I was most fortunate to travel up in the Fairy Bus, the hired bus taking some of Kim Fee's team the Fairies to the event. These lovely ladies included me in their group and also gave me some beautifully handmade gifts. I'd every intention of sharing them with yo at the time bu, to be perfectly honest, I only finally unpacked them last night. This gave me the opportunity to revisit the love dished out to me from the team. Today I'd like to share these gifts with you. I'm sure that you'll get some inspiration for future projects.#First off though, I'll share the gift I received from my upline Natalie.
Presented in a lovely star embossed bag. After all, we are the Stampin' Stars team! Inside was a super kit which has been specially prepared by Stampin' Up! to be used alongside the new Stampin' Blends.
This kit is available from my shop, you can go to it by clicking here.
Also, a super card -

This lady - Jan (Twinks Stamping), really went to town! First the gift bag...
And inside -
A beautiful twinkly twinks calendar
A prettily decorated Pizza Box

containing a set of handmade cards

Also in the bag - a stunning box of crackers each containing chocolate
A yummy treat box from Kim Fee, look how she's prepared the outside with a cheeky message to tempt us to take a peek!

Inside I can reveal super treats!
A gift bag from handmade paper, who can it be from? Sadly, no name. What can it hold?
Hidden inside, wrapped in tissue are these delightful decorations for my home!
Such a prettily decorated box from Elaine Higham
And inside, a matching stationery set
A kitty-cat meant that this just HAD to be from Rebecca Wilmore!
and inside, another kitty- a sweet charm
Yet another gift from Rebecca, an unusual shaped bag,

which contains Balmi lip balm. Open the cute gold case and the balm is pointed!


How clever is this! A fairy team member- Linda Kasparian has made a fairy shaker...
..and all the pages inside are die cut to match!
Look how lovely these tea lights have been packaged by Bridget Metcalf. The box is decorated all the way round.
More super packaging here, another by Bridget Metcalf. Hidden inside is a face mask, hand gel (popcorn scent!) and some cosy socks!
A fabulous seasonal card from Sarah Lower - such a good idea to use the wreath as bicycle wheels!
Another treat from Kim Fee, she knows I love blue and this is a special gift for me. It's packaged so beautifully but I can't catch it in the light against the cello bag. Inside is a stunning Swarovski Crystal Pen in blue.
In addition to the gifts from Kim's team I also received this stunning card from the lovely Em - Emma Goddard, who has just made it onto our Artisan team - so well deserved!
A super smelling homemade treat (lemon and lavendar scrub) from Cal, Carole Bryson - 


Even the lid of the jar inside the package has been decorated..
A sweet card from Rosie Minors
I do hope you're enjoyed browsing this photo heavy post and that you're inspired to go create for yourself.
We'll shortly be seeing the new year in. Thank you for your company this year. Enjoy what's left of 2017, hopefully it's been kind to you. Celebrate and let's be looking to another crafty year together in 2018.
Lesley. xxx








Last Day To Reserve Yours!

Stamparatus
Reservations close at 6.50 am tomorrow morning - 1st January.
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This fabulous new stamp placement tool won't be available again until the new annual catalogue is launched in June. Don't miss out!































Thursday, 28 December 2017

Special delivery!

























Excitedly waiting for my delivery today - I was able to order a fabulous new stamping placement  tool  - the Stamparatus.     
Here's a quick unveiling -       
                                              

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Just For Fun December























About ten days before Christmas I held my monthly Just For Fun classes. I'd recently seen a framed piece of home decor online by Ilke Teschke which I fell in love with. There are many other versions of this to be found online but the colourway, size... just everything(!) was perfect! So, rather than do four cards, I decided to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) for this months classes along with a wooden tree decoration.
To be perfectly honest, I didn't want to change one thing on Ilke's design as I loved the original so much! It proved to be very popular with my ladies too. In the end I didn't create a sky with silver stars and moon but splattered watered down white ink to indicate snow onto the grey sky.
Using a 23cm (9") square box frame from Ikea, we die cut the layers of white and basic grey card to create our picture. The dies are part of a set called Hometown Greeting Framelits.
Just a tiny touch of silver the highlight the church. Also a few silver trees on the mount and we were done.

Here is a close up of the snow splatters in the 'sky'.


I forgot to take photos of everyone with their frames but here is one I did remember. Maria and Kati -

As you can see from Ilke's original, she filled part of the box frame with pretty baubles whereas we kept ours plain.
Lots of box frame samples online have wee LED lights inside. I have popped some inside my frame now but, to be honest, the spacing wasn't done with them in mind so if I were intending to use lights another time I would decide beforehand and adjust my spacing accordingly. That being said, it didn't come out too bad although the photos don't show how pretty it really is!
Our second project was a wooden tree decoration. I ordered the wood slices precut online from China and have since seen many decorations online using them.
First we used a retired punch (Confetti Stars Border punch) on a piece of scrap card to use as a stencil, we sponged white craft ink through it then we die cut the trees, deer and sentiment (Christmas Greetings Thinlets Dies, retired). The trees were glued to the wood before putting a skim of embossing paste (shimmer, new in our spring/summer catalogue!!!) across the bottom. Then we added a little more, patting it to create texture. The sentiment was laid over this and will be held firm once the paste dries. The deer was added too, a little glue and glitter or, alternatively shimmer paste on the trees.
Finally add some ribbon and a charm. Voila!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
With love
Lesley x

Sunday, 10 December 2017

#imbringingbirthdays back

I think that I was on time with this one - just about and by the skin of my teeth!
The stamp set is from the annual catalogue, Floral Phrases. The photo isn't brilliant I'm afraid.

















The card base is sahara sand with a layer of blushing bride on top. I then attached a white circle cut using the stitched shapes framelits.
The flower is 'painted' white with whisper white ink, then coloured with Stampin' Write markers and Stampin' Blends, enhanced with Wink of Stella. The wood grain paper is from the Wood Textures DSP stack.
A simple card but full of birthday wishes!
Lesley x

Monday, 4 December 2017

Reservation Wars!

Have you reserved YOUR Stamparatus?
Reservations open on Tuesday at 9pm (hope they've made allowances for our British winter time clock!)
You can reserve yours, first read the following guide below and be sure you create an account HERE (when read, just for a little fun, click on the Star Wars image at the top!):-




Sunday, 3 December 2017

Catch Up

I'm playing catch-up.
This will come as no surprise to some of you - I always have a list as long as my arm. But truly, I've got so far behind since we got Lily, our bulldog puppy in August. Or should I say, Lily, our bulldozer since she just seems to barge her way through life. This week I'm dragging even more as I've been spending more time caring for her since she had an eye 'procedure' on Wednesday.
Add to this the fact that I mislaid an important piece of paper, my #imbringingbackbirthdays list - seems I'm not actually bringing back any birthdays, having lost the list it's now reappeared and I find that I've missed some of the birthdays on it, I'm going to have to make amends. Hence the panic in Lelly’s craft room. I've also had a devil of a job trying to get some decent photos and have just had to go with what I have.
I do love the Wood Textures DSP stack but hardly seem to use it, having just done an early pre-order from the spring/summer 2018 catalogue - one of the perks of being a demo, I pulled out the new silver embossing paste ( yep! It’s coming!) and Wood Textures DSP stack. But do you think I could find my masks? In desperation I pulled out an old pre SU mask from my stash and got to work.






















The sentiment is quite pretty and is in one of the new sale-a-bration sets, a 2 box set called Happy Wishes - yes, another sneak peek. I coloured the flowers with our Stampin’ Blends and went over the larger letters with clear Wink of Stella to give a little bling. To embellish I layered up silver ribbon, mini silver sequin trim along with a clear button and silver cord (both retired) - these two items sparkle in the light. I think the card is much prettier in real life.
On this next card you’ll spot a sneak peek - again its a new sale-a-bration stamp set called Lots Of Lavender. 






















The central panel has been die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. The ribbon is white but has been coloured with rich razzleberry stampin' blend.

The fun panda on this card is in the Party Pandas stamp set, which is in the sale-a-bration leaflet.






















You’re getting a few sneaky glimpses of upcoming product today! Thinking back to how popular the chickens were earlier this year, these stamps look set to be in demand. Again I’ve used stampin' blends, this time to colour some white sequins.
Today's final card is using the Daisy Delight stamps from the annual catalogue. Sometimes we get so excited to get the new goodies into our hands that we overlook those we already have. The sentiment, also from the annual catalogue is part of a stamp set named Just Add Text.
The centre of each daisy has a crystal clear button, I have a few of these in a retired tub from a little while back. A simply but pretty card.
Looking back over, I can see there's a predominance of pink! Very unusual for me!.
Happy crafting,
Lesley x