Saturday, 28 January 2017

Shoebox Swaps

Back in December I attended our team Christmas party. As a change from our usual card swap we took part in a shoe box swap. If you haven't heard of this before, let me explain. For our usual swap we make enough cards to take to the event which we then swap with other team members. The idea with a shoe box swap is that you make one swap then prepare the supplies to enable each person taking part to make the card - all these supplies should fit into a shoe box, thus limiting the amount of baggage you need to take with you.
We were put into groups of 8 for the swap, the theme was the new Spring/Summer catalogue.
Today I'd like to share these swaps with you. Before I do, I have to confess, I can't remember which card belonged to which person! So, will post and then edit as I'm able.
Maria's swap was based around the new Stitched Shape Framelits, which have been sooooo popular! In fact, so popular that the warehouse sold out of stock in just 2 weeks! you could choose between a snowman or Santa. However, since her Christmas card was in the same design, I'm going to show that again! You've got to love this reindeer!


Pretty Jar of Love card filled with flowers by Elaine Higham

This cute little chap is from the SAB set Hey Chick. Can't quite make my mind up what to call him since he's still an egg so not quite a chick, but an egg with legs! Created by Katie.

If I remember rightly, this bright, cheery card was designed by Teresa. 

A spring like vase of flowers by Elaine Kerr

Pretty bouquet from Pip

The googly eyes on this hammer card by Jane make me laugh!

And finally, my card. I used the new 'deboss' style embossing folder (Celebrations Duo TIEF) and daubers 

I have some more cards showcasing products from the new catalogue which I'll bring to you another time.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

30th Fiesta

My youngest son's 30th birthday so a special card is needed. I really like the pop up panel cards which made the style of card an easy decision - the decorative design itself wasn't, until I recalled that he loves Mexico -  immediately our Festive Birthday DSP, coordinating Birthday Siesta stamp set and Fiesta Time Framelits sprang to mind.
The colours a zingy and cheerful. The base is in Tempting Turquoise, with DSP and ink accents in Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo, reminds me of a piƱata - fiesta style celebratory colours!

Here is the front of the 6" x 6" card along with the coordinating envelope (swiftly made on our envelope punch board).



The big reveal - inside the card
The letters are die cut from gold glimmer card using our Large Letter Dies, the banner above the letters is hanging loose.

And finally, the back of the card.
I love that the card is fully decorated, so bright and cheerful.
I can report back that the card was a hit!
If you haven't yet tried this card fold then do give it a go. It's an instant WOW! whether decorated in subtle colours or blinged up.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Dragonfly Wishes

Well, this birthday certainly snuck up on me last week! Totally unprepared!
I pulled out one of our new bundles - the Dragonfly Dreams stamps and Detailed Dragonfly Thinlets to create this card.
The base card is Rose Red, a colour that I just don't seem to use and I really don't know why! Here I've teamed it with DSP from the Serene Scenery DSP stack, Very Vanilla cardstock and our lovely Copper Foil Card. The colour behind the veins on the dragonfly wings is Rose Red and Crushed Curry. The dandelion puff balls have Dazzling Diamonds glitter applied with Heat and Stick so that there is a little shimmer when the light catches the card front. A stamped sentiment from the set is mounted on an oval die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

I've used another sentiment from the set to stamp on the vanilla card inside, along with more dragonflies, Yes, those dragonflies again to decorate the envelope. Quite a pretty card, I think. I do hope you like it too.
Don't forget that if you place a £45, not including postage, before SAB ends on 31st March, you'll qualify for a free item of your choice from the SAB leaflet. Contact me for me details or order through my online shop.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Catch Up On Christmas 2

Today I'm showing you some more of the handmade Christmas cards and gifts I received. Whilst Christmas has passed, they are still great inspiration for future cards, especially when you're in a rut.
This is from Bridget
From Becky
Last month I saw a really nice looking tissue box cover which Becky had made, I commented how nice it was...so she made one just for me! How nice is that! 
From Gill
From Eimear, Yvonne and Marilyn
From Cathryn, Nikki and Lynn
From Sam
From Jan and Wanda
From Cary 
The gift inside Cary's super packaging is soooo me!
From Pat
I think you'll agree, I did get super cards sent to me. I do hope that you've had some inspiration from them.
Back on Saturday with another post, have a good week, Lesley

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Catch Up On Christmas 1

We're now getting into January. Most Christmas trees are down but I'd still like to share with you some handmade Christmas cards I received. Many have Stampin' Up! products on them but all are made by hand with love for the recipient, so all are worthy of mention!
I also received some surprise gifts along with the cards, as you'll see below
The first gift and card is from my Liverpudlian pal, Carole Bryson 

Another from Sharon Davidson in Ireland
These, along with a delicious Pandoro cake, are from my team member, Maria.


Next are from Lelly G
Some cards from my Ladies - Kati, Shan, Tara, Dee, Marian, Steph
From my Upline, Natalie
Two more of my Ladies - Ayoti and Lesley
From Karen
That's a fair few on this post so I'll stop for now and share the rest in my next post. Hope you've enjoyed seeing these lovely creations!
Have a good weekend
Lesley x

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

New Catalogue & SAB!


Today sees the launch of our brand new Spring/Summer catalogue and our annual Sale-A-Bration event. To view the wonderful products in the new catalogue, click on the image below, or on the catalogue picture in the left side bar.



Fabulous freebies await you for every -  £45 order placed (not inc. p+p) you get to choose one absolutely FREE!
Click on the image below to view these freebies (or on the image in the left side bar)

I will be sharing ideas with you but, in the meantime, you can shop here -