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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Happy Sunday!

Hi All!  What kind of week have you had?  Mine's been a bit of a mixed bag.  Highlight of the week (long story short), the kitchen has had a face lift due to a manufacturing fault way back in 2009, which caused the vinyl wrap on our kitchen units to become unstuck or "blown".  The company were very apologetic - and gave us a huge discount to replace all the doors and drawer fronts at cost and it just goes to show what a horrendous mark up there is on kitchens when you walk into their showroom for the first time!  I chose white again, because I like the crisp, easy to clean look.

The bummer was losing our internet!  Fine when you have it, but darn frustrating when you don't!   I've been busy preparing for a new release Sale-a-bration event next Sunday and have finally got my goodies out to properly play, so watch this space!!!  

Speaking of Sale-a-bration, here's a technique called spotlighting which I used on the Inside the Lines Designer Series paper which coordinates with the Dragonflies & Dreams bundle  (page 26 in the Spring/Summer catalogue).

Spotlighting means you highlight just an area of your project and I've framed it by die cutting with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and layering circle dies then added a linen thread bow.

Thanks for visiting today and I'll be back next Wednesday with a video tute.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Fun Friday - Everyday Hero

Heroes or Heroines?  Well, for this week's Fun Friday I chose a Heroine, although the stamp set says Everyday Hero in the generic sense - my hero is my Mum because my late Dad left this mortal coil way back in 2009.  An unsung heroine, she sacrificed much to give us girls the opportunities she never had, which included all the extra curricular activities we enjoyed, French/German tuition, ballet lessons, piano lessons, the list is endless during our stint in the Far East.  French and German she felt were languages taught in Australian schools and she didn't want me to be at a disadvantage when she packed me off to boarding school.  Enough of my waffle - enjoy the video.

Here's what I used: -

Everyday Hero Photopolymer Stamp Set
Delightful Dijon Classic Stampin' Pad
Delightful Dijon A4 Cardstock
Whisper White A4 Thick Cardstock
Whisper White A4 Card Stock
Melon Mambo A4 Card Stock
Watercolor Pencils
Blender Pens
2-1/2" Circle Punch
2" Circle Punch
1" Circle Punch
Classic Label Punch
Gold Glimmer Paper

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Custom Tee - Bride to Be

As promised on Sunday, a more detailed look at the Custom Tee Bundle.  This set tickled me pink because it's got the "happy stamper" and a "Bride-to-be| sentiment in it.  I don't know many people who are getting hitched as I'm not exactly in my first flush of youth and my peer group are already married, or widowed.  However, I'm sure there are lots of youngsters out there who NEED this stamp!

I also love the different types of Tees.  The elements to add a tie, braces or a collar for him and even prettier ones for her.  Even better, there is a stamp set in the Sale-a-bration brochure which is FREE with a qualifying order and it coordinates beautifully with this bundle!  I love it!

Please note that the Designer Tee Clear Mount Stamp set is a Sale-a-bration set which is FREE subject to a qualifying purchase of £45 or more up excluding shipping/handling until 31 March 2017.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  Please spare a thought too for those who have lost their partners and are alone.  If you do know someone who is in this predicament, do something nice - call to just say hello and reach out.

This year hubby and I mutually agreed that it would be a chocolate free zone in our household for the foreseeable future.  Our godson is getting married in August, and rather than buying new outfits, we're going to try and get suited and booted with the gear we bought for our daughter's wedding over 13 years ago!!!!  Wish us luck!  

Bearing that in mind, my lovely other half  bought me a beautiful bouquet from Marks called "Wild Devotion" and I love these gorgeous South African Protea blooms - it's such an exotic combination with a few roses thrown in.  There were also some very full bouquets of roses from £80 - £100.  If you were able to afford them and make that grand gesture, I still think it's an incredible waste because roses don't last very long and get droopy heads very quickly within the week!  Cynicism aside, it's nice to take time out to reaffirm your devotion to each other as a couple on Valentines Day, but I can't help feeling that it's just another occasion to capitalise on for the big boys to make big bucks and restaurateurs, especially! 

Hubby chose his gift and I made a customised box to fit it in.   I designed it so that his card was an integral part of the lid and the ribbon was secured underneath the mat layers on the lid.

The box has a hinged lid which opens independently.

When you untie the ribbon, it releases the three panels of the card on the lid.

Of course I had to do a little stamping from the Sealed with Love stamp set.

I also stamped and wrote a message on the inside third panel, but it's for his eyes only, so it's not pictured.

....and finally ta-dah!.... a little naughty surprise - just the one won't do his figure any harm and he can stay on track with his weight loss program!

Hope you're all loved up!  Enjoy your day, whatever you're doing!  Back tomorrow with some stinkin' cute Tees!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

OUCH !!! and sharing a card

Yesterday while clearing up after a class, I dropped one of the larger punches from a great height on my toe and the shock of the punch colliding with my toe turned the air quite blue!   It split my toe nail and it's a lovely shade of red, blue and purple today and needless to say, it is painful to wear a shoe. What with the snow, walking around in my crocs in this weather ain't no laughing matter!  

So on a more cheerful note, I'm sharing this card I made for one of my class ladies who had a birthday recently.

I chose Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo as my colour palette and pulled out the Custom Tee Bundle and I also used the Playful Backgrounds photopolymer stamp set to create a background.  I hope she liked it.  Today's card is a prequel to another Custom Tee featured in this forthcoming Wednesday's video slot.  

This is the inside.

Are you enjoying the cold spell and that snow?  I think I'll wrap up warm and stay indoors especially with my gammy toe!

Happy Sunday and is it half term yet?  I do seem to lose track of school holidays and such because my children are adults now and I'm no longer doing the school run!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Sealed with Love - Explosion card

I'm staying with the Valentine theme this Fun Friday because......shock....horror.......February 14th is in four days time and this really cute set will probably not see the light of day till next year! Seems like yesterday when we were ringing in the New Year!  Wait, there's only ONE stamp that's specifically relates to Valentine's Day, so I'm thinking you can use the rest for anniversaries  and birthdays too as extra little "love" notes, right?

I first taught this fun fold about 8 years ago when I first started with Stampin' Up! and it's simple but with that sought after WOW factor.  Looks complicated, but it really isn't!  Enjoy and hope you like it too.

Here's the supply list: 

1/4" Circle Handheld Punch
1/4" Circle Handheld Punch

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