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Monday, 30 May 2011

Exploding Purse Album


This  mini purse is a sneaky peek of one of the projects I will be teaching in my Tip Top Notes class on June 23rd.  Pictured here is my prototype which I made using retired DSP, no point wasting precious current stock for experimenting with!   For the class I will actually be using the Springtime Vintage DSPs featured in an earlier post.  The embellishments and ribbon will differ.

It will spoil the surprise if I show you the rest, so book now and satisfy your curiousity as to what is in store!



Sunday, 29 May 2011

Clearly for You, Curly Cute


Lesley asked for something girly, so I demonstrated the use of bevelled window panes, the rock n' roll technique and the embosslit folder Beautiful Butterflies.  The butterfly is from Clearly for You and is available in Wood mount as well as Clear mount and there are 12 stamps in the set in the Mini Catalogue.  Also featured is the new seam binding ribbon in Rose Red.



Here is the inside of the card.  I decided not to stamp inside the card to leave more room for penning your "thank you" and used the same DSP, punched a scalloped trim border and just adhered it to the left edge in two halves so that the card would open and close easily.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Clearly for You


This was the Hostess gift, based on a pattern I'd done for the Inspiration Station at our team Quarterly Meeting back in January which you can see here.   I made this one based on the measurements my fellow Inspiring Inkee' the lovely Hayley made as a team swap.  You can find her tutorial here.  Why not book your own party so you can enjoy the benefits of being a Hostess and earning an exclusive free stamp set and free product based on a minimum of £150 net sales.


Here is another view.  I tweeked Hayley's design a little by punching 3/4" circles of matching DSP from the Neutrals paper stack  (page 85 Main Idea Book Catalogue) which is terrific value - 40 sheets of 12" x 12" with 2 patterns each of double sided designs in 10 colours) code 117157 at £15.50.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Baby Blossoms, Four Frames


This is the card I designed for the Make & Take at a workshop for the lovely Lesley last night with a group of lovely ladies too.   Her brief was to do a card using the Springtime Vintage Designer papers and something feminine.

The cardstock I've used is Baja Breeze, Basic Gray and Very Vanilla. I ran the Baja Breeze strip through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder as a background, layered a 1.75" x 1.75" piece of Springtime Vintage DSP on to a 2" square matt in Very Vanilla and topped it with a Decorative Label in Basic Gray.  I stamped and hand cut the polka dot frame from the Four Frames Set and used a stampamajig to centre the two-step stamping Baby Blossom image in  Pretty in Pink, Rose Red and Old Olive inks. The sentiment is from the new Level 2 Hostess set and I finished it off with some faux ruching in the bottom right corner.  I also added some pearls to jazz it up.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

A pressie from Buddy


On last week's WOYWW,  Buddy's Mummy, Kath, you can find her here ,was doing a give-away which to my surprise and delight, I won Wednesday's one.  It arrived this afternoon, with a little card from Buddy, so thank you so much!   Thank you to Kath and Buddy for the lovely card that went with it.

I haven't joined in this week's WOYWW as I'm too busy prepping for tomorrow's workshop and I'm trying to do a zillion things at the same time.  It's my lunch break so I thought I'd do a quickie.  My desk is not fit for ogling at today! 

Monday, 23 May 2011

New Class List for June & July


New class list posted on my website.  You can find it here.  The picture above is just a sneaky peek at the Jolly in July class.   New this year is a Mum and Me class.   I'm really excited and can't wait to show you what's in store, so email me to book your place and let me have your contact details and a registration form will be winging its way to you!

Spaces are limited.


Sunday, 22 May 2011

Owl Punch Art, Curly Cute


Here is another card I designed for my Owl Punch Art class.  A girly hippo, quite different from the minimilist boy hippo used as a bookmark in yesterday's post.   The cardstock I used is Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray, Basic Black and the In Colour Paper stack.

The sentiment is from the Curly Cute set.  Hope you like it.

Short and sweet - have a restful Sunday.


Saturday, 21 May 2011

Bookmarks with Owl Punch



These are a couple of bookmarks  made with paper clips using the two-step owl punch which I taught at my Owl Punch Art class.  The picture is deceptive, the hippo used a jumbo clip and is much larger, and the little girl is a standard sized paper clip.

I am told that the face of the hippo looks like a Moomin character!

I'm still recovering from a mammoth stint trying to sort out some issues on Blogger that I had on Thursday night well into the wee hours of the morning!   I kept on getting an error message and just basically couldn't log on to my blog to do anything.  I finally gave up and went to bed in sheer frustration and just as I got into bed, I picked up my laptop (by bedside - sad aren't I) for one last ditch attempt and found I could access it from lap top with no probs.  Hey ho, so guess what muggins did.  Instead of calling it a day, I just had to then upload the tutorial and card my club ladies did and I didn't actually put head on pillow till after 4 a.m.!  

I was a wreck on Friday, DH up in Derby at crack of dawn and eventually I just schlepped  (word?) around the house.  Best thing though,  I got to speak to Mum on skype and she's coming to visit later in the year  after a package holiday to Russia,  the Baltics and then to Blighty to visit me.  Hooray!  So the rest of Friday I was trying to sort out the bugs on the desktop - got McAfee to do a full computer scan which took 5 hours (eek!) and eventually learnt how to clear the cache and finally fixed it.  I am "forumed" and "googled" out!  Not a great way to spend a day off is it?

That's all for today.  Have a great weekend folks.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Sail Away, Something to Celebrate


This is the technique I taught my club ladies this month, a partially embossed image using the Vintage Embossing Folder.  Scroll down after this post for the tutorial  as promised which has also been uploaded on to my website and can be found here I made a wedding card using this technique which can be viewed here in an earlier post.

The base card was in Night of Navy, with a Cherry Cobbler mat.  I used Whisper White for embossing with and stamped the Sail Away image which is a single stamp (now available in the Mini Catalogue) in black Stazon ink.

I cut a cloud shape from a post-it note and masked randomly, sponging with Bashful Blue, and the sea was done in Marina Mist.  The embossed area was sponged in Cherry Cobbler and the sentiment is from the new Hostess Level 2 set in the mini.

Tutorial on Partially Embossed Folder Technique


As promised here is the tutorial for a partially embossed image using the Embossing Folders.   First I cut a piece of chipboard measuring 5" x 6.25" and then traced and cut out an oval from the centre of the chipboard - I used the chipboard backing from the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Papers bundle back in November 2010 - I knew it would come in handy one day!


Tip: Take your time cutting out the oval with your craft knife, I found working on a small section at a time was best. I flipped the chipboard over and cut from the reverse side too for a cleaner line.

Apart from the chipboard, craft knife and self-healing cutting mat, other supplies you will need are the Big Shot, Big Shot multi-purpose platform, one of the cutting plates, card stock and an embossing folder. The rest of the instructions are self-explanatory.


The thickness of your shims will vary from machine to machine. Just experiment to see what works best for yours.















The centre of the image which doesn't make contact with the cardstock will not be embossed.




Save the middle of the oval cut out, you can reverse the effect, so the centre of your card will be embossed, but not the outer rim as shown above.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Thanks for stopping by. Do leave a comment and let me know how you get on!

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

WOYWW #102



Goodness,  Wednesday races toward us each week at such an alarming rate!   Once you reach a certain age, you almost wish you could halt Old Father Time and stay "young" forever.

You will recall last week I had some lollipop sticks on my desk - this is what I used them for.  This is just a prototype, it needs tweaking and is a long way from perfection.  There's heck of alot more to do before it even resembles a carousel and I need to source more materials before I can finish it.  It isn't being made for anything specific, just a sheer bit of creative indulgence.  Apart from that there is little else on my desk. 

I've had to clear the decks as Week 3 in the month is usually my busiest time as I am working 3 evenings on the trot.  I was determined to visit everyone who played WOYWW at Julia's  last week, but fell short, only managing to visit two thirds.  This week, time permitting, I shall do the other third!   Thank you everyone who visited me, now pop back to Julia's to visit some of the other desks. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Owl Punch, Basic Phrases


Here is another alternative to using the Owl punch.  This is one of the cards we made in my Owl Punch Art Class. 

I punched four owl bodies in Basic Black, two used for the penguins, and the extras to cut two pair of "wings" so they could hold hands as it's an anniversary card! :) The Perfect Polka Dots background is meant to resemble a snowy background.  I used Not Quite Navy for the card base, Real Red, Whisper White, Bashful Blue cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Basic Phrases stamp set.


Sunday, 15 May 2011

Sunday Share


Well, this isn't to do with anything crafty, but I thought I'd share.  My sister-in-law and her husband came to visit yesterday and treated us to lunch.  As if that wasn't enough, she also brought me a beautiful bunch of flowers - these gerberas look amazing, so I thought I'd capture it for posterity!

DH and I both had milestone birthdays last year and she had wanted to take us out to mark the occasion, but somehow our diaries didn't come together until now.  We had a table booked at one of the lovely Home Counties Pub & Restaurants in the picturesque village of Eversley which is listed in the Domesday book of 1085. 

We hadn't seen them for awhile so it was lovely to catch up and chin wag to our hearts' content.

Enjoy your Sunday.  God Bless. 

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Beware Pirate!


This is one of the cards I designed for my Owl Punch Art Class at the end of April.  I used the faux wood technique for the ship's hull, cut the sails free hand, took random bites out of the Marina Mist pieces of card stock with a 3/4" circle punch to create the waves,  punched two owl bodies and sandwiched them on the prow of the boat and dressed the owl as a pirate.  Ooo-argh! me hearties!

Hope you like it.


Friday, 13 May 2011

Free Butterfly Easel Card Tutorial


Three whole days of Blogger being down! Considering the mammoth task they had on their hands to fix the glitches, save the world's blogposts and restore them, they only lost one of mine, precisely this one, they haven't done too badly although updates on what had been going on behind the scenes would've been welcome. I'm just grateful we're back up and running again! Blogging has become a way of life, and you don't know how dependent you are on it like motoring in your car until it is taken from you. Anyway, back to the important stuff...

As promised the Butterfly Easel Card Tutorial. Mosey on to the tutorial section, click on tutorials tab in the nav bar or click here to go directly to it.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Beautiful Butterflies easel card



I've been meaning to make this butterfly easel card forever and a day and finally I've got round to it.

Have to dash - this post is being scheduled, off to Farnham then on to Soberton for my monthly meeting. I'll be too tired to post after the meeting so am doing this before I go.

Tks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

WOYWW #101


It's taken me ages to tidy up to get to this point, (A)I've almost lost the will to live and (B) it still looks messy! UGH, it's such a soul-less task!

On the brighter side, on my desk you can see a Level 2 Hostess set which I need to mount, a pack of Cherry Cobbler DSP ready to cut to the left of the picture. In the middle is an oval cardboard template I've just painstakingly cut out with a craft knife - the chipboard was very thick! - and you can see the distressing tools are out to file a smooth finish on the chipboard. On the right is a box of pins sitting on top of some cork mats ready to be run through the big shot, above that are some brooch fasteners, top right-ish, lollipop sticks (need to find a use for them), and a polystyrene ring in the middle waiting to be decorated.

I am using these materials to plan a class in the future, need to find some inspiration as to what.

Happy WOYWW - back to Julia's to visit other desks.


Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Wedding Wheels #2


I've been looking at ways to use the Itty Bitty Punches pack and am on a roll with the partial dry embossing, so made another this time using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder straight on to the card base in Baja Breeze.

I sponged the raised dots in Baja Breeze to accent the dots, punched loads of itty bitty bits out of shimmery white card stock and sponged an assortment with Cajun Craze or Baja Breeze. I also dry embossed card stock vellum with the Polka Dots embossing folder, centred the punch over the raised dot and punched more "flowers" from them. I adhered some faux pearls for flower centres on the plain ones which didn't have any raised dots on them.

Initially, I toyed with the idea of framing the entire picture with the itty bitty flowers, but opted to put ruched Baja Breeze seam binding on instead. The trio of hearts stamped in Baja Breeze is from the Little Additions set (page 20 in the mini).

To finish, I applied some crystal effects along the bottom of the tandem and sprinkled Baja Breeze glass glitter on it. Hope you like it.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Wedding Wheels, Occasional Quotes


As we approach the wedding season and still gripped by wedding fever from the Royal Wedding, I thought I better making a "Wedding" card. This sweet tandem bicycle image Wedding Wheels is a single stamp from the mini - page 30(123475 @ £6.95).

I have had to take this picture from a different angle in order to capture the reflection of the gold embossing of the Wedding Wheels image. I've only partially embossed the image with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. This is a technique I am planning to teach my club ladies, so I will post a tutorial at a later stage. Watch this space.


Some Champagne Mist was sponged on to the raised embossed part which you can just make out in the close up of the card here.


For the inside of the card, I cut a piece of Sahara Sand 3.75" x 5.5", centred and cut an oval aperture, then dry embossed it with the Perfect Polka Dots folder. I cut another oval in Very Vanilla slightly smaller than the Sahara Sand aperture, so that the Pink Pirouette card base would be visible, inked edges of Very Vanilla oval, stamped the sentiment from Occasional Quotes - (a Level 3 Hostess set) then adhered it to card base with dimensionals.

I punched out a couple of hearts, bound one with linen thread and attached a faux pearl to finish.

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