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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Never too old to learn!

Do you remember  "A Nice Cuppa"?  If not, you can see it here.  They retired the stamp set and dies and those darling embellishments which went with it together with the 6"x 6" DSP stack and it made me sad because I think here in the UK we are a nation of mostly tea drinkers.  In our household, it's 50/50 - hubby can't start his day without a cup of coffee and  usually consumes 3 or 4 a day with the occasional tea, whereas I usually have tea and occasionally a coffee.  Generally speaking caffeine in coffee keeps me awake, so I tend to ask for de-caffeinated especially if we're dining out and rounding our meal off with coffee in the evening.

This week, I learnt that to make the perfect brew - you need to use purified water, or filtered water, and freshly boiled water poured over the tea bag and leave it to steep  in the cup for 5 minutes before it's ready to drink.  Apparently it's even better if it's in a red cup (not essential but there is some psychological jiggery pokery to the brain that says it is)!  So of course  we acquired a water filter jug to test this claim and much to our surprise, it really did taste better and you don't get that awful scum on the top of your cup.   Since making that discovery, hubby is drinking tea and coffee in equal measure!

So as I don't have the stamps or tools to showcase a cup of tea, here's one with coffee instead!

Happy Sunday!

Friday, 21 July 2017

Entire 2017-18 Annual Catalogue Washi Tape Collection in a box!

Yay!  I made a box that stores the entire collection of washi tape collection in our current catalogue and that's made me SO happy!  Nice and organised all in one place!  lol!  Little things amusing little minds .... he he!  Do you want to make your own too?

The Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP is just the right weight of DSP to make it fairly sturdy - enjoy!  I haven't shown you how to make the label so that you can create your own and be as fancy as you like. Enjoy!

The materials needed to make the box is listed below, but I have also listed the materials I used for making the tag pictured in the photo, and these additional materials appear after the Simply Scored tool.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Orange Blossom Loveliness

Did you miss this in the Annual Catalogue?  Well I did too, until I realised the orange image in this stamp set complimented the Lemon Zest stamp set and I can visualise that orange becoming a lime in a future project, and somehow, it convinced me that this was a "must have" set too!  

I also love the sentiments in it.  This card was inspired by Dawn Griffith, but I've changed the stamp set and used an embossing folder instead of DSP.    It's another take on the "Z" fold, but through a Lots of Labels window - so stinkin' cute!

Did you know that if you click on the pictures, it will take you direct to the item in my online store which will give you more detail on the product and you can place an order if you wish.  It would be very much appreciated. 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Hello Friend and Tree Rings

Good day everyone!  Earlier this July I taught the Faux Handmade Paper technique in one of my classes and I know that not everybody is comfortable with crumpling up a pristine sheet of card stock.  You can pay a fortune for handmade mulberry paper, and you could quite easily create that handmade look at practically no cost at all!

It is a technique I taught many, many years ago, but I re-visited it and updated it with new stamps.  If you've never done it before here's how.  

You need card stock about 110 gsm which is  the weight of SU coloured card stock.  First you stamp the card stock with a background stamp which correlates with the colour of the card stock you've chosen, then spritz the back (unstamped side) with water and (be brave) crumple it up!  Unravel and repeat until you have the desired distressed look.  Be gentle while the paper is still wet as it may tear. Carefully spread it out and allow to dry thoroughly before working with it.

Of course you can use a bold and contrasting ink colour that compliments your card stock, but I prefer the more subtle look by using the same colour ink as the card stock.  There's no hard and fast rule and, after all, crafting is all about your creativity so experiment and see what you come up with.

Can you spot that new Starburst punch?  I just love how easy it is to make an accent pop!

New to stamping?  Wondered how there are 3 shades of Berry Burst ink?  Simply ink the stamp once, then keep stamping without re-inking twice more for  progressively paler shades!  Easy when you know how!  (grins).

If you're wondering what materials I used, I've listed them here.  If you click on the pictures, they all link to the product in my online store so do have a look around - there is more detailed info on the products FYI and if you wish to take advantage of the Bonus Coupon promotion in July, click here for more information.  

Stampin' hugs and smiles!  Have a great day!

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