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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Amazing Life - Notecard Swaps

At the time of filming and scheduling this blogpost, these team swaps very nearly didn't happen.  My conscience got the better of me as I felt I could not  attend the meeting empty handed.  On the  penultimate eve of the meeting, I knew sleep would escape me unless I physically got the job done.  Consequently just past the midnight hour, muggins trotted down stairs and set too!

I needed something quick and easy and not too labour intensive as I had 25 to make - light bulb moment - Stamparatus, monotone ink would make stamping 25 card fronts pretty speedy!  It needed a little colour - stampin blends for an ombre look, but that meant the ink bled through to the other side!
Quick fix - cut up Sale-a-brations Botanical Butterfly DSP which is black and white on the reverse and adhere it to the back.... yes, I thought - that would tie in with Memento black.

You can see how I did the rest on the video.  I quickly filmed the beginning with all the cards before I gave them away - another light bulb moment, as I could then film the rest on another day. Eventually crawled into bed - looked at the clock and it was after 4.00 a.m!  So to the people I swapped with, please forgive me if there are slight imperfections - by that time of day, I could barely keep my eyes open!

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Catalogue Inspiration #2

Last week I showed you how I'd taken inspiration from the Spring'Summer Catalogue 2019 and am following up with the other two this Sunday from the Flowering Desert Make your Own Collection.

The one above is mine, and by happy or not so happy coincidence, I smudged the sentiment "hi there" when I'd finished!  Instead of a straight cut, I cut a tail, and added some linen thread to hide the smudge!   I also stamped in the darker colour all along the bottom edge.

Now, as you may have gathered if you watched my video tute last Wednesday,  I'm rather fond of these prickly giants which brought back such happy memories of our American holidays!  

From the catalogue sample - they appear to have stamped across the bottom of the sentiment, but I couldn't establish which stamp set it came from.  Having added the linen thread in the Calypso Coral horizontal card, I used it to "anchor" the stamped images above and tied that in a bow.

The changes aren't big, but little touches here and there do give the cards a different look!

Hope you like it.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Friday, 25 January 2019

Sale-a-bration Tea Time Framelits!

I often wonder where the quintessentially tradition of taking "Tea" originated.  My go to tipple during the day is usually tea, although I like coffee in equal measure, but usually have that as an after dinner drink, and if it's in the evening, probably the de-caffeinated variety.

According to history, afternoon tea was introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford in 1840.  At around four o'clock in the afternoon the Duchess became hungry and as the evening meal wasn't served till eight o'clock, the gap between lunch and dinner was too long a gap without sustenance.  The Duchess asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brough to her room during the late afternoon.  It became a habit and she began inviting friends to join her.  Some time later, the Earl of Sandwich had the idea of putting filling in between, and the sandwich was born!  Pausing for tea soon became a fashionable social event and during the 1880's the upper classes and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea between four and five o'clock in the afternoon.

Back to the card - The Tea Time set looks like fine bone china variety - and usually Royal Doulton tea sets have a white back ground and gold leaf with a floral pattern.  

I found stamping in versamark "free hand" really challenging because I couldn't see where I'd stamped and where to place the stamps for the floral images.  Cue the Stamparatus!  If you haven't got this tool, you certainly need one because it can help you do so many things - roll VT to see how!


Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Flowering Desert - Rectangle Stitched Framelits

I'm on a mission to use more of  the Very Vanilla Thick card stock this new year.  Oftentimes I reach for the Whisper White, and the Very Vanilla Thick gets forgotten!

This Flowering Desert stamp set can be so easily overlooked - but whether you like succulents or not, this stamp set has its merits!  It brought back happy memories of our trips to America both on guided tours and by ourselves on a road trip in a self-driven RV from Salt Lake city through numerous states one of which included Arizona where the Saguaros (pronounced "suh-wah-roe" - you don't pronounce the word with a hard "G") are native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and the Mexican State of Sonora.  

I love how you can build your cactus and watch it "grow" as your creativity takes you because there are so many different sizes of stamps and you can make your cactus as big or little as you want it to be!   Hope you like it!

Please note I have included the single item code for "Flowering Desert Cards" - You Can Make It Collections (A4 Cardstock) which is a single code 150972 for all the materials you need to make up the 3 cards shown in the 2019 Spring/Summer Catalogue on page 29.

If you prefer my design with the rectangle stitched frames, skip that first item listed.

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