Monday, 22 September 2014

Endless Wishes cool and calm Christmas card


Next up at my Christmas workshop was this serene and simple project using Endless Wishes. I blame my stamping friend Ann for introducing me to this set, which I hadn’t even noticed until she brought a project to make with it to a gathering we had recently. 



I’m glad she did, though, as it’s a gorgeous set and the greetings really are almost endless, with lots of variations. And, because it’s photopolymer, you can mount several on a block at a time and stamp them all in one, as I have done here. 

There was a choice of making this card as a landscape or portrait, because the design is so versatile. We used washi tape to embellish and some blingy finishing touches; Frosted Sequins, which are a must-have from the Autumn/Winter catalogue, in my opinion.


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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Holiday Home Christmas card


Yesterday was my Christmas in September workshop, and an opportunity to introduce the fabulous Autumn/Winter catalogue. 

Everybody made four projeccts, with the opportunity to make extras and bonus projects. At the end, I asked people to choose their favourite project – and this was the winner.

 It’s made using a fabulous bundle of stamps and dies, which lends itself brilliantly to Christmas cards, as well as being useful for round the year, too. I had fun playing with this set but decided to keep things pretty simple for the workshop, so that we didn’t run out of time. 
The award for the most innovative interpretation of this this went to Judie, who accidentally stamped her snowman upside-down!


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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Caturday: Dalton


Lovely Dalton is the star of Caturday today. He was brought to Woodland Nook Cat Rescue a couple of weeks ago and is now looking for a new home. He’s not very old – just a few months – and is very handsome!

In other news, several people have asked about Dolly, the poorly kitten. The good news is that she’s doing really well and will soon be fit enough to leave her foster care to go to her new home.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Kinda Eclectic graduated stamping



Crafty Fridays at my house are always a relaxed and fun affair. Often I decide on a stamp set and colour scheme and then let the guests choose what to make from a sheet printed from Pinterest. Inevitably, this leads to some “freestyle” stamping, with us all making our own thing. 

At this month’s event we concentrated on Kinda Eclectic and the latest In Colors, although as you can see, I sneaked in some Baked Brown Sugar, too. 

I stamped the spotty border in Lost Lagoon and repeated again and again, without reinking, so that it created this graduated effect. 

The “celebrate” comes from a brand new, exclusive stamp set, Good Greetings, which is only available if you host a £200 party… and you get it on top of all your other benefits! This great offer is only running until the end of October, so book your party now if you’d like to take advantage of it!






Monday, 15 September 2014

Around the World Stampin' Challenge - Tap Tap Tap



It’s time for another Around the World Stampin’ Challenge! This time, for AW25, the theme is gratitude, which I had to confess threw me for a while, until I realised that all I had to to was make a thank you card! 

Here is my rather high-maintenance effort; I threw everything at this card and it’s only now that I look at it next to the challenge image that I see I may have subconsciously mirrored the background of that photo!

I began by brayering a piece of Whisper White cardstock, building up the colours using Crumb Cake and Baked Brown Sugar at one end, and Pool Party and Bermuda Bay at the other. I love the look of brayering and don’t do it often enough. 

But brayering wasn’t the end of this background; next I stamped on top using Gorgeous Grunge splatters in Whisper White, and some subtle images from the same set in Island Indigo, stamped off so they weren’t too harsh. 

It still wasn’t enough; I liked the look of the typewriter key stamp from Tap Tap Tap but thought it would be too big on this project, so found the similar image from Kinda Eclectic and used that instead. 

I still wanted more from this background, so I finally had to decide which was the top so that I could emboss it. My Big Shot is quite tight, and I forgot to account for this so some cracking did occur, but I don’t mind as it fits in with the grungey look of this card. 

After colouring the typewriter, I cut it out, then stamped the sentiment separately. I hand-drew a longer piece of paper around it, cut it out and stuck it on; you can see the join if you get really close!


Hope you like it! Why not have a go at the challenge yourself? Just visit the Around the World Stampin’ Challenges blog for more details! 




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