Friday, 18 April 2014

Flower Shop and Hardwood

Happy Easter everyone! I don’t send Easter cards but, if I did, this would be work well I think… with a different sentiment of course. 

I’ve just taken delivery of the Hardwood stamp set after resisting for so long. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I have lots of plans for it. Here I’ve inked the edges of the cardstock layer for extra depth, and added some Gorgeous Grunge speckles, too, just because I love them. 

I’m taking a week’s break for Easter now, but will schedule a few posts to keep you going over the next week. If you need any urgent SU supplies, don’t forget you can order from my online store any time!

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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Simple smile

I made this really simple card last night. It didn’t go quite as I’d planned but, as they say, once it’s stuck, you’re out of luck! It uses some of my favourite products… the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, the Fresh Prints DSP stack and those cute little wooden elements. And I love this colour combo, too - it’s Soft Sky and Real Red. It’s a combination which works well for many occasions, including Christmas!

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Weekly Deals are here again

This week’s Weekly Deals are here! And I have to say I’m tempted by a lot of these products. Both of the Designer Series Paper packs are gorgeous. The Crisp Cantaloupe Ribbon is beautiful – and, if you’re not a pastels fan, try teaming it with Early Espresso. Silver Glimmer paper has rapidly become a staple item; just a hint of it will add glamour to any project. I could go on, but I have to go to work!

Back soon with some projects, honest!

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Doodling and watercolouring - two fun techniques

Here’s another of the projects we made at the Springtime Hello class. This involves simply watercolouring the image using the ink from ink pad lids and either a paintbrush or aquapainter. I’ve used Old Olive and Bermuda Bay and painted very roughly – you ARE allowed to go over the lines you know! It took seconds to do. Then, while it was drying, we had a go at a bit of doodling. Some simple lines with a Basic Black marker was all it took to create this fun effect. 

The final project at the class was one I’ve already shown you; this little canvas and easel. After my many attempts to get this project right, I expected the same to happen to the ladies at the class, so had lots of spare canvases available. Fortunately my experiences meant we could learn from my mistakes and they all went pretty swimmingly!

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Caturday: Loulou

I’ve only just noticed what unusual markings Loulou has. She looks like a tabby and white cat which has been dipped into a ginger cat. Most odd. Loulou is a resident of Woodland Nook Cat Shelter and is looking for a home. She’s a lively one but very cuddly, too!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Weekly Deals are here!

Today sees the start of some fantastic Weekly Deals! Click the banner at the top of the page to go straight to my online store and start shopping. 

This week – that’s 9th-15th April only – we have a range of Big Shot accessories at 25% off, as well as a digital download. So be sure to check them out. 

Remember you can purchase any time of day or night at my online store, which is becoming an increasingly popular way to shop. Shipping is £4.95, whatever the size of your order, and you should receive your goodies within a few days. Go on, give it a try

There will be more Weekly Deals every Wednesday throughout April, so keep checking back. But remember, each one only lasts for one week! 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Watercolour effect with Springtime Hello

The second watercolour technique we tried at Friday’s class was using a more traditional method. For this card we simply painted three stripes of colour across some watercolour paper. 

Some of us used Aquapainters, while others used a paintbrush; it’s all down to preference. And, of course, we used Stampin’ Up!® reinkers for our “paint”. Do experiment though, as I’ve found that some of the richer blues break up when you try to paint with them. Here we used Old Olive (of course), Summer Starfruit and Coastal Cabana. 

Once they were dry (speeded up with the heat gun), we stamped over the top in Black Stazon and spritzed with the Smooch Spritz. The ribbon effect is easy to achieve with seam-binding ribbon. Simply fray one end and find a single strand around the centre, then pull on this while ruffling the ribbon. Very effective. 

The card base is made from Shimmery White for extra shimmer and stability, as it’s a heavier weight than our Whisper White. 

I’ve had a busy weekend. On Sunday I was at Broomfield Hall all day, promoting Stampin’ Up!® and meeting lots of ladies who expressed an interest in cardmaking. I hope to meet them again at a class or event soon!

And last night I was at the Roundhouse in Derby, to discuss an exciting new event called Art In The Round. This will take place on May 3rd and 4th and involve dozens of artists getting together to display and sell their work, as well as some of them (including me) offering “have a go” workshops. I’ll post more about this event nearer the time. 

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