Saturday, 27 August 2016

Caturday: Benji needs a home

This is Benji and he desperately needs a new home. He currently lives in Belper but his owner has had to go into a care home and couldn’t take him with her. He’s eight years old, and indoor/outdoor cat and said to be very affectionate. Does anyone know anyone who can help?

Monday, 22 August 2016

Totally Trees masculine birthday card

I bet you thought I’d forgotten all about Mix It Up Monday, didn’t you? But no, I’m just running a little late as I’ve been away for the weekend. This project, made with another colour combination from my latest set of In Color charts, uses Totally Trees, a fabulous new set from the upcoming Autumn/Winter catalogue, which I know you’ll love. This set is extremely versatile, and you’ll find it useful for lots of occasions, including Christmas, I’m sure. 

Linen Thread

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Caturday: Ajax

Meet Ajax. He’s a very big boy... and although he looks cross, he’s quite friendly really. He’s one of the cats in my downline and was determined to join in the stamping fun by sitting at the craft table!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Best Birds negative die-cutting

No sneak peek today I’m afraid but I do have (what I think is) a quite exciting project to show you. 

I was playing around with “negatives” – the bits left behind after die-cutting, and wondered what I could make by planning the negatives carefully. The result was this card. I can’t pretend it was quick. I can’t pretend it was easy. As for whether it was worth it, I’ll let you decide. 

I backed the birdy piece with a sheet of Serene Scenery DSP. It’s a photograph of the sky, which is quite apt for the images, and shows the different shades of blue behind the birds quite well, too. 

Linen Thread

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Sneak Peek: Mountain Adventure

I am quite chuffed with this card and I think you’ll be seeing a lot more variations on this theme, especially if you attend my Christmas-themed events.

When I first saw this Mountain Adventure set in the new Autumn/Winter catalogue, I didn’t pay much attention to it at all. Then my mind started whirring and I kept coming up with ideas. This wasn’t my first idea – you’ll have to wait for that one – but this came to me overnight at the weekend, and I started researching the Northern Lights technique. 

I would love to see the Northern Lights but, for now, I will have to settle for making my own with ink and sponges. It’s very simple to do; all I did was sponge in stripes in my chosen colours (Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry). At first it looked awful, but I kept going until I achieved deeper colours. Next I dotted all over it using the chalk marker, to create the stars. 

The mountain is stamped twice, cut out and painted using Smoky Slate and Soft Sky inks mixed together with water. 

The greeting is embossed in white, and comes from a fab set called Tin of Tags, which co-ordinates with a new kit for making gift tags, packaged in a really cute tin. I resisted the kit but thought the stamp set looked really useful so just ordered that on its own. 

Anyway, I love this card (shouldn’t say that really but I do) and hope you do too!

Monday, 15 August 2016

Sneak Peek: Totally Trees

Would you believe we have another new catalogue on the way? It’s almost time for the Autumn/Winter catalogue and we lucky demonstrators get to see it a whole month early, plus the opportunity to order early, too!

I’ve accrued quite a few Flex Points (which are a bit like Nectar points for demonstrators) so cashed some in return for a fantastic haul of exciting new products, including this great new stamp set called Totally Trees. I love the retro look of the trees - there are lots of other types of tree in the set, too – nd have CASEd one of the catalogue designs here, but given it a Kelly twist. My friend Kelly does like to layer on an angle at the moment, so I thought I’d give it a go.  I finished it off with a greeting from Picture Perfect. 

It is, of course, also Mix It Up Monday so this project is made with a colour combination from my latest set of In Color charts. I think the autumnal shades of Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze are perfect for the coming season, as well as fabulously retro, in keeping with the style of the set. 

Come back tomorrow for another sneak peek that I hope you’ll love as much as I do!

Linen Thread

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Caturday: Scunthorpe cat

This cat is a lesson to us all. What lesson? That the camera CAN lie, that we shouldn’t judge by appearances, take things at face value etc etc. Because, despite having the grumpiest face I have ever seen on a cat outside of the internet, he (assume it was a he, most ginger cats are) was very approachable and friendly, allowing me to stroke him and clearly enjoying it. When I got home and looked at the photo, I laughed out loud.

What was I doing in Scunthorpe? Collecting a van for my husband’s relatively new cycle repair business. Please take a look at the website, I did it myself and it took ages! And if you live nearby, and have a bike that needs repairing or servicing, please do give him a call.

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