It’s Weekly Deals day again, so be sure to check out my website to find out which products will be discounted for this week only!
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
A bit late to the party, as usual, but I have finally fallen in love with the Spiral Flower Die! Armed with my new hot glue gun, I made almost 20 of these little beauties the other evening. Most of them were Summer Starfruit, to adorn these little tags I made for members of my Virtual Hostess Club. All 10 members of the club will be getting three flower die-cuts to play with this month; I found it took me a few attempts to get used to using this die, so thought they’d better have a few to try before they decide whether they “need” it or not.
The tags showcase the 2012-14 In Colors which, of course, will be retiring at the end of June. I’ll be very sad to see them go as they have been my favourite set of In Colors so far! I will be especially sad to see Summer Starfruit retire as, to me, it’s the perfect shade of “dirty yellow”.
The stamp comes from the Hello, Lovely stamp set, which we all received at last year’s Convention. I’m ashamed to say that I’d forgotten I had it and haven’t really made the most of it, but this greeting (it’s one half of a larger image) is just right for these tages.
If you haven’t played with it already, you’ll love the Scallop Tag Topper Punch. Just feed any strip of cardstock into it (5cm wide or less) and create tags as long as you like. I haven’t had chance to explore all its uses yet but have a great long list of things I want to make with this, so watch this space over the next few weeks!
Finally, my current Virtual Hostess Club is coming to an end soon. This is a fun way of spreading the cost of your purchases over 10 months, and enjoy being the hostess for one of those months. Places are limited, so please get in touch for more information or to reserve your spot!
Sunday, 20 April 2014
This is one of the projects we made at April’s Crafty Friday. It’s a blatant CASE of a card by UK demonstrator Sam Donald but I had borrowed the stamp set from a friend and wanted to make the most of it while it was in my possession. I love the Fringe Scissors –they are perfect for creating a grass effect, as well as many other uses. This is a lovely springlike card which could be made for many occasions.
Saturday, 19 April 2014
When Boris arrived at Woodland Nook Cat Shelter, his mood was generally like this. But I can’t resist a black cat so was determined to get closer! It turns out that Boris is actually a pussycat... he just doesn’t the other male cats... or the female cats. But he’s fine with people... and so far I’ve only received one tiny scratch!
Friday, 18 April 2014
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!
Thursday, 17 April 2014
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!
The small print
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