Monday, 8 February 2016

Mix It Up Monday: Sprinkles of Life with Wildflower Fields Sale-a-Bration DSP

It’s Mix It Up Monday (just!) and time for another colour combination from my In Color charts

Just lately, I’ve been having lots of fun with this Designer Series Paper, which is free during Sale-a-Bration with a £45 order. I loved the Lost Lagoon raindrops so decided to design my project around it, choosing a colour combination to fit. 

I know a lot of people for whom the saying “it never rains but it pours” is particularly pertinent at the moment so I thought the clouds were perfect… but I added a couple of silver linings in the form of this silver thread and the wonderful Wink of Stella glitter brush on the clouds themselves. Some flowers added a final optimistic touch and some much-needed Watermelon Wonder, to fulfil the requirements of the colour combo. 

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Around the World Blog Hop: Sale-a-Bration 2016

It’s time for another trip around the globe as I take you on a second Around the World Blog Hop – thanks so much for joining me! I was astounded to get so many visitors last time; it was wonderful to welcome to many crafters from around the world.

This time our theme is Sale-a-Bration and I was delighted to take part once again, and be part of an amazing team of talented demonstrators. You may have joined me from Julie Davison’s US blog where I’m sure you’ll have feasted your eyes on a fabulous creation. After this, you can head off to France to see the super-talented Cécile Ortiz. But don’t worry too much if you get lost along the way, it’s a circular trip and all the destinations are listed below.

For the hop, I wanted to show you the gorgeous Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper from the Sale-a-Bration collection. I’m surprised this hasn’t been more popular with my customers but, as most of them have chosen the co-ordinating Flowering Fields stamp set so far, I suspect this will be next on their lists!

I’ve used it to adorn these fun self-closing boxes. I received one of these at Christmas from one of my team and was very impressed, but I’ve only just got round to having a go. Turns out they’re quite easy but I couldn’t find a written tutorial anywhere, only videos...

Ok it’s confession time: I don’t really like video tutorials. I’m a visual learner, yes, but I’m also extremely impatient and I just want to be able to skim to the bits I need and review them easily, without trying to scroll back, scrolling too far and ending up watching it all again. Also, it’s not always easy to listen to a video in a busy household. Anyway, I’ll stop before it turns into a full-blown rant! Suffice to say, if you can’t find what you need, you have to make it yourself, so you’ll also find a link to download a tutorial and template below.

The tutorial is in imperial, I’m afraid. I’d like to say I’ll make another in metric at some point but it would be a false promise, as I’m ridiculously busy at the moment. So imperial it is!

Here’s another box, using a different sheet of paper from the pack.  And please come back during the week to see some more projects made with this beautiful paper! Meanwhile, head off to see Cécile... and bon voyage!

Miriam van Eyden (Netherlands)

Marie-Josée Trudel (Canada - French)

Liz Goldhawk (Canada)

Kristine McNickle (New Zealand)

Julie Davison (USA)

 Helen Read (UK)

Cécile Ortiz (France)

Barbara Meyer (Austria)

Alisa Tilsner (Australia)

Anke Hämsch (Germany)

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Caturday: Warning... NOT cute

I’m a big fan of @MySwearyCat (warning - don’t click if you can’t tolerate bad language) on Twitter but think our cat Cobweb could hold her own in a swearing competition. Here she is, in full flow. It’s said that cats can make up to 100 different sounds... well we think Cobweb can make 200, and half of those are foul. She tends to clam up when visitors are around so anyone who’s been to my house will probably think I’m making this up, but honestly, she never shuts up!

If the above offends your eyes, and potentially your ears, please come back tomorrow for another Around the World Blog Hop, this time focussing on Sale-a-Bration!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Timeless Textures on a Tuesday

No Mix It Up Monday this week... I just didn’t get chance to make a project. Instead, we have a Timeless Textures Tuesday: if you don’t have this stamp set already, I highly recommend you add it to your next order as you’ll love it. I predict that it will sweep the Stampin’ Up!® world with all the vigour of Gorgeous Grunge. Here I’ve teamed it with some flowers from In The Meadow and a greeting from the FREE Sale-a-Bration stamp set, Perfect Pairings. Those enamel dots are a must, in my opinion, too – like Candy Dots but rounder and shinier!

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Caturday: A small black kitten

There are three gorgeous little black kittens in the Wendy House at the cat shelter. I have no idea which one this is; either Gabriel, Frank or Star? I think those are their names anyway; they arrived at Christmas, as you’ve probably guessed. I do love a black cat so it’s lovely to watch these three grow and develop into real characters.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Mix It Up Monday: In The Meadow with Wink of Stella glitter brush

It’s Mix It Up Monday again and time for another colour combination from my In Color charts. Except, I messed up a bit and have repeated a colour combo by mistake. I thought it felt familiar; I must have forgotten to tick it off on the master list!

So this card repeats the colour combination that I used on this project. I made lots of these as thank you card for my most recent party, where the hostess earned a staggering £118 of freebies! She really does know how to pull in a crowd, and of course the Sale-a-Bration factor helped a lot. 

What you can’t see is the lovely shimmer created with the Wink of Stella pen. It’s so difficult to make this come across on screen, you have to see it in real life. Even SU struggled with their official video, which you can see below. 

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