Thursday, 21 August 2014

Life's Adventure... moving home

This is a really cute stamp set and I have wavered over getting it for a while now. It’s a hostess set, so you need to hold a party or place a qualifying order to earn it. 

Fortunately, while stamping with a friend the other week, I discovered that she had the set so I stamped out a house in readiness for another friend’s house move. 

I’ve been making a lot of really simple cards lately, so decided to put a little bit more detail (effort?) into this one, and incorporated my last remaining paper doily (must get some more of those), some DSP and the very cute Chalk Lines stamp set.

Colouring was really easy with the Blendabilities. They’re so much fun to use - have you tried them yet?

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Age Awareness masculine birthday

I know a lot of people struggle with masculine cards but I try not to sweat too much about it. I think this cheery happy birthday, embellished with a few stars, does the trick. 

The greeting comes from Age Awareness (a photopolymer set), which is a fun jokey set. I particularly like 
“you look way better at this age than I thought you would”, but it’s not really appropriate in the case of my 
20-something nephew! 

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Caturday... better late than never

Sorry for the delay, been away and forgot all about Caturday! So, better late than never... meet Maggie, who has just moved in with my downline Kelly. She's an adorable little kitty, very friendly and affectionate!

Friday, 15 August 2014

You Little Furball Around the World sketch challenge

Well here’s an exciting announcement. I am the new UK representative on the Around the World Stampin’ Up!® Challenges blog! This is a fabulous blog run by a group of SU demonstrators to celebrate the company’s expansion worldwide so I was very honoured to be asked to contribute. The design team is made up of one demonstrator from each country (with an extra one for the Spanish market in the USA and the French market in Canada). There are two challenges per month and everyone can take part, demonstrator or not. 

My brief is to provide a project for the challenge which is posted on the 15th of each month (today!).  The first challenge for me was a sketch and here is my project, using You Little Furball. You can see the sketch, and other demonstrators’ interpretations of it, at the Around the World blog

I flipped the sketch (unintentionally, it just happened that way) and tilted the main element so that I didn’t cover too much of the cat. This is a small card made from one of our Note Cards & Envelopes, as I didn’t want to overwhelm the little kitty. The greeting is stamped on vellum - be sure to use Stazon for this, rather than Memento ink, which takes longer to dry and is more prone to smudging. Ask me how I know! 

Now go and see what the rest of the team came up with - and why not have a go yourself? The challenges are open to everyone! 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Tap Tap Tapping away ...

Some of my favourite things are on this card. 

1. This typewriter image, which I absolutely love. I love the style of it and simply the fact that it’s a typewriter. 

2. The simplicity. I love the simple design – quick and easy to reproduce and it doesn’t hurt your eyes!

3. Blendabilities. These are way more fun that I had anticipated. As somebody who isn ’t really into colouring, I am surprised to discover that I love using these fab new pens. 

4. Kraft cardstock. Yes, it’s there, peeping out below the DSP. Must order another pack...

Monday, 11 August 2014

A Little Kindness... Kinda Eclectic thank you card

Last week I had scheduled a day to clear out my craft cupboard (which is under the stairs, so has to work for coat, shoes and the Hoover, too!). The problem is, I tend to pull everything out, sort it a little, then stare at it in despair and give up. 

Fortunately, one of my team, Alison H (aka Patsy) came to the rescue, to help me sort, keep me on track and relieve me of any old samples and swaps I can’t use any more. She’s upcycling those to make cards to sell a hospice, so they’ve gone to a great cause. As for the sorting, we were pretty ruthless, and I now have a load of retired stamp sets on eBay!

At the end of the day, I needed a load of cards to send to different people for various occasions. But oh no! I’d given ALL my samples away, so had to start from scratch. 

Never mind, it gave me the perfect opportunity to give you a sneak peek of a little something from the upcoming Autumn/Winter catalogue. I’ve sent this card to Patsy to thank her - because I really couldn’t have done it without her! 

Oh, nearly forgot to mention... I thought I should try out some of the colour combinations from the lists I made for the new In Colors. This is the last one from the Hello Honey collection; Hello Honey, Cherry Cobbler, Lost Lagoon and Whisper White. I must try some more because, in my small terms, these lists went viral (more than 7,000 Pins on Pinterest and 1,500 views on the blog, which is unprecedented for me!) and I should really check out that the combos look as nice in real life as they do in MDS!

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