Saturday, 26 May 2018

Caturday: Indy

Last week we had Ruby... this week it's her housemate Indy, "helping" on the computer. He's a truly handsome specimen, isn't he?

Friday, 25 May 2018

Retiring product focus: Marquee Messages and Tutti Frutti Designer Series Paper


All good things come to an end, even catalogues and favourite stamp sets such as Marquee Messages.

But we all have to move forward at some point, so this is my last look back... from now on I will be looking forward all the way! I couldn’t leave the old catalogue behind without one last play with the beautiful Tutti Frutti DSP and this really fun stamp set. Love it!

My favourite way to use this main image is paper piecing, and the chalk marker makes the letters and lights stand out. I have seen the arrow embellished with tiny pearls on each circle, which looks fabulous, but you know me... I couldn’t bring myself to be THAT extravagant!


This is a great set to use for teenagers, so if you have any of those in your life I suggest you invest in this stamp set before it leaves us forever. And perhaps pour yourself a glass of something strengthening, as those teenage years can be challenging, to say the least. It does get better, I promise!

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Colour combinations for the Stampin' Up!® Colour Revamp


This year I have created a whopping 210 colour combinations for you to use and enjoy. These take in not just the new In Colors™ as normal, but the six returning colours and 10 brand new colours. It’s taken me ages!

With 21 colour charts, it would be impractical to attempt to show them here, so I’ve posted them over on Facebook.

Please click here to see the 2018 colour charts


You don’t have to be a Facebook member to view them. I hope you like them! And please, if you enjoy my colour combinations and especially if you use any of them, please tag me in your post or let me know in the comments.

Thank you!




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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Sneak Peek: Sympathy, masculine, birthday... Rooted In Nature does it all


To me, this card really evokes a woodland glade on a summer day, with rays of sunshine filtering through the tree canopy. A bit fanciful, perhaps, it IS just a card, after all.

In fact, it is one of the first cards I made for my display at OnStage Telford, when I received my box of goodies back in February. I really love this Rooted in Nature stamp set, and the wooden elements which continue the leafy theme. The ribbon is Granny Apple Green, one of my favourite new colours – it’s so vibrant and happy and, here, adds a touch of zing to an otherwise relatively subdued project.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Sneak peek: Hand Delivered new hostess stamp set


This is a REALLY fun stamp set, but I confess it was a little out of my comfort zone when I first received it back in February, for my Display Board projects.

But after a shaky start, I did manage to create these three beauties... and soon realised that I really should expand my crafting horizons as stamping outside of your comfort zone can be really satisfying.

For the top card, I really pushed the boat out: lots of die-cutting, fussy cutting, colouring with Stampin’ Blends and embossing! Definitely not one for a Make & Take but it’s a lovely special occasion card.


For this card, I stuck to bold, primary shades... little realising that these colours would be so on-trend this year. I adore that Granny Apple Green ribbon, it’s so vivid.


For this project, I used the little flower stamp to create a subtle background – really old-skool, eh? – but with 21st-century sponged, layered ovals and a whole heap of fussy cutting around those balloons.

All the images are coloured with the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers, which are coming back soon... and in even more colours than before. Can’t wait!

If you’d like to get your hands on this stamp set, it’s available from June but only for hostesses... so get that party booked ASAP!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Caturday: Ruby


This is Ruby, the beautiful Ragdoll belonging to one of my customers, Pat. Ruby likes to get into everything - and what self-respecting cat could resist a basket?

Friday, 18 May 2018

A crafty gift for a crafty lady


A friend asked me for a gift voucher with a difference for her mother. Apparently her mum has “plenty of craft stuff already” (ha ha, how deluded are non-crafty people?) so she wanted to treat her to some classes – what a lovely idea.

I thought Crafty Friday would be the best “starter ” class for somebody who hasn’t experienced the full rowdiness of my evening or all-day events, but because you and I both know that you can never have “plenty of craft stuff already”, I have provided the option to use these vouchers for other events or products if the recipient prefers...


I’ve used outgoing colours Sweet Sugarplum and Soft Sky, because they go so beautifully together and I couldn’t let them leave us without one last play... or two... or three...


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