Saturday, 8 March 2014
Never let it be said that my Mr Winky is the most gormless-looking black cat in the world. Despite his nickname – Prince of Dorkness – I think this fellow has just snatched that title from under his whiskers.
This beautiful black cat really is called Prince, and he’s a relatively new resident at Woodland Nook Cat Shelter. I haven’t met him yet, as he’s always been too shy to come out. Fingers crossed this weekend!
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Are you one of those people who turns up their nose at kits? Well it’s time you took another look! Check out this collection of projects. All were made using the Good as Gold Card Kit (FREE during Sale-a-Bration with a £45 order) as a starting point.
The kit, pictured above, is designed to make eight note cards. It features eight spotty card bases with a hint of gold, plus all the elements you need to complete your cards – in three languages!
Let’s look at each project…
First we have a Thank You card, made using the kit and nothing but the kit, following one of the suggestions on the packet. What I haven’t shown (doh!) is the matching envelope. You get eight Crumb Cake note card sized envelopes with this kit, and each one comes with a gold envelope liner.
Next up is this cute little box. Again, this uses nothing but the kit elements, but I’ve turned the scored card base into a box instead, following the excellent instructions of US demonstrator Dawn Olchefske.
But what if you want to add to the kit? Here are a couple of cards I created using limited supplies, but still with the kit as a base. First I made a standard-sized card (A5 folded in half) and embellished it using the kit elements. I sacrificed the envelope liner to create a gold layer under a section of the spotty card base.
Finally, I made another note card, using another piece of card base as a DSP panel, matting it with Basic Black to give it extra pop. Another strip of the same envelope liner formed the gold strip. If you’re a canny crafter, you could even get a strip like this from an envelope liner and STILL use it to line the envelope, as the flap will still be fully lined. If that makes any sense at all!
And, if you’re crafting with the benefits of all your supplies to hand, which I wasn’t when I made these, you can go as wild as you like, adding stamped images, different cardstock, buttons and more.
If you’d like to show your friends how easy crafting can be, I’d love to come and demonstrate this kit. Please get in touch if you’d like to book a party – Sale-a-Bration is rapidly running out and I don’t have many dates left, so hurry!
Supplies: Good as Gold card kit
Additional cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Have you ordered these little Wooden Elements yet? You might want to consider adding them to your order as they’re very cute and fun. You get hearts, arrows, chevrons, speech bubbles, triangles, circles, banners and starbursts, four of each. I love them as they are so have just used them plain so far but you could ink them, cover them in paper, stamp on them… go wild!
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla
Ink: Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Word Bubbles Framelits, Wooden Elements, Retro Fresh Washi Tape
Monday, 3 March 2014
It’s My Digital Monday and here’s another 12x12 scrapbook page I created in My Digital Studio. Soon I’ll have enough to justify getting them printed.
For this page I had fun with the new Sale-a-Bration Digital Ensemble called One Big Sale-A-Bration 2014. This is a free download with a £45 spend and is packed with features. You get:
- See Ya Later stamp brush set
- Petal Parade stamp brush set
- You’re Lovely stamp brush set
- Decorative Dots stamp brush
- Banner Blast stamp brush set
- Sweet Sorbet DSP patterns
- 14-piece Sweet Sorbet accessory pack
Yes, it’s a pretty comprehensive kit!
I was inspired by a scrapbook page I’d pinned on Pinterest ages ago, but mine doesn’t have the same vintage feel - partly because the Sweet Sorbet products are so fresh and clean and partly because vintage looks take a bit longer to create … for me at the moment, anyway.
I couldn’t find a Word Window punch in my MDS punch collections – somebody please guide me if they’re there! – so created my own using a Whisper White rectangle, with the corners rounded. Then I duplicated it to make sure they were all the same size. I’m pretty pleased with the page, although the temptation to keep going back to tweak things is hard to resist!
Saturday, 1 March 2014
Friday, 28 February 2014
…struggle to find time to make cards?
…want to start making cards but don’t know how to begin or think it’s going to be expensive?
…love cool new products and word stamps?
…know someone who fits any of the above?
The solution to all the above can be found in our fabulous new Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit. The kit allows you to make 20 cards at less than £1 each… you can’t buy fabulous cards like this at that price! Just £17.95 will get you the following:
- Cardstock for 20 cards
- Clear stamp block
- Stampin’ Dimensionals
- Basic Gray Stampin’ Spot (1” square ink pad)
- Envelopes for 20 cards
- Hip Hip Hooray stamp set (three stamps)
- Adhesive die-cut embellishments
- Full colour instruction brochure
Pretty amazing, eh? Whether you’re a complete beginner or experienced crafter, I think you’ll love this product. I can’t wait to order mine!
Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit - 134998 - £17.95
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Today is a reminder that time is running out to sign up for my Mini Album class on Saturday, 15th March. Everyone who attends this class will get a Mini Memories Simply Created Album Kit, plus a few other additions to pretty it up even more.
In an afternoon, you’ll complete your album… or at least get it almost finished! You’ll need to bring photos along to add, then it’s just a case of arranging all the beautiful supplies in a pleasing order. This is really casual scrapbooking, and all the pieces go together beautifully, so no need to sweat about what goes where. I’m the world’s slowest scrapbooker so if I can do this in an afternoon - and I have done - then you can too!
The completed album would make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. Fill it with pictures of your children, or of you and your siblings as children… or of family members, a holiday or special occasion. Whatever you do to your album, it’s sure to be gorgeous as the kit is so well put together.
Don’t worry too much about the photos - as it’s a casual album, I printed mine on the computer, using good quality paper, and it looks absolutely fine. Unfortunately I’m not organised enough to have taken any photos of my project so you’ll have to wait to see it at the class.
I have places left for this class but I need to know ASAP please, so that I have time to order the kits. Please find out more about this fun events by clicking HERE. And don’t forget to tell your friends!
Been to a class before? Bring a friend who hasn’t and you’ll get a £5 gift voucher!
Not been to one of my classes before? Come along and you’ll get a welcome pack!
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