Monday, 27 February 2017

All-Day Craftathon: Window Shopping workshop

I thought I’d skip Mix It Up Monday this week in favour of showing you what we made at the All-Day Craftathon at the weekend. The day was split into three classes, beginning with this one featuring the Window Shopping Bundle.

All the guests received the Window Shopping stamp set in their kit, which is tremendously versatile; in fact we used it in every class throughout the day. 
We began by making this fun box. It’s a slight variation on the hexagon box as it opens at the side, Pac-Man style...

You do this by cutting and reassembling the box pieces as shown below, then joining the two halves together at the side. You can download a tutorial here. 

Three tags go inside, using a tiny strip of the gorgeous Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper, which featured in all three workshops throughout the day.

And there’s a matching card, too. This is made simply by sponging colour onto the front of the card base, then overlaying the die-cut piece. Simple but effective.

This completed our morning activities, so we paused for a buffet lunch before moving on to the second class, which I’ll show you tomorrow...

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Caturday: Mr Winky and the stamping trolley (again)

Trying to unpack from a Stampin’ Up!® party is never easy when Mr Winky gets involved. He is obsessed with trying to get in the trolley for a good long 12-hour nap.

Today I’ve learned that it’s not necessarily the trolley which holds the appeal. Last night I covered some decorating supplies with my oh-so-useful black cloth, only to find it in a crumpled heap on the floor this morning. Mr Winky was sniffing around it last night and I realised, it’s the cloth he covets, not the trolley. I’m pretty sure he slept on it last night but he’s denying everything this morning.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Bookcase Builder Clean and Simple card

This is my new favourite stamp set – and it’s one which has been overlooked by many people, I fear... if the lack of samples on Pinterest is anything to go by.

I love reading so was drawn to this from the start, but resisted in favour of the bundles. I finally caved in last week and took delivery of Bookcase Builder.

I also took the plunge and did the unthinkable...

I confess I struggle with some of the sentiment stamps provided by SU and many of mine lie unused. This time, though, I was brave. I knew I’d use a simple “Thank you” a whole lot more than “Thank you for being my friend” so I took the plunge and separated the words. It wasn’t as easy as you’d think but it went smoothly and now I have the perfect “Thank you” stamp... and can add “for being a friend” to the clear block as and when I need to.

The card above is going to this month’s hostess, Tracey, while her guests get the smaller versions, below. Hope they like them – none of them has ordered the set yet, so at least it will be something new to show them!

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder gets the ombre look

One of my favourite products from the Spring/Summer catalogue is the Hexagon Dynamic Embossing Folder, as it’s so versatile. It goes with masculine projects, can be used to create honeycomb for bee projects, chicken wire to go with everybody’s favourite Sale-a-Bration set, Hey Chick... and here I’ve used it on a more feminine project.

It was inspired by a project I saw by the hugely talented Kristina Werner and uses a favourite technique of mine; watercolouring.

I began by creating an ombre effect on the watercolour paper. This is really simple: I wet the paper, then loaded a brush with diluted ink (Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peche Fraiche) and swiped across the width. Then, instead of adding more ink, I wet the brush with clear water. This dilutes the colour so you get a graduated effect as you work down the paper. Once it was almost dry, I embossed each piece, then turned them around so the darker colour was at the bottom to create these fun projects.

This last one also has a watercoloured ombre background behind the balloon. The dies come with three wide bands, which you can use to create a striped effect to your balloon. I used the darker stripe at the top, to make it stand out from the paler sky.

If you wish to purchase the whole bundle (stamps and dies) instead of just stamps, these are the codes you need:

Lift Me Up Bundle
Wood mount: 144711
Clear mount: 144712

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

New Sale-a-Bration products added!

THREE exciting new Sale-a-Bration products come our way from today. These are in addition to the main SAB items, giving you even more choice for the final few weeks of this fantastic promotion. 

See the Second Release SAB leaflet here

There are two great new stamp sets and an amazing new pack of 6x6" glimmer paper. Take a look...

To earn any of these items FREE, simply place a £45 order between now and the end of March. You can choose one of these items or something from the main Sale-a-Bration brochure. 

See the main Sale-a-Bration brochure here

Please click the image below to start shopping!

Monday, 20 February 2017

Mix It Up Monday with Birthday Bright

Exciting times for Mix It Up Monday as I have finally reached the end of the Peekaboo Peach colour combinations from my In Color charts

Experienced readers will know that what tends to happen next is that SU will bring out some fab new Designer Series Paper in the next catalogue, using my least favourite colour… and then poor maligned PĂȘche Fraiche will become tolerable and then eventually I will grudgingly admit that “I quite like it now”. This usually happens a month or two before the colour is retired. 

I know this because it’s happening already about the 2015-17 In Colors. I am already looking wistfully at Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder and, to a lesser extent, Cucumber Crush, and wondering how I will manage without them. 

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Caturday: RIP Pudkin

Sad, but not unexpected, news this week from one of my long-time customers, Tracey. She was very sad to report that she lost her beloved Pudkin, after 19 years. Pudkin had been struggling with kidney issues over the last few months and, despite having an accident on Tracey’s Stampin’ Up!® catalogue, she was forgiven. Catalogues are easy to replace; best friends aren’t. RIP Pudkin.

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