Saturday, 29 April 2017

Caturday: Cobweb and Slinky... together

Now this NEVER happens, so I just had to grab a pic. Cobweb (front) and Slinky... the brother and sister who “couldn’t be separated because they love each other” (according to the Cats’ Protection lady in 2003) have not been this close to each other since early 2004, shortly after they joined our family and almost instantly shunned each other.

What’s changed? It’s the lure of new (to us) furniture and a new throw purchased protect it. There is also a new (to us) settee, and a matching throw to protect that, but they don’t face the French windows so don’t catch the sun.

And of course, this pastoral scene hides a bubbling resentment and mutterings of “my chair!”, “no, my chair!” ad infinitum.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Window Box Thinlits - tall box with link to tutorial

Here ’s another fabulous way to use the Window Box Thinlits – again courtesy of Kirsteen Gill, who has links to tutorials on her blog, here. It’s a very clever way of using the dies and simply involves adjusting the position of the Big Shot plates, so that only certain sections of the die cut through the cardstock. Take a look.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Window Box Thinlits - extra wide box with tutorial link

I promised you more projects using the Window Box Thinlits, so here’s another one. This was created by following a superb tutorial by the talented Kirsteen Gill, which you can find here. I have never been the type of person who can create “different” designs with our supplies, so am always very grateful when others find new ways to use our products, and this wider version of the Window Box is very clever indeed. Why not give it a try?

And in answer to your question – because I know you’re thinking it – no, the spotty belly band doesn’t cover a join... there is no join.

And in answer to your other question: why did I use peach when everyone knows I don’t like it? That’s because I tend to try new designs in my least favourite colours. Usually they go wrong but this one went right!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Clearance rack updated!

Whoohoo! We always love it when the Clearance Rack is updated! At the time of typing this, there were lots of Halloween goodies available, plus some Christmas products and, notably, some 12x12" cardstock in Garden Green and Real Red - that one is definitely worth getting your hands on, if you can beat the demonstrator rush!

Don’t risk delays by emailing me as I’m at work today; please shop direct at my online store by clicking the image below. Check out the retiring list while you’re shopping as there are bargains to be had there, too!

Monday, 24 April 2017

Mix It Up Monday: Swirly Bird

It’s the final combination from the Dapper Denim In Color charts this week as I rapidly head towards the last few colour combinations for this round of Mix It Up Monday. Soon I will have a whole new set of charts to show you and I can start playing with the brand new colours. 

For today’s post, I’ve made a project using the super-versatile Swirly Bird stamp set. This set will be the subject of my Stamp Doctor clinic this Friday, but this one of the projects that got away. 

It uses three colours from the Subtles collection, which is not somewhere I tend to head too frequently! So it was quite a challenge but thankfully the Dapper Denim is there to hold everything together. 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Caturday: City ginger

Here’s a big fluffy ginger cat spotted by my daughter on her way to uni in Derby. She keeps seeing this one and, inevitably, is working on befriending it. As long as she doesn’t bring it home, that’s fine by me!

Friday, 21 April 2017

Window Box Thinlits basket

I’ve been sitting on (not literally!) lots of projects made with the Window Box Thinlits as I wanted the ladies as last night’s party to be the first to see them. I wanted to show the versatility of this fabulous set which, used at its simplest, makes fun hexagon boxes, but can also be adapted to produce so much more.

This little basket is simply made by cutting off some of the flaps and sides and adding a handle. It’s the perfect size for a roll of ribbon, ideal for a hostess gift.

I love this colour combination of Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron, and will be very sorry to see Mint Macaron leave us in a few weeks.

Seriously, if you need to order anything from the retiring list, please don’t delay as they are selling like hot cakes.  In fact, as last night’s party, I put the order in there and then, so we could check availability as we went along, and unfortunately a few people couldn’t get what they wanted. For instance, the rhinestones shown here are already out of stock – the good news is, a reconfigured pack of rhinestones will be in the new catalogue.

To place your orders, simply click the image below, and head to my online store. Thank you!

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