Monday, 21 January 2019

Reverse stamping with Nine Lives cats

This is such a fun technique, I can’t understand why I haven’t tried it before. It worked first time and blew my mind, so I knew it would have the same effect when I demoed the technique at a party on Friday evening. This little box uses the new Nine Lives stamp set, which co-ordinates with the existing cat punch. For this cute project, I stamped the cats on both sides of the cardstock so, no matter which way you turn it, the cats are facing you.
I’ll be posting a video showing this technique on Facebook at 5pm tomorrow, so please head over to my page and make sure you’re following.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Simple Stamping with Love What You Do

I have started new Cuppa & Card sessions at Bugs Tucker Cafe in Borrowash, near Derby. These are the cards we made at our first session. They use a lovely, spring-like colour palette, with blender pens to colour in the images.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Home to Roost Sale-a-Bration stamp set

This is my other joint favourite stamp set from Sale-a-Bration. It's called Home to Roost and we made this card with it on Crafty Friday last week.

The images are stamped in Crumb Cake, then coloured using ink pad lids and Blender Pens. Calypso Coral for this handsome cockerel's comb, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay for his tummy and tail feathers, Crushed Curry and Mango Melody for his back and chest.

Monday, 14 January 2019

By the Bay Sale-a-Bration stamp set

This was my joint first choice out of the Sale-a-Bration brochure... luckily my order meant I could earn more than one freebie.

Every £45 you spend during SAB (Jan-Mar) earns you a freebie from the brochure. I highly recommend By the Way, used here on a product-heavy card which we made at Crafty Friday.

Look out for two carryover items; the Sprig Punch and Braided Trim, both still available from the Autumn/Winter catalogue.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Bloom by Bloom one-sheet wonder

A one-sheet wonder was just the ticket to create a big batch of these for my team. My tip for a one-sheet wonder is this: Start with the largest stamps in the palest colours, and work your way down to the smallest stamps in the lightest colours. You can then use the tiny stamps to fill in any gaps and balance out the colours to they are relatively evenly distributed.

This is the Bloom by Bloom stamp set and I love its bold imagery. Even if you’re not keen on bright colours, don't dismiss this set as it looks fab in subtles, too!

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Happy Tails bundle card and picture frame

How cute is this little dog? You’re going to love him - you can stamp patches on him, like I've done here, leave him plain, colour to match your own pooch, or add the spotty image to turn him into a Dalmatian. Cute, eh? And yes, there’s a punch!

Monday, 7 January 2019

Home to Roost Sale-a-Bration stamp set

I’m back! Not feeling 100% but definitely getting there at last. I’ve been dabbling with some cardmaking and came up with this, using the new Home to Roost stamp set. It’s a Sale-a-Bration item, so available FREE with a £45 order. I have to say, it’s one of my favourite SAB sets from this year’s brochure.

Yes, I’ve used the Tin Tile embossing folder and the Braided Linen Trim from the Autumn/Winter catalogue but the great news is that these two items are both carrying over, so you can still order them. Enjoy!

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Happy New Year

Am easing myself in gently. Although I’m on the mend, I haven’t had the energy/inclination to create, so have nothing to show you just yet. But I will soon, I promise.

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