Monday, 17 February 2014

Life in the Forest is here!

From my first sight of the Spring / Summer catalogue way back in December, I knew I 'needed' the Life in the Forest set. The fox, the mouse, the toadstool, I loved it!!

This is a project I thought of while I was waiting for it to arrive and I loved making it! It's pretty hand cut intensive, which is unusual for me as most people know I'm allergic to cutting out ..... my usual question is "it's lovely, does it have a matching punch / framelits"?



I brayered the background, having only recently got back into the brayering malarky. The trees, toadstools and those cute creatures were all paper pieced; the mouse's ears took some careful cutting! I cut outside of the line to make it look a bit like raw edge applique.


The only image that didn't make it into this piece was the hedgehog, but it won't be long before he makes an appearance! I think the fox is still my favourite with plenty more makes to come featuring him. 


If you would like to have a go at making your own, please contact me to order your own set of cute creatures.

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Thursday, 9 January 2014

Happy New Year ....

The tree and decorations are down and packed away for another new year (anyone else missing the twinkling lights?) and back in to full swing for 2014.

The new bareness of the house inspired me, or made me, make a new wall hanging, but this time one that will stay up all year long. It's a project that I've had in mind for a while but it took a while for the right papers, photos and details to come together.

SNEAK PEAK ALERT

Just one of the perks of being a demo is that we get to see and buy products before they are on general sale. After seeing this one on a demo booth at Convention, it was one I simply had to have!! You know what I mean!

Several years ago, we were sorting papers and photos following the death of a Great Aunt (great in both ways xx), I found an old leather wallet with some small photos in that none of the family had ever seen before. On close inspection we spotted our Aunt on them, but unfortunately we don't know anybody else on the photos. We think they were taken at the Old Town Hall in the late 1920's.

Here's my project .....

I had the photos copied and several resized, the small photos are the size of the originals! I used a box frame that I bought too long ago and the very gorgeous Venetian Romance papers - these are my most favourite papers, ever! Have you spotted the sneak peak?


Here you go!! It is the most fabulous die to make 3D flowers. I love this so much and was determined to incorporate them on my project that I had to wait until I could preorder this die.


This is my favourite of all of the pictures. My Aunt is on the left and is absolutely taken with the giggles. I think it's my favourite as it's how I remember her; she was a rum'un as she would say!


I left a space in one slot to add some journalling. As my hand is still recovering, my writing leaves a lot to be desired so I will fill this in later.


The picture when no one was looking!! I just had to include this one.

 
And here's one lase, close up look at those gorgeous flowers.

The new Spring Summer Catalogue will be available soon. I will post a link as soon as I can or if you would prefer a hard copy, please get in touch... there are some beautiful things awaiting!

Don't forget we have the main event of the year coming soon, Sale-a-Bration when you can earn fabulous products for free!! Contact me to find out more or book an event.



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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Convention Swaps ...


A very quick post to share my Convention swaps. As soon as I saw the Wetlands stamp set in the new catalogue, I knew it would be at the top of my wish list and on my first order (and it was!)


I also used My Digital Studio to design my labels. I love, love, love this programme for designing craft projects and stationary, it's so versatile!


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Friday, 22 November 2013

Roomie Roomie Gift

It's a tradition to make a gift for your Convention roomie, but when your roomie is also your upline, it calls for something extra special! And sparkly!

Ever since I first saw Breakfast at Tiffany's, I would all love a little blue box, from that extra special jewellers! And a gorgeous Givenchy dress, just like Audrey's! So that was my inspiration for my gift box.


I made a super sparkly necklace with a beautiful Swarovski heart that really does sparkle!


I always like to add a little extra to the clasp too; these are beautiful aquamarine Swarovski beads.


Fingers crossed she likes it!


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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Sparkle, glisten and pearl ....

... this is one of the Christmas cards we made at the last Stamp a Stack class of 2013 and my favourite one! I think there's a very good chance I will be making these for my own Christmas cards, I'm a clean and simple girl at heart!!!

The blank is made using some vanilla pearlised card from my stash that has a real shimmer effect.


I adore the extra large star stamp which is available as part of the single Christmas stamp range, have you got yours yet? This was heat embossed in gold and folded to git it a 3D effect.


A "Merry" from the Expressions framelits cut in red glimmer paper carries on the contemporary feel.



Even the insert was embossed! It is made from pearl paper from my stash for a little bit of added luxury.

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Sunday, 17 November 2013

The countdown continues .......

.... not to Christmas but to the other C - Convention! Just 4 more sleeps til I head off to Manchester to join my fellow demos! Preparations are well under way for team swaps, roomie gifts, card candy swaps and 
general swaps! It's been a whirl of swaps to say the least! I'll share these whilst we're there so I don't spoil the surprise for the recipients!

So, to non-Convention crafting ....... where Christmas is in full swing!

As soon as poinsettias arrive in the shops, it's definitely a sign that Christmas is just around the corner! My poinsettia is from the Joyful Christmas from the Autumn/Winter catalogue and I have teamed it with the Merry Christmas from Greetings of the Season which is still available on carry over until January 2014.

The flower and leaves are embossed in gold and layered to make them stand out.


I decided to take the poinsettia and make a decoration that will fit into a more traditional scheme. This is what I came up with ...... 



The poinsettias and leaves were layered and fixed at different heights to give some interest and depth with some flowers having double layers.


The centres are made from the Champagne glimmer paper and pinched together to give some more height.


A double bow from gold and champagne card finish it off with more gorgeous sparkle! The bow is a fantastic addition and makes so much more than bows!

Well.... back to do some more swaps!


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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Ooooooh ......

I loved the new single Christmas stamps as soon as I saw them released in the USA and had everything crossed that they would make the leap o'er the pond. I am so happy that they will also be available to our European markets. There's a great mix of traditional, modern, religous and not-so!
 
There's a picture below or use the button on the left to take you to the flyer! They are available until the end of January or while stocks last, mine are already ordered, contact me asap to get yours!
 
 
 
 
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