Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Panda photo opp


How cute are these pandas? These are going to be the Big Hit of Sale-a-Bration this year. Yes, they are part of a FREE stamp set you can earn with a £45 order before 31st March.

I gave them a wood-effect background and a Polaroid photo-style frame and backed it with some zingy Lemon Lime Twist, my favourite In Color, possibly of all time! Fun projects are so easy with these cute pandas.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Mix It Up Monday: Where's the peacock?


It’s Mix It Up Monday again and I’ve used the Sale-a-Bration stamp set Beautiful Peacock… although you won’t find a peacock on this card! I used the curved stamp that can be used as the tail or leaves to create a lovely two-tone green wreath, dotted with tiny flowers in Elegant Eggplant and Fresh Fig. 



The colour combination is, as always, taken from my In Color charts and is quite timely as purples are making a big comeback this year, according to my analysis. I’ve written an article on this topic for my Facebook page, taking a look at some of the big trends we can expect to see in papercrafting this year.  Please take a look – you don’t have to be a Facebook member to view but, if you are, why not give my page a Like while you’re there?



Saturday, 13 January 2018

Caturday (and Dogurday): Why I was running behind this morning


I went for a walk with a former work colleague this morning but was very nearly late. Why? Because of this. Who could resist snuggling with this very obliging boy?

I made it for the walk in the end, and this happened... Ernie got very, very wet and dirty. That's what happens when you go swimming in the River Dove!




Friday, 12 January 2018

Flying Home - which do you prefer?



Crafty Friday – a class I run on the first Friday of the month – is a relaxed affair, sometimes with me making it up as we go along. 

This month for one of our projects I gave the ladies a choice of making the card above or the card below... which has a couple of subtle differences. 

Leaf background or Pinewood Planks background? Bermuda Bay birds? Or Rich Razzleberry birds? Which do you prefer? 

The stamp set is called Flying Home and is from the new Spring/Summer catalogue. I was lucky to receive a copy of this set at the Centre Stage event at OnStage in Solihull last autumn, and it's just perfect if you enjoy the relaxation of colouring. 


Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Petal Palette thank you card


A straight CASE of a project from Stampin’ Success, the quarterly newsletter we receive as demonstrators, this project uses the new Petal Palette stamp set from the Spring/Summer catalogue.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Mix It Up Monday with Lots of Lavender


Today sees the return of Mix It Up Monday, although the technical difficulties I had trying to create the colour combo image make me wonder if it was worth the effort! 



I used the gorgeous new Sale-a-Bration stamp set, Lots of Lavender, which seemed the obvious choice for this colour combination. It’s a beautiful two-step stamp set, which also lends itself well to colouring. 


Here’s a top tip for stamping the leaves and stems. You can position them individually if you like but, if you’re making a few cards using this stamp set, my tip is to stamp the outline image first, then lay down the leaf and stalk stamps (uninked) on top, then apply the block to them to pick them up. You’ll have all three stamps on a block ready to use over and over again. 


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