Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Retiring product focus: Brick Wall embossing folder (cracked glass technique)

Crafty Friday back at the beginning of the month was a chance to show the ladies the cracked glass technique. We were a small group but that worked out well as I’d forgotten just how many layers of clear embossing you need to get it thick enough to crack! We all made slightly different cards...

... And I’m pleased to say that retiring products on here are minimal. The only things which are going are the Brick Wall Embossing Folder (shame – it’s one of my faves!), Hearts & Stars Elements, the Natural Trim and the Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon.

Lift Me Up and Wood Words (which we used for the greeting) are both carrying over.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Sneak Peek: OnStage Make & Takes

These are some of the Make & Takes from OnStage this year; they were all really impressive this year. 

Having spent a couple of months working with this beautiful stamp set, Rooted In Nature – which is one of the stamp sets I received for my Display Board project – I was happy to be inspired to use it in yet another way. 

The set is absolutely gorgeous, themed around trees of course, and again, you’re going to love it. 

I confess when I first saw this set, my first thought was that this meant the end for Lovely as a Tree but no, the good news is, we get both!

This is another speciality DSP in the new catalogue; in fact, it’s Designer Vellum, from the Graceful Glass Suite. You can colour the vellum with either Stampin’ Write markers or Stampin’ Blends. 

There are two of the brand new In Colors on here – the collection really POPS this year!

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Caturday: Lake District cat 3

This friendly tabby was found in the heart of Ambleside, and I believe we have met before on a previous visit. She was very obliging, although I wasn’t risking a tummy rub especially as it may have caused her to fall into the road.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Retiring product focus: Bird Banter and Tutti Frutti DSP

I really really love the fruity patterns from the Tutti Frutti Designer Series Paper stack but I confess I’m less keen on the co-ordinating stamp set (both are retiring soon, by the way). But when I paired that lovely paper with Bird Banter, I felt like I’d wasted the last few months! Why didn’t I open the paper sooner?

This was the Make & Take for a party this week. We coloured with Stampin’ Blends, which are currently unavailable but I promise you they will be back soon!

Retiring product focus: Bird Banter meets Tutti Frutti

Don’t miss this lovely cute stamp set, Bird Banter. It’s not designed to go with the Tutti Frutti Designer Series Paper (also retiring) but I think they go really well together. I especially love this pineapple design.

And the greeting that goes with this one is fun, too...

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Retiring product focus: Pick a Pattern Suite

I know this wasn’t one of the most popular stamp sets in the 2017-18 catalogue but it was one of my favourites as it is so much fun. I love the little dinosaur and the Designer Series Paper is fab.

So it will soon be farewell to Pieces & Patterns and the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper. Not to mention the Emerald Envy cardstock that features in the DSP, the Stylized Birthday single stamp on the card on the left and the ribbon from both cards!

To create the main focal points on both of these cards I used a mixture of clear embossing powder and glitter. For the one above I “smooshed” some ink onto some wet watercolour paper and allowed it to dry. Next I stamped and heat embossed Happy Birthday in white, then covered the whole lot with clear embossing powder mixed with a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter and heat set it.

This one is the same principle but without the watercolouring. I simply stamped and embossed in white onto Tranquil Tide cardstock then covered the whole lot in clear embossing powder mixed with a little glitter. It’s a good way of stopping it from going everywhere!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Sneak Peek: OnStage Make and Takes

As I clear out my craft room of retiring products – including cardstock and ink pads – I thought I’d change Monday’s focus away from colour combinations temporarily and towards Sneak Peeks.

So today I have two of the gorgeous Make & Takes from OnStage 2018 (you’d have had all four but Blogger is playing up!). This suite is lovely – very much not my usual style but I was smitten and have ordered both the printed note cards (in Blackberry Bliss and Mint Macaron - whoohoo!) and this beautiful laser-cut Delightfully Detailed DSP. Yes, this is DSP and you’re going to love it...

And finally, the Share What You Love Suite... which will be available to purchase in bundles from 1st May. This Designer Series Paper is stunning – and it’s actually cardstock weight so perfect for making boxes.

What do you think of what you’ve seen so far? Excited for the new catalogue?

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