Monday, 26 July 2010


Oh, my word - what a fab weekend!

Me and the fantastic Sara held our Stamptacular at Tankersley Welfare Hall on Saturday and it was brilliant!  I would like to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful ladies who came - I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did?!

Everything was prepared before hand to save time on the day, including a goodie bag for each lady attending.  Its a good job we did too, the day was manic.

Sara has put all the projects she demonstrated here on her blog, they are gorgeous arnt they?  I will have to have a go at making them all when I get the time.

Heres a photo of some of the projects and the items in the prize draw.

This notebook and pen was included in the goodie bag and inside I put a stamped and punched butterfly on a strip of acetate to create a bookmark.

Heres a picture of the inside showing the bookmark.

The scrapbook in a box was demonstrated in the afternoon and everyone's projects turned out really well. 

The one I made has photos already inside.

Thanks for taking the time to look at my photos of the Stamptacular.  When we have recovered, we may start thinking of holding another, so watch this space...!


Monday, 19 July 2010

Mr & Mrs Wedding Card

I have been so preoccupied lately with our Stamptacular that I almost forgot to make a card for a lady at work who was getting married at the weekend!!!

Here is the card I made - I love this set its so classy.

The card blank was folded into a landscape easel card - these always look impressive when displayed alongside other cards!

Cardstock Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral and Whisper White
Ink - Apricot Appeal
Stamp set - Mr & Mrs
Ribbon - 1/2" Striped Grosgrain So Saffron ribbon
Accessories - Pearls from Pretties Kit
Punches - Word Window, Small Tag, Tag, Eyelett Border and Scalloped Oval
Non SU - Die cut shapes

I may not be posting for the rest of the week as I am getting ready for the Stamptacular, but I will post pictures of all the ladies having a play on Saturday!!!. Wish us luck...


Thursday, 15 July 2010

Reminder about Stamptacular

Just a reminder about the Stamptacular that Sara and Myself are holding on 24th July.

Time is running out for you to book for the day so if you fancy a full day of crafting with some amazing ladies, you need to book AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

All the details are here.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Christmas in July - Last One!

As promised, here is the last post for the Christmas in July Class.  Thanks for bobbing back to look!

This was the main card my ladies came to make.  They have a real problem with glitter - I am sure some of them were magpies in a previous life!!

The first couple of times I made this card I just used Whisper White craft ink and then used my 2 way glue pen to add the glitter.  This looked nice but didnt really do the image justice. 

In the end I used Heat and Stick powder and the difference was amazing!  The sentiment stamp from this set was stamped to the inside of the card on the insert.

Silent Night Card Recipe;

Cardstock - Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip.
Designer Series Paper - Bella Bleu
Accessories - Very Vanilla 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, Heat and Stick embossing powder.
Punch - Corner Rounder

Here is the last card we made.  Its using the Tree Trimmings set which really does need the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line the images up. 

I was a little nervous with this card but everyone was fine using the SAMJ and lining everything up.  The black glitter was used on this card, but it looked fantastic using Dazzling Diamonds.

Tree Trimmings Card Recipe
Cardsttock - Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red
Ink - Basic Black
Stamp Sets - Tree Trimmings, Occasional Greetings
Accessories - Black Glitter, Real Red Ribbon
Punch - Eyelet Border

Thanks for your patience and waiting for all the details of the cards.  Sorry I didnt post all the info together, but if I did the post would have gone on forever and you may have fallen asleep before the end!!


Christmas in July Class Card Info

Hi there!

I have had a busy couple of weeks with work, classes and preparing for our Stamptacular (I cant believe this is next week!!!).  We are also looking for another house - and this is soooo frustrating.  Lots of really nice looking houses, but when you have a look around the local areas they are so different to the descriptions by estate agents!  Oh, well we'll have to just keep looking I suppose...

Anyway, here are some of the details of the cards we made on Saturday in the Christmas in July class.  I will post details of the rest of the cards soon.

This is the first card we made showing how to use the wheels and heat embossing.  Some of the ladies had never used either technique so the ohhhhs and ahhhhs were lovely to hear.

The Scandinavian Wheel was inked with Versamark and then rolled along the top and bottom of the card blank.

Then the tree image was inked in Versamark and stamped directly onto the card and a second image stamped onto a small scrap of card - we just focused on the flower part of the tree for the second image.  These were then heat embossed using white embossing powder.  The flower was totally covered in Chrystal Effects, covered in Dazzling Diamonds and then left to dry.

To finish off the card we cut out the flower and punched a hole in the centre.  A chrystal brad was pushed through the hole and it was then mounted it on a dimensional.  The card insert was also rolled with the wheel to give a professional finish.  So simple but really effective!

The Dasher card details are here.

Scandinavian Season Card Recipe;
Cardstock - Bordering Blue
Stamps - Scandinavian Season, Scandinavian Wheel
Ink - Versamark
Accessories - White embossing powder, Circle Ice brad, Dazzling Diamonds glitter.
I will post the details for the other two cards in the next couple of days.


Sunday, 11 July 2010

Christmas in July Class

Oh, its been a bit warm this weekend.  But not too warm to craft!!!

We had a fantastic time on Saturday in two classes, one in the morning and the second in the afternoon.   I was getting worried that no-one would come to the classes as the weather was so nice, but we had a great time.  Thanks for coming ladies - you really made my day.

I have been really busy making lots of cards for peoples birthdays too this weekend so this is just a quick post to show you the cards we made in the classes - I havent even had the time to do my ironing.  Heaven knows what I will be wearing for work in the morning!!!

Thank you for stopping by.  I will post detailed pictures and recipes for the cards during the week so bob back soon for details.


Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Dashing Dasher

Whilst getting ready for my Christmas in July class this Saturday, I made this card using Dasher (How cute is he!!?).

Dasher was stamped in Versamark onto Real Red carstock and then Heat & Stick powder sprinkled over the stamped image before it dried.  This was then heated to melt the powder to give you a glue like substance.  You can then use glitter or other fine materials to stick securely to the card.  For this card I used some guilding flakes (like gold leaf).

The circles on the corners of the main image and the sentiment were stamped and heated in the same way.  I used the small star image from the 'Serene Snowflakes' and Holiday Greetings from 'Sincere Salutations'.

I used the 1/2" circle punch to remove the corners of the Dasher image and then punched out the small stars with the same punch.  These were then mounted onto Designer Series Paper (DSP) form the Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin set and then again mounted onto more Real Red cardstock.

Although I like the effect with the flakes I think the next ones I make I will use white embossing powder as the flakes are difficult to use on the delicate star and sentiment images.  White embossing powder will give a finer more defined image.

Stamp sets - Dasher, Sincere Salutation and Serene Salutations
Cardstock - Real Red and Old Olive
Ink - Versamark
DSP - Christmas Jingle
Accessories - Real Red Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone Brad (Circle Fire)
Non SU - Guilding flakes from stash

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

For Father

Its the weekend, Yey...!

Not had much crafting time this week but spent a few hours yesterday playing with the most amazing crafters - Sara & Jo.
Jo was showing me & Sara how to use Copics and Promarkers which are alcohol based markers and the technique is totally different to how I have been used to colouring (no wonder I didnt get very good results - doh!).

What fab evening. Thanks ladies, it was brilliant!!

I thought I would post a picy of a card I made recently using a lovely  (but retired) set called For Father. Its another card I found when getting ready for the craft fare last week - I thought I had put it on my blog but had forgotten about it.  It did get quite a few comments from people at the fair though!

I used Kraft cardstock to make a 6" square card blank and then inked and distressed the edges.

The dog and boot image was stamped onto Kraft cardstock and coloured in using Watercolour Wonder Crayons and the edges torn and distressed.  Then I did the unthinkable - screwed up the card!!! I know, I can see all you crafters out there curling up your toes, but trust me its very theraputic once you get your head around 'damaging' the paper.

The cardstock was smoothed out - but only a little - then I sponged over the creases with Soft Suede ink to highlight the texture.  This was mounted onto a peice of Soft Suede card which had been stamped with the En Francais background.  Again I had torn and distressed the edges. 

The sentiment was stamped in Soft Suede onto Kraft cardstock and the edges torn/distressed.

Right off to prepare now for my next craft class. 

My Christmas in July Class is planned for next Saturday, 10th July and will be held in two sessions - one in the morning, one in the afternoon.  We are going to make four very different cards and a little pouch which can hold sweets or little gifts and can hang on a christmas tree! 

Now, dont you be thinking that its too early to start making those cards - If you make a few each month you will be ready for sending your cards in no time.  So come on get your skates on...!

Cardstock - Kraft, Soft Suede
Stamps - En Francais, For Father (Retired)
Ink - Soft Suede
Accessories - Cutting (distressing) kit, Watercolour Wonder Crayons, Sponge Daubers,