Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Colour Coach Blog Hop!

Are you having trouble deciding what colours to use in your projects?

Not sure what colours work together?

Want some inspiration?

Come back to my blog on Friday 1st July for masses of inspiration on colour from ladies who are part of a Stampin' Up! forum called In Love With Stamping.  There are 25 blogs to look through so theres bound to be something you see that inspires you to use colours that you never dreamed would go together.

One of the fab tools Stampin' Up! have is called the Colour Coach which helps you see what colours work together.  Theres also a selection of examples to take all the hard work out of deciding which colours to use in your projects.

Basically, each person on the Blog Hop has chosen a colour combination from the Colour Coach and made a project to show you what the colours look like together.

Want to see the Colour Coach in action?  Email me for information.


Saturday, 25 June 2011

Punched Animals Class

I am holding a class on Saturday 2nd July and here is a very sneaky peek of the cards we will be making.

We will make five cards using Stampin' Up! punches to make a hippo, giraffe, ostrich, zebra and crocodile.

The cost of the class is £15 per person, however if you bring a friend you both get a reduction to £12 each.

The class is to be held at the Doghill Community Centre, Shafton, Barnsley.

All materials are included in the price, as well as refreshments and room hire.  The class starts at 10 am and should finish around 1pm - however, I suggest you bring some lunch just in case we over run!!!

Booking is essential to attend the class, please email me ASAP to book your place.

Customer Thank You Cards & Workshop Basket

A few weeks ago I held a workshop for Jean at Busy Bees in Sheffield and for the make and take we made a little basket - its made from a peice of card 7 1/2" square and went down a storm.  I have heard that there are now hundreds of them taking over the area now!!!

Once the card for the basket has been cut, the off cut is just big enough to make a matching card so I made all the ladies who ordered a litte thank you card to match the basket they made on the day.  Here is a photo of them together.
To make the basket, take the 7.5" square peice of card (here we used Rich Razzleberry card) and score at 2.5" and 5", turn the card 90 degrees and score again at 2.5" and 5".  Fold and crease the score lines then turn the card over and score from where the score lines cross to the corner of the card, creasing these too.

The Crop a Dile was used to punch little holes near the corners and ribbin was threaded through to pull all the corners together. 

The box was decorated with 2" squares of River Rock cardstock stamped with the flourish from the Vintage Vogue stamp set.  The flower which was stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink onto Whisper White card and cut out.  Basic pearls were added to the centre before adding onto the River Rock squares to finish.

I sent the cards to all the ladies who placed an order with me this month as a little thank you but I dont write on the card - so they can use the card again if they like! Heres a photo of the cards as they were ready to be sent.

Ok, have to start getting ready for my class next week - we're going to do some punched animals - No animals will be hurt in this class!!!  They are SOOOOOO CUTE - Check back later for more information...

Hope you have a nice weekend!

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Another Birthday - This time its Jeans!

Hello everyone, hope you are enjoying the weekend?

I had a lovely day yesterday as a lovely lady called Hazel, signed up to join SU as an Independant Demonstrator with me - Hello Hazel!! **waves**.   Hazel joins me with Chrissi in our little team and has made some beautiful cards.  I know that she will absolutely love being a demo.  Shhhh, don't tell her but I have some pressies I will be giving her as a little thank you!

I was so excited I managed to do all my ironing last night (I can always think of better things to do - so there was about 3 months worth!!!)  but the good thing is, I have some clothes to wear now! So feel even better.

Anyway, back to the crafting.  It was Jeans birthday on Thursday (one of my lovely customers - and friend!).  I made the card before her birthday, but realised that I couldn't risk it getting squashed by putting it in the post.  So I bobbed it through to her yesterday. 

Here is the card

I attached a strip of Woodland Walk DSP to the Wild Wasabi card blank and then wrapped a piece of Certainly Celery Striped Grosgrain Ribbon around a mat of Melon Mambo card, adding it onto the card blank.

The pansies are made by punching out two butterflies (Butterfly Extra Large punch) from Shimmery White cardstock, spraying them until they are totally covered in water and then using an aqua painter to add tiny drops of reinker to the edges.  The ink instantly mixes with the water and spreads like magic over the card.  I used Melon Mambo to the outer edges and then a tiny drop of Daffodil Delight to the centre.

I left them to dry, drew thin 'veins' to the centre of each shape and then curved the shapes with my bonefolder and piercing tool before adding a brad through the centre.  They look so sweet and watching the ink spread is amazing - but be prepared - its messy!!! 

The sentiment is from Perfect Punches and I just stamped it in Melon Mambo ink onto Whisper White card and cut it out really close to the oval.  Then I punched out an Oval Extra Large shape and mounted it behind on dimentionals to give a bit of depth.

Heres a picture from the side.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post today.  I will be posting information on my next class shortly - its going to be using some of the punched animals we made at the Stamptacular - there is a Hippo, Crocodile, Giraffe (he is Soooooo cute) plus an Ostrich and a Zebra. 

We didnt make all of the animals at the Stamptacular and those who came to the Stamptacular will get a reduced rate for coming to the class! You will get full detailed instructions and all materials.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Happy Birthday Sara!

Its my SU 'Mum' Sara's birthday today and, breaking with tradition, I managed to remember a couple of weeks ago AND got her card to her in plenty of time.  I am so proud of my self - its normally a mad rush the day before for any birthday cards I need to make!!!

Heres a picture of her card - thankfully, she likes the distressed effect!

I used one of her favourate colours, Baja Breeze for the card blank and ink on the flower.  And as they love to travel, I used the map DSP from the Newsprint set for the flower.

A mat of Newsprint DSP (lined paper) was stamped with the Sanded background stamp and the edges darkened using Soft Suede ink and a sponge dauber.  Then I inked the large image from Notably Ornate in Stazon ink and stamped onto the mat.

Then I used the Texture Wheel with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder to heat emboss some texture onto the mat.  Once this cooled I inked the edges more with Early Espresso do give a bit more contrast.

The flower was cut from the Sizzix Fun Flowers die and the edges curled before mounting with dimentinals and a button added to the centre.  The little tags attached to the button are from the Tiny Tags set and punched out with the Medium Jewelery tag punch.

To finish off I stamped the bird from Notably Ornate on the top corner of the mat, punched a thin strip of Very Vanilla card with the Eyelet Border punch, attaching it to the opposite side and then secured the flower.

Well, thats all from me today.  Sorry, but I have to prepare for a large workshop tomorrow in Sheffield in the morning.  But I will bob back to update you with things again soon.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend

Friday, 3 June 2011

Faux Suede Card for Chrissi

It was the lovely Chrissi's birthday yesterday and here is the card I sent her.  Unfortunatley, I took the photo with my mobile phone and the lights not that good so you cant see the faux suede effect too well.

I used the Blossom Petals punch to make the flower and leaves with the 3/4" circle punch for the centre, adding dots and lines of detailing with a Rose Red marker.

The sentiment is from Afterthoughts, a Level 1 free hostess set.  I just highlighted 'Just for You with my Rose Red marker, leaving the rest of the stamp ( you dont have to share) uninked.  I stamped it onto a mat of Whisper White which had been die cut using the Top Note die.

I used a Regal Rose card blank and added a length of Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon onto a strip of Designer Series Paper from Springtime Vintage.  Then the Top Note mat was attached with the petals and leaves arranged on top.

Well thats it for now.  Hope you have a great weekend.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Workshop Promotion - Ooooo its a good one!!!

Wow, the June promotion form Stampin' Up! has been announced and its a beauty...

Host a workshop or place an order in June or July for over £250 (not including shipping) and get an 

So you could get a free Level 1 stamp set plus £45 in FREEBIES

How good is that!!?

There's also a cracking bonus for demontrators, so its a fantastic time to join and get EVEN MORE for your money.  Contact me for more information.

Jan x