Sunday, 17 June 2018

Garage Card Part 3... Happy Fathers Day... Dads!

So I finally finished off my own father's Fathers Day card... so a quick share of the finished garage interior... as well as another ...very different... interior later on for Andrea's Dad...

I kept it simple... just a favourite wished-for car, Jaguar F Type... in a favourite colour (that he would never be allowed!!)... with his personalised registration plate...
But I just know that he will LOVE this card!!

Click here for the original share(s) with the directions...
And Happy Fathers Day wherever you and your family may be...

Images used (for personal use only!) care of a Google Search for Jaguar F Type... and "personalised registration plate" - which came up with many sites that physically produce registration plates and so you can enter the letters and numbers you want and an image is generated... easy!

And before I go... here is Andrea's for her Dad... 
A wonderful amalgam of things for boats & gardening along with a crowded bench & lots of tools... this hobby makes being so wonderfully personal with our cards so easy!!! And that always keeps the men folk happy!!

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Rooted in Nature... the super-CAS one...

As my long term followers know... the first outing of a stamp set results in a CAS (Clean & Simple ) card (or four!) ... that just shows off the stamp set ... as intended... to it's simply-used best...
And this Rooted in Nature card is no exception to that rule... simply CASEing myself... using some new colours...

Balmy Blue applied with a Sponge Brayer through an aperture for the sky... and Shaded Spruce for the leaf part of the tree (albeit with a bit of extra marker thumped Tranquil Tide and Garden Green to add a bit of texture)... with good old Early Espresso for the trunk and branches...

And love the greeting... this comes in 2 parts but I couldn't resist using it together.... this is going to be a very useful greeting for the many charity cards our team create...
Read more about the Rooted in Nature stamps, dies, bundles and co-ordinating Natures Poem suite here... definitely an overall favourite the world over...

And not long till my box of new crafting goodies turns up... it has set off and is on its way!!! Exciting times...

Friday, 15 June 2018

Share What You Love... Scallop Tag Topper Concertina Card

I have been asked to do an Eighteenth Birthday Celebrations card for my next class... and we are using the Share What You Love papers... so this is what I came up with... a Scallop Tag Topper Concertina card...

Always been a favourite card format... one that always WOWs the recipient... and one that is great to do when faced with some beautiful papers!!
And before I forget... Details of my Share What You Love Kit in the Mail here... next round to be ordered towards the end of June...

And you can find the Concertina Card Tutorial here... 

But back to the card details... 

Purposefully kept simple in style... using the "simplest" of the paper patterns... and using the wonderful Letters for You alphabet stamps in Tranquil Tide... with a subtle touch of flowers inside to dress the card... though they will hate me as they will have to fussy cut these!! 

Extra internal word decorations from the  Rooted in Nature Be Strong Be Happy Be You quote... just seemed right for the occasion!
And one feature to point out... check out the ribbon... I don't have much current ribbon to use yet... so I sponged up the lovely new White 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon using Tranquil Tide ink... great ribbon to have and to use in any colour!!
Rest of the front decorated using a metal silver flower centre from the Share What You Love embellishments kit... 
Share What You Love Embellishment Kit
Onto a fussy cut flower from another of the Share What You Love paper patterns.... see top left below!
Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper
Greeting from Detailed With Love stamp set... 

Onto a Stitched Shapes circle die cut... laid on a 2" Circle Punched Tranquil Tide circle... onto a Pearlised Doily... onto a 2 1/2" Layering Circles die cut Mint Macaron circle

And finally finished off with a few more of the tiny handcut Saffron flowers to the top right...


Thursday, 14 June 2018

Introducing Petal Promenade Papers & Suite

Petal Promenade
Now the Petal Promenade papers were one of our Quarterly training raffle prizes... and they were not as any of us expected... Definitely a paper that you need to look much more closely at... as there are a ton of features that you wouldn't expect... all of which makes for some easy crafting...

First up... Stampin Up have just shared a video on the inspiration and process behind the design... just fascinating! Well worth a quick watch...

Here is the overall product image for the papers... as shown in the catalogue...
Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper
And here are some more detailed shots of each of the papers...
Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper
Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper
Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper
See what I mean?? Definitely wish I had popped these onto my order this week!

An abundance of flowers to properly celebrate everything that needs celebrating in life. Some sheets include trimmable elements.  * 12 sheets: 2 each of 6 double-sided designs  * 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm)  * Acid free   * Lignin free 
Coordinating colours: Blushing Bride, Fresh Fig, Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather, Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla, Whisper White

And here is the On Stage display board for you... the best way to see the whole co-ordinating Petal Promenade Suite... just click on the photo to see the whole suite in the Online Store...
Here are some project photos...
Beautiful Promenade Photopolymer Bundle
And here are the other separate components... 

Beautiful Promenade Bundle... stamps and dies available separately too...
Beautiful Promenade Photopolymer Bundle
Petal Promenade A4 Cardstock Pack
Rose Metallic Thread
Petal Pink Rhinestone Gems
And not featured on the On Stage Display Board... but showing as part of the Suite online... Springtime Stroll stamp set... check out the little bird in his wellies!!!
Springtime Stroll Clear-Mount Stamp Set



Wednesday, 13 June 2018

A few of my favourite... Big Shot accessories...

Thought I would shoot in with these quite quickly....as I know some of these will be top of many people's lists... some amazing buys... to do amazing things... and most not expensive at all...

So not in any particular order...as these are all must haves for me... that are already on their way... in a box to my door...

Thank You Thinlit dies... I know this die is going to be so popular.... the Happy Birthday version has been a huge seller...
Thank You Thinlits Die
Create a die-cut thank you note in record time with Thinlits dies and the Big Shot.  Thinlits Dies help you create detailed die cuts with just a few turns of the Big Shot handle.  * 1 die  * 3" x 2-1/2" (7.6 x 6.4 cm)  * Use with Big Shot

But do bear in mind this does come with a matching stamp set, A Big Thank You ...and as  A Big Thank You bundle with 10% off...
A Big Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set

Thank You Thinlits Die
Big Shot Embossing Mats... to emboss using your detailed dies... brilliant!
Big Shot Embossing Mats
Your favorite Framelits, Thinlits, and Edgelits dies can do more when paired with the Embossing Mats. Use with dies that have decorative ejection holes for additional embossing. Or use with cutting dies to emboss instead of cut. Includes Impressions Pad, thin silicone rubber mat, and thick silicone rubber mat.
Size: * Impressions pad: 8-7/8" x 5-5/7" x 1/8" (22.5 x 14.5 x 0.3 cm) * Silicone mats: 7-3/8" x 5-3/4" (18.7 x 14.6 cm)

Tufted Embossing Folder... just a beautiful quilted effect... oozes luxury and quality...
Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Create a nice 3D ..almost quilted...effect with this embossing folder.

It’s easy to make a great impression! Just place flat cardstock in this embossing folder, run it through the Big Shot, and out comes cardstock with a bold textured design.  Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders take embossing to the next level, with deeper, more detailed impressions than standard embossing folders—great for card fronts and accents.
* 1 folder   * 6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 cm)   * Use with Big Shot
Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Subtle Embossing Folder... think of the texture in the Textured 12x12 card we used to stock ... or the old "Bazzill" cardstock texture... lovely!! You will have to think it for the moment... as it is rather difficult to see the texture in the product shots...
Subtle Dynamic  Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
This embossing folder will create a subtle structural impression onto your paper to make it look classy and handmade.

It’s easy to make a great impression! Just place flat cardstock in this embossing folder, run it through the Big Shot, and out comes cardstock with a bold textured design.   * 1 folder   * 6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 cm)   * Use with Big Shot

Seasonal Wreath Embossing Folder... ooh how perfect!! Especially for Jill... lol... I am thinking that Christmas cards can be the simplest ever this year!! And not just for Christmas use either...
Seasonal Wreath Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Seasonal Wreath Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder



Tuesday, 12 June 2018

A few of my favourite... Stamp Sets...

Thought it was about time I sat down and came up with some Top 10 lists for you... always hard for me to decide... as I have to balance products to be used in different classes, my personal tastes (that may or may not be used in classes!!) and products that will be great all rounders for everyone...

So today it is time for 10 of my Favourite Stamp Sets... which doesn't include any to be found in bundles... as I will do those another day!! Product and project photos shared for you too...

First up, Dandelion Wishes . Anyone that knows me knows I have a think about dandelions... and so do many of my crafty ladies...so we can't wait to get this into action... Available in Wood Mount & Clear Mount
Dandelion Wishes Wood-Mount Stamp Set
 Dandelion Wishes Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Followed closely by Bokeh Dots... what an amazing duo of Distinktive backgrounds... still very en vogue Bokeh and teeny tiny stars.... so useful... Again available in Clear Mount & Wood Mount
Bokeh Dots Clear-Mount Stamp Set
 Bokeh Dots Clear-Mount Stamp Set
And a video here for you about the range of Distinktive stamps too... 

And then by Itty Bitty Greetings... as I wouldn't be without a teeny tiny greeting stamp set in my life... both personally and for my classes... such a great all rounder greeting set... and a lovely update on the retired Teeny Tiny Sentiments... available in Wood and Clear Mount...
Itty Bitty Greetings Clear-Mount Stamp Set
 Itty Bitty Greetings Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Then Handwritten... a background for virtually every occasion you can think of... such an all-rounder product... again Wood Mount & Clear Mount...
Handwritten Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Handwritten Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Accented Blooms - read more about this one here...
Accented Blooms Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Accented Blooms Wood-Mount Stamp Set Accented Blooms Wood-Mount Stamp Set Accented Blooms Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Calligraphy Essentials - see and read more about this one here ... but available on its own or with the great Calligraphy Essentials Project kit (as pictured) or as per this video here...
Calligraphy Essentials Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Calligraphy Essentials Clear-Mount Stamp Set Calligraphy Essentials Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Then Wonderful Moments... many images and words for which I have a void in my stock... and reminiscent of Beautiful You that has been so popular around here... Just available in photopolymer...
Wonderful Moments Photopolymer Stamp Set
Wonderful Moments Photopolymer Stamp Set Wonderful Moments Photopolymer Stamp Set 
Enjoy Life... something completely different... but you know how I like my silhouette images... thanks to fellow demo Connie Fitzgerald for its creation... available in photopolymer...
Enjoy Life Photopolymer Stamp Set
Enjoy Life Photopolymer Stamp Set
Bubbles & Bubbly... not me really...but I know this will be loved by many of my class ladies...as they are self confessed relaxers in baths... especially with candles and/or a glass of bubbly from time to time for the ultimate in pampering! I personally prefer a shower!!! Available in Wood Mount & Clear Mount...
Bubbles & Bubbly Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Bubbles & Bubbly Clear-Mount Stamp Set
And finally Treehouse Adventure - dont think this will be bought in any great volume unless you have young boys- but I love it!! I always allow myself one stamp set that grabs my heart.. and yes this is the one... Takes me back to my childhood living on the edge of a forest... and spending hour after hour making and chilling in treehouses... again photopolymer only...
Treehouse Adventure Photopolymer Stamp Set
Treehouse Adventure Photopolymer Stamp Set Treehouse Adventure Photopolymer Stamp Set
So that is my Top 10 in stamp sets... off to make the hard decision for the bundled products next... I may be gone a while as we are spoilt with 33 of them to choose from...