Saturday, July 19, 2014

Pinkies Blog Hop - Tape It ........

Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We're showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping.


When I saw this set in the catalogue I have to confess that I wasn't a great fan.  I didn't like Washi Tape much, so why would I like this.  Oh boy, have I ever changed my mind.  

I love the fact that It is so versatile, that I can create different looks by varying how it is stamped, with which colours it is stamped and with what other stamps and punches I team it with.  Its a great main feature or just a little added extra.

So here it is stamped with Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey.  An elegant Butterfly has been punched out and distressed with Mossy Meadow along with some of the gorgeous new flowers from the Itty Bitty Punch pack this year.  Finished off with a few pearls and the lovely new sentiment from the Say Something Stamp Set.  So cute.

Hello honey and Lost lagoon, are such a divine colour combination.  Again a simple Say Something sentiment and a few flowers to finish off.

You can even stamp inside to match.

Has anyone spotted the two deliberate errors yet?

No, thats good.

I loved doing these two cute cards and hope that you have enjoyed them.  Don't forget all items can be purchased from my shop, just click the link in the left hand side bar.

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Lastly don't forget the new Blendabilities club that starts soon.  

Don't forget just follow the arrows, so if you missed someone you can go backwards or you can go forwards to see the next project.

Happy hopping.

Sending big hugs your way.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Traveller reflection ....... what would you like to see this turned into?

Hi everyone.

I have been playing in the craft room again and am really adoring this wonderful set.  Its so versatile. But I particularly love the boat and the train.

I used the reflection technique again to create this gorgeous picture.  

At the moment it is just a flat uncut piece of card with the stamped image on it.

My question to you guys today is


I would love it if you would leave you suggestions at the bottom of my post.

When I have a few I will pick one and turn this into that particular card.

Perhaps you have a special occasion that you need a card for .......... suggest how you would like it used and I may well send it to you.

Reflection technique recipe:

Boat from Traveller Stamp Set

Tangello Twist Stamp N Write Marker - to do the orange colouring with

Lost Lagoon Ink pad

Water Colour Pen

Black Stayzon Ink Pad

Stampa Ma Jig

to do this technique:

Stamp your first image onto your card base (Where you want the top image to be)

Next stamp the image onto your plastic sheet from the stampa ma jig.

Turn this image over and line up under your stamped image - ideally they should be touching at the point of reflection

Then rub the back of the plastic sheet evenly all over the image so that the ink is transferred to your card stock.

Using your Stamp n Write marker colour in the orange areas and blend with the blender pen.

Then using the Lost Lagoon ink pad, squeeze pad together before opening to create puddle of ink on lid.  Take you water colour pen, and pick up a little of the diluted ink at a time and create the sea.

Leave to dry.

When finished you will have a gorgeous reflection.

Have a great day.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

CASE ............ from Stampin UP Catalogue 2014

There are lots of things I love about getting hold of a new catalogue.  

Not least is getting to look at all the lovely new products, choosing my wish list, then whittling it down a bit, then adding a bit more ....... you know what I mean I am sure.

But did you ever think about all the lovely pictures and ideas that are contained in this great book.

Have you ever looked at a picture in the catalogue and thought, hey, i'd like to do that.

Well you can.  You can CASE it.  Copy and Share Everything.

As long as you give credit for the idea, try and change it a bit, thats exactly what the ideas are there for.  To inspire you to get creative.

On page 145 there is a very simple and cute Thank you card at the top of the page.

This is a CASE of that card.

I have changed it up slightly

First I did a watercolour wash, using my classic ink pads and watercolour pen.  These is such a simple yet amazing technique.

Once dry I then stamped in the same colour ink with my Sentiment.  This is from the Feel Goods Stamp set.  

The two colours I have used are Temping Turquoise and Rose Red.

I think these are very pretty, yet quick and easy to make.

So what project would you like to see me case from the book.

Let me know and I will have a go.

As always your comments are appreciated and I will try and answer everyone.

Have a great day.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Fast and Furious Weekend .......... and free reflection technique guide

Hi everyone.  I hope you have enjoyed my posts over the weekend.  These where scheduled as I have been on the Isle of Wight camping.

And boy were we lucky with the weather.  It only rained Saturday night, once we were tucked up in our tents.  Apart from that the weather was hot and sunny and the island was glorious.

 Our Cerbera

 at Areton Barns for Breakfast

The White Mouse

 The White Mouse

We went to meet up with lots of our friends, old and new, who belong to the TVR car club.  We took our Cerbera and joined everyone.  It was great fun.  There was a  treasure hunt, bbq's, magicians, and lazy drive outs to the stunning towns and villages around the island.  I have to say I love driving along Military Road.  Its just stunning.


Anyway I was banned from taking any crafting items with me ......... so before we set off I made this lovely card to share with you all.

I was of course inspired by the ferry crossing, however the ship on the card is much more majestic.

The stamp is from the Traveller Stamp set and has been stamped in Mossy Meadow, twice using the reflection technique.  This is something I have only recently learnt and I absolutely love it.

You stamp the image first of all onto your Stampa - ma - jig, then you line it up on your card.  Remove the plastic and stamp again.   This gives you the top image.  

Then having cleaned your stamp-ma-jig stamp on it again in the same colour.  Turn it over and then line it up under your top image.  Press down and rub over the back of the image.  This will create the reflected image at the bottom.

I then used a water colour wash, using Lost Lagoon and my watercolour pen,  It has also picked up some of the mossy meadow, which has made the reflection seem very ripply and true to life.  I love this one and hope you guys do to.

The ink pads used are the Classic Ink Pads from Stampin Up.  They work beautifully for this technique.

I have got a couple of others to show you over the next few weeks.

I hope you had a great weekend.  I know I did.  Although I was glad to be back home and in my own bed last night.  

Thanks to everyone who has responded to the Blendabilties Club.  I have filled one whole club and need 4 more people to fill the second one.  These will run from 1st August until 1st January 2015 inclusive.

I have some amazing projects to share with you along the way using these truly awesome pens.  I have to say I have now sold all my other pens of this nature in favour of these.  

Anyway have a great day.  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

A special book for a special family .................

There are lots of aspects to being a crafter that are fun.

Then there are the times when it doesn't go right and we wonder why we ever started.

And then, there are those special times,  when you get asked to create something very special for some very special people.

This week was one of those times.

I was given the brief of a book to hold family photos to give to a little boy.  His Nanna loved it when she saw it and I hope that he did too.

I am immensely proud to have been asked to do this and loved choosing the papers, stamps and inks to create this.

So for a little boy, well cars and bikes, trains I was told, and then animals.  So ok, here goes.
 The side 

The first page featuring Rev it Up

 The second page featuring Boys will be Boys

Ah, the ever so cute Zoo Babies on page 3

 Traveller Train on page 4

Lastly Rev it up Bike on page 5

The pages are the repeated throughout the book.

As you can see there are tabs at the right hand side

These tabs pull out to reveal a matching extra photo mat inside each page

I will be honest I have used some retired stock in this project, but I am sure you could re-create it using current stamps and papers.

The papers I used were from the Winter Catalogue and can be found here on the clearance rack.  Its called Sweater Weather, and I thought the colours were just perfect for a boy.

I used four stamp sets including Rev it Up, (which is retired), Zoo Babies, Traveller and lastly Boys will be Boys.

The colours used were Pool Party, So Saffron and Chocolate Chip.  I love the combination and look these have given. They blend with the papers perfectly.

I finished the book off by making lots of journaling tags, using the angled tag topper punch and cutting lengths of Island Indigo ribbon to attach to them

The cover has been decorated with Island Indigo ribbon and it has a matching tie closure.

Finally I have cut out the little boy's name in chocolate chip card stock and have placed this in an envelope for his new Mum to put on the book.  Along with a punch art frog.

Hope you're having a great weekend wherever you are.  I will tell you what Ive been up to on Tuesday.

Also have you checked out all the information for the New Exclusive Blendabilities Club.  Its a great way to get all the new pens, spreading the cost, and getting freebies along the way.  Whats not to love.  You can find all the Blendabilities Club details here.