Friday, 25 May 2018

Cake Soiree in Coral and Razzleberry

Hello! there,
I have a Cake Soiree card fo you today :-) We made this card at a blends class recently and used the Coral, Olive and Razzleberry markers (back soon.) I actually really like the colour combo and it was great fun to use some colours that I wouldn't necessarily choose first.
I don't know about you but personally I do find myself using the same colours a lot of the time - which is also why the upcoming colour refresh will be so much fun!
Anyway, let's get back to today's card. This bundle is only available with the 10% discount for another week then the stamps and dies will be in the new catalogue but only separately but that gorgeous paper is leaving us forever on the 31st May..
So, this card is not the exact same as the card my ladies made as I managed to loose the little cake stand die on the morning (or ate the night before) the class!
Luckily I found it the afternoon after class.I had exhausted all possibilities before I finally emptied my craft room bin, piece by piece, and it was sat at the bottom! Also luckily it is a paper and card waste only bin so it wasn't too yucky *phew*
  Another thing I like about the blends is when you add Wink of Stella over the top the colour stays in the same place, unlike watercolours. Great when you forget to add WoS and have to go back in. I try to plan WoS earlier in the colouring when I watercolour ;-)
 I like the addition of sequins and a little (retired) hessian trim behind, I think it makes it perfect for a country style wedding card although you could also easily add a birthday sentiment to suit...
TIP: I uses a mini stapler to add sequin trim to the card securely. I find this to be much more secure than tape and a whole lot tidier than I can do using glue ;-)
 So, what do you think of these colours? Do you enjoy making something a bit different sometimes? Then why not come to a class? I hold monthly classes here in the South of the UK and if you are a long way away then head over to Stampin' Up's main webpage and search for a demo where you are and join in the fun! I' love to hear from you and see what you've been making :-)
Right, that's me for today, I'm off into my craft room to finish about four cards I have on the go at the moment! Have a lovely Friday!
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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Bird Banter on a Football!

Hello there,
Today I want to share just one of the (many) Bird Banter cards I have made recently. I'm really sad this set is leaving us in just over a week :-(
Speaking of which, I am placing one more order this month in the next few days, so if you need anything - but especially anything that's going from the retiring Annual or Spring/Summer catalogue - then please do email me on to add your favourites. You can see what's going by looking HERE. Also some of the stamps and dies are staying but the bundles are finishing so you won't get the extra 10% off in the new catalogue as there'll be new bundles instead. You can of course, continue to order from my shop 'till the end of the month :-)
Anyway, let's see this card, shall we? I made this card for a football crazy boys birthday recently...
 I used the Bird Banter stamps with a long retired football stamp set I keep especially for this boy :-)
 Did you know the Stamp-a-ma-Jig is also retiring? Now, maybe you don't use it very often anymore but I do think it's such a handy tool to have and at just £11 it's a little bargain of a tool! Especially when using wood mount stamps as they won't go in the Stamparatus (which is coming 1st June.)
 Love this little "sorry I'm late" sentiment, also in Bird Banter.
Although this card was only a day late ;-)
 I die cut this image using the stitched edge framelits and popped it back in with dimensionals to give the card a little lift!
And I finished it all off with a little bling in the shape of some gold metallic shapes.
Well, that's all from me for today but I do have a stack of cards to share plus loads to photograph too so I'll be back tomorrow with another make... I hope you love Bird Banter too... ;-)
Thanks for looking today,
Stampin' Hugs,
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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Bubble Over for Inspire. Create. Challenges

And it's time again for another challenge with Inspire. Create. Challenges.
We really hope you are finding these challenges a great push off point for creating something each fortnight, I love a good challenge and often when I have "lost my mojo" I turn to a challenge to just get me started. We'd love if you gave it a go too.
OK, so for week #18 we have a theme challenge...
Now, I'll be 100% honest (as always) and say I was not too sure what to make with this theme. I was thinking about it while I was at work the other evening and when I got home I remembered I had used this set during the day for a commission and it was a complete lightbulb moment and well,  it all just came together really easily after that! I'm super pleased with the retro, beer garden feel of this card!
I used Daffodil Delight and a little of the the new colour Grapefruit Grove (available now in the "Share What You Love" early release) to create this starburst effect...
I added wink of stella to the bottles at the very end of making this card, after sponging and stamping bubbles on them already. But, again being totally honest, I would probably not do this if I made this card again. It looked better before *-* although I don't think it looks so bad that I had to remake it.
Please also note that this Bottles and Bubbles is carrying over into the new catalogue (yay) but not as a bundle. So, if you'd like to take advantage of the extra 10% off (making it just £36 for both the stamps and dies) then please order before the end of May.
I used some of my champagne foil paper to make the bottle tops, both on the bottles and at the bottom of the card.
So, if you'd like some more "sunshine" inspiration then please do head over to the ICC blog HERE and see what creative ideas the other DT members have to share.
We hope you have a go at this challenge and share your makes with us on the blog :-)
Thanks for looking here today!
Stampin' Hugs,
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