Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Heat Embossed Wedding Cards

A couple of weeks ago we went to the wedding of 2 of our very good friends.  Four days before the wedding they came round and asked my husband Geoff if he would be Best Man and he told them he would be honoured.

On the morning of the wedding Geoff and I picked up the Groom and took him to the Registry Office.  The Bride looked stunning, her wedding dress was gorgeous and the ceremony was beautiful. On the day of the wedding it's normally the Bride who's nervous but the Groom was so nervous he got his name wrong. When the registrar said "can you say your name again but in the right order this time" he nearly got it wrong again.

I wanted to use my new stamp set Special Celebrations to make a wedding card for them.  This stamp set comes in 2 boxes and has sentiments for the front of the card as well as great verses for the inside.  As soon as I saw it in the catalogue I knew I needed it.


I love heat embossing, seeing it going shiny still fascinates me.  I decided to heat emboss the floral image and the floral border from the Floral Phrases stamp set.  I got a bit carried away with the heat embossing and ended up making 11 wedding cards, I shouldn't  run out of wedding cards for a while.  

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Fireplace Card - Carols of Christmas Bundle

Every year I set myself a goal to start making my Christmas cards early but I never do.  Are you the same?  I know Christmas is 5 months away but when Stampin' Up! announced the early release of the Carols of Christmas stamp set and coordinating Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies I knew it was a great opportunity for me to finally be able to achieve my goal.

The stamp set and dies are in the upcoming Autumn/Winter catalogue which goes live on September 1st but you can get your hands on them from August 1st.  You can also use your Bonus Days vouchers to purchase them.  You've got to love Stampin' Up! for their amazing promotions.   


Carols of Christmas Bundle

When I first saw the dies I immediately thought one of the dies looked like a fireplace.  As soon as the dies arrived I started working on my fireplace card and this is what I came up with.  What do you think? 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Wonderful Weekend of Crafting

I hope you have had a great weekend.  I started writing this post last month but I haven't been well enough to finish it.  I wanted to share some of my photo's of the Birthday Wishes Challenge Kick-Off event I went to as a VIP guest on 23rd June and my little cardmaking event I held on 25th June.
   

Saturday, June 24, 2017

SSSC - Memory Box Frame


Thank you for joining us today for another Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge Blog Hop.  This month instead of having a sketch challenge the lovely Hannah of Stampin' By Hannah has given us a colour challenge and these are the colours she chose:


Please continue the hop by clicking on the 'Next' or 'Previous' buttons at the bottom of this post.

I absolutely adore the new 2017/19 In Colors and Fresh Fig happens to be one of my favourites, it is so luxurious.  I had a look through my stamps for images I could use with these colours and decided to use the new Crafting Forever stamp set. 

As this stamp set is craft related my idea was to have the scissors and the pot of paintbrushes on a worktop in a craft room.  For the 'wallpaper' I used a piece of Fresh Fig DSP from the new Fresh Florals DSP stack, there are 40 sheets of 12"x12" in this stack.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Birthday Wishes Challenge Weekend


I've been waiting so long for today to come and I'm so excited it's finally here. "Why is today so exciting?" I hear you ask.  I am 1 of 6 U.K. demonstrators who are spending the day in London as VIP Guests at the Birthday Wishes Challenge kick-off event.  For me the best part of today is that the event is being held at Ronald McDonald Evelina House.

I feel so privileged being able to spend the day doing something to help the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) which is such a wonderful charity and doing something I love, making cards.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Beautiful Bookmarks - Pretty Label Punch Showcase

Thank you for joining me today for the final instalment of my Pretty Label Punch Showcase.  If you would like to see the other projects I have made using the Pretty Label punch click on the photos at the bottom of this post and you will be taken to the blog post.

When I was using the Pretty Label punch for the bottom of my screen card I came up with another use for the punch, it could be used for bookmarks.  I measured one of the punched labels and cut a piece of Whisper White Thick cardstock to 1-7/8" x 6-1/4".   At the top of the cardstock I measured 1/2" from the top on both sides and added a small pencil mark.  When I fed the cardstock through the punch I lined the pencil lines up on each side to make sure the top was straight before punching.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pootlers Blog Hop - 2017/2018 Annual Catalogue

  
I'm so excited because it's that time of year again where the Pootler's get to show you some of the fabulous products in the new 2017/18 Annual catalogue.  It doesn't feel like it's been a year since the launch of the 2016/17 Annual catalogue but as the saying goes 'time flies when you're having fun' and I'm having so much fun being a demonstrator. 

I love taking part in the Pootler's blog hops because my fellow Pootler's are super talented and the blog hops are always full of inspiration. Please continue hopping by clicking on the 'Next' or 'Previous' buttons at the bottom of this post.

Todays project was meant to be a card with a sponged background but that all changed when I got my sponges out.  In my craft room everything I use regularly has to be organised and within reach.  I don't use my sponges very often so the sponges for my Stampin' Up! inks were in an ice cream tub with sponges I had for cheap inks.  I was getting inky fingers and wasting so much time trying to find the right sponges it was driving me mad. I had to find a better way to store them.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Sharing Sweet Thoughts - Pretty Label Punch Showcase


Next Friday I will be a VIP guest at the Stampin' Up! 'Birthday Wishes Challenge' kick-off event in London where we will be making cards for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). 

UK demonstrators were asked to register their interest in holding their own Birthday Wishes event and everyone who put their name forward would have the chance of becoming a VIP guest.  I've been making cards for the RMHC since February 2016 and I loved the idea of cardmaking with a few friends.  Being chosen as 1 of the 6 VIP guests is amazing, I get to spend the day in the newest Ronald McDonald House making cards for a truly amazing charity.

Today's four little note cards were made with the Pretty Label punch and the new Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Simple yet Stunning Screen Card - Pretty Label Punch Showcase

Thank you for joining me today for the 2nd part of my Pretty Label punch Showcase.  If you missed part 1 and would like to see it click here

One of the reasons I didn't want the Decorative Label punch to retire was that I loved the look the punch gave to the bottom of a screen card. 


When the new Pretty Label Punch was delivered by my lovely UPS man I couldn't wait to see if I could use it for my screen cards and it turned out I could.


Well that was it I was cutting, scoring and burnishing Thick Whisper White card so that I could make some screen cards.  I used UK A4 cardstock because I know everyone doesn't have 12"x12" card in their stash.  I made quite a few cards but I want to share my favourite one with you today .  It was really quick to make and I think it looks stunning, the photo's really don't do it justice.


Saturday, June 10, 2017

I'm Not Just A Pretty Label - Pretty Label Punch Showcase

I was really upset when I found out Stampin' Up! were going to retire the Decorative Label Punch because I used it for more than just punching labels.  What could they bring out that would be better?  I had to wait until early April to find out.

When I got to see the Pretty Label Punch in the online version of the new Annual Catalogue I wasn't very impressed but when pre-order time came I ordered the bundle (the punch and the Label Me Pretty stamp set).  Now I have had time to play with these the punch is so much better than the old Decorative Label punch

As the title of this blog post says the new Pretty Label punch is not just for making pretty labels.  This week I have several blog posts showcasing how versatile the Pretty Label punch is.  The punch can be purchased on it's own or as a bundle and the images in the Label Me Pretty stamp set are gorgeous. 


Today I will be focusing on the punch's intended purpose and showing you how lovely the images in the stamp set are.