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.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Wedding Keyrings Box Tutorial

My daughter Kayleigh had bought a set of Mr & Mrs Keyrings for her friends wedding in October but the box they came in was really cheap and tacky so I offered to make a 'Book Style' box to put them in.

My M.E. has got worse and for months I have been struggling with Chronic Pain/Fatigue and partway through making the box I had to take some timeout to rest and relax.  After a few weeks of rest I have now finished the box and I'm so chuffed with it I wanted to share it with you.