Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Bumble Bees

This is the second card from yesterdays class. This is one that I found on Pinterest here and immediately knew I had to have a go. Its beautiful, so simple. Plus I knew that the ladies in class would love it too.

The stitched framelits are great and this is the largest oval in white. An ideal size for the coloured bee and the sentiment.

Dragonfly dreams                 142924
Card and ink
Crumb cake A4                     121685
whisper white A4                  106549
Memento ink                         132708
stitched framlits                     145372
crushed curry marker pen.     131264

Please use the hostess code at the top of the page when placing your order. In April I will send you a small gift of Stampin'Up goodies as a thank you.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Tuesday Class

Dragonflies and bumble bees have been requested and we always aim to please. The first card is a continuation of last weeks class where we inked the block, spritzed with water and then put the block onto the card, you could also use the wet wipe technique to get the same effect.

The top layer is cut 1/2 cm smaller than the inked layer then die cut with the cloud of dragonflies. I have removed the die cut and attached this layer to the inked sheet. The die cut is then attached with glue just on the bodies of the dragonflies which are then placed back in position, the wings have been gently pulled upwards to give a view of movement. 

The sentiment is from the 'Best Birds ' stamp set.

I am really pleased with how this has come out it feels very fresh and spring like.

Detailed dragonfly thinlits dies  142749
Best birds                                    141525
Ink and card
Whisper white A4                       106549
Tempting turquoise A4               108598
Tempting Turquoise ink              126952
Daffodil delight ink                     126944
Bermuda Bay                               131171

Please use the hostess code at the top of the page if your order is between £25 and £149 if you order online. I will then send you a small thank you gift of Stampin'Up goodies in April. Happy shopping.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Pearls or no pearls

As I told you last week I have been working on making a stack of Thank You cards, so that when I have orders to send out I have cards ready, this is not my usual way of doing things as I like to make my cards specific to the person its going to, so I am trying to do a wide range of cards. Here is the last one I made, I have four of these but I have a query, pearls or no pearls????

Although the card needs its sentiment I felt it needed something else. 

A little bit of detail.....
This is the one with the added pearls. What do you think? I'm still not sure

Friday, 24 March 2017


A week tomorrow I am running the class to make this beautiful home decor item. Today is the last day to order the stamps and framelits in time for the class. You can of course just book on the class and use my stamps and dies.

By ordering these today or tomorrow you will also get a freebie from the sale a brat ion, plus a gift from me in April as a thank you. Ensure you use the hostess code below when placing your order.

These are the stamps. The dragonfly and the bumble bee can be a 2 step image Te dots are a great background stamp and the sentiments are lovely. 10 stamps in total.

In the pack of dies there are 7 dies. The largest one does not have a matching stamp, it is much larger than the stamped image. The dragon fly stamp size die has a delicate intricate die as well as an outline which makes them very flexible. Then you have the little 'cloud' of dragonflies, when these are die cut you have 5 mini dragonflies all joined together, You can trim these and separate them out. Then there is the bumble bee. Stunning. Of course you do need a die cutting machine to use these.

Given the number of people who have shown an interest in the class I would love you to have your own sets of stamps and dies so you can go home and make more goodies.  The online shop is here use the hostess code NFHZVM9T 

dragonfly bundle, stamps and dies 144729
dragonfly stamps                            142924
dragonfly dies                                  142749
Remember if you spend £45 you can choose a free item. Happy shopping.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Lots of thanks

Its very busy in the Den with lots of little jobs that are important, take time but tend to get left as we create new ideas for classes.
The big one for me is creating a bunch of Thank You cards. During the last couple of months I have had quite an upturn in online orders which is great. It means my customers get their goodies delivered directly to their door enabling them to  get crafting quicker. Win win.
Today I have created a whole bunch of thank you cards. I like to send cards out when I know your order has arrived and I send another one when I send out the goodies bought with the hostess benefits at the begining of the following month.
Today I have also added a new hostess code. I closed the other one last Monday night but on Tuesday Stampin'Up announced a third batch of products for free with a minimum £45 spend. So for every £45 spend you get to choose something for free. There are only 8 days left for this offer.

These are two of today's Thank You cards.

This little mandala stamp is also one of the free sets. Isn't it stunning.

These are the third phase free items. 

Please use the hostess code if you order is between £25 and £150. I will send you one of these thank you cards and a small gift at the beginning of April as a thank you.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017


A quick post about a quick make. I have a young friend who runs her own business and recently moved into the unit next door to my studio. Check out her business here  She makes gifts using cut vinyl, she is brilliant at coming up with new ideas. We were talking about one of the little shops in Haworth that stocks her items and she mentioned the roses frames she makes as she hasn't done any this year but did loads for Mothers day last year and that got me thinking......
I still have my flower die and I had a small box frame that didn't have a back! It was something that looked interesting in Ikea for 99p so I bought one, like you do.

This is only 10cm x 11cm so very small but I really like it, what do you think?

The colours are sweet sugar plum, blushing bride and melon mambo. Don't they look great together...

Monday, 20 March 2017

Spritz watercolour

The pencils haven't come out today, this time I have spritzed with water. This is a great way to create your own backgrounds as every one you create will be different from the last.
Unusually this time I have used three colours rather than two. Just to give it a bit more light and freshness.

Take a block the size you want your background to be. I have used block I
Ink up the block with the stamp pads of your choice. I have used pool party along the top, cajun craze along the bottom then using the corner of the pad crushed curry along the middle.
Once the block is mostly covered in ink spritz with water. I do find that not aiming at the inked block but aiming upwards so the water falls (like rain) on the block gives a better result. Experiment!
Turn the block over and lay it down where you want the ink to go. Leave it......leave it.......leave it.
I love to watch, you can almost see the ink jump off the block onto the paper. When you lift the block it should be clean.
I have stamped with Lovely as a Tree. Its rather autumnal when we should be thinking about Spring I am going off to make another one with some green in it.

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