Monday, 22 January 2018


Today I have a second frame for you. Yes the same stamp set as yesterday but with a completely different mood. I loved getting the paintbrushes out to complete this one. Even though much of it is water-coloured its still on standard whisper white card.

I started with the night of navy ink for the nearest set of hills, a bit of watercolouring extending the ink into the water, I have put a layer of dark green - Always artichoke, below the hills and just pulled the blue paint over that. Then for the hills behind... I have use the rose red, the cherry cobbler felt a bit dark and the real red was too bright. I tend to have a bit of scarp card next to me to try out the colour combinations. (or the grid paper!) The final layer of hills are stamped in perfect plum.

The sea and the sky have just used the colours I have stamped with. The trees are stamped with night of navy as is the land they are are standing on. I did find the quality of the frame card to stamp on was difficult, they do vary. The birds are also stamped in night of navy, The birds in the sky were stamped off first to give them a pale far away look the bird over the water was coloured with the marker pen and ... I just went for it!

Sunday, 21 January 2018

My new Love.....

Well there are stamps and there are stamp sets. I seem to go for the ones that can be watercoloured and grunged and are not really the clean and simple type. I do make clean and simple as there are a lot of people who love that but my love is really the opposite.
I think the last annual catalogue from Stampin'Up is the best ever and I have been a demonstrator for 5 years but I was a little upset that the 'wetlands'set had not carried forward. The only set that I could see that came remotely close was the one with the lighthouse and that wasn't quite there. So in the spring occasions catalogue I was relieved to find the 'Waterfront ' set. Its near the back of the catalogue but my copy got a big tick by that set I knew it would be my first purchase.

So with a clear desk I set out to play. Choosing your colours is the first step and to be honest I don't think you can go wrong. Different combinations bring different seasons/feelings/moods and you then add elements to suit.
This was my first make. I have used standard Stampin'Up whisper white card. I wanted to use the little beach hut so the colours were picked to match. In my stash I had the shells. I just love it hope you do to.

Doesn't it make you feel summery?

Now that I have finished it. I have found a few more sentiments that I could use. The birds are from the set with the lighthouse. I love coming out of the frame with the stamping.
More with this set over this week.

Monday, 15 January 2018

All about Panda's

The panda's are one of the free stamp sets in the Sale-A-Bration brochure. They weren't my first choice but I have used them more than any of the other sets! To my great surprise! They are cute.

For these makes I have used the three colours from  one of the co-ordinating colour packs of A4 card which have been put together to match designer paper. Buying these packs of A4 card gives you a good range of colours with out having to buy 3 complete packs.

The mini pizza boxes take 3" square envelopes/cards. Using these is a bit different to a normal sized card. Designs have to be in proportion and the images small enough to not make the card look crowded. The panda stamps are ideal.
For my little cards I have started by stamping the little dots in the matching ink to the matt layer. I have left quite a lot of white space in this stamped area. I think the dark colours of ink can be overwhelming when there is a lot of background
The panda's have been stamped and fussy cut. I have coloured the little heart on the envelope one is holding and the hats with marker pens.

The box lid is decorated with the three colours and then one of each panda.

If you would like to find out more about the panda stamp set message me.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Stampin'Up Blends

I use my Stampin'Up markers in lots of different ways. I colour stamps with them, I use them with my aqua painters, I colour in with them. As there are nearly 50 to choose from I am never short of a colour but they don't blend very well as they dry quickly and you don't have graduations of colour.

In the new Occasions catalogue there is a full page spread for the new Stampin'Up Blends. I bought 3 of the colours with my last order.  I wanted to have a go with the blending. I have been using Copic colouring for a few years. I do love it but it takes time and sometimes I have 4 or 5 graduations of colour to get what I want. Well the Stampin' Up blends you have 2 so they are quick and easy. I have found that colouring a small area with the dark pen first then adding the lighter colour and spreading the darker colour gives me the best results. And the results do look good. Makes tomorrow!

During Sale A Bration I have a three month offer. For £36 you get 4 colours, both light and dark pens and one of the single pens - Ivory or Bronze or the colour lifter. This enables you to spread the cost of the purchase. For everyone who orders the blends I will supply a Memento ink free of charge in month 3 (March)You could make this order up to a £45  so that you can choose an item for free from the Sale A Bration brochure. The order for these will go in on the last Saturday of the month - 27th January. If you want more information please message me

This is a link to the Stampin'Up Blends  brochure

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Wow. Happy New Year

Its been a while and a lot has happened!
Firstly Happy New Year to all my readers. I have just moved studio and am now in an organised chaotic state. I am just getting back into crafting but its been quite a traumatic move. Classes started again this week with my regular ladies who appreciate that everything will find a home eventually and that in the next couple of weeks new displays will appear.

The class this week was with one of the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets. It wasn't my first choice but it is cute. I have had so many comments about this that the class is running a second time  next week on Tuesday afternoon.

Its all about Panda's.

Aren't they cute

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Free shipping

Really sorry folks the blog has had to have a back seat over the last few weeks. I will be back to daily in the new year but I had to let you know:- 

Tomorrow: 7am - 10.59pm  free shipping on all Stampin'Up orders

Try out my online shop, browse the end of season sale from your sofa. 
Free shipping is a saving of £4.95
Happy shopping folks. I will be back with some creativity soon.

So if you are stuck at home on Monday because of the snow this is the place to go. 

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Star book, class details.

Today was the star book class in the studio. What a marathon it was. Unfortunately I had under estimated how long it would take to put together. Everyone had all their pieces ready so here is a bit of help for them to put it together.
Page 1 everyone completed. Page 2 is the second half of the stairs and the rats. The stairs go onto the left hand side of the page, stick some of the rats to the back of the stairs so that it looks as if they are coming down the stairs., three on one page, three on the other half.

Page 3 is the parlour where the sugar plum fairy is dancing. The two chairs need adding to the left hand side on dimensionals/foam pads. Adding the sugar plum fairy. Use double sided to tape to put the thread on her back. Tape each end of the thread to the M shaped card at the top and the bottom The M shaped card has folds going in the same direction as the wall page but sat 1cm further back The chairs and the picture on the wall are added with foam pads/dimesionals. The window is stuck flat on the opposite wall. I will post a picture of the M part on Monday when I am back in the studio. Don't forget to add your mouse!

Page 4 is the Nutcracker jumping out of his box. The Christmas Tree goes in the centre of the page. The presents overlap each other stuck to the red skirting board and the back of the wall to give it a three dimensional view. The nutcracker is stuck to the the back of the presents. Keep folding the page shut to make sure it will work as you add each present. The nutcracker actually folds in half.

Page 5 is the easiest. First to add, is the the staircase. Place this so that it  just wraps past the fold in the page and 1 cm down from the top of the red skirting board. The stairs are flat to the page with the garland along the bannister rail. In front of the stairs to the left add the table, plate of biscuits and the dog, the table and the dog sit along the bottom edge of the stairs. These are on dimensionals/foam pads. Your last nutcracker stands at the bottom of the stairs, the sugarplum fairy balances on the edge of the 'wall'. The rat is on the right side, on the wall with dimensionals.

Don't forget your mouse, can you see mine. 
The cover.  Use the designer paper to cover the thick card back and fronts. You only need to fold in about one to one and a half inches of paperalong each edge. The rest is spare. 
Once this is stuck, lay the front face down, put a line of double sided tape across the middle and place the ribbon on the sticky. (fold the ribbon in half and put the fold to where the spine will be then open up the ribbon to one long line) This ensures it doesn't slip. Glue page one on top, follow with the other pages, when you have glued page 5 put a line of double sided tape across the middle and lay the ribbon across this. Ensure the ribbon wraps around the spine fairly tightly. Then glue the back on.

To decorate the cover layer up the gold foil oval, the snowflake and the white oval with the sentiment. Thread the thin red ribbon through the embellishment tie a knot thread this through the button and tie a large floppy bow. Stick the button with glue dots. the little wooden nutcracker is stuck on with glue dots as is the parcel below the sentiment oval. The last little mouse is sitting on the parcel. The green is draped across the top with a couple of glue dots.

If you have any problems ladies please message me here

All items used are in the seasonal catalogue except the Designer paper which is in the annual catalogue. I have an order going in on Monday if you would like anything without paying for postage.