Sunday, 3 February 2013

Papercrafting evening

Hi all. I am enjoying a new crafty outlet recently, which is teaching classes. I'm really enjoying teaching a little of what I've learned over the years. Some of the classes will be one-off 'Stampin' Up!' evenings, (as I've been an independent demonstrator for a few years). The next of these is this Thursday and everyone will be making the items shown in the photo using products from the new spring/summer catalogue and some are more involved crafting weekends which can be booked through 'Handmade Hutters'. These are based either in the seaside village of Felpham near Bognor Regis and some will be held at 'Meadow Gate', the beautiful Devon home belonging to Kirstie Allsopp. If anything takes you fancy, have a look at the Handmade Hutters website for more info! TTFN xx

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

A gift for a friend

Hi all. I'm not a huge docrafts fan, but when I saw the Michael Powell beach stamps, I had to get them. A good friend of mine has just purchases a beach hut along the Felpham seafront where we live, and wanted to use the stamp to make a little 'hut warming' gift!! To make the frame, I used some white card that was packaging in a pack of 12x12 card I had. I glued 3 layers together and cut out the centre. I painted it with blue acrylic paint, then white over the top. When both layers were dry I sanded & scraped off some of the white, then painted it all twice with Mod Podge. The beach hut image was stamped with Stazon & coloured with Stampin' Up! watercolour pens before being mounted into the frame using some Collall glue gel to hold it together. I hope she like is!! TTFN xx

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Strawberry Kisses

Hi all- I'm still alive, unfortunately I seem to be unable to keep up with regular blog posing... perhaps that ought to be my new years resolution??
Anyway, Leann Chivers at Crafter's Companion has asked me to help promote the new range that is being launched this week. It's a wonderful set of rubber stamps drawn by Sally Hunter, the creative talent behind the popular Humphrey's Corner range.
The set consists of gorgeous stamps and a CD ROM that has a fabulous young, retro feel to it. I've uploaded a couple of photos but the stamps are not all masculine- there are some beautiful girly images too.
As a little taster, see Leann's blog, where you can enter to win some of the popular Core'dinations cardstock!
Happy new year to you all!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Stampin' Up! mini catalogue now available

Hi all.
Boy, has life been hectic lately. I've been working on some fantastic new stuff for Crafter's Companion- please tune in to Ideal World at 9pm on tuesday the 12th of April for a special new product. It could make your life alot easier!
Now for some Stampin' Up! news. The 2011 mini catalogue is now available until 30th of september. There are some fabulous new stamp sets, plus we now have the exclusive Sizzix dies available to us in the UK.
I have been getting ready to mail out these to my customers and decided to add a little something, so I created handmade sticker sets made from stamps and punches that are all available in either the main catalogue, or are in the new mini. I have used 'Cherry Cobbler' and 'Elegant Eggplant' colours. I hope they like them!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Crafter's Companion February challenge

Hi all!
I'm ashamed to have been away from my blog for so long- I've been working on lots of new stuff for Crafter's Companion- I can't tell you any details, but there are some fantastic products to come!
Anyway, the February challenge on the Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog is to make a card with the theme of romance. This is a great challenge for those of you who don't like working to a sketch as you can do whatever you want within the theme.
I hope you will have a go!
My card is a quick & simple effort using Core'dinations card and a little greeting from the Popcorn Romance CD ROM.
I hope not to leave it so long next time!!

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Crafter's Companion November challenge card

Hi everyone.
Here's my enterpretation of the sketch challenge that you can find at the Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog. The sketch also has the theme of one for the girls. I hadn't intended on adding black to the colour scheme, but it seemed to work!For my card, I have used the beautiful new 'Poppies and Daisies' rubber stamp set designed by Sheena Douglass. I've coloured it in with Copics and I've used the printable flowers and backing paper from the S.W.A.L.K 2 CD ROM which in my opinion, has my favourite papers so far in the Crafter's Companion range. To print the flowers in black & white, I selected greyscale printing on my print option panel. I printed the sheet onto standard 80 gsm copy paper, screwed up the sheet before gently flattening, cutting out the flowers and tinting the edges with Victorian Velvet distress ink. The flower centres are silver bead spacers threaded onto pink brads. The black swirls are from the beautiful Marianne Designs frame & swirl die cutting set The dusky pink card is Core'dinations.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Jayne Nestorenko Adorables sneak peak

Morning all!
I'd like to show you a card that has been made with stamps from a brand new range from Jayne Nestoranko called Adorables. The stamps are beautiful and the CD ROM that accompanies them is full of lovely versatile papers that will make a great addition to your collection.
I have used my large Rock-a-Block to mount both of the background images at the same time. It is easy to organise the separate elements this way.
All of the smaller stamps which were goung to be cut out were placed on the Rock-a-Block together to save a bit of time. Because you can guarantee a perfect result, it's a great way to stamp.
I coloured the background with my Prismacolour pencils and the other elements with Copics. I'm still not very confident with my colouring skills, so forgive the slightly poor results! For more information on the launch of this lovely range, see the Crafter's Companion blog.