Sunday, 23 July 2017

Tulips in a box

I have my good friend and fellow Stampin'Up demonstrator Nicola Baker to thank for this creation and it is so impressive. This was one of the makes from last Tuesdays class. So many people who come into the studio 'just for a look' always comment on the cards with the Tulips on. I just wish mine looked this good in the garden in the spring!

When I did this in class along with the card I have for you tomorrow we did all the stamping and colouring first. I had pre cut all the bits and pieces so most of the stamping was on quite small pieces of card which is a bit unusual. However there was some fussy cutting and lots of bits to be put together with dimensionals. The mini dimensionals really came into their own for this one. 
We had a break for tea and cake between the creating of all the parts and the putting together. Actually it was almond tarts this week. mmmmmm

The next two pictures ....... spot the difference! I dropped the card on the green ink pad which was still open, grrrr I didn't have time to start again and make another one, saved by the embellishment box.

I hope from the pictures you can tell how it works as it does fold flat for a standard size envelope.

Tulips - only available as a hostess set or a £150 spend. If you would like a party I could host it for you and your friends in the studio. I keep Thursday nights free for parties. If you want a different day get in contact with me.
Stitched framelits                   145372
Happy Birthday Gorgeous     143662
Banner punch                         141483
White embellishments           138416

If you spend over £25 in my online shop please use the hostess code below. In July I will send you a small goody bag of Stampin'Up product. If you click on the picture below it will take you to my online shop or on any of the links next to the items I have used for this project.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Coffee and craft

Its a funny how things can turn out. Last Tuesday was my third Coffee and a Card in The Secret Cafe on Tenterfields Business Park. The cafe is actually across the cobbles from my studio. Each week I have met one new customer and although we are small in number we enjoy our crafting. One of the ladies who has joined in the coffee and a card also comes to my regular Tuesday afternoon classes, she often remarks that she needs cards for men as she finds these difficult. That was in my mind when I started planning these. The other ladies who come are very new to paper crafting so I am trying to keep it simple. I still had some of this lovely designer paper left and the bow punch I hadn't used it for ages. I gave everyone a choice of the colourway and they loved them then when I bought out the little bag in a box, they really ooh'd and arrrr'd. The also had a choice of designer paper for this and one lady was so taken with it she ordered the envelope punch board there and then.

So quite a lot of retired product used up but the envelope punch board and that lovely little bow punch are in the current catalogue.

Envelope Punch Board    133774
Bow punch                       137414  

If you spend more than £25 in my online shop, please use the hostess code below. In July I will send you a small goody bag of Stampin'Up goodies.  

Friday, 21 July 2017


I have today updated the classes and workshops page as well as the parcel in the post page. I look forward to hearing from you.

Parcel in the Post returns

This time last year I offered my Parcel in the Post, it was a christmas stamp set and was well received, not sure why I haven't done any in between but I am now organised and will bring you one a month. This months is based around the watercolour pencils.
The colouring-in papers way back in SAB Jan - March were really beautiful and even then I thought they would make a stunning parcel in the post. I started the planning then but have only just got myself organised.
Here are the details.
You will get everything you need to make four cards, including a small paintbrush!  If you have an aquapainter and prefer to use that it will be fine. If you would like to order some aqua painters then let me know when you order your parcel of goodies. There will be a printed sheet with a large detailed picture of each card with any hints or tips where necessary. I only have four packs ready for posting at the moment but can easily create more. The pencils will be bought in from Stampin'Up when you place your order for the parcel.
Time line, ordering is open now and will remain open untill all the kits have gone, but I will only place the orders for the pencils (for this parcel) on the 13th of the month , they take a week to arrive with me and I will have your parcels ready to post within 24 hours so it should be with you week commencing 21st.  So you can order today or wait until the 12th of the month - which ever date you order from me on I will only order in once - the 13th of the month. If you have any questions please email me here

In the parcel will be:-
4 card bases, 
the matt layers for each card cut to size,
all embellishments needed including ribbon and die cuts,
a fine paintbrush.
a packet of Stampin'Up watercolour pencils
a blank panel of white for the inside of the three coloured card bases.
4 envelopes to suit the card sizes.

You will need to supply your own adhesive. When your parcel arrives your piece of designer colouring paper will not be exactly the same as my samples, you have the freedom to colour as much or as little as you wish on each card.  This parcel is £20 including postage to you. To order yours please email

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Embossing paste 3

So we have done straight our of the pot, colouring the paste and the final card is water coloured. You do need good quality watercolour paper. I use watercolour postcards, they are really thick, come in a pad of 30 and are a great size. The more water you add the better the colour spread you get.
This is a case from Jennifer Spiller here  I have done mine in melon mambo and blushing bride, I do love the lemon lime twist and tranquil tide that Jennifer has used and will have to give that a try. This is certainly a card I will be re creating  in a range of colours.

It was a very messy class this afternoon and my fingers are still covered in ink!
This is so pretty though, it was worth it.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Embossing paste -take 2-

This afternoon we will be messy with this paste. I recommend a washing up bowl very close at hand. The spatulas and mask need to be washed immediately as it dries so quickly.

To create this card I have coloured the embossing paste using re inkers, very small drops! Initially I mixed the coloured bits but it just went a grungy grey. So I recommend you create 2 little piles of coloured paste then spread them into each other on the mask where they do blend better.

The leaf is stamped using the wet wipe method. I love the mix of colours you can get with this technique. I have then coated some of the top leaf with fine tip glue to make it shiny and blurred.

Embossing paste
Masks                  144103
Vintage leaves stamp set
Vintage leaves dies
Re inkers Regals
Re Inkers Pastels

If you do shop in my online shop and spend between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below then in August I will send you a small goody bag of Stampin' Up product as a thank you.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Embossing Paste -take 1-

 Embossing paste, take 1. This is a the simplest way of using the embossing paste, straight out of the pot, through a mask and left to dry, which doesn't take long, infact its probably as quick as the inks. So highly suitable for class.
For this card I have used the paste on basic grey card.
The flower is from Butterfly Basics. I coloured the stamp with the marker pens then used an aqua painter. I have then used the stitched framelits. The Butterfly is from the Papilion popouri, (now retired) then punched (now retired). Melon mambo pops when used with basic grey.

This is the first card for Wednesdays class where we are going to use the paste in three different ways.

Basic butterflies       137154
Marker pens             131264
Embossing paste.     141979
Masks                       144103

If you do shop in my online shop and spend between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below, then in August I will send you a small goody bag of stamping up product as a thank you.