Tuesday, 22 December 2009
Monday, 21 December 2009
and then a few special ones for the children too, using Kate Hadfield's downloadable embellishments - they are gorgeous!
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
I started making some more of my Christmas cards last night too as I have over half made, but need some more. What have you been making?
Sunday, 6 December 2009
I don't spend anywhere near as much time looking at other's blogs as I used to, and actually because I am too busy it would frustrate me too much if I did as I would constantly want to be making when I can't! However, when I do look, it's always such lovely work.
I’ve been making my Santa list from Stampin’ Up products as I just love them so much but have no justification at all for buying more craft materials myself! I’ve been looking at Monica’s blog a lot lately as well as other stamping blogs, take a look here as she makes some wonderful projects.
Excuse the bad photo lighting for this card, but I only seem to get time to photograph my cards late at night, the night before they are due! This is a card I made recently mimicking one of Lousette's Christmas cards - see here for her original.
I've also been making other birthday cards and buying lots of nice handmade gifts today from a Christmas barn that I visited - so cute! I will share those later on. I just wish I had time to make them all myself but I couldn't resist buying them.
The tree is up - and it's nearly Christmas!
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Anyway, using other people’s work for inspiration is another thing entirely and I like doing it, particularly when I am short of time and don't have time to think of something new. It’s a great way of stretching your own imagination and trying things you wouldn’t have thought of too.
I also made a few more from the old Stampin' Up! card set I had and just love, so it's always an old favourite to return to that and make a few more to build up my stocks of birthday cards. So I've added those to the Christmas cards I made from Lousette's design (in one of my previous posts). I'll share the other birthday card and new baby cards next time.
Friday, 27 November 2009
Not so sure I am going to like the preparing of the fish from scratch, I like the 'not too fishy' type of fish, but should be an experience to remember and it was a gift well received which is what counts.
I've made a couple of new baby cards for new arrivals, and then have continued trying to make a few more Christmas cards - it's a good job the Stampin' Up challenge started us off in September as it's nearly December and I've still not managed that many. I will share again soon...
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
This was my area last week when I finally returned to my Stampin' Up! projects, weeks after our last blog challenge. I have been ridiculously busy lately and so I only managed to return to it a week ago, but then it's taken me the whole week to post this. Madness.
Friday, 23 October 2009
Friday, 9 October 2009
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
These are some cards that I made for a 'Crafting for Christmas' publication last year or the year before, using the Blonde Moments stamps. My colour scheme was black paired with bright pink, orange and lime green, sounds horrid, doesn't it?
And although this calendar is clearly now out of date, I thought it might be good to share for an idea of what you could make someone as a handmade gift this Christmas. If you want to personalise it and add photos to make it more like a scrapbook calendar, you can of course do that. I created the date pages in a word document and printed it onto card.
I've added lots of stitching, just because I love it! And have used book rings to hold it all together, with the base folded into a triangle. I actually made the base have four sides, so that two can overlap and be stuck together.
Saturday, 3 October 2009
Thank you to everyone who came over here to have a look at my work, and for all of the comments that you left, I really enjoyed taking part.
This was what my craft desk looked like when I set up to begin the blog event... I'd love to see some links to what any of you make with your new orders - so please let me know your links and I will come over and have a look! I had no idea that my kit was going to be Christmas themed, and that was actually a huge help so while all of my SU materials are out on my craft desk I might make some good progress on the rest of my Christmas cards....!
Thursday, 1 October 2009
It's lovely to see so many different ideas made with the same products... well done!
01 October 2009 00:06
You have been working very hard - there are some fantastic items in this new catalogue by the look of your samples - I won't see the new catalogue until Friday :( I have left a link on my blog
01 October 2009 08:21
Time to celebrate! Well done, I hope you enjoy playing with them as much as I did. Send me your details to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pass your details onto Stampin' Up! to forward your prizes!
It certainly was a challenge for me as at I love to use scalloped edges and punches (I wish I had thought of doing what Lousette had done!), lovely buttons and crystals for texture, decorative edge scissors etc and I didn’t have any of those from Stampin’ Up! so I had to work out of my comfort zone a little. But I enjoyed this challenge so much and I think that is partly because it was a refreshing break not having any theme to stick to – I could be truly creative and make whatever I felt like! That was such a nice change.
So I will be back later when I have a bit more time – for the all important Stampin’ Up! prizes to give away!!!
In the kit were packs of coloured card, 12x12 patterned papers, ink pads, punches, ribbons, glue and brads. I had to stop creating a bit before midnight to take the photos and load them up here, and it's taken a while! I will start by saying though, that I made far more than I thought I would and I am sure this is due to how easy the Stampin' Up! stamps are to work with, and the fact that all of the colours and ribbons work so well together that everything just seems to fit before you start.
So I began with a tag - and if I'm honest, this was because I thought it would be the easiest and quickest thing to do, and I wanted to feel like I'd got at least one thing finished incase I didn't produce many items... it's a stamped background design, patterned paper and main stamped image.
This was my first card, and is actually becoming one of my favourites now I have looked at it for a while, I think its the overlapping stamped stars that I like! I've used the star punch (which obviously fits perfectly as SU designed it that way!), ribbon and an oval stamp - these don't need much explaining really, do they?
I have opted for what I would call simple cards, partly because that is my style, and partly because I wanted to make sure I didn't run out of time and only have one or two cards made. This one made good use of the vertical patterned paper design, and I really love this oval stamp (used with the oval punch, again fits perfectly), with a ripped, curled and inked edge.
A very quick tag using the clear stamp pad and the star and oval stamps. I threw in an additional bit of SU orange card that I had here for variation.
This card was to show that the Christmas set can be used for more than just Christmas, I think this card is quite versatile. I really loved working with the wide brown ribbon.
For some reason I really like the ribbon down the middle of this card, finished off with the cut edge. Not sure why! This swirl stamp makes great background papers with SU inks on white card, its so clear and would be great for scrapbook layouts too.
This stamped image has been punched with a circle punch, then it has an oval red punched shape behind it, you can just see the edges poking out.
By the time this creation came along, I was looking for a break from red and green, and I found it with this purple patterned paper. Ok, ok, I know it still has green on it but it has a different look because of the colour mix. Again I created the background white paper with the swirl stamp.
This final card is a mix of papers/card with holes punched around the outside of each piece with a paper piercer.
And for my final offering of the evening - a decorated gift bag! This is pretty simple too, but starting with a brown base makes it easy peasy. A few swirls stamped in red, coupled with the brown oval stamps here and there and the background is covered. The centre piece I made with six red punched ovals, with the centre of the flower being the 'Joy' stamp punched with a circle punch.
That's all folks - it's taken me nearly an hour to finish adding to this original post and add my text, so I'm off to bed and shall be back here tomorrow!
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
see you in a bit x
I've made one card and one tag so far - not too bad for 35 minutes! I'm sure I'll slow down as the night wears on though...
So from midnight tonight, you have the chance to win a wonderful Stampin' Up prize!
There will be two prizes to give away, each one consisting of a punch, a stamp set and an ink pad ... a lovely little prize if I do say so myself! The first prize will be an early bird prize - to qualify you need to visit this blog between midnight tonight and 1am - this gives you precisely sixty minutes to win! All you have to do to be in with a chance is leave a comment, and if you are also a blogger we ask that you mention the challenge on your own blog, link through to here and then paste your blog link in your comment. If you don't have a blog, fear not, leave a comment and we will still enter you into the draw.
The second prize will run from 1am until 12 midday on Thursday, so if you aren't an early bird (or should I say late!), then you still have a chance of winning a prize. The same rules apply, leave a comment and link if you can. I will announce the winners chosen by a random number generator on my blog on Thursday so check back to see if you have won!
Don't forget, Lousette and Suzanne will also be giving away two prizes each, so you have six chances to win! I hope that's enough to whet your appetite - as I am now off to begin my crafting very shortly! (No pressure with all you watching, eh...)
I can’t wait to see what goodies we have to play with and to share them with you later. No pressure on us though to create something good with you all checking in, eh! This is somehow very different to magazine deadline pressure – this is real life action, so I hope we do the products justice.
In the mean time, maybe I’ll share something else instead! To get me in the mood, I’ve been looking back at my old card designs, and some of those that I’ve used stamping on. Festive again, but I know so many of you will be organised crafters and working on those already – I wish I were!
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
See you Wednesday!
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Image courtesy of Stampin' Up!
...I have been asked as one of three people in the UK to showcase some of the brand new Stampin' Up! products on Wednesday evening at midnight! The new catalogue is being launched on Thursday (1st October) and Stampin' Up! have asked three crafters who are independent from their demonstration programme to take part in this exclusive blogging event.We are going to be sent a box of brand new materials, along with their current products, which we are allowed to open at 6pm on Wednesday evening. We then have six hours to create craft projects with them and we will be posting the first sneak previews of the new products and what you can create with them on our blogs at midnight! This will officially be the first unveiling of their new catalogue products. How exciting!
I really love Stampin' Up products as they are of such a high quality, that it makes using them so easy! So I'm really looking forward to this challenge. Will you join me? If so, spread the word on any forums that you visit and I will see you back here on Wednesday evening!
Friday, 25 September 2009
(image courtesy of Stampin' Up!)
Spread the news to anyone that loves Stampin' Up! as they might want to check back here soon for an exclusive!
Monday, 14 September 2009
It's made with a similar theme to the button wedding invitations that I made - in fact, that's where our idea came from for doing them! It's simply a present made from buttons, with some lovely embroidery stitching to complete the ribbon bow. Voila!
Continuing with the food theme, I tried another recipe recenty from the Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food book - Salmon pesto with green beans and I added lemon cous cous, it was lovely.