Saturday, 21 September 2013

Gingham Garden Washi Tape and butterfly peg magnets


First of all I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to go around the Pinkie's Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue blog hop last week - weren't all the projects fantastic? Wow! I must admit I've found it hard to think of a new blog post to follow all that!!
I would also like to thank everyone who has kindly left a message on my blog posts - it is so lovely to hear your comments and I feel humbled by all the praise last week, thank you...
And now, onto today's post: Washi Tape decorated clothes peg magnets...
For a long time I've been wanting to make some of these and I really enjoyed making them! They are super quick and easy and I think that a set of them would make a fabulous gift for anyone for any occasion - not just for Christmas...
Come and have a look:


I used the three lovely and bright designs in the Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape set from Stampin' Up! I think they are really cheery, don't you? It was easy to stick the washi tape onto the front of the pegs (or clothes pins, as I believe our friends in the United States know them as?). I trimmed any excess washi tape off using my trusty Paper Snips -what would I do without those little, sharp-tipped beauties, they are an essential piece of kit!
I used the 1" Circle Punch and the 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch for the 'flowers' and picked Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Gumball Green and Midnight Muse card stock.  I stamped the Papillon Potpourri butterflies and punched them out with the Bitty Butterfly punch. I bent the butterflies' wings and attached them onto the 1" circles with a glue dot. The circles and scallop circles are attached with Dimensionals and I used my hot glue gun to stick a small flat disc magnet to the back of each peg (just behind where the embellishments are). They were so quick to make - it honestly takes far longer to write about how they were made, than to actually make them! I'm not sure I can be parted from these three though- I will have to make some more for Christmas presents I think - and these three will live on my magnetic notice board in my craft room...or maybe my 'fridge... Hmm... think I'm going to need to make several more at this rate!! Good job you get a lot of Washi Tape on each roll!

Don't forget that the Papillon Potpourri stamp set and the Bitty Butterfly Punch are available as a bundle with 15% off until the end of this month (30th September 2013):


There is another punch that matches the larger butterflies in the Papillon Potpourri stamp set (shown above), called the Elegant Butterfly Punch and I think that it is one of my most-used punches...I have them both and use them time and time again - they are SO useful - afterall, who doesn't like a pretty butterfly or two on a card or gift?

Today I have been making some swaps for next Wednesday's Creative Tour organised by Stampin' Up! which will be in Woking, near Reading here in the UK... I am so excited about going, as the Stampin' Up! demonstrator events are always fantastic to attend... with lots of freebies, a make and take project or two, lots of beautiful handmade things to inspire you and usually some very exciting announcements too.... so, watch this space, as I shall report back next week and tell you all about it! If you join my team, then you too could come to a future event like this - the European Convention is in Manchester in November - join now and you could come with me!

For now, I shall leave you with a little teaser showing you some of the lovely goodies that I have used to make my swaps today... I can't show you the end results though, as they are top secret until Wednesday, when I shall take them to the Creative Tour and hand them out to other demos in exchange for the swaps (card fronts or 3-D items) they have made....

Exciting stuff, swapping Stampin' Up! swaps! I can't wait to see what fantastic projects other people will have made... I am so excited!

Bet you can't guess what my swaps will look like! - All I can say is that they will add a little bit of Wintery sparkle to Christmas...  ;O)
Until next time, Stampers!
Lucy x


Saturday, 14 September 2013

Pinkies Blog Hop!

Pinkies Stampin' Up! Seasonal Catalogue Blog Hop...

Thank you for  joining us on another  Pinkies Blog Hop. 
We’re  showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the 
new Stampin’ Up!® Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue.
Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep on hopping. 
If you have arrived from Sarah's blog, a big hello to you...

Firstly I would just like to say that I am sooo excited to be taking part in my first ever blog hop! Whoop whoop!! There are so many fantastic, yummy new products in the new Stampin' Up! Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue, that I have found it very hard to narrow down my choice of what to show you today, so, I hope you like what you see here; I have certainly enjoyed creating the projects!
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to challenge myself to make Christmas 2013 a wholly hand-made Christmas... I make all sorts of things - cards, jewellery, stained glass, crochet, sweets, jam, chutney - you name it I've probably made it at some point over the years! I've always been a crafter, for as long as I can remember! However, as I'm not exactly the most organised person I know, I jumped with glee when I saw the new Season of Style This and That Journal in the new catalogue - this could be the key to completing my gargantuan self-challenge!! No more easily-lost scraps of paper with scribbled lists on for me this year... just this beautiful journal with pre-printed pages in useful sections, some coordinating Designer Stickers and a rotary stamp to help me keep organised and on track to completing my hand-made presents challenge! Here is a photograph of the inside cover of the journal with a set of the stickers that I have tucked inside the useful pocket and a piece of the yummy new 1" (2.5cm) wide Cherry Cobbler Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon tied to the binding to make a book mark:

I bought one for my sister for her birthday too and  I decorated the front of hers, but I've yet to decorate my own one though!

I love the way that Stampin' Up! coordinate their products so beautifully. The Season of Style Designer Series Paper matches this journal beautifully and as I'll have lots of hand-made gifts to give this Christmas, I thought I'd better make a start on some pretty packaging for all those gifts... Here are just a few ideas for some gift boxes/bags - all of which are really simple, quick and easy to make:


I have used the Season of Style DSP, the same Cherry Cobbler ribbon as above, plus the textured 12x12" Cherry Cobbler cardstock to make these and embellished them with the help of the Very Merry Tags stamp set, a few of Stampin' Up! must-have punches, the really cute and dinky Old Olive Simply Styled Embellishments paper clips (which are also from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue) plus I've added a little bit of sparkle with a Vintage Faceted Button and some Dazzling Details glitter glue... I think my favourite is the bucket gift bag with the Rudolph tag - the Cherry Cobbler Candy Dot nose matches the polka-dot pattern on the paper perfectly, don't you think? He's so cute!

 Anyway, that's enough from me for one day! Please pop back again soon, as I plan to show you more of things that I make in my hand-made Christmas quest - and will show you how to make some of the boxes and gift bags too. Do you fancy joining me in the hand-made Christmas challenge? Do let me know if you do! 
So next stop is Caroline's blog, 
why don't you take a peek at what lovely things that they have created?  
Thank you so much for visiting!


Friday, 13 September 2013

Hello Butterfly!

I love butterflies - not only are they beautiful, they also symbolise hope and change - and one of my favourite, most used ever, stamp sets from Stampin' Up! is the Papillon Potpourri set which has seven butterflies (and a pair of antennae!) in it. True to form, good old Stampin' Up! has, of course, provided us with a couple of punches to match them too... yey!
At the moment there is a special offer on where you can save 15% if you buy both the Papillon Pot Pourri Stamp Set and the Bitty Butterfly Punch together as a bundle before September 30th 2013...

Below is a photograph of three simple, quick and easy to make, 3x3" (7.5x7.5cm approx.) cards which I have created using one of the small butterflies in the Papillon Potpourri set and the Bitty Butterfly punch that are in the special offer. I have stamped the butterflies on the scallop circle and then once more on another piece of Whisper White cardstock. I punched the second one out, bent the dainty wings and attached it over the first image with a glue dot, so it looks like a real butterfly has landed on the card to say hello!

I have stuck to a colour pallette of the 2012-2014 In Colors of Rasperry Ripple, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green and Primrose Petals - they all go beautifully together, don't you think? It always amazes me how by just switching the colours around on the same card design layout you can produce such different looking cards! (The "hello" is from the really useful Four You stamp set...which I have used a LOT since I bought it!)
Tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 14th Sept. 2013), I am having a table at the Farthinghoe Village Fayre, with my good friend Jenny McCormac and we shall be offering the above card design as a "Make & Take" - so if you live locally and want to see just how quick and easy it is to make a beautiful card with a coordinating stamp set and punch, please do pop along to see us, we would love to see you. The fayre runs from 2pm to 5pm and we will be in the marquee!


I am  very excited to announce that tomorrow I am also taking part in my first ever "Blog Hop" with some of the members of the Pinkies (the team of Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrators that I'm part of). We shall be showcasing some of the gorgeous new products from the Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue - so, be sure to pop back here tomorrow to take a look! I can't wait to see what everyone has made... :O)


Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Rolling Marbles - a beast of a technique!

A little while ago I discovered a great technique for making a patterned background, that I had not tried before and I must say that I love it! It involves the use of a plastic tub (the old-style wood-mount stamp containers from Stampin' Up! are ideal!) a handful of glass marbles, a few drops of Classic Stampin' Ink Refill and a LOT of fun! I have to say it is one of my all-time favourite techniques for making really interesting backgrounds...
Here are a couple of cards I've made using the giraffe and the lion from the fabulously versatile Zoo Review stamp set - hope you like them!

I used the colours Soft Suede, Old Olive and Crumb Cake for the rolling marble background to give it an African savanna grassland feel - perfect for the lion and giraffe to hide in! I coloured the magnificent beasts in with a blender pen and the same colour palette plus a little So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie, then roughed the edges slightly with the Stampin' Distress tool, Finally I  sponged around the edges of the Naturals Ivory cardstock to soften the look and wrapped a little Natural Linen Thread around the card before assembling it together!
Here is a closer look at the magnificient King of Beasts:

Over at SUO Challenges they have a challenge (#79) for showing your favourite technique on a project using only Stampin' Up! products...hopefully these cards will qualify as they use two of my favourite techniques - the rollling marble background technique plus the use of blender pens to 'water colour' paint in stamped images...

Shaking marbles around in a case is great fun - although can be a little noisy if you are teaching several people how to do it and they are rattling their boxes vigorously whilst giggling at the fun of it all!

I love the Zoo Review stamp set and have several more projects to show you over the next few weeks, so please do come back and visit my blog again soon and please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what your favourite paper-crafting techniques are in the meantime.

Top tip: don't lose your marbles - you never know when you might need them to rustle up a cool card or two!!



Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Hi there, welcome to my brand new blog! I am very much looking forward to showing you some of the things I make and do as an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator...

Lucy :O)