Monday, 26 September 2011

Birthday Wishes…

Morning! here’s my final post using lots of retiring products. I’ve got two cards for you today, the first uses the motorcycle, which those of you who struggle with masculine cards will be pleased to hear is staying (whoop) in the new book. I’ve covered a marina mist cardstock base with the classic stars jumbo wheel in marina mist ink. I’ve added a strip of Newsprint DSP (I don’t know what I'll do when we lose this one, it’s one of my all time favourites!) which has been edged using the spiral border punch. I’ve added layers of night of navy and basic black cardstock and the motorcycle is coloured with night of navy and marina mist markers. The sentiment is from the level 1 hostess set Afterthoughts inked using a night of navy marker. I’ve added an embellishment using the star punch and a brad from the hodgepodge hardware.motorcycle_2

The second card features the funky four stamp set and play date papers. I’ve used the colour scheme in the papers to create my card – real red, so saffron, tempting turquoise, chocolate chip and old olive. The sentiment is from the level 2 hostess set something to celebrate.


That’s the end of my retiring products cards, I'll start with some sneak peeks from the new catalogue on Wednesday, and I’ll have some sneak peeks for Christmas Club later today.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Thanks Sew Much

Howdy! It’s Saturday at last – I’m looking forward to a fairly chilled weekend, finishing off the odds and ends on the decorating, and hopefully playing with some of my new stash in preparation for my new catalogue launch event – more details on that one coming soon! In the meantime I’ve got a couple more cards featuring retiring products to share. the first one uses the Sew Lovely and the coordinating Sweet Stitches DSP.


I’ve created a stair fold card base using tempting turquoise DSP and stamped the cotton reel image over in the same coloured ink. The measuring tape is made from daffodil delight satin ribbon stamped with stazon. the end of the tape is made from some chocolate chip cardstock and an eyelet. The large button comes from the coordinating designer button pack. None of these items will be available in the NEW idea book and catalogue, so if you’d like to get your hands on them let me know ASAP! The card also features the tiny tags stamp set and jewellery tag punch, which are staying in the new catalogue Smile.

Moving on to my second card today, it features more products from the mini catalogue – Baby Blossoms and Springtime Vintage DSP. The sentiment is from Occasional Greetings.


I’ve cut a freehand curved edge on the DSP and used it as a guideline for the flowers which are stamped in baja breeze, not quite navy, night of navy, pretty in pink, rose red, cherry cobbler, always artichoke and pear pizzazz. The sentiment was inked using baja breeze and pear pizzazz markers. I've added a length of ruffled baja breeze seam binding ribbon along the join between the cardstock and DSP.

That’s all for today, I have two more to show you on Monday, along with sneak peeks for the Christmas Club which starts next Saturday, 1st October. There are still a couple of spaces left, so if you’d like to join us then email me to book your place.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Because I Care…

Morning All! I’m back with yet more cards featuring retiring projects – I know, it’s a famine and then a feast Winking smile. This card is based on some designs that my fantastic downline Rebecca came up with for one of our team training sessions. The papers are from the Springtime Vintage collection and I’ve used the colours which are in them – pear pizzazz and baja breeze. The focal hydrangea image is from the beautiful level 1 hostess set Because I Care, which I believe is now no longer available in the wood mount option.
I’ve stamped the image on naturals ivory cardstock and used the Stampin’ Pastels to add colour. I’ve then stamped over the image using the French Foliage stamp set in river rock. the card base has been stamped using the hydrangea in versamark ink and then a ruffle of baja breeze seam binding and some pearls finish it off. I’ve just noticed there are only 2 pearls in the picture – one must have fallen off somewhere along the way as there were 3 previously! The sentiment is stamped in early espresso ink, and I’ve used the scallop trim border punch to add a decorative edge under the DSP.
My pre-order goodies have arrived, so I’m hoping I’ll get some time this weekend to make a few samples to whet your appetites next week in anticipation of the NEW catalogue launch. Don’t forget to get in touch if you’d like your personal copy posting out to you!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

A Tree-mendous Birthday

Hey folks! I’m back with another project featuring retiring products. Don’t worry – it’s not Lovely as a Tree that’s leaving us (thank goodness – I think this was the first SU set I ever bought, and I hope it never goes!). Instead I’m focussing again on the accessories which are retiring.

We have the Woodland Walk DSP, early espresso satin ribbon and a brad from the Hodgepodge Hardware set. The colours are garden green, early espresso and the cream cardstock is actually the naturals ivory cardstock, which is a fantastic weight for card bases. The tree was stamped in early espresso and then watercoloured using early espresso and garden green inks.
treemendous birthday
The sentiment is from Plane & Simple which will also be retiring on 30th September. I’ve stamped it onto naturals ivory using early espresso and punched using the word window, then layered onto a modern label punch in early espresso. I’ve again used the distressing kit and French Foliage on this card.

I can’t claim this one as an original idea though, my mojo left the building last week when I was in the thick of everything else, so I CASED this one from the fantastic Teneale Williams.
Well, that’s one thing off my to-do list this week anyway, as it’s Darren’s Dad’s birthday next week and he requested a card, voila – one masculine card at the ready! I’ll see you on Friday with another card featuring retiring products, until then I hope you find some inky time!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Last Chance Saloon…

Morning folks – long time no see!

Sorry for the lack of posts of late, unfortunately I’ve not had much time for crafting as my energy has been focussed on finding a new job.

But, I’m back now and over the next few days I’ve got some projects from my stamp-a-stack retirement class last Saturday to share with you. The class featured products which were retiring to make way for all of the exciting stash coming in the NEW idea book and catalogue, which is released on 1st October (believe me it’s well worth the wait!! there is a link in the sidebar where you can purchase a copy now, and I’ll get it in the post to you).

Here’s the first card, which features probably my favourite paper from the current catalogue, Love Letter, it’s one that I’m going to miss. I’ve paired it with the Artistic Etchings and French Foliage stamp sets to create a vintage anniversary card. A simple colour combination of Riding Hood Red, Basic Black and Very Vanilla, aged using the distressing kit.springtime_in_paris

The sentiment is from the Level 2 hostess set Something to Celebrate and I’ve finished it with a length of the Basic Black wide striped grosgrain ribbon and a French filigree brad.

We made 6 more cards during the session, I’ll be back tomorrow with another. In the meantime I’ll be painting the front door step and 2 internal doors and trying to clean up the bombsite that is my craft room – I’ve pulled out all of my retiring goodies to make way for new stash, and they’re all over the floor!

A copy of the retiring list can be found here. If there’s something in particular that you’d like, be sure to contact me soon as many items have already sold out, including: Jolly Holiday DSP, Choo Choo & the Right on Track wheel, Antique Brass & Pewter Jumbo Eyelets, Sense of time, Star Punch, Sanded, Spiral Border Punch, Forest Friends & Christmas Jingle simply scrappin’ kit.

See you soon

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Going, Going, Gone

Hi all sorry for the late postings. I’ve been on holiday for a few days – climbing mountains in gale force winds! Back to business now though and there’s quite a bit to share.

First and foremost the ‘last chance list’ - in order to make way for some of the lovely new goodies we need to retire some of the existing accessories and sets. You can see the most up to date version of the list here, please be advised that these items are available whilst stocks last, be sure to order your favourites soon! The last date which they will be available for purchase is 30th September, and all orders must be placed by 9pm. After this date they’ll be deleted from the system and will no longer be available to order.

The new catalogue launches on 1st October. There are over 45 new stamp sets available along with a fantastic new ribbon and paper selection. You can pre-order your new copy now for £4.50, which will be delivered to your home address by the launch date. Details of my catalogue launch event will follow shortly.

I'll be back over the weekend with some retiring list projects.