Thursday throwback – Remarkable You

Hello!

We should be back home today but we got offered an upgrade to stay an extra 24 hours, so here we are! Definitely back tomorrow though, in time for a Christmas stamp-a-stack class on Saturday. And a wine tasting on Friday night!

Today’s card is another favourite of mine although I think I said in the original post that I had no idea what inspired it. I’ve used it as a birthday card and sympathy card, as well as a general you’re fab card, which is what the sentiment below indicates.

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The colours are Blackberry Bliss and Watermelon Wonder and the stampset is Remarkable You. I stamped the images and sentiment in Archival Basic Black and then watercoloured the images using blender pens. I’m still really happy with this card – hope you like it too.

See you on Sunday for a new Christmas twist on the DSP card I shared on Tuesday!

Caro
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Another throwback – DSP birthday

Hello!

Our holiday is drawing to a close.  Normally I’d be quite mopey at the thought of leaving the sun and the chance to swim in the beautiful sea every day, but I’m looking forward to getting home.  Why?  We have kittens now, have done for about six months (so I guess they are more cat than kitten) and it might sound sappy but I’ve missed them and can’t wait to see them!  I haven’t missed the early starts every day to feed them, mind you!

So today I thought I’d show you a quick and simple birthday card which uses DSP as the main feature.  I’m going to make a new version of this card next week using Christmas DSP and the new gorgeous stitched framelets for a quick and easy card for mass producing, so check back then.  So, today’s card!

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This card features retired DSP from this year’s Sale-a-bration – it’s almost that time again and we demos have already seen the freebies you can earn with purchases.  Once again it’s a free item for every £45 you spend and that includes stamp sets, paper and more.  So a quick and simple birthday card requiring minimal supplies and stamps and I think it’s very effective.  Hope you like it!

Thursday’s post will be my final throwback – on Sunday I’ll be showing you a new Christmas card design.  I’ve really enjoyed having another look at some old cards, hope you have too!

Caro
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Wiltshire Luxury Craft Retreats – our next retreat is announced!

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I’m taking a break from revisiting my favourite cards today to announce the next luxury retreat date.  Put it in your diaries now and sign up with a deposit of just £20!  We are in full-on planning mode for Saturday 11th February 2017 at Wrag Barn Golf Club in Highworth and would love you to join us!  Here are the other details of the day – further information is coming soon.


Please note that due to a technical hitch (thanks iPad!) you’ll need to type the addresses into a web browser rather than click on them.  And finally, please note that the correct website address for Wragbarn is http://www.wragbarn.com.  Many apologies, normal service will be resumed when I have full access to all my technology at home!

See you on Tuesday for another throwback card!

Caro

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Let the throwbacks commence!

Hello!

My first pick to re-visit is a card from last December, which I made as a challenge entry. It was a colour challenge and although at first glance the colours didn’t scream Christmas – Melon Mambo, Early Espresso and Lost Lagoon (gosh I miss that colour!), that’s what I went with. It features a now retired stampset, Festival of Trees but there is at least one in the current catalogues you could use in it’s place:

Christmas trees, Festival of Trees

Hope you like my first throwback – see you on Thursday for another.

Caro
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Northern Lights re-visited

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Today’s throwback card I sent another Christmas card that I came up with last year and it’s one of my most popular cards ever.  It looks better in real life than it does in any photos I’ve taken, so you have to believe me!  In looking back a thing it I am struck even more at how much it looks like a Northern Lights background.  See if you agree:

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If you want to know how to replicate this, my original post is here.

Hope you like today’s card and the series of throwbacks.  See you on Sunday!

Caro
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Stampin’ Up! offers

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We are on holiday and I intended it to be seamless in terms of my blogposts. I carefully took photos of my projects and loaded them up to my PC and watermarked them. Until about 5 minutes ago I was certain I had loaded them up to my WordPress account. Except that they aren’t there. Which would indicate I did everything *except* load them up!  So the next couple of weeks are going to be interesting as I don’t have any crafting supplies with me. I’m regretting that, seeing as I had a whole extra bag I could have checked in as part of my luggage allowance and our apartment has a breakfast bar just crying out for a Big Shot!

So, today I’m going to share a great offer from Stampin’ Up! and warn you that the next ten days or so are going to be throwback posts, highlighting some of my previous favourite cards. If you haven’t followed me from the beginning some of these will be new to you!

Fingers crossed that these photos are legible – I had to do some lateral thinking to get these images onto my iPad at all!




Some of these offers are for one day only and will go fast. So there are flash sales tomorrow and next Monday. Asterisks are highlighting retiring stock and again, will go fast. If there’s something you love, snap it up!  Click on the Shop with me button and use hostess code NDX3N6QK but if your order goes over £150 please don’t use it as you will get rewards to spend. You’ll get a thank you gift from me either way.

See you on Tuesday!

Caro
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Curvy Santa boxes

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I’m giving up trying to stop posting Christmas things – it just seems to be where my head is at the moment!

I made lots of these boxes last year and probably posted about them (I haven’t checked!) but this year’s are slightly different and it’s good to have a reminder of how cute they are, to say nothing of how versatile the curvy keepsake box thinlits are.

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In a moment of madness I sold my retired Mosaic punch, which meant I had to find a new way to create the belt buckle – fortunately my lovely upline Eimear reminded me you can use two circles.  These circles are both framelits and I can’t actually remember which sets I pulled them from – there are plenty to choose from and there are suitable punches too.  The boxes are Real Red, with Basic Black and Gold Glimmer paper forming the belt.  The buttons are enamel shapes made black with a sharpie (again, these are retired but there are in-colour embellishments that would work.  The sentiment is from a retired but very useful set (I love that sentiment!) and is stamped in Real Red on Whisper White, then cut out using the Layering Ovals smallest framelit.  It is tied on with again, retired gold thread.  I don’t often post with so many retired items, but all of the things I’ve used could easily be replaced with current products.

I’m making these for a friend to sell at a craft fair and whilst I was constructing I accidentally put one together differently.  I’ve always preferred the box on the right, but she preferred my “mistake”.  So the rest of them look like that and I’ve come to love the framing that the box edges give.

Hope you like it!

See you on Sunday.

Caro
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