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Christmas Sweaters – clean and simple


I recently did some business training and one of the things we had to do in advance was a creative share – all the attendees made one so we all got to take away 14 or so project ideas along with instructions, great for ready made classes!

I was asked to design a class for beginners.  We all used product from the Autumn/Winter catalogue and I decided to feature the Christmas Sweaters stamp set.  This was one I just had to get, even though I wasn’t sure how versatile it would be.  But in the end I found it easy to come up with four different ideas.

This is the first card I designed – I always like to include a one layer card in my classes, as it’s a nice easy introduction for people that don’t have much crafting experience – no tricky gluing of layers to contend with!

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I stamped the two sweaters in Emerald Envy and Real Red.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark followed by Real Red and then heat embossed in clear. That’s it!  A nice quick and simple design, easy for a beginner or as part of a stamp-a-stack.

See you next Saturday for the Stampin’ Creative blog hop.


You’re Just Lovely sneak peak


I had a lovely long weekend with time for lots of crafting!  I planned projects for our upcoming retreat on June 10th, played with new products, made in-colour bookmarks to send out to my customers with their catalogues and also started working on a challenge set by my upline Eimear – to create and send 10 cards using our stashes of DSP!  I have a lot of DSP and was surprised at how much fun I had cutting and using it!  We demos are renowned for looking at it, stroking it and saving it but not actually using it!  Those cards will feature soon.  But today I want to share a Thank You card I created.  My recipient won’t get it until tomorrow but I’m confident she doesn’t look at my blog so I’m safe to share it!

I *love* the new in-colours and I think you are going to, too.  For the first time, I love all of them and can’t wait to have some classes featuring them.  I also used the new stamp set Oh So Eclectic and although I was a bit ho-hum about to to start with, it has really grown on me.  So versatile and the two-stamp flowers are gorgeous.

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My base is thick Whisper White, with a skinny Berry Burst mat surrounding the top layer of Whisper White.  I stamped the background stamp first, in Powder Pink, with the outline stamp on top in Berry Burst.  The sentiment from the same set is stamped in Berry Burst – both these are new in-colours.  I used a Thank You sentiment inside.  This is a quick and easy but elegant card, and straightforward to reproduce.  It looks great as a one layer card too.

A hint for lining your flower stamps up – this is a clear mount set but I really didn’t want to use the stamp-a-ma-jig – too fiddly and time-consuming for this card.  I discovered that the rubber outline of the detailed stamp marries up to the larger background shape, making it easy to align them.

Hope you like it and it whets your appetite for all the wonderful new things coming soon!  And don’t forget we are taking bookings for our Summer Luxury Craft Retreat on Saturday 10th June.  See more about it here or on my Wiltshire Luxury Craft Retreats page.

See you at the weekend!


Envelope punch board box


I’ve been trying to post this since yesterday morning – technical hitches challenged me!

I’m not sure where Sunday went – in a whirl of seeing people, laundry and my parents-in-law coming over to finish off my new crafting storage – pictures of that will follow!  I also made team night swaps using new catalogue product but I won’t be sharing those for a while – for now I’m going to be focussing on existing current product.

My recent posts have been about the cards I’ve made as a prize for a friend – here are the three designs:

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They need a snazzy container though, right?  Something to make them look professional. I knew I wanted to make a deep envelope shape for this and rather than re-inventing the wheel, I went looking for a template online.  Joanne James, aka The Crafty Owl, had exactly what I was looking for on her website – you put in the dimensions you want and her nifty Box Buster tells you everything you need to know.  Thanks Joanne!

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Here’s the box I put my cards in.  This DSP is in the annual catalogue and retires at the beginning of June.  All retiring products are “while stocks last” so if you want something, move fast – lots of things are sadly already sold out!

Like it?  To place an order just click on the “Shop with Me” button to the right and don’t forget to use the host code – UDS3QBUK – if your order is less than £150 to receive an extra gift from me.  Over £150 don’t use it as you’ll get the rewards to spend and you’ll still get the gift from me.

If your list adds up to £99 or more, consider signing up as a demo and joining my team of Crafting Maestros.  It’s a great deal – choose £130’s worth of products, pay £99 and no P&P. If you are interested and want my help  choosing your starter kit, just get in touch.  If you know what you want click on the “Join my team” button on the right and get started.

Finally, don’t forget we are taking bookings for our Summer Luxury Craft Retreat on Saturday 10th June See more about it here or on my Wiltshire Luxury Craft Retreats page.

See you on Wednesday.


DSP Christmas card


As promised, here is my Christmas take on my quick and easy DSP card:


As you can see, I’ve used DSP (current on the left hand side and retired from last year on the right hand side) and stamped my sentiments on Very Vanilla and Whisper White and then cut our using the Stitched Framelit Dies. I *love* these – as I think I mentioned, where before I’d be cutting another layer to back the sentiments, the stitched edge finishes them off and makes this an even quicker and easier CAS card!  There’s a skinny border behind the DSP to frame it.

I thought I’d show you two variations to demonstrate how different the same design can look.

Hope you like it!  See you on Thursday.


Thursday throwback – Remarkable You


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!


Another throwback – DSP birthday


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!