Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Butterflies everywhere...

...it must be the time of year?

I saw a beautiful colour sampler on In Love with Stamping last week made by this lovely lady, and have copied it shamelessly "with a twist" to make a mirror.  I'm only partly joking when I say that being able to make this piece alone makes the Big Shot and that Embosslits butterflies die worth having!

Sorry for the rotten lighting, hope you get the idea!

Only three months till Christmas...

...so sorry to mention it, I'll say no more about it and get on with the show and tell!

Well now, this morning I couldn't close the drawer I keep my stash of ribbons in, so I had to sort it out.  Truth is, this is not something a grown woman should really spend her time over, but I confess I had a lovely hour untangling and winding.  I ended up with an enormous pile of very short (= less than 50cm) pieces.  And I remembered a ribbon wreath that I saw in the current (soon to be old) stampin'up catalogue.  So I picked out all the red, green and gold, and while I was visiting my friend Ruby today, I made TWO christmas ones (I was there a REALLY long time).  I'm very pleased with them; they even have little bells on salvaged from Lindt chocolate easter bunnies  [other bunnies are available].

Hope you like them, they will be in my etsy shop the minute I work out how to do it, or if you're interested in buying one, do get in touch.  They will be £15 for the smaller one (the upper one) and £18 for the larger one.  Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

A nostalgic visit to Lille...

... with the friends I met when I lived there over 25 years ago. (can it really be that long?).

I have been wanting to scrapbook these photos for ages, but have been looking for the right paper, which I finally spotted this week.  There are several techniques on it that I've been meaning to try: doodling (top right), bordering photos with paint (I used white gesso), and using the cute Postcard stamp from Stampin'Up's Winter Post stamp set for journalling.  I used Red Riding Hood ink to stamp and do the writing, which I was hesitant about as there is very little red in the photos, but I think it's ok after all.  Finally, I also used the gesso to knock back a bit of the writing that was on the original 12x12 page, as I didn't want it to look like I'd written it as part of the journalling.

I've got some very nice "early espresso" satin ribbon, I'm wondering whether to add it down the left hand side, or maybe a rosette or two, what do you think?

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Folding card stock so it doesn't crack...

...is not something I always manage.  Turns out, it depends whether you have the card the right way round!  Yes - cardstock is made with long fibres all going in the same direction, and if you fold with the fibres, you'll get a better fold; if you fold at right angles to the fibres, you're more likely to get cracking!  You can tell which way the fibres go by gently bending the paper between  your hands in both directions - the easier one to bend is the bend that goes in the direction of the fibres, and the one that will fold better.

Here's Katrina Werner explaining it very well: 

You really do learn something new everyday!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

I love the birdcage...

...stamp in the Nature Walk stamp set, and I'm very pleased to see it HAS made it into the new catalogue.  However, the lovely springtime vintage paper hasn't (snap it up while you can!).  I found this card in my card stash and realised I hadn't shown you, so here it is.  I used Marina Mist and Old Olive cardstock to mount it, and stamped the cage in Staz-on for a change in texture.  I have to say I have never fiddled so much with a card before I was happy with it, but I was pleased to rediscover it today.

A pinafore card...

...was on Margaret's blog and I loved it so much, I've used it as the inspiration for this card, which is made using the delicious new "Calypso Coral" from the new In-colour collection available from 1st October. 
And I just realised I didn't put a greeting on it - never mind, I'll add one when I know who I'm sending it to!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Stripey borders...

...are the order of the day over at shimelle.com.  She's created a "starting point" this week  which allows scrapbookers to make bold stripes useable, by layering a plain on top.  Here's my attempt:

Friday, 16 September 2011

I was out and about...

...today at the Creative Crafts Show at Sandown with some chums, and it was fun;  I treated myself to a few bits and pieces including a new jelly roll and some cute washi tape from Superlovely that I'll definitely be using in the next few days.  The show's on till Sunday 18th September and well worth a visit for fans of paper, fabric and wool crafts.   BUT my favourite part of our trip was on the way back: we spotted a sign for "Fire and Iron Gallery" and called in there.  What a surprise treat it was.  Although it's only minutes from Junction 9 of the M25, it feels like the deepest countryside, and is in the outbuildings of a gorgeous house built in 1346.  With a blacksmith's and blacksmithing school on site, a lot of the work on display for sale is metal in the form of jewellery, furniture, wall art and sculpture.  A series that made us all smile was art from chocolate wrappers by Joanne Tinker, who also has some work on permanent display in the Science Museum.  We felt we were definitely up to the challenge of sourcing materials for another project like this!

If you're ever nearby, don't miss the opportunity to go there.  Whatever your art or craft, you are sure to be enriched and inspired by the experience - and it's free!
Garden Sculpture (above)

Quality Streets are go! (below)

See also facebook name "Fire and Iron Gallery" for lots of examples of the work available.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

More of the new collection...

...in this lovely floral combination of lime and bright pink (melon mambo).  Available from October.

Happy Birthday...

...with the retiring "Elegant Soiree".  This lovely paper collection is not in the new catalogue, so if you want some, you need to order it smartish!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Something old, something new...

Today's card has some things from the retiring collection and some things from the brand new catalogue.

Brand new:
I'm not even allowed to show you the collection the paper came from until October 1st (it's a hostess set, and beautifully fresh).  the bright pink Melon Mambo card stock is ongoing but the green is one of the new in-colours: Lucky Limeade.

The "friendly" stamp (110528) is currently in the retired list at 40% off, but may not be available much longer...click on the link to the right to check.  And in the background, a sheet of DSP from the lovely Springtime Vintage Designer Paper from the Mini Catalogue p 17 Code 121782 £8.75 for 12 doublesided sheets, sadly also retiring, so snap it up while you can.

Hope you like the card.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Latest cards...

...which are an improved version of something I have shown you before.  I originally did these on white card and said I would try them next on coloured card when I got the chance.  Yesterday I got a new SU delivery which included the boho blossoms punch and stamp (in the pot pourri hostess set*)  so I got going making these:
They're not the quickest card to make but they are a lot quicker than you might think, and only take scraps.  I like them better stamped onto the coloured card (here's the previous post for comparison!), what do you think?

* by the way, the hostess set "pot pourri" is not going to be available after the end of September and could well sell out before then, so if you love it, you need to get together an order of £150 asap.  You will also get an additional £15 to spend in the catalogue, and of course, you can make up that order with orders you take from your friends, plus you will get an advance copy from me of the NEW "catalogue and ideas book" (rp £5.95) for FREE.  You can also take advantage of all the discounts in the retired list products at up to 40% off.  Contact me on 01737 762078 or helen@tiaratiara.co.uk today!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Shimelle Laine's blog...

... is bursting with good ideas and I was interested to see her latest inspirational layout here.  It's part of a series of starting points for scrap book pages, and this starting point is to take lots of your scraps in one colour scheme, cut them into oblongs and arrange them into a page.  I never throw anything away, so I set to with the leftovers from my "brilliant" card.  I have a place where I keep some pictures I'd like to scrap, so I picked one out, added a few embellishments, and ta-da!, the quickest scrapbook page I ever made.  I'm very bad with hoarding my paper, and layering can feel like a "waste", but using scraps meant I didn't hesitate to overlap etc.

If you give this method a try (hope you do!), might I suggest that you use some sort of REPOSITIONABLE glue to start with - I did a lot of shuffling about before I was happy with the result, and tore a few pieces by mistake.  I guess if you're more used to this style you're probably better at getting it right first time.

Anyway, here it is (just over 13 years late, but who's counting?).  I might add a few more embellishments, and will definitely take a better photo when we get some sunshine here (it's still the summer but you wouldn't think so).  This is actually on a lovely yellow card from SU called "so saffron".

I liked it so much that I immediately used the rest of the scraps on a matching one for her sister:

Monday, 5 September 2011

You are brilliant...

...really, you are!

I follow this card-making blog by Kristina Werner, and if you don't too WHY NOT????

She has come up with a beautiful design that I just HAD to have a go at even though I really have my hands full with my Learn something new every day project.  It's a folding card with some words of encouragement.   Usually I choose my own sentiments for a card, but I so loved Kristina's choice that I just plain copied:

And to make it into a card that can stand up on your dressing table or sideboard, I added a little stand.

Do leave a comment if you like, it's always great to know who's dropped by!  If you're having trouble lately, see my note to the right, it seems to be a bug in blogger.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

StampinUp's retirement list is here!...

This is an exciting month for StampinUp fans because it's the month that they release the new annual catalogue, and therefore the month they "retire" a load of products to make way for all the exciting new stamps and other creative products. They call it their retirement list, lots of products are discounted heavily and here it is: :   Most of the products from the Mini catalogue will also be withdrawn and the hostess gifts. The retirement list evolves every day, so if you want to check something, check at www.stampinup.co.uk or give me a call.

If you had your eye on any of these, or want to snap up a bargain, you need to order DOUBLE QUICK!. I will be putting in an order on FRIDAY EVENING and you can piggyback on mine for FREE P&P, or if you don't want to risk waiting, order through me ASAP with £4.95 P&P. Orders over £150 qualify for a hostess gift and a percentage to spend additionally on the catalogue. Here's a link to the catalogues: http://www2.stampinup.com/gb/eng/543.asp

This month is a great time to shop with SU, and we have the new catalogue to look forward to next month!

Looking forward to hearing from you soon  xx