Monday, 30 September 2013

IKEA to the rescue...

... again.

I had a trip to IKEA last week and picked up all sorts of inexpensive glass doo-dads that I thought might be useful for crafting.  Here's the first experiment:

I found it in the oven-to-table section (it cost £4ish), and used some stunning StampinUp paper and lace to pretty it up.  I just lined the inside of the tray with the paper, cut it to size and used tombow glue to stick it to the base and then adhere the lace all round.  I've used it as a dressing table set here but I'm more likely to use it for those little crafting bits and pieces that I seem to always find on my floor (who can possibly have put them there?).

More Ikea finds coming soon...

You can get all these products that I used in my StampinUp Online Shop

Modern Medley Designer Series Paper (Pack of 12 pages)
Modern Medley Designer Series Paper

Tombow glue - I LOVE it
Tombow Multi-Purpose Adhesive - by Stampin' Up!

Victoria Crochet trim - Instant Vintage!
5/8 Inch Crochet Trim Victoria - by Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013


...I'm thrilled to tell you that there are masses of genuine bargains over at the stampin up website, with lots of only recently discontinued products at genuinely rock bottom prices: designer paper, cardstock, ribbons, buttons, fabric, you'd be mad not to check it out.  I have no doubt it will go really fast, so be sure to visit my shop asap - CLICK ON THE DOGS TO YOUR RIGHT, choose SHOP and pick Clearance Rack!

Just look at these bargains:

12x12 Brights stack (last year's collection) only £3.59
12 X 12 Smooth Card Stock - Brights Collection - by Stampin' Up!

Crumb Cake 12x12 scrapbook including inserts, only £10.79

Crumb Cake 12 x 12 Linen Ring Album

Floral District Designer Fabric only £2.49 (yes, really!)
Floral District Designer Fabric

Lots of designer paper sets eg sunshine and sprinkles only £3.99
Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Paper

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Sympathy cards are best made...

...when you DON'T need one!


Well, when I'm sad about something the last thing I want to do is craft about it, so I generally have a small stash of sympathy cards ready in case I need one.  I also happen to think that sympathy cards shouldn't look like you've enjoyed making them toooo much!  This card design crept up on me as a combination of bits and pieces waiting to be put away. I'm really pleased to use the lily I made in seconds with my "Simply Pressed Clay" from StampinUp (wonderfully versatile and fun), and those oval framelits are coming in useful again, including the one I used "upside down" to emboss the outside oval that you can just about see!  I used Kraft White Ink and a sponge dauber to soften all round the edges, maybe you can just about see?   No need to adjust your set, Reader, sorry for the fuzziness -  my camera can't cope too well with depth of focus!

Here are the main products I used:
Simply Pressed Clay 130685
Simply Pressed Clay

Oval Framelits 129381
Ovals Collection Framelits Dies 

Organza Ribbon 114319
Whisper White 5/8 Inch Organza Ribbon - by Stampin' Up!
Occasions Alphabet : (26 greetings stamps) 128688
Occasions Alphabet - Clear-Mount Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

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Friday, 13 September 2013

It feels like ages...

...since I blogged; it's great to be back!  I haven't been able to put any photos up because my dh is off on holiday with my camera, but today I had a brainwave: use my scanner durrr.

Hope this card gives you a giggle:

I made the hippos with the wonderful owl punch (still my favourite crafting buy ever, only £15.50 from StampinUp - item number 118074 -, click here to buy on-line, or even better give me a call on 01737 762078) and the extra large oval punch, cut out of the very versatile soft suede cardstock, and some retired water-effect paper.  The top-left googly eye seems to have got stuck with static, but I have decided it adds to the comic effect!

Have a great weekend. x

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

My leaf-shaped mini-book...

... is ready to complete; here it is, unembellished so far, but it might get a bit more dressy as the month goes on:

Habit 1 - starting easy 

And a blank page just waiting - how inspiring, so pretty!

And a few words about method.  I have found with projects like these that they fall by the wayside if they take too long, plus they can create a lot of mess, so I have decided to do it in a very simple way - just the resolution will be enough, I might add a pic or photo if the moment strikes. but am not going to let it hold me up.  I love the papers so much I don't mind not covering them up!   I have a box and have assembled everything I can envisage needing, pens, glue, scissors, spare papers, die cut lined paper, notebook and here it is:

Oh yes, and when I mentioned mess, this is the kind of thing I mean...


Finally, I mentioned my squash-drinking resolution to my husband this morning and he expressed incredulity that anyone would want to read about it.  So, I have decided not to bore you with daily photos, but will just produce an update occasionally!

Monday, 2 September 2013

Do Something New Every Day...

... is what I'm calling my latest project.  I am taking part in an online class for September that is called "Learn Something new every day" (see my previous post) or LSNED for short. As this is my third time doing the class I was looking for a "twist" and decided in a flash of inspiration yesterday to try out some new habits this month. So it will be "Do Something New Every Day" instead!

The expression "Turning over a new leaf" was going through my mind, so I have started a leaf-shaped book using some beautiful hoarded papers from Basic Gray (mostly the Indian Summer Collection) plus one grungy tim holtz paper.  I picked up a sycamore leaf outside church yesterday to use as a template, and so far I'm really pleased with the book I'm making. I have needed some really pointy sharp scissors and my StampinUp snips have turned out to be perfect.  Hopefully I will finish it today and will be able to show it to you tomorrow.

My plan is to choose a new habit every day and then keep it up till the end of September.  As I've given myself Sundays off for a weekly "review", that makes 25 new habits by the end of the month, so these are not great big resolutions, but very quick, easy, small habits, although maybe part of a bigger goal. Today, for my first habit, I thought I'd start really easy and it is: "Drink a large glass of squash before breakfast".

Wish me luck!