Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Haven't blogged much lately...

... I seem to have been too busy one way and another.  One of the projects keeping me busy has been this new quilt, this time specifically destined to cover my spare room bed which doubles as a sofa (and general dumping ground, obviously).  Here it is, finished at last:

I used a selection of fabrics from the "noteworthy" collection by sweetwater for Moda - I just love the doodling fabric on the back. Just as well it's busy because I made a few boobs with the machine quilting - I much prefer to quilt by hand even though it takes longer...

If you live in the area (Redhill, Surrey), why not come along to my friendly quilting club? We meet 3rd Tuesdays, from 7:30.  See the tab at the top of this blog for more details, or give me a call..

In last week's card class...

...I introduced two different techniques that we used to make this card:

First we sprayed A4 white cardstock with a mixture of Ink Refill and Surgical Spirit (US translation: Rubbing Alcohol).  I have to tell you it smelled great in there by the time we'd finished!  We completed the paper by drying thoroughly with a heat tool and stroking with the embossing buddy to remove static. Then we stamped the gorgeous Swallowtail Butterfly with versamark and embossed with a choice of embossing powder.  As it happened, this was a scratch piece that we had used behind some other pieces, but it was too nice to waste so I quickly stamped on that one as I was clearing up!  As we'd used stampin up's melon mambo re-inker it was a no-brainer to decide what colour card to mount it on!

As always my lovely ladies came up with lots of variations of colour and layouts, including blending the ink colours, and black embossing, all very effective. I can see that this stamp is going to be extremely useful.

PS you might want to wear some disposable gloves if you're trying this at home - unless you're like me and don't mind inky fingers.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Anything but clothes...

... was the dress code for my daughter's rag week costume day today.  And she really pulled it out of the bag by making herself an actual dress out of superhero wrapping paper!  Really?  What a brilliant idea, I thought, so I had to share it with you.  Here she is packing her bag for school, could you even believe it's paper?

I made her a little hairband out of the same paper and a tiara band at the last minute too.  And by the way, don't worry, she had a little outfit out of actual fabric on underneath too!


Saturday, 1 March 2014

A pinch and a punch...

...it's the first of the month!

And on (or near!) the first day of every month I like to have a look at the birthdays that are coming up and decide what cards and gifts I will need.  Stampin Up has masses of products that make great gifts, so today I thought I'd pick a selection of three really easy and good value craft-y gifts you might like to give to your nearest and dearest.  Please get in touch to order any of these on 07814 918232, and check out the giveaway at the bottom of this page.

First, the super new Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit
So, you give someone this easy and complete card kit to have some fun with, and they end up with 20 (yes twenty) cards to send, thereby also saving themselves the price of twenty cards.  The way I see it, it's like you gave them two presents!  What's more, they get loads of stuff they can re-use even once their kit is finished: a versatile stamp set, an acrylic block, an ink pad, and likely a good selection of left over accessories.

All this only costs £17.95, a small price to pay for the enjoyment of at least 21 people!  Here are 20 cards they could typically make out of the kit, but of course they can make anything they like!

Second, the beautiful "This and That" scrapbooks
I have had such fun with my one of these, they are so pretty, I truly cannot imagine a female from 5 years upward who wouldn't enjoy them. These spiral bound books of beautiful designer cardstock are just begging for the lucky recipient to decorate/stick onto/write in as the whim takes them.  Recipe book, wedding planner, journal, scrapbook, holiday memories, photo album, studio notebook, you name it!  There are two in the range at the moment, "Epic Day" and "Retro Fresh", and they come with a pair of sweet envelopes, and pockets for storing extra bits and pieces in.  See how pretty:

Retro Fresh (journal)

Epic Day

A genuine bargain at only £9.95 and why not throw in a lovely accessory (stickers, clips, washi tape, rotary stamp) that coordinates perfectly too:

Epic Day Sticker Pack

Third, but not least, a gorgeous memory keeping album kit

I love it and will have a finished one to show you really soon.

SUper special offer

As it happens, you can have these three* great gifts to give or keep for just £45.35+postage, which also entitles you to a free gift (worth as much as £17.95), if you order before 31st March 2014.  See what you can get free, or choose a bundle, all from the Sale-a-Bration brochure, or make up your own order from the main catalogues and choose a freebie for every £45 you spend.

My two on-trend favourite freebies:

The gorgeous Heartfelt banner kit


The mini Banner punch (coordinates with a free stamp set too!)

I hope to hear from you soon.  xxxx

* The £45.35 bundle includes:
A choice of journal (epic day/retro fresh) (£9.95)
A journal accessory such as stickers (£4.95)
A Hip hip hooray card kit (£17.95)
The mini album kit (£12.50)