Saturday, 28 January 2012

Partial Embossing

I came across this fab technique when I found a video from Stampin' Up! convention.  The demonstrator (I'm really sorry I didnt get the name) had done a lovely Christmas tree using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.

Then the lovely Jo D asked me to do an inspiration station at her Stampin; Up! team training day so I thought I would have aplay at some things using the partial embossing technique - and I got a bit carried away.

So, as so many people have asked me how I did the balloon card, I have put that and another card I made since the training day together with the cute little milk carton together on a downloadable tutorial.  The link is in my side bar.

I already have another couple planned, so if there's enough interest I'll certainly do more.

Have a crafty weekend!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

An experiment - is now over sorry!

Ok I'm going to try something new. In lieu of finding anywhere reasonably priced where I live to hold classes, I'm going to do them online!

So since I havent tried this before, I am putting up this little file first that you can download for free, just so I can see that it works ok. If it doesnt please let me know. The file is a beaded necklace class I did for UK Scrappers a few years ago. There are no piccies in it just plain text instructions, I just wanted something I could throw up quickly to test.

However this weekend I am hoping to finish the project I am currently working on a put up a proper class that you can buy and do in the comfort of your own home.

So watch this space!

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Yay! Its time for a new Mini catalogue

Well we all knew it was coming, but unless you were a Stampin' up! demo (or knew one to get a sneak peek) you probably havent seen what was in it. Well today you can. Click on the link in my side bar and it will take you to the online Spring Mini Catalogue.

So what did I get on preorder to play with beforehand? Not a lot, mostly cos I couldnt decide what I wanted, but I did get a few things.

First up, SU have brought in a range of jewellery making items called Simply Adorned. There are chains and some gems, charms and trinkets to hang from them. I don't wear much jewellery but I did get some of the charms so I can use those on cards. They come in packs of 4 keys or 3 crowns, and come with a jump ring and clasps should you want to put them onto one of the chains.

There is a new Product Suite called Spice Cake, which as per its name, is just yummy. In this range there is Designer Series Paper, fabric and Designer Buttons, which are huge, but would look fab in the middle of a rosette or embellishment for those of us who don't sew.

There are some lovely valentine/love/wedding items, and though I was tempted by the Marry Me set, I didnt succumb just yet since I dont know how far off the next family wedding is going to be (those who know me know my baby brother got engaged just before Christmas). I did get the Love Blossoms stampin' around roller which is so lovely and could be used to anything as its quite generic and pretty.

The card below was made using the wheel, Pool Party Ink,Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Mostly Mustard plain cardstock, and Spice Cake paper. If you buy a Love Blossoms Wheel from me during the Spring Mini period I will include full instructions on how to make this card.

As part of the free sets I got before Christmas (see my last post) I got Perfect Postage - which is so cute, Charming, which is just gorgeous and I am sure I will get a lot of use out, and of course the long awaited Create a Cupcake - just need to get the matching punch to go with it. The card below was made using the bunny from Perfect Postage and the background (which you can just make out was the cherry from Create a Cupcake stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock.

I hope you enjoy looking through the new mini catalogue and hope my efforts are a little inspiration for you.

Dont forget if you don't already have a proper copy and would like one, or if you'd like a party, class or to place an order do contact me.