Wednesday, 26 July 2017

July Rudolph Day

Happy Rudolph Day everyone!
Only a day late.....
and no mice in sight.....they've gone off on their holidays!


Ok, so this is called faux embossing.........
normally "faux" things are easy.............errrrrr nope not this one!

I decided to try out Stampin' Up!'s new Sizzix Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets,
which will be known as sticky sheets from now on!

This is the mess I got into............!!!



This is all the debris.........that was on the table.....let alone what was on me and the floor!

So, I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits for the sentiment
(which is from retired set Tin of Tags)


I used some silver thread behind the sentiment ,
and some of the new Glitter Enamel Dots.......
(which are gorrrrrrrgeous!)


The snowflakes are from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits set
(you must get this bundle it's awesome!)

..........and I ended up making a few.....



I love the effect of faux embossing and will definitely try it again!

If you want to join in see the Rudolph Day Challenge 
and as I used soooooo many snippets I'm joining the Snippets Playground too,
see you there!

If you're still reading.......I've been absent due to parent trouble....
and trying to shoehorn 7 days of busyness into 5,
which is not good, as I'm sure a lot of you know from personal experience.
I am lucky to have two sisters to share, but with both parents very poorly it's still a struggle.
Anyway.......I'm here and I'm going to try and be here more often
AND I'm going to try and visit you too!!!

Meantime, if you want a good deal, the Bonus Days end soon...Monday in fact!

Get a voucher worth £4.50 for every £45 you spend.....and you can have as many as you like,
and you do have to redeem them in August....but there's a new christmas stamp set you can buy early!

There's loads of stuff in the catalogue (if you'd like a copy just ask),
and there's also bargains in the Clearance rack.
And.....shhhhhh......the new seasonal catalogue is out soon!

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Happy Stamping
Lots of Love
Lesley
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x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Craft and Party

Hi everyone
my blogging has gone well adrift lately......mainly family dramas, you know how it is...

Anyway, I thought I'd share some pics that are not cards for a change!

We had a family party, and this is before they arrived....

view from garden room
(arrow points to Alan)

view from garden

The garden room is also where I hold my classes, and team days,
it's a good size with lots of light, and we have lots of fun,
so do come and join me sometime.

I was given some lovely flowers too,
I particularly liked the peonies.....




Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

I hope to be back soon with some more cards

Lesley
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x

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Christmas in July

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We miss Christmas so much that we decided to have another one right now. Between 1 and 31 July, every new recruit gets an Essentials Gift Pack (worth 63,50 € / £47) plus the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (worth 24 € / £18) from the upcoming autumn/winter catalogue added to their starter kit for free! This means that new recruits will get products and business supplies worth a whopping 262,50 € / £195 for just 129 € / £99 with free shipping!

Here’s what Santa included in the Essentials Gift Pack:
Item NumberDescription
118485D Block (X2)
130148Grid Paper
103579Paper Snips
104332SNAIL Adhesive
102300Bone Folder



144804Carols Of Christmas


Meantime here's some more merry mice!


Have a great weekend

Lesley
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x

Friday, 7 July 2017

You Move Me Butterfly

So, I promised to show you the Butterfly.....


Here's how to stamp it......again slightly off perfect,
but it works just the same....and I still hadn't got my stamp-a-ma-jig out.


you can see the orange one has the tip of the tail on it....
this helped me figure it out........


I used some of the other fun elements in the set.......
and a happy accident was using the leaves as the "pull" tab


I think I made the pocket slightly taller, and it therefore didn't fit properly in the envelope.
This again got lots of wows and hows.....

Have a fabulous weekend
Lesley
xxx
xx
x


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

You Move Me Humming Bird


Who has seen this awesome new concept from Stampin' Up! ?
It's called "You Move Me"
and as soon as I saw it I knew I just had to have it!




You can get it as a discounted bundle from my SHOP HERE,
Page 170 of the Catalogue 145322 £44, and if you then added something
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I watched a video to see how to use it, but I didn't find it was detailed enough,
and so I took some pictures to help you, as sometimes pictures are easier to understand.
I would love to do videos but lack the time and expertise, it is however on my wish list.

So, firstly I designed a pocket, which I then die cut, using the semi circle and the slats.
To make the pocket :
Card size 12 cm x 9 cm (4 3/4" x 3 1/2 ")
Score short side 1 cm , 1.2 cm, long side 1 cm, 1.2 cm, 10.8 cm, 11 cm
(short 3/8", 1/2",  long 3/8", 1/2", 4 1/4", 4 3/8" )


the idea is to create enough space for the insert to slide easily


It took me a while to understand what the semi circle die was for :) doh

I made an insert 9 cm x 10 cm (3 1/2 " x 4")


there are two stamps to make up the bird, so I started with the one with the beak in purple,
then hovered directly above/over the first image with the second stamp in blue,


as you do this, you should see only the blue, the purple will be hidden.
The picture above shows I didn't get it exactly lined up, 
so I will try with my stamp-a-ma-jig another time.
The stripes combined with the die cut slats, somehow make a moving image,
the wings appear to flutter.......it's magic obviously :)

I did find you have to move the insert quite slowly to get the best effect,
and put instructions inside the card to the recipient, but it's such a cool idea,
and creates a real "wow" !


The pocket sits nicely on an A5 topfold card,
I added a sentiment and a stamped and die cut flower.


The flowers are a trumpet type, 
and there's all sorts of elements and sentiments in the set.

I will be back to show you the butterfly, which literally flutters by!
If I get chance I'll do a video :)

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£4.50 coupon for every £45 spend,
buy the "kit" for £99 and get the usual £130 of product
PLUS an essentials kit PLUS a FREE stamp set!

Meantime
Happy Crafting
Have a good week

Lesley
xxx
xx
x


Saturday, 1 July 2017

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CHRISTMAS IN JULY

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Here’s what Santa included in the Essentials Gift Pack:
  • D Block (2) ~ 118485
  • Grid Paper ~ 130148
  • Paper Snips ~ 103579
  • SNAIL Adhesive ~ 104332
  • Bone Folder ~ 102300

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Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (featured in the next autumn/winter catalogue).
  • Carols of Christmas ~ 144804
  • Cantiques De Noël (French) ~ 145028
  • Wie ein Weihnachtslied (German) ~ 145031


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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Ha Ha Ha Ha Happy mail

Hello again
Life has been more than a little challenging of late,
with parents needing more care than ever,
and the usual hectic schedules,
but I certainly am living life to the full!

My Sisters and I have been struggling with juggling the parent care,
so I thought I'd send some happy mail to make them smile...



Stamped images donated by a kind friend,
which led to me sharing them with my sisters,
doesn't that just show what goes around comes around in a good way?

I've always loved the Stampin' Up! motto

"Love what we do and share what we love"

that's why I'm sharing with you :)

have a good day

Lesley
xxx
xx
x
p.s. my message inside said ....if you find me like this I will really have lost the plot!

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Happy June Rudolph Day

Happy Rudolph Day!

Sorry I've not been around much, lots going on,
including parents suffering the ravages of old age and ill health.
We can only do our best, and make the most of the time we have.

That's why I'm here to support one of my favourite monthly challenges,
because it helps me make some of the many christmas cards needed,
but also it's a chance to 'play' with like minded people, and share what we love.

so, without further ado, here's my entry this month.
Sorry it's those damn mice again, but this time with a pine cone twist.


There's the embossing folder to add background texture,
and the pine cone dies cut from copper foil 
and gold glimmer paper to add interest and christmas bling!


Have a great day 

Rudolph Day blog seen HERE

Lesley
xxx
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x

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join my friendly group of stamping crafters,
or fancy coming to my popular classes!
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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Happy Fathers Day

Hello, I hope you are enjoying your weekend.
It's a tad warm here in the southeast.
I started gardening at 7.30 this morning, to avoid the hottest part,
and we have friends popping by, so it's a chance to sit in the shade and have a natter.

Meantime, I feel bad that this years fathers day cards are from my old stash.
Needs must, as I just ran out of time, and I was fairly happy that they'd worn fairly well.

You can probably see various versions of this on pinterest


Here's the inside


The other, whilst less complicated, I think is my favourite...



My poor Dad is in a care home at the mo, and I can't get in to see him tomorrow,
but I have left him with a little bag of goodies, that I hope he'll enjoy :)

Have a great weekend,
and if you can't be with yours tomorrow,
I hope you'll have happy times you can remember instead.

Lesley
xxx
xx
x

Monday, 12 June 2017

Mirror Mirror on the wall....

.......who is the fairest of them all....?

you know who you are Birthday Girl,


I confess I didn't have much time, but I know she loves this stamp set,
Beautiful You
and I was planning my next class, which is based around the Reflection or Mirror Image Technique.


I used Oval dies for the mirror frame, and the bow from 
Window Box Framelits to make the stand.


the reflection was a tad fuzzy, but I watercoloured both images with ink and wink of stella.

Lesley
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x

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Sunday, 11 June 2017

Big Happy Birthday

Have you seen the Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Thinlits die?!
It's an all-in-one BIG awesome useful and versatile die
and it was TOP of my Wish List! 


I inked two backgrounds with Glycerin and SU inks
(Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Tempting Turquoise)
(the glycerin helps the ink move and blend....a Sheena Douglas trick...I am a massive fan)


Cut a die from one, a die from Basic Black, layered them up to create a "shadow"

 

Then had two disasters!
Disaster 1 = somehow got a splodge of glycerin that bleached out a splat
(you do know splodge and splat are technical terms, right?)
Disaster 2 = glue showed all round the die because I rushed it,
AND I'm awaiting delivery of the new SU adhesive sheets!


So, Remedy 1 = chop bits off all round a re-mount (can you see the difference?)
Remedy 2 = gently brush Wink of Stella on the black shadow =  happy accident!

It's hard to see the difference, especially as my photography is so naff,

so here they are again (otherwise you'll be scrolling up down up down)



Luckily my Nephew will know nothing of this drama,
and instead can just enjoy a very
Happy Birthday!

Lesley
xxx
xx
x

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Not only that, you can get £130 of Products for £99
by simply signing up with me,
AND you continue to get a discount on any other orders you place
whilst you remain a member of my friendly fun team.

It's simple, you choose what you like,
you don't have to sell anything or demonstrate or commit to anything,
and you can return to being a customer at any time,
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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Gift Voucher

I love giving Gift Vouchers!
It gives pleasure to the gift giver AND to the recipient
AND to me!

I had to decide how to decorate this one,
so rummaged in my pretty DSP stash and found this
(I don't fret about using retired stash because I do it all for free)



I love how there's two colourways of the same pretty design,
so the inside is the same, but opposite....on white


I made a belly band for this one, and wrapped some lush ribbon around.
this meant it could easily be slipped off without having to tie any bows!

You are welcome to order vouchers for others, 
or get your loved one or friend to order one for you,
whatever the occasion, whatever denomination.

Just ask for details
I love making people happy!

Lesley
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It's simple, you choose what you like,
you don't have to sell anything or demonstrate or commit to anything,
and you can return to being a customer at any time,
there's simply NO catch!

If you need ANY help, just email me:

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