Thursday, 12 January 2017

Owl Card

Hello! I had my beady eye on this lovely set of dies before Christmas and then came across it in a sale, so had to get it. It is Sizzix's Owl Fold-a-Long Thinlets and I think it is pretty cute! It really does use quite a mish-mash of snippets with all the paper pieces having come from a magazine a while back.

The central panel was stamped with a retired SU feather stamp and Gorgeous Grunge and the sentiment is from Tin of Tags. We are a family of owl addicts here, so I think I will be making a few of these cards! I think this one may well be for Too Much Glue Sam's birthday, but please don't tell her!!

My owl is fluttering off to Di and Parsnip at Pixie's Snippets Playground and then to Dies R Us Challenge and Moving Along With The Times - Something in the Air.

Happy crafting! April x

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Hey Chick!

It is miserable here today! Foggy, wet, grey...It felt like a good idea to make my first chicken card with SU's Saleabration set 'Hey Chick'. So very cute and now I want to make lots of chicken cards!

This card was inspired by this week's Global Design Project

I love this colour combo! I did start off with a coloured chicken, but then I realised I preferred her stamped in Basic Grey. I've combined my chicken with Moroccan Designer Series Paper and Mini Striped Ribbon in Watermelon Wonder. Hope you like it!

Happy crafting! April x

CCT Sketch Challenge

Happy New Year to all our CCT players and welcome to our sketch challenge ! As you will see from reading Deborah's post, we have dropped the '52' and are moving to a two week challenge. We also have some new and very talented DT members which is very exciting!
Here is our sketch:

You can flip the sketch around and you don't have to use a star if you don't want to. We just need to be able to recognise the design in your Christmas card.

I have combined SU's 'Carried Away' Designer Series Paper with Papermania's 'Festive Fauna'. The sentiment stamp is from SU's Tin of Tags stamp set.

I do hope that you will join us as we start on our brand new Christmas card stash!

Friday, 6 January 2017

Watercolour Flowers

I think after making lots of Christmas cards it's nice to think of spring flowers again isn't it? Since I got my SU Watercolour Pencils I have been thinking of stamp sets that would lend themselves to a bit of colouring. I hadn't used Flower Shop in a while, so I coloured some blossoms in Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry and one in Calypso Coral and Real Red. Then I plopped some water on top with my Aqua Painter. Very easy!

Snippets of Pear Pizzazz were used to make the leaves, so I would like to send my small bunch of flowers off to Di and Parsnip at Pixie's Snippets Playground.

On Wednesday, Toby and I decided to go to Woodside for a full English breakfast overlooking the Mersey. It was very calm and quiet, particularly as you can't get a train from Hamilton Square to Liverpool for quite a while as they work on the Loop. We had a bracing riverside walk followed by some antique shopping. It was a lovely day. I thought you may like to see some photos.

Happy crafting! April x

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Design Stampers Submission

Hello! Here is my Design Stampers submission for On Stage Live in Amsterdam. I hope that you will enjoy reading about my projects. I certainly enjoyed making them!
Starting off with a couple of cards, I made these samples to introduce my lovely customers to Stampin' Up's new Watercolour Pencils. I wanted to use two pieces of the same Saleabration 'Inside the Lines' Design Series Paper to demonstrate how to create two very different looks just by changing the palette of colours used. For the card on the right I used Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Bermuda Bay. For the other card I used a very limited palette of simply Early Expresso and Basic Grey, but I did add some extra sparkle by using Wink of Stella on the stamens of the flower. Hopefully I managed to showcase the versatility of this fabulous new colouring product! 

My next project is a Christmas 3D make. I really enjoyed stretching the potential of my Cookie Cutter stamps by making a pair of cute Santa earrings from Shrink Plastic. Of course I also needed a gift box to put them in (and a co-ordinating reindeer gift card!)

Here is a Z-Fold card using the stunning new 'Lift Me Up' stamps and co-ordinating 'Up & Away' Thinlits. It also uses the Carried Away Designer Series Paper from the Saleabration catalogue. This was such an enjoyable card to put together. I particularly love the colour combo of Night of Navy, Smoky Slate and Watermelon Wonder (with some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper of course!)

Not forgetting the wonderful stamp sets from the annual catalogue, here is a tea-light box with the super cute ladybirds from the Hostess stamp set 'Love You Lots'. A simple and sweet gift for a friend that uses the wonderful Bow Builder punch to create a stylish finishing touch

As it is Twelfth Night, I thought I would share one of my favourite festive cards of the season. I used 'Santa's Sleigh' to make this very elegant reindeer. He looks very proud of his red bow!

Finally, a couple of Project Life layouts. I love making my own PL cards using a variety of stamp sets. The first page uses Tie Dyed, Timeless Textures and Tasty Trucks - I didn't intentionally go for such an alliterative bunch of stamp sets! I did opt for a colour combo of Perfect Plum and Smoky Slate to complement my daughter's top. For the other side, No Bones About It provided the perfect stamps for this dinosaur themed layout. A great way of capturing all those happy memories!


I hope you have enjoyed my projects! Happy stamping! April

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Watercolour Pencils

Happy New Year! Thank you for reading my blog and I hope you will continue to join me here. All your comments are very much appreciated.

A very exciting development in the New Year is the arrival of Stampin' Up's new Watercolour pencils as a fabulous new colouring medium. At the moment there is a fairly limited palette of thirteen SU colours, but hopefully more will be introduced as time goes on. You can find them in the new Occasions catalogue which goes live on 4th January.

Having had a play with them over Christmas I am hooked! You can use them as colouring pencils or you can then create watercolour effects by going over your colouring with a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter. I tried with both, but my personal preference was the Aqua Painter. I initially worried that the Aqua Painter would be less controlled and envisaged too much water where I didn't want it, but it actually worked brilliantly.

I started off by colouring the gorgeous paper that is FREE during Saleabration with any order of £45. For the colourful version I used a mixture of Calypso Coral and Melon Mambo for the flowers (the pencils blend very easily) and Old Olive for the larger leaves. There is only one green available at the moment, so I first coloured the smaller leaves in Daffodil Delight and then went over them again with Bermuda Bay. I worked in small areas, colouring and then using the Aqua Painter. Of course the beauty of these new pencils is that you can add colour to your stamped images and I have a lot I want to try!

The second, more muted card uses the same paper but a more limited palette of just Early Expresso and Basic Grey. I also added some Wink of Stella to add a bit of glitter to the stamens.

You absolutely do not have to be some hot shot colourist to get amazing effects with these pencils. You can actually be very 'scribbly' and the Aqua Painter takes it all in its stride! I'm sure I'll be posting lots of coloured cards this year!

Finally here is a link to a great video from Shannon West where she shows you this great new product in action. These super pencils will be available from my website from the 4th January.

Happy colouring! April x

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Up and Away

Hello! Here is a Z-fold card that I have made using a lovely bundle that is on its way in the Spring catalogue. I wouldn't say I am a huge fan of hot air balloons. I certainly wouldn't travel in one! However, I do love these stamps and dies - particularly the rather cute clouds.

Card-making has sadly taken a back seat as I am still residing in the House of Lurgy, or specifically the House of Sinusitis. Small advances have been made though, including frenzied present wrapping today that has made a dent in things. My friend dropped by today to deliver presents. I do need to share the 3D tag that came with my present...

Isn't that fab? I think she would probably want me to point out that her young daughter wrote the tag! I am definitely keeping it!
 Now we just need to get that Christmas tree up! Happy crafting, April x
Very festive best wishes to Di, Parsnip and all the Playground inmates at Pixie's Snippets Playground!