Monday, 12 March 2018

Black Ice

Hello! My friend Tracey posted about the 'Black Ice' technique on Fb and I was desperate to have a go. I made these two cards last week and then saw that that Di's guest designer, Kathy at Pixie's Crafty Playground had used the same technique to make a fantastic motorbike card (there is also a link there to the tutorial I used). It is such a lot of fun! The only really important thing is to make sure your stamping is really dry with your heat gun (and walking away and leaving it if you possibly can!) I've always enjoyed techniques that involve swiping your inkpad around, so this technique reminds me very much of faux woodgrain techniques that involve the same thing. It's also nice to find a technique where I actually had all the stuff!

You can't really capture how 'foiley' these cards are in real life. I am sending them over to Di and Parsnip at Pixie's Snippets Playground where Di and I have been developing techniques whereby you reduce body weight by brushing yourself with very large paint brushes (I sense a video and book deal...!)

Happy crafting (and inkpad swiping!) April x

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Panda Love

Hello! I haven't posted anything in ages as horrendous flu kept me from crafting. I did manage to make a couple of Valentine cards for my husband and daughter when I was finally on the road to recovery.
This cute panda clutching an envelope is another of the Party Panda Saleabration stamps. In my weakened state I needed a super easy and quick card! I die-cut a heart from a piece of scrap card and then used a sponge dauber to create a pink, inky background. Then I stamped some details on top of the heart with the same ink (Powder Pink). To complete my card, I just needed to add my panda, a sentiment and a couple of sequins!
I would like to send my panda valentine over to Cards in Envy where the current theme is 'Give it Some Heart'.
Happy crafting! April x

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Heartfelt Blooms

Hello again! I thought that I would show you this amazing stamp today. It is called Heartfelt Blooms and it's a new type of stamp from Stampin' Up called 'Disinktive'. It lays the ink down in different opacities to create greater depth and gives an amazing photorealistic look to your stamping.
This is unbelievably a one-step stamp and when you first use it you do look at it with a bit of a double-take because it looks as though there's not much there to stamp with! However as soon as you start to add colour with your inkpad (and a swiping action combined with a bit of a tap seems to do the trick) the image magically appears.
Even more amazing, is that this lovely stamp set that includes three sentiments is absolutely FREE with orders of £45 (excluding p&p). Your order can include products from either the annual or spring catalogues and it is very easy to order directly from my website.It looks fabulous in so many different colours, but I have gone with Dapper Denim here. I hope you like it! April x

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Monday, 22 January 2018

Bird Banter Matchbook

Hello! I love the Bird Banter stamp set. This toucan seemed perfect for making a matchbook to hold a tropical green tea bag. The matchbook was made using Mary Fish's measurements here. It's the perfect size for a teabag sachet!

 I think he's definitely a cute little guy! It's a fairly small project so quite snippety. For that very reason this toucan is flapping off towards Di and Parsnip at Pixie's Snippets Playground. Ironically my sand eraser came in VERY useful for this card as I stuck lots of things in the wrong place and made a complete mess, so THANK YOU Di!! I'd also like to enter my card in the 'Anything Goes' challenge over at Crafting with Friends. April x

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

February Workshop


Join us for a relaxing, fun evening making cards on Friday, 9th February at 7pm.

We will be making four cards using fantastic products from the new Stampin' Up Spring and Saleabration catalogues. Lots of inspiration and tips will be provided and you are welcome to either follow the example cards or create your own fabulous designs. A variety of sentiment stamps will be provided so that you can tailor your cards to the occasion of your choice.

All card, inks, embellishments and the use of stamps are included in the cost of £12. Please bring your own adhesive.

You will need a strong glue and may wish to use dimensionals. Please let me know when you book your place on the workshop if you would like to pre-order adhesive. Multi-purpose liquid glue is £3.75. Stampin' Dimensionals (300) also cost £3.75. Snail Adhesive is available at a cost of £6.25 (refills are £4.00) and Mini Glue Dots (300) cost £4.75.

All bookings are non-refundable. In the event of being unable to attend the workshop, you will of course receive the materials and instructions required to create all the items that we make during the evening.
This workshop is suitable for both beginners and more experienced crafters. Please contact me for any further information and for Bebington venue directions. Hope you can join us!
April x

Monday, 15 January 2018

Party Pandas

 How cute is this little guy with his balloon?
I love Party Pandas and the best news is that they are FREE with any £45 order from the annual or spring catalogue (excluding P&P).
Here is one of the party animals combined with Tranquil Tide cardstock and Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper. I've used paper piecing for his balloon. I could have coloured it, but I quite like the solid appearance of the paper (from Colour Theory Designer Series Paper Stack).
I really enjoyed making this card and I'm looking forward to making a whole array of panda-themed creations!
April x

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Petal Palette

Hello! Here is a card made using the lovely Petal Palette bundle. It was inspired by the challenge over at Global Design Project where you are asked to CASE a gorgeous card by Krista Frattin.

I was inspired by the sketch (although I have flipped it around) and the very pretty layering. I love the doily and have tried to include a similar effect with some die-cut vellum. I have kept to a simple colour scheme of Smoky Slate and Pool Party with a touch of silver from the sequins.
The vellum was a snippet and the Smoky Slate cardstock is my very last snippet of that colour (sob!) I am therefore sending my bunch of flowers to the Parsnip Piglet and Di over at Pixie's Snippets Playground. Happy crafting! April x

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