Saturday, 26 July 2014

Happy Birthday Chrissie!

Well today it is Chrissie's, from LIM, birthday and the theme this week is 'Anything Goes' so I have been playing with SU's new Blendabilities.
I have kept it nice & simple with plenty of, that all important, white space. I started by stamping the image from a Hostess set, Bloom with Hope, in one corner of Whisper White then set to with my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities and Colour Lifter pen. Then I simply added a sentiment from Sassy Salutations and three Basic Pearls which had also been coloured with the darkest Blendie in the set (I love that you can colour embellishments to co-ordinate with your card!). Matted onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock then a card blank and job done!
Have a lovely birthday Chrissie (and a great holiday!)
Back soon
Margaret x

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Singin' in the Rain!

Last week I said I was going to take a short break from blogging but when I saw the LIM challenge this morning an idea popped into my head so I had to have a go. The ladies have given the theme "Singin' in the Rain!" and the only 'rain' stamp I have is the sentiment from a 2014 SAB set. Not to be beaten I thought I would make some brightly coloured punch art umbrellas from two circle punches and the handles are made using the Word Window punch.
I thought I would make the raindrops heart shaped to go with the sentiment so I used one of the new masks (available in the new catty) along with Soft Sky.
Have a great weekend and I hope you manage to dodge the thunderstorms!
Margaret x

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Simples Sunday

What a busy week - hence no blogging!! However I am popping on quickly with a Simples Sunday card for you.
This was made using the new In Colours, Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow. The stripes across the card are a stamp from Work of Art stamped with Early Espresso, the flowers from Petite Petals punched with the co-ordinating punch and the leaves from the ever faithful Bird Builder punch. I used a card base of Naturals Ivory matted with Hello Honey and Very Vanilla and the sentiment is a very old retired SU stamp.

It is very nearly the end of the school year and is always a very busy time so I will be taking a break from blogging for a couple of weeks but please come back as I have loads of stuff to show you (just not the time!!)
Thanks for stopping by and I'll be back in a couple of weeks
Margaret x

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Good Luck James!

This is another really simple card and my second entry to the LIM Colour Challenge - Earth Tones.

As some of you may already know I work in a Special Needs School and have run an after school club for the past 7 years. One of the attendees is a lad who will be leaving school in a couple of weeks to go on to do a Rural Skills course at college. He has only missed 2 after school sessions in the entire 7 years so we really could not let him go without a bit of a fuss. We will be doing some party food at the last session of the year and this is the card I have made for us all to sign to wish him good luck.
Made with the Owl Builder Punch and an old 'good luck' sentiment cut with one of the Banner Framelits. (The name was computer generated)
Good Luck James -
we will miss you x x

Simples Sunday Sympathy

Today's Simples Sunday card is another sympathy card - no I am not getting morbid, it's just that a friend has asked me to make her a few to go in her 'just in case I need one' box!
This is very, very simple and consists of a panel of Whisper White matted onto Basic Black then onto a white card blank. A little bit of Gorgeous Grunge stamping before adding a strip of Whisper White matted onto Basic Black and the sentiment from Love & Sympathy stamped to one side (this is part of a sentiment which has been cut in two). A few tiny flowers with Basic Pearl centres were all that was needed to complete the card. The flowers were punched with a punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes pack which has now retired but I am pleased to say it has been replaced with a new punch pack which has another cute little flower - I'm just waiting for MR UPS to deliver mine!!
Have a great Sunday and I'll be back soon
Margaret x

Saturday, 5 July 2014

LIM 'Earth Tones' Thank You

Good morning all, it's been a week since my last post but I have been so busy with commissioned leaving cards, wedding cards and Grandaughters party favours etc etc (not to mention going to work!) that I haven't found the spare time to do any blogging.
I needed to make a thank you card for a work colleague so I decided to use inspiration from this week's LIM colour challenge - Earth Tones.
I used a Naturals Ivory card blank matted with the new In Colour, Hello Honey, and Very Vanilla. The 'stripes' across the card are a stamp from Work of Art stamped in Early Espresso, as is the very old SU sentiment (but one I can't bear to part with!). Three stamped images from Petite Petals were punched out with the co-ordinating punch, fixed to the card and a couple of Mossy Meadow leaves (another new In Colour) punched from the Bird Builder punch were added. A non-SU pearl was placed in the flower centres to finish the card.

It is dark and raining here at the moment - typical weekend weather really - but have a good one whatever you are doing
Margaret x

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The new 2014-15 catalogue is here!

The brand new catalogue is here with loads of new and exciting products. Click on the picture above to download a PDF version.
If you would like to place an order with me then please contact me on 01933 663477 or drop me an email - and I'll be very happy to help

Monday, 30 June 2014

*** New 'Stampers 6' Club *** (Please scroll down for new posts)

I am starting a new Stampers 6 Club in July and need to fill 3 spaces - interested, then please read on

First a quick explanation of what a Stampers 6 Club is. You need to commit to spending £25 (+ p&p) each month for 6 months. During one of those months you will receive £25 Hostess Pounds to spend on anything in any current catalogue (the 'free' £25 spend is in addition to your monthly commitment) that means, in your chosen month, you will get £50 worth of products for your normal spend of £25.
In addition to this I am offering free p&p (worth £4.95) for the first month and each month you will also receive a free handcrafted gift and card from me to say thank you.

Interested in finding out more? Please feel free to contact me at margaretk21@hotmail. or telephone 01933 663477 and I'll be very happy to help

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Simples Sunday

A sad fact is that sometimes you need a card like the one I am showing you today and, due to the very nature of the card, you usually want to make one fairly quickly.
This is a super quick card using the chevron stamp from the new stamp set, Work of Art, along with the image and sentiment from Love & Sympathy which I am pleased to say is carrying over to the new catalogue.
The chevron is stamped in Smoky Slate and the image and sentiment in black StazOn then the panel was matted on Smoky Slate and then onto a white card blank..
Have a great Sunday and I'll be back soon
Margaret x

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Handbag Gift Holder

I have been busy this week and have neglected my blog so I have popped on very quickly tonight to show you a bag that we made at our class last month - the ladies loved it! Quite a long time ago I made small versions of this which held a lip salve but Elaine, at Papercraft Button, made a larger version which reminded me about them again! Elaine's version, along with all the measurements AND a video tutorial, can be found here. While you are there do have a look at the other fabulous projects Elaine has posted.
This one was made with Very Vanilla cardstock teamed up with paper from the Modern Medley DSP pack which, by the way, is only available until the end of the month so get it while you can. I have also used Flower Shop and Petite Petals with the co-ordinating punches and the handles were made with the Circles Framelits.
That's all for now, I'll be back soon
Margaret x

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Simples Sunday Watercolour

Unusually for me I didn't get round to making a card for yesterday's new challenge over at LIM which is 'Watercolour'. However, after going to bed last night and still being awake at 3 a.m, I decided I might just as well get up and what else can you do at that time of the morning other than craft??
I don't have many stamp sets that lend themselves to watercolouring but I thought this flower, from Flower Shop, would fit the bill quite nicely. I started by stamping a flower onto Whisper White using the new In Colour Blackberry Bliss, added a post-it mask before adding another flower then set to with my Aqua Painter. I began by blending the ink already stamped then added a little more ink to give more depth. I then repeated this on a scrap of Whisper White and punched this flower out with the Pansy Punch. The stripey image from Gorgeous Grunge was stamped in Crumb Cake and the sentiment from Four You in Blackberry Bliss before matting onto Crumb Cake cardstock and then onto a card blank. The punched flower was added using dimensionals and a few Basic Pearls added to the centre.

I hope you have a lovely Sunday whatever you're doing. For me it's ironing, shopping, visiting Mum then getting ready for a bit of a hectic week at work - and it's another weekend over!!!
Back soon
Margaret x
Oh dear I nearly forgot to say a big thank you to the ladies at LIM for choosing one of my cards to showcase this week and also to all the people who have left me such lovely comments - I really do appreciate it x

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Pleasant Poppies and the New Blendabilities

Today I have an A5 card to show you made with the background stamp, Pleasant Poppies, and the new SU Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities. I started by stamping the image in black Memento ink onto Whisper White cardstock then used the three Blendabilities pens to colour in the flowers. The stems were coloured using the new 'In Colour' Mossy Meadow marker pen. The panel was matted onto Cherry Cobbler cardstock with a piece of knotted Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon tied around before matting onto the A5 card blank.
I finished the card with a sentiment from Work of Art (another new stamp set available on 1st July). I love the new Blendabilities and look forward to getting some of the other colours - I do find 'colouring in' very therapeutic!

If you would liek to order any products please don't hesitate to contact me on 01933 663477 or email and I'll be very happy to help. If you would like to find out more about my new Stampers 6 Club, starting in July, please find all the details in the post at the top of my blog.
Until next time, happy crafting
Margaret x

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Sneak Peek Week - 3

Another card made with Work of Art, this time using the new Blackberry Bliss (stamped off for a lighter tone) and Pistachio Pudding. Believe it or not the inspiration for this colour combo came from a box which a pair of shoes came in- not two colours I would have thought of putting together, had I not seen something very similar, but one that I really quite like!
The sentiment is from Label Something, punched with the Artisan Punch and popped up on dimensionals.
Thanks for stopping by
Margaret x

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Sneak Peek Week - 2

Here is another card made with the up and coming new stamp set, Work of Art. I can't take any credit at all for coming up with the idea of using one of the images to make a flower but it is a clever one! I also can't credit the person who originally thought of it because there are so may out there in blogland it's almost impossible to track down the originator but, whoever you are, thank you!
A really simple card using Lost Lagoon (one of the 2014-16 In Colours) and Basic Black, stamped on Whisper White, matted onto Lost Lagoon cardstock, then onto a card blank. The sentiment is also from Work of Art.
That's all for today but do pop back tomorrow for another Work of Art card
Margaret x

Monday, 16 June 2014

Sneak Peek Week

I thought I would do a 'sneek peek' this week of some brand new products coming up in the 2014 catalogue, which starts on the 1st July. As a demonstrator you get the chance to pre-order certain products and these are some of my goodies.
As well as showing you a fabulous new stamp set, Work of Art, I thought I would start off the week by showing you the new In Colours. Left to right, and starting at the top, we have Tangelo Twist & Blackberry Bliss then Hello Honey & Mossy Meadow and finishing at the bottom with Lost Lagoon. The sentiment is also from Work of Art and the image from Flowering Flourishes which is carrying over to the new catalogue.

Like the look of these new colours and the stamp set then I'm sure you're going to love lots more of the brand new goodies in the 2014 catalogue. If you would like a copy of the new catalogue, or would like to order any products, then please give me a call or drop me an email and I'll be very happy to help. Don't forget that I am hoping to start a new Stampers 6 Club in July where you can earn free products - for more details see the post at the top of my blog.
Pop back tomorrow to see another card made with the Work of Art set which I will be featuring for the rest of the week.
Until then, happy crafting

Margaret x

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