Saturday, 11 August 2018

Developing Our Skills ....

I've recently been updating the Scrapstars website, ready to announce next years retreat, but already a few ladies have beaten me to the punch and made their bookings. It was lovely to receive an email from a new delegate, what she said really rang true with me so i thought I would share it.
"I heard about your retreat from some of my co crafters at a local group I attend, the rest of the group were so impressed with the generosity of the kits and the exciting projects they came back with this year (and very jealous !) What struck me was the way they have been more adventurous with their projects and designs, breaking away from their usual style of working since attending. And still, even now, producing even more beautiful pages with the left overs from the kits they were given at your retreat".   
Its the last part that struck me as being so true (and it was nice to hear the rest) but we do have a tendency to stick to what we know, our own little comfort zone. That's one of the main reasons that i still attend classes and retreats, to further develop my skills and learn something new or just try something "outside the box" that otherwise I may not have. Happy crafting. 



Saturday, 28 July 2018

Touches of Texture ....

Had these stamps for a while (with the launch of the new catalog) I have mainly bought them for all the textured backgrounds for mixed media scrapbooking, but I thought I would challenge myself today to make a card, yes don't all faint, it has been a while, but here you go ....
these are the little bee and dragonfly that i have used on my previous project, I added a little touch of "wink of stella" to their wings to give them a little sparkle.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Swallowtail ....

Promised my friend Sally-Jo that i would have this project finished by the time i see her again. We we're both messing around with spritzing and I wanted to use some gilding flakes I have had for eons and never used. We had worked on a piece of 8x8 card, so I promised SJ I would mount it onto something and frame it. I decided to go for black cardstock which I have embossed using another blast from the past Pillion Potpourri  butterfly stamps and a couple of small insect stamps from a new set, which I will share some samples from shortly.



Sunday, 1 July 2018

Sign UP ....

If you've ever considered signing up to Stampin Up and even just being a hobby demo, in other words someone who only wants to order for themselves (or themselves and a couple of friends) gaining great discount and hearing about offers and new products before anyone else, This Month Only, SU have a fantastic offer for you. The starter kit is still only £99 and for this amount you can select £130 worth of products from the new catalog AND only in July, you will receive an additional 10 Ink pads, these giving you an extra £70 of value to your starter kit.

Friday, 29 June 2018

National Scrapbooking Day ....

While feeling inspired to use paints and inks after our Scrapstars weekend, I just went crazy on this background, having the confidence to know that if it was a disaster, I was only wisting a sheet of white card :) but I'm really pleased with the result and inspiration from attending classes with Julie Taylor ....

Friday, 22 June 2018

Summer Party ....

Here's a layout using a little bit of my Ephemera, and also using Echo Park, Summer Party papers.At the recent Scrapstars event one of the teachers was using a lovely wide scallop punch, immediately i knew I had to have one, but ended up sourcing one that was completely different lol. I still love the punch and have been itching to use it, so here it is on the layout.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Ephemera ....

Today I've been making my own Ephemera, when you consider all the punches and dies we own, why are we buying these little packets of Flowers, Butterflies and Leaves ! I made a simple background using the wet wipe technique a bit of spritzing and some "flicks" of paint (you could use water colours, and packaging technique, anything goes really). As you can see my background doesn't look very impressive but once it is die cut or punched, the results are great :)