Sunday, 21 August 2016

Northumberland ....

I've wanted to visit Northumberland for a few years now. It was put on my radar by ladies I had met through crafting, who were always posting fantastic photo's of themselves walking there dogs on the beach, or general scenery around the area they live in. Finally we made a visit last month and had a wonderful week exploring the area. I would highly recommend it, and it was so nice to be able to pack up the car and not have to travel to the airport. There's so much to see and do in Northumberland, and I took some great photo's for my scrapbook :)

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Pop of Pink ....

Feeling all fired up on the scrapbooking front today. I just had a whole weekend away scrapping and managed 11 layouts in one weekend !! Wow, that is a massive record for me, and I have continued today by finally using these gorgeous Stampin Up papers, Pop of Pink and also making a simple card with a bit of sparkle :)

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Thoughtful Branches ....

Hello there, today is an exciting day as it's the first day you can get your hands on the new and limited edition Thoughtful Branches bundle. This bundle is only available this month so don't miss out on this lovely stamp set with coordinating dies, watch this space for samples to follow.

There are also 9 coordinating dies.

Samples made at team training, thanks Julie Kettlewell

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Papillon Potpourri ....

Its nice to revisit an old stamp set and one that has stayed in the current catalogue. I loved the sample card in the catalogue so much that I have reproduced it here. It is made using the "wet wipe" effect, which may need a little practise as it can make your card curl as it dries.

Here's another card I made using the sponging effect, all you have to do is dab your sponge onto your ink pad and move it on to the card in a circular motion. You can make your own little masks to create effects like the butterflies and the clouds.

 Lastly if you are a little wary of using effects, why not try this fabulous background stamp until you feel more confident (more from this stamp later)  :)

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Foxy Friends ....

Hi there, sorry for the absence but I have just had a week away in the beautiful coast and countryside of Northumberland. Stunning scenery and more on that later. Travelling in your own car has many advantages, mainly you can take your own pillow and loads of craft stash !  So while hubby played golf, I had a day to finally have my first play with the Foxy Friends stamp set and coordinating punch. Here are a couple of cards I managed to make, but I'm sure there will be more projects to share with this set, as the ideas just seem to keep coming :)

The card at the back is cased for Sherry's Stamped Treasures.
For the winter fox one,I stamped a whole sheet of white cardstock with the three little mushrooms in the set, and used this as "patterned paper".
Lovin my little bear, I masked the ears and tail from one of the background stamps
and added my own features from other stamps in the set.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Pop Of Paradise ....

What a morning, we have a special promotion starting today and running until the end of July. For EVERY £45 you spend before postage you will qualify for a coupon worth £4.50 to spend between 2nd - 31st August 2016. What a great way to earn a little discount on something you may have been coveting. The coupon will be emailed to you, and cannot be resent, so please make sure your email address is correct and also please write the code down and keep the email for when you need to redeem your coupon! 

I'm sure you have noticed recently the mad obsession in most stores graphic designs of "The Flamingo". They are every where and for the last two months my team mates have been posting photo's of everything from ties, to towels, to fairy lights, all with Flamingo's (and or Pineapples). Not to be outdone, Stampin Up have there own spin on this summers icon, and here are a couple of samples that I have made with the Pop of Paradise stamp set .... 

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Visitors ....

"Oh What Fun We Had" ...  it was wonderful to have my old school friend of over 30 years here to visit us last week. We had a fab time, introduced her husband to a few English traditions and they all got to attend one of my (well known) "cocktail parties".  I climbed the Cow & Calf Rocks at Ilkley for the first time, I normally sit in the car park, look at the view and eat an ice cream ! They visited Stone Henge, London, Bath, Scarborough, York and Liverpool during their visit, and we had a school reunion! Their crazy trip has now moved on to the USA, but here are a few of my favourite photo's.

Lets not forget a certain Football tournament !