Thursday, 17 April 2014

April Card Club

 So April's card club was all about playing with the new SU colours and focuisng on a stamp set...

As always Paula made a gift for attending her class, this time we got a little acetate box with 5 chocolate eggs in it. The bow was made using the Envelope Punch Board and the flower came from Petite Petals, a set used in the class a couple months ago.

This month's Stamp set was Gorgeous Grunge... 

Made using:
  • Whisper white cardstock
  • Coastal cabana cardstock
  • Chevron border punch
  • Strawberry slush ink
  • Coastal cabana ink
  • Baked brown sugar ink
  • Sassy Salutations stamp set

Made using:
  • Whsiper white cardstock
  • Crisp canteloupe cardstock
  • Crisp canteloupe ink
  • Baked brown sugar ink
  • Strawberry slush ink
  • Sassy Salutations satmp set

Made using:
  •  Whisper white cardstock
  •  Baked brown sugar ink
  • Pistachio pudding ink
  • Crisp canteloupe ink
  • Strawberry slush ink
  • Coastal cabana ink
  • Sassy Salutations stamp set

Made using:
  •  Whisper white cardstock
  • Pistachio pudding cardstock
  • Baked brown sugar ink
  • Pistachio pudding ink
  • Crisp canteloupe ink
  • Strawberry slush ink
  • Sassy Salutations stamp set

Made using:
  • Whisper white cardstock
  • Strawberry slush cardstock
  • Crisp canteloupe ink
  • Pistachio pudding ink
  • Strawberry slush ink
  • Coastal cabana ink
  • Baked brown sugar ink
  • Sassy Salutations stamp set
 
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Monday, 14 April 2014

March Card Club

 Here's some of the makes from March's card club.. I'm missing one project as I lost the phot when the old laptop died and we ate the choclate eggs that were in the sweetie bag...

First off is a note card made using: 
  • Watercolour Wonder Designer Note Cards
  • Too Kind stamp set
  • Soft suede
  • Chocolate chip
  • Garden Green
  
Next up a 3d card...

Made using:
  • Blossom Punch
  • Crystal Effects
  • Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Mixed Bunch stamp set
  • Decorative Dots embossing folder

These flowers on coffee stirrers were poking out of an acetate bag full of chocloate eggs originally...

Made using:
  • Flower shop stamp set
  • Raspberry Ripple
  • Bermuda Bay
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Friday, 11 April 2014

Elephant Make Up Bag

Been trying to get myself a little organised on the birthday presents front, a few ladies I call friends will be getting fabric goodies for their presents this year....

I started with the smallest fabric make as it can be the most frustrating to get right, pesky zips never sew in quite how I want them the first time...

Saw this elephant fabric as a fat quarter at a craft show and just had to have it, made this make up bag/pouch from it and still have loads left over, think I can squeeze another 2 pouches out of it too :)
 
Love the bright colours of the fabric and the lining fabric inside is a coordinating red flowery patterned fabric...forgot to sew one of my homemade labels in before I sewed the lining together so I shall have to handstitch it in before I give the pouch away as a present...

Next up is a few tote bags for friends and perhaps matching make up pouches too...
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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Anniversary Card


Running a bit behind on blog posting again..my old laptop has died, motherboard fried so it's off for data rescue at the mo, so no I'm starting over with a new laptop and have lost all the photos of projects I was going to share :(
 
Here's the card I made my boyfriend for our 5 year anniversary at the end of March...


Been waiting to use this Tatty Teddy stamp for ages and this seemed the perfect occasion to ink it up. Instead of colouring the hearts in I decided to heat emboss them with red powder instead. For the background I embossed white card but then flipped it over so the card had a debossed effect, which is really effective with this embossing folder. Even managed to get turquoise (my fave colour) involved with the glittery turquoise card I used for the main card body.
 
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Friday, 28 March 2014

Baby Cards

It seems this year everyone is starting or growing their family and having children...so I've been making cards for the people we know who have recently had their baby or are due soon..

 This one was for some friends who recently had their first child, a little girl. The hand prints fitted prefectly into the Top Notes Bigz die with a piece of pink pirouette ribbon to finish it off.

This one's for a little boy due very soon... Love the effect of turning the embossed card over for the background, looks so cool.

This is for my friend and his wife who had their second little girl this week. Love the effect of only embossing halfway up the white cardstock then separating it with a piece of ribbon.

I love the SU Baby Prints stamp set, I think the footprints are better than the hands though both are sweet. 
The girl cards have been made using pink pirouette ribbon and pink pink pirouette ink. All the papers, card and embossing folders used are non SU.
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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

SU Wreath Class

Something  a bit different at last week's card club...wreath making... SU Burlap and Blooms wreath kit.
Here's what the kit looked like before we started, it came with everything we needed, apart from a hot glue gun...
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 Not being one to replicate the design given with kits I moved a few flowers around and changed what colour flowers went where. I even managed to wrap the wreath blank with burlap and have a fair bit left over on the reel to use another day!
 Here's a close up of the flowers. Can't believe the fringed flowers all came out different sizes even though they were made using the same papers.
 As always Paula made us a gift for coming to her class... this month we got a little gift bag made using the Tag Topper Punch and Sweet Sorbet Sale-a-bration papers..with a little post it note booklet inside. Each bag and post it note book had the initial of the recipients name on it.
Makes a nice change to do something non card making at an SU class :)

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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Molly Coddles Kitchen Stud Club Review

Rebecca from Molly Coddles Kitchen sent me a 3 month sample pack of her new Stud Club subscription available from her etsy shop. I'm already a fan of Rebecca's earrings and I own a pair of every colour of the lego studs and a set of lego head studs with aviator glasses.


This is what my 3 month package looked like when I opened it. All colourful and labelled up for each month with stickers and tapes on the front.
Inside each pack was a printed letter giving me details of stud club and a discount code for inviting a friend to join up too.

My January pack came with a set of lilac bows on clear plastic stems, great for those who have reactions to certain metals used on earring posts, and a set of small metal spike earrings. There was also a little bonus sheet of stickers to play with too.
I pinched some photos from Rebecca's etsy shop so you could get a better view of some of the earrings I received.
Teeny Tiny Stud Earrings
Tiny Bow Earring Studs

For February I got 3 pairs of lego stud earrings, love them, total fan and as I mentioned already I own a pair of these in every colour. These are now my spares as I'm bound to lose a pair or the odd earring at some point. Rebecca does say in her printouts that you can/should give the earrings as a gift if you already have a pair you receive but I like these ones too much to share lol. There was also a pack of love hearts in the Feb pack as a Valentines gift.
Set of 3 Stud Earrings

The March pack was a chunky one... Not only were there 2 pairs of earrings there was a button ring too. The turquoise roses were my favourite pair from the 3 mystery packs...so much so I wore them for days and days and sadly lost one, so I'll be ordering another set when they get listed in the etsy shop!
Here's a pic of the cute little teddy studs, I struggled to get a good pic so I've used one from etsy again. Rebecca has a variety of cute little animal studs like these, I also really like the little frogs she has listed in her etsy shop.
             Cute White Bear Earring Studs
I only changed one thing about the earrings from how they were delivered and that was swapping the butterfly backs for tube style backs. That's just my personal preference as I regularly lose butterfly back brushing my hair or at work then I lose the earrings.
 
I think Stud Club is a great idea for anyone who likes quirky, unusual earrings that you don't pick up in main street shops and would make a wonderful present for someone too. £11 for 6months or £22 for a year really is a bargain!
 
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Friday, 14 March 2014

Dishawasher Scrabble Magnet


This super simple project has been sat on my Pinterest to do list for so long now, can't believe I never got round to doing something so quick and easy.


 
 I used some thick cardboard, a magnetic strip off an old, broken fridge magnet, scrabble tiles and a hot glue gun.
 Don't forget to lay the letters out in the correct orientation before you start glueing them down, the words have to be upside down to each other otherwise it won't work properly when u spin the magnet round.

Now there's no excuses for the dishwasher to not get put on when it's full or emptied when the cycles finished as the magnet pretty much says it all.

Got a few more scrabble tile project ideas in the pipeline too, think I'd better start looking for more surplus tiles to play with.
 
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Handbag Birthday Card Order

I've recently completed and posted an order for a 30th birthday card. The customer asked for something personal that suited their daughter and gave me the following details to work from:
Becky is turning 30, likes shoes and handbags and her birthstone is aquamarine. 
So this is what I came up with...
 I made a handbag shaped card, used aquamarine coloured gems to form a 30 and made a happy birthday using a text die. I used the Stampin Up Top Note Bigz die for the bag flap and a chunky metal button to replicate the bag clasp. To make it personal to Becky I wrote her name on both ends of the bag strap to look like stitching.
Not forgetting the fact the Becky also loves shoes I used the Stampin Up Fabulous You stamp set to stamp this beautiful floral shoe on the card insert. I really love this shoe stamp it's so pretty! 

The customer really liked the card when it arrived with her so lets hope Becky likes it just as much too!

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Monday, 10 March 2014

Playing With Wooden Hearts

 I've had a couple hundred of wooden hearts to play with, my in-laws ran me a sheet of wood through their laser cutter and sent them down to me. I gave a few dozen away to mum and a friend for them to play with. Mum's been decopatching hers and my friend paints, stamps and decorates them.

After many hours spent sanding the hearts down I finally got to play with a few of them. I went with a few different techniques just to see what I can actually do with the hearts.

Started off simple and just painted them using some Dulux sample paint pots in colours that will go with my study when I finally get it decorated. Then I strung them on turquoise ribbon to create a hanging decoration from them.

 Just before christmas I picked up a wood burning iron in Lidl on special offer so I had to try it out on one of the wooden hearts. I started by using silver ink and SU Sassy Salutations stamp set to stamp myself an outline of Merry Christmas to draw over. The shapes around the edge are all detachable nibs that came with the iron. Not a perfect piece of wood burning but not bad for my first attempt.

Then I decided the spray can of chalkboard paint had to come out...surely the easiest and most versatile way to use the hearts. This one hangs from the door handle to the study.

 Maybe I'll try some paper or fabric decopatch on my next batch....
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