Saturday, 19 July 2014

Wedding Card For Teachers

 This wedding card was an order from a regular customer, a lady who regularly gives me challenge cards to make..this card was cetainly no exception...

The couple are getting married today (19th July 2014) and they are both teachers, one teaches P.E and the other teaches science.

So the challenge was to include the following in the design:
  • Their names- Ben & Alex
  • Science theme
  • P.E theme
  • The wedding date
  • Something wedding based
 This is what I came up with after many weeks of sketching and resketching ideas....
Late one night a brain wave came to me to try and make their names using elements from the periodic table to add the science to the card..this worked perfectly till the ex of I made a new element that follows on from the last in the real periodic table to cover it. 
The sport theme came into the card in the form of a cricket bat, which I added the wedding date to.. I then figured I could make the name elements look like an equation where the date on the bat was the solution.

I then added the wedding element to the card using my favourite heart embossing plate, To Have and To Hold ribbon and hearts to represent the bride and groom.

Hopefully the couple like it as much as the lady who ordered it from me did...roll on the next design challenge!


Saturday, 12 July 2014

Protein Baking

Recently we have been trying to really kickstart a healthier eating plan in our house.... so we have invested in the Protein Pow(d)er cookbooks and been trying out some of her website recipes too.

The first recipe I had to try was Powtella...the healthy protein bersion of Nutella, who doesn't love Nutella?! The link to the recipe is here.

A couple of days later Anna posted and idea of how to use leftover Powtella for something even better.... Dark chocolate protein truffles...another thing that I had to try immediately, had just about enough Powtella left to make 7 little truffles. The recipe is here.

Anybody else find cookies to be a major downfall in their healthy eating attempts? We certainly do in our house so finding a recipe for protein, low sugar cookies was perfect for us and they taste amazing. Chocloate and peanutbutter protein cookies are to die for and so tasty you don't even realise they are so much healthier than 'normal' cookies. Will definitely make more of these! The recipe can be found here.

Anyone that knows me knows I'ma  total coffee addict so the recipe for Coffee & Whey protein bars was just too good to pass up on...and with no baking and very little effort required to make these bars they were perfect as a quick make when I didn't have a great deal of time but felt the urge to make something. The recipe can be found here.
Totally in love with Anna's recipes and we both loved the items I've made so far... will be trying many more of them in the coming months and hopefully making our eating habits just that little bit healthier!


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Blended Bloom and Blendabilities

Just got my hands on some of the new Stampin Up kit for 2014... I've started with the new Blended Bloom Stamp and 2 sets of Blendabilities.

After a quick lesson in how to use Blendabilities (thanks Paula) I had a go at whipping up a sympathy card for a friend who lost a dear family member recently. I even learnt that clear buttons can be coloured in using Blendabilities too!
I've used:
  • Blended Bloom stamp
  • Daffodil Delight Blendabilities
  • Summer Starfruit cardstock
  • Summer Starfruit ribbon
  • Love & Sympathy sentiment
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
  • Decorative Label punch
 Then I moved on to a birthday card for another friend, much easier to make.
 For this card I tried out my new Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities... I can see this Blended Bloom getting used quite a bit for a while longer now, especially if you see how many cards using it I've pinned on Pinterest. My Stampin Up Inspiration board is here.

I'm impressed with the new Blendabilities but you do have to let them dry before you get the full effect of how they are going to come out. I was a bit put off when I put the darker colours on as I never thought they wouldm blend or look half decent with the really light pen in the kit....I have been proven wrong and now I think I need more sets of these in the other colours too!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Making Fabric Labels

 For ages I've been saying I want to have some fabric labels to sew onto my handsewn goodies...especially now that some are being ordered and given to people that I don't personally I kind of want these people to be able to look me up and tell other people about the things I've made.

 So I took a look on Pinterest and found an awesome, simple tutorial for how to make my own fabric can find it over at Dolls and Daydreams. The hardest part of the tutorial was finding shops in the UK that actually stock freezer paper...Hobbycraft do in case you are wondering.

Here's my labels drying them...think I'll be making plenty more of these in the future!
 Here's to sewing them into everything from now on!


Monday, 16 June 2014

Fathers Day Cards

 Now I know that all the fathers day cards have been received and opened I can share them on my blog to show you all. Every year I go with a theme for the design and make all the cards using that theme and just change a colour here and there between the cards..saves me a little time by not having to design 4 different cards but still means everybody gets a different card to the others.

The first design features a large Dad stamp...
Made using:
  • Gorgeous Grunge stamp set (SU)
  • Dad stamp (Hobbycraft)
  • Baked Brown Sugar ink (SU)
  • Baked Brown Sugar cardstock (SU)
  • Pacific Point ink (SU)
Then for the second Dad stamp card I swapped out the Baked Brown Sugar..
Made using:
  • Gorgeous Grunge stamp set (SU)
  • Dad stamp (Hobbycraft)
  • Real Red ink (SU)
  • Real Red cardstock (SU)
  • Pacific Point ink (SU)
Design 2 kept the same Gorgeous Grunge background and 2 colourschemes..
 Made using....
  • Gorgeous Grunge stamp set (SU)
  • Need For Speed stamp set (SU)
  • Dapper Dad stamp set (SU)
  • Baked Brown Sugar ink (SU)
  • Baked Brown Sugar cardstock (SU)
  • Pacific Point ink (SU)
Made using: 
  • Gorgeous Grunge stamp set (SU)
  • Need For Speed stamp set (SU)
  • Dapper Dad stamp set (SU)
  • Real Red ink (SU)
  • Real Red cardstock (SU)
  • Pacific Point ink (SU)
 The cards seem to have gone down well, I'm looking forward to seeing what new stamp sets SU will have in the new catalogue to play with for next years Fathers Day card designs!


Thursday, 12 June 2014

Been Sewing...Baby Gifts

 Been doing a lot of sewing recently and there's seems to be a lot of baby things I need to make for friends and family who are all having kids this year...

These are for my new little nephew Isaac...choosing the fabrics were made easier by knowing that my sister in law was having a little boy, whereas everybody else I'll be making for are having surprises...gender neutral baby fabric is so hard to find!

I chose 2 fabrics for Isaac's presents...I love the bee fabric..thought it could also be used as quite a good gender neutral fabric too. I made a standard shaped bib and burp cloth from the bee fabric.

Then I found this awesome blue dinosaur fabric which I totally fell in love with, shame it didn't come in more colours though. I made a standard shaped bib, 2 bandana style bibs, a burp cloth and a soft door closer from the dinosaur fabric.
 The soft door closer idea came from the Practically Functional blog via a pin on Pinterest, such a simple yet brilliant idea and it works so well!
 My sister in law loved them and the bibs fitted baby Isaac well so I'd say that the first batch of baby gifts were a total success!


Monday, 9 June 2014

June Card Club

 This month's card club saw us trying out some new ideas and some non-standard design cards...We made a pop-up box card and  handbag for storing some cards in.

 Love the idea of a pop-up box card...though I once again didn't stick to the design of the sample card, I changed the stamp set I used to better suit the person who will receive the card.

For the pop-up box card I used:
  • Midnight Muse cardstock
  • The Open Sea stamp set 
  • Sassy Salutations stamp set
  • Wild Wasabi ink
  • Crumb Cake ink

For the card and handbag we used:
  • Tempting Turquoise ink
  • Raspberry Ripple ink and cardstock
  • Daffodil Delight ink
  • Wild Wasabi ink
  • Baked Brown Sugar Ruffle Stretch Trim
  • Large Pearl Basic Jewels 
  • Petite Petals stamps set and punch
  • Chalk Talk stamp set
 Don't they look great together, could use the handbag for so many other gift bag ideas too.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Butterfly Birthday Cards

 Love the Stampin' Up Pappillon Potpourri stamp set so much and the punches are great too, even if you don't have/want to use the stamps you can still punch out coloured/patterned butterflies.

Whipped up a couple of quick, bright and bold butterfly birthday cards...

 The first is made using non Stampin' Up inks and cardstock.
  Both cards use Sassy Salutations stamp set for the sentiment, stamped using black StazOn...I know I always use Sassy Salutations but they are so easy and versatile to use for any type of card.
This second card uses Stampin' Up inks:
  • Strawberry Slush
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Pistachio Pudding
  • Crisp Canteloupe


Wednesday, 28 May 2014

May Card Club

 May's Stampin' Up card club with Paula of Knall Crafting was all about Papillon Potpourri...everybody else bought Bermuda Bay as their ink for this class but as I already had it I went for a different colour, Real Red, to build my collection up. As well as the ink I also got a reel of Real Red Taffeta Ribbon to play with on my cards.
 All of the cardstock I used was Whisper White and Real Red.
 Ads you can see for most of my cards I decided to use Sassy Salutations, I know it's no surprise as I do love this set so much. For some of the cards I changed which of the larger butterflies I used as well as I prefer the flower print on to the detailed drawn one.
It's cards like this one that make me think I need to get the Flowering Flourishes stamp set as it really is a great set to use.
 For this card we used a circular mask and brought out the Gorgeous Grunge set from the April class and stamped using the smallest of the paint splats before then removing the mask and stamping the stripes over the top. The large butterfly was punched out of plain Whisper White card using the Elegant Butterfly punch and then sponged with ink using daubers. Think this is my favourite card from the class actually.
 This simple yet elegant card using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool for the embossed (or debossed as I chose to use them) lines and happy birthday wishes sentiment from the Petite Pairs stamp set.
 For this card we used the small butterfly silhouette and then the Bitty Butterfly punch to punch it out. Using the card scrap we punched an Elegant Butterfly out of earlier as a mask we could then sponge dauber ink to produce 3 more butterflies 'flying' up the card. The sthank you sentiment comes from the Blooming With Kindness stamp set.

 Once again Paula made us a lovely gift...this time it was an A6 notepad using some of the new watercolour papers for the tag and the tag topper punch too.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

First Use Of The Judo Suit Template

It's great to see somebody has made a card using the Judo suit template I was asked for last week. I'm quite excited to see how people use it. This is Kirsten's card for her grandson and you can see her blog by clicking on the photo of the Judo card.
I look forward to seeing what else people do using the template.