Sunday, 28 May 2017

Cupcakes and Carousels

I love the Cupcakes and Carousels Suite from Stampin' Up!, though I haven't really had much chance to play with it until now.  I was inspired to use it as I went to a local food and drink festival yesterday, and there was a fun fair with a carousel there!

I made two very simple projects, creating versions of the cards in the SU annual catalogue - it's a great resource for project ideas when your crafty mojo has gone into hiding, or you just have too many ideas and you can't decide what to do!

Stampin' Up! materials used:
Stamp set - Carousel Birthday
Designer Series Paper - Cupcakes and Carousels
Card - Pool Party, So Saffron, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White thick card
Ink - Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo
Punch - Banner triple punch
Other - Cupcakes and Carousels embellishment kit, Fast Fuse, Stampin' Trimmer

Saturday, 27 May 2017

First Communion Card

Today's card features stamps from the Stampin' Up! All God's Grace which I think is a really lovely set, with the cross which I have used on this card, and words and phrases in a very pretty font.  Unfortunately for me, the one word the set doesn't have is communion, so I printed the text on the card.   I've also used an older set called Beautiful Banners and some ribbon from stash, which shows you can mix and match all that lovely crafty stash you have!

Stampin' Up! materials used:
Stamp sets - All God's Grace, Beautiful Banners
Card - Pool Party, Very Vanilla thick card
Dies - Banners Framelits
Ink - Versamark
Ribbon - Pool Party seam binding, Very Vanilla satin ribbon
Other - Gold Stampin' emboss powder, heat tool, Tear & Tape,
Stampin' Dimensionals, Liquid adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot

Monday, 17 April 2017

Custom Tee Sealed With Love

I've made several cards using the Custom Tee stamp set, so I thought I would share this one with you today.

The card base is 10.5cm square, so makes a cute sized note card, and is very quick and simple to make - no colouring, just the use of red ink and card!

Sadly both stamp sets, and the framelits are on the retiring products list, so will only be available until 31st May while stocks last - some retiring items have sold out already, so if you love these sets head over to the Stampin' Up! online shop to take a look.

Stampin' Up! Materials:
Stamp sets - Custom Tee, Sealed With Love
Dies - T-Shirt Builder framelits
Card - Real Red, Whisper White thick card
Ink - Real Red, Basic Black
Other - Stampin' Dimensionals, Tear & Tape adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

No Bones About It Custom Tee

Today I'd like to share with you a card made using a couple of Stampin' Up! retiring items - the Custom Tee stamp set and the Tee Shirt Builder framelits.  Personally I am gutted that these are going as they are great fun and you can make super cute cards for kids and teens (and probably just about any one!)  I'm happy to say the dinosaur set I have also used here is staying!

As I write this post they are still available, but if you want to get these then head on over to the online shop as the retiring items are moving fast - some have even sold out already!

Stampin' Up! Materials:
Stamp sets - No Bones About It, Custom Tee
Framelits - Tee Shirt Builder
Ink - Soft Suede, Old Olive, So Saffron
Card - Old Olive, Whisper White thick card
Other - Tear & Tape adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer


Sunday, 2 April 2017

Chimanlals - Mumbai, India

Hi, well here are some photos from the other paper shop that I visited while I was in Mumbai - Chimanlals.

Quite a different range to the Bombay Paperie - this shop sold more paper and card sets, some unusual shaped gift pouches, some paper embellishments and a small selection of sheets of paper to buy, and was less expensive.  I bought a few bits (more than you can see in the photo - oops!), with most things in red, and with elephants on them!

DIY Cutting Ironing Board

Today I thought I would share a quick DIY project with you - I made my own cutting mat with an ironing surface on the back and I love it!

Its a large board to get a decent size area for cutting fabric on with a rotary cutter, so I found a cardboard box, opened it out and cut it slightly smaller than the board.  I used some fabric glue spray to adhere two layers of fusible fleece and a layer of fusible thermal foam.

I then covered this with some gorgeous fabric from the Indian Garden range of prints - I have a little stash of this, and its the first time I have been brave enough to cut into it!  LOL!  The photos don't really do the fabric justice as it really is a beautiful purple with turquoise and some bright pink which I thought went well with the pink of the cutting board.

I used some glue gel to attach the fabric covered board to the mat (I attached it to the cm side as I like to used inches) and left it for a few hours to dry.

Then hey presto, your own cutting mat with an ironing surface!

Materials Used:
Fabric - Big Paisley on Purple from the Indian Garden range
Adhesive - Crafters Companion Stick & Stay for fabric, Pinflair glue gel
Interfacing / Wadding - Pellon fusible fleece, Threaders thermal fusible fleece
Cutting mat - Siesta 23.5" x 17.5" (markings are 23" x 17")

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Bombay Paperie - Mumbai, India

Hi there!  Well having not posted in... well forever!  I thought I would take some time to share some photos from my recent trip to India - paper, yummy food, elephant trinkits and fabric galore!  Today's post is all about a visit to the Bombay Paperie store, where you will find a colourful array of beautiful handmade, block printed paper.

I bought a selection of paper, and yes... you guessed it, I have not used it yet - it is just too pretty to cut up and use!

Each sheet was around £1 for a wrapping paper sized sheet, you can also buy cards, gift bags and paper flowers.  So, if you are ever lucky enough to visit Mumbai and you love paper like I do, then take a little time to visit this lovely store.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Beautiful You

For this card I have a gorgeous new stamp set from the Spring Summer catalogue - it is called Beautiful You and it is a set I knew I just had to have as soon as I saw it!

I have used some Designer Series Paper for the strips down the side of the card, and for the umbrella.  The green sketchy ink across the beautiful lady is a stamp in the set, which enables you to easily add some colour to your images even if you do not feel like colouring in.

Stampin' Up! Materials:
Stamp set - Beautiful You
Ink Pads - Black, Pear Pizazz
DSP - Tasty Treats
Card - Whisper White thick card
Other - Stampin' Trimmer, Snail Adhesive 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all!  I hope that you all enjoyed your New Year's Eve celebrations!
Here is a quick, simple card I made to welcome in the New Year!

Wishing you and your families all the best for 2017!

Stampin' Up! Materials Used:
Stamp sets - Mixed Drinks, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink pads - black, So Saffron,
Card - Whisper White thick card
DSP - Pop of Pink
Other - Snail Adhesive

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Well I have to admit, I do not know where the last couple of months have gone!!  Working, moving house, getting ready for Christmas I guess is where!

I hope you and your families are enjoying a fabulous Christmas, and I hope to see more of you all next year!

Merry Christmas
Mandy x

Stampin' Up! Materials Used:
Stamps - Reason for the Season, Forever Evergreen
Ink pads - Real Red, Old Olive, So Saffron, Black Archival
Card - Real Red, Basic Black
Other - Snail adhesive   

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Vintage Tea Cup Candles

I'd like to share my latest makes with you - some vintage tea cup candles!  I had wanted to give this a go for a while to make some Christmas presents, and recently I saw a new show on The Craft Channel with Chulo Naturals - they sell their own brand candles, soaps and bath bombs all made with natural products from a shop in Kent, and have now started making kits for us to make some of these things at home.

The tea cup candle kit comes with one bone china tea cup, a bag of soy wax chips, 2 wicks, wick holders and a colour/fragrance tablet - oh and full instructions!  The guidance is that you can make 2 tea cup candles, though I guess it depends on the size, but I was able to make 3 tea cup candles and 1 expresso cup candle from one kit (just needed a couple of extra wicks).

I used the vanilla scented kit, and as I type this blog post the candles are sitting on the desk next to me, and without them even being lit I can smell a gorgeous warm vanilla smell.  

Now all I need to do is make or find some boxes to put them in to give as gifts at Christmas or even birthdays! Though the little expresso cup candle is mine :-)

I hope I have inspired you to have a go at making your own candles - I am off to find some more old tea cups! :-)

Materials Used:
The Craft Channel - Chulo Naturals vintage cup and saucer candle making kit
Other tea cups, expresso cup and saucers

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Happy 1st Birthday to The Craft Channel!

This week The Craft Channel celebrated its 1st Birthday, and I was lucky enough to be invited to a cocktail party in London to mark the occasion.  My other half Steve came with me and we had a great time, even though we did not know anyone there - of course I recognised all of the presenters but had never met or spoken to them before.  Julian Ballantyne was there to greet us and made us feel very welcome, and by the time I had checked our names in with the lovely Debbie Kershaw and Beccy Seddon they were already talking football!

The invitation said that there would be some special crafting guests, but we did not know who - all I kept thinking was "please let Anna Griffin be there" as I love her products and am so happy that she is back on our screens in the UK!  So... guess what?!  Yes, amongst all the other lovely craft guests and presenters Anna was there!

By the time I plucked up enough courage to speak to her she must have spoken to a ton of people (not that she is scary at all, the complete opposite - I was just in awe about being able to meet her!), but she was still kind enough to spend about 20 minutes with me, listening to me ramble on about all of her products that I have and how much I love them! So thank you Anna for making my day! Not too keen on having my photo taken, but here I am with the lovely Anna!

I think I managed to spend a few minutes with most of the presenters, as well as many of the behind the scenes staff - buyers, graphics, producers, even the CEO and founder James Doak - lovely man!  All such lovely people and more than happy to spend time with us chatting about craft (well that was me anyway, Steve just kept saying he was the "plus 1" when asked if he crafted! LOL!)

I don't want to miss anyone out in my thank you, though I am sure I will (sorry!)  I met Dawn Bibby, who I have been watching since her days on QVC which really got me back into crafting (picking things up from childhood when I was always making things at home with my Mum - sewing, baking, colouring...)  Rosella, Dawn Wheeler, Wendi Rhodes, Lesley Wharton, Debbie Kershaw, Beccy, Kevin and the lovely Jaqui Joseph - she was wearing the most amazing sparkly trousers and was so fun to chat to!  There were a few people missing, but maybe I will get to meet them one day.

I also met some lovely fellow crafters that I hope to meet up with again soon!

So thanks again to everyone at The Craft Channel for a year of crafty goodness and a lovely evening to celebrate!  Looking forward to many more years of shows!

Of course my Happy Birthday card had to be made with Anna Griffin goodies, and I am adding this card to the following:
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes 13/09/16 - 19/09/16 

Anna Griffin Materials Used:
Fantastic flips card making kit, fantastic flips sentiment stamps, pink & green ink, flourish die from the spring seasonal die set, metallic card layers & papers

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Anna Griffin Pinecone Christmas Card and Gift

Hi!  Today I have a Christmas card and gift to share!  As I am sure you will have seen from recent posts I have been in a bit of an "Anna Griffin" crafty mode, so no surprise here is another project using her fabulous goodies!

I used my Cricut and an image from a gorgeous Anna Griffin cartridge, and had a go at something that I had wanted to try for ages - making a stencil on my Cricut for glass etching.  I would have to admit that the design I chose for the stencil was a bit fiddly because of all of the bits I needed to make sure stayed on the glass to create the full image.  Given this was my first attempt I am very happy with the results, and will definitely have another go.  My top tip here is if you have not done this before use a very simple outline design for your first go! :-)

Having decorated the glass candle votives I made a card to match, and then decorated the box the candles came in.  I also put some gold mirror card inbetween the candle and the glass so that you can see the design (the candles are white!) which would obviously need to be removed before lighting!

I am adding this to:
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes 13/09/16

Materials Used:
Anna Griffin - Anna's Christmas Cards & Embellishments Cricut cartridge, Holiday metallic cardstock layers, Holiday Trimming II card kit, Scattered Holly embossing folder, perfect bows, Christmas paper from stash
Armour Etch - glass etching cream
Cricut - Explore Air Gold machine, vinyl and vinyl transfer tape
Tiger - candles and votive holders 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Anna Griffin Pretty in Pink

Hi!  Here is another card using some gorgeous Anna Griffin goodies - I love these pinky/red flowers and wish you could buy these embellishments on their own instead of just in a kit (but you do get quite a few in the kit which is good!)
Materials Used:
Anna Griffin - So Smitten card kit, Fretwork dies set 2, All Occasion card making kit (this is an old kit), Metallic card layers and papers
Other - Stampin' Up! fine tip glue, Pinflair glue gel 

Monday, 22 August 2016

Anna Griffin in Blue

I have been having fun with some new Anna Griffin craft goodies, so this week I will be sharing a few of those cards with you - today it's a blue Happy Anniversary card.  I love this bowl/vase of blue flowers - just so pretty!
Materials Used:
Anna Griffin - So Smitten card kit, Holiday metallic cardstock layers, Lovey Layers, Fretwork dies set 2
Other - Stampin' Up! fine tip glue, Pinflair glue gel 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Anna Griffin Floral Birthday

I have been a lover of all things Anna Griffin for many years, and happily she is now back on our TV screens in the UK with new inspiration and craft goodies!

I try not to buy kits too often, as I generally feel a bit restricted by them, but I did buy the So Smitten kit and have teamed it up with some other materials to make this pretty birthday card.

Materials Used:
Anna Griffin - So Smitten kit, All Heart die collection, Metallic card layers & papers, Vintage Collage card toppers 2
Other - liquid glue, Pinflair glue gel, 5" x 7" card blank