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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Moving Along with the Times - Focal Point Sentiments

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Die

Over at Moving Along with the Times it's Team A's turn again and Christine has set the challenge of making you sentiment the focal point of your card design.  No images are required for this challenge which is open to all to join in.  The DT have created some fantastic inspiration for you so please do visit or join in we'd love to see what you come up with.

For my DT card I've cut various shapes using the Stampin' Up! Stitched Shapes dies and also the Layering Square dies to create the white frame in the middle by placing a plain square die inside the stitched shape square and cutting both at the same time taking out the centre of the outer die.

I've also used various shades of blue with one pop of pear pizzazz card stock.  I've layered the die cuts using glue dots and stampin' dimensional to give depth and then used mini glue dots folded over to adhere the die cut Happy Birthday, which is again blue rather than black which it looks like as the light is awful here today in Lincolnshire.

A handful of pacific point enamel dots finishes my design and also hides a nail imprint on one square that I managed to create when removing the die cut from the cutting plate. There is always a solution to a hiccup in paper craft don't you think?

Join us for our challenge over at MAWTT.  You won't be late like me as I've been busy taking Olivia to university.

Happy Saturday


Friday, 8 September 2017

Fun at the Welcome Club

On odd Fridays I go along to the Welcome Club in Woodhall Spa at the community centre.  It's open fortnightly from 10am to 12pm for coffee and a chat.  They usually have someone there with useful information particularly aimed at the more mature end of the community. Today a lady was there to help advise folk on keeping warm in the winter and the help that Age UK can give.

Then of course there was me with a craft table.  Folk were able to come and have a go at stamping and today we got a head start on some Christmas cards using the cute set Watercolour Christmas.  Each person was able to stamp their own design on a die cut label and then add ribbon and attach it to a base card. Everyone enjoyed it and I was pleased to see Ruby again and her friend Freda who is 95.

I love to share what I do, but particularly on days like this.

I'm back there in December when we'll be making cards for the Stampin' Up! Christmas Wishes Challenge. This will be making cards to be sent to the Ronald McDonald Houses where families can stay when they have a sick child in a hospital not close to their home.

Have a great weekend Zx

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Craft and Chat with Stampin' Up! Lovely Inside and Out

At craft and chat or coffee and card we had fun with the Lovely Inside and Out stamp set.  It's got some fun modern shapes to stamp as well as fun sentiments that you can build.

We used two colours ways of pink pirouette, wisteria wonder, marina mist and  night of navy or crushed curry, garden green, dapper denim also with night of navy.  The ladies came up with some different styles and fun was had by all. 

Here are a handful of the cards made.  

There's a coordinating set of dies too which say 'lovely', 'friend' and 'hugs'.  

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Christmas Card Club

Happy Sunday everyone! The sun is out here and I hope it is with you.  Our Christmas Card Club challenge this fortnight is set by Rachel who has asked for magical, mystical cards which I've struggled with which is silly really as all of Christmas should be magical at the very least.  However I got an idea in my head and have run reasonably successfully with it, although I'm not entirely happy with it.  I wanted to create a circular scene and add watercolour and then a sparkly shadow of the trees.   It's almost there, but not quite.  Any tips gratefully received.

Stampin' Up! sets that I've included are Lovely as a Tree, Colourful Seasons and Watercolour Christmas for the sentiment.  I've stacked the image onto dapper denim circles for an on trend look although I know that the trend is really to stamp over the edges of die cut letters and shapes.  I've used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to add the shadow in very pale soft sky ink and then a fine tip glue pen to add dazzling diamonds glitter.  A litter embossing paste to give the effect of snow drifts at the bottom of the trees.

Please do visit the challenge members from the link at the top of my blog Christmas CC for more inspiration as this theme opens so man doors and I'm sure you'll be inspired.

You may not be aware but the Stampin' Up! Winter Catalogue launched on 1 September and you can see all the festive, autumn/winter and halloween goodies by clicking HERE.

If you prefer a paper copy then please do email me at and I'll get one in the post to you.

Thanks for popping by and enjoy Sunday and have a great week.


Friday, 25 August 2017

Totally Techniques Blog Hop - Stencils

Welcome to August's Totally Techniques blog hop.  We are featuring cards using stencils to create our desgins this month.  I have used the Stampin' Up! Pattern Party Design Masks on top of a watercolour washed area created by using an aqua painter and ink from the lids of my ink pads.  

Water Colour Wash Instructions
1.  Using an aqua painter add water to an area of the card you wish to colour.
2.  Again with the aqua painter pick up colour from the inside of the ink pad lid having gently squeezed the ink pad prior to opening which puts the ink pad onto the inside of the lid.
3.  Add the colour to the wet area on your card and move it around using the brush of the aqua painter. You can add more water from the painter if required. 
4.  Once happy with your wash allow to dry.  You can remove excess water carefully with kitchen roll/paper towel and also dry off with a heat tool. 

Once the wash is thoroughly dry you can add all sorts of design using the masks.  I sponged some with Stampin' Up! sponges and daubers and also used a marker pen to create the black design by scribbling through the mask and colouring in blocks of the pattern through the mask.  You'll also see that I used embossing paste which was coloured with a DROP, just a drop, of re-inker and then spread using the paste tools over the mask.  

Additional colour was added with a couple of stamps from the Stampin' Up! Touches of Texture set.

All this was done on a piece of shimmery white card stock so that it has a splash of sparkle.  Final touches were to add some black bakers twine and a gold faceted gem.  I've left it blank for adding a sentiment later.  

Have fun with masks and stencils and don't forget you can create your own stencils with window sheet and dies or your trimmer.  

You're off to visit Barbara now who has a beautiful project to share with you. 

1. Nadine Weiner Germany
 2. Shannean Moncrieff Australia
3. Zoe Tant UK That's me
4. Barbara Meyer Austria

See you soon Zx