Thursday, 27 August 2009

Crafty Lou's Workshop Sample Board

As I mentioned a couple of days ago - my sample board for the workshop was inspired by Lou - such a talented crafter and if you are in the Peterboro' area this Sunday drop into Sir Stampalot in the Werrington area and you will find her in person, demonstrating, and she will have the equally talented Chris with her - so a double treat.

As you will see I CASED the top right hand card completely but just used a different colourway - I like to do this as it often looks a completely different card - I'd like to try it in the bolder colourway too perhaps a Tempting Turquoise and Pixie Pink combination might be nice.

Still wading thro' my Sizzix dies and putting them on my ebay site - google Cherry Hill Crafts and I should come up as UK Ebay Shop, about the third entry ( don't quite know how I accomplished that !!) - you may find a bargain - or that illusive die you've been searching for - a lot of my collection is being listed.

Thank you for dropping by and keeping me on my toes.


Monday, 24 August 2009

Sample Board from the Workshop

Hello there - I've been busy going thro' all my Sizzix dies and popping them on my ebay site - I have kept a few basic shapes and one or two Sizzlits and now I just wait until it all appears in the SU catalogue - I know, I know, it's not going to be this year but never mind at least I'm 'lean and mean' lol for when we do finally get it - also it may give me more pennies to spend in the new catalogue - you see, method in my madness!!

If you remember I mentioned a sample board that I had prepared for the Fresh Cuts Workshop but, as yet I haven't got round to showing you what I did, these projects were inspired by Crafty Lou, I'll show you her board tomorrow and you will see what I mean - it's beautiful.

Here is my offering in So Saffron, Close to Cocoa and Always Artichoke and using the Fresh Cuts stamp set and the SU punches, petal and tag.

Thanks for looking I appreciate you dropping by.


Saturday, 15 August 2009

New Ribbon .......

Well, I finally managed to get my hands on some of the new ribbon from the promotion this month and delivered lots out to my fellow crafters who placed an order following the workshop on Saturday 8 August - but as yet I have not managed to create anything - so I will be working on that - my favourite of the two has to be the So Saffron colourway, I think.

As you know when I send out my orders I always like to include a little Thank You card and this time I decided to go a little brighter than I would normally - using a Pretty in Pink, Ballet Blue with a touch of Summer Sun colourway and the Office Accoutrements stamp set - the punches I used were the Spiral one as it worked nicely with the Memo stamp from the set together with the Round Tab, perfect for an extra little embellishment - as always my starting point looks nothing like the end product but I suppose that's why it's called a creative process.

Thank you for stopping by - I really must photograph and show you the sample boards from the workshop - I'll make a note for tomorrow - see you soon.


Thursday, 13 August 2009

Sara's card as promised ..........

Hello there - this is the gorgeous card that I mentioned to you yesterday that Sara sent thro' - it uses a stamp set that is still on my Wish List - Lovely as a Tree - and one of the stamps from the Hostess Level One set - Happiness Always.

I really love the detail of the subtle stamping using one of the leaf motifs as a background just to give interest to the cardstock - and you can just see this same detail repeated on the insert too - I hope Sara doesn't mind me sharing this with you but it has some lovely details that could be CASED for your own projects.

Sara's card takes the Stampin' Up motto to heart - Create, Inspire and Share - I love to show you cards that I receive from my friends particularly when no amount of arm twisting will get them to have their own blog lol and they are soooooooooooooooo talented.

More tomorrow - thank you for dropping by.


Wednesday, 12 August 2009

The missing card from the Workshop .....

In my last post I mentioned another card that was completed at the workshop - success, I have found the photo - sorry, I did have one, I just don't think I was thinking properly at the time - we won't go into that lol.

It was one from Crafty Lou's sample board, all the lovely autumnal shades again, but more detailed than the notelet cards - I, along with many others, admire Lou's work immensely - and while I am chatting about her I will mention that she is demonstrating at the end of the month at Sir Stampalot in Peterboro' along with fellow crafter, Chris - again I am surrounded by talented crafters, check out her blog in my sidebar - Always about Colour - so really a double treat for us as they sit side by side on Sunday 30 August - I definitely will be there - so please make a date in your diary, and I will do a reminder nearer the time on here.

I'll be posting tomorrow teatime as I have received a lovely card from my friend Sara - using the stamp set Lovely As A Tree - and I hope she won't mind me sharing it with you all but it is gorgeous - drop by tomorrow evening if you can and see what I mean.


Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Playing Catch-up .......

If you've been dropping by, thank you - and apologies that no new post - so I shall play catch-up and let you know what's been happening.

The first 3 hour workshop was on Saturday 8 August 2009 and as with all craft events it's about the people as well as the craft - and I have to say I have a lovely group of crafting friends - and on this occasion we welcomed some new crafters - so thank you to all those who attended - I am already looking forward to the 3 hour Christmas Workshop on Saturday 7 November 2009 - please watch the sidebar for further information - as, all being well- we will be using a gorgeous new Christmas stamp set from the new catalogue due out in October.

The top photo is of the individual place setting - the stamp set was Fresh Cuts from the mini - and the small selection of useful little gifts for everyone taking part: a cute book mark, some 'card candy' and a useful colour swatch chart ( this was first seen on Stampin' Pretty - check My Favourite Blogs - for further information ).

During the afternoon we made a small pizza-style box and four matching cards to fit inside, and also a further card which I will be able to show you tomorrow because for some strange reason I don't have a photo of it for may records - I will rectify that and let you see it.

The monthly Tuesday Craft Class today saw some super little crafters taking their places and producing some lovely examples - it was amazing how many times I heard - My Mummy's got that - Yes, my Mummy shows me - Yes, I like to craft with Mummy, etc - I am therefore delighted to report that the future of crafting is definitely in safe hands with Mummy lol.

See you soon


Thursday, 6 August 2009

Just playing with the Fresh Cuts .......

Hello there - just a super quick post to show you one of the cards I've been making with Fresh Cuts stamp set for my sample board - although my fellow crafters won't be making this one on Saturday it's always nice to see other examples.

Still busy prepping for Saturday but will show you more tomorrow - thank you for dropping by - it's much appreciated - have you noticed how near to 10,000 we are?


Tuesday, 4 August 2009

That photograph I was hoping for has arrived ......

Thank you to Kirsty and Sue for sending thro' the gorgeous photo of their girls and their completed Owl Notelets.

What a talented little group they are - they are all coming to 'Craft with Mummy' on Tuesday 11 August - it will be a fun morning.

This little owl notelet has proved a real 'hoot' - sorry, I promise that's the last time I will make that silly joke!!!

Owl be seein' you.


Sunday, 2 August 2009

Can you hear that sound? .........

No? I'll tell you - it's me laughing!!!!
This little card has ended up looking absolutely nothing like it was meant to - has that ever happened to you? Well, I thought I would let you see it anyway - you can share my 'pain' lol
If it is sending your eyes 'wappy' then I apologise - the background stamp went wonky and I'd already tried it on the other side in Rose Red - so it had to be used 'on the slosh' so to speak. Just don't like wasting cardstock.

I kinda like the little 'card candy' - it's cute, but hey - where was it taking me? You see, I had tried to break out of my simple 'offerings' to you for something a little more adventurous but look what you've ended up looking at!! That's right, my simple offering.

I'm still laughing, honestly, if only you could see my desk and the remnents of the cards that might have been.

Hope your not too disappointed and I've managed to make you smile at my efforts.


Owl Notelet Board

This is to help a very special group of little girls have a 'hoot' while crafting with their mummies - they know who they are and hopefully I will be able to show you the results very soon.

Have now decided on my card for today so will post a little later when I have had the chance to get into my 'happy space' and make it lol.

Don't forget to check out the promotion for August - remember you can always order together to get you to the qualifying spend and then divide the ribbon - shares are so much fun, a little for everyone!!


Saturday, 1 August 2009

Just a little Thank You card .....

Although it's late I thought I had better post this now because I shall be busy in the morning getting ready for a Scrapbook Get Together that I attend each month - if you love scrapbooking and live near Spalding please contact me and I will send you the details.
In my previous post I said that I would use A Rose is a Rose - and I have, although only in a small way - this is one of the smaller blooms to be found in the set - but I just wanted a small flower to peep thro' the window created with the 1 3/8"circle punch.
This aperture is then bordered with the scallop circle punch for added definition - it's really cute being able to see into the inside of the card - it must be a Play School moment - "What can we see thro' the round window, children?" - if you're old enough to remember lol.

I used my new background stamp En Francais to stamp in Bashful Blue, matching taffeta ribbon and cardstock - inked edges, using one of the sponge daubers, softens the overall effect.

The smaller rosebud is stamped in, not surprisingly, Rose Red, the background layer being achieved by making it the second image produced ie stamping off once onto waste paper and the overlay is the deeper first image - so a little tone on tone.

There is the little flower on the inside but also Thank You - from the fabulous Fresh Cuts stamp set - the script although not matching does compliment the large background stamp beautifully.

These cards will now be used to thank the ladies that ordered at Joyce's party and made it such a success for her.

Have a lovely weekend, whatever you're doing and thank you for stopping by.

PS Now that is spooky - bear in mind the time difference, and the fact that I posted at about 2.00am this morning and I am now adding this postscript at 8.00am - take a look at Chic n' Scratch, in my sidebar - and the layout of her card!! not a million miles away from the one I've just done last night - what a coincidence - although I have to say that the thought of polka dot ribbon is very appealing, fingers crossed for October and the new catalogue - and obviously great minds think alike lol - bye B xx