Monday, 28 May 2012

I am sailing, I am sailing ..................

................... I love this stamp set - and for this card used one of Julie's card layouts, check her blog Julie's Japes, and loved her clever anchor detail down the side of the card.

In order to try a new colour combination I checked my handy Colour Coach - and discovered the Cherry Cobbler/Marina Mist/River Rock mix and isn't the result nice?  I moved away from the traditional red,white and navy blue, patriotic I know, for a softer hue and was very pleased with the result. 

Seriously, if you haven't as yet discovered the joy of the Colour Coach you ought to take a look, it helps me to be a little more adventurous and tackle a colour combo that I wouldn't normally think of doing - why not give it a go?


Friday, 25 May 2012

Starting the Day ..................

...................... in a gentler way through the words of Kathleen Partridge (1942)

Wasted Worth

I wouldn't be a miser with a lonely
secret hoard and nobody to join with me in
spending what I'd stored. I wouldn't care
for treasures just to count what I possessed,
if nobody enjoyed them too and shared no
interest. For lovely things are lonely things
if wasted and unused, just tucked away in
cotton-wool for fear they should be bruised.
Not in having, but in sharing, does the
spice of life depend. The richest person in
the world is poor without a friend.

........having reconnected with two friends this week the words were very apt, it is so easy to let the weeks slip by and I am guilty of that and I'm working on it - and now seeing  a lovely group of crafters tomorrow makes our shared interests and time together so brilliant.

Have a lovely weekend, it promises to be a sunny one.


Thursday, 24 May 2012

I've got the whole wide world ..................

.......................... in my hand - well, to be more precise, in my wonderful Open Sea stamp set !!!! to be found in the gorgeous new mini - remember you can take a peek just by clicking on the image in my sidebar.

This is a lovely stamp set and so many ways to use it - this is not my original design it was a layout I saw on Splitcoast Stampers from a fellow demonstrator - I simply changed papers, colourway and moved the embellishment to an alternative position - but it acted as a wonderful springboard for me.

Well Worn Designer Papers, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Lattice Embossing Folder, nice compass detail enhanced by a central black brad - the card base was Basic Grey - nice and masculine.


Monday, 21 May 2012

Slip sliding away ............................

.................... and that's just what the weekend has done!!!

I found a lovely little box for 99p - yes, 99p!! - and thought what a lovely little holder it would make for some 4" x 4" cards and envelopes - not quite sure how I'm going to decorate it but found one of my previous cards that fitted just perfectly - I particularly like the Sweetheart stamp set and it works in conjunction with the heart shaped treat cups - more of those mid-week - and such a springtime colour theme that I thought it was just what I needed to help demonstrate my point.

See you mid week - Bridgette

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Wild Thing ...........

.......................... I think I love you - no doubt about it I love my scrapbooking - I am sharing one of the double page layouts that we made a little while ago at our monthly scrapbook group. 

The pages are 6" x 6" and are placed in one of Stampin' Up!'s adorable albums - the sentiment on the front cover expresses perfectly, for me, the reasoning behind scrapbooking our precious memories -

We do not remember days, we remember moments.
Cesare Pevese

I would read Where The Wild Things Are with John at home never dreaming that we would one day be able to visit an area dedicated to the book, a classic with American children, whilst visiting San Francisco - such lovely memories captured using rich warm tones from the Well Worn Designer Papers, Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip cardstock, Twill Tape and the gorgeous retired large eyelets - I even used my own handwriting, something I advocate alot, to explain where we are - and I know not many of us are happy with our own writing but it is precious to our children - and even more so as the years race by.

Playing with a couple of crafty bits from the mini catalogue, I should have something ready to show you at the weekend.


Sunday, 13 May 2012

Just Believe .................

.................. sometimes the most difficult cards to make are those we send to loved ones and friends expressing our sorrow at their pain - Hopeful Thoughts and Just Believe are two beautiful sets that I used to create this card - the colours are Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum - the soft mottled background is achieved by scrunching a tissue and dabbing it first onto the inkpad and then onto the surface of the cardstock - the main image was inked and then still using the tissue some of the ink on the surface of the image was gently removed to give a subtler look before stamping this image on top of the mottled background.


Angel Child

It is hard to be comforted - hard to forgive,
when Death steals a child too perfect to live.
Like a tiny flower that never grows -
like a beautiful rosebud never a rose, that
is plucked from a stem so sensitive that it
dies before it has time to live.
And thoughts always turn, 'til you long
to know how the child would have looked
if allowed to grow. You imagine her
voice 'til it almost seems as if she is calling
to you in her dreams. You think of the
touch of her hand and feel - that recollection
has made it real. The years pass on - and
still there is seen - a child at the age that
she might have been.

Kathleen Partridge

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

It's definitely alright ............................

....................... with Everything Eleanor as it is a beautiful set of stamps that I have recently added to my collection and hopefully it will go through into Stampin' Up!'s next catalogue in October.

This is a classic combination of Always Artichoke and Not Quite Navy on a crisp white background - the flowers are given more depth by using a blender pen to bleed the ink onto the design and enhanced by the addition of a crystal - a simple sentiment from Perfect Punches offset by a cute diecut label is all that is required to add the finishing touch.

I think the background swirl is equally as nice as the one from Baroque Motifs and the flowers in Everything Eleanor are stunning and so simple to quickly cut around with our wonderful snips - I should think they would work well layered as well.

If you are looking for inspiration for your cardmaking don't forget to Google Stampin'Up! and click on the Images button - oodles to inspire you from our wonderful designers/demonstrators -  providing you with a fab jumping off point  -  change the colourway, embellishment and tweek the layout to make it more your own and a reflection of your particular Stampin' Up! Style.

Inspire - Create - Share


Sunday, 6 May 2012

Get your motor running ..........

................... not quite 'heading out on the highway' - I've been to Tesco's does that count?, or come to that 'looking for some action' - I'm just chillin' this weekend - but felt it was quite apt for me following the last post I think!!!

This is just one of the many cards that formed part of a class that was offered to the lovely WI ladies of Tattershall and Coningsby last month - Lynne was my invaluable helper that day, thank you Lynne - we had such a brilliant time and hopefully gathered more into the Stampin' Up! fold.

I used lovely contemporary colours Not Quite Navy and River Rock together with a paper from the Well Worn pack with a cute taffetta ribbon piece and library clip embellishment enhanced by the fab Lattice embossing folder - I did succumb to dipping into my retired box ( those who know me know I don't keep very much from the previous catalogue ) for my Spiral Border punch and a 'lend' from a very dear friend for the Circle of Friendship stamp.

Inside a classic Thanks So Much from our lovely Basic Salutations Stamp set and just a section of the Motorcycle stamp - one of the A La Carte range of stamps Stampin' Up! offers.

Bridgette x

PS - I hope you all recognised the lyrics or you're all going to think that I've lost it slightly - not that I have ever been described as a rocker but some songs are just classic!!

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Reflecting on life .....

............ it's never an easy thing to do, to admit that some aspects of your plan for 2012 are not turning out how you would have hoped and that you have failed to keep juggling the balls and they are now hitting you well and truly on the head !!!!

On some fronts it's fab - namely I have had a job since the beginning of the year working for a great company, with lovely work colleagues - so huge tick there!!

On the blog front not so fab - in fact pretty dismal - but this I can begin to rectify - it truly isn't that I no longer craft it's just that for the last few months I haven't put my projects on my blog for all to share.

On the Stampin' Up! crafting front again not so fab - I have scaled down my commitments and cancelled my stamping classes as my time is now not so flexible but I have managed to keep in touch with those crafty friends that I see thro' in-home workshops and my monthly scrapbook class but sadly some I haven't seen for such a long time and that is one huge regret.

So I am taking this Bank Holiday to rethink and reflect and make the necessary adjustments which I shall be working on over the next four months - these will hopefully see me more established in my new job ( yes, I'm studying again which I love) being able to report that I have an up-to-date blog and having reconnected with some dear friends that I have missed seeing very much - achievable aims I feel - and now that I have written them down they have become my on-going resolutions.

On the Stampin' Up! front I have put the lovely new Summer Mini on the sidebar - so do click on the cover and have a peek - I have the Open Sea stamp set and the gorgeous stamp set Apothecary Art that matches the framelits for the Big Shot - not managed to acquire those just yet - I'd like to attempt something with the material although I'm not really sure what just yet I'll have to put my thinking cap on!!

Bridgette x

I will share with you a passage from a little book by Kathleen Partridge, it would have cost one shilling and threepence to buy in 1942 and I love reading it very much for the gentle words of wisdom contained within its pages.
This particular passage is called Staying Power.

When enthusiasm flags, when early zest for work is stale, when inspiration wearies and when resolutions fail, as they are apt to do after the first fine glowing start, this is the hour for steady purpose and philosophy of heart.  All ventures rise with rosy dreams then wear a little thin and when the newness goes, the weakest think of giving in.  The veil has flown, here is the reality with glamour gone, the test of grit and courage proving who dare to carry on.

Kathleen Partridge 1942