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Just a quick reminder that I'm running a card making class this Saturday at The Holiday Inn, Bromsgrove, Worcs, and still have a couple of places left.
We'll be making a mixture of general cards for all occasions plus we'll be making a start on our Christmas cards. if you'd like to come or would like more details, just drop me an email (email@example.com) or ring me on 07841 595142.
I was lucky enough to be asked by Paper Panda to 'test drive' their new stamp set.
If you're not familiar with Paper Panda, then you REALLY need to check out her website. She's one of the most skilled paper cutters I've seen, and her designs are just beautiful. When I've finally finished my studio I am definitely going to treat myself to one of her tree and birdie papercuts to hang on my studio wall.
Anyway, let me show you the new stamp set! It's absolutely gorgeous and I enjoyed playing with it so much. The designs are from her original papercuts and are super cute.
I've made a selection of projects using them:
I've also put together this little tutorial too! My first video tutorial (I won't tell you how many attempts it took me to put this together). It's also absolutely horrid listening to your own voice, but anyway, I hope it will be useful to some of you :)
It’s my turn again to choose the dare this week at The Daring Cardmakers, and as it’s the first Friday in the month, that means our usual colour combo dare.
I’ve chosen my coffee cup as the inspiration! Here’s a photo:
One of the guys in my office has just had a baby boy (well his wife has obviously!), and I thought this colour combo would be perfect. I like using a bit of beige and brown together with blue on baby cards as I think it’s easy to use too much blue.
The baby stamp is from Lili of the Valley, and the papers are Pink Petticoat. The text stamp is Paper Smooches and that lovely stitched rectangle die is from Avery Elle.
Don’t forget to pop over to the Daring Cardmakers blog to see what the rest of the DT have come up with this week.
It’s my turn to set the challenge this week at The Daring Cardmakers. I thought I’d be nice and pick something fairly simple (although actually for some people I realise this will be a really tough dare).
I want to see CAS (clean and simple) cards.
I decided to tick another Christmas card off my list and go for a Christmas theme.
As you can see, this is REALLY clean and simple, a single layered card with just a bit of two-step stamping and a greeting.
The rest of the team have come up with some lovely cards. For some of them this was definitely out of their comfort zone – but that’s kind of what doing challenges is all about really isn’t it?
This week at the Daring Cardmakers we are lucky enough to be sponsored by Docrafts. They’ve provided the DT with some lovely new goodies to play with – full details are on the blog.
It’s Beckie’s turn to choose the challenge, and she’s picked
Parties and Festivals
I was given the Xcut tag set to use for my card. It’s a lovely selection of tags with lots of layers and the tags come in a great variety of sizes so would work for all sorts of projects. I can see I’m going to find lots of uses for it. For my card I decided to go with one of the smaller round tags. I love the little extra pieces in the set that can go around the hole to give the tag a really professional finish. To go with the party theme I’ve added a little glittered cupcake and some bunting.
The rest of the DT have used various different die sets to come up with an amazing variety of projects, so pop over to have a look, and I hope you can also join in with us this week.
Sorry for the long absence, but we’ve been in Spain for 3 whole weeks. I don’t think I’ve ever had that long off work before, and it was lovely. Luckily my office goes pretty quiet throughout August, as many of my colleagues are from Europe, so pretty much everyone takes their holidays at the same time.
While we were away work started on the garden in preparation for my craft studio to be put in. I’ll come back later to show the progress on that, but needless to say, it’s not exactly going to plan and I’m most definitely in the dog-house with Andy.
Anyway, I’m a little late to join in with Jo’s challenge this week at the Daring Cardmakers. With the current trend in loom bands, she thought it would be fun for us to use elastic bands this week.
My initial thought was to dig out some silver coloured elastic cord I had, but since half my craft supplies are in storage at the moment, I wasn’t sure I had it here. Then I thought I’d follow Kathy’s idea and use some elastic bands with my brayer, but guess what? My brayer is also in storage! In the end I decided to wrap some elastic bands around an acrylic block to create a background.
For the rest of the card, I die cut the ‘hello’ with my WPlus9 die in white card, and used ink pads and a watercolour brush to give it a rainbow effect. I added this to a piece of white card and finished the card off with a few rainbow coloured sequins and gems.
The rest of the team have come up with some fabulous ideas this week, so don’t forget to pop over to see their creations.