Gift bow birthday card

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Have you seen the marvellous offer this week on the Gift Bow die? Reduced by £7.24 to £21.71!

This makes fantastic bows to add to all your gift packages and you can also use it to make a stunning 3d card (not suitable for posting unless you flatten it completely, lol).

gift bow birthday card

The card base is a 5″ square of Tangerine Tango, matted with Whisper White card and squares of Flower Pot DSP. After die cutting the Gift Bow from another design of the same Flower Pot DSP it was assembled and adhered direct to the card front. A sentiment from the Label Something set was stamped twice onto Whisper White card, once with Tangerine Tango ink (I think my pad needs reinking, it looks a little light here) and once with Black Stazon. The Tangerine version was punched out with the Artisan Label and after fussy cutting the oval centre of the black version, it was popped up over the original with dimensionals.  The sentiment was tied onto the bow with Gold Baker’s Twine and popped up with dimensionals to hold it in place.

gift bow birthday inside

On the inside, a sentiment from the Let your Hair Down set (a hostess set) was stamped in Tangerine Tango ink.

I’ll pop back tomorrow with a quick tutorial on making up the Gift Bow from the die cut portions.

Sara xx

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Bigz bow die in Weekly Deals

This week’s Weekly Deals are awesome! Not a word I usually use :) but I’m loving these:

weekly deals 30 July

It’s a really fantastic selection this week and for me, the star buy is the Bigz Bow die.  A whopping £7.24 off the usual price! Perfect for bows all year round – birthdays to Christmas!

It’s prompted me to get my Bow die out for a play, so I’ll have some more samples coming up soon, but meanwhile here are a few previous projects using some of the deals (some use retired items but you get the idea):

Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape

Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape

Hexagon hive

Hexagon Hive thinlits die

Cupcake punch

Cupcake punch

Gift Bow bigz die

Gift Bow bigz die

Our weekly deals are just for online orders placed this week and all items will be back to regular price from next Wednesday.

Have fun shopping.

Sara xx

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Exclusive projects – year round

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With each edition you’ll also receive a tip or technique (often demonstrated within the exclusive project) along with news of any offers and upcoming classes.

The newsletter is delivered to subscriber mailboxes on the 2nd of each month  (so there’ll be one this Saturday – a good reason to sign up nowSmile) and around the middle of the month.

When you sign up you’ll receive an email asking you to confirm your subscription before you can be added to the list. I never share my list with anyone else and you can opt out again at any time.

To become a subscriber (remember it’s free), just fill in the short form in the top middle column of this page and look out for your confirmation email.

Sara xx

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Life’s adventure quick card

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I’ve been using my new Blendabilities quite a lot recently but of course we still have our original markers and I headed back to them for today’s simple card.

life's adventure

The card base is a small square of Pistachio Pudding matted with Gold Soiree Specialty DSP. After stamping the birthday cake and sentiment from the Life’s Adventure stamp set (a hostess set) with Black Stazon onto Whisper White card it was coloured with the Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding markers. A few spots  on the cake were coloured with the Gold Dazzle marker to reflect the patterned paper behind. After matting the stamped image onto Calypso Coral card it was popped up on the card front with dimensionals. A Basic Rhinestone was added to the top of the sparkler and Dazzling Details applied to the sparkles and the cake frosting.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Spot colouring the Back to Black DSP

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Did you love the Modern Medley papers we had last year? If so then you’re likely to love the Back to Black DSP as much as I do. Twelve sheets of patterned black and white.

backtoblackDSP

They’re striking used just as they come, as in yesterday’s card but you can transform them to fit any project by adding some colour.

back to black sweet

The card base is a small square of Basic Black. The feathers on a mat of Back to Black DSP were coloured with the Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities, adhered to a mat of Pumpkin Pie and popped up on dimensionals on the card front. After stamping the sentiment from Hello There (a hostess set) in Pumpkin Pie ink onto Whisper White card it was punched out with the 1-3/8″ Circle punch and adhered direct to the front of the card. The circular frame from the same hostess set was stamped in Black Stazon onto Pumpkin Pie card, the centre punched out with the same  1-3/8″ Circle and the outer with the 1-3/4″ Circle before popping up on slivers of dimensional over the sentiment.

These papers are so versatile, I know I’ll be returning to them often :)

Sara xx

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Flower Fair Get Well card

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I ordered the Flower Patch stamp set and Flower Fair framelits as a bundle (saving 15%) as soon as the Annual Catalogue launched but they’ve been so popular that the stamp set went on immediate back order. Flower Patch is one of the photopolymer sets so that you can see exactly where you are stamping to layer up the flowers and leaves.

flowerpatchMy stamp set should now be arriving on Monday and it was only when I got the notice of the delivery, that I realised there’s nothing to stop me using the framelits on their own!

flower fair get well

The card base for this Get Well is a small square of Bermuda Bay matted with Back to Black DSP. The sentiment from Sassy Salutations was stamped in Bermuda Bay ink onto Whisper White card, punched out with the Large Oval and matted onto a Scallop Oval punched from Tangerine Tango before popping up on dimensionals on the card front. Just two of the eleven dies in the Flower Fair framelits set were used to cut flowers from Bermuda Bay, Tangerine Tango and Smoky Slate card. (The flowers used don’t quite nest together on the cutting plate so the larger one was cut first and then the smaller one from within it). These were popped up around the sentiment with slivers of dimensional. Basic Pearls were added to the centre of each flower to finish.

The Flower Patch stamp set has gone straight on back order again (it really is that popular!) but you can still order the bundle and SU! will ship the framelits immediately and then send the stamps as soon as they come back in stock, all for the single postage charge.

If you have any questions about ordering the bundle or the individual items then please email me.

Sara xx

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Non-blended shading with Blendabilities

sassy feminine

I recently shared this card and I’m back now to share how I used a non-blending technique for giving some “depth” to the flower.

Usually when you use Blendabilities you aim to avoid creating any “lines” in your colouring (by using the pens in small circular motions) however, as the Blooming with Kindness image already has lines in it (to give the impression of shading), I wanted to repeat this effect within the colouring.

As the trio of pens are a light, medium and dark shade of the same colour you can be confident that they’ll work together. Here’s how:

blendies 1

Step 1 – Stamp the image in Black Memento ink onto Whisper White card and then colour the whole flower with the lightest shade of the Daffodil Delight Blendabilities. (Compare this image with the final one and you can see how much more 3D the effect is).

blendies 2

Step 2 – Using the medium shade of Daffodil Delight, add some shading to the middle and outer petals by starting at the base of the petal and drawing a short line with the brush end of the marker, lifting the pen away from the card with a slight flicking motion. Tip – it’s worth practicing this a little first (above the flower you can see my practice marks – drawing the pen from left to right).

blendies 3

Step 3 – Using the darkest shade of Daffofil Delight, colour the centre most petals fully and add the teeniest of “flicked” shading to the base of the middle and outer petals.

blendies 4

Step 4 – Go back over and add a few more “flicked” brush stokes with the lightest colour again – this helps to just soften the effect a little.

Let me know how you get on with this technique :)

Sara xx

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Little Labels punch pack in Weekly Deal

weekly deals

Just wanted to pop by and let you know that the Little Labels punch pack are one of this week’s Weekly Deals.

Weekly Deals are our current products – discounted for just one week. (We also have a Clearance Rack of retired items).

The punch pack is reduced from £15.50 to £11.63. This is just for online orders placed this week and it will be back to regular price from next Wednesday.

little labels

The new stamp set About the Label has been designed to go with them.

about the label

I used the duo to create this little gift tag recently.

sweet taffy tag

Why not grab yourself a bargain – maybe a few new catty products fall into the basket while you’re shopping ;) – well you might as well make the most of the single postage charge, lol!

Sara xx

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Sassy background feminine birthday

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Yesterday I shared a masculine birthday card made using my own custom background paper. Today I have a feminine version  using the same background.

sassy feminine

The card base is an A6 portrait of Daffodil Delight, matted with Basic Gray and then with the Sassy Salutations background homemade paper (see technique here). After stamping the flower from Blooming with Kindness in Memento Black ink onto Whisper White card, it was coloured in with the Daffodil Delight Blendibilities, before fussy cutting out and then popping up on the card front. An Elegant Butterfly  was punched from Calypso Coral card and popped up on the card front with a dimensional. A matching butterfly from the Papillon Potpourri set was stamped in Versamark ink onto Vellum cardstock, heat embossed with Silver EP, punched out again with the Elegant Butterfly and adhered along the body of the original butterfly.

sassy feminine inside

On the Whisper White insert, the sentiment from the same Blooming with Kindness set was stamped in Basic Gray and the flower from the front of the card was repeated, this time using Daffodil Delight ink.

I’ll be back soon with more details for how I coloured the flower with the Blendabilities.

Sara xx

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Sassy background masculine birthday

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I made my own custom background paper recently and today I’m using it to create a masculine birthday card.

sassy masculine

The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Gray, matted with Daffodil Delight and then with the Sassy Salutations background homemade paper (see technique here). After stamping the sentiment from Perfect Pennants in Basic Gray ink onto Whisper White card, it was die cut out with a Banner framelit. Silver Baker’s Twine was wrapped around and tied in a knot, before popping up on a slightly larger Banner, die cut from Smoky Slate card and then popping up on the card front. The sentiment was stamped again in Basic Gray ink onto Daffodil Delight. Just the letter “a” was punched out with the 1/2″ Circle and adhered over the original.

sassy masculine inside

On the Whisper White insert, the sentiment from Something to Say was stamped in Basic Gray and the splatters from Gorgeous Grunge were stamped over opposite corners with the same ink.

I’ll be back tomorrow with with a feminine version, using the same background paper.

Sara xx

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