Triple time Mixed Bunch

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This was our “simply” stamped version of the Mixed Bunch card at our April Card Class. Perhaps not quite so simple?

Triple time stamping is actually a reasonably easy technique to do … however, you do need to reassemble the pieces the same way up as you stamped them. We did have one “picasso mishap”, but we’ve covered it with a few butterflies to help hide the misalignment and it still looks beautiful!

triple time mixed bunch

The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Black and reducing sizes of mat were also cut from Basic Black.  Layers of Whisper White were cut just a little smaller than card front and mats and these were temporarily adhered and stacked without the Basic Black mats. A sentiment from Flower Patch was stamped at the bottom with Memento Black ink. Using Crushed Curry ink, the solid flower from Mixed Bunch was stamped randomly, leaving a little space between for the smaller stamp. The solid flower centre from Mixed Bunch was then stamped in the spaces using Smoky Slate ink. The layers were gently pulled apart again and then adhered direct to the card front and mats, and to each other, keeping the design the right way up :)

triple time mixed bunch inside

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment from Flower Patch was stamped in Memento Black ink and the flower centres from Mixed Bunch in Smoky Slate.

We’ll be using a different trio of stamp sets in out May Card Class (Amazing Birthday, Open Sea and Perpetual Birthday) but we’ll still be making a simple stamped version of each and another version that adds some punches or framelits. Why not come along and join us!

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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Weekly deals until 21 April

We have another bumper crop of  Weekly Deals this week so I didn’t want you to miss out on them.

These are the deals available now and they’ll stay until Tuesday night, 21 April.

weekly deal 21 april a

weekly deal 21 april b

weekly deal 14 april c

Have fun shopping!

Sara xx

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Sheltering Tree thank you card

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For today’s card, just a few simple elements from the Sheltering Tree set were used with just two colours, to create a striking thank you card.

sheltering tree thanks

The card base is a small square of Melon Mambo, matted with Pear Pizzazz. Using Pear Pizzazz ink, the brushstroke from Sheltering Tree was stamped in the centre of a Whisper White mat. The same ink was used to repeatedly stamp the small flower stems. Using Melon Mambo ink the flower heads were stamped over the top of the stems. Although the sentiment in the set reads “Thankful for you”, I have cut the words apart to simply read “Thank you” and this was stamped below the image with Melon Mambo ink. The mat was then adhered direct to the card front.

sheltering tree thanks inside

On the Whisper White insert, the stems were stamped once in the lower right corner with Pear Pizzazz ink and the flower heads over the top with Melon Mambo ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Everything Eleanor simply stamped

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This simply stamped Everything Eleanor card is quick and easy to make and only needs two ink colours and two card colours (plus the Very Vanilla). We added a sentiment from Sassy Salutations but you could use any “large font” sentiment set (the smaller ones like Teeny Tiny Wishes look a bit lost).

everything eleanor stamped

The card base is an A6 portrait of Rich Razzleberry, matted with Crumb Cake. The solid panel from Everything Eleanor was stamped centrally in the upper half of a Very Vanilla mat with Crumb Cake ink. Using the same ink, the swirls from the same stamp set were stamped around the edges top and bottom. Rich Razzleberry ink was used to add more swirls and also to add the sentiment from Sassy Salutations.

everything eleanor stamped inside

On the Very Vanilla insert, we add a few more swirls in Rich Razzleberry, just in the two opposite corners.

This design would be lovely repeated in different colour combos and with different sentiments to make a gift set :)

Sara xx

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May Classes

Here’s a little advance notice of our planned May classes:

Embossing Folder Technique Class – May

SATURDAY 9 MAY 2015

11AM – 1PM

In our May technique class we’re working with embossing folders and learning different ways to use them. We’ll combine the Spring Flowers embossing folder with the Painted Petals stamp set to make three feminine but varied styles of card.

embossing folder class

Location: St Saviour’s Church Hall, Mortomley Lane, High Green, Sheffield

The £35 class fee includes nearly £30 of products including:

  • Spring Flowers embossing folder (please note that to get the most from the embossing folder after the class, you will need access to an appropriate machine);
  • Painted Petals stamp set in photopolymer (this is also available in Clear mount for the same price or in Wood mount for an additional £8 – please select your preferred stamp mount when booking the class)

You’ll also receive:

  • all additional materials needed to make the three cards (plus envelopes);
  • face-to-face instruction on the day;
  • printed instructions to take away;
  • refreshments.

If you already have the products we will use in class, then you may substitute other products of equal or lesser value at the point of booking.

Class fees must be received by Wednesday 29 April to secure a place (to allow sufficient time to order your kit). If  an emergency prevents you from attending the event after booking, then your class materials will be posted to you.

Please email me for payment options, or select your preferred stamp mount from the list and use the Buy Now Paypal button below.

Stamp set style


May Card Class

SATURDAY 9 MAY 2015

1.30PM – 3.30PM

Our monthly Card Class slot gives you chance to make 6 cards. We feature three different stamp sets and we’ll have a simple design and a slightly stepped up design for each.

Come join our May Card Class. We’ll be using:

  • Amazing Birthday
  • Open Sea
  • Perpetual Birthday

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Location: St Saviour’s Church Hall, Mortomley Lane, High Green, Sheffield

The class costs £15.00 or is FREE with a minimum order and includes:

  • all materials needed to make the cards, along with envelopes;
  • face-to-face instruction on the day;
  • refreshments.

Bring a New Friend* with you for some added fun, and you will BOTH get a free goodie bag.

To book your place, please RSVP to Sara no later than Wednesday 29 April – places are limited and allocated in order of RSVP date and payment options will be emailed back to you.

Hope to see you there.

Sara xx

 

* A New Friend is someone who hasn’t attended our classes in the last year

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Poppies sympathy card

poppies square close up

When we made this card in our monthly card class, everyone was given the option of creating it with the sympathy sentiment, or as a birthday card, as they preferred.

It’s always good to have a sympathy card ready to use, much harder to have to create one at short notice and I feel that poppies (symbolising remembrance) are a good option.

poppies square

The card base is a small square of Basic Black, matted with Real Red and Basic Black squares, die cut with the Squares Collection framelits and arranged on the card front as diamonds. After stamping the Pleasant Poppies onto Whisper White card with Black Stazon, portions of them were punched out with the 1″ Square (currently on offer in our Weekly Deals) and the stems of these punched images were coloured with the Old Olive marker. The same Pleasant Poppies was stamped again onto Real Red card with Black Stazon and the corresponding poppies of those punched already, were cut out by hand, popped up on dimensionals and any overhanging pieces cut away from the squares. A sentiment from the hostess set, Bloom with Hope, was stamped onto Whisper White card with Black Stazon and punched out with the 1″ Square so that text sits across the wide part of the square, as a diamond. The squares were then adhered direct to the front of the card.

poppies square inside

On the Whisper White insert, the corresponding sentiment from Bloom with Hope and just one of the poppy heads were stamped in Black Stazon.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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Sea Street Circles card

sea street circles close up

This was our stepped up Sea Street card at our class last month.

It uses a lot of circles to produce a cute card, good for youngsters and the young at heart :)

We used punches but you could get a similar effect using circle dies.

sea street circles

The card base is an A6 portrait of Night of Navy, matted with Coastal Cabana that had been stamped repeatedly with the shoal of fish from Sea Street, also in Coastal Cabana ink. After stamping the octopus from the set in Night of Navy ink onto Whisper White card it was punched out with the 2-1/2″ Circle and adhered direct to the top of the card. The starfish trio was stamped in Calypso Coral onto a scrap of Whisper White card and just the solid one punched out with the 3/4″ Circle. Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler inks were used to stamp the crab and the lobster and were punched out with the 1″ Circle and the 1-1/4″ Circle respectively. The starfish and the lobster were adhered direct to the front of the card and the crab was popped up on a dimensional. Night of Navy ink was used to stamp the sentiment from Petite Pairs onto Whisper White card and after punching out with the 1-1/4″ Circle, it was adhered direct to the front of the card. A 1″ Circle was punched in some Whisper White card, the aperture centred in the back of the      1-3/4″ Circle and punched again to create a “polo”. Exactly the same was punched from Night of Navy, cut into quarters and two separate quarters adhered to opposite sides of the complete “polo”. Linen Thread was wrapped over the joins on the “polo” and then it was popped up on dimensionals over the sentiment.

sea street circles inside

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment from Petite Pairs was stamped in Night of Navy. The fish and the starfish from Sea Street were stamped in Coastal Cabana and Calypso Coral inks respectively.

Back now to cutting card ready for this week’s card classes :)

Sara xx

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Weekly deals until 14 April

We have a bumper crop of  Weekly Deals this week.

These are the deals available now and they’ll stay until Tuesday night, 14 April.

weekly deals a 14 april

weekly deals b 14 april

weekly deals c 14 april

My top pick this week has to be the magnetic platform! Perfect for die cutting your stamped images.

Happy shopping.

Sara xx

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Gray poppies card

gray poppies close up

Happy Easter!

Sorry for the belated greeting – I’ve been really poorly with a bad cold and severe sinus pain for the last week. I couldn’t think straight, but I’m on the mend now I think … I hope!

I hope also that you’ve had a better Easter break than I :)

… with plenty of crafting :D

This card is super simple and qualifies for basic postage rates but still looks elegant.

gray poppies

The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Gray, matted with Flashback DSP. A section of Pleasant Poppies was stamped onto a panel of Very Vanilla with Basic Gray ink. After matting the panel onto Basic Gray card it was popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

gray poppies inside

On the Very Vanilla insert, the poppies were stamped again, well off the lower right corner, with Basic Gray ink. A sentiment from the hostess set, Bloom with Hope, was also added in Basic Gray.

Enjoy the remains of the bank holiday.

Sara xx

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Masculine Sea Street card

masculine sea street close up

Many of the cards using the Sea Street set are bright and cheerful kids cards and the set is perfect for that – but it can also be used to make a great masculine card for the grown up kids too!

masculine sea street

The card base is an A6 portrait of Crumb Cake, matted with Night of Navy card. Using Night of Navy ink, the flags from the Sea Street set were stamped at the top of a Very Vanilla panel. The rope was stamped in the centre and at the bottom of the mat with Crumb Cake ink. Night of Navy was used to stamp the anchor in between the rope and then for the greeting which comes from the Wetlands set. This panel was matted onto Crumb cake card and then popped up on the card front.

masculine sea street inside

On the Very Vanilla insert, the flags where stamped diagonally across the top corners with Night of Navy ink. The rope was stamper centre bottom with Crumb Cake and then the anchor just above it, again with Night of Navy.

An elegant, grown up card!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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