Saturday, 24 June 2017

Simply Sketched 20

Thank you for joining us for another Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge! 

We’re so excited to be sharing this hop with you.  The products used are all available in the current Annual, or seasonal, Stampin’ Up!® Catalogues*. 

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This time we've been set a colour challenge by Hannah - here are the colours -

I made a card base out of Smoky Slate, picked out re-inkers in the remaining colours and some Glossy White card.  I sprayed the glossy card with water and dropped blogs of ink onto the surface while it was still wet and then - blew on the ink to move it around.  In my days as an Early Years teacher, we used to get the pupils to use drinking straws.  I used the air duster spray you get for cleaning computer components, which was much less like hard work.

Here's the result (embellished with a bit of ribbon and some heat embossing)

There's a YouTube video showing how I did it if you want to see it, visit my channel in a couple of days and it'll be there.  Don't do it now, though, because you really need to see what Hannah has made- click here to go to the 
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Do come back and join me again another day, won't you?  

See you again soon,

Crafty Hugs,


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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Eastern Palace Magic Wallet

Hello and welcome to my blog.

It's kind of way-back Wednesday today.  I'm revisiting a Magic Wallet - something I first made over a year ago.  This time I sized it to fit a gift card and used products from the current catalogue.  Here's the front (or the back) - 
Here's the inside -
And here's the back (or front)
This sort of gift card holder is lots of fun to play with and as long as you follow the steps carefully it's quite straightforward to make.

Here's the tutorial - 

Here are the step-by-step diagrams -

Thanks for visiting!

Crafty Hugs,


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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Versamark Resist

Hello bloggers and welcome.

Sometimes, I get excited about little things, like thglossy card in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue.  Yes, really, plain, white, shiny card.  Let me tell you why! 

When I first started rubberstamping, I read everything I could get my hands on to learn  techniques and tricks and some of the techniques need a glossy card as your base.  I've been refreshing my memory of these techniques and I'm going to be showcasing them over the next few weeks.

One of the first techniques I tried when I began stamping was Versamark resist stamping. It creates a beautiful, subtle effect that's great for creating backgrounds - like in this card in shades of green.

It's very easy to do. Here's how–

So what do you think - are you going to try it? Let me know! 

Thank you for visiting- see you again soon... 

Crafty hugs, 


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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Tranquil Tulips Notecards & Box

Hello bloggists, and thank you for visiting today.

One of the Stampin'Up! products I make sure I always have handy are the Notecards.  You get 20, plus envelopes, in a package so they are very cost-effective.  They're ready cut to size - I like to use them for make and takes at workshops because they are quick and easy to decorate.  They come in Whisper White and in Very Vanilla (new this season).  Package up a few of them in a cute notecase and you've got a quick gift.

Tranquil Tulips is fast becoming one of my favourite sets.  It's one of the Host Rewards sets - which means you can only get it if your order value is more than £150 (and qualifies for free products to the value of 10% of your order)

This is a really Tranquil project because I used Tranquil Tide cardstock as well (I love the word sounds like what it means).  The DSP is from the Delightful Daisy stack.

Here's the video -

Measurements - 

10"x7" - score 
on the long edge at 1/2", 1", 5", 5 1/2", 9 1/2"
on the short edge at 1/2", 1", 6 1/2"

4" x 4"
Mark at 1/2", rotate and repeat
Score and fold along the diagonal.

DSP - 
4 pieces 3 3/4" by 5 1/4"
2 pieces 3/8" by 5 1/4"

The cutting diagram -

Thanks for visiting - see you again soon!

Crafty hugs,


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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Partitioned box

Hello bloggists, and welcome.  Today I've made what appears to be a simple pizza-box style box.  I make lots of these, they are so easy to do and useful for holding all sorts of small gifts.  I used the speciality paper from the Eastern Palace DSP on the lid - isn't that foiling glorious?

However, the real feature of this box is inside.  I've partitioned it off into four compartments to help stop the contents rattling around inside.  I've made it to present four tealights , but it could hold other stuff (like handmade chocolates, maybe?)

There was a bit of effort involved in making this one, not to mention some brain strain in trying to work out the best way to create the liner to meet my idea of what I wanted, but I got pretty close in the end.  Here's what I did-

I promised to post the measurements and cutting diagram here, so here it is - the liner first -
Here's the measurements for the shell. 

I recommend using the broader end of the scoring tool to give yourself a bit of latitiude when folding.  The liner is a tiny bit too small - because I didn't want to be working with sixteenths of an inch (they make my head ache) - so you will need to fit the shell around the liner and trim it a bit.  It does make the lid fit better, though.

I hope you enjoyed this one.

Crafty Hugs,


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Eastern Palace Telescope Card

Hello bloggists.  Today I've made a telescope card.  When it's folded up to go into an envelope, it looks like this -
But when you unfold it, it looks like this -
This is how it opens up- lots of fun, don't you think?

When I was making this, I was a bit concerned that the colours were too dark - but I think it came out OK in the end - very rich-looking.  I love the vinyl stickers in the Eastern Palace suite.  There are fashions in paper craft and a few years ago peel-offs were everywhere (I still have a big box of them somewhere) and very useful for applying a quick greeting.  However, they did get a bit overdone and have been out of style for some time now - perhaps they're creeping back in a new, more elegant form!

Here's the tutorial video - 
I hope you'll give this a try - let me know how you get on (or pop over to my Facebook page and leave me a picture - that'd be even better!)

See you again soon,

Crafty hugs,