Saturday, 22 July 2017

Daisy Springer Card


Hello everyone, and welcome.

I've been waiting and waiting to demonstrate with the Daisy punch. I got mine in the demonstrator pre-order before the catalogue launch.  I think every other Stampin' Up! demonstrator did as well, because SU ran out of punches.  The result was a serious shortage until such time as SU could re-stock.  And they are made overseas...

Anyway, I decided not to tease you by showing you projects with items you couldn't get - but I just can't hold back any longer.  In case you're wondering, the punches are due in stock soon. (The moral of the story is - there are some BIG advantages to being a demonstrator - and especially to joining in July 2017)

Springer cards are lots of fun and really easy to make.  Here's how I made this one - 

Here's the scoring diagram -

So easy!

Give it a try, why don't you?

See you again soon,

Crafty Hugs


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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Wax Paper Resist

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog.

I will admit that the photo with today's blog post isn't the clearest.  So I'm going to go right in with the video tutorial - 

I hope you've now got a better idea of the waxed paper resist technique.  So easy and you get two backgrounds for the price of one- bargain!  I also hope you liked the ribbon rose - I learned this technique about a year ago and it's become one of my favourites.

With any luck, my photography skills will have improved by next time!

Bye for now,

Crafty hugs,


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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Pop and Twist Gift Card holder

Hello, and welcome to my blog
Today I’m sharing a card that features a version of the Pop & Twist mechanism.  This time it’s a novel way of presenting a gift card.

I love action/pop-up cards of all kinds, and the pop and twist mechanism is so intriguing, especially the first time you come across it.  The cards I’ve made in the past have opened up to display panels that run across the card, but this time I’ve used the mechanism to hold a gift card.  

You could, of course, write a message underneath where the card goes.

Here’s the tutorial

Do you want the scoring diagram for the twist and pop piece?  Here it is.

Before you go – don’t forget about the Bonus Days offer that  SU are running until the end of July.  For every £45 you spend in one order (before P & P), Stampin’ Up! will email you a voucher code worth £4.50 that you can use in August 2017(take care of your codes and don’t lose them!)  Even better, if you join SU as a demonstrator in July, you’ll get a BONUS Essentials pack worth £47 – an extra benefit on top of the demonstrator discount , early access to the Winter catalogue and other opportunities – see here for more information.
Anyway, have a great day and I’ll see you soon.

Crafty Hugs,


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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

"Polished Stone" card

Hello and welcome to my blog.  

Isn't it funny how things go in and out of fashion?  A few years ago techniques using glossy card were everywhere.  I'm so happy that glossy card is back in the SU catalogue, because it means I can revisit all those techniques.  

I had hours of fun back in the day with the polished stone technique - dabbing alcohol inks onto glossy card.  And then it sort of went out of style - we all moved on to something else.  A shame, because it's one of those techniques that give a great result so easily.

Here's the tutorial -
This card also features another great product from the back of the SU catalogue - the multipurpose adhesive sheets.  You'll be seeing me using them quite a bit, I promise!

This is another one of the tutorials that I filmed over the weekend when the South Wales Air Show was happening, so I voice-over'd the commentary - otherwise, you wouldn't have been able to hear what I was saying over the noise of the aircraft flying by outside.  I hope it's OK!

So that's it for today.  Thanks for visiting!

See you soon,

Crafty Hugs,


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Saturday, 8 July 2017

My Greatest Fan!

Hello everyone, welcome to my blog.  July already, and Stampin’Up! have launched the Bonus Days promotion for the month.  For every £45 you spend in one transaction (before P & P) in July, you get a voucher code for £4.50 that you can use to buy SU goodies in August.   (And if you’re a demonstrator you get to order from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue from the end of July.  If you’re not, there’s a great joining offer on during July ...just sayin’!)

The weather’s been a bit warmer lately and I’ve been feeling the need of a cooling breeze.  Under those conditions, a paper fan is a handy thing to have around and it looks like a lot of people agree with me, because a quick search on Pinterest turned up quite a few versions!

This is my attempt.  It was very easy to make and would probably be something that an older child could manage, maybe with some help with gluing the sticks in place.  Because both sides of the fan show when it’s open, double sided paper (where both surfaces are pretty) works best.  I used Delightful Daisy.  Here’s the tutorial –

Oh, if you noticed that the sound in the tutorial was a bit different - there was an airshow going on overhead while I was recording the tutorial  - so rather than explaining things as I went along (complete with the sound of the Red Arrows flying past my front window) I’ve added the instructions as a voice-over. Maybe you prefer it?  Let me know!

Thanks for visiting,

Crafty hugs,


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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

"Tarnished Silver" Card

Hi everyone, welcome to my blog!

Every now and again, I get the urge to get inky and make something grungy.  Over the years I've built up a repertoire of techniques to make paper and cards look like something they aren't - and I do love grunge and antique-look.

Today I've been having fun with  PVA and re-inkers on embossed silver foil card - so it's a technique-y tutorial today.

I used the card to make a picture frame, but this card would look great covering a small box - what do you think?

Crafty Hugs,


PS - have you seen the Bonus Days offer?  Oh, and if you're thinking of joining Stampin' Up! there's never been a better time- we have an amazing joining offer that means you get an essentials pack worth £47 with your starter kit (you pay £99 for £135-worth of products - you choose which products!).  As a demonstrator you get discount on SU products, plus early access to new products and offers.  If you love SU, it's an offer you really shouldn't refuse. See here to find out more!

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Glossy Card Sunrise

Hello and welcome to my blog.

I've been playing with glossy card again.  There are so many techniques that you can use with it and I have so many ideas for projects - and you can be sure that I'll be sharing them with you!

Today I've been blending colours onto my card.  Glossy card makes it so easy to get a lovely smooth blend.

Here's what I did -

By the way, the inspiration for this card came from the credits of Tenko, a BBC TV series that I used to enjoy.  The series was about women interned during the second World War - not the most cheerful subject -  but the programmes began with an image of a beautiful sunrise and that's something that stuck with me.

Thank you for stopping by and I do hope you'll come back and visit again soon!

Crafty Hugs,


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