Wed 2 Nov 2016

Wendesday already! I hope your week's going well so far. I'm dosing myself up on Night Nurse and Strepsils at the moment, trying to fend off the flu-y thing that is hanging round. Yes, it's definitely autumn!

This week's project is a remake of a class I designed and ran about six years ago - I can't believe it's taken me so long to get back to it, as I really loved making this. The original blog post is lost in the mists of time on my old blog, but you can see pics of the original project here.

Candy Cane Lane Desk Tidy 1

How much fun is this?! The original project had a set of greetings cards in it, but I've turned it into cute little storage box for pens and stamping blocks using the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! I was feeling a bit Christmassy when I made this, but of course you could swap out the little gingerbread house, or use different DSP and it would be an all-year-rounder. 

Candy Cane Lane Desk Tidy 2

The little tray at the front would work for storing sticky notes, or paperclips. How about having one of these by your phone, so you're never without a notepad and pen when you need one?

Candy Cane Lane Desk Tidy 4

And here's a close-up of the pocket at the back. Perfect for pens and rulers, or how about popping envelopes in here? It'll fit a standard C6 size, and will hold a good number.

Candy Cane Lane Desk Tidy 3

The little house is simply cut out of one of the sheets you get in the pack of Candy Cane Lane DSP. My fussy-cutting isn't up to much, but these cute little houses are worth it, and you get loads of them! 

Candy Cane Desk Tidy 5

As always, you can get hold of everything you need from my Online Shop, and I've popped links below so you don't have to hunt around. If you'd like the instructions to the original project, just drop me an email and I'd be happy to send them on to you. I haven't updated them for this version, but it's only the decoration that's is different.

Hope you like today's project! Thanks for dropping by. I'm off to make a start on my swaps for this weekend's On Stage event in Telford. I'm a bit behind, so wish me luck! See you soon... xx




Product List - click for More Information

Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper
Crumb Cake A4 Card Stock
Early Espresso A4 Card Stock
Real Red A4 Card Stock
Layering Circle Framelits Dies
Tear & Tape Adhesive
Paper Snips Scissors


Sun 30 Oct 2016

Hello! A bit late with this one, I'm afraid - I was at my university reunion dinner last night so it's been a bit of a sleepy day since I got home. Still buzzing from it though - I can't believe it's twenty-nine years since that particular part of my life began! Surely I can't be that old?????

I have a lovely sketch challenge for you today. Nice and simple, but great fun to work with. 

Sunshine Stamping Sunday Sketch No 4

And here's my card. It's been too long since I brought the butterflies out to play, but I couldn't resist them for this one. 

Sunshine Stamping Sunday Sketch Card No 4

Here's the inside:

Sunday Sketch No 4 Inside

As always, I'd love to see what you come up with using this sketch. Pop your photos in the comments on this post, or you can drop me an email. I'll share my favourites so everyone can enjoy them, so don't be shy now!

Finally, I can't resist sharing some of the photos I took this morning, while I was wandering round college. This place has a very special place in my heart: almost thirty years ago it became home. It still feels like it, and it's still so unbelievably beautiful. My photos don't do it justice, but I hope you enjoy them nevertheless.

Clare Backs Oct 2016

Clare Fellows' Garden Gate Oct 2016

Clare Avenue October 2016

Clare Bridge and Old Court Oct 2016

Have a stunningly wonderful week. There's an amazing world out there - go out and seize it with all your heart! xx




Sat 29 Oct 2016

Hello! How about this for a Colour Challenge photo then?

Sunshine Stamping Colour Challenge 4

Now isn't that just the best Halloween cake you've ever seen?! It was the Great British Bake Off final a few days ago, so I thought I'd hunt around for a cake photo for our inspiration this week. I couldn't resist this one, which I found on www.pinkcakebox.com . Here's my card, based on this colour combination: 

Sunshine Stamping Colour Combination Challenge Card 4

My trusty old Foxy Friends stamp set was perfect for what I wanted to do here, and I used it in combination with the stamp set we used in this month's class - Totally Trees. I LOVE that stamp set! The solid grassy area the tree stum is sitting on is created using the long stamp from Totally Trees, but missing out the middle. I masked off the tree stump and one side of the card at a time, so I could stamp just the ends of the image. The blades of grass and the stars are from that set too, while the mushrooms are from Foxy Friends. The witch's hat was created using the tiniest Layering Oval Framelit die, and the Jolly Hat builder punch, then I highlighted it with a white gel pen to add a bit of definition. The sentiment is from my current favourite, Flourishing Phrases. As usual, you can get everything you need from my Online Shop, and I've popped all the links below. Don't forget to use the current hostess code if your order is between £20 and £150, so I can send you a free gift as a thank you. (If your order is £150 or above, you'll get your own Stampin' Rewards to spend).

I'd love to see your cards using this combination, so do send your photos to me. You can add them to the comments on this post, or drop me an email. I'll share my favourites, so everyone can enjoy them and be inspired by them too,

Thanks for dropping by, and have a fabulous weekend. xx




Product List - click on the photos for more details

Foxy Friends Photopolymer Stamp Set
Totally Trees Photopolymer Stamp Set
Flourishing Phrases Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Flourishing Phrases Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Jolly Hat Builder Punch
Layering Ovals Framelits Dies
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad
Cucumber Crush Classic Stampin' Pad
Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Pad
Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad
Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad
Dapper Denim A4 Cardstock
Pumpkin Pie A4 Card Stock
Whisper White A4 Card Stock