Wed 19 Oct 2016

Hello! How's your week going? Things are great here - Alan is back at work after his heart surgery three months ago, and we're (AT LAST!) almost ready to let out my cottage again after two years. (Grade II Listed. Rising Damp. Horrible. Sorted finally. Don't ask...!)

I hope you'll forgive me for a Christmassy Midweek Make Over this week, but I couldn't resist sharing this one with you. The card I've "made over" is the second one in this blog post - I still love how quick and simple this was! We do still have the "Work of Art" stamp set that I used in the original project, but I love how the tree looks more delicate in this version.  This remake is one of the cards I designed for my September class, and I was horrified to realise that I haven't blogged any of those yet. The rest will follow, but for now, I hope you like this one:

Painter's Palette Christmas Tree

Strictly, this is a "tweak" rather than a "make over", because I haven't followed the original design exactly, but I still really love it. So quick and simple, and SO very effective. It uses just two stamp sets, "Painter's Palette" and "Be Jolly, By Golly" and is perfect if you need to put a big batch of Christmas cards together fast. You could add baubles if you want to, but I rather like the clean and simple look (but you knew that by now, didn't you?). Supplies and colours are listed below, and as usual, you can find everything in my Online Shop. 

I'll be back with more soon. Thanks for dropping in! xx



Product List - click on a picture for more info


Painter's Palette Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Painter's Palette Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Be Jolly, By Golly Photopolymer Stamp Set
Emerald Envy Classic Stampin' Pad
Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad
Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad
Card Stock A4 Pear Pizzazz
Soft Suede A4 Card Stock
Whisper White A4 Card Stock
Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments


Sun 16 Oct 2016

Happy Sunday! I've got another fab sketch challenge for you today, and I'd love to see your makes inspired by this one:

Sunshine Stamping Sketch Challenge 2

This one was great fun to do, and so easy! On Wednesday, I told you that I'd finally cracked open my Floral Boutique DSP, and I couldn't resist using it again for this one. The colours remind me of Delft pottery, and the  checked pattern in the sketch made me think of tiling. (We've been finishing renovating the house we rent out, so tiles were on my mind.) Have you ever seen those pretty blue-and-white tiled fireplaces? Well, that's what was in my mind when I put this card together. I love how it's worked out.

Sunshine Stamping Sketch Challenge 2

Isn't that pretty? The ribbon is a different blue to everything else, but I really like the way it works with the other colours. Stampin' Up! are clever! They really take the work out of putting colours together. And that stitched ribbon ties the most beautiful bows!

I'd love to see your creations using this sketch. Pop a photo in the comments, or drop me an email, and I'll share my favourites so we can all enjoy them.

Thanks for dropping in - I'll be back again soon! xx


Product List

Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper
Bermuda Bay 1/8" Stitched Ribbon
Card Stock A4 Soft Sky
Night Of Navy A4 Card Stock
Whisper White A4 Card Stock
Night Of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad
Layering Squares Framelits Dies


Sat 15 Oct 2016

I've got a lovely colour combo for you this week. Feast your eyes on this beauty:

Sunshine Stamping Colour Challenge 2

Isn't that just the most stunning photograph?! It's actually suggested flowers for an autumn wedding bouquet, and I found it at http://www.americanmeadows.com/blog/2016/10/03/diy-fall-wedding-flowers/ . I think it's just beautiful!

Here is the card that I was inspired to make using this combination:

Sunshine Stamping Colour Combo 2 Card

Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie really feel like they shouldn't work together, but I love this combination. It's vibrant, and cheering, and a perfect antidote to the cooler days that we're having at the moment. The die-cuts are from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, which as you can imagine I was desperate to get hold of, given my business name. I hadn't noticed the little butterfly before, though - I'd always thought it was another flower. What do you think? Butterfly? Flower? I'm still not 100% sure, but I think it looks great as a butterfly here, with its sparkly body. And I adore that scribbly flower shape! I layered two together on this card, a Melon Mambo one on top of a Basic Black one, to make it pop. The black is quite subtle, but it really makes a difference to how it looks. 

This one has gone off as a birthday card to one of my lovely team members, and I hope she likes it. Happy Birthday Emma!

Everything that I've used today is available in my Online Shop. I've popped a link to everything at the bottom of this post; just click on any of the photos and you'll be able to see more details. When you order, don't forget to use the current Hostess Code - you'll find it over there in the right hand column.

If this colour combination inspires you, I'd love to see your projects using it. Pop a photo in the comments, or drop me an email, and I'll share my favourites so everyone can enjoy them.

I'll be back tomorrow with another sketch challenge. See you then - have a fabulous day! xx


Product List

Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies
Sunshine Sayings Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Flower Patch Photopolymer Stamp Set
Playful Backgrounds Photopolymer Stamp Set
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad
Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
Pumpkin Pie A4 Card Stock
Melon Mambo A4 Card Stock
Basic Black A4 Card Stock
Whisper White A4 Card Stock
Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments