Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Do Something Creative Everyday!

I love this sentiment and crafty images in the Stampin' Up! Crafting Forever stamp set, and thought it would be perfect with the new Color Theory Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Color Theory Suite (and yes it is called Color Theory as Stampin' Up! is an American company).  I had fun making these, so made a bunch of these cards to send crafty friends around the world!

The DSP is double sided with strips of colour, or solid ombre on one side and different sizes of crackle on the other.  I am sure that we can all see those DIY paint chips/strips that you can get as samples on the paper I have used here!  However I have also used some of the crackle design to stamp the paint pots onto and paper pieced them onto the full image, adding a little colour from the markers with a blender pen.

I really like the colour range here in this suite -  Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive - and strangely enough even though pink is normally my go to colour for crafting and I do not particularly like yellow (probably because it is a colour I cannot wear), my favourite in these cards are the yellow ones!  Don't ask me why, as I simply do
not know! LOL! 

Materials used - all Stampin' Up!:
Stamp set - Crafting Forever
Designer Series Paper - Color Theory
Ink - Basic Black
Markers - Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Berry Burst, Dapper Denim, blender pen
Card - Whisper White thick card
Punch - Pretty Label punch
Embellishments - Glitter enamel dots
Other - Stampin' Trimmer, Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, 12 June 2017

Screen Sensation Tshirt and Bag - and they match too!

Hi again!  Today I want to share a project that I am very excited about - a matching tshirt and bag that I have made using the Screen Sensation system, using the gorgeous mask screen.

I printed the fabric that I used for the bag at the Screen Sensation masterclass that I attended a few days ago - all I needed to do once I got home was to heat set the ink by ironing it for 3-4 minutes (on the back first and then the front).  I decided to wash it before using it as it had become rather creased, so I gave it a whizz around the washing
machine on a normal wash at 30 degrees.  Then a quick iron and it was all ready to be cut and made up into a bag.

Then I thought I would have a go at printing onto a tshirt, and as a few of you  had asked how I did the two colour print I thought I would make this quick video to show you.  It's my first video and voiceover - so please excuse the odd wobbly bit!

Materials Used:
Screen Sensation -  starter kit, Mask screen, red and black inks
Bag Pattern - Sally Shopper by Owl and Sewing Cat
Other - white tshirt, white Egyptian cotton fabric, Rose & Hubble red/white spotty and black/white spotty fabric

Friday, 9 June 2017

Screen Printing Workshop? Yes Please!!

Have you ever entered a competition on Facebook and thought "I'll never win" - yep me too!  But this one time, I did take the time to enter, and YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS I did win!  A place on a Screen Sensation masterclass as well as the basic kit, some inks and a screen to get me started!  SO excited!!!

To go to the workshop meant a weekend away from home on my own, with the chance to meet some new like minded crafty friends.  Nervous - a little... Excited... much.... I was not disappointed!  I met some lovely people, all so excited to learn new crafty stuff and make friends, and had a great time "playing" with lots of Screen Sensation goodies! Oh - and there may have been the opportunity to do a bit of crafty goodness shopping in some of the local craft stores... (why don't we have any of those near where I live?!)

The masterclass was run by Wendy Hunter, the brand ambassador for Screen Sensation (lots of her amazing artwork has also been on Create and Craft and the packaging of the fabulous screens - so if you love the lion on the "Pride" screen and have seen some coloured images - yes that is Wendy's work!  Isn't she amazing!!!)

We also had a little treat -  the lovely Hels Sheridan coming along to join in - if you have been watching the Screen Sensation shows on Create and Craft you will have seen her, Sarah Payne and some other lovely crafters demoing.  She is just as lovely, and probably even funnier in real life - and don't you just love it when us crafters get excited about products, get together and just want to share what we love!  Oh and I still want to meet the lovely Sarah Payne so that we can share our love of anything fabric!!!

Anyway, it looks like I have rambled on enough, and still not shown you much of what I printed at the workshop, so enjoy the photos, and please get in touch if you have any questions about the Screen Sensation system - it really is easy and fun to use!! 

I have a few bits n bobs from the class that I will be using in future projects, as well as taking some time to try some new things and sharing projects with you.  Also hoping to share a video or two, so please watch this space!

Please do let me know what you think of the projects I am sharing with you, and also what you would like to see.

So, for today... happy crafting!!!
Mandy x

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

It's Your Birthday!

I thought I would share this fun, bright birthday card with you today.  I have used items from the Stampin' Party Animal Suite - a really colourful set with stamps, papers, and embellishments!!

Stampin' Up! materials used:
Stamp set - Balloon Adventures
Designer Series Paper - Party Animal
Ink - Pacific Point, Crushed Curry
Card - Pacific Point, Whisper White, Whisper White thick card
Embellishments - Party Animal Embellishments, Emerald Envy taffeta ribbon, Crushed Curry bakers twine
Other - Fast Fuse, Stampin' Trimmer

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Birthday Blast

I have used Birthday Blast stamps and dies from Stampin' Up for this card, and make fun bright cards for kids - so I will definitely be using this set in the future for cards and scrapbook pages!

Stampin' Up! materials used:
Stamp set - Birthday Blast
Dies - Star Burst edgelits
Ink - Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo
Card - Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Whisper White thick card
Other - Big Shot, Stampin' Trimmer, Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, fine tip glue pen

Monday, 29 May 2017

A little bit of sewing!

It's been a while since I did any sewing, and as I have a bit of a fabric stash(!!!), including some gorgeous pieces from Mumbai and Amsterdam, I figured it's time to get making!  I made this bag from a kit by Owl and Sewing Cat which I've had for a while.  It includes the pattern, plus all of the fabric you need.
It's a quick and easy make - I finished it yesterday morning and it got its first outing in the afternoon!

Materials Used:
Owl and Sewing Cat - Sally Shopper harbour print bag kit
Gutermann - white and red sew-all thread

Love & Affection

Today I thought I would share a card I made based on my swaps for the Stampin' Up! convention in Amsterdam that I went to back in April.  For my swap it was just a white card, but I decided to take that same card front and add it to a coloured card blank.

Most of the stamping is "stamped off" or "second generation stamping", where you stamp onto a piece of scrap paper, then without reinking stamp the image onto your card.  This made all of the images much softer than if I had used the inks first time round. I think the effect of the softer paler images is quite pretty.

Stampin' Up! materials used:
Stamp sets - Love and Affection, Endless Thanks
Ink - Basic Black, Pool Party, Pear Pizazz, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride
Card - Pool Party, Whisper White
Other - Dazzling Diamonds glitter, fine tip glue pen, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Cupcakes and Carousels

I love the Cupcakes and Carousels Suite from Stampin' Up!, though I haven't really had much chance to play with it until now.  I was inspired to use it as I went to a local food and drink festival yesterday, and there was a fun fair with a carousel there!

I made two very simple projects, creating versions of the cards in the SU annual catalogue - it's a great resource for project ideas when your crafty mojo has gone into hiding, or you just have too many ideas and you can't decide what to do!

Stampin' Up! materials used:
Stamp set - Carousel Birthday
Designer Series Paper - Cupcakes and Carousels
Card - Pool Party, So Saffron, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White thick card
Ink - Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo
Punch - Banner triple punch
Other - Cupcakes and Carousels embellishment kit, Fast Fuse, Stampin' Trimmer

Saturday, 27 May 2017

First Communion Card

Today's card features stamps from the Stampin' Up! All God's Grace which I think is a really lovely set, with the cross which I have used on this card, and words and phrases in a very pretty font.  Unfortunately for me, the one word the set doesn't have is communion, so I printed the text on the card.   I've also used an older set called Beautiful Banners and some ribbon from stash, which shows you can mix and match all that lovely crafty stash you have!

Stampin' Up! materials used:
Stamp sets - All God's Grace, Beautiful Banners
Card - Pool Party, Very Vanilla thick card
Dies - Banners Framelits
Ink - Versamark
Ribbon - Pool Party seam binding, Very Vanilla satin ribbon
Other - Gold Stampin' emboss powder, heat tool, Tear & Tape,
Stampin' Dimensionals, Liquid adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer, Big Shot

Monday, 17 April 2017

Custom Tee Sealed With Love

I've made several cards using the Custom Tee stamp set, so I thought I would share this one with you today.

The card base is 10.5cm square, so makes a cute sized note card, and is very quick and simple to make - no colouring, just the use of red ink and card!

Sadly both stamp sets, and the framelits are on the retiring products list, so will only be available until 31st May while stocks last - some retiring items have sold out already, so if you love these sets head over to the Stampin' Up! online shop to take a look.

Stampin' Up! Materials:
Stamp sets - Custom Tee, Sealed With Love
Dies - T-Shirt Builder framelits
Card - Real Red, Whisper White thick card
Ink - Real Red, Basic Black
Other - Stampin' Dimensionals, Tear & Tape adhesive, Stampin' Trimmer

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

No Bones About It Custom Tee

Today I'd like to share with you a card made using a couple of Stampin' Up! retiring items - the Custom Tee stamp set and the Tee Shirt Builder framelits.  Personally I am gutted that these are going as they are great fun and you can make super cute cards for kids and teens (and probably just about any one!)  I'm happy to say the dinosaur set I have also used here is staying!

As I write this post they are still available, but if you want to get these then head on over to the online shop as the retiring items are moving fast - some have even sold out already!

Stampin' Up! Materials:
Stamp sets - No Bones About It, Custom Tee
Framelits - Tee Shirt Builder
Ink - Soft Suede, Old Olive, So Saffron
Card - Old Olive, Whisper White thick card
Other - Tear & Tape adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Trimmer


Sunday, 2 April 2017

Chimanlals - Mumbai, India

Hi, well here are some photos from the other paper shop that I visited while I was in Mumbai - Chimanlals.

Quite a different range to the Bombay Paperie - this shop sold more paper and card sets, some unusual shaped gift pouches, some paper embellishments and a small selection of sheets of paper to buy, and was less expensive.  I bought a few bits (more than you can see in the photo - oops!), with most things in red, and with elephants on them!

DIY Cutting Ironing Board

Today I thought I would share a quick DIY project with you - I made my own cutting mat with an ironing surface on the back and I love it!

Its a large board to get a decent size area for cutting fabric on with a rotary cutter, so I found a cardboard box, opened it out and cut it slightly smaller than the board.  I used some fabric glue spray to adhere two layers of fusible fleece and a layer of fusible thermal foam.

I then covered this with some gorgeous fabric from the Indian Garden range of prints - I have a little stash of this, and its the first time I have been brave enough to cut into it!  LOL!  The photos don't really do the fabric justice as it really is a beautiful purple with turquoise and some bright pink which I thought went well with the pink of the cutting board.

I used some glue gel to attach the fabric covered board to the mat (I attached it to the cm side as I like to used inches) and left it for a few hours to dry.

Then hey presto, your own cutting mat with an ironing surface!

Materials Used:
Fabric - Big Paisley on Purple from the Indian Garden range
Adhesive - Crafters Companion Stick & Stay for fabric, Pinflair glue gel
Interfacing / Wadding - Pellon fusible fleece, Threaders thermal fusible fleece
Cutting mat - Siesta 23.5" x 17.5" (markings are 23" x 17")

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Bombay Paperie - Mumbai, India

Hi there!  Well having not posted in... well forever!  I thought I would take some time to share some photos from my recent trip to India - paper, yummy food, elephant trinkits and fabric galore!  Today's post is all about a visit to the Bombay Paperie store, where you will find a colourful array of beautiful handmade, block printed paper.

I bought a selection of paper, and yes... you guessed it, I have not used it yet - it is just too pretty to cut up and use!

Each sheet was around £1 for a wrapping paper sized sheet, you can also buy cards, gift bags and paper flowers.  So, if you are ever lucky enough to visit Mumbai and you love paper like I do, then take a little time to visit this lovely store.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Beautiful You

For this card I have a gorgeous new stamp set from the Spring Summer catalogue - it is called Beautiful You and it is a set I knew I just had to have as soon as I saw it!

I have used some Designer Series Paper for the strips down the side of the card, and for the umbrella.  The green sketchy ink across the beautiful lady is a stamp in the set, which enables you to easily add some colour to your images even if you do not feel like colouring in.

Stampin' Up! Materials:
Stamp set - Beautiful You
Ink Pads - Black, Pear Pizazz
DSP - Tasty Treats
Card - Whisper White thick card
Other - Stampin' Trimmer, Snail Adhesive 

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all!  I hope that you all enjoyed your New Year's Eve celebrations!
Here is a quick, simple card I made to welcome in the New Year!

Wishing you and your families all the best for 2017!

Stampin' Up! Materials Used:
Stamp sets - Mixed Drinks, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink pads - black, So Saffron,
Card - Whisper White thick card
DSP - Pop of Pink
Other - Snail Adhesive

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Well I have to admit, I do not know where the last couple of months have gone!!  Working, moving house, getting ready for Christmas I guess is where!

I hope you and your families are enjoying a fabulous Christmas, and I hope to see more of you all next year!

Merry Christmas
Mandy x

Stampin' Up! Materials Used:
Stamps - Reason for the Season, Forever Evergreen
Ink pads - Real Red, Old Olive, So Saffron, Black Archival
Card - Real Red, Basic Black
Other - Snail adhesive