Sunday, 17 November 2019

Special Announcement!


I’ve been waiting what seems like forever to share that I have been honoured in the title of Artisan Design Team Member for 2020. Even though I found out back in August I am still lost for word as to what this means to me.


When I signed back up as a demonstrator in June 2018 applications had just opened up and the Artisan Design Team was something completely new to me. I knew straight away it was something I wanted to be apart of however as I only just joined I wasn’t able to apply. I worked so hard for the next year to achieve this title and I’m so proud of myself to gaining it. All the hard work was made so much easier with the amazing support offer from you all.


Now before I go and celebrate with a little bit of champagne and chocolate I wanted to share the moment I shared the news with my Mother who has supported me a lot in this journey.


To finish, thank you all again for your amazing support and roll on 2020!

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Happy Holidays - Stampin’ Up! Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set


Okay so I wasn’t actually going to post this blog and I was waiting a little while until I had everything in order. However I had the time and thought why not! It’s been strange not to be posting recently but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy.

After my last project featuring the Christmas Rose Stamp Set I was a little nervous in posting this one. I wouldn’t say some commented weren’t nice but they weren’t encouraging; I’ll just put that down to individual style. I have let the comments stop me from using none traditional colours in today’s project, who would of thought of a black Christmas Card.

If you are like me, you won’t measure anything and just cut away into you are happy with the design. This does not make it easy for us who demonstrate the cards to get all the measurements correct and sometimes there might a some weird ones too. With the project I started with the tag and basically went from there. The colours I used where Night of Navy, Pacific Point and Balmy Blue, these can easily be swapped for and colour combo which could make a really fun card.

You’re probably sick of my using the Tin Tile in the background, it’s just my favourite and I really think that it helps everything just pop. I had a little panic the over day when I had thought that I had lost it, turns out it had just fallen behind my desk, still scared me a little thought.


So a lot of work is happening as I have work done to my blog. It’s a little scary but I can’t wait for you all to see the outcome. It looks amazing and I’m so happy about it. It does how’re mean my blog might not be available for a day or two but I’m the long run it’ll be worth it!

All the supplies used to create this card are available by contacting me direct or by clicking on the images below. Don’t forget for all orders between £20.00-£99.00 add the Hostess code for a free gift from me at the end of the month! For orders of £99.00, why not purchase the Starter Kit and get £155.00 worth’s of supplies for just £99.00.

Friday, 8 November 2019

TGCDT: Gifts of the Season - Stampin’ Up! Christmas Rose Stamp Set



The Gentleman Crafters are hopping again, obviously, that’s most likely why you are here after all but just in case you didn’t know here you go. I love it when the guys all get together and hop. After my recent interview regarding being a guy within the card making industry it really made it obviously how we guys need show ourselves off a little more.

As you can see I’m breaking away from the Whisper White Card base that you’ve seen me use every month so far since the TGCDT was created. This project is something a little different and something that has coursed a little controversy amongst some demonstrators due to the use of Basic Grey and has unofficially been named the Marmite card. I was clearly going through a grey day as I made around 5 grey Christmas card at the same time of this one – I clearly like it or you wouldn’t be seeing.

The subtleness of the silver against the grey just worked so well however I felt that it didn’t really stand out. Due to this I added some Ink Blending over the embossing to around the edges of the die cut embossing and this made it pop. Ink blending is one thing that I actually struggle with – yes I struggle with things too which is why I’m pushing myself to do it more. You’ve most likely already noticed this and more projects will be coming soon using more of this technique.


I did ‘urm’ & ‘ahh’ over rather or not to do the sentiment on back card stock or what colour to bring in for the sentiment to sit on. So many concerns with heat embossing silver onto black, white onto black etc. The way I worked around is was to give everything a go and mess around with the design and composition.


You’ll be heading over to the amazing and talented Design Team members below. Make sure you check out their posts as I personally cannot wait to see what they have created.

         

      

I honestly don’t know what is next for me. I’ve been in stuck a creative rut that I need to hurry up and get out of it, I know we all get like this from time to time and that is okay. I’m going to start by just cleaning up and hopefully inspiration will hit.

All the supplies used to create this card are available by contacting me direct or by clicking on the images below. Don’t forget for all orders between £20.00-£99.00 add the Hostess code for a free gift from me at the end of the month! For orders of £99.00, why not purchase the Starter Kit and get £155.00 worth’s of supplies for just £99.00.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

OSAT: Magic of Christmas - Stampin’ Up! Holly Jolly Christmas Stamp Set

Happy OSAT Blog Hop Day! The OSAT Design Team are hopping from the last time in 2019, isn’t that sad. Don’t worry we will be hopping again in January. To finish off this year in style our final theme is Holiday Festivity with the guideline of Winter Holiday Theme.

With this I started pondering over winter and the imagery that surround this. Straight away I though snowflakes with silver tones. I started by searching out ways of incorporating silver as the main feature, this is when I remember how beautiful the Feels Likes Frost Designer Series Paper is. It’s incredible with the imagery on one side and the foiled pattern on the reverse, I know it’s a favourite of some of yours.

For those of your who have popped by before now and know my work, I don’t normally like over the top backgrounds such as this. However due to the composition and the simple colour theme of just white and silver it really makes by busy background remain in the background. For the sentiment I knew I wanted to finally use the amazing sentiment from the Holly Jolly Christmas Stamp Set, there’s just something about the silver tones that works with the idea of a magically Christmas.


I wanted a subtle detail added to the project just to create some additional interest to the card. Taking the Snowflake dies from the Christmas Laying Die Set I cut out some more Whisper White card stock and glued this to the sentiment. When gluing the snowflakes down I find it easier to dab a little liquid glue down onto the die cut shape and before sticking it to our project tap any excess off onto some scrap.


You’ll be wanting to head off over to the other members of this talented Design Teams Blog to see how they have interpreted the final theme of 2019:
I’ll be back tomorrow, I know so soon but the TGCDT will be hopping and there’s a lot to get through. I’m really excited for tomorrows post and I finally get to show of my favourite project so far using the Christmas Rose Stamp Set.

All the supplies used to create this card are available by contacting me direct or by clicking on the images below. Don’t forget for all orders between £20.00-£99.00 add the Hostess code for a free gift from me at the end of the month! For orders of £99.00, why not purchase the Starter Kit and get £155.00 worth’s of supplies for just £99.00.



Sunday, 3 November 2019

Creation Station: Dreams Come True - Stampin’ Up! Leave A Little Sparkle Stamp Set


Welcome to the Creation Station Blog Hop! You’ve either started here or have hopped over from Kerstin Kreuzer, no matter how you got here thank you for joining in this amazing hop. This month we are working under an interesting theme of Girl Power. Which I love don’t get me wrong however I had an interesting conversation about this theme and my ideas. I’ll go into this a little later.

From the moment I saw the theme I knew it was the ideal time to crack open the Leave a Little Sparkle Stamp Set and final use it. For those of you who know me, I LOVE UNICORNS, so much so it’s my Stampin’ Up! Teams mascot. However I haven’t yet used this set and I’m not sure why.

I’m going to blame my ignorance of being male on today’s card, I am all for girl power and equality of the genders. Now onto todays the story which explains this statement, I was at work and was discussing my ideas for today’s project, expressing how excited I am to see how it turns out. My colleague response wasn’t the excitement I expected instead it was just shock as she said that it doesn’t say girl power at all. I was a little like ‘But unicorns?’ however this didn’t help… She was saying however when she thinks of girl power she thinks of the Marie Curie, Frida Kahlo and Emmeline Pankhurst. My problem was showing these inspirational women in a card.


I stuck with the original idea and concept purely because I felt the sentiment says it all; Make Sure Your Dreams Come True. Out of everything this is what we all need to be told from time to time and it’s only by us working hard we can make sure our dreams come true. Things got a little serious but I hope I’ve covered my back!


You’ll be heading over to the amazingly talented Tanya Bell, who I cannot wait and see what she creates!

Tanya Bell
I’m facing returning to work tomorrow which doesn’t fill me with joy but I plan on spending the rest of the day crafting to try and see what I can create with a few things lying around on my desk.

All the supplies used to create this card are available by contacting me direct or by clicking on the images below. Don’t forget for all orders between £20.00-£99.00 add the Hostess code for a free gift from me at the end of the month! For orders of £99.00, why not purchase the Starter Kit and get £155.00 worth’s of supplies for just £99.00.