Monday, 9 September 2013

We're back ...

Well what a lovely Summer it has been.  It all seem so long ago now that the girls broke up for their holidays.  I really do enjoy the girls company and look forward to time with them when they are not at school.  I'm already looking forward to the Autumn half term ...Crazy, I know!

The Summer was so busy for us that I hardly got chance to post any projects at all.  Things are still busy this term but I am determined to get Blogging again so that I can share projects with you.  You may have also noticed that we are working harder to get newsletters out on a regular basis to keep you up to date with all of the new stock that is arriving.  Last week we saw a bumper load of Spellbinders arrive into the warehouse.  Most of it has already gone!  With prices as low as £15.50 for the Nestabilities including delivery I can see why so many of you want to get in before stock runs out.

If you do not already see the Newsletter you can go to and sign up on the home page (the newsletter is different to this Blog).  It will let you know what new products have arrived as well as providing information about offers etc.  You might also like to know that not only are our prices usually cheaper than rrp's but we also have free shipping if your order is over £8.00.  This week there is also a chance to get your hands on some free pearl cardstock.


For those of you with Birthday cards to make, here are a couple of suggestions ...

The presents for this card are created using a 2" square punch but you could easily cut patterned paper to 2" x 2" on your paper trimmer.  

The bows on the top of the presents are punched out using a Starburst punch.  The starburst has been tucked behind the paper square and the whole thing matted onto white cardstock.  This has then been trimmed and mounted onto the card with either double sided tape or foam pads.

I created a little template for the balloon and the 'reflection' on the top of the balloons was drawn in with a white gel pen.

The sentiment 'Happy Birthday to you' has been added with foam pads for extra dimension.

[TRY: creating this design with Christmas colours and replacing the balloons with 3 sprigs of holly sitting just above the sentiment.  OR: add a holly wreath to the top half of the card]

The second card uses the same balloon template as the first.  

The banner is created by cutting a banner shape from a spare piece of cardstock.  Do this carefully with a knife and not scissors as you will actually need to keep the 'leftover' piece (the piece with the banner cut out of it and not the banner itself).

Add some repositional adhesive (I used Zig 2 way Glue) and position onto the card where you would like the banners to be.  This will create a mask so that you can add colour to the card in the shape of a banner.

Take a neutral dye based ink pad (e.g. Memento or a Distress Ink Pad) and with a sponge dauber, a cosmetic sponge or a little cotton wool use a circular motion to add the ink to the card through the mask.  I added a slightly darker brown a the edges to add a little dimension.  Repeat 3 times and at various angles as shown.

Once the ink is dry, stamp the sentiment over the top of each banner and add the balloons.  A little detail was added with a black gel pen.




Hope you enjoy ... Back soon!

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