Saturday 29 July 2017

Simply Sketched 21

Thank you for joining us for another Simply Sketched Saturday 

We’re so excited to be sharing this hop with you.  The products used are all available in the current Annual, or seasonal, Stampin’ Up!® Catalogues*. 

This time the challenge has been set by Sam Roberts.

This one  really was a challenge.  The colours are so very far out of my comfort zone- I’ve hardly ever used Melon Mambo in anger.  And while I love Peekaboo Peach and am learning to love Lemon Lime Twist (much to my surprise) I wouldn't have put them together.

This is what I came up with- 

I thought that the colours would really pop if I put them against black, and I wanted to keep the shapes simple - what do you think?  

Anyway, there it is, for better or worse.  Now, if you want to see what the rest of the challenge team have been up to, please proceed in an orderly fashion to Vicky and the

Or, if you're the independent type, you might prefer to go to Fiona at the

Whatever the direction of travel, I just know there's lots of inspiration waiting for you!

See you again soon,

Crafty Hugs,


PS - there'll be a tutorial coming out soon - come back and check out my YouTube channel when you've finished hopping!

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Wednesday 26 July 2017

"Leather" Wallet gift card holder

Hello, and welcome to my blog.  
No, I haven't lost the plot.  This IS a paper craft project.
It's made of card, treated to make it look- well, leathery.  And it's SOOOO easy. Here's how-

Because this is another one of the projects I filmed over the weekend of the Air Show (it's the last of them)  most of the commentary is voice-over.  Because of that, there are a couple of things that I should have said that didn't make it into the video.  

The first one is - DON'T use Tombow mono adhesive.  That's because it dries tacky so your finished wallet will always be a bit sticky to the touch.  As a matter of fact, the Tacky Glue I used in the video is also a bit tacky (not too much, but a bit) which brings me to my second point - do a test piece first.  The best results for texture etc I've had are with clear-drying texture medium in a glossy finish.  PVA dies nice and glossy but doesn't hold a deep texture...try a few finishes and see how it turns out!

See you soon,

Crafty hugs,


It's a very short supplies list today ! 

I got the magnets from Guy's Magnets (they ship worldwide)

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Saturday 22 July 2017

Daisy Springer Card


Hello everyone, and welcome.

I've been waiting and waiting to demonstrate with the Daisy punch. I got mine in the demonstrator pre-order before the catalogue launch.  I think every other Stampin' Up! demonstrator did as well, because SU ran out of punches.  The result was a serious shortage until such time as SU could re-stock.  And they are made overseas...

Anyway, I decided not to tease you by showing you projects with items you couldn't get - but I just can't hold back any longer.  In case you're wondering, the punches are due in stock soon. (The moral of the story is - there are some BIG advantages to being a demonstrator - and especially to joining in July 2017)

Springer cards are lots of fun and really easy to make.  Here's how I made this one - 

Here's the scoring diagram -

So easy!

Give it a try, why don't you?

See you again soon,

Crafty Hugs


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Wednesday 19 July 2017

Wax Paper Resist

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog.

I will admit that the photo with today's blog post isn't the clearest.  So I'm going to go right in with the video tutorial - 

I hope you've now got a better idea of the waxed paper resist technique.  So easy and you get two backgrounds for the price of one- bargain!  I also hope you liked the ribbon rose - I learned this technique about a year ago and it's become one of my favourites.

With any luck, my photography skills will have improved by next time!

Bye for now,

Crafty hugs,


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Saturday 15 July 2017

Pop and Twist Gift Card holder

Hello, and welcome to my blog
Today I’m sharing a card that features a version of the Pop & Twist mechanism.  This time it’s a novel way of presenting a gift card.

I love action/pop-up cards of all kinds, and the pop and twist mechanism is so intriguing, especially the first time you come across it.  The cards I’ve made in the past have opened up to display panels that run across the card, but this time I’ve used the mechanism to hold a gift card.  

You could, of course, write a message underneath where the card goes.

Here’s the tutorial

Do you want the scoring diagram for the twist and pop piece?  Here it is.

Before you go – don’t forget about the Bonus Days offer that  SU are running until the end of July.  For every £45 you spend in one order (before P & P), Stampin’ Up! will email you a voucher code worth £4.50 that you can use in August 2017(take care of your codes and don’t lose them!)  Even better, if you join SU as a demonstrator in July, you’ll get a BONUS Essentials pack worth £47 – an extra benefit on top of the demonstrator discount , early access to the Winter catalogue and other opportunities – see here for more information.
Anyway, have a great day and I’ll see you soon.

Crafty Hugs,


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Wednesday 12 July 2017

"Polished Stone" card

Hello and welcome to my blog.  

Isn't it funny how things go in and out of fashion?  A few years ago techniques using glossy card were everywhere.  I'm so happy that glossy card is back in the SU catalogue, because it means I can revisit all those techniques.  

I had hours of fun back in the day with the polished stone technique - dabbing alcohol inks onto glossy card.  And then it sort of went out of style - we all moved on to something else.  A shame, because it's one of those techniques that give a great result so easily.

Here's the tutorial -
This card also features another great product from the back of the SU catalogue - the multipurpose adhesive sheets.  You'll be seeing me using them quite a bit, I promise!

This is another one of the tutorials that I filmed over the weekend when the South Wales Air Show was happening, so I voice-over'd the commentary - otherwise, you wouldn't have been able to hear what I was saying over the noise of the aircraft flying by outside.  I hope it's OK!

So that's it for today.  Thanks for visiting!

See you soon,

Crafty Hugs,


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