Sunday, 26 June 2011

Baby blossoms and where did the last week go?

I don't know what happened to the last week. Every day seemed to be taken up without leaving me much time for crafting! As we go towards the final month of the school year everything normally goes haywire. School events, trips, etc.

I had a bit of a shock when i realised we needed to be looking round our local secondary schools for my son Dominic who is 10. It seems like only yesterday when he was starting school, reminding me how precious our time is with our children. I have so many lovely photo's of him. Mental note to self- i must do more scrapbooking!

As i haven't made many cards this week i have chosen a card i made as a swap for the last team training day i attended last April ran by the lovely Monica.

I love concord crush, which is one of Stampin' Up!'s in colors.
I stamped the image from the mini catalogue's Baby blossoms set onto a frame from the 'four frames' stamp set, (also from the mini).
I used SU's craft white ink. A bit of sparkle came next with some dazzling diamonds glitter onto the flowers.
The next mat was embossed with the perfect polka dots embossing folder and then matted onto in-color concord crush DSP. On the the final mat i used  SU's  eyelet border punch. The sentiment is from the level 3 hostess set, 'occasional quotes'. The butterfly comes from the embosslits 'beautiful wings'.

Another of my swaps is made using the SU pillow box die, So swirly wheel, lots of tags label 3 die, square lattice textured impressions embossing folder and a sentiment from 'occasional greetings' stamp set. My favourite concord crush ink again and a little pear pizzaz card add a little contrasting colour.

I'm hoping next week will be more productive. Thanks for looking and hope you all have a creatively productive week too. Now, about that scrapbooking......

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Fresh cuts class

Its been a busy weekend here in the Faghy household. We had a trip to our hometown of Nottingham to visit our two fathers on saturday. Going back is always nice but a sad reminder of what we have left behind.

I managed to organise my 12x12 papers into my new stackable trays and had a good clearout of some too.
Much more organisation is still needed though. Too much stuff!!! I really need to slim it all down- my children will be happy recipients though.

For my last class on friday we had a fun time making a set of cards using Stampin' Up!'s Fresh cuts stamp set. This is a versatile set which i like as it combines floral images and sentiments, (always useful!).
I kept the colours simple with rich razzleberry ink on very vanilla card.
We added some shimmer to our first card, which you can't see here, but looks lovely when it hits the light.
On our next card a couple of the ladies commented on how very  quiet the room had gone as they were concentrating intensely on cutting out their flowers. Normal chatty levels soon resumed though as they finished. They are such friendly ladies and i always enjoy my classes with them.
The stamp-a-ma-jig came in very useful for stamping the border down the side.
We finished off by adding some basic pearls to give a classy look to the card.

On our final card i added some extra colour with some pear pizzaz ink. I also added some bling with some basic rhinestones. It is a very simple thankyou card.
Right, i'd better get back to the usual sunday evening routine of getting everyone fed and bathed. Back to work, school and nursery for my family tomorrow, and as it will be monday, that means a peaceful morning for me to do some crafting....perfect.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Stampin' Up! hostess promotion for June and July

On top of the benefits already available for hosting a Stampin' Up! party you can now earn an extra £20 in merchandise when your party order totals at least £250 in June and July.
For a £250 party you will receive a free hostess stamp set along with £45 in merchandise from the catalogue.
Contact me for more information