Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Father's Day is coming...



...and I had a fun idea for a card, which could be very cheap, or just quite cheap depending on whether you know a lager drinker! I cut a can open and in half, and ran it through the Big Shot using the really cute SU "Perfect Polka Dots" embossing folder. Then I used the cute Sizzlits/SU "Lots of Tags" die to cut the label. I wrote freehand using the Signo white gel pen on the tag and the teeny snipped where I wrote "dad". I mounted it on some shiny gold card that I had hanging around, which has slightly curled with the aluminium (an added design feature surprise!).

Hope you like my money saving idea, I've got some more coming up in the next few weeks too.

Tidying up is hard to do...

...but I have actually made some progress today.
This is my craft storage space:


This is my display case,















Actually, neither of them looks that tidy now I look at the photos, but all is relative because here's what I still have to sort out:













oh dear...

Monday, 23 May 2011

Making a subdued card...

...today due to a friend's bereavement. I love this Old Olive ink from Stampin' Up!, I wanted it natural and not fussy. I used stamps from "Nature Walk" and "Just Believe" and did the envelope to match with a "Just Believe" stamp too. I don't have a SU sentiment word suitable in my collection (YET) so I used a script one that I had already, and some ordinary garden twine. It's mounted on smooth "River Rock" card from the neutrals collection. I rounded the corners and stroked the edges in Old Olive as well to give a smudged effect.
I hope you like it.





Saturday, 21 May 2011

I've been having fun...

...lifting this design from the Stampin' Up! Mini Catalogue. The best thing about it is that my daughter has just asked me if she can have it to put on her bedroom door - the ultimate accolade!!!
















To make it I used:



  • Scalloped circle made from Rose Red patterns from the designer series paper pattern stack (subtles) made by sticking little 1" die-cut circles to the back of a circle and outlined with signo white gel pen

  • Photo framed with Rose Red smooth card (subtles) cut out with the top note bigz die with my NEW Big Shot (wa-hey!) and initials in the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet (Wa-double-hey!)

  • Stamping: sideways butterfly from the "Nature Walk" stamp set and face on butterfly "All a Flutter" stamp, title label from "Just Believe", all stamped in stazon on some designer series paper pattern stack

  • Flowers cut out of pale pink felt with the Flower, Daisies #2 die

  • Organza ribbon in Whisper White

  • A selection of SU designer buttons

  • Calico, embroidery silk and embroidery hoop from my local supplier

  • I did a bit of stitching but it's mostly stuck down with glue dots, they are really sticky!
Any questions, please comment!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Here I go again...

... embarking on another "irresistible" craft project. This week it's a beautiful jelly roll quilt. I saw this one from OhSewFabulousQuilts on etsy http://www.etsy.com/listing/70322452/oversize-lap-quilt-featuring-verna-by. This is the fabric:

















isn't it gorgeous? (it's called Verna by Moda) - I had to have it STRAIGHT AWAY. I spent ages on my pc at the weekend looking for one in England. The first one I bought, they emailed to say it was out of stock, then I ordered one somewhere else, they contacted me to say it was incomplete. Finally, I found one, possibly the last one in England and it arrived today. I can't wait to make my quilt.

If you haven't done quilting before, jelly rolls are a brilliant place to start. I made my first one recently, it went really quickly and I am so delighted with it. I can be found in our kitchen snuggled under it far too often.














I'll be back with an update on progress soon I hope.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

I've joined Stampin' Up! ...

... as an independent demonstrator. Stampin Up! is a gorgeous range of paper, stamps, inks and papercraft accessories and it's not available in the shops, only through an independent demonstrator like me. If you want to see just how yummy it all is, you could start by visiting the Stampin' Up! website and having a look at this year's Ideas Book and Catalogue and Mini Book.

After that I expect you'd like to see the Book in person! You can order one from me for £4.50 or would you like one FREE? There are three great ways you can do this:


  • invite a few crafty friends over to yours for a party - I'll demo a few products, do a free project that you can each take away. You get a fun time with your friends, see lots of crafty products in person, learn some papercraft techniques and get a free Ideas book. Once your guests have ordered goods totalling £150 or more, you're in for more treats (get a free hostess stamp set and free money to spend in the catalogue).


  • host a virtual party. I'll lend you an ideas book and catalogue, you show it to people you know and take their orders and payment. If they add up to £150 or more, you can keep the book and you'll still be entitled to the treats and money off as if you hosted a party at your house.


  • if you're the only one you know who enjoys craft, then you need to meet some new crafty companions! Come to a party at my house in Redhill, Surrey, learn new paper techniques, get a make and take, and see a selection of Stampin' Up! craft materials up close, with no obligation at all.
Please give me a call for a chat or email today: 01737 762078 or helen@tiaratiara.co.uk