Wednesday, 22 October 2014

I'm a 2015 British Craft Awards nominee!!

http://www.britishcraftawards.com/

Today I received a very exciting email from the lovely people at Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine to tell me that I am one of the short-listed nominees in the Favourite Card Designer category of the 2015 British Craft Awards! Eek! I feel so honoured to have been nominated – thank you so very much!

The awards are hosted by Cardmaking & Papercraft, Quick Cards Made Easy, The World of Cross Stitching and Cross Stitch Crazy, and they are asking UK crafters to vote for their favourite shop, products, people and blogs. Voting is online and everyone who votes will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win £200 worth of craft goodies.

I certainly don’t expect to win, as I am up against the UK’s best card designers, but I am beyond thrilled to even have been nominated! If you would like to vote for me (pretty please with a cherry on top, lol!), a huge THANK YOU!!! To vote, please visit http://www.britishcraftawards.com/

Thank you so much for poppng by!

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Thanks Teacher!


Supplies
SPD Teacher's Pet stamp set
Memento Black Tuxedo ink
Copic markers
Doodlebug Kraft in Color 6x6 paper pad

Doodlebug Sprinkles
White & Clear embossing powder
Bazzill cardstock
Whimsy Stamps Thanks word die

Whimsy Stamps Stitched Tags die set
Clearly Whimsy Stamps Basic Borders & Backgrounds 1 stamp set

I was looking for some new (to me!) challenges on Friday and came across Tag You're It Challenge #8.  I really loved the muse card by TYIC Designer Lisa Arana, and so I decided to have a go and CASE the layout of her card.


I used the pencil stamp and a sentiment stamp from my SugarPea Designs Teacher's Pet stamp set. I love this set so much, and it is perfect for making CAS cards! :)


I added some stamped and white heat embossed chevrons to the tag, and also applied 3 layers of clear embossing to the thanks word die-cut.  I could have used glossy accents, but I couldn't be bothered to wait for it to dry, lol!

Thank you for stopping by today!

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Friday, 10 October 2014

CAS(E) this sketch 96: Happy Happy Happy

As soon as I saw this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge #96, I couldn't wait to play along! It's such a fabulous sketch!  I already have lots of other ideas of how to use it, so I am very thankful this particular challenge runs for 2 weeks so I can play again!  I rotated the sketch 90 degrees to the left.

I also followed the colour palette at ColourQ Challenge #262, although I did use more of a hot pink rather than "Pretty in Pink" since this is the only pink embossing powder I have!



First, I stamped the stripes from the Clearly Whimsy Stamps Basic Backgrounds & Borders 1 stamp set vertically several times in black ink onto my 148x105mm white card base. I then cut a piece of white cardstock and stamped the 3 different sized balloons from the Clearly Whimsy Stamps Happy Everything stamp set in grey ink. I then stamped more balloons in Versamark ink and embossed them with WOW pink fizz glitter embossing powder.  The balloon string and the HAPPY sentiment stamp also come from the same stamp set.  Finally, I trimmed the panel by cutting around the balloons and  mounted the panel onto the stamped base card with foam pads!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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SPD Sweet2Repeat Blog Hop!


Welcome to the SugarPea Designs October Sweet 2 Repeat blog hop where we showcase our newest release! Now that you've had a chance to add these sweet sets to your SugarPea collection, we're bringing you even more inspiration! Be sure to hop along and leave a comment at each stop along the way for a chance to win $20 to spend in the SugarPea Designs Online Shoppe!

For my hop card I inked up Sniffles & Snuggles from the Sweet P Collection:

I followed this week's Sweet Sketch Sunday #239 for my layout and used some old MME paper that I hadn't got around to using until now - oops! ;)



Leave a comment at each spot along the way for a chance to win $20 to spend on some SugarPea sweetness of your very own!


Thanks so much for stopping by today and happy hopping!

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Monday, 6 October 2014

Whimsy Stamps October Rubber & Die Release: Sneak Peek Day 1

Welcome to Day 1 of the Whimsy Stamps ...
2014 Holiday Release - Part 2

A few weeks ago Whimsy Stamps released Part 1 of their 2014 Holiday Collection. Today, the DT and GDT are extremely excited to start sneak peeks for the second part of their 2014 Holiday Collection!

Over the next 3 days, myself and the team will reveal 18 *BRAND NEW* red rubber stamps/stamp sets and 6 *BRAND NEW* coordinating die/die sets. They will be available to buy from the Whimsy Stamps store and selected Whimsy Stamps retailers on Wednesday. 

We are thrilled to welcome Stephanne Maraver, Vicki Parson, Denise Griffith, Debbie Jennett, Donna Rudy and Crissy Armstrong as Guest Designers for this release. Welcome ladies!

Today we are excited to show you the brand new Art by Mi Ran, Crissy Armstrong and SC Design stamps and dies being released this month. For a full reveal of these stamps, hop on over to the Whimsy blog!

I have designed 2 rubber stamp sets and 3 dies for this release, and I will share the details later in this post, but for today's project, I was inspired by the fabulous sketch over at CAS(E) ths Sketch #95 challenge.  I decided to use one of the bell dies from the *new* Jingle Bells die set, along with some products I designed for previous Clearly Whimsy Stamps releases: HAPPY large word die, Basic Backgrounds & Borders 1 stamp set, and Happy Everything stamp set.  I think that next time I make this design, I won't add any liquid pearls and I'll use some silver thread inside of twine to hang the bells:


Supplies
*NEW* Whimsy Stamps Jingle Bells die set
Clearly Whimsy Stamps: Happy large word die
Clearly Whimsy Stamps: Basic Backgrounds & Borders 1 stamp set
Clearly Whimsy StampsL Happy Everything stamp set
Bazzill cardstock: Coconut Swirl, Ruby Slipper
American Crafts POW! glitter paper: Silver
Ranger Liquid Pearls: Silver Pearl
Lawn Fawn Trimmings: Silver Sparkle Hemp Cord
Silver embossing powder

Here are the products I designed for our October rubber & die release:

Christmas Scene Builder is a 4x6" red rubber stamp set that comes with lots of different images for you to build scenes for Christmas and New Year.  Although this is a standalone set, I designed it to compliment the Winter Wonderland stamp set that was released in September.  This set comes with 4 different sized trees, 2 sentiments, 2 different sized firework bursts, a cityscape, a flurry of snow and a santa & his reindeers.

I didn't make any cards using this set for this release, as I have a set of 5 cards plus a tag being published in the next issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine using this set and the Winter Wonderland stamp set!  This issue is due to be published on 30th October, so if you are a regular subscriber of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine, be sure to look out for it!


My second 4x6" red rubber stamp set is called Christmas Moments and is full of tried and tested Christmas sentiments.  I think they work equally well with vintage or modern cards, and I hope they will become a firm favourite:


The first of 3 die sets I designed for this month's release is the one I used on today's card: Jingle Bells die set.  This set comes with 2 different bells, and the little separate curved die cuts out a ridge to place on top of the round bell for dimension (as you can see in my card above).  I designed these bells to be the right size to either hang from a bow as an accent on your cards, or to be used as a focal point.  I included a church bell design so that you can use this set all year round - weddings, perhaps? The round jingle bell is approximately 0.85x0.9" and the church bell is approximately 1x1.2".  They both have embossed detail, which looks great if you cut them from mirri card:


The second die set is the Wreath & Bow.  The wreath measure approximately 2.4x2.3" and the bow is approximately 0.9x1".  The holly leaves you can see on the wreath are cut lines, so you can lift up the leaves for dimension.  I designed this set so that the previously released Christmas Mini Tag Sentiments stamp set sentiments will fit perfectly in the middle of the wreath:


Finally, my third design is the 3D Bow Small die set.  It comes in 3 pieces - the largest die is approximately 4.2x0.8". When assembled, the size of the bow is approximately 2.5x0.8" (including the tails).   There are many 3D bow dies already on the market, so this is certainly not a new concept, but the size is perfect for accenting your cards instead of using a ribbon bow, or as a feature on its own.


Assembled:

Assembled with the tail piece cut in half so the tails can point downwards:

Assembled with one of the bell die-cuts:


PRIZE ALERT ... We have hidden a fabulous prize of a $15 GIFT CERTIFICATE at one of the stops on today’s hop! We will draw the lucky winner from the comments left on today’s design team posts (listed below), so be sure to visit everyone and leave a comment at every stop to be entered into the draw.


Be sure to visit the Whimsy blog again tomorrow for the second day of sneak peeks.

Thanks so much for visiting today. Happy hopping!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Lunchbox notes!

Ever since I saw the SugarPea Designs Teacher's Pet stamp set, I've wanted to make some lunchbox notes.  This stamp set has so many cute accessory stamps with matching sentiments, and I love the combination of fonts Wendy has used.


Supplies
SPD Teacher's Pet stamp set
Memento Black Tuxedo ink
Copic markers
Doodlebug 12x12 Kraft in Color paper: 4174 Lily White Dot/Grid
Cardstock: SU Real Red & Bermuda Bay; Bazzill Blackberry Swirl & Majestic
Silver mirri card
MFT Die-namics: Lunchbox


I think these notes would also be perfect for Primary school teachers to give out to their children who have done especially well!  Pity hubby teaches teenagers - I don't think they'd appreciate them so much, do you? lol!

Thank you for stopping by today!

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