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creativity and worthwhile accomplishments . . . in this we make a difference!

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Backyard Basics - More Retiring Products!

I thought I'd get some inspiration from the The Paper Players and was happily playing with ink and paper....completed my projects and went to upload them...when I saw the closing date was yesterday!
Backyard Basics and the matching framelits are on the Retired List as is the DSP Gingham Garden !  Which means you only have until Monday 30th June to order them. Check the Retired List out here.

 This lovely sketch from Paper Players is a great one for using DSP, because if you are like me, I fall in love with some paper, only to find I hate to use it as it is too beautiful. Sound familiar?  Well, this is a another way to show off that beautiful paper. 

There are only a couple more days to take advantage of the amazing deals from Stampin' Up! at the moment.
A last chance reminder to visit the Retiring List on my website.  Some of these products are discounted, some aren't and some have already sold out.

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Don't forget to check out the Weekly Deals.  These change every Wednesday morning.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Happy Day

Happy Day is an uplifting set.  This design was CASE'd from the Stampin' Up! website.

They are on watercolour paper, which actually makes a thicker card.  I am going to have to place them under a pile of books to even them out as the wash has bent them a bit.  The one on the left used Crisp Canteloupe and Summer Starfruit and the right hand card Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit.  These two colours are going out as new colours come in.  I had thought Summer Starfruit a dirty yellow, however when used as a wash on watercolour it has a lovely bright hue.  Butterflies cut out with the Beautiful butterflies Bigz Die, another retiring product!
The acetate is from the Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I have stamped the doily in Midnight Muse onto vellum and attached a Dahlia adornment with a little bow in Calypso Coral bakers twine.
Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die  £18.95

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Making a Point!

'Making A Point' is an Hostess set from the Spring/Summer Occasional Catalogue.  It is available only until June 30.  The only way to get it is if you hold a party and have sales of £150 or more!
I love this set and bought it because I have 2 teenage girls and  the elements of the set reached out to me at the time.  To be honest I hadn't really played with it until yesterday, as it was sitting with the rest of the retiring stamp sets.  I wished I had played with it earlier, as I loved seeing what I could do with it.
Making a Point
These little gift cards are Thank You cards for my customers when they buy Tropic Skincare products from me.  I have coloured the lipstick holder using the blender pen and the Silver Encore ink.  As the Encore ink is a pigment ink I had to heat set it.
I love this set and bought it because I have 2 teenage girls and  the elements of the set reached out to me at the time.  To be honest I hadn't really played with it until yesterday, as it was sitting with the rest of the retiring stamp sets.  I wished I had played with it earlier, as I loved seeing what I could do with it.

I cheated here, as I used a new stamp set, available to buy July 1 called Work of Art.  I have used one of the Retiring In-Colours Primrose Petals.
This card has the nail polish bottles cut out and Crystal effects applied to the colour to give it a dimension and gloss.  I used Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple.   The next photo shows how I applied the Gold Encore to the nail polish bottle.  Post-It notes are always at hand in my craft room!
Staying on the girlie theme.  I used the Fancy Fan embossing folder, coloured the shoe in Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple.  The sentiment is from another retiring set Bring on the Cake.
 A bit of music in this card.  The sheet music is a scrap from Modern Medley,  and hearts punched from red Glimmer Paper.
 I loved doing this one.  Keeping to the theme of using the old In-Colours, this time Summer Starfruit.  The background is embossed using the Alphabet Press.  I enjoyed colouring in the pencils with normal colouring pencils.

Loved colouring those pencils so much, I did another, this time using a retired Script embossing folder from the old Autumn/Winter catalogue.

I hope you like my endeavours, if so, please leave me a comment.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Retiring Products

Over the next couple of weeks I am going to be showcasing some of my favourite Retiring Products.
These will only be available while supplies last, so if you do have a favourite, check out the list on my website.

These are similar, colours used are Midnight Muse (retiring colour) and Smoky Slate.  The stamp set is Clockworks, a really useful set for masculine cards.  The sentiments are from Perfectly Penned and Delightful Dozen.  Do you like how I have changed the basic card colours around?  They give a slightly different effect.  Not sure which I like best, I think the grey card.
Continuing the grey theme, using Gorgeous Grunge and fortunately this is still in the annual catalogue because I love it!  The sentiment is from Perfect Pennants which was in the 2014 Occasional Catalogue but it has gone over  to the new Annual Catalogue. Yippee.  The only retiring product on this card are the silver stars!  Now I could have used the old star punch, but I didn't - I used a new star punch which will be available in a set of 3 Itty Bitty Accents punches on July1st!
It is the Silver Glimmer paper that is retiring, to be replaced by a NEW Glimmer Paper, that matches with the beautiful silver ribbon that was in the last 2 Occasional catalogues.

To get your mitts on any of these products, head over to my store or click on the product below.  For every online order I will send you a handmade card as a special   Thank You from me!  Don't forget to use the Hostess Code!  This months is EJAAN9FQ.

Monday, 9 June 2014


Fathers Day is just around the corner.  I have tried to make some origani shirt cards, with limited success, I feel.

I have been using up scraps of DSP, as it will be retired from June 30th and as a demonstrator its not good practise to keep using it.  The sentiment is from the soon to be retired set Delightful Dozen.