Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Wondrous wreath and bright & beautiful stars

Here are a couple of cards made in the classes last week using some of my favourite stamp sets from the autumn/ winter catalogue. These stamp sets have been so popular, that at one point they were on back order only. 

The card below uses wondrous wreath stamps and matching framelits

Colour combination is real red, old olive and garden green

The strip along the bottom is from the 'trim the tree' designer series paper stack

The second card uses 'bright & beautiful' stamps and framelits in soft sky.

One of the framelits was used to cut out a star shape on the front. A separate star was stamped and heat embossed in silver. This was decoupaged with a smaller star punched and layered on top with a rhinestone in the centre. I have been playing with my new confetti star punch and a couple of the small stars were also added as an embellishment
Well it is time to go now., believe it or not, Paul has gone away again, but this time taken me with him to Turkey, to get me out of the craftroom for a week.  I have even finished writing this Blog entry at 34,000ft on my way.
Bye for now
Linda x

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack

As previous years Christmas stamp-a-stack classes have been a huge success I am pleased to announce I am running another one this year. Instead of the usual 12 cards, we will be making a bumper stack of 15!  There are two options of taking the class: £37 which includes products worth over £33 OR £20 for the class only. The details are as follows:

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack

Saturday 25th October from 1.00pm


 Monday 27th October 2014 10.00am

At this popular and fun class we will be making 15 Christmas cards using the very lovely Festival of Trees stamp set and matching tree punch which will be YOURS to take away when the class is over!

Included in the class fee of just £37...

Your very own set of Photopolymer (clear) stamps; Festival of Trees,
Matching Tree Punch
5 rolls of All is calm designer washi tape,
2 metres silver ribbon
(products worth over £33)

PLUS all the card cut up and ready to go to make 15 cards, 3 each of 5 designs and envelopes


£20 (class only) without the products
Tea, Coffee and light refreshments will also be available

If you wish to come along to one of the classes please message me asap to reserve your space. A deposit of £20 reserves your place and is required by the 17th October to ensure all the products are here and ready for the class!

You will need a clear block (size D) for use during the class. If you prefer you can pre-order one from me to be here ready for the class for £7, saving 50p on the catalogue price

Attending this class may just get most of your Christmas cards made!!
You can contact me by email: lgilbert66@gmail.com

Or telephone: 07793293599/ 01472 885416
I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Festive Flurry verses Endless Wishes

I am sharing two cards today from our classes this week. Both have been made as a diamond fold but using two separate stamp sets Festive Flurry and Endless Wishes to create different looks.

One of my ladies bought the Festive Flurry and matching framelits before it retired and wanted some inspiration on how to use them and this is what I came up with.

As the Festive Flurry set has now retired I created a similar card with one of the new sets out of the Autumn/Winter catalogue, Endless Wishes.

 We used a colour combination of Night of Navy and Pool Party

I even discovered that the medium snowflake from the Endless Wishes set fitted one of the festive flurry framelit dies

 Both cards photographed together


 Endless Wishes stamp set 136829 £13.95. It comes in photopolymer which is completely clear for  perfect placement everytime and can be stamped with a multitude of combinations

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Wondrous Wreath window card and White Christmas

It has been another busy week for me, as well as running my regular weekly card classes, I have been teaching my monthly classes as well.

Here are the cards we have been creating:

One of the first stamp sets on my wish list from the new Holiday Catalogue was the Wondrous Wreath.  It is a beautiful, multi-layer wreath in photopolymer which is absolutely clear. It also has a matching set of framelits, so stamping and cutting have never been so easy!

The wreath was first stamped with gumball green, and the next layer in mossy meadow,  I then added the real red berries.  The image was cut out with the framelits, and  the real red woven satin ribbon bow added on top.

The base of the card is real red and layered up with sahara sand and whisper white stamped with the hardwood stamp in crumb cake. One of the square framelits was placed on top and cut through all the layers creating a square hole. The frame was created from a 3 1/4 inch square piece of whisper white card and 4  squares cut out using the 1 1/4 inch punch and placed on top with dimensionals

We used the cute White Christmas for our second card

It is again a photopolymer stamp set which makes it so easy to position things and quick to create your projects.
 I have coloured the images in with markers and added some Dazzling details to the trees, star and snow for a bit of sparkle!

All the above products and more! can be viewed and purchased through my online SHOP.  

 Please contact me if you require any further information or would like to attend one of the card classes

Friday, 12 September 2014

Endless wishes and Festival of trees

 I realise we are only in the 2nd week of September, but many of my crafting ladies are eager to start getting their christmas cards made. To ease them into the festive season gently, I decided to make one christmas card and one general birthday card last week.

The feedback on the design was very positive. The simple, but effect design, makes it quick to create and ideal for bulk production and gives a flying start to building their stack of christmas cards.

This card features the fabulous new Festival of Trees stamp set from the New Autumn-Winter catalogue. It is a photopolymer stamp set at £13.95, which is a great price for 13 stamps. They also make a matching Christmas Tree punch and you can buy it as a bundle for £24.95. As it is photopolymer you can see exactly where to place the stamps and you can do some two-step stamping when decorating the trees. All you need is a clear acrylic block, a few inks and you are ready to go......

The sentiment is from Endless Wishes. Another photopolymer stamp set at a fantastic price of £13.95 for a total of 19 stamps which can be mixed and matched together

The second card was a gate fold card using the Beautiful Bunch stamp set and punch and the Squares framelits

Colours used So Saffron, Pistachio Pudding, and Crisp Cantaloupe

We even decorated the inside of the card too!

Just a little reminder I still have a few spaces on the card classes tomorrow at Running with Scissors from 10am - 12pm and at my home on Monday 10am-12pm and 7pm - 9pm. Places are limited so if you would like to come and get a head start with making your christmas cards early please contact me as soon as possible.


Monday, 8 September 2014

Kinda eclectic

Hi everyone,
I'm just catching up with some of my posts on cards made a few weeks ago at my Keelby class. 

Hopefully it will inspire that Indian Summer this week, they keep promising.
The theme of the first card is very much sunshine and butterflies, using the fabulous new Kinda Eclectic stamp set. This stamp set was one I placed on my wish list as soon as I saw it, when the new annual catalogue was released in July. The set includes 6 stamps, with a very useful sentiment 'A little kindness goes a long well'. This is ideal for a thank you card or just sending a simple message to brighten up someone's day.

We made a normal greeting card design using the 5 stamps in Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss  and then when opened ....
it revealed a cut-out accordian insert as a surprise with the same image as the front,  seen through a hole in the centre

I first spotted a similar design of this card on the internet, but unfortunately I cannot remember where it is, so thank you for the inspiration.

The second card was a simple thank you card using the Pictogram Punches stamp set. It is great to have stamps with matching punches!!

  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me .

Happy Crafting

Linda x

Thursday, 4 September 2014

21st birthday

Today I am sharing the card I made for my daughter's 21st Birthday last week. It is a slight variation on the 18th card in my previous blog, with the centre oval off-set to capture more of the background colour.  A couple of extra sentiments were added to give a more personal touch. Again the silver glimmer card is used to bring the flowers to life, with the added detail of a bow in contrasting ribbon. Colours used are whisper white, coastal cabana and so saffron.

The lady stamp (from the 'in this together' set) is excellent for any celebration event i.e. birthday, graduation or even a thank-you. I have used the coastal cabana and  skin tone blendabilities to colour in the stamped image. The intricate detail of the embossing and cut outs from the die gives it an extra touch of luxury

To finish off, I thought I would share a couple of photographs from the celebration.

The first is the cake that my daughter made for her party. Believe it or not, we didn't cut it on the day (too full from the barbecue and a few drinks) and we still have some left. It was a two tier marble cake covered with an assortment of chocolate sweets and chocolate fingers.  I often think making cakes would be more beneficial than making cards, but not from a diet perspective...

Below is a photo of my daughter, Leanne.  On the night time we went to the Wheatsheaf pub in Grimsby for a fabulous meal. If you haven't been there recently it is well worth a visit. It has changed lots since the days when we used to go there at lunchtime from college.

Well that's all the special birthday over for this year.

Linda x

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Birthday and anniversary celebrations

August was a month of special birthdays and celebrations. We had two 50th birthday's, our niece's 18th, our daughters 21st and our wedding anniversary.

In this blog I have included the card I made for our niece Laura and the anniversary card I made for my husband (Paul bought one as usual!)

On both cards I used a Die'sire create-a-card die, which I borrowed from my good friend Tracey... Thanks Tracey. Although not a Stampin Up! product, so I can't supply direct, it is a great addition to anyone's craftroom shelf.

18th Birthday Card - The die was rolled through the big shot twice, once to cut and once again to emboss the intricate details in whisper white. This was layered up 5 times in total with pink pirouette and melon mambo cardstock and then decorated with flowers stamped and punched from the Flower Shop and petite petals stamp sets.

I added a little silver glimmer card for the leaves for that extra sparkle. 

The image in the centre is from the 'in this together' stamp set and coloured in with the cherry cobbler blendabilities

Anniversary Card - The anniversary card was done in a simple two tone colour (whisper white and crumb cake) which then contrasts with the crumb-cake edging on the sentiments. Both cards were finished off with gems, to add a final touch.

The retired stamp set 'Hearts a Flutter' and matching framelits were used for the centre image

Both cards are 8"x8" in size,which I have not created before but I found using the die made them quick and easy to create.
In my next blog, I will share the 21st card and a couple of photographs from my daughters special day....

Linda x