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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Watercolour Cupcake

Amy Fraser

Today I was short on time, but thanks to my favourite stamp set and punch I was not short of ideas. My card was super fast to make and is really simple but its my favourite card yet with the Sketched Birthday set.

I love simple cards and this card took me less then 5 minutes to make, what can be bad about that?

I made an adorable 4"x4" card in Whisper White then used the Extra Large Circle Punch to cut out a piece of the amazing Glimmer Paper. I stamped Happy Birthday in Coastal Cabana Used the Banner Punch on either end to make the banner and inked the edges.

Then I used a technique called Watercolour.  On Whisper White I stamped the Happy Birthday Cupcake stamp using Stazon Black ink. This ink is different to normal Stampin up! ink as it is solvent based rather then water based so it doesn't run when we add the water part of watercolouring! Next I coloured in the design using the Coastal Cabana and the Strawberry Slush ink and a Blender Pen. Stampin Up! also do watercolour pens, however I love the blender pens for speed and easy cleanup! (BTW they come in a set of three, and you really only need 1 pen so they make really good presents!) I will share a tutorial on how to Watercolour using the pens soon. For those of you who are cautious to try it, I was completely blown away by how easy it is to do! The last thing I did was cut out the water coloured image using the 1 3/4" Scalloped Circle Punch and then I used Stampin Dimensionals to stick all the elements down!

Less then 5 minutes, and a new technique in the bag! who doesn't love a Tuesday tutorial?

See you Soon

Amy x

Monday, 29 September 2014

Eat Cake!

Amy Fraser

First of all I would like to say a great big thank you to everyone who came to this months card class, it was my first class in Sevenoaks and I hope the first of many. It was a great success and I had a great time.

Now my photography skills are not the best, and a lot of my photos were blurry! but here are a few photos of what was created on the night.

This months card class was focused on two products, the Sketched Birthday stamp set and the Banner Punch.

These two products are my absolute favourite from the Annual catalogue. I love making cakes and I love parties, and these products are just everything about that. The stamp set is so versatile and lends itself to so many different techniques. I felt that this stamp set and punch were a great start to my card making classes, going back to basics but using the products in different ways. For the next week I will be using the Sketched Birthday set and the Banner Punch to create even more, and hopefully provide you with even more inspiration.

The cards also utilises the amazing Moonlight designer series paper stack which is amazing value at only £6.95 and contains 48 sheets of double sided paper. The designs are really varied and can be used to create really different looking cards. In this class I used pages that were quite fun and suited towards celebrations, I kind of think that they have a bit of a circus theme to them! I also picked up the extra colour included in the paper stack of Basic Grey and used staples to attach the ribbon and stamped the cake in Basic grey ink. They match perfectly!

As part of my back to basics plan I will be uploading a tutorial on the cards and also any unusual techniques, which you will be able to find in the tutorial tab at the top of the page. I will also add the links to the bottom of the post.

To join my next class please get in contact.

Amy x

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Cake Disasters

Amy Fraser

I always have trouble explaining to people why I can bake but cooking isn't second nature to me. I often say "baking is a science" and my favourite part about baking is the experiment, although sometimes that experiment can go very wrong!  We are all beginners at some point and today I saw this on the BBC website and it reminded me of the tips that are really useful for beginners.
GBBO has taken off all over the world and its no surprise, the joy of looking at a cake and being able to say "I made that!" is only topped by being able to share it with your friends and family. The same thing can be said for all crafts, a thoughtful and considered handmade card or home decor item can be such a treasure to receive and its the joy that it brings to us and others that makes crafting so much fun!

Now I wouldn't call myself an expert at any craft, more a "Jack of all" craft. I know that my preference is for a less is more style, however even I am guilty of forgetting the basics and fundamental techniques that can make things we create so impressive.

So for the next few weeks and months I am going back to basics, considering the techniques that first impressed me when I started crafting as well as showing just how much versatility you have with just a few items and a little bit of inspiration under your belt. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced crafter I hope you learn something new (I know I will!)

Amy x

Thursday, 11 September 2014

September class

Amy Fraser

September a class is now finalised. Please get in touch if you would like to join me in making 3 beautiful items.

Busy on the 16th? Why not have a workshop at home on another date and get a hostess goody bag and the chance to get more free stuff for your £10?

For more information, or to be kept u to date on upcoming events please contact me.

see you soon

Amy x
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