Thursday, 8 June 2017

One good thing on top of another - Bike Ride stamp set

Today I'm sharing the first stamp set I saw from the new catalogue and the first card I made with it! It's called Bike Ride and I think it was a completely apt stamp set for me with my new home in Cambridge!

I didn't immediately start with the bike stamp though, I wanted to use some of the accompanying stamps as I always seem to forget about the versatility of these stamps!

I used one of the new type of embossing folders that has been available since the spring/summer catalogue. The annual catalogue has even more embossing folders of this type and I really love them. They are called Dynamic textured impressions and they create extra deep and crisp textures. This particular folder is hexagons and I thought they were crying out to be brayered!

I love the cute set of books, there are three stamps that I've used to make up this image. Each stamp adds an extra dimension to the image. The first is the outline and the second and third colour the book spines. I love the final effect.

I also found the best sentiment to go with the book image. It is from the Sprinkles of life stamp set which was previously a charity stamp set for RMCH. The stamp set is no longer raising money for RMCH but it is still available (this years charity stamp set can be found here).

I wanted to use some less obvious colours in this card and so I decided to brayer a sort of Ombre effect using Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim and Marina Mist. The sponge brayers are the perfect size to do this inking without  having to worry about getting the wrong colour ink elsewhere on the card.

I have really enjoyed using this stamp set and can see many more cards being made in the next few months with it!

Thanks for joining me today, I hope this card has given you some inspiration for your next card!

Don't forget that during June there is the we 💙  hosts promotion which means you can earn an extra £30 stampin' rewards on a qualifying purchase or party. Please get in touch if you are interested in more information!

Amy x

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Daisy Delight - Brighten Someones Day!

Today is the first day that you can get your hands on the brand new product from the Stampin' up annual catalogue. I have to say that this year I am in love with so many things and I really think that the products have been refreshed and modernised. I am looking forward to creating so many cards and other things that reflect me!

A few weeks ago now I met up with some other Stampin' up! demonstrators in Essex to play with some of the new catalogue product. This card was one of our make and takes and I loved how simple it was to make and yet how effective it was. So I thought I would share this lovely card to start off a brand new Stampin' up! catalogue! 


The background colour I used is one of our new In-colours and is called Berry Burst. Expect to see a lot of products in this colour as I absolutely adore it! I also used one of my favourite products that we have had available to us for a little while now. The Stitched Shapes Framelits take projects to the next level and make cards look so pretty!


I'm putting it out there, I 💛  this bundle. It's called Daisy Delight and the stamp set is beautiful with great thank you sentiments and the punch is so fun! Can't you just see hundreds of daisy decorations using this bundle? 

The Double-Stitched Ribbon I used here is great as one side has crosses and the other side has straight line stitches. It's available in three super colours: Blushing bride, Cherry Cobbler and as I used here Daffodil Delight.

The final finishing touch was a gold faceted gem which is also new today in the catalogue! They are available in gold and clear and they are just perfect for use with the daisies.

Thanks for stopping by today, have a lovely week!

Amy x

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

A Belated Colour Challenge

You may have heard of the Global Design Team and the weekly challenges they hold over on their website. If you haven't, check it out as its a great place for inspiration. To get myself back into the swing of things I thought I would join in with challenge 81. I loved the colour challenge and inspiration hit me straight away. I created the project on the first day of the challenge, unheard of for me. But then I never got the chance to upload it for the challenge.

I really loved the card and the colour combination is one of my favourites so I thought I would show it to you anyway!

Take a look at what other people created here and why not try joining in with the future challenges yourself? I'm hoping to get involved in more of the GDP challenges now that I know how fun they are!

I really loved this stamp set - Big on Birthdays - in the spring summer catalogue although maybe you have passed it by, due to one particular stamp in the set? More on that another day! I am so pleased it is staying around for the next year of the Stampin' Up! catalogue. Expect to see more of this stamp set in the future!

I'm also looking forward to playing with all the new products available in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue which launches Thursday!! If you don't already have a catalogue get in touch and I will get you one in the post this week!

Amy x

Monday, 29 May 2017

A change is as good as a rest... but sometimes you need both!

I accidentally took a few months off....

It's been a very long time since I last posted on my blog and my social media has been quite empty as you may have noticed. But while this "vacation" wasn't planned, it has been so good for me and feels like clicking a refresh button on things!

Last Autumn, after a few rubbish months career wise, I decided to make some major changes in my life. As a person who struggles with change this was not what you would call easy but I knew that it was what I wanted and so I persevered. Suddenly just before christmas lots of things happened all at once, and while I had been working towards them it was all still a surprise when it arrived!

So, at the start of 2017 I left my job in Kent, took a lovely few weeks holiday, came home to my lovely Sevenoaks flat and packed up all my belongings - well the movers did! Then I along with a (un)surprisingly large moving lorry journeyed to Cambridge. I've since started a brand new job in the centre of Cambridge, made lots of new friends, caught up with old ones and unpacked all the moving boxes (almost).

My new home and job has changed the way I live my life in a lot of ways. I'm enjoying a more active lifestyle, being much more sociable, trying new things and rediscovering some old hobbies! My new home also comes with the benefit of a craft room/office which has made me very happy. I took the opportunity while going through the move to reassess crafting and why I enjoyed it in the first place! While I haven't been sharing my crafting I have actually been really productive and rediscovering my love of crafting for me and those I love!

So while I am not promising to be reliably back online, I mean when have I ever been?  I am looking forward to doing what I love and sharing what I do!

Amy xxx
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