Sunday, 29 January 2017

Quck elegant two tone card using Stampin' Up! products

Happy Sunday everyone!  It's a wet and windy evening in the South of England but its been a lovely weekend and in between walking the dog, housework, cooking and other chores, I managed to squeeze in a bit of crafting ......

Yesterday, I was playing with the gorgeous Stampin' Up Window Shopping bundle from the Spring/Summer Occasions catalogue trying to design some original projects for my first solo card classes later in the week (how exciting is that!) and one of the cards I came up with is this one:-

The square floral image from the Window Shopping stamp set is stamped in Elegant Eggplant and three squares are cut from matching cardstock using the second smallest square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits. One of the Flower Shop flowers and a Petite Petals flower are heat embossed in silver and punched using the matching Pansy and Petite Petal punches. Layering them and adding a pearl in the centre gives a pretty effect. The little tag is also heat embossed in silver and cut using a die from the bundle. The 1/8" silver ribbon on the tag and on the side finishes the card nicely. The stitched square in the second row is popped up on a dimensional as is the little tag. The card base is thick whisper white.

I've made my second video and decided to use Rich Razzleberry ink and card stock with gold embossing and ribbon. I can't decide which I like better - what about you? I've obviously not mastered video editing yet so it's a bit chaotic but I wanted to share it as I'm really chuffed with the outcome.

Here are the two versions side by side.

Thanks for stopping by.

Lynnie C xx

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

A quick and easy Grateful Bunch card

Happy Wednesday!

I am rather chuffed because, with help, support and encouragement of my friend Victoria, I've finally discovered an app (VideoShow) to edit the video tutorial I filmed at the weekend - yey!! I've just zoomed in a little and flipped it so you can watch it without turning your head to the right to watch it!! 

Here it is with bloopers and everything ... my first card tutorial showcasing amazing Stampin' Up! products.

If you like what you see please subscribe to my YouTube channel and leave me a comment. I would really appreciate some feedback. I've also set up a Facebook page under the catchy name LynnieC Designs - Independent Stampin' Up! Demo ..... so I'd love it if you could like and share my page and come along on my SU journey.

If you live in Sussex or in the surrounding area and would like to come to a class or have a get together with friends get in touch. I'd be happy to help you find your creativity.

Thanks for dropping by.

LynnieC xx

Monday, 23 January 2017

Craft Room Tour

Hello there,

Well where did last week go?  Time sure does fly when you're having fun! I've been filming card tutorials but it really isn't as easy as it looks. My smart phone video were either sideways on or too far away! I then tried our Lumix camera which shoots HD video's but it didn't give me enough time. It will not beat me ...... I will find an app to edit the video's I took on my phone, so watch this space!

In the meantime, here are photo's of the card I was filming. I used the Grateful Bunch stamp set from the Stampin' Up annual catalogue, which is beautiful. I used the matching punch to cut out the flowers to add a bit of dimension. I wanted to show that the Wink of Stella brush works in a similar way to a blender pen - it pulled the Rich Razzleberry and Pacific Point ink out to add another tone to the flowers and butterflies. The card base on this card is Mint Macaron (the colour I used for the leaves) and matting layer is Whisper White and the sentiment is from the Petite Pairs stamp set.

The second version is Very Vanilla and Wisteria Wonder card stock. The flowers are stamped in Wisteria Wonder on the Wisteria Wonder and the butterflies are stamped in Watermelon Wonder. It's hard to see but the butterflies are glittery as I used the Wink of Stella brush but it didn't blend as well on this card stock. The sentiment is from the Suite Sayings set and is punched out with the Decorative Label punch.

This next card was CASed from a Facebook post but I can't remember which page. It is a simple idea and uses one image from the Gorgeous Grunge set and the sentiment is from the Suite Sayings set. I decided to use three ink colours (think the original used six) Daffodil Delight, Real Red and Pacific Point and Whisper White card stock. The sentiment is punched out with the decorative label punch and popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I know I'm a lucky lady to have a dedicated craft space. My lovely hubby turned one of our spare rooms into an office / craft room with a worktop along one side of the room and plenty of storage. I work from home so it had to be a multi-functional space so there's a desk for my laptop and printer but most of the room has been taken over by my hobby. (The desk and drawers are from Ikea. The filing cabinet is Bisley.)

Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful week.

Lynnie C xx

Thursday, 12 January 2017

My first demo for Stampin' Up!

So on Tuesday night I gave my first Stampin' Up demonstration. I was a little nervous but I love paper crafting so was excited to share my crafting story and how I discovered Stampin' Up.  It had been in the diary for ages, as I offered to fill a slot at one of the regular evening meetings for a local charity Butterflies Breast Cancer Support Group as both my parents are on the committee. It helped that I've met some of them before so know was a lovely friendly bunch they are. I asked my Dad to take a few photo's - here's one of me in full flow!! The display board in the background was full of cards made using SU products.

Time was a little limited but I managed to demonstrate three projects using some of my favourite Stampin' Up products including a new set very aptly called Beautiful You, which is in the SU Occasions 2017 catalogue that just launched last week. (I only received the set on Monday but couldn't wait to make some cards!!)

Here are the projects - the first design is CASed from the SU annual catalogue and uses one of the stamps from the Petite Petals stamp set in Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky and Blushing Bride inks. I used the Petite Petals punch to add a little dimension. The sentiment is from the Suite Sentiments:

The second card uses the new stamp Beautiful stamp set. Stamping one of the images in Black Momento. The lady is coloured in Sweet Sugarplum and the ground is Mint Macaron. The sentiment which is from the same set.  It's clean and simple - I absolutely love the way it turned out.

The last project used a leaf image from the Grateful Bunch stamp set, two from the Flower Shop set and two from Papillon Potpourri. I actually made this up on the night as I wanted to demonstrate the matching butterfly punches.

Sadly only a few of the attendees had a go (I'd prepared enough for all 30 to make each project!) but those that did had fun. I got some really positive and constructive feedback and I know they enjoyed the evening as much as I did because they've invited me back later in the year. All in all a wonderful evening and a fantastic learning experience!

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by.

Lynnie C xx

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Stationery set

Happy Sunday! It's been a lovely day as I've spent most of it crafting ..... 😊

The end of the week has been busy with planning for my first ever Stampin' Up demonstration and I'm really excited but nervous too! I spent a bit of time on Friday with my lovely SU up-line Victoria picking her brain as she's got lots of experience of this type of thing. It's for a local charity "Butterflies Breast Cancer Support Group" based in Worthing that my parents are involved with at East Worthing Community Centre on Tuesday evening. It'll be their first monthly group meeting in 2017 - we're not sure how many people are coming but it may be 30! My plan is to demo two or three simple cards (as only a few of the ladies have any previous experience of cardmaking) and then hopefully some or all of them will have a go at making one or more of the projects. Victoria has lent me her display board and extra stamp sets, punches and acrylic blocks which is brilliant and I've come up with two of the projects and when my order arrives tomorrow will be able to do the third project as I'm using a new stamp set from the Spring / Summer catalogue. Then I just need to prep all the supplies and cut the card.

I thought I'd share a photo of a gift set I made for a dear friend as a Christmas present. I've seen something similar on Pinterest. I used Night of Navy card stock with Affectionately Yours DSP and Number of Years stamp set.

I'm pleased to say my friend was delighted with her gift!

I'm still working out video editing and guess I'll probably just have to bite the bullet and post a video that's not completely perfect ... it's ok to strive for perfection but not to get stressed when everything isn't exactly right. It's one of my stop goals for this year ......if practically perfect in every way is good enough for Mary Poppins so should be good for me too lol

That's all for now folks! Thanks for stopping by.

LynnieC xx

Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy New Year !!

I hope 2017 brings everyone lots of happiness, good health and all the luck in the world.   I try not to set New Years resolutions as these are often broken but I have set myself some goals for the year.

I thought I'd share a few of the thank you cards I've made to send to our family and friends for their thoughtful and generous Christmas gifts.

I've used Stampin' Up stamps, ink and punches but the card stock and glitter is from my stash ...... 'cos there's a lot to use up and I'll only use SU products for my classes and workshops!

Yesterday I organised my craft room / office and now have a dedicated area where I can film the cards I create and share the videos on YouTube. So watch this space as soon I will start sharing projects I make once I've found out how to edit my films,

Thanks for stopping by

Lynnie C xx