Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Wednesday :: more creepy candy

A very quick one tonight as i have only just got in!!!
Tonight I have on offer some basic grey flower embellies a skeleton and a little sprinkle of some other halloween goodness!!!
Just leave a comment on this post xx

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

TUESDAY :: Candy to DIE for....

Tonights candy is another little selection from the pic above, if you are drawn from the comments left on this post you will get..... drum roll please..... a cuttlebug happy halloween cut and emboss die set, a skeleton (to alter as you please) and some yummy halloween chocs!!!
What are you waiting for... leave me a comment and link to your blog to be in with a chance to win!!!

Monday, 17 October 2011

MONDAY :: Blog Candy of the scary kind!!!

Tonights candy is lacking a photo due to my blogger problems, but i can reveal it will be a halloween cuttlebug embossing folder and a little kit to make your own spider hair clip like the one in the photo below!!!

I will have a candy draw every night this week, all you have to do is leave a message on the candy post and put a link on your blog if you have one. On saturday i will draw a winner from each day and post the winners on my blog simples!!!

Halloween Make :: Spider Hair Clip!!

I am still having a few problems with blogger on my laptop so am using another comp which i am not used to and is REALLY slow also there still seems to be some glitches so bear with me bloggers!!! 

So i have for you tonight a little (well rather large really) hairclip that i plan to wear to school on friday when we have various spooky activities!

My clip started life as a pack or 3 spider decorations found at home bargains, he has a velvety feel to him but still looks quite creepy!!

I attached a clip to the bottom.....

.......using 2 circles of felt and some strong glue so that it looks neat and does not get stuck in my hair lol!!!

finally some bling for eyes and hey presto a funky halloween hair clip!!!

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Back and blogging with a little candy too!!!!

Hello bloggers, it has been a while! I am finally feeling better and have got back on top of things too!! I have loads or things to show you as i have still taken pics of everything i have made (despite not being able to see any pics in blogger, mine and other peeps, at the mo!!!)
To celebrate being able to blog again I am going to have a halloween give away every day this week starting tomorrow, above is a little snippet of what i will be giving away, there will be a special prize each day with more details to follow tomorrow!!
I also have a little spooky project for you tomorrow so i will see you then...... that is if you are still reading after such a long break!

Monday, 3 October 2011

Still around and on the mend......

So sorry for just dissapearing! I have been quite poorly and then had a broken phone so am really behind with my emails as well as my blog!!
I am slowly gettin up to date so please bear with me and if you need anything urgently drop me a text or email xxx

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Card Idea :: Flower made from layered circles

This was just a simple "good for loads of occasions" card
I do love the way the textured Stampin Up! card looks like fabric when you distress it too!!

Products used:
Stampin up circles die
Stampin up textured card
Stampin up "kraft"
Please contact me if you would like to order any stampin up products

Monday, 5 September 2011

Wedding Card :: Pink roses and butterflies

Not much to say about this card really as it speaks for its self! It is a little bit late in being blogged as it seems to be a scheduled post that the wonderful blogger never scheduled!

Products used:
Computer printed greeting
Butterfly punches
Paper Roses
Leaf Punch

Sunday, 4 September 2011

New Die Preview :: Marianne Buttons and Card

As I plan to cut out my dies to go in my filing box as i get a new one i thought i would show you how they cut too as often shapes can look different to the images on the package and with more of us shopping online its nice to see what you would get before you get it!

my new die this week is this Tag and Buttons Die I have some projects planned for this but also thought it may be nice for mounting little gifts and things that i make too!

Too many dies..... Could this be the solution?

As many of you know I am a mega die cutting fan!!
But as my collection grows and grows i find sometimes i get a little stuck for ideas as i have too much to choose from or i find that dies i have really wanted go on my shelves and collect dust..... So I needed to find a solution!

And I am hoping this is it! it is an 8"x5" index card box, I got it from ebay for around a fiver posted
My plan is that from now on as i use an old die, or get a new one i will cut an extra one and pop it in my box

The plan being that when i want to work on a card i can grab my box and layer up the shapes i have cut from scraps to see how they would work together then i can get the dies out and cut the shapes if they work, I think this will let me get much more use from my dies!

I have already made a start and just written on the die cut what die was used

I like it as i can see if something will fit or work without hunting down the die and cutting it out first!

Just an idea i wanted to share with you, it ay not work for everyone but it may help some of you get a little more from your dies!

Lisa xXx

Friday, 2 September 2011

Birthday Cards and a big thank you!

This post is a little bit late but i really do not know where the last 6 weeks have gone!!
I wanted to blog all of these handmade cards I got sent for my birthday and say a huge (but a bit late) thank you at the same time!!

Most of them are made using stampin' up products which is inspiring for me as a demo and i hope they do the same for you!!

Thank you to everyone who send me a birthday card, I have kept them all xxx

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

WOYWW :: Chrsitmas Decorations!!!!

Quite a pretty desk this week, I have had a tidy and am doing my best to keep my little work area clear when not in use!
It is in use here as these decorations are drying!
I am still on the no sewing approach for now by will have a go at something sew-ey this week!!
I will blog finished decorations this week too!!!

If you are looking for the Stampin' Up! Catalogue offer see the post below!

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

A Special Little Mention.....

As many of you will know I am a Stampin' Up Demonstrator as well as a die cut fanatic!! And I tend to keep SU offers to my SU blog but wanted to share this one on here for you all just in case I miss anyone!

I am very excited to announce that there is a new Stampin' Up! Catalogue on the way!

Those of you who have a current Catalogue will understand why they call it a catalogue and idea book as it is a really lovely read with lots of glossy inspirational photos!

I wanted to bring my customers a special offer so they could have the new cattie at a bargain price and as soon as possible!

The catalogues normally sell for £5.95 plus postage but i have a very special offer for you!!
I am able to order catalogues from Thursday Morning and even though the catalogue does not go live until the 1st October I will be sending mine out to you guys as soon as they arrive so you can see what is coming ASAP!
If you would like to order a 2011-12 catalogue the price including postage is just £3.50 if your order is placed before Lunchtime Thursday 1st September (UK only)

I will also update my SU blog Thursday with all of the products that are retiring and that if you would like any will need to be ordered ASAP as they will no longer be available once the current stock has run out. This includes the mini catalogue too as not all items make it into the new cattie

To Celebrate the new catalogue and make the retiring products more affordable to you I am offering half price postage on all orders over £30 placed before the 30th September

As usual if you do want to place an order for a new cattie or products, it could not be more simple, just email me the products (inc codes) you require ( ), i will confirm with you the payment total and then you can make payment by PayPal GIFT, Cheque, Postal Order or Bank Transfer and your order will be placed

To view the current catalogues please click here ->

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

WOYWW :: Special Crafty Swap

This is a little piccy of waht is laid out on my workdesk today, it is the prettiest Cath Kidston Fabric from my crafty friend Sue (thanks Sue)

There was also a really cute card which matched the fabric and some ribbons and lace, I just keep stroking it, i don't think my sewing skills are good enough to be let loose on it yet so i am going to practice a few projects first!!
I love doing swaps, Sue responded to a little plea i put up on here looking for people to swap with as i think its quite inspiring! Sue and I have sent a few bits back and forth and its just nice to be able to play with something different

The pink stars and dainty flowers are my fave and they will be kept for a special project, not sure what yet but something to stroke in my craft room!!

Monday, 22 August 2011

Wedding Card and Some Virtual Tidying Up!!!

Somthing a little pretty that i made the other day but have not had the chance to blog!!
I have been a busy bee today and you may start to notice that my blog labels are looking a bit tidier as they had gotten out of hand! I want you guys to be able to use it as more of a index or contents table so you can find projects easier!

so back to the card....... the card blank was already embossed and is stunning in a pearl finish from Ikea some time ago, I have used Nestabilities and a martha Stewart punch

oh and a bit of bling!

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Handmade Felt Bauble Christmas Decorations

I wanted to have a go at making some Christmas decorations as i am loving all things felt at the mo, but am always let down by my sewing skills!

This was my hand sewn attempt...... the look on the face of Mr Fairy said it all so it was back to the drawing board.....

So here are my attempts at a minimal sewing version

I am quite pleased with them but wanted to know what you guys thought!

I have embellished them with stickles and pearl stickles

I made one a bit more puffy by stuffing it a little and the others i left flat but layered if you know what i mean!

So what do you think, if you were given one as a gift would you hang it on your tree? If you saw them at a craft fair would you buy one?

the decorations were cut with Sizzix Bigz Ornament #2

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Email Problems....

Hey peeps!!

Just wanted to let you know I am having email problems so if you have sent one and it has bounced or you have not had a reply please bear with me - I need to ring support in the morning but in the mean time i will keep trying!

Lisa xXx

Friday, 19 August 2011

Glass Etching Using a Die Cutting Machine :: Q&A

I have had a couple of glass etching questions of late
Firstly for those who have no idea what i am talking about - this was my original tutorial HERE

Can you use the vinyl stencil more than once?I have etched single glasses for presents and glasses well into the hundreds for weddings, due to the nature of the stencil and the way it goes on and is used you can only use it once

What Cream do you use for etching?I have only ever tried one etching cream, it works so well that i have not tried any others! I use Armour Etch

How long does the etching cream last?
I have done over 400 glasses (for a wedding) from my current pot of which there is a tiny bit left so it really does go a long way - the instructions tell you to put lots on but i put mine on quite sparingly and also scrape it back into the tub where i can!

What Vinyl can you use?
Sign writers vinyl is perfect as is the cricut vinyl now sold to do wall art and make peel offs with - colour is not important as it only ends up in the bin!

What machines can you use?
I have done this technique using a cricut, craft robo, slice, big shot and a cuttlebug, you just need a suitable shape to use but this technique is not limited to electric cutters you can run vinyl through the cuttlebug and bigshot too!

Well i hope that has been a help to some of you xxx

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Crafty Clear Out Updated!!!!

I have added some more things to my clearout - staple items like papers, cards, primas and envelopes - remember its first come first served xxx

Crafty Clear Out Update!

Just a tiny post to say I am currently taking pics and uploading some more clearout items to the for sale page - check back soon and they should all be uploaded, if there is anything you want on there at the mo but want to see what else i am uploading then please email me and i can put things to one side for you x

Product Review - Sizzix Framelits Dies in the Spotlight

Oh I really have found a new love here!!!!
I ordered a couple of sets of these from on Thursday and they arrived Friday (fab service!) but i didnt have any time to play on Friday but made up for it yesterday!

When i saw these during CHA (on the net, I'm not special enough to actually go!!!) I thought oh they have just jumped on the spellbinders wagon! But actually i was wrong!!! I love these more than my loved and well used spellbinders!!

I really like that on the back of the pack it gives you a picture and measurement of each shape!
It also outlines the biggest differece between the nesties and framelits dies, with nesties the blade is in the middle of the metal strip, however with the framelits if is on the very inside of the shape

What this means is that when you are using it to cut a pattern, photos or printed shape what you see through the dies is exactly what you are going to get, no borders!

framlits die (silver) and nesties die (bronze) just to show position of the blade, you may think that the position of the blade is not a big deal, but if like me you are not an "embosser" you will be pleased to know that with the framelits dies you do not get the embossed border (i get this if i emboss or not a lot of the time)

Just a pic of a nesties die cut to show you the frame i get around the edge even if i don't emboss

Right back to the framelits..... I have a little play and as well as card, they also cut shirnk pastic, felt and fun foam

Something else i discovered is that if you want to cut an apperture in your card, you do get a little border around the shape, which i think looks quite nice!!

All in all i really love these dies and really would love some more sets of them!!
If you have not seen them yet, then have a look HERE for the full line up of what has been released so far, but i have seen some fab sets of them with matching stamps that will be on the way soon!!!

Lisa x