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Friday, 1 July 2016

Swirly Bird meets Botanical Builder Framelits

Hello and welcome,


I must admit I was very slow to the Botanical Builder Framelits party, but now I have them I absolutely love using them! They are my favourite 'go to' set at the moment along with the Timeless Textures stamp set.

Today I have been experimenting with backgrounds using the baby wipe technique of randomly placing a few drops of colour from re-inkers on them to create a temporary custom inkpad. I have also decided to play along with the latest Global Design Project Challenge #042 which this week is this fabulous sketch from the amazingly talented Teneale Williams;


My take is a little variation on the original sketch, but hopefully not too far off the mark.  I really enjoyed creating this card which has turned out to be one of a set of 4, the others of which I will post soon.

Thanks for taking time to visit and have a look.
Have a lovely day.
Nikki
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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Onstage Display Board Stamper Consideration Entry

WOW, what a long time it's been since I last posted anything!! I can't quite believe it's been nearly 2 years...that is just ridiculous!

Life has been interesting, and a little bit of a challenge at times, but throughout I have been maintaining my status as a demonstrator...sometimes only just but I'm still hanging in there and the new catalogue has certainly inspired my creativity just lately.

Just recently all demonstrators have been given the opportunity to enter some projects to be considered as an Onstage display board stamper in November. To that end I am entering the following projects for consideration.

A Scrapbook Page:
The background was made using 3 stamp sets, the main focus of colour being added using the big Watercolour Wash stamp which I inked up, spritzed with some water and then dabbed away with some kitchen roll before stamping onto Whisper White 12 x 12 card. As luck would have it there was some white space created where I didn't press the large stamp firmly enough, but I used that to my advantage by placing my words on that side! A bit of a happy accident...;)




3D Item No 1 - Card Holder:
I cannot take credit for coming up with the original 3D element as there are several of these throughout the crafting community. I initially made one of these about 4 years ago so sadly cannot remember who's dimensions I followed - it is a 12 x 12 piece of card scored and folded to hold 2 cards - very simple but effective and lovely to give as a small gift.

3D Item No 2 - Babygro holder box 






Card No 1:
After die cutting my elements for my Babygro Box I had the negative star shape left over, which is where I started with my first card. I grunged it up a bit by clear embossing and then inking over the edges of the star, adding a few more elements until I was happy with the result.









Card No 2: 
This was created before my 3D card holder and was my inspiration for the colour and design.









Card No 3: Inspired by my scrapbook page and using Pool Party, Sweet Sugarplum and Dapper Denim












Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look.
Nikki
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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Floral Felt

Hello and welcome,

Gosh, how quickly this month has gone - I'm so deeply immersed in learning a new job that I've just not found the time when I get home to do anything else other than try and unwind - some days successfully, others not so much! The upshot of not being able to switch my brain off has resulted in some very strange dreams I can tell you! I've forgotten quite how stressful it is learning something completely new.....but it will get better, I'm only 3 weeks in so time will make things easier, and I'm thankful to actually have a job :-)

Today I thought I'd show you how cool the Spiral Flower Die turns out when you use felt. I love using the die with card, but using the Bigz and Original dies in the Big Shot means you can use other materials too. I've used a heat gun to stick the felt together and hey presto a very quick and effect looking flower....or small bouquet of flowers. I'm just thinking I might have a go at spritzing them with some diluted re-inker to see what effect that might have on them, it might look quite effective - going off to check now :-)

Supplies used:
Dies - Spiral Flower Originals, Autumn Accents Bigz

Ribbon and Trim - Burlap Ribbon, Natural and Old Olive Two-Tone Trim
Misc - Tag-A-Bag Gift Box


Have a great week -weekend, hopefully the gorgeous late summer sunshine will last a while longer yet.
Thanks for stopping by.
Nikki
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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Blended Sweetbriar Rose

Hello and welcome
...so yesterday and today my wonderful team mate Colette and I held our blendabilities class, and we both had a fabulous time with 2 groups of lovely and very talented ladies. Colette also treated us all to some of her fantastic baking - I had coffee and pecan cake 2 days in a row ;-) very naughty but so very delicious I just couldn't resist! Thanks Colette x
 
We used the Sweetbriar Rose stamp on a couple of the cards as it's a great one to colour in using the blendabilities pens. The ladies also created a home d├ęcor piece with the Swallowtail butterfly in a frame, which was inspired by the super talented Elizabeth Shannon. The butterflies were all different and all equally beautiful - I'm hoping we'll get a look at the one created by Debby when she's finished it as the background she created for the butterfly was wonderful.
 
Supplies used:
Stamps - Sweetbriar Rose, Hardwood, Everything Eleanor, Itty Bitty Banners, Blooming with Kindness

Card - Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Old Olive
Ink Pads - Memento, Sahara Sand, Old Olive
Pens - Blendabilities collections - Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight
Framelit Dies - Bitty Banners
Misc - Tea Lace Paper Doilies

Have a great week ahead.
Thanks for visiting.
Nikki
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Friday, 29 August 2014

Become a Demonstrator


Have you ever thought about becoming a demonstrator but aren't exactly sure what it costs or involves?
You can join for just £99.
The Starter Kit is completely customisable and there is absolutely no risk.
Once you've purchased the starter kit it's yours. The kit also includes £45 worth of business supplies to get you started....whether you just want to purchase products for yourself, sell to family and friends, or whether you're thinking about making it a full time business - the choice is yours.

If you already know it's something you'd love to do then you can sign up by clicking the link below:
 
 
To remain an active demonstrator you need to reach a minimum quarterly sales amount.
Please do contact me for a no obligation chat if you'd like to find out more.
Nikki
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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Class card

Hello and welcome,

As my lovely SU team mate Colette and I have our blendabilities class coming up this week I thought I'd share one of the cards we'll be making. The flowers from the Everything Eleanor stamp set work very well for colouring in as the 'light and shade' has already been worked out for you.

This is simplified variation of a card featured in the annual catalogue, and I can already see some of the talented ladies who'll be coming along will be putting their own unique slant on the design - I love that though :-)

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend.
Thanks for stopping by.
Nikki
x

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Holiday Home Sneak Peek

 
Hello again,
 
A little sneak peek for you today. I've been having a play with some new items which will be available to purchase in the upcoming seasonal catalogue which launches at the beginning of September. Can you spot what's new? There's a fab star embossing folder, and Holiday Homes, a photopolymer stamp set which has matching framelits available too.
 
I also had to sneak in a little bit of Kinda Eclectic, the sun image also makes a pretty cool night time glow from a street lamp I thought! Maybe could be executed a little better but I'm sure you get the idea.
 
My first Christmas card of the year!
 
Thanks for taking time to stop by.
Nikki
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