Thursday, 7 July 2016

Pootlers Design Team July, Week #1 - Every Occasion


Hi everyone! I'm thrilled to be part of the Pootler's Design Team for July 😃

This month, Sam has given us all the Every Occasion stamp set to showcase. And every occasion it has too! Maybe not too noticeable within the catalogue, but my goodness, the ideas started as soon as I saw the stamp we were all getting.


I decided to go with favour style treat boxes for my first week. Who doesn't like a box?!

Really simple little boxes that are quick and easy to make.

I looked at all of the images, picked a few of them out, then matched up card and ribbon. I also paired it with the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.


To make these boxes;

Cut a piece of A4 card in half, down to A5. Score landscape at 2", 4", 6" & 8". Turn to portrait and score at 1 1/2", 3 1/2", then turn the card over and score at 5 1/4".

With the scored card sitting in landscape and the 1 1/2" score line nearest you, trim the skinny edge off, up to the first score line. Then snip each of the vertical score lines up to the first score line, slightly mitering as you go. This will form the base of the box.

Put adhesive on the skinny edge and adhere the box together. Build up the base and adhere. Pinch the top of the box together. I used a corner chomper to round the corners, but you can leave them straight.


I stamped each of the images in the colour of ink I'd chosen, then punched them out using the 1 3/8" circle punch, then punched a layer of co-ordinating card stock with the 1 1/2" circle punch. I chose a couple of strands of matching ribbon and stapled them to the top, with the image stuck on top with a dimensional, then used a clip to keep the box closed.

I used the Labeler Alphabet, stamped in black, for my sentiments, and cut them out Dymo style then added those with dimensionals too.

I love how they turned out, and to be honest, I could have made loads.....but ran out of time!


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Happy crafting!

Kathleen x

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Saturday, 18 June 2016

Pootlers Blog Hop - 2016/7 Annual Catalogue - Tin of Cards; alternative idea #1


So, time for another Pootlers Blog Hop.....that can only mean one thing. A new catalogue! And new goodies to play with!

There are some amazing products in the new catalogue AND some amazing projects too.

I have to say, I've been really struggling recently. I'm currently nursing an old shoulder injury, which, apart from being very painful, has meant I've not been able to do much craft. 

Thank goodness for kits!

I turned to the new Tin of Cards kit. It has everything included to make 16 cards, and each of the 4 designs is a little sneak peak at some of the other Product Suites; Festive Birthdays, Moroccan, Floral Boutique and Affectionately Yours. You can also buy a coordinating stamp set, but any stamp set you have will work well.


I pulled out the bits & pieces for the balloon card. The paper is so fun & colourful.

Although the kit gives a design idea, I had decided to go a little rogue ;-)

I had an idea in my head about balloons that looked like they were floating, so thought this might work with an easel card. I scored a line at the halfway point on the front of the card, tied some of the white bakers twine around each balloon, placed them on the card using dimentionals, then added a bow to the strings and some of the sequins. I opened out the card and carefully cut around the entire balloon area, but only up to the score line...


...so when I propped my card up, the balloons popped up where I'd cut around them. I needed a stopper for the front to rest on, so used one of the tags, trimming one edge, adding some of the washi tape, another balloon and more of the sequins :-)


So keep hopping, and pop along to Sally's blog by clicking on the 'Next' button, or if you've come the other way, pop to Ann's by clicking the 'Previous' button...



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Happy crafting!

Kathleen x

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Saturday, 21 May 2016

Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge #10


Thank you for joining us for another Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge! We’re so excited to be sharing this hop with you. The products used are all available in the current Annual, or seasonal, Stampin’ Up!® Catalogues*. Simply use the buttons at the bottom of the post to keep hopping!

I would like to say a special "Hi" to Sam, the wonderful lady who started the whole idea of this blog hop, and who normally co-ordinates it all. She has had to take some time out for a little while, but Sam, I miss you and hope you'll be back soon xx

This week's sketch was created by me! I made a card a while back for a colleague. I liked it, so decided to turn that into a sketch, and can't wait to see what everyone else does with it!


I used the Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack & Embellishment Kit, For The Two New stamp set & Crumb Cake ink


All of these products are retiring, so if you want them you'll have to be quick!

Some of the papers in the stack work great for wedding cards and the embellishment kit is just fantastic for a wedding theme too. The satin ribbon, pearl trim, sequins and even the "props" to the side of my card, are in the kit. As well as some wooden shapes and heart shaped doilies!



I did consider embossing in gold, but went for stamping in Crumb Cake instead. After stamping, I felt it needed a bit of something, so out came the Wink of Stella. Don't you just love this stuff!?



I layered the ribbons and trim across the top corner...


...and scattered some sequins across the rest of the card.



This is the original card that I made and translated into a sketch. 



So, pop along to Sam's blog or back to Jillian's blog, then keep going and have fun!




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Kathleen x

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Monday, 16 May 2016

Planner Pages #1 - Using Stampin' Up! It's My Party Design Suite in my Happy Planner




I have only recently began the whole "planning" thing. Up until I got my planner, I used the planner facility on my phone, but more and more was being added and it was getting to be too much of a phaff. 

I went for the Me And My Big Ideas (MAMBI) Happy Planner. Nothing too extravagant, but still good quality, and I like the way that it's laid out.

I like to be organised and love writing lists, so this was a natural progression for me. I found the whole decorating thing quite interesting too, although I am very minimal when it comes to decorating.

I thought I would shown you how I use my Stampin' Up! stash in my Happy Planner. I used the It's My Party Design Suite;



and the Party With Cake clear mount stamp set.


And what's more, I can use all of that stash for other projects too!


This is my May monthly spread. I use this page to keep track of most of our household bills and calculate how much we need to pay out per week. We are a weekly and monthly pay household, so this works well for us. Obviously for blog purposes, I've kept it basic and omitted any values. As you can see, I really keep it very plain. All I have added are some strips of washi. 


For the weekly, day by day page, I add a little bit more decoration, but still like to keep it quite minimal.

I've used strips of DSP to cover over the morning, afternoon and evening boxes. I don't use my planner like that. I've found that I use the top box for daily stuff that I need to keep track of; my girls activities - these activities are generally "flagged", whether I've used breakfast club, after school club or holiday club, my husbands shifts for the week etc.

The middle box I tend to use for reminders or one offs, and the bottom box I use for meal planning. Any additional notes, I add in the side column.

This has been working well for me. It doesn't take long to do, but makes the whole planning part much more enjoyable. I will add another pic of the page at the end of the week, once I've filled in more.

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Happy crafting!


Kathleen x

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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Project Life by Stampin' Up! #1 - Global Design Project #035; Theme Challenge




I've just started using my massive stash of Project Life goodies, and I'm so pleased! I used The Happy Times card set, embellishment pack and stamp set.




The hardest part for me was getting some photos printed. I have been using digital for a long, LONG time, so even photos that I have printed, are extremely old and I didn't want to use them (yet!).

Once I managed to print some, the next process was so quick!



I really enjoyed it. Quick, but also enough artistic license to satisfy my crafting need. And that's the good thing, you can just simply pop photos in, or you can add cards too, then even vamp it up a bit by adding captions, journalling and embellishments...





Go and get some pics printed; Boots& Costco offer great printing, or you can do it at home. I decided to get the Canon Selphy, simply because I'm never near anywhere to get them printed.

I'm still waiting for my Canon; I did get the CP1000, only to find that it didn't print Wifi - WHY? - so had to return it, and I'm now waiting on the other version arriving. In the meantime I'm using my HP home printer. We have the instank ink subscription, so I don't need to worry about running out mid photo!


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Happy crafting!


Kathleen x

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Revamped Blogging! - Projects, Planning and Project Life!



I've been stuck in a bit of a rut when it comes to blogging. Lots of projects and ideas get lost, simply because I don't manage to fit them into my "blogging schedule" in time - what even is that? or I find someone else has blogged about a similar thing, so therefore my thoughts/ideas/experiences are mute... - again, what?

I'm tossing all that puts me off aside, and have decided to just run with things.

We all have valuable parts to play in this huge, fun, crafting party.

I may not have been with Stampin' Up! that long, but I have been crafting for so long, I know that I must have hints, tips & ideas to share.

Someone else uses the same paper and makes a similar project? That's fine. If both projects turn out similar, it just means that we have similar tastes and enjoy doing the same thing.

That said, I have decided to make an effort and blog about the kinds of things that I like. At the moment, that is Projects, Planning and Project Life!

projects...

planning...

project life!

I'm also going to throw in the occasional update on my craft area; I have been crafting on a "work in progress" for about a year and a half now, and I've finally decided on how I want my desk to look, yay!

a little sneaky peak of my desk theme :-)

I hope you can join me and maybe even follow me make the occasional comment :-D

Happy crafting!

Kathleen x

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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge #9


Thank you for joining us for another Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge! We’re so excited to be sharing this hop with you. The products used are all available in the current Annual, or seasonal, Stampin’ Up!® Catalogues*. Simply use the buttons at the bottom of the post to keep hopping!

This week's sketch was created by Karen from Lilliput Crafts. I thought it was a nicely balanced sketch this week, and actually found it difficult to choose my project because I had so many ideas!


I used the following gorgeous products...


...opted to turn the sketch on it's side, and this is what I came up with!


I followed the sketch quite closely, even down to the 5 circles to the side, or top, as in my card.


I used a hand held punch, punched 5 circles randomly from a piece of whisper white card, and layered it over a slightly larger piece of DSP.



I cut a strip of DSP, quite roughly, following the slightly random line of the pattern, then used the triple banner punch on both ends. I layered this over a slightly larger piece of mint macaron card, timming in the same style and punching the ends, again with the punch.



I used a sentiment from the stamp set, stamped it in always artichoke and punched it out using the punch. I layered this on top of a bunch of gold thread, tucked a bit of gold sequin trim underneath, then finished off with a basic pearl!


And of course, I couldn't forget the inside! Another stamp from the set, stamped across the bottom, inside of the card in watermelon wonder.






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Happy crafting!

Kathleen x

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