Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Canvas LO

Hello to all

For my project this time I have made a LO on canvas.

I wanted to make a handmade gift for my sister



I started with a plain canvas which I sprayed with Glimmer mist. I wanted the photo to be the main focus of the LO so I wanted to keep the papers/card simple. I layered Pink papers and cards and I used a page of an acrylic book which I coloured using alcohol inks. I used blooms and buttons as embellishments.

I also stamped onto the canvas using Stazon ink in pink to match the theme of the LO

I used the scrolls from the WEDDING INVITES stamps



and I used the SCRIBBLE SENTIMENTS wording to stamp along the bottom of the canvas.



I hope you like x x

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Pulling a Cracker

Well i'm hoping that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and looking forward to the New Year? I hadnt had much time for crafting over Christmas, but had to make this little cracker, i made some to put some little presents in, I used some spotty cardstock and set of stamps that Marion has designed. Onto the cardstock i stamped the little trees randomly, to create an outline, that i then coloured in and used some glitter for the baubbles on the trees.

I stamped out the sentiment and mounted it onto some red card, stuck that on and then finished off the ends with some ribbon (after putting anything into the cracker!)

Well, i wish you all a wonderful and happy New Year, and will see you back here in the New Year with my design for next month, so till then Bye x

Monday, 28 December 2009

No longer dreaming of a White Christmas


Hi all, from sunny and snowy Colorado where I'm staying with family for Christmas and New Year in a place called Broomfield, just outside of Denver. And yes, I travelled with a scrapbooking kit :)

It's lovely here, and the shopping is marvellous! It's fun scrapping whilst away too, I brought along some essential supplies and got a chance to use my new Cricut Personal for the first time. This layout combines cutting, stamping and matting, all bread and butter techniques with some lovely silver and blue wintry colours, it's been my first white Christmas this year since I can remember and I loved it. The stamp is from the Christmas personal impressions set designed by Marion, which I've used again and again this season on cards and layouts. Here it's the centre of the large snowflake I cut and stickled within an inch of it's life.

I hope 2009 has been a good year for you all, but that 2010 is even better. Don't forget to treat yourself - the Sugar and Spice team are always welcoming and the classes are so much fun (when's the next Mega Crafting day M?). Happy stamping!

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Money wallets

Well, it's not long to go now, one more sleep then the big day is with us!!  I bet most of us have been frantically trying to do all the things we need to to prepare for tomorrow recently and one of the things I've been busy making are money wallets.  The teenagers I give presents to all tend to want money as their gift these days so I make a special little wallet envelope to present their money in as I think it just adds a little extra something and they are really quick and easy to make!

You can adapt the wallets for both christmas and birthday and as I've had both this month here are photos of two I've made.  The first is for christmas - I've used Luxe patterned papers, an American crafts topper and the happy stamp from the scribble flowers set which I've stamped in perfect medium ink then heat embossed using tinsel embossing powder.




The second is a birthday wallet I made for a birthday gift.  I used the number and part of greeting stamps from the happy birthday with a cherry on top set.






To make all you need is a piece of cardstock or heavy weight patterned paper cut to 6.5" width and 8" length.  You then need to fold and score (I use a bone folder to get my edges nice and sharp) at 3", 3.5" (this piece makes the wallet) and at 1.5".  Secure the wallet section with two pieces of DST and decorate as you please.  I usually put a blank square on the back of the wallet to write my greeting.

I hope everyone has a lovely christmas and I'll see you all in the new year!

love and hugs to all, Nic xo

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Shhhhhhhhhh....

........ this little project is a Christmas present.....
This little nifty project was made from a little calender kit I had hanging around in my stash and loads of scraps. I used the fab Fat n Funky alpha stamps again as its not often that you get numbers in an alpha set and you know how much I love em!
I couldn't resist using these Number and days of the month stickers. Now lets hope my hubby is happy with the results!

Hope everyone has a really super Christmas and I'll see you in 2010!
Love n bugs
x

Monday, 21 December 2009

Oh Christmas Tree

Well its nearly upon us, just four days to go. And still I find that I am short on hand made cards. People expect them now. So here are three simple black and white Christmas cards with just a hint of colour.
I love the three designs of Christmas tree's that Marion has used in her clear Christmas stamp sets.

For this one, I stamped and cut out the three Christmas trees, added a different coloured gem for the top of each one and mounted them on the card with foam pads. My card was too narrow for "With Love" sentiment from the Christmas scribble writing set, so I chopped it in half. Each word then sat perfectly between the trees.
I left two thirds of the next two cards with "white Space", stamping on the bottom third only.
For this card I stamped straight onto the card and again on another piece of card, cutting out two trees which I then mounted using foam pads. This time I added clear gems to the smaller trees and cerise gems to the larger to look like baubles.

The same principle was used for this card. I added small black gems for the snowman's buttons and used a clear gel pen to highlight his hat.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas. I hope that Santa brings you everything from Sugar and Spice that you have on your wish list and have a great New Year.

Friday, 18 December 2009

SOMETHING QUICK AND EASY TO MAKE....

Thanks to Jayne johnson for showing us these little gems, I did a video so that I can share with you.....
Enjoy xx

Thursday, 17 December 2009

THE DREADED TOPPER

Hi everyone, how exciting it's nearly christmas and I'm in my usual chaotically organised state.

Here's a little card I made today, it's a 'thinking of you' card for a husband of a dear friend, who has been in hospital.

I personally find cards for men sometimes a bit daunting and today I used a dreaded topper, (but sometimes it soooooo needs to be done).



By stamping a boarder the plain white card is transformed and adds a more personal touch, and finally this lovely thinking of you stamp is from a fab sugar and spice stamp set called Happy Birthday Flowers.



Here's wishing everyone a very happy christmas and a fab crafting new year


Bye for now P x

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Invites

Firstly apologies for being a day late, This time of year means my life gets a little mad

I have started to arrange my 30th birthday party and yes folks you've guessed it....I'm making my own invites!

I wanted a simple design that I could repeat quickly and easily. Of course I went for pink!!!!



I used the SUGAR AND SPICE CLEAR STAMPS FAT & FUNKY ALPHA



I stamped the word PARTY using a pink stazon ink, then I mounted this onto a piece of cardstock.

I also used the scribble flower from the SCRIBBLE FLOWERS CLEAR STAMPS set as an embellishment, you could change this to suit the invite as SUGAR AND SPICE have some lovely stamps including cup cakes. This was stamped onto card and hand cut. I added a little button to the flower. You could add glitter or bling.



Hope you like x x

Now I'm off to start my next project......My Stamped Canvas

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Hi Ladies. This will be my last design blog posting before Christmas, so here's my card to you. Using the Personal Impressions Stamp set "Tis the Season", designed by our own lovely Marion Emberson, I stamped the trees on a scrap of bazzill using pearlescent ivy ink, the phrase on another scrap - this time using swiss dot bazzill and versa fine ink which I edged in glamour dust. I covered the background with a white stamped snowflake. All of these stamps are in the pack, it's such a handy one to have.

Adding a bit more glamour dust to the trees and a shiny bling star to the top of the largest completes the look. I used foam pads to create more layers and finished it off with a length of sparkly silver ribbon.

I hope you like it, and I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a very sparkly New Year. My next posting, on the 27th, will be coming to you from the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado. I am planning to share a snowy layout with you - weather permitting!

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Krafty love.....

Now I know everyone is in the Christmas mood but some people still have birthdays you know! This cute card was made from yummy Kraft card and envelope packs which we have in the shop. I have always been a lover of Kraft card and now they are super fashionable I can use it until my hearts content! Now you don't have to use a card as it is, you can chop it up a little too. Boarder punches are wonderful for this and have come a long way from the wacky scissors we used to use to make out edges pretty. So to show off my beautifully scalloped edge I need to cut my card back a bit. To tie in with my 'Sew Cool' motif I used the Cute as a Button stitch stamp. I am quite a confident straight line pen stitcher but when it come to wiggly lines this goes down hill so using the stamp was a perfect solution. Then finishing off with these wonderful gems. Gotta have a bit of bling! Taa Daa!
I also wanted to share with you some goings on in the shop recently. As Marion is away in Vegas we thought we would have a clear out with a super sale last Saturday, one lady came at 8.30!You can see the egar ladies waiting in the Que.
There wasn't an item over £4 so many bargain were had. Thanks everyone who came. x
Also a quick reminder that there are a few spaces left on my Book of Me course which starts next Feb. Once a month you will come and do a page about YOU! We will be exploring our favourite things to our childhood home. Every 3 months will will also be doing a double page. At the end of the year you will have an autobiography over 12 pages in an album of your choice (up to the value of £20). The cost of this course is £200 of which the payments are spread over the year. Places are limited. Its going to be super, make 2010 the year to celebrate YOU!
Love and bugs
Nina x

Monday, 7 December 2009

One of the things

I love about stamps is their versatility.  Once purchased you can use your stamp again and again, in a variety of different ways and colours and best of all, you can find so many ways of using them on your projects.  As it's getting closer and closer to christmas I thought it would be fun to make a LO which recorded my families  2009 christmas wish list. 



I chose my papers using several different patterns from the paper salon 'dazzle' range.  I used a number of sugar and spice stamps on my LO.  I wanted the list to be the focus of the page so cut a 5 x7.5" piece of cardstock, wrote out our list on the bottom using the small numbers from the Alpha set.  As I wanted to record the year I reached for the number stamps from the 'Happy birthday with a cherry on top' and whilst doing so noticed that the frosting stamp could also be used to give a great falling snow effect - so versatile!  I used a white ink pad and stamped the frosting onto red paper in a continous pattern.  I then used this as the backing paper for my list and for my title which I cut using a die cutting machine.  



After placing the list and embellishments on my page I used the make a wish stamp from the 'Made with love and laughter' set to finish, as it fitted in perfectly with the theme of my page, stamping it twice using sepia versafine ink onto scenic route date label cardstock stickers.



Thanks for looking, big smiles, Nic xo

Joy

Christmas is just around the corner. I cant wait, but also wish the days were longer so that I can fit everything in.

This month I have chosen to do a layout based around the word Joy. The pictures are my niece an nephew who have brought this family so, so much Joy. So coupled with the Christmas terms for Joy, my layout was born.

I layers two pieces of cardstock, first cutting an inch off two sides of the green. I then stamped the small snowflake from the Sugar and spice Christmas Stamps around the edge of the red card using an Essential Glue Pad and Glamour Dust.

I drew a boot shape on a piece of white paper and went around the shape in a thick black marker pen so that it would bleed through to the back of the paper. This allowed me to see the shape on the reverse side. I then punched out squares of red and gold glitter paper and stuck them alternately onto the white paper with double sided tape. I then turned it over and cut out the shape of the boot.
I did struggle as to where to put the word Joy and decided on the boot leaving "white space" for Jamie and Laura to write about Christmas on the page for me. I like them to write journeying for me on a layout for them to look at in the future. I love the spelling mistakes as well, because its something for them to look back on a giggle at which is another Joy.

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and hope that Santa shops in Sugar and Spice this year for you all.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Birthday Time

Hi everyone, I know everyone is christmas crazy at the moment, but like many other people this is one of my busiest birthday times.


This one 'obviously' is for my sister. I love the monochrome look, but by adding a little colour the appearance totally changes.


For the wording 'sister' I used the fab Fat and Funky Alpha stamps and then cut them out free hand.

I actually colour tinted the flowers from white to red using an ink pad, adapting things you already have is a great way to save money.

The card is completed with a simple Happy Birthday message stamp, and then by adding a little gem stone for the dot on the i gives great dimension.


Warm Christmas wishes and Happy crafting P x