Tuesday, 30 December 2014

VIDEO - Twisty Turny Card!

Hello Everyone

This is a project I have been showing at workshops - both Christmas and this non-Christmas version. You can see both version on pictures below - I am featuring the Blackberry Bliss one in the video.

Hope you enjoy the video on this fun fold card

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Here is the White Christmas version...




Back on Saturday with a little set of cards for you. 


Love Elizabeth X

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Saturday, 27 December 2014

Last call for Tiny Treat Boxes?

Hello Everyone

Today I am sharing an alternative use of the Tiny Treat Boxes. I don't think, as I type, that they will be carrying over to the Spring/Summer catalogue - although personally I hope they do. So just in case, I am doing a quick share of a project you might like to make if you get them while you can!  (Updated to say - woo hoo! - happy dance - they are staying - shhh - you didn't hear it from me :) )

When my class ladies made up these boxes back in September, I gave them two options - Christmas or non-Christmas. Here was their non-festive choice.


We used the Typeset Speciality designer series paper and daubed the edges to make the panels look aged. We The greeting is from the Project Life stamp set Life's Adventure and we finished with Thick Bakers Twine in Baked Brown Sugar.

I hope you like what may be my final Tiny Treat Box!

Love Elizabeth X

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

VIDEO Happy Christmas and Swallowtail Embossed

Hello Everyone

This is my last blog post before Christmas - so I will wish you all a happy and peaceful festive season.

Today's video features the beautiful Swallowtail background stamp and a spot of heat embossing too. Hope you like the project.





Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Forest Critters and Flowering Flourishes

Hello Everyone

I am almost ready for Christmas - but today I thought I would share a trio of projects I did a while ago - and are non-festive :) The first features the little mouse from Life in the Forest. This was a semi-CASE of a project I saw online - but can't find now to credit the original designer. (If it is you - let me know).  I loved the way she had her mice coming at different angles into a circle. I used the Hardwood background stamp - stamping in Mossy Meadow on to Old Olive cardstock.



The next card in similar colour way uses Flowering Flourishes for the stem and Flower Shop for the flowers. The flowers are coloured using Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.


And for the final one - I am back to Life in the Forest and those cute little hedgehogs. I used the reflection technique to make the second hedgehog a mirror image and did masking to layer up the trees. The trees are coloured with the Old Olive Blendabilities, the Hedgehogs are done with the Skin Tones set. I stamped the toadstools and coloured in - highlighting the spots with the White Chalk Marker. 


Here is a little close up of the colouring - the background is done with daubers.



Hope you liked today's non-holiday projects. I will be back with one more video before Christmas day - see you Tuesday!

Love Elizabeth X

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

VIDEO - Festive and non-festive tags

Hello Everyone

Today's video shows how to make a quick holiday or non-holiday tag using the Making Spirits Bright stamp set and Blendabilites Markers.

I do hope you enjoy the video.





Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Tea Lights in Festive Packaging

Hello Everyone

Today I am sharing one of my December class projects. We have done stamped tea lights before - but I really wanted to use the cute stamps from Holiday Home and White Christmas - they are a great fit for these candles.


We made the little gift box using the Envelope Punch Board in Trim the Tree DSP and finished with cute Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding bow. 


I thought this would be a great gift to give to hostess over the festive season.


Love Elizabeth X

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

VIDEO - Background Technique using Bubble Wrap

Hello Everyone

Today's video features a technique I have been sharing at my recent workshops - and don't worry if you are all Christmassed out - there are some non-festive versions below too!







I hope you enjoyed today's video and have a go at the technique yourself.


Love Elizabeth X


Saturday, 6 December 2014

Blended Bloom in Old Olive

Hello Everyone

I thought I would do a non-festive project today. These Blended Bloom flowers are so much fun to colour and they look great in any of the Blendabilities colours - but you wouldn't  necessarily think it would work in green - but check out this Old Olive flower.


I love the way it seems to pop off the page. I stamped the background with more of the same stamp in Memento ink on Whisper White and the greeting comes from a set called Peace, Love and Cupcakes - love the font on that greeting.

Love Elizabeth X

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

VIDEO Loving Lace!

Hello Everyone

Today's video features my newest stamp - the I Love Lace background stamp. The detail in it is amazing - hard to capture on the video - but hopefully you can see a little more it in the picture below.

Enjoy the video :)  -(whoops - forgot to add the video - thanks for the reminder lovely ladies!)





Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Fancy Closure Bag

Hello Everyone

When my Curvy Keepsake die - I decided to have a play and see if I could use it to create a fun closure for a bag….and this is what I came up with.

I made a simple bag using the beautiful heavy duty Under the Tree speciality DSP.


I then cut two die cuts of using the Curvy Keepsake die in the red. I separated the closures,by removing the the slotted pieces from the base of the box. Those two I adhered to either side of the front of the bag - just gluing on the outer edges.  I used part of the base to flip over the top of the bag so it met the slots…if that makes sense! 


I finished with a tag, decorated with a greeting and some sequins. Hope you like today's project.

Love Elizabeth X

Friday, 28 November 2014

VIDEO Square Matchbox

Hello Everyone

I promised a group of lovely ladies a special video showing how to make a square matchbox style box using the envelope punch board. Hope you all enjoy it.


If you enjoyed the video - check out my new video class for 9 fabulous projects using the envelope punch board. :)



Love Elizabeth X

VIDEO - Envelope Punch Board Masterclass

Hello Everyone

Something new today - a little trailer for my Envelope Punch Board Masterclass. This will be a paid video class - with 8 projects, plus a little bonus project available for £3.50.

You will receive links to all 10 videos, (there is an introduction with stamping hints), as well as printed measurements for each project. You will see the projects in two colour ways - a wedding or celebration version and a festive version - but of course you can make them any way you like!



Don't worry - this does NOT mean I am stopping doing my free videos each week - this is just a little extra I am offering, which will help me pay for doing my free ones :)



Check out my video trailer - and if you like what you see, pop back and click 'add to cart' paypal button below to purchase this video tutorial class and I will send you your video class and measurements.









Love Elizabeth X

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

VIDEO - Petite Cafe Gift Bags - decorated.

Hello Everyone

Quick and easy video today - a quick decoration for the Petite Cafe Gift Bags from the Autumn/Winter catalogue.  They would make such a cute gift filled with home baked goodies over the festive season and beyond.





Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Curvy Keepsake Boxes

Hello Everyone

In Tuesday's video I showed you how to make a Curvy Keepsake box with the die from the Autumn/Winter catalogue from Stampin' Up!

I also gave you a quick peek at some of my other samples, but I thought today I would share some pictures too.  The first two are made with Sweet Taffy DSP on the left and Old Olive card stock on the right. The Olive one is heat embossed using Papillion Potpourri and then colour using Blendabilites.


The one below was, I admit, a bit of a work up to make it stick. The only way I have found to stick the glimmer paper is to scrape a patch off before applying adhesive - if you know a magic way to make it stick - do let me know! Looks pretty though, doesn't it?


Back on Tuesday with another gifting option video for you :)

Love Elizabeth X

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

VIDEO - Curvy Keepsake Box

Hello Everyone

Today's video shows how easy it is to create these cute little Curvy Keepsake Boxes using the die from the Stampin' Up! Autumn/Winter catalogue. Hope you enjoy it.






Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Simple Ornamental Pine Cones

Hello Everyone

This card is SO simple - you can have it done in moments if you are still making your cards! Or save the design for next year and your cards will all be made in a jiffy!

I used Ornamental Pine, stamped the pine bough in Garden Green, using the marker to stamp technique to add Early Espresso for the stem. The pine cone is stamped in Espresso, first the dark one then without re-inking the second, so you get the effect of one behind the other.

I used snail adhesive to wrap a piece of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon around the Very Vanilla layer, then separately tied a bow and attached with glue dots.


I stamped the greeting in Early Espresso, stuck the Vanilla layer to a Cherry Cobbler base card and I was done. Easy peasy! So are your cards all done yet?

Love Elizabeth X

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

VIDEO Christmas Bauble using Skin-tones Blendabilites

Hello Everyone

I made lots of versions of cards with this Christmas Bauble stamp - but I thought I would share the neutral version on a video today. I hope you like it.







Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Project life cards

Hello Everyone

In the summer, I did a video showing you how to make the bicycle card below using elements from the Project Life range. I just realised, I didn't show you the other two cards in the set, so I am taking a break from Christmas and putting that right today…


For this one I have take one of the Project Life cards and stamped directly on to it using the Flowering Flourishes stamp set. I used the marker to stamp technique to match the colours on the card - love Stampin' Up! co-ordination! I embossed the background using the Arrows Embossing Folder. 


This next one uses an image from Life's Adventure - one of our hostess sets. I made a cute welcome home card - stamping with Memento Ink on to the card and colouring in with Blendabilites. I didn't colour everywhere - just picked out a few elements. I made a welcome tag using Washi Tape an a sticker from the Project Life Everyday Adventure add on kit. I finished with stamped washi using the Tape It stamp set


Have you made any non-scrapbooking projects with Project Life goodies? If you have, send me a picture or a link - I would love to see what you did!

Love Elizabeth X

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

VIDEO Turning Thanksgiving into Christmas!

Hello Everyone

Today I am sharing another video featuring the fabby Making Spirits Bright stamp set - using the Thanksgiving stamp to make a Christmas Card.

One thing I missed on the video, was adding doodle dots around the scallop circle with the White Chalk Marker - you can see it done on the original card on the left. What do you think - does it need it?





Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Petite Cafe Gift Bag - ready to be festive!

Hello Everyone

Back in September, I shared an autumn version of this project - and now it is certainly time for the festive side!

Just to remind you, these Petite Cafe Gift Bags are food safe with a waxy finish inside and a strong fold over seal.

I used the Holiday Home stamp set again, (yes I love it!), to create this Christmas scene. I stamped the house in Stazon and coloured it with markers and watercolour with our inks using an Aqua painter. I added a Gold Glimmer Paper star and some ribbon to finish.



These bags are so easy to decorate - you can just use designer paper and ribbon and they look amazing. I think this will be lovely filled with festive goodies! Hope you like it.


Love Elizabeth X

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

VIDEO Colouring DSP with Blendabilites

Hello Everyone

I had so much fun filming this video - I hope you enjoy it too. Watch out for the one change on the card I do on the video - I made change before I took the pic below - can you see the difference?





Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Soooo Blessed!

Hello Everyone

I have some news to share and have chosen to do it with a video. I hope it will make you smile.






Love Elizabeth X

Bauble in Blue

Hello Everyone

Today's card is my next Christmas Bauble offering. This time I coloured the holly with Blender Pens and watercolour ink. I used Washi Tape across the top and then got out my heat gun!


The bauble itself is stamped onto Night of Navy cardstock with Versamark ink and heat embossed using gold embossing powder.

I used my larger Project Life Marker and Chalk Marker to highlight the detail and fussy cut the bauble, popping it up on the card with dimensionals.


I have one more bauble to come - and that is in a video next month!

Love Elizabeth X

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

VIDEO - Making Spirits Bright with Blendies

Hello Everyone

Today's video features a really cute stamp set from the Autumn/Winter catalogue from Stampin' Up! it is called Making Spirits Bright and has loads of cocktail and champagne stamps.

Hope you enjoy the video.






Love Elizabeth X

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Last Call for Special Class

Hello Everyone

For those of my local customers I haven't seen this month - I have a few spaces left for my upcoming special class.

This is the Envelope Punch Board Class. You will learn how to make 9 different projects, (making as many on the evening as you wish - full instructions for you to take home so don't panic! LOL)



You will need to own an Envelope Punch Board to attend - but the class itself includes a full reel of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon - half a pack of Under The Tree Speciality Cardstock and all the other goodies you need to complete the projects and more.

The cost of the class is £25. I only have a few spaces on Thursday 30th October starting at 7pm.  First come, first served!

So I have time to order your supplies you must email me by Sunday 19th October if you wish to attend. 

Love Elizabeth X

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Angel Punch Art - inspired by Tracey W

Hello Everyone

 In our team we have a punch art princess. Her name is Tracey Walters - and if you have an old UK catalogue collection, you can see her picture as a hostess!

Well Tracey does amazing punch art of all kinds, and this is based on one of hers. We made it in class and the main parts, (dress and wings), are done with the Gift Bow die.




Other punches are 1 1/4 & 1 3/8" circle punches, word window and scallop oval. The greeting is from White Christmas. The halo is done in Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and we added sequins to her wings and her angel face is drawn on with the fine Project Life marker. I had some giant paper clips, so we made her into a book mark at class.

Thank you Tracey W for the inspiration.

Love Elizabeth X

VIDEO - Houses in the Snow - embossed with love!

Hello Everyone

Today's video was something I thought of as soon as I saw that Santa-and-Reindeer stamp in the Holiday Home stamp set. I thought of doing the effect on Night of Navy or Basic Black cardstock, but decided in the end to go for a softer look with Soft Suede.

Enjoy the video - I make a slightly different version to this one - come back and tell me which one you prefer.




Back on Saturday with a classic festive punch art project. 


Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Traditional Christmas Ornament

Hello Everyone

Well after starting with pinks and lilacs for my first share of this stamp set, I decided to get all traditional and give you Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler today.

I coloured with a mixture of Blendabilites and markers and stamped the Ornamental Pine image on the background of the green card.


In this close up you can see I have fussy cut out another holly bunch and layered it up. It doesn't show too well, but I used Crystal Effects on the berries to make them shine and add dimension.



I have some blue options for you coming up on my blog - but perhaps you prefer traditional?

Love Elizabeth X

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

VIDEO - CASEing the catalogue!

Hello Everyone

Today's video is a semi-CASE (COPY & SHARE EVERYTHING) from the Autumn/Winter catalogue from Stampin' Up! I changed it up a tad - hope you like my video.






Do you feel inspired - why not reach for the catalogue and do your own CASE?

Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Ornamental Pine Stamped Candle

Hello Everyone



Today's project is a candle stamped with the Ornamental Pine stamp set. I love this technique and taught it at my first ever class, (I must have been brave as it is not a beginners project!)

If you haven't done this, you stamp on tissue paper, (the wrapping kind, as thin as possible). You then place the tissue on the candle, wrap in wax paper or baking parchment and heat with a heat gun until the wax melts and the paper becomes incorporated into the candle.





In case you are wondering, they are perfectly safe to burn. The paper just disappears as the wax melts with it. I did some non-Christmas ones at a recent party, (thank you Jenny J), and I wanted to share this festive option too.

Hope you like it. :)

Love Elizabeth X