Cool Treats Suite take 1

It's been a very long time since I blogged and a lot has happened in that time. I broke my shoulder in May 2015 and have finally had a second surgery in March 2017 which has meant l now have nearly full moment in my left arm and also a lot less pain. It also means that I can actually spend some time in the craftroom.

I have just returned from Auckland having attended On Stage. This is an event run in April and November by Stampin Up and is for demonstrators only. It's a great opportunity to catch up with and make new friends who all share a common passion. It is also an opportunity to learn new things, see new product and you come away very inspired. If you've ever thought about being a demo send me an email and I can provide you with all the information required to sign up. I joined in April 2007 and celebrate 10 years in October .....yay!
On Friday I was able to hang out in the craftroom and play with the Cool Treats Suite which sadly I purchased some time ago but had ye…

Watercolouring on Moon Lake

Today I finally managed to get some ink on the Moon Lake set that has been sitting waiting patiently for some time.

Rather than use the pool of ink in the lid of the stamp pad I have found it easier to use the cheap palettes that you can put a drop of reinker in. You can use the same drop of ink to make about 3 shades of colour and whilst it is not overly clear in the photos it is very easy to see on the cards in real life that I have several different shades of some of the colours. Its also a lot more time efficient timewise as one drop of reinker and the water from the aquapainter go a long way.

I love watercoloring but do get a bit impatient that the pool of colour runs out long before I am finishing colouring and when I do it again I end up with a slightly different shade than what I had previously coloured. The way I do it I have a lot more control over the colour and also the quantity available and the desk is less cluttered as I don't have 6 stamp pads taking up room and c…

I like you.......

I have two adorable little girls aged 6 and 8 who come to visit with their Mum and Dad and we recently leant the youngest a bed roll for camp. She came in with her family on Friday and had made us the most gorgeous card to day thank you for lending her the bed roll.
So I thought I might make each of the girls a card and pop round with some Easter goodies for them at Easter time. They are both a credit to their parents as they are always well behaved and polite and make a bee line to the pet shop toys in the corner of the lounge, they never have to be told to clean up when its time to go and never moan when its time to leave.
We love having them to visit and hopefully they will love their cards. Sadly they are moving soon overseas but I think they may get a care package or two when they move. Who doesn't love getting a package in the mail.

Using the Colour Coach

The Color Coach is a tool that gives you assistance in combining colours. It has 2 options of colours that work well together for every colour in the Stampin Up Colour families and includes if the colour you have chosen has another colour that with it creates a dynamic duo (perfect for two step stamping). Blackberry bliss 's duo colour is perfect plum
Heres what it recommends for Blackberry Bliss
The first colour combo is blackberry bliss, old olive and soft sky. Screen card using this combo - I stamped off the blackberry bliss butterflies as they were just too deep in colour and didn't look right. I also chose to stamp off the old olive but didn't stamp off with the soft sky. A few tiny pearls on each of the larger butterflies was all that was needed to finish it
The next recommended combo was smokey slate, blackberry bliss and melon mambo. Now I definitely don't like this combo at all but I did manage to do a card with it. Why I didn't like it is I am not a melon mam…

A little kindness

Its always nice when someone shows us kindness to say thanks and what better way than with a card! I hadn't managed to put any ink on my Kinda Ecclectic stamp set so today I spent some time putting some ink on both it and me.
This is one of the cards I made today and I have used pear pizzaz, crumb cake, early expresso and rich razzleberry inks and a scrap of vellum and some linen thread twisted in three ovals and secured underneath my greeting.
I used a rhinestone brad coloured with a rich razzleberry blendability to finish the butterfly off as it looked a wee bit naked.
Hope you have found some time over the weekend to create.
Till next time Happy crafting Tee-Jay

Happy birthday Cap'n Jake

Today I made the banner for Jake's birthday party next weekend. I followed on in the pirate theme but as its quite long I couldn't take a photo of it all strung together but you should get the idea from the photo.
I have used hemp twine (retired) and the silver and gold pegs and a few plain ones that I bought a couple of years ago. Its been an absolute pleasure to have been able to create these items for his party.

Boxes boxes and more boxes

I have finally set up the laptop and monitor in the craftroom so that I can watch videos on a larger screen than the ipad. Worked perfectly and its much better than using the ipad as I can set photos to stay on the screen longer by turning the screensaver off.
I have been looking for a box for a while that is more feminine looking in shape and the facetted box ticked everything I was looking for. With Mothers Day fast approaching this box was perfect forputting  jewellery in.
My friend Linda came round and we set to working out how to make the boxes. The first thing I did was to make a template so that I didn't end up with UFO's (unfinished objects) ending up in the bin and it worked a treat and made it so quick to make them.
I used the leaf image from Kinda Ecclectic as it was a perfect background for the cardstock. The first  box was pistasshio pudding and blackberry bliss for the fluffy flower. Fluffy flowers as I call them are a great way of using up your scraps and can be ma…