Saturday, 6 April 2019

Joy of Sets Challenge Blog April 2019

Here's my design for the April 2019 JOS Tic Tac Toe challenge blog. I love being a part of this design team and even though I've been up against it for time this month I had to get a design in.

This month the grid was put together by the lovely Nicky Leighton and I went for the line which included Emboss, Vellum and White.

I used a couple of bits and pieces from Stampin' Up! Saleabration promotion. Even though it's over I've just not had enough of using those gorgeous goodies yet.

I used some of the Grapefruit Grove foil as a mat for my card and then layered on a piece of Whispter White cardstock which had gone through the Big Shot with a layer of Vellum on top of it, using the gorgeous floral freebie Saleabration embossing folder to give both pieces the fabulously deep floral relief pattern.

I added a piece of textured polka dot ribbon and another piece of vellum, this time stamped out in Grapefruit Grove ink with a butterfly design from Butterfly Gala stamp set and cut out with the Butterfly punch. I also used the Saleabration Coordinations punch to create a sentiment with a stamp from the Part of My Story stamp set which I also used Grapefruit Grove ink for.

I finished it all off with a couple of retired enamel stick ons, a heart and a small circle just to carry on the orange accent.

Looking forward to next month and do check out all of the other designs and feel free to join in with us and add your own.

Thanks for dropping in, have a great weekend.

Andrea x

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Beautiful Gift Unwrapping and Gift Set Tutorial

Isn't it just lovely to receive an unexpected gift in the post? It's one of my favourite things about being a papercrafter.

This week the lovely Ann Melvin owner of Positively Papercraft sent me a little box of goodies and rather than just unbox them and share the loveliness I decided to put them to immediate use to create a card and a couple of coordinating gift boxes to wrap some cosmetic gifts for a friend's birthday.

I used the gorgeous papers Ann gifted me from a stack called Bronte Charm and some of the beautiful organza foiled ribbon and huge rhinestones.

There is a tutorial detailing all of the items I received, some of which were made by Ann as part of her being a member of the Alinacraft design team as well as showing quite brief tutorials on how I made this cute little birthday gift set.

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have an amazing weekend.

Andrea x

Friday, 22 March 2019

Customer Thank You & New Hostess Code

A huge thank you to anyone who shopped with me on my last hostess code. It has now closed and a new code is available to use for March/April.

I had to close down the last one a little early as I'm going on a trip to finalise all of the arrangements for my big move coming up very soon and I decided to make a little holiday of it too and leave the online world to itself for a while.

However, before I go I have found some space to craft in, so watch this space for a flurry of projects even though I won't be here, by the power of scheduling things will be happening.

My customer thank you gifts will be going out to everyone who shopped with me on the last code and this time will involve a share of the gorgeous Time for Tea Suite from the current Stampin' Up! annual catalogue. I chose this one because I just love it and besides that because it will coordinate nicely with the stamps and the Saleabration dies which some of you may have picked up in the recent promotion.  Those gifts won't be going out until after I get back so look around 3rd April and you may find them popping through your letter box. I didn't include the tins in this one as I figured they're bulky to post and besides I thought you'd find the papers, card, ribbons and stickers much more fun to play with.

I'm also going to be selecting one of my customers at random to receive the free Painted Seasons stamp set so that will be included in one of the parcels. I'll announce which one when I select a name when I get back.

I'm also going to be selling off a ton of crafting supplies, including retired Stampin' Up! so keep an eye out for that which I'll be doing on my Crafty Little Paper Things Facebook page in April. I have to thin out the stash before I move house.

Thank you to all of you who support and inspire me on my papercrafting journey. It means the world to me, every purchase, like, comment, view, subscription... it all adds up to enthusing me to carry on and I apologise in advance for a hectic April and May to come as I prepare for and execute my move to a new country... OK so I'm moving from England to Wales but it is still a new country with its own language, customs, traditions and everything and I can't wait!

Have a great weekend!

Andrea x