Friday 30 June 2017

Island Indigo - Day 5

Today's card is for a very dear friend from my school days and my children's Godmother.
She was mad on motorbikes and was always wearing jeans. Thinking about that she still does!

She is 6 months older than me so I'm happy to put her new age on it!
I used One Wild Ride stamp set which I absolutely love. 
It's perfect for male cards and by adding simple touches, perfect for the ladies too.

I started off with a standard C6 card base, cut half of the front panel off and added 
another smaller card to the right.

Kate isn't a girlie girl but I know that she'd like the Doilies on the front.

Small touches of silver foiled card here and there shines it up a little.

I added a few messages from 2 other sets to make it more personal for her. 
These were Dragonfly Dreams and Birthday Blossoms.

I hope you've found some inspiration from this week's projects. 
Please show us any projects you make as a result.
Cary will be here next week showing some of her amazing projects. 
Thank you for stopping by. Gill

Thursday 29 June 2017

Island Indigo - Day 4

Hello. Today I have been trying to do something different while using this colour.
Instead, I have made an easel card but using this time the stamp set called Sitting Here.

I embossed the Whisper White mat with one of the new Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders called Pinewood Planks. 

I stamped, coloured with Marker Pens and cut out all of the shapes, then using Dimensionals
 and Foam Adhesive Strips fixed them to the card.

Using messages from the Sitting Here stamp set I finished it off.

Wednesday 28 June 2017

Island Indigo - Day 3

Today's card I've gone spotty!
I used some Daubers and randomly spotted color over the paper using Island Indigo, pool Party,
Melon Mambo and Lemon Lime Twist.

Cutting each of the panels at 1 and a half centimetres from each edge, I then mounted them onto the card.
I used Dimensionals to separate each layer. 

I die cut some of the flowers from the Flourish Thinlits and the messages are from the
Flourishing Phrases stamp set.

I finished off by adding some gorgeous Rhinestones to add a little sparkle.

Tuesday 27 June 2017

Island Indigo - Day 2

Hello. today I've been colour washing or rather water colouring. 
I don't profess to be any good at it but my granddaughter likes it. So I guess it's ok.
I don't think that Vincent Van Gogh would have anything to worry about!

Using a piece of paper from the Just Add Color DSP 
(I just love them and couldn't wait to get my hands on a pack), 
I coloured it in using an Aqua Painter, taking color from the lids of Island Indigo,
 Sahara Sand, Basic Black and So Saffron Ink Pads.  


I used a 1/2" circle punch to take off the corners on all layers except for the message.


Thew messages are from High Tide and Beautiful You stamp sets.

Monday 26 June 2017

Weekly Inspiration - Colour

Island Indigo
For this week's inspiration I have decided to work with Island Indigo.
 It's not a go to colour for me so I thought it was about time I showed some projects with it.


I coordinated the Island Indigo with Pool Party as they are both a greenish blue and Whisper White.


As you can see by the picture below, I have cut away a large triangle to get the lovely effect.
Each of the panels is 9.9cm wide and from using the full length of a piece of A4 card (UK size). 
With the folds as they are, it folds down into a C6/A6 envelope.

The stamp sets used today were Climbing Orchid and Special Celebrations. 
Two beautiful sets and some lovely phrases in the latter. 


Do have a go at making a card this way but please don't forget to show us a copy too.

Thank you. Gill

Sunday 25 June 2017

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities 

Birthday Wishes Challenge

Stampin' Up! has a long history of supporting philanthropic causes. 'Helping others' and 'making a difference' is part of our mission statement.

Over the past two decades, almost three decades in fact, we are very proud to have seen demonstrators all over the world embrace these words and make a difference in the lives of others.
We are excited to be celebrating our 10th anniversary in the UK, and to mark this special occasion; Stampin' Up! UK has set a challenge to make a whopping 10,000 cards across two card-making weekends in 2017. These cards will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. 
The first card-making weekend is called ‘Birthday Wishes Challenge’ and takes place between Friday 23 June and Sunday 25 June.
  The second card-making weekend is called ‘Christmas Cheer Challenge’ and takes place between Friday 1 December and Sunday 3 December. 

About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities provides free 'home away from home' accommodation to families while their child is in hospital. There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses across the UK, all located close to specialist children's hospitals. The Houses are open 365 days a year and are equipped with everything you would find in a family home. Families can get a good night’s sleep, prepare their own meals and feel at home, knowing that they are only moments away from their child

Please read to the bottom as there is more information regarding RMHC

Cary and I held 2 events this weekend. The first was with our team of lovely ladies on Friday evening and the second, as an all day class on Saturday.  
We had a fantastic turnout and even more fantastic results. We thought that we might reach 150 cards. On Friday, our team of 7 made 137 in 2 hours and the class of 12 made 147 in 6 hours.
We are so proud of all of the amazing hard work they have done. 
The numbers are still increasing as we are both determined to add to them and exceed 300.

Here are a few pictures of them working and their results.

Here is Cary having a moments break.


Here are the results from Saturday's work with some of our lovely ladies setting them all out. 

 Cary and I designed 5 cards each and the ladies had Whisper White and Very Vanilla cards 
to make all of the projects in. 

How will the card donations help the Charity?

“Having a child in Hospital far from home can be costly, financially, emotionally and physically. Isolation
from peers and risk of unemployment is a very real concern for many families with children in Hospital
long term.
Ronald McDonald House Charities know when a child is in Hospital the priority is to be by their side. But a single pull-out bed is not enough to keep a family together and very few can afford costly hotel bills. Debts can soon mount and the stress and strain of daily uncertainties can exhaust and damage the
strongest of families. Our Houses relieve financial hardship, safeguard family stability, and promotes
strong health and wellbeing to ensure the best possible outcomes for our families during and beyond
their child’s stay in Hospital.
Ronald McDonald House Charities is an independent charity providing free accommodation, care and
support to families with seriously ill children in Hospital. We achieve this through the provision of 14
Houses across the UK. Families can stay with us free of charge for as long as their child is being treated,
whether that is for a couple of nights or for years. Last year we supported over 7,700 families, and the
average length of stay was 16 nights.
Over the next three years we will be opening four new Ronald McDonald Houses, the first of which
opens its doors today! The new Ronald McDonald House Evelina London, is a relocation and expansion
of our first ever House in the UK. The 59 bedroom House will be welcoming families of children being
treated at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, enabling them to keep their families close in the run
up to Christmas.
We are also currently building our first-ever House in Wales, with the 30 bed Ronald McDonald House
Cardiff due to open mid-2017, supporting families with children being treated at Noah’s Ark Children’s
Hospital, and the neonatal unit at the University Hospital of Wales.
Sticking to the ‘capitals’ we are working with the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh and building a 26 bedroom House within the new Children’s Hospital. As we are part of the wider hospital build, we will open in line with the rest of the project, which will likely be mid-2018.
Finally we were recently granted planning position for a relocation and expansion of our Oxford House,
supporting families of children being treated at the John Radcliff Hospital. Once open in 2019, we will be
able to increase our support form 17 families to 59!
As our Houses are located next to specialist children’s hospitals, we support families who have to travel
from all over the UK (and abroad) to receive the specialist treatment each hospital offers; meaning we
are supporting families from each of our communities.
The support Stampin’ Up! are providing through these amazing card-making weekends means that our
families have access to beautifully crafted cards which they can send to their loved ones back home –
creating a bit of normality in what is a very stressful and alien situation for many. We are so grateful to
Stampin’ Up! and their demonstrators for their support!”
Nicola Savage, Fundraising Manager at Ronald McDonald House charities

Friday 23 June 2017

Dragonfly Dreams - Day 5

This is my last project on the dragonflies for this week and I decided to go into 
neutrals and add a little shine.


I have used Very Vanilla again but this time combined it with Early Espresso and some 
GORGEOUS Copper Foil.


 I heat embossed the flourish from Falling Flowers (I just love it) also the 2 dragonflies and words 
inside and out using Copper Embossing powder.


Using the new Pretty Label punch, I cut out the phrase and 2 shapes in Copper foil and overlapped 
them so that there is a suitable amount showing at each end.


The messages were from the lovely Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.
It has some really lovely phrases in it.


I stamped the second image of the dragonfly lightly on each corner to finish off.
I hope you've found some inspiration from the projects this week.
Please pop in next week to see what we're up to. 
Thank you 
Gill and Cary

Thursday 22 June 2017

Dragonfly Dreams - Day 4

Hi. Today's card I decided to use some of the bees which are also in the set of stamps and Framelits.
I stamped each of the bees and a dragonfly then die cut them out. 
I used Island Indigo and Pool Party along with the Very Vanilla, 
which doesn't show so well in my photos.

The gorgeous Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is new. It's called Layered Leaves and is one of the new Dynamic folders. I love it!

I then very lightly, using Pool Party Ink and a dauber, rubbed over the leaves just to add a little color.
I love the detail as it is deeper than some other folders.


The messages today were from Beautiful Bouquet another NEW gorgeous stamp set.

Just for fun, I added the little bee to complete the card.

Wednesday 21 June 2017

Dragonfly Dreams - Day 3

Today I've gone 3D. This is an easel shaped card using Dapper Denim, Vellum and Whisper White cardstock.
The large dragonfly was die cut twice and some silver Metallic Thread glued between the bodies and hidden under the white mats.

I used some die cut leaves and flowers are from May Flowers Framelits and the messages are 
from Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. The small stand was using the Layering Ovals Framelits.

The individual little dragonflies are using the 5 in a row die and separated from each other.
A strip of Emerald Envy Ribbon closes the card.

Tuesday 20 June 2017

Dragonfly Dreams - Day 2

Today's card was made by using the dragonfly die cuts from yesterdays card.
I sponged very lightly across the die cut using Soft Sky, Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim Ink Pads.

I punched out all of the corners using a 1" circle punch.
Then I heat embossed in silver, the flourish from Falling Flowers and the messages 
were from Lift Me Up stamp set using Emerald Envy Ink Pad. 
The card is made with Whisper White and Sweet Sugarplum

I finished off with a little strip of Emerald Envy 1/8" ribbon.