I completely missed it….What the Girls Did next…Sale-a-Bration….and my youngest son!

Halloooo there! Yep week three of Sale-a-bration passed me by – it was a terrifically busy week so please accept my apologies and hopefully I will be able to make it up this week with two offerings for ‘what to do with my Sale-a-Bration stamps’!  What made it so busy Lorraine?  Well for a starters it was half term, and Valentines Day and I till had my youngest off not too well – he seems to be struggling to shake this illness that he has had and was in hospital with – one day up next day not so good… mind you his teenage hormones and attitude are definitely making a regular appearance so I guess it is just a slow process!  Oh, and with it being half term – we went away Tuesday to the Lake District. It was lovely to get away and we had a super time staying at the Wild Boar Inn at Crook near Windermere. We have been before so knew what to expect and weren’t disappointed tis time either – I highly recommend it.  What I don’t recommend is picking up the dreaded D & V!  It is definitely something we have picked up as we all ate different things in the various restaurants we visited but one by one we have been afflicted by the dreaded RUNS! My Dad has been worst affected but for me it is feeling so washed out that I don’t cope with – I feel like a badly wrung out cloth!

On to happier things….You may remember my Tuesday Techniques class are half way throughout this session and I thought I would share with you what they had for their last home work – the brief was to make a Christmas  card but using only white with a hint of colour – but only one!  here is how they did….and I am sure you will agree they have done amazingly well!

Love the Glitter red and the embossing folder
The picture doesn't do this justice - the paper is pearlised and lovely
Fabulous Glitter effect on this one
The embossing here is crisp and clean and really stands out
Super use of punch and matting and layering
This is so simple yet so classy
More embossing that is crisp and clean - Well done!
Lovely use of embossing

Didnt they do brilliantly? I can’t way to see this weeks home work – they had to find or create a sketch and then draw it out before making a card using that sketch. Then they had to bring the card and sketch to class with their name on the sketch, we then passed they sketches round for someone else to use their sketch!

Sale-a-Bration – so many of you have placed orders and got your free stamps or paper collection but are then not sure what to do with them afterwards – here are another couple of ideas….the first is using the smallest elements from the Fresh Vintage set to make the very simplest card possible (we cater for all levels of crafting ability here!) – this could be a birthday card, Easter card or even a sympathy card if needed but its simplicity is the let and you could rattle sets off to give as different gift for teachers at the end of term.

Fresh Vintage

The second card is a CASE (copy and share everything) from an Australian girl I follow called Teneale Williams – I completely admire her work and have a tendency to be influenced by her enormously. This is not a complete copy – I changed the sentiment to one from Faith in Nature, and used the lovely Poppy Parade stitched poly ribbon instead of the satin Teneale used. I also used a different punch for my back card stock – I have the large  scalloped square Sizzix cutter and can usually get my head round making a bigger one but when I was making this card I was at beginning to feel unwell and just couldn’t get my head straight! So I cheated and used a Martha Stewart punch!


I love the faux tile effect of this card and this done in blue would give an amazing Delft tile look.   

And finally….our trip to the lakes….I placed some lovely pictures last year of our walk and the beautiful Grasmere area. This time I couldn’t resist this picture of my youngest son… We stayed in a lovely hotel and my Dad and my son had a twin room whilst MB and I had a double – our room had a super roll top cast iron bath feature which my son couldn’t wait to try out. This photo is him lounging on our bed after his luxurious bath  using not only our bath but my new bottle of bubble bath! He loved it and this pic really expresses that I think….what do you think?

The youngest son...

Until next time….remember to stamp your place in the world! xxx


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