Friday

DAY ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY FIVE - Dahlia Flower Fold and gardens

 

Good morning.  Oh I do like waking up on a Friday and today is no different.  I am out and about this morning and then I shall be in the craft room ticking off the list of cards that need to be ready for tomorrow afternoon.  

Some good news, my youngest daughter became a mum on Wednesday oh my.  She had a baby boy, Alexandros who arrived by C Section.  He weighed a very healthy 7 1/2llb.  In just a few days I shall be going to meet him.  He wasnt due until 24th of the month and I planned on being there a week earlier than that but, he just couldnt wait.  I am still so happy and thrilled to be a 'yaya' as nanas are called in Cyprus. 

Alison M created this wonderful card at a get together we had last month.  She has used the Countryside Inn Designer Series Papers which are papers that have carried over from the previoius Stampin' Up! catalogue.  

The template of the card has a name 'Dahlia Flower Fold' and I can certainly see way.  She has been inspired to create this card from Simply Simple Stamping.  The card base has been created using Pretty in Pink card stock, one of the five In Colours this year.  I love the way the blue of the designer series papers stands out against the Pretty in Pink card.  

The watering system in the garden is all up and running.  We have had to test it out despite having lots of rain and I am so pleased it all works.  Lots of nipping round, dead heading and moving pots over the last few days but so pleased with how it all looks. 

 

This is how the garden at the back of the house looked when we moved in back in July 2024.


Here are a few pictures of what was happending during the change in 2019


The view of the garden today, totally different.


Well, thank you for having a read today.  I hope you have a lovely start to your weekend.  Tracey x


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Hostess code for June

 
 
 

If you would like to see what kits Stampin' Up! have available, just click on the picture below and a new page will open up. 

 

You can find lots of nice things, in the Online Exclusive section of the Stampin' Up! store just by clicking on the image below.  It will open in a new window for you.  

These products can not be found in any of the brochures nor catalogues.

If you would like to know more please, do get in touch with me, all my details are below

Just click on the image below to see all the items that have an additional 10% off during the month of June

 

To see all the bundles that are on offer just click on the image above and it will open up a new page for you to have a browse. 

Have you managed to get your hands on a new 2024-2025 Stampin' Up! catalogue?  

If you havent you are most welcome to pop into the Craft Room, Derby and pick one up but in the meantime, have a browse through the one below. 

Then get in touch so we can arrange for you to get a proper copy if you would like one.

 

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Tuesday

DAY ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY THREE - Gardens, Allium and Expressions of Kindness

Good morning.   I had a wonderful day yesterday, it certainly was a day with friends, so lucky to have them in my life.  We spent most of it in the craft room catching up with each other,  followed by an afternoon stroll with my walking wanderers and a cuppa at the end.   After a bite to eat which hubby got ready for me, it was another couple of hours catching up with friends.  

Today is a little quieter but lots of nipping in and out.  There will most certainly be a nanny nap after lunch as the birds (their parents and their children) all woke me up at silly o clock.  

Here are a few photos of a plant we purchased at the Royal Flower Show last July, an Allium.  I am amazed at how tall it has grown and the flowers on it are superb.  It doesnt like being in the wind which we disovered and so the leaves have gone all curly and brown.  Next year it will have to stay rather sheltered.  It is now part of the garden, connected to the watering system so that it gets watered whilst we are away.  

 








 




We had our monthly 'Kit Night' last Friday. This is where we all meet up and make up the Stampin' Up! kits we have as well as laugh, drink tea/coffee and eat home made cakes.
Well, I cant tell you how much I love the brand new Expressions of Kindness Kit.

This Kit includes:
* Expressions of Kindness Photopolymer Stamp Set
* Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Spot
* Pre-designed projects
* Step-by-step instructions
* Pre-cut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
* Make 8 cards, 4 each of 2 designs
* 8 printed card bases
* 8 printed envelopes
* Folded card: 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" (14 x 10.8 cm)
* Printed die-cut images and gold foil labels
* Adhesive-backed gold sparkle gems
* Enough adhesive to complete projects

The image on the cards goes all the way around and the envelopes are far too nice to use as envelopes. My favourite stamp says 'kindly deliver to'.
I may even have to purchase another kit.
 

 





Well I had best go and get my skates on.  I need to be at the hairdressers shortly, oppps.  Thank you so very much for having a read today.  Tracey x

 

If you would like to place an order online, you can click on the image below and a new window will open up and you can have a browse through the shop.  Obviously, if you would like any help please, do get in touch with me.  My contact details are below.


Hostess code for June

 
 
 

If you would like to see what kits Stampin' Up! have available, just click on the picture below and a new page will open up. 

 

You can find lots of nice things, in the Online Exclusive section of the Stampin' Up! store just by clicking on the image below.  It will open in a new window for you.  

These products can not be found in any of the brochures nor catalogues.

If you would like to know more please, do get in touch with me, all my details are below

Just click on the image below to see all the items that have an additional 10% off during the month of June

 

To see all the bundles that are on offer just click on the image above and it will open up a new page for you to have a browse. 

Have you managed to get your hands on a new 2024-2025 Stampin' Up! catalogue?  

If you havent you are most welcome to pop into the Craft Room, Derby and pick one up but in the meantime, have a browse through the one below. 

Then get in touch so we can arrange for you to get a proper copy if you would like one.

 

If you would like to get in touch with me, here is where I can be found.  

I would love to hear from you.



 

Sunday

DAY ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY - Layers of Beauty in blue

 


Good morning and what a lovely start to the day it is weatherwise.  We have sunshine and its not too cold outside as I have already been out to investigate.

The garden is looking lovely, especially with the sunshine on it.   I certainly intend to sit out and soak it all in later today as well as take a photo or two.

Here is a card that I made recently with the stamp set and dies Layers of Beauty.   I went for Blues on this one, misty moonlight, boho blue and the other colour is beige.  Beige is new to Stampin' Up! and it is wow.  It co-ordinates with everything.

I stamped the largest image out using Stazon ink twice.  I put the image through the die cutting machine with the co-ordinating dies and stamped out another image.  The second image is one that I shall keep with the stamp set so that I can cut out bits as and when I need them.  On this occasion I just wanted one of the flowers on the bottom right of the card.

I set too and coloured it in.  I placed a corner of an acrylic block into the ink pad gently until there was a little ink on it.  Using my water painter, I added a little water, mixed it all in and wiped the painter on kitchen roll.  then I took some of the diluted ink and began colouring in the flowers.  As I said I used two blues and then beige.  

I stamped out the Congratulations sentiment and this was also die cut out.

I took a piece of Basic White card and popped it through the Exposed Brick Embossing folder, cut it down and then stuck it to the C6 base card.  Using dimensionals/3D foam pads I added the coloured image to the card.  

The Congratulations sentiment was stuck down (a combination of glue and dimensionals) and then I added an additional flower over the sentiment.  No ribbons, no twine and no embellishments as I wanted the image to be center stage.  I really did enjoy making this card and look forward to making a few more.   If you would like to make this card with me in the Craft Room do get in touch.  I would be very happy to show you how to create this.  I have added a list of everything that I used to the bottom of this post.

Well I had best get on and start a few bits and pieces that are on my to do list.  Thank you so much for having a read and I hope you have a smashing Sunday.  Tracey x

If you would like to place an order online, you can click on the image below and a new window will open up and you can have a browse through the shop.  Obviously, if you would like any help please, do get in touch with me.  My contact details are below.


Hostess code for June

 
 

If you would like to see what kits Stampin' Up! have available, just click on the picture below and a new page will open up. 

 

You can find lots of nice things, in the Online Exclusive section of the Stampin' Up! store just by clicking on the image below.  It will open in a new window for you.  

These products can not be found in any of the brochures nor catalogues.

If you would like to know more please, do get in touch with me, all my details are below

Just click on the image below to see all the items that have an additional 10% off during the month of June

 

To see all the bundles that are on offer just click on the image above and it will open up a new page for you to have a browse. 

Have you managed to get your hands on a new 2024-2025 Stampin' Up! catalogue?  

If you havent you are most welcome to pop into the Craft Room, Derby and pick one up but in the meantime, have a browse through the one below. 

Then get in touch so we can arrange for you to get a proper copy if you would like one.

 

If you would like to get in touch with me, here is where I can be found.  

I would love to hear from you.

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