More butterflies

As promised I’m back to share the remaining three water colour wing projects from my recent class, the one below is a cute and simple little latch card in whisper white, night of navy and wisteria wonder, it’s so simple so so effective.

Isn’t it pretty? When you open the butterfly wings pull through the slot and he sits proudly inside the card. It’s so quick and simple to make… honestly!

Next we embossed a silver gable box and made a cute little tag and double bow… I say we but my ladies hate bows (rather they hate making them) so I was feeling generous and pre-made them… they are so simple, look up fork bows on you tube for lots of clever ideas!

The little butterfly is berry burst which really pops against the silver box, and I cut a second from vellum to give the idea of fluttering wings, a very quick and simple project, and did I mention the box fits two Yankee votive candles perfectly… gorgeous gift for someone.

Our final project of the day was cased from Kim’s Stampin’ spot with a few minor alterations… it features gold embossing and swirly bird for those lovely swirly stamped images behind the butterfly.

For this card I used sweet sugarplum, rich razzleberry and elegant eggplant. I created the background on water colour paper which I wet and them applied layers of the three colours until I was happy with the effect. Make sure the card is super dry before embossing though or you won’t get clear images.

This was such a fun class. We always have a laugh at classes it’s such a great way to make friends and get in some ‘me’ time. If you live locally to me I’d love for you to come along sometime and join the fun, don’t worry if you don’t though just ask me about classes I. The mail…

Anyway time for some Monday afternoon crafting!

Catch you soon

Gillian x

Spring has sprung….

So it seems that springs has sprung…. finally, although I’m quite sure living in Northern Ireland that we haven’t seen the last of the rain!

But isn’t spring wonderful… a sneak peak of promised summer days. Flowers break through the soil, leaves appear on the trees, the days are longer, the birds louder, it’s like we start to live in technicolour and what better symbol for summer than butterflies. So last week my project class was based on water colour wings. Sadly this set and the two sets of co ordinating dies are retiring next month (insert sad face).

My first card is cased from Dena Rekow, I’ve wanted to make one of these style cards for ages and just happened across a STAMPARATUS blog hop… that featured this card and a super quick way to stamp all those beautifully bright butterflies.

The lemon lime twist with basic black is such a strong combo, so striking but the magic really happens when you open the card…

Along with lemon lime twist I used melon mambo, tangerine tango, daffodil delight, pacific point and rich razzleberry. On of the ladies queried how you write on the card, but really this doesn’t wow half as much without the black background so I suggest you get a silver gel pen… perfect!

Another something I’ve been dying to try is my Brusho’s, we haven’t used them in class yet so I had a play before hand and this is the card I came up with.

The base is crushed curry with a dapper denim layer. I used masking tape to hold the watercolour paper onto my mat and then soaked it using an aqua brush before sprinkling on Prussian blue and yellow brusho’s. I spritzed a little more water and sprinkled the brusho until I had a background I was happy with. The butterfly was created using a wash of yellow brusho and then sprinkling a little extra on to give a more textured look. Such fun to play with!

Sticking with the watercolour theme I repeated a technique we did in class a year or more back, it’s messy and wet but guarantees brilliant results and gorgeous effects. For this next card I used rich razzleberry and sweet sugarplum.

See the little yellow blob… that’s what happens if you don’t make sure you’ve cleared up every single speck of yellow brusho… but hey lesson learnt and shared! Isn’t this pretty?

We made another three projects but I don’t want to overwhelm you all at once so please check back again and I’ll share more.

In the meantime enjoy the rest of the bank holiday weekend, tomorrow I’ll be in the craft room playing with ink!

Until next time…

Gillian xx

Waterfront WOW

Despite the ‘new’ Stampin’ Up! Catalogue having been live for three and half months and there now being a newer new one I still hadn’t gotten around to using the waterfront stamp set. To be perfectly honest I think I was a little scared of it. I’ve seen some absolutely jaw dropping designs using it and have just kept putting it off. So it’s sat on the shelf. That is until last week when I dusted off to create a card for my class.

This is cased from another UK demo Amanda Bates (apologies I put in wrong name initially!). I added two extra layers and changed the location and type of sentiment. It’s such a simply stunning card.

I used soft sky, which sadly is retiring soon :(. I also used wisteria wonder (also retiring) along with smoky slate. The birds are from the High Tide stamp set and are stamped in tuxedo black memento. The sentiment came from Bird Banter.

It’s such a beautiful stamp set and I’m so happy it’s staying for at least another twelve months or so and you can guarantee that you will be seeing more makes using it.

I’m the meantime, I’m off to make sure I’m stocked up on all my favourite retiring colours. If you have favourites now is time to buy them before they’re gone.

Have a blessed Saturday.

Gillian x

Exciting news

So the last two weekends have been spent Stampin’ Up! Style…

on 6th April I headed to Telford with Carol, one of my lovely downline to on stage which is a twice yearly convention for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.

Friday night I attended centre stage which is special night for demonstrators who are silver Elite and above… as we are celebrating 30 years this year the vending was themed…. eighties style… and I went all permed blond wig and all!

This pic shows my upline team the Stampin’ stars… a bunch of total nutters, but what a night we had… fabulous company, fabulous fun and the best gift ever…. the ALL NEW 2018 STAMPIN’ UP! CATALOGUE.

So this year we are having a colour revamp… a total overhaul of all the colours… Some of my favourites re leaving and some old favourites are returning along with lots of new offerings.. and not only that the ink pads have been redesigned into a nice new compact case, and they are stackable, no more leaning tower of Pisa when you stack your colours!

The new colour range is below:

Have your favourites made the cut?

A big part of the day itself is the opportunity to swap card ideas with other crafters so I went armed with sixty five card fronts and came back with sixty five inspirational projects, cards, three dimensional items… all amazing!

This is my swap –

And as if that wasn’t exciting enough we had meeting of the Northern Belles on 14th, this is a group of demonstrators in Northern Ireland… again we did swaps another 28 great ideas from some very talented women. We had a great day of craic and crafting.

So that’s it from me today, have a great week!

Love Gillian x

What a month!

I have had just a crazy month, thus my absence from here, so BIG apologies, hopefully you follow my Facebook page at Little Things by Gillian and have got some crafty inspiration from there.

I actually started this post – yep the first line, last week and I’m only back here now to try and finish it off!

Firstly my dad had an accident in work a few weeks ago now – we are thankful he still has all his fingers but he had emergency surgery and six weeks of no driving…. it’s time to payback all those lifts he gave me as a teenager!

Then we got a new addition to the family, just the craziest, most energetic and mad little Springer spaniel pup named Otis! He is now ten weeks old and in the three weeks we’ve had him I’ve aged by about five years! Seriously they need more attention than a baby, it’s definitely hard work!

This is him, going crazy in our garden… seriously there are springs concealed in those paws somewhere!

Anywhoo Sale a bration is over and what fun I had… there were some amazing products this year and I can’t quite pick my favourite one.

Although Amazing you is up there at the top… I’m sooooo glad that the thinlet dies are going to make a reappearance in the new annual catalogue. Speaking of the new catalogue this weekend I’m off to Telford to our UK On Stage event – think convention of Stampin’ crazies! One of the perks is I get to get my paws on the brand new catalogue.. I’m beyond excited and delighted to be sharing the experience with one of downline who is travelling over with me. And if that isn’t exciting enough this year I get to go to special event for Silver Elite demonstrators and above, having achieved this title in January – thanks to all my customers and downline I got a special invite last week… it’s 80’s themed to celebrate Stampin’ Up! Turning THIRTY this year so be sure to check back next week when I share some crazy pictures!

Below is another card I’ve made recently – it was for my Mum on Mother’s Day, cased from the talented Eimear Carvill. It again used the free dies from SAB paired with the large letter dies. My mum LOVES purple (even for her eyes) so I went with sweet sugar plum and rich razzleberry which I also happen to love together.

Anyway, forgive me for my absence and I’ll try and keep things more regular as Otis settles in and hopefully let’s me craft in peace!

Hope you all had a blessed Easter, God Bless!


Lovely as a tree

Lovely as a tree is just that… lovely. It’s one of, if not the longest standing stamp set from Stampin’ Up! Generally I use it at Christmas with glitter, and lots of it but recently one of the ladies at my class asked for to appear at class to help her come up with other ways to use it.

I love crisp clean images and I also love sponging, I don’t do it too often but always enjoy it when I do. For this card I used low tack masking tape above and below where I wanted the ink. Using a piece of stampin’ sponge I sponged the area with so saffron, before adding a punched circle mask, made from a post it note. Next I sponged using daffodil delight, calypso coral, tangerine tango and then a touch of Cajun craze, I then blended it all with a little more daffodils delight.

My tip to get nice smooth sponging is to start off the page on scrap paper and work in gentle circular movements. Once the sponging was complete I gently peeled off the masking tape. I stamped the image in memento black ink and coloured using the Stampin’ markers in garden green and chocolate chip.

I then cut two thin strip of chocolate chip card and adhered them below the image and finished with a sentiment in chocolate chip, a gold button.

The result is a simply stunning card, ideal for all sorts of occasions not just birthdays. I actually think this would make a perfect sympathy card as well. I’m hoping to find some time to recreate this in alternate colours, what combos do you think would look good… and I should I go outside the box….

So on another note entirely have you been hit but the beast from the east? We’ve had a bit of snow here in Portaferry today, being a coastal town this is unusual especially when other areas haven’t had any…. yet! It’s a weird snow, dry and powdery most unlike our usual wet slush. Beautiful to look at. Especially when you’re inside in front of the fire or sitting in your nicely warmed craft room. By all accounts we are in for a chilly weekend!

If you need any other details on how to complete this project please just drop me a comment below, even if you don’t I’d still love to hear from you.Until next time, stay safe and warm and if you have to go out take care, the roads are treacherous!

God bless.

Gillian x

Product List
Lovely As A Tree Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Lovely As A Tree Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Stamping Sponges

So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad

Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad

Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad

Tangerine Tango Classic Stampin' Pad

Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers

Bird Banter Photopolymer Stamp Set

Clear Block C

Clear Block D

Whisper White A4 Thick Cardstock

Whisper White A4 Card Stock

Chocolate Chip A4 Card Stock

Stampin' Trimmer

True Gentleman Buttons


Regals Stampin' Write Markers

Petal Palette

I got together with my Tuesday girls last night, put them together with paper, inks and stamps and it’s sure to be a fun night.

For this weeks class I decided to create three projects using the Petal Palette Bundle on page 23 of the Spring / Summer 2018 Occasions Catalogue. This is such a pretty set and I specifically chose it as one of the ladies wasn’t sure about it or what type of cards she could make using it.

The first card I came up with is a beautiful square Thank you card. I created the card base by cutting down the length of a piece of A4 Thick whisper white card stock at 5 7/8″, I then scored it 5 7/8″ to make a square card blank. I used calypso coral as my colour for this card but you could use your favourite. The Calypso coral card stock is 4″ x 4″ and layered on top is a piece Whisper white 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″.

I stamped the image and sentiment on scrap whisper white using Basic grey archival ink. I used the coordinating Framelit dies to cut out the roses and the trellis from a scrap of calypso coral card, then I used the Stitched shape Framelits to cut the circle round the sentiment.

I gave the flowers a wash of colour using my Aqua painter (because I’m colouring on whisper white, I remove the water well and use as little water as possible) and wild wasabi, so saffron and calypso coral. I use my ink pads as a palette for this process giving them a firm squeeze whilst shut, thereby transferring some ink into the lid (be sure to wipe clean after if you’ve excess water there).

To finish off, and because I like a bit of bling, I added a scattering of rhinestones.

I also stamped the beautiful image on the inside of the card and coloured in the same way. I’ve highlighted products I used throughout this post and by clicking on them you will be whisked away to my Stampin’ Up! Online shop, where you can shop until your hearts content! All orders this month will get a free gift from me as a small token of my appreciation. I’ve also included a comprehensive list of all products used for this card at the end of today’s post.

The second card was cased from Stesha Bloodhart, another talented demo, I just love it! If you would like a recipe for this card please just ask in the comments below… the artwork on this card is coloured using the Stampin’ Blends, go easy on me I’m new to alcohol markers! When I recreated this card with my class I stamped on very vanilla to tie in with the trim, and surprisingly the blends take on a slightly different tone… I’ll try and remember to list them side by side another day.

The third and final card is a beautifully feminine birthday card, it’s always good to have a good stock of birthday cards to hand, it’s seldom a week goes by without me needing at least one birthday card! Again just comment for the recipe!

I’d love to know which is your favourite, I’m unfortunately a bit like the late, and very much loved Bruce Forsythe…. they are all my favourites… just like my classmates, I love them all!

For now I’m off to hunt out my lightest clothing… not colour wise but weight, as I prepare for my weekly weigh in at the local slimming world group…. after I face the terror of the scales Wednesday evening improves tenfold with a big packet of my favourite crisps… either by way or celebrating or commiseration…

Enjoy the rest of your day, whatever it brings

Much love

Gillian x

Product List

Whisper White A4 Thick Cardstock [140490]

Whisper White A4 Card Stock [106549]

Calypso Coral A4 Card Stock [124392]

Petal Palette Clear-Mount Bundle [145974]

Rhinestone Basic Jewels [144220]

Aqua Painters [103954]

Stampin’ Trimmer [129722]

Big Shot Magnetic Platform [130658]

Big Shot [143263]

Basic Gray Archival Stampin’ Pad [140932]

So Saffron Classic Stampin’ Pad [126957]

Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin’ Pad [126959]

Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Pad [126983]

Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies [145372]

All images (c) 2018 Stampin’ Up!