Tuesday, 31 March 2009

The Wanderer's Return...

We've just returned from the Great Northern Papercrafts Extravaganza show at Harrogate organised by Craftwork Cards.

It was great to see so many of you there having fun. We had the lovely Chris demo'ing at one end of our stand and she just had way too much fun showing lots of general stamping tips and techniques including playing with the glue glider pro tape runner pictured here.

And at the other end of our stand, as Gina was taking it easy on a boat somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic, we had a stand in for the show - introducing the latest recruit to our demonstration team, the wonderful Frances showing off her skills using the Art Impression stamp range with watercolouring techniques. Considering she has only had a few goes with this stamping style (well actually with crafting at all), she did a superb job and created some really colourful and imaginative little pieces of artwork. Really gave us all some brilliant ideas to try ourselves. Now you could say i'm a little biased, she is my mum after all!!! But hey, what a mum!

Here's a little section of our stand, displaying some of the latest and very colourful brads and accessories we had to offer.

Next Show : The Big Stamp and Scrapbooking show at Alexandra Palace, London - 18th and 19th April 2009 - see you there.

Monday, 23 March 2009

Mother's Day Delight

I just had to share this stunning card with you all.
ANOTHER one of our very talented customers (Clare Chalk) popped in earlier this week to show me the card she was planning on sending to her mother-in-law for mother's day yesterday.

It is just the cutest card, Clare's incorporated the cricut machine to create floral border, and take a close up look to the message motif...

Recognise the very, very useful stamp 'it's your day' by hero arts? Nicely finished off with just plain ole punched out circles overlaid to give an interesting scallop, flower effect.

Now this flower box from the tilda collection (2297H), i just wouldn't have looked twice at on the shelf but i am so impressed with how it's stmaped out and looks just amazing with the cute sweetheart tilda (2321G) sitting on it. The colouring is very effective too and i think all Clare used was our favouirte water-based markers - marvy le plume II pens. The card is just finished off with a few flowers and brads and there you go.

Lucky Clare's mother-in-law, to recieve such a fantastic card. Well done Clare, it's amazing.

By the way, if you are ever planning a trip to see us here in Peterborough and fancy a decent pub meal while you are over here, Clare's pub is within a couple of minutes drive and serves extremely yummy food at a decent price (www.thecrabandwinkle.co.uk). I should know, i've been there twice this past week!

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Bad Blogger!

Blimey, can't believe i'm so behind with keeping you guys up-to-date with the happenings here at Sir Stampalot. Spent last night sorting all the photos out so i should be able to keep the photos and card ideas coming.

Firstly, i just have to show you some of the cards Louise Molesworth demo'ed here at Sir Stampalot Central on Valentine's day - Saturday 14th Feb.

Louise so enjoyed herself demo'ing and by the sounds of things, those who were able to come along, watch and support us, had a wonderful time too.

Here's Louise in action...

and here's some of the cards up close...

Tilda with Hearts is definitely one of the more popular stamps designs from the Tilda Jingle Jangle collection. I love the flicky-up hair style.

Louise has also used the Goblin Branch to enchance the corner motif. The use of nested circles and scalloped circles is just so cool with a cute small heart brad to enhance the centre.

I think this is one of the first stamps from the Tilda collection that i remember Louise going for - Tilda with Bird.

Louise has decoupaged Tilda's bird to make him stand out. Like many of Louise's creations, Tilda and Bird are coloured with versacolor cubes (applied with a paintbrush) and then sometimes clear embossed to give a glazed finish, depending on the image and desired finished effect Louise is after.
The circular stamped greeting used in the centre of the motif is THE very versitile Hero Arts stamp - "It's Your Day" (great for any ocassion).

I just love the attention to detail Louise has to finishing the cards. Just look at this little shrink plastic cherries from the Tilda collection, and there's that stamp again - "It's Your Day":

and this cupcake case (from the Hero Arts set CL158) has been decorated with just some left over circles punched out of cardstock - so effective yet soooo simple. Along with the glaze used on the cupcake icing and cherry:

Louise sure knows how to do some really unique shaker cards.

And cream shrink plastic is definitely Louise's signature, just look at this embellishment stamped with these cool candles from the Hero Arts cupcakes stamp set and shrunk down.

Thanks for a fantastic demo Louise - watch this space for another Louise demo day coming soon.....