Friday, 2 October 2015

...It's not what's under the tree...

Happy Friday Afternoon!! SOOO glad to see Friday this week, how about you? What are you up to - plans? or just a quiet weekend - well I have a date with about 536 other Coffee loving blog hoppers, the Fall Coffee Loving Hop is still on, but only just - you've only a few hours left. Here's the link.

I'm going to 'try' to get around at least some of them over the weekend, I've seen glimpses and it looks like an amazing hop!

I desperately wanted to case this card by Joan Bardee, Joan has away with a CAS card and this card spoke to me of peace yesterday when I needed peace. Isn't this fabby - must pop back over, see what ink she used...get some....

Well I decided that I wanted to make my own plaid and so I dug out the Pic Nic Pattern set, it has two neat plaid maker stamps, I used the narrower one and stamped some plaidy type patterns, loved the pumpkin spice and green plaid and so I went with that. I did stamp the stag image from Rustic Christmas (just released) but I baulked at the orange stag and went with the tree image instead. I used my plaid as a narrow outer border. I cut out the middle section and I'll keep that for another project.

One of the things I like about this Rustic Christmas set is the laid back feel - the images are intentionally 'grainy' here and there, and so I thought I'd just play that up by splattering my background panel with some white paint. Instant snow storm. I stamped the tree in Old Olive SU ink onto a tree shaped cut out that I made with my Silhouette Cameo (- free matching cut files available here) and then I sponged a little. The tree was grounded in a drift of white flock snow. Loved that.

Hope it tickles, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

...Slight delay to shipping

Folks, just a head's up to anyone ordering UK stock from the WMS store - our UK shipping will be delayed over the next two days due to an unexpected problem. Our vehicle was damaged when it was hit by another car. We were parked at the time and were not injured, the car is just going to be off the road for a while being repaired. I will have something in place by Thursday for deliveries, but tomorrow will be pretty lost while I try to get repairs organised. My apologies for anyone who experiences a delay at this time.

Friday, 25 September 2015

...Coffee Lovers Fall blog hop

Good morning, good morning! Welcome to the blog! I'm taking part in the Fall Coffee Lovers blog hop today! I love these - they are great fun and what a fabby subject matter! Coffee! Though I must admit I feel like a bit of a cheat as I'm a confirmed tea drinker, but I'm trying really hard to drink more coffee! 

 To see the other entries in the Fall Coffee Lovers hop check out the

The hop runs from today (the 25th Sep) until Friday October 2nd - get in!!

My card is pretty simple - I used the WMS Coffee Set stamp set and plenty of masking to create a big steamy cloud of coffee aroma for my coffee pot. I used circle punches to create masks, it was super simple. I did try it first in autumnal shades, but my oranges were getting a bit muddy, so I went for pinks and blues in the end. I suppose it's not overtly autumnal, but I do associate hot drinks with cooler weather, so maybe you will give me the benefit of the doubt on this one... I liked how the retirement sentiment fitted the shapes of the stamping, but this card would work with pretty much any sentiment. Hope it tickles!

Sneaky Blog Candy, right here!

As well as the usual massive haul of prizes that will be officially given away by sponsors (yep!! we're sponsoring too!) on the Coffee Lover blog - you really do need to pop over and check that out - I am giving away one of the two new Christmas sets that we just released on Monday - it's called Rustic Christmas quick piccie below. 

All you need to do is leave a comment here on the blog telling me what your favourite type of coffee is - I'd love to have your suggestions for what sort of coffee to sample - what should I be drinking, coffee-wise, that would convert me from a tea person to a coffee person?

Ok - I'm off - thanks for stopping by - can't wait to see you along the hop!

Monday, 21 September 2015

...September release now open

Good evening - I have two new sets for you this evening. We are making a start on Christmas here at WMS - it's never too early....

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New goodies for September

Rustic Christmas - 6x8 set £15.95

Scandi Doodle Christmas - 6x8 set £15.95

The pink card shown above is a large card - 7x4 inches - I stamped the partridge in a pear tree image multiple times and added a touch of colour.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

...Introducing Rustic Christmas

Good evening folks. I have a preview of one of the sets we are releasing tomorrow night - it's called Rustic Christmas. The new sets will be available from 7:00pm (UK time) at the WMS store.

I know - you're thinking "what happened to Halloween?" and since you ask, I'll tell you what happened to Halloween. I had two complimentary sets designed and I realised that I just was not 100% happy with them and so I am not releasing them. Simple. Now I know that's not what is meant to happen, but I have this thing where I won't produce a set unless I'm completely happy with it - it's happened a few times before - I take a design so far and then decide, meh, I'm not loving it, and so it doesn't make it to polymer. It's a shame but it's just one of those things...

Anywho, back to this set. It's a large set with 7 large stamps and two small ones. You can see 4 of the large stamps in this blog post. The stamps are big, solid stamps, with text sentiments reversed out of them. The solid background of the stamps contains something called 'noise' which is just graphic design speak for the appearance of dust and scratches in an image. The noise here is an integral part of the design. I'm going for a very rustic, woodsy feel for these stamps, and I like the aged look the noise gives to these images.

For my sample today I have made a bunch of simple tags - I used the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut various rectangles and simply stamped the images in a combination of Versacolour Burgundy and Cardinal red - this ink is super easy to blend on the stamp. I popped an eyelet in the corner of each tag and strung with some of the Brown Button twine trim.

Each stamp features a different Festive phrase.

 I cut the rectangle for the stocking tag by shortening a rectangle panel using the same die I cut it with, super simple and a great way to get more shapes from these dies.

I sure hope these tickle! Pop back tomorrow, we will have the full set reveals and maybe some more samples!