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I'm Lesley and I've been a crafter all my life. I discovered paper crafting about 30 years ago and this is now my great passion.

Friday 26 May 2023

Dancing hippo

 Good afternoon, 

We are enjoying absolutely beautiful weather here in the UK and we have a Bank Holiday weekend too! Let’s hope it stays this way as we are actually away with our caravan on a rally in Lincolnshire. 

Here is a card I hadn’t intended to post until we got back home but it will be too late to enter it for the Global Design Project. It’s a fun double slider card with a twist; both sides pull out as usual and as if by magic the dancing hippo floats gracefully across the stage. ❤️



All images are copyright Stampin’Up!

For this project I used the fab Zoo Crew Suite by StampinUp! #161319. The tiger ballerina image was die cut from the DSP and the others fussy cut. All the curtains s, tie-backs and ballon’s are from the suite too. I used the stylish shapes dies  to cut the banner and 1 u/8” ouch to make the pull out handles. 
I love the Lost Lagoon cardstock. So pretty when teamed with the pastel pink , crumb cake and black. Lost lagoon ink for stamping coordinates perfectly 🩵





Hope you all have a creative weekend 

See you back here soon,

Lesley x

Monday 8 May 2023

This little Piggy.....



 Hi everyone,

Thanks for stopping by. My card today is the cutest mix of old and new; an old, retired Stampin'Up! stamp that is no longer in the present catalogue so only available second-hand, and a brand new 6 x6 DSP called Bright and Beautiful which is in the new Annual catalogue (#161449).





I made the card for our niece who is crazy about all things Piggy. In a recent tidying of the craft room (sharp intake of breath, here) I rediscovered a handful of centre stepper card bases that I had made ages ago - result - just right for a piggy. That would have been a bit bland for this character so I added a topper element. I've hand-drawn a template from my own bases. If you're in the US, your card will be shorter at 11" so please use the extra sizes on the far right and the full length of your card. 




 I love the new DSP - it's just right for any kind of celebration and they suit this card so well. The 6x6 packs have 48 sheets so plenty of fun ahead. you might see lots more cards using these papers with the new in-colours - lemon lime twist / pretty peacock / azure afternoon / blueberry bushel / berry burst / bubble bath. 

If you need lots of co-ordinating cardstock, SU do a mixed pack of 20 A4 sheets so you can try them all out with minimal outlay - such a great idea! (see product list below)

Thanks so much for joining me again today. 

Lesley x


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SU Products - all available in my store https://lesleykilby.stampinup.net/   If you are ordering over £30 there, please add the Host code for May MK2K3NVF to get an additional freebie from me. Should your order before shipping total £100 -please contact me to help you get the best possible deals. With an order that size, you might want to take up the offer of becoming a demo to get your own discount, even for a short while as the joining offers are always tremendous. Just saying!

Contact me via messenger or email: lkilby3591@gmail.com


SU Products used:

Bright & Beautiful 6 x 6 DSP #161449

Thick Basic white  card #159392

Paper trimmer #152392    Id be lost without this !!!! 

Paper snips scissors  #103579

Multi purpose liquid glue #154974

New incolour mixed pack  cardstock#161709

Moody Mauve ink pad #161649

Simply Shammy stamp cleaner #147042



Wednesday 3 May 2023

Musical Theatre

 Woohoo!

At last the new StampinUp! Annual Catalogue is live and I can take orders for the wonderful new products and fresh colours.




Here is a theatre card I made with new Zoo Crew Suite. As soon as I saw the pictures of the suite online, I knew I wanted to try this style of card and it was so right. When I make a purchase, I want to know I can really get full use out of every bit - with this suite

*the DSP has cute animals on one side - these are themed - music, hobbies, dancing, party, outdoors, wheels. 

*Each of the papers has a different back-side which is black and white so no scrap gets wasted. Double winner there! 

*The animals themselves are mainly line-drawings with a pop of colour so you can leave them or colour in. The coloured parts go with old and new colours **** - petal pink / pumpkin pie /lemon-lime twist - returning new colour / pool party / crumb cake / basic black 

*they are cute but not tooo cute so they work for young people and young at heart too!

*the animals can be easily fussy cut or even better - there are outline dies to cut out many of them ***

*the stamp set includes 6 animals, 3 sentiments and cute music notes and party stars. I made my own background with the music notes ** They are sized to fit the dies*, great sentimentsin nice font*. I love that I can make these animals in any colour in case i run out of the ones that match the papers.

*the dies include  trees, cloud, flowers, balloons, flag label, plus the curtains and tie-backs to make the stage setting too.

*ooh, nearly forgot!- The suite comes with 2 colours of narrow ribbon (petal pink and lemon/lime) so I don't have to buy any extras for the time being - there is always so much new stuff that I have to be a bit mindful of the budget and not overspend!!!!! We all have a budget! 

So when I buy something new, I like to have 3 stars or uses for products or suites - I got to at least eight without even scratching myhead - so I got it!!!

Can you tell, I love it! Maybe.

I haven't made a video to show the construction of the card but if you search Theatre card there are lots on YouTube.

Thanks so much for joining me again today. 

Lesley x


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SU Products - all available in my store https://lesleykilby.stampinup.net/   If you are ordering over £30 there, please add the Host code for May MK2K3NVF to get additional freebie from me. Should your order before shipping total £100 -please contact me to help you get the best possible deals. . With an order that size you might want to take up the offer of becoming a demo to get your own discount, even for a short while as the joining offers are always tremendous. Just saying!


Here are the SU products I used to make this but you could use any colour card.

Zoo Crew Suite #161319    

(which includes the Zany Zoo bundled stamps and dies with 10% savings #161315) 

Zoo Crew DSP #161304,    

Ribbon duo combo pack #161318

Lost Lagoon cardstock #133686

Lemon Lolly cardstock # 161729

Lost Lagoon ink pad #161678

The sentiment label is one of the dies from Stylish Shapes #159183





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