Good Saturday Morning Ladies,
I hope that you are all well and having a lovely relaxed weekend, I think sometimes a rainy weekend is a good excuse to really chill out and craft or do other things that you consider super relaxing, as you don't feel too guilty about not doing work in the garden.
So Michele wasn't able to do a Magazine Review this week as she has not received any new magazines, it's such a shame that so many magazines have been affected by the Covid 19 Pandemic, I really hope that they manage to get back to publishing soon as we all love a craft magazine, especially when we are struggling with our Craft Inspiration.
So....that being said, one magazine that seems to still be printing is my Creative Stamper Magazine, I received it on Wednesday so I thought I would have a go at doing the Magazine Review this week.
My Magazine Review
Here is my review of Issue 85 of Creative Stamper Magazine
This is the front of the magazine and this month's free gift is a set of stamps by Stampendous called Tropical Treetops, it features lots of Tropical leaves which are really 'on trend' right now, with some Tropical Birds and animals.
There was also a collection of free papers, also from Stampendous, they are amazing quality papers with some toppers and sentiments included too, that last paper looks like it has been sprinkled with metallic flakes and spritzed with water, so effective.
The First feature in the magazine looks at using some of the stamps in the Free stamp set to create fun backgrounds, if you zoom in it has a step by step feature using Distress Oxides, if any of you want a closer copy just let me know. I love the card of the right hand page at the bottom, they have used something called 'Magic Shaker' to create that lovely effect, I am guessing that it is a product similar to Brusho or Pixie powders but I love the effect.
The one brilliant thing about this magazine is that there is so much inspiration for the free stamp set.
This particular feature focuses on using the stamp set to create cards for the men in your life, there are some fun samples, including some different folds too.
Now I am pretty sure I have had this feature or one very similar to it in another magazine, I absolutely love these cards, I love them so much I am going to buy the stamp set that they use to make the cards.
Its called 'Peek Through Patterns' by Concord & 9th, I will add a picture of the stamp below
These are some closer shots of the cards that they have made with the stamp set, I am also going to add a close up of the technique that they used below.....
I wanted to include this technique piece as I think that you could achieve similar results if you have a stripey stamp of any kind.
This feature is all about getting the most from your masks and stencils, you can use different mediums through your stencils to get different effects, I think that they have focused on Masculine cards this time, they have used Distress Oxides, Sparkle Mediums, Grunge paste, embossing powder and Nuvo Expaning mousse to create some of these effects.
These cards were all made using the free papers that came with the magazine, it's nice to see how they have used them as I looked at some and thought 'what on earth would i use that for?" But they actually look quite effective.
It's nice to have so many different Designers using the free stamps as they all add their on personal touch which gives a broader range of inspiration, this particular designer has worked on combining the Branch stamp with some of the creatures, giving some great cards for those pesky males.!
That's most of the features in this magazine, there was quite a few more features but they were based on various different stamp and die sets that non of us have, so I didn't really see the point of adding them.
I will say that this magazine works really hard on giving you a huge range of inspiration for the free gift that they give you.
I hope you have enjoyed my version of the Magazine Review, hopefully Michele will be back in the 'Hot Seat' next week.
Lynda has shared a couple of photo's of her gorgeous Grandson Harry on his 6th Birthday, how is he 6 already?!! I have to say he looks so grown up without his long blond curls. That is some mean machine he has had for his birthday!
Thanks so much for sharing the photos Lynda, Happy 6th Birthday Harry xxxxxx
Lilian sent me a couple of photos of her shed upgrade, the first photo shows the brand new shed, you can see by the amount of space around it how much work Lilian and Roger had to do to make room for it, it looks like you had to do a fair bit of pruning too, it must have been tricky getting it to fit in around that cable too. You have done an amazing job, the new shed is an fantastic upgrade and I am sure it will be blended in to the background very soon as the shrubs and trees grow to cover it a little.
It looks a good size shed too, I don't suppose it will take you long to fill it!
Thanks so much for sharing the photos with us Lilian, it is lovely to see the things that we talk about. XXX
Have a lovely weekend Ladies,
Love and hugs to all of you,