Sunday, 17 October 2010

Happiness Shared

The photo does not show up the gorgeous colours on this card properly. I used Sahara Sand, Soft Suede and Blushing Bride (In Color) and the new stamp set Happiness Shared.

I stamped the greeting all over the Whisper White card using Sahara Sand ink and then layered it on some Soft Suede. The rose image was stamped in Soft Suede and, using a blender pen, coloured with Blushing Bride ink with a smidge of So Saffron in the centre. I then used the blender pen again to drag out the Soft Suede ink into the leaves and stems. The background on the card base is stamped with the small rose leaf from the set inked in Sahara Sand. A strip of gorgeous Blushing Bride DSP was attached across the middle of the card and the sentiment (from Fresh Cuts stamp set) stamped in Soft Suede.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Kimono Lanterns

I love this cute stamp set, Kimono Kids.

The colours are Baha Breeze, Pink Pirouette and Early Espresso. I popped up the middle lantern on a dimensional and added one of the phrases from Heard from the Heart stamp set. I also used a Whisper White rub-on from the Hidden Garden Blooms set onto the Baha Breeze card base. Lovely!!

Take care until next time ......


Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Easy Christmas card

I recently took delivery of the new Stampin' Up! Ornament punch, the Hostess Level One pack of designer papers, and Heard from the Heart sentiment stamp set. I sat twiddling the other day and came up with this super-easy Christmas card.

The base card is one of the new In Colour's, Poppy Parade, with a layer of Early Espresso and Whisper White. I stamped the greeting onto the Whisper White with Early Espresso ink and stamped the string for the baubles (using the stamp from Tree Trimmings) hanging from the sentiment. Each bauble consists of three punched ornaments scored in half and glued together. I then stuck them under the bauble string.

I really love these designer papers in the new In Colours - think I will be making quite a few of these cards for Christmas.

Take care until next time......


Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Should have gone to Specsavers .......

My eyes have had a 'Syndrome' for many years now, but recently have felt that they had got alot worse. To cut a long story short, I went to see my Optition who told me to cut right back on close work (craft), reading (my second favourite hobby), computer work (less surfing,) etc, and issued me with new glasses (bottle bottom lenses, very chic!) and a return appointment in six months.

So, as you can imagine, I am very disappointed. I really need to re-assess what I can and can't do and maybe make some difficult decisions. I have a few projects to post from before this happened, so will try and get them posted this week.

Take care until next time ........


Saturday, 9 October 2010

K & Co gift bags

I know, I know, it's another non-Stampin' Up! project - but, hang on, the cardstock is (Basic Black), the button is (Latte - retired) and so is the white gel pen I used for the faux stitching, so not as bad as you think!!

I took a whole pad of these papers to a sale I was involved in recently as I hadn't found any inspiration for them, they just sat in a drawer being gazed at and stroked (you know what I mean!). But, as I stood there watching people flick through the papers (and buying most of them) lots of projects using them kept whizzing around my head. The day after the sale I had to check how many of these were left, and to my huge relief there were just a few sitting in the bottom of a box.

These are coming with me to Leicester too, but, will I be able to part with them?

Take care until next time ....


Friday, 8 October 2010

Newsprint U-Turn

I can hear my Stampin' Up! upline, Helen, chuckling away at this moment, and saying "I told you so!". When I first got my hands on the new Newsprint DSP I was very disappointed because I felt the images on the papers were too large for card making, and I just couldn't see how I was going to use it. How wrong I was ......

I have been covering little notebooks since a few years BSU (Before Stampin' Up!) and decided to take a deep breath and get out the Newsprint DSP. As Real Red cardstock was already on my desk I used that too along with the new Basic Black 3mm taffeta ribbon. The flower is made using the Boho Blossoms punch.

Of course, me being me, I couldn't leave it there and had to make this to go with it. Real Red CS, Newsprint DSP but this time I used the Real Red satin ribbon. The satin ribbons are my favourite at the moment because they tie beautifully.

As I have a craft fair coming up on Saturday (did I tell you about it?!!!!) I have made quite a few of the pencil boxes and matching notebooks. The good thing about having a notebook fetish is that if my notebooks don't sell I can use them myself!!! Hmmm, maybe I will conveniently forget to take them with me ..............

Hope to see you in Leicester!!!


Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Leicester Craft Fair Saturday 9th October

On Saturday 9th October the Leicestershire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre is hosting their annual Craft Fair. It will be at Groby Village Hall from 10am to 3.30pm. The last event was amazing with lots and lots of stalls manned by very talented craftspeople, I always spend a fortune (especially if Les Flint is there with his unusual and fabulous jewellery). It is a perfect opportunity to, a) support a very worthy cause, and, b) a chance to buy unique, handcrafted gifts. I will be there with my stall of goodies so come along and say Hi!

I have made some of these quirky baskets to take with me, I must confess though that two of them won't make it to the fair - I've kept them!!!!

Now I know that these baskets aren't made with Stampin' Up! supplies, but I think I can be forgiven as the proceeds of the fair are for charity!

I will post more of my goodies soon.

Hope to see you there!


PS They serve the best bacon butties and cake too!!!!

Monday, 4 October 2010

Fabulous Friend

Here's another Greenhouse Gala DSP card for you. The base card is Early Espresso, and, do you spy the new Early Espresso ribbon? The greeting is from Oval All stamp set punched out with the Large Oval punch and then matted onto the new Pear Pizzazz cardstock which has been punched with the Scalloped Oval punch. I coloured the flowers on the greeting using Blender Pens and ink pads.

Easy peasy card and really cute!

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Stamps: Oval All
Paper: Greenhouse Gala
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Punches: Large Oval, Scallop Border, Scallop Oval
Ribbon: 3mm Taffeta in Early Espresso

Take care until next time...........


Friday, 1 October 2010

At long last the great unveiling!

So, it's the 1st of October, so you know what that means - Stampin' Up!'s new Idea Book and Catalogue goes live at 11am today!!

Being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I was very fortunate to be able to pre-order certain items to have a 'play' with before today. This is my first offering to you - I used the gorgeous, gorgeous new Designer Papers called Greenhouse Gala along with the new dark brown (my new black!!) Early Espresso.

These papers have three of my 'got to have' new colours, Baha Breeze, Early Espresso and the new In Color Pear Pizzazz. "What's an In Color?", I hear you say - we are getting an extra five new colours every year that will last two years, and Pear Pizzazz is amongst our first release! Stock up, it's gorgeous!

Stampin' Up! have made soooo many changes for me to tell you about that this would be a very long post. The main changes come in the form of; out with the old and in with the new colours (we have been telling you of this for a while); flat rate of £4.95 postage per order, by the uber-efficient UPS (no more will it or won't it come today!!); a different designed punch and LOTS more shapes; ribbon galore; and, more importantly, more stamp sets!

If you haven't got a copy of the new Idea Book and Catalogue, order one now!!!

Take care until next time ......


Sunday, 19 September 2010

Glittery Dasher

As a few of you have Dasher on order, you will be as frustrated as I am that he is still not in stock. Stampin' Up! are hoping to start delivering this hugely popular stamp next week.

I love this Close to Cocoa/Bashful Blue combination, but sadly we can no longer order Close to Cocoa cardstock as it has been discontinued and now sold out. Good job I bought 3 packets!!!

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Stamps: Dasher, Tiny Tags
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Bashful Blue
Card: Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
Paper: Bashful Blue DSP
Whisper White grosgrain ribbon
Tag punch
Vintage brad
Dazzling Diamonds glitter

Take care until next time........


Sunday, 12 September 2010

No posts again ............

But, I have been crafting, honest!

Good News: I have had my delivery of sneak peeks from the new catalogue, which is out on October 1st, and have been making some gorgeous things to show you.

Bad News: Because my new products are sneak peeks for Stampin' Up! demonstrators only, I can't post any of the yummy things I have made until October 1st - AARRGGHH!!! (Don't you wish you were a demonstrator now??? Contact me if you would like to know how to sign up and get all the new yummies!

What I can tell you is that the new colours are going to knock your socks off, I've already had to order some more cardstock! Gorgeous new papers (stroking them now). Funky punches. Cuter than cute stamp sets ................. ooops, I'm giving too much away!!

Hopefully I will also be posting details of my new classes next week (if I can stop crafting and stroking long enough!).

Take care until next time.........


Sunday, 5 September 2010

Fun and Fast Notes bird

I told you I have made loads of recess cards!!

This one is made from Kraft CS (soon to be called Crumb Cake in the new catty) with Mellow Moss DSP from the Patterns Pack DSP III, free Level 1 Hostess gift when you spend £150 or more. I added some So Saffron as an accent colour behind the image and the greeting. The image is from the very versatile Fun and Fast Notes stamp set which I stamped onto Whisper White in Basic Grey ink and coloured with Close to Cocoa, So Saffron and Mellow Moss inks and a Blender Pen. I then used the Mat Pack and Paper Piercer to prick a border around the edge.

More to follow.........

Friday, 3 September 2010

Studio Sketches Recess Card

Phew, Friday already, where did the week go? It was my birthday at the beginning of the week, and, as it was also the Bank Holiday, I was really busy and did not have time to post anything!

Remember I said I had made a box full of recess cards? Well, here is another. ****Non-Stampin' Up products alert**** Those of a nervous disposition please look away now...............

I really like this little Stampin' Up! stamp set. It is one of the free Hostess Level 1 sets that you can earn for orders over £150, found in the Mini Catalogue. But, don't forget, this stamp set is only available until the end of this month, so if you want it you had better get your skates on......

I made a simple white recess card and added a square of Always Artichoke in the centre. The paper frame is from my stash, as is the greeting. I stamped the image onto a square of Whisper White with Close to Cocoa ink. With a Blender Pen I went over the image to 'drag' the colour around and added a very weak wash of Always Artichoke ink over the pears. I stamped the bowl of fruit, as before, onto a scrap of white and cut it out to pop it up on a dimensional.

Guess what my Hubby got me for my birthday (as well as books, books and more books (so I like to read!))? Money to spend in the new catalogue!!!! Only 27 days to go....................

Friday, 27 August 2010

Friendly Owl - hopefully!

Sometimes a swift kick in the laptop helps!!!

Isn't he a cutie?

The image is from the Fox and Friends set that is in the Mini Catalogue, which I used the Rock 'n' Roll technique using Pumpkin Pie and Close to Cocoa inks. The "moon" behind is So Saffron CS sponged around the edge with Close to Cocoa ink. The branch is punched out in Close to Cocoa and Old Olive CS using the Two-Step Bird punch, again from the Mini Catalogue. These were assembled on a piece of Whisper White and Close to Cocoa that had the corners rounded and the edges sponged with Close to Cocoa ink as before. On the front of the Pumpkin Pie base card I stamped some foliage from the Pocket Silhouettes stamp set.

I am really going to miss Close to Cocoa when Stampin' Up! retire the colour at the end of September - better put in a huge order for cardstock and ink pads before it is too late!!!

Friendly Owl

I have a gorgeous little card to show you, but for some reason Blogger won't upload the picture - aaaaggghhh!!! Bear with me while I kick something..................

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Not a recess card!

I really love this stamp set, Vintage Vogue, and I am hoping and praying that it makes it from the Mini Catalogue into the new main catalogue which is out on 1st October.
The base card is 14cm square in Soft Suede. I used the Very Vintage wheel and rolled it across the front with Soft Suede ink. Then I attached a 13cm square layer of Rich Razzleberry CS in the centre of the card. On a 12.5cm square of Very Vanilla I stamped the vine from the set in Soft Suede. The large flower from the set is stamped in Rich Razzleberry and the smaller is in Pale Plum. These were cut out, curled and layered together with a Vintage brad and attached onto the card using Glue Dots. The greeting is from Occasional Greetings and is stamped in Rich Razzleberry. I also used the Very Vintage wheel with the Soft Suede ink on the inside of the Very Vanilla insert.
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Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Occasional Greetings
Card: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum
Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel and Jumbo Handle
Vintage Brads
Glue Dots

Monday, 23 August 2010

Fun and Fast Notes new baby cards

A few weeks ago I had a stall at a local fair and decided I would make a box full of my favourite recess cards. Did I bite off more than I could chew? - you bet!! After making about 20 I had had enough. Plus, as soon as I had made them people kept buying them!!! (I know, that is why I made them in the first place!!) That is the reason there is no pink card, the glue wasn't even dry on the insert before it sold!
This stamp set, Fun & Fast Notes, has to be one of the most versatile sets in the catalogue as there is a stamp for every occasion. I received Fun and Fast Notes in my demonstrator starter kit and have not only used all the images (as there are 8 in the set it is perfect to use at a workshop) I have also used the greetings alongside other images.
On the front of the white recess card I added a frame of Bashful Blue DSP/Tall Tales DSP and inside the recess I added a square of Bashful Blue CS/So Saffron CS. I stamped the image onto a piece of Whisper White with Basic Grey, and then again on Bashful Blue CS/So Saffron CS. I cut out the body of the pram from the coloured card and glued it over the stamped image on the Whisper White. To make the polka dots on the pram I used my white gel pen. Using my Mat Pack and Paper Piercer I pricked a border around the image square and attached it into the centre of the recess. The greeting was stamped onto Whisper White with Basic Grey and punched out using the Stampin' Up! oval punch. This was then attached to coloured card and punched out with the co-ordinating Scallop Oval punch.
As I made sooooooo many recess cards I promise I will only post a few!!!
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Card: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, So Saffron
Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes
Ink: Basic Grey
Paper: Bashful Blue Designer Paper, Tall Tales DSP
Mat Pack & Paper Piercer
Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch
White Gel Pen

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Time Out............

I am sorry for the lack of posts, but I really needed some craft-free time as I felt completely burnt out. As a lot of you know, I put so much into my projects and classes, probably too much!, and recently I have found myself unable to face going into my craft room. Also, I have had some difficult personal decisions to make recently and needed a clear head to sort things out. A weeks holiday on the gorgeous Suffolk coast has done me the world of good and I have started crafting again.

In the next couple of days I am hoping to post some little things I have been working on.

Thank you for your kind messages.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Soft Suede Vintage Vogue

Sorry for the very skewiff photo, this was the only position on my desk I could get any light today!

While I was making the last Vintage Vogue card the idea for this one just popped into my head. I was very doubtful about the colour combination, so made it anyway to see what it would look like!! The colours are Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry and Kraft. It's growing on me...........

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Stamps: Vintage Vogue (Mini), Sincere Salutations, Very Vintage wheel, Sanded background
Card: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Kraft
Ink: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry

Monday, 12 July 2010

Vintage Vogue flowers

I called in to see my upline, Helen, for a cuppa, and she ended up showing me how to make this layered flower using the Vintage Vogue set. When I eventually got home I couldn't wait to have a go and this is the result.

The base card is Ruby Red, the die cut is Kraft and virtually all the images are from the Vintage Vogue stamp set. I also used the Tiny Tags stamp set with the matching punch. The inks are Ruby Red and Chocolate Chip and the ribbon is the Chocolate Chip satin from the Mini catalogue.

I love this stamp set, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it makes it into the new catalogue in October!!

All Items Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Vintage Vogue (Mini), Tiny Tags (Mini)
Card: Ruby Red, Kraft, Very Vanilla
Ink: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip
Tiny Tags punch
Chocolate Chip Satin ribbon (Mini)
Pearls from Pretties Kit

Saturday, 3 July 2010

You are my sunshine.........

I think that the Something Sweet stamp set in the Mini catalogue is sooo cute, just love this sunflower!!
The base card is So Saffron cardstock and the layers on the front of the card are Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery and Whisper White. The petals are stamped with So Saffron ink and the leaves in Certainly Celery. I stamped the sentiment in Chocolate Chip onto Whisper White. The 'seeds' inside the cup are punched from Chocolate Chip cardstock with the 3/4" circle punch, to which I added a highlight with a white gel pen, and sealed inside with a scrap of Certainly Celery.
I sat looking at this card eating a nectarine and over-looking my garden, made me feel all summery!!!
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Stamps: Something Sweet
Card: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
Sweet Treat Cups
1 3/4" circle punch
3/4" circle punch
White gel pen

Thursday, 1 July 2010

If it ain't Baroque, don't fix it..........

Corny I know...................

You know how you get those annoying adverts that flash on and off on some websites? This is where I got the inspiration for this card, it was actually a pile of cushions, but, hey, I'll take inspiration from anywhere at the moment!!

My base card is Certainly Celery with a Whisper White insert. On a piece of Basic Black I have stamped the swirl from Baroque Motifs in Versamark and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. A knot of the gorgeous black and white striped grosgrain was added around the black card before I attached it to the card front. The flower and the circle it sits on is made using Whisper White, Certainly Celery and Basic Black cardstock circles, punched out using a variety of Stampin' Up! circle punches. The circles for the flower were scrunched up and attached together with a Crystal brad in the centre. The greeting is from Pocket Silhouettes stamp set punched out with the Word Window punch.

The photo looks a bit skewiff, but I was trying to get the light shining on the embossing. You should know by now that photography is not my strong point!!

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Baby Boy card

Ooooh this photograph is soooo bad, sorry!!

The base card is Certainly Celery with a layer of Bashful Blue DSP. A knot of Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon was tied around the DSP before sticking it on the card. I punched a hole in the front with the 1 3/4" circle punch and one of the fun Treat Cups put through the hole and attached at the back. The rattle handle is from the Something Sweet stamp set (Mini) which I stamped with Certainly Celery ink onto Whisper White. The cup was filled with co-ordinating tiny beads and the back was sealed with the Whisper White insert. Before attaching the insert, I stamped the 'sweet little baby' sentiment from the set so that it would show through the cup - thank goodness for the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig!!!

Stampin' Up Items
Stamps: Something Sweet
Card: Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Paper: Bashful Blue DSP
Ink: Certainly Celery
Certainly Celery 1/4" grosgrain ribbon.

Beads from stash

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Bella Bleu Iris Folding-ish box

Ok, so I went the whole hog and made a bag to go with the card and tag!!
Instructions for the Iris Folding as earlier post. The bag is a simple 7, 14, 21, 28cm box.
That's the last of these projects, honest....................

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Doctor Who card!!!!

When watching an episode of Doctor Who I spied some wallpaper in one of the shots and the colours and pattern of this card came into my head!! It's a bit over the top for me but this is how it evolved!
The shape of the card and the Whisper White front is made using Nestabilities. The base card is Melon Mambo stamped using the gorgeous Bella Toile backround stamp in Basic Black ink.
I joined the front and back together with some Melon Mambo ribbon, adding a punched black flower and a pearl from the Pretties Kit. I stamped the sentiment in Basic Black and Melon Mambo and added a punched flower.
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Stamps: Bella Toile background, Happy Everything
Card: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Melon mambo
Punches: Eyelet Border punch, Boho Blossoms
Pretties Kit

Friday, 18 June 2010

Bella Bleu Iris Folding-ish tag

I loved the Iris Folding-ish card I made a few days ago and decided to make a tag to go with it.

The shape of the tag and apperture is made using Nestabilities and the Iris Folding is as before.


Wednesday, 16 June 2010

A cute box from scrap!

Whilst making a Basic Black box to fit a pressie into, I got it completely wrong and the lid didn't fit.............but, did I throw the lid away? Of course not, I kept it! It has been in my craft room for a while and then when making another box and getting the measurements wrong (again!) this gave me the base!!!! Remember, never throw anything away.................
All I added was a bow of the gorgeous black and white striped grosgrain ribbon around the box base. For the top I added a couple of flowers from the Pretties Kit, with a Certainly Celery flower punched using the 5 Petal Punch, a circle of the ribbon and a Crystal brad from the Pretties Kit held it all together. The foliage is punched from Certainly Celery using the branch from the Bird punch.
All Items Stampin' Up!
Card: Certainly Celery, Basic Black
Pretties Kit
Bird Punch
5 Petal Punch

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Bella Bleu Iris Folding-ish card

This is Iris Folding in it's simplest form, but still very beautiful.
I used a 14cm square Kraft cardstock base and a Very Vanilla insert with a few strips of Bella Bleu designer paper as embellishment. The hole for the Iris Folding was created with a Nestability and a larger sized frame in Bordering Blue was also die cut. Working from the inside of the card, I lay the apperture at an angle over my gridpaper and followed the 1cm increments with strips of Bella Bleu designer paper, sticking them down with Snail adhesive as I went along. To cover the back I cut out a 13.5cm Kraft square and stuck it down with Sticky Strip. I wrapped a piece of Kraft taffeta ribbon around the Bordering Blue frame, tied a knot and glued a flat-backed pearl from the Pretties Kit over the middle. After stamping the sentiments, from Tiny Tags stamp set, and punching them out with the Tag punch, I tied them to the ribbon with a piece of Linen Thread. I punched out a butterfly and then stamped the vine pattern from Tiny Tags in Bordering Blue. To make the body and antennae of the butterfly, I simply wrapped some Linen Thread around it and left a couple of threads.
All Items Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Tiny Tags (Mini)
Paper: Bella Bleu DSP
Card: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Bordering Blue
Butterfly Punch, Tiny Tags Punch (Mini)
Kraft Taffeta ribbon, Linen Thread

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Fairy Wishes

Sometimes you just want to make a card for the fun of it................

This all started with the cloud paper from the Sweet Pea paper stack from the mini. I couldn't think how I was going to use it and decided to have a play.

The base card is Mellow Moss and the cloud paper is layered onto So Saffron. I stamped the flowers from Bird on a Branch in Pretty in Pink onto Whisper White, then over-stamped the foliage from Pocket Silhouettes in Mellow Moss over the top. This was cut out and popped up on dimensionals.

The 'fairy' is made up from the All in the Family set. The wings are made up of a layer of vellum and another of pink designer paper then punched using the gorgeous Butterfly punch. Easy!

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Stamps: All in the Family, Bird on a Branch, Pocket Silhouettes

Card: Mellow Moss, So Saffron, Whisper White

Ink: Mellow Moss, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron.

Paper: Sweet Pea paper stack, Vellum

Butterfly punch, Word Window punch

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Another Crazy for Cupcakes card

I told you once I had made one I couldn't stop ..........

This card was made exactly the same way as the previous post, all I changed was the cardstock substituting Melon Mambo for Taken with Teal.

Isn't it cute?

Friday, 11 June 2010

Crazy for Cupcakes card

I found the inspiration for this card on the wonderful Jenny Moore's Stamping Moments blog. Where she used Bird on a Branch, I got one of my favourite sets out - Crazy for Cupcakes. The reason I like this set is because you can colour it in, you see I'm still a child at heart............
The base card is Melon Mambo and Basic Black. I cut off part of the front and replaced it with a piece of polka dot window sheet (from the excellent Night and Day speciality paper pack currently available in the Mini catalogue). Before attaching the Basic Black to the front of the card I used the Eyelet border punch along one edge. I then attached a piece of black gingham ribbon around the front.
The image is stamped in Basic Black ink and coloured using Melon Mambo ink and a blender pen. This was then popped up onto dimensionals.
Of course, after making one of these cards I couldn't stop ...................
All Items Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Card: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Melon Mambo
Black Gingham ribbon
Polka Dot Window Sheet from Night and Day Speciality paper pack.
Eyelet border punch.

Thursday, 10 June 2010


I decided that my next classes will use the fun Cheers to You stamp set. I love this stamp set as it reminds me of holiday cocktails..............

While I was preparing the cards for the classes, I got a bit distracted and made this lovely card. The base is Chocolate Chip CS with a layer of Rose Red CS, and a piece of Sweet Pea designer paper (which is only available while stocks last). The pleated strip of paper is also from the paper stack with a Sweet Pea felt flower and leaves popped on the top - these items are available in the Mini catalogue.

I stamped the images on Whisper White CS with Basic Grey ink and coloured using ink pads and blender pens. The images were layered onto Old Olive CS with the greeting popped up on dimensionals. I used my trusty corner rounder on some of the corners to give a softer look.

All Items Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Cheers to You
Card: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Whisper White, Old Olive
Paper: Sweet Pea Designer Paper Stack
Ink: Old Olive, Rose Red, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Bordering Blue
Sweet Pea stitched felt flowers
Corner Rounder punch

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

I'm still here, just................

It's been so long since I last posted, I'd almost forgotten how to do it!

After my bout of tonsillitis and then a holiday I couldn't wait to get back into my craft room again. I have sat here since Sunday, but inspiration failed me...........until I picked up my pack of Cottage Wall DSP this afternoon!!

The base card is Rich Razzleberry which I covered with some of the Cottage Wall papers. Using Playful Petals stamp set I stamped the flowers (Rich Razzleberry ink) and leaves (Soft Suede ink) onto more designer papers and then cut them out. The leaves and petals were shaped and popped up on dimensionals. The greeting is from Oval All stamp set punched out using the Oval punch.

The insert is Whisper White with the large flower stamped in Rich Razzleberry.

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Stamps: Playful Petals, Oval All

Card: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede

Paper: Cottage Wall DSP

Oval Punch

Monday, 24 May 2010

Oooooooh, Soft Suede

OK, I'll put my hands up and admit.....I wasn't too keen on Soft Suede when I first received it! OMG, was I wrong, it's gorgeous - watch out Old Olive and Chocolate Chip!

I found this scrap of Cottage Wall DSP and over-stamped it with one of the Pocket Silhouette stamps in Soft Suede. The small butterfly is from the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set stamped in Rich Razzleberry. This was then layered onto a piece of Rich Razzleberry and a knot of the gorgeous Soft Suede polka dot ribbon was tied around it. The layers were then attached to a piece of Whisper White that I had used the Eyelet border punch along one edge. On the Soft Suede card base I stamped again with the same stamp and ink and popped the layers up on dimensionals.

For saying this card started with a scrap of DSP, I think it is lovely! Just goes to show you should never throw anything away...........................

All Items Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Flight of the Butterfly
Card: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Cottage Wall DSP
Soft Suede Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon
Eyelet Border punch
Corner rounder

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Cottage Wall patchwork bag

Aren't the American's really lucky when it comes to Stampin' Up!? They have the Big Shot and dies........................

Recently on surfing You Tube I saw a couple of videos using the Stampin' Up! Top Note die to make these gorgeous little patchwork gift bags. I got totally jealous because we don't have them, but then remembered my shopping adventure at the NEC and the Nesties I bought. This is the closest Nestie shape I have to the Stampin' Up! Top Note die - woo hoo.................

I used two pieces of Whisper White, one for the front and one for the back. On the front piece I created this gorgeous patchwork effect using the Cottage Wall DSP and the Stampin' Write Journelling pen for the faux stitches. Both pieces were then die cut. To form the handle I used the both oval punches. The bag was made from an 11cm square envelope that I had cut the flap off and folded around the edges and bottom to make an envelobag. The die cut pieces were stuck on to the bag (env) and it was then decorated as shown.

I made this a while ago, so, as I am not back on top form yet, I am sitting with my feet up and catching up with stuff!!

Feeling a bit better now - Penicillin Rocks!!!

Friday, 21 May 2010


The lack of posts is due to me having had Tonsillitis all week and finally getting some anti-biotics today. Unfortunately I have had to cancel my Flight of the Butterfly classes, but these will be re-arranged for June.

Please accept my apologies, I'll be back soon...............

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Carousel Notes.....erh....... thingy

This is the last project in my Carousel Notes class from the weekend. I think it was a bit ambitious to include this as well as the two previous projects, but I just love it!!

Thank you to Helen (All Things Stampy) for showing me how to make this..........thingy (not sure what it is called!) and to Jenny Moors (Stamping Moments) for the inspiration. I could not even begin to tell you how to make this, but Jenny has a fabulous tutorial.
Just love it....................
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Carousel Notes set
Card: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Flight of the Butterfly, Occasional Greetings
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede
Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot ribbon

Monday, 17 May 2010

Carousel Notes Card

This is another project from my Carousel Notes class using the gorgeous Bird on a Branch stamp set and two Mellow Moss notes. Of course, in my opinion, Mellow Moss wouldn't be complete without Basic Grey and Bashful Blue!!
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Carousel Notes set
Card: Basic Grey, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Stamps: Bird on a Branch (Mini)
Inks: Mellow Moss, Basic Grey, Bashful Blue
Bashful Blue Taffeta ribbon
Jumbo Eyelets
Mat Pack and Paper Piercer

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Carousel Notes Bag

Phew, what a week........husband away in the USA, daughter had Gymnastics, After School Club, Tennis, sleepover, sore throat and headache!! I've been busy sorting out my class for other Derbyshire Stampin' Up! demonstrators who came to my home today.

We made three projects from the Carousel Notes set. This is one of them..............

I used two of the So Saffron Carousel Notes and made a simple Chocolate Chip box to go inbetween them. I covered the lower half in the lovely Tall Tales DSP and stuck a strip of Chocolate Chip across the top which I'd added some faux stitching with a white gel pen. The sentiment is from One of a Kind stamp set. The cheeky monkey is from Fox & Friends stamp set (mini) and I wrapped his tail around the Old Olive satin ribbon handle!

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Carousel Notes set

Stamps: Fox & Friends (Mini), One of a Kind

Card: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive

Paper: Tall Tales DSP

Old Olive satin ribbon (Mini)

White Gel Pen

Jumbo Eyelets

Monday, 10 May 2010

A Birthday Card for Helen

I can post a picture of this card now as Helen has received it!

Oooohhh, Cottage Wall papers again!! Absolutely love them!! And the Rich Razzleberry card and polka dot grosgrain ribbon, think I might have to order some more.......................

A simple A6 Rich Razzleberry card with two co-ordinating papers and a knot of ribbon to hide the join. The stamped image is from Crazy for Cupcakes, as is the sentiment. I coloured the image in using Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum and Old Olive and then pricked a couple of lines of holes using the Mat Pack and Paper Piercer. This was layered onto a piece of Rich Razzleberry and then a semi-circle was punched out of the side for the knot to fit into. I also decorated the Whisper White insert with a couple of strips of the gorgeous papers.

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Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Card: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Paper: Cottage Wall designer papers
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum, Old Olive
Rich Razzleberry polka dot ribbon
Mat Pack and Paper Piercer
3/4" circle punch

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Cottage Wall notebook

Just love this new paper, Cottage Wall, the colours are so fresh. I think Rich Razzleberry has to be my favourite of the three new colours.
This is a really simple notebook to make. The front and back covers are made from the piece of card that comes in the designer paper packs and the inner pages are record cards that Tesco sell (100 for 85p).
I covered the front with two different Cottage Wall papers, and punched one along the edge with the Eyelet border punch. The green strip is the waste from the border punch! On the reverse I used a piece of Rich Razzleberry card. I covered the back with Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive. I used my binding machine to attach it all together and added a knot of the gorgeous new Rich Razzleberry polka dot grosgrain ribbon. The base of the butterfly was punched from one of papers and the top butterfly was punched from vellum and then stamped on using one of the Circle Circus stamps.

Another Cottage Wall project tomorrow..................

Friday, 7 May 2010

Scallop Circle Easel Card

Loving these colours!! Close to Cocoa, Mellow Moss and Pale Plum - gorgeous!!
I made the Mellow Moss easel card and cut off the front flap leaving a piece about 1cm. To this I stuck a scallop circle (Nestie) in Close to Cocoa and then layered circles of Pale Plum and Mellow Moss. I stamped the butterflies and the greeting (from Flight of the Butterfly stamp set) onto a Whisper White circle using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to help me get them in the right place! On the base I again layered Close to Cocoa and Pale Plum, but this time I added a strip of Mellow Moss designer paper from the Level 1 hostess paper pack. A knot of Mellow Moss taffeta ribbon and another stamped butterfly finished it off.
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Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Card: Mellow Moss, Close to Cocoa, Pale Plum, Whisper White
Paper: Mellow Moss designer paper (Hostess Level 1)
Ink: Mellow Moss, Close to Cocoa, Pale Plum

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Another pyramid card...

While I was putting the finishing touches to yesterday's card my Mum called in, and, of course, I had to show her how to make one. I grabbed a sheet of Pink Passion and just made the base card.

After she had left, and because I had the paper on my desk, I finished it off using Night and Day papers and the Circle Circus stamp set stamped in Basic Black and Pink Passion.

Not sure is it is finished though.....................

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Stamps: Circle Circus, Tiny Tags (mini)
Card: Pink Passion, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Pink Passion
Paper: Night and Day Speciality Paper pack
Scallop Circle punch
1 3/4" circle punch
1" circle punch
3/4" circle punch

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Pyramid Card for Helen

My Stampin' Up! upline, Helen, showed me this card on the web ( knowing I would have to have a go, then I could show her how to do it - crafty(!) isn't she!!

I used one of my least favourite colours, Green Galore, as I was just having a go, and teamed it with the black polka dot paper from the Night and Day speciality designer paper pack (Mini). As the card started to come together I could see the large flowers from the Greenhouse Garden stamp set falling down the front, stamped using Green Galore and Basic Black. I tied this version together with some of the white grosgrain ribbon that I inked using Basic Black (as Stampin' Up don't have a plain black ribbon - YET (hopefully - please!)). The small sentiment is from the Tiny Tags stamp set (Mini) which I punched out with the Word Window punch and layered onto basic black. I also punched out the branch from the new bird punch (Mini) in the same colours.

Take 3 pieces of 10cm x 10cm card and fold them corner to corner to form a triange. Open them out. Lay the first piece down with the fold going from top left to bottom right. Take the second piece, and with the fold going from top to bottom (so it looks like a diamond) line the top right edge up to the fold of the first piece (corners must meet in the middle at the top) and stick. The last square needs to have the fold going from top right to bottom left, stick this to the diamond shaped second piece, again lining the top right straight edge up to the fold of the second (diamond) piece. Once all the pieces are glued together fold it to look like a pyramid. This version was tied closed using ribbon. Clear as mud.........................................!

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Stamps: Greenhouse Garden, Tiny Tags (mini)
Ink: Green Galore, Basic Black
Card: Green Galore, Basic Black, Whisper White
Paper: Night and Day Speciality paper pack (mini)
White grosgrain ribbon
Bird and a Branch punch
Word Window punch
Black Stampin' Write marker

Saturday, 1 May 2010

New Colours Available NOW!!!

The Colour Renovation has started..................

Stampin' Up! have released three of the new colours that will feature in the Idea Book & Catalogue released in October 2010 so we can drool over them early!!! Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede are available as ink pads (£4.25 each) and A4 cardstock packs (£4.50 for 24 sheets).

Also in this special offer is a set of Designer Series paper called 'Cottage Wall' (£7.75 for 12 sheets) and some gorgeous Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon (£8.95 a roll) - look how all the colours co-ordinate, yummy! - BUT these are only available while stocks last so get them before they all go!

I've ordered mine - would you like me to order yours too??

Friday, 30 April 2010

Bloomin' with Beauty

I am sorry for the recent absence, after my classes last week I was in complete crafting meltdown - does that ever happen to you? When the delivery came yesterday this beautiful stamp set was part of it. Suddenly I had the urge to get in my craft room again!!

This stamp set has been overlooked for a long time as I couldn't decide if I liked it or not, but, after getting some freebies after my last order, I thought "Why not give it a go". Boy, am I pleased with it. As I was making this card ideas kept popping into my head (probably won't remember them all!!).

This diamond topped card is an old design now, but just looking at that pot of flowers made me realise that this stamp set was made for it. I used Elegant Eggplant for the card base with a layer of Handsome Hunter and the stamped images are on Very Vanilla.

It uses a whole sheet of A4 scored in half down the length. For the top diamond, score straight across the width at 10.5cm and from this score line mark 3.5cm down the centre score line. To form the underneath of the diamond mark along the long edges from the bottom up at 11.5cm, score from this mark up to the 3.5cm mark on the centre score line (on both sides). Fold the card in half along the length and open out. Fold the 10.5cm top to the inside of the card and then fold along the diagonal score lines back on itself.

That should be it.................. I think! I am not very good at blog tutorials as I talk with my hands a lot!!

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Stamps: Bloomin' with Beauty

Card: Elegant Eggplant, Handsome Hunter, Very Vanilla

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Handsome Hunter, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Close to Cocoa

Mat Pack and Paper Piercer

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Classy Stampin' experience

Here are the details of my next class using the gorgeous Flight of the Butterfly stamp set and the beautiful Bella Bleu designer papers. We will make a presentation box and four cards.

May 2010

Thurs 20th 9.30am - 4 places

Friday 21st 9.30am - NOW FULL

Friday 21st 7.00pm - 1 place

Saturday 22nd 10.00 am - 2 places

Places are now very limited. Contact me for more details.................

Friday, 23 April 2010

Fox and Friends Giraffe

This is the third, and final, card in the set I made on Tuesday. Again, I have used the same colours and layout, but just changed the image.
This time it is the Giraffe's turn. I stamped the image in Creamy Caramel twice, once on the Whisper White scallop circle and then again on a scrap of white. The second image was cut out and popped up on dimensional. Before I stuck this down I stamped the balloon from All in the Family Accessories stamp set, cut it out and stuck it behind the Giraffe's mouth. The sentiment is from Fun and Fast Notes.
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Thursday, 22 April 2010

Stamp Something Simple

Here's another Stamp Something Simple project. You will have to look carefull to find the stamping on this card!!

The inspiration for this card came from the blog of a very talented US Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Patty Bennett. Her version of this card is actually made using a digital scrapbooking programme, but I decided to make it for real!!
The A6 base card is Basic Black. The gorgeous black and white paper is from the Night and Day Speciality Paper pack in the Mini. The lovely Ruby Red spotty paper is from the Patterns pack (Level 1 hostess gift). I added a strip of Basic Black cardstock and added a white flower from the Pretties kit with a red button from the Playground set in the centre. Using the new Jewellery Tag punch and the co-ordinating Tiny Tags stamp set (both in the Mini), I threaded some Linen Thread through the button and tied a little bow to finish.
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Stamps: Tiny Tags
Punch: Medium Jewellery Tag
Card: Basic Black
Paper: Night and Day Speciality Paper (Mini), Patterns Pack (Level 1 Hostess Gift)
Pretties Kit
Playground Buttons
Linen Thread

My Sweet Pea Event starts today!!

Today's the day!! My Sweet Pea event kicks off this morning. My lovely crafting friends will be making a slider box and three cards using the My Sweet Pea stamp set from the new Mini Catalogue.
Wish me luck!!!

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Fox and Friends Monkey

This is the second card in the set that I made yesterday. As you can see I have kept the colours the same but changed the image.
This time I used the cheeky Monkey. I have him hanging from the branch from the new Bird and Branch punch (Mini Catalogue) and he has a party hat on which is from the All in the Family Accessories stamp set.
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