Thursday, 15 June 2017

Dylan's Birthday

Today my great nephew Dylan is three years old and here's the card I have made for him.

I can't take any credit for the design as I have cased this (with permission) from
Gill Arnold's Blog HERE
do pop by and say hello to her too.

Have a lovely day Dylan!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Thanks so much Michelle and Andy

Well today we leave Alicante and our friend Andy and Michelle until the next time.
Here's the card that I have made for them, just to thank them for their hospitality and putting up with Barry and myself.  We have had a great time and look forward to our next visit!!

Colour combination Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz with a touch of Berry Burst.
Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits.
Daisy Punch, White embossing powder with versamark, heat embossed.
Daisy Delight and Thankful Thoughts stamp sets and the 1/2" circle punch.
Softly falling and Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impression embossing folders.

Thanks again Andy and Michelle!!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Delightful Daisy

A really quick card using the Daisy Punch, Daisy Delight Stamp set and the matching punch

Really simple but so pretty - don't you think??

Monday, 12 June 2017

This little piggy

Another of the little piggy cards that Charlotte demonstrated and I have cased!!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Colourful Seasons

Here's a card that Chris and I made the other week at her house.

This uses the Colourful Seasons stamp set, the Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies
and the Colour Theory matching DSP

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Happy as a pig.........

... in muck!
Thats a good old Yorkshire saying, conveyed perfectly here!
But I'm not sure who I will send this card to!

Linda and I won this Prize Patrol stamp set "This little Piggy" at Onstage in Amsterdam.
Just love it.
Charlotte demonstrated this card and I have unashamedly cased it!!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Window Shopping

Here's a fabulous card that I found on the internet , on u tube
designed by Mitosu Crafts - another Stampin' Up! demonstrator.
Just had to have a go with this!!

Card open

Card closed for posting

This uses the Window Box Thinlits dies and the Window Shopping stamp set.

Isn't this really clever.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

June Blog Hop - So happy this is in the new catalogue!

Hi folks, it's that time of the month again - time for the monthly Jems Blog Hop
and the theme this time is
So happy this is in the new catalogue!
My first selection was the fabulous Delightful Daisy Suite.
Here are three cards that I have made using the Daisy Delight stamp Set,
the  matching punch and the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper

Have you noticed the sentiments on these cards?
I was really impressed with the variety that are in the 
Soft Sayings Card kit.
Below you can see all the sentiment stamps that you get in this kit.
I think they are fabulous!

Another firm favourite that has been carried over to the new catalogue
- the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies - have been used to mount the daisies 
and one of the sentiments on, I think these are so versatile.

To co-ordinate with the selected shapes I have used the Layering Ovals,
Circles and Squares Framelits, to finish these off.

I am so pleased with the simple, but elegant look of the these three cards.

I could go on forever with my selection of the great number of items
 that I am so happy to see in the new catalogue, but will save more for future posts!!

So.... moving on.....

Next on the hop is Karen's blog, which I am sure you'll love.

Or maybe you want to go back and see what great stuff Gill has posted  
and look at the previous posts too.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Thank you Manchester

This Wednesday, myself and a number of fellow team members from Julie's Jems,
 posted just short of 1,000 thank you cards to the unsung heros of the day from hospitals,
 support staff, ambulance, paramedics, emergency services, etc, who tended
 to the people affected by the tragic events of last week in Manchester.
It was the brainchild of my good friend and Silver Elite twin (whom you will have
 heard me refer to previously), Julie Wade.  Julie investigated where these support workers
 were based and organised our Team as to which hospital/organisation 
we should send our "thank you" cards to.
The intention of this was to let these people know how grateful we all were
 for their part in dealing with the aftermath of the Manchester incident.

I posted 36 cards in total, below are the assortment of designs
 that I sent to three of the hospitals.

This morning myself and other team members received a lovely acknowledgement
 from the Chief Executive from Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, 
where some of our cards were sent to.
So kind of her to take the time to acknowledge.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Happy Birthday Cheryl

 Today it's my friend and Stampin' Up! downline, Cheryl's birthday.
As I am off for a game of golf I'll pop back later and give you the recipe for this card.
Have a great day Cheryl

Monday, 15 May 2017


Today is the birthday of three very special people.
My Great-nephew, Ethan, my fellow Jem, Silver Elite Twin and good friend, Julie Wade, 
and my good friend and Stampin' Up! down-line, Lynda.

Here are the cards that I have made

For Ethan's card, I have once again used the fabulous fancy fold card that my fellow Jem, Silver Elite Sister and good friend Amanda showed us on the Jems monthly Blog hop 

Thick Whisper White card stock was used for the base card and Pacific Point card stock
was used to cut out Ethan's name with the Large Letters Die.
The DSP used for the back and side panels was Party Animal
and the Happy Birthday greeting was stamped using a Big On Birthdays stamp set stamp.
I intend to use this design for all the mens birthdays that I have this month!!

For Julie's card I used the Flourish Thinlits dies and cut out the various components using
 Silver, Smoky Slate and Perfect Plum cardstock.
The greeting was stamped using Wetlands stamp set, 
which is sadly retiring at the end of the month (sob)

For Lynda's card I used the Eastern Medallion Thinlits.
Thick Whisper White, Smoky Slate and Blushing Bride card stock.
The background was done by Debossing using the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.

Here's hoping that you all have a wonderful day today!!

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Jems May Blog Hop - Something For The Men

Hello again, long time no see.  I have been really, really, negligent with my blog, but what can I say! Sometimes life just gets in the way, not to mention spending a month in the Canaries at the beginning of the year, plus two weeks of Jury service.  It's been quite a hectic few months, and I have to get back into some sort of blogging routine, so I'll make a start now with the latest Jems' Blog hop,
 and I hope that you enjoy hopping round and seeing the rest of the teams' makes. 
 I am sure that, like me, you find mens' cards more difficult to design,
 so hopefully you will find inspiration by taking a tour of this blog hop.
So without further ado, here are my offerings. 

The colour combination for this card is a preview of two of the new In Colours
Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist.
The de-bossed (rather than embossed) "celebrate" sentiment uses one of the 
Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders, then this is stamped on top with 
one of the "You've Got This" stamps.
The background is created using one of the stamps from "Balloon Adventures"
as is the "It's your birthday" sentiment, the balloon and string.
The stars are from the Brights Sequins Assortment.

The colour combo of this card is simply Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist
(which is fast becoming one of my favourites, so you may well see it featured again!!)
The sentiment uses the Happy Birthday Thinlits die which will be available to purchase
 from the new Annual Catalogue on the 1st of June!
the bits of confetti have been made using the waste from the
 "Hang up your Stocking"  Thinlits die.
Balloons punched using the Balloon Bouquet punch. then the splatters stamped on
 using a stamp from the Touches of Texture stamp set.

This last card uses various shades of blues
(from left to right) Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Dapper denim, Pacific Point,
Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist, stamped using one of the Work of Art stamps,
over the de-bossed Happy sentiment from the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder set.
The word Birthday is stamped using the Stylized Birthday stamp 
and by just inking the word Birthday.
The subtle border is stamped using a Touches of Texture stamp with Soft Sky ink.
The sequin embellishments again are from the Brights Sequin Assortment.

Well now I do hope you will pop over to Linda's blog

Or maybe you want to pop back and recap on what Sarah has posted

Have a good day!  See you soon!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Jems December Blog Hop - a review of 2016

Here's my favourite card of 2016, using one of my favourite stamps sets - Jar of Love.
I saw the card at one of our Jems social stamping events when our Stampin Up Mummy, 
Julie was making this card.
Julie was kind enough to give me the website of the Stampin' Up Demo who designed this card, Bronwyn Eastley, and I was able to purchase the instructions from her.

Here you can see all the panels of the card wide open.

   This is view of the card closed, and fits into a regular size C6 envelope

Card view as it is displayed on mantelpiece/sideboard

View from above showing the mechanics of the picket fence and pop-out

If you fancy having a go at making this card (and have several hours to spare!)
you can purchase the instructions from Bronwyn
and I hope you get as much pleasure in making it as I have done.

Now won't you please hop along to see what Karen has to wow you with,
by clicking on the box below

Or if you want to go back and see Kylie's and the previous blogs
click on this box below

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Telford Swaps

Here are my selection of swaps from Telford yesterday

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Jems' November Blog Hop - Christmas Decorations

The theme for this month's blog hop is Christmas Decorations
and here are a few of my makes for this Christmas Season.

Christmas tree Angel

This little sweetie is made using the Bow Punch


Folding Star tree decoration open

Folding Star tree decoration closed


These are simply 5cm squares of Candy Cane Lane DSP folded
and glued together to form the star, then the hanging thread
is loosened to enable the star to be closed, then tightened again.


Cookie Cutter Christmas Banner with Holly Berry Builder Punch Bows


Starlight Thinlits Dies tree decorations

Left to right - Silver Glimmer paper, Silver foil and 3D White with Silver glittered edges.

I shall decorate my Stampin Up tree (shown above) with all of these and hopefully a few more.


Well that's my offering for this month, so now please hop on  over to Tracy's blog and see what delights she has in store for us!

Click here

or if you want to go back and see Julie Wades

 and the previous blogs

click here 

Thanks for taking the time to visit, hope you've enjoyed it!