Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Sad today

Received some sad news of one of our golfing friends,
 Ken, who passed away early this morning.
I had only made a sympathy card yesterday for my personal
occasions box, so glad I had one already made.
 I hope that it will give his wife Jean  some small comfort to know 
that we are thinking of her at this sad time.


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Julie's Birthday

Today is one of my Wednesday Class ladies' birthday - Julie.
(I have several friends calle Julie - this one is Julie J!! 
as opposed to Julie K and Julkie W!)

Here's the card I made for Julie -
it's a variation on yesterdays card, a different orientation and sentiment.


Been to see her this afternoon to give her this card and a bouquet of flowers -
apparently its a very special birthday today, but I won't tell!!
Enjoy the rest of your day Julie!!
xx

Monday, 16 July 2018

Missing You!

Today I have been making some cards for causes and was sorting through
some papers that Chris had sent for the ladies to make cards for Charities with.
I came across the DSP shown below and thought how beautiful it was.
It's sort of Soft Suede, Sahara Sand and gold, so that was the
colour combo I decided to use with it. 



 I cut the Stitched Labels Framelit out of Sahara Sand card stock, 
 then stamped the sentiment from the Oh So Eclectic stampset
and the floral motifs onto this in Memento Black ink.
I used the same motif for the top left and bottom right corners.
I think this is just enough as the paper is so beautiful it doesn't need anything else.

This card is going into my own little stash of cards for occasions
and I will make it again for my Cards for Causes box!!

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Z fold Bokeh Dots etc

Heres a Z fold card that one of my Tuesday Class ladies, Elizabeth, 
designed herself and made in class last week - we were both playing with
these stamp sets and tags!


Card flat for posting


Card stood for display

Elizabth used the Botanical Bliss bundle of stamps and  Tags Thinliets dies.
Her colour combo was Calypso Coral and White.
The right hand side panel was stamped with the Bokeh Dots stamp set.

Great design Elizabeth!



Saturday, 14 July 2018

Blogaversary Candy - and the winner is.........

From this list of names....

Jackie
Laine
Linda
Katie
Janet
Em Louise
Nikky
Exciting
JayBe
Shabneez

Drawn by Hubby ........

it's


So if you would like to email me
at katemartin@sky.com with your address Jackie,
 I will get your little parcel of goodies in the post on Monday!

Thanks everyone for taking part!!

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Friday, 13 July 2018

Garden Impressions suite Gap Card

Chris and I got together on Wednesday and made 3 cards,
this is one of them



The nature of the construction of these gap  cards doesnt lend itself
to good photographs, above is a front view


and here is the side view, which gives a better view of how its constructed.

We used Garden Impressions 6 x 6 DSP
Soft Sea Foam for the card base
Stitched labels Framelits die cut in Very Vanilla Thick card for the joining piece,
which was stamped using the Abstract Impressions stamp set.
I have deliberately left this card without a greeting so that 
it can be used as and when a suitable occasion arises - a just in case card!!

Thanks for bringing your stamp set so that I could have a play Chris!
Enjoyed making this.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Nikki's 30th

Today is one of my Wednesday Class ladies - Nikki's 30th birthday,
 so I wanted to make a special card for her.
Here it is


The central image is stamped using the Bokeh Dots stamp set 
in Highland Heather ink on Whisper White cardstock.
This is then layered onto Highland Heather cardstock,
which in tirn is layered onto Gorgeous Grape cardstock.
The stamped flowers are from the Love What you Do stamp set
and are stamped in Memento Black ink, then coloured in with 
Gorgeous Grape ink and a waterbrush.
The numbers are die cut using the retired Little Numbers dies.
The Rose and leaf die cut in Gorgeous Grape is cut using 
 Botanical Tags Thinlits dies, as are the Black leaves.
The greeting is from Vertical Greetings Stamp set.

I am really pleased with this design, hope that Nikki likes it too!!

Happy Birthday Nikki - have a great day!!


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

A Retirement celebration

On Saturday evening Barry and I attended a Retirement Celebration Dinner.
It was for Tony the Chef at Eastgate Masonic Hall who is retiring
 after more than 40 years of service. His last day of work was yesterday.
It made a change for Tony to sit down and be waited on to eat a meal
that he hadn't cooked at Eastgate, and he enjoyed the occasion.
Here's the card I made for him.



..... and there was a surprise in store for me too -
I was invited to take the flowers off our table!


A perfect end to a perfect evening!!

All the best for a long  and happy retirement Tony!!

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

100th blog post today! Blog candy!

Well its day 100 of continuous blogging this year since I resumed
a daily blog posting on 2nd April this year.
To celebrate this I have made a card, 
which I will post out, along with a few selected crafting goodies,
 to the person  whose name is drawn out of the hat on Friday.
To be in the draw, simply leave a comment on this post between now and Friday.
I will get hubby to draw the name and post the result on here on Saturday.


Remember, you've got to be in it to win it!!  Good luck!!

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Monday, 9 July 2018

Simon's Birthday today!

Today is my Son, Simon's birthday.
He is a Leeds United Football Supporter,
 so I made him a card in their team colours.!!


Double Z fold card stood up for display


Card folded flat for posting


View from above showing Double Z fold.


Happy Birthday Son!  
Have a great day!!
xxxx



Sunday, 8 July 2018

Yuki's Birthday card

My friend Yuki is a Stampin Up Demonstrator who lives in Japan.
We became friends when I met her at a Stamping class that I held 
at a community centre in Barnsley when she was living over here 
with her husband and sons, and we became good friends.
She became a Stampin Up demonstrator whilst living in the UK and was my downline.
When her husbands job took them back to Japan, she had to resign as a Demo,
 but since then Stampin Up has opened a market in Japan and Yuki
is once again an active Demonstrator.  The choice that they have over there
is somewhat limited, but Yuki loves it anyhow!
You may recall that the other week there was an earthquake in Osaka, 
which is where Yuki lives, but I was able to find out, 
to my relief, from Facebook,  that she and her family were safe.

Yuki shares her birthday with my son, 9th July, so you may think that this card is early,
 but as Japan is 8 hours ahead of us, I can safely post the card that I sent her
as it is 00.05 in Japan on the 2nd July now and officially her birthday.

Here's my card to her


This card uses the Serene Garden stamp set with matching Garden Scene Framelits Dies.
Inks used are Mint Macaron and Night of Navy.
I used Wink of Stella on the flowers and butterflies, but  am not
sure that youn can see this on the photo.
The sentiment is from Soft Sayings.

So, without further ado........
HAPPY BIRTHDAY YUKI
Have a super day!!

Saturday, 7 July 2018

A card for Jackie

Yesterday I went to visit my good friend Jackie who has been
in and out of hospital several times since the middle of February,
when she had a scheduled heart operation, but since then has suffered
various setbacks.  She is currently at home in their 2nd floor apartment,
but sadly cannot manage the stairs.  
Her hubby alwasys makes lunch for us both when I visit,
and yesterday was no different - an absolutely scrumptious lunch including dessert!

 I took her this card to cheer her up


She loved it!!


Friday, 6 July 2018

Jane's biirthday

Today is the birthday of my sister in law Jane -
and heres the card I made for her.


Colour Combo of Mint Macaron and Balmy Blue with White.
Share What You Love Speciality DSP.
Happy Birthday sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet stamp set
Jane - individual letters from Make a Difference stamp set
Botanical Tags Thinlits dies (Rose tag)

Happy Birthday Jane!!
Have a great day!
xxx

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Eileen's birthday card

Eileens Birthday is actually tomorrow, 
and because its a shared birthday I am posting this card a day early .
 I know that Eileen is not a crafter and will never look at a craft blog - 
so I am quite safe posting this today without spoiling the surprise!



This is another bit box piece of retired DSP,
matched up with Calypso Coral card stock and ribbon,
and  a die cut Beautiful Layers thinlit.

Have a lovely day Eileen!!



Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Katy's birthday card

Well it's a busy month for birthdays again, today its my hairdresser
Katy's birthday, here's the card I made for her.


Its a combination of old and new elements.
Something old, retired DSP from Bit box
Something new - Highland Heather cardstock and inkpad
for flower spray from Beautiful Promenade stamp set
and  sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet stamp set .
These stamped onto a Stitched Labels Framelit.
Happy Birthday Katy - dont work too hard today will you!!

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Julie's birthday

Today is the birthday of my Stampin' Up! Mummy
Julie Kettlewell
Here's the card that I have made for this very special person
who has helped and guided me on my Stampin Up Journey for almost 9 years!!


I have used my favourite new colour (again!) on this card, Highland Heather
-cardstock for the diecut Happy Birthday, the 6"x 6" base card
and ink to colour the diecut flowers cut with the Petals and More Thinlits die.
The leaves were also coloured with Granny Green Ink and a sponge dauber.
The flower sprays were cut from each corner of the white card layer, colour sponged
onto each one. then these were placed back into the card and stuck into place
on the reverse with double sided tape.  This leaves the front of the flowers 
with sticky middles, which I then covered in Dazzling Diamonds glitter,
 pressed down, then shook off the excess.
This white layer is then stuck onto the Base card.
I think that you may be able to see the glitter on this picture!!

Have a wonderful Birthday Julie,
grateful thanks for all you have done over the years - truly appreciated xx

Monday, 2 July 2018

Happy Birthday Chris!!

Today is the birthday of my Sister-in-law, and best friend, Chris,
who you have heard about often, as we get together every week (almost)
and spend a few hours crafting together.
Here is the special card that I have made for her
(for her very special birthday - but I resisted putting her age on it).


I cased the design in part from the catalogue but used different colours and DSP.
I have used the absolutely beautiful Petal Promenade DSP
cut using the Triple Banner Punch
Blushing Bride and Whisper White cardstock
Botanical Bliss stamp set and matching 
Botanical Tags Thinlits dies for the roses with leaves
Stitched Framelits oval die
Fresh Fig stamp pad  for sentiment
Versamark and Gold embossing powder for stamped leaves
and Gold Glimmer paper for die cut leaves

I am so pleased with this and I think that Chris will be too

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Jan's birthday card

Today is our friend Jan's birthday and here's the card I have made for her.


Colour combination of Highland Heather (new) and Granny Apple Green (new)
on a White card with a Highland Heather mat underneath, 
bith layered onto a White 7" x 5" card base.
Greetings from the Soft Sayings stamp set
Flowers and leaves from Serene Garden.
I used my Stamparatus to make this card and was able to make 
several others to go into my Charity card box, saving me loads of time.
It really does make batch card making easy peasy!!

Happy Birthday Jan - Have a great day!!


Saturday, 30 June 2018

Cheryl's 4th Stampin' Up! Anniversary.

Cheryl came to monthly workshop today and I havent seen her for two months
as she was on holiday at the end of May, so I gave her this card
made specially to celebrate her being a SU Demo for 4 years,
earlier this month.


I have used a piece of the awesomely beautiful 
Petal Promenade  DSP 
and the Number of Years stamp set, 
with a die cut 4 from the matching dies.
Matted onto a piec of Mossy Meadow cardstock
then onto  a 7" x 5" base card.

Congratulations Cheryl
xx

Friday, 29 June 2018

Lyn's Birthday card

Today is one of my crafting friends - Lyn's birthday
and here's the card that I made for her.


The base card sentiment was computer generated.
Colour combo is Highland Heather (new!) and White
with a Wink of Stella, which unfortunately doesn't show on the photo!
Stamp sets are :
Wood Words - background flowers ,which are stamped in Versamark
 and heat embossed with White embossing powder.
The daisy and leaves are stamped with the Daisy Delight stamps
again in Versamark and White embossig powder.
A few tiny rhinestones just finishes it off nicely!

Happy Birthday Lyn - have a great day!