Saturday, 19 April 2014

Rev Up the Fun!!

At our Team Monthly Training, we made two cards,
 here's the first of them - I'll post the other one later.  
We used the Rev Up the Fun stamp set and the Positively Chevron stamp.

Card with slider tab closed

Card with slider tab pulled,

 Colour combo of Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Pool Party and Island Indigo.
The pull tab was punched with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, 
the Pumpkin Pie chevrons were cut out using the Chevron Border Punch.
Natural 5'8" Chevron Ribbon was added and hastened with Linen Thread.
Thank you  Julie for giving us more inspiration for men's cards!!

Friday, 18 April 2014

And there's more! .......

I can understand why this Hardwood stamp is so popular, once you start  making cards with it, 
you just can't stop - so here's another card that I made at Christine's on Wednesday.

Colour Combo is Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Crushed Curry
The fence is Crumb Cake cardstock with Early Espresso Ink
using the Hardwood stamp.
The large flowers are stamped in Pistachio Pudding using the Betsy's Blooms stamp set
Flowers are from the Flower Shop stamp set cut with the Pansy Punch
and Petite Petals cut with the matching Punch
and the tiny flowers cut with the Itty Bitty Flower punch
flower centres embellished with tiny Basic Rhinestones.
Leaves punched with the Bird Builder punch.
Sentiment from Petite Pairs.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

More Hardwood

Yesterday I went to Chris's (sis-in-law) to spend time crafting with her.
here's one of the cards I made

Chris had found the original of this card on Pinterest (how did we manage before?)
Once again we used the Hardwood stamp and the all time favourite
Petite Petals and the matching punch, and a splash of Gorgeous Grunge. 
The base card was made in Naturals White and cut with the Circle Flip Card Die.
The leaves were cut using the Little Leaves Sizzlit.
The sentiment is from Express Yourself stamp set.
I really enjoyed making this card and am so pleased with it.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Owl Get Well card

Last Thursday, my friend Carol found a card on Pinterest that she wanted to case for a 
Get Well Card, so when she had done it I asked if I could photograph it so that I
could case it too. I have just changed the "Bed Linen" on my version below!

Top Note Die used to cut the "bed"
Gingham Garden DSP used for the bed linen.
Punches used - Owl Builder punch, Itty Bitty flower punch,
Modern Label punch and Word Window punch, 
the Nurse's hat is made from 1/4 of a 1.3/8" punched circle.
The ribbon is from my stash of (sadly retired) Stampin' Up ribbon.
I have a few friends who are under the weather at the moment, 
so I may make a couple more of these to cheer them up!!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Happy Birthday Kerry

Tomorrow is my daughter-in-law Kerry's birthday.
Here's the card I made for her.

Kerry was stamped in Crushed Curry ink using Morning Post Alphabet
then fussy cut out.
Three happy birthdays were stamped from Banner Greetings and and again fussy cut.
Four Petite Petals were stamped and cut with the matching punch.
The background is from Gorgeous Grunge.
Basic Rhinestones used for embellishments.
Kerry doesn't blog, so I think I am safe in posting this tonight.

I would like to enter this in
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #14 - Anything goes /use yellow

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Scribbled Happy Birthday for Cara

Here's the card I mad for my friend Cara who's birthday was on Friday.
Couldn't post this til I knew she had received it,

It's another resist emboss technique using blender pens and In Colours inks:
Primrose Petals, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit and Raspberry Ripple.
Ink scribbled over sentiment from Perfectly Penned, stamped
in Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder
Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and Basic Rhinestone embellishments.
These colours will be replaced with new ones when the Annual Catalogue launches in July
so I am making the most of them while they last.
Hope you had a great day Cara! xx

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Quarterly Training Day Swaps

Really quick post today as I am off to Pudsey for our team's (Julie's Jems) Quarterly Training
Today it's male themed, so all our swaps have to be male themed too.
Here are mine

All lined up and ready to go

Cardstock used - Bermuda Bay
Stampin' Pad -Basic Black
Sentiment from Another Great Year stamp set
Silver Glimmer Paper
Merry Minis Star Punch
Hope they like them!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Chris's Get well soon

Spoke to Chris (sis-in-law) on the phone this morning and she is not feeling well at all!
Thought that I would make her a get well soon card.....
and here it is.

Colour Combo is 2013-2015 In Colours
Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar and Crisp Cantaloupe
Sentiment from Hopeful Thoughts. stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with White EP.
Scribbles drawn using Blender pan and In Colour ink pads as above.
Lines and splats from Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.
Flowers cut with Itty Bitty Flower punch and tiny Rhinestone centres.
Hope that at least is she's not feeling any better, this will cheer her up.
Get well soon Chris!!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014


Whilst I saw many cards made using this stamp and lusted after it with a passion, 
I have to confess to not having done much with it - until today.
Chris (sis-in-law) had been over to craft today and had brought pictures of cards
she wanted to case, using  the Hardwood Stamp - amongst other things.
So we have both made a few cards - here's the first.

Not sure where this was cased from - possibly Pinterest.
The Hardwood stamp was stamped in Smoky Slate onto Naturals White card stock.
Then the fence pieces were cut and arranged onto the card.
 I Stamped the flower sprig from Happy Watercolour stampset
and coloured in using re-inkers with an Aquapainter.
The creeping vine was cut with the Bird Builder punch
and the butterflies stamped using the Papillon Potpourri stamp set
 then punched with the Bitty Butterfly punch.
The sentiment is from Banner Greetings.
(I stuck this onto a cocktail stick to look like a flag!!)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

March Thank you cards.

Each month I do thank you cards for my customers who placed orders.
Here are some of this months batch.

Using flowers from Morning Meadow stamp set

Using Flower spray from Fabulous Florets Stamp set.
As you can see I have used various colour combinations for each of these cards.
I'm not sure which one I like best - what do you think??

Monday, 7 April 2014


It's that time of the week again - time for  Wades Weekly Warm Up #12
This week the colour combo is Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive.
I do love these bright colours!  Here's what I made.

The Melon Mambo looks a little bit orangey in artificial light, whereas its 
really a zingy shade of pink.  Still you can see it's a bright colour combo.
Stamp sets used are Flower Sho (with matching Pansy punch)
and Petite Petals (with matching punch).
Sentiment from Blooming with Kindness.
The leaves are cut using the Bird Builder Punch.
The flower centres are Itty Bitty Flowers punched, with"knots" made from slivers of Daffodil Delight card stock.
Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Darling Wife

I was asked by a friend to make a birthday card for his wife.
Here's what I came up with.

Colour Combo is raspberry Ripple, Silver and White.
Flowers stamped using "Flower Shop" stamp set and cut with matching Pansy punch.
"Petite Petals" stamp set with matching punch.
Basic pearls for flower centres
Leaves punched with Bird Builder punch.
Textured Impressions Fancy Fan embossing folder.
Circles cut with Circle Collection Framelits.
Sentiment computer generated.
I am quite safe posting it on here as she doesn't blog.
All products Stampin' Up!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Knitted Novelties

When I went to the hairdressers on Thursday, I found these lovely little Easter knitted novelties
 for sale    They were the last few left, and I couldn't resist buying these cute little things for 
mine, Chris's and Mag's grandkids - even if I am tempted to keep them all myself!!
Apparently a 94 year old lady has knitted these to raise funds for the Childrens' Hospice.

Aren't they sweet - thought that you would like to see them too!!
I love em!!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Carol's Card

Last Saturday my friend (and down'line) Carol came to my Saturday morning Monthly workshop.
She had seen a card on Pinterest and fancied making it.
When she had finished it, I asked if I could photograph it for my blog as 
I thought it was a fabulous card to share - I shall be casing it myself!!

Isn't it just fabulous - she has used the resist technique and scribbled blocks of
colour using the In Colours Stampin' Write Markers!
Itty Bitty flower punches and Hello, Lovely stamp set.
Great work Carol.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Alan and Dad

Today I have two mens' cards to show you.
The first one is the one that I made for our good friend Alan's Birthday
and the second one, Jan from Wednesday class made (Dad's birthday).

My card - Midnight Muse and White

Jan's card - Always Artichoke and White.
As you can see Jan did the same design but simply changed the colours.
The small stars were punched using the Itty Bitty Star punch - it's so useful!!
The names were diecut.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014


I have been meaning to do this card for a long time - it's cased from a swap
 that I received at Regional Training in May last year from Sally Bowman
 (who was inspired by Dawn Griffith)
So thanks to both of you - I have enjoyed getting inky fingers with this one!!

Colour combo is Pool Party, Marina Mist and Pacific Point.
I used Watercolour Paper with an aquapainter.
I wet the paper, then, using re-inkers, picked up ink with the aquapainter
and applied it in a scribbling fashion across the page with each colour.
When the ink /paper had dried, I over stamped with stamps from
the Summer Silhouette stamp set in Black.
Matted and layered onto Pacific Point, then White card stock
and finally onto a Basic Black card base.

Mmmm - must try this again with different colours and stamps!!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Tag Topper Punch Easter Chick

Thought that you might enjoy seeing this seasonal offering.

Front View

Side view
This has been cased (with permission) from my good friend

And if you pop round to Amanda's blog, she has very kindly done a tutorial
so that you can make this cute little chick yourself!
All materials and punches are identified in the instructions
- all products (apart from the Creme Egg) are Stampin' Up!

Monday, 31 March 2014

WWWU#11 - Neutrals

It's that time of the week again so I am making an effort to participate early!!
Julie has decided that this week we are to use only Neutrals - now I have no problem with this -
it even gave me a suggestion for the colours for my next diamond silhouette card!!
What do you think??

Colour combo Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate and White.
Flower spray from Fabulous Florets stamp set
and sentiment from Petite Pairs.
Does it need a Rhinestone in the centre of the flower?

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Fabulous Florets

Happy Mothers' Day!!
Have you had a wonderful day?
Well I have!  I started off with a lie in!
After all the activities of the last two days, it has been nice to relax a little.
Simon and Kerry came with the kids - and instead of me cooking for them, Simon cooked for them!  They brought me my Mothers' Day cards - I always get one from Ellie, Lucas and Lexie
even though I am their Nannan - I am quite flattered that they want to send one to me.
Barry then went down to Simon's to help with some work that needed doing in Simon and Kerry's Kitchen - leaving me and Lexie to have "Girly time together" as Lexie calls it.
Lexie decorated a plain bag with stamping, to hold her knitting  (I started teaching her
to knit the other day!) and Kerry amazed Simon by remembering how to knit.
Lexie was impressed that her mum knew how to knit!
Anyhow after that she made a start on her Easter cards.
Later on we went up to the Cemetery, for me to take my mum some flowers for Mothers' Day.
Came home, Barry made tea for Lexie and me, then Kerry came to take Lexie home.
What a wonderful day!
Here's a card that I made and showed Lexie how to make - hope you like it.

Do you recall me making a diamond shape template out of acetate after my first attempt with a paper one?  Well this is the one that I have used (made by punching with the triangle punch, then turning upside-down and punching again to create the diamond.)
I stippled each diamond separately with different shades of blue ink -
Night of Navy, Pacific Point and Tempting turquoise.
Then over stamped with the flower and foliage stamp from Fabulous Florets.
A tiny greeting finishes this off nicely I think.
Matted first of all onto Pacific Point card stock, then White, 
then layered onto a Black base card and voila.
I am really pleased with this and would like to enter it into
the Fantasy Stampers Challenge #7 Silhouettes

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Language of Love

So sorry I didn't get to post on here yesterday - it was just too frantic.
I got up at silly o'clock and finished off the floral table decorations, had breakfast (toast!)
then cello wrapped and decorated the three single roses for the Ladies song.
Went to hairdressers.  Barry and I then went to the Lodge to set up the tables
as we wanted them.  Saw the Chef who kindly offered to fetch pink napkins from
the Cash and Carry for me (to match the pink rose at the top of the table decs!)
That done, I was given a guided tour of the kitchen and basement rooms at the lodge - it was really interesting, it is like a rabbit warren, with loads of little rooms leading off one another.
Barry and I then decided to go and have a bite of lunch - I needed to get refreshments for this morning's Monthly Workshop, so we killed two birds with one stone (metaphorically speaking!)
and went to Morrisons.
Went home, had ten minutes doing nothing, then went to school to pick kids up.
Had to sit and wait for Lucas returning from his Rugby match, then drove home and the kids asked if they could have a chip shop meal for their tea - who am I to refuse - saved me a lot of work!
Took Lexie to Dancing Class, took her back to ours and Kerry arrived at the same time, so
she whisked the kids off home, leaving me a little bit of time to make myself beautiful!!
Once changed into glad rags and slap applied, off to Ladies night.
Had a fabulous evening, super meal, the ladies who won the flower arrangements loved them!
Got a lot of compliments on them too.  Were entertained by the Eden Duo who were fabulous, then a quick tidy up and off home - by which time I was absolutely cream crackered, 
so promptly went off to bed. So you can see why I didn't have time to blog.

  I have held my Monthly workshop this morning, so I have found out a card that
I made at Christine's a few weeks ago, hope you like it.

Colour combo is Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe and very Vanilla.
Stamp set used is Language of Love.
Chevron punch used on CC cardstock, then the punched pieces arranged
and stuck onto Baked Brown Sugar DSP.
Tiny Heart punched out of CC cardstock and stuck on with dimensional.