Monday, 19 February 2018

Richard's Birthday

You remember that Chris and David went to stay with their son Richard
in Australia for a month recently, well it's his birthday today, so 
I just had to make my favourite Nephew a card,
and here it is!!

Don't you just love those cute little animals - they are from 
the "We must Celebrate" stamp set and I really enjoyed
colouring these in with my Stampin Blends.
The sentiment is Stylized Birthday and the name is cut out
using the old faithful (but now retired) Little Letters Thinlits.

Happy Birthday Richard, have a great day!!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Happy Birthday Eileen!!

There does seem to be quite a few February birthdays -
today is Eileen's -a crafting friend of mine.
Here's a simpler version of the card I did for Jo the other day,
but I think I prefer this version.

This is simply stamped directly onto a 6" x4" card,
coloured in this time with Wisteria Wonder and Old Olive  Stampin Blends.

Which do you like best -the simple one, or the matted and layered one?

Friday, 16 February 2018

Happy Birthday Jo

Here's the card that I made for one of my three friends who are all called Jo.
This Jo lives in a little village near me called Pilley.
(as opposed to my golfing friend Jo and my ex work colleague Jo- 
whose card you will see on the 1st March)

This uses the Floral Statements stamp set, stamped in Memento Black ink
the coloured in with Pool Party and Old Olive Stampin Blends.
I  really enjoy colouring in, but don't profess to be any good at it!!

Anyhow Jo - have a super birthday - enjoy!!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Emma and Nicola's birthday today!!

Today is the birthday of my God-daughter who is also my niece, Emma

Here's her card in Perfect Plum and White

and its also the birthday of my nephew Stephen's wife, Nicola,
so I made her the same card as Emma, but in a different colourway Black and White

This uses the Flourish Thinlits dies, the Floral Phrases stamp set
 and the sentiment is from Birthday Blossoms

This is another one of my go to cards that don't take too long to make.

Happy Birthday and have a great day both of you!!

Monday, 12 February 2018

5 year Anniversary as a Stampin' Up Demonstrator

My good friend and downline, Mavis has been a demonstrator
with Stampin' Up FIVE years today, so to mark the occasion
I made her this card.

I stamped the central motif HELLO in Memento Black ink using 
the Floral Statements stamp set.
Then stamped the Happy 5th Anniversary in Pumpkin Pie
using the Number of Years stamp set.
The flowers were coloured in Pumpkin pie and the leaves in Old Olive.
One of the Dies from the Flourish Thinlits was used for the bottom right corner.


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Happy Birthday Molly

Today is Molly's birthday, she is an old friend of ours who very kindly 
used to put us up when we went to Ladies nights in Mansfield
when her husband George was alive. 
Sadly he passed away a couple of years ago, but we still exchange birthday
and Christmas cards with Molly to keep in touch.

Another version of the same card using Heartfelt Blooms,
but the colour is Crisp Cantaloupe (retired now) with matching ribbon.

These are really quick cards to make and I needed some quick!!

Happy Birthday Molly have a lovely day!!

Wednesday, 31 January 2018


Here's  the card that I made for one of the ladies in our Ladies Wot Lunch group

It's a remake of a card I have made before, but I do like it and think
that Jean will like it too.

Colour combo Sweet Sugar Plum, Night of Navy and White 
Stamp set Beautiful you Stamped, then stamped againon DSP
which is fussy cut to form long dress.
Layering Ovals Framelits
Stitched Shapes Framelits
Retired DSP

Have a great day Jean and Happy Birthday!!

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Chris's 7th Stampin' Up! Anniversary

As the title suggest, today is Chris's 7th Anniversary
as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
As well as being my downline, Chris is my Sister-in-law,
and also my very close friend,
Those of you who follow my blog will know that each Wednesday we get together
and spend the time together crafting, and chatting of course!!

Here's the card I've made her!!

The Hello motif is stamped in Memento Black,
the flowers coloured with Stampin Blends in Pink Pirouette
and the leaves in Old Olive.
the Happy 7th Anniversary is from the Number of Years stamp set
and I have added one of the Flourish Thinlits die cuts in the
bottom left corner.

Congratulations Chris and well done!!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Adam's birthday

Today is my nephew Adam's birthday 
- that's my baby sister, Anne-Marie's son
and here's his card.

Avery CAS card, but looks great I think, really bright, crisp and Cheerful.
I have used some retired DSP and matching cardstock for the background.

(I have resolved that I am going to use some of my retired Stampin Up stash this year 
and use it for making our Cards for Causes -as well as the occasional card for me to send too!!)
I have used the Happy Birthday Thinlits die (again!) which I find 
really useful for Men's cards, and Adam is cut using Little Letters Thinlits.
Happy Birthday Adam, sorry we cant be with you to celebrate tonight,
but hope you have a fabulous day!!

Had a superb Chinese meal with Maggie and Gerald last night!

Friday, 19 January 2018

Gerald's Birthday

Today's my brother-in-law's birthday (Maggie's hubby)
and here's the card I have made for him

This features the Birthday Memories DSP,
the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die and the name
is cut using the Little Letters Dies (sadly now retired, but still useful)

Happy Birthday Ger!!
Barry and I are going out with Maggie and Ger to celebrate
his birthday at a fabulous Chinese Restaurant tonight.
Can't wait!! (I love Chinese food!)

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Cheryls Petal Passion cards.

At my last Saturday morning workshop Cheryl won the raffle and chose
the Petal Passion Memories and More Card pack.
I had told her that I intended to use these as quick greeting cards, 
and she has kindly sent me some photos of the greetings cards 
she has  made with this item, to share with you on my blog. 
So over the next few weeks I will post her piccies

Isn't this so sweet.
I think it would make a great Valentine card!

Monday, 15 January 2018

More Heartfelt Blooms

Here's another Heartfelt Blooms card that I have cased from the catalogue.

This time I have used ink pads and Aqua painters to colour the image,
colours used, Sweet Sugar Plum, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight
Powder Pink and Smoky Slate.
On the Sweet Sugar Plum layer I used one of the Petal Pair embossing folders
The sentiment is from the Soft Sayings stamp set.
(There are some lovely sentiments in this set!)
I think I may have gone overboard a bit with the Wink of Stella 
and lost some of the definition on the flower!
Having said that I have lots of friends who just love loads of glitter and bling on their cards!!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

And there's more....

Here's another card that Chris and I made on Wednesday,
once again using the free Sale-a-bration Amazing You stamp set
and the matching Celebrate You Thinlits dies.

Both Chris and I are really pleased with this matching set
and love it all the more since it was free!!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Amazing you

Here's a card that Chris and I made on Wednesday, when we got together to craft
for the first time in over a month as she and David have been visiting
Richard (their son) in Australia for a month.
It was great to get together and craft for the day, in between chatting incessantly!
We did manage a few cards between us - this is one of them

You may have guessed that we used the Stamparatus to stamp this card,
using the side panel and moving it down one tab after stamping each time,
but repeat stamping without reinking each time.
The sentiment and flower is from the Amazing You stamp set.
I love how the Tranquil Tide colour is fading as it gets further down the page,
and it's an unusual colour combination with the Blushing Bride and
the Copper Foil (used to trim the centre panel and to cut the YOU
out, from the matching Celebrate You Thinlits Dies)
I stamped the borders using the leaf part of the flower stamp just on the edge
 of each side and I am really pleased with the effect.
Really enjoyed using the Stamparatus again too!!

Friday, 12 January 2018

And here's Jean's Brusho project

As promised, here is the Brusho project that Jean made yesterday.
Hers is a subtler version of the same design as she didn't like the bright colours.

I love the really soft subtle colours that Jean has achieved by diluting the
colours in a palette, rather than sprinkling the brusho onto weet card.

Two totally different versions of the same card.
Will really enjoy spending time experimenting with these Brushos!! 

Thursday, 11 January 2018

My first encounter with Brushos!!

Well this isn't one of my best, but it's certainly not the worst,
and I have to say that I am sort of pleased with the effect I have created -
and as I say in the title, this is my very first experience of using this product.

I think I may have been a bit heavy handed with the amount of crystals I used,
but I think that on the whole it's not too bad an attempt!!
I stamped the image from the Birthday Blooms stamp set 
in Versamark and heat embossed with White embossing powder,
onto watercolour paper.  Then I wet the various sections of the flower in turn, and sprinkled
the Brusho crystals on top, and used an aqua painter to spread the colour around.  
The bit where I could have done better is the very deep blue background, 
which I think is too dark -  a lighter one might have looked nicer.
That said, I love the speckles of Wink of Stella which I flicked onto the finished card.
I think that you can just see these.
My last words on this has to be - well I really enjoyed doing this!!

PS: call back tomorrow and see Jean's first attempt at Brushos -
hers is far better than mine!!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Liz's Christmas card

I make no apologies for sharing this Christmas card with you today.
It was sent to us by our good friend Liz,
who you may remember is particularly good at punch art
and has done all manner of cards featuring punch art, cricketers, rugby players,
skiers,Alan walking the dogs and even a card for a Master Mason!!
If you are a long term follower of my blog, I am sure you will 
know who I am talking about.
Any how!! Liz and Alan have two dachshunds, so when she saw
the Ready for Christmas stamp set, she had to have it,
and promptly set about her Christmas cards.
Here's the one we received.

Isn't this just fabulous!!

Thanks Liz - appreciated xxx

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Nikki's Cozy Christmas Snow Globe/Shaker card

One of my Wednesday Class ladies asked me if I had a snow globe stamp,
 and as I don't own one, I suggested that she could use Acetate sheet and a circle die
to make a shaker card which would look like a snow globe.

Here's what she made

She used the Cozy Christmas stamp set (retired) and various glitter, confetti snowflakes
 and sequins to shake about inside the layer of acetate and the base card.
Don't know whether you can see the detail, but she embossed the front layer of White
 card with the Softly Falling Textured Impression embossing folder.

I just thought that you might like to share this,
 as I was really pleased to receive this card from Nikki.
(Some of my ladies are going to make at least a couple 
of  Christmas cards every month at class, so that they are 
not frantically crafting at the last minute,the week before the big event!)
I really must do the same!!

Monday, 8 January 2018

Lots of Lavender

Today is the birthday of my friend and downline Mavis
here is the card I have made for her.

I used the free  Sale-a-bration stamp set  Lots of Lavender,
and also used my Stamparatus to demonstrate to my ladies how it worked.

I used my watercolour pencils with an aqua painter to colour the lavender.
can you see the embossed strip behind the matted  image ?
I used one of the Petal Pair Textured Impressions embossing folders
then finished it of with Fresh fig ribbon and the Vertical Greeting stamp set.

Happy Birthday Mavis!!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Watercolour Pencils and Heartfelt Blooms

Here's a card once again cased from the Sale-a-bration brochure

Heartfelt Blooms stamped twice directly on to Whisper white card
using smoky Slate ink.  Then stamped again onto a separate piece of Whisper white,
then this image is coloured with Watercolour Pencils and an Aqua painter
 and  then fussy cut.
I used Real Red. Daffodil Delight. Pumpkin Pie and Calypso Coral pencils
The White leaves were cut using the Flourish Thinlits dies, 
which I used Wink of Stella on, don't think you can see that detail!
and the sentiment is from Blooms and Wishes Stamp set

This card is going into my box  as it's useful for various occasions.