Monday, 18 July 2016

And then it was Julie's birthday

Yesterday was the birthday of one of my crafting ladies who comes to Wednesday class.
It's another Julie! Her name is actually Julia, but most people call her Julie.
Anyhow - here's the card that I made for her birthday.

The colour combo is Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand and Blushing Bride.
The stamp set Grateful Bunch and the flowers are cut with the matching punch.
The sentiment is from Cottage Greetings.
The design is one of my fellow Jems, and I have cased the card from a swap I received, 
probably from an all day training in January.
If it's yours just drop me a line and I'll link back to your blog!!

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Christmas crafting with Chris.

Yesterday it was my turn to go and spend the day with my lovely friend, who also happens to be my Sister-in-law, Chris.  We spend alternate Wednesday's at each other's home and have a lovely time crafting and have a spot of lunch halfway!
Chris had recently made a super card and took it to our monthly Stampin Up training last week,
and we all admired it very much, so I was extremely pleased when she offered to show me how to make it yesterday.  It wasn't as difficult as I had anticipated, but that didn't stop me glueing a bit in the wrong place!  Luckily I was able to quickly remove it before the glue dried and then stuck it on in the right place.  So without further ado ....... Here it is!
The sliding pop up card!!

Front view

Side view

Closed and flat for posting.

                 The colour combo is Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Garden Green and Very Vanilla.
                         The papers are the This Christmas Speciality Designer Series Paper 
Stamp sets used are Baby Bear and Peaceful Pines (which has matching framelits!).
Both the trees are embossed using Versamark and Gold Embossing Powder.
I love this card!!
Thanks for sharing it Chris!!

Monday, 11 July 2016

Get well soon Herbert

Today I have made a card for one of our friends who has been admitted to hospital over the weekend
with a suspected heart attack.  He has already had a triple by pass, so we are quite concerned for him, as I am sure all his family are too.

It's the old favourite one using the owl punch to make a nurse, 
hope that this will bring a smile to his face!

I used some pieces of card and DSP that were left over from Simon's birthday card,
I think it looks quite good for a get well for a man, don't you?

Get well soon Herbert!!

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Happy birthday Son!

Today is my son Simon's birthday, so naturally I have made him a card.  
I know that fellas don't make a thing about birthday cards, 
but I do like to make their cards whenever I can.
Here's what I made for him.

Front view

side view

view from above showing the double Z fold.

As you may have noticed I have become very fond of this double Z fold card,
introduced to made by the lovely Amanda at the Craft Spa
 - if you follow the link you will see loads of her fabulous creations there.

I have kept a very simple colour combo of Marina Mist and White for this card,
the Subtles DSP Stack and the Time of Years and Vertical Greetings stamp set.
I have used my Little Letters dies (retired) as they were just the right size for the job.

I am really pleased with this and will probably repeat this design again
(maybe for Barry's Birthday!)

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Jane's Birthday

You may recall that I said that July was a busy month for birthdays, and today sees the birthday of another of my sister-in-laws, Jane.
Here's the card I have made for her.
The design is based on a different one of Amanda's Double Z Fold cards.

I have done this in a colour combo of Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride and White.
The DSP is from the Subtles DSP Stack
The sentiment is from "Time Of Year" stamp set
and I have used 3 separate stamps to make this greeting.
The banner is fussy cut.
The only embellishment is the beautiful new Blushing Bride 
3/8"" Stitched Satin Ribbon Bow.

Card folded flat for posting

Card stood up partly open

View looking down on the card showing the mechanics of the Double Z

I am really pleased with the finished card and I trust that Jane will be too.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

A Get Well for Jean

One of my ladies from the Wednesday Class went into hospital yesterday for an operation, so I 
Have made a card to let her know that I'm thinking of her and wishing her a speedy recovery.

I've used the Blooms and Wishes stamp set with the following colour ink pads
Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Flirty Famingo, and Peekaboo Peach.
The sentiment is from Hopeful Thoughts.
Basic Rhinestones are the only embellishments it needs,don't you think?

Get well soon Jean!

Monday, 4 July 2016

Julie's Birthday

July is a busy month for birthdays, Jan's was on the 1st, Chris's on the 2nd and Julie's on the 3rd.
Sister in law Jane's is on the 6th and our son Simon's is on the 9th. I am however well prepared and have them all done in good time.

Here is Julie's card 

An In colour combo of Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum was used for this card.
The sentiment and banner is from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set 
and is cut with the matching punch.
The Flourish Thinlits diecuts have been simply embellished with tiny Basic Pearls.
I do like this colour combo - hope that Julie liked it too!

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Chris's birthday card

Hi everyone - I hope that you all enjoyed the Jems Blog Hop yesterday.
Weren't, there some fabulous projects on there, I really enjoyed hopping round
To see everyone's makes.

Yesterday was the birthday of Chris (my Sister-in-law, fellow crafter, close friend 
and Stampin' Up down-line) and I wanted to make her something special to mark the occasion,
Here's what I came up with.

I used one of my favourite fold cards - inspired by the lovely Amanda from the Craft Spa
- I think she calls it a double Z fold.
I opted for my new favourite In Colour - Sweet Sugar Plum cardstock and ink,
added matching paper from the 2016 - 2017 In Colour DSP stack
and used the Swirly Scribbles thinlits die to cut the swirls.
I used the waste from the cardstock swirl to the DSP swirl and vice versa.
I think it looks quite effective - better than the white card showing through.
I used the computer to personalise the card strip, trying to match the colour.
Don't you just love that greeting - another of my new catalogue purchases -
the Vertical Greetings stamp set.

Card open for display
Card fully opened showing second panel

  Above you can see the second panel, stamped with a topiary tree from
 the Vertical Greetings stamp set 

Card closed flat to go in envelope

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

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Jems July Blog Hop - Animals

Well it's that time of month again - time for our monthly blog hop,
 and as the title implies, this month, the theme is animals.

With the advent of the new catalogue we have oodles of fabulous animals available
for your crafting pleasure and I am sure if you hop round everyone's blogs,
you'll see some amazing projects that can be made.

This is the little menagerie that I made for our quarterly training back in January.
These were my swaps - I did take individual photos of the little critters,
but my iPad died on me and consequently, the pictures were irretrievable.
(This photo is one that Julie took - thankfully I now have a record of them all.)
All these animals were made using the Playful Pals stamp set and the matching 
Pyramid Pals Thinlits to make the fabulous pyramid boxes.

Here's a close up piccie of the cow, dog and mouse - I have managed to make these three again
as a reminder of my little menagerie!! You can see them in more detail on this close up.


Here's a group of little Foxy pyramids - I made these (and a few more!) as swaps for
the most recent  Quarterly Training get-together a few weeks ago.

Here's a close up - you can see the separate parts that make him up.
Foxy is available to buy as a bundle, comprising of the stamp set "Foxy Friends"
and the matching punch at a saving of 10% costing only £36.00

To see more animal makes, do please hop on to Tracy's blog
by  clicking on the picture below, to see what she has made to show you .

Or if you want to go back and take a look at the ones before this,
click on the picture below now.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Happy Birthday Jan!

Today is one of our friends, Jan's birthday.  
As Jan is a crafter, I really wanted to make  something a little different for her.
 I had seen a card that I liked at Julie's Paper Haven
 when I went to Training in May and thought that Jan would like it too -
 here is my cased version.

I used the Swirly Bird stamp set with the matching Swirly Scribbles Thinlits dies
for this card, with a colour combination of  Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach,
 Mint Macaron and Rich Razzleberry.
You may have spotted that I also used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set for the splodges. For the 
banner outline, sentiment and the tiny flowers, I used the Number of Years stamp set.
Can you spot the really fine Silver metallic thread behind the punched Bitty Butterfly.

If you want to see more of Julie's makes click HERE

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Birthday voucher holder

I am in a Ladies Wot Lunch group, where eight of us get together most months to have lunch together.
We also put money into a kitty to provide a voucher for each lady on their birthday.
As four of the ladies (myself included) are crafters, they opt for Stampin Up crafting vouchers.
Here's a voucher holder that I made at Chris's the other week.

A simple Night of Navy colour combination makes this really elegant.

And here's the voucher that goes inside of it

and the back of the voucher

Can you guess who this is for??

The stamp set is Floral Phrases and the matching Detail Floral Thinlits are available as a bundle
 with 10% off - just £44 in wood mount and £37.75 in clear mount.
A bargain that I couldn't resist!!

Monday, 13 June 2016

Detailed Floral Thinlits and Flourish thinlits Sympathy card

Had a shock today, when hubby phoned me up, after delivering a few of my Stampin' Up orders,
to say that one of the ladies (Sheila)had told him that she didn't know when she would be able to come to Saturday monthly workshops in future, as her husband had passed away on Saturday.
I set to and made this sympathy card and posted it to her so that she knows that she is in my thoughts and prayers.
Here it is.

The colour combo is Night of Navy and White.
The card uses the Floral Thinlits dies from the Floral Boutique suite on pages 66 and 67
These are the large die cuts top and bottom.
The Flourish thinlits dies on page 194 are the little fFlower sprays at either side in the middle.
The only stamping on this card is the sentiment which is from the Hopeful Thoughts stamp set.
A really sad day today.
Thinking of you Sheila xx

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Jems Blog Hop - new In Colours

Well you may have guessed that as the title of this post suggests, 
this month we are showcasing the new 2016 -2018 In Colours.

My first card features my favourite new colour - Dapper Denim

Arty view showing the mechanics of the card

View of card opened

Closed view

Materials used : Dapper Denim and Thick Whisper White cardstock.
Dapper Denim Ink
Stamp sets: Playful Backgrounds, Perpetual Birthday Calendar, Petite Petals
and the sentiment is from Time of Year.
Pansy Punch and Petite Petals punch


My second card uses Flirty Flamingo, which I wasn't too sure about at first sight,
 but it's growing on me now!!

As the matching Designer series paper wasn't available to preorder,
I stamped the background using the Perpetual  Birthday Calendar stamp set
- I think it is quite effective.
The greeting is from the new Hostess set "Time of Year"
and the beautiful matching 3/8" Ruched ribbon finishes it off nicely!!

So - off you hop now to the next blog - Tracy will show you her offering!!
Click on this box

Or if you want to go back to the previous blogger Yvonne -
click on this box

Enjoy your blog hopping - have a great day!!

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Jems Blog Hop today - Retiring Products

Today marks the start of a regular event for our Team of Stampin Up Demos - Julies' Jems.
A Blog Hop - and today's theme is Retiring Products.

Here's my project -it uses three products that will be retiring at the end of May
Flowering Flourishes stamp set, the Curvy Corner Trio Punch and the Circles Collection Framelits.

The colour combination is Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon, Whisper White and Gold.
The Flowering Flourish has been stamped in Versamark and embossed in Gold embossing powder.
The coloured overlapping circles were sponged through a die cut circle stencil.
The top one in Crushed Curry, the bottom in Delightful Dijon
and the middle one in a blend of both.

So if you want to reproduce this card, these products are only available 
until the end of May, or as long as supplies last!

So hop right on to the next blog hopper by clicking  on the picture below

Or if you want to go back and see the previous one - click on this picture below

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Baby wipe technique butterfly

At our last monthly training, we revisited the Baby wipe technique 
and made a couple of cards and a tag.
Here's one of the finished cards, that I matted and layered onto a larger base card.

At my Tuesday class today, I have demonstrated this technique again 
and a couple of ladies have had a go, with very pleasing results.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Liz's Golden Wedding Anniversary

On Saturday it was my friend and punch art expert Liz's Golden Wedding Anniversary.
Here is the card that I made for a friend to send to her and Alan, and the card that I made from Barry and me.

This card used the Blooming Heart thinlits die with Gold Folied card and one of the nesting Heart dies.
Sentiment was computer generated.

This card uses a card blank that was one of a few given to me by a friend, that came in a wedding invitation kit.  I stamped the Mr and Mrs in Versamark and heat embossed in Gold embossing powder.
The greeting was computer generated, and layered on a Decorative Label punch in Gold Foiled card.
The various sized hearts were punched using the Heart border punch.
I have seen Liz today and she was delighted with the cards she received for her birthday and Anniversary, quite a few of these were hand made. She had a lovely day!!
Congratulations Liz and Alan - what an achievement - 50 years!

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Stampin Up On Stage Local - Telford

N.B.This post has been updated to give details of products used

Phew, I am exhausted ! Yesterday, Chris ( sister-in-law and my down line), Anita (Chris's down line) and myself travelled down to Telford to attend the Stampin Up On Stage Local Event.
Chris and I shared a room, and Anita drove us there - for which we were extremely grateful!
Last night I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Centre Stage event for Silver Elites and above.
It was a fabulous evening.  I will share some pictures later this week, but first, I will share with you the swaps that I made.
I made several variations on a theme.  I think that I have explained before that I have a low boredom threshold, and couldn't bear to do loads of swaps all the same.  Consequently I did several different colour combinations on the same theme.

So here are the photos of the different ones that I made.

All these use the Timeless Textures stamps, Petite Petals Stamps with matching punch, the Bird Builder punch (for the leaves) and the sentiment from Sheltering Tree.

Black and White card stock, Black ink,  Versamark and Gold Embossing powder, Gold Glimmer paper

Black and White card stock,  Black ink, Versamark and Gold Embossing powder, Gold Glimmer paper

Black and White card stock,black ink, Versamark and Gold Embossing powder, Gold Glimmer paper

Black and White card stock,  Versamark and Gold Embossing powder, Gold Glimmer paper

Black and White card stock,  Black ink, Versamark and Gold Embossing powder, Gold Glimmer paper

Black and White card stock, Black ink,   Versamark and Gold Embossing powder, Gold Glimmer paper and Gold Foil Card

Black and White card stock, Black ink,   Versamark and Gold Embossing powder, Gold Glimmer paper and Gold Foil Card

Black and White card stock, Black ink,   Versamark and Gold Embossing powder, Gold Glimmer paper and Gold Foil Card

Black and White card stock, Black ink,  Gold Glimmer paper and Gold Wink of Stella

Black and White card stock, Black ink,   Versamark and Gold Embossing powder, Gold Glimmer paper 

Black and White card stock, Black ink,   Versamark and Gold Embossing powder, Gold Glimmer paper 

Kraft, Black and White card stock, Black ink,  Gold Glimmer paper

Kraft, Black and White card stock, Black ink,  Gold Glimmer paper