Thursday, 21 September 2017

Christmas Sweaters


Here are two more of the swaps that I received at All day Training this month.
Was happy to receive these as I haven't bought this stamp set - yet!! 
These feature the Christmas Sweaters stamp set

This is Sara-Janes card

follow this link and you can see another of her Sweater creations on her blog
HERE

And this one is Sam's


These are really fun cards!


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Joy

I found this sheet of embossed Crumb cake card that had been highlighted 
with white ink in one of my "work in progress" baskets.
I trawled the Internet for ideas, and found a card that I have based this card on.




I layered it onto a Cherry Cobbler Card Base, 
cut a White oval and a Scalloped Red Oval using the
Layering Ovals Thinlits dies.
The"Joy" sentiment is a retired die from
Wonderful Wreath Framelits dies - I wanted it to have impact
and it was the perfect size for the design.
The mistletoe is cut with the Pretty Pines Thinlits
and the berries are small flat back pearls.

Yup I am quite happy with this card, shame the fading light did nothing for the photo!!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Let it snow!

Today's card is one that I have cased from my fellow Jem team members - Amanda,
we met up at All day training yesterday and I gave her a laugh when I told her
 what I had done wrong on this card!
Can you spot the mistake??



That aside, here are the details of the card.

The Merry Little Labels stamp set was used to stamp the design 
in Versamark then heat embossed with the White Embossing Powder.
I then used a sponge brayer, inked up with the Night of Navy ink pad
 to cover the rest of the label and a quick buff with Kitchen Roll
 to get rid of any excess ink on the design.
This was then cut out with the Everyday Label Punch
which matches these stamps.
I embossed the white mat with the Softly Falling 
Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and stuck this onto 
a Night of Navy mat, then stuck this onto a White base card
after adding the ribbon.
If you wish to make this card, please be aware that most snow 
falls from the sky downward , and not left to right as it does
on my card - my explanation is that there was a strong Easterly Wind
blowing that day!!
It made Amanda and me chuckle when I told her what I had done!!
You can see the original version of Amanda's 


Monday, 18 September 2017

All day training swaps

Once a quarter, our Stampin' Up! team of demonstrators Julies' Jems,
get together and spend a full day of training together, when we make various projects,
and generally have a laugh, but we also make and exchange swaps.

Here's the one that I made.



and here they are all together



I really enjoyed making these little eskimo labels double Z-fold cards
which I made based on a design of  Bronwyn Eastley,
(You will see a link to her site on a previous posting)
but this one uses  papers, stamps and dies that are all available
in the latest catalogues.

Merry little Christmas DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper,
Crumb Cake and Old Olive card stock.
Lots of Labels Thinlits dies.
Perfect Pines Thinlits dies.
Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set.
Memento black and Crumb Cake ink pads, (colour Eskimo with an Aqua painter
and Crumb Cake, then use coloured markers for the detail).
Wink of Stella clear,


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Another Colourful Seasons card


I did promise to show you more of the cards made with the Colourful Seasons Bundle
heres another one for you



Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide with a touch of Soft Suede and Smoky Slate on this card.
The background is just a wash on watercolour paper .
The branch and flowers (after stamping) are cut using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, 
part of the Colourful Seasons Bundle.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Santa's suit

Our Stampin' Up! team of demonstrators , Julies' Jems,
get together once a month on the first Tuesday and  Wednesday of the month.
This little cutie is one of the cards we made.
We did 4 in total, and I will show you the others later.



Stamps and dies from the Santa's Suit Bundle.
Inks  -Real Read and Memento Black.
Card stock Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Whisper White.
Sentiment stamped on Stitched Shapes Framelits die.

The youngsters of the family will love this little cutie!!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Aaron's birthday


To day is my Nephew Aaron's birthday, and as he is over 21
it's difficult to know what to do for cards for him.
I decided to try making an Eclipse card using some retired DSP.
I wasn't sure that it would work, as I thought it might be too busy.



Well I was surprised at how well his name stands out, it even looks a bit twinkly - 
and I promise you there's not a Wink of Stella in sight!!

Have a great day Aaron - enjoy!!



Thursday, 14 September 2017

Night in Bethlehem Eclipse card

I wanted to have a go at making an Eclipse card, but was unsure how to do this,
so I Googled Eclipse Card, and found lots of YouTube sites that explain 
the principle, and the one I used was Randi Collins video



I found it really easy to follow, and you can see the results above - 
I am really really pleased with this card and cant wait to make more!!
If you fancy having a go at these, do follow the link and watch Randi's video,
she really does make it easy to understand!!


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Get well soon Elizabeth


One of my crafting ladies has been unable to come to class for a few weeks
as she fell and broke her wrist, so I wanted to make her a card 
to let her know we are thinking of her, and to wish her
Get Well Soon.

I browsed the Internet for inspiration and found it on
jacqueline williams blog - stamphappy.co.nz
pop round and see her work when you get a minute.



I have used the hostess Stamp set - Background Bits
Early Espresso , Marina Mist and Soft Suede inkpads
and the sentiment from Hopeful Thoughts.

Get Well Soon Elizabeth
missng you!!


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Amanda's Birthday


Today is the birthday of my very special friend, and Stampin' Up!
Silver Elite sister, Amanda.
Now if this card looks familiar, it is because I just love these 
Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies - they are so pretty,
and I have used them so much, I just tweak either the design 
or the sentiment to fit the occasion,.
I love this sentiment, and I hope that Amanda will too.



Happy Birthday Amanda!!
Have a great day!! 
xxx

Monday, 11 September 2017

Snowflake Sentiments Bundle

When I first saw the Snowflake Sentiments Bundle I knew
that I just had to have it!!
As soon as it arrived, I couldn't wait to use it, but I was completely
and utterly brain dead when it came to a design for these beautiful Thinlits.
So - I turned to the catalogue page where I first spied these beauties
and cased the card straight from the catalogue.
(Stampin' Up! encourage us to do this.)



So I can't take any credit for the design of this card, only the making of it
and I utterly utterly love it!!
Don't you?



Sunday, 10 September 2017

Margaret's 70th Birthday

Yesterday was the 70th birthday of one of our golfing friends, Margaret.

here's the card I made for her


Eastern Beauty Stamp set and Eastern Medallions Thinlits
were used for the Medallion and the two corner splashes were heat embossed 
with Silver Embossing powder, as was the sentiment,
which was from Flirty Flowers stamp set.
Then medallion in the middle is the reverse side of one of the
Eastern Gold stickers, but it doesn't show up very clearly.


Thursday, 7 September 2017

Year of cheer

Apologies for the lack of a post yesterday, I think I must have lost a day!!
To make up for it, you can have two for the price of one today!!


Christmas version



Everyday version

As you can see, the exact same design and paper, but one is for Christmas
and the other is for any special occasion.

I have used the Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper
isn't it lush, I think that you can see that this design is in copper.
And what about those beautiful Foil Snowflakes - they come in Gold and Silver.
I have used Copper Foil for the scalloped circle,
Stamped  the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder,

Warch this space there are more to come.....


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Autumn Colourful Seasons

Here's another card using the fabulous Colourful Seasons Bundle.
I am so happy that I bought this set!
I think I have covered all the seasons, but you haven't seen all of them yet-
that pleasure is yet to come!!




A colour combo of Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, Gold and Cajun Craze.
Think that I should have used a Very Vanilla card base rather than the white.
Other than that I am quite pleased with the result!!



Monday, 4 September 2017

Wedding Day

My friend Pat asked if I would make a card for her friends' Wedding Day
Here's what I made



Blooming Hearts Thinlits die cut in White, 
Flowers "winked with Stella".
 Die cut heart raised on dimensionals on White card,
 embossed with the Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing folder,
on a layer of Silver Glimmer Paper.
Mounted on a White base card with computer generated sentiment.

Hope that the happy couple like it.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

And the winner is.....................

Well - here it is- the grand draw to find the winner of the
Stampin' Up! goodies to celebrate my 8 years as a SU Demonstrator.

Below are the entries



And

the

winner

is 




So Lorre-Anne, Congratulations - and if you will email me your home address
 I'll arrange to post out your goodies!!

katemartin@sky.com

Lady Captain's Day

Yesterday was our Golf Club's Lady Captain's Day,
 so I really did have to mark the occasion with a card for Mary.


This little golfing Hedgehog comes in so handy for birthday cards for golfers
or for special events, and it's a really old stamp that I could never part
with as it is so versatile for so many golfing occasions.



Saturday, 2 September 2017

Jems blog hop



Today it's the monthly Jems' Blog Hop
and this month the theme is Autumn Colours

Here's my make


and close ups





Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, Crushed Curry card stock and Gold Glimmer Paper
Colourful Seasons Stampset
Seasonal Layers thinlits
Versamark ink
Lots of Labels Framelits

No Designer Series Paper required!!
I just love these Autumn colours, don't you.

So how about hopping round to see what Julie has made
just click on the box



or if you want to go back to the last blog which is Karen's

simply  CLICK
HERE FOR KAREN's BLOG

Friday, 1 September 2017

Bethlehem

Here's another of my Christmas cards
once again using one of Bronwyn Eastley's designs
Lots of Labels Bridge Fold Card


Front view



and view from above

The Night of Bethlehem Bundle stamp set was used to stamp Mary, Joseph and the Donkey
plus the Shepherd and Sheep.
The scenery was die cut with Silver foil card, but it's hard to tell this
as the foil card doesn't photograph too well.
The background features the Merry Music Speciality DSP

If you are interested in purchasing this tutorial, visit

Thanks for the tutorial Bronwyn, enjoyed making this card
and I am so pleased with the end result.
Now who shall I send this to???

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Before and after Wink of Stella


Here's a card I made yesterday using the new 
Winter Wonder Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
A simple Night of Navy and White colour combo
and the Flurry of Wishes stamp set-
really clean and simple.

Before


..... but I thought it needed something else, 
so I added Wink of Stella to the embossing.


After
Yup - I think that's done the trick -
What do you think??