Thursday, 11 February 2016

Jo's birthday

The end of this month sees a very special birthday for one of my special friends Jo.
It's not a landmark occasion, but Jo is one of those special people who only have real birthdays once every four years  - yes she was born on 29th February! So it is quite a special day for her, so I wanted to make her a special card?
Jo isn't a crafter and she doesn't blog, so I am quite safe posting this in advance of her birthday, knowing there is no chance of her seeing this before the big day.

Side view showing the gap

Front view.

I simply used Melon Mambo ink, Flower Shop Stamp set with matching Pansy Punch
And Petite Petals stamp set with matching punch to make this Gap card.
The Back to Basics Alphabet was used for her name.
I really like these gap cards (if you hadn't noticed!)

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

January thank yous

The next J is for my January Thank you cards that I send to my Stampin Up customers 
as a little thank you for their orders in that month. 
Here is the first batch that I have made today.

And here is a close up

The cards measure 10 cm square, and the stamp set used is Kinda Eclectic 
(make a mental note for the letter K coming up soon!)
Colours used are Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss and melon Mambo.
A couple of Basic Rhinestones completes the design.
The sentiment is from Watercolour Wings.
I am really happy with these and I hope my customers like them them too!

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

And J is Just for you!

Here's a card made using one of the free Sale-a-bration stamp sets currently available with every spend of £45.00.
I think that this is a really useful stamp set as you only need a couple of ink pads and away you go
- a really quick card in minutes.

The colours used here are Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay and Pear Pizzazz.
Can you see the odd Wink of Stella on here, not sure whether it shows or not!

Monday, 8 February 2016

J is for Julie....... Continued

This time the Julie is my Stampin Up sister Julie Wade.  
You recall that I said that SU mummy Julie got her gold, well later that evening Julie Wade
got her Silver Elite too, so that meant that mummy Julie achieved GOLD ELITE!!
All this in the space of a few hours - it was a proper domino effect!
Anyhow, I set to and made a card for my Silver Elite twin Julie Wade

A simple colour combo of Night of Navy with Silver, I used the Grateful Bunch stamp set,
 versamark ink and Silver Embossing powder, then punched out the flowers using the 
matching Blossom Bunch Punch (sold as a bundle saving a whopping 15%)
The sentiment was from Cottage Greetings.

I then set about making mummy Julie another congrats card for her Gold Elite this time, so I just repeated the design of Julie W's card, but this time made it in Black and Gold

Sorry about the poor quality of the photo, it was late at night when I finished this and the lighting was rubbish, but you can see the detail of it.
Anyhow, all in all it was quite an eventful day for all of us -
Anita, Chris, myself, mummy Julie and Julie W - congratulations to us all!!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

J is for Julie.........

Julie my Stampin Up mummy!
During the last week in January a chain of events happened within my Stampin up family.
My Sister-in-law Chris (who is also my downline) gained her Silver status when she signed up her friend and past SU Demo Anita.
All I needed for promotion to Silver Elite was to have a Silver downline, which Chris had now, so I got my promotion.
Julie only needed a Silver Elite in her downline for her to be promoted to GOLD!!
So consequently she got her promotion too.
Here's the congratulation card that I made for her.


With a very classy colour scheme of Black, Gold and White, 
I used the Little Numbers Thinlets with gold glimmer paper, a black card blank
The leafy border cut using the Botanical Builder Framelits dies.
The paper is from the free Sale-a-bration Wildflower Fields DSP.
The sentiment is from Sky is the Limit - another Free Sale-a-bration stamp set 

And there's more ........ Pop back tomorrow for the next part of this little tale!

Saturday, 6 February 2016

J is for John

John is my nephew (my baby sister's eldest son)........
and tonight we are having a celebration of his marriage to the beautiful Danielle.  
This took place on the 17th November last year, when they were married at sea on board 
the Royal Carribbean cruise ship, Freedom of The Seas.
Here's the card that I have made for them

This card was inspired by the swap that I received from Kylie at Quarterly Training
 - Thanks Kylie it fits the bill perfectly don't you think?
Can you see the Wink of Stella on this close up??

I used the Hearts Collection Framelits to make the large heart, then used the fabulous
Bloomin Hearts Thinlets for the layer below, on top of a piece of Silver card.
The sentiments were computer generated and the only embellishment that I thought
was necessary, was the Wink of Stella for the flower centres.
Hope that they like this!!

Here's a photo of the happy couple on their wedding day!!

Friday, 5 February 2016

I for inspiration.

After a prolonged absence I am attempting a comeback at blogging,
 and just needed a little inspiration.
I have done plenty of crafting in my absence from blogging, just lacked the oomf
 to sit down and blog what I have been doing.  Hope to make amends in the short term!!
At training on Wednesday, Julie challenged us all to make a project using
 the Hardwood stamp and anything out of the Annual catalogue.
My inspiration came from the Internet, where I happened upon a card by 
Narelle Famigia who is also a Stampin Up demonstrator .

This is my version.
I used The Open Sea stamp set, along with the Hardwood stamp, and used Crumb Cake
 and Night of Navy inks.  The sentiment was from Wetlands. 

I am trying to get to grips with blogging from my iPad and it has taken me ages to do this post.
I think that's what has been putting me off doing my blog.
However I will persevere and see if I can't master it!!
If anyone has any helpful tips that might be useful to me I could sure do with some help!!

Saturday, 3 October 2015

I is for I can't think of anything else that begins with the letter I

I am stuck on the letter I, so I will take a break from the alphabet and show you a few of my Christmas projects.  Here I have used the cute Snow  Place stamp set and cut them out with the matching Snow Place framelits -much easier than fussy cutting!!

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

I is for ink dusting

You will probably have seen various examples of ink dusting on my cards over the years,
and I used this technique on the swaps that I made for our Julies' Jems Quarterly training
event last Saturday - here's what I made.
See the Winter's scene I have created on these two cards,
showing you the view from inside the house, looking out.
This has been created by stamping the trees, masking off a circle for the moon,
 then using the ink dusting technique to apply Night of Navy ink to make the sky.



The third card that I made was of the scene viewed from the outside looking in
This was just stamped, glittered  and lace ribbon used for the net curtains!

I'll pop back in the morning and add the list of materials used.
It's getting late and I think I am coming down with a cold after having a runny nose,
sneezing and coughing for most of the day!!
So it's off to bed with some cold/flu capsules and hope to get a good nights sleep.

Monday, 21 September 2015

And the final H is for Happy Birthday!

I have loads of birthdays in the second half of September, 
so have lots of cards that I can show you to finish off the letter H.
Here are two versions of the same style card. 

Version 1

Version 2

The stamp sets used are Kinda Eclectic and Happy Birthday, Everyone.
Inks : White (Craft), Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon and Soft Suede.
Can't decide which I like the best.
Which one do you like the best??

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Another H - this one's for a Happy Christmas!

                Have you noticed that there aren't many stamps which say Happy Christmas, 
as opposed to Merry Christmas?  Well I like to have Happy Christmas on the cards 
that I make for the kids, so I dug out this retired sentiment from More Merry Messages
stamp set - (I am always loathe to part with sentiment stamps -are you the same??)

Front view
Side view
The colour combo is Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler and White.
The little elf is from the Christmas Cuties stamp set.
The background paper is some retired SU DSP which was just the right style
for a little boys Christmas card.
Did you notice the lovely Home For Christmas Enamel Dots on the sentiment??
Think that these just finish off the card nicely!
Now who shall I give this to?

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

H is for Happy Anniversary!

It will be my sister's wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks,
 so I thought I had better make sure that I have their card ready in good time.
Here's what I came up with - another gap card.

A simple colour combo of White and Crumb Cake and a computer generated 
personalisation and greeting.  Simple but effective I think.
 The white bakers twine and gemstones are all that was needed to finish this card off.

Monday, 14 September 2015

On to H - for half completed fancy fold card.

Here's a card that Chris and I made the week before last.
It has a fancy fold middle. but a plain C6 card is the outside - 
and it's not been decorated on the outside yet!!
When I decide on the front, I'll update this post.

Here you can see the card fully opened

View from above showing the folds and positioning of the flaps.

Apologies for the poor quality photos, I can't fathom out how to transfer these from my iPad
to Blogger direct - I have to email them - there has to be an easier way!!
I'll ask the grandkids on Friday!!

Sunday, 13 September 2015

And G is for Get Well Soon (Male version!)

Hi everyone!!  Well I thought  I had better pop a quick post on here to let you all know that I am 
still alive, and well and kicking!!  After a prolonged absence ( the last post was 5th May!) I think I am ready to take up the reins again and try to get back into the habit of regular blog posts.  
Don't think I can promise daily posts, but will try my best.
It will help that the golf season is almost at an end - with my last competition tomorrow!! 
I think I am all golfed out, having played 7 times in the last 10 days! Phew!
My craft room has been emptied, redecorated, and put back in order - it looks a treat now,
 it is so light and airy and spacious to boot!!
So - carrying on with the theme of the alphabet and picking up where I left off -
G is for Get Well Soon.
Here's a card that I have made for a golfing colleague of both Barry and myself,  
who has had a stroke a couple of days ago and is in hospital.
I had to keep this masculine (which wasn't easy!), but I think the colours
have helped to make it work.

The stamp set is Serene Silhouettes, and I have created the background using the 
ink-dusting technique, which I have also used on the sentiment -
from the Hopeful Thoughts stamp set.
Colours used: Cajun Craze, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Marina Mist and So Saffron.

Get well real soon John!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

G is for Giraffe

Apologies for the absence once again - I have had the decorators in and
it hasn't been easy finding the time to update for my blog.
I have also decided that my craft room needs redecorating and new
floor covering fitted.  That will be quite an event.  I reckon it will take about three weeks,
one week to empty the room, one week to decorate and fit cushion-floor, 
then one week to put everything back!!
Barry reckons that I am being optimistic with this timescale, but we will see.
I plan on doing this in the summer, when people are on holiday,
 so it won't be too bad for my crafting ladies.
I'll keep you updated on the time scale!

Meanwhile - back to the alphabet - another little punch art animal-
Geoffrey Giraffe.
Once again I have used the Sweet Dreams DSP for the background -
don't you just love those clouds.

See you again soon!!

Thursday, 23 April 2015


I never used to like Grunge style designs at all, but after being converted to this
by my friend (and now my SU downline) Cheryl I do use this style more often.
Here's a quick and easy card using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.

I used the 2014-2015 In colours here -
Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist and Lost Lagoon
I used the Petite Petals stamp set and marching punch for the flowers
(stamped in the same colours) and added the sentiment  from Blooming with Kindness.
I really like this card - I have used it in different colours for a get well card too.

Monday, 6 April 2015

G is for Get Well

You never know when you need a Get Well card in a hurry -
a friend of ours was rushed into the hospital over the weekend, 
and as we were mega busy, I had to make a mega quick card.
Here's the result.

Just one stamp used here - a sentiment from Hopeful Thoughts stamp set
the three panels are cut from Painted Blooms DSP
and the only embellishment is the ribbon with the Basic Rhinestone.
I think this looks very cheerful and will do the trick in wishing 
Pat a speedy recovery!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

And so to G - for GOLF - naturally!

Those that know me well know that I love my golf nearly as much as my crafting,
but I am truly a fair weather golfer, so if it rains, I don't play!.
The exception to this is if it is an important game in the Golfing calendar.
Today is one such day - Lady Captain's Drive In.
Weather it rains, snows, blows or shines, all our Ladies attend and
play this first game of the Season.
(When it was my Lady Captain's Drive In, it rained most of the morning 
and we all ended up absolutely soaking wet, but everyone who could come did-
and I was truly grateful for the support)
If you want a laugh you can see a few pictures that were taken back then in March 2010

So today, at 10:00, you will find us playing this important game
and showing our support for our new Lady Captain.
Here's the card that I have made for her.

So here's to a good year Chris - enjoy!!

Friday, 3 April 2015

And the final F is FOR YOU!!

Yes Ladies - this final F is FOR YOU- all you lovely people who visit me 
and leave me such kind comments on a regular basis - this card is for all of you...
Happy Easter to you all.

The stamp set is Flower Shop, and the sentiment from  Tag Talk.
Colour Combo is Marina Mist, Pool Part and Daffodil Delight,
Flowers punched with the matching Pansy Punch.
Basic Rhinestones and ribbon are the only embellishments.
Next time we will start with the Gs!
Meantime, take care and have a wonderful Easter.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Fancy Fold cards

Here's the penultimate .....   F is for .....  Fancy Fold cards!
Here's one that I made at Chris's (Sis-in-law) yesterday.

I have taken photos at various angles so that you can see the fancy fold 
and the mechanics of the card.

Colour combo - Soft Sky, Night  of Navy and White.
Stamp set - Butterfly Basics.
Heart Border Punch.
Really enjoyed doing this one - a new design to me!