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





















Thursday, 14 April 2016

Happy Birthday Liz

Today is Liz's birthday (my friend who does the punch art fellas!)
Here's the card I have made for her.


This is the card closed, complete with it's belly band, ready for posting.



Here it is with the belly band removed ready for opening.



Here's the view of the card opened.

I decided to write on the back of the card rather than the middle, 
but it would look OK with a message here if you were a neater writer than I am!

The colour combo is Pool Party, Blushing Bride and White.
The flowers  and greeting are from the Birthday Blooms stamp set 
and the lacy border is from Grateful Bunch .
The three circles that carry the sentiment were cut with the 2.1/2" punch.
I used Birthday Bouquet DSP for the belly band  and covered the join
With the beautiful Pool Party Glitter ribbon.
Liz is very lucky because I have actually opened my pack of Bow Paper Clips embellishments
just for her!!

Hope you are having a fabulous day Liz and I will see you this evening to celebrate!!



Sunday, 10 April 2016

Table decorations last night

Here's a close up photo of last night's table decoration, one of which I was lucky enough to be given.
I took the photo early this morning in the hotel room, and it was a beautiful spring morning!


I felt really honoured to be taking this little beauty home with me - thanks ever so much Liz,

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Guess where I am tonight!

     Clue number one



     Clue number two


Clue number three


Did you guess? ....
It's Liz's Ladies night at the Holiday Inn!
LIz is my good friend who comes to my Tuesday Class, so she has been kept busy making the 
Table menus, place cards and floral decorations that you can see here (and I helped her a little too!)
Just for info - It's Liz who does the punch art fellas.
Doesn't the room look beautiful,
Looking forward to an excellent evening.


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

March thank you cards

When I pack my customers orders each month I like to include a little thank you card inside.
Here are the ones that I have made this month.
I don't generally put a thank you sentiment on the cards and this month I have left 
most of them blank, so a sentiment can be added when the card is sent.


Thanks for your orders ladies!  Appreciated!

Monday, 4 April 2016

Birthday Blooms

Here's a card inspired by one that I saw whilst browsing the internet recently.


It's quite a CAS card, with a touch of elegance I think.
Colour combo is Smokey Slate, Soft Sky and White.
The the flower and leaves are inked, onto watercolour card, in versamark 
and heat embossed with White embossing powdery these are then coloured using a blender pen and Smokey Slate for the leaves, and Soft Sky for the flower.  
The leaves are arranged and glued at the bottom of the flower, then the thin silver thread is stuck underneath the flower and leaves in a loopy pattern.
These are then glued onto the White card and layered on a Smokey Slate mat 
on top of a White base card. Then the sentiment is stamped in the bottom corner.
This will be sent to one of my April birthday girls, but I'm not saying which one!!


Sunday, 3 April 2016

Get well soon Julie and Linda

Two of my crafting ladies have only recently been discharged from hospital, 
so we missed seeing both Julie and Linda at our Saturday morning workshop yesterday.
I made similar cards for both ladies to wish them a speedy recovery .


Kraft card layered on a White card base with Blushing Bride and White flowers
with a Mossy Meadow fern (cut using the Botanical Builder Framelits)
The silver SAB Glitter tape was used as a change from ribbon - as Sale a bration 
has now finished I will be really sorry when my stock of this glitter tape has gone!
The greeting is from Hopeful Thoughts.
I have used the Decorative Label punch to make the fancy edges on the Sentiment piece .

Get well soon both of you lovely ladies!!


Saturday, 2 April 2016

Retirement card

Yesterday my good friend Carol (W) spent her final day at work!  
To mark the occasion, I made her this card.


The colour combo used is Blushing Bride, Mossy Meadoe, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso and White.
The DSP is Botanical Gardens and the flowers and fern are cut using
the matching Botanical Builder Thinlits dies.
I cut the edges of the card with the sentiment on it, using the Decorative label punch
and the sentiment is from Wild about Flowers.
Did you spot the doily?


Thursday, 31 March 2016

Zoo Babies for Hayden

On Sunday it will be my great nephew Hayden's 2nd birthday,
he is the son of my God-daughter (who is also my niece) Emma.
I wanted to make a fun card for him and I reached for my Zoo Babies stamp set
and combined it with the Party pop-up Thinlits dies.
Here it is.



I love this cute little card and hope that Hayden will love it too!

Monday, 28 March 2016

First Christmas card

I have noticed that a few bloggers are well on the way with making their Christmas cards,
 so I decided that I had better get on the band wagon and join them.
Here's the first.


I used the Woodland Textured Impressions embossing folder which featured in the 
Autumn Winter catalogue, but is making Stampin Up history by returning
(after being retired) to the Annual catalogue in June this year.
So if you didn't get it last year, you may well wish to buy it this year!
I used the Christmas Greetings Thinlits dies to cut the word "peace" with Gold Glimmer paper
and used the Jolly Holly Greetings stamp set for the rest of the sentiment.
I used Wink of Stella on the trees for a subtle shimmer.
Right - only 97 more to go!

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Another Party pop up card

Here's the second pop up card that I made the other day.
This one is for a male!


Front view



Inside view

Really pleased with the result.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Carol's card

Last night, at Thursday class, Carol needed a design for a special 80th birthday card.
I suggested  that she use the fabulous Large numbers dies with the matching stamps
And here's the finished result.


Great result Carol !

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Open top box card

Here's the card that I made yesterday, Chris had done a card like this earlier and I cased it! 
With a little tweak to make it my own.


Card open and stood


Card flattened for ease of posting in a standard C5 envelope

I used the Botanical Gardens DSP and the matching Thinlets dies.
Colours used are Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze and Wnite.
I haven't put a sentiment on as I will decides that when I decide who will receive this!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Sympathy card

Today Barry and I have been to a funeral of one of his Masonic colleagues.
Here is the card that I made for his wife Hazel.


A really CAS card, but believe it or not I enjoyed making this one, which is strange isn't it?
I was quite calm and composed whilst making this, the white embossing worked a dream 
and I was  really pleased with the end result - so much so that I made another one.
You don't usually feel up to making sympathy cards when you need them!
The image is from Serene Silhouettes, the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes, 
And the sentiment banner was stamped from the Bloomin' Love stamp set.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Punch art pirate

The lovely Liz has been busy punching her art out again 
-  this time she has made a pirate for one of her Grandsons.


Isn't this just fabulous!  I love his designer stubble!
Great punch art Liz!

Monday, 21 March 2016

Thinking of you Ashley

 I made a card to send my good friend and ex work colleague Ashley.  She's the one I go walking with each month.  I received an email from her on Friday saying that she had had to have one of her horses put to sleep, and she was obviously extremely upset.  I had been walking with her the day before when she said that she had had the vet out to John-Jo, but that he seemed considerably better on Thursday, so I was quite upset to hear that she had had to make the decision to put him out of his pain on Friday.
Anyway, here is the card that I made to let her know that I was thinking of her.


I have used the Sunburst thinlits die with a sheet from the Love Blossoms DSP stack.
I layered this onto Blushing Bride card stock on a white base card.
The sentiment is from hopeful thoughts.

Here's a photo of Lexie on John-Jo taken a couple of years ago - happy days!



Sunday, 20 March 2016

Party pop up card

Today I have been out in the garden whilst the sun was shining,
and spent a couple of hours just tidying up and doing a little weeding.  
If the weather stays fine, I plan to spend an hour each day to get the garden
back in shape after the long wet winter!
After my back decided it had had enough, I went inside and started prepping dinner, 
then went to the craft room to start playing with the Party pop up thinlits dies 
and made a couple of birthday cards.
Heres the first one.


Viewed from the front


Inside view.

Colour combo is Rose Red, Garden Green,Blushing Bride and White.
The flowers were punched using the Blossom Bunch Punch, 
with papers from The Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper stack, and Blushing Bride card stock.
The leaves were punched in Garden Green using the Bird Builder Punch.
I used the Bloomin Love stamp set with Rose Red ink to stamp the front and the inside corners.
The sentiment on the front is from Happy Birthday Everyone,
The sentiment in the inside is a retired set  - Its your Day.
This is my first pop up card and I am quite pleased with the result.