Friday, 31 August 2012

Vintage/Grunge tag

Well spurred on by everyone's comments and encouragement yesterday,
 I thought I would have another go  - this time something a little smaller - a tag.

The colour combo of this is Soft Suede and Pretty in Pink.
The Bigz Two Tags Die was used to cut the tag out of the pink CS
I then used the Very Vintage Wheel inked in Soft Suede.
I then sponged in from the edge with Soft Suede.
I inked a piece of Chantilly Crochet trim with Soft Suede ink.
The spiralled rose was daubed at the edges with Soft Suede ink.
The tiny butterfly was cut using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits and finished with a tiny pearl.
I also inked the pink 1/8 ribbon with Soft Suede ink to age it.
The sentiment and leaf die cut are non SU items

I would like to enter this in
the Cards Galore August Challenge - Tags
Anything Goes Challenge Blog #74 -  Make your own background
Polkadoodles Challenge Week 35 Flowers

Thursday, 30 August 2012


Today I have tried to move out of my comfort zone and attempted to do a Vintage/Grunge type card.
I am not too sure of whether it's any good or not, but I feel it's a worthwhile second attempt at this style.

I downloaded a sheet of music from the internet and tore, then distressed it with Tea Stain ink.
Then I two step stamped it using the new Raspberry Ripple ink and the good old faithfuls -
Early Espresso and Soft Suede, using the Greenhouse Garden Stamp set.
I layered this on an Ivory deckle-edged base card.
The sentiment is from Sincere Salutations.
Honest feedback please?

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Sneak Peek

Here's a scheduled post for you as we will be at my Uncle's funeral this afternoon.
It's a sneak peek of a couple of items that you will be able to buy with the launch of the
 Autumn Winter Seasonal Catalogue on the 1st September!!  

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Punch Art Piano

Today I have cased a card that Christine made for Barry's birthday
It's a punch art piano.

The Top Note Die is used for the piano base and 
the keys are punched out using the Word Window punch.
The music is done with the Music Notes wheel.
The greeting is from petite Pairs.

Monday, 27 August 2012

2nd Twinchie Challenge#4

Evening everyone - a little bit late in posting today - but "Better late than never" as the saying goes.
Here is my second entry in the latest Challenge.
I stamped an image from Bright Blossoms, then stamped and paper pieced the vase. 
 Stippled the background with Old Olive and Basic Grey. 
 Matted this onto a 2" square of Pink Pirouette, then paper sculpted the flower centres 
and glued them inside an Itty Bitty punched flower.
Basic rhinestones for the added bling.

I would like to enter this into
Show us your Twinchies Challenge#4 - Add a flower

Sunday, 26 August 2012

A teabag caddy.

Here is another of the projects that we made at our shoe box swap the other week.
This tea bag caddy was shown to us by Karen Fagelman (no blog so can't post a link)
I am really pleased with how it turned out - and can you see the tea bags in their little fancy packets peeping out of the bottom??  The base colour was Cherry Cobbler and the DSP was Twitterpated - which is one set of papers you will still be able to get when the new catalogue launches in October.
Front view

View of lid

Arty  farty angle
Thanks for bringing us this to make Karen!!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

August Thank you cards

I can't believe that we are nearly at the end of August - tempis fugit and all that jazz!!
I like to make my ladies who place orders with me a little thank you card -
 and this is the design that I have made for August.
 It showcases the new 2012-2014 In Colours :-

Colours from left to right
Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit and Primrose Petals.

This card stock and these Stampin pads will be available for you to buy from 1st October

This month's selection of cards
The sentiments are from Petite Pairs stamp set and the butterflies are cut using the Beautiful Wings embosslit.

Friday, 24 August 2012

80th Birthday

Tonight Barry and I have been invited to an 80th birthday party for Herbert, 
who is a friend of Barry and myself, and is also the owner of our golf club.
I needed something masculine, both in colour and design and got inspiration from a swap 
that I received at Convention either last year or the year before (no name on it though).

The colour combo is Night of Navy, More Mustard and Cajun Craze with Very Vanilla.
The stamp-sets used are Circle Circus, and the sentiment is from Curly Cute.
The knot in the button is simply a sliver of card threaded through, then tied in a knot.
The 80 is peel-offs coloured with permanent marker.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Craft Class' Twinchies.

My crafting ladies have been admiring my Twinchies and fancied having a go, so I set them a competition.  They had four weeks to make Twinchies - a max of three entries allowed and a prize for the winner.
Here is what the ladies came up with

12 entries

The winner!
Congratulations to Ann Hodkinson

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Circular side step card

Today on Splitcoaststampers there was a tutorial to make this card, so I thought that I would give it a go.

Card open

Card folded flat

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

A card for Edna

Edna is a past Lady Captain at our Golf Club.  
At our Ladies meeting yesterday evening we were told that her husband has terminal cancer - 
which came as a shock to all of us.  This couple have served the club for many years 
and have always been there for everyone whenever help was needed, and have the respect of all the members of the club.  Our Ladies section thought that it would be nice to send Edna 
some flowers and a card to let her know that we were thinking of her.
 I volunteered to make a card for her that everyone could sign -
 and this is it.
Inside it reads .... please know that we care.

Colour combo Daffodil Delight, Real Red and Old Olive
Stamp set is Hopeful Thoughts.
Background is ink-dusted Pumpkin Pie ink.
Tiny basic pearls for the flower centres.

Monday, 20 August 2012

Show us your Twinchies Challenge #4

Here's my first entry into the latest challenge.
Colour combo is Basic Grey, Pink Pirouette with a hint of Daffodil Delight.
Stamp sets used are Hopeful thoughts, and for the sentiment  Tiny Tags.
The tiny flowers are punched from a really old corner punch that I have,
 that has no brand name on it all just - Pat Pending!!
The flower centres are made using the circles produced when punching
with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border - a bit faffy to pick up though!

I would like to enter this into the
Show Us Your Twinchies Challenge #4 - Add a flower

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Warm Winter Wishes.

Remember I said that we were having a shoe-box swap yesterday -
 well here is one of the projects that the group that I was in made.
This is to prove to Sally-Jo that I actually completed my project once I got home.
(I actually completed it this afternoon as I was totally shattered once I got home yesterday-
after 6 hours crafting with just a short break for lunch and the occasional coffee to keep us all going!!)

The colour combo is Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Very Vanilla.
The "snowflake" is the centre section of one of the flowers in the Mixed Bunch stamp set.
Thanks for giving us the opportunity to make this fabulous hanging decoration Sally-Jo!
If you would like to visit  her blog click Here

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Shoe Box Swap

I am spending today with a group of my  fellow Team members of Julies Jems  
(Stampin Up Demonstrators) and we are doing a shoe box swap.  
We will all be making 9 cards that have been designed by ourselves.
This is the one that I have designed.

Colour combo is Pink Pirouette, Basic Grey and Whisper White.
Bigz Clear die Scallop Square used for card base and front.
Stamp set used is Eveything Eleanor.
Sentiment from Tiny Tags.
The leaves are cut out using the Bird Builder punch
The "brake" has been punched using the Scallop Trim Border punch, 
Silver glass glitter used for the flower centres.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Shadow Box

Yesterday I went over to Chris's (sis-in-law) for our weekly crafting get-together.
Chris had found some instructions for making a shadow box card and we had a go at putting it together.
  The next time we do it we will make it a little different.
That said, I was well pleased with the result.
Ta da!!

Colour combo - Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White.
Fun Flowers Bigz L Die used to die cut flower,
Sentiment stamped using Teeny Tiny Wishes and punched with Word Window punch.
Flourishes not SU.
This is definitely a keep for myself card - at least until I make another one.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

3 more sympathy cards

Here are the three cards that I made to send to my cousins -
each one a little different and each one a different colour flowers.
Whilst I have used this design for Sympathy cards, it would be suitable for many other occasions, so whilst I am in the mood, I may do a few more and leave them blank - for emergencies!!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

With Sympathy

I took a phone call this morning to let us know that my Uncle Les passed away last night. He has been ill for some time, in residential care and leaves behind my Aunty and 3 cousins plus 4 grandchildren.
This is the card I have made for Aunty and I will do one for each cousin later today.

This card is cased from Vicky's blog a fellow SU demonstrator
Thank you for the inspiration Vicky!!
The colour combo is Melon Mambo, Old Olive and Whisper White.
The background I stippled with Old Olive and Basic Grey.
I stamped the flowers with the Reason to Smile stamp set
 ( free with a purchase of £60 until the end of August)
then coloured this in using Stampin' Write markers.
I reverse stamped the flower facing right and cut another flower head to decoupage on top.
I daubed the edge of the stamped layer with Basic Grey ink.
Stamped the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes in Basic Grey
and added a bow with the Lucky Limeade, Everyday Enchantment Organdy ribbon
(this was free with a purchase of £45 during July)

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Growing Green

The Tuesday Craft Club made this card today, but did a few different sentiments to take home with them, then they will just add the sentiment as required.  It came in handy for me as I needed a quick Get well card, so I used my sample - will have to make another one up for tomorrows group!!

The colour is Poppy Parade, Concord Crush and Pear Pizzazz
(We will lose these colours at the end of next month, and they will be replaced with a new set of In Colours)
Stampset used for background, rose and leaves - Growing Green
and for sentiment Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Third Twinchie for Challenge# 3

3rd Twinchie Challenge#3

This Twinchie has a colour combo of Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie and Garden Green.
The background is stamped with one of the stamps from Tiny Tags.
Leaves punched with the Bird Builder Punch and Flower punched with Boho Blossom Punch.
Diamond shapes cut with 1/4" square punch.
Red gems from stash - all other items Stampin Up.

I would like to enter this into
Show us your Twinchies Challenge# 3 - Bright Colours.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Another fancy fold card

Really quick posting tonight - must get back outside quick - it's Barry's Birthday Barbeque
and I remembered I have not posted today!!
This is the fancy fold card that we made when we went to monthly training last month.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Apothecary Art

Card open showing plate for message
Card closed
I haven't used this stamp set (Apothecary Art) to it's full potential.
There are 4 motif stamps and 2 sentiments in this set and some of them have not yet been inked!!
I'm sure that I'm not alone in this!!
The colour combo of this Z fold card is Pretty in Pink and Old Olive
with  minimal bling - 3 basic pearls.
Clean and simple!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Barry's Birthday

It's Barry's birthday on Sunday, so I made this card for him.
It's cased from a card that Chris (sis-in-law) had made.

Card open

Card closed

Arty farty angle
I tried to keep it masculine and not put any flowers on it !
Colour Combo is Baja Breeze, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.
Stamp set - Vintage Vogue, Just for you sentiment from Just Believe.
Happy Birthday from Curly Cute.
Top Note die used for Easel base.
Square Lattice Embossing folder used for bottom half of card front in Early Espresso.
Masculine knotted ribbon (rather than a girly bow) - and no added bling.
Hope that he likes it.
I would like to enter this into
Crafty Mess Clallenge Blog # 15 Words ( no image)

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Happy Birthday Lucas

Tomorrow is our Grandson Lucas's birthday and he will be 9 years old.  
OMG - where has all the time gone!!It doesn't seem two minutes since he was a tiny baby.
I wanted to do a non fussy card - very clean and simple,
so I chose this fancy fold out card.

Card closed with belly band fastened.

Belly band unfastened and removed

Card open
The colour combo is Bashful Blue and Whisper White with a touch of Night of Navy (ink).
Front sentiment from Happiest Birthday Wishes, stamped on a large Oval glued onto 
a Textured Impressions Designer Frame Embossing Folder.
Inside  sentiment - Happy Birthday - from Curly Cute
"Lucas" was cut using the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlets Dies.
Have a great day tomorrow Lucas!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

One foot 8 (or twenty "inchies" !!)

In response to the overwhelming number of comments that I received on my latest Twinchy, 
I thought I would show you my "inchy" card.  
There are 20 of them on this card, everyone different.

I really enjoyed making this card, only trouble is - I don't want to part with it!
Notice how the greeting is missing from the bottom.?
Maybe one day the right occasion will present itself and I will  say a fond farewell to it!!
Meantime - enjoy!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Happy (Belated) Birthday Yvonne

Once again I have to confess to being late for one of our Jems' birthdays.
Yesterday it was my SU sister Yvonne's  birthday, and I missed it!
Today I made this card and promptly posted it to her - first class.

Colour combo - Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi and Very Vanilla
Stamp set Hopeful thoughts inked with Stampin Write marker pens
The background is ink-dusted very lightly in Pumpkin Pie.
Basic Pearls for the flower centres.

Hope you had a great birthday Yvonne!!

I would like to enter this into
Dynamic Duos #14 Pumpkin Pie and Wild Wasabi

Monday, 6 August 2012

Another of mi Twinchies

What makes you think that I really enjoy making these twinchies?
I have loved making this one today.
All these flowers and leaves have been made by own fair hands.
A mixture of quilling and paper sculpture plus a little punching.
Wasn't sure that it was bright enough for the challenge, but I decided it was - so....
I would like to enter this into the
Show us your Twinchies Challenge #3 - Bright colours

Sunday, 5 August 2012


Here's the second of three cards that I made at Christine's on Friday.
It's a case of the one she sent to Janice for her Birthday.

Colour combo is Sahara Sand, Poppy Parade and Gold.
(Although the Poppy Parade looks distinctly orange in this photo!)
Base card made in Sahara Sand stamped with Versamark and Dot, Dot, Dot stamp.
Poppy Parade Top Note die cut with flourish from Everything Eleanor
embossed with Gold EP.
Fun Flowers Bigz L Die used to make flower in SS and PP
with Vintage Brad in Centre.
Lacy Ribbon Border punched in SS with 1" PP circles underneath
and a gold brad in the centre of each.
All products are Stampin Up

I would like to enter this into 
The Cupboard trilogy Challenge#2 ~Embossing
 in the card category.

Saturday, 4 August 2012

French Foliage

Afternoon everyone on this lovely sunny Saturday.
Just in case it rains I have already done the washing and been out in the garden for a couple of hours and now I am shattered, so I thought I would update my blog .

This is a card that I did at Christine's yesterday
the colour combo is Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Always Artichoke
And the stamp set is French Foliage.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Amy's Birthday

This is the card that I have made for Amy for her birthday on the 10th.  I have loads of cards to do for this month, so thought I had better get ahead of myself.
You've already seen two different colour ways of this card, I can't decide which one I like the best.
Amy will love this because it's pink!!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

The Open Sea

Today the card I have to show you is a card that I have cased from my SU mummy Julie
(What would I do without her for inspiration?)

The card stock is Night of Navy, Real Red and Very Vanilla.
Inks used - Night of Navy and Crumb cake.
Stamp set The Open Sea , sentiment from Petite Pairs.
White Bakers Twine.

Thanks Julie

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Some more of mi twinchies!!

I have been playing at Twinchies again this morning-
here is my latest offering.
A rainbow of colour and some Itty Bitty punched flowers, 
sentiment fromTiny Tags and a few Basic Rhinestones.

I would like to enter this into
Show us your Twinchies Challenge~3 - Bright colours