Sunday, 31 March 2013

Postage Due

Today I needed to do a really quick card for a friend who isn't particularly into
girly flowery cards so this is what I came up with.
It looks like a fabulous collage, but the secret is - it's one stamp, so it made it quite suitable!
I am sure she will love this as it's not too girly - I am sure you will agree.

                                   The colour combo is Night of Navy and the stamp set is Postage due.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Hello Doily

I couldn't wait to have a play with this stamp set (Hello Doily) 
and today was the first chance I have had to do just that.

Colour Combo is Sahara Sand, Midnight Muse and White (Glossy) card stock
Stamp sets used, Hello Doily, Creative Elements and Papillon Potpourri 
Sentiment is from (now retired Sale-a-bration) Vintage Verses.
I thought that it went very nicely with the doily.
Embellishments are Basic Pearls and Victoria Crochet Trim.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Postcrossing -handmade cards

On Tuesday this week I posted the card that I sent for my contribution to the card swap
and today I am showing you the card that I received from Jenny Lythell,
She messaged me to ask what my favourite colours were and I said Navy Blue and Yellow
- she has made me a card in these colours!

Isn't this a beautiful Easter card!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Jan's Wedding Card

Yesterday, Jan decided that she wanted to make a wedding card for her friend.
The colours had to be raspberry and cream, and her friend loved butterflies.
This is the idea I came up with and the card that Jan made.

The trusty Creative Elements flourish stamped in Raspberry Ripple on Very Vanilla card.
Layered on a mat of Raspberry Ripple card,
layered on an Ivory base card.
Matching ribbon from stash.
Butterflies die cut using Beautiful Wings embosslit, 
Basic pear embellishments.
I am sure the bride will love it!

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Special Birthday

Today's card is for someone special - but I have not yet decided who will get it.

A very CAS card but very elegant I think.
Colour combo is Night of Navy and Whisper White.
The flowers are from the You are Loved stamp set
and the sentiment is from a retired SU set.
Rhinestone buckle from my stash.
This was inspired by Barbara's card here
so thank you for the inspiration.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Twitterpated Patchwork

Here is the card that I have sent to Maria Miia Malmgren in Sweden,
as part of the Post Crossing Handmade Cards swap.

I have used my two favourite papers from the Twitterpated DSP and cut them up into 1.1/4" squares,
then patch-worked them together again and then embossed the piece in the 
 Textured Impressions Square Lattice Embossing Folder.
I stamped the sentiment from the You Are Loved stamp set onto a piece of
Twitterpated DSP then punched with the extra large oval punch.
I embossed the Baja Breeze frame with the Textured Impressions Designer frames 
embossing folder, then fussy cut this out.
The butterflies were die cut with the Beautiful Wings Embosslit die. 
Tiny Basic Rhinestones were used for the Butterflies bodies.
I put some spare butterflies inside the card for when Maria opens it - they will "fly"out!
Hope that Maria like this!

Monday, 25 March 2013

Betsy's Blossoms meets Creative Elements

Betsy's Blossoms is a stamp set that I have not used every much,
whilst Creative Elements is used so often, the image has almost disappeared off the top of the stamp!!
So - a combination of well used and little used here, 
with a colour combo of Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray and Whisper White.

The sentiment is from the ever useful Teeny Tiny Wishes.
A touch of Cherry Cobbler seam binding and a few tiny basic pearls finish this card off nicely!
All products used are Stampin' Up!

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Thinking of you card

Here's a sympathy card that I have made for Paula
 to let her know that she is in my thoughts at this sad time.

Colour combo is Basic Black and Whisper White.
Stamp set used is Hopeful Thoughts.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Bigz Lattice die

Well we are going nowhere today, so I took the opportunity of having a play today.
I am trying to use Stampin' Up! stuff that I haven't used much (or in some cases haven't used at all!)
This is my 8"  x 8" card that  made using 4 of the lattice die cuts,
Two in early Espresso and Two in Baja Breeze.

I took out all the waste from the die cuts and re-inserted it in the opposite colourway
and here is the result!! It didn't need much in the way of embellishments
so I just added rhinestones in two sizes.
The sentiment is from Just Believe.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Alan's Birthday

Yesterday was our friend Alan's birthday - and I missed it!!
Today I have made him a card and his wife Liz will take it to him tonight.
I searched the internet for inspiration using The Open Sea stamp set
and this is what I came up with.

Alan was a sailing enthusiast so will appreciate this card!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Established Elegance

Went to a team shoe box swap at the beginning of March, and there were a couple of projects
that I didn't manage to finish on the day (what's new!)
This afternoon I managed to finish this little squash book that Chris Chamberlain
designed for us to make - I am well pleased with it.

Closed view

Open view,

                                                     Colour Combo is Early Espresso, Regal Rose and Very Vanilla.
Stamp sets used are Established Elegance and Curly Cute.
Thanks for this Chris!!

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Tea for Two

I decided that I really must ink up this stamp set again as I really like it,
but was at a loss as to what to do with it.
Pinterest came to the rescue and I based this card layout from there - changing the colours.

Colour Combo - Regal Rose and Old Olive with White.
Stamp set used is Tea Shoppe.
Paper is  Tea for Two DSP cut with the Heart punch.
Calypso Coral Bakers Twine was the nearest colour to regal Rose so I used that.
What do you think to this CAS card?

Monday, 18 March 2013

Silver Wedding Card

Last week, we had a Stampin' Up! team challenge (Julie's Jems) to make a 25th Anniversary card
to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Stampin' Up!

For the background I stamped the flourish from Creative Elements in Versamark
and heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.
I matted this on a layer of Silver card, then onto a white base card.
I used the Memorable Moments stamp set to stamp the 25th Anniversary sentiment.
I then used the Textured Impressions Designer Frames Embossing folder on it,
and fussy cut round the oval embossed frame.
I applied Dazzling Diamonds round the oval border.
I am quite pleased with the overall result!

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Maggie's Birthday

Tomorrow is my sister Maggie's birthday, so I wanted to make her something a little bit special.

The colour combo is Regal Rose, Sahara Sand and White.
Once again I have used the Secret Garden stamp set and the white re-inker technique
to produce these flowers,and I used Real red with the aqua brush this time, 
to create this beautiful pink colour.
There is a little rosebud stamped in white from the Collage Curios stamp set.
The Initial frame is die cut using the Window Frames Collection Framelits.
I bought the initial M some time ago in anticipation of Maggie's Birthday,
but cannot remember where from.
Sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes, stamped and then punched with Word Window punch'
then layered on top of a punched Modern label.
Embellishments Basic Rhinestones.
(All products Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated.)
Happy Birthday Maggie!!

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Chalkboard card

If you missed me yesterday, sorry - I had a day off, spent lots of time with the family,
then was absolutely tired out, so had an early night as this morning was my
Monthly Saturday morning workshop.
I showed the ladies the chalkboard technique (there are several on the internet)
 and then showed Cheryl this card which is cased from Victoria Rodgers blog

Colour combination Basic Black and regal Rose.
Sentiment from Sale-a-bration free stampset Vintage verses
Hearts punched in More Amore DSP.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Elements of Style butterfly

Here's one of the cards  that I didn't finish yesterday.
A really CAS card.

Simply stamped the flowers and leaves from Elements of style,
coloured them in using a blender pen with Rose Red, Regal Rose and Lucky Limeade ink.
Used the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die to cut the butterfly which I raised on dimensionals.
Sentiment from Just Believe.
I love it!!

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Elements of Style

Been to Chris's today and finished two cards and started another.
Here's the first one I have to show you.

The colour combo is Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Regal Rose and Very Vanilla.
The stamp sets used are Elements of Style, En Francais 
and the sentiment is from Petite Pairs.
Natural Trim Ribbon and Basic Pearls embellishments.
All products Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013


Have been playing with a stamp set that I think will be suitable for mens' cards today.
At our next all day training, our swaps have to be Male oriented, so I thought
that I had better get a bit of practice in.

The colour combo is Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Gold and Pewter (on an Ivory base card)
The stamp set used is Clockworks.
Some of the images I have stamped in Rich Razzleberry and others I have heat embossed
 in either Gold or Pewter embossing powder.
The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.
All products are Stampin' Up!
I am quite pleased with this as a first attempt - what do you think?

Monday, 11 March 2013

Oh Hello

Here's a card that I made at monthly training last month.
The colour combo is Primrose Petals,Basic Gray with a touch of Pool Party.

The stamp set is Oh Hello, and the oval is cut using the Ovals Collection framelits.
The butterflies are punched using the Elegant Butterfly and the Bitty Butterfly punch
with the More Amore DSP.
The ribbon is the new 1.1/4" two tone ribbon , the Tea lace paper doilies and
Basic Rhinestone embellishments.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

My friend

Found the inspiration for this card from Pinterest.

Colour combo Marina Mist, Basic Gray and White.
Papers used - First Edition and Polka Dot Parade.
Flower made using Boho Blossoms punch and Fun Flowers Bigz die
layered on top of Delicate Doilies die cut and a large Rhinestone for the centre.
Adorning Accents Edgelit die used for border.
Sentiment from My Friend stamp set, heat embossed with Pool Part EP.
White Satin Ribbon (retired) and Basic Rhinestone . 
All products Stampin' Up!

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Thinking of you

This is a card for my friend Chris (H) whose husband died almost a year ago. 
 I shall send it to let her know that I am thinking of her on what will be a very sad day this week.

Once again I have used the very popular Bloomin' Marvelous stamp set,
and the colour combo is So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive.
I also used the Honeycomb embossing folder.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Angry Birds

Today I have an Angry Birds card to show you.
I cased this from a card that my SU sister Sarah-Jane  made.

I found the instructions on how to punch out these little birds from the Internet.
I think that the grandchildren will love these!!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Secret Garden

Went to Training Morning yesterday with Chris (sis-in-law) and had a great time.
Did some lovely projects, but we were inspired to come home and try out a different technique.

This card is made by stamping the flowers from the Secret Garden stamp set
in Versamark ink and then heat embossing with White embossing Powder. 
The flowers are then coloured in using  Whisper White ink (using a Re-inker)
with an Aqua painter.  This is then allowed to dry naturally, or if you are in a hurry
it can be dried using a heat gun.
The flowers are then coloured in with the colour of your choice - above you see Midnight Muse - it produces a beautiful shaded effect with not too much trouble.
The card stock I used was Sahara Sand (which I picked up by mistake, thinking it was Crumb Cake) -
a happy accident as I think it matches perfectly.  The sentiment is from Curly Cute stamp set,
stamped onto on an Apothecary Accents Framelit die cut.
I used a length of Crochet Trim and a couplke of Basic Pearls as simple embellishments
 as I thought that was all that was needed.
You can see the card that inspired us HERE on Julie's Blog.
Thanks Julie - love this card!!

P.S.  I have just realised that today is my 1000th Blogaversary-
 I have done 1000 posts on my blog today.
 To celebrate this event, for anyone who puts a comment on this post,
 I will put everyone's name into a hat and I will send this card to the person
whose name is drawn out on Saturday.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Liz's Easter Chicks

Yesterday, Liz, one of my Tuesday Crafting ladies, brought three little Easter chicks that she had designed and I thought that they were lovely, so I asked if I could show them to you.  As Liz hasn't got a blog (she doesn't do IT) she is very happy for me to give her her moment of fame!! 

Aren't these fabulous?  They are all made with the Owl Builder punch and Boho Blossoms punch.
I think that the eggs were cut using the Oval punch.
Well done Liz - great job!!

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Easter card

I have done a remake of an Easter card that I made a couple of years ago.

I have used a colour combo of Lucky Limeade and Daffodil delight with White.
The foliage is from the Just Believe stamp set.
The flowers punched using the Itty Bitty Flower punch
and the chicks cut using the Owl Punch.
HERE is a link to Anna's blog
 where I got the instructions from if you want to make these little chicks too!

Monday, 4 March 2013

Ladies Wot Lunch birthday

One of the ladies in our Ladies Wot Lunch Club - Jean - has just got back from an extended holiday (haven't seen her since the week between Christmas and the New Year!), so I will be giving her this card from us all tonight.  It was just to let her know that we were thinking of her (enviously) as she was cruising on her birthday! It's one of the fantastic Baby-wipe technique cards that I love - so I hope that she will love it too!!

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Lexie's Easel Card

Here is the little Easel card that Lexie has made.
The largest scallop circle measures just 1.1/4"
She copied off my liitle valentine easel card that I made recently. 

Lexie is now going to talk to you

I am 6 years old.
I used purple and pink card and squashed a bottle top.
I did  it with  a  bit  of  help  by Nannan Kate.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Shoe box swap

Today I will be in Pudsea with 12 more Jems Team members taking part in a shoe box swap.

This is my card that the other 12 will be making, and I will come home with another 12 different ones that I have made using their designs (hopefully!)
All the flowers are made using various sized scallop circles, plus the Boho Blossom punch.
The Oval frame is cut using the 4th and 5th Ovals (from the centre)
 of the Ovals Collection Framelits.
The leaves are cut using the Bird Builder punch.
The Colour Combo is Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, and Pink Pirouette.
The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Friday, 1 March 2013

CAS Man's Birthday card

Needed a man's card in a hurry today so it had to be a quick and easy one.

Free Sale-a-bration Sycamore Street DSP, matching button and ribbon.
Square Lattice Embossing Folder.
Stars punched with a retired SU punch (which I refuse to part with!)
in Tangerine Tango,  Island Indigo and Pool Party.
A piece of  White Bakers twine threaded through the button and knotted.
Voila - a twenty minute make, that looks a million dollars!