Thursday, 20 July 2017

Soft Sayings

I recently bought the Soft Sayings Kit, 
after attending one of our monthly training sessions
with our Stampin Up mummy Julie.
I was really impressed by the colours and designs in the kit,
not to mention the stamp set that comes with it.

Here's the first card that I have made,
and I'll post more as I finish the rest of them.

Isn't it fabulous!!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Julie's Birthday

Today is the birthday of one of my crafting ladies - Julie,
you may have noticed that there are a few Julies in my circle of friends and acquaintances!

I am really loving using these Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies,
I love the beautiful patterns you can create with them.

I printed the sentiment border on my computer.
I have used the Eastern Medallions dies in conjunction with
 a scallop circle from the Layering Circles Framelits Dies.
The colour combo is Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and White.
For the flower centre I used one of the beautiful Iced Rhinestone embellishments.

Happy Birthday Julie - have a great day!!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Get well card for Rosemary

One of my crafting ladies has recently been in hospital for an operation  on her foot.
This has meant that she has been unable to walk for a time, so I sent her this card
just to let her know that we were thinking of her.

Its a CAS quickie card using the Layering Circles Die,
the Daisy Punch and the 1/2" circle punch.
The sentiment was computer generated.

Get well soon Rosemary - we're missing you!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Cased Lighthouse U fold card!

This card is shamelessly cased from my Stampin Up sister Amanda's blog.
She has done a whole series of cards using this fold as the basis
for some amazing projects - do pop round and see her work, 
you won't be disappointed, I promise!
I did tell Amanda that I was going to do this card and she
will be waiting to see how I got on.
The sentiment is not perfect, but I shall keep this as a prototype 
and do the card again as and when I find the right person 
and the right occasion for sending it.

Front view

Slightly angled view from above to show the mechanics of the card.
The stamp set used is High Tide
and the background papers are from the Serene Scenery DSP Stack
which is now retired - I don't have much of it left,
so was well pleased to find the sea/sky-scape paper.
Thanks Amanda for letting me case your design -
what would I do without you!!

You can see more of Amanda's designs by visiting her blog
and her latest design U-fold card
by clicking

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Life is a beautiful thing.

Browsing the internet earlier today I saw a card by Rick Adkins from the USA
and it prompted me to get my ink sponges out to make the background
 for the Flirty Flowers stamps

Colour Combo is Lemon Lime Twist, Black, Marina Mist and White.
Stampsets : Flirty Flowers and the sentiment is from Colourful Seasons.
A White pen was used to highlight the tiny flower heads.

Think I'll keep this one for myself!!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Wedding Congrats card

My friend Andy asked me to make a Wedding Congratulations card-
this is what I made.

A very CAS card using White card and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.
The sentiment is computer generated.
The heart is die cut using Bloomin Heart Thinlits.
The matching ribbon is some Stampin Up  retired sparkly white ribbon.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Simon's Birthday Today

As you might guess from the photo it's our son Simon's birthday today
and this card was inspired after seeing various cards made by my
Stampin Up sister Amanda Bates on one of the Jems' Team's Blog Hops.

front view

raised view.

When I saw Amanda's fabulous cards, I just had to have a go, 
and I think I made three cards using this fold the same day!!
As Simon's card is usually difficult to design, I decided to go with this fancy fold
and played with some retired DSP, the beautiful Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper
 (which I adore!) , my treasured Large Letters framelits and my little star punch
 (which is really useful for embellishments on mens cards!)
I am really impressed with the result and I think you can see the fabulous 
glimmer effect on the letters quite well on this photo.

Here's a link to Amanda's Blog Hop post that set me off making quite a few
of these U  fold cards (I think thats the name Amanda gave to them)

Thanks so much Amanda - right I must nip back to your blog and case your lighthouse card!!

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Yuki's birthday

Tomorrow is the birthday of my friend Yuki who is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Japan.
I recruited her as a Demo when she lived in the UK and she had to resign when she returned to Japan, but was able to rejoin a few years ago when the Japanese market was included by Stampin Up!
Obviously I wanted to send her a special card and this was one that I made a couple of months ago, waiting for the right occasion to send  it.

I used the now retired So Detailed thinlits die and the Sale-a-bration 
Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer paper which I really love.
The sentiment is from the also retired Wetlands stamp set and I punched it out using the
new Pretty Label punch.

The picture does not do justice to the beautiful glittery effect, but I was well pleased with the result and I'm sure that Yuki will appreciate it.
Happy Birthday Yuki!!

Friday, 7 July 2017

Julie's Birthday

Tuesday (the 3rd) was my Stampin Up Mummy's birthday (Julie Kettlewell), and I couldn't remember whether I had photographed her card before posting it.  I have found this photo in one of my iPad albums, taken on the last day of June, so I believe that this is the card that I sent her.  I have no doubt that she'll correct me if I have got it wrong!  This getting old lark is no joke!!
Had I found the photo earlier, I would have posted it on her birthday, instead of today!!

I have done a batch of similar cards using the Eastern Beauty bundle 
and this one is a complete case of the one in the catalogue on page 129
 - with a little tweaking,  it was the main reason  that I bought this bundle
 as I  fell in love with it immediately!!
Color combo of Blushing Bride, White and Smoky Slate (the sentiment)
this sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stampset.
Hope you had a fabulous birthday Julie - thanks for all you do for us Jems!!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Jane's Birthday

Tomorrow is my Sister-in-law Jane's birthday,
so I wanted to make a special card for her, I think this does the trick!!

A very CAS card with a simple colour combination,
White, Powder Pink and Pear Pizzazz.
The base card sentiment was computer generated.
The background stamp is from Wood Words.
 stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder,
The daisy stamp from the Daisy Delight stamp set is also stamped twice
 in Versamark on Powder Pink card stock, and heat embossed 
with White Embossing Powder and punched out with the Daisy Punch 
 then coloured in with Powder Pink ink and Aqua painter (Waterbrush).
A Wink of Stella is then applied and the two daisies are glued together, 
overlapping each other.
The only embellishments are tiny Rhinestones and a Clear Faceted Gem.
All products from Stampin'Up!

Jane won't see this card until tomorrow as she is not a blogger, 
so I am quite safe posting this tonight.
Have a great day Jane!!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Chris's Birthday

Today is Chris's (sister-in-law, Stampin Up downline and very good friend!) birthday.
This is the card that I made for her, and also for another good friend, Jan, whose
Birthday was yesterday.  So hope you both have/had a great day.

This beautiful card is shamelessly cased from Monica's Blog HERE 
do pop round and look at what other lovely projects she has to show you.

Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso and White Card stock.
Seasonal Layers Thinlits and Clear Faceted Gems.
Wink of Stella

Saturday, 1 July 2017

A different Anniversary

Today is the 3rd Anniversary of setting up the business of my hairdresser, Katy.

I wanted to make a card to celebrate her success, but it's not the normal sort of Anniversary is it!
So here is the Anniversary card with a difference that I made for her.
The basic card was made when I met up Chris on Wednesday and I just added the 
word Anniversary later on.

The stamp set is Happy Celebrations and the "Anniversary" stamp is from
the Number of Years stamp set.
Cardstock is Old Olive and Black
inks used are Berry Burst, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, 
Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Memento Black.

Thanks for persuading me on the merits of this set Chris - very handy
for this special, if somewhat different occasion!!

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Lady Captain's card

Here's the card that I made for our Lady Captain, Mary.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Captain's Day

Saturday was Captain's Day at the Waterfront, and Lady Captain asked me to make a card
for the Club Captain - here it is!!

The stamp is an old one from a set of funny sporting stamps,
 I can't remember where I got it from, but I just love this one.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Dylan's Birthday

Today my great nephew Dylan is three years old and here's the card I have made for him.

I can't take any credit for the design as I have cased this (with permission) from
Gill Arnold's Blog HERE
do pop by and say hello to her too.

Have a lovely day Dylan!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Thanks so much Michelle and Andy

Well today we leave Alicante and our friend Andy and Michelle until the next time.
Here's the card that I have made for them, just to thank them for their hospitality and putting up with Barry and myself.  We have had a great time and look forward to our next visit!!

Colour combination Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz with a touch of Berry Burst.
Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits.
Daisy Punch, White embossing powder with versamark, heat embossed.
Daisy Delight and Thankful Thoughts stamp sets and the 1/2" circle punch.
Softly falling and Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impression embossing folders.

Thanks again Andy and Michelle!!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Delightful Daisy

A really quick card using the Daisy Punch, Daisy Delight Stamp set and the matching punch

Really simple but so pretty - don't you think??

Monday, 12 June 2017

This little piggy

Another of the little piggy cards that Charlotte demonstrated and I have cased!!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Colourful Seasons

Here's a card that Chris and I made the other week at her house.

This uses the Colourful Seasons stamp set, the Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies
and the Colour Theory matching DSP

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Happy as a pig.........

... in muck!
Thats a good old Yorkshire saying, conveyed perfectly here!
But I'm not sure who I will send this card to!

Linda and I won this Prize Patrol stamp set "This little Piggy" at Onstage in Amsterdam.
Just love it.
Charlotte demonstrated this card and I have unashamedly cased it!!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Window Shopping

Here's a fabulous card that I found on the internet , on u tube
designed by Mitosu Crafts - another Stampin' Up! demonstrator.
Just had to have a go with this!!

Card open

Card closed for posting

This uses the Window Box Thinlits dies and the Window Shopping stamp set.

Isn't this really clever.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

June Blog Hop - So happy this is in the new catalogue!

Hi folks, it's that time of the month again - time for the monthly Jems Blog Hop
and the theme this time is
So happy this is in the new catalogue!
My first selection was the fabulous Delightful Daisy Suite.
Here are three cards that I have made using the Daisy Delight stamp Set,
the  matching punch and the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper

Have you noticed the sentiments on these cards?
I was really impressed with the variety that are in the 
Soft Sayings Card kit.
Below you can see all the sentiment stamps that you get in this kit.
I think they are fabulous!

Another firm favourite that has been carried over to the new catalogue
- the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies - have been used to mount the daisies 
and one of the sentiments on, I think these are so versatile.

To co-ordinate with the selected shapes I have used the Layering Ovals,
Circles and Squares Framelits, to finish these off.

I am so pleased with the simple, but elegant look of the these three cards.

I could go on forever with my selection of the great number of items
 that I am so happy to see in the new catalogue, but will save more for future posts!!

So.... moving on.....

Next on the hop is Karen's blog, which I am sure you'll love.

Or maybe you want to go back and see what great stuff Gill has posted  
and look at the previous posts too.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Thank you Manchester

This Wednesday, myself and a number of fellow team members from Julie's Jems,
 posted just short of 1,000 thank you cards to the unsung heros of the day from hospitals,
 support staff, ambulance, paramedics, emergency services, etc, who tended
 to the people affected by the tragic events of last week in Manchester.
It was the brainchild of my good friend and Silver Elite twin (whom you will have
 heard me refer to previously), Julie Wade.  Julie investigated where these support workers
 were based and organised our Team as to which hospital/organisation 
we should send our "thank you" cards to.
The intention of this was to let these people know how grateful we all were
 for their part in dealing with the aftermath of the Manchester incident.

I posted 36 cards in total, below are the assortment of designs
 that I sent to three of the hospitals.

This morning myself and other team members received a lovely acknowledgement
 from the Chief Executive from Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, 
where some of our cards were sent to.
So kind of her to take the time to acknowledge.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Happy Birthday Cheryl

 Today it's my friend and Stampin' Up! downline, Cheryl's birthday.
As I am off for a game of golf I'll pop back later and give you the recipe for this card.
Have a great day Cheryl

Monday, 15 May 2017


Today is the birthday of three very special people.
My Great-nephew, Ethan, my fellow Jem, Silver Elite Twin and good friend, Julie Wade, 
and my good friend and Stampin' Up! down-line, Lynda.

Here are the cards that I have made

For Ethan's card, I have once again used the fabulous fancy fold card that my fellow Jem, Silver Elite Sister and good friend Amanda showed us on the Jems monthly Blog hop 

Thick Whisper White card stock was used for the base card and Pacific Point card stock
was used to cut out Ethan's name with the Large Letters Die.
The DSP used for the back and side panels was Party Animal
and the Happy Birthday greeting was stamped using a Big On Birthdays stamp set stamp.
I intend to use this design for all the mens birthdays that I have this month!!

For Julie's card I used the Flourish Thinlits dies and cut out the various components using
 Silver, Smoky Slate and Perfect Plum cardstock.
The greeting was stamped using Wetlands stamp set, 
which is sadly retiring at the end of the month (sob)

For Lynda's card I used the Eastern Medallion Thinlits.
Thick Whisper White, Smoky Slate and Blushing Bride card stock.
The background was done by Debossing using the Petal Burst Embossing Folder.

Here's hoping that you all have a wonderful day today!!

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Jems May Blog Hop - Something For The Men

Hello again, long time no see.  I have been really, really, negligent with my blog, but what can I say! Sometimes life just gets in the way, not to mention spending a month in the Canaries at the beginning of the year, plus two weeks of Jury service.  It's been quite a hectic few months, and I have to get back into some sort of blogging routine, so I'll make a start now with the latest Jems' Blog hop,
 and I hope that you enjoy hopping round and seeing the rest of the teams' makes. 
 I am sure that, like me, you find mens' cards more difficult to design,
 so hopefully you will find inspiration by taking a tour of this blog hop.
So without further ado, here are my offerings. 

The colour combination for this card is a preview of two of the new In Colours
Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist.
The de-bossed (rather than embossed) "celebrate" sentiment uses one of the 
Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders, then this is stamped on top with 
one of the "You've Got This" stamps.
The background is created using one of the stamps from "Balloon Adventures"
as is the "It's your birthday" sentiment, the balloon and string.
The stars are from the Brights Sequins Assortment.

The colour combo of this card is simply Night of Navy and Lemon Lime Twist
(which is fast becoming one of my favourites, so you may well see it featured again!!)
The sentiment uses the Happy Birthday Thinlits die which will be available to purchase
 from the new Annual Catalogue on the 1st of June!
the bits of confetti have been made using the waste from the
 "Hang up your Stocking"  Thinlits die.
Balloons punched using the Balloon Bouquet punch. then the splatters stamped on
 using a stamp from the Touches of Texture stamp set.

This last card uses various shades of blues
(from left to right) Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Dapper denim, Pacific Point,
Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist, stamped using one of the Work of Art stamps,
over the de-bossed Happy sentiment from the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder set.
The word Birthday is stamped using the Stylized Birthday stamp 
and by just inking the word Birthday.
The subtle border is stamped using a Touches of Texture stamp with Soft Sky ink.
The sequin embellishments again are from the Brights Sequin Assortment.

Well now I do hope you will pop over to Linda's blog

Or maybe you want to pop back and recap on what Sarah has posted

Have a good day!  See you soon!