Sunday, 22 October 2017

Wise Men from Afar - emboss resist

I must admit that when I ordered this stamp set I couldn't wait to use it,
but inspiration failed me, and I have had to resort to Pinterest, where I
found a card by Norah Marin, but have been unable to find her blog.

This is my card that I have cased from Norah's.

Using Versamark, I stamped the 3 Wise Men,  then with Black embossing powder,   heat embossed.
The stars were inked with versamark, then  heat embossed with White embossing powder.
Palm trees  and sand dunes stamped with Soft Suede ink.
Sand sponged with Sahara Sand ink.
Sky sponged with Night of Navy
Space in between sponged with Real Red and  So Saffron.
Thanks for the inspiration Norah, couldn't have done this without you!

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Tony's 50th Birthday

My friend Pat asked me if I could make a personalised card for 
her son Tony who will be 50 this weekend.

Here's what I made

I am quite safe posting this before the date as I know with certainty
that Tony won't be viewing my blog!!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Amanda's Wreath card

Amanda has designed this card (which I have cased here)
using the Painted Harvest Stamp set and the matching Leaf Punch.
This is my version

The sentiment is from Snowflake Sentiments.
Colour combination, Copper, Champagne and Cajun Craze.
As the copper and champagne foil leaves are simply punched, it doesn't take an age 
to make this card, but it does take time to arrange them
neatly in a circle. I think mine looks too regimented.
I like Amanda's better, but it is my first effort.
Will have another go later!!
Pop round and take a look at Amanda's

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Wine !!

Here's another Eclipse card - this one I made at Chris's last week.

Really clean and simple, suitable for any occasion that's being celebrated -
so it's quite useful to have in your standby box of cards!
This uses the Half Full stamp set
and the Tuscan Vineyard stamp set.


Monday, 16 October 2017

Brother-in-law's birthday

Today it's my Brother-in-law David's birthday (Chris's husband)
so I took the opportunity of using the Merry Patterns stamp set
(only available as a free Hostess gift during September and October!)
What do you think of this?

Front view open

Card closed for posting
Colour combo is a simple Pacific Point White and a splash of Crushed Curry
The Sentiment is cut using the Happy Birthday Thinlits die.

I am really pleased with this - hope David likes it!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Year of Cheer

At Chris's on Wednesday, I copied a card that she had made whilst I have been away.
This uses products from the Year of Cheer Suite 
which I think is absolutely lush!!
Decide for yourself.

I have used the Year of Cheer Speciality DSP,
The centre cut out of a Foil Snowflake,
Year of Cheer Speciality Washi Tape,
Snowflake Sentiments stamp set
Versamark and Copper Embossing Powder.
The White snowflake is die cut using the Seasonal Layers  Thinlits dies.

I shall use this suite for my "special " Christmas cards.
PS - I'll show you what I did with the rest of the foil snowflake
later this week!!

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Merriest Christmas Wishes

I saw a gold version of this beautiful card on my Stampin' Up! sister
and asked her if I could CASE it (Copy and Share Everything is
one of our Stampin' Up! Values)
Here is my version in Silver

As I have used silver foil card, it is difficult to photograph,
but you can see the effect.
The sentiment is from Watercolour Christmas stamp set
stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.
Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies used to cut the snowflakes
and the base card is embossed with the 
Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
Tiny pearls for the centre of the snowflakes just finishes mit off.
I love this card
Thanks Amanda for the inspiration.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Another of Jan's Beautiful You cards

This evening, Jan brought another of her Beautiful You cards to show us.
She is happy to share it with you ,

Front view standing

Centre - open

Front view closed.

Jan has made real good use of her stamp set and obviously enjoys using it-
great card Jan - thanks for sharing.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Hearts Come Home plaque

Here's a project that I have cased from one that my Stampin Up Mummy, Julie
showed us when we went to All-Day Training last month.
One of my ladies likes to send her friend in Australia a special
Christmas decoration every year and so I asked Julie
 for suggestions for this year's project.

Julie had made hers with a bought Heart shaped plaque as the base,
but I have made mine cut from gray board, and am really pleased with the result.

Colour Combo Night of Navy and White
Hometown Greetings Edgelits dies
Hearts come home stamp set,
not forgetting that fabulous Night of Navy gingham ribbon.

I think that Sue will love making this at the month end workshop!

Saturday, 7 October 2017

It's my birthday!!

Hello everyone, 
as you might have gathered from the title,
its my birthday today!

I have received just short of 40 birthday cards,
thanks to everyone who sent me one, 
I had a super time opening them all this morning.

As a special thank you to all of you who made me a hand-made card
I thought I would share them with you and showcase them here on my blog

Close up version  of one of the above, with envelopes closed

Close up and open version of another one from above

Aren't I just so lucky to have friends who make me such beautiful cards.


Friday, 6 October 2017

Year of cheer

This card was oh so difficult to photograph because of all the foiled silver and gold
both on the Year of Cheer DSP and the Foiled snowflake, the Silver foil Stitched Circle 
and the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper Trees.

But doesn't it make a fabulous combination, with the little strip of ribbon 
and the single Rhinestone the only embellishment needed!
Really pleased with this.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Golden wedding anniversary card

As Chris doesn't do her blog anymore I asked her if I could share this card with you,
 it's one that she made for a very good friend of hers
and I think you will agree it's stunning!!

And here's the box that was made and stamped to match.

I think that Chris has done a fabulous job of this, don't you??

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Ann's birthday

Today is my friend and fellow crafter Ann's Birthday, 
so I had to make a special card for her.

I had seen this card on my Stampin' Up! Nannan,

Follow the link above to see more of Monica's cards

I really love this colour combination of
So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Memento Black and Basic Gray.
The stamp set is Happy Birthday Gorgeous, and the greeting from this set also,
is cut using the Pretty Label Punch.
The super new Black and White striped ribbon really adds impact.

Happy Birthday Ann!!

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Leo's birthday

Today it's my Great nephew Leo's 5th Birthday -
this is Sister-in-law Chris's Grandson!

This is a card that I made at On Stage in Amsterdam, in April,
when we got to play with lots of items from the Annual Catalogue
 in advance of it's launch.
This little fox is die cut using the Birthday Friends Framelits
and the Birthday Memories DSP.
I have personalised it using the (Retired) Little Letters Framelits 
to cut out LEO as they just fitted nicely at the bottom of the card.

I think that Leo will like this one!!
Have a great day!

Monday, 2 October 2017

Mag and Ger's Anniversary

Today it is my Sister Maggie and her husband Gerald's Wedding Anniversary,
we will be going out for a meal with them tonight to celebrate.
Here's the card I have made for them

Really CAS, but quite elegant I thought.
Pool Party and White colour combination.
Using the Layering Ovals Framelits dies
I cut an oval in the piece of Pool Party card, 
then cut another oval from White card, 
discarded the oval centre and used a scalloped edge oval die
around the cut out oval to make the frame for the centre.
(This was a little bit faffy and took more than one attempt!!)
I then cut the filigree heart in Pool Party using the Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits die.
I placed this behind the oval cut out and very carefully trimmed it
 to fit nicely behind the frame.
A few tiny pearls in the centre of the flowers
and the sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet stamped in
Versamark and embossed in White Embossing Powder
and the job was complete!
Happy Anniversary Mag and Ger,
looking forward to an evening out with you both to celebrate.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Ann's birthday

Yesterday saw another of my Sandhill golfing friend's Birthdays - Ann .
I have two friends called Anne, one Golfs and the other crafts!
You will see crafter Ann's card on the 4th when it's her birthday!!

This is another of the fancy fold cards we made at 
All Day Training on the 18th September.
This is a Triple fold card

Closed with Belly band on


This uses the beautiful Painted Autumn DSP
and the Painted Harvest stamp set.
The papers are pretty enough to make a stand alone card!

Thank you mummy Julie for showing us this new fold!!
Happy Birthday Ann

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Margaret and Geoff's Golden Wedding Anniversary

Today is the Golden Wedding Anniversary of a couple of our golfing friends,
Margaret and Geoff.
Margaret celebrated her 70th birthday earlier this month,
and you will have seen her card on here. 

This is one of my favourite go-to designs for Weddings, Anniversaries,
Engagements etc, as it is a lovely delicate die cut heart, which I am sure is no
stranger to any of my readers, I use it a lot.
Its the Bloomin Hearts Thinlits die.
the card is Very Vanilla and the die cut heart is Gold Glimmer,
but as the photo was taken when it was teeming it down with rain,
the lighting was not the best, so the colours don't show as well as they might.

Anyhow, Margaret and Geoff here's to a fabulous day for you both
and here's wishing you many more happy years to come.
All our love xxx

Friday, 29 September 2017

White on white for Jackie' Birthday

Today is the birthday of one of my very special and dear friends, Jackie.
Jackie loves, snowdrops, white cyclamens, white orchids etc etc, you get the picture,
So I decided to make her a White on White card - not something I do often!

Here's the result, which I am quite pleased with.

Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  for the background.
Layering Circles die for the aperture.
Flourish Thinlits for the flourish and tiny pearls for embellishment.
Greetings inked in Versamark and heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.

Have a fabulous birthday Jackie and see you soon!!

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Get well soon

A quicky post today as I am out and about.
Here's a card that I sent to a friend who isn't exactly ill, just feeling 
a bit under the weather, so I thought this might cheer her up!!

Another one of the fabulous Eastern Medallions Thinlits Die creations.
Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and White colour combination
and a computer generated sentiment.

The only addition to this card is the star shaped jewel in the centre -
it doesn't need anything else - dont you agree??

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Deck the halls

Here's another Christmas card made using the Carols of Christmas Bundle

This card looks more complicated than it is.
The oval was cut in the top layer of white card, then the baubles were stamped 
onto this in Smoky Slate ink.
The coloured baubles were then stamped on a separate piece of card in the three colours
Tranquil Tide, Pool Party and Smoky Slate.
These were then die cut with the Card Front Builder dies from the bundle
and stuck over the grey stamped images.
Using the oval that was cut out of the original piece of white card,
 the sentiment was stamped in Tranquil Tide and the stars were stamped 
in Pool Party,
The card was then assembled with a mat of Tranquil Tide onto the White card base.
the Bables with the oval cut out were then stuck onto the Tranquil Tide 
layer, using dimensionals. The Oval with the sentiment stamped on it,
 was then stuck directly onto the Tranquil Tide layer/
The holly sprigs were coloured using marker pens
and then stuck on place.

Card completed!!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Janet's birthday

Today is the birthday of one of ny crafting ladies, who started coming 
to my classes as I started being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator,
8 years ago now!!

This is a card that I have cased from my Stampin' Up! Mummy, Julie.
Now I bought this stamp set after seeing a few cards that Julie had made
 using them, whilst at a monthly training, but with the advent of the new catalogue, then the Autumn/Winter Catalogue, they got forgotten about, until now.
All credit for the design has to go to Julie and you can see more of her work
using this set

Meantime, Happy Birthday Janet - have a great day!!

Monday, 25 September 2017

Julie's swap

Here is the swap that Stampin' Up! Mummy Julie made for us
last week using the Painted Harvest Stamp set

Don't the sunflowers look magnificent in the shades of blue,
it totally alters the image, and I love it , great idea Julie!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

And more "Colourful Seasons"

I do love this stamp set, it is so versatile, 
and, as the name suggests it has images suitable for all seasons

This is a card that I made with Chris a few Wednesdays ago, seems an age since I saw her!!

Colour combo is Soft Suede, Dapper Denim, and Sweet Sugar Plum.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Hometown greetings

I don't like to say that I like one swap better than another when I receive them on Training days,
but I couldn't help but fall in love with this little beauty when I received it from Amanda.
You will have seen cards that I have made following inspiration from her on many occasions.
Her cards are truly fabulous.
See more of them, plus a tutorial on how to make this amazing card

Two separate views so that you can appreciate the beauty of this card.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Glynis's birthday

Today is my golfing partner (at Sandhill Golf Club), Glynis's Birthday.

I decided that I would send her one of the cards that I made at Training 
on Monday, when Julie showed us this new fold - a Dutch fold card!

I am really pleased with this and have tried to photograph it
so that you can see the top flap lifts up and the bottom two flaps open out

Almost closed

Bottom flaps Open
This card uses the Painted Autumn DSP
the Painted Harvest Bundle
consisting of the stamp set and matching Leaf Punch
(not used on this card, but see later posts showing this used!)
Colour Combo, Garden Green, Soft Suede and Crushed Curry.

Happy Birthday Glynis - have a great day!!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Christmas Sweaters

Here are two more of the swaps that I received at All day Training this month.
Was happy to receive these as I haven't bought this stamp set - yet!! 
These feature the Christmas Sweaters stamp set

This is Sara-Janes card

follow this link and you can see another of her Sweater creations on her blog

And this one is Sam's

These are really fun cards!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017


I found this sheet of embossed Crumb cake card that had been highlighted 
with white ink in one of my "work in progress" baskets.
I trawled the Internet for ideas, and found a card that I have based this card on.

I layered it onto a Cherry Cobbler Card Base, 
cut a White oval and a Scalloped Red Oval using the
Layering Ovals Thinlits dies.
The"Joy" sentiment is a retired die from
Wonderful Wreath Framelits dies - I wanted it to have impact
and it was the perfect size for the design.
The mistletoe is cut with the Pretty Pines Thinlits
and the berries are small flat back pearls.

Yup I am quite happy with this card, shame the fading light did nothing for the photo!!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Let it snow!

Today's card is one that I have cased from my fellow Jem team members - Amanda,
we met up at All day training yesterday and I gave her a laugh when I told her
 what I had done wrong on this card!
Can you spot the mistake??

That aside, here are the details of the card.

The Merry Little Labels stamp set was used to stamp the design 
in Versamark then heat embossed with the White Embossing Powder.
I then used a sponge brayer, inked up with the Night of Navy ink pad
 to cover the rest of the label and a quick buff with Kitchen Roll
 to get rid of any excess ink on the design.
This was then cut out with the Everyday Label Punch
which matches these stamps.
I embossed the white mat with the Softly Falling 
Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and stuck this onto 
a Night of Navy mat, then stuck this onto a White base card
after adding the ribbon.
If you wish to make this card, please be aware that most snow 
falls from the sky downward , and not left to right as it does
on my card - my explanation is that there was a strong Easterly Wind
blowing that day!!
It made Amanda and me chuckle when I told her what I had done!!
You can see the original version of Amanda's 

Monday, 18 September 2017

All day training swaps

Once a quarter, our Stampin' Up! team of demonstrators Julies' Jems,
get together and spend a full day of training together, when we make various projects,
and generally have a laugh, but we also make and exchange swaps.

Here's the one that I made.

and here they are all together

I really enjoyed making these little eskimo labels double Z-fold cards
which I made based on a design of  Bronwyn Eastley,
(You will see a link to her site on a previous posting)
but this one uses  papers, stamps and dies that are all available
in the latest catalogues.

Merry little Christmas DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper,
Crumb Cake and Old Olive card stock.
Lots of Labels Thinlits dies.
Perfect Pines Thinlits dies.
Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set.
Memento black and Crumb Cake ink pads, (colour Eskimo with an Aqua painter
and Crumb Cake, then use coloured markers for the detail).
Wink of Stella clear,

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Another Colourful Seasons card

I did promise to show you more of the cards made with the Colourful Seasons Bundle
heres another one for you

Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide with a touch of Soft Suede and Smoky Slate on this card.
The background is just a wash on watercolour paper .
The branch and flowers (after stamping) are cut using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, 
part of the Colourful Seasons Bundle.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Santa's suit

Our Stampin' Up! team of demonstrators , Julies' Jems,
get together once a month on the first Tuesday and  Wednesday of the month.
This little cutie is one of the cards we made.
We did 4 in total, and I will show you the others later.

Stamps and dies from the Santa's Suit Bundle.
Inks  -Real Read and Memento Black.
Card stock Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Whisper White.
Sentiment stamped on Stitched Shapes Framelits die.

The youngsters of the family will love this little cutie!!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Aaron's birthday

To day is my Nephew Aaron's birthday, and as he is over 21
it's difficult to know what to do for cards for him.
I decided to try making an Eclipse card using some retired DSP.
I wasn't sure that it would work, as I thought it might be too busy.

Well I was surprised at how well his name stands out, it even looks a bit twinkly - 
and I promise you there's not a Wink of Stella in sight!!

Have a great day Aaron - enjoy!!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Night in Bethlehem Eclipse card

I wanted to have a go at making an Eclipse card, but was unsure how to do this,
so I Googled Eclipse Card, and found lots of YouTube sites that explain 
the principle, and the one I used was Randi Collins video

I found it really easy to follow, and you can see the results above - 
I am really really pleased with this card and cant wait to make more!!
If you fancy having a go at these, do follow the link and watch Randi's video,
she really does make it easy to understand!!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Get well soon Elizabeth

One of my crafting ladies has been unable to come to class for a few weeks
as she fell and broke her wrist, so I wanted to make her a card 
to let her know we are thinking of her, and to wish her
Get Well Soon.

I browsed the Internet for inspiration and found it on
jacqueline williams blog -
pop round and see her work when you get a minute.

I have used the hostess Stamp set - Background Bits
Early Espresso , Marina Mist and Soft Suede inkpads
and the sentiment from Hopeful Thoughts.

Get Well Soon Elizabeth
missng you!!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Amanda's Birthday

Today is the birthday of my very special friend, and Stampin' Up!
Silver Elite sister, Amanda.
Now if this card looks familiar, it is because I just love these 
Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies - they are so pretty,
and I have used them so much, I just tweak either the design 
or the sentiment to fit the occasion,.
I love this sentiment, and I hope that Amanda will too.

Happy Birthday Amanda!!
Have a great day!! 

Monday, 11 September 2017

Snowflake Sentiments Bundle

When I first saw the Snowflake Sentiments Bundle I knew
that I just had to have it!!
As soon as it arrived, I couldn't wait to use it, but I was completely
and utterly brain dead when it came to a design for these beautiful Thinlits.
So - I turned to the catalogue page where I first spied these beauties
and cased the card straight from the catalogue.
(Stampin' Up! encourage us to do this.)

So I can't take any credit for the design of this card, only the making of it
and I utterly utterly love it!!
Don't you?