Sunday, 20 May 2018

Zig Zag fold card

Here's a different Zig Zag fold card that  Chris and I made last Wednesday.

view card almost flat

view card standing
view from above showing the shape of the folds.

This card features the 6" square Garden Impressions DSP
the card needs very little else other than a sentiment.
These papers will also be available from th 1st June!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Sympathy card

This is a sympathy card that I made using a card from 
one of the old sets of Project Life cards - even though they have now been replaced
 by Memories and More, I sometimes resort to using the cards for
making a card when I have to make a card at short notice.
They come in really useful!

All I did wasStamp the sentiment in Chodolate chip onto the blank circle, 
then added the little stamped flowers inked in Old Olive above and below
the sentiment - then  layer the card onto a Chocolate Chip Mat, which was then 
stuck onto a 7" x 5" White card blank.
I am pleased with the overall card and the colours.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Frank's birthday

Today it's our friend, and Golf Club owner, (who is also the husband
of my golfing friend Jo!) Frank's birthday and here's the card I made for him.

Its a design I have used before, as I think its so suitable for a fella, 
and I have just personalised it for Frank.

Happy Birthday and have a great day Frank
(though I can't see Frank seeing this blog as he is definitely not into crafting!!)

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Bella and Friends

Here's a card that I made some time ago at a Monthly Training event, 
(when we were "playing" with Stampin Blends) and one of my friends saw this
the other day and asked if she could buy it for her niece.

The stamp set is "Bella and Friends" and the little doggie is simply
repeat stamped on the card, then coloured in with Stampin Blends.
Think I will have to make this card again, as I didn't really want to part with it!

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Linda's Birthday card today

As promised, today I am showing you the card I made for Linda,
who shares her birthday with my Great Nephew,  Ethan and 
other Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Julie.

Here it is

Open for display

folded flat for posting!

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Two more birthdays today!!

As well as today being Ethan's birthday, it is also a birthday shared
by two of my Stampin Up Demonstrator friends, Julie W and Linda.
I will show you Julie's card today and Linda's card tomorrow.
Here's Julie's card

Open, stood up on display

Closed (almost) ready for posting!

I have used Thick Whisper White card stock for the card base,
which measures 7" x 5".
The DSP is Delightful Daisy, which is available until the end of the month or while stocks last.
The sentiment is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set
and this is punched out using the Classic Label punch.
The daisy is punched using the Daisy punch (fancy that!)
and the yellow daisy centre is embossed then cut with the 1/2" punch

So Happy Birthday Julie and Linda, hope you both have a super day....
and Linda you should have received your card today, but I will blog yours tomorrow!!

Monday, 14 May 2018

Ethan's Birthday

Tomorrow is my Great-Nephew, Ethan's birthday, (that's sister Maggie's Grandson)
and the reason I am posting his card today is, that on the 15th May, 
I have 3 people who all have their birthday on that day.  
So I will post the other two tomorrow and the day after.

Ethan's a teenager and definitely won't be looking at Craft Blogs -
so I can safely post his birthday card today.

It features the "Hedgehugs" stamp set
and the sentiment is from Big on Birthdays.

Can you tell that I love these cute little Hedgehogs?

Happy Birthday for tomorrow Ethan

Sunday, 13 May 2018

More Mens' Cards for Causes.

Remember the other day when I posted some men's Cards for Causes,
well I decided then that I ought to come up with a design that I could batch make
cards for men, when sending our charity cards out.
Here are a couple more of the designs I came up with.

These are reasonably easy to make and don't need ages spending on them -
just a piece of  DSP on a co-ordinating card base, and strips of coloured
card in lieu of ribbon. A Tailored Tag punched shape to set off the 
"Thanks so very much" sentiment, et voila -
a quick and easy but very smart card for a fella!!

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Impossible card

I have seen a few versions of the "Impossible " card, in different sizes,
but they all work on the same principle -
the card is made from one piece of card - in my example its  7" x 5"
and the card folds completely flat for posting!

Here's my first attempt

Front view

Card folded flat for posting

Side view showing mechanics
If you fancy a go at this, there are loads of videos on youtube that you can follow-
If I can do it - anyone can!!

Friday, 11 May 2018

Graceful Garden - Get Well soon!

Here's another card made using the Graceful Carden stamp set.
It's to cheer up a friend who is not very well at the moment
so I wanted it nice and bright and cheerful for her!

It's a very CAS card, but I think it's very elegant in Gold , Crushed Curry
and Daffodil Delight, with a touch of Old Olive and a few
carefully placed tiny rhinestones - if you can spot them!!
I also used Wink of Stella on the rose, but don't think it shows up.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Hedgehugs - Cards for Causes - Thank yous!

Every month, the Stampin Up Team that I belong to, Julies' Jems,
choose a good cause that will benefit from our hand-crafted cards.
Some have been sold to fund-raise for charities, others have been
used to thank volunteers for their work with different projects.

Last month we sent cards to Care for the Elderly- who, amongst other things, 
 organise afternoon teas , and the organisation requested  thank you cards to send
to the volunteers who do these teas.  I found out recently that my Sister-in-law
Jane, volunteers with them and drives the old folk to these afternoon events.
Small world!!

I have done a batch of 50 assorted cards, and the most difficult ones,
 I am sure you can guess,  are cards that are suitable for men.
 I thought that these were quite acceptable,  and a little fun too!
Don't you?

Stamp set : Hedgehugs
Sentiment (retired S-A-B)) Simply Wonderful

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

My farming friend Anne's Birthday card,

Now when I say it's my farming friend Anne's birthday today, 
I don't mean that she has a farm,  or works on a farm, 
we are part of an online community who play a game called Family Farm Seaside. 
I have been playing this game for four years now, 
and I have made a friend of Anne as a result of chatting to her through the game.
I did think of sending her a card that was farm related, but decided against it!
Here's the card I sent her.

Colour Combo is Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Old Olive and White.
I added Wink  of Stella on the rose and leaves, but it doesn't show on this.
Stamp sets used Happy Birthday Gorgeous and You've Got This.

So here's wishing Anne a very Happy Birthday!!

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Pat's Birthday

Pat is one of my "Ladies Wot Lunch" friends.
We get together monthly and go out for lunch and a natter together.
It's actually her birthday tomorrow, but she is away, so will
be celebrating it abroad! I have given her her card, and she
won't be reading craft blogs, so I can safely post this card today.

Its a card that I have done before in various colours, but I think
my favourite is this in Soft Sky, Smoky Slate and White.
The stamp set is Birthday Blooms which is retiring at the end of the month,
so if you haven't got this set and must have it,
better move quickly and get it ordered!

(I have another card to show you of someone else whose 
birthday is tomorrow!! so do call by and have a look.)

Monday, 7 May 2018

Bit Box #5 - Hedgehugs!

Aren't these hedgehogs just too cute,
and this is the first time that I have inked them up!
They are from the "Hedgehugs" stamp set
I combined these cute hedgehogs with a couple of strips
 of retired DSP that have been in the bit box for ages 
and had a light-bulb idea to make a man's card using these.

I really like this one!

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Girly Pandas

A friend needed a birthday card for a little girl as her grand-daughter had had a last minute
invitation to her friend's birthday party and asked if I could make one quickly for her.

Here's one of my stand-by Panda cards that I have, and I add the occasion
when I know what event they will be for.
I will have to do a couple more of these now!

The stamps are from the Free Sale-a-bration Stamp set "Party Pandas"
I have found these useful for several occasions, and wont be parting with them!

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Rita's birthday

Today is my cousin Rita's birthday
she is Linda's sister, whose birthday was yesterday!,
and here's the card I have made for her.

This features the beautiful new Share what you love Speciality DSP.
You can't see detail on this card, but the DSP has a beautiful Pearl finish on 
some of the papers, and this is one of them.
Its a set of papers that you don't want to cut, merely sit and stroke.
Do you know that feeling?
I have used the Birthday Wishes For You stamp set, and coloured in 
the "Birthday" in Rich Razzleberry with Wink of Stella on top -
not sure that it stands out on this photo,

Happy Birthday Rita - have a great day!!

Friday, 4 May 2018

Linda's Birthday

Today is my cousin Linda's birthday, and here's the card I made for her!

I do love the colour Pink, and I think it goes so well with Black.
 I have coloured the rose in with Pink Pirouette and put a matching layer of
 card on top of the black mat and layered that on a 7" x5" base card.
The stamp set used is Graceful Garden.
I think this looks quite elegant.

Happy Birthday Linda - have a great day!!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Sweet Sugar Plum farewell!

I thought that I would feature one of the In Colours that I am really,
really going to miss at the end of the month and that is
Sweet Sugar Plum - one of my favourites,

Here's one of my cards that one of my ladies, Charleen, selected 
as the one that she would like to make this week.

This uses the Swirly Bird stamp set with matching Swirly Scribbles Thinlits
and the Number of Years stamp set- and have you spotted the little butterfly
that I cut with the (retired!) small butterfly punch.

I have ordered more of this cardstock with it being my favourite!! 

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

A CAS Sweet Memories and More Card pack card,

Here a quick  and CAS card that I needed in a hurry the other day,

The Free Sale-a-bration Sweet Memories and More Card Pack has been
really useful for quick cards when you need one in a hurry.
I just stamped the sentiment, added the little flower spray top right
and coloured it in matching colours. Matted and layered the card
onto the Rich Razzleberry card and then onto a white base card.
A few rhinestones were the only embellishment.


Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Happy Birthday Sharon - Bit Box card #5

Today its the birthday of a fellow Jems Team member - Sharon.
Here's the card I sent her.
As you can see from the pictures only a small piece of the 
Delightful Daisy DSP was needed for this card, too good ton throw away!
The colours in the papers (Wisteria Wonder and Calypso Coral
are used for the card front and the stamped border and the daisy itself.

Card stood up for display - shows the mechanics

Card open showing centre panel for greeting.

Card Closed flat for posting.

The front panel is in Wisteria Wonder cardstock - another of the colours that 
we will be losing at the end of the Annual Catalogue......
but I cant wait to get my hands on the new ones that will be available from 1st June -
just a month away!!

Anyhow - Happy Birthday Sharon - have a great day!!

Monday, 30 April 2018

Big on Birthdays with Springtime Foils

I am so pleased with this card, its one of 4 that Chris and I made the other Wednesday.

This is the first one

A colour combo of Smoky Slate,Basic Gray and White, combined with
the beautiful copper outlining on this Springtime Foils DSP - it was free
during Sale-a-bration, and I could hardly bear to cut into it!!
We coloured in the leaves with Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake
 and the only embellishment is three rhinestones.

Will show you the other sometime soon!

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Soft Sayings stepped up !

Here's one of the cards that I sent to Jackie in her card bomb!
Another card telling her that I miss her!

The soft Sayings kit has some lovely elements that you can use as suggested
in the kit, or like this one that I have stepped up by layering the front
of the card onto a piece of the gold envelope liner!  Its far too nice to waste using 
as an envelope liner! and it makes this card look so elegant!
I then layered this onto a larger card base. The design is just stepped up!
What do u reckon!
I love it!

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Another Tailored Tag Punch card

I really love this punch - it is so versatile, I keep finding papers and thinking
 - that would make a lovely Tailored Tag card!!
Here's the one I did for Kerry's birthday earlier in April.

To make this one special I added a few rhinestones here and there, 
but I don't think that they have shown up at all on this photo.

I used stamps from the "Bloomin' Love stamp set on the white spaces
of this card, rather than placing pieces of the punched papers there.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Share what you love suite - birthday

There is a fabulous new suite coming up very soon, and as a Demonstrator, 
we were privileged to be able to pre order this suite early April.
Mine has arrived and I have started playing and here are piccies
of my first project.

Card stood up for display

Card closed for posting

Card open to show Stampin Up Statement of the Heart sentiment

For this project I used
the Love What You DO stamp set
Statement Of My Heart stamp set
Share What You Love Speciality DSP
Share What You Love card stock
 - I used the returning Mint Macaron card (and inkpad)
and Rich Razzleberry card
plus Thick Whisper White card for card base and layering.
(Aren't these colours fabulous!)

As I wanted this card for a friends birthday
I used the sentiment from You're Inspiring

This is a fabulous suite of products, I selected the "Gotta Have it all" Bundle, 
which as the name implies has the full suite of products

There are three bundles available:-

 Just Getting Started Bundle

A Little More, Please Bundle

Gotta Have it All

To see details of the different bundles you can purchase from the 1st of May
click on the link

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Memories and More Sympathy card.

Here's a sympathy card that I used one of the Petal Passion Memories and More cards for.
I simply coloured the flower and leaves with Wink of Stella, stamped the sentiment
 onto it, matted it onto Black card, then layered onto a White 7" x 5" base card
 as that was all it needed. I think it's very appropriate.

I shall make some more of these as they are always difficult to make, 
so it's good to have some at hand.
This card is for my hairdresser, Katy, whose Nannan died recently 
and it will be her funeral next Thursday.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Josie’s Birthday

 Today is Barry’s cousin Josie’s birthday.
Here’s the card I have sent her.

This features a retiring stamp set - You've Got This
which is great for bulk card making when you need cards in a hurry!!
So if you want this stamp set - you'd better hurry before it goes.

Happy Birthday Josie, have a great day!

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

A bit box extra special card #4

Well you wouldn't believe how small that piece of DSP was
that I decided to make the basis of this card 
It actually measured 8.4 cm x 11.7 cm and a cut it into 2 strips,
 one 3 cm wide and the other one 5.4 cm wide.
this is made to the same basic card fold design as the original one,
 and you can find details and measurements on the original post

Card open for display

Card folded flat for posting

View from above showing the two cards and the mechanics of the fold.

I have a few special birthdays coming up, so if your birthday is in the next few weeks, 
this might be your card!!

Monday, 23 April 2018

More cards for Jackie

Here's another one of the cards that I have posted to Jackie today

This should be the first one that she opens (as it has number 1 written on the envelope!)

This should hopefully cheer her up as it is bright and colourful.
I have matted and layered one of the 
Sweet Soiree Memories and More cards, which was a free Sale-a-bration set,
 that I am finding really useful for cards needed in a hurry,
 or when you just can't come up with inspiration you need for a certain occasion. 
Don't know whether it shows, but I used Wink of Stella on the flower centres
 and on the HELLO - it really looks effective in real life, and I am 
so pleased with this.  Luckily there are two of every card in this set,
 so I can keep one for myself to just look at!

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Missing you

Here's one of the cards I made to send to my good friend Jackie as part of a card bomb!
This will be the second lot of cards I have sent to her since I came home from holiday!
I sent her a parcel of 10 cards when she was in hospital, just so that she knew 
I was thinking of her.  Each one was in a numbered envelope with instructions 
as to the order they were to be opened.She has been in and out of hospital
 quite a few times since mid February, only coming home this time, late this week.
So I thought it was time I sent her another set as I wont be seeing her until 
the week after next at least! Think she will appreciate the gesture!

I have used one of the Memories and More Petal Passion cards
as the basis of this card, matted  and layered onto a base card 7" x 5"
  I added the Soft Sayings sentiment and one of the Touches of Texture
 stamps on both the top layer as well as the base card.
the finishing touch was the Silver edged white ribbon.
If you are reading this Jackie - see you soon!

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Bit box card #3

Hi there, well I seem to be doing OK with my resolution to use up
bits and bobs of card, ribbon, DSP etc and am quite pleased at
the results, the latest of which you can see here.

You might recognise the beautiful (Sale-a-bration) Springtime Foils 
Speciality DSP, which is the central focus of the card, and you can see
it was just the last piece left off one of the sheets - but much too pretty
to throw away!  Can you see the beautiful sheen on this.
I used some copper foiled washi tap to frame this on either side.
Then stamped in versamark and heat embossed with Copper
Embossing Powder:  the two side panels using the Floral Phrases
 and Flirty Flowers stamp sets and the sentiment from  Balloon Celebration.
The ribbon came from my bit box too - just enough to finish the card off nicely.

Friday, 20 April 2018

An extra special birthday card.

Wanted to do an extra special card the other day, had an idea of
what colours and paper, and a general idea of the style -
this is what I came up with.
I am so pleased with this.

front view - open for display

Folded flat for posting

view from above showing the mechanics.

A simple colour combo of Night of Navy, White with a splash of Daffodil Delight.
The Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set has been used to stamp the border
(I used the balloon stamp and masked the border) and Delightful Daisy
to stamp the flower. The 1/2 punch was used to punch the flower centre and
the daisy punch was used to punch the daisy.
What do you think?


I have been asked for the measurements on this:-
Base card - white 14.8cm square
The front is folded in half and folded back to the spine.
The top card is 12.5 cm square and is folded the opposite way
if you look at the picture above I think you will see what I mean.
The coloured mat on the top of this card measures 11 cm square

Do let me know if you have a go at this, would love to see your versions of this.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Happy Birthday Heather!

Today it's the birthday of my Nephew Adam's wife - Heather
Here's the card that I made for her

I used a card from the Petal Passion Memories & More card pack,
used Versamark to ink the Stylized Birthday greeting 
and heat embossed with Silver embossing powder.
I then coloured the flower and leaves with Clear Wink of Stella -
don't know whether it shows on this photo, but it twinkles beautifully! 
I added a few rhinestones, them layered the card onto
a Black card stock mat , and in turn layered this onto a white 7" x 5" card base.

I really love this card and am really pleased with it.
Hope that Heather likes it too!
Happy Birthday Heather
Have a great day!!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

A CAS Thank you!

Yesterday and today we have been having a new central heating boiler
fitted upstairs and an extra radiator fitted downstairs.
The plumber, Andrew, has done all this work on his own, 
and I have to say he has done a great job, we are really pleased.
We'll be even more pleased now, when we need the downstairs loo,
especially in Winter, as we won't freeze to death in the process!!

Here's the thank you card I made for him.

A really CAS thank you card for a job well done.
The colour is Emerald Envy, which is another of the colours that is retiring.
 I cant say it's one of my favourites, so wont really miss this one-
but it's suitable for a fella, and the matching DSP is always a bonus!

Thanks again Andrew!!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

More retiring colours

Here are a couple more cards showcasing more retiring colours

Notice that they are basically the same design as the Soft Sky and Pink Pirouette cards
from Sunday, but because of the colour combos they look totally different.

This one in Sweet Sugar Plum, Black with a touch of Silver

And this one iu Rose Red, Wild Wasabi and White

My favourite from the retiring  colours is Sweet Sugar Plum -
maybe that will be a returning colour one day!