Monday, 23 July 2018

New Baby Card

Tuesday evenings you will usually find me at the Golf Club
as that's when the Waterfront Ladies' Academy get together, 
with the aim of improving our game under the watchful eye of the Pro - Danny.
He is so patient and I am pleased to say that my game has improved as a result.

We had our last lesson two weeks ago, as on the 5th, Danny's wife
gave birth to their second son - you can see all the details
on the card that I have made.  All the Tuesday ladies will sign this
and we will give it to Danny tomorrow evening with the money we have
 collected for them to buy something for Harry Thomas.




Sunday, 22 July 2018

Bokeh Dots card

When I first opened this stamp set I have to say that I was a little disappointed 
as I expected the two stamps to be bigger, but once I started stamping with 
them I was really pleased with the result.


The Bokeh Dots background is stamped in Balmy  Blue ink,
Botanical Tags Thinlits dies  used for the rose and leaf , plus the small leaves.
Vertical Greetings stamp set used for the sentiment 
and the flower spray is from Love What You Do stamp set.

Yup, this is a great stamp set!
In case you had forgotten, you can see the other stamp in this set

(Nikki's 50th Birthday card)


Saturday, 21 July 2018

CAS Men's Birthday card

It's one of our golfing friends, Vic's birthday today
and here's the card that I made for him.

A very CAS card, with what I would call a masculine colour combination.



Vic won't be reading this, but will still wish him
a Happy Birthday from Kate and Barry!

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Friday, 20 July 2018

Vellum and Brads - a blast from the past.

Well I have been sorting out my stash and came across some beautiful
printed Vellum and some fabulous retired Stampin' Up! Glimmer Brads
that are a perfect match!  So I have teamed these with Very Vanilla 
and Early Espresso cardstock and matching ribbon



The photo really doesnt do it justice, but take my word for it
-it is so pretty irl!!

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Floral Frames

For this card design I watched a video on youtube,
then I decided that I wanted  to make it differently. 
Heres my version



Instead of stamping the frame directly onto the card,
 I stamped on a separate piece of card, coloured the image, then fussy cut
 the frame and stuck it onto the Soft Sea Foam mat.
I think this makes the image pop out.
The stamp set is Floral Frames with the matching Foliage Frame Freamelits dies.
Colour combo is Soft Sea Foam (background layer}
Leaves  -Tranquil Tide and Granny Apple Green
Flowers Berry Burst.
This is going in my special box -
so if you receive this- you nknow you are special!

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Sad today

Received some sad news of one of our golfing friends,
 Ken, who passed away early this morning.
I had only made a sympathy card yesterday for my personal
occasions box, so glad I had one already made.
 I hope that it will give his wife Jean  some small comfort to know 
that we are thinking of her at this sad time.


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Julie's Birthday

Today is one of my Wednesday Class ladies' birthday - Julie.
(I have several friends calle Julie - this one is Julie J!! 
as opposed to Julie K and Julkie W!)

Here's the card I made for Julie -
it's a variation on yesterdays card, a different orientation and sentiment.


Been to see her this afternoon to give her this card and a bouquet of flowers -
apparently its a very special birthday today, but I won't tell!!
Enjoy the rest of your day Julie!!
xx

Monday, 16 July 2018

Missing You!

Today I have been making some cards for causes and was sorting through
some papers that Chris had sent for the ladies to make cards for Charities with.
I came across the DSP shown below and thought how beautiful it was.
It's sort of Soft Suede, Sahara Sand and gold, so that was the
colour combo I decided to use with it. 



 I cut the Stitched Labels Framelit out of Sahara Sand card stock, 
 then stamped the sentiment from the Oh So Eclectic stampset
and the floral motifs onto this in Memento Black ink.
I used the same motif for the top left and bottom right corners.
I think this is just enough as the paper is so beautiful it doesn't need anything else.

This card is going into my own little stash of cards for occasions
and I will make it again for my Cards for Causes box!!

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Z fold Bokeh Dots etc

Heres a Z fold card that one of my Tuesday Class ladies, Elizabeth, 
designed herself and made in class last week - we were both playing with
these stamp sets and tags!


Card flat for posting


Card stood for display

Elizabth used the Botanical Bliss bundle of stamps and  Tags Thinliets dies.
Her colour combo was Calypso Coral and White.
The right hand side panel was stamped with the Bokeh Dots stamp set.

Great design Elizabeth!



Saturday, 14 July 2018

Blogaversary Candy - and the winner is.........

From this list of names....

Jackie
Laine
Linda
Katie
Janet
Em Louise
Nikky
Exciting
JayBe
Shabneez

Drawn by Hubby ........

it's


So if you would like to email me
at katemartin@sky.com with your address Jackie,
 I will get your little parcel of goodies in the post on Monday!

Thanks everyone for taking part!!

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Friday, 13 July 2018

Garden Impressions suite Gap Card

Chris and I got together on Wednesday and made 3 cards,
this is one of them



The nature of the construction of these gap  cards doesnt lend itself
to good photographs, above is a front view


and here is the side view, which gives a better view of how its constructed.

We used Garden Impressions 6 x 6 DSP
Soft Sea Foam for the card base
Stitched labels Framelits die cut in Very Vanilla Thick card for the joining piece,
which was stamped using the Abstract Impressions stamp set.
I have deliberately left this card without a greeting so that 
it can be used as and when a suitable occasion arises - a just in case card!!

Thanks for bringing your stamp set so that I could have a play Chris!
Enjoyed making this.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Nikki's 30th

Today is one of my Wednesday Class ladies - Nikki's 30th birthday,
 so I wanted to make a special card for her.
Here it is


The central image is stamped using the Bokeh Dots stamp set 
in Highland Heather ink on Whisper White cardstock.
This is then layered onto Highland Heather cardstock,
which in tirn is layered onto Gorgeous Grape cardstock.
The stamped flowers are from the Love What you Do stamp set
and are stamped in Memento Black ink, then coloured in with 
Gorgeous Grape ink and a waterbrush.
The numbers are die cut using the retired Little Numbers dies.
The Rose and leaf die cut in Gorgeous Grape is cut using 
 Botanical Tags Thinlits dies, as are the Black leaves.
The greeting is from Vertical Greetings Stamp set.

I am really pleased with this design, hope that Nikki likes it too!!

Happy Birthday Nikki - have a great day!!


Wednesday, 11 July 2018

A Retirement celebration

On Saturday evening Barry and I attended a Retirement Celebration Dinner.
It was for Tony the Chef at Eastgate Masonic Hall who is retiring
 after more than 40 years of service. His last day of work was yesterday.
It made a change for Tony to sit down and be waited on to eat a meal
that he hadn't cooked at Eastgate, and he enjoyed the occasion.
Here's the card I made for him.



..... and there was a surprise in store for me too -
I was invited to take the flowers off our table!


A perfect end to a perfect evening!!

All the best for a long  and happy retirement Tony!!

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

100th blog post today! Blog candy!

Well its day 100 of continuous blogging this year since I resumed
a daily blog posting on 2nd April this year.
To celebrate this I have made a card, 
which I will post out, along with a few selected crafting goodies,
 to the person  whose name is drawn out of the hat on Friday.
To be in the draw, simply leave a comment on this post between now and Friday.
I will get hubby to draw the name and post the result on here on Saturday.


Remember, you've got to be in it to win it!!  Good luck!!

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Monday, 9 July 2018

Simon's Birthday today!

Today is my Son, Simon's birthday.
He is a Leeds United Football Supporter,
 so I made him a card in their team colours.!!


Double Z fold card stood up for display


Card folded flat for posting


View from above showing Double Z fold.


Happy Birthday Son!  
Have a great day!!
xxxx



Sunday, 8 July 2018

Yuki's Birthday card

My friend Yuki is a Stampin Up Demonstrator who lives in Japan.
We became friends when I met her at a Stamping class that I held 
at a community centre in Barnsley when she was living over here 
with her husband and sons, and we became good friends.
She became a Stampin Up demonstrator whilst living in the UK and was my downline.
When her husbands job took them back to Japan, she had to resign as a Demo,
 but since then Stampin Up has opened a market in Japan and Yuki
is once again an active Demonstrator.  The choice that they have over there
is somewhat limited, but Yuki loves it anyhow!
You may recall that the other week there was an earthquake in Osaka, 
which is where Yuki lives, but I was able to find out, 
to my relief, from Facebook,  that she and her family were safe.

Yuki shares her birthday with my son, 9th July, so you may think that this card is early,
 but as Japan is 8 hours ahead of us, I can safely post the card that I sent her
as it is 00.05 in Japan on the 2nd July now and officially her birthday.

Here's my card to her


This card uses the Serene Garden stamp set with matching Garden Scene Framelits Dies.
Inks used are Mint Macaron and Night of Navy.
I used Wink of Stella on the flowers and butterflies, but  am not
sure that youn can see this on the photo.
The sentiment is from Soft Sayings.

So, without further ado........
HAPPY BIRTHDAY YUKI
Have a super day!!

Saturday, 7 July 2018

A card for Jackie

Yesterday I went to visit my good friend Jackie who has been
in and out of hospital several times since the middle of February,
when she had a scheduled heart operation, but since then has suffered
various setbacks.  She is currently at home in their 2nd floor apartment,
but sadly cannot manage the stairs.  
Her hubby alwasys makes lunch for us both when I visit,
and yesterday was no different - an absolutely scrumptious lunch including dessert!

 I took her this card to cheer her up


She loved it!!


Friday, 6 July 2018

Jane's biirthday

Today is the birthday of my sister in law Jane -
and heres the card I made for her.


Colour Combo of Mint Macaron and Balmy Blue with White.
Share What You Love Speciality DSP.
Happy Birthday sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet stamp set
Jane - individual letters from Make a Difference stamp set
Botanical Tags Thinlits dies (Rose tag)

Happy Birthday Jane!!
Have a great day!
xxx

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Eileen's birthday card

Eileens Birthday is actually tomorrow, 
and because its a shared birthday I am posting this card a day early .
 I know that Eileen is not a crafter and will never look at a craft blog - 
so I am quite safe posting this today without spoiling the surprise!



This is another bit box piece of retired DSP,
matched up with Calypso Coral card stock and ribbon,
and  a die cut Beautiful Layers thinlit.

Have a lovely day Eileen!!



Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Katy's birthday card

Well it's a busy month for birthdays again, today its my hairdresser
Katy's birthday, here's the card I made for her.


Its a combination of old and new elements.
Something old, retired DSP from Bit box
Something new - Highland Heather cardstock and inkpad
for flower spray from Beautiful Promenade stamp set
and  sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet stamp set .
These stamped onto a Stitched Labels Framelit.
Happy Birthday Katy - dont work too hard today will you!!

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Julie's birthday

Today is the birthday of my Stampin' Up! Mummy
Julie Kettlewell
Here's the card that I have made for this very special person
who has helped and guided me on my Stampin Up Journey for almost 9 years!!


I have used my favourite new colour (again!) on this card, Highland Heather
-cardstock for the diecut Happy Birthday, the 6"x 6" base card
and ink to colour the diecut flowers cut with the Petals and More Thinlits die.
The leaves were also coloured with Granny Green Ink and a sponge dauber.
The flower sprays were cut from each corner of the white card layer, colour sponged
onto each one. then these were placed back into the card and stuck into place
on the reverse with double sided tape.  This leaves the front of the flowers 
with sticky middles, which I then covered in Dazzling Diamonds glitter,
 pressed down, then shook off the excess.
This white layer is then stuck onto the Base card.
I think that you may be able to see the glitter on this picture!!

Have a wonderful Birthday Julie,
grateful thanks for all you have done over the years - truly appreciated xx

Monday, 2 July 2018

Happy Birthday Chris!!

Today is the birthday of my Sister-in-law, and best friend, Chris,
who you have heard about often, as we get together every week (almost)
and spend a few hours crafting together.
Here is the special card that I have made for her
(for her very special birthday - but I resisted putting her age on it).


I cased the design in part from the catalogue but used different colours and DSP.
I have used the absolutely beautiful Petal Promenade DSP
cut using the Triple Banner Punch
Blushing Bride and Whisper White cardstock
Botanical Bliss stamp set and matching 
Botanical Tags Thinlits dies for the roses with leaves
Stitched Framelits oval die
Fresh Fig stamp pad  for sentiment
Versamark and Gold embossing powder for stamped leaves
and Gold Glimmer paper for die cut leaves

I am so pleased with this and I think that Chris will be too

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Jan's birthday card

Today is our friend Jan's birthday and here's the card I have made for her.


Colour combination of Highland Heather (new) and Granny Apple Green (new)
on a White card with a Highland Heather mat underneath, 
bith layered onto a White 7" x 5" card base.
Greetings from the Soft Sayings stamp set
Flowers and leaves from Serene Garden.
I used my Stamparatus to make this card and was able to make 
several others to go into my Charity card box, saving me loads of time.
It really does make batch card making easy peasy!!

Happy Birthday Jan - Have a great day!!


Saturday, 30 June 2018

Cheryl's 4th Stampin' Up! Anniversary.

Cheryl came to monthly workshop today and I havent seen her for two months
as she was on holiday at the end of May, so I gave her this card
made specially to celebrate her being a SU Demo for 4 years,
earlier this month.


I have used a piece of the awesomely beautiful 
Petal Promenade  DSP 
and the Number of Years stamp set, 
with a die cut 4 from the matching dies.
Matted onto a piec of Mossy Meadow cardstock
then onto  a 7" x 5" base card.

Congratulations Cheryl
xx

Friday, 29 June 2018

Lyn's Birthday card

Today is one of my crafting friends - Lyn's birthday
and here's the card that I made for her.


The base card sentiment was computer generated.
Colour combo is Highland Heather (new!) and White
with a Wink of Stella, which unfortunately doesn't show on the photo!
Stamp sets are :
Wood Words - background flowers ,which are stamped in Versamark
 and heat embossed with White embossing powder.
The daisy and leaves are stamped with the Daisy Delight stamps
again in Versamark and White embossig powder.
A few tiny rhinestones just finishes it off nicely!

Happy Birthday Lyn - have a great day!


Thursday, 28 June 2018

Another of Chris's bit box card

As promised, here is another in the series of Bit Box cards
that Chris has used featuring scraps of DSP put to good use!!


Scraps of the beautiful Share What You Love DSP.
A stitched shapes Framelits circle
stamped with the flower from Love What You Do stamp set.
Amazing what yoiu can do with scraps!

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Kathleen's Birthday

Today it's Barry and Chris's cousin, Kathleen's birthday.

Heres the card I have made for her.



The Springtime Impressions Thinlits dies were used to cut out the flowers
with Whisper White card.  These were then inked individually.
using an inkpad and a sponge dauber.
The colours used are Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana and
Daffodil Delight for the flowers and Granny Apple Green for the leaves.
The sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and the background 
is just splatters using a little Melon Mambo with water, splattered with a paintbrush!

Mmmm love these colours!
Happy Birthday Kathleen!!

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

A glass of wine makes life divine.......

.... thats what it says on the label!
Here's a card that Chris has made and is happy to share 
as it's one that my ladies will love to copy!


A super 6" x 6" card using the stampset "Half Full"
and one of the 6x6 sheets of  Wood Textures DSP stack.

This is going to be very popular I can tell!!

Monday, 25 June 2018

Botanical Tags plus bit box scraps card.

A combination of old  and new here - old (retired) Colourful Theory
 DSP scraps and the new Botanical Tags Thinlits Dies. 
the sentiments are from the new Very Vintage Hostess stamp set.
I used a punched scallop circle as a stencil with a sponge and White ink to make the clouds.


I love this tag, and can see me getting lots of use from it!!

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Garden Impressions

I do love Night of Navy and So Saffron together, and thats the theme for this card.


Folded flat for posting

Front view stood up for display

Angled view showing fold.

The paper is Garden Impressions 6"x6" DSP.
The sentiment from Very Vintage,
Stitched Labels Framelits Die for front panel in So Saffron.
Floral Stamp from Beautiful Promenade
Sentiment from Very Vintage stamp set.

Really pleased with this card.




Saturday, 23 June 2018

Another of Chris's bit box cards.

Isnt it amazing what you can do with a couple of small pieces
 of DSP and some scraps of card and ribbon.  
Chris has done a whole series of cards for her ladies doing just that!
She has made some fabulous "bit box cards" and is happy to share them with us!



Thanks for sharing Chris !

Friday, 22 June 2018

Janice's Birthday

It's Barry's younger sister - Janice's birthday on Sunday,
so Chris and David, Barry and me are off out to lunch 
with her today to celebrate the occasion.
(it was the only day we could all get together!)
Janice absolutely adores Panda's and her favourite colour is red -
so here's the card I have made for her


Happy Birthday for Sunday Janice!!

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Springtime Expressions Thinlits dies embossed!!

Here's a card that Chris and I made yesterday using one of the
Springtime Impressions Thinlits dies to emboss!!
We watched a video on YouTube by Rachel Tessman, who demostrated how dies can be used
 to emboss, by using the Sizzix Big Shot for Stampin' Up! Embossing Mats.


I think that the photo shows quite well how crisp the embossing has come out
using the large die from Sprintime Expressions on the Grapefruit Grove Layer.
Whilst the butterfly die from the same set has been die cut using vellum for 
the bottom set of wings and Grapefruit Grove for the top set.
Colour combo is Calypso Coral Grapefruit Grove and Black on a 
Very Vanilla 7" x 5" base card.  
The sentiment is from Love What You Do stamp set.

I am really impressed with the principle of how this works, and will
be trying it out with my other Thinlits dies now!



Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Chris's Bit Box cards

Today I am going to feature a bit box card that Chris (sis-in-law) has made.
As Chris doesn't blog, but does craft, she has agreed that I can blog her cards,
 sort of a Guest Design Team member!!


So heres to the first of many bit box cards,
which by the way, Chris donates these to a charity every month.


















Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Springtime Impressions.

Here's a card I made today using the new Springtime Expressions Thinlits Dies.



I used a 7x5 Very Vanilla Base Card with a Mint Macaron layer on top. 
A piece of Share What You Love Speciality DSP cut with the 
Banner Triple punch at each end was then glued in the middle.
One of the Touches of Texture stamps was used top left and bottom right. .
I then stuck some (retired) Lacy Mint Macaron ribbon around the middle.
The butterfly from Springtime Impressions Thinlits dies was cut with
petal pink card and a matching Share What You Love Artisan Pearl
was stuck on the butterfly's head.
I do love the colour combinations in this DSP, dont you!




Monday, 18 June 2018

Boys Christening Card

Here's my Boy's version of the Christening card
same design, different mat and layering.


This time a White Cross on a layer of Balmy Blue,
on a card base 7" x 5"
Stitched shapes Framelits in Balmy Blue used to stamp sentiment on
and Layering Ovals scalloped oval for underneathit.

I can't decide whether I like the coloured cross on white card (like the Girl's card)
or a white cross on coloured card as above.
What do you think?

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Lady Captain's Captains' Day card.

Yesterday was Captains' Day at the golf Club - Waterfront Golf!
The ladies asked if I would make a card for the Lady Captain -
here's what I came up with.


It's an 8" x 8" card (which is not a size that I normally do) 
but we needed it large enough for the ladies to write their special messages 
to Gail, so I decided it had better be big!
I had some pearlised card blanks that weere 8 x 8, so I used one as the
base card in a paler pink and another card in a deeper shade of pink,
I cut to use as mats on top of the base card.
The papers - Painted with Love Speciality  DSP are sadly now retired,
 but I love the richness of the pinks and golds that show up quite well on this photo
The personalised sentiment was computer generated, and the stamp is one
 of my growing collection of golfing stamps that I use for various golfing
 occasions or golfers birthdays!
(This is the Stamp that I used to make my own Lady Captain's
greeting cards way back in 2010!!)
I don't think that I blogged it at the time so here's what it looked like!!


I still love pink!!


Saturday, 16 June 2018

Girls Christening card.

On Wednesday one of the ladies wanted to make a Christening card, 
I showed her what I used to make mine and made another one yesterday afternoon.


Very CAS, the cross was made using Powder Pink card with one of the 
Flourish Thinlits dies, by cutting two lengths of the flourish strip. 
I then shortened one of them and glued them onto white card to form the cross.
I stamped the sentiment using separate words as I don't have a stamp
with the full sentiment on (apologies if it looks a little crooked).
I then cut this out with the smallest of the oval  Stitched Shapes Frames Thinlits,
and matted it onto a pink scalloped oval.
thids was then glued in the centre of the cross.
The white card with the added cross was then layered onto pink card, 
which in turn was matted onto a 7" x 5" Card Base.

I do like the simplicity of this - what do you think?

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Friday, 15 June 2018

Bit Box Card # 6 - Dylan's birthday

Today is my great nephew Dylan's 4th birthday.
Here's the card that I made for him using oddments from my bit box.




The DSP was a  retired , odd shaped piece of striped paper
obviously too good to throw away!
The image was already stamped but had an ink splodge on it, 
I just cut the image down a tad shorter - splodge gone!
- all I had to do was colour it in, stick it on top of the striped DSP,
layer it onto Old Olive card stock, then onto a 7" x 5"  Card base.
I cut out his name using the retired Little Numbers dies -
you can see they were a perfect fit!

Thursday, 14 June 2018

You're Inspiring - any occasion card

This is one of those cards you can have on hand for emergencies - 
it can be used for any occasion and is so useful.
I don't put a greeting on the front and leave the centre blank too!

Card closed for posting

Card open, showing mechanics of Z fold

I am sure you will agree how well this lends itself to use for any occasion.
A Z fold card, with asimple colour combo of Daffodil Delight and Old Olive
The Daffodils are from the You're Inspiring stamp set,
Old Olive and Whisper White card stock
Basket Weave 3D Dynamic  Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

I have a couple of these in my box just for any occasion
 that arises out of the blue.
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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Catherine's 5th Stampin' Up! Anniversary

Yesterday I met up with a friend who is also one of my Stampin' Up! downline, Catherine.
We haven't seen each other in a long time, so it was lovely to meet up and catch up on things.

This is the card that I made her to congratulate her on her
5th Stampin Up Anniversary in March this year.



Most of the products used on this card are retired, but I find them so useful
for doing these Anniversary cards.

Congratulations Catherine, long may it last!!
xxx