Sunday, 23 September 2018

Dashing Deer

Thought that I would share  this Dasher card that Chris and I made
a couple of weeks ago at our house
 - we wanted to do a series of  Dashing Deer Bundle cards,
so there are still plenty more to share!!

Tranquil Tide, Copper and White is the colour combo on this.
The copper loooks gold on this photo, but its because of 
the reflection on the Copper foil card. 
Dasher and the corner flourish are cut in Copper Foil card
using the matching Detailed Deer  Thinlits dies.
Layering circles Thinlits dies used to cut both the scalloped copper 
and white  circles, and thewhite circle is embossed with the
 Swirls and Curls Textured Impressions embossing folder.
The ribbon is the Merry Merlot and Copper 5/8" reversible ribbon.
All of the above are available in the Autumn Winter catalogue.

I think this card will be one of my specials!!
You never know - you might just get one!!


Saturday, 22 September 2018

Glynis' birthday

Today is the birthday of my good friend Glynis, 
who was my doubles partner at my old Golf Club at Sandhill.
We dont see much of each other these days, 
but still keep in touch with birthday and Christmas cards!!

Featuring the beautiful Petal Promenade DSP,
it really needs very little adding to this to make an exrea special card.
I used Punpkin Pie card for the mat and the flourishes in the corners,
which were from the Detailed Deer Thinlets Dies.
The sentiments were computer generated - its a style I use a lot -
you may have noticed!!
So Glynis - hope you have a fabulous day!!

Friday, 21 September 2018

Cards for causes - a bit box card

As you probably know, our team of independent Stampin Up Demonstrators, 
Julies' Jems, each month make cards and donate them to a worthwhile cause or charity.
I make best use of my bit-box to make cards out of the bits of card
 and DSP or ribbon, that might otherwise be thrown away, or in my case
 - they are usually far too pretty to be thrown away!
So they frequently end up in batches of cards destined for such cards for causes.
Here's one I made today,

This is a really CAS  card - a 7" x 5" base card
matted and layered with Black and Tempting Turquoise (retired) cardstock,
then a panel of DSP  that I couldnt bear to bin, 
but couldnt tell you it's origin as it's years old!!
I think this has come together really well.
I have another piece of this DSP so I think that I
will make a thank you card of the same design for a different charity with that!!
Nothing ever gets wasted in the Martin craft room!!


Thursday, 20 September 2018

Hearts come home Christmas card.

Yesterday was my day to go to Chris's for the day
to craft together and have lunch.
We decided to make Christmas cards using the 
Hearts Come Home stamp set and dies-
heres the first card we made!

Its a very simple card, the background was embossed with the 
Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossinbg folder
Layering Ovals Framelits dies were used to cut the 
scalloped oval in White and the Blue oval that the house,
tree and hill are glued onto.
The sentiment inked in Night of navy on White cardstock, 
was then matted and layered on NON cardstock.

Can you see the white glitter snow?
Think it just finishes it off nicely!!

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

New baby congratulations card

Last week my nephews wife Heather gave birth to a baby girl
and I just had to make a personalised card to mark the occasion
and something to put in Taylor Rose's memory box!!

Here it is

I wanted to do something a bit different from the usual
pink and white that I normally do for baby girls,
 so I thought the lovely pastel yellows, cream and pinks 
of this DSP made a nice change!
Congratulations Adam and Heather - cant wait to meet Taylor Rose!!


Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Monica's angel, made by Janet

Today, one of my Tuesday class ladies, Janet, brought me a project
that she has made for her Christmas table this year.
She tells me that she originally saw this on Monica Gale's blog,
that's my Stampin' Up! Nannan!!

This is Janet's angel

I have searched Monica's blog and found the original one
which you can see on her blog 

but I have copied the original picture from Monicas blog
and here it is below!!


Aren't they both just adorable!!

They are of course for table favours on Christmas day,
and you can get a decent size goodie inside this Petal Cone box!!
I won't ever part with this die!!
Thanks Monica for the inspiration and Janet for sharing it with us!!
I am sure more of the ladies will be wanting to make this golden oldie!!

Monday, 17 September 2018

Another Signs of Santa card

Heres the second card that we made at Training at Julie's,
using the Signs of Santa stamp set,the other Wednesday.
Its a gatefold card - here it is closed

And here is the inside

I think its brilliant - so much so I just had to order the bundle, 
so watch this space ....... there will be more!!

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Another bit-box card from Chris.

Chris has done a series of bit box cards and used them as examples in class,
of what you can make with small pieces of card,  DSP etc.
Here's one I am going to case with different papers and colours.

This one was made from two separate scraps of DSP ,an offcut piece of embossed card,
some left over diecuts from another card . A greeting was simply stamped and punched out
- et voila -  a super Christmas card!!

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Aaron's Birthday

Todays is my nephew Aaron's birthday,
not sure exactly how old he is, I am ashamed to admit ! 
I know that he is 2 months older than Ellie,  my eldest grand-daughter
 - think she was born in 93 so she will be 25 in November,
so he must be 25 today!

Its DL size and I cut a Black base card,
Then cut the Happy Birthday Thinlit die sentiment in White card 
and separated the Happy from the Birthday so that it would fit above Aaron's name.
Aaron was cut out of the Regals DSP 6" x 6" Papert stack using a Shaded Spruce design.
I finished it off with some green Glimmer paper stars.
Think this is quite suitable for a young man!!
Happy Birthday Aaron!
Hope you are having a super day!!

Friday, 14 September 2018

Lovely as a Tree

I am getting some serious Christmas Card making done at the moment,
 not masses in number, but quite a few designs I have tried out
 from various sources of inspiration, this was on Pinterest.
Please see the important note at the end of this post.

It is a beautiful eclipse card I am sure you will agree-
here's my version.

The stampset is of course Lovely as a Tree, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.
The word Noel is cut out using the Large Letters Thinlits dies,
this is then raised up using double sided adhesive strips.
The sentiment is from Star of Light.
Beautiful in it's simplicity dont you think!
NB: I saw this card on Pinterest - where it purported to be by, 
but when I tried to go to this site, I was advised that this was an unsafe site!!
So all I can say is that I have cased this card, but dont recommend 
you trying to see the original!

Thursday, 13 September 2018

And here's the card I made for Uma

As I said yesterday, it was the birthday of both Amanda and Uma,
so here's the card I made for Uma.

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Two birthdays today

Two of my Stampin Up fellow Demonstrators share their birthday today!
Amanda and Uma.
Today I will share Amanda's card with you and tomorrow Uma's

Here's Amanda's

Card folded flat for posting

Card stood up and opened for display

view from above showing  mechanics of Z fold

The Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped onto a diecut
Stitched labels Thinlit  cut in Mint Macaron 
and stamped in Tranquil Tide ink
I used the fabulous First Frost Speciality DSP -
A special person deserves special papers!!
Hope you are having a fabulous day Amanda !!


Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Mistletoe Season

Last Wednesday at Team Training, Julie
shared with us these two cards which she did for a class
in late August and may well be repeating sometime soon.
The class featured two cards where 5 of each card
is made and the Stampset (worth £16) is included for £20!

Here's my two cards cased  (with permission from Julie)

Real Red, Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz
Under the Misteltoe DSP

Real Red, Old Olive and Buffalo Check stampset

Both cards use the Misteltoe Season stampset
And here are Julies original cards featured on her blog

Monday, 10 September 2018

Chris's Get Well for Lucas

Here's the Get Well card that Chris made for Lucas when he was
ill the other week with Appendicitis.
I wanted to share this with you as I was really impressed with the diecut balloon
 and the DSP that Chris used for the die cut!!

The stampset is "Lift me up"
and the matching thinlits "Up and Away"
The DSP is some retired papers, but the result is so effective 
-dont you agree!

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Beautiful Blizzard!

Here is a card that I have cased from my good friend and Stampin' Up! sister
Amanda Bates from the Craft Spa.
I have done this with her permission, and if you want to see more
of her creations take a look 

This card features the stamp set Beautiful Blizzard and the Blizzard Thinlits dies
 which are available as a bundle with a 10% discount.
This also features the greatly appreciated return of the Shimmer paint -
Frost White has been used on the border of this card, but its available
in Champagne Mist, Vegas Gold and Bright Copper!!
Cant wait to get my mitts on these two new colours!
The foiled snowflakes have been die cut using some lovely blue
foiled card I found in my bit box, whilst looking for something else!
I love this card- hope you do too!!
Thanks for allowing me to case this Amanda - love it!!

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Dale's birthday

Today is my baby sister Anne-Marie's partner - Dale's birthday.
Heres the card that I made for him.

It's a faux Washi tape card !
The colours are Blueberry Bushel and White
I stamped a piece of Whisper White with the Buffalo Check stamp
then cut a couple of strips.
I cut some strips off the Blueberry Bushel 6x6 In Colour paper stack
in different designs .
I then shaped the strips top and bottom. taped them together on the back,
then stuck them onto a mat of Whisper White cardstock,
then onto a layer of BB cardstock.
This was then stuck onto a 7" x 5" Wite base card.
The small happy birthday sentiment fron the Happy birthday Gorgeous
stamp set was stamped in BB ink directly onto the card.
I stamped the large sentiment from  Blended seasons
in BB ink on whisper White cardstock, then stuck this onto a layer of BB cardstock.
This was then stuck on top of the coloured strips.
Whilst I have deliberately cut these strips of papers, 
you could make this using pieces from your bit box!!
I am really pleased with this - mens' cards are really hard to do!

Friday, 7 September 2018

Signs of Santa

When I saw this stamp set in the Autumn Winter catalogue,
Signs of Santa, I thought that I didnt need it!
That was until I went to training on Wednesday and Julie
had us making a couple of cards with it!
(I am ordering it tonight!!)
Heres the first card we made

Isn't this just too cute - I will be sending this to my great-nephews and nieces!
The young ones will love it!! I do!!

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Frosted Floral -Thank you Andy!!

On Monday I was invited to  play golf at my friend Andy's Golf Club.
We had a team of 4 and had a great game, and scored well, but not
well enough to come in with a prize.
I really enjoyed the day and the company.
Here's the card that I gave her.

A really CAS thank you card - using the Frosted Floral Speciality DSP-
as the name implies this paper has a lovely frosted sheen to it - yummy!!
The sentiment is cut using the Thank You thinlits and Tranquil Tide DSP.

Thanks again Andy for inviting me to play!!

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

For my Stampin Up Mummy

Here's a card that I made for Julie, my Stampin' Up! Mummy.
I am sure you have read a lot about her here on my blog,
as she is such a wonderful role model for our team. 
Always there for us, readily giving help, encouragement,
and in my case sometimes a little nudge in the right direction.
As a result of me being reinstated as a Silver Elite Demonstrator in August 
Julie was reinstated as a Platinum Demonstrator, so to mark
the occasion I made this card for her and took it to training

Below is the inside of the card with the most approprate sentiment -
the Stampin' Up! Statement of the heart

Many congratulations and totally deserved and earned!!

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Night in Bethlehem

This will be my special card for Christmas this year,
 so if you get one of these, you know you are special!!

This is the front view of the card as you would take it out of the envelope

This is the view of the middle of the card, as it would be displayed on the mantelpiece
illuminated by a Battery operated night light

This is a close up of the left hand side two panels

and a close up of the right hand side two panels.

The colour combination is a simple Night of Navy and White.
I used the Night in Bethlehem bundle of Stamps and Dies,
plus an old retired stamp set
"Come to Bethlehem."

This is the same design  as I used for my special card last year.
If you missed it


Monday, 3 September 2018

Thank you cards for causes.

Out Jems' Cards for Causes this month is Contact the Elderly 
I have made a few cards and will show you them  over the month.
I have done a basic design , then swapped it around 
with different colour papers/card stock etc.

This is the basic design.
On this I have used Petal Promenade DSP
Stitched Labels Framelits
for both the centre piece and the sentiment plate.
Calypso Coral  cardstock
Mossy Meadow ink
Petal Palette sentiment.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

My 9th Stampin Up Anniversary.

Last Thursday I celebrated my 9th  Anniversary
as a Stampin' Up ! Demonstrator.
My how the years have flown.
It has been a fabulous journey and |I have met many friends
along the way - too many to mention!
The driving force behind this has always been my Stampin Up Mummy,
Julie Kettlewell, who has always been there for me, helping, guiding and advising me,
as I made this exciting journey.
Here is the card that Julie sent me to celebrate the occasion.

Thank you Julie for always being there when I need you, every step along the way.
Heres to the next 9!!

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Liz next door's card.

Well tonight I have a valid excuse for being late posting,
we have been round to our neighbours, Liz's house
for food n drink to celebrate her birthday which was yesterday,
As it has been a lovely day, we had this celebration outdoors and have had a lovely time.
Here's the card I made for her

Dont think that you can see the beautiful frosted finish on this DSP but it is gorgeous!
Its  from the Frosted Floral Suite in the Autumn/Winter Catalogue,
which launches on the 5th! Soon be here!!
You have seen this design before, its getting to be a favourite of mine
as it doesnt take too long to die cut the two roses (Botanical Tags Thinlits)then
theFrosted Floral  DSP is a 2" strip and I used the Banner triple punch
for a really nest finish at the bottom. 
I had to use one of the scalloped Layering Ovals - as I cant find
 my set of Stitched Shapes Framelits at the moment !
The cardstock is Gorgous Grape - yummy!!
I think this looks a million dollars!!

Friday, 31 August 2018

Lucas's Get well card.

I got a phone call from Kerry late Sunday afternoon to let us know that Lucas
had been admitted to hospital with suspected appendicitis.
He had the operation in the early hours of Monday morning.
and was allowed home early Monday evening.
Apparently here is a 2 week recovery period and he has to rest,
and not do anything strenuous - this means no golf!!
Lucas will struggle with the rest bit - he is just never still,
so he will find it hard!
Anyhow - here's the card I made for him.

Very clean and simple just a layer of DSP, two mats of Basic Gray,
 two mats of Pool Party and two mats of  White.
Then the Get Well Siin stamped on White and layered first on Pool Party, 
then onto Basic Gray.

After I had photographed this, I decided to stick some Black
Rhinestone Jewels top left and bottom right -
forgot to take another photo, but I am sure you can visualise!!
Apparently he is being very good and resting, watching TV in bed.
He has to take things easy for 2 weeks , so wont be going back to school on the 5th!!!!


Thursday, 30 August 2018

Elizabeth's Birthday card

Yesterday was my old school friend Elizabeth's birthday,
we go back more years than I care to admit, and I am ashamed to say it
but I was really getting panicky about not getting her card done in time.
Chris came to the rescue yesterday when I said that I had to make a get well card
for grandson Lucas as well as Elizabeth's card.  Bless her -
she invited me to take one of her stash of cards, rather than
spoil a card b rushing.
Here's the one that I chose.

Its from the "Lots of Happy" kit, but Chris, like me, has improvised
the design using the bits and pieces in the kits, so that each one is different.
Chris has added stampin on to the base card
I have this kit so I will be copying this card myself later and
and probably making  another card for Chris - as a thank you!

PS- Barry hand delivered this card to Elizabeth for me when I got home from Chris's!!
Alls well that ends well!!

PPS I'll show you the card I made for Lucas tomorrow.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

118 days to Christmas

118 days to Christmas and counting!!

Talking about how many days to Christmas reminded me
 of a project I made some years ago with Lexie,
its a decorated tin with numbers that have magnets on the back -
so you can count down to Christmas!
This is my tin that I made at a monthly training event, 
or it may have been a quarterly training.
Anyhow when Lexie saw it, she wanted to make her own, which she did.
Precious moments!!

On the next photo you can see it is an actual tin.

I am going to stick to my aim of making a card a day and putting them in the tin!!
Wonder how long I can last?

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Dashing Deer Bundle

Did you know there are only 119 days to Christmas?
Just thought that I would share that - I could have all my cards made if I 
only make one card a day from now til Christmas - now that is a thought!!
Here's a sneak peek of another Dashing Deer stamp set card,
using the Detailed Deer Thinlits as well.
Also featuring the Blizzard Thinlits dies - used to emboss the background
by using with the Big Shot Embossing mats - page 221 of the Anual catalogue.
Hope you can see the detail.

Have used Real Red and White cardstock, Red Foil card and Red Glimmer card.

I do love this set - will make real good use of it!!


Monday, 27 August 2018

3 sneak peeks!!

Yes, thats right - todays post has no less than 3 sneak peeks
of items featured in the soon to be launched Autumn Winter Catalogue!!
Not long to go now!!
The launch is on the 5th September!!

Here's a card cased from Pinterest- I have tried to find the designer, 
but havent managed to find them yet! If you know whose design this is.
please let me know so that I can give credit and link back to their blog.

Here's the card

The new items are:
1) Buffalo Check stamp -inked with the ever faithful Old Olive ink
Used to stamp and then cut the Stitched Seasons Framelits die cut shape
that forms the feature on this card.
The Stitched Seasons framelits are also used for the leaves and flourishes
 (NB -The Blended Seasons Bundle is only available until the end of August - or while stocks last!)

2) The Dashing Deer Bundle - Detailed Deer Thinlits  used for
the leaping deer that is diecut using Gold Glimmer Paper

3) Dashing Deer Bundle - Dashing Deer Stamp set used for sentiment 

The Old Olive mat is embossed with the 
Tufted 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
which is in the Annual catalogue!

Think that I have covered everything!!

I love this card - thanks to who ever designed the original

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Carol's New Baby Girl card!!

You may recall that I did a  new baby boy card for my golfing teacher 
Danny and his wife, I said that I would like to do one for a newborn girl.
One of my monthly Saturday ladies, Carol started her card last month, 
and finished it yesterday.
She is very happy to share this with us - here it is!!

Various views of the card




Folded flat for posting

View from above

Hasn't she made a splendid job of this card -
great project Carol!!

PS once again, if you would like the instructions to make this card

Bronwyn's Blog - Tutorials for sale HERE

Saturday, 25 August 2018

With Sympathy - and a sneak peek

When I went to the Hairdressers yesterday, Katy (the hairdresser) was really distressed.,
and told me that her Grandfather had died in the early hours of the morning.
She insisted on staying at work and doing her morning appointments, but was going home later.
When I got home I made this card for her, and Barry hand delivered this card too!

I used two of the new colours cardstock, Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel.
I embossed the Balmy Blue card with the "Tufted" Dynamic
 Textured Impression Embossing Folder and matted this onto 
 a piece of Blueberry Bushel . 
I cut the centre plate with the a Stitched Labels Framelit die,
 punched the white card for the centre panel, stamped the sentiment and flowers.
I added the die cut filigree corners from the Detailed Deer Thinlits dies -
arent these beautiful - you will be able to buy this set of dies
when the Aurumn/Winter Catalogue launches on the 5th September.

I think I will use this design again , but for a happier event,
naybe a birthday or anniversary.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Sue's Birthday

Today is the birthday of an ex work colleague, Sue.
Didn't realise that it was roday til I checked my diary this afternoon, 
So I went to my box of unfinished cards and various ephemera,
and found this base card with the DSP on it.
I added a Stitched Label framelit die cut, then glued 
the punched shape in the centre and stamped Happy Birthday on it.
Barry then hand- delivered it so she got it today!

I love the soft muted colours of this DSP, which I know dates back awhile, 
but I think it comes together nicely - what do you think??

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Congrats from Julie

On yesterdays post I said that it was my Stampin' Up! Mummy
Julie's congratulations card that gave me the inspiration 
for the card that I made for Pat to give to her friend.
I also said that I would post one today to show you 
just what I meant - and here's the one I received from
Julie for being 2nd in Sales in June.

See what I mean!!

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

A special birthday card for Janine

My friend Pat (from LWL) wanted a special card making 
to celebrate her friend Janine's special birthday,
Here's what I came up with.

I was inspired by the cards that my Stampin Up mummy Julie sends out 
each month for the top 5 sales - I'll post one tomorow and you will see what I mean!!
Once again I used the fabulous Petal Promenade DSP,
simply cut out the number 50, remembering to keep the middle of the zero!
Matted and layered this first onto Very Vanilla, then onto Fresh Fig cardstock.
The Birthday greeting square and sentiment was computer generated
directly onto an A4 Very Vanilla card front.
I am really pleased with this and will use this design for special cards.

Hope that Janine liked it!!

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Kathrine's Grandaughter!!

Had some lovely news at the weekend, one of the ladies that I play golf with regularly,
 on Tuesdays sent me a message that she had a new baby grand-daughter.
I texted back for details, then set about making a card for her.

Here it is with all the details on it.

Front view

View from above.
The photos really dont do it justice, but I was really pleased with it
and Kathrine was thrilled to bits with it.
Saw piccies of Evelyn Joyce after we had golfed today -
she is absolutely gorgeous!!


Monday, 20 August 2018

Blended Seasons Diarama card.

The other week, Chris and I went to training and used the Blended Seasons stamp set
 and the  Stitched Seasons Framelits dies which form the bundle.
Here's the card we made

Front view

View from above showing the mechanics
We used the Stampin' Blends to colour the image.
Its a long time since I made a diarama card so I enjoyed making this one.  
Dont know whether you can see the detail, but the front aperture
 cut with the Stitches Seasons framelits cuts the outside edge of the aperture 
as well as the inside edge of the cut out piece - brilliant!!