Sunday, 30 September 2018

Ann's Birthday

Today is the birthday of another of my golfing friends
from my old Golf Club at Sadhill - this time its Ann's.

Here's the special card for this special lady.
I used to call her my Fairy Golf-mother, because she always 
looked after me when I was learning to play - and she continued to
to look after me once I had got the hang of this complicated game, 
always on hand to help and guide me.
 A truly lovely lady !

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Jackie's Birthday today

You may recall that my good friend and ex work colleague Jackie,
spent a good part of the last six months in and out of hospital.
I sent her a couple of card bombs whilst she was in, and a few 
more cards in between!!
Its great to send her a card that celebrates her birthday,
rather than one wishing her a speedy recovery!
She really is making excellent progress and we are back to 
our monthly visits, with me going to her house as she is not currently driving.

Here's her birthday card.

Jackie loves White and Lavender, so I thought that this foyyed the bill
and whilst being very simnple it was elegant!
Happy Birthday Jackie!!

Friday, 28 September 2018

Signs of Santa for Eva

I am trying to get ahead with my Christmas  cards, so I am doing variations on themes, 
rather than trying to do loads of different cards - here's Eva's card.
(My Great -neice and Chris's Grand-daughter)
You saw the basic card that I made at Training published earlier.
Here's the updated one with the personalisation!

I have just realised that I havent glittered it!!
There's still time before it gets posted!!

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Another Thank You card for causes

I have made quite a few thank you cards  - to send to the charity
Contact the Elderly.

Here's another one of the design where I cut various elements of a card,
 then mix and match them back together again,
In have done several of these. its amazing how different they can look.

I have tried not to make these too girly as quite a few of the volunteers  are male.
I am, for once using beautiful DSP instead of just admiring and stroking it!!


Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Janet's birthday

Today is the birthday of one of my Tuesday Class Ladies - Janet,
she has been coming to my weekly classes since September 2009!!

Here's the card I have made for her.

Yet another card featuring the Beautiful Petal Promenade DSP.
You dont need to add much at all to this as it is fine all on its own!!
I cut the square of DSP , matted it onto another square of Fesh Fig cardstock,
and stuck these onto a 14.8 cm square card cut from Pink  A4 card stock.
Then I simply stamped the flowers at both sides using the floral splash
from the Wood Words stamp set - inked in Fresh Fig,
then added the Happy Birthday sentiment.

Love these papers!!
Happy Birthday Janet!!
Have a super day!!

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

91 Days to Christmas

Inspired by another card that was made by Julie (my Stampin' Up! Mummy)
I cased the card she had made and personalised it.

Can you guess who this is for?

Its for my great-nephew Dylan - he's my baby Sister Anne-Marie's Grandson
I think that he will love this!!
(I do !)

By the way........ today its.......

thought you might like to panic with me!!

Monday, 24 September 2018

Jeans Tower card

A long time ago Chris and I made a "Tower card" and one of my
Tuesday class ladies expressed an interest in making one.
 I loaned her my card, and she very kindly wrote out 
the cutting measurements to make one of them, so that 
anyone else who wanyed to make it didnt have to do all that measuring.
One of my Wednesday class ladies, Jean wanted to make a Christmas version,
so I sorted out some retired Christmas papers for her to make a prototype
for herself.  This is the card she made.

Card stood up for display

View from above showing construction
Hasn't she done a fabulous job!  Well done Jean.

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!

More of the Dashing Deer Bundle

Another card that Chris and I made together a couple of Wednesdays ago, 
using the Dashing Deer Bundle . This has certainly proved to be an 
exceptional  value for money purchase - we have made umpteen cards using it!!

This card featrures the Joyous Noel Speciality DSP
which has fabulous copper foiling on it - think you can
see the effect on the photo.
Also we used the Merry Merlot &v Copper reversible ribbon for the bow.

I think this is one of my favourites.

This has been cased from another Stampin Up Demonstrator -
Mary Deatherage and you can see her work

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!!