Saturday, 31 December 2011

A Birthday Wish and all the best for 2012



Happy Hogmannay Everyone.

I hope you have a lovely celebration when it comes.

A very simple card to share but great fun none the less.  I used my Big Shot Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Dies to cut out the letters for Birthday.  It's an easy way to use up scrap card.

The base card is Melon Mambo and the pale pink is Pink Pirouette.

I'm entering this into Less is More which for this weeks challenge is Just One Word.

Thats all for this evening.  Wishing you all the best 2012.  x

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Driving home for Christmas!


This will be my last post before Christmas.  I'd like to wish you all a 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 

May all your wishes come true! 

I made this card for my Aunt to give to her Grandson.  This was fun to make and I loved getting out my glitters.  I've used the retired stamp set Loads of Love and Accessories and coloured the truck and presents with my markers.  My little man and the bundle of presents were added in using my Stamp-a-ma-jig.  I tore some Whisper White card and added it along the bottom then went to town with my glitter.  The sentiments are from For My Family.  Grandson is punched out using the Word Window Punch and mounted onto Real Red punched with the Modern Label Punch.   The Whisper White has been mounted onto Real Red which has then been attached to a Certainly Celery card base.  

I decorated the inside too with one of the trees and the presents set below.

 Finally I would like to thank all my customers, followers and everyone who leaves comments as you've given me a wonderful year! 

I hope Santa is good to you all! x 






Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Season's Greetings


I've gone all vintagey with this card and love the way it turned out.

I started with a Rich Razzleberry card base and teamed it with Old Olive.  One of my favourite combos.  The Very Vanilla background is embossed with Vintage Wallpaper and sponged with Crumb Cake, Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry.  Then mounted onto Old Olive card stock with the edges distressed using my paper snips.  The middle panel is Rich Razzleberry with Old Olive repeatedly stamped with the wreath from Welcome Christmas.  Again the edges were distressed with paper snips.  I wrapped some stripey ribbon and attached my sentiment onto it.

Oooh isn't Christmas getting closer!! Hope it's all coming together for you and not too stressful. x

I'm entering this card into The Friday Mashup which is to create a project using chipboard or distressing or mash it up and do both.

Supplies all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated

Card - Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Ink - Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Crumb Cake
Stamps - Welcome Christmas
Other - Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Rich Razzleberry stripey Ribbon


Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Snow is Falling....


....Well only on my card it is.  Apart from a hard frost I think we are getting off light.  Hardly any snow left.

I've made this card to fit the challenge at CAS-ual Fridays which is Signed Sealed and Delivered.  I haven't decorated my envelopes before but doesn't it look smashing?

For my card I made a frame of Night of Navy card stock and then stamped and embossed snowflakes in white. I used one of my favourite stamps from Serene Snowflakes.  I stamped the children from Welcome Christmas in Not Quite Navy and used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to make a shadow.  This is easy to do by stamping directly onto the acetate then lining it up with your image and pressing the ink onto the card.  I then masked with torn copier paper and lightly sponged around the figures to look like snow drifts.  I added the frame popped up from the Whisper White card base on Dimensionals.

The envelope was decorated in the same way as the main picture.

I love the crisp feel of this card.  I don't think we are destined for a White Christmas this year.   Not complaining, I like the mild weather especially after the heavy snowfalls we had the last two years.

Thanks for taking the time to pop by.   Keep cosy. x

Supplies All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated -

Card - Whisper White, Night of Navy
Ink - Night of Navy, Not quite Navy
Stamps - Welcome Christmas, Serene Snowflakes
Other - Versamark, White embossing powder

Monday, 19 December 2011

Jingle Baubles!!


Happy Monday before Christmas to all.  Hope you are keeping warm and cosy.  We came home on Sunday to some snow but it's mostly gone today.

This is my card for this weeks challenge at LESS IS MORE which has a theme of MUSIC.  Aren't we all singing Christmas songs or is it just me?  

I got a picture of a bauble with music on it so I went with this idea.  Firstly using my Music Wheel (hope it's right way up Chrissie!) I rolled it in versamark then embossed in gold and punched out using the Ornament Punch.  I then sponged my bauble in Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant.  Attached a ribbon bow to the front.  My branches are made from the Lovely as a Tree set and I mounted my smaller panel on some Elegant Eggplant.  Then drew in a string to hang my bauble and added my sentiment from For My Family.  I'm loving this little sentiment.

That's it for tonight, hopefully back tomorrow with more to show. x



Friday, 16 December 2011

Simply Stampin Welcome Christmas


Another Welcome Christmas card.  I did say I like it and I liked the glittery tree so much I've made another one using this image.

I've followed the sketch at Simply Stampin' for this week.  It was very easy to put this card together.  Here's how I made it -

I've stamped the image from Welcome Christmas in Cherry Cobbler on Very Vanilla.  Merry Christmas is from For My Family.  This was mounted onto Real Red with a scalloped border of Cherry Cobbler.  Then a lace border of Cherry Cobbler and some Real Red ribbon sits behind with a panel of Very Vanilla embossed with Vintage Wallpaper on the Early Espresso card blank.

Well I can't believe I'm still doing Christmas cards and I still have some to do.  Oh dear Christmas is coming fast!  Hope you are well and have a calm day. x

Thursday, 15 December 2011

A Cherry Cobbler Welcome Christmas


My Aunt requested me to make a card with Son on it.  I hope she likes this one! 

I've followed the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  


As you can see I've slightly adapted it.  

I love the stamp set Welcome Christmas.  I've used it a lot this year.  The family is particularly evocative of times gone by.  

So I've given the card a vintage feel by using Cherry Cobbler which gives a lovely rich deep red.  Then with the vintage wallpaper embossing folder in the background I can start to imagine this cosy living room.  

Some sparkly glitter on the tree and on the berries on the wreath brings along some Christmas magic.  I contrasted all this warmth with some cool Basic Grey.  I refrained from sponging the background and edges which I would normally add for a vintage feel but instead left the Very Vanilla and other card stock crisp and clean. 

I've cut out my wreath which was actually easy to do.  Just punch a hole in the middle to get   yourself started.  This was added with dimensionals as is my sentiment tag.  The sentiment is from For My Family and punched out using Word Window Punch, then set on the tag which is part of the Petal Cone Bigz Die.  

I like the way this has turned out.  Thanks for coming by and a big Hello to Gillian.  Thanks for following. x 




Supplies Used
All Stampin' Up! Unless otherwise stated 

Card - Card base from my stash, Basic Grey, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Basic Grey
Stamps - Welcome Christmas, For my Family
Die - Petal Cone
Punch - Word window
Other - Dimensionals, Glitter from my stash






Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Merry Christmas


Good Grief I was raiding through all my Christmas stamps last night as you'll see when I list the stamps used.  My husband requested six cards to take into his team.  That's fine I thought then he said I need them for tomorrow! 

I didn't have time to really play about so I took some influence from the lovely Vicky.  You can see her blog here.  I decided that for time it was best not to do 6 different cards but use the same design however I altered the embossed stamps and the ink on the sentiment just for a bit of variety. 

All the card bases are Pool Party.  One of the fab new In Colours.  Each of the snowy panels are on glossy paper and the snowflakes were heat embossed with white embossing powder and then sponged with Island Indigo another new fabby colour.  Then mounted onto Cherry Cobbler card.  The baubles were also stamped on glossy paper with Island Indigo using the stamp from Tags till Christmas.  I added a Basic Rhinestone to the center. 

The sentiment is from Contempo Christmas and stamped in either Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler or Island Indigo.  Then punched out using the Decorative Label Punch

I stamped behind the sentiment label with the swirl from Season of Joy.  This stamp set also provided one of the snowflake designs.  A little bow with whisper white grosgrain ribbon and silver string to finish off the card. 

Here are the other designs.  It was interesting to see the different patterns achieved with all the snowflake stamps and the effect of the sentiment in different colours.






Phew made it, all were completed with insides and even a bauble stamped on the envelopes.  Time for bed then my husband asked where we had put a specific gift voucher.  Well we looked and looked, worried it had been accidentally thrown out.  Finally had to go to our beds stressed.  Then today I found it in plain sight safe and sound!  Moral - don't go looking for something late at night when you are tired!! Lol! 

Here's the supplies
All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated

Card - Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler, glossy card, Whisper White
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Island Indigo, Pool Party
Stamps - Tags til Christmas, Season of Joy, Serene Snowflakes, Contempo Christmas
Punch - Ornament
Other - Basic Rhinestone, Whisper White grosgrain ribbon 1/4", silver thread from my stash

If you would like any of the above supplies for this project or any others then I'd be happy to help.  There is still time to order before Christmas.  Send me an e mail or phone on 07827923123. 

Hope all is well with you and thanks for stopping by. x

Monday, 12 December 2011

A Christmas Greeting with something for eating!




Tonight I wanted to share with you one of the gift boxes that I made for my daughter's Brownie Leaders with help from Holly of course.  I hope the ladies don't see this post before they've had a chance to open them.

You may see a few slight smudge marks as Holly was in charge of the stamping and she accidentally put her hand in the ink pad.  Lol!!

Here's the box when you slide off the belly band revealing that the decoration on the front is actually a pocket to hold a gift card.


And finally when you lift the flap, a box of sweets with the message - "A Christmas Greeting with something for eating." 


Mmmm I could dive into Maltesers right now.  Just as well as soon as we were finished she was off to her Brownies proudly taken her gifts with her.  Or I might have had to buy another box or two! 

Here's the supplies to make this -

Card - 12 x 12 Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink - Whisper White, Real Red
Stamps - Serene Snowflakes, Tags til Christmas
Big Shot - Top Note Die
Punch - Corner Rounder, 1/2" circle





Saturday, 10 December 2011

Snow showers and a new home


Hi all. Super quick post today. 

This card is for my neice who has just moved into her first home.  I thought I would combine it with the LESS IS MORE challenge which is one layer week with a theme of snow. 

So here's how I made it.  Early Espresso card base.  I then rollered with the Neighbourhood wheel (now retired) in Whisper white and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I added snowflakes from Serene Snowflakes and then using a white gel pen I added some fallen snow onto my street. 

I hand wrote New Home as I thought it went with the style of the drawn houses.  

We woke up to a white wonderland this morning but thankfully it was only a dusting.  Keep warm. x



Friday, 9 December 2011

Celebrate


Hello everyone.  How's your Christmas prep coming along?  I seem to make progress then take a couple of steps backwards.

My card to show you today is following the sketch on Freshly Made Sketches.  I was asked to make a masculine card so for this one I've kept to Night of Navy with Whisper White.  I highlighted Celebrate in the sentiment block from Season of Joy with Pear Pizzaz.  The background snowflakes are stamped in Whisper White from Serene Snowflakes. My card base is Whisper White textured card stock.

I'm off to see if I can gain another couple of steps forwards!  Thanks for looking. x




Monday, 5 December 2011

Tags til Christmas dressed up



Hello Everyone.  I've joined you this evening to show you a tag not a card.  I'm in the middle of wrapping paper, sellotape, scissors and awkward shaped parcels.  So of course I need some tags.  What better way to make your gift even more personal than a tag you've made yourself.  It's so easy with the Tags till Christmas stamp set.  You can just stamp and punch and attach to your gift as is.  

However if you decide to dress it up a little that's easy too.  Here's how - 

The tag base is Crumb Cake sponged with Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler.  I added a background of Real Red embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper folder.  The tag was stamped in Lucky Limeade one of the new In Colours.  I added a frame of Garden Green after lightly sponging the edges with Cherry Cobbler.  A bow with Old Olive Ribbon finishes off. 

Here's my little tag set beside a simple picture I made.  This was super easy and makes a great festive decoration.  I used the Welcome Christmas stamp set to stamp Joy and the background uses the wreath stamp which was then embossed with clear embossing powder.  Give it a go and make your own festive pictures to decorate your home. 



Would you like to make any of the above projects?  The supplies can be delivered direct to your home in the UK just drop me an e mail or call 07827923123.  I'd be more than happy to help your festive sparkle. 

Thanks for dropping in by. x 

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Going Green


with the LESS IS MORE challenge which has a colour theme of green this week.  Green fits right in for Christmas cards so I've made a Birthday Card!  Wasn't intentional but just developed that way.

I was so happy to have a play with one of my new Hostess sets - Simply Soft - which I hadn't had the chance to ink up so far.  This is a gorgeous stamp set where you can stamp an outline and then add background petals.  A Stamp-a-ma-jig is a huge help for this.  I stamped the branch in Always Artichoke and stamped the background flowers in Certainly Celery, but firstly I mixed the ink with Frost White Shimmer Paint.  So my branch still has some festive twinkle.  To mix the inks I squooshed the lid of my ink pad to create a pool and added a drop of the shimmer paint then use my Sponge Dauber to ink up my stamp.  I then cut out the branch with my Paper Snips.

Setting this aside I looked around for something to team it up with.  I decided to use a card blank of Garden Green.  With the name of the colour I started to think of gardens.  I cut a strip of the Garden Green.  Then using a strip of Pear Pizzazz, punched it with the Lace Ribbon Border Punch.  Now I had my trellis.  I criss crossed a star shape of ribbon in the central doiley with Old Olive Ribbon.  Then folded up the bottom of my strip to create a pocket.  I tied some Linen Thread around the bottom of the branch and added some of the smallest Basic Pearls before adding it to my trellis frame.

The sentiment is from another Hostess set Happiest Birthday Wishes, love the font on this one although there are so many stamps in the set you will never need another birthday stamp again!

There's still time to take advantage of the extra benefits for being a Hostess, the promotion runs until the 15th Dec, check out my side bar for details.

I'd love to help you with your Christmas Shopping.  Stuck for ideas?  Why not have a look through our catalogue.  I'd be happy to help you out with your Christmas Wish list and can also arrange gift vouchers redeemable through myself.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday night and thanks for your visit.  I look forward to returning it. x

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Dasher in the snow


A Happy Tuesday to everyone.  It's all biz biz biz just now.  I really appreciate you taking the time out to come visit.  Thanks.

Well we did dress our tree at the weekend and we are well and truly "Santified".  Originally I was only going to do the tree but my children had other ideas and got into my box of ornaments. Then they were off round the house.  I keep finding Santas, snowmen, polar bears popping up all round the house!




This is a card that I've prepared for my card class this afternoon and thought it also falls into the LESS IS MORE theme this week which is to add bling.

I've made two cards the one above is is in the CAS style.  Dasher stands proudly above some twinkly snow and has some sparkly rhinestones in his antlers.  Maybe my kids got to him too!

The second card is for my class and I've rollered some snowflakes to make a background.  He still stands proudly above a twinkly snowbank but no gems in the antlers this time as I don't think he needs it with the busier background.

Here's the details of the cards.

Both have Basic Black card bases and Dasher is stamped in Basic Black onto Whisper White and mounted onto Real Red card with Real Red ribbon running behind him.  I then tied another small piece of ribbon the make a knotted bow.  Merry has been stamped from Pennant Parade.  I then tore some Whisper White to make the snowbank under Dasher and covered it with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  The snowflake card was made using a roller, Bold Snowflakes (retired) and Whisper White ink.  

Hope your day goes well.  Ta Ta for now. x



Monday, 28 November 2011

A Bit of Bling


What better time than Christmas to add a bit if bling which is probably why Mandi and Chrissie have asked for bling in this weeks challenge at LESS IS MORE

I've been having a play a few stamp sets to create this card.  I used Baroque Motifs to hang my ornament.  I stamped it in Versamark on Glossy card stock and sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds before covering it in Gold embossing powder then heat set.  The Merry & Bright is from the sentiment square in Season of Joy.  I used my Versamark pen to just pick up the part of my sentiment that I wanted and gold embossed it.  The background is sponged with Real Red, Certainly Celery and Old Olive.  The panel was attached to Basic Black then attached to a Cherry Cobbler card base.  

My ornament is from Tags till Christmas.   I stamped it in Cherry Cobbler twice.  Once attached to the card, I punched out the center of the second decoration and attached it back in place with a Dimensional.  A large basic Rhinestone finishes off the center and a string of rhinestones hangs my bauble to the branch. 

I hope you've enjoyed looking at my bling card today and I look forward to visiting you too. x 

Supplies Required
All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated

Card - Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Glossy
Ink - Versamark, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Certainly Celery, Old Olive
Stamps - Baroque Motifs, Tags till Christmas, Season of Joy
Punch - Ornament
Other - Gold Embossing powder, Basic Rhinestones


Thursday, 24 November 2011

Dressing the Tree!


Yep!  We plan on dressing our tree this weekend.  Everything is down from the loft so we're ready to go just like the family on the card!!

Well let me tell you about the card, it's one we made at my last card class.  The Family and Joy from Welcome Christmas were stamped in Versamark  and heat embossed in clear Embossing Powder.  The tops were corner rounded and matted onto Chocolate Chip also corner rounded. I punched a hole with the Crop a Dile and attached a little Chocolate Chip ribbon.  Cherry Cobbler card was embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and attached to the Chocolate Chip card base.

So when do you dress your tree?  I'm getting so excited.  Thanks for looking. x


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

I'm going Crackers!



My Sister-in-law asked if I could help with a project making Crackers and here are my attempts at a couple of samples.  I found a tutorial here.  It is really easy to follow.  I've made both my crackers using Designer Series Paper from last years catalogue but it will also look great in Very Vanilla or Whisper White with your own stamped design on it.  This is the way I'll be making them with my Sister-in-law. 

The first cracker has a tag from Tags till Christmas on it.  The second one is more contemporary and I've used the Fun Flowers Die to make the topper.  I like this one because who says Crackers should just be for Christmas?  I think you could use this design all year round. 


Imagine the excitement when you put these on the table and everyone trying to guess what's inside.  You can buy cracker snappers separately and then fill your cracker with a little gift - sweets, lottery ticket, hair slides for a girl, pen etc.  Well I'm sure you can think of even more fab ideas!  A little tag with the recipients name attached to one end will keep you right so they don't get mixed up but you never know it could be funny if you didn't and made it a game of trying to guess who the present was for originally! 

I'll leave you with that little thought.  Thanks for coming and visiting me. x 

Monday, 21 November 2011

Welcome Christmas


Hi, thanks for coming to visit.  I've another card for you from the Welcome Christmas stamp set.  I can't seem to put it down just now and I have more cards to show you later.

This one is for LESS IS MORE which has a theme week and it's silhouette.  his stamp set is perfect for it and as my last post used the children sledging I thought I would have the family dressing the tree this time.

I stamped the family in Versamark first then into Basic Black and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then  made a garland using the wreath stamp with Basic Grey.  I stamped again a couple of times without re inking to give some depth and because I liked the pattern.  I sponge daubed the edges with frost white Shimmer Paint then attached this to a square of Basic Black card.  Then stamped the sentiment in Basic Grey and attached to the Basic Black card blank.  The main panel was attached with Dimensionals.

Must dash, hope you like it.  Will be round to visit later. x

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Snowy days


Quick post today.  Really should be cracking on with some other cards I've been asked to make but got distracted by Freshly Made Sketches.  Here's the sketch - 


I've been having a play with the Welcome Christmas set, more cards to show later, and thought the scene with the children on the sledge would fit the square in the centre.  The rest of the card evolved from there. 

Here's how I made my card - The figures are stamped in Night of Navy.  I tore a piece of Whisper White and used it as a mask to sponge in a sky of Night of Navy and Bashful Blue.  Then reversed it and added it along the bottom which was covered in Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  This panel was mounted onto Night of Navy card stock then added onto Whisper White which has been embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  Before attaching to the Night of Navy card stock, I added a strip of Bashful Blue with snowflakes from Serene Snowflakes stamped in Night of Navy.  For the circle, I used the snowman tag from Tags Till Christmas but instead of punching the whole tag, I used the 1" inch circle punch to just highlight the snowman.  Then popped him on a Dimensional.  Perhaps the children made him before heading home?! 

This was fun but now I've got to settle down to what I should be doing.  Ta ta for now and thanks for your visit. x 

Supplies Used
All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated

Card - Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
ink - Night of Navy, Bashful Blue
Stamps - Welcome Christmas, Tags till Christmas, Serene Snowflakes
Other - Sponge Daubers, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals


Tuesday, 15 November 2011

San-tag-stic Christmas!


Good Evening and thanks for popping in by.  Today's card is for CAS-ual Fridays which has a theme this week of "Tag you're it".  Your project is to be clean and simple and include a tag.  I've used 3 tags so mine is a tag tag tag you're it!

This idea came together pretty quickly once I thought of it.  I've used the fantastic new stamp set Tags till Christmas.  The tags were stamped in Real Red and one in Old Olive.  They were punched out with the tag punch and mounted onto a Basic Black tag using the larger punch.  Simples huh?! I used a scrap strip of Real Red (do you have loads of these strips?  I do. I'll have to do a card just with these one day!) and set this behind my Santa tags.  The tags are actually mounted onto Dimensionals.  I stamped Merry Christmas from Loads of Love (now retired) onto the Whisper White picking up just the words I wanted by using my Stampin' Write marker directly onto the stamp.  The Whisper White was mounted onto Basic Black which in turn was attached to my Real Red card base.  Viola job done.  Mmmm not quite.  Next I made an insert using my computer to add a sentiment saying "To someone who dares to stand out.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year".  Not very original I know.

Thanks for coming over.  Enjoy the rest of your evening. x

Supplies Listed
All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated

Card - Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black
Ink - Real Red, Old Olive
Stamps - Tags till Christmas, Loads of love
Punch - Tags
Other - Dimensionals, Stampin' Write Markers




Sunday, 13 November 2011

Thank You Leaves


What is happening to the weeks?  They are just flying by.  Slow down please! 

I have a little card to share with you today.  This is my weeks entry into LESS IS MORE which is to make a one layer card with leaves.  

I'm sending out a huge thank you to the ladies that came along to my workshop the other week.  It was fun to show off the new catalogue and demonstrate some of the new goodies that are in it.  (You can see the new catalogue yourself by clicking on the brochure in my side panel)

The stamp set I've used today is Paisley Petals.  There are 5 stamps in the set and in addition to this lovely leaf design there are beautiful intricate flowers and stems.  Perfect for colouring.  I was lucky enough to achieve the sales at my party to earn this set and the gorgeous designer papers that accompany it for free.  I think it's brilliant that demonstrators can also take advantage of the super offers and promotions that Stampin' Up! regularly put out.  You can see this particular offer in more detail if you Click Here or click on the picture on my side panel.  Don't be slow though as it has a time limit. 

I've kept my card very simple as it is only 3" by 3".   The base is Whisper White.  I used my Stampin' Write Markers to colour directly onto the stamp with the In Colours - Pear Pizzazz,  Peach Parfait and Poppy Parade.   I'm obviously still being influenced by last weeks challenge of red and orange!  Hee Hee.

I finished my card by stamping a sentiment in Pear Pizzazz from the Pocket Silhouettes set. 

This next card is not mine but I thought I would show it as it fits the one layer theme albeit it's not leaves but a whole tree.  My daughter who is 9 is super organised.  She does not get this from me!  She has started to make, (not her Christmas cards, they are already written!) but her Thank You cards for after Christmas.  This is the design she decided on once she had a play on some scrap paper.  She also picked her colours, Lucky Limeade and Wisteria Wonder, which are from the new set of In Colours.  The stamp set is Season of Joy.  Isn't she clever?  I just left her to it with a little hint that less is more! 


Thanks for taking the time to visit, it's always appreciated.  Have a wonderful Sunday. x

Edit:  Kelly suggested I also enter my card into Simply Stampin' Challenge which is Leafy for this week.  Thanks Kelly. 

Monday, 7 November 2011

Pocket Silhouettes Wreath


Red and Orange Huh?  I can honestly say Orange is not really my colour and I have the proof.  When looking at the latest challenge from LESS IS MORE which is to use red and orange, I realised that I only have one orange in my ink collection but 3 reds.  I know that these two colours can produce stunning cards.  Check out the fantastic entries over at Less is More to see what I mean, but it's not a combo I would normally use.  I think I need to rectify this.

So onto my card.  I've made an autumnal wreath with my Real Red and Pumpkin Pie combo and i rather like it.  The wreath was created by punching out a circle and using it as a mask.  I then stamped Pocket Silhouettes round the circle, using another post it to mask off the ends of the flowers.  I first stamped the flower in Real Red then rolled the ends in Pumpkin Pie.  The little leaf is from Vintage Vogue and this was also stamped in Real Red and rolled in Pumpkin Pie.

There are four lovely flower/grasses stamps in the Pocket Silhouettes set.  I wonder what they would look like?    Must try another day.

My card stock is Very Vanilla to keep the warm feel and it's mounted onto Real Red.  My sentiment is from Season of Joy and stamped in Real Red.

I dressed up my wreath with little berries.  Did you spot them?  They are the smallest of the Basic Rhinestones and I coloured them red with a permanent marker.  I think my marker was running out so they are not overly red but luckily match the stamped image beautifully.


Here's a close up of the sparkle.

I'm off for my walk in the frosty sunshine.  Have a good day. x 

Supplies Used
All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated

Card - Very Vanilla, Real Red
Ink - Real Red, Pumpkin Pie
Stamps - Pocket Silhouettes, Vintage Vogue, Season of Joy
Other - Basic Rhinestones, Permanent Marker from my stash

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Perfect Punch at Christmas


Too many things going on, too much to do.  Hope everyone had a spooky Halloween and lots of fun trick or treating.  My two had a ball and came back with loads of loot.  Now the real trick is for me to avoid all that chocolate in the cupboard!

Bit of a late addition to CAS-ual Fridays this week which is to follow a sketch.


I've kept it very simple.  The tree is from Season of Joy and stamped in Old Olive.  Joy at Christmas from Perfect Punches is stamped in Real Red and punched out with the Scalloped Circle.  It's mounted onto a couple of Dimensionals.  Two strips of Basic Black from my scrap box were placed behind.  

Thats all for this evening.  Thank you for coming over to visit. x 

Supplies Required
All Stampin' Up! supplies unless otherwise stated

Card - Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink - Old Olive, Real Red
Stamps - Perfect Punches, Season of Joy
Other - Dimensionals


Saturday, 29 October 2011

Christmas Stars


Oooh I've been experimenting this morning.  This weeks challenge at Less is more is stars.  Mmmm what to do? 

As Pennant Parade was still out on my desk I decided to use it's little star.  I wanted to create the shape of a Christmas tree so had a few practise runs on scrap paper.  Then hit on the idea of just using Christmas lights instead and so created this contemporary shape.  

I drew a tree very lightly in pencil and then stamped my string of lights.  I wanted to combine traditional colours with the modern design so used colours from the regals selection - Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler.  I like that the stars look vintage and well worn.  

To give some extra sparkle, I've used shimmer card as my card base.  Hopefully you can see the subtle shimmer below. 


I'd like to try this out again perhaps next time using colours from the brights selection.  It's a little bit of a faff drawing up your tree but very relaxing when you come to stamping so much so you can forget the time.  Unfortunately can't play any longer as daughter has a couple of activities on today.



It's now evening and I never got the chance to post this earlier this morning.  So tonight I decided to try out a brights combo - Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry.  I stripped the design down further and just mounted it onto Basic Black before attaching to a Real Red card base.

So I'm off to post this now, thanks for taking a look, I appreciate your visit. x


Thursday, 27 October 2011

Baby Tees


Good Evening Everyone.  

Here is my second baby card for this week.  I know of  two baby boys that were born last weekend! 

For this one I followed the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and teamed Bashful Blue with So Saffron. 


I love the Baby Tees Wheel as it's so quick and easy to create a background or cut out the individual tees.  You can colour them or leave it plain as you wish.  

For my message tag I used welcome baby from the retired set Punch Bunch and added Congratulations from Occasional Quotes (also now retired).  To make the pointy end, I placed one end into one of the corners a square punch.  The welcome baby tag is popped up on some Dimensionals and a Basic Pearl finishes it off.

That's it for me this evening, it's been great to play around in my crafting supplies again.  Happy crafting everyone! x 

Supplies used
All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated

Card - Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink - Bashful Blue
Paper - Play Date Designer Series
Stamps - Punch Bunch, Occasional Quotes
Wheel - Baby Tees
Punch - Square, Tag
Other - Basic Pearls




Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Baby Love


Hi Everyone.  

Finally managed to do some crafting after our family holiday in Florida.  We had a super time visiting Mickey and friends, going on rides and shopping.  Also managed few trips to Michaels and Joanns.  

So now that the family are back into routine I thought I would get cracked on with some new baby cards that I need.  Here's my first one which fits the Less is More challenge this week to use polka dots.  I'm hoping that my mojo came back with me and isn't still partying it up in Florida!  It was really strange picking up my crafting tools after such a long break.

Here's the details of my card - 

The card base is Crumb Cake.  I used some patterned paper from Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper.  I stamped Fox and Friends in Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake and So Saffron on Whisper White which was then mounted onto Crumb Cake.   "baby" and "love" were stamped in Bashful Blue from Pennant Parade.  Linen Thread was used to hang the tags and a small Basic Pearl finishes it off.

A little tip to share.  I was literally becoming swamped in scraps so decided to sort them out into rough sizes.  I now have several plastic boxes (chinese takeaway boxes worked fab, used them all. must eat more Chinese hee hee) with varying sizes of scraps.  Took a whole evening and a numb posterior!  But much easier to look for small pieces for tags etc.  

Hope you are having a great week!  Take care. x 

Supplies Used
All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated

Card - Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink - Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, So Saffron
Stamps - Fox and Friends, Pennant Parade
Punch - Jewellery Tag
Papers - Elegant Soiree (retired designer series paper)
Other - Linen Thread, Basic Pearl

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Delicate Doilies

Hi there Folks.  I'm so excited to tell you all the exciting news today! 
The wait is over, our new catalogue is avaliable now!  Have a look - 


You can view the online catalogue by clicking here.  It's also on my side bar so you can come back as often as you like.  If you prefer to look through your own book then why not get in touch by e mailing ails300@btinternet.com and I'd be happy to post one out to you.  The catalogue costs £4 (rrp £5.95).

Lots of new items are included this year.  Not only new stamp sets but also new ribbons, brads, punches, builder rollers, and of course the Big Shot from the mini catalogue to name a few.  If you enjoy sewing then we now have material which matches our colours and also matches stamp sets.  However you don't need to sew to use the material as this can add a lovely accent to cards as shown in our new catalogue (after all it is an idea book too!).  Combined with the Big Shot the projects that you can achieve are endless.

As if having the new catalogue for October wasn't enough we also have an exciting promotion too!  Have you ever thought about becoming a demonstrator yourself?  Well this might just be the incentive for you because if you join in the month of October then you will receive the 5 new in colour ink pads and matching cardstock (20 sheets, 4 of each colour) as part of your starter kit which has a value of £27.95.  The starter kit is already an amazing price of £119 for products worth in the region of £250.  This amazing starter kit can be tailored to your taste by allowing you to choose colours and stamp sets that you want.


Have a look at the flyer on my side bar. 

Finally I have a card to share with you today featuring one of the new stamp sets.  The challenge this week over at Less is More is to feature a colour on your card, the colour of your eyes.  My eyes are blue so here's my card - 



I decided Delicate Doilies was a good choice because your eyes have similar patterns if you look closely or is just mine? 


As we all like sparkly eyes I used Shimmery White card stock.  It really does give a subtle shimmer as you can see below (hopefully!)




I stamped the large doily in Bashful Blue and the smaller in Marina Mist.  I liked the closeness of the two colours.  Friends is from Tiny Tags.  The front panel was layered onto the card base using Dimensionals.

Well thanks for looking tonight and one more thing I'm excited about - it's my birthday tomorrow!  Better turn in soon as I'm sure I'll be woken early with a rendition of Happy Birthday from my children! x 


Here's the supply list -
All Stampin' Up!

Card - Shimmery White
Ink - Bashful Blue, Marina Mist
Stamps - Delicate Doilies, Tiny Tags
Punch - Corner Rounder
Other - Dimensionals 






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