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

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