Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Perfect Postage Manly Birthday


A masculine Birthday card today using Delightful Dozen and Perfect Postage.  I thought it would be fun to use the candle cake stamp for a male.  So I followed the colours over at Simply Stampin'.  


Aren't these fab together?  I stamped the birthday sentiment from Delightful Dozen in River Rock.  The candle cake is stamped in Not Quite Navy and punched it out with the co-ordinating Postage Stamp punch.  It was then popped up on a couple of Dimensionals.  This was matted onto Early Espresso.  I made three extra postage stamps using Solid Stripes in River Rock and Not Quite Navy.

Hope your week is going well.  x  

Supplies Used
All Stampin' Up! 

Card - Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink - Not Quite Navy, River Rock
Stamp - Perfect Postage, Delightful Dozen, Solid Stripes
Punch - Postage Stamp

If you would like to order any of the above or the other supplies from the current catalogues then please get in touch either by e mail ails300@btinternet.com or call 07827923123.  I would be delighted to help you with your crafty projects.  Oh and don't forget to let me know which one of the free sets you would like if your order reaches £45. x



Sunday, 29 January 2012

Perfect Postage Bunny


"Hopping" in with a quick post today. 

A clean and simple Birthday card using Perfect Postage stamp set. Doesn't the little bunny look cute holding his balloon?  He's having a little rest before hopping on over to the birthday party.

Looks a nice day where he is, fluffy white clouds in a blue sky.  Unfortunately not the same for us, we have a grey rainy day.  Perfect for crafting though! 

I've followed the sketch over at LESS IS MORE - 


Here's how I made the card - 

The card base is Whisper White with a panel of Concord Crush.  I then made my scene on a smaller panel of Whisper White.  Firstly I inked up the bunny stamp using my Stampin' Write Markers - his body in Concord Crush and the Balloon in Poppy Parade.  I then stamped him and masked him using a post it note.  I added some Pear Pizzazz grass for him to stand on and sponged more Pear Pizzazz from my ink pad to make the hill and background using a post it mask for the horizon.  The sky is Pool Party and Island Indigo using the icing from Create A Cupcake to make a mask for the clouds.   My sentiment is also from Create A Cupcake and it's in Poppy Parade to match in with the colour of the balloon. 

I really enjoyed making the scene in a narrow band and love the way it's turned out.  Hope despite whatever weather you are having today, that you are also having fun. x 

Supplies Used 
All Stampin' Up!

Card - Whisper White, Concord Crush
Ink - Pool Party, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz
Stamps - Perfect Postage, Create A Cupcake
Markers - Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush, Poppy Parade

If you would like to order any of the above or the other supplies from the current catalogues then please get in touch either by e mail ails300@btinternet.com or call 07827923123.  I would be delighted to help you with your crafty projects.  Oh and don't forget to let me know which one of the free sets you would like if your order reaches £45. x





Friday, 27 January 2012

Finally a Cupcake!


Finally I've made an actual cupcake with my Create a Cupcake set.  I've followed the sketch over at CAS-ual Fridays.


I stamped the base of the cupcake in Early Espresso and the icing in Pretty in Pink.  Then punched out using the Cupcake Builder Punch.  The little cherry on top was punched out of Red Glimmer Paper.  This paper is so sparkly and you only need a touch here and there to glam up a project.  And no mess!  The glitter is set into the paper. 

I built up my cupcake on a square of Early Espresso, popping the icing up on a Dimensional.  Then matted it onto Pretty in Pink.  This was added onto a Whisper White panel that I embossed with the Square Lattice Folder.  I made a flag tag for my sentiment out of Pretty in Pink adding a strip of Whisper White from my scraps folder.  The Happy Birthday is also from the same stamp set and was stamped in Real Red.  

The card base is Early Espresso.

Another cold but bright day.  Hope your day is going well. x

Supplies Used
All Stampin' Up! 

Card - Early Espresso, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ink - Early Espresso, Pretty in Pink, Real Red
Stamp - Create a Cupcake
Punch - Cupcake Builder
Embossing Folder - Square Lattice
Other - Red Glimmer Paper, Dimensionals

If you would like to order any of the above or the other supplies from the current catalogues then please get in touch either by e mail ails300@btinternet.com or call 07827923123.  I would be delighted to help you with your crafty projects.  Oh and don't forget to let me know which one of the free sets you would like if your order reaches £45. x



Thursday, 26 January 2012

I {heart} Hearts Valentine's


More fun using the I (heart} Hearts stamp set this time using more of the hearts in the set.  

I've teamed up Early Espresso, Real Red and Blushing Bride.  The Real Red panel was embossed with Perfect Polka Dots.  

My front panel was Spritzed using Poppy Parade and Blushing Bride.  I then stamped and masked my hearts.  The woodgrain heart was stamped again, cut out and popped up on some Dimensionals.  I added some Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon.  The wooden button was salvaged from a Christmas card I received and attached to the ribbon with some glue dots.  I stamped the little heart and sentiment from Tiny Tags and punched out with the Jewellery Tag.  

Want to earn some free stamps?  You can through Sale-A-Bration.  For every £45 you can choose one of four stamp sets or a set of designer series papers.  Check out the leaflet on my side bar.  Hostesses can also earn free stamps in addition to their normal benefits.  It's a great time to join Stampin' Up! add a free stamp set to your starter kit. 

Been a strange day.  Kept dot off school as she was sent home yesterday with a note saying she hadn't been feeling well.  Sore throat and a bit dehydrated.  Then got call at lunch time today to pick up my son as he wasn't feeling well.  He did look a funny colour and promptly threw up when we got home.  So not much normal work done.  But thankfully both have perked up now. 

Supply List
All Stampin' Up!

Card - Early Espresso, Real Red, Whipser White
Ink - Real Red, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride
Stamps - I {heart} hearts, Tiny Tags
Embossing Folder - Perfect Polka Dots
Punch - Jewellery Tag
Other - 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Spritzer Tool, Button from my stash, Glue Dots




Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Paisley Petals in the In Colours


Good morning.  I've been having a play with this years In Colours and wanted to show how lovely they look together. 

I started with this gorgeous bloom from Paisley Petals stamped in Island Indigo.  I sponged Lucky Limeade around the center and then using my Blender Pen I picked up the other colours directly from their ink pads - Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party.  I then cut out the bloom using my Paper Snips.  

The card base is Island Indigo and I added a border along the top with Pool Party and Calypso Coral.  The top edge was punched using Scallop Edge Border and the Calypso Coral strip was stamped in the same ink with the leaf stamp.  

The rectangle panel is Pool Party with Whisper White.  I stamped Happy Birthday in Calypso Coral using For my Family stamp set.  

Attached my flower off one edge and added Pool Party Designer Printed Brads.  

I followed the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  At least my entry will be in on time this week! 


Here's a photo of the inside.  I wanted to cover the backs of the brads so carried on the idea of the border from the front.





Thanks to my new followers for choosing to follow my blog.  I hope to see you popping in often and I really appreciate your comments.

Had a look at Sale-A-Bration yet?  If not check out the leaflet on my side bar. 

Here's one way you could earn those free stamp sets - 

Paisley Petals Clear* £18.95 + Card Stock and Classic Pad In Colour Kit £27.95 = 1 free stamp set

*Remember you need to have acrylic blocks to use clear stamps  


Supplies Used
All Stampin' Up!

Card - Island Indigo, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Whisper white
Ink - Island Indigo, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade
Stamps - Paisley Petals, For my Family
Punch - Scallop Edge Border
Other - Designer Printed Pool Party Brads, Blender Pen

If you would like to order any of the above or the other supplies from the current catalogues then please get in touch either by e mail ails300@btinternet.com or call 07827923123.  I would be delighted to help you with your crafty projects.  Oh and don't forget to let me know which one of the free sets you would like if your order reaches £45. 





Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Wooden Heart


Good morning all. 

 It's the start of Sale-a-Bration today.  Free stamps anyone?  Have a look at the brochure on my side bar or at the bottom of this post.  There are 4 lovely stamp sets to choose from and a set of beautiful designer series papers.  Best time to order Stampin' Up! is now.  Sale-A-Bration runs until the 31.3.12.  But before you dash off to look at the free stamps, here's how I made my card for today. 

I had such fun playing with this combo of colours that I've used it again today. Early Espresso card base and a panel of Riding Hood Red stamped with the Woodgrain stamp in Early Espresso.  The main panel is Very Vanilla mounted onto Early Espresso then mounted onto Blushing Bride.  The heart is from I {heart} hearts in Riding Hood Red.  I chose the heart shape with the woodgrain to match the larger panel.  

To finish off I added a strip of Early Espresso punched at one end with a square punch.  You just insert it into one corner.  I attached a Real Red button with some linen thread knotted through it.  I stamped Love from Pennant Parade in Whisper White.  

Here's how I decorated the inside.


The sentiment on the inside is from Delightful Dozen




I followed the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and as I've used the same colours as yesterday I'm also going to put it into The Friday Mashup as well.


Edit:  Woops missed the dead line for Freshly made Sketches but never mind it was fun playing along with the sketch anyway! 




Fancy a look at those free stamp sets now?



Aren't they fab?  

Here's an example to earn one of the free sets in the above leaflet -

I {heart} hearts £25.95 wood + Woodgrain £16.95 wood + Linen Thread £3.75 = 1 freebie from Sale-A-Bration 

Thanks for your visit and I hope you have a good day.  Happy Crafting. x 

Supplies Used
All Stampin' Up! 

Card - Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla
Ink - Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Stamps - Woodgrain, I {heart} hearts, Delightful Dozen, Pennant Parade
Punch - 1 1/4" square
Other - Brights Button, Linen Thread

If you would like to order any of the above or the other supplies from the current catalogues then please get in touch either by e mail ails300@btinternet.com or call 07827923123.  I would be delighted to help you with your crafty projects. x 





Monday, 23 January 2012

Fruit and Flowers Best Wishes



The Friday Mashup this week is all about colour - Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red, and Blushing Bride.  You can create a project with these colours or use paper piercing or mash it up and do both.  I've combined this with the sketch challenge over at Simply Stampin' - 


I love these colours together, they are so yummy.  I've made a best wishes card but it could pass for lots of occasions. 

My card base is Riding Hood Red.  I matted Early Espresso onto Blushing Bride after embossing it with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.  I then punched out 6 squares of Blushing Bride using the 1 3/8" square punch and 6 squares of Very Vanilla with the 1 1/4" square punch.  I corner rounded two edges on each of the Very Vanilla squares and sponged the edges with Riding Hood Red.  The flower is from Fruit and Flowers.  It was first stamped in Blushing Bride and the edges rolled in Riding Hood Red. The sentiment square was stamped with the flower in Blushing Bride only and was stamped off first so it faded into the background.  The sentiment itself is from Silhouette Sentiments and stamped in Riding Hood Red.  

Tomorrow is the launch of SALE-A-BRATION.  

This is one of the best times so stock up on your Stampin' Up! goodies because -

For every £45 spent you receive a stamp set for free!  
Host a party and if your workshop reaches a sales total of £300 then you receive a stamp set for free in addition to all the usual hostess benefits. 
Join Stampin' Up! for only £119 and choose any current stamp set within the current catalogues for free! 

So do call back tomorrow when I will post the brochure so you can look over the gorgeous free stamp sets and also this year there is the choice of a set of designer series papers.

Thanks for calling in today, look forward to seeing you tomorrow. x 

Supplies Used
All Stampin' Up! 

Card - Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla
Ink - Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride
Stamps - Fruit and Flowers, Silhouette Sentiments (now retired)
Punch - Corner Rounder, 1 3/8" square, 1 1/4" square
Embossing Folder - Vintage Wallpaper
Other - Sponge Dauber

If you would like to order any of the above or the other supplies from the current catalogues then please get in touch either by e mail ails300@btinternet.com or call 07827923123.  I would be delighted to help you with your crafty projects. x



Sunday, 22 January 2012

Be my Valentine Owls


Feeling romantic?  My little owls are.  They are gazing at each other adoringly!  

I've made this card for the Less is More challenge blog which has a theme of "cut it out" for this week.  

Here's the inside of my card.  


I started with a Crumb Cake card blank and stamped it with Woodgrain in Early Espresso.  I also stamped the back of the card with this.  I then trimmed the front panel to roughly half.  I punched a hole with the 1 3/4" circle punch.  I attached a Whisper White panel.  Then it was time to have fun making up my little owls using the Owl Builder punch.  One was punched out using Early Espresso card and the other Crumb Cake.  The vests came from the Brights Paper Stack.  For my Owl in the tree I placed him on a branch of Certainly Celery punch using the Bird Builder punch.  I added my sentiment below in Early Espresso from the Delightful Dozen stamp set.   

We have such a lot of lovely sentiment stamp sets in the catalogue this year.  They really are worth a look.  This particular set has 12 stamps covering most occasions with a super variety of fonts.  (122650 Wood £29.95 or 122652 Clear £23.95)

I thought I'd share with you a conversation I had with my 9 year old daughter the other morning.  I was reading out the school menu to see if she wanted a dinner ticket or a pack lunch.  I got down to the puddings and had barely finished when she said "School".  "Mmmm", I said "Perhaps I didn't need to read the whole menu only the puddings!".   "Yes", she said "All I heard was Blah, Blah, Blah apple crumble!"  Cheeky monkey!! 

I'd also like to say Thank You to Simpy stampin' for choosing my card as one of their top 3.  Thanks girls x. You can see my card here

Hope you are having a good day.  I'm enjoying our sunshine even with the hard frost and small amount of snow.  Take care. x 

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

Card - Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Certainly Celery, Real Red, Blushing Bride
Ink - Early Espresso
Stamp - Delightful Dozen, Woodgrain
Punch - Owl Builder, Bird Builder, 1 3/4" circle

If you would like to order any of the above or the other supplies from the current catalogues then please get in touch either by e mail ails300@btinternet.com or call 07827923123.  I would be delighted to help you with your craft projects. x

Friday, 20 January 2012

Paisley Petals goes chic!


Don't you think cards in black and white always look so chic?  At least I do. 

Over at CAS-ual Fridays the theme is black and white.  I had one idea mulling around then went in a completely different direction as I spied my ironing board cover! 

 I looked for a suitable stamp and came up with Paisley Petals.   I thought the intricate design would look great embossed.  So I embossed it in black first on Whisper White using Versamark and Black Embossing Powder.  Then again on Basic Black card with White Embossing Powder adding a few extra stamps from the set.  I then attached the black piece onto the white matching up the design.  Some narrow Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, which is trimmed with white, is attached to the Whisper White panel with a tied knot to finish off.  The Whisper White panel was then attached to Basic Black card stock. 


So now the ironing board is up I better actually go do some ironing! Lol. 

Supply List
All Stampin' Up! 

Card - Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink - Versamark
Stamp - Paisley Petal
Other - White and Black embossing powder, 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon

If you would like any Stampin' Up! supplies then I'd be delighted to assist you.  Send me an e mail on ails300@btinternet.com or call on 07827923123.  I'd love to hear from you. 








Thursday, 19 January 2012

Motorcycle in the Snow


Well we did get snow this morning.  But thankfully it didn't stay for long.  

So as we had a bit of white I thought this was the perfect time to show you the Christmas card that I made for my Hubby.  

It's a 6" by 6" card in Basic Black with a Real Red mat.  The Whisper White panel was stamped with the single tree from Lovely as a Tree and some clouds and snow banks sponged in.  The Motorcycle was embossed in silver and cut out.  I coloured it in Real Red using my Stampin' Write marker and added Glossy Accents to give the coloured areas a shine.  Some torn Whisper White along the bottom adds some extra snow. 

The sentiment is from For my Family and stamped in Real Red.

I wanted to share some craft cards that I received from some craft pals.



Love the gold scalloped circle and Santa with his cheery cheeks.  Thanks Suze.


And this is from another friend, Sandra, love the hand drawn feel. 

Have a good day and stay cosy. x 

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Rainbow Top Note



Lovely sunny day for us here so thought I'd make a bright card and join in the challenge at RUNWAY INSPIRED.  A new one for me although I've been watching it with interest.  Here's the photo inspiration - 


You would certainly stand out in that dress! 

So onto my card.  I had fun getting inky and went with the following colours for my rainbow - Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant and Rich Razzleberry. 

I swiped stripes across my Whisper white card using a Sponge Dauber and attached to a Basic Black Card base.  My frame is half a Top Note die cut and was attached over the rainbow panel using Dimensionals after I stamped my sentiment in Basic Black.  The sentiment is from a brill hostess set Happiest Birthday Wishes.  An additional rainbow strip was added below with Brads from the Brights selection. 

As I've used a die on this card, I'm would also like to enter it into this weeks challenge at SIMPLY STAMPIN which is to die for.  You only have to use one Stampin Up! image or sentiment to enter so why not give it a go. 

 I hope you've enjoyed looking here as much as I  enjoyed making this card.  

Here's what was required to make this card - 

Card - Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink - Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry
Stamps - Happiest Birthday Wishes
Die - Top Note
Other - Dimensionals, Brights Brads 
If you would like any of the above supplies and have your order delivered directly to your door anywhere in the UK then all you have to do is contact me on ails300@btinternet.com  or 07827923123.  

The weather man says we might have snow tomorrow, hope he's got it wrong! Thanks for your visit, take care and stay warm. x 




Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Faith in Nature


Hi hope your day has gone well.  A quick post this evening.   

Here's the card and holder that we made in class today.  We used the Hostess stamp set Faith in Nature.  You can't buy these sets but you can receive them free when you host a party with £150 sales or put in a personal sale of the same.  Another way is to gather up some orders from friends and family and as long as you reach the correct sales you can benefit from the hostess pounds to spend as you like in the catalogues.  If you don't think you know many people interested in crafting then why not join in with my Virtual Hostess Club. When it comes round to your month then you will be able to choose out of the hostess sets with out having to have a party.  You can see more information on this using the page tab along the top of my blog.  A new club will be starting in April.

Back to my card and this beautiful stamp set.  As you can see we stamped the leaf randomly on the Whisper White and corner rounded two corners then made a topper.  The topper is an Elegant Eggplant scallop punched circle.  Then Certainly Celery punched out with the 1 3/8" punch.  Finally just the flower head was stamped in Elegant Eggplant and punched out with the 1 1/4" circle.  We stamped the flower head again this time cutting out just the flower and attaching with a Dimensional and a Basic Rhinestone in the center. 

The main panel was mounted onto Elegant Eggplant which was attached to a Perfect Plum card base. 

I thought it would be nice to make a holder for the various cards that we make.  I got the template for the box from here.  Whilst there take a look round, as Jo has lots of lovely items. The box is also Perfect Plum with the same decoration as the card but has a frill of Certainly Celery punched out with the Eyelet Border.

This started out a quick post but I've waffled on a bit!  Thanks for coming by. x 

Supplies Required
All Stampin' Up! 

Card - Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Certainly Celery
Ink - Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery
Stamp - Faith in Nature
Punch - Eyelet Border, 1 3/8 circle, 1 1/4" circle, Scallop Circle, Corner Rounder
Other - Dimensionals, Basic Rhinestone
  


Monday, 16 January 2012

Paisley Petals Thank You


A Thank You card for you today.  This is a great way to use up your Designer Paper Scraps.  I've used a fab set called Paisley Petals.  This is the same set of papers that I used on my scrapbook page posted earlier.

As you can see I've kept it all quite simple by layering strips of paper and mounting onto Marina Mist with some Marina Mist Grosgrain Ribbon and Basic Pearls.  The scalloped edge I  made by lining up 1" punched circles.  I made a tag to slip in by stamping Paisley Petals in Baja Breeze and over the top Curly Cute Thank You in Marina Mist.  A small pearl and ribbon finishes off.  The card base is also Baja Breeze.

I've matched my card to two fab challenges this week -
CAS-ual Fridays which is to use scallops and
The Friday Mashup which is a Thank You week and you can mash it up with patterned papers.

I do hope you've enjoyed stopping by and I'd like to pass on a Thank You to Red Squirrel for choosing to follow me.  Happy Crafting. x

Supplies Used
All Stampin' Up!

Card - Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Ink - Baja Breeze, Marina Mist
Stamps - Paisley Petals, Curly Cute
Punch - 1" circle, Large Tag, Extra Large Tag
Other - Marina Mist 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Pearls



Saturday, 14 January 2012

A little birdy says Happy Valentine's


Well I don't really know what he's saying!  But it doesn't matter cos it's in French and that's the language of love....

For this card I've put together a few stamp sets.  The french words are from French Foliage (so he's probably twittering on about autumn!!) and my little hero is from one of the frames in Four Frames.  I used my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to just pick out the little bird and stamped onto my Whisper White card base.  I then again using a Stampin' Write Marker this time in Real Red I inked up the heart from Tiny Tags.  I like the way the ink pools on the stamp and gives a bit of depth when stamping.  Stampin' Write Markers are great for this and picking out just the details you want stamped.  I then masked both the heart and bird and stamped the word in Basic Grey after stamping off first.  This was to make the background a little more subtle.  The Mr & Mrs also from Tiny Tags was again inked with my black marker then stamped off a couple of times before punching out using the Jewellery Tag Punch.  A Basic Rhinestone gem anchors the tag to the heart.

This is for the LESS IS MORE challenge this week to use birds.

Thanks for stopping in by.  I love to read your comments they are very much appreciated. x

Supplies used
All Stampin' Up!

Card - Whisper White
Ink - Basic Grey
Stamps - Four Frames, French Foliage, Tiny Tags
Punch - Jewellery Tag
Other - Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, Basic Rhinestone

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Thanks so Much Create A Cupcake


I'm joining in the challenge over at FRESHLY MADE SKETCHES again this week.  The sketch is below -  


And I've decorated the middle - 


Hee Hee hearts are a bit wonky but I think it's cute.

Again I'm using the Create A Cupcake stamp set and still no cupcakes!!  It's January everyone's on a diet. Lol! 

My colour scheme today came from my Colour Coach.  I started with River Rock for my flower holder and matched Cherry Cobbler and Marina Mist with it.  Not colours I would have picked myself but it comes out cheery and colourful I think.  

Cherry Cobbler card base with Marina Mist for the mats.  The strips have the little heart stamp repeated in River Rock.  The main panel is Shimmery White card stock.  The circle of Cherry Cobbler flowers was punched using the 1 3/4" punch then I used the Circles Originals Die to create the matt.  

The flower base was stamped and then using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig I added the Marina Mist bow.  It was punched out using the Cupcake Builder Punch.  A Basic Rhinestone gem gives a little added sparkle.

My sentiment is from Pocket Silhouettes stamped in Cherry Cobbler.  

Hope you've enjoyed looking today and I can't wait to come visit you too. x 


Supplies Used
All Stampin' Up! used unless otherwise stated

Card  - Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Shimmery White
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, River Rock, Marina Mist
Stamps - Create a Cupcake, Pocket Silhouettes
Die - Circles Originals
Punch - Cupcake Builder, 1 3/4" punch
Other - Basic Rhinestone


Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Create a Cupcake Valentine's Card




And no frosting or a single calorie in sight!  Let me explain -   

As I've already said I really like purple so thought I would have another go at LESS IS MORE which is predominantly purple week. 

On my desk was the Create A Cupcake stamp set and the fabby Cupcake Builder Punch.  You can get both of these in the new Spring Mini Catalogue.  I love it when stamp sets have co-ordinating punches.  However you'll notice that I haven't built a cupcake after all.  Although I'm sure it would also make a fantastic Valentine's card.  

Instead I noticed that the cupcake topping stamp looks a lot like a cloud and it all went from there.  I used the punch to punch out a post it mask and sponged Concord Crush around it.  I placed this onto a matt of Elegant Eggplant. This was in turn mounted onto Whisper White and attached to the Perfect Plum card base.  The hearts are also from Create a Cupcake and were stamped in Blushing Bride then cut out with some glitter added.  One heart was popped up on a Dimensional. 

I'm so excited to tell you about how I made the sentiment.  It's also from Create A Cupcake but I only stamped part of it.  The full sentiment is "There's something fabulous about your birthday (must be you!)".  For the front I only used There's something fabulous by colouring directly onto the stamp using my Concord Crush Stampin' Write Marker pen. It was then punched out with the Modern Label Punch and popped up on dimensionals. 


I then got to wondering how it would look as a one layer.  So here's the result.  Same as before but only 3 clouds and this time I sponged with Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum as well as the Concord Crush.  The hearts were stamped with Blushing Bride onto the same card stock and cut out.  I covered these hearts with Glossy Accents and sprinkled on some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  


Here's a picture of how I finished the sentiment inside.



So that's it for me tonight.  Next time your looking at your stamp sets see if you find something else you can do with them.  Hope your week is going well and thanks for coming over.  I really appreciate your visit. x 

Supplies Used
All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated

Card - Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Blushing Bride
Ink - Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Concord Crush, Blushing Bride
Stamps - Create a Cupcake 
Punch - Cupcake Builder, Modern Label
Other - Sponge Daubers, Glitter, Glossy Accents, Dimensionals

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

New Year's Day Walk and Paisley Petals




Each year on New Year's Day we go for a walk.  My Aunt and my Mum come too, along with my Aunt's dog Teddy.  No exceptions unless there's a Doctor's note -  Hee Hee.   

This year was very pleasant due to the mild weather we've been having.  No snow to contend with and with the sun shining it was hard to believe it was the first of January. 

I love to scrapbook but sadly it's been neglected this past year or two.   As my resolution is to be better organised this year, I have decided to give myself a kick start by scrapping the 1st of Jan.  In fact I've decided to try to scrap a photo taken each month and at the end of the year hopefully I'll have a journal of our year.  I'm also hoping that this will get the old mojo going and perhaps I can tackle the mountain of photos waiting to be scrapped. 

Would you like to join me on my quest?  We could keep each other motivated.  I've put together a kit with the papers I've used for this month.


Each month I'll select a new set of designer papers.  You'll receive 6 12"x12" card stock, 6 12"x12" double sided pattern paper and some embellishments.  For this months kit I've enclosed 3m Whisper White Organza Ribbon and some brights brads.  The cost is £15 plus postage and packing.  

So if you fancy joining in drop me an email on ails300@btinternet.com or call me on 07827923123 by the 16th January and perhaps we will get this year scrapped! 



Supplies Used
All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated

Card - Not Quite Navy, Whisper White textured 
Papers - Paisley Petals
Ink - Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, Uni-ball Signo Gel Pen
Dies - Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Top Note
Punch - Scallop Edge Border
Other - Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Brights Brads

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Fruit and Flowers and a lot of purple!


I love purple, I also like green, pink, blue, red........  perhaps red is my favourite colour but purple comes as a strong second.  Do you have a favourite colour?

For me it was no hardship to do this weeks challenge at LESS IS MORE which is to be predominantly PURPLE.  I've teamed this challenge with FRESHLY MADE SKETCHES and here's the sketch I followed - 


So onto my card.  I've used Elegant Eggplant as my card base with Perfect Plum as a matt.  Before attaching the matt I used post its to mask off a strip.  I stamped the group of flowers/ leaves from Fruit and Flowers to make a pattern.  The same stamp was used to make a pattern on the Very Vanilla in Perfect Plum by stamping off on some scrap several times.  My thanks so much is from Pocket Silhouettes in Elegant Eggplant.  

Then comes the fun toppers.  I love this flower and I'm sure I'll use it often.  For this card I stamped it in Elegant Eggplant and Perfect Plum.  Then cut them out using my paper snips.  The middles are the fabby In Colour Designer Printed Brads.  So much you could do with these middles - buttons, glitter, glimmer brads or just stamped in another colour.  Loads of possibilities.

Go check out Fruit and Flowers, one of the many fabulous new sets from the Spring Mini Catalogue.  This is the first year we've had a Spring Mini and it's well worth a look with lots of new items such as the Simply Adorned range.  This range includes jewellery, charms keys and crowns which will make a fab addition to your projects. 


The Spring mini runs from 4th January until 30th April.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I look forward to seeing your projects too. x 

Monday, 2 January 2012

Aff the tree and a Happy New Year


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

May the best ye hae ivver seen be the warst ye'll ivver see.
May the moose ne'er lea' yer girnal wi a tear-drap in its ee.
May ye aye keep hail an hertie till ye'r auld eneuch tae dee.
May ye aye juist be sae happie as A wuss ye aye tae be.



A wee scottish saying to wish you all the best in the New Year.  Here's the translation if you need it - 

May the best you have ever seen be the worst you will ever see.
May the mouse never leave your grain store with a tear drop in its eye.
May you always stay hale and hearty until you are old enough to die.
May you still be as happy as I always wish you to be.



Now onto explain "Aff the Tree".  A very good friend of mine explained one of her family Christmas traditions.  Each year they receive a small gift from off the tree or rather "Aff" the Tree.  Over the years this has just become another small gift from under one families tree to another.  However I presume that originally it was a gift that was actually on the tree.  So this year I made my own Aff the tree gifts for everyone.  Each was labelled with the recipients name and said from The Tree but they knew it was me! 

Here's a close up - 


Each one was decorated differently.  I used the Petal Cone Bigz Die which was really easy to put together.  I used some Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper round the top of the cones.  Then added a topper to the fronts.  The rosette is made by using the Lace Border Punch and wrapping it round to make a circle. 

You can fill these with quite a lot.  I put a couple of mini sweeties in each and a little gift particular to each person.  Everyone enjoyed them so much I may have just started a new family tradition of a gift from the tree!

You could make these too and delight your family.  They are so easy and make great decorations or table favours. 

So that just leaves me to say 

Lang may yer lum reek! 

Thanks for visiting and I wish you all the best for 2012. x  

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