Monday, 31 October 2011


I've never been into celebrating Halloween (but would rather post about this for a change rather than Christmas!), and this year is no different really... however I love all the sweets, chocolates and bits and pieces that you can buy in the shops at this time of year!  Hopefully I won't have to share any of the goodies with trickle treaters tonight...

There are lots of Halloween themed items in the Stampin' Up! catalogue as it is becoming so popular in the UK these days.  I made a Halloween sample as a token gesture for our attempt at halloween celebrations over the weekend in the Lake District :). 

The 'scary' banner was inspired by Bekka Prideaux and uses the Halloween designer papers cut with the Perfect Pennants die.  The lettering is stamped in Basic Black using the Broadsheet Alphabet stampset.

Bunting is becoming hugely popular for parties, day to day decoration and in my sunroom (it seems!).  So why not make some for an upcoming event using designer papers or the new Stampin' Up! fabrics... contact me to place your order.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Easy events box set with scraps

Happy Sunday!

I'll be on my way back home today... I have been in the Lake District making use of my Aunt/Uncle's holiday let, with friends for the weekend.

Here is the set of cards that I made for my Aunt as a thank you gift.

The box is based on the pizza box idea that I got from my Upline (Cate) and adapted slightly for a class sometime ago (see past class details here).  The cards are 10 x 10 cm in size and fit into the mini envelopes, all of which can be concealed inside the cute box.

I've decorated the box with a square of Very Vanilla cardstock stamped with the Christmas image (but without the sentiment) in Chocolate Chip ink, then mounted the panel onto a square of brights DSP (Old Olive spots).  The image is coloured with subtles markers using a blender pen.  The sentiment is from the Just Believe stampset and the flowers are made with the Boho Blossoms punch.

The cards were made from a variety of scraps of DSP and cardstock from the brights and subtles packs...

I still have space at my Cards for all Occasions class that uses the Easy Events stampset, next Saturday (5th November) at 10.30am. Check out my classes page for more if you are interested in booking to attend. 

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Easy events ... sort of

Hopefully if the weather is bearable I will be climbing one or two of the Wainwright mountains in the Lake District today.  There are 214 fells/mountains listed in the books by Alfred Wainwright and I have so far climbed only 11 of them!  I hope to complete all 214 in my lifetime, in memory of my late partner, Nick, as he had always said he wanted to do this... next month is the anniversary so I thought it was time to start and a few friends are joining me so it should be fun :).

Anyway, onto todays project which uses the tree stamp from the Easy Events stampset.  I've used the image only and stamped this 3 times in Wild Wasabi ink onto a Sahara Sand tall card base.

The garden themed image is created from cutting out scraps of card in a watering can shape inked with Sahara Sand/Wild Wasabi ink using a sponge dauber; a flower pot from Pumpkin Pie, run through the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder using the big shot machine; and some scraps of funky foan (not Stampin' Up!) cut into welly shapes.  I've mounted the items onto a square of Wild Wasabi DSP and matted it with Certainly Celery and then Wild Wasabi cardstock.

I've used the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet die to cut the 70 numbering in Pumpkin Pie.

Friday, 28 October 2011

40th birthday cake


Hi all, I hope you are having a good week, I'm off to the Lake District today for a long weekend so have scheduled some posts for you whilst I am away that use the new Easy Events set.

For the card above, I have inked up the 'cake' image in Chocolate Chip and stamped onto a panel fo Whisper White before mounting onto a piece of Wisteria Wonder from the new 'In Colours'.  I stamped and cut out just the cake part of the image and raised it up with a dimensional sticky pad and then water coloured with inks, adding a cherry cut from a scrap of Real Red cardstock, to finish.

I have cut a strip of the Cheerful Treat DSP (only available to purchase with hostess pounds) and added a 1cm strip of Wisteria Wonder at the base and a strip punched with the scallop trim border punch (both edges) across the top.

To personalise I have written 'Sam' under the Happy Birthday sentiment in Chocolate Chip ink and then cut a 40 out of Wisteria Wonder with an alphabet die.

If you want to get you hands on the cheerful treat designer papers why not host a workshop/party of your own and take advantage of the offer on these papers and other items, check out my home parties page for more.

I've got a class scheduled for 5th November which will give you a chance to make 4 different occasion cards using the Easy Events stamp set. Check out my classes page for more if you are interested in booking to attend. 

I will continue to take further bookings until the class is full (but you may have to wait until after the class date for your stampset to arrive). If you would like to attend the class but don't want the stampset this will be £6 to cover the cost of materials etc. Contact me to book your place.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Just under 2 months... go until Christmas.  The ladies attending my Christmas card club on Wednesday now have 30 cards ready with plenty of time before they need to think about sending them.  There are only 2 more sessions left on Wednesday evenings at 7pm, so let me know if you want to come along and join in the fun - full details can be found on my classes page.

Here is one of the cards we made last night.

The base was cut from Very Vanilla card stock using the scalloped circle die run through the big shot.  This is another easle style card which is created by folding the front of the card in half and then cutting a separate scalloped circle and adhering this to the folded half.  To stand this type of card you need something on the base to create the 'easle' and here I have used a tag raised on dimensional pads.  On the tag I have stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Petite Pairs stampset and then sponge daubered the edges - all in Chocolate Chip ink.

To create the main part of the card, I have used the wreath stamp from the Welcome Christmas stampset, inked in Wild Wasabi and stamped onto Certainly Celery cardstock and then coloured in the berries with a Real Red marker.  I've raised this up with a dimensional.

The bird was created using my favourite punch (2 step bird punch) on Sahara Sand cardstock and them sponge daubered with Chocolate Chip ink.  You will see that the red breast has been punched from Real Red card and added before sticking the wing on with a dimensional sticky pad.

The bottom part of the scallop has been decorated with a 4cm strip of the Holly Berry DSP and a piece of Real Red grosgain ribbon. 

I am so pleased with the finished card as it looks like it took ages... but as those of you who attended my Christmas card club will know, once you know how it's pretty quick to pull together... although it's certainly not a quick one to make when you have 5 to finish!

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Glass fusing

I'm not planning this to become something regular, but last Wednesday I shared something non Stampin' Up! with you so I thought why not continue the trend this week too... perhaps you will get some inspiration from it :).  Plus it gives me a break from Christmas ideas... *phew*

On Sunday I went to a glass fusing course.  I have done this before and really enjoyed being creative with a different medium, although last time I just made a few glass coasters... this time I tried a couple of dishes/bowls.

I quick trial coaster/dish to get me warmed up:

 There are 2 layers of glass and the design is created using glass powders, which you have to sprinkle through a sieve and shift around to get the desired effect.  I've also used some 'confetti' glass and glass beads as wanted to have a play before going for the fruit bowl.  The colours will change when fired so I'll try and remember to post the finished items when I get them back.

The fruit bowl was quite hard to do as I had to cut stencils for all the fruits and then layer them up on 2 separate sheets of glass and add some texture for stalks, pips and shadow etc... I'm hoping once fired the final result doesn't lose the textures that I added but we will see. 
Finally a flowery bowl... it should be pale pink and the flower is a deeper pink/purple colour - I hope :)!

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

More Christmas brayer action

Another Christmas (:()  card today... from last weeks Christmas card club session.  I was trying to come up with something quick as making 5 each of 2 designs each week seems to take quite a while.  However after having to punch out all the bits for the penguins and then cut the hats by hand, time was soon running away for us and my quick idea wasn't as quick as it should have been unfortunately.
The nights are getting cold and I have twice now had to scrape ice off my car (stupidly both times forgot to put it away in the garage!) so that is where the 'ice' inspiration came from for this card.  I've created an easle style base with a diagonal fold and cut a diagonal of Marina Mist cardstock  to look like water which has been raised up with dimensional sticky pads.  The edge of the standing part of the card has been inked with Marina Mist ink using a brayer over a torn strip of paper, inked twice to create a wave texture.

The penguins are stuck on using small tabs of folded card so that they stand out and 'hang' over the snow drift. 

Note that the sentiment is a silver peel off (NOT Stampin' Up!).

My next Christmas card club session is tomorrow at 7pm, and I can just about squeeze in one more person if you are interested in coming along, let me know by the end of the day... or if you cannot make it why not book a workshop/party with a Christmas theme instead.  Check out my classes and home parties pages for full details.

Monday, 24 October 2011

More Christmas crafting... this time with Pip

Saturday was a busy day with crafting events ... after helping out Amy, I went along to help out another fellow demonstrator, Pip with her craft event. 

I sense that Christmas is getting near, as Pip too (aswell as Amy - see yesterday's post) went for Christmas themed projects. 

We made another card using the Beautiful Season stampset and a couple of tree decorations, made using the pillow box die.  I adapted Pip's idea and just went with plain pillow box as a 'gift' box. 

One box cut from Always Artichoke cardstock features the tag stamp from the Beautiful Season stampset, punched with the Curly Tag punch.  The other box is cut from Real Red cardstock and features one of the stamps from the Tags Til Christmas stamp set. 

I love this die, as you can make boxes to your hearts content, oh and put 2 together to make a bigger box - see previous post for more.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Amy's make and take

Yesterday I went along to my crafting friend Amy's open house.  Here is the card we made using the Beautiful Season stampset.

Lots of techniques were used in this card:  Water colour effect colouring using inks and a blender pen; distressing the edges of the main panel and sentiment using a sponge dauber; a decorative strip punched from the new Lace Ribbon Border.

When I first saw this stampset in the new catalogue I thought it might be a bit too traditional for me... particularly given I am not a Christmassy person.  However I've seen lots of cards using this set now and there are 2 sentiments and a gift tag (with image and sentiment) for just £16.95 for the clear set and £20.95 for the wood mounted set.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Brayer time with dasher

Here is one of the cards from Wednsdays Christmas card club.  It features the dasher (individual) stamp in Chocolate Chip on a Chocolate Chip card base.

The ladies who attended the club really enjoy using some of the tools that they don't have of their own, including the Big Shot (embossing folder not a Stampin' Up! product) and a brayer.  The embossing folder has been inked with the brayer using Marina Mist ink before running a piece of the Whisper White card through the Big Shot to create a two tone background.  The sky behind dasher has also been created using the brayer.
Both these techniques are completely new to me too but I am definitely going to be incorporating this into more cards in future.

To finish the card we used some white glitter embossing powder on some of the snowflakes and on dasher's antlers to give them a bit of sparkle... 2 days later and I still keep finding glitter patches all over my house :)! 

The sentiment is from the Welcome Christmas stamp set which has some lovely images that I hope to use in at least one of the remaining club sessions.  If you would like to come along full details can be found on my classes page so contact me to book your place as space is limited.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Last chance to purchase Christmas card kit

Here is another card made using the Contempo Christmas stamp set which is included in my Christmas card kit offer.  The offer closes today so if you want to get this please contact me to place your order.

I have stamped the bauble in both the Real Red and Old Olive ink onto Whisper White card and cut up.  The green piece at the top of the card has been punched with the Eyelet punch and then decorated with basic rhinestones.  The baubles have been fixed with dimensional sticky pads and then the card was finished off with basic rhinestones and the Christmas is love .... sentiment stamped in Old Olive ink.

If you are interested in more ideas using this stamp set please have a look at the posts listed under the 'Contempo Christmas' label option.

Starter kit and Christmas kit offers

Please note: This post will remain at the top of this blog until 21st October - please scroll down to view my daily crafty posts.

Starter pack offer - Getting started Stampin' spots (mini ink pads), cardstock and a stamp set for just £45 (choice of 2 stamp sets).
Christmas kit offer - Cardstock, ink and a Christmas themed stamp set for just £25

These special offers are ideal for those of you that want to start building up your basic crafting stash or want to make your own Christmas cards this year - check out my offers page for full details. 

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Birthday boy

This card is a nice quick and simple one that uses the cake image from the Easy Events stampset.  I've layered up the stamped image and then mounted the panel onto Island Indigo cardstock.  The DSP is from the brights pack and I have punched circles using the owl punch 'eyes' from Island Indigo scraps and then adhered them in a row along the top of the DSP panel.

The letters were cut using the timeless type junior alphabet die run through my big shot.  I love how easy it is to cut lettering out with these dies... and they are great for personalising cards and gifts.

I've got a class scheduled for 5th November which will give you a chance to make 4 different occasion cards using the Easy Events stamp set. Check out my classes page for more if you are interested in booking to attend. 

Please note that to ensure you will have your stampset in time bookings need to be made by tomorrow.

I will continue to take further bookings until the class is full (but you may have to wait until after the class date for your stampset to arrive).  If you would like to attend the class but don't want the stampset this will be £6 to cover the cost of materials etc.  Contact me to book your place.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Something different

Last night I went along to a local scrapbook club to see if I could apply my creative skills to something a bit different.  None of the products we used were from Stampin' Up! however, I took along a couple of my punches as scrapbooking is ideal for these.

The class focussed on a number of techniques that use a product called Perfect Pearls and is similar to embossing, although the product is a much lighter powder and can be brushed on over Versamark ink to create a shimmery effect.

I haven't quite finished my page but I was so pleased with the fact that I was able to create something so easily that I have to share it here. 

You can see that I have used the Boho Blossoms punch for the flowers which I have layered up using the 3 different shapes - these have been inked with Versamark ink and brushed with the Perfect pearls to make them shimmer 'green'.  I have used the Scalloped trim border punch along the top of the black cardstock and mounted this behind the designer paper panel.

Stampin' Up! does a whole range of scrapbook specific products and numerous designer papers that would be idea for this too.  Check out page 100 of the catalogue for some ideas...

Tuesday, 18 October 2011


Today I have a male card to share with you using the motorcycle 'individual' stamp.

I have used the new 'In Colours' Island Indigo cardstock for the bottom panel and a piece of the DSP Brights striped paper in the Tempting Turquoise shade at the top.  The card base is Crumbcake.

The image is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink onto Whisper White card and coloured with Island Indigo.  I have then mounted it onto Chocolate Chip card stock.  To co-ordinate the sentiment (retired) has been inked in Chocolate Chip and I have embellished with Candi pieces (not Stampin' Up) but you could use brads instead.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Christmas card kit idea

Here is a card idea that you can make with the Christmas card kit that I have put together... see my Offers page.

  • Cut a piece of Whisper White 10 x 20 and fold in half to create the card base.
  • Cut a piece of Real Red 9.5cm x 9.5cm and stick to the card base. 
  • For the panel you will need a piece of Whisper White cut to 6 x 6cm and a piece of Old Olive cut to 6.5 x 6.5cm.
  • Note that I have used the Boho Blossoms punch on the corners of each of the Red and White panels.
  • Stamp the bauble image 3 times onto a piece of Whisper White card and cut each image out.  To create the 3D bauble you need to fold each image into half vertically.  Then take the first folded image and put glue on one half.  Then stick the second folded image onto this piece so that the edges line up.  Repeat the glue on the second piece as before and stick the last folded image onto this.
  • When you let go the bauble shape should unfold so that you have 3 sides showing and the back will be blank.  Glue the back and stick the bauble to the Whisper White square that you cut above.
  • Mount the completed panel onto the card then stamp the sentiment underneath.  I have used part of the Merry Christmas sentiment – just the word ‘Christmas’.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Training day make and take

As I missed the team training on Saturday last week ... sadly can't share the make and take with you.  However I saved up a project from last months training to share with you instead.

This is a mini card which uses Pear Pizzazz for the base.  A piece of Whisper White has been stamped using the dots,dots,dots stamp. The butterflies are cut from scraps of scraps of Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride  and Peach Parfait using the Beautiful Wings embosslits die on the big shot and these have been set on a Whisper White '1-3/4" circle.

The sentiment is from the Party This Way stampset and has been stamped onto a strip of Whisper White card and finished with a Basic Rhinestone on each side.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Punched reindeer

I have busy weekend planned catching up with friends so have scheduled a couple of posts for you to keep the ideas flowing.

I only got the owl punch recently and have some many ideas lined up to use it for... so I thought I would give a Christmas idea a go first, also as I needed another sample for my first Christmas card club which I had on Wednesday evening.

The reindeer head cut from Chocolate Chip is the owl's body with the feet cut off and then I have used the 2 step bird punch leaves as antlers (cut from Crumbcake card).  The eyes and nose are using the different circles on the owl punch too.

I have then cut a circle of DSP (brights) and mounted this on a scalloped circle cut from Chocolate Chip to frame the reindeer on.

The card base is Whisper White 12.5 x 12.5cm with the eyelet border punch used on the right hand edge and a 1cm strip of Tempting Turquoise stuck to the card back to bring out the border.  The 2 strips used for the background are 5cm and 4cm in Whisper White and Tempting Turquoise respectively which I have run through an embossing folder (not stamping up) and then mounted onto the card base before fixing the reindeer frame.

The sentiment is also not a Stampin' Up! stamp and I have inked this in Chocolate Chip onto a 3.5 x 5cm Whisper White panel and backed with a 4 x 5.5cm Chocolate Chip piece.  I have taken off the corners of the sentiment panels with the Boho Blossoms punch, using one of the petals of the medium flower.

This is a fun cute card and although the parts are a bit fiddly it's quite easy to make and use up scraps.

I have entered this into the Crafty Boots Challenge - 'animal theme', check out the design teams ideas as there is one featuring Stampin' Up! products.

Next week's club will make another 10 cards, 5 of each of  2 different designs using different techniques, so if you are interested in coming along contact me to book your place.

Note that we will start at 7pm (previously advertised from 7.30pm) - full details here.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Make and take with new colours

It was lovely to see some new faces at my new catalogue party last night.  Thank you to those of you who came along... the make and take project seemed to be well received, particularly as it's a great way to make use of the Contempo Christmas stamp set which is included in my Christmas Kit Offer that I am running until 21st October.

The card base is Whisper White cut to 10 x 20cm and folded in half.  I have then cut a piece of the Pool Party cardstock to 9.5 x 9.5cm and punched the corners with the Boho Blossoms punch and then mounted it to the base.

The image from the Contempo Christmas stamp set has been stamped in Island Indigo ink and cut out and then stuck upside down with a dimensional to a piece of Whisper White card measuring 7 x 5 cm and then mounted on a 7.5 x 5.5cm piece of Island Indigo card.  I stamped the Christmas tree pot in Chocolate Chip ink to create the basket and drew a few lines from the balloon down towards the basket and then fixed it with a dimensional.

I also prepared a sample with a 3D version of the balloon using 3 bauble images which everyone challenged themselves to and gave a go, so the simple 1 layer idea as shown in the photo became redundant... I was so pleased that everyone wanted to take up the challenge and do the slightly more complex idea :).

The sentiment is from the Happiest Birthday Wishes hostess stamp set on page 8 of the catalogue which includes 11 stamps!  This is only available to you in exchange for Hostess Pounds which you can earn from having your own workshop/party.  Check out my Home parties page for more details, I still have a couple of dates free at the end of this month and in November so contact me for availability.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Christmas card club session

Last night was the first of my Christmas card club sessions.  We made two cards, one of which was featured in my earlier post and is made using some of my Christmas Card Kit offer contents.

Having cut up the Real Red card into A5 pieces, these were folded to create A6 sized card bases.

The christmas tree image was then stamped 3 times in Old Olive ink onto a piece of Whisper White (9 x 5.8cm), using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line them up, and then stamped twice more onto some scrap card, along with just the pot in Real Red ink. 

The 2 trees and pot were then cut out and mounted onto the main image with dimensionals.  The middle tree has had some basic rhinestones added to give it a bit of bling.  The panel has then been mounted onto a piece of Old Olive card (9.5 x 6.3cm) before being stuck to the base.  Then I have used just the 'Christmas is' part of the sentiment, but the ladies varied theirs ...

Check back on Saturday for full details of the other card we made.

If you would like to attend any of the remaining weeks the club will be on Wednesdays at 7pm (previously advertised from 7.30pm) - full details here, just contact me to book your place.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Gift card holder

I saw a great idea on Amy's blog sometime ago which I have finally got round to giving a go...

The Basic Black card has been cut to 4” x 8” (scored at 4”) then folder in half and taped on each side after punching out a piece where the gift card will go.  I have then used some of the Brights DSP cut to 3 ¾” x 3 ¾ “ and 1 ¼ x 4” to decorate the front.
For the tab to hold it shut I have punched a circle using the 3/4" punch and then set this in place with just enough overlap to allow the top to be pushed behind it.  I finished this off with a button and added a oval punch to a scalloped oval and stamped the sentiment from the clearly for you stamp set.  A bow tied from Real Red Grosgain ribbon finishes this off so it's ready for the gift card to go inside.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

New 'In Colours' and save on postage

Every year Stampin' Up! introduce five new colours.  You can buy Cardstock, Inkpads, Markers, DSP, Ribbons and Brads'in the 2011-12 In Colors - check out page 90 of the new catalogue for full details.

On Thursday I have my new catalogue party at my home and there will be a make and take project using some of these new colours for you to try out.  If you haven't booked your place let me know by Wednesday (tomorrow) at the latest please.

If you would like to order any of the new 'In Colour' products or any other Stampin' Up! products and save on postage (normally £4.95) I will be placing an order on Thursday so if you let me know by then I will split the cost with you.  Contact me via email at

Monday, 10 October 2011

Owly box

I've got a bit of a mad week lined up so have been scratching around to check out what samples I have to share with you... with my Christmas card club starting on Wednesday and my new catalogue party on Thursday this week there will be lots to post afterwards but I don't want to spoil the surprise and share anything with you before those attending get to have a go first :).

So instead, something I have been saving up... because it is absolutely adorable and deserves a special post.  My Upline Cate made this cute owl from the big shot pillow box die back in August. Unfortunately it uses designer papers that have retired but there are plenty of papers in the new catalogue that would work just as well.

After running the cardstock through the big shot pillow box die, Cate has punched 3/4" circles for the stomach 'feathers', hearts for feet and beaks, ovals for wings and 1.25" circles plus 3/4" circles for eyes. 

This is one of my favourite swaps of all time...  I just need to invest in the punches in order to make some of my own :).

Sunday, 9 October 2011


Today I have a punch art card to share with you.  It uses the 2 step bird punch, which is my favourite as it is so versatile.  Check out the roses that I made here
Once again I have used the wing section of the punch to create petals, but this time for a sunflower. 

The background is from the Brights DSP and has been mounted on Chocolate Chip cardstock to match the stalk, leaves and sentiment. 

The sentiment is a non Stampin' Up! product as I made this card sometime ago, but the new catalogue has numerous new sentiments that I can't wait to share with you... particularly the hostess set Happiest Birthday Wishes which you can earn with just 16 hostess pounds. 

If you book a workshop and your guest sales exceed £150 you will get 25 hostess pounds to spend on a number of sets and/or the other products in the catalogue.  If your guest sales increase so do the hostess pounds that you have to spend.  Have a look at my Home Parties page for more.

Contact me if you want to book a FREE workshop in your home.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Christmas card club and offer

My Christmas card club starts next week and I still have a couple of places left for the first and second week, full details can be found here

I have tried to keep the first session fairly simple and each week more techniques and ideas will be introduced...

Please contact me if you are interested in coming along and giving it a try.

For those of you that don't live near me and can't attend the classes I have a special offer for you instead...

Christmas Kit offer – Only £25!
With this kit you will be able to make at least 40 A6 sized cards.  A sheet of ideas will be sent to you and there will be more samples posted on my site from time to time using this stampset to help you make the most of the pack contents.

Pack includes:
2 x Classic Stampin’ Pad’s in Real Red and Old Olive.  RRP £9.90.

24 sheets of A4 Smooth Card Stock in Real Red, Old Olive and Whisper White (8 sheets of each colour).  RRP £6.25 (although cannot be purchased in this combination as packs are sold in individual colours only).

Contempo Christmas stamp set – set of 4 stamps which includes 2 images and 2 sentiments and is a nice basic set which would be adequate to create all your Christmas cards for 2011.  RRP £12.95.

This offer will be available from me until 21st October so please contact me if you would like to take advantage of this.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Card from gift and tag class

Although my class last weekend was focussed on gifts and a wine bottle tag, there had to be a card in there somewhere.  This card is based on an idea that I got from Cate - I loved the way she had used the crop-a-dile to punch holes and then thread ribbon through... it creates a great effect and is a completely different way to use ribbon.

I cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock to 10.5cm x 21cm and folded it in half for the base.

Using a Crop-a-dile I punched holes at 1.5cm intervals along the edge of one side.

Then I threaded some Real Red grosgrain ribbon through the holes alternately and back through in the opposite direction and tied the ends in a knot.

The flower is made from 2 scalloped circles of DSP and cut round into the centre to create petals and stuck to the card base with adhesive on the first layer and a dimensional on the second layer.  I then added the flower imagine from the Every Little Bit stamp set on top.

I've finished the card off with a simple sentiment on a strip of Whisper White card.

A simple card but the ribbon threading is a bit fiddly...

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Wine bottle tag with scraps

You can make this wine bottle tag using scraps of cards.  I love using these for when going along to dinner parties as it just adds that little extra to turning up with a bottle of vino :).

Every Little Bit stamp set (120558);
Chocolate Chip ink pad(100908);
Rich Razzleberry marker pen (120970);
A4 smooth cardstock - Crumbcake (121685);
A4 smooth cardstock - Rich Razzleberry (119981);
A4 smooth cardstock - Old Olive (106576);
Boho Blossoms punch (119858);
Two-step Bird punch (117191);
*3.5cm circle punch (119860);
Rich Razzleberry striped grosgrain ribbon (retired);
Stampin' dimensionals (104430);
Basic Rhinestones (119246);

I have stamped the image randomly over the Crumbcake cardstock using the Chocolate Chip ink pad.  Then I have used a 4.4cm circle punch in the centre of the top part of the tag to create the hole to put over the bottle neck.

The flowers are punched from the Boho Blossoms punch and 2 sets of leaves from the 2 step bird punch.

Finish off with a length of ribbon tied in a bow, stick down using small strips of sticky strip.  I've used some retired ribbon but there are plenty of new ribbons in the new catalogue which will work just as well.

    Wednesday, 5 October 2011

    New catalogue party - Thursday 13th October at 7.30pm

    I'm a little behind on arranging this as I have been away for 3 weeks, but I've finally managed to find a date.  Next Thursday at 7.30pm.

    If you are interested in finding out more about Stampin' Up! products and how you can make your own cards (and allsorts of other things!) then why not book to come along to my FREE New catalogue party.

    There will be a number of offers available including 10% off any order over £20. 

    If you are new to crafting, why not come along and give it a go as there will be a make and take project using some of the new products.

    Contact me to book your place.  On confirmation of attendance I will email you my address and directions!

    Tuesday, 4 October 2011

    Post it note holder

    As promised here is one of the gifts made at my class on sunday.  It's the same post it note holder which was in one of my scheduled posts (see here) but using the Every Little Bit stamp set instead.

    Every Little Bit stamp set (120558);
    Patterns DSP stack - brights (117155);
    Rich Razzleberry ink pad (115658);
    Rich Razzleberry marker pen (120970);
    4.4cm scalloped circle punch (119854);
    Stampin' dimensionals (104430);
    *Blender Pen (102845);
    Basic Rhinestones (119246);

    To make the holder, cut the A4 Rich Razzleberry cardstock at 21 x 9 cm and score at 9cm, 10cm and 11cm from one end.  Then fold at the 10cm scored line. You will notice the top is shorter than the bottom.

    To create the pen holder cut two snips equal distances from the ends. Then open out and apply some double sided sticky strip on the end sections.  NB You do not want to put adhesive in the middle section.  When you stick this down the pen holder can then be made to come away from the card - try this until it works before sticking the tape down.

    Then to finish:

    Decorate the front.
    Attach sticky notes to holder.
    Attach magnetic strip to the back.
    Enclose a mini pen.

    Monday, 3 October 2011

    A tissue a tissue...

    Having been suffering from a cold since I was in Romania... I'm debating whether I might just be suffering from hayfever instead, given the warm weather there and the fact that we have been having hot weather too in the UK...

    Here is another tissue box as I have been using a lot of kleenex recently and also as I have had a couple of requests for the instructions.

    Take a piece of Crumbcake card 4 5/8 x 8 and score at 1 1/2, 2 5/8, 5 1/4 and 6 3/8.  Stamp the butterfly image (from the Clearly for You set) over the card.  Then cut a piece of Daffodil Delight 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 and score all 4 sides at 1 inch.  Cut slits into the opposite sides and fix with sticky tape. 

    Once the inner box is complete you will need to cut a 1 x 2 3/8 piece of card to fit over the inside end of the box where the ribbon tab needs to be stuck.  Once done you can fit the outer sleeve around the drawer so that it fits comfortably and opens, and then stick together.

    I decorated the top with a piece of card stamped with the background image from the Clearly for you set and then added the sentiment to a oval punch shape but this can be adapted to suit.

    Let me know if you make any of these as I would love to see your ideas.

    Sunday, 2 October 2011

    Sign up offer

    I'm still in the throws of returning from my holiday, what with a class this afternoon and trying to get organised before my first day back at work tomorrow!

    The ladies enjoyed my gifts and tag class this afternoon.  Here is what they made...

    The corner bookmark is an adapted version of the one I made for our last team training (see here for details and link to the original instructions).  I will share with you the full details of each of the other ideas later this week, particularly for those of you that wanted to attend but couldn't make it along.

    Stampin' Up! have announced a special offer for anyone who signs up as a demonstrator this month.
    If you join my team in October Stampin’ Up! will give you ink pads in the five new gorgeous in colors and a pack of assorted A4 card in the in colors. More details can be found on my offers page or contact me for more.

    Saturday, 1 October 2011

    I'm back and the new catalogue is out

    I have just arrived home from Istanbul (Turkey)... with time to share the new catalogue with you. 

    Click on the link to see all the lovely new products on line.

    More to follow when I have settled back into reality...