Saturday, 31 March 2012

Art deco

Hopefully all Sale-A-Bration orders are now done - phew!

Although I will miss the Sale-A-Bration and of course those lovely papers there will be a chance to get some new products soon as the Spring Mini Catalogue which ends on 30th April will be replaced by the Summer Mini Catalogue on 1st May.

Tomorrow there will be an offer from Stampin' Up! available throughout April, so check back then for more details.
In the meantime, I'm off out enjoying some fresh air and good weather (hopefully, as scheduling this post).  So here is a card which features a non Stampin' Up! image which has been combined with one of the papers from the Paisley Petail Designer Paper Series pack and some Ruffled Ribbon and a few punches.  So it just goes to show that you don't need to own half the catalogue to make the most of the Stampin' Up! products :)! 

I've teamed up the paper with Pool Party card stock and kept to what I use the most - Whisper White, for the base and sentiment panel.  The sentiment is from the Elementary Elegance stamp set which won't be available after today when the Sale-A-Bration event ends.  I've inked this with Pool Party and then punched out with the Curly Label punch and matted onto 2 shapes punched with the same punch using Pool Party card stock.

The ribbon has been threaded through holes punched with a non Stampin' Up! punch but could just as easily feature the Lace Ribbon Border punch with ribbon can be threaded through in the same way.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Absolutely your last chance - & FREE postage before midnight

(You will need to scroll down to the next post for today's project idea.)

Well, if you wanted to take advantage of the extra stamp set offer when purchasing the starter kit during the Sale-A-Bration period the deadline was 2pm today so it's now too late!

However, if you want to get your hands on any of the FREE Sale-A-Bration stamp sets or paper pack you still have until tomorrow to place your order.  AND if you order the £45 of products from me before midnight tonight I am offering FREE postage (normally £4.95) to you as well plus the full instructions to make the lovely cupcake box set with cards that are included in my offers (here).

So just to clarify for anyone who hasn't been keeping up with the Sale-A-Bration news full details of the offer can be found at the link below.

Sale a Bration Customer Offer


Today is the last chance for those of you wanting to purchase the starter kit and take advantage of the extra stamp set offered during the Sale-A-Bration period. 

Tomorrow is the last day to place your order of £45 to get one of the FREE stamp sets or paper pack.

I have my penultimate Sale-A-Bration themed card to share with you today, which was designed by my upline, Cate, and features the Mat Pack, which is a paper-piercing tool (see page 115 of the main catalogue).  A great little gadget that helps you create lines of piercings into card without destroying your table ;)!

This card is Wisteria Wonder from the 2011-2013 In Colours collection and features the Outlined Occasions stamp set. 

Contact me now to place your order before it's too late.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

One more ...

... to say goodbye!  Yes, it's my very last post featuring the Fresh Vintage stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration offer which ends on Saturday.  Don't leave it until the last minute to place your order as it will take longer to arrive with the last minute rush...

... plus I'll be back from Cambridge tonight and processing orders so place your order now, combine with others and save on postage.

For this card I have used the colour combination of Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade and Pool Party.  The latter 2 colours are included in the latest In Colour range for 2011-2013 which are fast becoming my favourites.  However Rich Razzleberry remains up at the top of my favourite list and I just couldn't resist featuring it on this card.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Patchwork papers

Quilting or patchwork projects are becoming very popular, but you don't need to get out your sewing kit!  Why not try using this idea with patterned papers to achieve a similar effect.  I've CASE'd this card idea from Cate, but have used the Perfect Postage punch instead to create the squares.

For the card base I have used Crumbcake and then layered a piece of Very Vanilla onto this and then placed each of the patchwork pieces side by side.

The image is from the Perfect Postage stamp set with co-ordinating punch, both from the current mini catalogue that is available until 30th April.  I've inked the stamp with marker pens to get a variety of colours for the candles and then stamped this onto Very Vanilla and mounted on a Curly Label punch shape cut from Poppy Parade card stock.

I love the way the Stampin' Up papers, card stock and inks all co-ordinate, as I've also used Poppy Parade ink for the sentiment (from the For My Family stamp set) and Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon behind the image panel.

You can use any patterned papers to create a patchwork card, so it's a great way to use up some scraps which if you're anything like me, you've been keeping safe to make something with :).

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Flowers and lace

This card is not my normal sort of style, and combining flowers and lace was a first for me.  However the stamp set is my favourite from the Sale-A-Bration sets (and remember these are only available FREE until the end of this week with an order of £45) and I think works really well in the colour combo of Melon Mambo and Elegant Eggplant...

I have inked up the stamp using Stampin' Write markers in Melon Mambo and Elegant Eggplant and then stamped this onto Very Vanilla and matted the panel onto Elegant Eggplant card stock.

To continue the colour theme I have punched a strip of Melon Mambo using the Lace Ribbon Border punch and then adhered this to the Elegant Eggplant and then Very Vanilla.

The sentiment is from the Perfect Pairs stamp set which has a great selection of words for all occasions and I have punched it out with the Curly Label punch.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Thanks for a great weekend

It seems I am not the only one who has had a great weekend... it must be something to do with the first day or Spring being upon us!

The last couple of days have been fabulous and full of catching up with people and crafting for a change... so thanks to each and everyone who I have spoken to or spent time with since I got home on Thursday evening :).  I was working on Friday of course... but it was just so nice to be home.

Sadly though, this week I am back in Cambridge again, and scheduling my posts once more, so will try not to dwell on the misery of being away from home and focus on the last of the Sale-A-Bration projects that I have for you this week. 

Yes, there are only 6 more days left  of the Sale-A-Bration event where you can get a FREE stamp set or paper pack when you spend £45 on Stampin' Up! products so contact me to place your order now.

I still have quite a bit of my Everyday Enchantment paper pack from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue, so have been making a few thank you note cards with some leftover scraps.

The 'Thanks' sentiment is from the Outlined Occasions stamp set which will only be available until Saturday 31st March.

Other materials:
Card base - Crumbcake card stock.
Ribbon - Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon.
Punches - Boho Blossoms, Scallop Trim Border, Curly Label, Word Window.
Embossing folder - Designer frames.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Easter class

Today I have my Easter class, by special request, as it wasn't one I originally planned until I was asked to.  And I actually really enjoyed making something a bit different, particularly as I don't actually own any of the Easter themed stamp sets from the catalogue...

We will be making 10 cards, 2 each of 5 different designs, although I am not sure which is my favourite so I'm going to share a couple with you today.

First, a design that I CASE'd from my crafty friend Amy

I've used Crumbcake for the base and folded in the wings a little so he fits in an A6 envelope... sorry the photo is a bit blurry, but at least you can't really see the retired stamp that I have used for the sentiment :).

The second card uses a few punches, including one of my favourites, the bird builder punch:

To create the chicks I have snipped off the tail of the bird and used the scalloped circle punch on the wings and then raised these up with dimensional sticky pads.  In fact I've realised that you can make allsorts of birds from this punch as well as the standard one :0).

Sorry, rubbish photo again and I haven't got time to take another one... but you can just make out that I have embossed the Whisper White background with the Square Lattice embossing folder and then matted it to a piece of Bashful Blue card stock.

The flower is from the Create a Cupcake stamp set which I have inked with markers to get 2 colours on the same stamp (Rose Red and Wild Wasabi).

I've entered this card into the Crafty Boots Challenge - Easter.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Cleaning and crafting

Sadly I had to spend my morning cleaning the house thoroughly as it hasn't been done for a few months now that I am in Cambridge most of the week.

This afternoon I made the most of the good weather and set up my crafting stash in the sun room and set to work on the Easter samples for my class tomorrow.

My 'Mother in-law', Maureen stopped by and joined in the fun a little later too... I think she's now made all the cards for her family for the next year!  Look at these...

I also caught up on some commissions.  Including a large batch of note cards which I created from the Vintage Vogue stamp set and the Season of Joy stamp set (yes it's a Christmas one!).

A quick card but I did decide to cut out the middle flower and raise it up with a dimensional sticky pad so as I had 24 to make it wasn't a 5 minute job!

I've used Elegant Eggplant, Red Rose and Peach Parfait for the flower heads and Lucky Limeade for the decorative swirls, all stamped onto Whisper White and then mounted on a co-ordinating colour base of either Wisteria Wonder, Pink Piroutte or So Saffron.

Don't forget the clocks go forward tonight... see you tomorrow with some Easter class offerings.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Dates for your diary

I'm looking forward to being at home this weekend and with no major plans as such... some R&R is in order!

Just a reminder of a few dates for your diary...
  • This Sunday (25th March) - I still have a couple of spaces for my Easter Class at 10.30am – we will be making a stack of 10 cards with at least 2 different designs and the cost is just £10 per person.
  • Friday 30th March - If you sign up with me before the deadline and purchase the starter kit for just £119, I will also include pack of the lovely Everyday Enchantment designer series papers which are only available as part of the Sale-A-Bration offer.
  • Next week, Saturday 31st March - The Sale-A-Bration promotion ends. You can get a gorgeous FREE exclusive stamp set or papers with EVERY £45 ordered!  See here for further details.
  • Monday 30th April - The current mini catalogue ends on 30th April so if you want to get your hands on the fabulous create a cupcake set or anything else then don't leave it too late.#
  • Friday 25th May – The new Summer Mini Catalogue will be released on 1st May so contact me if you would like me to send you a copy FREE.  I will be hosting my launch party on 25th May from 7.30pm at my home (GU16) to give you a chance to come and take a look at some of the new products and there will be some special offers of my own available too.
If you want to book to attend any upcoming classes or events, or place a order then contact me today at

I also have some additional offers of my own including the chance to get your hands on the full instructions for a gift box and cards including this hot air ballon idea.

Created using some of the In Colours for 2010-2012 which will only be available until September, this card also uses the lovely Everyday Enchantment papers only available with an order of £45 before the Sale-A-Bration event ends next week.  You will still be able to get the Create a Cupcake stamp set that I have used for this card, until the end of April but why wait - get it all now, save £'s, get FREE papers and full instructions too :).

Night time owly

By the time I got home last night I was too exhausted to blog... I'd been out with a couple of mates, in part to celebrate one of their birthdays, and in part for some night time walking :).

Here's the card I made him - with a night time owly!

It was very quick and simple using the Owl Punch which does all the hard work (and the bird punch for the wings), I just had to choose the colour scheme.  The background is made from 4 punched squares created with the Perfect Postage punch and the sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set.

So I do owe you an extra post... and subject to the rather significant pile of work that I need to get through today I will try and post something else this evening.

Have a great day x

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Swinging 60

There is no getting away from the fact that I love the Sale-A-Bration FREE stamp sets and papers and will be sad to see them go at the end of the month.  So, if you have had enough of seeing projects that use these products then I can only apologise.  With only 10 more days left of this event I do have a few more ideas to share with you...
This swing card however uses a couple of my favourites, which are not Sale-A-Bration products; the top note die and the cupcake builder punch.  

It is surprisingly easy to make the base from an A5 piece of Whisper White which I have cut with the top note die, but only using half of it.  The front then folds back on itself to make the top note 'swing'.

If you want to have a go at this run your card base through the die using your big shot but make sure you only place the cutting pads across half of the die, so that the edge lines up directly with the centre (where the fold will then be, when you fold the front back on itself).  That way the die only cuts against the cutting pad and leaves the other half of the card in tact.

To make the top note panel stand out I have run some mirror card (non Stampin' Up!) through the top note die and then also cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry and then trimmed off the edge before placing this inside so that it becomes framed.

For the centre image I have used the stamp from the Sale-A-Bration Elementary Elegance stamp set inked with Versamark ink and then embossed with Silver embossing powder using a heat gun.  This creates a raised effect and the silver stands out particularly well on the dark card.

Other materials:
Cupcake builder punch - using scraps of DSP to create the cupcake and then decorated with basic rhinestones before placing in the corner using dimensional sticky pads.
Timeless type junior alphabet dies - for the numbering cut from mirror card (non Stampin' Up!).
Sentiment - Teeny Tiny Wishes, stamped with versamark onto a scrap of DSP and embossed in silver and then punched out with the Word Window Punch.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Inspired wedding card

Today I wanted to share with you another idea using the lovely Sale-A-Bration papers - Everyday Enchantment.  You can get your hands on these scrummy papers if you spend £45 on products during the Sale-A-Bration event which ends on 31st March.  So contact me to place your order.

I am also offering a pack of these lovely papers to those who choose to purchase the starter kit and sign up with me before the end of the month - see here for more.

This card was inspired by a fellow demonstrator,  Fiona, whose ideas I absolutely love as they are very different to my own (although mine are becoming more like hers!).  Check out the card Fiona shared with us at my last crafty get together, here, which is the inspiration for this wedding card layout.

Base - Very Vanilla
Stamp set - Fresh Vintage (SAB 2012) - I have used the small flower stamp for the background.
DSP - Everyday enchantment (SAB 2012).
Ink - Bashful Blue.
Punch - Bird Builder for the birds punched from Bashful Blue and the leaves punched from Lucky Limeade.
Main panel - Top Note die to cut Bashful Blue card and then the DSP which has been trimmed round the edge and mounted on the card.
Sentiment - Word Window punch and Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Sale-A-Bration offers

It was a real treat for me to be at home last night and not having to drive to Cambridge... so this morning I woke up feeling almost normal again (with the dread of the drive on Tuesday night only a glimmer in the distance!), even put the washing on and did a bit of housework and finished off a few commissions that need to be posted off today.  Wow - I could so get used to this again!

Anyway, you have just over 10 days left to take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration offer which ends on 31st March. 

As an added extra to anyone who signs up with me before then I am also offering a pack of the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper that is only available to customers who purchase £45 of products during the Sale-A-Bration period.  So as well as the starter kit worth almost £300, an extra stamp set (of any price), you will also get these lovely papers as well for just £119.

For customers who purchase £45 of products you will be able to get one of the lovely stamp sets from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue or paper pack FREE.  Plus I am offering FREE postage (normally £4.95) to you as well and the full instructions to make the lovely cupcake box set with cards that are included in my offers (here).

So what are you waiting for - contact me via email at to place your order.

If that doesn't convince you then I thought I would share with you one of the cards in the set:

It's a bit fiddly to cut all those flowers out, but it is so worth it once you see the final effect. 


Card stock - Lucky Limeade (base), Whisper White.
Designer Series Papers (DSP) - Everyday Enchantment, FREE with a spend of £45 as part of the Sale-A-Bration offer until the end of the month.
Ink - I've used markers from the 2010-2012 In Colours.
Punch - Word Window, to create the canopy.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Happy Mother's Day Mum

I hope you have a lovely day x

I've gone with a slightly different type of A6 card base for this card, rather than folding it the traditional way I have cut a piece of A4 in half lengthways and then folded in half... so it opens upwards.

Card base - Calypso Coral card stock from the 2011-2013 In Colour assortment.
Whisper White card stock edged with the eyelet border punch.
Ribbon - Island Indigo ruffled ribbon.
Stamp sets - Charming, for the background image inked with Island Indigo.  Vintage Vogue inked with Pool Party.
Bird Builder punch for th eleaves punched from Island Indigo card stock.
Sentiment - Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Well Worn ideas

I have another couple of ideas using Designer Series Papers for you today...

The papers used are from the Well Worn pack on page 99 of the main catalogue. 

The first card was a commission for a friend of mine, who wanted a card featuring one of the characters from Doctor Who.  I don't watch it so can't really tell you anymore than that but I believe it went down well with the recipient.

The image is printed off the web and then I have layered up part of the picture to make it stand out.  I have then mounted the panel onto Early Espresso card stock.  The sentiment is from the Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set (available in exchange for hostess pounds only), stamped in Chocolate Chip ink and punched out with the Curly Label punch.  I have then punched 2 shapes from the Early Espressor card to co-ordinate and make the sentiment stand out.  A piece of grosgrain ribbon across the centre of the card finishes this off but still maintains a masculine feel.

And for the other card, something nice and quick.....

I've taped the DSP to a Whisper White card base and then punched out a window using the 1 3/8" circle punch.

Inside I've stuck an owl created with the Owl Punch, and then finished it off with a sentiment from the Teeny Tiny wishes stamp set punched out with the Word Window punch.


Friday, 16 March 2012

Mother's Day Class

I've been having quite a busy day... with a class this morning and catching up on some commissions it's been all about the crafting!  It's so nice to be home too for a few days and feeling a little more normal again :).

The ladies at my class this morning seemed to enjoy themselves making some cards with a Mother's Day theme using the Vintage Vogue stamp set in the main catalogue.

I made the projects a little more challenging than normal as those attending have been to my classes before and they like to chat so it's always good to have them cutting out lots of bits for their cards so they can catch up and gossip at the same time :).

Some of the Sale-A- Bration papers featured on the cards too, and one or two of the ladies chose to make theirs for other occasions.

Here are a couple of the cards a bit closer up.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Downline design

One of my friends recently signed up to Stampin' Up! simply to get the amazing value starter kit!

Did you know you could do that?! You can buy the kit without any obligation at all to make sales and you could customise your kit to suit your styles! If you're interested and would like some more details just email me:

So Kat chose the Button Buddies stamp set as one of her sets in the starter kit and I got to have a play at my last crafty get together.  This was her design...

Isn't it cute!  Kat has done quite a bit of card making before signing up, and she was totally at home sharing her project with the rest of us and took to demonstrating it, like a pig to mud lol!

The card base is Very Vanilla cardstock folded in half and then run through the Big Shot using the Scallop Circle Die. Next we ran a strip of  Certainly Celery DSP from the Subtles collection through the Big Shot with the same die, then snipped it to create some grass and glued at the base of the card.

On a piece a Very Vanilla we then stamped piggy in Rose Red ink, cut him out and glued him to the base. We then stamped out the 'nose' and cut this out, using a dimensional sticky pad to raise it up/create a 3D effect.

Finally we stamped the 'happy birthday' sentiment from the 'Create-a-Cupcake' stampset in Rose Red ink onto some Very Vanilla card and punched it out using the Word Window Punch and again used dimensional sticky pads to attach to the base.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Just add cake for babies

Happy Wednesday!  Only 2 more days of work and I have a day off and some classes taking place, so looking forward to catching up with some of you then :).

I've been having a bit of a play with the Designer Series Papers in the main catalogue, which I have had in a pile for quite a few months now... so thought I should put them to good use.

So, today I have a couple of cards to share with you that uses sheets of paper from the Just Add Cake paper stack.  

I was hoping to make a boy one with the 'blue' sheet also included in the pack but ran out of time...

For the pram I have punched out a 1 3/8" circle from co-ordinating card stock and DSP and then cut each of these into half.  The 2 halves (one card and one paper) then form the body of the pram, to which I have added a couple of wheels created with the larger circle on the owl punch and finished with a basic pearl.

Note that the trim on the pram is created using the edge of the Perfect Postage punch, but you could just use a strip of Whisper White card for this instead.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Love these colours for ornate flowers

I just love the colour combo used within this project that Pip shared with us at our last crafty get together.

The cardbase is Rich Razzleberry on which we stamped a flower from the Ornate Flowers set over (also in Rich Razzleberry) to create the background!

On a piece of Very Vanilla card we stamped the flower again, inking it using Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Markers. We tied a knot in a piece of Very Vanilla satin ribbon and fixed this around the image panel and then layered this onto a piece of Marina Mist card edged with the Scallop Trim Border Punch.
Finally we stamped the sentiment from the Sincere Salutations set, using Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie ink and punched this out using the Decorative Label punch and then layered it on a Marina Mist Decorative Label cut in half!

Monday, 12 March 2012

Cupcake bundle

The Sale-A-Bration event ends on 31st March so you only have a couple of weeks to to take advantage of the offer and get your FREE stamp sets or papers.

More importantly it's also the best time to sign up as demonstrator as you will get an extra stamp set FREE and all those products worth more than £300 for just £119... so even if you are just thinking of taking advantage of this offer and crafting as a hobby it is so worth it!  There are more details here or get in touch now and find out more.

I've also put together a great little bundle for the Cupcake stamp set which will ensure you make the most of the Sale-A-Bration offer and you can make a gift box and cards with my FREE instructions if you place an order with me before the end of the month.  Check out my offers page for details of this and my other offers.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Charity cards

The charity event at work in aid of Sport Relief went well on Friday lunchtime.  A few ladies came along to make a cupcake card and some of them wanted to adapt the design and use some different stamps to make other cards too...

Aren't they cute!?  And all of them hadn't made cards before but clearly have a creative side :).

Friday, 9 March 2012

Spice cake suite

Today I am doing a demo for charity during lunchtime and also a demo at my parents house this evening... fingers crossed I can get over to Kent from Cambridge without issues with traffic!

The current mini catalogue has some really lovely products in it, but note that these are only available until 30th April... so why not place and order during the Sale-A-Bration event which ends on 31st March and take advantage of the FREE limited edition stamp set (4 to choose from) or Designer Series Paper pack awarded for orders of £45.

Today I have a lovely project made using the Spice cake suite from the current mini catalogue... it has papers and a stamp set amd there is also co-ordinating fabric and buttons...

This was Fiona's (a fellow demonstrator) project at the crafty get together on Saturday.  I alway love Fiona's ideas as she has a completely different style to me, and this card doesn't disappoint!  Here's the inside view:

Base - Soft Suede card stock;
DSP - Spice cake;
Panel (inded and front) - Very Vanilla card stock cut with the Top Note die using the Big Shot machine;
Stamp set - Spiced Paisley. The stamp has been inked in Soft Suede and stamped randomly over the card base on the inside of the card to create a matching background.
Sentiment - Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess only) inked with Soft Suede onto Very Vanilla and punched out with the Scallop Circle punch.  A Scallop Circle has also been punched from Soft Suede and used behind the sentiment panel;
Ribbon - Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon.

Fiona and a couple of other demonstrators are having a crafty event on 24th March in Basingstoke if you are interested - see full details here.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Bits for charity day

Last night I managed to escape work at a reasonable time to get a few bits made for a charity day on Friday.

As well as a few cards, post it note holders and gift boxes I decorated a few note pads with some DSP from the Cheerful Treat paper pack which is available in return for Hostess pounds.

As well as decorating the note pads I decided to create a co-ordinating pen by inserting a strip of the paper inside a normal rollerball pen.  Inside I finished off the edge of the pad with a strip of DSP which I stuck down with red sticky strip to make sure it was well secured, along with the note pad itself.

These really are very quick and easy to make and will make great gifts.  Hopefully I will sell a few and raise some money for Sport Relief on Friday.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Cate's project and my CASEing (already!)

Today I have another card to share with you that we made at the crafty get together at the weekend.  This time designed by Cate.  This uses the Everyday Enchantment papers that are only available during the current Sale-A-Bration event.  The colour theme is Poppy Parade which I am liking more and more ... 

We have used one of the frames from the Designer Frames embossing folders set with some Very Vanilla card stock to create the back panel.  Over this we have used the Decorative Label punch to create a larger frame - by punching out 2 labels and cutting these in half (one horizontally and one vertically) and mounting around a Decorative Label punched from Very Vanilla.  

The sentiment is from the You are Loved stamp set in the Spring Mini catalogue and we have stamped the large stamp from the Fresh Vintage stamp set (Sale-A-Bration) around the edge, both in Poppy Parade. 

This was a lovely quick card to make and I loved the layout so much I made a who bunch of them using different papers and colour themes, including some for Mother's Day with co-ordinating note pads.

We have a charity day at work on Friday and I will be donating a load of cards and other bits for sale to raise money for Sport Relief and I think these might just work as we are nearing Mother's Day :).

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Mini book ... a great idea for Mother's Day

Here is one of the projects from my crafty get together at the weekend.  Designed by my partner in crafting crime, Amy!  And she has even done alittle tutorial on her blog on how to make these so check it out here.

Why not make one to give to someone for Mother's Day and put some photo's inside those little pockets...

The Everyday Enchantment papers used in this project are only going to be available FREE as part of the Sale-A-Bration promotion until the end of the month.  You can get them if you spend £45.  There are also 4 limited edition stamp sets available - check them out:

Fresh Vintage
Sprinkled Expressions
Outlined Occasions
Elementary Elegance

If you want to make some cards for Mother's Day plus this cute mini book - why not book to attend my next class on Friday 16th March at 10.30am or 7.30pm - more details can be found here.  I have only got 2 spaces left for the morning session so contact me to book now and avoid missing out.  The cards are adaptable for other occasions so just let me know at the time of booking if you want to make them for an alternative to Mother's Day.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Shrink plastic masks

What a fabulous weekend... it almost made me forget about the week ahead. 

After all the crafting, I have lots of projects from Saturday's crafty get together to share with you and with a charity event on Friday, I've also been making bits and pieces to donate to help raise money for Sport Relief.

But first..... if my calculations are correct, today is my 200th post! 

So, to celebrate I am going back to my roots and sharing with you an idea using some of my non Stampin' Up! stash... and one of my favourites - shrink plastic! 

I've drawn the features onto the masks freehand with colouring pencils before cutting out the shapes and then shrinking with a heat gun. 

Of course the rest of the products used to create this card are available from Stampin' Up! but I just love to create things with shrink plastic such as keyrings, jewellery and charms. 

Here are the rest of  materials:

Cardstock - Basic Black and Real Red.
Sentiments - Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies and Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess pounds only) stamp set.
Note the that stamp has been inked with Versamark and embossed with Whisper White embossing powder using a heat gun to make it stand out from the Basic Black background.
Punches - Boho Blossoms and Bird Builder (for the leaves).
Other - Basic Rhinestones and some feathers (non Stampin' Up!).

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Crafting weekend keeps sickness at bay

Yesterday's crafty get together was brilliant and just what I needed after a very long working week.  Thank you to all the lovely ladies who joined in the fun and for the lovely projects that you shared with us all.  I have already been CASEing some of the ideas and using the layouts for other projects.

You will have to keep checking back during the week for some of these.

There was also more crafting last night as my good friend Tori and her husband to be stopped by for dinner, and to design their wedding invites. The final version is definitely one I would give my thumbs up to and am looking forward to making them all next month en-mass!

Today I'm doing something a bit different on the crafting front.  I'm attending a jewellery workshop so hope to be sharing what I make with you there too, if all goes to plan.

I keep being told I should rest a little or I will get sick, no chance (!) ... a weekend of crafting is sure to fix me up, so here's a sick card instead :). 

This is so cute - even though I say so myself... and I did CASE it off the web.  Everything is made with the owl punch... which I just love.  The sentiment is from the Petite Pairs stamp set.

Base - Crumbcake card stock;
Owl punch;
Card stock scraps of Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Pink Pirouette and Basic Black;
Ink - Chocolate Chip.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Crafty get together

I've had today planned for sometime... and have been really looking forward to it all week!  There are 6 of us getting together for some crafting and the idea is that everyone brings a project with enough materials for everyone else to make it.  That way we get a load of new ideas and a chance to catch up and relax.

If I can find a gap in my diary I would love to have these get togethers more frequently... so do email me if you want to receive details of any future events.

So here is my project:

It's a flower pot card which I have seen quite a few of but I have largely cased this particular layout/template from Amy Celona at Ustamp4fun.

The flowers are from the Vintage Vogue stamp set and have been inked with Perfect Plum and Blushing Bride onto Whisper White and then cut out and mounted with dimensionals onto the insert created from Whisper White and Elegant Eggplant card stock.

The butterfly has been cut using the Beautiful Wings embossing die which I just love.  Here I have used Melon Mambo and added some basic rhinestones in the centre.

Other materials:
Flower pot base - Crumbcake card stock;
Edging - Scalloped Trim Border punch;
Scallop circle punch;
1' 3/8" circle punch;
Sentiment - Happiest Bithday Wishes;
Ribbon - Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon;
Leaves - Bird Builder punch.

I hope the ladies like it.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Perfect Postage punch

I've shared a few cards with you that features punched shapes using the Perfect Postage punch which is available in the current Spring Mini Catalogue until the end of April.  As well as the co-ordinating stamp set this is a great punch for creating panel or for sentiments.

Here I have used it to create background panels in DSP and the sentiment panel used to prop up the card.

The colours are Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Whisper White and Chocolate Chip and the stamp is the lovely Motorcycle which can be found in the individual stamps near the front of the main catalogue.

Tomorrow is my crafty get together so check back then for my project and hopefully some of the others in the coming week.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Another baby boy

I made this card a while back for my friends new baby, Isaac... but haven't had a chance to stop by and meet him yet. Fortunately I did send it however...

The pram is created with 1' 3/8" circles punched from Bashful Blue card stock and some DSP and each of these have been cut into half.  You can just see the top edge of the pram hood has a delicate 'fringe' which I created using the Perfect Postage punch along the edge of a scrap of Whisper White.  The wheels were also created with scraps of Crumbcake card stock and I added a Basic Pearl in the centre after fixing these with dimensionals.

The panel was created with Whisper White, Bashful Blue and Tempting Turquoise layered up and mounted over a strip of DSP from the Brights collection.  I've then added thin strips of Tempting Turquoise card stock along the edges and finished off with a sentiment (from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set) inked in Marina Mist.

I placed the sentiment inside the border image from the Charming stamp set and then punched this out with the Curly Label punch and mounted it on a scalloped circle punched from Tempting Turquoise.

Alternating the colours to Pink Pirouette for a baby girl card or So Saffron or Certainly Celery would work too.