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Friday, 27 May 2016

SAB balloons

Here's a pretty simple card using some of the Sale-a-Bration items from this year. A background of the Sale-a-Bration (SAB) Perfectly Artistic paper on a white card base, with a circle of the balloon paper featured in the Birthday Bouquet papers (Spring catalogue) which has been sponged around the edge with pool party ink. The birthday sentiment has been stamped in black ink onto white cardstock, and the 'to you' part stamped in pool party. This has then been cut using a die, and a little banner added that was made using the banner punch, washi tape and a candy dot. A few more candy dots have been added to the top right of the card for balance (though they look rather askew in the photo!)




Stamps: Perfect Pairings (SAB)
Ink: Basic Black, Pool Party
Cardstock: Whisper White (thick and standard)
Other: Birthday Bouquet DSP, Perfectly Artistic DSP (SAB), It's My Party Washi tape, Lots of Labels framelits, Banner punch, Candy Dots (subtles and neutrals)

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Happy Spring!

I spent last weekend helping my friend Bev from Uniko with her stall at the Happy Stampers festival at Port Sunlight. What a fabulous time we had! The other stall holders were very friendly, the people visiting the stall were so enthusiastic and the general atmosphere was fabulous - quite crowded but with none of the pushing and shoving I've experienced at other papercraft shows. Sarah and Lindsey from the Uniko design team were also there to help out, so we managed to talk crafting even while we were 'working'! - it was lovely to meet you both :) I'm hoping that my mojo has been given a good kick up the rear and that I will update my blog more often, but don't hold your breath, LOL!


                             

Some crafty goodies did fall into my basket while I was there but I'll show you how I used them another time. For now, I'll stick with some Stampin' Up retiring products. I've used some of the lovely and bright Cherry on Top DSP as a background for the balloons, with the sentiment stamp from Amazing Birthday inked using markers  for the multi-coloured effect. The balloon strings are silver metallic thread, held in place with a candy dot.

Stamps: Amazing Birthday
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Tip Top Taupe, Cucumber Crush, Bermuda Bay
Cardstock: Whisper White (thick and standard), Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay
Other: Tags and Labels Framelits, Balloon Bouquet punch, Silver metallic thread, Candy Dots (brights)

Thursday, 15 October 2015

'Tis the season....

....to remember how to log into my blog, it's been so long that I'd forgotten how! I've even got a card to share with you! Ta-da!!


Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye so I'm getting started on some cards. I wanted the pretty poinsettia designer paper to be the main focus of the card so kept the layout fairly simple. The DSP sits on a mat of silver glimmer paper for a bit of sparkle, as does the sentiment tag. The background looked a bit bare so I used the hardwood stamp and mossy meadow ink to create a bit more interest. A bow of cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon (sadly now retired ;( ) finishes off the card. Don't forget, if you haven't got ribbon in the colour you need then you can use your inkpads to colour your white ribbon!

Products used (Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated):

Stamps: Embellished Ornaments, Hardwood BG
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock: Mossy Meadow, Whisper White
Other: Season of Cheer DSP, Silver Glimmer paper, Tags and Labels framelits, Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon (retired)

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Hip hip hooray, a card!

Wow, where is time going? I have some cards to show you, but never seem to get time in daylight to take a picture. Here's one of the older ones, sorry for the picture quality but it's been taken on my phone.



Products used (all Stampin' Up!):

Stamps: Hip Hip Hooray (from Hip Hip Hooray card kit), Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Sahara Sand
Cardstock: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Sahara Sand
Other: Moonlight Designer Paper Stack, Chalk Talk framelits. dimensionals.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

For sale

I am having a clearout of neglected craft items - please see my For Sale page and contact me if there's anything that takes your fancy!

Friday, 5 September 2014

Twins!

My good friend Bev has just given birth to twins! In honour of this very special occasion, I am taking part in a blog hop organised by her design team over at the Uniko Studio blog. Bev knew she was having twin boys and when I found out, I just knew that this gorgeous little stamp would have to feature on her card! If Noah knew that things are better in twos, then who is to argue?! Plus it's an excuse to get colouring again, though I definitely need some more practice ;)



Crumb cake base and embossed layer (though that is hard to see from this photo), with a layer of Bashful Blue DSP in between. (I used bashful blue rather than soft sky so I had some co-ordinating ribbon!) The ark has been stamped in black Stazon on watercolour paper, then coloured using various inks and markers. I sponged a little blue ink round the edges to soften. The sentiment has been created using the Alphabet rotary stamp, and the words snipped out. The blue taffeta ribbon  has been adorned with, of course, 2 ribbon knots.

So welcome to the world Josh and Ben, and congratulations to Mr and Mrs Bev ;) on the safe arrival of your double bundle of joy. Can't wait to meet them - at least with twins, there will be no fighting over cuddles between me and Kerry !

Products used: (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated)
  • Stamps: Two by Two (retired), Alphabet Rotary stamp
  • Ink: Black Stazon, various SU inks and Copics (non-SU)
  • Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Bashful Blue (retired), watercolour paper
  • Other: Decorative Dots embossing folder, Bashful Blue taffetta ribbon (retired), Bashful Blue DSP (retired). 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Hello.....

Wow! a whole year between posts. Crafting has taken a bit of a back seat in the last 12 months for various reasons that I won't bore you with. I had actually planned to take photos today of the cards I have made recently and start posting again, but unfortunately I had to take our eldest dog to the vets. We have had him for 17 years and his health hasn't been brilliant lately, but his breathing had become more laboured and it was time to let him go. Run free at the rainbow bridge Cu, we will miss you so much.

Hopefully I will post again soon with goodies from the NEW Stampin' Up catalogue :)

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Best of Butterflies

Here's the next instalment in the 'Best of' series of stamp sets - butterflies. As before, some well loved stamps from older stamp sets, and one never-seen-before stamp.


Hooray!

New stamping goodies are in the building!! Quick post with a few cards I've not yet blogged, then off to play LOL!


Products used (all Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise stated):
  • Stamps: Wishes Your Way
  • Ink: Basic Black
  • Cardstock: Marina Mist, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
  • Other: Brights Designer Paper stack, Cloudy Day embossing folder, Pinwheel Sizzlits die, Adorning Accents edgelit, Marina Mist 3/8” striped organdy ribbon, cocktail stick (non-SU!)


Products used (all Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise stated):
  • Stamps: Blooming with Kindness
  • Ink: Midnight Muse
  • Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Summer Starfruit
  • Other: Print Poetry Designer Paper stack, Honeycomb embossing folder, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Extra Large Oval punch, Gumball Green 3/8” stitched satin ribbon, Pearl jewels, dimensionals.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Congratulations!

I really should be careful about my next few posts - my sister got engaged the day I posted my Love hearts card! No forewarning, and of course I had to make a completely different card once I knew the recipients!! I didn't get a picture of that card, but Congratulations to Suzanne and Chris on their engagement xxx

(Guess that means I'd better steer clear of baby cards for a while ;) )

New catalogue time

Hooray! You can now order from the new Stampin' Up! catalogue! As a demonstrator, I could order from a selection of new products before the catalogue went live, but unfortunately my car had other ideas. The repair bill meant that all I got on pre-order was the new in-colours :(  I'm happy to report that they are fabulous! - they remind me of retro ice cream parlours, with names to match. Here they are:
 
I've got a few cards to post, but haven't been able to get photos yet. That will be my job while I wait for Mr Brown to deliver my proper order of new goodies :)

Friday, 21 June 2013

Love hearts

I fell in love with the Artisan embellishments kit in the Spring catalogue and to my shame, have barely looked at it! Summer is wedding season so I thought I’d make a romantic card that could be used for a wedding, anniversary or any ‘love’ occasion.


I started with a crumb cake cardbase and a piece of the poetry print paper stack layered onto a vanilla cardstock mat. I pleated the pink (primrose?) seam binding from the kit across the designer paper then added some of the gorgeous vanilla flower trim. I gently sponged some primrose ink around the edges of a paper doily, and some crumb cake ink across the middle (to tie in with the DSP). I stamped the heart in primrose petals ink onto the corresponding cardstock, then cut it with the matching framelit. The smaller heart has been stamped in crumb cake onto vanilla cardstock before cutting. The love sentiment has been added in primrose ink, along with several pearls and a little crumb cake heart (cut using the owl punch)

Products used (all Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise stated):
  • Stamps: Hearts a Flutter, Pennant Parade
  • Ink: Primrose Petals, Crumb Cake
  • Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals
  • Other: Print Poetry Designer Paper stack, Artisan embellishment kit (seam binding), Vanilla Flower trim, paper doily, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Owl builder punch, Pearl Jewels, dimensionals.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

and another

Here’s a card I made for a friend’s birthday back in May. It’s a ‘stepped-up’ version of the card I posted yesterday, with various little additions. 



I’ve added a layer of celery cardstock underneath the designer paper, and used one of the adorning accents edgelits to create a fancy border on both layers. Pink and celery inks have been sponged around the flower image to make it ‘pop’, and a little pink flower button and several pearls added for further interest. There is a layer of pink taffeta ribbon underneath the black ribbon. The sentiment has been embossed in black on vanilla cardstock and added to a scallop oval of black cardstock, along with a little pink punched flower with pearl.

Products used (all Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise stated):
  • Stamps: Just Believe, Petite Pairs
  • Ink: Versamark, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
  • Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery
  • Other: First Edition Designer paper, Black embossing powder, black 1/4” taffeta ribbon, Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon (retired), Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, Itty Bitty shapes punch, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Pretty in Pink button, Pearl Jewels, dimensionals.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Soon be gone

I found some pictures of cards that I haven’t blogged yet, so thought I’d better post them as some of the products used will be retiring at the end of the month. The first card features the Just Believe stamp set, which contains some fabulous silhouette images. I’m sad that this one is retiring as I haven’t used it half as much as it deserves.



A very CAS (clean and simple) card to get started, with a black cardbase and a layer of the first edition designer paper. This is also retiring this month so stock up while you can as it’s excellent value for money at £11.50 for 24 sheets of 12” x 12” paper. The flower image has then been embossed onto the designer paper using a versamark inkpad and black embossing powder. Even after years of seeing it, I still love the way the powder changes when it’s heated J 

The sentiment has also been embossed (this time onto vanilla cardstock), then cut with the scallop oval punch. A piece of thin taffeta with a simple knot adds another little focal point underneath the sentiment, which is popped up on dimensionals.

Products used (all Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise stated):
  • Stamps: Just Believe, Perfect Punches
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla
  • Other: First Edition Designer paper, Black embossing powder, black 1/4” taffeta ribbon, Scallop Oval punch, dimensionals.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

The late (night) news!

Retirement lists

I've been a bit tardy in keeping you up to date with the news on planet Stampin' Up! First of all, we've got the lists of retiring products that will be available until July 1st, while stocks last.


The list of retiring stamps is available here and the retiring accessories here

Best of stamp sets

To celebrate 25 years in business, Stampin' Up! have produced a range of stamp sets highlighting some of the most popular stamps they have released over the years. There will be a set each month for 5 months, oddly named "Best of" (!), and each set will contain one new image. This month, it's the Best of Flowers:

Best of Flowers Stamp Set Celebrating 25 years / anniveresary from Stampin' Up!  Order Yours Here

Single stamps

There is also a selection of new single stamps, not available in any of the current catalogues. These are available until August 31st.

Single Stamps from Stampin' Up!  Order Yours Here

Please click on the pictures for a closer look at the flyers. As always, please get in touch if you would like further information or to place an order!

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Ode to celery

Just when I finally get some photos taken of recent crafty creations, the monsters children start hogging the computer! They'll be back at school soon LOL! In light of the colour refresh, I decided to dust off an old favourite colour - certainly celery. I teamed it with an image I created ages ago, but hadn't found the right way to use it. Hopefully, this is it :)



Card base of celery cardstock, with a layer of matching designer paper mounted onto white cardstock to make it stand out. The 'precious baby' sentiment has been embossed in white on celery cardstock twice, then cut out with the ticket punch. These have been adhered to the card, along with white baker's twine and a celery button. The ark image has been stamped in black Stazon ink onto watercolour paper, then cut with one of the Labels collection framelits. I used an aquapainter and various colours of ink to colour the image.

Products used (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated):
  • Stamps: Two by Two, That's the Ticket
  • Ink: Black Stazon, Versamark
  • Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Whisper White
  • Other: Labels Collection Framelits, Ticket Duo Builder punch, Certainly Celery designer paper and button (Subtles collections), White Baker's twine, White embossing powder, dimensionals.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Riding off into the sunset

With the colour refresh coming soon, I decided to use some of the colours that will be retiring soon. I don't think I've used Riding Hood red very often, I'm not sure why! It's a nice fresh red, not too dark. I've used it here as the base for my card, with layers of white and designer paper on top.


I needed a thank you card so let the sentiment take centre stage on a scalloped indigo layer over one of the paper doilies found in the Spring mini (top of page 5, they're easy to miss!) These are great value for money at £2.75 for 24 doilies, and give a bit of vintage texture to the card. I added a trim of pleated red ribbon (now retired) and some little pink flowers with pearls

Products used (all Stampin' Up!):
  • Stamps: Curly Cute
  • Ink: Riding Hood Red
  • Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Pink Pirouette
  • Other: Twitterpated designer paper, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/4" Circle punch, Itty Bitty punch, Paper doily, Riding Hood Red pleated ribbon (retired), dimensionals.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Stampin' Up! news

There are changes afoot in the world of Stampin' Up!

Colour Refresh

Back in 2010 when SU did a colour renovation, they announced plans to introduce smaller colour changes every 3-5 years to keep the colour collections fresh and up-to-date. The upcoming new annual catalogue, due to start on July 1st, will have the first of these colours refreshes. 


Some in-colours from the last 2 years have proved popular enough to warrant a place in the main collections (hooray for Pool Party!), and we will have several new colours. Obviously, some colours will have to retire to make space - retiring colour products will only be available while stocks last. So if there's a colour you love on the retiring list, stock up on your supplies before they sell out! There's a video from SU to explain the changes here.


Wood-mount stamp packaging

Also being introduced in the next annual catalogue will be new packaging for wood-mounted stamp sets. These are similar to the cases currently used for the clear-mount sets, but (obviously!) deeper. Empty cases will be available to buy if you want to convert your current sets to the new packaging, and there will even be a template to create your own inserts for the new boxes. Hooray! I love being able to see the stamp images on the spine of the box as a quick reminder :)

Click on the picture below to see the SU video about the new packaging (and is that a sneak peek of a new stamp set?!)




Friday, 12 April 2013

A male sketch challenge

Here's a card made for the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches here. I decided to go for a male-orientated card as it seems like most of my recent creations have been a bit girly!


Card base of marina mist, with a layer of spotty DSP from the print poetry stack. I love this stack, it's got a fab mix of patterns and colours - I'll be sad to see it go in the summer, but need to use it as I am drowning under the sea of gorgeous DSP I have hoarded over the years!! The rosette is stamped in midnight muse ink and cut out with the largest scallop circle punch. The happy birthday sentiment is stamped in summer starfruit ink on the corresponding cardstock, cut with the 1 3/8" circle punch and layered on the rosette with dimensionals. The ribbon tails are inked in midnight muse on crumb cake cardstock, trimmed and attached to the card.

Thinking of you is stamped in midnight muse on vanilla cardstock and attached to the bottom of the card. I used the happy whale die for the little stars on the left (summer starfruit, midnight muse and crumb cake cardstocks). I added a thin strip of midnight muse cardstock where the DSP and vanilla layers meet, just for extra definition.

Products used (all Stampin' Up!):
  • Stamps: Blue Ribbon, Curly Cute
  • Ink: Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit
  • Cardstock: Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit 
  • Other: Print Poetry Designer Paper Stack, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Happy Whale clearlits die, dimensionals.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Oh whaley?

I think this cheery paper is the only thing keeping me going through our miserable weather at the moment :( We're lucky that we haven't had snow recently but it's been so cold. This time last year, I got sunburnt on a day out in Scarborough!
The layout was inspired by the Just Add Ink sketch challenge here, but as usual I missed the deadline LOL!


I started with a gray cardbase, covered with white cardstock which has been embossed with the cloudy day embossing folder. Can you see the cute little clouds? (Wish our clouds were like that, instead of a big gray blanket!!) I added a panel of the umbrella paper, and added the stripey paper to a piece of daffodil cardstock. The whale has been inked in Pacific Point ink, then cut using the matching clearlit die. These dies have a little window that allows you to line up the image exactly - fab idea! The sentiment is stamped in gray ink on white cardstock, punched with the word window punch and mounted onto a limeade label shape. A small disaster ensued - I left the components of my card on the dining room table whilst I cooked tea, and DS1 managed to get black paint on the edge of my card!!! The ribbons are a last minute addition to hide the little black splodge I couldn't get off :) 


Products used (all Stampin' Up!):
  • Stamps: Oh, Whale!
  • Ink: Pacific Point, Basic Gray
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade
  • Other: Happy Whale Clearlits die, Sunshine and Sprinkles designer paper, Cloudy Day embossing folder, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Striped Organdy ribbon, dimensionals.

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