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I have been a Stampin' Up Demonstrator for almost two years now, and when I signed up it was just for the starter kit and discount on products........ I never imagined it would snowball into being a business like it has. I am a new Mummy to my little boy, Isaac, who is almost four months old now. I am spending my maternity leave enjoying watch him grow up, becoming his own little person, and also trying to build my business up. Stampin' Up! have amazing products and I would love to share my crafting passion with as many people as possible. I am always putting through orders, so if you need anything, or just want some information or advise, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you want to try before you buy, then check out my classes and get booked on.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Double Challenge Sunday


I hope you are enjoying the sun on this glorious day :o)

I have a card to show you that I quickly made today, I didn't want to be spending too much time indoors!
I tend to shy away from colour challenges and stick with sketch ones instead, so today I decided to combine the two.
The sketch is from The Paper Players and the colour combo from Just Add Ink - Not Quite Navy / Chocolate Chip / Certainly Celery / Sahara Sand

My card base is Not Quite Navy.  I stamped the circles pattern from the Confetti stamp set inked in Versamark all over the card for a subtle background.
The next layer is Sahara Sand and I used the Scallop Border Punch along the bottom edge.  The sentiment is from Just Believe, inked in Not Quite Navy, then a strip of Not Quite Navy card was added above with a Certainly Celery Designer Button.  The butterfly from Strength and Hope has been stamped on Confetti Cream card twice in Chocolate Chip and Certainly Celery, and then one of each colour cut out.  I curled the wings of the cut ones and then added them to the card with Dimensionals.

Right, time for lots of Sunday chores now, plus some sunshine time :o)

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Not Quite Navy / Sahara Sand / Confetti Cream
Stamps / Ink - Confetti / Just Believe / Strength and Hope / Not Quite Navy / Certainly Celery / Chocolate Chip / Versamark
Embellishments - Designer Button
Tools - Scallop Border Punch / Paper Snips / Trimmer / Stampin Scrub and Mist / Snail / Dimensionals

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Happy Anniversary

This afternoon I am off to a family party to celebrate my Aunt and Uncles 30th Wedding Anniversary, so of course I had to come up with a card.  Well, two actually, one from me and my OH and one from my mum and dad :o)

The first one I made using the Scalloped Heart of Hearts Embosslit and 5 Petal Flower Punch to create some strawberries.  I used Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz, sponge daubed the edges with the same colour ink, and used the 2 Step Bird Punch for some leaves.  I popped on some little flowers as well, made by punching Very Vanilla card through the Boho Blossom Punch and sponge daubing the edges with Peach Parfait ink and popping a Daffodil Delight brad through the middle.
They were layered onto Confetti Cream card stock, which was layered on a Poppy Parade card base.  The sentiment is from the Hostess Level 2 set called Something to Celebrate which is in the mini catalogue.

The second card I made used Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White as the colour combo.
The stamp set I used is Stampin' Up!, but it's a set from the USA, called Valentine Defined.  I love it, and wish we had it over here!
The flamingos are inked in Versamark and then Real Red before stamping onto Whisper White and adding Clear Embossing Powder and heating.  The bottom Whisper White section was run through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  The Real Red top section was stamped with the string of hearts image from the stamp set, ink Real Red ink to give a subtle background.  I added 1/8" Real Red Taffeta Ribbon across the middle and then layered everything together.

The weather seems to have decided to be nice for the party as the sun is currently shining.
I hope you have a wonderful Saturday xxx

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Poppy Parade / Pear Pizzazz / Very Vanilla / Confetti Cream / Chocolate Chip / Real Red / Whisper White
Stamps / Ink - Valentine Defined / Something to Celebrate (L2 Hostess) / Poppy Parade / Pear Pizzazz / Peach Parfait / Real Red / Versamark
Embellishments - 1/8" Real Red Taffeta Ribbon / Daffodil Delight Brads
Tools - Boho Blossom Punch / Clear Embossing Powder / 5 Petal Flower Punch / 2 Step Bird Punch / Scallop Heart of Hearts Embosslit / Sponge Daubers / Mat Pack / Paper Piercing Tool / Tombow / Dimensionals / Snail / Trimmer / Stampin Scrub and Mist / Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder / Heat Gun

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Customer Thank You Cards

As you know, I had a couple of workshops last week, so this week I have taken delivery of all the goodies they ordered and have packaged them up for delivery.
I make a thank you card for everyone who orders, but the cards I made for the first bundle of deliveries I forgot to take a picture of - d'oh indeed!!!!

However, I shall be delivering another bundle of orders tomorrow so have made these simple little thank you cards to add to each persons package.

The card base is Pear Pizzazz, with a strip of Sunny Garden DSP added near the top.  I used the Fancy Flower Punch with Peach Parfait card, the 5 Petal Flower Punch with Poppy Parade card, and the flower from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack with Peach Parfait card also.  The edges of these flowers were sponge daubed in the same colour ink as the card colour, and then they were secured together with a Daffodil Delight Brad in the middle.  I added then to the card front with Dimensionals.
The Sentiment is from the Level 1 Hostess set called Afterthoughts.  It was inked with a Chocolate Chip Marker as I didn't want to use the whole image, just this part of it.

Quick and simple - I hope my lovely customers like them :o)

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Pear Pizzazz / Peach Parfait / Poppy Parade / Sunny Garden DSP
Stamps / Ink - Afterthoughts (Level 1 Hostess) / Chocolate Chip / Poppy Parade / Peach Parfait
Embellishments - Brads
Tools - Sponge Dauber / Mat Pack / Paper Piercing Tool / Tombow / Dimensionals / Trimmer / Stampin Scrub and Mist / 5 Petal Flower Punch / Fancy Flower Punch / Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

My Workshop Birdie and Box

Oh my goodness,

I was about to write this post to show you the card and pillow box that we made at the workshop I did this past weekend, but first I thought I'd catch up on my favourite blogs and see what's been going on with everyone else.  How weird is it then that I clicked onto the lovely Amy Tidd's blog to find pretty much the exact same card on there as I did at workshop?  And Amy has scheduled her posts for most of this month as she's away on a school trip to Tanzania!  Well, her colours are So Saffron and Soft Suede, so take a look to see how great it looks in these colours too..............Amy Tidd

So I decided on using this card design for a workshop as it showcased the wonderful card stock, the beautiful Vintage Vogue stamp set, plus the 2 Step Bird Punch, as well as how wonderful the IDEAS BOOK and Catalogue is for getting IDEAS!!!!!  This card is CAS'd straight from page 16 of the main catty.

The ladies all loved this cute like bird and they had fun with the paper piercing too.

The card base is Blushing Bride with the two flower images from Vintage Vogue stamped over it also in Blushing Bride.  The we sponge daubed a piece of Crumb Cake card with Crumb Cake ink.  The Very Vanilla card had two lines of holes added, and the sentiment from Vintage Vogue added above in Crumb Cake ink.  The bird was punched out from Blushing Bride card and the leafy part from Old Olive.  We used the vine stamp to add a pattern to the main body of the bird in Blushing Bride ink, and then popped the wing on with a dimensional.  All the layers were then glued together.

The second make and take we did was using the Pillow Box Die and the Big Shot.
We used Baja Breeze card and cut the pillow box out, then popped it into the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  The red sticky strip keeps this box stuck together brilliantly.
A strip of Elegant Soiree DSP was popped around the middle of the box and then we popped it open and pushed the ends into place.  Lastly we added some Silver Elastic Cord and a Designer Button.
So quick and cute.  Great for wedding favours, or table gifts for Christmas if done in different colours, or add some tissue paper and jewellery for a gift for a friend or family member, or yourself!

I had a thoroughly good time at the workshop on Saturday night.  Sam you had a beautiful home and wonderful friends and family.  I can't wait for the next one :o)

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Blushing Bride / Crumb Cake / Very Vanilla / Baja Breeze / Elegant Soiree DSP
Stamps / Ink - Vintage Vogue / Blushing Bride / Crumb Cake
Embellishments - Designer Button / Silver Elastic Cord
Tools - 2 Step Bird Punch / Sponge Dauber / Trimmer / Stampin Scrub and Mist / Snail / Dimensionals / Sticky Strip / Paper Piercing Tool / Mat Pack

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Button, Button


The card I have to share with you today is one I made for this weeks Less Is More challenge which is entitled Buttons or Ribbon.  I thought I'd use a bit of both!

I used the Printed Petals stamp set to make my own DSP on a Whisper White background, stamping the various flower images in Real Red and Daffodil Delight.  I layered this with a piece of Daffodil Delight DSP from the Brights Stack, onto a card base of Tempting Turquoise.  I used some 5/8" Whisper White Satin Ribbon across the middle.
I stamped another Printed Petals image in each of the colours and punched them out with the Scallop Circle Punch.  These were each topped off with a Designer Button  in a corresponding colour, stuck on with Glue Dots.
The sentiment was added right onto the DSP, in Basic Black.  It was from the Hostess Level 1 set called Afterthoughts.

It's probably not the most Clean and Simple (CAS) card I've ever made for the Less is More challenge, but I think it goes well with the sunshine that has been out for the last few days :o)

Later in the week I will be showing you some other make and take projects I did at a workshop this past weekend, and also some thank you cards I made for my lovely customers.

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Tempting Turquoise / Whisper White / Daffodil Delight DSP Stack
Stamps / Ink - Afterthoughts / Basic Black / Printed Petals / Real Read / Tempting Turquoise / Daffodil Delight
Embellishments - designer Buttons / 5/8" Whisper White Satin Ribbon
Tools - Scallop Circle Punch / Glue Dots / Snail / Trimmer / Stampin Scrub and Mist

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Simply Stampin' Colour Challenge

Hello everyone,

I wanted to post the card I made using the Simply Stampin Challenge colours as inspiration.  The colours for the challenge were Real Red, Poppy Parade, Certainly Celery and Whisper White.

I went with quite a simple design using the Just Believe large flower image, inked in Certainly Celery and stamped onto Whisper White.  I wrapped 1/8" Real Red taffeta ribbon around the bottom and layered this onto a piece of Real Red Designer Series Paper that had a scalloped bottom edge created using the Scallop Border Punch.  Both of these layers were then mounted onto the card base of Certainly Celery.

I used the Platinum Shimmer Paint and a Sponge Dauber to apply it to the Boho Blossoms image in the Punch Potpourri stamp set (Level 1 Hostess) and stamped this onto Poppy Parade card.  I punched this out with the Boho Blossom Punch, and then stuck them to my Just Believe image with glue dots.  I added a Basic Rhinestone to the center of each flower, and then stamped the sentiment below the image in Platinum Shimmer Paint also.

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Certainly Celery / Whisper White / Poppy Parade / Real Red DSP
Stamps / Ink - Just Believe / Punch Potpourri / Certainly Celery / Platinum Shimmer Paint
Embellishments - Basic Rhinestones / 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon
Tools - Scallop Border Punch / Snail / Glue Dots / Sponge Dauber / Trimmer / Stampin Scrub and Mist / Boho Blossom Punch

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Workshop Make and Take Number 2.........

Sorry - rather later thank planned getting this other post up!

The second card we made at the workshop in the week used the Big Shot in a couple of ways.
A card base of Whisper White was run through the Big Shot using the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder.  Sponge Daubers were then used lightly over the embossed image to add some colour to the flowers and  leaves.  We also used the Big Shot with the Beautiful Wings Embosslit to cut and emboss those gorgeous little butterflies that were added to the card with Mini Glue Dots.
The sentiment is from the Oval All stamp set, inked in Perfect plum and punched out with the Oval Punch.  This was then layered onto a piece of Perfect Plum card punched with the Scallop Oval Punch.  This was added to the card with Dimensionals.

I have another workshop tonight and just because I like a good challenge, I have created new Make and Takes to do tonight :o)

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Whisper White / Perfect Plum
Stamps / Ink - Pear Pizzazz / Blushing Bride / Perfect Plum / Oval All
Embellishments - Butterflies from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit
Tools - Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder / Oval Punch / Scallop Oval Punch / Glue Dots / Dimensionals / Snail / Stampin Scrub and Mist / Trimmer

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Workshop Make and Take Number 1.........

Last night I had a wonderful evening with a lovely hostess.  She even invited me round early as I worked nearby, but lived a long way away, so I had dinner with her and her family.  Thank you so much Pat, the spag bol was delish :o)

So, our workshop ended up being a group of five lovely ladies, which was a perfect size.  

Everyone had a good time, and everything that was ordered has already been shipped by Stampin' Up!, so should be with us early next week - what a delivery service!

We did two make and take projects.  The first was using the French Foliage stamp set in the Mini Catalogue.  Now this was not a love at first sight set for me - but after seeing so many wonderful creations, and being convinced I had to have it by the lovely Elizabeth Shannon (Blog Here), I was lucky enough to get this set in the raffle at last weekends team training event - so I had to use it.

I made some samples of the first make and take - one in Peach Parfait and Cajun Craze, and the other in Always Artichoke and Pear Pizzazz.  I went with a simple design, doing a masked area and using a sponge dauber to add background colour, before going stamping crazy with the lovely leaves and other images in this set.  
It's a great set for over stamping images and just going mad with..............

I used Confetti Cream card stock as this has a lovely warmth to it, and the added flecks in it make really nice to use for a simple one layer card.

After unveiling the sponged and stamped area a sentiment was added with a stamp from the Plane and Simple set.

I loved the end result with these cards, and all of the ladies seemed to really have fun with it too.
Tomorrow I will show you the other card we made, this time making use of the Big Shot!!!!

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Confetti Cream
Stamps / Ink - Always Artichoke / Cajun Craze / Pear Pizzazz / Peach Parfait / French Foliage / Plane and Simple
Embellishments - None
Tools - Stamp-a-ma-jig / Post-it Notes / Trimmer / Stampin Scrub and Mist

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

It's been a while!

Hello Everyone - so sorry for the lack of posts of late, but life has been a little hectic.
A mixture of being snowed under at work, helping with my dad's hospital appointments and spending time with my parents, prepping for workshops and just general stuff, I've simple had no time to sit and craft and have creations to post on my blog.

I am very, very excited as I have a workshop tomorrow evening.  And the ladies are all in for a treat as I have two make and take projects for them :o)  I really hope they enjoy it.  I will post the projects we make later this week.

For now I have a quick card I rustled up earlier on.
I have seen lots of people showcasing the embedded embossing technique so thought I'd give it a go myself.  It's really simple.  I punched some pieces of Greenhouse Gala DSP with the 1" Circle Punch and mounted them onto Daffodil Delight and Baja Breeze 1 1/4" punched circles.  I glued them onto my Pear Pizzazz card base and then ran this through my Big Shot - oh yes, I now have a Big Shot - whooo hoooo - thank you my lovely mum :o) with the Lattice Square Embossing Folder.  It really creates a lovely effect and looks like the circles are part of the card base.  I stamped an image from Ornate Flowers in Baja Breeze onto Whisper White card and mounted this with Dimensionals onto a Pumpkin Pie Scalloped Circle which was then glued centrally onto the card front.

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Pear Pizzazz / Daffodil Delight / Pumpkin Pie / Whisper White / Baja Breeze / Greenhouse Gala DSP
Stamps / Ink -  Ornate Flowers / Baja Breeze
Embellishments - None
Tools - Lattice Square Embossing Folder / 1" and 1 1/4" Circle Punches / Scallop Circle Punch / Dimensionals / 2-Way Glue / Stampin Scrub and Mist / Trimmer

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Training Day Swaps

Good Morning,

Today I am off to join about 30 other lovely ladies, and I believe one man also, for Team Training.
I'm actually gate-crashing as I'm not officially part of the team, but did receive an invite by way of Elizabeth Shannon.  It's a bit closer to home for me so works out well.

As with most Stampin Up meet ups, there is the option to take part in swaps.  It's a great way to see what ideas other come up with, to see how a stamp set you have no inspiration for, or don't currently own can be used.  And it's just great fun!

I want to keep my swap fairly simple as I didn't have a lot of time to get them done.
I unwrapped my Beautiful Butterflies Die for this one which was really fun.  Teamed with the Blueberry Crisp DSP the butterflies look gorgeous.

I have popped to different sizes together with a glue dot and then wrapped Linen Thread around the centre to act as a body and antenna.
The sentiment is from Just Believe, inked in Pacific Point, and I have scored two lines in the Very Vanilla card, though I'm not sure it shows in the pictures.  
The Pacific Point / Not Quite Navy mount has been embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots folder, and then the whole thing has been mounted on Sahara Sand card.

I hope everyone likes them.  I can't wait to see what everyone else has come up with.

Have a wonderful day :o)

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Sahara Sand / Very Vanilla / Pacific Point / Not Quite Navy / Blueberry Crisp DSP
Stamps / Ink - Pacific Point / Just Believe
Embellishments - Linen Thread
Tools - Beautiful Butterflies Die / Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder / Glue Dots / Dimensionals / Snail / Trimmer / Stampin Scrub and Mist

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Seaside Fun


I want to share with you a fun card I made using the Summer Splash stamp set.
I used Glossy Card for the bottom half of this card and inked the octopus image with Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight and stamped.  Then I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig (don't know what I'd do without it!) to ink over the top in Versamark and then cover with Clear Embossing Powder and heat.

I was then able to ink over the image with Pacific Point and Tempting Turquoise using sponge daubers, and added the bubbles image around the octopus.

One thing I did find out was that tearing glossy card doesn't really work!  So I had to cut it across at a wobbly angle and then used the Distressing Tool  from the Cutter Kit to rough the egdes a little.
I layered this onto a card base of River Rock which I had daubed all over with River Rock ink, and added the Seashell image in the same ink as well.
The sentiment is from Curly Cute inked in Not Quite Navy.

This was going to be my card for this weeks Less Is More challenge - things with legs!  But, it didn't really turn out to be very CAS or One Layer.........  Sometimes you start with an idea and it takes on a life of it's own!  I was still pleased with the result though :o)

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Glossy Card / River Rock
Stamps / Ink - Summer Splash / Curly Cute / Pacific Point / Tempting Turquoise / Daffodil Delight / Pumpkin Pie / Not Quite Navy
Embellishments - None
Tools - Stamp-a-ma-jig / Distressing Tool / Embossing Powder / Sponge Dauber / Trimmer / Paper Snips / Stampin Scrub and Mist

Monday, 11 July 2011


Happy Monday Folks........

I went all out for a one layer card design for the Less is More challenge this week, which is entitled "Something with Legs".............
I decided to have a go at masking and daubing in a background, followed my multiple use of the Stamp-a-ma-jig to get my image lined up, and that image came from various stamp sets too.

I began with a Sahara Sand card base and used those handy yellow sticky notes to mask off a square area.  I used a sponge dauber to add some Whisper White ink as a background.  I then used one of the Cute by the Inch (Level 2 Hostess set) stamps with the bird on a branch and used my markers to just ink the branch and leaves in Chocolate Chip and Wild Wasabi ink.  I stamped this and then inked again and lined up a second and third branch with the Stamp-a-ma-jig.
The bird image on my card is from the Four Frames set, again inked with markers, Soft Suede, and a little Cajun Craze.  I then carefully stamped the bird as if sitting on one of the branches.
Finally I inked the sentiment from the same Cute by the Inch stamp in Cajun Craze and popped it in the bottom right corner.

Really simple, but I think this is one of my favourite cards so far.............

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Sahara Sand
Stamps / Ink - Cute by the Inch (L2 Hostess) / Four Frames / Chocolate Chip / Whisper White / Wild Wasabi / Cajun Craze / Soft Suede
Embellishments - None
Tools - Sponge Dauber / Stamp-a-ma-jig / Trimmer / Stampin Scrub and Mist

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Giant Cupcake - yummy.......

Morning all,

I decided to take on the CAS-ual Friday challenge this week of making a non-traditional shaped card!

I love cupcakes, so thought I'd have a go at making one as a card, and this is what it turned out as:

I used the scrummy Peach Parfait card for the cupcake base.  I think you can just about see in the picture that I scored lines right across to make it look like the cake wrapper.  I also daubed the edges.
The frosting is cut from Blushing Bride card, again daubed, and Basic Rhinestones added for the sprinkles!
The cherry on the top is cut from Poppy Parade using the 1" Circle Punch, and then covered in Crystal Effects.  The sentiment is from the US Create a Cupcake stamp set, inked in Melon Mambo and punched with the Word Window punch.

Good enough to eat!!!!!

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Peach Parfait / Poppy Parade / Blushing Bride
Stamps / Ink - Create a Cupcake (USA) / Melon Mambo
Embellishments - Basic Rhinestones / 5/8" Whisper White Satin Ribbon
Tools - Word Window Punch / Sponge Daubers / Crystal Effects / 1" Circle Punch / Trimmer / Stampin Scrub and Mist / Bone Folder

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Saturday Challenge

Happy Saturday - I'm not sure where the week went, or the sunshine!
I don't know about your area, but it's been raining on and off every day this week.
A good excuse to stay indoors and craft :o)

Anyway, just a quick card to show you today that I made based on the Stamping 411 sketch for this week.

I stamped a one sheet wonder ages ago with the Baby Blossoms stamp set, but then never used it.  I thought I could add it in today.  
This stamp set is so cute, and really simple to use.  You can stamp without the Stamp-a-ma-jig, and even if some images aren't lined up properly, it just adds to the springtime vintage feel.  I used a whole host of colours here, So Saffron with More Mustard, Blushing Bride with Rose Red and Pear Pizzazz with Wild Wasabi, then Chocolate Chip for the twigs.

I've layered this onto Rose Red card, with a strip of textured Blushing Bride card and 1/2" Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon.  The finishing touch is the dotty Four Frames image in Rose Red, with the sentiment from Clearly For You in Chocolate Chip ink.

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Rose Red / Very Vanilla / Blushing Bride textured
Stamps / Ink - Four Frames / Clearly For You / Baby Blossoms / Rose Red / Blushing Bride / Pear Pizzazz / Wild Wasabi / Chocolate Chip / So Saffron / More Mustard
Embellishments - 1/2" Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon
Tools - Decorative Label Punch / Stamp-a-ma-jig / 2-Way Glue / Dimensionals / Trimmer / Stampin Scrub and Mist

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Garden Green

Afternoon - another day whizzing by!
I'm not quite sure what happened to yesterday, but I did have quite a long lay-in after it taking 3 hours to get home from the Take That concert!  But.......  it was AMAZING...............
Our seats were pretty far back, but there were big screens up so we didn't miss a thing.  The set was brilliant, the play list covered everything from 4 man Take That, Robbie on his own, then all together doing new stuff and then they went back and did a load of songs from the old days.  A real mix that had everyone up on their feet singing and dancing along.  Hearing the whole of Wembley Stadium singing Angels while Robbie Williams just watched is something I'll not forget.  Pure magic!

Anyway - back to reality and a quick card I made.

After making cards to send to lots of the ladies I met over the weekend I had a few scraps left and thought I'd use them up.  I teamed some Garden Green card with Woodland Walk DSP and the Every Little Bit stamp set images which I coloured with my Aqua Painter and Markers.  Really simple layering with Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake circles, plus a Scallop Border Punched from Early Espresso.  The sentiment is from the very versatile Plane and Simple stamp set.
The layout is from last weeks Clean and Simple Stamping sketch which I think I just about have time to enter.

Right - off to see my mum and dad now, with maybe a trip to the garden centre for some plants as the back garden needs some brightening up.  I do hope the rain stops :o)
Enjoy your day xxx

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Garden Green / Very Vanilla / Crumb Cake Textured / Early Espresso / Woodland Walk DSP
Stamps / Ink - Every Little Bit / Plane and Simple / Early Espresso / So Saffron / Pumpkin Pie / Old Olive / Pink Pirouette
Embellishments -  None
Tools - Scallop Border Punch / 1" Circle Punch / 1 1/4" Circle Punch / Aqua Painter / Stamp-a-ma-jig / 2-way Glue Pen / Dimensionals / Trimmer / Stampin Scrub and Mist

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Blue for Boys

Hello everyone,

I can't believe it's Tuesday already!  Where is the week going?

I had such a busy, but brilliant weekend.  I was helping run a Stampin' Up! stand at the Art Stamp Show at Newbury Racecourse.  I meet so many lovely people over the two days, and had a brilliant time with all the other girls working the stand.  Big thanks to Hayley Gillie for organising it all - you can take a look at her blog HERE

I spent a lot of yesterday making cards to send to lots of the ladies who visited the stand, they are now all in the post.  So back to my blog and I have just made a quick card today to show you.  I am heading out shortly to see Take That at Wembley Stadium.  Soooooo excited!!!!!!

I'm loving the Clean and Simple (CAS) look at the moment, so made this one layer card in a jiffy!
I used the star stamp from Fun and Fast Notes, inked with various blue markers and stamped directly onto Whisper White card base working diagonally across the page.  The sentiment is from the retired So Happy For You SAB set.  I thought the style of the sentiment went really well with the stars.

I'm entering this cards into two challenges:

I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day.
I should hopefully be awake enough tomorrow to post again :o)

The Details: 
Card / Paper -  Whisper White
Stamps / Ink - Fun & Fast Note / So Happy For You (SAB - retired) / Markers in Bashful Blue / Marina Mist / Baja Breeze
Embellishments - None
Tools - Stamp-a-ma-jig / Trimmer / Stampin Scrub and Mist

Friday, 1 July 2011

The Colour Coach Blog Hop.................

Hello and Welcome to my blog!

Today is a first for me - my first Blog Hop.........  I'm very excited to be sharing my Colour Coach Combo creations with you and I really hope you like what I have made and it gives you some inspiration.
I have four cards to share with you, based on my chosen colour combo of Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie.

Not my first choice of colours, but I struggled with picking so just asked my OH to pick one colour and decided I would go with whatever combination was on the back.  He went with Tempting Turquoise, and either of the two options on the back was going to provide me with a challenge!

Card One

This card is a Clean and Simple (CAS) One Layer card.
I used the Plane and Simple stamp set.  I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the diamonds and dashes working from the bottom of the card upward.  Finally I added the sentiment half way up the card in Rich Razzleberry.  
The Plane and Simple stamp set is really versatile and this card could be made in any colour combination.
I apologise for the fact I can't take a photograph straight!  :o)

The Details: 
Card / Paper -  Whisper White
Stamps / Ink - Plane and Simple / Tempting Turquoise / Rich Razzleberry / Pumpkin Pie
Embellishments - None
Tools - Stamp-a-ma-jig

Card Two

For this card I started with a Tempting Turquoise card base and stamped the leaf pattern from the Confetti stamp set all over the base in Versamark.  This ink gives a great watermark effect on the card.  It's really subtle.
I then got the Clearly For You stamp set and used the background image, inked in Pumpkin Pie and stamped off the page before stamping onto Whisper White.  This resulted in a faint image, which I then stamped over the top of with the berry image in Rich Razzleberry.
I used the decorative label punch the make a border in Pumpkin Pie for this image and then mounted onto the card base with Dimensionals.  The sentiment from Curly Cute is stamped directly onto the card base in Rich Razzleberry.

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Temping Turquoise / Whisper White / Pumpkin Pie
Stamps / Ink - Clearly for You / Confetti / Curly Cute / Pumpkin Pie / Rich Razzleberry / Versamark
Embellishments - None
Tools - Decorative Label Punch / Stamp-a-ma-jig / Snail / Dimensionals

Card Three

Seeing as the sun was shining when I made these cards, I decided to use the Summer Splash stamp set.  I inked the surf boards image using the Markers so I could vary the colours.  I stamped the image across the piece of Whisper White.  I mounted this onto some Tempting Turquoise DSP and using my Scallop Border Punch I made some Ric-Rac from Tempting Turquoise card.  I thought this looked a bit like waves, so used it to border the surf boards image.  
I glues this onto a Pumpkin pie card base, near the top, so I could add the fish at the bottom, stamped in Pumpkin Pie.  
The sentiment, stamped in Rich Razzleberry, is again from the Plane and Simple stamp set.

The Details: 
Card / Paper - Pumpkin Pie / Whisper White / Tempting Turquoise card and DSP
Stamps / Ink - Summer Splash / Plane and Simple / Tempting Turquoise / Rich Razzleberry / Pumpkin Pie
Embellishments -  None
Tools - Scallop Border Punch / Stamp-a-ma-jig / 2-Way Glue / Snail

Card Four

This last card is my favourite of the bunch.
The card base is Rich Razzleberry with a layer of Tempting Turquoise and then Pumpkin pie DSP.  I used the a la carte stamp All a Flutter, inked with markers and stamped over a square of Whisper White.  I don't think you can really see from the picture, but the central image was stamped over in Versamark and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.
I added 5/8" Pumpkin pie Satin Ribbon.  The sentiment is from Oval All stamp set, inked using markers and stamped onto Whisper White.  I punched it out with the 1 3/4" x 7/8"Oval Punch and mounted it on Scallop Oval Punched Rich Razzleberry.  I used the Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack to pierce each scallop.  This was added to the card with Dimensionals.

The Details: 
Card / Paper -  Rich Razzleberry / Tempting Turquoise / Whisper White / Pumpkin Pie DSP
Stamps / Ink - Oval All / All a Flutter / Versamark / Tempting Turquoise / Rich Razzleberry / Pumpkin Pie
Embellishments - 5/8" Pumpkin Pie Satin Ribbon
Tools - Paper Piercing Tool / Mat Pack / Dimensionals / Snail / Scallop Oval Punch / 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch / Clear Embossing Powder

And here are all the cards together

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Here is a full list of all of the blog hop stops from Group 1 and also Group 2.
Try and check out every one as there are many wonderful creations.  Please leave a comment or two along the way as we all love to know what you think :o)

Group 1
1. Scrappydiva http://stampin-divas.blogspot.com/
2. The Crafty Bug http://the-crafty-bug.blogspot.com/
3. AlisonP http://www.craftyalisoninlyon.blogspot.com/
4. Daisydaye http://www.emma-daye.blogspot.com/
5. Frankiesue http://www.frankiesue.blogspot.com/
6. Glitter mum http://www.mygroovystampinup.blogspot.com/
7. Sarah-Jane http://www.cardsandacuppa.blogspot.com/
8.Cheshire Design http://www.cheshiredesignhouse.blogspot.com/
9. Linzim http://lindseyscards.blogspot.com/
10. Valmoody http://stampingwithval.wordpress.com/
11. Cupake http://pinkycardsandcreations.blogspot.com/
12. Laura http://airingcupboardstamping.blogspot.com/

13. Emily http://stampinmermaid.blogspot.com/
14. Teri http://teriscraftspot.blogspot.com/
15. Sara http://sarastamper.blogspot.com/
16. Sarah http://www.stampinsarahiow.blogspot.com/
17. Claire http://stampinupscrapper.blogspot.com/
18. Elaine http://www.thesassystampers.blogspot.com/
19. Donna http://www.head-over-heels-by-dlm.blogspot.com

20. Erika http://twintroublescreations.blogspot.com/
21. Karin http://www.teacupdesigns.com/
22. Vicky http://www.vickylouscorner.blogspot.com/
23. Jan http://jan-crippin.blogspot.com/

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