Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Season Of Joy

Christmas will soon be upon us and for once I intend to get my cards made in good time!
Here is a very simple card made using a new set called Season Of Joy - which you can find on page 21 of the new Idea Book And Catalogue.

I used Sahara Sand for the card base and stamped some of the swirls using a VersaMark pad and White embossing powder. Other swirls were stamped with the VersaMark pad then sprinkled with Heat 'n' Stick powder before heating with the heat tool. Once heated and sticky I sprinkled on the Dazzling Diamonds glitter and heated the images again to fix the glitter in place. Instant bling!

The flower snowflakes and the greeting were inked with the VersaMark pad and embossed with White powder. After adding the grosgrain ribbon I turned my attention to the snowman.

He was made by cutting some circles out of Whisper White card stock. You could use round objects as templates and cut round them with fancy scissors, or use Nestabilities die cutting templates, as I did. I stamped the snowflake on the body as for the sparkly swirls and used the edge of the stamp and a Basic Black Marker Pen along with the Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the dotty smile. Little pieces of card offcuts made the eyes and nose and the hat was made using the Round Tab Punch. After assembling the body I raised it on Dimensionals and poked two little hole to attach his arms. These were some woody stems from a Clematis plant growing in the garden!

Stamps: Season Of Joy

Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Basic Black & Pumpkin Pie

Ink: Basic Black Pad and Marker Pen, Brocade Blue & VersaMark

Accessories: Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals, Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Heat & Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Crafter's Tool Kit & Round Tab Punch

Thanks for looking!


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New Goodies On The Way!

The NEW Stampin' Up! Idea Book And Catalogue is now on-line and you'll find the link to it on the side bar of my blog.

The catalogue is even better value this year, at only £4.95.
If you'd like to host a party, or join a Stamper's Six Club, I'll give you a catalogue free of charge.
If you buy a catalogue and spend over £35 on your first order, I'll refund the £4.95.

As well as containing many new stamp sets and Designer Series Papers, there are card and layout ideas and lots of hints and tips. I think it's excellent value, considering most craft magazines are around £4 these days and full of adverts!

I have some parties booked and have reserved catalogues for the hostesses, but there are a few catalogues remaining of this initial batch so if you'd like one, e-mail me at

I have just put in my first order which includes Fun & Fast Notes (p30), a lovely all occasion set of 8 stamps for £29.95, which works out at £3.74 per stamp. There is a wheel called Fast Flowers (p31) to go with it, priced £5.50.
I have ordered a set called A Rose Is A Rose (p44) which is one of those two-step stamping sets - no colouring required! It costs £32.95 and contains 14 stamps which works out at £2.35 each - even cheaper than those by Anitas!

Do you like boho style? If so, take a look at the sets on page 49. They also went into my basket, or should I say trolley! To co-ordinate with those stamp sets I chose Spiced Cider, a set of Designer Series Papers which you can see on page 71. They're lovely Autumn-y colours - just right for this time of year. I also chose Haiku with similar colours, but slightly fresher. The papers cost £7.75 for 12 sheets of double sided heavy-weight paper, two each of 6 designs working out at 65p a sheet.

What else? Double stitched 1" wide grosgrain ribbon in Chocolate Chip at £6.95 for a 9.1m reel. That's a reasonable 76p per metre.
Oh, and a Scallop Edge border punch for £10.95, plus a Boho Flower punch at £12.50 to go with one of the stamp sets.

I chose A Little Bit Of Happiness (p9) for my free hostess set and two more sets of Designer Series Papers, Sweet Always and the very English sounding, Tea And Crumpets with my £15 free merchandise.

Now I just have to sit back and wait for them to be delivered to my door! I wish I could be more patient, but in meantime, I'm working on some new card designs using Season Of Joy (p21), for a class I hope to run very soon. If you'd be interested in joining me for that, then let me know.

If you like a challenge, I design the sketch challenges on In Love With Stamping. I used Season Of Joy to make a card for my most recent sketch. There are lots of challenges including scrapbook layouts, colour combinations and techniques.

In Love With Stamping also has a growing gallery so you can get ideas for using your Stampin' Up! stamps, punches and papers. The stamp sets are listed by name alphabetically, so you'll have no problem finding your own sets there.

Well, I think that's it for the moment. Keep checking my blog as I have lots of designs to post here over the next few days.

Thanks for looking!

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Thursday, 25 September 2008

They're Here!

The new Idea Book And Catalogue, that is!

I've had a quick look through and thought I'd share my excitement at what the pages hold.

There are some lovely new Designer Series Papers for a start, which are ideal whether you're a card-maker, or scrap-booker. All the previous ones are retiring, although they're still available for a short time while stocks last.

There is textured 12" paper available in each of the Colour Families, as well as the Classic (Dye) Stampin' Spots, mini versions of the standard ink pads, that come in a box.

As for the punches there are Boho Blossoms and a Scallop Border punch, as well as others that are new to the UK.

What else? Stamps of course!
Lots of new ones with matching wheels. And... some fabulous hostess sets. These are sets that can't be bought, only earned according to sales. The Level 1 sets are earned when sales reach between £150 and £199.99. In addition to the free stamp set, you would earn £15 in free goodies of your choice from the catalogue! Could you get together 4 or 5 friends who share your love of stamping, whether for cards or scrapbook pages? Why not invite them to your home for a Stampin' Up! party? I'll come along and demonstrate some of the goodies that I've mentioned and then everyone gets to play and make something to take home. I'll tailor the party to suit your skill levels and make creativity fun for you all.

If you don't have room for a party, get together a group order with your friends and I'll send each of you a kit with instructions so you still get to play and have fun.

The catalogue is even cheaper than last year, at £4.95. This will be refunded if your first order is for £35 or more. It will be free if you would like to hostess a Stampin' Up! party, or join one of my Budget Clubs, such as Stamper's Six.

Well, what are you waiting for? E-mail me at to order your copy of the new Idea Book And Catalogue. My first consignment arrived this afternoon and they're waiting to find new homes!

Thanks for looking!

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Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Just Waiting...

...for my order of the NEW Idea Book And Catalogues to arrive! I've also ordered some NEW stamp sets including a Christmas one. Now that we're into September it's OK to mention Christmas, before then is a big no, no, for me!

Would you like a new catalogue, too? Just e-mail me at and let me know and I'll earmark one just for you!

Thanks for looking!

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Sunday, 14 September 2008

Comings And Goings

A year after Stampin' Up! launched in the UK, the eagerly anticipated 2008-2009 Idea Book And Catalogue is soon to be released. Weeks of speculation about what it may, or may not contain will end and we'll get to feast our eyes on the goodies enclosed within! My hope and expectation is that the catalogue will be even bigger and better than the first one!
Can you tell that I'm excited at the prospect?

I know that quite a few items haven't made it to the new Idea Book And Catalogue and that they have been earmarked for retirement. Take a few moments to check the list and see if the stamp set that you've had your eye on, or the set of Designer Series Papers that you've promised yourself is on the list. If it is, you'll need to act fast as they won't be available after 30th September and supplies are limited.
Similarly, if there is a Hostess set you'd love you'll need to book a party date well before the end of September.

If you'd like to order some goods, or a copy of the new Idea Book And Catalogue please contact me at

Remember that the retiring items are making way for new ones, along with a whole new selection of Hostess sets. Book your party now, while I still have a few appointments free.

Thanks for looking!

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Monday, 4 August 2008

Pick A Pack Of Pretty Papers

Stock up for all your upcoming projects with Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive double-sided Designer Series Paper.

We have so many pretty patterned papers to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect patterns to help show off your unique crafting style. The best part is, from 1-31 August, you’ll get a FREE pack of Designer Series Paper (an £8.50 value!) for every three packs you buy (bundle item 114425) - no limits, no restrictions!

Choose from:
110091 Brocade Background
109936 Cutie Pie
109938 Dashing
109940 Fall Flowers
109944 Le Jardin
110093 Petals & Paisleys
110094 Wintergreen
109946 Brilliant Blue Prints
109948 Certainly Celery Prints
109949 Close to Cocoa Prints
111108 Old Olive Prints
109951 Pumpkin Pie Prints
109953 Rose Red Prints

You can see these on pages 72 and 73 of the Idea Book And Catalogue. If you don't have one, use the link on the side bar to see the on-line version.

Thanks for looking!

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Saturday, 12 July 2008


I've been nominated by the lovely Michelle, of Stamping Creations, to receive this award!

The rules for this award are:-

1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.

2. Link the person you received your award from.

3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.

4. Put links of those blogs on yours.

5. Leave a message on the blogs of the girls you've nominated.

OK, I nominate:








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Tuesday, 24 June 2008

eScape Event

My eScape Event was held last night, as planned. Thank you to my attendees who made all the preparation worthwhile. We had a great time and the two hours just flew by! Perhaps I need to make the classes last longer...
Watch this space for my next event.

Thanks for looking!

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Wednesday, 18 June 2008

eScape With Debbie

This is my June eScape Event project.

It's a dinky lidded box containing four notecards, two each of two designs, in a Mint Chocolate Chip colourway.

The event is to be held in Tregony Village Hall in the Committee Room, on Monday 23rd June between 7pm and 9pm. The cost is £5 including refreshments. Please e-mail me at to book your place. All will be most welcome to join me.
Don't worry if you can't make it to Tregony, as I can send you a precut and stamped kit for £6 and I might even include some instructions!
Thank you for looking!
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Sunday, 1 June 2008

Two For You - With Great Savings

June not only brings warmer weather, but also great savings! During June, save over 30% on two great products:

110530 Basic Phrases Stamp Set p. 65 £33.95, now £23.50
109971 Three For You Punch Box p. 80 £41.95, now £29.00

The Three For You Punch Box makes quick work for any scrapbook page or card, while the Basic Phrases Stamp Set offers you over 20 common phrases to use on just about any crafting project!
Take advantage of this special, limited-time offer by contacting me today!

Thanks for looking!

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eScape With Stampin' Up!

Put down the phone, turn off the computer and break free from the ‘e’!

Remember when you got letters in your letterbox, instead of your inbox? On 25 June 2008, Stampin' Up! is taking the day to unplug and unwind and reconnect on a personal level with friends and loved ones through handmade cards.
I invite you to eScape with us throughout the month of June!

Reconnect with your “wireless network” by attending an eScape event, or hosting one of your own!

Take advantage of the 25% discount on selected products in the eScape bundle, to help you create that special message from the heart.

eScape Bundle (Item 113702):

Love Notes Assortment p. 78, £5.95
Circle Of Friendship Stamp Set p. 62, £17.95
1-1/4" Circle Punch p. 80, £13.95
Total (Non-Bundled), £37.85

eScape Bundle Price, £28.39

eScape in June. Contact me today for details about this exciting event!

Thanks for looking!

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Thursday, 29 May 2008

Pretty In Pink

I think this is a really lovely, girly colour and it's name is very apt!

This is the simplest of the three cards that I made using the May Special Offer Combo.

I rolled the Petals wheel across the bottom of the card and secured some Certainly Celery ribbon along the edge of it. I tied the bow separately and added it afterwards, then I inked the flowers with marker pens and stamped them in a pleasing curve. This was layered onto some Regal Rose and then attached to the card using dimensionals. Really quick and easy!

Stamps: Polka Dots & Paisley & Petals Wheel
Paper: Whisper White, Pretty In Pink & Regal Rose
Ink: Pretty In Pink & Certainly Celery & Pretty In Pink Marker Pens
Accessories: Certainly Celery 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Snail Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots & Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

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PS I had intended for this to be published tomorrow, but I knocked the computer as I was reaching for my Stampin' Up! catalogue and too late, it was published!

Nearly Over!

May, that is! It's my favourite month of the year and I always feel sad when it's gone.
This month has been particularly busy, what with one thing or the other, so I'd better post the details of the other two cards that I made with the May Special Offer Combo.
If you're interested in buying anything from the offer, get your skates on, as I need to order by tomorrow lunch time!

This card was made for a colour challenge on the In Love With Stamping website. See all the entries by clicking here.

It's a long landscape layout with the front edge folded back after scoring about 3/4 of the way along. I rolled the pattern using the Spot On wheel after inking it well on an Apricot Appeal ink pad. I added images from the Seeing Spots set in the other two colours of the challenge, Brocade Blue and Only Orange. I was a bit scared of using such a bright colour, so opted to use only a very small amount!

The turned back panel was stuck down and then decorated with the Brocade Blue ribbon.

For the embellishment, I stamped and punched out the flower image, layered it onto a slightly larger circle of Only Orange and then used a brad to secure the two together. This was then stuck to a scallop circle using dimensionals on the right hand side only. After a bit of repositioning, I was able to find the right spot to stick it down, so that the front edge of the card tucked behind it.

It was simpler to make than it looks and I really enjoyed it!

Stamps: Seeing Spots & Spot On Wheel
Paper: Apricot Appeal, Brocade Blue, Very Vanilla & Only Orange
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Only Orange & Brocade Blue
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8” and 1 1/4” Circle Punches, Brocade Blue 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Crafter's Tool Kit, Vintage Brad, Snail Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots & Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

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Thursday, 22 May 2008

Stamper's Six Club

A number of people have asked about joining a Stamper's Six Club, so I have decided to go ahead and create one.

Would you like to gradually build up your Stampin’ Up! stash, but not host a workshop?

Join my Stamper’s Six Club!

All you need to do is agree to place an order of £25, or more, each month for six months. Each of the other five members also places an order for at least £25, which then totals £150 in sales.

During the six months you will take turns to be the ‘hostess’ for a month. When it's your turn you will earn the hostess gift set AND £15 in FREE merchandise. The amount of free merchandise goes up if the total workshop amount goes up.

If you haven’t already got one, you will receive a current Stampin’ Up! Idea Book And Catalogue worth £5.95, FREE.

You will also receive a small gift from me each month.

Just think…you can earn hostess benefits, just by spending approximately £5.77 per week!
I will contact you when there are five other people interested.

Would like to spread the cost further? Join my Stamper’s Ten Club and pay £15 a month for 10 months instead.
For either clubs, the usual P&P charges also apply.
Please contact me if you'd like to know more, or are interested in joining one.

Thanks for looking!

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Monday, 12 May 2008

In Love With Stamping!

Yes, that's true, but I'm actually talking about a new website called In Love With Stamping!
The Gallery is well worth checking out for examples of cards, scrapbook pages and other items made with Stampin' Up! supplies.

In Love With Stamping can be found here.

Thanks for looking!

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Sunday, 11 May 2008

No Worries!

The lovely weather is back again!
May is definitely my favourite-est month of the year, with lots of lush new leaves and pretty flowers to enjoy.

Ok, so let's have a look at one of the cards using kits from this month's special offer.

I rolled the Leaves A La Carte wheel diagonally across the card base to disguise any gaps and to give the pattern a more 'random' appearance. I used the Wheel Guide (109920), which is nice and deep and the wheel just runs alongside it in a nice straight line. I've tried using ordinary rulers, but the wheels tends to ride up and over them spoiling the cardstock in the process. I've used the wheel for a card in this example, but you could just as easily cover a bigger piece of cardstock and use it for your scrapbooking instead.

Right, for the central panel I used my Soft Subtles markers directly on the stamp and then 'huffed' on it, to re-moisten the ink just before stamping. With the yellow centres, I thought the flowers could be little Forget-me-nots.

I stamped the words exactly in place by using my Stamp-a-ma-jig. This has to be one of the most useful tools that I have. I've lost count of the times that I've spent ages creating a card, only to spoil it with a wonky greeting! Not now, though!

I mounted the piece onto several mats. Try varying the widths and colour arrangement of these, to give the best effect. The darker colours tend to look better on the outside, as they enclose and make things look smaller.

The Bluebird was stamped separately, cut out and mounted on dimensionals. That's it - sweet and simple, just how I like a card to be!

Stamps: Carte Postale & Leaves A La Carte Wheel

Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White & Night Of Navy

Ink: Bashful Blue, Night Of Navy & Soft Subtles Markers in Bashful Blue, Barely Banana & Certainly Celery

Accessories: Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!


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Friday, 9 May 2008

'Wheely' Great Cards!

Well, I don't know what's happened to the weather! It was glorious here in Cornwall for a few days, but today it's really overcast and miserable.

Anyway, here are some cards that I've made using sets that are on special offer this month.

I'll post the details for each of them separately, over the next few days.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

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Thursday, 1 May 2008

Deals On Wheels!

If you haven’t experienced the fun, ease and versatility of the Stampin' Around wheels, now is your chance.
For the month of May, when you buy a preselected stamp set, you’ll receive 50% off the coordinating wheel!

113422 Carte Postale Bundle £29.93
Carte Postale stamp set and the Leaves A La Carte jumbo wheel, pp. 56-57

113423 Seeing Spots Bundle £19.93
Seeing Spots stamp set and the Spot On jumbo wheel, p. 52

113425 Polka Dots & Paisley Bundle £22.93
Polka Dots & Paisley stamp set and the Petals jumbo wheel, p. 51

113427 Close As A Memory/Watercolour Vine Bundle £22.93
Close As A Memory stamp set and the Watercolor Vine jumbo wheel, p. 40

113430 Close As A Memory/Watercolour Joy Bundle £21.93
Close As A Memory stamp set and the Watercolor Joy standard wheel, p. 40

You’ll be amazed at all the ways you can use wheels to add depth and dimension to your projects! Keep checking my blog for ideas using these sets.
Contact me at to learn how you can take advantage of this 'wheely' great deal!

Thanks for looking!

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Tuesday, 8 April 2008


This card combines several stamp sets - Cheers To You (111037), Sanded (109294) and Seeing Spots (107007).

I used a VersaMark inkpad to stamp the background pattern on the Basic Black panel, which you can just about see in the photo, but which catches the light in real life.
Using marker pens and a blender pen, I coloured in the tankard of beer and added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to look like condensation on the side of the glass.
The image was then mounted onto a piece of Basic Black card cut out using the Round Tab Punch (109974). The Perfect Plum panel has a pricked pattern in the corners but, again, you can't see it very clearly in the photo.

This would be a good card for beer drinkers, but there are also some lovely stamps of cocktail glasses, making it a good set for celebrations of all kinds!

Stamps: Cheers To You, Sanded & Seeing Spots
Paper: Basic Black, Perfect Plum & Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Perfect Plum, VersaMark & More Mustard & Bordering Blue Marker Pens
Accessories: Crafter's Toolkit, Snail Adhesive, Scallop, Round Tab, 1 3/8” & 1/8” Circle Punches, Black Gingham Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Blender Pen & Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

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Thursday, 3 April 2008


This card combines two stamp sets, Polka Dots And Paisley (108549) and Seeing Spots (107007).

I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the word ‘happy’ correctly positioned. The paisley accents and the background circles were made by inking the parts of the stamps that I wanted, using matching Marker Pens. You just 'huff' on the stamp after using the markers and then stamp as usual. The daisy accent was stamped, punched out and lifted on dimensionals.

I used the Paper Piercing Template, Pad and Tool from the Crafter's Tool Kit (110089) to mark the places to punch the holes along the Lavender Lace card stock.

Stamps: Polka Dots And Paisley & Seeing Spots
Paper: Mellow Moss, Whisper White, Blush Blossom & Lavender Lace
Ink: Mellow Moss, Blush Blossom Inkpad & Marker & Lavender Lace Inkpad & Marker
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Snail Adhesive, Crafter’s Tool Kit, 1/8” & 1” Circle Punches & Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

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Monday, 24 March 2008

Never-Ending Joy

This is a quick Birthday card using the Never-Ending Joy set, (105038).
As the weather has been so bad, I decided to use the pretty Spring colours of Apricot Appeal and Certainly Celery.

I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to accurately align the flower heads over the stems, to add the bow and the greeting from the Sincere Salutations set, (105156).

Stamps: Never-Ending Joy & Sincere Salutations

Paper: Very Vanilla, Apricot Appeal & Certainly Celery

Ink: Certainly Celery & Apricot Appeal

Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Snail Adhesive, Certainly Celery 1/4” Grosgrain Ribbon

Thanks for looking!

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Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Petals And Paisleys

This layout is my version of the one shown on page 51 of the catalogue.
I used the same pack of Petals and Paisleys Designer Series Paper (110093), but chose different papers from the set.
It looks quite different doesn’t it?

It’s a 6” layout, which I love doing as I’m fairly new to scrapbooking and the size doesn’t scare me nearly as much as a blank 12” sheet of paper does!

I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to get the word ‘happy’ correctly positioned.
The paisley accent and the letters for ‘Jack’ were lifted on dimensionals, but the layout still fits nicely in the 6" x 6" Linen Album (109901).

The stamp set and Designer Series Paper were designed to work together, giving you lots of options for use.

Stamps: Polka Dots And Paisley
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy & Petals And Paisleys Designer Series Paper
Ink: Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, So Saffron & Not Quite Navy Marker
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Snail Adhesive, Linen Thread, Very Vanilla & Old Olive 5/8” Grosgrain Ribbon & Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

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Monday, 10 March 2008

Heart Pockets

I met some lovely ladies down at Newlyn earlier this month. They are members of Just Scrapbooking, a club run by Linda Knight and held on the first Saturday of the month.
As part of a Stampin' Up! party, I showed the ladies how to make the Heart Pocket that I used on my Valentine card and they then incorporated it into their layouts with Linda in the afternoon.

These layouts in progress are lovely. I am always amazed at how one idea can develop in so many different directions!
That's the beauty of attending a class like this, where you can bounce ideas off one another.

Thanks for looking!

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Thursday, 14 February 2008

Loads Of Love

Here’s the card I made for my Valentine - I hope he likes it!

The card base has some of the words from the Welcoming Words Level 1 Hostess set stamped over it in VersaMark ink, along with some spots from the Seeing Spots set.
Unfortunately, it can’t be seen very clearly in the photo.
I pricked a line of holes along the straight piece of card and then turned my attention to the heart pouch.
I love making templates to use with my card making. This heart shaped one took a bit of fiddling to get it the way I wanted it, but I got there in the end.
Do you think the closure looks a bit like eyes?
There are lots of pull-out tags inside the pouch which can be seen more clearly below.
Inside I wrote, 'I love you' in my best-est handwriting and signed it with a ? As I always initial my work though, it won't take him long to suss out it came from me!
Time for me to tidy up now. I got just about everything out in order to make this card.

Stamps: Welcoming Words, Seeing Spots, Loads Of Love, Simply Said & Wonderful Words
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red & Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Black, Basic Black Marker pen, Real Red & VersaMark
Accessories: Snail Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots, Crafter’s Tool Kit, Metallic Eyelets, Antique Brass Jumbo Eyelets, Vintage Brads, Tag Punch, Small Tag Punch, ½” Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon & Red and Black Gingham Ribbon

Thanks for looking!

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Sunday, 10 February 2008

Nature's Wonders

Here are some more of my mini cards.
No, you’re not seeing double, there ARE two of each card pictured! I usually do this so that I always have a spare card for a rainy day.

I used stamps from the Nature’s Wonders set. There are 4 in the set for £14.95 and that works out at £3.74 each - a bargain! Plus, they come in a sturdy storage box.
The code number is 100747 and you can see the whole set on page 46 of the catalogue.

The Dragonfly one is on Whisper White card stock and the Sand Dollar one is on Very Vanilla.

The background was stamped using the Sanded background stamp. These are huge and will cover the whole of an A6 card in one go.
A good tip is to lie the inked stamp on its back and carefully place the card on top. Cover with a piece of scrap paper and smooth over gently with your hand, the back of another stamp, or roller over it with a brayer. Remove the scrap paper and lift your card straight up and there you have it - a perfectly inked background!

I stamped the images and inked their edges and also the edges of the card base to give them a bit of definition.
They were then layered onto the card bases with Dimensionals and a little of the Dazzling Diamonds glitter was added to give a bit of sparkle.

A swirl was added to the envelopes with the stem image from the Mixed Bouquet set, which is one of the sets on special offer at the moment. See side bar for details.

Stamps: Nature’s Wonders & Sanded
Paper: Whisper White & Very Vanilla
Ink: Tempting Turquoise & Brocade Blue
Accessories: Dimensionals & Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Thanks for looking!

If you’d like to make projects like these yourself, then please contact me at to arrange a party. Invite some friends and family along and you are guaranteed to have fun whilst being creative!

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Friday, 1 February 2008

Mixed Bouquet

This is a set that I wasn’t too sure about to begin with. It seemed a bit too bold for my liking, but I had a play and came up with this:

Guess what? I love it now!

It’s a tent fold card, which is a bit different and I used my new pricking template and mat from the Crafter’s Tool Kit (110089), to make a series of holes along the strip of brown card.
The flower images were stamped on Very Vanilla card stock for a warmer feel.

The leaves were fun to do. You stamp the outline then use an infill stamp, so no colouring required! It’s called 2-Step Stamping.

The flower outline was stamped and coloured after pressing a Cameo Coral ink pad onto a stamp box lid and picking up the colour with an Aqua Painter.
Don’t colour it in totally, leave some pale edges for highlights. A quick dab with a baby wipe afterwards and the lid was all clean again.

The swirls and sentiment were stamped in Chocolate Chip ink and then the card put together, with the flowers and leaves lifted on Dimensionals to make them the focus of the card.
A knotted ribbon and a few dabs of glitter to highlight the rose and swirls and it was done.

As usual, I added an image to the envelope for that special finishing touch!

Stamps: Mixed Bouquet & Wonderful Words
Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip & Cameo Coral
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive & Cameo Coral
Accessories: Crafter’s Tool Kit, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Snail Adhesive & Dimensionals

If you like the look of this card, contact me at to arrange a party and have a go yourself!

Thanks for looking!

Your Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

*2-Step Stamping Promotion*

Mixed Bouquet is a set of 9 stamps that come in their own storage box - as all Stampin’ Up! stamps do - so there’s quite a lot to work with.
Throughout February, this and 2 other 2-Step Stamp sets can be purchased with 25% off the usual price. That’s a great saving!
In order to qualify for this offer you’ll just need to purchase £35 worth of Stampin’ Up! merchandise for each set that you’d like.

Page 42, 105755 Mixed Bouquet, Sale Price £21.71
Page 35, 109439 Big Bold Birthday, Sale Price £20.21
Page 54, 104014 Shapes And Shadows, Sale Price £22.46

You can order separately, or as part of a workshop or party.
This offer is for the month of February only, so don’t delay!

If you order one of these sets, I'll also give you a free catalogue for spending over £35 on Stampin' Up! merchandise!

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Pillar Box

I love little things and especially boxes - the tinier the better. This particular one is called a Pillar Box.

I filled it with lavender pot pourri as a gift for the hostess of my last party. As the lid isn’t completely closed, you can smell the lavender easily.

I made the tag with a stamp from the Terrific Tags set, which is a Level 1 Hostess Set and can be seen on page 15 of the catalogue.
It was punched out using the Small Tag punch (110113) and the matting layer was punched out using the Tag Punch (110114), both on page 80 of the catalogue. These punches were made to work with lots of stamps in the catalogue, so the tag on my box was made quickly, accurately and easily, in just seconds!

The top of the box is closed using the versatile Round Tab Punch (109974), which can also be seen on page 80 of the catalogue.

Stamps: Terrific Tags, Seeing Spots & Spot On
Paper: Perfect Plum, Pretty In Pink & Whisper White
Ink: Pretty In Pink & Perfect Plum
Accessories: Sticky Strip, Snail Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals & Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon

If you’d like to have a go at making these boxes yourself, why not book a party with me at and ask me to show you how?

Thanks for looking!


Friday, 25 January 2008

Summer By The Sea

OK, enough of the teasing!

Here is the card that I made for the party on Wednesday as the 'make and take'. I demonstrated it first and then the guests had a go and took their creations home with them.

The shaker panel was coloured using a technique called 'Gamsol' Magic. Gamsol is a trade name for odourless mineral spirits.

After colouring in with good quality pencils, (I used Prismacolors), OMS was then used on a paper stump to blend the colours into one another, removing the pencil lines and creating a beautiful soft look.

You could also use Watercolour Wonder Crayons, Stampin' Write Markers or Ink Pads pressed onto an old CD and the colour lifted with a blender pen or Aqua Painter.

The amount of flowers added to the shaker determines how deep the little girl is wading in lavender. Knee high, or nearly up to her waist?

It smells lovely as well!

Stamps: Summer By The Sea & Sanded
Paper: Almost Amethyst & Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black & Almost Amethyst
Accessories: Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread & Dimensionals
These can all be ordered through me at

Thanks for looking!


Monday, 21 January 2008

Make And Take

I’ve been busy over the weekend, getting ready for my next Stampin’ Up! party on Wednesday evening.
I’m only going to show a snippet of the make and take project as I don’t want to spoil the surprise - just in case any of the guests are lurking around here!

Check back later in the week for the details!

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, 12 January 2008

Pretty Posies

These two cards are the same - but different! The cool toned pink one is on Whisper White card stock, the warm toned orange one is on Very Vanilla.
The card bases are the cute Love Notes, as seen on page 78 of the catalogue.

The flowers were stamped using a VersaMark ink pad and the images remain invisible until you start dabbing on pastel pigment. Just dab, dab, dab with the applicator and the image will gradually ‘pop’ out at you. That’s the magic of Poppin’ Pastels!
Once the image is totally covered in pigment, you can then use a gentle swirling action to tint the background.
The flowers that are raised up were shaded using the swirling technique in slightly darker tones, to give them definition.
Inside, I used a verse stamp from the Curvy Verses set on page 61 of the catalogue that reads:

Two simple words
that come with so much
gratitude…thank you

Finally, I always try to decorate the envelope a little, as it gives the recipient a taste of what's inside!

Stamps: Pretty Posies, Canvas & Curvy Verses
Paper: Love Notes, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Rose Red & More Mustard
Ink: Pretty In Pink & More Mustard
Accessories: VersaMark Ink Pad, Stampin’ Pastels in Pretty In Pink, Rose Red, Apricot Appeal & Pumpkin Pie & Stampin’ Dimensionals

If you look at the orange card you’ll see that the Canvas background, the matting layer and the chalked edge are all in More Mustard and they work together beautifully.
This is one of the special qualities of the Stampin’ Up! range of products!

There are four colour families, Bold Brights, Earth Elements, Rich Regals and Soft Subtles, along with Neutrals and Naturals. For each of these colour families there are ink pads, refills, markers, A4 card stock, 12” x 12” card stock, patterned papers, watercolour crayons, pastels, brads, eyelets, rhinestone brads, ribbons and buttons. Phew, what a mouthful!

The flower stamps that I used are from the Pretty Posies set, which is a Level 1 Hostess Set and can be seen on page 17 of the catalogue.
So, if you host a party and gain sales of £150 - £199.99, not only can you choose one of the 5 Level 1 Hostess Gifts - you can also choose £15 worth of merchandise as well - both for free! Plus, a free catalogue just for being a hostess!
Now, doesn’t that sound good?
Not only that, you get to have fun with your friends and family whilst making cards and other projects in the comfort of your own home or club.

These two cards are destined for the ladies who have each booked a workshop with me this past week.

Why not e-mail me at and we can discuss tailoring a party just for you?

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, 3 January 2008

Loads Of Love

This is the card that I made for my husband on Christmas Eve - late on Christmas Eve, to be exact!
He loves Step-Side trucks - even more than he loves fast cars - so this one, from the Loads Of Love set on page 37 of the catalogue, seemed ideal.

I stamped it using Basic Black ink which is great for using with wet media, such as the Twinkling H2Os that I used here, as it doesn't run.
After masking the back of the truck with a post-it note, I was able to add the tree.
I painted it and put it aside to dry, whilst I worked on the rest of the card.

The base is an A4 sheet of Bashful Blue folded in half.

I originally wanted the spotty panel to be on the left hand side of the card, but an unfortunate splodge meant it had to be re-located. Why does that always happen when you're in a hurry?

The truck layer was matted onto the blue panels and the corners were removed using the lovely Ticket Corner punch. Sadly it's not in the current catalogue, but a similar effect can be achieved by using the edge of the 1/2" circle punch, 110103, on page 80 of the catalogue.

The whole thing was then mounted on dimensionals, along with the snowflakes and the heart.

A dab of glue and a frosting of glitter and it was nearly done.

I coloured the wheel hubs and the light surrounds with a silver gel pen and added a few highlights with the white gel pen and it was finished! Phew!

This really is a versatile set as, along with Loads Of Love Accessories and the two wheels (all on page 37 of the catalogue), so many occasions can be catered for.

Stamps: Loads Of Love, Time For A Tree & Spot On

Paper: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue & Real Red

Ink: Basic Black, Bashful Blue & Brocade Blue

Accessories: Real Red grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter & White Signo Gel Pen

Thanks for looking!