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!