Monday, 31 May 2010

New Look!!

My sister and I have spent a lovely bank holiday Monday afternoon updating my blog layout.  There are still some tweaks that are needed but now having eaten the chocolate cake we have run out of steam.  I would love to hear your comments on the new look so far.  Remember your comments make me happy.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Get Well Soon Wishes

I made this card for my Grandma who was taken ill whilst on holiday last week and has been in Bournemouth hospital. I have used one of the stamps from the Fun and Fast notes stamp set and coloured it in using the inkpad lid and my blender pens.
The main base of the card is Very Vanilla and topped with a layer of Perfect and Pale Plum cardstock. I have used the tree vine from Vintage Vogue to create the border on the outer edge of the card, inked with pale plum.
The little bow to finish off the card is 1/4" elegant eggplant ribbon and adhered with a glue dot.
We all wish Grandma a speedy recovery and hope that she will be back home soon XX

Friday, 28 May 2010

Project 2

This is the second project my ladies undertook. The original idea came from a swap of Kerry Timms.
My card base is whisper white and then a layer of pretty in pink which I have versamarked with the vintage vogue wheel.
Then a strip of so saffron cardstock has been added and a length of certainly celery ribbon adhered with glue dots.
The three images along the centre of the card have been made using the scallop circle punch in rose red and then 1/3/8" and 11/4" circle punch in old olive and whisper white card stock.
I have used the 2 step bird punch to create the top images in off cuts of cardstock.
The sentiment comes from Sincere Salutations and is stamped in rose red ink using the stamp-a-ma-jig to position..

Thursday, 27 May 2010


Tomorrow I am going to see some wonderful ladies at Parliament Eary Years Centre for a morning of crafting. One of our projects will be to make this lovely bookmark.
Amanda gave a swap at our last team meeting so I have changed the ribbon and colours to make my own version of the bookmark.
I have used 2 scallop circles of Night of Navy cardstock which were stapled together with a lengh of bashful blue stripped grosgrain ribbon to start with.
I have then added 11/4" circle of Taken with Teal and a 1" circle of Bashful Blue cardstock. A small heart was added to finish off. (repeat this for the other side of the bookmark)
Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Pocket Silhouettes and Rose Red

Last Friday my friend Paula hosted a workshop. As the ladies sat whilst I demonstrated a card all you could hear was I couldnt make that. Oh you make it look so easy said one. But we all know Stampin up! makes things easy with co-ordinating card and inks.
Well ladies you all made the above card and how easy was it..........
Cardstock: Sage Shadow, Whisper White, Cameo Coral and Rose Red.
Inks: Rose Red
Stamp Set: Pocket Silhouette
Punches: Scallop Square and Word Window
Ribbon: Pretty In Pink striped Grosgrain
Adhesive: SNAIL, tombow, sticky strip and dimenionsals.
If you and a group of your friends would like to get together and craft give me a call 01452 855231/ 07855617920 to arrange your own workshop.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Wedding Day

My sister and her family were at a wedding on Saturday and she had asked me to make a card at the last minute. She is a great crafter but had just not had time to make the card herself.
Trying to make the most of my time on friday evening I packed myself a small box of supplies and went off to take my younger daughter and her friend to gymnastics. My plan was to make the card whilst waiting for the girls. I had 45 minutes of free time.
I used Confetti White cardstock for the base. ( a new choice for me), but its lovely and just perfect for a wedding card. The middle layer is Pale Plum and Pretty in Pink cardstock I used the Simply Said stamp set with pretty in pink ink and 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon.
My images were stamped and coloured in using blender pens and were then punched out using the scallop square. The middle sentiment comes from Occasional Greetings.
I hope the happy couple enjoyed their day, they certainly had perfect weather.....

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Thank You Card 2

This is the second card that I made for Alice. Again it was a quick card using scraps from my craft box.
I have used Whisper White cardstock for the base and then layered a piece of Chocolate Chip and DSP from Rose Red. The sentiment is again from Oval All and has been stamped in Rose Red onto Whisper White cardstock, and then layered onto Rose Red. I have used the oval and scallop oval punches. I have used a piece of 3/8" taffeta ribbon pretty in pink to balance the bottom of the card.
Its surprising what you can do with your left overs. Have a look in your box and challenge yourself to make something with the bits. Email me your results I would love to see them.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Thank You Card

Its been a busy end to the last week. As I already mentioned my elder daughter left school on thursday and wanted thank you gifts and cards for her favourite teachers. The above card was one of the ones that I made for her quickly using some scraps I had in my craft box.

I love the contrast of dark and pale blues in this card, together with the stark white.
The card base is Whisper White and then I have layered a panel of night of navy and some DSP from bella bleu. The faux stitching was marked using the uni-ball signo gel pen.

The sentiment was from Oval All and was stamped in Tempting Turquoise onto Whisper White card and punched out using the oval punch. This was layered onto a piece of Night of Navy which was punched out using the scallop oval punch. These were adhered using dimensionals to give some lift to the card.

My next post will show the second card I made for Alice.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Thank You Cards

I had to make a number of thank you cards for my workshop customers and this is the design I came up with.
The top photo shows the card is more detail for you.
I have used Whisper White cardstock for the base and then teamed it with Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip. The Chocolate Chip border was punched using the eyelet border punch.
I have used the greeting from Trendy Trees and punched out using the word window punch.
The bird and leaf are punched out using the Extra Large Two Step Bird Punch using off cuts of cardstock in Real Read and Garden Green.
I used one of the stamps from Trendy Trees and stamped in Chocolate Chip to give some definition to the bird.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Trevor's Card

My Friend Trevor recently gave me this card he had made, isn't it just gorgeous. Trevor is very talented and so precise with his card making.
Here is his recipe.
Stamp Sets: Good Neighbours and Happy Moments from SAB. Speckles small wheel.
Cardstock: Whisper White, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Bashful Blue.
InkPads: Ruby Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Bashful Blue.
Ribbon: Chocolate Chip 1/4"
Punches: Scallop Oval. Large Oval & Word Window.
Tools: Sponge Daubers, Paper Snips and Stamp-a-ma-jig.
Please Leave your comments for Trevor to see. Many Thanks

Monday, 17 May 2010

Loyalty Card Scheme

I have spent part of today making some loyalty cards for my new customers who ordered at my recent workshop.
For each order placed over £20 I will mark your loyalty card. Once you have placed 4 qualifying orders you will receive free P & P, for 8 qualifying orders you will receive a free inkpad of your choice. On your 12th order you will receive a 10% discount (ex P & P) and for 16 orders placed you will receive a free stamp set of your choice from the current catalogue.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Bird House design

I needed to post three photo's of the tiny birdhouse so that you can see it from all angles and in detail.
My daughter Alice finishes school on Thursday and she wanted 3 gifts for her favourite teachers. I thought the bird box was a lovely gift and we have filled them with chocolates. It also meant my sister and I could practice them before our ladies at craft on thursday make them!!!
Now I can't take the credit for the design but if you visit Jo Dumbleton's blog at you will find a tutorial on how to make them.
I have used Close to Cocoa ink and cardstock together with More Mustard.
My bird and branch were punched using the new 2 step bird punch .
If you would like to learn how to make this bird house I still have a few spaces left at my Craft Class on thursday 20th May. Please contact me for details on 01452 855231 / 07855617920 or at

Friday, 14 May 2010

Quartely Team Meeting SWAP

I apologise for the quality of this photo, the digital camera has just run out of charge.
This is my SWAP of our quarterly team meeting tomorrow. Really looking forward to the day but not the early start!!!
I am sure Amanda has the day jam packed but we also get to play........
Each person who attends is asked to make 10 swaps which are just the card front using SU products. and something that can be used as a demonstration at a workshop or as a make and take. We swap the fronts with one another so hopefully come away with at least 10 new ideas and lots of inspiration.
Recipe. Simply said stamp set.
Rose red, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla Cardstock.
Rose Red and Chocolate Chip Inkpad.
Eyelet Border Punch , 1/4" circle punch and Chrystal effects.
Stamp-a-ma-jig, Blender Pens and Paper Piercing Mat and Tool.
SNAIL and Tombow glue.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Tuesday Workshop

I held a workshop on Tuesday evening to give my business a kick start and would just like to say a huge thank you to Kerry for her support and guidance through the evening and her wonderful make and take. Another thank you goes to all who attended the evening there were 16 guests in total so Kerry and I were very busy.
Above is the card that I demonstrated during the evening. I have used the Simply Said stamp set together with Perfect Plum and Pale Plum cardstock and their matching inkpads, together with very vanilla for stamping on. The corners have been notched out using the 1/2" circle punch, and the greeting has been punched out using the oval punch and this is then mounted on the scallop circle using dimensionals. I have used the paper piercing tool and mat to pierce each scallop. The ribbon is 1/4" elegant eggplant. The stamp-a-ma-jig was used to position my hearts and their centres in line. The centres were coloured in with blender pens.
If you would like to see this card demonstrated please contact me to book a workshop in may.
Tomorrows post shows another card using simply said but with a different colour combo. This is my swap for our quarterly team meeting on Saturday. ( I have made 14 card fronts) A bit of a production line was going on this one.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Challenge #26 - A Theme Challenge

This is my contribution to our latest team challenge. Please visit to see the teams other entries.
We have been challenged to make a card using buttons, bows, butterflies and a stamp set from the new mini catalogue. We could use one or all of the above. So I have used everything!!!
Again I have made a slider card using perfect plum and pale plum cardstock, together with Perfect Plum and Pale Plum inkpads. The insert panel is Pale Plum and Very Vanilla.
The flowers were stamped on Very Vanilla and hand cut out and then painted with yes shimmer paint again!!!
On the insert I have stamped a sentiment from occasional greetings using shimmer paint to finish off the friend theme.

My buttons form the centre of the two large flowers and then they have been tied with a linen thread bow. My three small butterflies are from the oval all stamp set and I just coloured in the butterfly from one of the sentiments with my perfect plum marker.

I hope you like this combination as much as I do.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Slider Card (A Touch of Nature)

Over the weekend I was trying to master a template for a slider card but just couldn't get it !!!
Last night I picked up my card pieces and guess what it just clicked. So much so that I made a second one for our fortnightly inspiringinkin challenges, which I will show tomorrow.
I have used A Touch of Nature Stamp set, together with Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Ruby Red and old Olive inkpads. Now my card isn't perfect but I rather like it.
My card base is Real Red and then the panels and insert are Whisper White. I have used the scallop edge border on some left over Real Red Card to create a border on the insert.
I have used the rock and Roll technique on the large flowers and the butterfly is coloured in using my blender pens and is then hand cut out. To give the butterfly a shimmer I have wiped it over with shimmer paint which can be found in our new mini catalogue.
The ribbon used is Red Gingham 3/16".
Once you have your measurements this card is easy. (isn't everything when you know how).
If you would like to learn how to produce a card similar to this one and master the Rock and Roll technique, we will be doing both at my next card class on Thursday 20th May 7.30pm at St Johns Church, Churchdown. Please contact me to book a place on or 01452 855231.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

I am back

Just a quick post letting you all know I am still around. Its been a busy week but I dont seem to have achieved much. Anyway I am trying to organise some crafting time later on this evening and tomorrow so hopefully pictures will follow shortly showing my results.