Saturday, 1 October 2011

The Wait is Over .....

October the 1st means just one thing in the Stampin' Up calendar!!
That's right! The new catalogue has gone live today!!

Click on the picture to view the catalogue or use the link in the right hand bar of this page.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Simply Stampin' Challenge Week 19

The challenge this week over on The Simply Stampin' Challenge Blog is a sketch challenge.
I enjoy working with sketches as they provide a springboard to work from. I rotated this week's sketch so that the horizontal strip became vertical and I used ribbon for that element. The ribbon covered the join on the Cherry Cobbler mat as I had to emboss two pieces to fit the base.

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Stamps: Strength and Hope, Clearly For You
Ribbon: Crumb Cake Seam Binding
Punches: Scallop Edge Border
Dies: Top Note
Embossing Folder: Vintage Wallpaper
Embellishments: Basic Pearls
As always thanks for looking....x

Monday, 1 August 2011

Why not treat yourself!!

Spend £75 on Stampin' Up! products during the month of August (or host a £250 workshop) and receive this wonderful exclusive gift from Stampin' Up!

Your gift includes a beautiful, exclusively-designed cosmetic bag, along with Rich Razzleberry 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, and a 24 piece Clip Assortment.

I am going to go through my very long wish list to place a qualifying order so that I can get my hands on this fab freebie!! I really, really NEED the cosmetic bag for holding .....Stampin' Up! stuff of course!!

Contact me to place your order today!

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Simply Stampin' Challenge Week 18

Head on over to the Simply Stampin' Challenge Blog where the theme this week is Photo Love.
I chose to decorate a plain wooden photo frame from Tesco that I painted with cream acrylic paint before decorating.

Ink: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand
Stamps: French Foliage, Artistic Etchings
Chipboard: On-Board Alphabet Soup
Designer Series Paper: Elegant Soiree
Tools: Spritzer with Soft Suede Marker

Thanks for looking...x

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Simply Stampin' Challenge Week 17

Don't faint!! I am back in blogland after a long absence. There has been so much going on in the past couple of months that I just couldn't juggle it all and had to drop the crafting for a while. The good news is that I now have a full time permanent job!! I had an interview in June and was successful!! I am going to be teaching in the same school that I started at 19 years ago. To be honest it feels like I have never left though as I have worked there on a temporary basis since giving up my full time job in 2000 when I stopped to have family. I love teaching and the timing is perfect for going back. I am soooo excited, it felt great spending the first week of my holidays getting my classroom organised and set up the way that I want it.

I know I am a bit late in posting this week's Simply Stampn design team entry but I was in the mood to be creative today and had the time too.  This week's challenge is a colour combo and uses the colours Poppy parade, Real Red, Certainly Celery and Whisper White.  Now I would never have thought of using Poppy Parade and Real Red together but guess what?
 I love it!!
I also got a chance to play with my new favourite stamp set French Foliage. I love the script, ink blots and Paris stamp which are perfect for creating an aged and distressed look.

Cardstock: Real Red, Poppy Parade, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Certainly Celery (paper stack)
Speciality Paper: Vellum
Ink: Real Red, Poppy Parade, Certainly Celery
Stamps: French Foliage
Sizzix Dies: Beautiful Butterflies
Embossing Folders: Vintage Wallpaper, Square Lattice
Ribbon: 1/2" Real Red Poly-Stitched

Thanks for looking

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Simply Stampin' Challenge Week 10

It's a sketch challenge this week over at The Simply Stampin' Challenge Blog. Why not pop over and see the other Design team's creations and join in!!
I have made a bright coloured birthday card using the fabulous two step owl punch.

Cardstock: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper: Play Date
Stamps: Party this Way
Markers: Old Olive, Real Red
Ribbon: Real Red 1 1/4" striped grosgrain, Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain
Punches: Two Step Owl Punch, Fancy Flower Extra Large (to make the scallops)

The Sketch

Thanks for looking....x

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Simply Stampin' Challenge Week 9

This week the challenge over on the Simply Stampin' Challenge Blog is the theme


I have used my trusty Sizzix dies to make this card including the card base.


Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla
 Designer Series Paper: Springtime Vintage
 Sizzix Die: Scallop Circle, Fun Flowers
 Embossing Folders: Vintage Wallpaper, Perfect Polks Dots
 Stamps: Four Frames, Basic Phrases
 Ink: Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake
 Ribbon: 5/8 " Very Vanilla Satin

As always thanks for looking.....x

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Simply Stampin' Challenge Week 8

The challenge this week at Simply Stampin' is a colour challenge and the combo is the very refreshing Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Very Vanilla.

I have made a small handbag style cover which could be used to hold a small gift or a bag of sweets etc. Last night I was at a workshop and the guests made this as their make and take in a different colour combo of Baja Breeze, Rose Red, Basic Gray and Very Vanilla - both are lovely, Everyone enjoyed the finished result.


Cardstock: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodile Delight, Very Vanilla
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Stamps: Simply Said
Sizzix Die: Tope Note, Beautiful Wings
Sizzix Embossing Folder: Vintage Wallpaper
Ribbon: 5/8" Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon
Punches: 1 3/4 x 7/8" Oval Large

I do hope that you get a chance to join in this week as I love seeing everyone's interpretations of the challenges.

As always thanks for looking.......x

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Simply Stampin' Challenge Week 7

This week the challenge over at Simply Stampin' is a sketch challenge. Do pop over and see what the design team created and hopefully you will be inspired to join in too.

I love working with sketches as they cut out half the work!! Using this week's sketch I created a scrapbook layout instead of a card. I turned the sketch on its side and moved the sentiment to suit the layout.

To make the flowers I used the Faux Mother of Pearl technique by adding Frost White Shimmer paint to white glossy cardstock using a piece of scrunched up cling film. Once dry I used a brayer to add Rose Red ink over the top. I then cut the flowers using the Sizzix Fun Flowers Die and layered on top with stampin dimensionals.
The little girl in the photograph is my niece Abigail.


Cardstock: Rose Red 12 x 12, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, Glossy White
Ink: Rose Red
Designer Series Paper: Sweet and Sour Speciality
Stamps: Four Frames
Sizzix Dies: Fun Flowers, Little Leaves, Beautiful Wings
Punches: Decorative Label, 3/4" Circle
Ribbon: 1/2" Pear Pizzazz Stitched-Poly Ribbon
Other: Frost White Shimmer Paint
Tools: Brayer, Rose Red Marker Pen (journalling)

The sketch

As always thanks for looking.....x

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Simply Stampin' Challenge Week 6

This week the challenge over at the Simply Stampin' Challenge Blog is the theme

Buttons and Bows


Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Pale Plum, Old Olive, Basic Black
Designer Series Paper: Newsprint, Old Olive (from the Brights Paper Stack)
Stamps: Because I Care (Level 1 hostess set)
Punches: Scallop Trim Border, Oval Large
Ribbon: 5/8" Basic Black Satin
Embellishments: Rich Razzleberry Button (Brights), Linen Thread, Dazzling Diamonds

I would also like to say a special congratulations to Niki , who is another DT member on the Simply Stampin' Challenge Blog. She gave birth 7 weeks early, on Wednesday, to a beautiful baby girl, Sophie Ann.
You can see some photographs of her here.

I hope that you can play along!
As always thanks for looking......x

Monday, 2 May 2011

And the winner of the owl punch is.....

 Diane (Number 7)


I'm thinkin "Mrs Swoops"

Diane xx

p.s lovin yer new look 

Thanks to all those that entered the draw. I loved your choice of names! I liked so many of them that I think that my owl will have a lot of middle names LOL

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Simply Stampin' Challenge Week 5

Gosh I can't believe how quickly this week has flown past (again!)
This week the challenge over on the Simply Stampin Challenge blog is back to a colour theme and the combination this time is Always Artichoke, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Grey and Whisper White.

I have made a quick and simple card this week as I am guilty of leaving to the last minute (oops!) however it does go to show that you don't need hours to create an effective card. I had a workshop on Thursday evening and the ladies made this card for their make and take but with the combo of Basic Grey, Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Whisper White.


Cardstock: Basic Grey, Rich Razzleberry, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink: Always Artichoke
Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Cheers and Wishes
Punches: Scallop Trim Border, Decorative Label Punch
Embossing Folder: Vintage Wallpaper
Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones

As always thanks for looking. I do hope that you can take part.....x

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Simply Stampin' Challenge Week 4

Gosh I can't believe that the Simply Stampin Challenge Blog is at week 4 already! In weeks 1, 2 and 3 the challenges were sketch, colour then theme so this means that this week we are back to a sketch challenge. I love sketches especially when I am struggling for inspiration as using a sketch for the layout cuts out half the work!

I have followed the sketch quite closely except I chose not to use stars as embellishments.


Cardstock: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper: Love Letter
Ink: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red
Stamps: Artistic Etchings, Notably Ornate, Heard from the Heart
Ribbon: 1 1/4" Black Striped Grosgrain
Punches: Scallop Circle, Boho Blossoms
Embellishments: Rhinestone Brad

....and the sketch

 I have really enjoyed looking at everyone's creations and hope that you can join in this week.
 Remember this week is the last week to enter to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize that's up for grabs!!

Fast & Fabulous Stamp set
In Colour Patterns paper pack (6x6)
In Colour Ribbon Bundle
2 x A5 card in each of the In Colours
A selection of the new Jumbo Buttons

As always thanks for looking.....x

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Easter Wishes Card

Another Easter project, this time a step card. Please see this post for instructions for making the Bunny Rabbit Punch Art.


Cardstock: So Saffron, Marina Mist, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Old Olive

Ink: Old Olive, Marina Mist, Pretty in Pink

Punches: Ornament Extra-Large, Oval Extra-Large, Oval Large, 1/2" Circle,
Scallop Oval Extra-Large (for the eyes), Decorative Label Punch

Stamps: Trendy Trees, Big Bold Birthday (both used for the background of the card and eggs), Occasional Greetings

Ribbon:  5/8" Marina Mist Satin Ribbon

As always thanks for looking......x

Bunny Rabbit Punch Art Instructions

As promised here are some step by step instructions for making the bunny rabbit that I used on my Easter treat box here.

Click on image for a closer view.


Punches: Ornament Extra-Large, Oval Extra-Large, Oval Large, 1/2" Circle,
Scallop Oval Extra-Large (for the eyes)

Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black

Pens: Basic Black Marker, White Gel Pen


1. Ornament Punch - 2 in white, Extra Large Oval Punch - 1 in white, Oval Large Punch - 4 in white, 1/2" Circle Punch - 2 in white, Oval Punch - 4 in pink, Scallop Oval Punch - 1 in black, a regular hole punch to punch a circle for the nose in pink

2.Trim off the top and bottom of the ornament punch, rounding the edges

3. Glue one ornament punch on top of the other to form the head and tummy

4. Glue each ear behind the head

5. Glue the pink inner ears on the front of the ears

6. Put two layers of Stampin Dimensionals on the tummy

7. Glue the pink feet on to the white ovals. Place slightly lower than centre and using the black marker draw in claws

8. Put the feed on to the dimensionals

9. Glue the large oval under the tummy for the bunny's tail

10. Using dimensionals glue on the small circles for the bunny's cheeks

11. Glue on the nose

12. Glue on the eyes and draw in highlights with white gel pen, lashes and whiskers with black gel pen.

After I had saved my tutorial and was closing Photoshop down I realised that I had forgotten to add two of the photos. Unfortunately being up to my eyes writing report cards for school means that I don't have time to redo the tutorial (at the moment) so I have added the two photos and instructions below for the eyes.

Cut two tear drop shapes for the eyes

Glue the eyes on to the bunny's face

As always thanks for looking.......x

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Simply Stampin' Challenge Week 3

If you have joined me from the Simply Stampin Challenge blog then welcome but if not then why not pop over there now and see this week's challenge.

The challenge this week is a themed challenge which of course given the time of the year is EASTER!

A big part of Easter in our house is of course Easter Eggs! I love the Cadbury's Mini Eggs and so what better project for me to create than a secret place to hide my eggs ......ahem I mean a lovely handcrafted jar to store the eggs!

It does actually make a good hidey place as my two boys have walked past it plenty times and not really noticed what is inside!! I wonder how long that will last!!

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Rose Red, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze
Ink: Rose Red
Stamps: Something To Celebrate (L2 Hosetss Mini Catalogue)
Designer Series Paper: Springtime Vintage
Sizzix Dies: Circle Scallop
Punches: Eyelet Border, Ornament Extra-Large, Oval Extra-Large, Oval Large, 1/2" Circle, Scallop Oval Extra-Large (for the eyes), Boho Blossoms, Modern Label Extra-Large
Ribbon: 1/2" Rose Red Seam Binding
Embellishments: Basic Pearls

I will be back later with a tutorial for making the bunny but all the parts use SU punches except the bunny's nose which just uses a regular stationery hole punch. The bunny's eyes are made by cutting two tear drop shapes from the scallop oval punched shape.
Once the bunny was assembled I made a little triangular rest for it to lean against.

I hope that you can join us in this week's challenge, remember there is a fantastic prize up for grabs too!!

As always thanks for looking......x

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Spring is in the Air......

This card has a lovely spring feel to it. Daffodil Delight is such a happy colour!

Recently I have been searching for challenge blogs as the extra inspiration they give is great to get me started.
I have created this card combining three challenges - Mojo Monday (MOJO186)  which is a sketch challenge  Color Throwdown (CTD137) which is a colour challenge and Stampin Royalty (SR#67) which is a theme challenge.


Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight,
Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery
Designer Series Paper: Greenhouse Gala
Stamps: Vintage Vogue
Punches: Scallop Edge Border
Ribbon: 3/8" Certainly Celery Taffeta
Embellishments: Basic Pearls
Other: Baker's Twine from my craft stash


The sketch from Mojo Monday

The colour challenge from The Color Throwdown

The theme from Stampin Royalty



As always thanks for looking.....x

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

....more.....Less Is More Week 10

Wow these cards are certainly quick to do! In under 15 minutes I have made a new card, photgraphed, resized, added my watermark and blogged!  Definitely no excuses for anyone not getting a hand crafted birthday card from me LOL

Anyway I am back with another card because I felt that perhaps the cupcake was too strong a focus. I don't have any teeny cupcakes but I did stamp a smaller image - this time a present.
Mind you after looking at both cards I think that this type of card and sentiment probably wouldn't work as well with a smaller image anyway.


Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Rose Red
Marker: Rose Red
Stamps: Big Bold Birthday, Heard from the Heart
Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones

As always thanks for looking....x