Monday, 23 November 2009

Old Fashioned Santa

Old Fashioned Christmas was a set I received with my starter kit, almost eighteen months ago now and sadly it doesn't seem to have appeared on my blog once. This card features the Santa image which has been embossed in gold and looks lovely. The card was finished off using Merry Moments designer paper and the eyelet border punch.
Stamps: Old Fashioned Christmas
Cardstock/ Paper: Real Red, Garden Green, Very Vanilla and Merry Moments dsp
Ink: Versamark
Tools: Eyelet Border punch and gold embossing powder

Monday, 16 November 2009

Back from the cold..

I've not posted for ages as I've been full of cold so haven't had a clear enough head to craft, was just starting to feel better when me son caught the cold and so I've spent the last week nursing him. Everyone's now better and it's time for some cards. This is one I've had made for a long time but have yet to post. The card base is made from lovely Kraft cardstock, the white circle you can see is actually paper from the Bella Bleu collection and the sentiment is from Sincere Salutations.

Stamps: A Rose is a Rose and Sincere Salutations
Ink: Cameo Coral, Ruby Red, Certainly Celery and Old Olive
Cardstock : Kraft, Whisper White and Bella Bleu dsp

Friday, 9 October 2009

Tree Trimmings

Today's card is made from the new Tree Trimmings set, found on page 23 of the new catalogue. I can see myself using this set loads for my Christmas card this year. The new eyelet border punch has also been used along with the new scrummy real red striped grosgrain ribbon. The ribbon was held in place with a big crystal rhinestone from the pretties kit, these are also now available separately, see page 85.

Stamps: Tree Trimmings and Season of Joy
Paper/ Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, old Olive and Chocolate Chip
Tools: Eyelet Border punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig and Paper Piercer
Accessories: Real Red 1/2" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and Clear Crystal Rhinestone

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Catalogue Goodies have arrived

This card was made from some of my new goodies which arrived today. The stamped images come from the new hostess level 1 set Darling Dots, which is a really good all round set. The centres of the flowers have been pierced with the brand new paper piercer, which is lovely to use. the background is made from the Sanded Speckles wheel in pixie pink ink and the greeting comes from Sincere Salutations (only new to me today).
Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Darling Dots, Sanded Speckle Wheel
Paper/ Cardstock: Whisper White, Pixie Pink and Sage Shadow cardstock
Ink: Pixie Pink, Sage Shadow and Basic Black
Tools: Paper Piercer and Mat Pack, 1" Circle and 1 1/4" Circle punches
Accessories: Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

New Catalogue has arrived...a week ago!

Well the new catalogue has been with us almost a week and I'm yet to show you anything made with the new goodies. This card has been made from one of the level three hostess sets from the new catalogue called "Garden Dreams" and it is a lovely set, well worth hosting a workshop for. The image was stamped in bashful blue ink and then chalked in the centre, which was layered up with dimensionals to give some depth. The card was finished off with some pearls from the pretties kit.
Stamps: Garden Dreams
Cardstock / Paper: Whisper White, Bashful Blue and Bashful Blue dsp
Ink: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery and Versamark
Accessories: Stampin Pastels, Dimensionals and pearls from Pretties Kit

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Stampers 10 Club

I am hoping to start a new stamper's 10 club at the beginning of October, please see stampers 10 page for more details and email me at if you wish to join the club.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Last Chance List

The last chance list for the 2008-2009 catalogue has been posted. Stamps and accessories on this list are not available only while stocks last and with some off them having upto 50% off they won't hang around for long. To take a look at the list go here.

If you wish to order anything off this list please email me at

Two items have already gone....

104036 All Wrapped Up (p91)

100319 Happy Hearts (p91)

I'll try and keep every updated as to what has gone.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Sweet Always Birthday Card

This simple card was made to show off the beatiful Sweet Always dsp from Stampin' Up! The paper is matted onto regal rose card and the greeting is from the Cheer & Wishes set. I really don't think it needs anything else to finish it off.

Stamps: Cheer & Wishes
Cardstock/ Paper: Whisper White, Regal Rose and Sweet Always DSP
Ink: Regal Rose
Accessories: Curved Rectangle Nestabilities and Bigshot

Friday, 21 August 2009

One for the girls and one for the boys...

This card was made from Nursery Necessities and is a general baby girl card. The paper is from the Sweet Always dsp collection and the ribbon is from my stash. After making this card I decided to have a go at a blue version for the boys, here is my attempt:

Stamps: Nursery Necessities
Cardstock/ Paper: Whisper White, Sweet Always and Summer Picnic dsp
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Ballet Blue and Bashful Blue
Accessories: Pink and blue ribbon from my stash.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Grandma's Birthday Card

This card is one I made for my Grandma. I wasn't sure about this stamp "From the Garden", its a hostess level 1 stamp, but it stamps a beautiful image. I stamped in versamark onto vellum cardstock and then embossed with pearly white, gold and clear embossing mixed , a mixture helpfully made by my son. The embossing shows up a lot better when the card catches the light, for blogging purposes gold would have been better! The image was then coloured on the reverse using perfect plum and mellow moss markers. the card was finished off with a greeting from the Wow Flowers set.

Stamps: From the Garden and Wow Flowers
Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Mellow Moss and Vellum Cardstock
Ink: Versamark, Perfect Plum and Mellow Moss Markers
Accessories: Oval and Scallop Oval punches, gold brads, clear, gold and pearly white embossing powders.

Everything is from Stampin' Up! except the pearly white embossing powder.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Sketch Saturday Card #63

This is my card for this week Sketch Saturday challenge, you can find the sketch here. The main image on the card is from Penny Black called "Surprise!", this is a stamp I have wanted in my collection for a long time, I think the mice are so cute. Everything else on the card is from Stampin' Up! The patterned paper is one from the Holiday Treasures collection from Stampin' Up! , its looks a lot better on the real card.
Stamps: Penny Black "Surprise" and Wow Flowers
Card / Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Old Olive and Holiday Treasures dsp
Ink: Stazon and Earth Elements Markers
Accessories: Oval and Scallop Oval punches, Pretties flowers and clear rhinestone brads and 1/4" grosgrain ribbon in chocolate chip.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

A quick thank you card

This card was made to add to my samples box. The base card is textured close to cocoa and the paper is from the Tea and Crumpets dsp collection. The images have all been stamped with versamark and then chalked with So Saffron chalk.
Stamps: Live Your Dream
Card / Paper: Close to Cocoa textured cardstock, Very Vanilla and Tea and Crumpets dsp
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Very Vanilla 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Stampin Pastels and scallop circle, scallop oval, oval and 1 3/8" circles punches.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Joseph's Door Plaque

This weekend I have been making a door plaque for my son Joseph. To make one of these you will need two coasters for every letter in the name you are using, chipboard letters for each letter, a length of ribbon, scraps of designer paper and an ink pad of your choice and some plain coloured card stock.

Measure the size of your coaster then cut a front piece (in the designer paper) for every letter and a back piece (in the plain card stock). Cover the coasters with s front of back piece of paper so every coaster has one covered side. Take the chipboard letters and colour them using the ink pad. While these are dying line up the back coaster and place a line of sticky strip across the middle of each one. Peel the backing off and cover with the ribbon. Stick the front panels onto the back. Finally when your chipboard letters have dried, glue the onto the front of your door plaque.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Rainbow Sherbert Birthday Card

This card was made using the Big Bold Birthday set. The chipboard frame was made using one of the shapes in the Batch of Blooms chipboard set from Stampin' Up! Thee frame was covered with Tempting Turquoise ink and then to get the glossy finish two layers of clear embossing powder were melted over the top.
Stamps: Big Bold Birthday
Cardstock/Paper: Card blank from Craftwork Cards, Whisper White and Rainbow Sherbet DSP
Ink: Versamark, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore and Apricot Appeal marker
Accessories: Batch of Bloom Chipboard and clear embossing powder.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Back From Hols

I have not posted for a while as I've been on holiday to Wales for the past week. As we were driving around the whole country we were really lucky and managed to miss the rain thats been about and actually get on a beach and sunbathe! Today's card has a male feel as my card were getting a bit too girly. the main image is stamped in Always Artichoke and then re-stamped with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder ( made possible by the super stamp-a-ma-jig). The embellishment is made from a piece of silver Hodgepodge Hardware threaded with linen thread. Everything for this card is from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Loads of Love and Accessories
Cardstock/Paper: Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla,Always Artichoke and Mellow Moss. Le Jardin Designer paper from the 2007-08 catalogue
Ink: Always Artichoke, Bordering Blue and Versamark
Accessories: Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Linen Thread, and Aqua Painter.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Sketch Saturday Card #59

This card was created for the current Sketch Saturday challenge, you can see the sketch here.
The image for this card comes from the Daisy ans Dandylion stamps range, I think little Daisy is so cute. The embellishment for this card were all made with punches from Stampin' Up! The large flower is made from the flowers on the Boho Blossoms punch layered up with a So Saffron brad as the centre.
Stamps: Daisy and Dandylion Collection
Ink: Chocolate Chip ink and So Saffron marker
Cardstock: Regal Rose Textured, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss and Very Vanilla, all SU
Accessories: Boho Blossoms, Scallop Oval and Oval punches from SU, So Saffron brads, Very Vanilla 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and a peel-off greeting.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Wellies for Dad

As my dad is a farmer I thought the wellies stamp from "Scene in a garden" would be perfect for his father's day card. The wellie boarder was used with the help of the Stamp-a-ma-jig to help line up the essential tool in this case! The greetings stamp and tag stamp are both from Inca and are ones I've had for years. The paper is certainly celery designer paper from the retired list. The edges of the paper were ripped and then chalked with Night of Navy to tie the whole card together.
Stamps: Scene in agraden, Happy Father's Day and Tag from Inca
Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White and certainly celery dsp (retired)
Ink: Black Stazon, Basic Black, Certainly Celery and Night of Navy Markers
Accessories: Stampin' Pastels, Pewter Jumbo Eyelet and Certainly Celery 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Birthday Card

This card was created for my friend Jane's birthday. The image is one called "Uplifting" from Penny Black. The image was coloured with Stampin' Up! markers. The greeting embellishment and card candy dots are from Craftwork Cards.

Stamps: "Uplifting" Penny Black
Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip and Sweet Always dsp
Ink: Black Stazon and SU Markers in: Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Pretty in Pink, Yoyo Yellow and Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch and card candy and embellishment from Craftwork Cards.

Monday, 15 June 2009

Crafty Inklings 1st Challenge

Crafty Inklings is my upline group formed by Michelle. Michelle set us the challenge to use the following items to make a card or 3D object.

the paper is from the Washington Apple collection and uses the colours Bashful Blue, So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie. These are not colours I found easy to work with together, so it's taken me a while to figure out what I was going to do. But here it is....

The base card is So Saffron with the background stamped using Versamark and a stamp from Seeing spots. Inside the circle uses the "thank you" stamp from Seeing spots in Bashful Blue ink and the flower in So Saffron. The card was finished off with the elements from the challenge.


Stamps: Seeing Spots

Cardstock/ Paper: So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and Washington Apple dsp

Ink: So Saffron, Bashful blue and Versamark

Accessories: 1" Double Stitch Grosgrain ribbon in Bashful Blue and clip from Petwer HodgePodge Hardware

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Live Your Dream Thank You Card

Today's card was made as a thank you for a friend who recently bought my son a gift. The photo is not brilliant...really must find my camera! The greeting in the scallop circle reads "Thanks".

  • Stamps: Live Your Dream
  • Cardstock/Paper: Whispser White, Certainly Celery and Sweet Always Designer Paper.
  • Ink: Regal Rose & Certainly Celery
  • Accessories: Certainly Celery 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, oval punch, scallop oval punch.

Friday, 29 May 2009

Sketch Saturday Card #52

This is the card I made for the Sketch Saturday Challenge number 52. The card uses a Penny Black stamp Just Buzzin' By. the background papers are from the Tea Party dsp. The sentiment embellishment reads Birthday Blooms and is from Craftwork Cards.

Today's Card

I have a card to share with you all at last. This quick card was made using the Playful Petals set and the Tea Party Designer Paper. I simply stamped the images onto Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery cardstock, then layered up the flowers.
Stamps: Playful Petals, Best Yet
Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Tea Party designer paper
Ink: Basic Black, Pretty in Pink marker
Accessories: Scallop Oval and Oval Punches

Monday, 18 May 2009

Missing Blogger..

I haven't been blogging for a while as I've been away in hull on a goat farm...with no internet! Couldn't wait to get home and upload all the cards I'd made while away desktop computer has decided to break, so no pictures as my laptop doesn't have a photo card slot. Anyway as I've no pictures I've decided to share with you links to people's blog candy giveaways...just maybe you might win. So check back to updates to my list throughout the week.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Stamp With Us 1st Challenge

Stamp With Us is a new blog set up by three Stampin' Up! ladies, who aim to bring us classes retreats and challenges, you can find more information here StampWithUS. This is the first challenge I've entered so far. The challenge was to use this sketch:

This was the card I made using the sketch. The base layer is made using one of the papers from the Tea Party collection. The main image comes from Bundle of Joy and is stamped in bashful blue and coloured with markers in barely banana and pretty in pink. The greeting comes from Nursery Necessities.

  • Supplies:

Stamps: Bundle of Joy, Nursery Necessities

Cardstock/Paper: Tea Party DSP, Whisper White and Pretty in Pink

Ink: Bashful ink, Barely Banana and Pretty in Pink Markers

Accessories: 1" Double Stitch Bashful Blue Grosgrain ribbon, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch and stampin dimensionals

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Lovely Simple Rose

This card is the first one I made with my newest stamp set A Rose is a Rose which I treated myself to when I reached Bronze 2. I think this stamp set is gorgeous, I know I say this about most sets but this truly is. Something wonderful happens when you stamp the second layer and it just comes alive. I can see this being a set I will use many, many times.
Stamps: A Rose is a Rose
Cardstock: Whisper White and Creamy Caramel
Ink: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke.
I have also started to run card classes from my home, please email me at for more details if you are interested in attending.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

April at last

So glad March is over, seem to have spent all my time in hospitals, dentists and doctors surgeries...none of which I like. Finally we're all sorted out now so I can get back to business. April 1st saw the launch of Stampin' Up's! first mini catalogue...which is gorgeous! This is the first card I have to show you:

It was made using the yummy scrummy Playful Petals and Tea Party paper from the mini catalogue.

Stamps: Playful Petals

Cardstock/Paper: Tea Party Designer paper, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery

Ink: Certainly Celery and Regal Rose

Accessories: Certainly Celery brad 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and stampin dimensionals

Monday, 9 March 2009

The Mini has arrived!

Stampin' Up's! first European mini catalogue has arrived and its gorgeous, I want it all! The catalogue runs from April 1st to September 30th. Place your pre-order with me by emailing me at, all orders received before the 1st April will be placed in a draw to win a stamp set of their choice from the mini catalogue. Anyone who places and order over £50 will receive free postage. All other mini pre-orders will have the flat rate of £3.95 for postage. Want to have your own copy of the mini? email me now and I'll send you one. Check back to see some samples in the next few weeks.

Nap Time

Today's card uses a Penny Black stamp called Nap Time. The image was stamped with black stazon and coloured using Stampin pastels. The brads are from the soft subtles collection and the background paper is from the Petals and Paisley collection.
Stamps: Cheer & Wishes, Nap time from Penny Black
Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery and Petals and Paisley Designer paper
Accessories: Stampin Pastels, Soft Subtle brads in Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery.

Friday, 6 March 2009

Daisy daisy.. least I think it looks like a daisy. This card was made using the Organic Grace set, which you can earn as a level 1 hostess set. The fern leaves were stamped first, positioned using the stamp-a-ma-jig. I then stamped three flowers on a piece of separate whisper white white. The middles are coloured with a so saffron marker and the edges water coloured with barley banana, this is hard to see on the photo though. I then cut the flowers out and placed them on the card using stampin dimensionals. I love the way that they just fit together so well.

  • Stamps: Organic Grace, Cheer & Wishes
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, So Saffron & Always Artichoke
  • Ink: Black Stazon, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Barley Banana marker
  • Accessories: stampin dimensionals

Thursday, 5 March 2009

One design, two cards

These two cards were both done using the Organic Grace set which is a level 1 hostess set. I wanted to try out some different background ideas. The top card was done by stamping the cow parsley image in Versamark and heat embossing with clear powder. I then chalked over the image in night of navy chalk to create the soft background. This didn't show up to well on the camera so I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig and stamped over the images in black stazon to highlight them. The second card was started in the same way but the background was created using the brayer and bashful blue ink, which seems to have gone very dark. Both card were finished off with rub-ons from the Cherished Memories collection. Although it didn't turn out exactly as I planned I prefer the chalked card.
  • Stamps: Organic Grace
  • Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White and Old Olive
  • Ink: Versamark and black stazon, bashful blue
  • Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, heat embosser, clear embossing powder, brayer, stampin pastels, Chersished memories rub-ons, corner rounder punch

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Get on board with Chipboard!

During 1st March to 31st of March Stampin' up! is offering 25% off all chipboard selections. This means selections on page 78 are:

  • Batch of Blooms 113658 was £11.75 , march price £8.81
  • Lots of letters 113657 was £10.25, march price £7.69

The retired selections on page 94 are still available while stocks last:

  • Blossoms & Basics 109978 was £11.75, march price £8.81
  • Lots of Letters 109980 was £10.25, march price £7.69

Chipboard is a very versatile product, you can:

  • paint it

  • stamp on it

  • cover it in glitter

  • heat emboss on it

  • cover it in designer paper

  • layer it

  • alter its shape

  • leave it naked...

Over the next couple of weeks I will be showing a variety of projects using chipboard so check back for ideas. If you wish to order any of these products contact me on

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Brother's Birthday

This is the card I made for my brother's birthday. It uses the set "Cheers to You", this particular stamp is good for male cards. The colours used are old olive, not quite navy and bravo burgundy. The foam on the beer mug has been puffed up using "fluffy stuff" from my stash, this puffs up like snow when you heat it.

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Sale-A-Bration Open Day

On Saturday 21st February I am having a Stampin' Up! open day to celebrate Sale-A-Bration. Come along to find out more about Stampin' Up! and the Sale-A-Bration promotion. There will be samples and idea on how to use the four Sale-A-Bration sets. Everyone who places an order with me between now and the end of the 21st will be entered into a draw to win one of these sets. The open day will take place between 1 and 4 pm, email me at for location and more details. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Cute little mouse..

Just. a short post today.This image is from Penny black and is called "Crossing Bridges", I think its really cute. the base is made from pretty in pink cardstock with bits of chocolate chip and very vanilla. The patterned paper is from the "Tea and Crumpets" set from Stampin' Up! and the pearls are from the Pretties Kit.

Monday, 9 February 2009

Valentine's cards - Day 3 Origami Box

This is my first attempt at an origami box, the instructions I followed can be found here on the SplitCoastStampers site, which is a great resource for any crafter. The images on the box come from Loads of Love and Loads of Love Accessories sets. I'm going to fill this with handmade chocolate truffles for my partner for Valentine's Day.
  • Stamps: Loads of Love and Loads of Love Accessories
  • Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White and Rose Red
  • Ink: Black stazon, Rose Red, Regal, Rose, Blush Blossom, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Carmel and Night of Navy Stampin Write markers
  • Accessories: 1" Rose Red Double Stitch grosgrain ribbon, 1 3/8" and scallop circle punches, multi glue.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Valentine's Cards - Day 2, later than expected

This is the second card is my Valentine's series, ideally I would have posted it yesterday but things never seem to work out the way you want do they?

This card was made from the A little bit of Happiness set which is a level 1 hostess set. Earn this free is you host a workshop with sales over £150 or place an order for £150.


  • Stamps: A little bit of Happiness, Seasonal Wishes
  • Cardstock/Paper: Whisper white and pretty in pink
  • Ink: Pretty in pink, Pixie pink and Pink Passion Stampin Write Markers, Black Stazon
  • Accessories: Stampin Dimensionals

Friday, 6 February 2009

Valentine's Cards - Day 1

This is the first card of Valentine's Day projects which I will be showing over the next week. This card was made using the SAB 2009 set Polka Dot Punches, available with orders over £45.00 only until Feb 28th. The heart stamp was stamped with versmark and embossed in white. Four hearts were used to make the petals of the flower. The flower centre is a large brad from the Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, the sentiment comes from the set Yummy, which is also a SAB set for 2009. The heart border is done using the heart from Big Bold Birthday

  • Supplies:
  • Stamps: Polka Dot Punches, Yummy, Big, Bold Birthday
  • Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White and Basic Black
  • Ink: Versamark
  • Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware

Monday, 12 January 2009

Big bold Birthday

This card was made using the Big Bold Birthday set. I used Chocolate chip textured cardstock for the bas. I've had this in my stash for a while but decided to use it, its really lovely in real life. I'll definately be purchasing the other packs!

  • Supplies:

Stamps: Big Bold Birthday

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel and Rose Red

Cardstock: Chocolate Chip Textured Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Rose Red DSP (2007-2008 design)

Accessories: Rose Red 1" Double Stitch Ribbon,

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Sale-A-Brate the New Year with Stampin' Up!

Sale-A-Brate the new year by grabbing yourself one of Stampin' Up's! promotional sale-a-bration stamp sets. These sets are available until February 28th, so grab yours now. There are three ways to earn the promotional sets.

As a customer - for every £45 you spend you get a free set, so £90 equals two free sets and so on..

As a hostess - for every workshop order totally £300 or more you will receive one set, two for a workshop of £600 and three for £900. You will also receive the usual free hostess benefits.

As a recruit - join Stampin Up as a demonstrator with me and receive a free set from the catalogue of your choice up to the value of £34.95, there's never been a better time to join my team.