Saturday, 30 April 2011

Morning LIMettes

What a gorgeous sunny Saturday it is. I have a class in two hours so I had to sneak making this in between showering and drying my hair! Sat here looking a bit windswept and interesting at the moment. But I must get my weekly make in for Lady Chrissie and Diva Mandi over at Less is More first. Their challenge this week is 'congratulations or thank you'. I went with thank you:

I've used Crumb Cake card for my base and added a narrow strip of Pink Pirouette DSP. Next I stamped the sentiment from the Level One Hostess set Afterthoughts in Chocolate Chip. I punched the sentiment using the large oval punch and the frame is the sizzlits die lots of tags. I could have done the sentiment with this die too but speed is of the essence this morning and I didn't fancy trimming around the perforated lines!

I have added a litle row of self adhesive pearls but I don't think it's made it more is more - do you?

Right I had better go and have an emergency date with my hairdryer or I'm going to look like a scarecrow for the day. James is taking the boys to the hairdressers this morning, will be interesting to see if Stunt Baby will sit still for the event!

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Friday, 29 April 2011

If Jelly Did Royal Weddings.....

I'm sure I'd make a card like this:

This is my version of Will and Kate! I've seen so many versions of owl punch bride and grooms and had to make mine today to commemorate the special event! I've used just the owl punch for the majority, cutting the top hat by hand. the bunting is made using the star punch. Thought rather than putting a wedding sentiment on I'd go with Party This Way to make it more fun. There are tons of street parties taking place today. The last time I went to one was ahem.......1977 for the Silver Jubilee! Makes me feel old knowing I watched Will's parents get married too!

James is home today and is going to occupy Zac and Stunt Baby whilst I get some work done. Of course I'll be taking breaks to watch a bit of the wedding too!

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Thursday, 28 April 2011

Introducing Nurse......

Owl! I have been wanting to get my crafting mitts on the fabulous owl punch since we first knew it was coming our way in January, but sometimes even I have to wait and now my wait is over! So, my first owl creation is a get well card:

Isn't she a cutie? I've used the owl punch for everything with the exception of the red cross, for that I used one of the Itty Bitty Shapes punches. The hugs and kisses sentiment is from Basic Phrases. Here's the card again with the owl punch:

If you want the owl punch it's item number 118074, £15.50, just get in touch by phoning 07748 707845 or emailing me at to place your order.

Alternatively why not wait until Saturday 25th June when I'll be running a fun owl punch art class for £12 at 10.30am and again at 1.30pm. If you order your owl punch at the time of booking your class place, you can get the owl punch for just £14. This class will book up fast so don't hang about reserving your place.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

A Remake and Stunt Baby Update

Oops, late again! Busy day today. The boys shared a bedroom for the first time last night and Blake only went ballistic for 30 minutes before he finally crashed out! Today they've both been to their grandparents so I've been catching up on things that needed doing. I've not actually had much time for crafting so here's a remake of a card I made the other week in different shades and papers:

I've used the Springtime Vintage papers again - can't stop using them! Also the Square Lattice embossing folder for texture, the flowers are cut using the Fun Flowers die. The ribbon is Very Vanilla Satin and the button is from the Springtime Vintage collection.

When we were out in the garden at the weekend, Stunt Baby got up to his tricks again:

He dragged one of the heavy garden chairs to the table to climb up and spent about 10 minutes up there before I gave in and lifted him down. I dread to think what he's been up to today away from me!

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Tuesday, 26 April 2011

All Aboard the Jelly Train

Boo-hiss who stole the sunshine? Being as it feels a bit chilly this morning I did a spot of crafting whilst the boys watched MegaMind (again!). I made this card a while back when I went to Jules' training:

I loved it and found a tutorial HERE to make a matching train using the Top Note die:

Isn't it fun? It uses the Top Note die and Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder along with Fox and Friends stamps set. So why have I called it the jelly train?

Because each carriage is supplying a mini treat bag filled with blue jelly beans that's why! you can see here I've used the decorative label punch for the doors and a variety of circle punches for the wheels. Want to see the train and card together?

Back tomorrow

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Monday, 25 April 2011

Birthday Invitations

Cor it's another scorcher today here. We've had an afternoon walk to the park to feed the ducks, eat lollies and watch the boys terrorise the play area to wear them out! I haven't done any crafting today as it's far too nice to be indoors (pre hay fever ruins summer for me!) so I'm sharing an earlier make. My Step Mum asked me to design her 70th Birthday invitations as she's having a bit of a do later on this year. The theme needed to be white and gold and these are the variations I've come up with, the first is my favourite:

I've used the Elegant Bouquet Embossing folder, Schoolbook Serif Numbers, sentiment from the hostess level one set Afterthoughts and some Daffodil Delight ribbon:

The numbers and sentiment have been stamped with Versamark ink, sprinkled with gold embossing powder and heated with the heat gun to create the metallic look.

Here are the other three versions, would love to know which you prefer. Version two:

Version three:

And version four:

I hope Jackie likes at least one of them!


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Sunday, 24 April 2011

A Small Gift and a Huge Job

Happy Egg day everyone! The Easter bunny came to visit and brought my boys and us mountains of chocolate, even the dairy free stuff for Blake to enjoy. They both demanded the bunny hand over the goods at breakfast so after cereal - choccie egg time in the Jelly household.

So after two whole days n the garden, today I'm inside. I had a bit of a baking disaster earlier but I'll share that with you tomorrow. For now here is a cute little gift and matching card:

I've used the Scallop Envelope die to make the box and Four Frames and the matching decorative label punch too. Here's the card:

The background texture was made using the Square Lattice Embossing folder. The sentient and flower is actually from Oval All.

If you'd like to make this little box amongst others, why not book yourself a place in my Big Shot class on Tuesday 12th July at 7.30pm when we'll be making bags and boxes!

Now then, yesterday I shared with you how we'd started work on the garden building a fence and gate so the boys can play outside safely. Well it's done - with the exception of sanding and staining!

James' Dad even put us a lining in the sand box and we got some kiddy sand and the boys are loving building castles and 'villages with shops' out of sand! Happy we had lots of rain last night as our lawn needs it! Now to really show us up for the poor gardeners we are. Behind the garage we have another garden, which since we moved here we have hoped to turn into a veg plot. Ahem:

I'm too embarassed to show you how it looked before James got started. This is how it ended up by the time he'd had enough for the day:

Still a long, long way to go! James' Dad cleared out the greenhouse for us so hopefully one day we can get growing. Not this weekend though eh?

Better go, I have tons to get done today and I haven't made a dint in my to do list yet.
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Saturday, 23 April 2011

Off Centre

ooh I'm later than usual to join in at Less is More this week. Note to self - don't plan to do the weekly shop on a Saturday morning as it will make one late to please Lady LIMs Chrissie and LIM Diva Mandi and we can't be having that! So LIMettes, here is my 'Off Centre' attempt for this weeks challenge:

I've used Crumb Cake card for the base and cut a piece of the Sweet Stitches Designer Paper which I love. Buttons from subtles and brights have been added as the new ones in the mini are a but too big! Then I took a length of Peach Parfait Stitched Poly ribbon and stamped the tape measure from Sew Lovely.

Well, the garden is beckoning with weeds to clear and fence to finish so I had better go and do ny share! Have a great weekend LIMettes.

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Friday, 22 April 2011

Destroy It Yourself

Aah Easter weekend, otherwise known as Destroy It Yourself weekend where all the DIY shops are full of those off work for the long weekend with nothing else to do except attempt those dreaded tasks about the home. We're no exception! But before I share our days work, I'd better show you my project for the day:

I've had a little play with the Sew Lovely stamp set and coordinating Sweet Stitches papers. Great fun. The patterned paper already has the stitching on it to save me a job! I stamped the tape measure on to some Pretty In Pink Grosgrain Ribbon and added a folded punched oval and a jumbo eyelet to the end. The other images have been stamped and paper pieced with the DSP and stuck down with dimensionals. Of course I had to use self adhesive pearls for the tops of the pins!

Now for the destroy it yourself job. Our garden isn't very practical for the boys to play out in because the back gates broke some time ago and we haven't had time to do anything abou it. Now though we're putting up a new fence and a gate. When I say 'we' I do of course mean 'he' with me just observing and providing the occassional brew to keep him going. I've been far too busy having water fights with the babies!

The fence and gate are partway down the garden as we don't want the boys to go beyond this point whilst they're little. We plan at some point to dig a veg patch in the other half of the garden but that's not going to happen this year as I think we'll need to hire a bob kat and a skip first to clear the land!

Enjoy the sun if you have it too.
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Thursday, 21 April 2011

Nearly forgot

Oooh time's running away with me today, I almost forgot to blog I've been so busy. I've made another card using mainly the Big Shot but I did manage to sneak in a little stamping too:

It's a Crumb Cake base witha  layer of River Rock embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots folder. Then some Very Vanilla card with a punched scallop trim border layered with some Springtime Vintage DSP. My flower is made from the Fun Flowers die using Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla and River Rock card and a layer of the DSP too. The Big Button is also Springtime Vintage.

I stamped the little sentiment from Tiny Tags and used the Jewellery Tag punch and attached with a little linen thread.

I love the sunshine  - it makes taking photos so much easier, I didn't even have to use my light box for this, just plonked it on the patio table.

Don't forget my Big Shot Bundle offer on until the end of May - you can see details at the top of my blog.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Easter Card

My Mum in law asked me for an Easter card yesterday so I had to make something super quick as I spent most of the day yesterday spring cleaning! This is very similar to the one we made at Jules' training the other week:

I've used So Saffron card layered with Very Vanilla that's been run through the Big Shot with the beautiful Manhattan Flower embossing folder. I've stamped the sentiment from Occasional Greetings and wrapped round a bright and cheerful strip of Daffodil Delight Striped Grosgrain Ribbon. It's held in place with a flower brad from the brights selection and finished off with a self adhesive pearl.

Remember I've started my monthly Big Shot club now too so if you'd like to come along to a session, please get in touch.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2011

It's not just for babies!

I absolutely love the Little Additions stamp set in the new mini catalogue. You get 21 stamps in the set which I think is an absolute steal. Plus, it's not just for babies!! My old teamie Liza has set a challenge to use 'lots of layers' over at Cupcake this week. Now - I'm usually the first one to shudder at the thought of lots of layers - but I came up with somethin I like:

I've made this new home card. My base is Shimmery White card which I've chopped off part way down and added a layer of window sheet behind. Then another piece of shimmery white card stuck across the bottom with a layered strip of Springtime Vintage DSP over the top. Do you like the way I've made my 'wallpaper' by using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder? Made myself chortle that did!

To make my scene I stamped the furniture and picture using Baja Breeze, Early Espresso and Pear Pizzaz, layering on my card with dimensionals and then another layer of DSP on one of the pictures too! For a little finishing touch I added a self adhesive pearl to the drawer and a little gold elastic thread and another pearl to hang my pictures.

Now it's been a while since I've shared what stunt baby has been up to recently so I thought it was about time I showed you his latest antics. Here he is trying to get into Daddy's van:

Now he may look all out of propertion but that's because he has his big brother's shorts on!! Next stunt baby decided to 'sort out' the 'stuff' in the garage:
But with the attention span of a gnat and having successfully pulled out all Daddy's nice tidy cables, it was time to escape:

Tomorrow should be fun, Fluff and Sweet Cheeks are coming round to play!

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Monday, 18 April 2011

New Big Shot Club

I am loving the sunshine, it makes me feel so happy! I've been having a play this morning with the Big Shot again, this time using the Flower Daisies die attempting to make gerberas!

I've made a ma-hoosive 6" square card and matching gift box using the Pillow Box die. Here's the card:

I've used Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette and Basic Black card.  Here's the gift box:

And a close up of the gorgeous faux gerbera:

I'm enjoying using all the Big Shot products so much that I am starting a monthly Big Shot Club. If you would like to come along it will the at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month, starting on Tuesday 10th May. The club will be held in my home and will cost £10.

In the first club session we'll be creating with the Fun Flowers Die, if you pre-order this die from me when you book your place you can have both the class and the die for £32, saving £6.95.

If you live too far away or can't make the club, I will email you a PDF of the instructions for just £2.50 the day after the session, or get them FREE when you buy the Fun Flowers die from me in May.

On top of all that - if you purchase your Big Shot from me during May - you can come to the class for FREE.

Please contact me now to book your place on:
07748 707845 

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