Tuesday, 31 May 2011

So Many Thanks

Hello all. I didn't get chance to post yesterday as had a busy day with family visiting and then we crashed out for the evening!

Thought I'd share some really quick and simple thank you cards I made this month:

I've used the patterned papers out of the Good Times Simply Scrappin' kit teamed up with Pear Pizzaz, Rich Razzleberry and Marina Mist card. The sentiment is the So Many Thanks stamp. with just the main greeting coloured in and stamped using a Rich Razzleberry Marker. Then punched out with the oval punch and mounted on a mat using the Decorative Label Punch.

Busy week this week prepping for my charity event and my upcoming all day class - can't wait!
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Saturday, 28 May 2011

Pick a Square

Morning all. This week over at Less is More Chrissie and Mandi want us to 'pick a square' and leave lots of white space - so guess what? No crumb cake card for me today!

I've used Shimmery White card for my base as I like the slightly softer shade of white, plus it's great for colouring on too! The cat and dog are both from the Hostess Level 2 set Longfellows. I've stamped them in Basic Black ink and using the blender pen coloured them in using Peach Parfait and Soft Suede. The sentiment is from Simply Said.

I layered the image on to a Soft Suede square to match and used dimensionals to give it some lift, but you can't tell in the photo. It's dull and damp here today so I think I was lucky to get this picture!

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Friday, 27 May 2011

Hen Party Album

I was asked to make a hen party album last week with a cocktail party theme and this is what I came up with:

I started off with a plain On Board Art Journal and covered it with Basic Grey designer paper (it's Melon Mambo on the inside!). The name is made using On Board Alphabet soup, covered in melon Mambo ink and then coated in Crystal Effects and left to dry.

The large scallop circle in the centre is from the other chipboard pack, On Board Mix and Match, I've stamped and coloured the cocktail from Cheers to You and again coated the lot in Crystal Effects and popped some Self Adhesive Rhinestones in too.

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Thursday, 26 May 2011

Bad things happen

This morning I dropped Zac off at pre-school and left him happily playing with some clay. Chatting to another Mum I learn that one of our children's friends died last night in her sleep, leaving a twin brother and heartbroken parents, as yet with no understanding of why. I'm holding my children so tight today, as I aproach my little baby boy Flynn's fifth anniversary I think how lucky I am to have his two younger brothers.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Charity Fundraiser

My Strength and Hope charity fundraising event to raise money for Cancer Research UK takes place soon.

It's on Saturday 4th June at 10am - 1pm at the John Godber Centre in Hucknall, Nottingham. The cost is £20 and you will get your own clear mount Strength and Hope stamp set along with kit to make the projects on the day. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a fabulous raffle with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.

There are still some spaces available but they need to be booked and paid for by this Sunday (29th May) so please get on touch to book your place.

Here's a card using Strength and Hope to inspire you:

I've used Early Espresso and Pretty in Pink card and inks. I created both the backgrounds using the stamps in the set and made the butterfly a feature by cutting it out.

You can see I've daubed Pretty in Pink ink around the edge of the Very Vanilla card with the sentiment stamps and added some self adhesive pearls too. Here's the bow:

Yummy Early Espresso Satin ribbon, a subtles button tied with Linen thread and finished with a large pearl.

I've put lots of craft stuff on ebay again today - furthering my mission to clear out my craft room of anything that isn't Stampin' Up! I've ordered sme new ribbon shelves and am twisting hubby's arm to replace a load of the drawers in one of my units with ply shelves - it involves a lot of DIY though and after long days at work I'm going to need to do a lot of arm twisting!

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Monday, 23 May 2011

Baby Blossoms Class

I meant to post this yesterday but got carried away after starting to sort out my craft room! Here are the projects we made in the Baby Blossoms classes this weekend:

I really enjoyed these projects as they are all so pretty and compliment each other too. Instructions are available in my side bar if you'd like to buy them!

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Sunday, 22 May 2011

Purse and card

Late poster today as I've spent nearly all day starting a big sort out in my craft room - long way to go yet but when it eventually gets finished I'll share! Once I'd had a good tidy though I wanted to make something and had a go at a clutch style gift bag purse and matching card:

Here's the bag:

I used the Big Shot Top Note Die and Early Espresso card. I embossed the front of the bag with the Square Lattice Embossing folder and then brayered over the card with Versamark ink, coated in clear embossing powder and heat set. I was trying to make it look like faux leather or something! I added some Early Espresso Satin ribbon for the strap, with a small filigree brad holding it in place. Also popped one of the large Filigree brads on the front to match. Here's the matching card:

I tried to make a coordingating bag for the card using the same embossing method but with the Decoative label punch. The strap is Early Espresso 3mm tafetta ribbon and the sentiment is from Occasional Greetings.

Back tomorrow.
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Saturday, 21 May 2011

Butterfly time

Saturday already and another challenge from Chrissie and Mandi over at Less is More. This week the challenge is to use butterflies. Hmm, not so easy when you've leant out your buterfly stamps and punch and not in the mood for die cutting! Should have probably gone for that option as my eyes are very sore today and even with my glasses on, I can't focus properly, hoping it's just tiredness combined with hayfever!

So after working out what butterflies I do have I opted to use a much unused one from For Everything:

I've used Crumb Cake card for my base and stamped the sentiment on with Basic Black. The colouring technique is one I've used a few times now, shade with the blender pen and Whisper White ink, dry and over colour with Melon Mambo to get a more opaque pink. The butterfly was stamped on Whisper White card and coloured with the blender pen again with Melon Mambo and also Tempting Turquoise, before cutting out - this is what took me forever as I ad to have three attempts! Finished the card off with a little embossing using the Perfect Polka Dots folder.

Right, off to rub my eyes and craft as I have two classes today!
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Friday, 20 May 2011

Product Share and Ideas too

Springtime Vintage Product Share

Ooooh I think you’re going to like this new product share I have for you. If you’re new to my newsletters, a product share is where you get shares in products instead of having to buy full sets of everything. In my Springtime Vintage Share you will get:

·         6 sheets of double sided 12x12 Springtime Vintage papers
·         8 metres of seam binding ribbon (2 metres of each colour)
·         1 pot of Glass Glitter in your colour choice (not shown)
·         12 Big Designer Buttons
·         16 sheets of A4 card (2 of each colour)

All this for just £18 if you can collect from me or £21 posted out to you.
Here's a cute little gift box and card using the Milk Carton Die and various products from the share along with the Baby Blossoms stamp set. We'll be making both of these in my Baby Blossoms class tomorrow!
Product Share Add on

If you’d like to buy the Baby Blossoms stamp set to coordinate with this product share, you can also add a packet of Basic Pearls to your order for FREE!

Wood Mount Stamp set add £26.95, clear mount add £21.95
If you'd like to grab yourself this bargain and join in with my share, please just email me at with the colour of glitter glass you'd like and also if you'd like the stamp set too.
Have a fabulous weekend.
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Thursday, 19 May 2011

Plane and Simple

Yey the sunshine has returned and according to the forecast is here to stay for at least a few days. Garden play time later then! Anyhoo, I've uesed one of the stamp sets I earnt for free today and it wasn't one I was sure I'd be keen on. Like most things Stampin' Up! of course I liked it once I inked it up, so here is my card:

The stamp set is Plane and Simple and has several images and sentiments in too. I've stamped it here on to Very Vanilla card and then embossed using the Square Lattice embossing folder. The patterned paper is from the very girly Springtime Vintage collection which just goes to show you don't have to use it for purely girly projects! The button is also from the Springtime Vintage collection.

My card base is River Rock to match the button and I've layered up with Always Artichoke card.

I'm having a lazy day today as still trying to get bak to normal after doing too much. I did manage to colour my hair earlier to get rid of the grey roots - no easy task with a one year old playing around my feet. At least I'll look a little more human when I go to collect Zac in a while!

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Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Jellys Big Shot Bundle Offer

Why do you NEED a Big Shot? 
Well, it’s a sturdy manual die cutting machine that’s so easy to use. It can cut through 50 different materials including fabric, foil and chipboard. It is lightweight, doesn’t require electricity and so you can take it with you wherever you go.

Come and try it out Sunday 15th May at the Max Papercraft Show at the Harvery Hadden Stadium. Orders taken on the day - you can pay by cash, cheque, MasterCard, Visa Credit and Visa Debit.

The possibilities to create are endless and with Stampin’ Up! exclusive dies and embossing folders, I can’t leave mine alone! The range of products available for the Big Shot will continue to expand, so get yours now before you get left behind!

I have a fabulous bundle offer for you to help get you started. The bundle does not only contain products, it includes hostess only items and a face to face or email PDF class.

Jelly’s £150 Big Shot Bundle:

  • 1 x Big Shot Machine
  • 1 x Crease pad
  • 1 x Bigz L die of your choice
  • 2 x Textured Embossing folders of your choice
  • 2 Embosslits dies of your choice
  • 1 x Level One Hostess Gift (not L2 as in my pic - oops!)
  • £15 product of your choice
  • FREE P&P


1 x FREE Big Shot Club Club session or online class instructions if you are not local to me

Contact me today to order your bundle: 07748 707845 

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At least he had a go

Ha, ha I picked Zac up from pre-school this morning to find him clutching his latest creations in his hands, smiling with pride. I have to share: Exhibit A - also known as 'The Zebra':

I'm not sure which is my favourite element here, the nose and eyes stuck on the ears (it's supposed to be a Zebra's head) or the 'stripes' stuck in one huge lump where the nose might go! Moving on to Exhibit B. We shall call this'at least he had a go':

I think this may have been Zac's first go with scissors (at home y'see he's more used to using punches!). He was supposed to cut along the dark lines. Can you see teachers note in the corner? 'Zac tried to do some cutting :)'.

I also tried to make a Top Note box:

I've used Tempting Turquoise and Very Vanilla along with the Top Note Big Shot die and the Fun Flowers die too. Don't forget just two weeks left to take advantage of my Big Shot bundle offer!

This flower just looks so yummy once some of the layers have been embossed.

Right, have to go now, it's time to sit and read all about The Very Ticklish Tiger!
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Tuesday, 17 May 2011

More Double Embossing

After yesterday's discovery I wanted another go at the double embossing technique. This time I've used the Elegant Bouquet Big Shot embossing folder and Tempting Turquoise card:

I can see me buying a lot of Versamark re-fill ink and black embossing powder as I really do like the effect it creates. It doesn't do any harm to the embossing folder either as the Versamark ink washes off easily. I've added a sentiment from Sweetheart and layered it up using circle and scallop circle punches.

Look at the lovely shiny card it creates. It's interesting to know that as you're heat embossing most of the card, it doesn't tend to curl at the edges or distort at all. I chose to layer this card as I didn't want to make a replica of yesterday's card.

My Baby Blossoms classes this weekend are now full. I do have places available in my all day class on Sunday 12 June and spaces in my charity stamping event on Saturday 4th June. Booking closes soon for both of these events so please conact me ASAP to book your place.

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Monday, 16 May 2011

Double Embossing Technique

If you follow my blog you'll know how much I've wanted to be able to emboss bright pink on black for some time now, using purely Stampin' Up! products. Well, with a little cheating I have succeeded!!

This week's challenge at Less is More is to create a one layer card featuring dry or wet embossing. Thanks Dame Chrissie and Diva Mandi - I've used both, sorry it took me so long to join in, it's been such a hectic weekend this morning was my first chance to have a go.

I found this technique on several blogs and have been wanting to give it a try. I've used Melon Mambo card for the base and used the Manhattan Flower Big Shot Embossing Folder. All you do is ink up the indented side of the embossing folder with plenty of Versamark ink using the Brayer and then roll through the Big Shot. I went back and forth a few times to make sure I got a good even covering of ink. Next is to just go for it and tip the whole pot of  Black Embossing powder over the card and tap all the excess back in! Heat set withe the heat embossing tool and voila!

I decided I wanted a sentiment so punched an aperture with the oval punch and matched up the sentiment from Oval All on the inside.

No temptation to add gems or ribbon today at all. Here's a view of the inside, you can see I didn't wait for my ink to dry on the sentiment before I closed the card:

I feel like I could easily sleep all day today to recover after my busy weekend but Zac and Blake wouldn't thank me for that. Plus I could only imagine the chaos they'd cause if I nodded off even for 10 minutes.

So if you've not yet joined in with the latest LIMettes challenge - hop on over and have a go.

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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Birthday boy and a busy day

Ooh it's been a busy but fun day and I'm very ready to put my feet up now and relax. Thanks to everyone who stopped by my stand at the show today, it was so lovely to see you all.

I have a card to share with you today for one of Zac's school friends who is four tomorrow:

I've used a mix of products on here including Celebrations papers and accent stickers and Bday party rubs ons. The letters and number have been die cut with the Big Shot Timeless type Alpha dies, perfect sized letters for cards I think. Here's the inside to match:

Had to smuggle in All in the Family stamps somewhere! Would you like a look at my stand? I'm going to show you anyway! Here it is all calm and almost set up early this morning:

And here is my fabby downline Tracy setting up the Make and take area - shortly before about 30 ladies dived on her to have a go!!!!

Thanks so much for all your help Tracy and for making me laugh and for directing me home too!

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Saturday, 14 May 2011

Busy Jelly

Sorry not to have blogged yesterday. Blogger was down most of the day and by the time it was back up I was busy prepping for my first quarterly team training day today and for the Max Papercraft show in Nottingham tomorrow.

I had a fabulous day today with a great bunch of ladies - thank you for making it so much fun girls. I thought I'd share a few photos from the day. Of course I forgot to take photos of the projects so I will have to take some tomorrow to show you! Firstly there was a bag of blue Jelly Belly sweets for everyone!

Then there were the raffle prizes, aimed at helping the ladies to run home workshops:

Some of the team have done really well getting promoted and hitting targets, when they reach Bronze 2 I give them one of these keyring charms and they get beads and charms for achieving other targets and for recruiting too:

Just out of shot is the Jelly girl decorated pillow box the gifts were in! Next up some of the gang:

You can see Sandrina, Linda, Louise and Laura hard at work here. Another action shot:

I didn't do very well with my photos today did I? This is Carla, Shan, Anne-Marie (who came all the way from Cleveland) and Nic. Tracy managed to avoid the camera all day! Next up is my favourite photo of the day. Here's Louise with her gorgeous three month old baby daughter Grace.

She was as good as gold all day, had lots of cuddles, only had to change her outfit three times and all in all was a pleasure to have at team training. Grace was a good little girl too!

If you'd like to have a chat about joining our team, please either email me at or call me on 07748 707845. Or come and see me in person tomorrow; I have a stand at the Max Papercraft Show at the Harvey Hadden Stadium so if you are there please come over and say hello! 

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