Sunday, 31 July 2011

Sneaky Peek

I've had such a lovely afternoon today in the company of some great crafters at my Woodland Owl class. So sorry Laura couldn't make the new date - don't worry Laura, your kit is all ready for you and waiting with Donna!

I gave my class attendees a look at one of the classes I've designed and decided to give you a sneak peek too. It's my Big Shot Flower Daisies class:

The class will take place on Tuesday 23rd August at 7.30PM in Arnold and costs £15 or order the Flower Daisies die with your class (worth £16.95) and get the class for £23.50.

Off to have an early tea with the boys now as they need a good dunk in the bath after a hard afternoon at the park with Daddy!

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Saturday, 30 July 2011

Feelin Fruity

I have to thank Chrisse and Mandi this morning over at Less is More as I've been struggling with my mojo this week. They've set us the challenge of Feeling Fruity and straight away I knew what I wanted to make.

I generated the sentiment on the PC as I couldn't find anything suitably daft to go with my Strawberry buddy! I used Pristina font for the 'berry' and Calibri for the rest. I find printing straight on to Whisper White card works really well and the ink doesn't smudge either. Next I stamped the strawberry from Tart n Tangy in Poppy Parade and added arms and legs in Garden Green from All in the Family. I stamped the strawberry twice more in garden Green and cut out the leaf part. Then a girlie head from All in the Family and stuck it all down. I think ideally a bit of masking and over stamping would have worked better but i have run out of post it notes!

Can't wait to see all the fruity creations, what a fun challenge!

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Friday, 29 July 2011

St Lukes Charity Card Challenge

My friend Zoe is a guest Designer and sponsor this month over at St Lukes Charity Card Challenge. The challenge is to create a card using black and white plus one otehr colour. To support Zoe I've used the Strength and Hope stamp set on my card and opted for pink as my extra colour. I'll also be posting this card along with a few others to the charity too.

It's a 5" square card using Whisper White, Basic Black and Pretty in Pink. The spotty paper is from the Neutrals DSP stack and I've stamped the sentiment stamp in Pretty in Pink over the white card to make my background. The grosgrain ribbon is also Pretty in Pink and the black pearl started off as a plain self adhesive pearl until I tampered with it by coating it all over using a Versmark pen and then sprinkling it with Black Embossing Powder and heat setting with the Heat tool. It does still keep it's self sticky too which amazes me!

I've been busy this morning cleaning - I so wish I had a tidy upper and a cleaner, how amazing would that be? Cleaning is NOT my favourite passtime!

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Thursday, 28 July 2011

July Workshop Projects

I thought I'd share with you the hostess gift and make and take project I've been doing in my July workshops. I saw the bag demo'd by Kate at Jules' training and fell in love with it there and then!

Much as I'd like to share some better photos of these with you, Blogger won't let me! It keeps rotating my photos - never mind!
I've used Melon Mambo, Old Olive and Night of Navy for these and Every Little Bit stamp set which has sooo many stamps in it is well worth the investment. If you'd like to order a set, please drop me an email at or give me a call on 07748 707845.

You can see the lades all got to play with the Big Shot on the Make and take card too by using the Square lattice embossing folder over the Old Olive card. It got many oohs and aaahs this month! I can bring the Big Shot along to your home workshop and you can try it out for free with your friends. Just ask me how. We also used the scallop trim border punch, Markers. grosgrain ribbon and a variety of punches. All finished off with some coordinating designer series papers.

I'm a bit tired this morning as have already got lots of chores done (still in my PJs though) and I had a late night last night chatting with one of my downline as we are hatching a bit of a fabulous plan. can't share yet but all will be revealed soon!

Must get dressed soon as Fluff and Sweet Cheeks are coming to see us later.

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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Broadsheet Birthday

Yesterday I showed you a baby keepsake box my friend Jo had asked me to make. Well she also asked me to make a 70th Birthday card for her Mother In Law. I wanted to try something a bit different for me and made this:

My colour combo is Melon Mambo, Old Olive and Night of Navy. I've been using this combo at my workshops this month for the hostess gift and the Make and takes and it's gone down really well. If you'd like me to come and do a home workshop for you and your friends so you can see these wonderful products in action, please contact me on 07748 707845 or email me at for more information.

I stamped the sentiment using the Broadsheet Alphabet set and of course had to use my Stamp-ma-jig to make sure I lined all the letters up! The inside of the card is decorated too but I forgot to take a photo. I die cut the '70' using the Big Shot Timeless type die set and layered on a punched circle and scallop circle.

Yesterday afternoon Hubby took a little time off work and we took Zac to the cinema to see Cars 2. It was fabulous. Zac absolutely loved the whole experience, especially I think the popcorn element! I managed to get a photo of Mr Excited just before the film started:

My favourit bit was just as the screen switched on and the sound boomed out of the speakers - Zac jumped with such a start it was all I could do to grab his snack box ad save his popcorn. I was crying laughing!

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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Baby Keepsake Box

My friend Jo asked if I could make a baby keepsake box for a new baby girl. I don't make these very often now so it made a nice change. Everything I've used is Stampin' Up! except the box itself.

I've decorated the box with Pretty in Pink Striped Grosgrain and Satin ribbons, a few buttons and some silver elastic thread.

I got to use the Big Shot Timeless Type Alphabet die set again too to create the name. I used a punched heart using the owl punch about the 'i'. The washing line is another length of silver elastic thread, secured in place by a couple of Subtles Brads. Then onto a spot of paper piecing using the Bundle of Love and Little Additions sets. I layered these on using Dimensionals to give it some lift.

I hate to admit it but I think maybe I'm starting to find cutting out a bit theraputic! Off to make breakfast for the boys now, back tomorrow.

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Monday, 25 July 2011

I meant to post this yesterday but time ran away with me! I was able to finish the mini album I'd made (designed by Jules) for Zac's first year at pre-school. if you folow my blog you'll know I made it a while ago and left a page blank to add in a photo of Zac on his last day of term. Here's the photo of him with his teacher:


I love this photo so much and was so pleased to have it to complete Zac's album:

And here's the cover:

If you want to come along to the class and make one of these, today is your last day to book! The class is at 1.30PM on Saturday 6th August at my home in Arnold, Nottingham. The cost is £15 and you'll have plenty of kit left over to take home and play with too! Contact me now to book your place on 07748 707845 or email me at or why not book and pay straight away?

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Saturday, 23 July 2011

Sweet Buttons

I'm having a day at home with the boys today whilst hubby is getting some weekend work in. We spent the morning in the garden, mainly playing with the water table Blake's Grandparents got him for his birthday. After a substantial soaking I'd had enough and in we came. Whilst the boys had their lunch, I nipped up to the room of craft to make a card for the challenge this week at Less is More. I went for the 'buttons' option:

I've used Crumb Cake Card teamed with Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose and Pretty in Pink and created my buttons using the Big Shot Sweet Buttons Embosslits die. I love it as it cuts six buttons and embossed them at the same time. My sentiment is from Bundle of Love. It was the reason I bought the set as I just think it's the most adorable baby sentiment I've ever seen. I stamped it in VersaMark ink and heat set with White Embossing powder.

I stuck my buttons in a rough line and then used the pricking tool and mat pack to create a straight, even line of holes and then drew my stitching with the White gel Pen. I decided to add a little pink to the hearts under the sentiment too.

I shared a photo of Blake with  you the other day as he was trying so hard to go back to sleep after I'd woken him up at 8am in the morning to get him dressed and ready to come to school with Zac. Well sleeping seems to be his thing this week, firstly I popped in the kitchen to do a spot of work and it went very quiet in the lounge. I stuck my head around the door to find him here:

Totally crashed out bless him. I managed to scoop him up and pop a mat and a blanket under him without waking him up:

The following day he fell asleep half way through eating his lunch! Right, I had better go and get back to the boys. Zac has managed to work the sky remote and they're both watching a Disney film.

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Friday, 22 July 2011

Last Day of term

What a shocker - I feel as emotional after dropping Zac off at pre-school for his last day of term as I did taking him in on his first day earlier this year. Didn't expect that. It was so cute seeing Zac giving each teacher a gift and giving them a big hug and a kiss. I've got to take my camera in when I go to pick him up later as I'd love a photo of him with his teachers. Anyway, gushing over with, here's the gifts I made for his teachers:

I made five sets but couldn't squeeze them all in to my light box. I've made each teacher a matching set of a card, covered journal, post it pad and pen, milk carton and a decorated bag too. The bags aren't Stampin' Up!

I really enjoyed decorating these On Board Journals. can you guess what I put inside the milk cartons?

Blue Jelly Belly beans of course - it would have been rude not too!! If you like these projects you'll be pleased to know I've designed a class based around them:

So if you likey what you see, book yourself a place on my Playdate Gift Set Class on Saturday 24th September at 1.30PM in Arnold, Nottingham. The cost is just £15 to make this fabulous set of gifts amd cards and you'll have plenty of supplies left over to take home too. Places do need to be booked and paid for by Monday 12th September please.

Back tomorrow

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011

A Wedding

One of the teachers at Zac's pre-school asked me if I'd make her a wedding guest book and matching card for a friend of hers who is getting married soon. Happy to help:

The book itself isn't Stampin' Up! it's a white linen one I had already. I've decorated it using Daffodil Delight and Whisper White card along with patterned paper from Greenhouse Gala. The sentiments are printed on the PC directly on to Whisper White card and wrapped with Daffodil Delight Satin Ribbon. My first ever attemp at makin a 3-D lili. Luckily my downline Tracy had shown me how to make them or I'd have been stuck! I made a box for the card as it's about 4cm high so needed a box to keep it safe. the inside of the card and box are decorated too but I forgot to take a photo.

Got to dash as my friend is here to cut my hair now!

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Monday, 18 July 2011

Ahem - Animal Antics part two

Oh dear - last week I showed my age by posting my first DT creation back over at Die Cut Dreams and had to rapdily amend said post when I realised I was a week early! good job I have lots of animal stamps to choose from as our theme this week is 'Animal Antics'. you animal must be of the four legged variety though - no insects or butterflies please. I made a set of five notecards:

I've used the fun level two hostess set Longfellows and simply stamped them in Basic Gray on to Whisper White card and coloured in using Blender pens and ink pads. To keep them looking like a set, I used the scallop edge border punch on coloured card and layered on to Crumb Cake card bases. So easy to make, so if you have this set uninked - get your inks out! Oh and I added a little blong to the scalloped edges with some tiny Basic Pearls too.

If you love these stamps and don't yet have them, please contact me to see how you could get them for free with an order placed with me.

Now please hop on over to Die Cut Dreams Challenge blog and see what the other ladies have to show you and remember you have two whole weeks to join in with our challeng!

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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Christmas Frames

Yesterday myself and my downline Tracy went over to Leeds to attend some training run by the lovely Jules. The drive over was terrible with the heavy rain and sent the sat nav a bit loopy. Yes hands up it send us down a road signposted Pudsey (where we were headed) but we ended up with the road turning into a single vehicle access and then erm, no further acces unless you were lucky enough to be a horse. Ahem, managed to turn around without getting the car stuck in the mud and re-set the sat nav (now renamed something similar but unprintable) and made it to training on time!

Jules had asked me to demo some of the 3-D box frames I've been making and as the event was Christmas themed, so were my projects. I grabbed this photo off Jules' blog as mine were a bit rubbish! Here's a 12x12 frame I did:

I used Bashful Blue, Old Olive and Poppy Parade for my colour combo and used loads of scraps and stickers and mainly the Every Little Bit stamp set which is fabulous value as you get 28 stamps. If you order it from me in July, I'll give you the instructions to make these box frames for free.
Here's a close up:

This is going to go on the wall in Zac's bedroom. It's a photo of him last year in Sherwood Forest watching the singing reindeers! I made a cute card to match:

One of the squares uses a sticker out of the Christmas Jingle simply scrapping kit. I love these kits, they're useful for so many things! I also made a more traditional 6" square frame:

This one features Very Vanilla, Real Red and Old Olive with Contempo Christmas and Delightful Decorations stamps. Oh and I spy Sparkly and Bright in there too!!

I had a brill day and met some fab ladies and came away buzzing with ideas. I just need a spare week to sit down and make loads of stuff now!

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Friday, 15 July 2011

Big Birthday coming up

Nope not mine! My Step Mum will be celebrating her 70th later this year and I was chuffed she asked me to make the invites. Now that they've been sent out I can share them with you:

I used a combination of Whisper White and Daffodil Delight with the matching satin ribbon of course. The Schoolbook Serif '70' has been stamped with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with gold powder, as has the sentiment from the mini hostess set Something to Celebrate. I embossed the Whisper White card layer with the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder. I also did the insert and the envelopes to match too.

I used the Basic Pearls in the centre of the bows, but first I went over them whilst they were on the sheet with the Versamark pen and then coated with gold embossing powder and heated them up. I was amazed the pearls kept their sticky and one of the sticky fired back at me!

Here's a close up:

Didn't think I was going to be able to post this today, me and Blogger are going to fall out soon. Have a fabby project to share with you tomorrow!

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New Virtual Hostess Club

My new Virtual Hostess Club starts in July and is now FULL.

I will however be starting a new club in October in line with the brand new Idea Book and Catalogue.
Hurry as spaces are being taken.
October Club - 7 Places remaining

You can view the details of this club HERE.

Please let me know straight away how many places you'd like as this is a virtual club with a difference!
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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Pick a petal and a sleepy head

Thought I'd give you a bit of cheeky look at my August card making class. We'll be using the Pick a Petal stamp set and making lots of cards with things that aren't petals! We'll make flowers too, just wanted to show you how very versatile this particular set is.

The class is at 1.30PM on Saturday 27th August at my house in Arnold. The cost of the class is £30 which includes your own Pick a Petal stamp set (worth £26.95 with eleven stamps) and you'll get to make 10 cards too (the insides are also decoarated).

Alternatively you can pay £10 for just the class without the stamp set.Places do need to be booked and paid for by Monday 15th August please.

Next up I thought I'd share a photo of Blake taken this morning. He had about as much get up and go in him as I did - I think we'd happily have stayed in bed and slept all day. Sadly school, work etc all scuppered our plans. Here he is after i'd got him out of bed:

Back tomorrow
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Wednesday, 13 July 2011

What our kids say.....

It's taken me days for blogger to allow me to upload this photo the right way around, finally managed it. I thought I'd share with you some of the things I made for our school fair. I made some packs of thank you cards, very similar to ones I made at the end of the winter term! To match I covered some shopping list notepads and added some pencils.

I've used the Tart n Tangy stamp set along with Thank You Kindly. Colours are Real Red, Wild Wasabi and a mix of Certainly Celery and Crumb Cake for the layers. I've made something completely different for Zac's teachers which I'll share another day, just on the off chance any of them look here!

We were able to wash Zac's hair last night at last as we were told to wait five days after he'd had his head glued. He was nervous about it hurting but was fine in the end. When I took him to pre-school this morning I heard some absolute corkers. One of the Mums told me her little boy had come home from school and told her 'Mummy, Zac's head fell right off and he had to go to hoppitly and have it glued back on'. So funny. Another Mum was saying how her little boy got one of the teachers names wrong and didn't understand why she ignored him for a week. He'd been calling her Miss Beaver when her name is really Miss Otter. I nearly fell on the floor laughing at that one!

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011


Now then this is not my usual thing at all (having a bit of that recently what with making a Thomas the Tank Engine card too!). I recently had a stall at my sons pre-school sellin a few hand made bits and bobs. One of the teachers bought a stack of stuff and then asked me if I could make a notepad and pen set with a  sheep on it. I said yes without really thinking what I could do and basically went home and had a little panic! After some time and lots of loking at punch art done by others I came up with this:

I had an image in my head of a sheep jumping over a gate and this turned out to be a bit of fun to make! I used the Scallop Circle punch for the body, the owl punch for the face (with the owls feet snipped off - ouch). The ears / horns are made using the five petal flower punch and the legs with the word window punch. You can see I've used other punches too for the wool above the face and the flower in it's mouth.

A bit of fun anyway!
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