Sunday, 30 January 2011

Hi Stampers

Wow, busy busy week!  When I think back over what I've been doing though I cant quite remember half of it, you know the kind of week I'm talking about haha.  Anyway my hubby and I went to see The Kings Speech tonight which was great.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and think Chris did too.

This weeks card class was pirates and hearts, not your usual combo I'll grant you but I made it work....well, it worked cos it was 2 pirate cards and two valentine cards, bet I had you there!

I've used Because I Care which is a current Level 1 Hostess Set and although I wasn't sold on it straight away, after using it I'm definately a fan.  The flower is absolutely gorgeous but unfortunately my picture doesn't quite capture how detailed and lovely it is.

The colours used are the in colours Pear Pizzaz and Blushing Bride and I love them together.  It is a simple card but I like it a lot.

Alright I'm off to bed now, get my beauty sleep in for the week ahead.


Friday, 28 January 2011

Thank Goodness Its Friday!

Hi Stampers! 
I have been spending a little bit of time messing about with boxes getting them just the right size for whatever I want to put inside them and to be honest, it has been a lot of fun!  What's even better is that I have a bunch of little templates for boxes whether they will hold small 3x3 notelets or square cards 10cmx10cm or whatever.  Am feeling very pleased with myself.

I have used the Bliss set which is one you can earn FREE during sale-a-bration when you spend £45 with Stampin Up!  The box is made using Basic Black cardstock.  The band around it is made using Very Vanilla cardstock with the background stamped in Sahara Sand. The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black then punched using the Oval punch and mounted onto the Scallop Oval - pretty!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

This card was very quick but I like it a lot and I love the use of words as a stem for flowers.

This card was one we did at my craft class, lots of variations of this theme.  Its a lovely one and very simple but effective.

I used Bashful Blue and So Saffron cardstock with some bashful blue grosgrain ribbon wrapped around whisper white.  The stamp sets used are Fox & Friends and Punch Bunch SAB set.

I'm back!

Hi Stampers! Ooh seems like a while since I've been on here but I have been crafting, never fear.  So here are a few of the cards that I have been creating.  I'm in a bit of a flap at the moment and feel like I don't have enough time to use and enjoy all my gorgeous craft supplies!  I'm not complaining because that is a lovely position to be in but I definately need to be a bit more organised to ensure maximum crafting time.

This card uses the Playdate DS Paper which I love although I must say its the less obvious patterns that grabs me, in this card its the heart design I loved - one of the best things about SU designer paper is that you get two chances to love it what with it being double sided!  The hearts are all punched using the Heart To Heart punch, the edging is the Scallop Trim Border punch and finished off with the Striped Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon and a couple of Rhinestones, pretty!

Monday, 17 January 2011

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Sunday, 16 January 2011

As well as making the matchboxes about I also did a couple of cards, still on the theme of Valentine's Day, one very like the box and another, using the Small Heart punch which is very apt.

Valentine's Matchbook Box

Hey Stampers!  Sorry haven't been updating the last few days, had some dental work done and was in a fair bit of pain but feeling lots better now and have had a fantastic night crafting.  Got the kids all off to bed and just got cracking, its amazing how much your miss it when you don't get the chance to be crafty.

 So I started with these Matchbook boxes which you can see my upline Michelle Last demonstrate on youtube.  Its very cute and very easy.  Uses the Heart To Heart Punch and the effect is really lovely.

I have used Crumb Cake cardstock and the Heart To Heart Punch with paper from Play Date Designer Paper backing the hearts. I've used the Basic Black Marker to edge the hearts giving the faux stitching effect.  The top is edged with the Scallop Trim Border Punch and the love stamp is from a retired set.

I even copied Michelles choice of chocolates to put inside the box in one of the small cellophane bags, it is such a cute gift for someone.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

60th Birthday Card

Hey Stampers! (still loving it)
Today I made a birthday card for my mum who will be 60 years old in a couple of days.  She isn't very girly or hugely into frilly fussy stuff but does like things to be pretty.  I thought this card fitted the bill nicely.  Not too much but just enough (I hope).

I used the Designer Series Paper Pack - Subtles for the patterned areas, don't they look great?  At just £15.50 for 40 sheets of gorgeous double sided designs this is fast becoming a favourite of mine.

I have also used the Heart to Heart, 1 3/4" Scallop circle & 1 3/8" circle punches.  The glittery 60 was created using the heat and stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

I hope mum likes it and I'm glad I got the chance to take a couple of pictures before I pop it into the post.

I am starting my first class tonight so am hoping that at least 1 person turns up, either way it promises to be a crafty night.

Sorry but took another picture of this card from a different angle.  Not quite sure what these are called
perhaps, a tri fold card or something like that?  I'm
someone will know and maybe they can let me know.

Have a Happy Wednesday

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Bird on A Branch

Just a short one today as I am doing this in between giving the kids dinner and getting ready for an acoustic session with my friend Neil.  I really wanted to post this card I made last night as I thought it would be great if I could update my blog daily (or almost daily)!

This card is one that is in the current catalogue on page 16 I think.  It is such a pretty card, the Pretty In Pink and the Old Olive work so well together, definately a favourite combination of mine.  So here is the finished product.

It is amazing how versatile the bird punch is, I seem to have used it so much and in lots of different cards.  I am sure if will feature a lot when it comes
to making lovely spring and Easter
Bird on a Branch
cards and boxes. 

See you tomorrow.


Sunday, 9 January 2011

Boys cards - Aaargh!

Hey Stampers!  I totally love that greeting and I hear it quite a lot when I'm trawling youtube looking for ideas.  That probably sounded wrong but I'm sure you have all done it.  Anyway the "Hey Stampers" greeting just sounds so chirpy & cute that I may have to steal, ahem, incorporate it into my blogs ;o)

My son Conal had a TWO birthday parties to go to today, a girls one and a boys one.  Girl cards aren't really a problem however I tend to struggle with male cards.  Having a peek through my stamp sets I spotted Beware Pirates and knew it would be perfect for a 6year old boy - now for the inspiration - youtube!  I found a couple of cards that I loved courtesy of Julie Kettlewell and it ended up being difficult to choose which one to send, result!

Here they are, aren't they fab?

And not to forget the little girls party, I created a cute little card using Make A Monster which was actually a lot of fun and was quite pleased with it....until we turned up and I realised it was a Prince & Princesses party - oops!  Dropped the ball there but hey we cant all be perfect, well not all of the time ;o)

Friday, 7 January 2011

Here is another card.  This one was inspired by Michelle's creations (on her page at the moment).  As promised it also uses the Sweet Summer sale-a-bration stamp set.

This card was made using
Old Olive card stock
Subtles Designer Series paper Rose Red
Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon
Whisper White cardstock
Old Olive Ink Pad
Rose red Ink pad
Because I care Hostess Set
Scallop Trim Border

A New Year!

Here is a card I made using the Sale-a-bration set Sweet Summer.  This is a gorgeous set and already a firm favourite of mine.

This card was made using
Old Olive card stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Tempting Turquoise Card Stock
Basic Black Inkpad
Versamark Inkpad
Old Olive, Pretty In Pink & Bashful Blue Stampin Markers
Blender Pen
Happy Anniversary sentiment from Cheer & Wishes stamp set.