Thursday, 31 May 2012


OK what happened to May? This year is certainly running away with me!

Today's card is very quick and simple. Some easy layers topped with some embossed polka dots.  Stamp a Hello and add a couple of coordinating punched flowers, some ribbon and some pearls, voila!

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

More Happiness Shared

Same stamp set as yesterday but a very different look. This time I coloured the stamp with marker pens before stamping onto whisper white card. The scallop corner punch adds some lovely delicate definition and the En Francais background stamp just lifts the base card.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Yellow Roses

Another offering from a team training day. Lovely and fresh and springlike. Like yesterdays tortoise the rose is water coloured. The stamp set is Happiness shared and I do like it's simple elegance, it just cries out for some delicate colouring, the organza ribbon just finishes it off nicely.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Watercolour Tortoise

An evening out has been an extremely rare occurrence this year so when I had a last minute opportunity to attend a team training evening I grabbed it with both hands.  My upline is the lovely Amanda Fowler, you can see her blog here and this was one of the projects she had for us that night. 
We were trying different colouring techniques and for the tortoise image we used the watercolour crayons and an aqua painter.  The designer paper is from the neutrals stack and the button accent is "stitched" on with a narrow strip of card stock.

Saturday, 26 May 2012


Just popping in to say a quick Hello.  I've been at team training all day today with my upline Amanda and had a fantastic time.  
We've had some constructive business training, some new product information and demonstrations and made some wonderful projects.  I still have some of my older projects lined up to share with you so I will add today's creations to the list for the coming days.
There's a glass of something cold with my name on it, see you tomorrow!

Friday, 25 May 2012

More SAB

I am off to team training tomorrow so I need to finish my swaps and hopefully some team gifts today.  I didn't think that I was going to be able to attend this time so I'm really looking forward to it and seeing everybody; I just love all the swapping and sharing of tips and inspiration.

Today I have another card that I made at Sale-a-bration time.  The designer papers had a lovely vintage feel and so I used a piece as backing and distressed the edges.  I took a sponge dauber to some paper daisies  and attached them to the card with an antique brad.  Quick and easy!

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Better Late than Never

Sale-a-bration is always a great time in the Stampin' Up! world and although it is long over now I wanted to share one or two of my creations with you. Outlined Occasions was one of my favourite sets from this years SAB and it looks great when you colour with marker pens.  The background is embossed in the Big shot with the polka dots embossing folder and then I added a strip of Melon Mambo striped ribbon upon which I mounted the message.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

A Bit Shirty

Perfect for the men in our lives!  This shirt is made from just half a piece of A4 card stock, the pocket being made from the piece of card that was removed from the back. I added brads to imitate buttons and the tie is a piece of designer paper.  I used the white gel pen to add the stitching detail.  I used this card recently for a couple of birthdays but it could be a good one for Fathers day too!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Birthday cake?

More new products from the Spring mini that I really hope are going to carry over into the new main catalogue in October. Can you spy new punches?  There are two!  We have the create a cupcake punch that coordinates perfectly with the stamp set (which also make great clouds and sheep and tons of other stuff!) and the new large scallop circle punch. Colours today are Perfect plum and Pretty in Pink and the sentiment is from Curly cute

Monday, 21 May 2012

Pretty Pink Flowers

Monday morning again, they come around quickly don't they. Today's card is definitely one for the ladies I think, pink and floral but very pretty.  The stamps were from a set in the Spring mini, I coloured the flowers with marker pens so that I would get the two colours together and stamped onto whisper white card stock.  The image was matted onto Pretty in Pink and then onto a white layer of card that I had embossed with the textured embossing folder in the Big shot.  The ribbon is Stampin' Up! satin ribbon and is knotted beneath a large antique brad.

Sunday, 20 May 2012


Stampin' Up! demonstrators receive a monthly newsletter with lots of tips and ideas for us to use.  A few months back this was one of the suggested projects and I decided that it was perfect for my Make, Do and Send card club so I case'd it; that means I Copied And Shared it.
The base card is Pear Pizazz, the papers are from the Spiced Paisley designer papers which was available in our Spring mini and might hopefully return in the new catalogue later this year. The Paisley stamp was from the mini too, I cut it out and 3D mounted it after colouring parts of it and adding some pearls.  The greeting is from Oval All.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Bountiful Butterflies

Morning, I am off to a workshop today and am really looking forward to some time to myself doing something I love and it means I should come home with some more projects to share with you another day.

Today's card is one of my favourite styles, a Twisted Easel card.  The card base is one of this years In-Colours, Island Indigo and has a mat of Pool Party which helps make the design pop.  The front of the card was scored diagonally which allows it to sit up in front of the base.  The butterflies are all cut from the In Colour Designer paper stack using the Beautiful Wings embosslits die in the Big Shot. The embosslits are great as they emboss designs as  they cut. The greeting is from the Perfect Punches stamp set and 3D mounted.

Friday, 18 May 2012

New toys!

Wow, May already!  The first part of this year has passed in a bit of a blur for me.  All of my attention has been focused on my family for various reasons and unfortunately this will continue for some time to come I expect.  However, today I have returned to blogland and it is very definitely somewhere that I will endeavor to visit more often from now on.

The picture is of my new toy, purchased today with birthday money.  It is a portable photo studio and will (hopefully) allow me to show off my creations in a better light.  I always struggle to find a decent spot to photograph my cards, there's always some rubbish in the background or the light is particularly bad. I also now have a daylight lamp, courtesy of Annette who gave it to me on her return to America, thank you so much Annette. And, yes I know you shouldn't begin a sentence with and, I was so lucky to receive a new DSLR camera for Christmas that once I have learned how to use it my photos should improve no end!

So, I have spent this afternoon taking lots of photos of lots of projects that I have made over the past few weeks which I will share with you over the coming days.

Thanks for bearing with me during this difficult time xx
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