Wednesday, 30 December 2015

A little skater girl!

Hey everyone!
Did you have a nice Christmas? I had a lovely quiet one with Keiran and my parents, playing board games and eating lots!

Of course, I was asked to make a few Christmas cards again this year, so I'm going to share those and the ones I made for my family over the next couple of days. Here's the first one, using a colouring image I found on Pinterest. 

I coloured the little girl with my very neglected Promarkers, but everything else I used is from Stampin' Up! The sentiment is from Holly Jolly Greetings and the name is from Little Letters Framelits.

For texture I embossed the background with the Softly Falling EF...I love it!

Thanks for popping by and I'll be back with another card soon :)

Saturday, 12 December 2015

A little light....

Hello again everyone!
As promised, here is another one of my wooden peg tealight holders.

I used some retired Washi Tape for this project, along with Burlap Trim, Gold Cording, and some Crochet Trim. 

This was actually the first one of these I made, and the reason I made so many more of them! I left the inside blank this time and focussed on the outer.

Doesn't it look pretty?? I can't tell you how well these sold at my craft fair the other week. I made 5 altogether, all different, and they created so much interest that not only did they sell quickly, but customers were finding it difficult to choose between them! 

I hope I have offered you some inspiration today...I'll be back with the last one soon (I only photographed 3 of them!)

Have a lovely day!

Thursday, 10 December 2015


 Hello my lovely followers!
It's been such a long while since I've blogged, so thank you so much for hanging around! I have been very busy with trying to get my life back on an even keel, and whilst I'm still a long way from there, I am working hard at it.

So today, I thought I would share a little corner bookmark I made for my little man, Keiran, as he is very much into reading these days. Oh and he loves Minions!

I made this cutie using the Owl Builder Punch...isn't he cool?? I think it's Minion Dave...feel free to correct me if I'm wrong! I also used the Word Window Punch for his arms, and some googly eyes for added personality.

I hope to show you some more of the lovely wooden peg tealight holders over the next few days, so please do pop back.

Thank you again for bearing with me through these tough times...I will be back on top form soon, I'm sure! :)

By for now!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Card for my Mum

Hi everyone!
It was my lovely Mum's birthday at the end of October, so I want to share the card I made for her...

I've used Flowering Flourishes for the lovely swirls on the card and added punched flowers from the Pictogram Punches stamp set. 

The centre panel is created using one of the gorgeous embossing folders from the Fun Frames set. The lettering is from Little Letters Thinlits and I gently inked the edges with Pink Pirouette ink.
I was on a roll making this card so I even decided to decorate the inside! The sentiment is from one of our lovely hostess sets, Happy Birthday Everyone. Do you like that it is stamped in 2 different colours? Well this is very easily achieved by using our brilliant Stampin' Write Markers. I simply inked 'Birthday' with the Pink Pirouette first, then the 'Happy' with Marina Mist, then as the ink had dried a little, I 'huffed' over the stamp to dampen the ink again. I love using this technique as it's so simple, yet so effective!

This weekend is the very exciting first On Stage Live in Brussels, especially for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. Sadly, I won't be there this year, but I'm sure there are going to be some very exciting announcements of new soon as I hear of anything, I will let you know! 

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Thanks for visiting today and I hope to see you go get your craft on! ;)

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Stampin' Up Reason For The Season Tutorial - making it easy!!

Good evening!
I hope this post finds you all well?
I have been busy crafting for my upcoming stall at the Worsley URFC Christmas fair recently, and I wanted to show you one of my new makes tonight. 

PLUS, how to line up the Reason For The Season stamps and punch bundle for quick and easy Poinsettias!

First of all, here is the finished project....Oh yes, this involves some clever upcycling too...

This gorgeous tealight/candle holder is made from an empty tuna tin and 22 wooden clothes pegs! I simply glued strips of Gold Glimmer Paper to each peg and clipped them to the can, then wrapped it all with some Natural Cotton Ribbon and Linen Thread. I then added the Gold Cording Trim and the stunning Poinsettia, complete with an Iced Rhinestone, coloured with a gold Sharpie.

Here's how it looks when lit...

Isn't it beautifully sparkly?! 

So, I promised to show how to line up the stamps and die to make this all so much easier right? Ok, just check out my little video below...

I think you'll agree that it really is a doddle right? I sometimes think that Stampin' Up! design products deliberately for us Demos to work out easier ways of using them! ;)

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I hope you enjoy making yours...I'd love to see them so please do leave a link to yours in the comments! :)

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

One for my guy!

Good morning!
I know it's been a while, but I'm still around, and still crafting! I just haven't felt much like blogging, if I'm honest. I've had busy days with work and the gym, not to mention running around after my little man, so I have just been relaxing in the evenings, and while I know I should be blogging, I would rather create!

So today I'm showing you the birthday card I made for Mike earlier this month...

I used the brilliant Guy Greetings stamp set for this one, along with some Neutrals DSP, a Soft Suede card base, and a bit of scrap Burlap Ribbon I had lying on my desk! It was just there, and I just knew it would work perfectly to 'ground' my man!

I fussy cut my man out, then popped him up on some Dimensionals to make him stand out. I used Watermelon Wonder ink for the sentiment to add some cheery contrast.

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Thanks for popping by today, and I hope to see you again very soon!

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Pinkies World Card Making Day Blog Hop!!

Welcome to another Pinkies Blog Hop! As it's World Card Making Day today, we hope everyone will get some time to craft, and we've created some lovely projects to help inspire you to create your own beautiful card. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

I have a magic slider card to share with you very first one! I'd love to know what you think of it...

So I started by creating my 'pocket' for the slider element to slide into; (there are some great tutorials on YouTube...I found one by Sharon Griffiths here) which I decorated with some footprints and leaves. 

I then stamped the skeleton from No Bones About It onto a piece of Window Sheet in Stazon White. (It's very important to use the Stazon ink as it is permanent.)

Then on a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock, the same size as my window sheet, I stamped the 'body' of my dinosaur and lots of the leaves. I place the window sheet over the green card and added my little tab at the end, making sure not to glue the 2 pieces together! 

I love how much fun this card is don't you?

Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop! It's time to visit Clare's blog to see her stunning card!

Have a wonderful World Card Making Day!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Reason for the Season

Hello everyone!
I had my craft class last Friday and as Christmas is coming (?!!) we had a little play with one of my new stamp set and punch bundles from the new Autumn/Winter catalogue, Reason For The Season...

This first card we made was using the punch Festive Flower (part of the bundle) and then we stamped the veins on the leaves and petals afterwards, using the stamps from Reason For The Season. It's much easier this way as trying to line all three stamps up before punching is almost impossible! The stamps are photopolymer too so that makes it super easy! 
*EDIT* For an even easier way to stamp onto these petals, check out my tutorial here.

I used one of the dies and some Gold Glimmer Paper from the Holly Jolly Greetings bundle for 'merry', and teamed it with one of the stamps from the set. Oh and under the gorgeous Poinsettia I swirled a little of the gorgeous Gold Cording Trim...doesn't it finish the card nicely?

If you would like to order from either the Autumn/Winter catalogue, or the Annual Catalogue, you can either contact me direct, or click on the links over on the right :)

Have a lovely day and hope to catch you soon!

Thursday, 24 September 2015

One last DT card...

Good morning! I'm here with my DT card for CAS-Colours and Sketches, and this week it's a sketch...

My card started using a flower I had left over from a couple of commission cards I made this week...

The large flower is from Petal Potpourri and is stamped in Hello Honey. I then added a Rich Razzelberry Papillon Potpourri butterfly and a Bermuda Bay Petite Petal. 

The leaves are punch from Pear Pizazz card using the Bird Builder punch. I finished with a sentiment from Endless Birthday Wishes. As it is a photopolymer stamp it's easy to get it perfectly placed on the card!

I am sad to say that this is my last challenge for CAS...I have a lot to concentrate on in my life so I am taking my leave...I will miss it lots but I am still going to be around! I look forward to seeing what you create with my last sketch!
Happy crafting!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

One for the guys!

Good morning all!
I'm here again with my DT card for CAS-Colours and Sketches, which this week uses these colours...

I immediately thought of a male card when I chose these colours, and just for once, I went with what I intended!

I have used one of my few 'man sets', Guy Greetings for this card. The car and the greeting are stamped in Chocolate Chip, but I stamped off the sentiment first to give a softer look. I also inked the edges of my die cut panel (cut using Chalk Talk Framelits) and the DSP with the same ink for a vintage look.

The ribbon is a little bit from my stash...I have so much to use up as I always hoard ribbon, don't you?! I finished with some Candy Dots, mainly because I managed to get ink on the top right of my card, grrrr! Still...we crafters know just how to fix a bodge don't we?!

I look forward to seeing all your cards...are you going male too?

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Peace and Love

Hi everyone! 
It's Thursday so here is my DT card for CAS-Colours and Sketches this week. I created this sketch with the intention of creating a lovely sunny scene with flowers, but somehow I ended up playing with one of my new stamp sets from the new Autumn/Winter catalogue! 

I have flipped the sketch so that the stars looked like falling stars...not too sure if it works but I'm struggling to craft right now as life has gone a bit wrong again, but let's not talk about that! 

I stamped everything from the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set in Silver Encore ink except for the '&love' which was stamped in Soft Sky. I then mounted the stamped panel onto Soft Sky card before popping up on Dimensionals onto a Whisper White card blank made using the new thicker WW!! You should seriously try's so much better for card bases!

I look forward to popping over to your blogs to see your creations!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

An Awesomely CASEd card!

I hope you're having a lovely weekend? I Keiran came back Friday evening so yesterday we spent some quality time together and went for a 5k run! 

Anyway, today I have a card to share that we made at craft class last Friday...

Now I must admit to CASE-ing this card! I saw a similar one on Pinterest so I tracked it down to the blog it originated from so I can give Chantal the credit she deserves! You can see her card here

All the stamping is created using the Awesomely Artistic stamp set...I do love it when you can use so many stamps from one set on a card! Another similar set is Work of Art. 

I added some colour using Watermelon Wonder, and some texture using the Burlap Trim. I trimmed the edges off the burlap and pulled out some threads to fray the edges. I used these threads for the looping behind the dragonfly. The spots are stamped in Gold Encore and I added a little more gold with the sequins. The whold panel is then mounted onto some DSP from the Neutrals stack then onto a Soft Suede card blank.

I really do love this set! Do you have it? Maybe you'd like to share your creations with me? Pop your blog link in the comments and I'll come on over and have a look! :)

I'm off to church now...have a lovely Sunday!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

A one layer birthday card for my Grandma

Hello everyone!
I hope you are well? I'm here today with my first post as September's hostess for our challenges at CAS-Colours and Sketches. This week we have some lovely soft, springlike colours for I'm not ready to let Autumn in!

So here is the super quick, one layer card I made...

I stamped the main image from Butterfly Basics in Basic Gray, then with my Stampin' Writ Markers and Blender Pens I coloured it in using the 3 challenge colours. I then stamped the sentiment in Black Memento ink, and the two rows of chevrons in Pink Pirouette.

Here's a close up of the flowers...

It's really easy to do this kind of just gradually build up the colour until you get the effect you want.

It would have been my Grandma's 97th Birthday today, and I still miss her loads. I have lots to thank her for, and some amazing memories, and I will be thinking about her today...this one's for you Grandma...Happy Birthday!

We're all looking forward to seeing your creations and how you use these colours!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

I see a rainbow!

Hello all!
I'm here with my DT card for CAS-Colours and Sketches and this week we have a sketch for you...

I immediately thought of my Petite Petals set so I got to work and here's what I made...

I took the sketch quite literally and went for rainbow colours, just because I felt like it! I stamped the dots from Awesomely Artistic in Rose Red, stamping more than once before inking to give a softer effect. The flowers were stamped and I used the matching punch to cut them out.

The sentiment is from One Big Meaning...this is a great set for all those Thank You cards, and let's face it, we send lots right?!
The whole panel was then popped onto an A6 Rose Red card blank. Oh and I finished with a single pearl.

What will you do with our sketch I wonder?

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