Sunday, 28 February 2010

Sympathy Card

A friend asked me the other day for a sympathy card which to be honest is something I very rarely make. 

I got the stamp set a while ago as I had heard about a stamping method which looked like a watercoloured image and thought the Close as A Memory set was going to a good set to try the technique.

Here is the card I made.

The main image is coloured in using markers and then I sprayed it with a water sprayer before stamping onto Whisper White cardstock. 

Thinking about it later I think I should have stamped off the image first to remove some of the ink, then sprayed with water before stamping the image.  Having said that I really do like the result.

Cardstock - Whisper White, Blush Blossom, Perfect Plum & Pale Plum
Ink - Perfect Plum, Pale Plum & Mellow Moss markers
Accessories - Whisper White Ribbon.

Thanks for taking the time to visit.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Happy Award!

My amazing Stampin' Up 'Mum' and friend, Sara has given me this award!!!.

The idea is that I tell you 10 things that make me happy, then pass it on to 5 more blogging buddies who do the same (all of us linking back to the person who sent it to us and forward to those we're passing it to).

Mmmm - 10 things that make me happy

1) My Hubby, Ian (but dont tell him!)
2) Chocolate
3) Getting my SU order delivered and opening the box!!
4) Reading good comments on my blog
5) Our cat, Mrs Miggins, coming for a tickle - she is a little bit timid (well almost ferral, really) so its lovely when she comes to see us.
6) Meeting up with friends
7) Watching World Superbikes, MotoGP and British Superbikes
8) Riding on the back of a motorbike (doesnt happen much now though SOB!
9) Putting my SU order in - I get a bit giddy with this sometimes and have been known to order something twice!!
10) Watching a good film
And I'm passing this on now to the following ladies:
Thank you for all your inspiration!

Friday, 26 February 2010

Mums Day Card

Hi there.  I havent used this stamp set for ages - dont know why, I love it its so cute.

I used an embossing folder to give the Whisper White card some texture as I didnt want to detract from the main image.

The flowers were a bit of a challenge... The other week I tried to do some brayering (which failed!) but I did like the colour.  Being a bit tight and not wanting to waste the cardstock, I stamped the flower image from the 'One of a Kind' stamp set in Versamark and heat embossed it using white embossing powder.  I then punched them out with my Boho Blossoms punch.  They were then layered up using dimentionals and a Rhinestone brad secured in the centre.

Cardstock - Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, More Mustard
Stamp Set - Forest Friends
Inks - Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie & Summer Sun reinkers for the brayering (flowers)
Accessories, Boho Blossoms Punch, Brayer, Rhinestone Brads, White Embossing Powder
Non SU - Embossing folder & scalloped die.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Bella Toile Tissue Box

Hi there!

Another busy week, lots of driving around - but its nearly the weekend Yaaaaaay!

Here is another tissue box cover.  I am still frantically making things for the craft fair next Sat (6th March).  I am just hoping that people come now LOL.

The stamp I used for this is huge (11.4 x 14.6 cm) but the detailing is absolutely incredible.  One thing I really like with SU stamps is that the rubber stamps are deeply etched, so you dont get parts of the image missing when you lift the stamp.  And with the size of these stamps that is something you DONT want!!!

I was thinking of colouring in some of the flowers and leaves but didnt want to spoil it, what do you think?

Cardstock - Whisper White, Real Red.
Stamp sets - Bella Toile, Flight of the Butterfly.
Accessories - Real Red ribbon
Punches - Butterfly & Eyelet Border
Non SU - oval and scalloped oval die cuts.

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Special Blessings!

Here are some more cards using the Special Blessings stamp set (see I told you didn't I!).

The images made the same way as yesterdays post, but for the dove I cut out an extra wing and mounted it behind the main image which I thought looked lovely.

The sentiments are aligned using my Stamp-A-Ma-Gig (there is no way I could do without this!).  The Designer Series Paper is called Tea & Crumpets and is so sweet.

Cardstock - Pretty in Pink
Ink - Versamark, Rose Red
Stamp set - Special Blessings
DSP - Tea & Crumpets
Accessories - White Embossing Powder, Window Punch
Non SU - die cutter.
Thanks for visiting - hope you are having a great weekend?!

Saturday, 20 February 2010


I am sorry for not posting for a while, I have been working in Birmingham & Newcastle this week and had some VERY long days.  Anyway, whinge over!  Here are some Easter cards I made last week using the Special Blessings set.
The dove and cross images were stamped using versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder. 
The cross image was stamped and emossed twice and one of them cut out, just inside the outside line.  Then this image was mounted on dimentionals leaving the outline line of the first full image showing underneath.  The detailing on the stamps is lovely, I can see many more of these images appearing on here soon - I really like this set!!!

Stamp sets - Special Blessings, Occasional Greetings
Cardstock - Bashfull Blue, Ballet Blue & Whisper White
DSP - Bashfull Blue
Ink - Versamark, Brocade Blue
Accessories - White embossing powder, flowers and brad from Pretties Kit, Brocade Blue ribbon.
Punches - Large oval, Scalloped Oval.
No SU - Die cutter

I will post some more images using this set shortly!

Thanks for taking the time to lok at my blog.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Time is running out...

Hi there!
Here is a card made using some of the free stamp sets you can earn by spending £45 or more on Stampin Up! products, Good Neighbours  & Vintage Labels.  Dont forget, these stamps are ONLY available until the 28th February.  If you want to get your hands on them you need to get your skates on so email me ASAP!

The houses and some of the trees were stamped, cut out and then placed onto Whisper White cardstock to help me decide on their final positions.  I stamped some trees straight onto the card and then secured the cut out images on to the card, raising some on dimentionals to give depth.

The sentiment was stamped and punched out using a 1" curcle punch and doodled lines were hand drawn inside the circle.  The label was stamped and cut out, then coloured using my markers.

Cardstock - More Mustard & Whisper White
Ink - Basic Grey, Earth Elements Stampin Spots, Marvelous Markers.
Stamp sets - Good Neighbours & Vintage Labels
Ribbon - Chocolate Chip & More Mustard.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 7 February 2010

More Card Sets

Heres another one of the card sets I made on Saturday for the craft fair.

I think this one is probably my favourate, the sentiments are so sweet in the Flight of the Butterfly set.

Cardstock - Pretty in Pink, Rose Red & Whisper White
Designer Series Paper  Sweet Always (Now Retired)
Ink - Versamark, Whisper White Craft
Stamp Set - Flight of the Butterfly
Accessories - Rose Red Double Stitched Ribbon
Punches - Scallop Circle, Butterfly & Scallop Border

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Wonderful Weekend!

Ohhh! I have been playing all day today and its been fab.

Still got so much I want to do for the craft fair in March.  I am also trying to narrow down my order for goodies from Stampin' Up!  The trouble is I just want EVERYTHING! 

Here is a box and set of 6 matching cards I made today.  I do have a slight problem with orange so just had to use Pumpkin Pie!

Cardstock - Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie & Whisper White
Ink - Pumkin Pie, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Garden Green
Designer Series Paper - Haiku (now retired)
Stamp sets - A Rose is a Rose & Whimsical Words
Accessories - Pumpkin Pie ribbon
Punches - Scallop Edge, Scallop Circle & 1 3/8 Circle.

I have made some more of these sets and will post them shorlty.

Have a brilliant weekend!

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Oh No! The snow is back..

I cant believe it - the snow is back!!!  Thankfully I just got home before it started settling properly.  Hope you havent had too many problems with the weather?

Recenly I have been trying to get some things made for the craft fair I am doing in March and love making 3d items.

Here are some box in bags with matching cards that I made at the weekend.  The stamp set is Greenhouse Garden and is fast becoming one of my favourates.  If you like using Rose is a Rose, you will adore this set! 

I have filled the bags with little goodies to make cute little pampering gifts for Mums day, just things like hand creams, shower gel etc.

Cardstock - Close to Cocoa Whisper White & Chocolate Chip
Ink - So Saffron, Close to Cocoa & Chocolate Chip
DSP - Tea & Crumpets
Stamp sets - Greenhouse Garden, Occasional Greetings
Accessories - So Safforn & Chocolate Chip ribbon, pearl & small flower (dyed with markers) from pretties kit.

Rose Red, Regal Rose & Pretty in Pink

Cardstock -  Pretty in Pink & Whisper White
Ink - Rose Red, Regal Rose & Pretty in Pink
DSP - Rose Red
Stamp sets - Greenhouse Garden, Occasional Greetings
Accessories - Rose Red & Whisper White.

Also Stampin' Up are donating £1 from every Greenhouse Garden set to the Haiti disaster relief fund.  More details here.