Friday, 27 May 2016

Picture Perfect Vintage Roses

It's time for another Floral Friday card, and today I thought I would treat you to a peek of the new Stampin' Up! In Colours coming next week - yes on the 1st June the new annual catalogue along with 5 new In Colours will be launched!  I have used Flirty Flamingo, one of my favourites (along with Peekaboo Peach) - so look out for some cards using both colours next week!

For this card I used the Lots of Love framelits to create a frame out of gold foil card to arrange the flowers and leaves that I stamped from the gorgeous Picture Perfect stamp set.  I hope you like it!

Stampin' Up! Materials Used:
Stamp sets - Picture Perfect, Rose Wonder
Ink pads - Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo, Versamark
Dies - Lots of Labels framelits
Card - Whisper White, Whisper White thick card, gold foil sheets
Other - gold embossing powder, metallic sequins, fine tip glue, embossing biddy, Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Christmas Cocoa

Wow 7 months until Christmas Day!  Don't know about you, but I need to get some Christmas cards made ready to send so that it is not a big rush in November/December!

Stampin' Up! Materials Used:
Stamp Sets - A Nice Cuppa, Snow Place
Ink pads - Real Red, Soft Suede, Versamark
Dies - Cups and Kettle, Swirly Scribbles (for the marshmallows)
Designer Series Paper - Neutrals
Card - Real Red, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Whisper White thick card
Other - Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, White embossing powder, aqua painter, Stampin' Dimensionals, fine tip glue, embossing buddy 

Monday, 23 May 2016


Monday again, the start to another working week for many of us.  Today I have a card made using the Traveler stamp set, some masking and a reflection technique.

First of all I stamped the ship onto a craft sheet, then placed a piece of card on top of it being careful to place the card so that the image would be in the bottom half and gently rubbed over the card to pick up the image of the ship.  This gave a lighter image, which I could then match up with the reinked stamp and add in the main image.  I then punched out a circle of post it tape to make a mask for a moon, and sponged some layers of ink onto the card to create the sky and sea.

Stampin' Up! Materials Used:
Stamp sets - Traveler,  Watercolor Wings
Ink Pads - Soft Suede, Soft Sky, Marina Mist and a sneeky peek of a new In-Colour Dapper Denim
Card - Whisper White, Whisper White thick card, Soft Suede
Punch - 1 3/4" circle

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Oh Christmas Tree

I used a sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge blog - I think its one that you can use for many occasions and card sizes, but I decided on Christmas!  Which seems a bit strange as the sun is shining outside while I write this blog post!

Stampin' Up! Materials Used:
Stamp sets - Sassy Salutations, Lots of Joy
Ink pad - Real Red
Card - Real Red, Whisper White, Whisper White thick card
Designer Series Paper - Merry Moments
Other - Tree Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, 21 May 2016

A Nice Cuppa

The card I am sharing today is made with one of my favourite colour combinations of the Stampin' Up inks - Lost Lagoon, Melon Mambo and Soft Suede.  Sadly Lost Lagoon is retiring at the end of the month, along with the Nice Cuppa stamps and its co-ordinating dies.

Stampin' Up! Materials Used:
Stamp sets - A Nice Cuppa, Endless Thanks, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink pads - Lost Lagoon, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede
Card - Whisper White, Whisper White thick card, Melon Mambo
Dies - Cups and Kettles, Banners
Other - Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, 16 May 2016

Vintage Leaves

Hello my crafting friends!  Today I have made a card suitable for both men and women, all year round - spring and summer, autumn, thanksgiving, and these leaves could also be paired up with some flower stamps or punches to make a pretty card.  

On some of the leaf images I inked the stamp in the lighter colour ink, then inked some of the edges up with a darker/different colour to give a two tone effect.  I think this would work well with the baby wipe ink pad technique and ink refills to create a lovely blended image - maybe I will try that out soon!
Stampin' Up! Materials Used:
Stamp sets - Vintage Leaves, Guy Greetings
Ink pads - Tangerinr Tango, Old Olive, Soft Suede
Card - Whisper White thick card
Other - Neutral Candy Dots
Other supplies - masking paper

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Christmas Joy

This card is really quick and simple.  Some easy stamping straight onto a scored piece of Whisper White thick card stock, two stamped trees which are punched out with the co-ordinating punch and stuck on with Dimensionals.
Stampin' Up! Materials Used:
Stamp Set - Lots of Joy
Ink Pads - Old Olive, Real Red
Card - Whisper White, Whisper White thick card
Other - Stampin' Dimensionals, Tree Punch

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Sheltering Tree

Today's card is all about stamping, and I have used just one stamp set - Sheltering Tree which is very versatile and can be used all year round.  I wanted to make something that looked like cherry blossom as I have seen so many beautiful blossom photos recently - but yes I know this does not look like cherry blossom, but its still pink and pretty!

Stampin' Up! Materials Used:
Stamp set - Sheltering Tree
Ink Pads - Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Old Olive
Card - Rose Red, Whisper White, Whisper White thick card
Other - Dazzling Diamonds glitter, fine tip glue pen


Friday, 13 May 2016

Balloons... Where?

Hi!  Today I thought I would share with you a flower card made with the Balloon Celebrations stamp set - who says a balloon stamp has to be a balloon! :-)

Stampin' Up! Materials Used:
Stamp set - Balloon Celebrations
Ink pads - Melon Mambo, Mossy Meadow
Card - Whisper White
Designer Series Paper - Brights paper stack
Punch - 1" square 

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

No Bones Aboout It

Welcome to my second "Masculine Monday" blog post - I have to say this was not how the card first started out, but in the end I quite like it.  Just proves that one masculine card a week is definitely going to be a challenge!

I used the No Bones About It stamp set - such fab stamps for all those little (and big) men you know that love dinosaurs.

Stampin' Up! Materials Used:
Stamp set - No Bones About It
Ink Pads - Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, So Saffron
Card - Old Olive, Whisper White, Whisper White thick cardstock
Dies - Tags & Labels framelits
Punches - 1/4" circle punch

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Floral Wings

Stampin' Up! have some gorgeous butterfly stamps and dies, and for this card I used the Hostess set Floral Wings along with the co-ordinating butterfly die.  The black and white strip is some washi tape stuck onto card and cut out, I have stamped an image from Gorgeous Grunge a couple of times, added a sentiment and a few gems - simple! :-)

Stampin' Up! Materials Used:
Stamp Sets - Floral Wings, Gorgeous Grunge, Butterfly Basics
Ink Pads - Melon Mambo, Sahara Sand, Basic Black
Card - Whisper White thick cardstock
Dies - Bold Butterfly framelits
Other - Everyday Chic washi tape, rhinestones

Friday, 6 May 2016

A 50th Birthday!

I made this card for a lovely friend of mine who had her 50th birthday this week - still not quite sure if she was happy to be reminded of the number :-)

Stampin' Up! Materials Used:
Stamp Set - Number of Years
Ink pads - Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Blushing Bride
Framelits - Large Numbers
Card - Whisper White thick cardstock, Mint Macaron card
DSP - Birthday Bouquet
Other - Metallics sequin assortment

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Water Colour with Best Thoughts

Hmm.. watercolours... it is definitely something that I would love to be better at.  So please join me on my journey of blog posts dedicated to watercolouring - to start with they will be monthly, but hopefully I might just get good at this and will be able to share my efforts with you more often!  I love this medium, but have a lot to learn, so I hope I can make the mistakes, discovers some tips and techniques along the way so that you too can enjoy trying your hand at watercolouring!

Stampin' Up! Materials Used:
Stamp set - Best Thoughts (this is a hostess set - you can still get this until the end of May if stocks last)
Ink Pads - Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Card - Rich Razzleberry, watercolor paper
Other -  Aquapainters

Monday, 2 May 2016

Masculine Monday - Sea Street

Hi, I hope you are enjoying the long Bank Holiday weekend - I have to say the weather has been very changeable here this last week - sunshine, rain, high winds and even some sleet and snow! Come on Spring where are you?!
Today I have a quick man's card to share with you.  Do you struggle with cards for men?  I know I do, so I have set myself a challenge to make one male themed card each week for a weekly blog post called "Masculine Monday" so wish me luck!

Stampin' Up! Materials Used: 
Stamp sets - Sea Street, Something to Say 
Ink pads - Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Real Red 
Card - Whisper White, Night of Navy 
Other - Circle framelits and punch, dimensionals

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Everything Eleanor

Happy first of May, and happy Sunday!  Today is the start of one of my new weekly blog posts - Simple Sunday - showcasing a project that is quick and simple to make!

I made a bunch of these pretty cards using two quick stamped images, a small piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) and some sequins.  I have used the gorgeous Everything Eleanor stamp set which is sadly retiring at the end of May, but you still have chance to add this to your collection.

Stampin' Up! materials used
Stamp sets - Everything Eleanor, Butterfly Basics
Ink pads - Soft Suede, Mint Macaron, Lost Lagoon
DSP - Botanical Gardens
Other - metallics sequin assortment