Saturday, 28 February 2009

I'm Stampin Up Demo ;0)

I've signed up to be an Independent Stampin' Up!® demonstrator in the UK, I love anything to do with papercrafting, and I know I am going to enjoy sharing my love of rubber stamping with papercrafters all over the UK, I'm based in East Sussex and I'm thinking of setting up some small workshops in my home in Bexhill-on-sea. To find out more about workshops, placing an order or becoming a demonstrator, please email at If you don't live nearby please contact me anyway I can always take an order and send it to you ....

Please click here
to see how Stampin' Up works.

Interested in becoming a demonstrator? Click
to find out more - I'm a newbie myself but you can contact me for more information.

The fabulous catalogue is here, come back in a day or two and I can tell you about some special offers ;0)

I'm so excited about having this wonderful opportunity to share my Stampin' Up expereiences with you ...

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

ILWS Card Swap

I recently took part in a card swap over on ILWS, 10 of us each made 10 cards (all the same) and sent them to an organiser, she then sent one of each of the designs back to us, so we received 10 different designs back - they are all fabulous ...

Mine was made using:

Stamps: Garden Whimsey
Cardstock: Gable Green
Designer Paper: Sweet Always
Inks: Green Galore, Close to Cocoa, Pixie Pink, Ballet Blue, Tempting Turquoise, Lavender Lace.
Ribbon, Whisper White 1/4" Grosgrain
Punch: Scallop Edge

I stamped the butterfly twice, cut one out and stuck it over the main image so it's 3D.

The rest, in no particular order were made by:









There are a few blanks, I'll update with names and links as soon as I get the info.

I think you'll agree all the cards are fabulous.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Leaving Rub-ons and Get Well Polka Dot Punches

I've spent most of the afternoon in my craft room, created two cards: first was 'cased' from a card I saw over on SCS created by Christine (ChristinesCreations) - I was trying to get some inspiration while using rub-ons - I love the colour combo, but still not sure on this one ...

Made for a friend at work who is leaving soon.

I also made a card for a male colleague who has just gone into hospital for an operation and will be out of action for a few weeks - I really struggle with male cards

Hope to be back tomorrow with some more cards ....

Fabby blog candy over here on Faith Craft

Beautiful Blogger Award

I received a fantastic award from the very talented Steph, I can't tell you how chuffed I am ;0)

I was hoping to get some crafting done this weekend, but so far have managed a big fat ZERO, spent all morning this mornin; washing, ironing and cleaning the oven :0( - Hope I enjoy the afternoon a bit more ...

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Acetate Card

Some of the girls on UKS were talking about using acetate as cardstock, I just had to mention my favourite Christmas Card I made this year, but struggled to upload it so have loaded below for all to see.

I used the Season of Joy stamp set from Stampin Up, I love it - it's definately one of my favourites.

Stampin Up
Nearly Navy and Whisper White CS

Season of Joy stamp set
White Staz-on ink

Mirror Silver CS
Embossing Ink
Silver embossing powder

Happy Everything Birthday and Circle of Friendship Thank Yous

My attempt at this weeks colour challenge over on ILWS

The challenge was to use basic grey, ballet blue and certainly celery, I had to cheat and use grey CS from my stash but I think the overall effect looks good.

Along with the Ballet Blue CS, I used Certainly Celery DSP (ret), Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, and stamps from Happy Everything. This is an A6 card, I also made one in A5 for DH birthday tomorrow.

I've also taken pictures of the little Thank-you card's I made yesterday.

and a close up

I used
Close to Cocoa Textured CS

Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White CS
Sweet Always DP
Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon
Creamy Caramel and Pumpkin Pie inks
Circle of Friendship and Polka Dot Punches stamp.
1" and 1 3/8" punches.

Hope to attempt a few more challenges tomorrow :)

Meanwhile I'm blog hopping, and found more candy over here, Bev has some lovely candy she's giving away, including some of her fabulous crochet flowers - they are soooo beautiful.

And Rachel also has two sets of blog candy to give way, pop over here to have a look.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Candy Win

I so love winning things, not that it happens very often, in fact - never

But I won this time, Steph over at Much Ado About Nothing had some lovely blog candy, in fact 3 days worth of candy and I won the 'follower paper giveaway' which is a selection of Stampin' Up! 6x6 Double Sided Patterns Designer Series Paper & Double Sided Designer Series Paper which is in fact every sheet of designer paper in the current Stampin Up catalogue - wow I am soooo looking forward to receiving my prize :)

If you pop over there before Sunday 22nd Feb she still has some fabulous candy on offer:
  • 3 x Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets: Botanical Blooms, Polka Dot Punches & Congrats (all brand new)
  • 160 x 6x6 Stampin' Up! Double Sided Patterns & Designer Series Paper (entire current catalogue range)
  • Small Selection (as shown) from Stampin' Up! Hodgepodge & Pretties Kit
Alison, also has some candy on offer, she's recently reached 15,000 hits and is offering two beautiful Whimsey stamp sets, just need to follow the rules before 28th Feb.

I made a few more cards this evening, will post pictures as soon as I get the right light to take photos.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Blog Candy

Over here on Steph's 'Much ado about nothing' blog - she's recently reached 10,000 hits although it won't be long before she doubles that she has some fantastic ideas.

And even more over here on Michelle's blog 'The Card Grotto', Michelle has had over 100,000 hits - pop over you'll soon see why :)

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Here's one made earlier

Here's the gift box and card I made earlier in the week for a friend - you know who you are :)

This box is bigger than those we made last night at Valentine's workshop, its was made with a whole sheet of 12x12 all folded no cutting - I love the way it turned out, filedl it with colour co-ordinated sweeties, mingles were the closest match the I made a co-ordinating card ...

Stamps: Polka Dot Punches, Happy Everything, Polka Dots & Paisley
Ink: Chocolate Chip and embossing pad
Cardstock: Chocolate chip textured, certainly celery and whisper white
Designer Paper: Certainly Celery and close to cocoa prints designer series paper (ret)
Ribbon: Chocolate Chip and Mellow Moss taffeta
Rub-ons: Cherish Moments

Heart Stamps were clear embossed onto certainly celery and chocolate chip ink sponged over - this technique is called resist embossing - I love it

No crafting this evening, had my nails painted (my other vice) so I'll be blog hopping - if the internet comes back up - if not I'll be a couch potato :)


Polka Dot Punches Origami Box and Pop-Up Valentine Card

Valentine ran a fabulous workshop last night, anyone thinking of going but not sure I can thoroughly recommend it, everyone was really friendly and the class was brilliant.

See what we made ...

Lovely little trinket/sweetie box with lid and a fabby pop up card.

Thats DHs valentines card and gift sorted :)

Thanks Clair and Sharnie, really enjoyed the evening and I hope I can get to another soon.

Got more pictures to share of a gift and card I made earlier in the week but I have to do it in a separate post as my internet keeps cutting out :(

Monday, 9 February 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award and some Blog Candy

My first, but hopefully not the last award

Massive thankyou to Carolynne for this award for my blog.

Rules are that you have to link back to the person who nominated you... and pass the award onto 7 other blogs that give you inspiration and link to them too. (Notifying them on their blogs...)

So... Here are my favourite 7 blogs I pass the award onto...

Clair & Sharnie

I hope you enjoy their blogs as much as I do, I get so much inspiration from them.

More blog candy .........

Sarah-Jane has some fantastic Candy up for offer. Go take look - you got to be in it to win it :)

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Happy Everything Birthday and Simply Said Cards

Very busy weekend - in my craft room ...

I made loads of cards for the Marie Curie - Spirit of Giving appeal.

Cased from samples on UStamp 09 - I used:

Card Stock: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Sage Shadow
Designer Paper: Papermania, Raspberry Champayne
Stamps: Doodle That and Happy Everything

Clear Heat Embossed 'Happy'.

I also made some very pretty, girly cards ...

Card Stock: Whisper White, Old Olive, Pink Passion
Designer Paper: Petals & Paisley, not sure of the other 'cupcakes'?
Coloured acetate
Stamps: Simply Said

Ink: Pink Passion
Ribbon: Stash
Little flowers across the top have been punched from coloured acetate and attached to the card with tiny silver brads.

I also made a pretty gift box and card for a birthday later this week but I can't post pictures until after as the recipient just might see this post :)

Hardly any housework done and certainly no decorating :) I'm out to dinner this evening with family and friends, been saving points all week - My favourite, Chinese yum-yum.

Back to work tomorrow so I'm not sure what crafting I'll get time for :(

Loads of blog candy this week:

Lorraine over at Crafty Coo has some beautiful candy, her 3rd lot this year :)

Carol has some gorgous stash up for grabs, you just have to let her know what is your favourite item in your stash and why.

Lovely stamp set and pp over on Sarah's blog

Tori has some lovely stamps on offer too, including some Magnolia images.

Michelle, over at Mommy time has some lovely High Hopes stamps as blog candy.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Polka Dots and Paisley Joy Fold Birthday Card

Won't post much this evening, I'm so tired and both my head and back ache.

I've posted a card I made last night after seeing a beautiful card on another blog earlier in the week, but I can't for the life of me remember where it was - if it was yours please leave me a note and I'll pop credit on here. These Joy Fold cards are so pretty - took me a while to work it all out (with plain copier paper as a template) but as you can see I got there. Another card for a member of the Admin Team at work.

Back tomorrow - have a whole day off, which I hope I can spend in the scrap room.

Fabulous blog candy here offered by Caryn for 4000 hits in 4 months


Tuesday, 3 February 2009

UStamp Magazine Card Holders

Big thank you to the snow yesterday, I got sent home from work at 1pm because it was coming down so thick and fast, and usually for us it settled.

Lots of appointments cancelled, physio - rescheduled, blood donation - those blood suckers are desperate for my blood (O-neg) so I’m hoping to get to a session next week and weight watchers –I weighed myself, and according to my scales I’ve lost another 2.6 lbs, that’s 0.4lb off my goal weight WOOHOO.

I spent pretty much all of yesterday afternoon and evening in my craft room, tiding (as you can see from the header above, it does get pretty messy in here LOL) and creating little magazine holders to hold my stock of A6 cards. The magazine holders were made following templates which are available from UStamp 09 – see blinkie on the side panel. This is the 3rd time Dawn and Rachel have held this event and I can honestly say they are well worth the money, you can still join, you can catch up really easy, lots of videos to watch and all projects are PDFs which are downloadable.

I made seven holders, one each for Birthday Male, Birthday Female, Baby, Weddings, Thank You, Get Well, and General. It will certainly make it easier for me to find cards that I know have already made there are so many times I go to get a card and realise that I have put in that ‘safe’ place that I can’t find LOL

Anyway I used:

Card Stock: Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Designer paper: Petals & Paisley (Ret)
Ribbon: Bashful Blue 1” double stitched grosgrain
Punch: Scallop edge
Brads: stash (managed to colour match SU, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery)
Ink: I used a printer with WW cardstock, someone from ILWS kindly produced a link to SCS and a fantastic SU Colour chart.

More blog candy on on Valentine's blog, go see some of Sharnie's specials here

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Garden Whimsey Tulip and Simply Said Birthday Cards

As promised here are pictures of the cards I made yesterday.

Stamps: Tulips from Garden Whimsy, ‘From the heart’ from Seasonal Wishes

Card Stock: Bravo Burgundy, Pink Passion

Inks: Bravo Burgundy, Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Old Olive, Always Artichoke

Ribbon: Stash (Olive green taffeta)

Brads: Stash

Punch: 1” (used to remove corners on image and mat)

I made up an A5 version for a friend at work, made bigger so about 10 of us can sign. And there are two A6 versions going into my stash for birthdays later this year.

I also made up six Regal Rose cards using the Circle of Friendship and Simply Said stamp sets, I love the simplicity of the flowers in the Simply Said set. I’ve made these up to keep at work so I always have a card at hand, I have one of each:

Congratulations on your news

Thank You for everything

Thinking of You/Friendship

Sending you my Love/xoxoxo

A little Note of Thanks

Sending you Birthday Wishes

These really were quite quick and simple to make, they are more than a bit girly, so I’ll have another go with more masculine colours.