Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Recipe Challenge

I had a go at the First ever Recipe Challenge over on Stamp with Us

The recipe is:

2 x patterned paper
1 x ribbon
4 x brads

I used

Stamps - Soft Summer, Oval All
Card Stock - Regal Rose, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper - Sweet Always
Ink - Regal Rose, Pixie Pink, Green Galore, Old Olive, Barely Banana, Blush Blossom, Yoyo Yellow, Basic Black.
Ribbon - Regal Rose 5/8" Grosgrain
Brads - Pretty in Pink

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Another 'Wild' Baby Card

Another baby card, for a friend at work ;0)

Stamps - Wild About You, Congratulations (SAB)
Ink - Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Certainly Celery,
Almost Amethyst
Cardstock -
Old Olive, So Saffron, So Saffron
Designer Series Paper - Junior Varsity and Washington Apple (mini catalogue)
Ribbon- From stash
Supplies -
Large sliver brad from the Stampin Up Hodgepodge Hardware collection, dimensional, tiny silver brad and buttons from stash.

Was hoping to get some cards made for for a swap I'm involved with over on ILWS as RoyalMail has lost my original submission a whole 20 cards! but the weather is just too nice, going out to potter in the garden for a while. Will be back to it later ;D

Thursday, 23 April 2009

ILWS Colour Challenge 256

This weeks colour challenge is using

Chocolate Chip

Brocaide Blue

Pumpkin Pie

More Mustard

or substitutes if you don't have or use Stampin Up markers, ink or cardstock. If you do take part in this challenge on ILWS please quote ILWSCC256 when uploading this challenge.

This is the card I made

A friend at work asked me to make a card for her husband's 50th birthday, she knows I really struggle with male cards ... but she loves my cards so I couldn't refuse. So I doubly tested myself this week by setting the colour challenge to it as well. The colours work really well with some of the papers from Washington Apple Designer Series

The card was taken from a sketch I've had in my sketch pad from some months and knew it would be useful for the 'right' project ;0)

The 50 was cut out on my Robo, DH showed me how to use the Robo and now that I know how easy it is to use I think I'll be using it an awful lot more - good thing really, as it cost a lot and its just been sitting on the shelf since August!

Stamps - Seeing Spots
Ink - Versomark
Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard
Designer Series Paper - Washington Apple
Ribbon - Brocade Blue, More Mustard
Supplies - Hardware frame and silver brads from the Stampin Up Hodgepodge Hardware collection.

I hope you'll join in on this colour challenge, please upload your project to the ILWS site I'd love to see it.

I'd also love to read any feedback on mine ...

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Wild About - New Baby

One of my work colleagues had her baby girl the other day, four weeks early - both mum and baby doing fine :0)

This is the card I made for her

Stamps - Wild About You, Congratulations (SAB)
Ink - Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Certainly Celery,
Almost Amethyst
Cardstock -
Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Almost Amethyst
Designer Series Paper - Tea Party (mini catalogue)
Ribbon- From stash colour matched to Pretty in Pink
Supplies -
Large sliver brad from the Stampin Up Hodgepodge Hardware collection, white button from Button Latte Collection (mini catalogue), pink buttons colour matched to Pretty in Pink from stash.

I hope you like the card I made, please leave me a comment, tell me what you think of it ...

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Another Chocolate Chip Fresh Cut

And another Chocolate chip card stamped up using Fresh Cuts again using both the resist embossing and spotlight techniques. I love Chocolate chip, I especially love to add a 'crazy' colour, this time I added Taken with Teal which is another favourite of mine :0)

Stamps - Fresh Cuts
Ink - Taken with Teal, Green Galore, Chocolate Chip, Embossing ink
Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Taken with Teal
Ribbon- Chocolate Chip
Supplies -
Clear Embossing Powder. Raised dots designer holder from the Stampin Up Hodgepodge Hardware collection

I'll be back tomorrow with a fab card I made this evening for a collegue who had her baby girl yesterday.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Stamp with Us Colour Challenge

The Stamp with Us challenge this week is a colour challenge, inspired by a chocolate cupcake - yum, which means yummy chocolate colours ...

Heres my entry

Stamps - Fresh Cuts
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Embossing ink
Cardstock - Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
DSP - Chocolate Chip
Ribbon- Chocolate Chip
Supplies - Brads colour matched to choclate chip.

I've seen so many cards in the last week or so highlighting the Spotlighting technique I thought I should have a go, the main image has been resist embossed with chocolate chip ink - this is probably one of my favourite techniques ;0)

I've made quite a few cards in chocolate chip with some 'bright' co-ordinating colours using Fresh Cuts - I'll post more tomorrow.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Ally Pally

It was a really long, but fantastic day yesterday. I left the house at 6.45 to get to Saltdean for an 8am minibus departure which I made in plenty of time. Big thank you to Clair for organising the minibus it saved me the hassle of the train or driving through London and gave me the chance to meet all these virtual people IRL ;0) as well as make some new friends ...

We got there later than originally planned, but I still managed to meet up with friends from ILWS and UKS, it was fab to put some faces to names ;0) I can't believe I didn't get my camera out ;(

I didn't spend nearly as much as I though I would, even though I had custody of DH's credit card for the day ;)

I'm off to do some of the dreaded HW now, but hope to have a play with the new toys later ...

Friday, 17 April 2009

Stamp With Us Theme Challenge

The Stamp with Us Challenge was actually set on Sunday, I can't believe its Friday already! lucky we had a week to get them in, today was the first chance I had to get to this one. This weeks theme is nice and easy - Birthday. I knew what I was going to do it was just getting round to actually doing it. I've always fancied having a go at a Spring card, they are so easy ...

Stamps - Crazy for Cupcakes
Ink - Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Basic Black
Cardstock -
Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, So Saffron

Supplies - Dazzling Diamond, white gel pen
Flower Punch - Non SU

I love the SU Dazzling Diamonds, look how they sparkle, they're even better IRL ;0)

Another Challenge on ILWS

Kraftykate over on ILWS set the challenge yesterday, and what a fab challenge it was ... This time it was an Inspiration and Themes challenge, the inspiration piece was a photo from Harlequin Fabrics and Wallpaper all you have to do is create a card or other papercrafted project based on a picture, upload it to the gallery on ILWS, with ITC17 in the title and link back on the thread here , thats it, easy. This is my submission, I love this one, its so girly ...

This is the inspirational picture.

Stamps - Soft Summer, Botanical Blooms, Oval All
Ink - Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Summer Sun, So Saffron, Close to Cocoa, Blush Blossom, Basic Black.
Cardstock -
Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Ribbon: Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon
Brads: Colour matched to Pretty in Pink and Old Olive

Not sure how well it came out in the picture but I tried to pick out the quilting from the bedspread. I 'quilted' the CS by scoring the wrong side - It looks fab IRL ;0)

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Card Swap Group 1

And following on from my entry yesterday here's the cards swaps from from group 1 ...


Debbi/Debbi Taylor


Vicki /IslaBella

Deborah /Munchkiduk


Ruth/ Ruthfearn

Amanda/9399 Amanda



Don't you think all 20 are just FANTABULOUS - these swaps are hard work but are so worth it. I love them, they give me so many ideas.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Another Card Swap

Last month I hosted a card swap on ILWS there were two groups of 10, I thought I should wait until the whole swap has ended until I post the results, it has now all finished all the swaps have been sent ;0) the 2nd group got their cards to me first so here are their cards in no particular order:




Carolyn/Carolyn Draper







Arent they all FAB

Thursday, 9 April 2009

New Colour Challenge

I really enjoyed setting the colour challenge over on ILWS this week, I really feel as if Summer is on its way (well until this morning, but we won't go there, it is not wet outside). The challenge is to create a card using the following colours

Bashful Blue

Summer Sun

Pixie Pink

Green Galore

or substitutes if you don't have or use Stampin Up markers or ink. If you do take part in this challenge on ILWS please quote ILWSCC255 when uploading this challenge. This is the card I made

and this was, would you believe my 6th attempt!, I knew I wanted to use these colours but I couldn't get them to work with other stamp sets or was it my mojo just not working? anyway it worked here - I love the result, so much so I'm going to make a whole set of these over the Easter break, they are, once you get going really quick and easy to make.

Trim a piece of A4 card to 29x14.5 and fold at 14.5 x 14.5 (I used Green Galore), as a side note do you know what you call the bit that's left over? I didn't until this week, its call a scrapling (thanks Monica) and that you can usefully use this piece to make a tiny card - look at ILWS gallery Monica made a fab mini Easter card this week.

Trim another piece of card to use as a matt (I used Basic Black) to 14x14.

Trim a piece of Whisper White to 13.6x13.6.

Now for the fun bit ...

Using either basic black or black staz-on ink stamp your image all over the cardstock using your stamp-a-ma-jig to ensure even coverage. Colour in your images using the colours above.

Adhered the cardstock to the Matt layer now before embellishing, embellish with whatever you have that coordinates - I used the beautiful Raised dots designer holder from the Stampin Up Hodgepodge Hardware collection 111325 £23.25 - which I'm thinking about setting up a share in, contact me if you are interested? Behind that I used the With Love stamp from the Yummy stamp set from the SAB, and I attached that to the card with dimensionals (padded double sided sticky tabs). I then I threaded 4.76mm Black Gingham ribbon through the holder and wrapped around both layers of cardstock. I then adhered to the main card.

Finished, well almost, I trimmed a piece of white paper to 14x14, stamped the flower image in the bottom left hand corner and coloured it the same as the front, and did the same on an envelope.
I hope you like my card, and I hope that you enjoy the challenge ...

Monday, 6 April 2009

Easter Card

The inspiration and Themes Challenge over on ILWS was 'Easter' this week, this is my submission:

I love working with square card ;0).

Stamps: The cute little Easter Bunny from the Greetings Eight set
Cardstock: 12x12 Certainly Celerly, A4 Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Designer Series Paper: Tea Party
Ink: Almost Ameythyst, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue,
Embellishments: Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Desginer Buttons (Button Latte)

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Baroque Layout

The team I'm with over on UKS have started collecting points again, so I've been asked to start doing layouts again, it been a struggle but this is what I've come up with this week ...

The challenge was set by Charli's Angels and was set as follows:

A - Any new stash - 5 points
N - Notes or journal ling - 5 points
G - Glitter or Glitz - 5 points
E - Embellishments - 5 points
L - Lace - 5 points
S - Sewing of any kind - 5 points

I collected full points ;0)

The new stash was of course my Baroque Motifs Stamp Set and Tea Party Designer Series Paper, I journalled that it was my daughters 4th birthday and that spent it in her grandparents back garden, I glittered several flower heads, I classed the ribbon and lace as embellishments, I used lace, and it looks like I sewed the matted layers of the photo (I actually couldn't get the sewing machine to work, but as I did try and it looks right - I'm claiming the points) LOL.

I used as many Stampin Up products as I could ...

Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Cardstock: Pink Passion, Certainly Celery, So Saffron
Ink: Pink Passion, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron
Design Series Paper: Tea Party
Ribbon & Lace: Stash

Friday, 3 April 2009

Stamp with Us Challenge

Natalie, Monica & Zoe - also collectively know as 'Stamp with Us' have officially launched with their first challenge, well it was a few days ago, but I've only just had a chance to take part. As well as their first challenge they've also announced a designed team call ... I'm going to really enjoy these challenges - I love Stampin Up

The card I made was made with all Stampin Up products, it was made with a man in mind, as an anniversary card - I didn't want to make it too lovey-dovey - What do you think?

Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Cardstock: Creamy Caramel 12 x 12 Textured
Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa A4
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Versomark
Embellishments: Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon

Supplies: Stamp-a-ma-Jig, Clear Embossing Powder, Snail, Heatgun, finger dauber/sponge

First of all I trimmed a piece of 12 x 12 Close to Cocoa 295mm x 148mm and fold at 148mm.

Then I trimmed three pieces of Chocolate Chip CS (143mm x 143mm, 10cm x 10cm, 6cm x 6cm) and put to one side.

Trim four pieces of Creamy Caramel (136mm x 136mm, 94mm x 94mm, 58mm x 58mm and 54mm x 54mm)

I stamped up the two larger pieces of creamy caramel In Chocolate Chip ink using the swirl stamp from the Baroque Motifs set. I
ts the first chance I've had to use this set since I received it - although I only received it earlier this week (thanks Mom) - I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to ensure even coverage of the design.

I then stamped the flower panel design with Versomark on the 54mm x 54mm piece of Creamy Caramel (using the stamp-a-ma-jig to ensure alignment), added clear embossing powder, and heated with heatgun until shiny then using a finger dauber or sponge and pat Chocolate Chip over the cardstock
(note. use a piece of tissue to take colour off embossed image while daubing/sponging)

1. Attach the Stamped 136mm Creamy Caramel CS to the 143mm Chocolate Chip CS.
2. Attach the stamped 94mm Creamy Caramel CS to the 10cm Chocolate Chip CS.
3. Use snail (or similar) to adhere ribbon around (2.)
4. Attach 2. to 1.
5. Attach the flower panel to the 58mm Creamy Caramel, and 58mm Creamy Caramel to the 6cm Chocolate Chip. Attach those to the card.

From this sketch

I hope you will join the challenges at "Stamp with Us".

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Happy Birthday Monica

Its my SU Mom Monica's (Passionflower) Birthday today - Happy Birthday Monica hope you have a fantabulous day - Its thanks to Monica that I'm poor - no I didn't mean that ;0), its thanks to Monica that I've rekindled a love for papercrafting especially cardmarking and most especially Stampin Up.

I made a card and a co-ordinated memo pad in plenty of time for her birthday, so she should have them by now - both using all SU supplies (except one button, the pencil and memo block).

Its an A5 card, so the memo pad is bigger than it looks in the photo, I hope she finds it useful in her scrap area ;0)

Stamps - Crazy For Cupcakes, Fresh Cuts
Ink - Rose Red, Pixie Pink, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel
Designer Series Paper - Sweet Always
Cardstock - Whisper White, Regal Rose, Only Orange, Chocolate Chip

Ribbon- Pumpkin Pie
Supplies - Hardware frame
(SU hodgepodge) , white gel pen (to highlight the cherries), buttons (for the cakestand), pencil (I couldn't find one that matched, so I bought one and sanded off the design that was on it)