Sunday, 28 March 2010

Mini Catalogue Blog Hop.

Please note this is my second post today, please scroll further down for the SWU Colour Challenge :O)

Thank you for joining me - Its time to hop ... where did you start? Have you come from Helen’s blog or have you started here? I'm really excited about this event, each one of us on the hop have created some fantastic projects using items from the new mini catalogue - As long as we all have our links working, it should work; that you read all the way to the bottom of my post and I show you the link to the next blog, you follow the link and that blogger leads you to the next blog and so on, eventually you'll come back to me. There are 15 of us in this loop (there are THREE loops running today).

For those that have joined me from Helen’s blog, Welcome, I really do hope that you are enjoying your tour of all the very talented people that have posted projects and ideas using items from the Mini Catalogue, I bet you can’t wait to get your hands on it!  Contact me now for your copy  ….

Right, I created so many projects with the items I pre-ordered that I’ve had to limit myself to just four items to show you:

First, an Easel card using using the ‘My Sweet Pea’ stamp set which consists of 4 stamps which co-ordinate fantastically with the stitched felt and Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack (which I’m going to admit to stroking for almost a week before I could bear to cut into it LOL).


Cardstock: Pink Passion, Taken with Teal, Old Olive, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Sweet Pea
Stamps: My Sweet Pea
Mediums: Pink Passion, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron, Basic Black, Taken with Teal
Embellishments: 5/8" Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon, Sweet Pea Stitched Felt
ools - Paper cutter and scorer, Snail adhesive, Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Next; a notebook which is a CASE of a card made by Becky Jensen, as soon as I saw it (many months ago) I loved it, I was soooo pleased to see the stitched felt in the mini catalogue and that I could have a go at it myself :O)


Cardstock: Whisper White
Stamps: Wonderful Words
Rose Red
Embellishments: 1/4"  Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon, Sweet Pea Stitched Felt
ools – 1/4” square punch, Paper cutter and scorer, Snail adhesive, Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Next is another quick and simple Easel card, I’ve left the sentiment area free so I can fill when I know who the card is for ….


Cardstock: Taken with Teal, Pumpkin Pie
Designer Series Paper: Sweet Pea
Stamps: Whimsical Words
Rose Red
Embellishments: Taffeta ribbon coloured with Taken with Teal marker pen, Sweet Pea Stitched Felt
ools – Paper cutter and scorer, Snail adhesive, Stamp-a-ma-jig.

And my last project is a gorgeous little gift tote bag, and matching purse (the template comes from Creations By A.R.)  which will be perfect for…… nope not going to tell …. LOL. I’ve filled it, all I have to do now is send it ……


Cardstock: So Saffron
Designer Series Paper: Sweet Pea
Embellishments: Filigree Designer Brads, Pumpkin Circle Fire Rhinestone Brads, Silver Elastic Cord
ools – Paper cutter and scorer, Tombow Multi Purpose adhesive, Mat Pack & Paper Piercer, Paper Snips, 1” Circle Punch.

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The double sided paper used in this project is from the new Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper stack, 2 sheets each of 24 double sided designs 12” x 12”, which is only going to be available while stocks last, this one is going to be popular ladies get your order in quick …...

So who do you visit next? I'm going to pass you onto the very talented Jan, I know you are going to love the projects she has designed for you!

Thank you so much for joining us on our blog hop, I really do hope that every visitor today leaves me a comment, it would be great to hear what you think about the hop  ...

I hope you've enjoyed the hop so far, come back soon


SWU – Colour Challenge.

This weeks Stamp With Us challenge is a colour challenge, we had a picture (see below) to work from.  As soon as I saw the picture I knew I had to use Garden Whimsy, it was the tulips that did it …..

SWU Colour
Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Oval All
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Only Orange, Whisper White
DSP: Kaleidoscope
Mediums- Regal Rose, Only Orange, Pixie Pink, Certainly Celery, Gable Green
Embellishments: Regal Rose 5/8” Grosgrain ribbon & 3/8” Whisper White taffeta ribbon coloured with Only Orange, Pixie Pink and Regal Rose marker pens
Tools - Scallop oval & large oval punch, Paper cutter and scorer, Snail adhesive, Mat pack & Paper-piercing tool, stamp-a-ma-jig, tombow glue.

What do you think? Do you like it?

This is the picture we had to work from ...

Please pop over and have a look at the Stamp with Us blog for full details of the challenge and the rest of the design teams projects, in fact, why don't you join in? please come and Stamp With Us.

Hope to see you soon


Friday, 26 March 2010

Mini Catalogue Blog Hop.

I'd like to say I've a few sneek peeks for you, but you have to wait til Sunday ...... a few Stampin Up! demonstrators have got together for another Blog Hop. I've been a busy bee playing with my new stash that I pre-ordered earlier this month, fabby perk of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator :O)

I've got a couple of projects, a few cards and a gorgeous 3d item to show case on Sunday at 10am using a brand new stamp set and Design Series Paperstack from the Mini Catalogue that will be availble from April 1st.

If you would like a copy of the new 23 page Mini Catalogue, cram pack full of fabulous goodies ............ new stamp sets, gorgeous Designer Series Paper, some felt and punches to die for, please email me now on

Please come back 10am, Sunday to see what I and the other demonstrators have created with the new products available in the Mini Catalogue.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Spring Clean

The latest challenge over on A Passion for Papertrey is to to 'spring clean' your crafting stash and find all those goodies that you so needed at the time but haven't actually found a use for....until now!

Well I started with good intentions but to be honest I got carried away and in the end the only ‘old/unused’ stash I used was an old stamp set LOL


(All items used PTI unless stated)
Stamps: Father Knows Best, Take Note, Circle circus (SU)
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush
Mediums- Raspberry Fizz, Scarlett Jewel,  Close to Cocoa (SU), versamark
Embellishments: Raspberry Fizz, Scarlett Jewel ribbon.  Raspberry Fizz, Scarlett Jewel & rustic ? buttons, Linen Thread
Tools - White Notepad, 3/4” circle punch (SU).


Maile Belles created a card a few weeks ago using tabs and I just had to have a go at recreating the idea, What do you think …


Friday, 19 March 2010

Another ILWS Swap.

I’ve been busy the last few days but once again nothing I can post for a week or two as its all been swaps BUT I can now show you one of the swaps I created a couple of weeks ago, again for ILWS, the theme , if you can call it a theme was to use only the neutral colours and current items from the current idea book and catalogue. 

I used a design that’s an old favourite of mine with a subtle twist; instead of using a piece of patterned paper I used the huge medallion stamp AND for the first time I used my chalks. I received them as part of my demonstrator pack and would you believe I hadn’t even broken open the cellophane wrapper! I have now and believe me I won’t stop there … I can’t believe how easy they are to use.


Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Cardstock: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand, Kraft
Mediums- Versamark, Basic Black
Embellishments: Black brads, 3/8” taffeta basic gray/kraft ribbon
Tools - Paper cutter and scorer, stamp-a-ma-jig.


It was a difficult swap, sticking to just the neutral colours, but I enjoyed it and I hope that the recipients like my cards – I certainly can’t wait to receive theirs – I hope to receive all of group 2 cards tomorrow.  If I do I’ll post them here  *promise*


Sunday, 14 March 2010

SWU – Theme Challenge.

This weeks Stamp With Us challenge is a theme challenge, and the theme is ‘Men’s cards’ which I know I’m not alone in admitting I always struggle with, this is my attempt  ...

SWU Masc
Stamps: Vintage Labels
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Real Red, So Saffron, Whisper White
DSP: Jackpot
Mediums- Versamark, Basic Black, So Saffron
Embellishments: Real Red, So Saffron, Black brads, 1/4” Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon
Tools - Paper cutter and scorer, stamp-a-ma-jig.

Why don't you join in? Come on over and check out the rest of the Design Team's wonderful creations, come and Stamp With Us

Hope to see you soon


Monday, 1 March 2010

PTI Colour Challenge

The challenge over on A Passion for Papertrey is Black and White, sounds simple, but I found it soooo difficult not adding that tiny, tiny splash of colour …


Its not my design, that came from one of my Stampin Goddesses, Silke Ledlow, although mines not nearly as nice, needed a smaller design on the (stamped) backing papers,  maybe I should have added a brad or two?

Stamps: Giga Guidelines, Floral Frenzy 
Cardstock: Whisper White, True Black, White Linen
Mediums- Versafine Onyx Black, Fresh snow
Embellishments: True Black 5/8” swiss dot satin ribbon, Spellbinders nestabilities labels eight.
Tools: 1-3/8”, 1-1/4” circle punches, Paper cutter and scorer, Snail adhesive.

Maybe I’ll have another go at another monochromatic card later in the week.


Perfect Pairs.

I’m so excited about this months Stampin Up promotion – Perfect Pairs

We’ve got the Full Heart Punch! BUT be aware it’s for one month only AND ONLY while stocks last, so if like me you’ve been waiting for this one to come across the pond you need to get your order in quick! It will be available again but not until the release of the 2010-11 Idea Book and Catalogue, but who will want to wait that long?

Here are the full details for all the punches/stamps on offer in the Perfect Pairs promotion: (click on picture)


I will be placing my order first thing Monday 1st March to make sure I don’t miss out on my Full Heart Punch, if you want one this time around please get your order to me as soon as possible – I just know we’re going to run out of stock on this punch before the end of the month.