Sunday, 21 July 2013

If you can't get crafty

If you can't get crafty, get tidy ... I'm still not up to crafting so I'm doing the next best thing (in my world) and tidying the craft room, clearing some of the stash that I'm not using.  So watch out on eBay for lots of cheap, hardly used (if at all!) bargains

Sunday, 14 July 2013


Long time no blogging ... I'm sure you thought I'd given up crafting. In truth I haven't been in the craft room for sometime due to health issues which I won't go into.  But I have been sat on the sofa with my crochet hook, I'll post some photos of the finished product soon but here's a sneek preview.

I have managed to venture into the craft room today and create a card, it's taken me all day but I'm glad to be able to do something with glue, card and paper!

With this card I'm entering a few challenges: 

First of all Clearly Besotted's 'Seeing Spots' and as you can see there are more than a few spots to qualify, and I've used Stephanie's beautiful stamp set Butterfly Wishes.

For colour I've taken inspiration from both Color Throwdown and A Passion for Papertrey (if the team wi'll let me get away with the Kraft I've used).

For the design I popped over to Mojo Monday for some well needed layout inspiration, although as you can see I've juggled the layout just a tiny bit.


Stamps: Clearly Besotted - Butterfly Wishes.  Papertrey Ink - Botanical Silhouettes, Polka Dot Basics II
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake, So Saffron, Whisper White
DSP: SU - Designer Series paper stack
Ink: SU - Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo. Memento - Tuxedo Black. Versamark
Embellishments: SU Basic Rhinestones

With luck I'll get back into the craftroom sometime soon.

Thanks for visiting


Monday, 25 March 2013

A Valentine

Found this picture on my camera roll, its the card I made for DH for Valentines Day.  Its a great design, especially for masculine cards.




Stamps: SU Tiny tags
Inks: Royal Velvet
Card stock: Ripe Avocado, Royal Velvet
DSP: PTI Pacific Vineyard
Tools: PTI tiny tags die, twine, dimensionals, Multipurpose liquid glue

Friday, 22 March 2013

Shabby Notebook


I had a plain notebook in a drawer, which I re-covered. I’m really quite pleased with the result.


Stamps: Established elegance, French foliage
Inks: Early espresso
Card stock: Very vanilla
DSP: Tea for Two, soft suede DSP stack
Accessories: Rhinestone basics pearl
Tools: Itty bitty shapes punch, Multipurpose liquid glue

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Mother’s Day Cards

Mother’s Day crept up on me this year, I didn’t forget, it was just a little last so our two mum’s both received the same card, just ever so slightly different.


I love this colour combination, and the gorgeous stamps of course


The only difference between the two cards is one is laid portrait and the other landscape.


I love seam binding triple bows.


Stamps: Established Elegance, French Foliage, Elements of style
Inks: Elegant Eggplant, Certainly celery, Crumb cake, Early Espresso
Card stock: Perfect plum, certainly celery, Very vanilla
DSP: Crumb cake DSP stack
Accessories: Rhinestone basics jewels, Antique brads, Seam binding
Tools: vintage wallpaper embossing folder. Itty bitty shapes punch, Multipurpose liquid glue, stampin dimensionals

Monday, 18 March 2013

Simple Masculine Birthday Card

A simple masculine birthday card.



Stamps: PTI Think Big Favorites #12 Mini stamp set
Inks: Black
Card stock: Soft Suede, night of navy, marina mist, baja breeze, bashful blue
Accessories: buttons (stash), twine
Tools: PTI Tiny tags die, Square lattice Embossing folder, Square punch, Multipurpose liquid glue, stampin dimensionals

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Shoe Box swap

I recently took part in a Shoe Box Swap.  What’s a Shoe Box Swap?

A shoebox swap is where each person makes up a project. They then make a “kit” for each person attending and in the box that is brought on the day will include all the kits, dies, punches, stamps and inks etc that each person needs to complete the project. Everyone gets to make one of each project and goes home with plenty of projects they’ve made one the day.


We all tried to make our projects something that could be completed within 10 minutes so all kits could be completed on the day.

All Supplies Stampin Up unless stated.
Stamps: Established Elegance, French Foliage, Elements of style
Inks: Crumb cake, Early Espresso, Baja breeze
Card stock: Baja breeze, Very vanilla
DSP: Tea for Two
Accessories: Rhinestone basics pearl, Antique brads, Very vanilla seam binding, Crochet trim
Tools: Itty bitty shapes punch, Multipurpose liquid glue, stampin dimensionals

Thursday, 14 March 2013

40th Birthday

I made this card some time ago for a friend’s 40th, she (like me) isn’t into cutsie so when I saw Christina’s card I knew it would be ideal for an age card.


Stamps: Memorable Moments, PTI Big birthday wishes, Tiny stars from PTI banner builder stamp set
Inks: Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Perfect Plum
Card stock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Perfect Plum
Tools: Multipurpose liquid glue, stampin dimensionals

I will definitely be filing this sketch away, its one that can made up in masculine colours for a man.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Love Actually

Its swap time, this month the theme is ‘Love Actually’ and rather than make a valentines card or similar I decided to made a Photo purse, I’d seen some on Pinterest made with those paper CD holders, but I sat played with some cardstock and came up with my own version.   I thought my swappee could use it to hold photos of their loved one.


Products used: All Stampin'Up! unless otherwise stated

Stamps: Layered Labels
Inks: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango
Card stock: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
DSP: Sycamore Street
Accessories: Rhinestone basic jewels, 1/4” Night of navy stitched grosgrain ribbon.
Tools: Itty Bitty Shapes, Boho Blossoms, Bird Builders and Tab (ret) punches. Bigshot. Finishing Touches Edgelits, Hearts Collection Framelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits.  Tombow, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

It opens up to reveal two heart picture frames


Which have pull out tabs


Hope my swapee likes it Smile


Tuesday, 5 February 2013

French Foliage Birthday cards

A few quick and simple birthday cards.

I actually made a small stack of these to keep in my drawer at work, colleagues are always raiding my stash.


I originally only bought this set for the little paint splatters, but those leaves have really grown on me ...  and I managed to use all six stamps that comes in the set on one card – I think that might be a first!


Stamps: French Foliage 
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Basic Grey,Old Olive, Cajun Craze
Ink: Basic Grey,Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze
Accessories: Linen thread, neutral buttons 
Tools: Clear Mount Block ‘D’, Multipurpose liquid glue. Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Passionette’s Spring/Summer Catalogue Blog Hop

Monica’s Passionettes are excited to introduce you to new Stampin' Up! products that are available in the new Spring/Summer Catalogue. We hope you find inspiration and ideas for using the new stamps, papers and accessories from every page of the catalogue.

You should have just left Irene who created some stunning projects using products from pages  22 & 23.

I'm showcasing Collage Curios and Soda Pop Tops from pages 24 & 25 which I’ve coordinated with some of my favourite stamps from the current annual catalogue.


Here, I created a framed collage, I used the 1-3/8" Square Punch (119865) to crop each collage square and the new Tea for Two designer series papers and coordinating colours.

All the mini stamped images are from a new stamp set called Collage Curios (Wood-Mount 129099, Clear-Mount 129102). 

Today's project also shows off four different embossing folders, two new ones from the Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog, Cloudy Day (see above) and Honeycomb (see below).


Collage Curios Coordinates beautifully with the 1” and 1/2” circle punches


Finally, I also used the new Soda Pop Tops from the Stampin' Up! Spring/Summer Catalog. There are two sizes of these, the larger Pop Top (filled with a 1" Circle Punch) is shown on this project but there is also a smaller Pop Top that comes in the pack (that you could fill with 1/2" Circle Punch).


The Soda Pop Tops are a very thick embellishment, but I flatten it by simply running it through the Big Shot between both Cutting Plates, with some added scrap card and the Multi Purpose Platform opened to no Tabs. You can flatten several at a time.

Products used: All Stampin'Up! unless otherwise stated
Stamps: Collage Curios, Elements of Styles, Established Elegance, French Foliage, Affection Collection.
Inks: Regal Rose, Lucky Limeade, Crumb Cake, Basic Grey
Card stock: Lucky Limeade, Regal Rose, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
DSP: Tea For Two
Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Soda Pop Tops
Tools: Stampin Dimonsionals, Multipurpose liquid glue. Curly label, 1-3/8 square, small heart, itty bitty shape, 1” circle, 3/4” circle, bitty butterfly circle punches. Vintage wallpaper, vintage fan, honeycombe, cloudy day embossing folders. Floral fusion sizzlits.

Your next stop on the Passionette’s Blog Hop is Monica Gale at Monicas Passions who has created some fabulous projects using products from pages 26 & 27 in the catalogue.  If by chance you have stumbled here completely by accident and want to join in the hop at the beginning you can start from here Thanks for calling in and see you soon x

Monday, 28 January 2013

Madison Avenue Thank You set

Another set of cards, This time a set of Thank You notelets, but again made with lovely SAB goodies ...


Stamps: SAB Vintage Verses, Madison Avenue
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Whisper White,
DSP: SAB Sycamore Street
Ink: Island Indigo, Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango, Summer Starfruit
Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels,
Tools: Stampin Dimonsionals, Multipurpose liquid glue. Big shot, Labels collections framlets and Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies. Itty bitty shapes punch.  Stamp-a-ma-jig.


I need to get a few more Birthday cards in my stash, so guess what’s coming next Smile

Saturday, 26 January 2013

SAB Card Set

Just popped in with a quick set of cards made with a few SAB goodies, WOW I love the colour in the Sycamore Street designer series papers.


Stamps: SAB Vintage Verses, Sneak Peek …
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White,
DSP: SAB Sycamore Street
Ink: Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Summer Starfruit
Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Rich razzleberry stitched ribbon
Tools: Stampin Dimonsionals, Multipurpose liquid glue. 1” circle, 3/4” circle,  Big shot, Labels collections framlets, Stamp-a-ma-jig.

I coordinated with a new set from the Spring/Summer catalogue out soon, I seriously love these images!


I’ve been playing all day today, so I’ve more to upload later in the week.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

A forgotten Christmas post

A forgotten Christmas post

I made a few little Christmas Tree gifts for some crafty friends


You can just about see the gorgeous shimmery glow from the Vanilla Smooch Spray, it creates a fabulous sparkle when used on lighter or darker card stock.

From memory the supply list is as follows: All Stampin Up unless stated

Stamps: Letter It
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla 
DSP: Snow Festival
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Paper snips, Vanilla Smooch Spray, Cherry Cobbler Seam binding, Dimensionals®.  Papertreys Favor It Box #5 dies


Each little pyramid was filled with delightful little chocolates.

Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed your visit Smile

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Established Elegance


Established Elegance has to be my current favourite from the Stampin Up catalogue, it can be dressed up or down … elegant or shabby chic.


I actually made this card last year but I am so behind in blogging I’ve loads to update.


Stamps: French Foliage, Established Elegance
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla 
DSP: Beau Chateau
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Crochet Trim, Dimensionals®

Thanks for visiting Smile