Monday, 19 December 2011

It's Christmas!

The festive season is upon us again ... how does it come round so quickly?!
This is just a short post to show you the advent calendar I made. And yes, there are chocolates in those boxes!
Enjoy :)
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Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Gorgeous razzleberry ribbon

Just a quick post to show you the card & gift box I made with the free gift from Stampin Up this month ...

Supplies used:
Rich razzleberry stripe ribbon
Word window punch
Rich razzleberry cardstock
Pillow box sizzix die

The last 5 weeks I've had my babies with me 24/7 as they're on school holidays. In a week's time they'll be back at school ... I shall miss them so much, it's been lovely having lots of relaxing, chilling time together.
In other news ... some of you may know that I'm studying for a degree with the Open University. I've been studying a psychology module for the past 9 months & had to sit an exam in June, something I haven't done for, well, let's just say a very long time! I recently got my results & I passed with a grade 2 :)
Enjoy the rest of your summer.
Take care & thanks for stopping by x

Friday, 5 August 2011

Thank you teacher!

I can't believe we're 2 weeks into the school holidays already! We've been making the most of this gorgeous weather and have had the pool out this week which the kids have loved & I even managed to read an entire book in the garden!
When my son goes back to school in September he will have a new teacher, so he sadly had to say goodbye to his lovely teacher and teaching assistant at the end of term. Of course, I had to make them both a card :) Inspired by the lovely gift box made by Lynne at the Stampin' Up training recently, I also decided to make a small gift bag to hold a little pressie. The finished results ...

Now let's take a peeky inside ...

... an "A+ teacher" keyring and some Thorntons choccys. Yummy :)

My son's teacher is called Miss Rose, so I just had to include a rolled rose on her card. Here's a close up ...

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight
Designer Series Papers - Sunny Garden, Springtime Vintage
Stamps - Baby blossoms, sentiment from Just Believe
Ink pads - Baja Breeze, Daffodil delight
Ribbons - Seam binding in Baja Breeze, Taffeta ribbon in Whisper white
Punch - Modern Label

Now, have you seen the flashing Pink Lady blinkie at the top of my blog? How cool is that?! I'm a member of the Pink Ladies/Lads Stampin' Up team run by Michelle Last. If you have ever considered becoming an Independent Stampin' up demonstrator, now is a fantastic time to join up ... you will have until December to achieve your quarterly target, a chance to buy from the last chance product list of discounted Stampin' Up products that runs throughout September and the launch of the new catalogue in October. And only independent demonstrators get a sneak preview of the new catalogue in September and are able to pre-order from it. If you would like to become a demonstrator, or host your own Stampin' Up party, where I come and demonstrate lots of lovely Stampin' Up goodies, then please contact me at

Thank you for stopping by & take care x

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Stampin' Up freebies!

Spend £75 on Stampin' Up products or host a £250 workshop during August & receive an exclusive cosmetic bag, rich razzleberry striped grosgrain ribbon & a 24 piece clip assortment absolutely free! 

If you wish to place an order or would like to host a workshop, please contact me at

Stampin' Up Quarterly training

When I signed up as a Stampin' Up Independent Demonstrator I joined a team called the Pink Ladies/Lads. This team is run by Michelle Last & every quarter she arranges a day's training in Bicester. A couple of weeks ago I went to my first one & what a fab day it was! I chose to take part in the 'swaps' whereby you make 20 cards, or similar, all the same. You swap these with others so by the end of the day you have 20 different inspiration samples! Here are the ones I made ...

Supplies used:
Stamps - Wedding Wheels, Basic Phrases
Ink pad - Baja Breeze
Papers - Designer Series Paper Patterns Stack in Baja Breeze
Punches - Modern Label, Word Window, Scallop Trim Border

And here are the swaps I came home with ...

It was a day full of inspiration & ideas & an opportunity to meet some lovely people. Oh, & lots of cake & biscuits :) We also had a wonderful project to make during the day, designed by the very talented Gill Prescott which consisted of a book box with 4 matching cards using the Botanical Gazette designer series papers. I haven't finished making the cards yet, but here is the book box ...

I enjoyed the day so much, I've already booked to go on the next one in October!

Take care & thank you for popping by x

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Nature walk for lil sis

It was my sister's birthday recently. She's developed a real love of birds & her garden is filled with bird boxes & feeders! So I just had to make her birthday card with my favourite stamp set from the SU mini catalogue, Nature Walk. And here's the finished result. I don't have any rich razzleberry ribbon, so I cheated ... I dragged a rich razzleberry ink pad along a length of white taffeta ribbon, crafty eh? ;)

Supplies used:
Cardstock - rich razzleberry, crumb cake, old olive
Paper - Brights designer paper stack in rich razzleberry
Stamps - Nature Walk, sentiment from Party this Way
Ink pads - old olive, rich razzleberry Punches - Scallop trim border, word window, modern label
Other - Whisper white taffeta ribbon, SU exclusive Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Basic pearls

I'm posting this from my mobile as not only do we have a fault on our phone line, resulting in a dodgy internet connection, but my camera doesn't want to play at the moment :( I have lots of other pics to show you when its fixed including some lovely cards & giftbags I made for my son's teachers!

Take care, and thank you for popping by x
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Thursday, 7 July 2011

Shades of blue

I'm going to try & enter some of the lovely challenges that are out there in blog land. I love the Less is More blog & their challenge this week is for a clean & simple designs in shades of blue. So I went back to my first Stampin' Up hostess gift of the Punch Potpourri stamp set & this is what I came up with ...
I scored 2 lines with my paper trimmer to define the centre panel. I then masked the top & bottom parts of the card & stamped the flowers in Pacific Point, Marina Mist & Night of Navy. I must give a shout out to Vicky as I saw the idea for the scored lines on her blog. The sentiment is from the Just Believe stamp set.
I seem to have a bit of an obsession with the colour blue at the moment, so watch this space for more 'blue' cards :)

Thanks for popping by x

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Welcome to my blog!

Hello & welcome to my new papercrafting blog! I've been an avid card maker for years & am looking forward to sharing ideas & inspiration with you all.
I have recently signed up as an Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator so this blog will feature crafty creations made with their products. So, to get this blog started here's the first card I made with my new Stampin' Up products ...

I love this I (Heart) Hearts stamp set, stamped with melon mambo ink. Such a versatile set that can be used for birthday cards for friends, wedding, anniversary and valentine cards. I fell in love with the Scallop Trim Border punch as soon as I saw it. The background is stamped with the Friendly stamp.

The Nature Walk stamp set is my favourite stamp set from the current Mini catalogue & I made these two cards with it ...

These cards are stamped in old olive & pretty in pink inks with papers from the brights & subtles collections of designer series paper stacks.

I made this card for my Dad for Father's Day & used early espresso, marina mist, old olive and real red ink.

Thanks for popping by x