Friday, 2 March 2018

Another Jo's birthday card

As promised yesterday, the card I have to show you is for yet another of 
my friends called Jo - this is my very good friend and ex work colleague Jo
whose birthday was also yesterday.

Here's her card

This is the same one that I made for Emma and Nicola last month, 
but this time the colour is Pool Party.
Hope you had a great day yesterday Jo!!

I have another card to show you,
but I'll save it for tomorrow - its the one I made for my niece 
Katie's birthday, which was yesterday.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Happy Birthday Stephen

Today is my nephew Stephen's birthday

Here's his card

a really CAS card today
Just a mat of Night of Navy
a layer of retired bright and colourful DSP
and a die cut sentiment in Night of Navy using the Happy Birthday Thinlits die.
et voila!!
Love it!!

Happy Birthday Stephen.

PS:  pop back tomorrow as I have another card to show you
this time for another Jo - who shares this date for her birthday too.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Elizabeth's birthday

Today is the birthday of one of my golfing friends from my old 
Golf Club, Sandhill, Elizabeth

Here's the card I made for her

I found out some old Stampin' Up! Ink and card to make this card.
The colour is called Lavender Lace, and it is probably one of the first colours I bought 
way back in 2009 - How many of you can remember this colour?
Its the same design that I made recently using Heartfelt Blooms
The sentiment is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, stamped on a White oval
 Stitched Shape Framelits die cut, on top of a scalloped Layering Ovals Framelits die cut.

Happy Birthday and have a great day Elizabeth!!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

And its Barbara's birthday today!

Yes, February is a busy month for birthdays
here's my friend and crafter, Barbara's card

These cards are really useful when you don't have much time, and the stampset
is so easy to use.  One of my friends thought it was at least 2 step stamping, 
and was amazed at the definition for a single impression .
The colour combo this time is Blushing Bride.

Have a lovely day Barbara.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Richard's Birthday

You remember that Chris and David went to stay with their son Richard
in Australia for a month recently, well it's his birthday today, so 
I just had to make my favourite Nephew a card,
and here it is!!

Don't you just love those cute little animals - they are from 
the "We must Celebrate" stamp set and I really enjoyed
colouring these in with my Stampin Blends.
The sentiment is Stylized Birthday and the name is cut out
using the old faithful (but now retired) Little Letters Thinlits.

Happy Birthday Richard, have a great day!!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Happy Birthday Eileen!!

There does seem to be quite a few February birthdays -
today is Eileen's -a crafting friend of mine.
Here's a simpler version of the card I did for Jo the other day,
but I think I prefer this version.

This is simply stamped directly onto a 6" x4" card,
coloured in this time with Wisteria Wonder and Old Olive  Stampin Blends.

Which do you like best -the simple one, or the matted and layered one?

Friday, 16 February 2018

Happy Birthday Jo

Here's the card that I made for one of my three friends who are all called Jo.
This Jo lives in a little village near me called Pilley.
(as opposed to my golfing friend Jo and my ex work colleague Jo- 
whose card you will see on the 1st March)

This uses the Floral Statements stamp set, stamped in Memento Black ink
the coloured in with Pool Party and Old Olive Stampin Blends.
I  really enjoy colouring in, but don't profess to be any good at it!!

Anyhow Jo - have a super birthday - enjoy!!

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Emma and Nicola's birthday today!!

Today is the birthday of my God-daughter who is also my niece, Emma

Here's her card in Perfect Plum and White

and its also the birthday of my nephew Stephen's wife, Nicola,
so I made her the same card as Emma, but in a different colourway Black and White

This uses the Flourish Thinlits dies, the Floral Phrases stamp set
 and the sentiment is from Birthday Blossoms

This is another one of my go to cards that don't take too long to make.

Happy Birthday and have a great day both of you!!

Monday, 12 February 2018

5 year Anniversary as a Stampin' Up Demonstrator

My good friend and downline, Mavis has been a demonstrator
with Stampin' Up FIVE years today, so to mark the occasion
I made her this card.

I stamped the central motif HELLO in Memento Black ink using 
the Floral Statements stamp set.
Then stamped the Happy 5th Anniversary in Pumpkin Pie
using the Number of Years stamp set.
The flowers were coloured in Pumpkin pie and the leaves in Old Olive.
One of the Dies from the Flourish Thinlits was used for the bottom right corner.


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Happy Birthday Molly

Today is Molly's birthday, she is an old friend of ours who very kindly 
used to put us up when we went to Ladies nights in Mansfield
when her husband George was alive. 
Sadly he passed away a couple of years ago, but we still exchange birthday
and Christmas cards with Molly to keep in touch.

Another version of the same card using Heartfelt Blooms,
but the colour is Crisp Cantaloupe (retired now) with matching ribbon.

These are really quick cards to make and I needed some quick!!

Happy Birthday Molly have a lovely day!!

Wednesday, 31 January 2018


Here's  the card that I made for one of the ladies in our Ladies Wot Lunch group

It's a remake of a card I have made before, but I do like it and think
that Jean will like it too.

Colour combo Sweet Sugar Plum, Night of Navy and White 
Stamp set Beautiful you Stamped, then stamped againon DSP
which is fussy cut to form long dress.
Layering Ovals Framelits
Stitched Shapes Framelits
Retired DSP

Have a great day Jean and Happy Birthday!!

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Chris's 7th Stampin' Up! Anniversary

As the title suggest, today is Chris's 7th Anniversary
as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
As well as being my downline, Chris is my Sister-in-law,
and also my very close friend,
Those of you who follow my blog will know that each Wednesday we get together
and spend the time together crafting, and chatting of course!!

Here's the card I've made her!!

The Hello motif is stamped in Memento Black,
the flowers coloured with Stampin Blends in Pink Pirouette
and the leaves in Old Olive.
the Happy 7th Anniversary is from the Number of Years stamp set
and I have added one of the Flourish Thinlits die cuts in the
bottom left corner.

Congratulations Chris and well done!!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Adam's birthday

Today is my nephew Adam's birthday 
- that's my baby sister, Anne-Marie's son
and here's his card.

Avery CAS card, but looks great I think, really bright, crisp and Cheerful.
I have used some retired DSP and matching cardstock for the background.

(I have resolved that I am going to use some of my retired Stampin Up stash this year 
and use it for making our Cards for Causes -as well as the occasional card for me to send too!!)
I have used the Happy Birthday Thinlits die (again!) which I find 
really useful for Men's cards, and Adam is cut using Little Letters Thinlits.
Happy Birthday Adam, sorry we cant be with you to celebrate tonight,
but hope you have a fabulous day!!

Had a superb Chinese meal with Maggie and Gerald last night!

Friday, 19 January 2018

Gerald's Birthday

Today's my brother-in-law's birthday (Maggie's hubby)
and here's the card I have made for him

This features the Birthday Memories DSP,
the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die and the name
is cut using the Little Letters Dies (sadly now retired, but still useful)

Happy Birthday Ger!!
Barry and I are going out with Maggie and Ger to celebrate
his birthday at a fabulous Chinese Restaurant tonight.
Can't wait!! (I love Chinese food!)

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Cheryls Petal Passion cards.

At my last Saturday morning workshop Cheryl won the raffle and chose
the Petal Passion Memories and More Card pack.
I had told her that I intended to use these as quick greeting cards, 
and she has kindly sent me some photos of the greetings cards 
she has  made with this item, to share with you on my blog. 
So over the next few weeks I will post her piccies

Isn't this so sweet.
I think it would make a great Valentine card!

Monday, 15 January 2018

More Heartfelt Blooms

Here's another Heartfelt Blooms card that I have cased from the catalogue.

This time I have used ink pads and Aqua painters to colour the image,
colours used, Sweet Sugar Plum, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight
Powder Pink and Smoky Slate.
On the Sweet Sugar Plum layer I used one of the Petal Pair embossing folders
The sentiment is from the Soft Sayings stamp set.
(There are some lovely sentiments in this set!)
I think I may have gone overboard a bit with the Wink of Stella 
and lost some of the definition on the flower!
Having said that I have lots of friends who just love loads of glitter and bling on their cards!!

Sunday, 14 January 2018

And there's more....

Here's another card that Chris and I made on Wednesday,
once again using the free Sale-a-bration Amazing You stamp set
and the matching Celebrate You Thinlits dies.

Both Chris and I are really pleased with this matching set
and love it all the more since it was free!!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Amazing you

Here's a card that Chris and I made on Wednesday, when we got together to craft
for the first time in over a month as she and David have been visiting
Richard (their son) in Australia for a month.
It was great to get together and craft for the day, in between chatting incessantly!
We did manage a few cards between us - this is one of them

You may have guessed that we used the Stamparatus to stamp this card,
using the side panel and moving it down one tab after stamping each time,
but repeat stamping without reinking each time.
The sentiment and flower is from the Amazing You stamp set.
I love how the Tranquil Tide colour is fading as it gets further down the page,
and it's an unusual colour combination with the Blushing Bride and
the Copper Foil (used to trim the centre panel and to cut the YOU
out, from the matching Celebrate You Thinlits Dies)
I stamped the borders using the leaf part of the flower stamp just on the edge
 of each side and I am really pleased with the effect.
Really enjoyed using the Stamparatus again too!!

Friday, 12 January 2018

And here's Jean's Brusho project

As promised, here is the Brusho project that Jean made yesterday.
Hers is a subtler version of the same design as she didn't like the bright colours.

I love the really soft subtle colours that Jean has achieved by diluting the
colours in a palette, rather than sprinkling the brusho onto weet card.

Two totally different versions of the same card.
Will really enjoy spending time experimenting with these Brushos!! 

Thursday, 11 January 2018

My first encounter with Brushos!!

Well this isn't one of my best, but it's certainly not the worst,
and I have to say that I am sort of pleased with the effect I have created -
and as I say in the title, this is my very first experience of using this product.

I think I may have been a bit heavy handed with the amount of crystals I used,
but I think that on the whole it's not too bad an attempt!!
I stamped the image from the Birthday Blooms stamp set 
in Versamark and heat embossed with White embossing powder,
onto watercolour paper.  Then I wet the various sections of the flower in turn, and sprinkled
the Brusho crystals on top, and used an aqua painter to spread the colour around.  
The bit where I could have done better is the very deep blue background, 
which I think is too dark -  a lighter one might have looked nicer.
That said, I love the speckles of Wink of Stella which I flicked onto the finished card.
I think that you can just see these.
My last words on this has to be - well I really enjoyed doing this!!

PS: call back tomorrow and see Jean's first attempt at Brushos -
hers is far better than mine!!