Sunday, 22 October 2017

Wise Men from Afar - emboss resist

I must admit that when I ordered this stamp set I couldn't wait to use it,
but inspiration failed me, and I have had to resort to Pinterest, where I
found a card by Norah Marin, but have been unable to find her blog.

This is my card that I have cased from Norah's.

Using Versamark, I stamped the 3 Wise Men,  then with Black embossing powder,   heat embossed.
The stars were inked with versamark, then  heat embossed with White embossing powder.
Palm trees  and sand dunes stamped with Soft Suede ink.
Sand sponged with Sahara Sand ink.
Sky sponged with Night of Navy
Space in between sponged with Real Red and  So Saffron.
Thanks for the inspiration Norah, couldn't have done this without you!

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Tony's 50th Birthday

My friend Pat asked me if I could make a personalised card for 
her son Tony who will be 50 this weekend.

Here's what I made

I am quite safe posting this before the date as I know with certainty
that Tony won't be viewing my blog!!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Amanda's Wreath card

Amanda has designed this card (which I have cased here)
using the Painted Harvest Stamp set and the matching Leaf Punch.
This is my version

The sentiment is from Snowflake Sentiments.
Colour combination, Copper, Champagne and Cajun Craze.
As the copper and champagne foil leaves are simply punched, it doesn't take an age 
to make this card, but it does take time to arrange them
neatly in a circle. I think mine looks too regimented.
I like Amanda's better, but it is my first effort.
Will have another go later!!
Pop round and take a look at Amanda's

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Wine !!

Here's another Eclipse card - this one I made at Chris's last week.

Really clean and simple, suitable for any occasion that's being celebrated -
so it's quite useful to have in your standby box of cards!
This uses the Half Full stamp set
and the Tuscan Vineyard stamp set.


Monday, 16 October 2017

Brother-in-law's birthday

Today it's my Brother-in-law David's birthday (Chris's husband)
so I took the opportunity of using the Merry Patterns stamp set
(only available as a free Hostess gift during September and October!)
What do you think of this?

Front view open

Card closed for posting
Colour combo is a simple Pacific Point White and a splash of Crushed Curry
The Sentiment is cut using the Happy Birthday Thinlits die.

I am really pleased with this - hope David likes it!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Year of Cheer

At Chris's on Wednesday, I copied a card that she had made whilst I have been away.
This uses products from the Year of Cheer Suite 
which I think is absolutely lush!!
Decide for yourself.

I have used the Year of Cheer Speciality DSP,
The centre cut out of a Foil Snowflake,
Year of Cheer Speciality Washi Tape,
Snowflake Sentiments stamp set
Versamark and Copper Embossing Powder.
The White snowflake is die cut using the Seasonal Layers  Thinlits dies.

I shall use this suite for my "special " Christmas cards.
PS - I'll show you what I did with the rest of the foil snowflake
later this week!!

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Merriest Christmas Wishes

I saw a gold version of this beautiful card on my Stampin' Up! sister
and asked her if I could CASE it (Copy and Share Everything is
one of our Stampin' Up! Values)
Here is my version in Silver

As I have used silver foil card, it is difficult to photograph,
but you can see the effect.
The sentiment is from Watercolour Christmas stamp set
stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.
Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies used to cut the snowflakes
and the base card is embossed with the 
Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
Tiny pearls for the centre of the snowflakes just finishes mit off.
I love this card
Thanks Amanda for the inspiration.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Another of Jan's Beautiful You cards

This evening, Jan brought another of her Beautiful You cards to show us.
She is happy to share it with you ,

Front view standing

Centre - open

Front view closed.

Jan has made real good use of her stamp set and obviously enjoys using it-
great card Jan - thanks for sharing.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Hearts Come Home plaque

Here's a project that I have cased from one that my Stampin Up Mummy, Julie
showed us when we went to All-Day Training last month.
One of my ladies likes to send her friend in Australia a special
Christmas decoration every year and so I asked Julie
 for suggestions for this year's project.

Julie had made hers with a bought Heart shaped plaque as the base,
but I have made mine cut from gray board, and am really pleased with the result.

Colour Combo Night of Navy and White
Hometown Greetings Edgelits dies
Hearts come home stamp set,
not forgetting that fabulous Night of Navy gingham ribbon.

I think that Sue will love making this at the month end workshop!

Saturday, 7 October 2017

It's my birthday!!

Hello everyone, 
as you might have gathered from the title,
its my birthday today!

I have received just short of 40 birthday cards,
thanks to everyone who sent me one, 
I had a super time opening them all this morning.

As a special thank you to all of you who made me a hand-made card
I thought I would share them with you and showcase them here on my blog

Close up version  of one of the above, with envelopes closed

Close up and open version of another one from above

Aren't I just so lucky to have friends who make me such beautiful cards.


Friday, 6 October 2017

Year of cheer

This card was oh so difficult to photograph because of all the foiled silver and gold
both on the Year of Cheer DSP and the Foiled snowflake, the Silver foil Stitched Circle 
and the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper Trees.

But doesn't it make a fabulous combination, with the little strip of ribbon 
and the single Rhinestone the only embellishment needed!
Really pleased with this.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Golden wedding anniversary card

As Chris doesn't do her blog anymore I asked her if I could share this card with you,
 it's one that she made for a very good friend of hers
and I think you will agree it's stunning!!

And here's the box that was made and stamped to match.

I think that Chris has done a fabulous job of this, don't you??

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Ann's birthday

Today is my friend and fellow crafter Ann's Birthday, 
so I had to make a special card for her.

I had seen this card on my Stampin' Up! Nannan,

Follow the link above to see more of Monica's cards

I really love this colour combination of
So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Memento Black and Basic Gray.
The stamp set is Happy Birthday Gorgeous, and the greeting from this set also,
is cut using the Pretty Label Punch.
The super new Black and White striped ribbon really adds impact.

Happy Birthday Ann!!

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Leo's birthday

Today it's my Great nephew Leo's 5th Birthday -
this is Sister-in-law Chris's Grandson!

This is a card that I made at On Stage in Amsterdam, in April,
when we got to play with lots of items from the Annual Catalogue
 in advance of it's launch.
This little fox is die cut using the Birthday Friends Framelits
and the Birthday Memories DSP.
I have personalised it using the (Retired) Little Letters Framelits 
to cut out LEO as they just fitted nicely at the bottom of the card.

I think that Leo will like this one!!
Have a great day!

Monday, 2 October 2017

Mag and Ger's Anniversary

Today it is my Sister Maggie and her husband Gerald's Wedding Anniversary,
we will be going out for a meal with them tonight to celebrate.
Here's the card I have made for them

Really CAS, but quite elegant I thought.
Pool Party and White colour combination.
Using the Layering Ovals Framelits dies
I cut an oval in the piece of Pool Party card, 
then cut another oval from White card, 
discarded the oval centre and used a scalloped edge oval die
around the cut out oval to make the frame for the centre.
(This was a little bit faffy and took more than one attempt!!)
I then cut the filigree heart in Pool Party using the Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits die.
I placed this behind the oval cut out and very carefully trimmed it
 to fit nicely behind the frame.
A few tiny pearls in the centre of the flowers
and the sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet stamped in
Versamark and embossed in White Embossing Powder
and the job was complete!
Happy Anniversary Mag and Ger,
looking forward to an evening out with you both to celebrate.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Ann's birthday

Yesterday saw another of my Sandhill golfing friend's Birthdays - Ann .
I have two friends called Anne, one Golfs and the other crafts!
You will see crafter Ann's card on the 4th when it's her birthday!!

This is another of the fancy fold cards we made at 
All Day Training on the 18th September.
This is a Triple fold card

Closed with Belly band on


This uses the beautiful Painted Autumn DSP
and the Painted Harvest stamp set.
The papers are pretty enough to make a stand alone card!

Thank you mummy Julie for showing us this new fold!!
Happy Birthday Ann

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Margaret and Geoff's Golden Wedding Anniversary

Today is the Golden Wedding Anniversary of a couple of our golfing friends,
Margaret and Geoff.
Margaret celebrated her 70th birthday earlier this month,
and you will have seen her card on here. 

This is one of my favourite go-to designs for Weddings, Anniversaries,
Engagements etc, as it is a lovely delicate die cut heart, which I am sure is no
stranger to any of my readers, I use it a lot.
Its the Bloomin Hearts Thinlits die.
the card is Very Vanilla and the die cut heart is Gold Glimmer,
but as the photo was taken when it was teeming it down with rain,
the lighting was not the best, so the colours don't show as well as they might.

Anyhow, Margaret and Geoff here's to a fabulous day for you both
and here's wishing you many more happy years to come.
All our love xxx

Friday, 29 September 2017

White on white for Jackie' Birthday

Today is the birthday of one of my very special and dear friends, Jackie.
Jackie loves, snowdrops, white cyclamens, white orchids etc etc, you get the picture,
So I decided to make her a White on White card - not something I do often!

Here's the result, which I am quite pleased with.

Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder  for the background.
Layering Circles die for the aperture.
Flourish Thinlits for the flourish and tiny pearls for embellishment.
Greetings inked in Versamark and heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.

Have a fabulous birthday Jackie and see you soon!!

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Get well soon

A quicky post today as I am out and about.
Here's a card that I sent to a friend who isn't exactly ill, just feeling 
a bit under the weather, so I thought this might cheer her up!!

Another one of the fabulous Eastern Medallions Thinlits Die creations.
Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and White colour combination
and a computer generated sentiment.

The only addition to this card is the star shaped jewel in the centre -
it doesn't need anything else - dont you agree??

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Deck the halls

Here's another Christmas card made using the Carols of Christmas Bundle

This card looks more complicated than it is.
The oval was cut in the top layer of white card, then the baubles were stamped 
onto this in Smoky Slate ink.
The coloured baubles were then stamped on a separate piece of card in the three colours
Tranquil Tide, Pool Party and Smoky Slate.
These were then die cut with the Card Front Builder dies from the bundle
and stuck over the grey stamped images.
Using the oval that was cut out of the original piece of white card,
 the sentiment was stamped in Tranquil Tide and the stars were stamped 
in Pool Party,
The card was then assembled with a mat of Tranquil Tide onto the White card base.
the Bables with the oval cut out were then stuck onto the Tranquil Tide 
layer, using dimensionals. The Oval with the sentiment stamped on it,
 was then stuck directly onto the Tranquil Tide layer/
The holly sprigs were coloured using marker pens
and then stuck on place.

Card completed!!