Monday, 4 December 2017

Bethlehem take 2

Here's one of the cards I have made yesterday evening, 
using the Night in Bethlehem stamps and the Bethlehem Edgelits dies.


A lovely crisp colour combination of
White, Soft Sky,and Kraft Card.
Sentiment stamped in Early Espresso.

I shall make a few more of these, I really enjoyed making this one.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

One of many!!

December is another month when I have several birthdays,
so I am trying to get ahead with birthday cards as well as keeping up 
with my Christmas card target!
Despite not feeling 100% recently I am managing to get at least a couple done
 each day, so I should get them all done in time.

Here's one of the many - won't say whose it is as that might spoil the surprise!


It's quite a CAS card, colour combo is
Tempting Turquoise, Black and White.
The sentiment is Stylized Birthday and the die is from the
Flourish Thinlits dies set.
A few tiny rhinestones are the only embellishment used.
One down, nine to go!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Chris's last Wednesday

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that Chris
(my sister-in-law) and myself get together on a Wednesday, most weeks of the year.
One week I go to her house and the following week she comes to mine.
We have done this for a number of years.
Today Chris has come over to mine for the last time this year, as she and David
are off to Australia for a whole month, to see their son Richard, who lives there.
So I won't see her until next year!!

She brought our Christmas card over, and I think it is beautiful,
so I asked her if could share it with you. She said yes, of course!
So here it is
 it looks quite inconspicuous

Front view closed

But when you open it - Wow!!

Middle - fully open

View from above.

Isn't this fantastic!  Behind the oval cut outs are pieces of Parchment/Vellum
and behind these are the die cut little houses from the
Hometown Greetings Edgelits  Die set.

I have put a battery night light behind the cut outs, and it looks stunning
in the dark, but alas, my photography skills are lacking, and I cant get a good photo.

Thank you Chris for this beautiful card, and for giving me the instructions
on how to make it - I wont mention that they are in German!!
I have started to make it and it is coming on nicely.
When it's finished I will post my version!

Meantime Chris,  have a fabulous time in Australia, and give Richard a big hug and kiss from me!


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Christmas money wallets

Today I had a lie in (still not feeling 100% but needed to get up 
and do something rather than stay in bed and be fed up!)
I decided that I ought to make money envelopes for
 my Great Niece and Great Nephew's Christmas pressy money.
(That's Chris's Grandson and Grand-daughter).
Tomorrow will be the last time I see Chris until the New Year,
as she is off to Australia next week for a month, visiting her son Richard.

Here are the wallets






I have used :-
Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp set and matching punch
Merry Little Labels Stamp set and matching Everyday Label Punch
Little Letters Thinlits (Retired but just the right size for the wallets)
Quilted Christmas 6x6  DSP 
Real Red and Garden Green Cardstock.

Think that I have now got everything ready to pass on to Chris tomorrow.
I don't think I have been this organised in November before in my life!!

Monday, 27 November 2017

Bethlehem

Apologies for the absence, I have not been feeling well for a few days.
Luckily I was well last Wednesday, when I went to Lincoln  Cathedral
to see Lexie (my Grand-daughter) with her choir, singing With G4
on their Candlelight Christmas event.  It was fabulous, really thrilled to
be able to watch this performance, but it was a really cold evening 
and Cathedrals are not renowned for their effective heating systems.
Dont think I have felt really warm since!!

That aside I have made a few cards, darent get too far behind with 
my Christmas card making, so here's today's offering.




This card features the Merry Music Speciality DSP,
 the Bethlehem Edgelits dies and Night in Bethlehem stamp set.
For the star and the buildings I have used Matt Silver card
 rather than using the Silver Foil card, along with Black card stock.
The sentiment is computer generated on a White card blank.
I am really pleased with the result.
What do you think??

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Star of Light - prototype!!

I have updated an old design by using the same Emboss Resist technique,
but using a different stamp to the original.


This is my prototype, so please forgive the fact that the star is wonky,
as is the sentiment!!  I was just trying it to see if it would work
with a filigree star instead of the original snowflake.
I think that it works well - this could well be a card 
that I can make a batch of, but I will need to wear rubber gloves,
as my thumb and fingers  are now a lovely shade of Night of Navy!!

The stamp set is Star of light, and I have stamped the star in Versamark
then heat embossed with White embossing powder,
I then applied the blue star background with a sponge and Night of Navy ink.
Finally I buffed the star with a piece of kitchen roll
to remove any excess Night of Navy Ink.
The sentiment is from the same stamp set.
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Here is the original Snowflake Emboss Resist card
stamped with Serene Snowflakes stamp set and Curly cute sentiment


This was made way back in November 2011 and has been updated
using newer snowflake stamps over the years.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Jean's Birthday card

Today is one of my Wednesday Crafting Ladies' birthdays - Jean,
and here's the card that I made for her special Birthday


Card closed ready for posting

Front view showing gate-fold
This is a gate fold card, made using the beautiful Whole Lot of Lovely DSP.
I cut out the flower with leaves from a different sheet of the DSP to the front one.
Stamped the sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous onto a
die cut out with the Stitched Shape Oval Framelit in white,
then stuck this onto a die cut Layering Ovals Framelit in Tangerine Tango.
Added the matching ribbon and die cut Little Numbers 70 (retired)
and voila!!
I love the beautiful colours on this DSP
Happy Birthday Jean!!

Monday, 20 November 2017

And there's more.......

Yes its another  Dachsy Christmas card!!
Chris and I had a great day creating these cute little doggy cards 
the other Wednesday, using the Christmas Lamppost Thinlits dies and stamps Bundle
and the Ready for Christmas bundle of Stamps and Thinlits.


The  Lampost set was a bundle that I didn't own, but I have since placed an order for it,
can't wait to get this to make some more!!

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Anne-Marie's birthday card

The other Thursday (9th) it was both my baby sister (Anne-Marie) 
and my Grand-daughter Lexie's birthdays.
I blogged Lexies card , but clean forgot to post Anne-Marie's card.
So here it is today!

I have cased the card that my Stampin Up sister Julie Wade made for my  birthday
and thought this would be ideal for little Sis (my nickname for Anne-Marie!)


The background stamp is from the Wood Words Stamp set
and the flowers and leaves from Painted Harvest,
The colour combo is Night of Navy, Soft Sky and White.
The leaves (3) and flowers (2 layered)were stamped and the flowers were fussy cut,
 the leaves were punched using the matching Leaf Punch.
The greeting is the Stylised Birthday stamp.


Saturday, 18 November 2017

Another Dachsy Christmas card

Here is another of the Christmas cards that I made at Chris's the other Wednesday, using the 
Christmas Lamppost Thinlits dies and the Ready for Christmas bundle of Stamps and Thinlits.


I can't remember where the sentiment came from,  but I will check it out
and edit this post later.

Online Extravaganza!! Starts Sunday night



For the first 24 hours select stamp sets will have 20% off 

 A great opportunity to stock up on amazing stamps! 

So if you've had your eye on a stamp set and resisted (like me!)

now would be a good time to give in!!

Clock starts ticking at  Sunday 19 November at 11pm and ends 20 November 22:59pm.




The Online Extravaganza Sale has exclusive deals and 10-40% discounts 
on many current catalogue items, available from
 Sunday 19 November at 11pm UK time to Sunday 26th November 22.59pm 

Don't miss out on these - get in touch if you want anything ordering

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Stamparatus is coming!!


Whats the Stamparatus??
It's the Stamp Positioning tool that we have all been waiting for

 - all singing, all dancing!





Want to see it in action??


CLICK HERE


Want one??  

Contact me for details -email me on katemartin@sky.com, or leave a message in the comments and I'll get back to you!!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Congratulations

Today is our Stampin' Up! Teams' monthly Training - Julies' Jems.
My Stampin' Up! Mummy - Julie and one of my Stampin' Up! Sisters - Amanda
both gained recognition for their outstanding achievements over the last year.
Julie came in at #53 in the Top 250 Global Achievers
and Amanda came in #31 in the Top UK Achievers.
Great recognition for both of them, and I am proud to be part of this Team!
I have made both of them a Congratulations card to mark the occasion,
and I have scheduled this post for 10:30 a.m., which is the time
that our Training meeting starts, so they won't get a sneaky peek beforehand.

Here are their cards

Arty view




Stand on the mantlepiece view!!

The colour combination is a simple Berry Burst and White
Stamp set is Floral Phrases
Flourish Thinlits Dies used to cut flower and flourish.

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH
SO WELL DESERVED!!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Christmas Lampost

Had a great time at Chris's last Wednesday and we made three cards!!
We are really happy if we make three cards as we tend to chat a lot!
... and then there's the coffee breaks and the lunch break!
Anyhow, here's the first card we made


Recipe:-
Christmas Lamppost Thinlits dies
Hometown Greetings Edgelits
Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (trees)
Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
Black and White card Stock and Gold Glimmer paper.
Oval (retired) dies - as the Layering Ovals which are currently available
were just not big enough for the 6 x 6" card we had planned.
Wink of Stella added to trees.

Loveit! Love it! Love it!!!!!

Two more cards to show you later on in the week.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Variations on a theme

Was inspired by a make on Pinterest by a member of the Stampin' Up! Artisan Team
and ended up making 3 cards!  









All three cards made using the Watercolour Christmas stamp set
The middle card has a sentiment from Snowflake Sentiments
and this is stamped on Whisper White card punched with 
the Everyday Label punch, which is also used to extend 
the garden Green mat behind the sentiment.


Saturday, 11 November 2017

Copper - version three


You have already seen the gold and silver version of this card.
One of my Wednesday Crafting ladies, Jean,
has made this in copper.



Great job Jean,
mmm, I wonder how many more metallic embossing powders I can find!!

Friday, 10 November 2017

Amanda's Bendi Foldy card

Amanda (my Stampin' Up! sis and friend) made a super
Bendi Foldy card, and she has simplified the making of it.
I have tried and tested this and can assure you it is very easy to make,
but don't you think it looks like it took ages to make??
Here's my version.

Front View

View from above
Isn't this just fantastic!
If you want the full instructions on how to make this,

visit  

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Lexie and Anne-Marie's Birthday

Today we celebrate the birthdays of my other Grand-daughter Lexie
(you may recall it was Ellie's birthday on the 4th!)
and my baby Sister Anne-Marie.

Here's the card I made for Lexie


It's another Eclipse card, but once again as the "Festive Birthday" DSP
(now retired) was very busy, I inked the edges of the letters
once they were raised up on adhesive  strip for more definition.

The DSP was matted onto Melon Mambo card, on a white card base, 
after the letters had been  cut out from the DSP, 
using the Large Letters Framelits dies .
Then the letters raised on adhesive  strips and outlined with
 a Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Marker.

Thought this was a nice bright and colourful card for our Lexie.
I'll show you Anne-Marie's card tomorrow.

Have a fabulous Birthday Lexie, see you later.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Snowflake Sentiments Z fold Card

Heres a card that I made on Monday when I  had a great time following
the video instructions from Sue Vine on how to make it.

It took several hours to make, but it was worth it in the end

Open view standing


Open view flat

standing - display view


Folded flat for posting

If you would like to make this card you watch the video
where you can find the instructions on


Enjoy!!

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Soft Sky Noel

Here's another coloured version of my Noel card,
this one is done using Soft Sky cardstock and 
Silver Glimmer paper for the letters and snowflakes.

Front view standing


Card flat

Think this is my favourite - can't think why!

Monday, 6 November 2017

Pete’s Birthday

Today it’s one of our golfing friends, Pete’s Birthday.
I just had to make him a funny golfer card didn’t I?




I really need to source some more funny golfer stamps -
if you know of any please let me know!

Sunday, 5 November 2017

More Merry Patterns

Chris and I had a play yesterday with the free Merry Patterns stamp set,
which was offered free as a hostess gift with a qualifying order during September and October.
We tried two different ways of colouring the image.

Here's the card that I made .....

Stamp coloured using marker pens to produce the image

And this is Chris's card
Stag stamped separately to sweater and both cut out, then sweater stuck on top

Not sure which I like best, but they are both effective and make a fun, festive card.




Saturday, 4 November 2017

Ellie's birthday

Today is the birthday of my first grand-daughter Ellie
who will be 24 today!  I can't believe she has grown up so quick!
Here's the card I made for her
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it's not what I intended to do, but its how it finished up!


It started life as an Eclipse card,
using the Year of Cheer Speciality DSP that looks so luxurious in White and Copper,
and I cut out ELLIE using the Large Letters Thinlits
and I layered this onto a mat of the fabulous Copper Foil Card.
I then used adhesive strip on the back of the cut out letters
and stuck them back in place.
I used Versamark and Copper Embossing Powder to heat emboss
the greeting using stamps from the  Big on Birthdays stamp set.


At this stage it looked like this


But... I just wasn't happy with it, because of the reflection on the
patterned DSP, it was difficult to see that it actually said ELLIE
on it - so I cut ELLIE out again using Copper Foil and stuck it on top
 of the original raised letters.

What do you think?

Anyhow, Happy Birthday my darling Ellie,
hope you have a lovely day and will see you Sunday - tomorrow!!

My grand-daughters Lexie and Ellie

Friday, 3 November 2017

Jan's Birthday Card

You may have noticed that I seem to have a few friends who have the same name.
Today it's the birthday of my golfing friend Jan
(who was my Vice Captain at my Old Golf Club  - Sandhill)
Not to be mistaken from my crafting friend Jan,
 whose cards I share with you from time to time!
.....and here is Jan's Birthday card.



As you can see its another Eclipse card (which I quite enjoy making
as they are not too difficult to make.)
If Jan sees this, she will say that it's not her card, 
but because it was posted, before I had taken a photo of it,
I had to make another one so that I remembered the design!!
I have used the Beautiful Fresh Florals DSP
on a mat of Berry Burst card stock, on a white base card.
The word HAPPY is die cut out of the DSP, using the Large Letter Framelits dies
then the letters are raised up on Adhesive strips, to give the Eclipse effect.
The word Birthday is stamped using the Stylized Birthday stamp,
on white card which is layered onto a Berry Burst mat.

Hope you have a fabulous Birthday Jan
see you soon xx



Thursday, 2 November 2017

Chris's Noel Card

Here's the card that I should have posted yesterday, but I had a busy day 
crafting with Chris, then I had my Wednesday evening Craft class.
I was a bit tired after that, so I watched The Apprentice (which I had recorded earlier),
then I went straight to bed!
Had a lovely day out catching up with my ex-work colleague Jo
(as opposed to my golfing friend Jo!) and we went
out for lunch, accompanied by Jo's mum and had a lovely time.
We spent an hour or so around a few shops, then back home.
My Craft class starts in a few minutes, so I had better crack on!

Here's Chris's version of my Noel card, hers is in red!!

Front view standing.



Card viewed flat.

Chris had a colour combo of Real Red, Garden Green and Very Vanilla,
with Real Red Glimmer Paper for the snowflakes and letters.

Lovely don't you think?

I'll show you my Blue version later this weekend.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Cards for Causes - Contact the Elderly

Our Team of Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, Julie's Jems,
share our love of card making, by regularly choosing a Charity,
that would benefit from receiving our hand made cards.
Whether it be to sell the cards to raise money,  or to send Thank you cards
to people who have made a difference in the lives of others, Charity Volunteers etc,
 Our Team, send cards off to these organisations for them to use as they see fit.
This most recent one involves sending Thank you cards to
"Contact the Elderly", who organise regular tea parties for the over 75s
 and these are held in the homes of volunteers.  
They currently support over 700 tea party groups all across the country!

Here is just a small selection of the cards that Chris and I have made between us, 
and posted today- 80 in total!




Monday, 30 October 2017

Jo's Birthday

Today is my good friend and fellow golfer, Jo's birthday
and here's the card I have made her.


It's one of those cards that I have made a few of, 
this one I personalised with some  glitzy letters that I found in my stash
that were just the right size for the card.

Colour Combo is Blushing Bride and White, 
sentiment from Rose Wonder stamped in Smoky Slate.
Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing folder used to de-boss .
Eastern Medallions Thinlits  used to cut Medallion and Flower.
I'm quite pleased with this version!!

Happy Birthday Jo - have a great day!
xxxxx

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Hearts Come Home

Here is a card that I have made, cased from my fellow Jems team member
and  good friend Amanda, who made the original version of this card
as a swap for our all day training.

Front view

View from above, showing construction.

Very CAS really, very effective though in Night of Navy and White,
using only the Hometown  Greetings Edgelits Dies and the sentiment from
the Bundle - Hearts Come Home stamp set.
It looks far more complicated than it looks, and I think that
it looks a million Dollars!!
Thanks Amanda for your beautiful swap, I hope I have done it justice!!

See Amanda's original version

HERE

and this also includes a tutorial in case you want to have a go too!!

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Ladies wot lunch - Sue's Birthday

I belong to a group of ladies, who lunch out on a regular basis, every 4 to 6 weeks or so.
Today is the birthday of one of these ladies, Sue, and here is the card I made for her.
It's  one that I have done in class, so I hope none of
 the other ladies have sent her this one!!



A really CAS card, where the butterfly is stamped using the baby wipe ink pad technique.
The gold splatters are done with the gold Wink of Stella.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Noel

Today I had a whole day to myself, so after prepping for tomorrow
 morning's workshop, I made this screen fold Christmas card.

Front view standing
The photo below shows the detail a little better.


View flat

Lots of Labels Framelits were used to make the base card.
then the same dies were used to make the label panels.
Versamark was used to stamp the snowflake border
using the small snowflake from Colourful Seasons stamp set,
which co-ordinates with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits,
which were used to cut the small snowflakes in Glimmer Paper.
The Large Letters Thinlits were used to cut NOEL also in Glimmer Paper.
The little "jewels" were the waste from the snowflakes that were 
left behind, but obviously they match perfectly!!

This was just the prototype to test out how it would look,
so now I will try it in various colours, 
I'll show you the results.