Thursday, 17 August 2017

Chris's Christmas Card

Yesterday it was my turn to go to Chris's (Sister-in-law) house to craft.

Here's the Tent Fold Stepper card she had made for me to have a go at

Front View

Side View

It takes just half a sheet of A4 card, with smaller pieces for the trees.
Chris has used Peaceful Pines stampset
with the matching Perfect Pines Framelits.

I had a go at making this stepper card, but used a different greeting
and I will post mine tomorrow.
Today I am off on another Golf outing - this time it's
with the ladies from my old Golf Club, Sandhill, and its
Lady Captain's Away Day at Aldwark Manor - hence the early blog post !!

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Another little wild one

Here's another of the cute animals from the "A Little Wild"  stamp set

front view

Inside View

Don't you agree these are just too cute!!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Thank you cards

Here are three of the thank you cards that I have made to give to customers
 with their latest orders.
I have made a number of these with various colour combos

Black, Berry Burst and White

White and Pool Party

Lemon Lime Twist, black and White.

The Daisy punch makes yet another appearance, and I am able to deliver
 my customers their very own Bundle - they seem to have been waiting ages,
so it seemed appropriate to use this for their thank-you cards!
Sentiment  from Thankful Thoughts.
Layering Ovals Framelits dies.
Garden Trellis Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
1/2" Circle punch used for daisy centre.
I'll post a few more of them later.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Anita's Birthday

Yesterday was mine and Chris's friend, Anita's birthday.

Here's the card I made for her

A very CAS, but I think classy card.
I always think that Black and White is really dramatic.

The flowers are stamped with the Wood Words stamp set.
The sentiment is cutting with the Happy Birthday Thinklits
(part of the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle.

Hope you had a lovely day Anita!!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Catherine's Birthday and a Sneak Peek

Today its' the birthday of my friend and downline, Catherine.
I thought that she might like to see  a sneak peek of the new  
"Painted Harvest" stamp set which was one of my Autumn/Winter
Seasonal catalogue pre-order items.

I'm not sure that I got the Sunflowers right, but it is my first attempt!
The sentiments are from the Soft Sayings kit - I love this stamp set -
lovely sentiments!!

Happy Birthday Catherine,
have a great day!!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Barry's Birthday

Yup- it's another birthday today - someone very special -
my darling husband Barry.
So I made him this special card - notice the likeness to Lucas's birthday card?
Why reinvent the wheel!!
Amanda's U fold card design used again - great for mens cards.

View from above

Front view
Can you see the Silver Glimmer paper?
It looks so good in real life!

And this shows how it folds to fit into a C6 envelope!!

Happy birthday Barry - love you - have a great day (golfing with me!!)

Friday, 11 August 2017

Amy's birthday

Do you recall that I said that August was a busy month for card-making,
well it's certainly keeping me motivated, trying to come up with suitable
designs for the various cards I have to do!!

Can you guess who this one is for?
No prizes for guessing.

I love the stunning effect of the Lemon Lime Twist card stock against the Black.
This was embossed using the  Garden Trellis Textured Impressions Embossing Folder,
which I think looks really effective (and appropriate) behind the Daisy.
Flower punched with Daisy Punch, flower centre is a large Clear Faceted Gem.
Leaves cut using a leaf die from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits -
I will definitely be using these lovely leaves a lot!!
I am so glad that the Daisy punch is now available for customers to purchase
as I am certainly getting my money's worth out of mine!!

Happy Birthday Amy,
Have a great day!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Happy Birthday Lucas

Today it's our Grandson's 14th birthday.
And as usual, I struggle with cards for males - youngsters are a little easier,
but 14th birthdays call for something a little more grown up.

So Amanda's fancy fold card came to the rescue!

angled view from above

Front View

A simple colour combo of Tempting Turquoise and White,
some retired DSP to match, "Lucas" cut using the Large Letters Framelits
and the sentiment using the Happy Birthday Thinlits die.
A couple of stars to finish it off and hey presto- finished.

I did make this card larger than the ones I have made before,
this one folds flat and fits into a C5 envelope.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

A little wild

As you may have been aware, it rained incessantly yesterday, 
so we decided that the game of golf that was planned for 9:00 a.m. was a no go!
Similarly, as it was still raining, the second game that was planned for 5:00 p.m.
was also given up as a bad job.
This meant that I actually had time to play with one of my new acquisitions-
The stamp set "A Little Wild" and the Little Loves Framelits Dies
which can be bought as a bundle at a 10% Discount!!

Front view

Inside view

I had quite a few aperture cards stashed away in a box, and when I saw the stamps
I knew straight away what I was going to do with them.
But I had to do a little tweaking!!

This card had a square aperture on the centrefold panel,
I cut the circle out of the Right hand side panel, painted the grass at the bottom,
 then cut a further circle out of a square piece of White card 
to sit between the two panels.
Using an Aqua-painter and Ink pad, I painted the sky and the grass
in Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sky on the White square with the circle cut out.
  This was then stuck  to the back of the Right hand panel.
I then cut a square of Window Sheet (acetate) and  stuck this
between the front and RHS panels, then stuck the front panel to the RHS panel.
Hope you can follow this!!
I stamped the elephant (both the front and back are on a single stamp, 
so you can die cut and then fold them into a tag), 
cut between the front and back images,
then stuck the elephant front to the acetate on the front panel, 
and the elephants rear on the reverse side.
(You might be able to understand better if you just look at the photos above)
Or maybe you might like a tutorial?
If so just ask, and I'll add it to my things to do list!!

The final touches were the two die cut ferns at either side,
the greeting on the inside -sentiment is from "Birthday Delivery" stamp set
and the name at the bottom!!
Et voila!!
I love it!!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Carol's Birthday

Today is my friend and fellow crafter, Carol's birthday.
Here's the card I made for her.

Clean and simple, colour combo of Black White and Silver.
Computer generated sentiment (suits the design don't you think)
The flower and the silver mat are cut from Silver Glimmer paper
which really glistens against the Black.
Flower punched with Daisy punch and flower centre cut with the 3/4" circle punch 
and embossed in the "Softly Falling" Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
The only added embellishments are the three small Rhinestones
 in the top right corner.

If you are reading this Carol - Happy Birthday and have a great day!!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Sandhill Golf Club Junior champion

This weekend was the Club Championship at my old Golf Club, Sandhill.
My Son (Simon) and Grandson (Lucas) both played over the two days and I am
so proud to announce that Lucas won the Junior Champion Trophy

Here's the card that I made to celebrate his win - I can't give him the card yet 
as he is away on tour with his cricket team!!
I will see him on his birthday on Thursday and give him this then.

Congratulations Lucas - so proud of you!!


Mary's Birthday card

Here is the birthday card that I have made for my friend 
(who is also Lady Captain at my Golf Club)
It was her birthday yesterday.
As she has already had a golfing card from me to celebrate her captaincy,
I decided to send her a nice flowery one for her birthday.
(it's the same design as the Ruby Wedding Anniversary, - so versatile!)
It's a very special birthday for her, but I wont divulge her age!!

Colour combo of Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Gold and White.
Stamp set Graceful Garden.
The trellis work, Sentiment and rose were all stamped in Versamark
then heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.
The rose and leaves were then coloured in using stamp pads
and an Aqua-painter, which gives them a more natural look.
Final touches were a Wink of Stella on the rose petals
and voila!

Happy Birthday Mary, hope you had a lovely time and enjoyed your day!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Eva's Christening Card

Today my nephew Stephen (sister Maggie's son) is having his daughter
 Eva Lily christened so I wanted to mark the occasion with a special card.

Its a very CAS card, simply a cross cut out of  Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
using the Flourish Thinlits dies.
This is glued onto a Powder Pink cardstock mat,
which in turn is glued onto Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
then glued into a White base card.

The sentiment is computer generated.

I am really pleased with this keepsake for Stephen and Nikki
not forgetting Eva!


Here's a photo of Eva in church after the event, 
 holding her Christening Candle
and with Stephen and Nikki -
doesn't she look so sweet!!

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Val's 40th Wedding Anniversary card

As promised here is the Ruby Wedding Anniversary card that Val made 
for her Husband, at class on Thursday evening.
I helped her with the layout and design, and whilst she said that she
couldn't stand the colour red, I was able to persuade her that
she really couldn't make a Ruby Wedding Anniversary card
in any other colour!!
Val really likes her bling, and the Real Red Glimmer card used
for the "Large Numbers" and the "Bloomin Love" heart die cut
really do the trick, coupled with the Red Foil Card mat
on top of the base card.
Val likes texture and used the Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder 
on the white mat, which looks really effective.

Isn't this a super card -
Happy Ruby Wedding Day Val and Neil - have a lovely day!!

Friday, 4 August 2017

Ruby Wedding Card

One of the ladies who comes to Thursday craft class wanted to make a 
40th Wedding anniversary card for her husband. It's their Anniversary
this weekend, so whilst she was busy working on her card, 
I put together this one to give to her.

The stamp set is Graceful Garden, and I must admit that I wasn't going to
buy this set, but I made a couple of Cards at Chris's  the other week,
then just had to buy it myself, and it arrived this morning.
The colour combo is Real Red, Old Olive and White,
The sentiment is from Number of years.
I only had room for little numbers with the space on the card,
so Little Numbers (retired) dies it had to be.
Don't know whether you can see it, but I  finished the rose off with
the obligatory Wink of Stella!

I'll post the one that she made tomorrow - I don't think her husband will read my blog!!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Gail's Birthday

You may recall that I said that August was a busy month for birthdays,
and quite a few of these are for golfing friends.
This is the card that I have made for Gail (would you believe?)
who plays weekends with us.

I don't have any Stampin'Up! golfing themed stamps, so I have just picked some
 cheerful DSP (retired) to match the outfit I have coloured the stamped image in.
Happy Birthday Gail!!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Howard's birthday.

You might be able to guess that this card is for a golfing friend of Barry's and mine.
On Saturdays and Sundays, we all get together and have a mixed pairs competition
of some description, and golfing teams are drawn out, so you very often play with
 someone other than your beloved. Howard and his wife Eileen, play most weekends.

I am sure that this will give Howard a smile!!
Happy Birthday Howard!

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Birthday card for Wife

A golfing friend asked me to make a birthday card for his wife,
and he didn't want anything fussy or too lovey dovey (his words!)
So I thought that this fitted the bill nicely.

Clean and classy, no frills!

This uses the Rose Garden Thinlits dies and Melon Mambo, 
Black and White card.
The black outline is the die cut,  and for the petals, you cut out another rose
 in Melon Mambo and fit the petal pieces into the Black frame- just like a jigsaw.
The sentiment is computer generated.
I think that this looks quite dramatic, and hope that his wife appreciated it.


Monday, 31 July 2017

Another Deck the halls card

I so love silver and Gold on Christmas cards
and for this particular design I couldn't decide which to use,
so decided to use both!!

Simple colourway of Gold Silver and White.
The baubles from Deck the Halls stamp set were inked in Versamark 
and heat embossed using Silver and Gold Embossing Powder.
The greeting from "Hang your Stocking" stamp set
also inked in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Embossing Powder
onto White card then cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits, 
the scalloped gold oval was cut using these too.
The faux ribbon is a strip of the fabulous Bundle of Love DSP.
This was then matted onto Gold Foil card, 
then matted onto a white card blank.

I'm really impressed with the results, and will do it again,
then I will do a Silver greeting and scalloped oval.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Peace on Earth

Here's another Carols Of Christmas card
I really am getting into the swing of it!!

This time it's using the second greeting from the stamp set, with a colour combination,
(you know that I love Blue Christmas cards!)
Night of Navy, White and Silver.
The snowflakes are cut using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies
from the Colourful Seasons bundle - aren't they fabulous.
Once again, I took inspiration from Cindy Elam
and her card 

I have changed it a little, and I'll try doing it her way another day!!

Friday, 28 July 2017

Deck the halls

As a Stampin Up Demonstrator I have the privilege of being able to 
order items prior to the next Catalogue Launch.
The Carols of Christmas Bundle was an early release before we get to see the 
Seasonal Autumn/Winter Catalogue.

Here's my first make

With a colour combination of White, Silver. Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler
and the Carols Of Christmas Stamp set with the Card Front Builder Thinlits dies,
this little beauty was made.
I found this card on the internet, 
it was by Cindy Elam and you can find her work
Thanks for the inspiration Cindy!
I love it!!!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Enjoy your day

In August there are lots of special birthdays coming up and I need to be ahead of the game,
so I have made a start on them now.

Another card using the Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies.
Don't you just love them!!
Colour combo of Pool Party. Bermuda Bay, White and Silver
Sentiment from Dragonfly Dreams.
And one of my "only to be used on special cards" Iced Rhinestone embellishment.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Invitation Day

Had a lovely afternoon yesterday, golfing with my friend Andy 
at her Golf Club's Invitation Day.

Here's the card that I have made and posted to her today
to say thank you for the invitation-
we had a great game of golf and a fabulous meal afterwards.

The card  features the Whole Lot Of Lovely DSP-
there are some fabulous designs in these papers
buy I think this is my favourite.

I layered the DSP onto Tranquil Tide card stock then onto a white card .

I used one of  the Thankful Thoughts stamp set sentiment inked in Pool Party
on  white card cut with a Stitched Shapes Framelits Square die.

The flowers are from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies
cut in Crushed Curry card with a little piece of black behind the centre.
I cut another flower in Pear Pizzazz and fussy cut one of the petals to make a leaf.

I am really pleased with this card and shall make a couple more -
I do like to send thanks yous- maybe I'll do some of these for my monthly customer orders.

BUT... the best news of the day came after the meal yesterday
when the winners were announced,
and guess what ...............

We came..............


FIRST !!!!!!

Ta Da!!

A perfect ending to a perfect day!!  Thanks Andy - here's to next years event!

Friday, 21 July 2017

Another Soft Sayings

Heres the second card that I have made out of this kit

I am really pleased that I bought this!!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Soft Sayings

I recently bought the Soft Sayings Kit, 
after attending one of our monthly training sessions
with our Stampin Up mummy Julie.
I was really impressed by the colours and designs in the kit,
not to mention the stamp set that comes with it.

Here's the first card that I have made,
and I'll post more as I finish the rest of them.

Isn't it fabulous!!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Julie's Birthday

Today is the birthday of one of my crafting ladies - Julie,
you may have noticed that there are a few Julies in my circle of friends and acquaintances!

I am really loving using these Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies,
I love the beautiful patterns you can create with them.

I printed the sentiment border on my computer.
I have used the Eastern Medallions dies in conjunction with
 a scallop circle from the Layering Circles Framelits Dies.
The colour combo is Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and White.
For the flower centre I used one of the beautiful Iced Rhinestone embellishments.

Happy Birthday Julie - have a great day!!

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Get well card for Rosemary

One of my crafting ladies has recently been in hospital for an operation  on her foot.
This has meant that she has been unable to walk for a time, so I sent her this card
just to let her know that we were thinking of her.

Its a CAS quickie card using the Layering Circles Die,
the Daisy Punch and the 1/2" circle punch.
The sentiment was computer generated.

Get well soon Rosemary - we're missing you!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Cased Lighthouse U fold card!

This card is shamelessly cased from my Stampin Up sister Amanda's blog.
She has done a whole series of cards using this fold as the basis
for some amazing projects - do pop round and see her work, 
you won't be disappointed, I promise!
I did tell Amanda that I was going to do this card and she
will be waiting to see how I got on.
The sentiment is not perfect, but I shall keep this as a prototype 
and do the card again as and when I find the right person 
and the right occasion for sending it.

Front view

Slightly angled view from above to show the mechanics of the card.
The stamp set used is High Tide
and the background papers are from the Serene Scenery DSP Stack
which is now retired - I don't have much of it left,
so was well pleased to find the sea/sky-scape paper.
Thanks Amanda for letting me case your design -
what would I do without you!!

You can see more of Amanda's designs by visiting her blog
and her latest design U-fold card
by clicking

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Life is a beautiful thing.

Browsing the internet earlier today I saw a card by Rick Adkins from the USA
and it prompted me to get my ink sponges out to make the background
 for the Flirty Flowers stamps

Colour Combo is Lemon Lime Twist, Black, Marina Mist and White.
Stampsets : Flirty Flowers and the sentiment is from Colourful Seasons.
A White pen was used to highlight the tiny flower heads.

Think I'll keep this one for myself!!

Monday, 10 July 2017

Wedding Congrats card

My friend Andy asked me to make a Wedding Congratulations card-
this is what I made.

A very CAS card using White card and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.
The sentiment is computer generated.
The heart is die cut using Bloomin Heart Thinlits.
The matching ribbon is some Stampin Up  retired sparkly white ribbon.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Simon's Birthday Today

As you might guess from the photo it's our son Simon's birthday today
and this card was inspired after seeing various cards made by my
Stampin Up sister Amanda Bates on one of the Jems' Team's Blog Hops.

front view

raised view.

When I saw Amanda's fabulous cards, I just had to have a go, 
and I think I made three cards using this fold the same day!!
As Simon's card is usually difficult to design, I decided to go with this fancy fold
and played with some retired DSP, the beautiful Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper
 (which I adore!) , my treasured Large Letters framelits and my little star punch
 (which is really useful for embellishments on mens cards!)
I am really impressed with the result and I think you can see the fabulous 
glimmer effect on the letters quite well on this photo.

Here's a link to Amanda's Blog Hop post that set me off making quite a few
of these U  fold cards (I think thats the name Amanda gave to them)

Thanks so much Amanda - right I must nip back to your blog and case your lighthouse card!!

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Yuki's birthday

Tomorrow is the birthday of my friend Yuki who is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in Japan.
I recruited her as a Demo when she lived in the UK and she had to resign when she returned to Japan, but was able to rejoin a few years ago when the Japanese market was included by Stampin Up!
Obviously I wanted to send her a special card and this was one that I made a couple of months ago, waiting for the right occasion to send  it.

I used the now retired So Detailed thinlits die and the Sale-a-bration 
Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer paper which I really love.
The sentiment is from the also retired Wetlands stamp set and I punched it out using the
new Pretty Label punch.

The picture does not do justice to the beautiful glittery effect, but I was well pleased with the result and I'm sure that Yuki will appreciate it.
Happy Birthday Yuki!!

Friday, 7 July 2017

Julie's Birthday

Tuesday (the 3rd) was my Stampin Up Mummy's birthday (Julie Kettlewell), and I couldn't remember whether I had photographed her card before posting it.  I have found this photo in one of my iPad albums, taken on the last day of June, so I believe that this is the card that I sent her.  I have no doubt that she'll correct me if I have got it wrong!  This getting old lark is no joke!!
Had I found the photo earlier, I would have posted it on her birthday, instead of today!!

I have done a batch of similar cards using the Eastern Beauty bundle 
and this one is a complete case of the one in the catalogue on page 129
 - with a little tweaking,  it was the main reason  that I bought this bundle
 as I  fell in love with it immediately!!
Color combo of Blushing Bride, White and Smoky Slate (the sentiment)
this sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stampset.
Hope you had a fabulous birthday Julie - thanks for all you do for us Jems!!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Jane's Birthday

Tomorrow is my Sister-in-law Jane's birthday,
so I wanted to make a special card for her, I think this does the trick!!

A very CAS card with a simple colour combination,
White, Powder Pink and Pear Pizzazz.
The base card sentiment was computer generated.
The background stamp is from Wood Words.
 stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder,
The daisy stamp from the Daisy Delight stamp set is also stamped twice
 in Versamark on Powder Pink card stock, and heat embossed 
with White Embossing Powder and punched out with the Daisy Punch 
 then coloured in with Powder Pink ink and Aqua painter (Waterbrush).
A Wink of Stella is then applied and the two daisies are glued together, 
overlapping each other.
The only embellishments are tiny Rhinestones and a Clear Faceted Gem.
All products from Stampin'Up!

Jane won't see this card until tomorrow as she is not a blogger, 
so I am quite safe posting this tonight.
Have a great day Jane!!

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Chris's Birthday

Today is Chris's (sister-in-law, Stampin Up downline and very good friend!) birthday.
This is the card that I made for her, and also for another good friend, Jan, whose
Birthday was yesterday.  So hope you both have/had a great day.

This beautiful card is shamelessly cased from Monica's Blog HERE 
do pop round and look at what other lovely projects she has to show you.

Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso and White Card stock.
Seasonal Layers Thinlits and Clear Faceted Gems.
Wink of Stella

Saturday, 1 July 2017

A different Anniversary

Today is the 3rd Anniversary of setting up the business of my hairdresser, Katy.

I wanted to make a card to celebrate her success, but it's not the normal sort of Anniversary is it!
So here is the Anniversary card with a difference that I made for her.
The basic card was made when I met up Chris on Wednesday and I just added the 
word Anniversary later on.

The stamp set is Happy Celebrations and the "Anniversary" stamp is from
the Number of Years stamp set.
Cardstock is Old Olive and Black
inks used are Berry Burst, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, 
Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Memento Black.

Thanks for persuading me on the merits of this set Chris - very handy
for this special, if somewhat different occasion!!

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Lady Captain's card

Here's the card that I made for our Lady Captain, Mary.