Thursday, 24 December 2009

Have yourself a merry little Christmas




It's Chriiiiiistmaaaaaaasssss, hello everybody and some of you may have noticed I have been missing in action - sorry tis the season for the Christmas crazies hee hee. I just had to send my festive wishes to you all. It has been an up an down sort of year for me and I couldn't have made it without all of you, my blog and my escaping crafty fix - truly it has been my solace.

So from my little lunatic (above) and myself merry Christmas with all my love :D and see you in the new year.

Emma xxxxx

Friday, 18 December 2009

House on Christmas street




Whooo hooo it's Friday - gosh I nearly didn't make it through the week !! I have come to realise that I need to start my Christmas crafting preparations in blinkin MAY!!! I thought I was being so good starting my cards in October but what a mad couple of weeks it has been. Nearly all finished now though and so I will be treating myself to a large glass of shandy this evening ;D (please ignore any previous posts about hangovers and never drinking again LOL!)

Oooh I nearly forgot, have you seen these lovely new stamps (wink, wink!) you will love them even more when you hear that they will be yours for FREE come the 30th of December with Stampin' Up!s sale.a.bration, when you spend over £45 on anything in the catalogue. Anyhoo more deets over the coming weeks.

Have a great weekend & see you on Monday xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: good neighbours and hello again.
Ink: Real red, brocade blue, old olive, bashful blue, black stazon and creamy caramel.
Card stock: Kraft, whisper white and real red.
Misc: Brocade blue button, real red wide grosgrain ribbon, linen thread and old olive designer series paper.
Tools used: Mat pack and piercing tool for pierced border and circle die cut.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Pretty papers, pretty ribbons of blue




Hellooooo all, are you feeling Christmassy ? I definitely am, it does help if you snaffle 2 mince pies whilst listening to Oh holy night (one of my all time fave Christmas songs). This card I did as a request by my mother-in-law who needed a card for a good friend that wasn't in your face Christmas. Hope you like :D

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamp: Silent night and good friend.
Ink: Bashful blue and bordering blue.
Car stock: Whisper white.
Paper: Bashful blue designer series paper.
Misc: Two way glue, dazzling diamonds glitter.
Other: PTI button and twill.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Christmas wrapping




Good morning all, some little goodies all wrapped in the most gorgeous designer series paper for you today. I won't spill the beans of the contents though just in case ;D



Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Card stock: Kraft.
Ink: Garden green, creamy caramel, chocolate chip, whisper white craft and black stazon.
Paper: Merry moments and ski slop (retired) designer series paper.
Ribbon: Twill, real red wide grosgrain and whisper white satin.
Other: PTI button and sentiments.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Same as it ever was




I know, I know but I Love this stamp set! Promise tomorrow something different. I seem to have my love again for colouring and like all things for me when the mood takes me I go with it :D

I would like to thank the lovely Helen (aka Wee hels) for giving me a special blog award. As always I am really touched by everyone that pops by and thank you all for making me smile :D

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xxx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Sparkly & bright and a flower for all seasons.
Ink: Black stazon, real red and earth elements stampin write markers for colouring image.
Card stock: Very vanilla and real red.
Paper: Merry moments designer series paper.
Misc: real red and always artichoke narrow grosgrain ribbon and button from the latte collection dyed with my real red ink pad and linen thread.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Last Christmas



Well last Christmas fayre of the season! Good morning all and I hope you had a good weekend. I was in such a tizz last week I completely forgot to tell you I was at the Mumbles craft fayre - doh! Anyway, as I said it was the last one of the season for me, even though it means I can relax a little I will miss my monthly jaunts and of course playing grown up shop ;D We are back again in April next spring, I already have loads of new ideas for then.

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: A flower for all seasons.
Ink: Black stazon and earth elements stampin write markers for colouring image.
Card stock: Real red and very vanilla.
Paper: Merry moments designer series paper.
Other: Red jewel from stash, PTI sentiment and twill.
Tools used: 1 3/4" circle punch and mat pack and piercing tool.

Friday, 11 December 2009

It's a miracle



Morning all, feeling back to normal today thank goodness. This I believe is purely down to the healing powers of crafting lol! As I said yesterday, you know when you start to have all the lurgy symptoms, with aches and pains and feeling a bit uuugh. Well I had to make a little something and so forced my self to do it and with every cut of the paper and placement of an embellishment I began to slowly feel so much better :D So you can tell all those hubbies and partners out there that you have to buy all those crafting goodies for therapeutic purposes ;D


Take care and have great day :D

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Silent night.
Ink: Versamark, craft whisper white and garden green.
Card stock: Sahara sand, whisper white, very vanilla and garden green.
Paper: Merry moments designer series paper.
Misc: White stampin emboss powder.
Other: PTI Button bits and twill, See D's sentiment and die cut tag.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Hot dog jumping frog



Morning all, going to have to be super quick today as I am desperately fending off the dreaded lurgy :( Fingers crossed it's just because I am tired. My card today is using the same layout as Monday's Christmas one with the gorgeous little set a flower for all seasons. Look at froggy - so cute :D



Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: A flower for all season and a bit of birthday cheer.
Ink: Black stazon and old olive, certainly celery, basic grey, bashful blue, so saffron, summer sun, pretty in pink and creamy caramel for water colouring.
Card stock: Certainly celery and very vanilla.
Paper: Tea party designer series paper.
Misc: Certainly celery poly twill (promotional) and linen thread.
Other: PTI buttons.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Little brown jug




Hello and hope you are all well. My card for today is for my Auntie Janice, who loves flowers and as I am feeling a little, shall we say careworn of Christmas cards I fancied a change.

Hope you have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin'Up!
Card stock: Kraft and very vanilla.
Ink: For water colouring - regal rose, so saffron, summer sun, pumpkin pie, certainly celery and old olive. Black stazon and creamy caramel.
Misc: Certainly celery poly twill (from previous promotion).
Other: PTI stamps and buttons, digital paper.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Crazy little thing called love




Good morning all, I am going to let you in on a little secret today and confess my love for, wait for it.... Stampin' Up!s mini glue dots lol!!!! I know how can someone love glue? ;D Well I have been crafting for the past say four years and you will all probably relate, I have tried a LOT of different types of glues. Although being in love with Stampin' Up! for two years and only a demo for six months I have only just placed an order for their mini glue dots as I had a mountain of glue supplies horded. What a revelation, so easy to place, super sticky and just a delight to have hanging round my crafty table. I can't seem to move without needing them now :D

Anyhoo small pleasures and all that :D Today's card is using my promotion stamp set, a flower for all seasons and I have to say this is becoming a firm favourite of mine too. I had forgotten how much I love to watercolour, even though I studied it , my favourites were flowers and landscapes :D

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: A flower for all seasons and fresh cuts.
Ink: Regal rose, so saffron, more mustard, old olive, certainly celery and tempting turquoise.
Card stock: Very vanilla, regal rose, tempting turquoise, so saffron and old olive.
Misc: Linen thread.
Other: PTI button.

Monday, 7 December 2009

I should be so lucky




Hello and goodmorning everyone, hope you had a productive weekend and if you didn't then lucky you (I hate being too manic, I am most defintely feeling the Chrstimas strain). Today's card is in honour of the fact that nearly everything on it I had for FREE! I know amazing. Firstly a flower for all seasons stamp set for my little old promotion from Joanne my Stampin' Up! boss :D and secondly the merry moments paper which was also free due to a couple of whatchamacallits when ordering and then I swapped some other papers (it's a long story but a happy one though).

Hope you have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: A flower for all seasons.
Ink: Stampin write markers in earth elements for water colouring, versamark and black stazon.
Card stock: Old olive and very vanilla.
Paper: Merry moments.
Misc: Clear embossing powder.
Other: PTI twill and buttons.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Mr blue sky




Mmmm I do love this colour combination of bashful blue and rose red, I will definitely use it again. Well I have just got back from the Christmas Fete at my son's school. I was there in a non crafty capacity this evening but was on hot beverages and snacks.  There was great fun to be had and also a little Santa action going on.

Have a great weekend & see you on Monday xx Oooh I nearly forgot I am at the Brynmill Community Centre this weekend where I shall be selling my craft wares :D

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Good friend.
Ink: Rose red and versamark.
Card stock: Bashful blue and rose red.
Misc: Whisper white grosgrain ribbon.
Other: PTI buttons.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Up in my beautiful balloon




Helloooo all, not much to say at the mo. Busy, busy with teachers gifts, Christmas presents and birthday cards. Today's card is for my father-in-law John, who's birthday it is today :D. My husband said he wanted something with Dad and 60 on it and left the rest up to me (informative as ever ha!)

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Ink: Old olive, creamy caramel and white craft.
Card stock: Bashful blue, whisper white and kraft.
Misc: Bashful blue designer series paper, whisper white grosgrain ribbon.
Other: PTI: everyday button bits, background basics text style II and buttons.  Twine from stash.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Nice day for a white wedding



Morning all, yesterday I had the pleasure of receiving an invitation to my cousin Paul and his fiancee Sarah's wedding which is being held in St Paul's Cathedral in March next year. I know can you believe it, in St Paul's Cathedral! Will have to dig out my tiara for that one ha ha! I am from a small family so I think we will have to invite some extras to fill that place lol! I am so excited for them though - it should be a really special day.

Hope you are all well, have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Darling dots (hostess set) and fresh cuts.
Ink: Chocolate chip and pretty in pink.
Card stock: Chocolate chip, pretty in pink an d very vanilla,
Misc: Chocolate chip wide grosgrain ribbon and linen thread.
Other: PTI button and die cut tag from spellbinders.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Wheels on fire




Well stampin' around wheels to be precise. These wondrous little wheels from Stampin' Up! are great fun. It is like a rubber stamp attached to a wheel with a handle on it (if you know what I mean). You pop in your ink cartridge and away you go, you can keep on wheeling as long as you don't run out of paper! I inked mine with versamark then sprinkled on some heat & stick powder then gave it blast with my heat gun and then splashed on turquoise cosmo glitter. I liked it so much I am going to use all the other different colours available in the glitter pack :D

Hope you like, have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Jolly wheel and sparkly & bright.
Ink: Taken with teal and versamark.
Card stock: Whisper white, taken with teal and kraft.
Misc: Fine cosmo glitter, heat & stick powder.
Tools used: Mat pack, corner rounder punch and scallop border punch.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Doctor beat




Well what a weekend - lots of fun at the craft fayre and a big hello to Rosie and Cara and all the fine gals there :D Also my Christmas do was great, I couldn't have asked for more, with great friends and good food festive fun was had by all :D

My card for today was a request from a colleague for a Doctor that was leaving. To be honest when she asked I did think crikey I don't know what to do as she specifically asked for a card with sorry you are leaving on it with a medical reference! I knew I didn't have that ''sorry you are leaving , Doctor'' stamp in my stash anywhere lol! so I made a plea on the in love with stamping forum and Mandy (what a star: ) came to the rescue - thanks so much :D

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx (I am pooped with a capital pooped).

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Card stock: Chocolate chip, whisper white and kraft.
Ink: Creamy caramel and basic black stampin write markers for doodling.
Misc: Certainly celery poly twill.
Other: Copic markers, PTI basic text style II, sentiment from pc, owl image from digital delights.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Busy doing nothing



I wish! hee hee.  I am in full craft fayre mode at the moment and have only just remembered that we have our annual pre-Christmas do in work on Saturday night. So I will be in the craft fayre all day Saturday (Swansea Museum) out quaffing a few small ones and snaffling Cantonese food in the evening and then up again at the Craft fayre on Sunday all day , then back to to work full time on Monday! Oh my, I need a lie down just thinking about it lol!

Another group of beautiful ladies who will also be busy this weekend, Steph, Aimes and Kate along with some very lucky crafters are holding a little make and take day. I know it will be fabulous (wish I was there) but I will be thinking of you all - hugs :D

Have a great weekend whatever you do and see you on Monday (if I have recovered lol!).

Supplies from Stampin' Up!

Stamps: A tree for all season.
Ink: Chocolate chip, versamark and stampin write markers in earth elements.
Card stock: Ruby red, whisper white and kraft.
Paper: Ski slope (retired).
Misc: Whisper white grosgrain, white embossing powder, linen thread and dazzling diamonds.
Other: PTI button and sentiment.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Life is a minestrone



Hello all, hope this Thursday finds you well :D A couple little things for you today. Firstly the classic combination of very vanilla and real red on my Christmas card with the added extra of a bit of twine too.

Secondly for the peeps out there who were slightly puzzled at my statement of ' up to my armpits in snowman soup'  Below is a small fraction of what I have made to go to the Swansea Museum two day craft extravaganza this weekend ( I made 25 in total!!),


Have a great day and see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Polka dots and Paisley (retired).
Card stock: Real red, very vanilla, regal rose, brocade blue and old olive.
Ink: Craft whisper white, real red, old olive and brocade blue.
Misc: Linen thread, metal tag, medium and small cello bags.
Other Die cut snowflakes, red gem, PTI buttons, east of India ribbon, digi papers and snowman.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Going to the Chapel




Morning all, my card for today was made for two reasons, one I wanted to use the scrummy combination of ruby red, very vanilla, always artichoke and kraft. Secondly I wanted to make a little more serious and masculine card for my Dad for Christmas.

Hee hee a few of you lovely ladies asked yesterday what the 'eck is snowman soup!!! I will try and get some pictures of what I've made and post them over the next couple of days when all will be revealed ;D

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Silent night.
Ink: Mellow moss and black stazon.
Card stock: Ruby red, always artichoke, very vanilla and craft.
Misc: Always artichoke grosgrain ribbon.
Tools used: Mat pack and piercing tool for pierced border and 1"3/4 circle punch.
Other: Red button from stash.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Chic Le Freak



Well who couldn't resist these Nouveau chic papers - delish. I have had it in my mind for a while now to make a card where the paper does all the talking. I like the look of exactly the same designer paper placed on top of each other and using a frame of dark card to divide the two - hope you like too :D


Sorry about the short posts these days - I am up to my armpits in snowman soup !!!! the craft fayre scene is really hotting up :D

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Cheer & wishes.
Ink: Versamark.
Card stock: Sage shadow and basic black.
Paper: Nouveau chic designer series paper.
Misc: Basic grey taffeta, white embossing powder and filigree brads.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Roll out the barrel




You know when you need something cute and girly and nothing else will do lol! Having a 5 year old little boy we get invited to lots and lots of parties and you know those little girls are going to go crazy for anything cute like this :D Still practicing on the old colouring front but having fun trying.

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Card stock: Really rust, old olive and whisper white.
Tools used: Mat pack & piercing tool for pierced border.

Friday, 20 November 2009

It takes two baby




Good morning all, hope you are well. I decided to CASE myself! today hee hee from my card here. But with today's card I thought I would try using pretty in pink and almost amethyst inks on a Christmas card. Although it may be hard to see it is all glittery in real life with dazzling diamonds and cosmo glitters - ooooh.

Going shopping with my Mum today (I take a deep breath as I type as I take little pleasure in non crafty shopping but the day will redeem itself with a hearty lunch, a trip to the haberdashers to fondle things and then place my Stampin' Up order! ;D

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Silent night and snow flurries.
Ink: Pretty in pink and almost amethyst.
Card stock: Whisper white, pretty in pink and almost amethyst.
Misc: Pretty in pink taffeta ribbon, dazzling diamonds and cosmo glitter.
Other: Snowflake punch.
Tools used: Mat pack and piercing tool for pricked border.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

November rain

By the bucket load! so I do apologise for the gloomy picture. Even with the magic of technology and me running quickly back and forth out the back trying to get a shot, this picture is not brill. At least the card is bright and cheerful in real life :D and can you believe how many brads I used hee hee ( at least a months rations). I used Stampin' Up!s heart to heart punch for the flower heads and popped one of them on dimensionals.

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Cheer & wishes.
In: Versamark and uni-bal signo white pen.
Card stock: whisper white, ruby red, real red and pumpkin pie.
Paper: Bashful blue and old olive designer series paper.
Misc: White embossing powder and silver brads.
Tools used: Mat pack & piercing tool.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Sweet like chocolate



Helloooo all, look at these little beauties (I know I'm so modest ha! but it's mostly to do with the fact that I love looking at this ribbon and maybe stroking it ;) Some boxes to house the Christmas cards I made for my Mum from here and here. I made the base from co-ordinating card stock and then the lids with very vanilla card stock and matching designer series paper with a window sheet (acetate) stamped with white stazon with the Stampin' Up!s silent night stamp as you can see below.


If you look closely you can see a ghostly figure in the reflection from the acetate on the above picture which is me! -so tricky to photo hee hee. My husband said they look like a box of chocolates hence the title for today - I will take that as a complement (I think).

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamp: Silent night.
Ink: White stazon.
Card stock: Very vanilla, old olive and chocolate chip.
Paper: Ski slope designer series paper(retired).
Misc: Chocolate chip and old olive wide striped grosgrain ribbon.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Wish upon a star



Hello, hello, hello how are you :D a little pixie pink card for you today. I was making a card for a teenage girl and as all the neon eighties colours are back in fashion I thought I would break out this shocking pink number. Combined with the luscious rose glitter (can't see all the glittery lovliness in the pic) and craft white ink I think it will do :D

A few special mentions today for some great friends out there, firstly to Kate (whoo hoo) who probably thinks I'm a loon after rambling on the telephone the other night but is such a kind and clever friend. To Burnice a big thank you for the blog award she very kindly bestowed on me :D

Well lots to do - have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Darling dots (hostess set) and a bit of birthday cheer.
Ink: Whisper white craft, uni-bal signo white pen and rose red.
Card stock: Pixie pink and kraft.
Misc: Sweet cuts butterfly, cosmo glitter.
Other: PTI take note stamp and doodlebug jewel.
Tools used: 1"3/4 circle punch and 3/4 circle punch to round the sentiment edge.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Wild, wild west




Blinkin flip what a wild and wet weekend we have just had - phew it was really crazy. Hope everybody is ok, as for me I still made it to the craft fayre, even though the sand from the beach was travelling vertically across the main road - freaky looking. The fayre was really quiet in the morning but the afternoon was super busy. Next date in your diary is on Saturday & Sunday the 28th & 29th of November at Swansea Museum - ooh very cultured lol!

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Sparkly & bright and snow flurries.
Ink: Real red, old olive, chocolate chip and versamark.
Card stock: Kraft, real red and whisper white.
Misc: White embossing powder.
Other: PTI sentiment, white brads, red jewel and a really old piece of ric-rac from stash.
Tools used: Paper piercing template, piercing tool and 3/4" circle punch for the corners.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Let it all hang out :D




Hello and welcome to my 'showing you everything I have made recently for my Craft Fayre's show' hee hee. I thought I would round off the week with the last of a recent batch of notepads -I know more of them ;D and key rings I've made. You will see these little lovelies at the Funky hand craft fayre, along with myself this coming weekend at the Ostreme centre in Mumbles, Swansea.


Hope you can pop along, but if not I wish you a happy weekend and see you on Monday :D

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Sparkly & bright.
Ink: real red, close to cocoa, summer sun, old olive, chocolate chip, really rust and white uni-bal signo pen.
Card stock: Really rust, chocolate chip, old olive, pumpkin pie and real red.
Ribbon: Real red, old olive and always artichoke grosgrain.
Tools used: 1"3/4 circle punch, scallop circle punch, cropadile, paper piercing template and tool.
Other: PTI take note set and my minds eye paper.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind




Morning all and hope the week is going quickly for those who want it to be quick (me!) Another little super clean and simple Christmas card, I am in full batch making mode, slightly manic truth be told hee hee but I am on a mission. A big shot out and yoohoo to the exquisitely talented Judy, who has given me an award - thank you so much Judy, it's a real pleasure to be part of a great gang of talented buds :D

So many ideas buzzing around my head at the moment, also a few ladies asked about the 'poppin pastels' technique I did yesterday. Basically you stamp your image in versamark ink and then apply chalks to it. I used co-ordinating Stampin' Up! ones with a sponge dauber to each particular area of the image, then finish with a quick poof of the lips or use a soft brush to clear the excess chalk and you're done. Remember if you need any supplies from the current Stampin' Up! catalogue give me a shout here, also there is free delivery on orders over £45 and if you choose your items from the flyer (top left) you will get a free tag punch worth £12.50.

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Sparkly & bright.
Ink: Chocolate chip marker and pad.
Card stock: Ruby red, kraft and very vanilla.
Misc: Chocolate chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and dots & designs rub-ons

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Working 9 to 5



What a way to make a living - too right lol! I wish I had just been working 9 to 5 over the last few weeks. I am pooped as I have been in at 8 and not home til 6.30, trouble is I am a night owl and seem to get loads done in the wee small hours. Well if there is a choice to craft or sleep, crafting wins hands down, that shows my devotion because any one who knows me knows how much I love my sleep :D

Well more little note books today using another scrummy combination of sage shadow, kraft and whisper white craft ink. A little close up below of a fairly new technique for me of poppin pastels, which has a lovely subtle effect.



Have a fab day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Sparkly & bright, jolly wheel and fresh cuts.
Ink: Chocolate chip, close to cocoa, chalks and whisper white craft.
Card stock: Sage shadow, kraft and whisper white.
Misc: 1/4" whisper white grosgrain ribbon.
Tools used: 1 "3/4 circle punch, piercing template and tool.
Other: PTI take note, holiday tree and background basics text style II.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

We go together like.....




..... taken with teal, real red, chocolate chip and kraft lol! Oooh I do love this colour combination, something a bit different for your Christmas cards. As you can see I am having to ration the usage of my precious striped grosgrain ribbon ha! only joking!

I would like to send a big thank you out for all your lovely comments on yesterday's card. I couldn't have done with out my (couldn't live with out it) Stampa-ma-jig which enabled me to stamp precisely where I wanted using my wood mounted stamps.

Hope you all have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Jolly wheel.
Ink: Chocolate chip and real red.
Card stock: Real red, chocolate chip, taken with teal and kraft.
Misc: Chocolate chip striped grosgrain.
Other: Sentiment from PTI.
Tools used: Paper piercing template and tool.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Snowflakes that fall on your nose




Good morning, good morning, good morning! I am in such a great mood, as some of you may know Stampin' Up! had their first ever European convention last weekend and many of my blogging friends went to the gig in Germany. A fabulous time was had by all and many of them were honoured with prestigious awards which has made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside for them. So , a huge congratulations to you all and I will definitely see you in LONDON next year :D

Anyhoo for my card today I have used (wait for it) snow flurries set from Stampin' Up! I know you think that's a bit weird but it's not lol!, I love making my own backgrounds with stamps and also wanted to use this colour combination which I think has worked out quite well.

Well have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Snow flurries.
Ink: Old olive.
Card stock: Old olive, very vanilla and chocolate chip.
Misc: Chocolate chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon and linen thread.
Other: DCWV sentiment and PTI button.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Rocket man



Helloooooooo all, hope everyone had a safe and happy bonfire night. As I am writing this we are off to a get together with family and we will be going to display tomorrow night. I can't wait, I am really a big kid a heart and still love the thrill and spectacle of a firework display.

Have a great weekend and see you on Monday xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Sparkle & bright and polka dot & paisley (retired).
Ink: Whisper white craft ink, chocolate chip, old olive and summer sun (markers).
Card stock: Kraft and very vanilla.
Paper: Ski slope designer series paper (retired).
Misc: Real red wide grosgrain and linen thread.
Tools used: 1"3/4 circle punch, corner rounder and piercing tool.
Other: Button from PTI and Christmas phrase from stash.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

The lunatics have taken over the asylum



Hee hee, oh dear you wouldn't believe the embarrassment and hassle this card has caused me. It all started when I realised that I hadn't taken a picture of this card and wanted to post it today. I have been in work at 8 all this week and it has been too dark to take, so in desperation I took the card and my camera to work yesterday to get a good shot. On my break out comes the camera with me running around the surgery looking for the 'sweet spot' to take it. Unbeknown to me I had been spotted by the Doctor half hanging out the window with two bits of copy paper, a handmade card and my camera trying to take a professional shot. LOL! if he hadn't given me the weirdest look! what must he have been thinking! I was speechless - how could I explain, what could I have said! I think we both must have thought maybe it's best to think we hadn't seen each other ha!


Hence the title for today, as I'm sure if he knew exactly what I was doing maybe he would have called for the men in white coats lol! I would also like to give a special mention to great blogging buds Aimes and Lesley, a big thank you to you both, Aimes for the fabulous blog award and Lesley for offering amazing blog candy of which I was the winner - yipeee. How lucky are we to part of such an amazing hobby and to have such generous and kind friends - so thank both so much.


Have a sane day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamp: A tree for all season and darling dots (hostess set).
Ink: Versamark, black stazon and earth elements stampin write marker for colouring.
Card stock: Kraft and very vanilla.
Misc: Chocolate chip wide striped grosgrain ribbon and linen thread.
Other: PTI sentiment and button from stash.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Silence is golden



Well this is the last of the Silent night cards that I have been making for my Mum and hence all the silence and hush titles recently. I love how this stamp makes you look so good and also what different effects you can achieve, it also comes with a beautiful sentiment too that I have stamped on the inside (sorry I never remember to take any pics of the inside - doh!).

I hope my Mum will like them and probably won't realise I have used "my precious" new filigree brads, oh they are so pretty and shiny hee hee.

Well have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamp: Silent night.
Ink: White craft, chocolate chip and uni-bal signo gel pen.
Card stock: Very vanilla and chocolate chip.
Paper: Ski slope designer series paper (retired).
Misc: Filigree brads, chocolate chip wide striped grosgrain ribbon.
Tools used: 1/4" circle punch for ticket corner and oval nesties.
Other: Sentiment from stash.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

There's a kind of hush



Hello all, well another little card for my Mum's Christmas stash. I think this maybe my favourite one out of the lot. I love using all the same tones and Stampin'Up! make it a breeze with their matching inks, card stock, papers and ribbons.

Hope you are all well, have a nice day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamp: Silent night.
Ink: Old olive.
Card stock: Very vanilla.
Paper: Ski slope designer series paper (retired).
Misc: Old olive striped grosgrain.
Other: Sentiment from stash.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Sound of silence



Morning all, hope you had a good weekend. Our Halloween party was great fun, if a little crazy with house full of kids hee hee. Today launches Stampin' Up!s amazing Christmas Extravaganza deal. A fantastic offer of a free tag punch (standard or small) worth £12.50 when you spend £45 or more on goodies on selected products (click here for full details). Also I will also personally offer FREE DELIVERY on all orders over £45 too.

"This week I have been mostly been making cards using this stamp set" lol! I have decided to give to my Mum a pre-Christmas present of a set of cards that she can send. I have made several different types, which I will show to you this week. I thought I would try something a bit different as her style is more traditional.

I have used a new technique to myself on it - spotlighting. I've used Stampin' Up!s 1"3/4 circle punch after water colouring the image and covered the whole spotlighted image with clear embossing powder to give it an extra glossy sheen and popped it up on some dimensionals. I will be entering it into Stamp with Us challenge for this week with the theme being Christmas.

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up1
Stamp: Silent night.
Ink: Basic grey, versamark, black stazon, earth elements stampin write markers for water colouring.
Card stock: Very vanilla and basic grey.
Paper: Nouveau chic designer series paper.
Misc: Silver brads and clear embossing powder.
Other: Sentiment from stash.

Friday, 30 October 2009

Hello again, hello



I am sitting on a GOLD MINE of titles when I use this sweet set called hello again from Stampin' Up! I can think of lots of songs and lyrics with the word hello in it - yippee (I know I'm sad). Today's card is a great for using up scraps of beautiful patterned paper that you can't bear to throw away. I am of the school of never throw anything away, well precious crafty stuff that is. I'm ruthless when it comes to everything else in the house, although it is REALLY difficult to do this as my husband is the reincarnation of Mr Trebus (remember him from the life of grime, the old gentleman who couldn't get in his own house for 'stuff').

Well I hope everyone has a spooktacular weekend & I will see you on Monday xx

P.s Oooh I nearly forgot tomorrow is the last chance for you to take advantage of my own personal offer of 10 % off all Stampin' Up! goodies before P&P with no minimum spend.  Give me a shout here if you want anything :D

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Hello again and darling dots (hostess set).
Ink: Chocolate chip and versamark.
Card stock: Whisper white.
Paper: Chocolate chip (retired), Haiku (retired) and tea party designer series paper.
Misc: Sticky cut sweets, cosmo glitter in celery and linen thread.
Tools used: Paper piercing template and tool.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

I say hello




Hello, hello ( I love the Beatles) and good morning. A nice cheery and happy card for you today made with very sweet set from Stampin' Up! called hello again (which surprise, surprise reminds of another song - I think I will save that for another title).

Not much going on at the mo, just some preparations for the Halloween party we are having tomorrow night. Dusting off the cobwebs and preparing the mystery box of goo (cooked, cooled spaghetti) for the kids to play lucky dip with - whoo hoo what fun we will have. Along with the candy floss machine, pass the parcel and musical statues we are in for a treat ;D

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Hello again.
Ink: Pumpkin pie and old olive from the earth elements stampin write marker set.
Card stock: Old olive and whisper white.
Paper: Pumpkin pie and old olive designer series paper.
Ribbon: Pumpkin pie narrow grosgrain.
Tools used: Paper piercing template and tool.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

All the fun of the fayre




Hello all, for today's post I thought I would share with you some of my little notebooks which are a firm favourite of mine. Some of you will have seen them on my blog before, these are the new and improved ones. My template for the note book is here, click on the image to get a larger view. They are great fun to make and are fab little gifts to give.
More here too, all made with the darling dots hostess stamp set from Stampin' Up! which is proving to be a go to set - it's so versatile.


Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Darling dots (hostess set).
Ink: Basic black, real red, cameo coral, old olive, ruby red, chocolate chip and uni-bal signo gel pen.
Card stock: Real red, basic black, whisper white, regal rose, chocolate chip and pretty in pink.
Paper: Sweet always & dashing (retired).
Ribbon: Chocolate chip striped grosgrain, rose red and black gingham.
Tools used: Scallop circle punch, heart to heart punch, 1"3/8 and 1"1/4 circle punches and cropadile.
Other: 3/4" book rings, post it notes, note books, pens, clear gem and apron lace border punch and dew drops.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Great balls of.......



....sparkle hee hee! Sorry I am in a silly mood today, I always am when we turn the clocks back. Maybe because my five year old doesn't partake in the lying in thing and was of course up before the birds on Sunday morning and I am still 'feeling' the lack of sleep in my bones :D

I have to say I like this card (am I allowed ?). I had an eureka moment with Stampin' Up!s snow flurries set and the 3/4" and 1/4" circle punches to make the "baubles". Also I love the taken with teal and rose red combination :D I hope you like too.

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Snow flurries and sparkly & bright.
Ink: Taken with teal and rose red.
Card stock: Whisper white, rose red and taken with teal.
Ribbon: 5/8" whisper white satin ribbon and silver elastic cord.
Misc: Cosmo glitter in rose pink and turquoise.
Tools used: Paper piercing template, piercing tool, 3/4" and 1/4" circle punches.

Monday, 26 October 2009

He's checking it twice



Well I am checking my lists twice as I have put my name down for so many Craft Fayre's on the run up to Christmas it will be like Santa's crafty factory in my house for the next six weeks. It does seem at the moment that everyone is making note pads and not be outdone! I have made my own little version.

I made the wallet to fit a standard 7.5 x 21 cm ruled pad which you can get at most supermarkets etc. With an added bonus of some twill tape looped (see picture below) to put your pen in maybe. The only trouble is I need about 3 of these with all the organising I will need to do hee hee.



Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Card stock: Real red, old olive, whisper white and chocolate chip.
Ink: Black stazon.
Paper: Ski slop and dashing (both retired).
Misc: Medium twill tape.
Tools used: Piercing template and tool.
Other: PTI buttons and arctic snowflake punch.