Wednesday 30 September 2009

One banana, two banana.......

Tra la la, la la la la - I loved the banana splits as a kid and whenever I hear that song it always makes me smile :D and why do I mention this pray tell, well the colour of card stock on this card is barely banana - I know it's a bit of a suspect reason for a title but what the heck ;D

Won't be long know - it's the big day tomorrow, Stampin' Up! officially launch the 2009/2010 Idea book & catalogue - eeeeeeeeeeehhhhh not that I'm excited in the slightest - phah! The only thing is my order is going to take over an hour place because there are so many thing on my list and I'm in work until 5pm lol!

Please pop back tomorrow where I will have a link to the new catalogue (hopefully) and some of my own promotional offers and give aways :D

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Best yet (hostess set) and yummy (SAB set).
Card stock: Barely banana, whisper white and kraft.
Ink: Certainly celery, creamy caramel, barely banana, black stazon, white signo gel pen and basic black stampin write marker.
Paper: Pumpkin pie designer series paper.
Misc: Linen thread, certainly celery poly twill and clear button.
Other: Blossom and circle nesties and staple.

Tuesday 29 September 2009

Pink elephants on parade

And blue ones too of course :D . Needed to replenish my stock of baby cards and I had the idea for these two from the new Stampin' Up! idea book and catalogue. Not only does it have the yummiest stamps you could buy ever but the layouts and projects are beautiful in it. If you are already a customer I have posted yours out today - so they should be with by the 1st of October. If you would like to purchase one for £4 including delivery please contact me here.

Hope everyone is well, make sure you check back on Thursday for the exciting launch of new Stampin' Up! idea book & catalogue - there may be a give away or two in it to celebrate :D.

Have a great day & see you tomorrow :D

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Card stock: Kraft.
Paper: Sweet always and bashful blue designer series paper.
Ink: Uni ball white gel pen, regal rose, pretty in pink, bashful blue, creamy caramel and brocade blue.
Other: Ribbons and elephant stamp from stash (i.e can't remember sorry) and sentiments from everyday button bits from Papertreyink.

Monday 28 September 2009

My name is blue canary

A big shout out to all you 'they might be giants' fans out there for today's title :D another glorious day here in Swansea land. As you can probably tell I am now feeling lots better and have had a fab indulgent weekend in my crafty corner :D This was another one of those cards inspired by a left over piece of something, this time being a bit of card stock after being put through my cuttlebug to cut out a little topper for some book marks I have been putting together. I liked the wonkiness of it if you know what I mean.

I would like another big shout out (a la Stuart & Mark on radio 2) ayyyaahhh to two wonderful blogging buds Kate & Sara who have very kindly sent me a blogging award. I really do appreciate them, especially coming from great talents like yourselves :D

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Good friend and a bit of birthday cheer.
Ink: Tempting turquoise, summer sunand ruby red.
Card stock: Tempting turquoise, summer sun (textured), chocolate chip and whisper white.
Paper: Chocolate chip designer series paper.
Misc: Tempting turquoise and ruby red brads, chocolate chip narrow grosgrain.
Other: Blossom nestability but can also be done with the round scallop punch.

Friday 25 September 2009

Oh flower of Scotland

Morning all and no I am still in Wales! Today's title is in homage to the most wonderful gift I received in the post yesterday. Both the beautiful card and crochet flowers are from the very talented and sweet Lesley from Scotland - you get the title thing now :D Thank you so much they are gorgeous and I can't wait to have a play with them :D

My card for today was made again with the very versatile set 'good friend'. I stamped it with versamark on a piece of basic grey textured card stock. The base card is perfect plum but it is hard to see in this photo. Now the new Stampin' Up! idea books & catalogues are somewhere in Brussels, which is good as it means that they are winging their way to me and as soon as I have them I will post them out to my little band of customers. If you would like to be my customer I can send you one for free too or if you just want to order the new catty I can post it directly to you for just £4, please contact me here.

Have a great day & see you on Monday xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Good friend, fresh cuts and canvas background.
Ink: Versamark, basic grey and perfect plum.
Card stock: Basic grey, perfect plum, whisper white and brocade blue.
Misc: So saffron designer series paper, so saffron brad brocade blue wide grosgrain, white embossing powder. Non SU - staple.

Thursday 24 September 2009

Tin soldier

Well after a good long blog hop last night - I saw some great work by you all and feel much more rejuvenated. The card for today was totally (and I mean totally) snaffled from this card here. I was looking for something simple, bright and cheery and my brain hasn't been working lately so I decided to case it.

My second item is made to house some little book marks to sell at the table tops sale. It is made from an empty! and washed pineapple tin. My husband is going back to his childhood deserts and made the classic pineapple upside down cake and as I was washing out the tin for recycling I thought I could use this as it didn't have any sharp edges and I had been looking for a 'pot'.

Have a great day & thank you so much for all your kind words from yesterday. See you tomorrow xx

Wednesday 23 September 2009

Where did you go to my lovely

My mojo that is - where did you go? My inspiration, my muse whatever you call it has gone. I think it has secretly gone into hiding and will not come out until I get some new goodies from the upcoming release of Stampin' Up!s 2009/2010 Idea book & catalogue. The cards for today were really hard work and I am not 100% happy with them - but I think they may have helped me to figure a couple of new projects.

I think I need to have a major blog hop and check out all of your great work and hopefully it will spark the little grey cells into action :D

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: A bit of birthday cheer, fresh cuts and polka dots & paisley.
Ink: Chocolate chip and versamark.

Card stock: Kraft, very vanilla, chocolate chip, ruby red, cameo coral and thick window sheets.
Misc: Linen thread, chocolate chip narrow grosgrain ribbon, chocolate chip double stitched grosgrain ribbon, on board batch of blooms chipboard circle and dots & designs rub-ons.

Tuesday 22 September 2009

My little calender girl

Good morning all, hope this day finds you well. I thought I would try my hand at some little calenders and see how they go down at the table top sale at my son's school on the 1st of October. I'll probably be feeling very tired that day as I plan to stay up late and get my Stampin' Up! order in from the new catalogue nice and early. (If you want a new catty please drop me a line here only £4 including delivery).

I came across a handy tutorial for them here by the very lovely Lesley. Such a sweet and dinky little gift to give someone to pop on their desk at work or in their kitchen at home :D

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Good friend, polka dots & paisley and greetings eight.
Card stock: Pumpkin pie, tempting turquoise,chocolate chip, rose red, regal rose and old olive.
Ink: Rose red, old olive, tempting turquoise and chocolate chip.
Paper: Sweet always and petals & paisleys designer series paper.
Ribbon: Chocolate chip narrow grosgrain, linen thread and tempting turquoise narrow grosgrain.
Other: Twine, PTI new leaf vintage button, Sarah's dew drops, prima daisy doodles flower, my minds eye bloom & grow paper.

Monday 21 September 2009

A few of my favourite things

Well as the title suggests these are a few of my favourite things, kraft card stock of course :D buttons and ribbons. I made this card for the extremely talented Leann, not only does she have a speical quality when it comes to her amazing work she is a thoughtful and kind person. I recently won some seriously sumptuous stash that was on offer on her blog and sent her this card to thank her.

It was a very happy coincidence that the challenge over at a passion for papertrey was to use your favourite colour combo. If you hadn't of noticed I do like to use a snip or two of this colour!!!!!

Have a great Monday & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Ink: Old olive & black stazon.
Card stock: Whisper white and old olive.
Misc: White Uni-ball Signo gel pen.
Others from Papertreyink: Stamps: everyday button bits, card stock: kraft, buttons: pure poppy vintage buttons and ribbon: pure poppy saddle stitch.

Friday 18 September 2009

Love me two times

I enjoyed using this sketch so much I did it twice! if you were wondering that my card for today was familiar - I used the exact same layout from this card here. I am planning on making a few different cards for next week, maybe some acetate ones, more Christmas ones and maybe a couple of 3D items. I hope you can pop along for a nosey :D

Have a great weekend & see you on Monday xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Card stock: Old olive, ruby red, so saffron and whisper white.
Ink: Old olive and ruby red.
Paper: Old olive designer series paper.
Misc: Pretty in pink & so saffron brads and so saffron button from the latte collection.
Other: PTI ever day button bits and buttons from stash.
Tools used: Stampin' Up! paper piercing template & tool, 1" circle punch and blossom & circle nesties.

Thursday 17 September 2009

Goody two shoes

Don't drink, don't smoke what do you do - CRAFT OF COURSE hee hee. Hello all, I am so enjoying this beautiful weather we have been having - it makes you feel so alive when the sun is shining and lots more stamping has been going on too. It does help of course when I have new Stampin Up! stash to play with - won't be long now -eeeeeeee.

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Good friend.
Card stock: Old olive, so saffron and whisper white.
Ink: Pretty in pink, so saffron and old olive and versamark.
Paper: Tea party designer series paper.
Misc: So saffron grosgrain, pretty in pink brad, old olive flower fusion, clear stampin' emboss powder.
Tools used: Paper piercing template and tool.

Wednesday 16 September 2009

White Christmas

Good morning all - look at the shiny photos - so white - it was a super sunny day when I took them. Trying to get ahead this year and beat the last minute make a 100 cards in one night rush lol! Not much to report at the mo, hubby has been experimenting with some Caribbean cooking and it being gratefully received by us guinea pigs. We had some sunshine patties and sweet potato and mango curry, mmm, mmm delish (can you tell we having been watching the very cool chef on the BBC).

Sorry if I have made you all hungry, have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Card stock: Whisper white and kraft.
Misc: buttons and linen thread.
Other: PTI buttons and Martha Stewart arctic snowflake punch.

Tuesday 15 September 2009

A design for life

Another card today using the dots & design rub-ons. The flower and the geometric background on it are from the new set which I have teamed with ruby red, chocolate chip, kraft (surprise, surprise) and whisper white. I have to say I love this colour combination, I think it would also work well for Christmas cards too.

Hope you are all feeling the exciting anticipation for the new Stampin Up! catalogue and you are enjoying the sneak peeks on offer :D

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Polka dots & paisley (only available until 30/09/09).
Rub-ons: Dots & designs.
Card stock: Ruby red, chocolate chip, kraft and whisper white.
Ink: Ruby red and chocolate chip.
Tools used: Paper piercing template & tool, 1/2 circle punch and round & blossom nesties.

Monday 14 September 2009

She looks like a sugar in a plum!

Morning all and what a glorious weekend it has been. The weather has been behaving itself (at last!) and the craft fayre was most enjoyable as I was sat next to the very lovely Lesley and Delyth and chatted the day away - great fun :D

This little number is a sneak peek from the upcoming idea book & catalogue from Stampin' Up! - which is released on the 1st of October. If you want a copy please drop me a line here - the catalogue price for it is £4.95 + postage but I am offering them for just £4 including delivery (or if you are already a customer I will send it for free).

The beautiful white flowers on this card are from a substantial rub-on set called 'Dots & Designs'. I will be posting more again tomorrow using them and I have to say I am very happy with the projects I have made with them :D

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Best yet (hostess set).
Rub-ons: Dots &Designs.
Card stock: Perfect plum, rose red and whisper white.
Ink: Perfect plum.
Misc: Pearl from pretties kit, linen thread and elegant eggplant grosgrain ribbon.
Tools used: Round tab punch, 1-3/8 & 1-1/4 circle punch and paper piercing template and tool.

Friday 11 September 2009

Star maker.......

..........dream breaaaaaaaaakerrrrrr, c'mon every body sing and sway along! I loved this song growing up hee hee. I am such an eighties girl and I was there with the kids from fame. I had the leg warmers and everything lol!

Another little embroidery number and this one is much simpler. I love the way the kraft looks again the bright blue and again I have used my trusty polka dots & petals stamp set. I think this is one set ,even though retiring at the end of the month, I am going to keep.

Have a great weekend ( I will be 'appearing' at the craft fayre in the Ostreme Centre in Mumbles, Swansea tomorrow) & see you Monday xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: So many scallops (retired US set) and polka dots & paisley.
Ink: Versamark, not quite navy and creamy caramel for distressing.
Card: Kraft and ballet blue.
Misc: Clear stampin' emboss powder and clear jewel brad from the pretties kit.
Other: staple, evenweave linen and assorted DMC threads.

Thursday 10 September 2009

Get into the groove

Another card today made with the fabby NEW and upcoming set 'good friend' from Stampin' Up! You know when you have new stash and start to play with it, I am beginning to find out that I am at my happiest with my work when I use my own style. Do you know what I mean ? (sorry if you're thinking what the heck is this mad lady on about lol!), I have been playing around with these stamps and combined with an old colour challenge from the amazing Kristina Werner.

I am finding out more and more, especially since blogging that if you are happy with your work others appreciate it whatever your style and ability. Anyhoo zen moment over hee hee, I really, really like these colours together - so classy and I will definitely be using them again. They are very vanilla, basic grey, more mustard and really rust - hope you like.

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

*update on last chance Stampin' Up! sell outs :
Flaky Friends, Be Happy, All Wrapped Up, Happy Hearts and Mixed Bouquet.

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Good friend.
Ink: Versamark, really rust, basic grey and black stampin write marker.
Card stock: Very vanilla, basic grey, more mustard and really rust.
Misc: More mustard grosgrain, clear stampin' emboss powder.

Wednesday 9 September 2009

Oh the weather outside is frightful

Well the weather has been really frightful. This is another dash and snap shot, in between this freakish weather we're having. It is like very heavy rain one minute then five glorius minutes of sunshine - which was when this shot was taken.

Going to be a super quick post today and I will be back tomorrow with more sneak peaks of NEW yummy stash from Stampin' Up!

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamp: A tree for all seasons, polka dots and paisley and best yet (hostess set).
Ink: Basic black, not quite navy, real red, versamark and signo white pen.
Card stock: Real red, whisper white and kraft.
Misc: Red gingham ribbon, stampin' emboss powder in white.

Tuesday 8 September 2009

Twisting by the pool

Yipperty, skipperty my Stampin' Up! pre-order arrived a few days ago and I haven't stop playing with it since hee hee. Oh the purddy things that are coming - I am sorry to tease but my oh my they are amazing. This set is called 'good friend' and it has eight stamps including some funky flowers, a sweet sentiment, a birdie along with beak and feet, I have made lots with it.

As you can see the cute little birdy shown in the card and gift box I made for my son's swimming teacher as he passed his stage 3. I am so proud as he is only 5 and it is a tricky level to conquer. I don't think he could have done without his teacher Sarah's help. Some of you keen eyed people maybe thinking, well that's a bit odd Emma - are you giving her buttons :D and personally that is my kind of gift, but I had not bought the chockies when I took the picture and so filled the acetate box with some buttons for decorative effect LOL (sorry about the pic though, the light has been awful at times here).

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

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Good friend and pocket silhouettes.
Ink: Real red, old olive, chocolate chip, yoyo yellow, tempting turquoise and creamy caramel.
Card stock: Whisper white, kraft, pink passion, old olive and chocolate chip.
Other: Old olive and tempting turquoise grosgrain, dots & designs rub-ons, linen thread and thick window sheets.

Monday 7 September 2009

With those needles and pins

Morning all, today's card is for a clean and simple challenge over at a passion for papertrey. I nearly didn't enter it as the theme suggested simple and as this was my first real attempt of cross stitch it wasn't that simple lol. I just couldn't get the scale right, after a bit of practice though I got into the swing of it and I enjoyed it so much I did another and I will show you it to you later this week :D

I would like to give a big thank you to the very lovely Aimes for nominating me for some blog awards - thank you sweetheart . I would also like to answer a question from 'Goldberry' who commented on my work from here asking where the flower stamp came from. It is a Stampin' Up! (surprise, surprise) hostess set called organic grace. It is available free to UK customers who spend over £150 along with a bonus £15 to spend on more goodies.

Have a great day & see you tomorrow (maybe with some sneak peaks of NEW Stampin' Up! goodies) xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Yummy (retired)
Ink: Stampin write earth elements markers.
Ribbon: Real red gingham.
Card: Real red.
Tools: Paper piercing template from the Crafters' tool kit.
Other: PTI kraft card stock, green tea leaves paper, evenweave embroidery linen and assorted DMC thread.

Friday 4 September 2009

Green, green grass of home

I think my muse this week is having a green thing. I find that I am drawn to certain colours, shapes or stamps and then try to use them on a project. Also I haven't forgotten what I said last week about my 10p haberdashery bargain. I have them ready to go, just need to take pictures and I promise I will post them first thing Monday morning.

Have a great weekend & see you Monday xx

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: A tree for all season and fresh cuts.
Card stock: Kraft, very vanilla and old olive.
Ink: Old olive, chocolate chip and creamy caramel for sponging.
Paper: Haiku designer series paper (on sale and only available until 30/09/09 or until stocks last).
Misc: Certainly celery poly twill and earth elements stampin write markers to colour the image.

Thursday 3 September 2009

I need a hero

Hello all - hope you are well. Today's card is actually nicer in real life, after much dangling out of the back door, darting in and out trying to snap a decent picture of it I had to admit defeat. It has been tipping down here for the last three days :C hence the dark photo. It was inspired by a recent sketch I saw and now can't find sorry.

Anyhoo lately I have been trying to use my lovely stash to make more male cards and although the paper on this card is called Ski slope, I think this particular page can be used for anything and the colour is so beautiful, hope you like it :D

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

*edited to add update of 'last chance' Stampin' Up! sell outs:happy hearts & all wrapped up are now SOLD OUT *

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Greetings eight (mini catalogue), a bit of birthday cheer and organic grace (hostess set).
Ink: Creamy caramel, really rust and chocolate chip.
Card stock: Very vanilla and really rust.
Paper: Ski slope designer series paper (mini catalogue).
Misc: Button from the latte collection (mini catalogue) and linen thread.

Wednesday 2 September 2009

The final countdown

WOW is all I can say about the last 48 hours or so. Goodness me - it was so exciting, watching the clock ticking down before the big reveal from Stampin' Up! I would like to give a big whoo hoo to all my fellow demonstrators - I had such a blast at the reveal party over on the forum. The new pre-order products are so amazing and I can't wait to share it all with you.

They also threw a little surprise at us in the middle of the night to reveal that they are slashing their prices on the the 'last chance' items, some items have an amazing 50% off, including stamp sets, ribbons and lots more. It is quite unbelievable as they have never done this before in the UK and this offer is only available for the next 28 days or until the stock is sold out. You can check the list out here to grab yourself a bargain.

As you can see from this little lot I have been at it again. I really did enjoy making the last batch so much and I had the lovely ski slope paper, I had to make some more. If you didn't catch my last post for the box template, the tutorial is here.

Have a great day & see you tomorrow xx

Suppplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Circle of friendship (page 80).
Ink: Real red (page 68) versamark (page 67).
Card stock: Real red, chocolate chip (page 68) and love notes (page 76).
Paper: Ski slope designer series paper (page 22 mini catalogue).
Ribbon: Real red narrow grosgrain and linen thread (page 80).
Misc: Bashful blue button (soft subtles pack page 81) and Stampin' Emboss white powder (free this month in any colour choice on page 84 when you spend over £35)

Tuesday 1 September 2009

I'm so excited and I just can't hide it

Whoo hooo - today is the day that Stampin' Up! put us demonstrators out of our misery and reveal new goodies from the upcoming idea book & catalogue. We will be allowed to pre-order a select few from today for ourselves and as soon as I receive mine I will have a little play and reveal them to you :D I too am launching my own personal offers for this month which will be:


One free Stampin' Emboss powder of your choice OR Stampin' Glitter (both on page 84) and automatic delivery of the new Idea book & catalogue on its launch on the 1st of October when you spend over £35 on Stampin' Up! products. (Saving you over £8).


One free Classic Stampin' pad of your choice (pages 67, 68 & 69) and automatic delivery of the new Idea book & catalogue on it's launch on the 1st of October when you spend over £50 on Stampin' Up! products. (Saving you over £9).

If I have brainwashed tempted you into any goodies please given me a shout here hee hee.

Today's card is for this week's challenge over at Stamp with us where we had to follow a sketch. I have used some of my faves again, a tree for all seasons and twill tape. I have to say I love this colour combination and will be using it again. The trick with stamping on twill I found was to ink up your stamp on the classic pad then go over it with the stampin' write markers to get your stamp saturated with ink.

Hope you all had a nice break & see you tomorrow xx

* edited in the very early hours of this morning to reveal the amazing STAMPIN' UP! SALE. This is your last chance to get many of the stamps and accessories that may not be available after the 30th of September. Some items are even discounted up to 50 percent! All stamps and accessories on the list are while supplies last, so you’ll want to get your order in as early as possible. Click here for the full details of the 'last chance list' .

Supplies from Stampin' Up!
Stamps: A tree for all seasons (page 43) and a bit of birthday cheer (page 60).
Ink: Old olive (page 68) and black stazon (page 67of
Card stock: Very vanilla and basic black (page 67) and old olive (page 68).
Paper: Haiku designer series paper (page 70).
Misc: Twill tape (page 80) and soon to gone pewter hodgepodge hardware (page 94).