Thursday, 26 March 2009

Award from Sarah Jane

I was chuffed to receive this award from Sarah Jane, a fellow SU! demo. Thanks Sarah, you made my day.

Now to choose 5 people to pass this onto....

This award is dedicated to all the people who visit my blog and if your name is not here please accept it from me for visiting.

Cute Card Thursday - Family Affair

Haven't managed to join in CCT for a while now, but have a day in and thought I should catch up with some challenges and card making - especially as the weather is a bit grim!

Challenge 53 - "Family Affair"
A nice easy one for this week!! We want you to make a card for a member of your family. As simple as that. Could be mum, dad, husband, son, sister - anyone!!

Mmmmm who should I make a card for, Mum's birthday is on Tuesday, but that card is on its way to New Zealand at the moment, haven't got any family birthdays until May now, and that is far too organised for me! Settled on making a card for my FIL whose birthday is at the beginning of May and decided to use some of my new SU! goodies that arrived last week and been crying out for me to play with them!
I decided to make a Z fold card, cutting A4 cardstock in half lengthways. I thought I would use the truck image from the Loads of Love set and my new Washington Apple DSP which are available on the new mini catalogue from 1st April. The image was watercoloured with co-ordinating inks. I think it needs something in the top left corner, but not sure what so will leave it for the time being. DOH just realised that I should put Dad on there, am off to do that now, will put new pic up later.
All I have to do now is put it somewhere safe and not forget about it LOL, perhaps I should make a card keeper!

Stamp Sets - Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories & Polka Dot background
DSP - Washington Apple
CS - Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie & So Saffron
Inks - Versamark, Black, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie & So Saffron
Accessories - Scalloped Oval & Large Oval punches
All from Stampin' Up!

If you would like to get your hands on some of the new stash from the Mini Catalogue please contact me to order. I look forward to hearing from you soon....

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Mum's birthday and Mojo Monday week 79 challenge

Its my Mum's birthday next week so thought I had better get her card made and in the post quickly - yep, she's still in New Zealand, lucky devil...

I thought I would use the sketch on Mojo Monday this week. When I saw the sketch I knew just the image I would use, it was one I bought on an unmounted A5 sheet at Newbury last summer. The colour scheme had to be purple as its one of Mum's fav colours and thought I would use the poem 'When I am an old lady I shall wear purple'

I haven't used these stamps much, for fear of upsetting the receipient but as Mum has a great sense of humour, know she will appreciate this card! Anyway she's too far away to smack me if she doesn't!! Only joking Ma, if you are reading this. Lovya heaps and have a fabby birthday xxx

Card & envelope - stash
Image - Craft Fairy
Coloured with Marvys
Scallop Border punch - Stampin Up!
Scallop Oval & Large Oval punches - Stampin Up!
Sentiment - Oval All stamp set - Stampin Up!
Ribbon - stash
Textured cardstock - stash
BP - DCWV paper stack

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Some cards I can show now!

I made this card recently for my SBS21 sister Heather. It was her birthday last week, so have held off till now as I didn't want her to see it on my blog until I knew she had received it! I used all SU! stash as she is a fan of these scrumptious goodies.
Summer By The Sea stamp set, Polka Dot background stamp
Stampin Pastels
Cardstock - Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel & Bashful Blue
Ink - Close to Cocoa
Punch - Tab
DSP - from Love Stories Simply Scrappin kit

I found the pattern for this mini magazine file on a blog somewhere recently - sorry can't remember where, if its your idea, thanks for the inspiration, let me know and I will add your info to my blog. I thought I would make a set of notelets using one of the stamp sets I got in my SU Starter Kit. I have been making these for a while, but have just finished off the last card - thought these would make a lovely gift for someone. One of my mates is very fond of notelets, so think I will be making some of these sets for her. Am still trying to use up some of my non SU paper mountain, in a bid to clear some space for SU stash - it could take a while!
Cardstock - Paper Mill
BP - K & Co paper stack
Fun & Fast Notes stamp set
Watercolour Wonder crayons

This next little baby is winging its way to New Zealand as we speak for Mum for Mothers Day. This is the first year I will not have seen her on Mothers Day so it will be a bit strange, I will have to make up for it when she returns - in May.....
I recently received the Crazy for Cupcakes set, my choice of stamp set as a reward from the recent Sale A Bration promotion. Well I had to ink it up straight away didn't I?? I decided to make a spring card and used some of the scrummy papers from Sweet Always designer papers - great value at only £7.75 for 12 sheets of double sided papers. I stamped the image onto Confetti White card, coloured the image with Watercolour Wonder crayons and added Glamour Dust to the cake stand and Glossy Accents to the icing and cherries on the cakes. I used both tag punches, not that you'd know as I had to hide the angled end under the main image.
Items already detailed above.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

By the skin of my teeth - CCT challenge

Talk about last When I saw the theme for this weeks challenge over at Cute Card Thursday - Wine & Dine I knew what stamps I was going to use, I bought them recently and they were crying out to be inked up!

A5 cardstock folded in half lengthways. Background stamped with matching ink. White cardstock stamped in Stazon black ink and images coloured with various ink pads and waterbrush. Images punched out with scalloped circle punch and additional scalloped circles punched from turquoise card and mounted slightly offset from base shapes, then added to card with stamping dimensionals. Sentiment from same set stamped in matching ink.

All Stampin Up items
Cardstock - Tempting Turquoise & Whisper White
Inks - Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Green Galore, Old Olive & So Saffron and Black Staz on
Stamps - Polka Dot background, Cheers to You stamp set

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Amazing offer from Stampin' Up! - Starter Kit now only £125!

Stampin' Up! have reduced the cost of the starter kit
If you sign up between 12 - 25 March there is a 10% discount on the cost of the starter kit - usually £139, you can get your hands on the kit for an amazing £125.10 - thats a saving of over £100 on the retail price of the items.

Why would you want to join Stampin' Up! you may ask? Why wouldn't you want to join SU! I ask?

This is the ideal opportunity for you to purchase SU! products at a discounted price, you don't have to hold workshops, you can simply join to feed your habit! There really is no pressure to reach unachievable targets, there is a quarterly target you have to achieve to remain as an active demonstrator but most seasoned crafters can achieve this without any problem!!

Why not take the opportunity to earn some extra cash? If you want to demonstate, meet new people, share your love of crafting and the excellent quality of SU! products this is an ideal way to do just that.

If you are still not sure, contact me by email or on 07771565754 and I can discuss any concerns or queries you may have.

Don't delay though as the paperwork has to be received at Head Office by 25 March in order to qualify for the reduced price.

Looking forward to hearing from you....

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Chipboard Promotion - 25% discount until 31 March

So I haven't managed to make a card tonight, been busy blog hopping and cleaning up after having venetian blinds fitted in the kitchen/family room and my craft room. My eldest son commented he had never seen my craft room so tidy!! It wasn't tidy, just looked bare, as I'd had to clear the work surface - cheeky devil, shame he's not so particular about his bedroom!

I've been meaning to put the details of this fabby offer on my blog for the last 10 days or so, but better late than never. For this month only there is 25% discount on the chipboard ranges detailed below. If you would like to place an order, large or small, please contact me via email on or 07771565754. Don't miss out on this great opportunity.

I will have details of another fantastic offer from SU! tomorrow, so don't forget to come back and take a look at what's on offer!

Stampin' Up!’®s On Board chipboard is designed to coordinate with many of our stamps and accessories, and is perfect for adding depth and colour to cards, scrapbook pages, or any other project you can think of.

On Board chipboard assortments:

Item # Page # Description Regular Price Discount Price
113658 78 Batch of Blooms On Board £11.75 £8.81
113657 78 Loads of Letters On Board £10.25 £7.69
109978 94 Blossoms & Basics On Board* £11.75 £8.81
109980 94 Lots of Letters On Board* £10.25 £7.69

*Quantities for retired items are limited to stock on hand and are available only while supplies last.

Mojo Monday week 77 challenge

Don't get excited, 2 posts in as many days, and a card for a challenge that's only a day old! Found the Mojo Monday challenge while blog hopping recently, and here is my entry for week 77, a great sketch to work with and one I am sure I will use again.

The colour scheme was dictated by the blooms, I discovered a K & Co Addison pad in the back of my cupboard, one I've been keeping for best! I stamped the base card with Polka Dot background stamp from SU! with a Versamark ink pad. I've left this card without sentiment at the moment, not sure what occasion I will use it for!

Hope to be back later this evening with another card.

Base card - stash
Papers - K & Co Addison
Textured cardstock - stash
Blooms and brad - Poppicrafts
Eyelets - Papermania
Polka Dot background stamp - Stampin Up!
Versamark ink pad

Monday, 9 March 2009

Lots of celebrations

I had lots of cards to make last week, 5 birthdays and 1 anniversary card. I start out with the best intentions to post more regularly but yet again its gone by the wayside - here are some of the cards I made last week - forgot to photograph a couple of them.

This is the card I made for my sister's birthday last Monday. I saw the design in the March issue of Making Cards, I really like it, as its just a bit different, I've used it for several cards already. I intended to make the card in pink and brown, so I could use it for a challenge but ended up with pink and black when I found these black dotty blooms in my stash.

It was my MIL & FIL's 54th wedding anniversary on Thursday. I had to dust of my cricut and cuttlebug embossing folders for this one! Hearts cut from George & Basic Shapes cartridge and Swiss Dots embossing folder. The cardstock is pearlescent and has a lovely gold tinge to it, not very clear in the photo.

One of my friends has a double celebration in her house on Friday, her son's 18th and husband's 50th! What a day! Ian & Ellie (her son & my daughter) used to go to the same child minder when they were babies and we have kept in touch since then. Good old Cricut came in useful again for cutting out the numbers (George & Basic Shapes). Cheers to you stamp set was used to stamp the base card with Versamark ink pad. I put a couple of photos in Ian's card of a great day out we had when they were about 3. I had a lovely time browsing through photos of when they were babies! I really need to start scrapbooking, I have so many photos in packets!

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

3 in 1 challenge

I don't seem to have done many challenges for a while so thought it was about time I got my act together and took part in a few..... I took a look at the Monday challenges, noted them down and disappeared to my craft room (wireless network doesn't work that far, not worked out how to remedy that yet, and don't really have the space for laptop out there!)

Had a rummage through my stamps, stamped a few images up, couldn't decide what to do when I discovered the Dress Up Maggie stamp, such a cute one to work with, looked at the 3 challenges I had written down and hey presto, my card was designed, I could combine PTW, MTTC and Sketch and Stash challenges in one card.....

Papertake Weekly - this weeks challenge - Hot Chocolate! ol It's a colour combination challenge, the Pink and Orange is the 'hot' part and the brown is obviously the chocolate!

My Time To Craft - Challenge 51 is - HATS

Sketch & Stash - challenge no 5.

I just love the Sweet Always papers (new stash) I have used here, love the colour combo, the image was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink pad, coloured with Watercolour Crayons, Only Orange, Pixie Pink and Chocolate Chip ink pad, using watercolour brush. I added a bit of bling to Maggie's boa with Glamour Dust. Image mounted onto Chocolate Chip cardstock and backing paper from Sweet Always set. The sentiment is from the Wonderful Words set, stamped in Choc Chip ink onto Choc Chip cardstock, punched with ribbon punch and added to card with double sided tape. The flowers are some I bought ages ago, just had to have and don't think I have ever used any of them(neglected stash)!

Cardstock - Confetti White, Chocolate Chip - SU!
Backing paper - Sweet Always - SU!
Colouring - as detailed above
Stamps - Wonderful Words - SU!, Dress Up Maggie - Sugar Nellie
Ribbon - stash
Blooms - think Craft Central