Friday, 26 August 2011

Crafty Mates

Today I’m sharing something made by my very creative friend, Helen.  She recently bought the Brights DSP and card stock and not only did she make a stack of very colourful christening invites for her baby boy (and his cousin) she also decorated Noah’s room with them!
Helen's Bunting 3
Helen's Bunting 2Cute teddy too Smile
And here’s a close-up.  A fab advert for Stampin’ Up stash, don’t you think!!  Not just for making cards, see!!
Thanks for sharing, Helen.  I look forward to seeing more of your creations and ideas. Smile
And if anyone else wants to share their Stampin’ Up successes, just send me a pic.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Dies to Die for….

A very quick post today…..another day full of appointments so I’m in a rush…..can’t remember the last time I wasn’t in a rush! LOL!Comtempo Christmas
I’ve gone with another christmas card…’s an obsession like the butterflies all over again!   I’ve used Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler with the Jolly Holiday DSP to make this simple design. 
Contempo Christmas Close Up

I’ve stamped the image and sentiment from Contempo Christmas stamp set and edged it in cherry cobbler to give it a “vintage” look . 
Daisies Die Stampin Up!

I've used  Sizzix Daisies and Little Leaves from Stampin’ Up to create the flowers and added a button centre.  I’ve been die-ing to use my new Sweet Buttons embosslit! 
Finally I’ve blinged the image, glossed the buttons and added a little twine bow to finish it off! 
So I hope you like it.  I’m entering this card in the  Papertake Weekly challenge this week where you have to use dies. 

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

CAS-ual Fridays : Embossing

I don’t usually make cards this size, but inspired by Stampin’ Melissa (as seen on Ebay) I’ve created this card using the Just Believe stamp set for the challenge over on CAS-ual Fridays  : Embossing.

Just Believe - CASE card

The image is the perfect size for an A6 card.  I’ve used Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.  To give it a vintage look, I’ve embossed the backing using Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and inked it over.  I’d forgotten how easy this set is to use….

I wasn’t the only one making cards yesterday.  Max was very busy making cards for his dad and me too.  Very cute they are too!

Max's FlowersMax's FishermanMax's Pirate


Sunday, 21 August 2011

LIM: Things that move!

Well I can’t believe how long it’s taken me to get my entry sorted for the Less is More challenge this week.  It seemed so simple….Things that Move.  I have anything with wheels and the whole animal kingdom to play with but I’ve been fixated on making a moving card!!  Alas…it wasn’t to be.  But Sunday, being a new day, I’ve been hit with the inspiration stick…..and the googly eyes came out!


DSCF0736Yay!! I’ve made the little owls using the Two-step Owl Punch from Stampin’ Up! And the colours I’ve used are Crumb Cake owls with Early Espresso, Marina Mist and Tangerine Tango chests. 

So as I was putting this together, I had another idea to make my card move….I added a paper spring behind the flying owls!  Sorted.  Owls that fly and googly eyes that move!

And now I’m happy Smile.  Enjoy your Sunday afternoon.

I’m also entering this in the following challenges:

Simply Stampin’ {Punch it Up!}
The Spotted Chick {Krafty Thursday – used a little bit of kraft Smile}


Saturday, 20 August 2011

CAS Sketch

Wow!  Who’d have thought it would take so long to get back into things after a holiday!! It is true what they say….you do need a holiday to recover from a holiday!!
Anyways….I was scooting around a few challenges last night looking for inspiration and decided to give the Clean and Simple Stamping sketch a go and because they are sponsored by Jingle Belles this week….another excuse to use my Stampin’ Up! Christmas stash!
I’ve used Lovely as a Tree and Welcome Christmas to make the image by heat embossing it using Versamark ink and clear embossing powder.  I’ve used dazzling diamond to add a bit of snow to the image.
The greeting is from Contempo Christmas and I’ve heat embossed it in the same way. 


I’ve matted and layered the image with  Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive textured card and 3d’d this onto Jolly Holiday DSP.

I’ve matted the greeting on to Cherry Cobbler and made it into a tag which I’ve tied to the side of the card.
So now I’ve started, I’m gonna find it hard not to keep making Christmas cards!! I love it! Smile.
I’m also entering this in the following challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays {Embossing}
Craft Us Crazy {Anything Goes}

Hope you like it.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Home Sweet Home!

Oh…I’ve missed this!  So glad to be home and able to sit down and get back to crafting after taking some time off with the hubby and kids!  It was a bit longer than I expected, having managed to pick up a stomach bug too.  But what a challenge to come back to on the Less is More blog this week.  It’s an inky, one layer card challenge this week….and it certainly has challenged me!!

So here’s my fourth attempt! I’m not going to bore you with how the first three went wrong, needless to say it was silly and messy but I’m happy with my final offering (even if the photo is a bit ropey!!).


I masked off the edges of an A5 card and used a brayer to ink a Melon Mambo and Perfect Plum background.   I had to search for them, but I found my lavinia stamps in my stash and stamped my favourite moon fairy and willows.  Of course…being a OLC I couldn’t paper piece the moon, so I have used my white gel pen to colour it instead.  I’ve finished the image with a bit of dazzling diamonds and doodled a frame around the edge…hmmm!  Not sure about the frame, but I couldn’t face a fifth attempt!!

So, a difficult one to come back with, but I hope you like it. 

Hopefully I’ll be back up to speed with my card making soon….in between all the school uniform buying, washing, ironing and name tagging *sigh*.


Saturday, 6 August 2011

Christmas in August

Woohoo!  What better way to celebrate the return of the good weather then with a Christmas card!!  Having just received my new stash from Stampin’ Up it was the first thing I thought of when checking the Less is More challenge this morning.  This week we need to use the colours of our country’s flag…so for me that’s red and white.
Welcome Christmas
I’ve used an image from Welcome Christmas and a sentiment from Contempo Christmas in Poppy Red.  I’ve matted and layered the image using nestabilities and trimmed the card with 3 different ribbons from my stash….and I think the sentiment says it all really.
Hope you like it Smile.
I’m planning to do a Christmas class towards the end of August.  I WILL get round to sorting this….honest!!!  But this week I’ll be out and about with the kids.  Lots of day trips planned and not much time for crafting ….boooo!!!
Enjoy your week….

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Girlie Monsters

Ok…I made this card to show Annie that monsters can be girls too (and it gave me an excuse to use my Make a Monster stamp set too). 

Make a Monster

I’ve stamped the monsters onto Whisper White and coloured in according to my colour scheme.  I’ve matted this on to Rich Razzleberry and added a block of spotty DSP to the bottom half to match.  I’ve wrapped this with Whisper White ribbon and stuck the whole thing to a 15cm square card blank.  I’ve created a computer-generated sentiment and 3D’d this over the ribbon, adding a bow to one side.

Happy Birthday (2)Now…how can you tell these are girlie monsters?  Well, apart from the fact they are very girlie colours….how many boy monsters do you see with flowers in their hair or wearing pretty jewellery!!  See – obviously Girlie Monsters Smile.

I’m entering this card into the following challenges:

Allsorts {Last Week of Free and Easy}

Make it Monday {Linky Party}

Hope you like it


Top 3 at The Crafty Pad

Yay!  Can’t help but shout when I receive a Top 3 award….makes my day!!

The lovely ladies over at the Crafty Pad have selected my Slice of Life cards for their Top 3….woohoo!!

You can see my entries here.  

Slice of LifeBaby Card



Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Nice and Simple Happy Birthday…

Morning all….isn’t this weather gorgeous!  I know I always get excited by it…but you can get lots of washing dry!!  That’s so exciting for me!!  Yes…I know….I must get out more!!

So…I made a card fro my little girl’s friend last night.  She is turning four soon.  I wanted to use my Make a Monster stamp set, but Annie pointed out to me that girls don’t really like monsters.  Not even monsters with flowers in their hair *sigh*.  So we went with my good ol’ favourite……butterflies!!

Beautiful Wings (3)

I’ve cut a big ‘4’ out of Melon Mambo DSP and matted it on to Pretty in Pink CS.  I’ve 3D’d this on to a 15cm square card blank and simply decorated it with butterflies made in Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise using my Beautiful Wings Embosslit (available from the mini catalogue).  Annie thinks Lexi will love it Smile.  Right, best get my washing out and off to work!

I’m entering this in the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly {Anything Goes}

Cupcake Craft Challenge {How old…?}


Monday, 1 August 2011

Wedding Card

Ok…I know the only thing Stampin’ Up about this card is the colour Melon Mambo and a bit of dazzling diamonds, but I had to share this with you…..I’m quite proud of it!

Pink Petticoat

I love this shape.  It’s a centre stepper card – such a sturdy design.  I’ve based this on the tutorial on SplitCoast here.   The image is from Pink Petticoat and the paper is Papermania (I think!). 

Melon Mambo

I made for this a friend who is off to a wedding soon.  I did add the names of the happy couple on the left side too for that added extra personal touch.

The flowers are made using the woodware cherry blossom stamp and I’ve layered them up and shaped them to give them dimension.



Wedding Card (3)


I’ve finished it off with a touch of dazzling diamonds in the centre of the flowers and on the brides outfit.

So hope you like it Smile.

I’m entering this in the last Free and Easy week over on the Allsorts Challenge.