Thursday, 21 September 2017



Another in my series of Craft Tips Tutorials - about 2 minutes worth of me showing you a quick and easy crafting tip. This week it is how to make bows with the Envelope Punch Board. 



Wednesday, 20 September 2017


It has been a while since I joined in with the Global Design Project - maybe Summer got in the way a bit.  Their challenge this week is a colour challenge - now I have to admit here that Peekaboo Peach is not one of my favourite colours - I only have it in a marker pen and not an ink pad.  That does limit me somewhat in how I use it but it actually worked quite well on this card and - do you know - I love these colours together - who knew?

So - the colours are:

 I've used a new stamp set for my card - well it's not new to the catalogue but it is new to me and this is its first time being inked up! The set is Feather Together and it's going to be one of my favourites.  I love the sentiments that come with it - and I think its a great set for masculine cards.

 I used all three of the suggested inks for the feathers and as this is a two-step stamp set I was able to go over them again and alternate the colours.  The sentiment is inked in Early Espresso and the background cardstock is also Early Espresso - all mounted on to Lemon Lime Twist.  Isn't that ribbon gorgeous?  It is Crinkle Seam ribbon in Peekaboo Peach.  A few Glitter Enamel Dots finish off the card. I already know who this is going to.

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Another one of my quick two minute tutorials on You Tube - this one is showing the versatility of marker pens.



Wednesday, 13 September 2017


I am starting a series of mini tutorials on You Tube - about two minutes long or just over just to give new stampers and crafters some quick ideas. 

My first one is to look at those stamp sets you have in a different way.  I have used the Stampin Up Set Merry Little Labels as my first example.  Its a Christmas set - but there is a stamp on there which can be used long after Christmas is over and its the Just For You stamp.  It comes as a bundle in the catalogue which means you get the stamp set and the punch at a discounted price. This punch is going to be a real winner and it can be used a long time after Christmas - #christmaspunch.

The Just for You stamp though can be used on all sorts of cards or gift packaging as seen here used with Watercolor Wings.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017


The challenge at Joy of Sets this week is the letter 'T'.  A tricky one for me as I only have one set with that letter in the title which is Thankful Thoughts.  I do think sometimes the word sets get forgotten about so its nice for them to be the stars in their own right!

I've used Pink Powder cardstock for this card - the background swirls are from Playful Backgrounds also inked in Pink Powder.  The Stitched Framelits provided the bse for the flowers which are cut from the Seasonal Layers Thinlet Dies as is the white leaf flower.

I've used Berry Burst to stamp the sentiment onto Powder Pink Finely Woven Ribbon.

We would love you to join in with our challenge which you will find by clicking on the banner above - do go along and see all the lovely inspiration from the Design Team and our Guest Designer this week Megan Lenske.



Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Watercooler Wednesday #WWC135 - Judy's Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

Judy has chosen our challenge for this week and it's one with a feminine touch.

I've chosen to use Daisy Delight for my card and used a technique which is called the Easel Card.

I have used some of the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper and the elusive Daisy Punch - I say elusive because it was hard to get when it was first introduced in the new catalogue.  The sentiment and the little daisies are from the Stamp Set Daisy Delight. 

These little cards are very simple to make and I've added a tutorial below. Let me know if you make one - I'd love to have a look.

Please visit the rest of the Design Team and check out their inspiration for you.



Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Time Out Challenge - #90 - Watercolor Wings - Merry Little Labels

The challenge over at Time Out challenge this week is Autumn with a touch of Speed Stamping - eek.

I had a quick card I had been playing with so I just redid it tweaking the colours.  I wanted to use the Watercolor Wings as this is one of my favourite sets at the moment but I also wanted to add one of the stamps from the new Merry Little Labels set from the new catalogue to show how it could also be used for other cards - not just for Christmas.

 I used Very Vanilla for the base of the card - for the butterfly I used Lemon Lime Twist, Tangerine Tango and Soft Suede.  The tag was cut out from Soft Suede and stamped with Tangine Tango and the sentiment also inked in Tangerine Tango is from Birthday Blossoms.  A touch of  Dazzling Diamonds on the butterfly and an enamel heart on the tag finishes off the card.

Talk about Speed Stamping - this took me about 9 minutes to do and I have less than an hour to link it up - how's that for leaving things to the last minute!

Here's my original one with all our new In-Colours of Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig on Whisper White.




Watercooler Wednesday #WWC134 - "Anything Goes"

Our challenge this week at Watercooler Wednesday is Anything Goes. Well if you are anything like me this is the hardest challenge as there is so much to choose from - where do you begin?

I actually chose to use the Coffee Cafe stamp set for my card - this has been a difficult week for me home wise and also my heart is breaking for my old neighbourhood of Sienna Plantation in Houston, Texas where I was fortunate to live for nearly 3  years.  They have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey and, having lived through Hurricane Rita back in 2005 which was no where near as serious, I know how scary Hurricanes can be.

I really like the Designer Series Paper in this series which is known as Coffee Break  - the colours are so pretty and work well with earthy colours which are my sort of colours.  The Coffee Cup Framelits make it easy to punch out the coffee cups and also some of the little cups out of the DSP.  I've added a touch of some of our new Sheer Ribbon in Old Olive along the side and the cute little Corrugated Elements just finish this off.

I look forward to seeing all your designs - thanks for stopping by my blog and do leave a comment - I love to hear from you.



Tuesday, 29 August 2017

We are up to our fifth challenge already at Joy of Sets.  This time we are working with the letter J.

I chose to use Jar of Love as I love this set - it is so versatile as can be seen from the Design Team examples.

I've used some of the new gorgeous Coffee Break DSP for the background which goes so well with the Island Indigo cardstock.  The jar itself has been cut out of the same cardstock and given a glitter wash with Wink of Stella.  The stems and hearts have been cut out of Everyday Jars Framelits and the flowers from Seasonal Layers thinlets.  The sentiment is from Watercolor Wings.

 I hope you join in with our challenge this week and go and visit the Design Team and leave them a comment.

Happy Crafting


Saturday, 26 August 2017

Saturday Sketch Challenge

Hello everyone and welcome to another Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge.  The sketch we are working with this week was chosen by the lovely Jillian Sellwood who gave us this to work with.

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A little sneak peak from me for the forthcoming Winter Catalogue which goes live on 1st September - not long now to wait.  This is a gorgeous little set called Hearts Come Home - I've used some of our Color Theory Designer Series Paper as the background and stamped some stars on it and covered some of them in Dazzling Diamonds.  All Christmas cards have to have glitter - it's a must!  The roofs of the houses have Wink of Stella on them and some of the windows have a touch of Daffodil Delight to signify lights. 

I've used the Stitched Framelits to cut out the shapes and added the middle one with dimensionals.

I hope you pop along on the blog to see what the rest of the team have made - click on the link below to go forwards to Lisa's Blog

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC133 - Penny's All About Christmas

 Hello and welcome to another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  I'm so excited to share this project with you as I'm actually giving you a little sneak peak of two of our new Christmas stamp sets.  These two were my favourite out of the new catalogue which goes live on 1st September and, although they don't necessarily go together, they make a great match!  All will be revealed on 1st September.

I've used some gorgeous Night of Navy as my background cardstock and all the elements have been embossed with Silver Embossing powder.  I've used Whisper White cardstock and tore the edges to give the effect of a snowy background and just did a little light sponging around the edges at the top with the Night of Navy.  The houses are stamped using Crumb Cake and I've coloured in some of the windows with a touch of Daffodil Delight to represent lights.  The Trees are stamped with Pear Pizazz and the cute little smoke out of the chimenys is Basic Grey.  

I hope you visit the rest of the Design Team and leave a comment - we love to hear from you all.  I look forward to seeing all your lovely Christmas cards - its getting closer!!!! 

I'm going to add my card into the Addicted To Stamps challenge which this week is Anything Goes and Inkspirational Challenge - which is asking for a wave.  My torn paper looks like a snow wave! Is there such a thing?


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC132 - Marsha's Masculine 'Anything Goes'

Here we are again at another challenge for Watercooler Wednesday and its Marsha's Masculine 'Anything Goes'.  I have to admit I don't have any masculine type stamps - I used to use Wetlands but since it retired  I haven't really purchased any SU stamps with a masculine theme.  What I quite like doing though is thinking a bit outside of the box and using other stamps and papers to bring a masculine feel.

My card today uses some of the new Designer Series Paper called Coffee Break from the Coffee Suite - oh my if you haven't seen these papers yet you are missing a real treat.  They are so gorgeous - here you see both sides of the one sheet - and I just love those blues.  I've made a small envelope using the Envelope Punch Board to add to the front of the card and added the little note with the sentiments both coming from Best Birds.

I've added a touch of our new gorgeous ribbons - this one is Classic Weave ribbon in Crumb Cake.  I added a small enamel shape - a heart - that still keeps the card masculine right?

I hope you come and join us at Watercooler Wednesday challenge this week - do pop and visit the rest of the Design Team and leave us a comment - we love to hear from you.  Just click on the Watercooler Logo at the top of the page to play along.




I'm joining in with Kylie Bertucci's International Blog Hop again this month and the theme is Teacher's Gifts.

Well I have to admit its been a while since I've needed to make any of these - my kids are now fully grown and sadly, when they were in school, I wasn't involved with Stampin' Up!  Maybe I have to wait for grandkids now! eek!

But still I like to think that teacher's would like this gift I have made for them - it says Thank You all over it and is a gift box which holds up to 6 Thank You cards.

I've used the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper and the Daisy Punch and the sentiments from Thankful Thoughts.

Orange is not normally my colour but it does go so well with the Designer Series Paper.

 Look at that gorgeous ribbon on the top left - its one of our new ones - I must say I am loving this year's ribbons - and am making sure I put them on all my projects - this one is Stitched Edge in Pumpkin Pie - its so pretty.  I sometimes think you actually need to see and feel the ribbons to appreciate them - I was lucky to be part of a Ribbon share where a few of us Demonstrators get together and buy some and share - a great way to see which ones you like before purchasing all of them!

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

 Wow - we are up to Challenge #004 already on Joy of Sets Challenge blog - and our challenge this week is the letter 'B'. I'm sure lots of you have lots of Stampin' Up! Sets with that letter in it.  I have chosen to use Beautiful You as I haven't used it in a while.

 There have been so many clever stamping ideas being used for this set and this image of the lady in particular but I wanted to go back to basics with it and keep it simple and just let the image and the sentiment speak for themselves.

Ive used Early Espresso as the card base and Sahara Sand for the layer - (although it does look like grey on the image).  The lady ws coloured in with Tempting Turquoise ink using a blender pen and a touch of Berry Burst for her hat.  The dress was covered in Wink of Stella and I just touched it up with a white gel pen.  I used the same gel pen for the stitching on the Early Espresso and an Early Espresso marker pen for the stitching on the Sahara Sand.  The thread is some of the lovely Copper Metallic Thread.

I hope you join in with our challenge over at the blog - it lasts for two weeks to give you plenty of time to join in and the winner gets the chance to be our Guest Designer.  Do pop along to the rest of the Design Team and leave them a comment - they love to hear from you.
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