Monday, 31 October 2011


Happy Halloween everybody, I hope that what every you do you have a fun and safe evening.

A very quick little project for you that is currently sitting in my window.

Ok, so it looks a bit dull by day, but by night ....

It's a 360 degree luminaire, theses photos giving you an idea of what it looks like from all angles and it was so easy to make


Project Ingredients

Stamp Sets : "Haunting Hill" Jumbo wheel
Card stock : "Basic Black" & Vellum cardstock
Colour : "StazOn" ink pad
Tools : "Sticky Strip" adhesive & Tea Light candle (Battery operated ones are safest)

Halloween Ideas - The good twin

Hello again,

Quickly wanted to share with you my "Good Brother" Halloween project.  You may remember my evil twin brother project from last week, ( see HERE ), well, this is the good twin.

He's a bit goofy lookin' you can see that this little chap wouldn't hurt a fly, or that little bat in the corner, but why is he the good brother do I hear you asking??

Well ... it's 'cos he gives presents...
Hopefully something more exciting that an Oyster card ~ lol!

Hope you like him...  :o)


Project Ingredients

Stamp Sets : "Delightful Dozen" & "Every Little Bit" Stamp Set.
Card stock : "Basic Black"; "River Rock" & "Pumpkin Pie" cardstock
Accessories :  Patterns designer series paper pack - Neutrals collection
Colour : "Soft Suede" Classic Ink pad & "Tangerine Tango" marker pen
Tools : Dimensional adhesive; VersaMarker pen; Versamark ink; Black &  white embossing powder and black & silver embossing powder mixed together..

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Ever fancied becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator?

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Have you ever considered becoming a SU! Demo and turning your crafty hobby into a business? Well, join in October and get the Card Stock and Classic Pad In Color Kit—containing five Classic Stampin’ Pads and an assortment of A4 card stock in Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder, and Island Indigo—absolutely FREE (worth £27.95!) 

email me now to find out more :o)   xx

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Halloween Ideas - Day 3

Quick post today so lets get straight on to the share which  is a one I shamelessly CASE'd as when I saw it I thought it was completely adorable and had to have a go at making one myself.

It's a 'Mummy' pillow box and the originator of this fabulous idea is Angie Kennedy Juda who is a very talented US Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

Angie has a video on how to make it, which can be found on youtube  HERE

It's made using the "Pillow Box" die for the Bigshot and it's great for putting in little treats or packets of sweets. 
Hope you love it as much as I do, come back tomorrow for another Halloween idea...xx

Project Ingredients

Card stock : "Naturals Ivory"; "Basic Black" & "Whisper White" cardstock
Colour : "Soft Suede" Classic Ink pad
Tools : "Snail" tape runner adhesive; 1/2" & 3/4" hole punches; Big Shot die cutting machine & "Pillow Box" die.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Countdown to Christmas ~ Wk 10

A super simple, mass producible card for you this week, using a new stamp set called "Polar Party" and also the snowflake from "Every Little Bit" stamp set for the background. 

I thought I'd go for a different colour combination this week as I tend to stick to the traditional red/green combo.

Close up of the bear

I used "Rich Razzleberry" for the card blank and "Pretty in Pink" for the mat and also those colour classic ink pads, using the blender pen to apply the colour.  I also added a bit of glitter underneath him to ground him

Top Tip : Images need to be grounded, even if all you do is add the lightest wash of colour underneath it really makes a big difference

The trim around the image is the "Dotted Scallop Ribbon" punch

Inside the card

I also decorated the inside, stamping onto a piece of "Whisper White" cardstock.  I was able to stamp these quite quickly as I put the sentiment and the little penguin on the same large acrylic block, inked up with StazOn and stamped away, I stamped about 10 of these in around a minute!

Close up of the penguin

Obviously the colouring in takes a little while, but it's something I find very soothing, so I'm happy to do it whilst watching the telly of an evening so they don't seem to take any time at all.

Top Tip : when you have white as a colour on a card, such as the Polar Bear or the belly of the penguin, colour around the edges in blue, it makes the white stand out more.

Hope you like them, I had a lot of fun making them and these images are just adorable.

Back to Halloween projects tomorrow, until then, take care


Project Ingredients

Stamp Sets : "Polar Party" & "Every Little Bit"
Card stock : "Rich Razzleberry", "Pretty in Pink" & "Whisper White"
Colour : "Rich Razzleberry", "Pretty in Pink" & ""Bashful Blue" classic ink pads
Tools : Dimensional adhesive; "SNAIL" adhesive; StazOn Ink; Blender pen; "Dotted Scallop Ribbon" punch.

Friday, 21 October 2011


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Yes, I am very excited to finally be able to share with you the new Stampin' Up! catalogue for 2011/12 in all it's glorious loveliness.   See panel on left to be able to view on-line, but not yet!! ... just want to let you know about a few highlights first.

"In Colors"

The new colours for 2011/12

They are "Calypso Coral"; "Pool Party"; "Lucky Limeade"; "Wisteria Wonder" and "Island Indigo"  The banner above really doesn't do them justice but hopefully you will get a better feel for them with the projects I am going to be sharing with you over the next few days. 

Hostess Benefits

The hostess benefit system has changed.  We now have "Hostess Pounds" that you can spend on the exclusive specially priced hostess products or any catalogue item and there are no longer any 'hostess levels', just increasing amounts of hostess pounds that you can earn.

Designer Fabric

Yes, Stampin' Up! are now also selling co-ordinating designer fabric for you to let your imagination go crazy over as well as fabric adhesive that you can iron on and then use your Big Shot dies to cut out fabulous shapes which you can then iron on to your projects, so easy!

New stamp sets, new designer series paper, new colours, new ribbon, new brads.... the list of lovely new things just goes on and on, if you want to see any of these products for yourself or would like to arrange a demonstration in your home for you and your friends, and really, why wouldn't you,  then please get in contact

Ok, so now you can click on that link on the left ~ enjoy!!  xx
If you would like a catalogue of your very own, then they are £5.95 or free with any order over £40 placed in October, just email me for more information or to place an order.

Halloween Ideas ~ Day 2

Hello, and welcome to day 2 in my week of Halloween projects.  I hope sharing these projects will give you some ideas for your Halloween crafting.

Today's share is a very simple card using the new jumbo wheel "Haunting Hill".  All I've done is use "Basic Black" classic ink to run the image over a piece of "Whisper White" cardstock, matted it onto some "Basic Black" cardstock and then adhered it to a "Basic Grey" card blank and used white embossing powder to heat emboss the sentiment.

This card can then be given, with a few colouring pens or pencils to a child to colour in rather than giving them loads of sweets on Halloween.  This card is also really easy to replicate quickly if your child wants to give out Halloween 'goodies' to their friends or classmates.

Hope you like it, as tomorrow is Saturday it will be a  "Countdown to Christmas" project, so the next Halloween project will be on Sunday... xx

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Halloween Ideas ~ Day 1

Today is the first day of a 5 day mini-series where I will be sharing some Halloween projects to, hopefully, give you some ideas for your Halloween crafting.

My first little project is a scary pumpkin card.

I  drew a pumpkin shape on some "Pumpkin Pie" card stock, (well, what other colour would you use??), cut it out and drew on the ridges of the pumpkin using a marker pen.  Then, using a Versa Marker, I drew on a scary mouth and eyes shapes and heat embossing using black embossing powder.  I used a scrap of "Soft Suede" for the little knob on the top of the pumpkin.

This pumpkin is a twin, and as you might know all twins have one good one and one evil one, well, at Halloween they do, so, as today's share was obviously the evil twin I still have the good twin to show you, which I will do later in the week.  Until then, happy crafting :o)  xx

Project Ingredients

Stamp Sets : "Delightful Dozen Stamp Set.
Card stock : "Basic Black"; "Soft Suede" & "Pumpkin Pie" cardstock
Accessories :  Patterns designer series paper pack - Neutrals collection
Colour : "Soft Suede" Classic Ink pad & "Tangerine Tango" marker pen
Tools : Dimensional adhesive; VersaMarker pen; Versamark ink; Black &  white embossing powder.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Countdown to Christmas ~ Wk's 8 & 9 - finally!

FINALLY!! - Let me explain, I've been trying to blog for nearly two weeks now and I just couldn't log in.  No idea why, I have upgraded my browser and a tweaked a few things on my laptop, so not sure if all the computerie housekeeping has been the cause and eventual solution, but at least I'm logged in now - phew!

So, realising that I'm a couple of weeks behind with my Christmas shares, so without further ado, let me share with you a couple of projects to get back on track.

First project is a little simple gift idea.

This is made from an envelope with a few fancy folds, run through the bigshot machine using a snowflake embossing folder that I have in my stash.  I wrapped a belly band round to add the sentiment to and to give a bit of focus, used a cello bag and a bit of ribbon to make it look all pretty.

This close up shows the detail of the embossing folder that I highlighted by rubbing a classic ink pad over and covering with "Dazzling Diamonds" glitter ~ well, you have to have a bit of glitter on Christmas things.

And inside, well, I added a couple of the Options "Indulgence" hot chocolate drinks, but they are only 60 calories each, so a bit naughty and nice - perfect!

My second share today is a really simply card using the same embossing folder from my stash.  This type of card is great as it is easy to replicate if you need to make loads.

Using the embossing folder, just run "Whisper White" through the big shot, wrap some "Old Olive" ribbon round, adhere to a  "Cherry Cobbler" card blank, add a sentiment using "Cherry Cobbler" ink, and your done.  I didn't add glitter to this one, but I sprayed it with some shimmer paint mixed with surgical spirit to give it a nice shimmery look.

Well, that's it from me today, hopefully I'll be able to post again tomorrow - fingers crossed!

Take very good care of yourselves... xx

Project Ingredients

Stamp Sets : "Contempo Christmas" & "Perfect Punches" Stamp Sets.
Card stock : "Whisper White", "Baja Breeze" & "Cherry Cobbler" cardstock
Accessories :"Old Olive" ribbon (RETIRED); "Baja Breeze" Seem binding ribbon; "Dazzling Diamonds" glitter

Colour : "Baja Breeze" & "Cherry Cobbler" Classic Ink pads
Tools : Glue dots & SNAIL adhesive; Big Shot machine.

Envelope and embossing folder - from stash

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Thank you Card.

Hi there,

A really brief post from me today as I've not been feeling well and my bed is calling me back but I really wanted to share this card with you.

Thank You card
It's a card that I made for my upline, Sarah-Jane, to thank her for her hospitality when I went to visit a few weeks ago.

It's actually a see through card, as I cut out a section of the front and replaced it with acetate so that you could read the sentiment on the inside of the card.  It's still just a regular A6 size card, but I feel this little change really steps it up.  The silhouette images are where just cut out of the very wonderful new DSP called "Timeless Portrait", which I think are just lovely.  Also, the ribbon is just the "Whisper White" organza ribbon dyed using a "Cherry Cobbler" classic ink pad to make it fit in with the colour palette.

Dyed ribbon close up

Obviously I also used lots of lovely new products ~ any excuse  :o)  Hope you like it, please feel free to leave a comment, I love reading them.

So that's it from me today, thanks a lot for stopping by and take very good care of yourselves....  xx


Project Ingredients

Stamp Sets : "Curly Cute" Stamp Set.
Card stock : "Naturals Ivory", "Whisper White" & "Basic Black" cardstock
Accessories :"Filigree" designer brads; 5/8" Organza Ribbon; "Jewels Basic Pearl" & "Timeless Portrait" DSP
Colour : "Cherry Cobbler" Classic Ink pad & StazOn Ink
Tools : Tombow Mono Adhesive; Glue dots & SNAIL adhesive

Monday, 3 October 2011

Playing with the new products

Hello there,

Hope you are well and were about to take advantage of the very warm weather we've been having, personally, I don't like the heat, much prefer the days where you have to wrap up warm and from the weather reports, those days are just round the corner - yay! well, for me anyway.

Today's share is another card we made when I visited up upline Sarah- Jane  a couple of weeks ago when we where playing with some of the fabulous new products in the 2011/12 Idea's book & Catalogue.

It was made using two of the new 'In Colors' ; namely, "Pool Party" & "Calypso Coral" which work perfectly together.  If you are every not sure what colours to put together you should defiantly invest in a 'Color Coach' which has all the current colours detailed with suggestions on creative combinations so you are never without ides about what colour goes with what.  I love it as it gives colour combo's that I would have never thought about for myself in a million years but you trust the suggestion, give it a go and create something fabulous.

If you would like more information about the 'Color Coach' or any Stampin' Up! products, or would like to book a demonstration for you and your friends, then please do not hesitate to get in contact.

take care ... xx


Project Ingredients

Stamp Sets : "Aviary" Stamp Set (* NEW *) & "Tiny Tags" Stamp Set.
Card stock : "Pool Party"; "Calypso Coral" (* BOTH NEW *) & "Whisper White" cardstock
Accessories : Silver Brads
Colour : "Pool Party"& "Calypso Coral" marker pens (* BOTH NEW *)
Tools : Tombow Mono Adhesive; Big Shot Machine; "Jewerly Tag" punch; "Lace Ribbon" border punch (* NEW *); "Perfect Pennants" Die (* NEW *)

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Countdown to Christmas ~ Wk 7

A very quick 'Countdown to Christmas' post today as there is so much to chat about due to the launch of the new catalogue and the special offer if you sign up to be a demonstrator this month, so lets get straight to it.

My project today is a card that my lovely up-line Sarah-Jane made when we got together a couple of weeks ago to play with the lovely new goodies in the new catalogue.  (another reason to be a demonstrator, you get your hands on new products before they are launched, so you can have a good old play ~ yay!)

This card includes new ribbon, new punch and a new die for the big shot, all on this one little card!  So much new loveliness it's enough to make a girls head spin!!  Please see the recipe below for all the details and and indication of the new products used.

Oh, and have you checked out the link to the new Catalogue yet???  If you would like one of your very own, then they are £5.95 or free with any order over £40 placed in October, just email me for more information or to place an order.

Chat again soon ... xx


Project Ingredients

Stamp Sets : "Pennant Parade" Stamp Set (NEW)
Card stock : "Chocolate Chip; "Whisper White" & "Always Artichoke" Cardstock.
Accessories : 1/2" Scallop Dots ribbon in "Chocolate Chip" (NEW); "Perfect Pennants" die (NEW); "Petite Pennants Builder" Punch (NEW); Designer Paper Stack - Regals Collection; "Vintage Wallpaper" embossing folder
Colour : "Chocolate Chip" & "Real Red" Classic Ink Pads
Tools : SNAIL Adhesive; Big Shot Machine