Friday, 31 May 2013

Retirement lists are here!

It's almost time for the new stampin' up! annual catalogue but the excitement is mixed with s little sadness.  To make room for all the new lovely products some old ones must retire.  Luckily for you, they are available until the July 1st so if there is still time to buy your favourites.  But don't wait too long - availability is limited.   Some of the products are discounted - by up to 50%.
Email me to check availability and place an order!

Check out the retiring stamp list here and the accessories here

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Welcome to your new nest

A friend of mine is moving house soon (fingers' crossed) & asked if I would create a card for her to leave in the house for the new owners.

I was sure I had seen a card which used the largest flower from the betsys blossoms stamp set to create a nest.  I can't find it now though to credit it.

I used a whisper white cardstock base, the branch is crumb cake cardstock with the woodgrain stamped in crumb cake ink.  I distressed the edges with a sponge dauber and crumb cake ink.

I stamped the stem/leaves in old olive on matching cardstock and cut them out.  The flowers are all stamped in melon mambo ink on crumb cake cardstock and snipped out.  The nest is early espresso ink on chocolate chip cardstock and the bird is rich razzleberry ink on crumb cake cardstock.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Patterned party

Wow! I have been making a lot of cards these last couple of weeks.   Unfortunately,  I haven't had much time to photograph or post about them.

I have been playing with the patterned party stamp set this weekend.   I love the bunting and gift elements.  It's a really versatile set, I think you can make great cards for both adults and children with it.

I used the bright collection designer paper stack and ink pads, with whisper white cardstock for the bases.  The stamp set is patterned party with the happy birthday sentiment from create a cupcake on card 4.

Card 1 - pacific point dsp & ink, daffodil delight ink.
Card 2 - old olive dsp & ink, pacific point ink.
Card 3 - daffodil delight dsp & ink, melon mambo ink.
Card 4 - real red dsp & ink, daffodil delight ink.
Card 5 - pacific point dsp,  daffodil delight ink & tempting turquoise ink.

Friday, 17 May 2013


I'm  planning on making a few Father's Day cards to sell to my friends and colleagues.  I really love the owl builder punch and how versatile (and adorable) owls are.

I'm not 100% sure of the overtaking design yet,  but I did make a start on the owls.  You do need a few different colours of cardstock - but it's a great way to use up scraps as you don't need much for each owl.

I used chocolate chip for the body;  crumb cake, whisper white & basic black for the eyes and designer papers for the little vests (floral district & brights collection dsp)

I'll post the finished items when they're complete.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Hello Baby!

I made a lovely card for friends who have just had a baby girl (I forgot to photograph it).  When I was showing it to my friends at work, one of them asked me to make a card for a baby boy.

I had found this really cute card on pinterest, so I visited the blog it came from and completely cased it, as is the SU way!  It's not absolutely identical,  but I win no prizes for originality!

I am so pleased with the results that I plan on making a stack of these in various colours to have at hand for new arrivals.

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Paper: Pool Party Designer Series
Stamp: Two by Two
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade
Other: Cupcake Builder Punch, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Pool Party Satin Ribbon.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Father's Day is approaching

I made my dad's card at my first stampin' up! class with Kylie (the class that started this whole crafty chapter)

I was inspired by a swap that I received from my SU-Mama (the very same Kylie Henshaw) and used the "a fitting occasion" and "teeny tiny sentiments" stamps, cardstock in whisper white,  Pacific point and real red (and the coordinating inks).
Add a scalloped square, modern label punch & polka dot embossing folder and voila!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Wedding cards

I've been making a couple of wedding cards for friends this week.   Both asked for colours to coordinate with the invitations they had received.

I used the love and laughter stamp set - one of my favourites at the moment.  I love to use it with whisper white ink on crumb cake cardstock.

The first uses
Whisper white and crumb cake cardstock
Whisper white and lucky limeade ink

The second skips the limeade ink and has an extra embellishment in the form of an antique brad and flower trim.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Maths and crafts

I spent the weekend measuring cards and samples.   I decided that it would be a good idea to take note of measurements for different layouts.  Kylie, my upline, made me a gorgeous notebook which I am slowly filling with sketches.

It doesn't seem like much fun but it has made setting up a lot easier so I can spend my time stamping & embellishing.

I followed on from this by cutting and scoring 50 card bases.  I mainly chose whisper white and crumb cake,  but threw in a few sheets of coloured cardstock for good measure.