Saturday, 31 March 2012

Good Bye Sale-A-Bration :(

Hi everyone, just to let you all know today is the LAST day you can make a sale-a-bration order. So you must get your order in ASAP if you want to earn an exclusive stampset or pack of paper for FREE.

Today i have one final card to share with you using the products:

Onto a 'Pear Pizzazz' cardbase, i layered a piece of 'Whisper White'. Onto this i layered a piece of the beautiful 'Everyday Enchantment DSP' and then a smaller piece of ' Calypso Coral' card that has been ran through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Square Lattice Embossing Folder'. I then ran a piece of 'Calypso Coral' 'Ruffled Ribbon' along the centre.

Next onto a piece of 'Whisper White' card i stamped the thanks sentiment from the fab 'Sale-a-bration' stampset 'Outlined Occassions' set (using 'Pear Pizzazz' ink), i mounted this onto a piece of 'Calypso Coral' card and then a piece of 'Pear Pizzazz' card that has been embossed using the 'Big Shot' and the 'Square Lattice Embossing Folder'. Before securing this into place using  some 'Dimensionals' to create a 3D effect, i stamped the 'so very much' sentiment (also from the 'Outlined Occassions' set) onto some 'Pear Pizazz' card, which i punched out using the 'Decorative Label Punch' and glued this into place!

I gave this card to a fab friend and colleague Hannah who has been wonderfully supportive over the last couple of weeks. I hope she has a very restful Easter holiday!!

If you're desperate to make a sale-a-bration order and you're a regular customer best of calling/ texting me to ensure i get your message. New customers email me (with your contact details) and hopefully i will get it in time and process your order before this evening:

But don't you worry - tomorrow i have a very exciting April promotion to share with you!! Check back tomorrow!!

Friday, 30 March 2012

A Sale-a-Bration Card For All You Cat Lovers!!

I'm back again with another card that is showcasing the stunning 'Everyday Enchantment DSP' that available for FREE if you make a qualifying order before the end of this month - thats right... you have to get your order in by Saturday!!!

As you may know i'm a complete cat lover and couldn't resist making a card using the cat image from the 'Patterned Pets' stampset. So here you go:

This card was completely inspired my black cat - Crazy, she can literally sit for hours looking out the window!! I thought the 'DSP' looked very wallpaper like and so layered it onto a 'Pear Pizzazz' cardbase. Next i stamped the 'Sailaway' image onto a rectangle of 'Whisper White' card using 'Basic Black' ink and then using some 'Marina Mist' ink and a 'Blender Pen' added some colour to the sea. I mounted the image onto some 'Chocolate Chip' card to create a window and crossed over some thin strips of card to create the panels and a slightly thicker strip of card to create a window sill (which i raised using a 'Dimensional', I then stamped the cat from the 'Patterned Pets' stampset in 'Basic Black' ink, cut it out and secured it in place using a 'Dimensional' to make the cat 3D.

I finally stamped the '(friend to friend)' sentiment from the 'Teeny Tiny Wishes' set using 'Chocolate Chip' ink onto some 'Pear Pizzazz' card and then punched out using the 'Word Window Punch' (again raised using a 3D 'Dimensional'.)

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Congratulations on your engagement Lisa and Mike!

Hey all, hope you're all having a lovely week and enjoying the sunshine!

Today i have a card to share with you that i made for my cousin Mike, who proposed last week to his partner Lisa - and of course she said YES!!

So here is the engagement card that i made for them:

This type of card was demo'd to us by Fiona a Stampin' Up! colleague of mine. The card base is 'Very Vanilla' which has been folded over in half and then the front folded over again. I layered two different pieces of 'Everyday Enchantment DSP' on the card base.

I then ran some 'Poppy Parade' card through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Top Note Die', and then ran a piece of 'DSP' through as well - i trimmed off the edge to create a slightly smaller shape and mounted it to the 'Poppy Parade' 'Top Note' before sticking it to the cardbase.

Next up i punched two birds using the 'Two Step Bird Punch' from 'Very Vanilla' card, the wings from some coordinating 'DSP' and the branches from some 'Poppy Parade'. The cute little hearts were punched out using the 'Owl Punch' (I also placed three along the edge of the card too)

Here's a pic of the card open (in my lovely sunny garden!):

You may notice that i have placed a 'Very Vanilla' 'Top Note' in the centre, before stamping in 'Poppy Parade' ink a congratulations sentiment from the 'For My Family' stampset.

If you love this paper as much as me - it is only available until SATURDAY. So if you want some for your crafty stash you must place an order of £45 and you will get it for FREE. Email over your order today:

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

A Fresh Vintage Sale-a-bration Card!

Hey all,

Back today with yet another SAB card - don't forget you only have until Saturday to get an order in and get a FREE STAMPSET or DSP pack!! Hurry, Hurry!!!

So todays card features the beautiful 'Fresh Vintage' stampset and the 'Everyday Enchantment DSP' - both of which you can get for FREE!!!

To create this card i firstly ran the front of the 'Crumb Cake' card base through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Perfect Polkadot Embossing Folder' to create the textured card front! I layered a piece of 'Poppy Parade' and then a piece of the beautiful 'Everyday Enchantment DSP'. On a piece of 'Very Vanilla' card i stamped the stunning flower image from the 'Fresh Vintage' stampset using my 'Stampin' Write Markers' ('Pear Pizzazz', 'Poppy Parade', 'Pool Party' and 'Peach Parfait') I used a 'Sponge Dauber' with some 'Chocolate Chip' to distress the edges a bit' and then mounted this onto some 'Poppy Parade' card. Finally the sentiment comes from the wonderful 'Teeny Tiny Wishes' set, inked in 'Chocolate Chip' onto 'Very Vanilla' card and then punched out using the 'Word Window Punch' (raising it up with a 'Dimensional' to create a 3D effect!)

It's not too late to get your crafty paws on these beautiful crafty items - just email over an order today:

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Patchwork Everyday Enchantment Fox and Tortoise Cards!

Hey all, back again today with more cards that feature retiring Sale-a-bration papers - 'Everyday Enchantment DSP'. If you would like to own these papers for yourself you will have to make a qualifying order by the end of this week... don't delay - email over your order today:

Today i have a card inspired by my upline Cate - but altered a bit to suit my style. So here are the two cards:

The cardbase is 'Poppy Parade'. On which i layered some 'Very Vanilla' card. I stamped the 'thankyou' sentiment from the 'Teeny Tiny Wishes' on the bottom, using 'Chocolate Chip' ink. I punched out 12 squares using the 'Postage Stamp Punch' for each of these cards from 'Everyday Enchantment DSP'  and layered them. On both cards i punched a piece of 'Very Vanilla' using the 'Modern Label Punch', which i 'Sponge Daubed' using 'Chocolate Chip' ink and tucked a piece of 'Very Vanilla' 'Seaming Ribbon' before gluing it in place.

The differentiating feature of the two cards are the characters that i have used form the 'Fox and Friends' set. First up the cute tortoise, which i inted using 'Pear Pizzazz' and 'Chocolate Chip' 'Stampin' Write Markers' and raised using a 'Dimensional' to give a 3D effect:

Next up the wise old owl!! Which i inked in 'Chocolate Chip', cut out and raised using a 'Dimensional':

Check out the SALE-A-BRATION stampsets and papers in the leaflet on the righthand side of this blog. Make a qualifying order of £45 to get one for FREE! Email me today:

Monday, 26 March 2012

A Sale-a-bration Easel Card!

Hey all, busy day today - first one back to work after my illness. I'll let you know how i get on!

Today i have an easel card to share with you featuring three of the five SALE-A-BRATION products that are going at the end of the week - boo hoo!!

The cardbase is 'Crumb Card'. I layered two pieces of the 'Everyday Enchantment DSP'. The 'Thanks' sentiment comes from the 'Outlined Occassions' SAB stampset, inked in 'Pear Pizzazz' onto 'Pear Pizzazz' Card and then punched out with the 'Decorative Label Punch', it's raised using 'Dimensionals' to make a prop for the card. I stamped the flower image from the 'Fresh vintage' SAB stampset - inked using several 'Stampin' Write Markers' ('Pool Party', 'Pear Pizzazz', 'Poppy Parade' and 'Peach Parfait') onto 'Very Vanilla' card and mounted onto some 'Pear Pizzazz'.

Check out the SALE-A-BRATION stampsets and papers in the leaflet on the righthand side of this blog. It's not too late to own one, two or three of them yourself - all you have to do is make a qualifying order of £45 to get them for FREE! Email me today:

Sunday, 25 March 2012

One Final Week of Sale-a-Bration - Don't Miss Out!

Warning: one more week of Sale-a-Bration and then these stampsets and papers will be gone for good :(

I have to say i'm a bit sad about this as i have become quite attached to them all. It's not too late to get your crafty mits on these sets - just make a qualifying order by Saturday - email it over to me today:

So this week i'm intending on sharing with you some projects using the Sale-A-Bration sets that i made during a lovely crafty session around Jades today!!

So here you go with my Sale-a-Bration offering for today:

This card is a 'Pear Pizzazz' cardbase, i layered some 'Whisper White onto. The sentiment is from the 'Petite Pairs' set - inked in 'Chocolate Chip'. I punched several squares of 'Everyday Enchantment DSP' (a SAB item) using the 'Postage Punch' from the Mini Catalogue and layered them up and glued them into place. I stamped four flowers from the 'Fresh Vintage' stampset (Another SAB stampset) in 'Pear Pizzazz' and 'Peach Parfait', i cut out the centres of two of the flowers and then placed some 'Basic Pearls' in the centre and put them into place using some 'Dimensionals' to create a 3D effect!

You will notice a theme to this weeks cards beyond the SAB - Thanks. As you know it was my birthday last week, plus i have been unwell and been looked after by so many people so i need to Thank A LOT of people!! Check back tomorrow for another card!!

Check out the SALE-A-BRATION stampsets and papers in the leaflet on the righthand side of this blog. Make a qualifying order of £45 to get one for FREE! Email me today:

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Join My Team!

Hey all, just a quick little post from me tonight. I haven't had anytime to craft this week as i have been so unwell and have exhausted my backstock of projects to share with you. So instead today i just want to post a quick reminder ... if you wish to join the Stampin' Up! family and become a demo there is no better time to join and here is the reason why:

For more details click here. Isn't the starter kit a complete bargain?!

If you feel that this is something you're interested in then why not drop me an email and i can give you a bell to have a no-pressure chat. Don't forget this offer is only on until the end of March - so don't delay. My email address is:

Friday, 23 March 2012

A Mothers Day Card For My Nan!

Another Mothers Day make to share with you today that i made last week for my Nan. As i was in hospital on Sunday my lovely hubby had to go round and deliver the flowers and the card. My Nan is like a second Mum to me - i love her to pieces and i hope she had a lovely day!

Here's the card i made for her:

The cardbase is 'Wisteria Wonder', on which i layered some 'Pear Pizzazz' card and a piece of 'Whisper White' - on which i stamped the flower image from the 'Blessed Mother' stampset (using 'Perfect Plum' and 'Pear Pizzazz' 'Stampin' Write Markers'). I wrapped a knotted piece of 'Pear Pizzazz' 'Seaming Ribbon' around before gluing it in place. I ran some 'Wisteria Wonder' card through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Timeless Type Alphabet Die' to create the 'Nan'.

Finally i stamped the sentiment from the 'Teeny Tiny Wishes' stampset and punched it out using the 'Word Window Punch' and placed in the left hand corner of the card and placed a little 'Pear Pizzazz' butterfly (created using 'Pear Pizzazz' card, the 'Big Shot' and the 'Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die') finishing it off with a couple of 'Basic Pearls'.

Don't forget if you like the look of this card and want to buy the materials to make something similar yourself you can place a Stampin' Up! order through me. Just email it over: (And don't forget the Sale-a-bration promotion is still on til the end of the month - so if you spend £45 or more you can also get an exclusive stampset or paper pack for FREE - see the righthand side of this blog for more details!) Don't forget after March these sets WILL NOT be available - so get your order in ASAP!!

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Mothers Day Preperations! (sorry for the delayed post!!)

Hey everyone. I'm back home and under strict instructions to rest - hubby went out this morning and brought lots of supplies and told me not to move from the sofa so i thought i'd get out the laptop and update my blog.

I had my little sister stay with us on Saturday and we spent the afternoon/ evening crafting preparing for Mothers Day. So here are our creations.

First up the card i made for my mum:

This card is a 'Poppy Parade' cardbase. On which i layered some of the lovely Sale-a-Bration 'Everyday Enchantment DSP', which i folded over on one corner. I ran some 'Old Olive' card through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die' to create the butterfly and placed some 'Basic Pearls' down the centre. On a strip of 'Whisper White' i stamped the 'I'm blessed to call you mother' sentiment from the 'Blessed Mother' stampset using 'Old Olive' ink. I mounted this onto a wider strip of 'Old Olive' card and tied a piece of 'Baja Breeze' 'Seaming Ribbon'. My mum loved this card and i love this design - i will most definately be CASEing this design in future.

Next up is the card i made for my hubby's Mum to place on her grave:

This card has a 'Wisteria Wonder' cardbase. I layered a piece of 'Paisley Petals DSP' onto a piece 'Concord Crush' card and glued it onto the cardbase. I ran some 'Concrod Crush' through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die' to create the five butterflies and glued them into place, placing some 'Basic Pearls' down the centre of each one.

I stamped the sentiment from the 'Teeny Tiny Wishes' stampset onto some 'Wisteria Wonder' card and punched it out using the 'Word Window Punch' and finally ran some 'Wisteria Wonder' card through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Timeless Type Alphabet Die' to create the 'Mum'.

Before i go i just have a couple of makes my sister made using my craft stash for my mum (bear in mind she is 9 - she is quite the crafter!!):

And here is a cupcake craft giftpot we sewed toegther using some felt and pompoms - it was quite an ordeal to make but i love the end result and we popped some chocs in to give to Mum:

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

My First Mothers Day!

Now my first Mothers Day wasn't quite as planned - spending most of it in hospital - but you may have noticed on my blog on Saturday that i had a secret package delivered:

 Well it was from my lovely friend Lucy and inside was a handmade Mothers Day card (can you guess she is a primary school teacher!!):

I also got a lovely bunch of flowers from hubby and Baby Tiddlywink!! Hopefully next year will be far more relaxing! 

Tuesday, 20 March 2012


Dear all CraftyThinker blog followers,

I'm sorry i haven't been blogging daily as usual. I've been in hospital :( I've had a virus which made me severely dehydrated and so have been on a drip. I'm over the worst and was discharged today - baby Tiddlywink is fine! I'm taking the rest of the week off work to rest. Obviously i haven't been crafting and nowhere near the internet so not been blogging (apart from pre-scheduled posts)

I do have some mothers day projects that i did last week that i will hopefully try to upload - although obviously not overly relevant now that Mothers Day has been and gone maybe you'll find the layouts useful and gain a few ideas.

Normal service will resume soon - i promise.

Please don't abandon me!!

(P.S Thanks to lovely Twitter followers for their kind messages and for keeping me sane for the last three days xxx)

Monday, 19 March 2012

Crafty Boots Challenge: Easter!

It's Crafty Boots Challenge time!! This fortnights challenge is unsuprisingly: EASTER!!! This fortnight we want to see your Easter creations!

So today for inspiration i have my DT creation to share with you:

It's a super cute Easter Chick created using the fabulous 'Top Note Die'! I have to be honest i was inspired by several versions of this online but tweeked it to make it my own.

The cardbase for this card is 'Pumpkin Pie'. The chick has been created from a 'Daffodil Delight' 'Top note' (created using the 'Big Shot') which i edged with 'Pumpkin Pie' ink applied with a 'Sponge Dauber'. His wings were also created using this technique created from a 'Scallop circle' cut in half! and his spiky hair was created by punching some card with the '5 Petal Flower Punch'.

His beak has been punched from some 'Pumpkin Pie' card using the 'Large Heart Punch' and then his eyes were glued on top, created by punching out two '1-1/4" Circles' from 'Whisper White' card and two 'Basic Black' '1/2" Circles'. His eyelets created from a 'Daffodil delight' '1-1/4" Circle' cut in half!

I cut a 'Pumpkin Pie' 'Scallop Circle' into quarters and used two parts to create his little feet, and finally finished him off by tying a bow (from retired ribbon) and sticking it place on his head!

Finally the sentiment is from the 'Teeny Tiny Wishes' set, inked in 'Pumpkin Pie' ink and then punched out using the 'Word Window Punch'.

I look forward to seeing your Easter themed projects - don't forget to enter them into the Crafty Boots Challenge!!

(Don't forget if you like the look of any of the products that i have used in this project you can order them through me! Why not check out the catalogues on the righthand side of this blog and then email over your order to

Saturday, 17 March 2012

For My Nanny ...

Hey all, sorry for the late post today. I've been really busy preparing for Mothers Day! So tonight i want to share with you a gift i made for my mum from baby Tiddlywink:

I brought this box frame from the 'Range', it comfortably fits a 8"x8" layout in it. The background is a piece of 'Everyday Enchantment DSP'. I printed out two scan pictures of Baby Tiddlywink - one at 12 weeks (top pic) and one at 20 weeks (bottom pic) - onto photopaper, mounted this onto some 'Pool Party' and then some 'Lucky Limeade' and glued them in pace. Next i ran some 'Pool Party' and 'Lucky Limeade' card through the 'Big Shot' with the 'Flower Daisies Die'. I glued that into place and placed a 'Designer Button' in the centre with some 'Red Sticky Tape'. I next ran some card through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die' and placed some 'Basic Pearls' down the centre. Finally i created the words 'For my Nanny' by running some 'Pool Party' through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Timeless Type Alphabet Dies'.

I'm really pleased with how this project turned out and hope my mum likes her first gift from her first grandchild!!

I'm really looking forward to tomorrow, we are off visiting family to give out gifts and cards and i even have had a secret package delivered to be opened tomorrow - my first mothers day!!!

Hope you all have a lovely day tomorrow, check back at this blog to see the cards i made for this special occassion!!

Friday, 16 March 2012

Showcasing some work from my crafty friends!!

Woo hoo! It's the weekend! And so a special crafting treat for you all today - i was lucky enough to recieve several handmade cards for my birthday from some very talented ladies, i have them on show in my living room but think it is only right to share them with you all too!!

So here we go... first up a fab card from Jade featuring the 'Crazy For Cupcake' stampset:

Next a card using the 'Create a Cupcake' stampset and some clever embossing by Hannah:

(Hannah also gave me a beautiful Cath Kidson cup and baked me a very yummy gluten free birthday cake!!)

Next up a fab card created by Stephanie-Emma - featuring yummy scrummy 'Rich Razzleberry Ribbon'!!:

Next a card created by the very talented Zoe (card created with non-Stampin' Up! products):

Last but certainly not least - a beautiful card created by Helen (again, not Stampin' Up! products, but still stunning!) :

I'm so lucky to have so many talented, crafty friends that have put aside some time to make something so special for me. I love recieving a handmade card, it makes you feel specially loved!!! Thankyou to all you lovely ladies!!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Birthday Wishes From Ruth!

Hi all, just a quick post today - just wanted to share with you the lovely birthday card that Ruth gave me on Monday:

Ruth stamped the flower from the 'Button Buddies' stamped using 'Tempting Turquoise', 'Daffodil Delight' and 'Tangerine Tango' over some 'Whisper White' card, she mounted this onto a piece of 'Daffodil Delight' and then onto a 'Tempting Turquoise' cardbase. She stamped the happy birthday sentiment and punched it out using the 'Word Window' punch, before layering it onto a 'Daffodil Delight' 'Modern Label Punch' attaching it to the card using some 'Dimensionals' to give it a 3D effect. She finally placed some coordinating 'Designer Buttons' to the centre of the flowers!!

I love this beautiful bright card - it certainly made my birthday very special! Thanks Ruth xxx

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Last Chance: Earn your FREE stamps and papers!


So if you have your heart set on earning one of the free stampsets you MUST email your order over ASAP:

To see the stampsets and papers then click on the Sale-a-Bration leaflet on the righthand side of this blog!

I'm offering FREE P&P - usually £4.95 on ALL qualifying Sale-a-bration orders!! (This a CraftyThINKer customer exclusive offer!)


Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Happy Anniversary Suz and Andy!

What a busy couple of days!! Yesterday was my birthday - last night we went out for a scrummy meal and this morning we had our 20 week scan. Baby Tiddlywink was very very lazy to start off with but soon woke up!!

Today is also special at is our good friend Andy and Suz's Anniversary! So here is the card i made for them:

The card is a 'Baja Breeze' base, with a piece of 'Basic Black' layered ontop. On that i glued a piece of 'Marina Mist' which i ran through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Perfect Polkadot Embossing Folder' to create some texture. The moon was created from a piece of 'Whisper White' punched out using the '1-3/4" Circle Punch'. I then punched two owls from 'Basic Black' card and some branches using the 'Two-Step Bird Punch'. The 'just for you' sentiment is from the 'Tagtastic' stampset, inked in 'Basic Black', i coloured the small flowers from 'Marina Mist' 'Stampin' Write Markers' and then a few teeny tiny 'Basic Pearls' in the centre of them! I punched this out using the 'Decorative Label Punch' and bordered with a 'Basic Black' 'Decorative Label'.

I hope Andy and Suz have had a fab day!

Monday, 12 March 2012

For my Birthday Twin!

Woo hoo!! IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!! So looking forward to going out for a meal tonight with some of my bestest friends!!

Today i have a card to share with you that i have made for a good friend of mine, who also shares the same birthday as me - all the best people are born on the 12th March!! So happy birthday Cate!!

I started with a 'Very Vanilla' cardbase. I wrapped a piece of 'Baja Breeze' 'Seaming Ribbon' around a  piece of 'DSP' from the 'Beau Chateau Collection' and glued it onto the card base. Next i ran a piece of 'Very Vanilla' through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Manhatten Rose Embossing Folder'. I handsnipped the design and cut out the roses, layering them onto the DSP. I was originally going to put a sentiment on the front, but couldn't work out where to pop it so ended up popping it in the inside. Instead i placed three blingy 'Basic Rhinestones' on the front!

I'm not sure if i will have time to deliver this to Cate tomorrow so i may have to give her this on Wednesday at work. I hope you have a brilliant day!! 

Sunday, 11 March 2012

A Thankyou TopNote Card!!

Hey all! Hope you have had a good weekend. I have and can't believe it is almost over!! Today i went down to the seaside with my sisters and whilst there had a scrummy lunch and did lots of shopping!! I'm upset the weekends over but totally looking forward to the week ahead - tomorrow is my birthday and then on Tuesday we have our 20 week scan! Can't wait!!!

Unsuprisingly i haven't had a lot of time to craft this weekend but i have a thankyou card i made earlier in the week to share with you, that my friend Ruth asked me to make for her. I used a similar design to the 'Top Note' card that featured on my blog the other day. (See here) Fiona taught us how to make cards like this and i just love the layout and know i'll be using it a lot in the future:

The card base used is 'Crumb Cake'. The 'DSP' used in this card is from the 'Beau Chateau' and the 'Nursery Nest' collections. As you can see i have used the 'Top Note Die' in this design. The thanks stamp is from the 'Tagtastic' set, inked in 'Baja Breeze', punched with a '1-3/8" Circle Punch', layered onto a 'Soft Suede' 'Scallop Circle' with a little 'Baja Breeze' 'Seaming Ribbon' and a couple of 'Basic Pearls' to embellish the card!!

Ruth wanted these cards made to give to colleagues who accompanied her on an Duke Of Edinborough expedition with some of our students. Despite being nervous about the trip and all the organisations it all went well! It's the first one that Ruth has organised and she did a fab job! Well done Ruth!!

Don't forget if you like the look of any of the products i have used you can buy them straight from me (all orders of £45 will also earn yourself a FREE stampset or pack of paper!!) Email over your order today:

Saturday, 10 March 2012

For all you pet lovers! A Patterned Pets Card!

Hey all, hope you're having a good weekend! Today i have a card to share with you that i have made using the brilliant 'Patterned Pets' stampset from the main catalogue:

So here's the card:

To create this card i stamped the terrier stamp onto some 'Whisper White' card using 'Crumb Cake' ink. I then layered this under a piece of 'Nursery Nest DSP' with a '1-3/4" Circle' punched out of it and layered it all onto a 'Crumb Cake' cardbase. The 'thankyou' sentiment is from the 'Easy Event' stampset inked in 'Crumb Cake' and mounted onto a piece of 'Crumb Cake' card.

A nice, simple card for any dog lover!! I've borrowed this set from my friend Hannah and will be making a few more cards before giving it back - so keep checking my blog!!

Friday, 9 March 2012

Pip's 'Ornate Flower' card!

Today i have a card to share with you that was designed by another fellow demonstrator Pip (AKA Queen Pip!) We made this at Jades crafty day last Saturday:

Although not visable in this photo the cardbase has been created from some 'Confetti White' cardstock (see page 95 of the main catalogue). We ran a piece of 'Pumpkin Pie' 'DSP along the bottom with a strip of 'Lucky Limeade' 'Ruffled Ribbon'. The 'get well soon' sentiment is from the 'Sincere Salutations' stampset, inked using 'Lucky Limeade' and 'Pumpkin Pie' Stampin' Write Markers' onto some 'Whisper White' card, punched out using the 'Decorative Label Punch' and then bordered with a 'Lucky Limeade' 'Decorative Label Punch'.

On the card base we stamped four of the images from the 'Ornate Flowers' set in 'Pumpkin Pie' ink to create a background. On a seperate piece of 'Whisper White' we stamped the framed flower image from the 'Ornate Flowers' set in 'Lucky Limeade' ink. We bordered this onto a piece of 'Lucky Limeade' card and glued this to the card using 'Dimensionals' to create a 3D effect!!

I love the colour combo Pip has used in this design! Don't you?!

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Perfect Mothers Day Creation! Jades Flower Pot Card!

Back again with another creation that we made at Jades craft event last weekend. It was great fun! Each attendee designed a craftymake from Stampin' Up! products and brought the materials with them to share with everyone else!! Jade is planning to arrange another day like this in a couple of months time. Let me know if you would like to attend and you can come along as my guest!

Today i have Jades make which i have to say i love!! It is the perfect mothers day make!! It's a flower pot card which has largely cased  from Amy Celona at Ustamp4fun:

The flower pot has been created from some 'Crumb Cake' cardstock' cleverly folded and cut. Edged with the 'Scallop Trim Border Punch'. We ran some 'Very Vanilla' 'Seaming Ribbon' around the pot. The sentiment is from the 'Happiest Birthday Wishes' stampset (inked in 'Elegant Eggplant') and then punched using the '1-3/8" Circle Punch'. We layered this onto an 'Elegant Eggplant' 'Scallop Circle' before gluing it onto the pot!
The flowers are from the 'Vintage Vogue' stampset and have been inked with 'Perfect Plum' and 'Blushing Bride' onto 'Whisper White' card and then cut out and mounted with dimensionals onto the insert created from 'Whisper White' and 'Elegant Eggplant' card stock:

Additionally we added some foilage which has been punched out of 'Old Olive' card using the 'Two Step Bird Punch' and a lovely butterfly that has been cut using the 'Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die' from some 'Melon Mambo'. I couldn't resist adding some 'Basic Pearls to the flowers and butterflies for a bit of bling. Notice as well we stamped the foilage stamp from the 'Vintage Vogue' set in 'Old Olive' ink onto the insert as well! This insert could be used to write a message or even as a beautiful bookmark!

Now finally ... you may be wondering how this creation is standing up - as it is clearly not your conventional card design. Well here you go:

A cleverly folded strip of 'Elegant Eggplant' card props this card up on any mantelpiece!!

Thanks Jade for sharing this fab design with us! It was great fun to make and it would be perfect for any occassion - a birthday, mothers day or even a get well soon card!!

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Cate's 'Outlined Occasions' Card

Hey all, hope you're having a good week. Today i have a card to share with you that Cate designed and shared with us at Jades crafty gathering last Saturday. It featured the wonderful 'Sale-a-bration' stampset 'Outlined Occasions':

On a strip of 'Wisteria Wonder' we randomly stamped the small flower from the 'Fruit & Flowers' stampset in 'Wisteria Wonder' ink to create a background. On the centre of this piece of card we stamped the 'thanks' sentiment from the 'Outlined Occasions' set in 'Versamark' and then 'White Embossed' it.  We coloured in the sentiment using a 'Perfect Plum' 'Stampin' Write Marker'. We punched three small flowers from the 'Itty Bitty Punch Pack' and glued them randomly in place, finishing them off with some 'Basic Rhinestones' to add a little bling!

We glued this onto a piece of 'Whisper White' and then each side we pierced some holes using the 'Paper Piercing Tool' and the 'Mat Pack' to make sure the lines are all nice and straight!! Finally we glued this onto a 'Wisteria Wonder' cardbase!!

I just love this card and the design! Thanks Cate! It's a great way of showcasing the fab 'Sale-a-bration' set that is available at the moment!! Don't forget you can earn this stampset for FREE, just by making a qualifying order of £45 or more. But don't forget the sale-a-bration promotion is only on until the end of the month so you'll have to get your order in soon. Email it over today:

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Fionas Spice Cake TopNote Card!

Today i have a fabulous card to share with you that a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator Fiona shared with us at Jade's craft get together last weekend. It features the totally versatile 'Top Note Die' and the fanciful 'Spice Cake DSP' from the Spring Mini Catalogue:

I  haven't used this papers before but i have to say i've been completely converted. I love the vintage seventies feel that these designs have to offer!!

So here is the beautiful card we made:

We used a 'Soft Suede' cardbase and folded it in half and then folded the front side of the card in half again to create this unusual card design.

Here's a front few:

We layered some 'Spice Cake DSP' on the front 1/4 of the card, a strip on the edge of the inside edge and the edge on the lefthand edge. To create the front of the card we ran some a piece of 'Soft Suede', a piece of 'Spice Cake DSP' and 'Very Vanilla' card through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Top Note Die'. I cut around the 'DSP' 'Top Note' perforated edge to create a smaller top note shape and mounted it onto the 'Soft Suede' 'Top Note' and then glued it onto the front of the class. In the centre of this i placed a 'Soft Suede' 'Scallop Circle', some 'Very Vanilla' 'Seaming Ribbon' and then stamped the birthday sentiment (from the 'Happiest Birthday Wishes' stampset' in 'Soft Suede' ink onto 'Very Vanilla' card, punching it out with the 'Scallop Circle Punch'.

We stamped the small flower image from the 'Spice Paisley' stampset all over the inside of the card using 'Soft Suede' ink to create a background and then glued the 'Very Vanilla' 'Top Note', stamping another small flower in the corner.

Here's a view of the completed card open, so you can hopefully make sense of my wittering instructions!:

I really enjoyed playing with these papers. Thankyou Fiona for sharing this wonderful creation with us!! I will most definately be using this type of layout again! Watch this space!!

And don't forget products in the mini catalogue are only available until the end of April so if you want to get your crafty mits on these fab papers then make an order sooner rather than later!!! Email me today:

Monday, 5 March 2012

Crafty Boots Challenge: All that Glitters!!

It's that time again - time for another Crafty Boots Challenge and this fortnight the theme is All That Glitters! We want to see all your glittery sparkly craft projects!!

So today i have my DT project to share with you ... a card i made for my friend Kim. It was her hen do this weekend just gone. I opted not to go due to my pregnancy but i wanted her to know that i was thinking of her and wishing her lots of fun so i sent her this card:

This cardbase is 'Melon Mambo', on which i layered some of the 'Cheerful Treat DSP'. I cut a square of 'Melon Mambo' card and ran some 'Red Sticky Strip' around each of the edges and then sprinkled some 'Dazzling Diamonds Glitter' to create a glitter border! Here's a close up:

I then placed a square of 'Whisper White' card in the centre and cut an 'L shape' from some more 'DSP' and glued it into the centre! Finally i placed three 'Basic Pearls' in a line in the bottom righthand corner of the card! I hope Kim had a fab hen do. Next milestone - the wedding! Roll on April!

Don't forget to enter your glittery projects into the Crafty Boots Challenge!

Hope you all have a good week. (Mine hasn't started very well - i'm ill :( So at home resting today.. Fingers crossed i'll feel better soon as i have so much to do in the next couple of weeks.)

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Kat's Piggy Card!! (Featuring the 'Button Buddies' stampset!)

Hey everyone! I hope you're having a fab weekend! I'm having a completely restful one involving lots of crafting! Today i have a card to share with you that was designed by a new crafty pal of mine Kat, who has recently signed up to Stampin' Up! simply to get her crafty mits of the super-value starter kit! (Did you know you could do that?! You can buy the kit without any obligation at all to make sales and you could customise your kit to suit your styles! If you're interested and would like some more details just email me: )

Kat actually chose the fab 'Button Buddies' stampset as one of her sets in the starter kit and i was very excited that she designed a card using this set and shared this with us during yesterdays crafty session! Here it is:

Isn't it soooooo cute! The cardbase has been created from some 'Very Vanilla' cardstock that has been folded and then run through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Large Scallop Die'. Next we ran a strip of  'Certainly Celery DSP' through the 'Big Shot' with the same die, then snipped it to create some grass and glued it into place!

On a piece a 'Very Vanilla' we then stamped the super cute pig from the 'Button Buddies' stampset using 'Rose Red' ink, cut him out and glued him into place. We then stamped out another piggy out and cut out just the nose (sounds a bit cruel i know!) and then raised it using 'Dimensionals' to create a 3D effect!!

Finally we stamped the 'happy birthday' sentiment (from the 'Create-a-Cupcake' stampset) using 'Rose Red' ink onto some 'Very Vanilla' and punched it out using the 'Word Window Punch' and again used 'Dimensionals' to glue it into place.

I just love this card and enjoyed using some new products that i don't personally own. Although i have to say the 'Large Scallop Die' and the 'Button Buddies' stampset are now firmly on my wishlist - maybe i'll be lucky and get them for my birthday next week!!

Thankyou Kat for sharing this cute piggy with us!!!

Check back to my blog tomorrow as it is time for another Crafty Boots Challenge to be announced!!

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Jades Crafty Catchup! My minibook project! (with tutorial!)

Today i have had a fabulously crafty day!! Jade hosted a wonderful Stampin' Up! crafty session. There was six attendees and we all designed and demo'd a project to one another. So at the end of the day we had six different creations to take home!! It was a brilliant idea of Jade's to arrange a day like this because everyone had a completely different style and used a complete range of Stampin' Up! products - it was SO MUCH FUN!

So tonight i want to share with you the project that i designed and shared with my crafty friends. It's a folded minibook, with little pockets that you can place little momentos and photos in and it features some of my most favourite Stampin' Up! projects. So here it is:

The front of the mini-book!
The mini-book is made from a piece of 'Lucky Limeade' card. A4 length x A5 width. With a few clever folds, one cut with the guillotine and a bit of 'Red Sticky Strip' you can create this cute little project in no time at all!!

Here's a little demo of how it is done:

As i said before, you will need one piece of card. A4 length x A5 width. Fold it into 8 equal squares with your 'Bone Folder' (take a bit of time doing this and do it neatly!) Then made a cut with your guillotine as shown in the diagram above and then place the 'Red Sticky Tape' as show above.
Then you have to fold it like this:

And stick everything into place to create your mini-book:

Then it's time to decorate it!!

Once you have created the structure and folded it into place, run a piece of 'Red Sticky Tape' along the front and then run a piece of ribbon along it (in this instance i used a piece of 'Pool Party; 'Ruffled Ribbon'. Over that i glued two piece of the beautiful 'Everyday Enchantment DSP' squares on the front and the back. On the front i glued a 'Lucky Limeade' 'Scallop Circle' and then a butterfly punched using the 'Butterfly Punch' out of 'Everyday Enchantment DSP', with a couple of 'Basic Pearls' running down the centre!
Here's the inside (Please ignore my greasy fingerprints!!):

Notice that i used the '1.2" Circle Punch' to create some little tabs. You could then place little momentos/ photos etc easily in them!!
So there you go!! Hope this little tutorial makes some sense! It really is easy to make and the fab thing is it really doesn't use hardly any cardstock!! I think this would be a lovely project to make for mothers day! Why not give it ago!

Don't forget the beautiful paper i have used for this project you can get for FREE if you make a qualifying Sale-A-Bration order by the end of the month!! So get your order in now. Email me at: and for this month only i will give you FREE P&P on all sale-a-bration orders (usually £4.95)