Friday, 31 August 2012

Only 1 Days Left - August Promo: Reason To Smile!!

Hey everyone. I'm sorry that i haven't been blogging as regularly as usual. Being a mummy is very busy work! But we're getting into bit of a routine now, so hopefully i will have a little more free time to craft and blog!!

I wanted to remind you all that there are only 2 days left of the Stampin' Up! August promotion: 'Reason to Smile'

The Reason to Smile stamp set that is available during August is a definate must have. Retailing at just £14.95 for the clear set (£18.95 for the wood set) it's a bargain because there are 7 different stamps (3 images and 4 backgrounds)
And the best news is that if your order is £60 you can get your hands on this stamp set for FREE. Check out further details here.

Unfortunately i haven't had any time to play with this fab stampset myself yet but Jade (a fellow demonstrator) has shared this card with me to share with you all:

Jade coupled 'Poppy Parade' with 'Lucky Limeade' to create this get well wishes card. The stamps in the set are in 2 parts, the background stamp and the outline stamp, for this card she used the outline stamp and then coloured the images in with 'Stampin' Write Markers' using a 'Blender Pen'.

She then used the smaller flower background stamp to create a background pattern on the 'Lucky Limeade' card base before adding a border strip (punched with the 'Eyelet Border Punch') and then the image panel which was matted onto 'Poppy Parade' card stock.

I just love this card - fab layout and colour combo! If you'd like to make an order and get this stampset for free you only have 2 days left. Email over your order NOW:
Finally i thought i'd share with you my reason to smile at the mo!! A little pic of my gorgeous son Xander:
Awwwwww ... i love him so much!! :)

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Please note - this post will remain at the top of this blog for the whole of August - scroll down to view other CraftyThINKer posts!

If you're mourning the loss of the Stampin' Up! July promotion DO NOT CRY! Here is a reason to SMILE!!

Throughout the month of August you can earn an exclusive stampset for FREE with all orders of £60 or more!!

If you love this set - but simply can't justify spending £60 to get it for FREE you can FOR THIS MONTH ONLY also buy it at the RRP:

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I just love this stampset!! Don't you? Why not get your order in ASAP! Remember this offer is only on through August!! Email me:

Thursday, 30 August 2012

An Elegant Peacock Feather Card!

Today i have a card to share with you that i made for my good friend Jen for her birthday! I just love how it has turned out!!

It features the beautiful peacock faether image from the 'Natures Nest' stampset:

I stamped the feather over the 'Indigo Island' cardbase using the same colour ink to create a background. Then on  square of 'Whisper White' card i stamped the feather image twice using 'Island Indigo' and 'Elegant Eggplant' 'Stampin' Write Markers' and placed some tiny 'Basic Pearls' to embellish. I stamped the sentiment (from the 'Happiest Birthday Wishes' set) using 'Elegant Eggplant' ink and then mounted it all onto a piece of 'Elegant Eggplant' card. Before gluing this onto the cardbase i cut a strip of 'Whisper White' 'Satin Ribbon', folded it over and pierced an 'Antique brad' through it.

I hope Jen likes the card and has a brilliant birthday!! And don't forget if you want to order the beautiful 'Natures Nest' stampset do it today by emailing me:

Monday, 27 August 2012

An 'It's a Boy' card from Stephanie-Emma

Hey all! Sorry i haven't blogged in a while - i have been super busy being a Mummy! I haven't had much time to craft in the last three weeks but luckily for me and Xander we have had a lot of visits from the postman who has been delivering a lot of beautiful handcrafted cards for me to post and share with you!

Today i have a card to share with you made by Stephanie-Emma (AKA Crafty Boots) who has used the beautiful 'Baby Prints' stampset from the Summer Mini Catty - WHICH IS ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL THE END OF THIS MONTH!! (As well as a few non-stampin up products) to make this FAB card!

I love the super cute handprint stamp! It reminds me that this week i must make prints of Xanders hands and feet - that's if he stops wriggling long enough to let me!!

Don't forget the 'Baby Prints' stampset is from the Summer Mini Catalogue - so if you want it in your craft stash you have to order it before the end of this month - get your skates on!! Email your order over NOW!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

More handcrafted cards for Xander!!

Hey all, I'm so sorry i haven't blogged that much recently - i have been a bad blogger and a very busy Mummy!

Dave (my hubby) went back to work last week so i have been adjusting to daytimes just me and Xander!!

Saying that you probably won't be suprised to know that i have had very little time for crafting - only managing to make my crafty boots 'Tweet Tweet' DT card since Xanders arrival. But some of my lovely crafty friends have been creating on my behalf so i have something to blog.

Today i have a couple of cards made to celebrate Xanders arrival - note: these use non-stampin up products but they're so lovely i just had to share them with you!

First up a beautiful card from Dionne (a member of the Crafty Boots Design Team):

I just love the beautiful image - it has been so beautifully coloured. I also love all the additional details! Thanks! xx
And also a card made by one of my husbands colleagues, Linda:

Thankyou once again to everyone who has sent cards and gifts for Xander. I especially adore all the handcrafted gifts/ cards - it really means a lot that someone has taken time out of their busy schedule to create something unique. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 20 August 2012

Crafty Boots Challenge: Tweet Tweet!

Hey all! Another Crafty Boots Challenge for you and this one has been set by ME!! The challenge is called 'Tweet Tweet' and what i'm looking for is a card that features a bird!!

I managed to actually find time in my very busy schedule of being a new mummy to make this card for my Mum's birthday, so here is my DT offering:

On an 'Island Indigo' cardbase i stamped the circle image from the 'Mixed Bunch' stampset to create a background. I then layered a strip of 'Whisper White' card and then a thinner strip of 'Elegant Eggplant' card ontop. Onto this i layered a 'Island Indigo' flower punched out using the 'Blossom Punch' and then ontop of this i stamped a flower image from the 'Mixed Bunch' set using 'Island Indigo' ink, punched it out using the stamp and secured it in place using 'Dimensionals' to raise it 3D. I embellished the flower using 'Basic Pearls.

Next i cut a strip of 'Island Indigo' card and punched along on edge using the 'Eyelet Border Punch' and glued this across the card. On top of which i layered a piece of 'Whisper White' card with a sentiment stamped on it from the 'Happiest Birthday Wishes' set (inked in 'Elegant Eggplant')

Finally to comply with the bird element of the challenge i punched two birds out using the 'Bird Builder Punch'. I stamped the centre of the flower image from the 'Mixed Bunch' set onto the birds wings before securing them in place with 'Dimensionals' and placing some teeny 'Basic Pearls' in the centre. Finally i drew some eyes on the birds using my 'Elegant Eggplant' 'Stampin' Write Marker'.

I look forward to seeing your 'Tweet Tweet' birdy creations!! And don't forget if you want to make a stampin up order drop me an email: DON'T FORGET THERE IS A PROMOTION ON THIS MONTH - CHECK OUT THE TOP OF THE BLOG FOR INFO ON HOW YOU CAN GET A FREE STAMPSET WITH YOUR ORDER!!

Sunday, 19 August 2012

'Button Buddies' card from Fiona!

Hey everyone, hope you're having a lovely weekend and enjoying the sunshine! Today i have another new baby card to share with you. This card has been created by another fellow Stampin' Up! demo - Fiona, who sent this card all the way from America!!

Fiona layered a piece of 'Pool Party' card onto an 'Island Indigo' cardbase. Then on a piece of 'Whisper White' she stamped the congratulations sentiment from the 'Curly Cute' sentiment stampset (in 'Island Indigo' ink and glued it in place onto the 'Pool Party' card. She then cut a piece of 'Island Indigo' 'DSP' and wrapped some 'White Bakers Twine' around it, tying it in a bow.

On a seperate piece of 'Whisper White' she stamped the rattle image from 'Button Buddies' stampset using 'Pool Party' ink, she bordered this onto a piece of 'Pool Party' card before securing it onto the card using 'Dimensionals' to create a raised 3D effect.

I love this card and the colours that Fiona used! I'd like to once again thank my crafty friends for all the beautiful cards they have made to celebrate Xanders arrival!!

If you would like to order any of the products featured then feel free to drop me an email:

Saturday, 18 August 2012

An 'Every Little Bit' New Baby Card From Hannah!

Today i have another New Baby card to share with you created by one of my fabulous crafty friends Hannah using the fab versatile 'Every Little Bit' stampset:

Hannah started off with a 'Whisper White' base and layered some 'Tempting Turquoise' 'DSP' on to it. She then punched out three 'Scallop Circles' from 'Bashful Blue' card and glued them onto the 'DSP'. On some 'Whisper White' card she stamped out the teddybear, cat and dog images from the 'Every Little Bit' stampset using 'Basic Black' ink and then coloured in using 'Blender Pens'. She punched these out using the '1" Circle Punch' and then secured them into place using 'Dimensionals' to create a raised effect. Finally she punched out a heart using the 'Heart to Heart' punch and then covered it in Versamark and then 'Silver Embossing Powder' and then finished it off with the heatgun!

I love this card. Fab layout and completely versatile! There are so many images in the 'Every Little Bit' stampset that you could customise this card depending on the recipient. Thankyou Hannah for being so thoughtful and sending this fab card! Another one for Xanders scrapbook!! xxxxx

Friday, 17 August 2012

A Monkey New Baby Card From Jade!

Back again with another beautiful handmade new baby card. This time a card made by the wonderfully crafty Jade!

She actually used my own stamp set, 'Fox and Friends' to create this card with the cute little monkeys (very sneaky!)  Jade carefully stamped them using her 'stamp-a-ma-jig' so they 'hang' from each other. You will see the middle one has been cut out by hand and raised up with dimensionals and his tail is looped into one of the letters, i love this effect!

Jade used the 'Top Note die' cut from 'Whisper White' card stock and mounted this onto a 'Bashful Blue' 'Top Note' and then added the lettering cut with the 'Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies', of course stamping the cheeky monkeys first.

Jade the stamped out  out the 'hello baby' sentiment from the 'Teeny Tiny Wishes 'stamp set placed just above the 'BOY' inked in 'Bashful Blue', and then she mounted the panel onto 'Shimmery White card; and added a 'designer button' to finish.

I just love this card and of course with changing of sentiments and wordings it could be a fab kids birthday card too!

Thanks Jade!!This card is fab and will most definately be going in Xanders scrapbook!  xxxxxxx

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Hand-made New Baby Cards (Non-Stampin Up)

After announcing the safe arrival of Xander the New Baby cards came through the letterbox thick and fast! It's so lovely that so many friends and family wanted to wish us well.

The most special cards i recieved were those that were handmade. I have several crafty friends and always appriciate handmade designs. Over the next few posts i will share some of these thoughtful beautiful creations with you.

Today i have a couple of non-stampin up (shock horror!) cards to share with you.

First up a card made by Zoe (a member of the Crafty Boots DT team):

I just love the image she has used and the colouring is fab isn't it!!?!
Next up a card made by my lovely friend and neighbour Poppy:

I just love the layering of the super cute bear image on this card and the colour combo!!

Finally a card created by Audrey:

The photo here doesn't do the card justice - sorry Audrey! I love the embossed bear on this card and the jewels!!

 Thankyou to all the lovely ladies who have put aside time to create these beautful cards!!

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Introducing Alexander William Tidd!

Hey all,

A quick post from me today to announce the safe arrival of baby Tiddlywink - alexander (Xander) William Tidd.  He actually arrived two weeks ago today - on the 1st August at 5.16am, weighing a teeny 5lb 10oz.

As you can imagine life has been a little hectic since his arrival - not much time for crafting or blogging. I have some posts scheduled for the rest of this month - but hope to get back up and running in September.

Feel free to email me over any orders - don't forget there is an August promotion on - check out the top of my blog for details and make sure you don't miss out!!

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Up, Up and Away! A hot air balloon card!

Hey all! Last month my good friend Ruth came round for a crafty sesh! She shared with me a card that she had made for her hubby and as soon as i saw it i knew i just had to CASE it!

It features the 'Up, Up and Away' stampset - which is in the mini catalogue - and possibly only available until the end of this month! So if you LOVE don't forget to get your order in ASAP!

So heres the card:

This card started life as a 'Basic Grey' cardbase! I then found a piece of 'Baja Breeze card' which i stamped the clouds and bird images from the fab 'Up, Up and Away' stampset, using 'Basic Grey' ink (and three hot air balloon baskets) I coloured the clouds in using my 'Uniball White Gel Marker' and stamped the sentiment also in 'Basic Grey' ink. I glued this onto the card base and then underneath placed a piece of 'Basic Black' card which i ran through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Stripes Embosisng Folder' to create some texture, finishing it off with a  strip of 'Daffodil Delight' 'Grosgrain Ribbon'.

I then stamped the balloons on  some scraps of 'Whisper White' using 'Real Red' and 'Daffodil Delight' ink. I cut these out my hand and then secured them in place using 'Dimensionals' to raise them and make them 3D!

I just love this card and this stampset! So thankyou Ruth for sharing with me!! Don't forget if you would like to have this stampset in your crafty kit you really should order it this month as it features in the mini catalogue and there is no guarentee that it will feature in the new main catalogue. Don't miss out!! Email me your order today: AND don't forget there is a promo on throughout August - a free exclusive stampset - see the top of this blog for details!

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Happy Birthday Nan! A bookmark card!

Yesterday i shared with you a beautiful bookmark we created at Jades 'Big Shot' craft class last month:

See yesterdays blog for details on how to create this bookmark!

Jade showed us how to transform this lovely bookmark into a card, which i intend to give to my Nanny Hazel as today is her birthday!!

We began with a square 'Whisper White' base which we folded along the top. On which we mounted a piece of 'Early Espresso' card and then a piece of 'Whisper White' card which we ran through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Square Lattice Embossing Folder'. We wrapped the bookmark around the card, securing it in place with a couple of glue dots (allowing the recipient to remove the bookmark with ease and make use of it!!) Finally we embossed the 'happy birthday' sentiment' from the 'For My Family' stampset using 'Versamark', 'White Embossing Powder' and a 'Heat Gun'. We punched the sentiment out using the 'Word Window Punch' and then secured it in place using 'Dimensionals' to create a 3D effect.

I love this idea! A fab way of incorporating a gift and a card - don't you think?! Thankyou to Jade for sharing this idea with me! I will most definately be making more of these cards in the future!!

Friday, 10 August 2012

A Flower Bookmark!

Last month i made this beautiful bookmark at a 'Big Shot' craft class hosted by Jade and i just had to share it with you:

We created this bookmark by running some 'So Saffron' card through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Fun Flowers Die'. We distressed the edges of the flower using a 'Sponge Dauber' and some 'Early Espresso' ink and then glued all the components together. We secured a 'Designer Button' threaded with 'Bakers Twine' to the centre of the flower using 'Red Sticky Tape'. Finally we glued a piece of 'Satin Ribbon' to the back of the flower!

Check back on my blog tomorrow to see how we used this bookmark to create a beautiful card!!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Creating butterflies from the 'Mixed Bunch' stampset!!

As soon as i got my hands on the 'Mixed Bunch' stampset i HAD to have a go at creating butterflies from the stampset!!

I made this card for my good friend (and crafty partner in crime) Jade, as it is her birthday today!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JADE!!

This is how i made the card:
I used the 'rock and roll' technique using 'Daffodil Delight' and 'Pumpkin Pie' ink to stamp three flowers from the 'Mixed Bunch' stampset and punched them out using the 'Blossom Punch'. I snipped two petals off of each one to create some butterflies and then placed three 'Basic Pearls' down the centre of each one to create the butterfly bodies!!

The cardbase is 'Pumpkin Pie' which i folded over the top and ran through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Stripes Embossing Folder'. I stamped the sentiment from the 'Happiest Birthday Wishes' set using 'Lucky Limeade' ink on the top of the cardbase, then wrapped some 'Lucky Limeade' 'Ruffled Ribbon' around the base and tied a bow and then glued the three butterflies in place!!

I just love the idea of using the stampsets and punches in an alternative way and just love the way these butterflies have come out!! I can't wait to make some more!!

Don't forget if you LOVE this 'Mixed Bunch' stampset and coordinating 'Blossom Punch' as much as me then make sure you get your order in ASAP as they're in the summer mini catalogue and there is NO guarantee that they will be in the the new catalogue that will be launching next month - so email your order over today:

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Waterfall Album!

Last month my crafty friend Jade attended a craft class held by another fellow demonstrator and learnt how to make beautiful waterfall albums! Unfortunately due to being heavily pregnant i was unable to attend however Jade kindly shared this technique with me at a recent crafty sesh at her house and i made one for my friends Jen and Andy for a wedding gift!!

Here's the front of my completed 'Waterfall Album':

The colours are 'Pool Party', 'Island Indigo' 'Crumb Cake' and 'Whisper White'. You can just see in the photo there is a panel of 'Pool Party' which has been run through the 'Big Shot' using and then the 'Stripes Embossing Folder. I have also used some 'Crumb Cake' 'DSP'.

To create the image on the front i (well ... if i'm honest, Jade) printed the 'Congratulations Jen & Andy, 21st july 2012 on the computer and then stamped the image from the 'Apothecary Art' stampset in 'Island Indigo' ink - i had to carefully line this up using my trusty 'Stamp-a-ma-jig'. I cut this image out using the 'Big Shot' and the 'Labels Collection Framelits Die' and then mounted it onto a larger 'Island Indigo' label! Here's a close up:

Here is the inside of the album:

I kept the pages inside treasonably simple with the view that Jen and Andy could add some photos from their wedding reception and some captions in themselves. I simply embellished the album with 'Crumb Cake' DSP', 'Island Indigo' card which has been punched using the 'Eyelet Border Punch' and the beautiful butterfly from the 'Clearly For you' stampset inked in 'Island Indigo'.

The other pages fold out like a 'waterfall' when you pull the tab (which was created from a 'Decorative Label Punch')

The mechanism to create this card is very technical and difficult to explain - i suggest you google waterfall cards/ albums and you'll find a range of tutorials to guide you though it! I was lucky enough to have Jade's guidance!

I have to admit this project was completely time consuming but i'm thrilled with the final product - although i think it is fair to say  special people will receive one of these made by me as they are hardwork to complete!!!!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

It's A Boy Gift Tag!

Hey all! I'd like to share with you today a way of using Stampin' Up! products to gift wrap:

Recently our friends Rob and Iwona went for their 20 week scan and found out they are also having a BOY!! woo hoo! A little playmate for our little man! I couldn't resist buying them a little blue wall hanging for their nursery when i was out shopping and wanted to wrap it - but couldn't not find a suitable gift tag so decided to make my own! I wrapped the gift in tulle and then recycled some ribbon i had lying about.

To create the gift tag i stamped the little feet image from the 'Baby Prints' stampset using 'Bashful Blue' ink and then stamped the 'it's a boy' sentiment over the top using 'Pacific Point' ink. I then cut this image out using my 'Big Shot' and a die from the 'Labels Collection Framelits Die'. I then punched a hole in the corner using my trusty 'Crop-a-Dile' and threaded it through the ribbon!! Making the perfect gift tag!!!

Monday, 6 August 2012

Crafty Boots Challenge: Postcards!

Hey all, i present to you all this fortnights Crafty Boots Challenge. Which this time has been set by Gabrielle. The challenge theme is: Postcards (think holidays, sand, sea and sun!)

I'm not gonna lie - i found this one a challenge. There are several Stampin' Up! stampsets i could have used but unfortunately didn't have them to hand, so i had to improvise and go down the holiday theme. This is what i came up with:

I've created a seaside themed 'step-card'. The cardbase is the appropriately named 'Pool Party' which i folded to create the three 'steps'.

The first step represents the sand and i cut and layered a piece of my hubbys sandpaper to create the texture. The shells have been stamped from the beautiful 'Natures Nest' stampset - i stamped these onto some 'Very Vanilla' cardstock using 'Soft Suede' ink and then layered them up on one another and placed a 'Basic Pearl' in the centre of the top one.

The sea layer is created from some aptly named 'Marina Mist' cardstock which i ran through the 'Big Shot' a few times using the 'Adorning Accent Embossing Folders' to create the embossed sea waves. I then stamped the cute little fishes (from the the fab 'Something Sweet' stampset) using 'Pumpkin Pie' ink onto some scraps of 'Whisper White' cut them out by hand and glued them in place.

To create the sky layer i worked with the 'Pool Party' base as the sky and created the two clouds by punching a piece of 'Whisper White' card using the 'Scallop Circle' punch and cutting it into two. I used my 'Bashful BBlue' Stampin' Write Marker' to add some detail to the edges of the cloud before gluing them to the base (the smaller cloud being attached in place using 'Dimensionals' to raise it up.)
Finally the sun has been created from 'Daffodil Delight' cardstock and 'Grosgrain Ribbon'. I punched out the card using the '1-3/8" Circle Punch' and then cut four pieces of ribbon and layered them behind to create the sunrays. I wrote the sentiment by hand using my 'Pumpkin Pie' 'Stampin' Write Marker'!

Hope you have time to have a go at this challenge - i can't wait to see all your creations! And make sure you check back to Crafty Boots Challenge Blog next fortnight as i have set the challenge and i think it will be a popular one!!

Don't forget if you want to rder any Stampin' Up! products feel free to email me: . Check out the fab August offer at the top of my blog and there are online catalogues available to view on the righthandside of this blog!!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

A 'Mixed Bunch' card for Tori!

Hey all! Hope you're all having a lovely Summer! Today i have another card i made and gave out during the busy month of July but didn't have time to share with you... a birthday card for Tori, whose birthday it was on the 23rd.

I create an easel cardbase from some 'Night of Navy' card. I glued a piece of 'Melon Mambo' 'DSP' onto the cardbase. The flower was created by stamping the flower image from the 'Mixed Bunch' stampset onto 'Whisper White' card using 'Melon Mambo' ink. I punched it out using the coordinating 'Blossom Punch' and then layered it onto a 'Night of Navy' blossom, the leaves were also made using the punch from some 'Lucky Limeade' card, i glued these all into place and popped a 'Basic Rhinestone' in the centre to add a bit of bling!

I stamped the sentiment (from 'Petite Pairs') using 'Melon Mambo' and 'Night of Navy' 'Stampin' Write Markers' and punched it out using the 'Curly label Punch' mounting it onto a 'Melon Mambo' 'Curly Label Punch' cut in half. I secured this in place using 'Dimensionals' to create a device to prop up the easel card! Finally i stamped the circle image from the 'Mixed Bunch' set using 'Melon Mambo' ink and punched them out using the '3/4" Circle Punch', gluing them in place and finishing them off with a little more bling!!

I really hope Tori had a brilliant birthday and enjoyed the card! She has recently got the crafting bug so hopefully this will give her some inspiration to get crafty!!

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Engagement Wishes for Lloyd and Katie!

July was a super busy month and i made so many cards i didn't have time to feature on my blog! Exciting news my cousin Lloyd popped the question to his girlfriend Katie and she of course said YES! So i made this engagement card to send to them:

On a 'Very Vanilla' base i layered up a strip of 'Cherry Cobbler' card and then a piece of 'DSP' from the 'Holly Berry Bouquet' collection, whih i embellished with some 'Basic Pearls'. I then cut a square of 'Cherry Cobbler' card and glued that onto the 'DSP'. I punched a 'Heart' from some 'Very Vanilla' card, which i ran through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Adorning Accents Embossing Folders' to create the cute heart texture!! and then glued it into place using some 'Dimensionals' to craete a 3D effect. Finally i stamped the congrats sentiment from the 'Tagtastic' stampset onto some 'Very Vanilla' card using 'Cherry Cobbler' ink, mounted it onto a slightly larger piece of 'Cherry Cobbler' card and then finally embellished the sentiment with some of the teeny 'Basic Pearls'.

Wishing Lloyd and Katie all the best for the future! Congratulations guys! xxxxxx

(And don't forget if you would like to order any of the products used to create this card drop me an email: - you can view the catty online via the link on the righthand side of this blog!)

Friday, 3 August 2012

Happy 30th Lisa!

On the 31st July it was my cousins fiancee Lisa's 30th birthday and so today i have the card i made her to share with you:

The cardbase i used is 'Lucky Limeade'. On which i layered a pice of 'Whisper White' card. On a seperate piece of 'Whisper White' i stamped the flower image from the 'Mixed Bunch' stampset three times using 'Pool Party' ink and then punched it out using the cooridnating 'Blossom Punch'. I layered two of these straight onto the 'Whisper White' base, trimming the edges slightly. I punched some 'Lucky Limeade' and 'Island Indigo' card again using the 'Blossom Punch' to create the leaves and another flower, which i glued in place and then glued the 'Pool Party' on top. I then stamped the circle image from the set using 'Island Indigo' ink, punched it out using the '3/4" Circle Punch' and then placed a teeny tiny'Basic Pearl' in the centre! Finally i ran some 'Island Indigo' card through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Timeless Type Alphabet Dies' to create the '30' which i glued to the corner of the card. To finish off the card i stamped the sentiment (from 'Happiest Birthday Wishes') on a seperate strip of 'Whisper White' using 'Island Indigo' ink and handsnipped the edges!.

I haven't featured this stampset before it uses the wonderful 'Mixed Bunch' stampset - which i completely LOVE!!! And the brilliant thing is that it comes with a coordinating punch!!!!

This is a must have for you craft kit - and being in the summer mini catalogue - there is NO guarantee that it will be in the new stampin up catty - so if you want it you really should order it THIS MONTH!! Email me to place your order today: 

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Punchart: Beer Mug Card!

Hey everyone! Yesterday was my step-dad Johns birthday. So i thought today i would share with you the punchart card that i made for him.

I have to be honest it is not an original idea. I followed a tutorial by Tami White change a couple of the punches and the embossing folder Tami used as i didn't have them to hand! So here's the card:

The cardbase is 'Whisper White' on which i layered a piece of 'Early Espresso' card which i ran through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Square Lattice Embossing Folder' to create texture. The beer much has been made from 'Very Vanilla card (find the dimensionals by following Tami's tutorial - link above) and rounded the corners using the 'Corner Rounder', the handle is also made from 'Very Vanilla' card punched using '1-3/4" Circle Punch' (and i had to use a button lid to draw around as i didn't have the larger punch that Tami used) Next cut some strips of 'So Saffron' card and round the edges and glue them into place to make the beer!

The sentiment has been stamped from the 'Happiest Birthday Wishes' set onto some 'Whisper White Card and then mounted onto some 'Early Espresso' and glued into place.

Finally i had to make the beer froth! This was created by punching shapes out of some 'Very Vanilla' cardtsock using the '1-3/8" Circle Punch', '1-1/4" Circle Punch' and '1/2" Circle Punch', which i edged using a 'Sponge Dauber' loaded up with some 'So Saffron' ink and then arranged them into place. (Note i used some 'Dimensionals' to raise some of the froth bubbles!!)

If you would like to make this card and would like to order the products to make it then drop me an email: