Sunday, 30 December 2012

Anniversary Card

Papaya Collage Anniversary Card

This was an emergency anniversary card!

Does that happen to anyone else you realise you need a card and has to be posted today! Or is it just me.

So this was very simple, just a single layer most of the elements have been hand cut so that takes a bit more time but it's worth the effort.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Friend Card

This is a lovely cheerful card perfect for a friend that needs a little lift.

It's nice to give cards for no particular reason at all, just as it's nice to receive a card for no reason at all but to make you feel special or cheer you up.

These really simple brayered cards are ideal and very quick to make.

Choose your colours

You want colours that are differing shades some light and some dark and colours that will compliment one another and create the feel you want to achieve. Remember that anything with red in will jump to the foreground.

Choose your stamps

You want a variety of stamps, some which are line images and some which are bolder, filled in images or blocks.

The video shows how to use the brayer to create the background.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Minimal Card

Keeping this card simple was really difficult!

This card has very little on it or to it and I really wanted to keep doing more but I think it seems simple and stylish.

I did feel it needed something so a few of the little flowers I touched up with crystal effects and I added a few pearls to the corner.

This is the summer silhouettes stamp set which was a giveaway at the Stampin' Up! convention.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Quick And Easy Christmas Card

A Quick Embossed Christmas Card

Christmas Card, Stampin Up, Scentsational Season, Embossed Card

Quick Christmas Card

This card has been both heat embossed, with the peppermint scented embossing powders, 127830 £4.95. As well as dry embossed with the 'Holiday Frame' embossing folder, 127820 £7.50. The scentsational Season bundle was used which includes the stamp set and framelits dies, 129946 £28.95 (clear mount).

All products above are from the Autumn/Winter catalogue which is launching September 1st.

Additionally Whisper white card stock, 106549 £7.50, lucky limeade ink, 122935 £4.95, and Teeny Tiny wishes stamp set, 115370 £32.95.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Penguin Wedding Invitations

Stampin' Up! Owl Punch Wedding Invitations

The owl builder punch was used to make these lovely winter wedding invitations.

The gate fold card was scored from basic black card stock, using the simply scored scoring tool and the metric scoring plate.

For the background whisper white card stock was put through the paper crimper and basic black card was layered on top after having been embossed with the vintage wallpaper embossing folder.

Brushed silver and whisper white card were cut with the Framelits labels collection and used to frame the penguins.

The penguins are punched, with the owl punch, and transformed by cutting off the ears.

Supplies used:
- Basic Black card Stock, item 121688, £6.25.
- Whisper white card stock, item 106549, £7.50.
- Brushed Silver card stock,  item 124918, £7.50.

Tools Used:
- Paper Crimper, item 101618, £21.50.
- Sizzix Big Shot, item 113439, £87.95.
- Vintage wallpaper embossing folder, item 120175, £6.95.
- Framelits labels, item 125598, £22.95.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Gift bags

These are very cute little handbag gift bags

I love making these because they're really simple but look great. They make excellent gift bags or a nice little holder for some note cards.

handmade gift bags, stampin up, patterned papers

Still using up my Everyday Enchantments Designer Series Paper.

I have added a video tutorial for hot to make these lovely gift bags. Gift Bag Tutorial

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Triple stamped card

Triple Stamped Technique

Had a go at a triple stamped technique on this card. Calypso coral and whisper white card and ink. Mixed bunch stamp set.

triple stamped card, stampin up mixed bunch, stampin up, flower, handmade card
Triple Stamped Card

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Pop Up Photo Album Card Tutorial

This album has some photos from our recent family vacation to Florida. I haven't been able to find the time recently to do a vacation scrapbook so I thought a nice alternative was to do a mini album. This would also make a great card.

Supplies needed:
- Daffodil Delight, 2 sheets of A4 and 1 A5.
-Tangerine tango, A4 card stock, 1 sheet.
-Real Red, A4 card stock, 1 sheet.
-9 photos.
-Big top Birthday quick accents or other similar embellishments.

Forming the Central Panels

  • Take 2 sheets of Daffodil Delight and trim (the long edge) to 148mm (this will be marked on your trimmer as A5).
  • Score at 105 mm (half fold A5) and 210 mm straight through from top to bottom. 

Creating the pop up pages

  • Next make a small score, about 2cm long at 52.5mm (gate fold A5), on top and bottom. This will be the pop up fold line.
  • Crease the 210mm score line (made in previous step). Butt this edge against the side and make 2 small score lines, at 52.5mm, about 2cm long at both top and bottom. This will also be a pop up fold line.

  • Now we want to score the cut line. There are 2 cut lines, one on the top and the other on the bottom.
  • We already have guide marks, from the previous steps, the pop up fold line shows where the cut lines begin and end. We will use the 26mm channel, on the simply scored board. (If using another score board you can choose an appropriate score line).

  • Place the card on the scoreboard and fold one panel up (as in picture), look over the top, of the folded panel, to judge when the scoring tool is in the correct channel. 
The metric scoring plate is great here, because there aren't as many channels you can find the right one easily. 

  • Score the line and stop when you are level with the guide marks.
  • Rotate the card again and score the short 'guide' score lines till they meet the 'cut' line. You may have to do this a few times until the meet up nicely.

(You could just score the pop up lines all the way through. You could cover the crease with some decoration or embelishment)

  • Repeat the previous steps for the other edge and then cut, both lines, with a knife. Burnish all of your score lines and fold into the correct shape.

The central panels will fold to give one peak and one valley. The narrow strips at the edges will give fold to give two peaks and two valleys.

Forming The End Panels

  • Cut the Tangerine Tango into two A5 sheets.
  • Make a score line at 52.5mm. Rotate 180 degrees and score again at 52.5mm. (Same as a gate fold card)

  • Burnish the score lines and fold to give one peak and one valley.
  • Do the other sheet in the same way.

Assembling the Card

  • The finished card will be symmetric and the two central panels will fit together on an A5 sheet. This is shown below.

  • The Tangerine pieces go on the outer edges of the Daffodil pieces, the edges of the daffodil delight card stock will be on show so we want to decorate these. I used the big shot to emboss this, the embossing folder didn't reach the full length. To fill the gap I lined up the embossing folder with the existing pattern and used my scoring tool to dry emboss the remainder by hand.
A border punch on the edge would also work well.

  • Glue the two daffodil delight sections, centrally, to an A5 daffodil delight sheet. Disguise the seem, I used a paper ribbon from the Big Top Birthday, Quick Accents.

  • Glue the tangerine tango sections to the daffodil delight sections.

  • Now it's time to decorate.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Personalised New Baby Card

Cute little new baby name card

This was a card for my friends little girl that I personalised with the Varsity Alphabet set and the little owl was made using the owl builder punch.

The background is from the nursery nest designer series paper which is always handy for making a ready made background for a quick card.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Trinket Box

This little trinket box is full of surprise!

I seen something similar while surfing the net a while ago and decided to give it a go myself.

I made great use of my new simply scored board and some designer series paper that I got back in February for sale-a-bration. 

These paper, Everyday Enchantment, have just been re-released as well and the new current promotion gives a matching brad and ribbon pack for a £45 spend. The papers are also available for purchase while stocks last.

I wish I'd put some designer series paper on the inside too as it would have given me a nicer finish. Next time!

Supplies used:
-In colour card stock, 12x12, 124328, £8.75.
-Everyday Enchantment Paper, 126154, £9.95.
-Brads, In colour designer printed brads, 122940, £7.25.

Tools Used:
-Simply scored, 122334, £25.95.
- Fancy Flower punch, 118073, £15.50.

Monday, 2 July 2012

Small Chest with Drawers

Decorated Chest of Drawers

I have finaly finished decorating this chest of drawers and now I'm really kicking myself for not taking some before and during photographs.

The chest came from ikea and was plain wood and a little rough in areas so I sanded it down, lightly.

The next thing was to colour the wood. I used a pool party ink refill and applied it with a paint pad (the ones used for decorating), I just put a few drops of ink on the pad and rubbed it over the wood, for the curved areas where the pad wouldn't fit i found a dry baby wipe worked well. Concentrating on the areas that would be visible.

To decorate the drawers I used the everyday enchantment designer paper that I got during sale-a-braition period. These papers have now been released for sale, while stocks last.

 I inked the edges of the paper with crumb cake ink and made some faux stitches round the edges, also in crumb cake. I used a pva glue to stick the papers down and gave the whole thing a good coat of pva glue, using a paint brush, to seal it.

I'm very pleased with the results but I think maybe I should have done some stamping on the papers too.

Supplies used:
- Pool party ink refill, Idea Book and Catalogue p90, £2.75.
-Everyday enchamntment, designer series paper, (limited time only) £9.95.
- Crumb cake ink pad, Idea Book and Catalogue p94, £4.95.
- Crumb cake stampin' marker, Idea Book and Catalogue p94, £2.75.

Non-Stampin' Up Supplies
-Moppe chest of drawers, ikea.
- Paint pad, diy store.
- Paint brush, diy store.

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Saturday, 30 June 2012

Save the date card

Wedding Stationary

save the date, wedding stationary, black and white wedding

save the date, wedding stationary, black and white wedding

These save the date cards were made using the medalion background stamp. Stamped white on black and black on white, I then stamped over the first image in shimmer paint.

I made these as postcards rather than full cards which means that 96 cards can be made from the one lot of supplies.

Supplies used

White on Black
-Whisper white card stock, Idea Book and Catalogue Page 94, £7.50.
-Basic Black cardstock, Idea Book and Catalogue Page 94. £6.25.
-White Craft Stampin Pad, Idea Book and Catalogue Page 94, £7.25.
-Medalion Stamp, Idea Book and Catalogue Page 78, £16.95.
-Shimmer Paint Champaigne, Idea Book and Catalogue Page 113, £4.95.

Project cost £42.90

Black on White
-Whisper white card stock, Idea Book and Catalogue Page 94, £7.50.
-Basic Black cardstock, Idea Book and Catalogue Page 94. £6.25.
-Basic Black Stampin Pad, Idea Book and Catalogue 94. £4.95.
-Medalion Stamp, Idea Book and Catalogue Page 78, £16.95.
-Shimmer Paint Champaigne, Idea Book and Catalogue Page 113, £4.95.

Project cost £40.60

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Friday, 29 June 2012

Card Class

These are the cards from the card class this month.

Some of the techniques used were brayering, masking, and dry embossing. If you' like to come along to my next class and learn papercrafting techniques please contact me on

Monday, 25 June 2012

Party Pinwheels

These pinwheels make excellent party favours. The ones in the picture are made from daffodil delight and tempting turquoise designer series paper.

I used lolly sticks, dressmaking pins and plastic beads to make the turning mechanism.

Products Used:

- Patterns designer series paper stack (brights), 2011-2012 idea book and catalogue p99, £19.50.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Paper Flower Arrangement

Just love these paper floweres in the in colours

I'm not much of a florist but I made this little arrangement using the in colours.

The little vase I picked up at Dunelm mill for £2.99 and I already had the glass pepples.

I used the flower daisies die and layered them up, then just stuck them to the stems, which I picked up at the craft shop. Easy.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Double tri-fold cascade card

This was my first attempt at a double tri-fold cascade card. That's a bit of a mouthful!

Supplies used:
  • Mixed Bunch stamp set, p25 summer mini catalogue.
  • Precious butterflies hostess set, p12 idea book and catalogue.
  • In Colours ink lucky limeade, calypso coral and pool party.
  • Gel pen p113 idea book and catalogue.
  • Simply scored scoring board.
  • Sizzix big shot p121 idea book and catalogue.
  • Beautiful butterflies die p123 idea book and catalogue.
  • Edgelits Dies p9 summer mini catalogue.
  • Textured Impressions embossing folders.
  • SAB designer series paper (no longer available)
  • tools

Friday, 25 May 2012

Happy Birthday Banner

I've been so lazy with my blog recently I still have some makes from Cameron's birthday that I haven't even posted yet.

Personalised Happy Birthday Banner

The banner was really fun to make using the Big Top Birthday designer series paper, some co-ordinating card stock real red, daffodil delight and old olive. The Letter it alphabet, 1-3/4 circle and scallop square punch. I hand cut the pennants and strung it all on some twine.

Monday, 30 April 2012

2 Weeks in Florida

I can't believe I've been so lazy about my blogging lately. I have actually been busy with a few projects and I just haven't put them on yet and now I'm off for 2 weeks to Florida, yeah!

When I get back I'll be able to update you all with my makes for the past few weeks.

Looking forward to my holiday and I'll be back soon.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Scrapbook page with paper flowers

I'm very pleased with this scrapbook page, there is quite a lot of work in it but I think it turned out well.

It's embellished with lots of different  paper flowers and ruffled up satin ribbon.

The flowers are all made from punched shapes which I've layered up to give depth, the flowers have also been layered upon one another for more depth and some ruffled up ribbon gives some texture. The vintage look was achieved using the stampin' up distress essentials kit both the files and the ink have been used.

Paper - Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper.
Punches - Fancy flower, 1-3/4 " Circle, Blossom Builder punch, Itty Bitty Shapes.
Cardstock - Marina Mist
Stamp Sets - Paisley Petals
Accessories - Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Pearl Jewels, Linen Thread. Sizzlets sweet buttons die.
Ink - Marina Mist, Distressing essentials Mahogany.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Birthday Party invitations

These are the invitations I've made for Cameron's birthday party.

He's not as impressed with the invitations as he was with the favors, think that's because the favours have sweets in.

Cardstock. Read Red, Whisper White and Daffodil Delight
Punches. Decorative label, Fancy Flower, Word Window and 1-3/4 " Circle.
Stamp Sets. Under the Big Top
Other. Big Top Birthday Quick Accents, Stampin Write Markers.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Birthday Party Favors

These little treat pouches are filled with starburst sweeties and the rosette decoration has a pin on the back to make it a little badge.

They're for my little boys birthday. The cost was very low and they were very easy and quick to make.

I'm very pleased with how they turned out and I'm feeling rather clever.

Paper - Big Top Birthday.
Cardstock - Whisper White
Stamp Sets - Under the big top
Ink - Staz on, Stampin' write Markers

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Mothers Day Card

This card was easy to make and very quick, especially using my new punches. I treated myself to the label punch and the postage stamp punch which is from the spring mini catalogue.

Wedding Card

This card is for my cousin who gets married on April 13th. The wedding season has arrived! The colours are rich razzleberry on very vanilla and I've added some interest to the background with some paper piercing.

stampin up, handmade wedding card

I used a doily stencil I had as a guide for the paper piercing but a paper doily would also work.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Paper Sunflower Photo

This little sunflower was made for my little boy to give to his Gran on her Birthday.

build a blossom, stampin up, sunflower, photo frame

I used photo editing software to print the photo out in sepia tones. I drew round a lid from a brad container and cut out the circle. I inked the edges a little using a sponge dabber and mahogany ink from the stampin' up distressing essential kit. The stampin up petal builder punch was used to cut petals from daffodile delight cardstock. Once the petals were glued to the back of the photo I glued the flower onto a green drinkling straw. I then glued a cardstock circle to the back of the flower to neaten it up.

I think it looks great.