Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Happy Birthday Lucy

Another card to add to my little box but get this, I don't need this one until March!!!!!!! I got the stamp as a Chrimbo pressie from Natalie and couldn't wait to ink her up and knew exactly who to make the card for !! One of Evan's little girlfriends!!!! He does have a couple!!!
You cannot see very clearly but her name has been all glittered with Stardust stickles!!!
I have coloured Tilda with Stampin Up Inkpads, I am getting used to this method now, and gradually improving (I think!). The colours used are Pretty in Pink for the clothing, Blush Blossom for the skin and Close to Cocoa for her hair.
The papers used are Sweet Always and the name has been stamped with the Big Deal alphabet and cut out, then stickled!
The number 6 is from the Schoolbook Serif Numbers set, I will get a lot of use out of this as I make a lot of kids birthday cards! Punched out with the 1 3/8 circle punch and then the Scallop Circle punch. Used the Scallop Edge punch and then Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon in one of my favourite type of bows!
I want to take this opportunity to wish all my lovely readers a very Happy New Year. 2008 has been a fab year for me with my Stampin Up!! I am very excited to continue this into 2009. Sale-a-bration starts tomorrow so please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to make a purchase!!!
Don't forget also my offer for anyone wishing to sign up as a demonstrator. Please see my sidebar for details but you could earn 2 extra free sets of any value from the current catalogue!!!
Happy 2009!!

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Mr & Mrs Anniversary card

My Mum and Dad have been married 36 years on a few weeks, here is the card I have made for them. It is made with the Mr & Mrs stamp set from Stampin Up. This was one of the free sets I earned recently for meeting my targets!!! I was a very happy bunny to get lovely freebies so thank you to everyone who is one of my customers!!!!! You are very much appreciated!
The card looks a bit pale on the screen. My Mum's favourite colour is lilac hence the colour scheme and I just know she will love the hat pin with beads threaded onto it!I have stamped the floral image randomly to create a background. I think there is something missing so I made add a bit of sparkle to the centres of some of the flowers.

Not long now until the big SALE-A-BRATION. I will be back soon with samples of cards with some of the sets you can earn FREE!!!!!!

Bye for now!



Monday, 29 December 2008

Card for Matthew!

In my quest to get all of my birthday cards for the next couple of months done, here is a card I need for 4th January for a party my little boy is going to!
I haven't had my Sugar Nellies out for a while so I thought I would use the Skater Boy one.

The image has been coloured with my Stampin Up inkpads and an Aquabrush. The colours used are Tempting Turquoise for the hat, skateboard,shoes,belt and sleeves, Green Galore for the topand Brocade Blue for the jeans.
The number 6 has been stamped using the Schoolbook Serif numbers and the name has been stamped directly onto the patterned paper using the Schoolbook Serif Alphabet.
Papers are Stampin Up Rainbow Sherbert and ribbon is SU Tempting Turquoise.
Hope you like, I am really pleased to get organised with my cards, can't stop making them at the moment!!
If you would like to order any Stampin Up products, please don't hesistate to contact me!! Check out the Sale-a-Bration brochure in my sidebar for the special offer details for January and February!
Bye for now!

Sunday, 28 December 2008

Papertake Weekly Challenge Dawnys Sketch #5

I am really enjoying the challenges at the moment, made a few cards today. I am aiming to make all the cards I need for January and February during the next week or so and get much more organised and then store them in a Birthday Box!!!
This card was for the Papertake Weekly Challenge which is Dawny's Sketch Number 5! I don't know how to copy over the image of the sketch, tried copy and paste but it didn't work so if anyone would be kind enough to tell me I would be very grateful!

The colour combo is Sweet Always papers by Stampin' Up!, chocolate chip, pumpkin pie and regal rose! The cupcake and sentiment is from the Crazy for Cupcakes set and is coloured with my Watercolour Wonder Crayons. Chocolate Chip tafetta ribbon to finish it off!!
Its so cold outside today I was in a real rush to take pictures, can you tell!!! They are a bit wonky!!
Back tomorrow with another card!
P.S If you like the Cupcakes stamps and you live in West Yorkshire, I am holding a Cupcakes class on Saturday 17th January. We will be making cupcake cards and a cupcake gift box. Please see details on my sidebar!

Saturday, 27 December 2008

Sketch Saturday

I thought I would log on to Sketch Saturday and lo and behold there was a post there today so I have played along again!!

The challenge is to use any of the sketches they have done this year. I have picked number 11 as I havent done this one!

Image is a pressie from my mate Natalie, Tilda with Sunflower. Coloured with my Stampin Up Inkpads. The papers are by SU and are called Haiku, the colour combo is Old Olive, So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie. The sentiment is from the Cheers and Wishes set. Ribbon is Old Olive.

I have made another card too but will show that another day!

Bye for now!


Friday, 26 December 2008

Its a Sale-a-bration!

Well its going to be a Happy New Year for Stampin Up customers!!!! We are having our very own Sale-a-bration!!!! This event takes place in the USA every year and its the first time it has been available over here!! I am so excited!! Everyone loves a freebie!!!

Basically its a fab way for you to earn fantastic exclusive stamp sets free!!! How do you earn these??

For every £45 you spend you can earn 1 free stamp set. So if you spent £90 you would get 2 sets and so on!! Their are 4 sets to choose from. I will add the Brochure to my sidebar for you to view. This offer is valid between 1st January - 28th February 2009. After this time the stamp sets will no longer be available!!!

Here is a card I have made with one of the sets Botanical Blooms. A lovely set of 7 stamps very nice for watercolouring. PLEASE NOTE THE SENTIMENT IS FROM ANOTHER SET.

Its also a great time for any of you who may have been thinking about signing up to become a Stampin Up demonstrator. When you purchase the Starter Kit (£135) you are already receiving £240 worth of goodies in it but Stampin Up are offering you a FREE stamp set of any value from the catalogue (up to £38.95 in value) if you sign up between 1st January and 28th February I ALSO WILL MATCH THIS OFFER AND YOU CAN HAVE ANOTHER FREE SET FROM ME, ANY SET FROM THE CATALOGUE!!!!

Now don't worry if you don't want to host parties etc... You can sign up with SU to enjoy a discount off the fab products.
Please mail me on for more information about joining my team!! I currently have 6 fab ladies with me and we are happy to welcome more people to the fold!!!!!

Hope you have all had a lovely Christmas


Here is the link for the brochure

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Merry Christmas from us!!!!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Sketch Saturday

Well I have impressed myself with fitting in the Sketch Saturday challenge this week!! Here is my card! I used the new Tilda that my mate Natalie got me for Christmas!! We opened our pressies early!! And it was crying out to be used with the Cherry paper from the Stampin Up range, Summer Picnic!!

I have used my Stampin Up Inkpads to colour in the image with an Aquabrush. The colour combo is Bashful Blue, Real Red and Old Olive!. Gingham ribbon byt SU. Edges inked with Real Red ink and the greeting is from the Crazy for Cupcakes set.

Hope you like!!



Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Simple Christmas Cards

I am really fed up of Christmas cards now!!! These are a few designs from my last batch of cards. All the cards were going in the post and as I had quite a few I wanted to make sure they didn't have any bulky embellishments on them!
Season of Joy stamp set and Holiday Treasures paper.
The next one is using the Die Cut trees from Craftwork Cards which I have blinged up with some Stickles! Sentiment is from Best Yet and the stars and the paper is from the I Wish Scrappin Kit.

Last one, again Holiday Treasures and Season of Joy set with Best Yet sentiment

Think I must have had a glass of wine when I took this photo as its all wonky!!
My little boy is poorly, he is really hot and full of cold, I am hoping he gets better for the big day on Thursday, he is just laid on sofa at moment!!!
Hoping to try and fit in Sketch Saturday card today!

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Christmas Wrapping Stampin Up Style!

For the first time ever I seem organised this year!! Probably as I am at home all the time now and not juggling jobs and everything!
I decided to make my own wrapping paper for my families presents so I bought a couple of rolls of parcel paper from Asda, at 47p a roll!!! Then I stamped all over it with Season of Joy set in Real Red and Chocolate Chip
Here is a close up of the pressies and you can see I have also made my own gift tags using the Tags for All stamp set which I now intend to use every Christmas!! Colour combos for the tags are Real Red, Ruby Red, Choc Chip and Old Olive.

My hubby thought they look very classy!!!!

Saturday, 20 December 2008

On your first Christmas Isabelle

I went to meet one of my friends yesterday and her gorgeous baby, Isabelle!!! Remember the card I made a couple of weeks back with the Daddy with the bald baby head!!!
Well this is a card for the scrummy Isabelle for her 1st Christmas!!! It is a large 8x8 card from Craftwork cards which I am really enjoying using at the moment, very good for special cards!
The background is DCWV Nana's Nursery and is very sparkly, I scalloped the edge with the scallop edge punch and stamped her name with my new Schoolbook Serif Alphabet from Stampin Up!. I have coloured the image with SU ink pads and the colour scheme is Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery, ribbons are these colours too!! Flowers are by Prima and buttons are SU!
I would have loved a card like this for my baby at Christmas so hope Isabelle's Mummy likes it too!!!

Friday, 19 December 2008

Teacher Gifts

Here are all the gifts I made for my boys teachers this year! Was quite lucky that I taught how to do this box at 3 different events this Christmas which meant I had 3 made already!!!!! Most of them are filled with the wrapped Lindor balls, yummy!!!!
These ones are for my eldest to give to his teacher and teaching assistant.

These are from my youngest, they took them in on Tuesday and I think they went down well, hope they did anyway!!


Mojo Monday Week 65

I have been trying to do more challenges this week as they help me with inspiration for my cards. This is a card for the Mojo Monday Week 65 sketch, its the first time I have played along with this one!!

Colour combo is that old favourite of mine, Old Olive, Ruby Red and Choc Chip! Stamps are from the Season of Joy set and sentiment from the Best Yet set. I have distressed the edges with my SU Cutting tool and chalked around them.



Thursday, 18 December 2008

Merry Christmas Martha

I have made this card for my friends little girl who is 2. My friend Natalie came round on Wednesday and we exchanged Christmas gifts! Natty got me 3 gorgeous new Tildas!! I used one straight away on this card. Its not a Christmas Tilda but I thought it would be OK. Not very Christmassy colours either but there you go. I am sure little Martha will like it!

Martha's name has been stamped straight onto the paper with my new set, Schoolbook Serif alphabet!! Love it already!!
I am entering this card into the Cute Card Thursday challenge which is an Open Theme, card for any occasion!


Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Family cards

I have made the following cards for my Sister and her Husband and my Mum and Dad. Haven't given them to them yet but they don't know I have a blog so they won't see!!!
They are both using the scrummy Holiday Treasures papers, good old favourite Christmas colour combo of mine is Ruby Red, Old Olive and Choc Chip!
Stamp sets used are Season of Joy, wording printed on my PC and sentiment from Best Yet set
The next card for my parents is using a stamp set I couldn't resist buying from The Glitter Pot! Its the woodware set, cant remember what its called but I love this tree stamp. I have used my Stickles and some buttons to trim the tree up! Good use of scraps of Holiday Treasures papers

Thats it for now!!!

Monday, 15 December 2008

Special Friend card

I made this card for a special friend who I used to see a lot of but we don't see each other much anymore but we always speak around once a week on the phone!! I hope she likes it as she is a fantastic cardmaker so I always feel a bit more pressured to some up with the goods!!

Same colour combo as before and same Woodware set, have used Best Yet for sentiment and printed Special Friend on computer and used a stamp from the Frames with a Flourish set!

More cards to come tomorrow hopefully!!



Happy Birthday Adam!

One of my little boys best friend is 6 this week and it was his party yesterday. Like Evan, he is Mr Men mad so I used some of the paper I had left over from Evan's card! His favourite is Mr Tickle and we bought him a Mr Tickle cuddly toy and also took him for a visit to see my mate Anna and her daughter Sophie in a fab production of Scrooge yesterday!!

It was a nice break from making blasted Christmas cards!!! The card base is SU Tempting Turquoise and I have stamped his name in Only Orange ink using the Big Deal alpha which I have used so much!!! Number 6 is stamped with See D's stamp using Tempting Turquoise Ink and layered up using my circle punches.
I am hoping to be back with more cards tomorrow as I have made my family cards now!

Sunday, 14 December 2008

My Jack in the Box!!!

On Thursday and Friday my little boy appeared in his annual school production. This Year it was The Toymakers Workshop and Evan was a Jack in the Box. He was desperate to play that part so was really chuffed when he got picked!!!!
It was very cute although he struggled getting in and out of his box a few times as it was very high!!!
Here he is in his dungarees, how cute!!! I was a very proud Mummy, he sang his heart out!!!

My eldest son was also in his Year groups production of Scrooge, I did get some photos of him but there are other children in them and I don't think its fair to publish them on here without asking permission from their parents, sad to have to be like that I know!!
He was fab too and said his lines really clear and he really enjoyed his this year, he got quite a buzz from performing!!! (ooooo he make take after me after all!!)
Bye for now, cards to show tomorrow!

Sketch Saturday

I have got in early with my card this week, made it yesterday morning but was raining so couldn't take a picture outside all day!

This card has been made for a lovely lady who is doing me a huge favour!!!! I wanted to express my sincere thanks to her!
The stamp set used is Crazy for Cupcakes and the sentiment is from Sincere Salutations. The papers are from the Sweet Always range and the colour combo is Regal Rose, Choc CHip, and Pumpkin Pie. I have coloured the cupcakes in with the Watercolour Wonder Crayons and an aquabrush. Flowers are SU felt flowers and the middle one has an SU Rhinestone brad!!

Hope you like the card and I hope the recipient does!



Friday, 12 December 2008

Male cards

I was asked to make a male 40th birthday card in a rush last night. I don't know about you but the thing that takes me the longest in cardmaking is deciding on the design. I know have a few "stock" designs in my mind these days and if someone asks for a certain card and they need it quick, I use one of these designs. A bit lazy I know but sometimes needs must!!!
So here is a card for Phil who will be 40!!
Stampin' Up! Choc Chip designer paper for the background with the 40 cut out on the Cricut with the Doodletype font using Really Rust and Close to Cocoa cardstock. Beers are from the fabulous Cheers to You set and coloured with my Su markers and added some liquid pearls on top for the froth!. Wording done on my PC and added some SU buttons with linen thread tied through.

Very simple yes, but not many blokes like fussy I figured!!!

Thursday, 11 December 2008

More Christmas cards

I have made a number of these style cards this year, just varied the colours and papers to create a different effect. Stamps are from Season of Joy with sentiment from Best Yet (a very popular hostess set) and one of my favourite colour combos for this Christmas, Ruby Red, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip! Of course the Holiday Treasures papers too!!
I have added some stickles to the petals if you look carefully.

I have today posted the last of my wedding orders that are going out this year so I am going to have a little breather from weddings and have fun playing with my Stampin Up sets. Dare I say I have some that are un inked!!!!!

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Christmas Cards

Why do we leave it till the last minute to do our Christmas cards??? Its the same date every year so there is no excuse really, but it just seems to catch up on me!!!

My mission on Sunday was to make 10 cards and use up some of my ever growing pile of scraps and offcuts of papers.

Here are my attempts
All the cards are made using the Dashing papers and a combo of Real Read, Old Olive and Mellow Moss. I made 10 but each one is unique and I have stamped over some of the design with the Season of Joy set and the sentiment is from the hostess set, Best Yet

Hope you like them, I managed to get 10 made in about and hour!

Mission accomplished!!!

Hugs for now


Sunday, 7 December 2008

Happy Sunday!

Happy Sunday everyone!!
I have had a lovely weekend so far!!!! Yesterday some fab ladies came to my Christmas class at my house. We had lots of fun and festive spirit making a gift box, bag and tags and wrapping paper. Here is the box that I made! I know have 4 of these for demo's I have done so they will come in very handy for teacher gifts!!!! Thanks to Vicky for bringing a box of chocs!!! They came in very handy to fill the boxes!!!
Below is my card for the Sketch Saturday challenge. I really enjoy these sketches but have missed the last couple of weeks. I had to make a quick card this morning for my little boys friend. He was going to the party at 11 so the Sketch challenge came in very handy - thanks!!!
The colour combo is Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise and I have used the Rainbow Sherbert papers from SU which are really growing on me for boys cards. They are double sided so I used the thin strip turned over to place underneath the ribbon. Ribbon is SU and sentiment from Craftwork Cards and image is Stampendous.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank the people who have given me blog awards!!! I know I am really bad and I never add them on here!! At the moment I have trouble making cards and uploading them let alone blog awards so a huge sorry. I really do appreciate them and all your kind comments on my projects!!
If you are still pondering about becoming a Stampin Up demonstrator please get in touch with me about joining my team!! 5 lovely ladies have taken advantage of my special offer since the end of October and have earned themselves a fantastic free stamp set of any value from the catalogue. For more information on becoming a dempnstrator please get in touch asap at
My lovely hubby has baked a Christmas cake whilst I was out at the party, yum yum, feeling more festive already!!

Friday, 5 December 2008

Such much to do, so little time!!

Every year I think I will get more organised!! I have to a certain extent but still have loads of Christmas cards to make, mainly for family members.

I am holding my Christmas class tomorrow so have been busily getting ready for that and I held one on Tuesday night which was lovely and even lovlier due to the gorgeous home made mince pies that Elaine had made!! She is a star and I love going to her house for the classes!!!! The next one is Cupcake Class (hmmmm could there be home made cupcakes!!!

We have also had a lot of snow!!!!!! My boys school was closed yesterday so Evan had a little play outside, whilst my eldest had to stay in as he is poorly!!

I love the snow to look at!! I just hate getting wet and cold!!!
Here is a little selection of some of the Christmas cards I have been making, all very simple and quick to make as time is of the essence. All made with the Dashing Papers and Old Olive and Real Red combo!!

Thats it for now, loads more to do!!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Special 100th Birthday Card

I had a rush card order yesterday for a lady who often asks me to make cards, it was for a 100th birthday card for a female but she didnt want a large 100 on it!! Normally if I do a special age card I make the number the focus of the card but I appreciaite some people don't like to be reminded how old they are!!!

Well luckily I had been to a fab workshop with Julie Hickey at Craftwork Cards on Saturday and they have these new size cards which are 8 x 8 inches, perfect for more special occasions or for when a lot of people need to sign a card.
The card I made is inspired by the one we did with Julie on Saturday.

Here it is closed up and tied

Then unwrapped

And I have decorated inside with a discreet With Love on your 100th Birthday!!!!

The papers I have used are Tea and Crumpets with So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Always Artichoke and Choc Chip accessories. Card blank and wrap from Craftwork Cards, together with sentiments. I hope you like it and more importantly I hope the birthday girl does!!!

For any people local to me in West Yorkshire I have 3 places left on my Christmas workshop this Saturday afternoon, please get in touch with me at of you are interested in coming along! The cost is £7, please see previous posts for details!