Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Tea Party Notebook & Pen

Here's another of my make & takes for Saturday, another of Abi's great ideas, thanks Mum!

I used:
Stamps - Playful Petals
Ink - Certainly Celery
Card - So Saffron, Pretty in Pink & Certainly Celery
Designer Series Paper - Tea Party
Ribbon - Certainly Celery from August's free ribbon bundle
Gold brad
Punches - Scallop Circle, 1-3/8" Circle & 1-4" Circle
Notebook - available from most stationers
Pen - the type that have a clear barrel & comes apart

Another easy-to-make gift idea, hope you like it,

Circle Circus on Acetate

I made this using some of the products in the new Catalogue out tomorrow, not long to go now!

The stamp set is Circle Circus, which I love as it's so versatile, I know I'll be using this set so much in the coming year. All the stamps fit the various Circle punches so no fiddly cutting out, if you like medallion style cards, this is the easy way to acheive that look.

I also used the new Window Sheets, they are available in two thicknesses & I've used the thicker one as the card base. You'll notice from the back view that I used punched circles to hide the adhesive, the recipient's name & a message can also be be written here.

I used:
Stamps - Circle Circus
Window sheets - Thick
Card - Whisper White
Ink - Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquoise
Punches - Scallop Circle & all the Circle Punches!
Gem Brads - from the Pretties Kit but will be available separately in the new catalogue

It's a more striking colour scheme than I usually go for, but I was in "Bold Brights" mood that day!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Circle Circus Necklace #1

Here's another of my new jewelery projects, my melting pot hasn't turned up yet (boo hoo), it's stuck in the Royal Mail while the strike is on.
Never mind, I'll just keep making them the old way, still easy peasy.

I used:
Stamps - Circle Circus
Ink - Chocolate Chip
Punch - 1-1/4" Circle
Ribbon - Gold Elastic Cord
Accesories - Stick on Gems

Hope you like it!

Monday, 28 September 2009

Garden Dream #1

This card was made using the new level 3 Hostess set Garden Dream, I love the flowers, leaves & the gorgeous hummingbird in this set.

I used the new 2-way glue pen with Dazzling Diamonds on the flower stamens, this gives just a touch of sparkle, the pen is fab for giving precise placement of glue.

I used:
Stamp set - Garden Dream
Card - Whisper White, Rose Red, Regal Rose
Stampin' Write Markers - Bold Brights & Rich Regals
Ribbon - 1/2" Striped Grossgrain in Pretty in Pink
2-way glue pen
Dazzling Diamonds
Punches - Corner Rounder, Scallop Oval & Oval

Happy crafting!

Snowflake Apeture

For those of you who missed last month's workshop, here's the other card we made that evening.
Not sure what we're doing during October's workshop, but I'm sure I'll think of something!

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Choo Choo Photo Frame

This is one of the make & takes I have organised for my Catalogue Launch Party, hope you like it. It's so easy to make & you could change the stamp set used to suit the recipient, I thought this would be great for a new arrival.

I used:
Stamps - Choo Choo
Stampin' Around - Right on Track standard wheel
Ink - Bashful Blue
Card - Bashful Blue & Whisper White
Acetate Window sheets - from the new catalogue!
Sizzix Frame Die
3-D foam tape

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 25 September 2009

Bitty Buds Calendar

This is a sneeky peek at a project made with one of the new stamps sets from the new catalogue, only a week to go now! ;) Contact me if you would like me to reserve a copy for you.

I cased the project from my upline Abi, who gave these last year with her christmas cards, great idea!

The stamp set is called Itty Bitty Buds and is a hostess level 2 set with lots of flower buds (hence the name) and stems. I'm sure I'm going to be using this set alot this year!

I used:
Stamps - Itty Bitty Buds
Ink - Chocolate Chip
Card - Chocolate Chip & So Saffron
Ribbon - So Saffron Grosgrain (from August's free ribbon bundle)
Punches - Scallop Circle, 1-3/8" Circle & 1-1/4" Circle
Gold Brad
Calendar - availabe from most good craft shops

Hope you like it, thanks Abi!

P.S. Don't forget I'm having a Catalogue Launch Party on Saturday October the 3rd, at my regular venue. There's going to be lots of fun projects to make & take & I'll be demonstrating some interesting techniques for cards & gifts. Hope to see you there! Best get back to sample making!

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Carte Postale Necklace & Earrings

I've made this set before the Carte Postale stamp set retires forever! Only 2 more weeks so if you love the set, get it now while these's 25% off!

I used the same technique for this necklace as for the first one, I just changed the colour, stamp & punch shape.

This time I made matching earrings, they were simply punched out using the Boho Blooms punch, sticky gems were added & enamelled on both sides. I then used super-glue to fix them to earring posts ( you'll find them online or in my case my local craft shop).

I also used jewelery findings for the clasp, not sure if I like having to fiddle with them (I'm all fingers & thumbs) but if I'm giving them as gifts I'll do it this way.

Having loved making these jewelery projects I've given in & ordered a melting pot! For those of you who don't know what that is, it heats UUTE in a pot & I can then dip my stamped shapes in, let them cool down & hey presto, done! Can't wait for it to arrive so I can play! lol

Once I've perfected the technique I'll also be designing some gift packaging for my creations so they'll look pretty. So keep popping over to see what I come up with! :)

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Taken with Teal Necklace

I made this necklace when I couldn't find one in the shops to match a dress I have.

I used:

Card - Taken with Teal
Stamps - Baroque Motifs
Ink - Chocolate Chip & versamark
Punch - 5 Petal Flower
Elastic cord - silver
Stick-on gem in Teal
Ultra-thick Embossing Enamel (UUTE) - clear

I stamped the image in Chocolate Chip & centering the image, punched out the flower shape. I then gently shaped the petals & added the gem to the centre.
Punch the tiny holes out to take the cord now, not after youve enamelled the shape.
Ink the back of the flower with Versamark first & dip it into your pot of UUTE & heat, repeat the inking & heating a couple of times, then go onto the front & enamel that side too. If your holes get filled by the UUTE, gently heat again & stick a piercing tool in before is hardens.

To make the "chain" I used 3 lengths of elastic cord, knotted each end & then knotted it together. It slips easily over my head so no fidly clasps in the morning!

I love this project so much I'm going to do loads, maybe one in every colour!!

Hope you like it too!

Monday, 21 September 2009

More Art Deco

Here's some more Art Deco cards I made earlier in the year, I did some more but they were given before I started taking photos of my creations. The last one has a matching notebook which I covered with a topper. I accented the cards with a little glitter, gems or gold & silver mirror card.

Thanks for looking,

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Art Deco

These are just some of the cards I've made using my Art Deco CD Rom. Way back in February my workshop ladies & I made some gorgeous cards using images from the CD. I love the elegance of the ladies & some of them have matching dogs!

Hope you like them, more to come soon!

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Carte Postale Gift Card

This is the last of my Brocade Blue/Very Vanilla/Carte Postale phase, promise!
Abi had a worshop where we did one of these gift cards & I loved it so much I had to do another!

I used:
Stamps - Carte Postale
Card - Brocade Blue & Very Vanilla
Ink - Brocade Blue
Ribbon - Very Vanilla 1/4" Grosgrain
Punches - 1" Circle & 1/4" Square

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Carte Postale Apeture

This is another card using the Carte Postale set (I'm using it while I still can!), it's very similar to the thank-you card I gave to the Hostess of my very first Stampin' Up! home workshop, we had a lovely afternoon of crafting & chatting (& eating choccies!) & my Hostess will be getting her goodies on Thursday! She got the two stamp sets she's been after for ages, which is great.

If any of you would like to earn some free lovely crafting goodies by holding a home workshop, contact me.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Mon Amie

Here's another card using the Carte Postale stamps, if you like the set get it while you can as it's on the Last Chance list & it's 25% off!!
As promised, I also used the Brocade Blue & Very Vanilla combo, I just love it!

I Used:
Stamp Set - Carte Postale
Card - Brocade Blue & Very Vanilla
Ink - Brocade Blue
Punches - Scallop Circle, 1-3/8" Circle & 1-1/4" Circle

I made some lovely backing paper using the flower stamp, if you're frugal you could make loads of cards just from one sheet.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 11 September 2009

Golden Wedding

I had a request last week to make a Golden Wedding card for a work colleague's Mum & Dad, she wanted an extra special card complete with box & a matching gift tag so here's what I came up with.

I used:
Keepsake Bookatrix embossing board
Gold & Champagne pearlescent card
Gold Keepsake peeloffs (flowers & butterflies)
Gold peeloffs for greetings
Gold organza ribbon
Gold stick-on pearls

I gave it to my colleague a few days ago & she said her parents would love it! Their Anniversary is today, so congratulations!
I love making extra-special cards like this one & I have another to do soon, next time it's for a colleague's daughter's wedding & I'll post it here then.

Thanks for looking,

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Punched Flowers & Tag

This card & matching gift tag are made using the 5 Petal Flower punch. I forgot how Abi does hers (& couldn't be bothered to switch on the computer!) so I did something similar, I think they came out quite well.

I used:
Stamp Sets - Carte Postale (please note this is on the last chance list so get while you can!
Card - Brocade Blue & Whisper White
Ink - Brocade Blue
Brads - Brocade Blue from the Rich Regals collection
Ribbon - Brocade Blue 5/8" Grosgrain
Punches - 5 Petal Flower, Scallop Circle

Stampin' Up! products are fantastic if you want a totally corodinated look & I love this colour combination, look out for some more coming soon!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Playful Earth Elements

I cased this card from one of FooFooY's cards, I loved her use of the flower stamp. I adapted her colour scheme & used Creamy Caramel as I've run out of Close to Cocoa.

I used:
Card - Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla & Creamy Caramel
Stamps - Playful Petals & Oval All
Stampin' Up! ink - Chocolate Chip
Stampin' Write markers - Creamy Caramel
Punches - Scallop Oval & Oval

I made the card for a work colleague's birthday who loves natural colours, hope she likes it!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 7 September 2009

Glitter Floral

This card was made using some off-cuts of glitter paper I just couldn't throw away! I added some fabric flowers & coloured a peel-off greeting black to match.

I really should set myself a challenge of using all of my bits & pieces, but I'd never get any other cards done then! Instead I have a little clear out every now & then & pass on the paper & card scraps to my local school, for the children to use for collage etc.


Thursday, 3 September 2009


You might have noticed how much I love the Crafters Companion Girls & Boys CD Rom, so here's another card! If any of you have any children who love to craft too, the images are simple enough for little fingers to have fun with.

This card was made using some printed acetate (sorry the photo doesn't show it up very well) which I adhered to an insert printed onto card. I then printed the Spacecat topper sheet & stuck the cat to the card & the flying saucer to the acetate. I wanted a neat finish so I stuck the base layer of the spaceship to the back of the acetate & the other layers to the front, that way no glue shows through.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Fresh Flowers

I made this card for one of my 7 (yes seven!) Sister-in-Laws, I used my Stampin' Write Markers to colour the image, gave it a "huff" & stamped! It took a while to ink it but I love the result.

I used:
Stamp Set - Fresh Cuts from the mini catalogue
Cardstock - Very Vanilla, Rose Red, Always Artichoke
Stampin Write Markers - So Saffron, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Always Artichoke
Brads - Rose Red
Punches - Scallop Oval & Oval

The stamp is very detailed & I normally struggle, but Stampin' Up!'s quality is so excellent it was easy.

Hope she likes it!