Sunday, 19 November 2017

Anne-Marie's birthday card

The other Thursday (9th) it was both my baby sister (Anne-Marie) 
and my Grand-daughter Lexie's birthdays.
I blogged Lexies card , but clean forgot to post Anne-Marie's card.
So here it is today!

I have cased the card that my Stampin Up sister Julie Wade made for my  birthday
and thought this would be ideal for little Sis (my nickname for Anne-Marie!)

The background stamp is from the Wood Words Stamp set
and the flowers and leaves from Painted Harvest,
The colour combo is Night of Navy, Soft Sky and White.
The leaves (3) and flowers (2 layered)were stamped and the flowers were fussy cut,
 the leaves were punched using the matching Leaf Punch.
The greeting is the Stylised Birthday stamp.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Another Dachsy Christmas card

Here is another of the Christmas cards that I made at Chris's the other Wednesday, using the 
Christmas Lamppost Thinlits dies and the Ready for Christmas bundle of Stamps and Thinlits.

I can't remember where the sentiment came from,  but I will check it out
and edit this post later.

Online Extravaganza!! Starts Sunday night

For the first 24 hours select stamp sets will have 20% off 

 A great opportunity to stock up on amazing stamps! 

So if you've had your eye on a stamp set and resisted (like me!)

now would be a good time to give in!!

Clock starts ticking at  Sunday 19 November at 11pm and ends 20 November 22:59pm.

The Online Extravaganza Sale has exclusive deals and 10-40% discounts 
on many current catalogue items, available from
 Sunday 19 November at 11pm UK time to Sunday 26th November 22.59pm 

Don't miss out on these - get in touch if you want anything ordering

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Stamparatus is coming!!

Whats the Stamparatus??
It's the Stamp Positioning tool that we have all been waiting for

 - all singing, all dancing!

Want to see it in action??


Want one??  

Contact me for details -email me on, or leave a message in the comments and I'll get back to you!!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


Today is our Stampin' Up! Teams' monthly Training - Julies' Jems.
My Stampin' Up! Mummy - Julie and one of my Stampin' Up! Sisters - Amanda
both gained recognition for their outstanding achievements over the last year.
Julie came in at #53 in the Top 250 Global Achievers
and Amanda came in #31 in the Top UK Achievers.
Great recognition for both of them, and I am proud to be part of this Team!
I have made both of them a Congratulations card to mark the occasion,
and I have scheduled this post for 10:30 a.m., which is the time
that our Training meeting starts, so they won't get a sneaky peek beforehand.

Here are their cards

Arty view

Stand on the mantlepiece view!!

The colour combination is a simple Berry Burst and White
Stamp set is Floral Phrases
Flourish Thinlits Dies used to cut flower and flourish.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Christmas Lampost

Had a great time at Chris's last Wednesday and we made three cards!!
We are really happy if we make three cards as we tend to chat a lot!
... and then there's the coffee breaks and the lunch break!
Anyhow, here's the first card we made

Christmas Lamppost Thinlits dies
Hometown Greetings Edgelits
Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies (trees)
Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
Black and White card Stock and Gold Glimmer paper.
Oval (retired) dies - as the Layering Ovals which are currently available
were just not big enough for the 6 x 6" card we had planned.
Wink of Stella added to trees.

Loveit! Love it! Love it!!!!!

Two more cards to show you later on in the week.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Variations on a theme

Was inspired by a make on Pinterest by a member of the Stampin' Up! Artisan Team
and ended up making 3 cards!  

All three cards made using the Watercolour Christmas stamp set
The middle card has a sentiment from Snowflake Sentiments
and this is stamped on Whisper White card punched with 
the Everyday Label punch, which is also used to extend 
the garden Green mat behind the sentiment.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Copper - version three

You have already seen the gold and silver version of this card.
One of my Wednesday Crafting ladies, Jean,
has made this in copper.

Great job Jean,
mmm, I wonder how many more metallic embossing powders I can find!!

Friday, 10 November 2017

Amanda's Bendi Foldy card

Amanda (my Stampin' Up! sis and friend) made a super
Bendi Foldy card, and she has simplified the making of it.
I have tried and tested this and can assure you it is very easy to make,
but don't you think it looks like it took ages to make??
Here's my version.

Front View

View from above
Isn't this just fantastic!
If you want the full instructions on how to make this,


Thursday, 9 November 2017

Lexie and Anne-Marie's Birthday

Today we celebrate the birthdays of my other Grand-daughter Lexie
(you may recall it was Ellie's birthday on the 4th!)
and my baby Sister Anne-Marie.

Here's the card I made for Lexie

It's another Eclipse card, but once again as the "Festive Birthday" DSP
(now retired) was very busy, I inked the edges of the letters
once they were raised up on adhesive  strip for more definition.

The DSP was matted onto Melon Mambo card, on a white card base, 
after the letters had been  cut out from the DSP, 
using the Large Letters Framelits dies .
Then the letters raised on adhesive  strips and outlined with
 a Melon Mambo Stampin' Write Marker.

Thought this was a nice bright and colourful card for our Lexie.
I'll show you Anne-Marie's card tomorrow.

Have a fabulous Birthday Lexie, see you later.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Snowflake Sentiments Z fold Card

Heres a card that I made on Monday when I  had a great time following
the video instructions from Sue Vine on how to make it.

It took several hours to make, but it was worth it in the end

Open view standing

Open view flat

standing - display view

Folded flat for posting

If you would like to make this card you watch the video
where you can find the instructions on


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Soft Sky Noel

Here's another coloured version of my Noel card,
this one is done using Soft Sky cardstock and 
Silver Glimmer paper for the letters and snowflakes.

Front view standing

Card flat

Think this is my favourite - can't think why!

Monday, 6 November 2017

Pete’s Birthday

Today it’s one of our golfing friends, Pete’s Birthday.
I just had to make him a funny golfer card didn’t I?

I really need to source some more funny golfer stamps -
if you know of any please let me know!

Sunday, 5 November 2017

More Merry Patterns

Chris and I had a play yesterday with the free Merry Patterns stamp set,
which was offered free as a hostess gift with a qualifying order during September and October.
We tried two different ways of colouring the image.

Here's the card that I made .....

Stamp coloured using marker pens to produce the image

And this is Chris's card
Stag stamped separately to sweater and both cut out, then sweater stuck on top

Not sure which I like best, but they are both effective and make a fun, festive card.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Ellie's birthday

Today is the birthday of my first grand-daughter Ellie
who will be 24 today!  I can't believe she has grown up so quick!
Here's the card I made for her

it's not what I intended to do, but its how it finished up!

It started life as an Eclipse card,
using the Year of Cheer Speciality DSP that looks so luxurious in White and Copper,
and I cut out ELLIE using the Large Letters Thinlits
and I layered this onto a mat of the fabulous Copper Foil Card.
I then used adhesive strip on the back of the cut out letters
and stuck them back in place.
I used Versamark and Copper Embossing Powder to heat emboss
the greeting using stamps from the  Big on Birthdays stamp set.

At this stage it looked like this

But... I just wasn't happy with it, because of the reflection on the
patterned DSP, it was difficult to see that it actually said ELLIE
on it - so I cut ELLIE out again using Copper Foil and stuck it on top
 of the original raised letters.

What do you think?

Anyhow, Happy Birthday my darling Ellie,
hope you have a lovely day and will see you Sunday - tomorrow!!

My grand-daughters Lexie and Ellie

Friday, 3 November 2017

Jan's Birthday Card

You may have noticed that I seem to have a few friends who have the same name.
Today it's the birthday of my golfing friend Jan
(who was my Vice Captain at my Old Golf Club  - Sandhill)
Not to be mistaken from my crafting friend Jan,
 whose cards I share with you from time to time!
.....and here is Jan's Birthday card.

As you can see its another Eclipse card (which I quite enjoy making
as they are not too difficult to make.)
If Jan sees this, she will say that it's not her card, 
but because it was posted, before I had taken a photo of it,
I had to make another one so that I remembered the design!!
I have used the Beautiful Fresh Florals DSP
on a mat of Berry Burst card stock, on a white base card.
The word HAPPY is die cut out of the DSP, using the Large Letter Framelits dies
then the letters are raised up on Adhesive strips, to give the Eclipse effect.
The word Birthday is stamped using the Stylized Birthday stamp,
on white card which is layered onto a Berry Burst mat.

Hope you have a fabulous Birthday Jan
see you soon xx

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Chris's Noel Card

Here's the card that I should have posted yesterday, but I had a busy day 
crafting with Chris, then I had my Wednesday evening Craft class.
I was a bit tired after that, so I watched The Apprentice (which I had recorded earlier),
then I went straight to bed!
Had a lovely day out catching up with my ex-work colleague Jo
(as opposed to my golfing friend Jo!) and we went
out for lunch, accompanied by Jo's mum and had a lovely time.
We spent an hour or so around a few shops, then back home.
My Craft class starts in a few minutes, so I had better crack on!

Here's Chris's version of my Noel card, hers is in red!!

Front view standing.

Card viewed flat.

Chris had a colour combo of Real Red, Garden Green and Very Vanilla,
with Real Red Glimmer Paper for the snowflakes and letters.

Lovely don't you think?

I'll show you my Blue version later this weekend.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Cards for Causes - Contact the Elderly

Our Team of Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, Julie's Jems,
share our love of card making, by regularly choosing a Charity,
that would benefit from receiving our hand made cards.
Whether it be to sell the cards to raise money,  or to send Thank you cards
to people who have made a difference in the lives of others, Charity Volunteers etc,
 Our Team, send cards off to these organisations for them to use as they see fit.
This most recent one involves sending Thank you cards to
"Contact the Elderly", who organise regular tea parties for the over 75s
 and these are held in the homes of volunteers.  
They currently support over 700 tea party groups all across the country!

Here is just a small selection of the cards that Chris and I have made between us, 
and posted today- 80 in total!

Monday, 30 October 2017

Jo's Birthday

Today is my good friend and fellow golfer, Jo's birthday
and here's the card I have made her.

It's one of those cards that I have made a few of, 
this one I personalised with some  glitzy letters that I found in my stash
that were just the right size for the card.

Colour Combo is Blushing Bride and White, 
sentiment from Rose Wonder stamped in Smoky Slate.
Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing folder used to de-boss .
Eastern Medallions Thinlits  used to cut Medallion and Flower.
I'm quite pleased with this version!!

Happy Birthday Jo - have a great day!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Hearts Come Home

Here is a card that I have made, cased from my fellow Jems team member
and  good friend Amanda, who made the original version of this card
as a swap for our all day training.

Front view

View from above, showing construction.

Very CAS really, very effective though in Night of Navy and White,
using only the Hometown  Greetings Edgelits Dies and the sentiment from
the Bundle - Hearts Come Home stamp set.
It looks far more complicated than it looks, and I think that
it looks a million Dollars!!
Thanks Amanda for your beautiful swap, I hope I have done it justice!!

See Amanda's original version


and this also includes a tutorial in case you want to have a go too!!