Thursday, December 13, 2012

I'm back again!

I wanted to start this post off with some good news!  My gorgeous 11 year old daughter has qualified for the WORLD Irish Dancing Championships to be held in Boston USA next March!  We are SO, SO Proud of her as she does not have the best of health but she worked her butt off and achieved her dream so I've been busy booking flights and hotels and trying to get some sponsorship for her!

I have managed to find some time for crafting though ;) and wanted to use the gorgeous snowflake embossing folder on my Christmas cards this year, it is so effective and so quick to use.

I then used the mittens punch and added a bit of glitter (you have to have glitter on a Christmas card!) and voila! I have been batch making them and they go together so quickly, only another 150 to go!

I hope you are all ready for Christmas, I still have wrapping to do but will be sending the cards out over the next couple of days.

Have a great day


Thursday, November 1, 2012

A card for Nicola

I'm back!  Apologies for the absence I've been in hospital with pneumonia!  Feeling a bit better now so starting to craft again :)

I made this card for my beautiful step daughter Nicola - very simple and quick.

I really like being able to create quick cards that look like I've put in a big effort ;)

I have the kids off this week for half term and it was my other daughters 13th birthday so I've been busy, busy, busy.

Hope you like the card


Friday, October 5, 2012

Advent Calendar

Well Mr Brown finally arrived yesterday evening, he's a new UPS driver and one that clearly doesn't understand the desperation of a Stampin UP! demonstrator anxious to get her hands on her new stash :)

I spent most of the evening creating this advent calendar using the new Big Shot peekaboo dies and the 25 and counting stamp set.  I have a feeling that I am going to be making lots of these calendars as gifts as they are easy to make but really effective.

I tried to keep to 3 basic colours old olive, cherry cobbler and crumb cake, I then embosses and glittered to my hearts content! 

I stuck images behind the doors

This is the one for Christmas Day.

What do you think?  I will show you some different designs over the next few days and then we can pick a favourite!

Have a great day


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Christmas Mittens

I fell in love with the Make a Mittens stamp set in the new holiday mini catalogue.  You can buy the punch to match it and it makes such quick and easy cards!

I quickly put this one together using the framelits dies 

The card opens to reveal another framelit stamped with some more of the Make a Mittens set.  The mittens on the front are punched out and embossed and then they just kind of hang the way my mittens did when I was little and my mum put them on a string through my sleeves! - Ah the memories.

I hope you like the card, let me know what you think, I love to read comments


Monday, October 1, 2012

Oh my! The new catalogue is live and ready for your orders!

I have to say this is my favourite time of the Stampin UP! Year, the new catalogue comes out crammed with must have goodies and this year I swear it's better than ever! 

It's much bigger for a start, crammed with over 200 pages of crafting lushness.  They have increased the Big Shot Range and the possibilities are endless!

Why not order a copy from me for £5.00 incl P&P or join one of my stamping clubs?  I am just about to start a new one in conjunction with the new catalogue - all you need to do is to agree to spend £25.00 per month for 10 months exc P&P and in one of those months you will be classed as the "hostess" and receive FREE GOODIES!

If you would "just" like to order some goodies, or have a wish list, let me know and I will make sure sure that your wishes do come true!

Have a great day


Monday, September 24, 2012

And another birthday card.....

I had to go for an MRI scan this morning as I have degenerative disc disease  and found out that I have 3 herniated discs in my neck, will find out tomorrow if surgery is necessary or if we can just get away with physio so please keep your fingers crossed for me.  On top of that my eldest daughter has glandular fever, she's only 12 and is really suffering poor thing :( Still, it hasn't stopped me crafting! :)

I am still loving the framelits dies together with the paper piercing mats.  They really add something to the cards.  I love the layers on this and they are so quick and easy to make with the dies.

This is a photo from the side showing the layers in more detail - what do you think?


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Another Birthday Card

Today I made this card for my friends Nan. It uses the Just Believe stamp set which I have used so many times I can't tell you!

I also embossed the bottom of the die cut using the hearts embossing folder and used the same folder to create the green border behind the die cut.  It really adds texture to the card along with the ribbon.
I hope that her Nan likes it.

Have a great day


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Lydia

I am really liking the new framelit dies and the paper piercing pack from the new mini holiday catalogue.  There's something about that little row of dots that really makes a card more interesting.

I used my colour coach for this card too, it's something that I always have to hand when I'm stumped for colour combinations and it always comes up trumps.

This is for my gorgeous niece Lydia and I hope that she likes it.

Have a great day


Friday, September 14, 2012

More for Christmas

I know, it's only September but it's always good to be prepared and Christmas does have a habit of creeping up on you!

I started making these cards to post yesterday but half way through the first one, one of our dogs decided to escape from the bottom of the garden!  He's a big blue German Shepherd who loves people and is very friendly but there are lots of more elderly people near to where I live and coming across a huge blue German Shepherd is not something I would like to contemplate so the day ended up as one big massive dog hunt which only ended at 4pm when we realised he was stuck in a neighbours hen house in the woods behind our house.  Thankfully he hadn't eaten any of the chickens but he was very hot, thirsty and very very smelly.  He hasn't left my side today!

Anyway onto the cards.  I really enjoy embossing, there's something almost magical about the way it turns from being a mat powder into something shiny and bright.

I decided to keep the cards the same layout and just change the baubles. I loved the embossed ones but I'm not sure about the stamp n' glitter one in the green.  It didn't show enough detail for my liking but boy does it sparkle so it gets to be shown!

They are very quick cards to make especially as the border on the right hand side is made using a wheel.

Let me know what you think, I love to read your comments.

Have a great day


Wednesday, September 12, 2012


This stamp set Evergreen is so versatile!  I decided to stamp the tree and then stamp the writing over the top and emboss it in gold.

I used the holiday frame embossing folder to add dimension.

I also embossed the writing on the words and embossed the bottom of the card.

This is a side view showing all the layers.

What do you think?  Do you like the new blog layout?

Have a great day


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cupcake in a jar

I love the new Perfectly Preserved sets in the new seasonal catalogue and once again Stampin UP! Are offering 15% off when you buy the stamps and the framelits as a bundle.

I stamped the jar image onto acetate and then used some of the gorgeous fabric to make a "jam jar" lid. I covered the inside of the card so you couldn't see the acetate.

I put the cupcake onto the inside of the card to make it more interesting when you open it.  The acetate really makes it a lot more than a card with a "hole" in it.

Let me know what you think


Friday, September 7, 2012

Christmas Ornament

I saw this on the cover of the new mini Catalogue and knew that I had to make one.  It is so beautiful yet fairly simple to create.  As soon as my new goodies arrived yesterday I couldn't wait to get started.
What's even better is that the main things you need to create it come in a bundle offer!  Item number 129949 at £43.95 if you would like the bundle in wood or 129950 at £129950 if you would prefer the stamps in clear. This includes 9 stamps and 8 framelit dies!

As an extra special offer from me this month, if you buy either of the bundle sets above, I will post them to you FREE of charge!! that will be a saving of at least £3.95 (just call it an early Christmas present)

Let me know if you would like to take me up on the above offer by e-mailing me at  Alternatively if you live in Coventry or Warwickshire, e-mail about coming along and making one at one of my classes.

I look forward to hearing form you soon


Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Retirement List!

It's that time of the year where we say goodbye to some products to make way for LOTS of gorgeous new things!!

Below you will find the links to 2 retirement lists, the first one is the Stamp Set list and the second one is the Accessories list.

Some items have a reduction on them and PLEASE place an order quickly as they will SELL OUT and once they are gone that's it :(

You will notice all the inkpads look like they are retiring!! Well our current felt ink pads are retiring to make way for the new style Firm Foam ink pads! These are really juicy ink pads and great for even coverage with minimal effort!

I will offer FREE postage and packaging throughout the month of September on all orders over £60.00 so why not grab yourself a cuppa and have a look through the list and let me know what I can get for you at


Saturday, September 1, 2012

What have we here?

 Have you guessed yet?  Yep!  They're skins for my i-phone 4!
I found this very talented lady here and had to give these a go.

I bought a clear i-phone cover from the Apple Store and then went to town in my craft studio!

This is such a cool way to use up scraps of cardstock and paper

and you can make them any colour - you could have a different one for every day of the week!

I embossed the stars on this one with silver embossing powder and it looks great in the case

I put some glitter on the flowers of this one and it sparkles in the case.

This is one of the covers in the case, they're so quick to make and so, so easy. I'm sure she gives instructions for the i-phone 3 as well as the i-phone 4 which I have.

Let me know if you have a go at making some.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sneak Peak

One of the very best things about being a Stampin UP! demonstrator is getting a sneak peak at upcoming products.  There is a new mini catalogue coming out on September 1st and I have to say it is filled with the most gorgeous things it will be be almost impossible to choose!

I wanted to create some quick and easy Christmas cards and the new catalogue has a wonderful set of stamps with matching framelit dies.  I cut out each image using my Big Shot and then stamped it. I added some pearls to the gingerbread man to brighten him up.

I added some bling to the Christmas tree.  The papers are also from the new catalogue.

The absolute best thing about this card is that above the mug (which is very difficult to see) I have embossed some "steam" but the embossing powder is scented - YEP! SCENTED! It smells just like sugar and spice!  How cool is that? 

I promise you, you will want a copy of this catalogue, and you can have one too.  Just drop me an email at and I will pop one in the post to you.

Have a great day


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cased Card

I can take no credit for the design of these cards, they were designed by Stampin UP! and I found them here 

I changed the colours to suit me.

 The cards are so quick and simple to make but so effective

I stamped the co-ordinating flower onto the envelope to make it even more special.

They close together beautifully.

I hope you like them.  Just remember that you can order all the supplies used to create these cards from me as an Independent Stampin UP! Demonstrator.  Just e-mail at and I will be happy to help you to create your own masterpieces.

Have a great day


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Get Well Soon

A male friend of ours has been unwell lately and I wanted to send him a card to let him know that we care.
I am always unsure what to do for the "men" when it comes to cards but this image seemed perfect - not girly at all!

I embossed the image (and the text) and then used my aqua painter and ink pads to colour in the image. I hope that he likes the card and that he feels better really soon.

Have a great day