Wednesday, 29 August 2012


Hello there, I have finally managed to get round to do some blogging.  August has been a very hectic month for us this year.  Firstly 3rd August was my niece's 16th birthday and all the family gathered for a party.  Here is the card I made for her.

I used a combination of melon mambo, whisper white and basic black colours along with the create-a-cupcake stamp set  and co-ordinating punch to create the handbag and sentiments. The punches I used were Scallop trim border, scallop circle, large oval and scallop oval with just a tiny piece of melon mambo scallop dots ribbon for decoration

In the evening, we had a hot air balloon ride booked from York Raceground. We were very apprehensive on whether the ride would take place and if vertigo would kick in and but once up in the air it was very tranquil and all our anxieties were forgotten. There were a total of 3 balloons travelling that evening. Our balloon held 16 people.

Flying high over York with York Minister in the centre
Photo of everyone up in the air showing York Railway Station  at the bottom

We could see over all of York and over the course of an hour we travelled 9 miles. It was a very exciting and exhilirating experience and not to be missed.

It was my daughter's 19th birthday on 19th August and as she enjoys making cupcakes as a hobby I made her this birthday card using the 'crazy for cupcakes' stamp set. 

I love the Soft suede and pink pirouette colour combination. The new edgelit dies and embossing folders were used to create the centre band. The cakes and cake stand were stamped onto a framelet label and coloured with markers and dazzling diamond glitter.The white layer on the bottom was created from the scallop square Bigz die and holes were placed around the edges with the piercing tool. White organza ribbon was tied in a bow

Our 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary was on 22nd August and we booked a last minute holiday to Turkey . It was a very relaxing and enjoyable week with lots of lovely sunny weather, something that we haven't seen here for quite a while!  We went to a local restaurant on the evening and enjoyed a fantastic steak diane meal with all the trimmings. 

I was spoilt with lovely food, wine and some beautiful jewellery and was also presented with beautiful bouquet of red roses. We were travelling home the next day and didn't want to leave the roses behind but we managed to wrap them up in our suitcase and they survived the journey home!!

Here is the card I made for my husband. I wanted to create a special and unique one, it is a diorama card

I used one of my favourite items out of the summer mini catalogue, the labels collection framelit dies to cut out the shapes and stamped and embossed in silver 'to be loved' in the centre of one of the die cuts. Ittby bitty flowers were punched for decoration with a pearl placed in the centres and modern label punch for the sentiment.The card layers were embossed with polka dots embossing folder

The celebrations haven't ended yet.  We are planning a party at the weekend for our family and friends so I will be back later to share the event with you

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

 For this months card class all my ladies wanted to do something a little different and this is what we made. A compartment stepper box and matching gift card. 
 We used pool party and calypso coral colours along with the retired everyday enchantment designer series papers to decorate

I have been asked to do a regular card class every week at a friend's house and these are the cards we made this week. We used the Reason to Smile stamp set which is FREE with purchases over £60 during August. We used the triple card technique for the first one and stamped the images with the stamp-a-majig to align the two-step stamps. Colours used were elegant eggplant, river rock and pretty in pink

 For the 2nd card we used indigo island, calypso coral and so saffron colours and stamped the images again as a two-step to create the background of the tag. The main card was embossed with the adorning accents heart embossing folder and the bottom of the tag punched with the scallop trim border punch. The sentiment is from the teeny tiny wishes stamp set.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Reason to Smile again

Here are a few more cards made using the Reason to Smile stamp set. Dont forget this stamp set can be yours for FREE with a spend of £60 during August.

For the first card, I have used rich razzleberry, pear pizzazz and so saffron

A similar card to the one above but this time it is 'stepped up' with a few added extras to create a more detailed effect.

Another card using rich razzleberry and pear pizzazz combination along with calypso coral and have used the heart embossed textured impression embossing folder

The next card is a triple time stamp technique which I have seen lots of on websites recently and thought I would have a go.  The colours I have used are perfect plum, elegant eggplant, river rock and pink pirouette and the stamp set is Mixed Bunch. 

I enjoyed making this card and will try it again in different colourways and  using the new Reason to Smile stamp set


I hope you like all my cards

Monday, 6 August 2012

Hello there, Monday has come round again.  I hope you are all enjoying the olympics and celebrating those fabulous medals.

Today, I am sharing our scrapbook page we created in the Scrapbook class last Thursday.  I was asked if I could produce a page in monochrome and this was the result. I thought it was an excellent page to show off my daughter's recent graduation photo.

We used Mixed Bunch stamp set and co-ordinating blossom punch using black and basic grey colours. The leaves were punched from the bird builder punch and tags from the extra large tag punch. The middles of the flowers had either a matching brad or white button with some baker's twine threaded through.  I only had white baker's twine so I run a length through the black ink pad to colour it with great effect.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

August Promotion - Reason to Smile Stamps

 Here are the cards I have made using the new fabulous2-step stamp set 'Reason to Smile'  which is available for FREE with a £60 order during August

They are very simple and easy to use and I love stamping with them. They are clearly my favourites at the moment

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Need a Reason to Smile?

Have a look at this gorgeous new two-step stamp set released by Stampin Up, Reason to Smile.  It is only available for the whole of August and you can get it in two different ways:

Get it FREE with a £60 purchase
Purchase is at a regular retail price of £18.95 (wood mounted) or £14.95 (clear mount)

Contact me today to take advantage of this offer and discover your reason to smile!!

 I have been using this fabulous new stamp set today and will share some cards with you tomorrow!