Monday, 30 June 2014

Free standing pop up card

Below is the latest project made at my card classes over the last couple of weeks, including the class at Running with Scissors last Saturday morning. These are free standing pop-up cards, that fold flat into an envelope, but then provide a very stable and effective 3D card. 

At each class we made 2 different designs, based on the same principle.  The base can be decorated in the same style as the main card design, further enhancing the 3D profile. 

We did some origami paper folding to make the shirt and ties. All the ladies enjoyed making them and were really impressed at how easy they were to create and they don't even need ironing.... We even added a little silver tie pin.

A ladies version of the card  using the peaceful petals stamp set from the spring/summer catalogue which will sadly be retired from this evening. The image was coloured in using blender pens in Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette and Pear Pizzazz. The sentiment 'for you' is from 'round array' stamp set

Only 1 day to go until the new Stampin Up catalogue goes live!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Iceland and Norway Cruise Part 2

Now I have managed to sort through Paul's 2000+ photographs, I am back with part 2 of our recent cruise.

Day Eight and Nine - Reykjavik, Iceland
The weather in Iceland was amazing and ideal for exploring a land of huge contrasts. Some of the landscape hasn’t changed for millions of years with snow capped mountains, whilst other areas have dangerously active volcanos, natural hot geyzers and Tectonic Plates (mid-ocean) that are still opening up by ~3mm/year
 This, in turn, leads to a sparsely populated country that is also one of the richest and most highly developed in the world. The whole Island has a population just over 300,000. For that reason, Reykjavik is one of the smallest capital cities in the world.  The name Reykjavik is translated as 'Smoky Bay' after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area.  

The ship was anchored overnight so we had  lots of time to explore. 

All that was missing, was a trip to see Santa and a chance to observe the Northern Lights. We will have to save that for another time.....

We did a golden circle tour  visiting magnificent waterfalls, areas of baron land due to lava rock from previous erupting volcanoes. We even saw the volcano that erupted in 2010 with the Ash cloud that brought Europe airspace to a standstill.

One of the greatest natural attractions of Iceland and part of the famous "Golden Circle Tour" is the  Great Geysir, which erupts at regular intervals every 6 minutes or so and its white column of boiling water can reach as high as 30 meters. The whole area is a geothermal park sitting on top of a vast boiling cauldron.

We couldn't Ieave without a trip to the Blue Lagoon. This is a geothermal  spa where the water is a lovely and warm 38 degrees and naturally changed every 36 hours. It is enriched with minerals and reputed for its healing properties. It was just like getting into a very hot bath...

Day Ten - Day at Sea
And Paul's highlight was doing another Scrapbook page......

Day Eleven - Lerwick  Shetland Isles
 Capital of the Shetland Islands, belonging to Scotland.  We hired a car and travelled around the southern part.  We didn't realise there were so many beautiful sandy beaches

Thousands of Puffins at the most southern part of the isle

Day Twelve - Geiranger, Norway
 Fantastic views of one of the most scenic panoramas found anywhere. Snow covered mountain peaks, beautiful and wild waterfalls, lush green vegetation and deep blue waters of the fjord. 

Seven sisters waterfall

Day Thirteen - Bergen, Norway 

Gateway to the fjords with stunning views of the surroundings  from the top of Mount Floien.


Day Fourteen - Day at Sea
After finishing packing our suitcases we spent a relaxing day reading, sunbathing and playing games on the deck whilst cruising down the North Sea.

Day Fifteen - Harwich, England 
Unfortunately this is where our holiday ended and we disembarked and made our journey home.

As I previously said the scenery was stunning and beautiful and the trip is highly recommended. We made some great friends and have some wonderful memories. 


  My Husband was only home for 1 day before flying out to USA on business. 

I think I have enough to keep me busy over the next few days with getting back into work mode....Planning future card classes and new catalogue launch party, and attend a craft fair at Stallingborough Village Hall on Saturday 10am - 3.00pm

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Iceland and Norway Cruise Part 1

 New Catalogue coming soon/ Retired Products ending soon

There is only 1 week to go until the launch of the new catalogue. That also means there is only a week left to get your retired products, some of which are heavily reduced by up to 80%.  To avoid disappointment please pop over to my Online Shop to pick up one of those bargains before its too late.

Recent Holiday Highlights (Part 1)

It has now been ten days since we returned home from a wonderful two week Celebrity cruise around Norway, Shetland Islands and Iceland. 

Surprisingly, the weather was absolutely fabulous with sunshine everyday for the whole 14 days, something which is very extraordinary for these parts of the world. We were prepared for all weather conditions with jumpers, coats, gloves, hats and scarves and didn't need any of them (if only we had known, we wouldn't have paid for an extra bag for the plane!)

We started our journey in Copenhagen, a beautiful little city where the 'Little Mermaid' lives.

This statue was inspired by Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale about a mermaid who gives up everything to be united with a young, handsome prince on land.
Every morning and evening she swims to the surface from the bottom of the sea and, perched on her rock in the water, she stares longingly towards the shore hoping to catch a glimpse of her beloved prince.

Day 2 - Oslo  Norway 
We travelled around the city on an Hop on Hop off Bus visiting various landmarks and finished off with a welcome drink in the Ice Bar. It was a good job that all clothing and gloves were provided as it was another hot and sunny day and we were dressed in shorts!

Inside the Ice Bar the temperature is permanently -5degreesC. All seating, walls, statues, drinking glasses and the bar were made of ice 
The famous Angry Boy

Day 3   Kristiansand in Norway.

Lovely scenery, harbour, lakes and beaches. Paul even dragged me around a carboot sale (selling jet ski's, not the ones we are used too), which was set-up on one of the jetty's.

Day 4 - Stavanger, Norway
 Beautiful scenery with lots of mountains and waterfalls. We had a trip on a boat through the smaller Fjords so we could see the scenery close-up.


Day five - Day at Sea 
We spent the day relaxing around the ship. On all sea days there were scrapbooking classes  for us to attend with complimentary scrapbook packs. I even got my husband joining in and was proud of his creations. The lady said Paul 'made her cruise!'. I think she meant the scrapbooking!.

 Day Six -  Torshavn
 Capital and largest town of the Faroe Islands. The name Faroe is derived from two Faroese words which mean 'sheep' and 'islands'.  As the name suggests there were lots of sheep and islands!!

 Most of the houses had grass growing on the roof!  This is for extra insulation to make the houses warmer. I'm pleased I am not cutting the lawn and doing the gardening. We were told they use Goats!

Day Seven - Day at Sea
Another time to relax and you guessed it, more eating, drinking, sunbathing and scrapbooking. 
During the first week, we had our first Formal Night and a chance for us to Dress Up!.

We are half way through the trip  so please pop back tomorrow to continue with the rest of the holiday

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Free standing pop up male and female cards

If you haven't already made plans for the coming weekend why not consider coming to one of my card classes! These are the cards we will be making this weekend

Freestanding pop up male and female cards which fold flat for posting

Saturday 21st June 10am - 12.00pm
Running with Scissors, 
Cromwell Road

Sunday 22nd June 10.00am - 12.00pm -

Monday 23rd June 10.00am - 12.00pm

 The cost of the class is £7 and includes all materials, tuition and light refreshments

  For more information or to reserve a place on any of the classes please contact me:

Monday, 16 June 2014

Retired lists and Rev up the Fun Mr Owl
There are still plenty of products available to purchase from the retired list, and some have been greatly discounted.   Items are only available during June unless they sell out before then, and  some have already sold out. The retired list is a list of all the items which will not be carried over into the new annual catalogue which launches on 1st July 2014.

Please pop over to my Stampin' Up! UK shop or on the image above to view the current updated lists.  

Please contact me on or telephone 07793293599 to place an order and I will add it to my next one,  but there is the risk of the item selling out. The best way to ensure you don't miss out on a bargain is to place the order online. Please make sure you choose Linda Gilbert as your demonstrator and that will allow me to contact you so I will be able to see you  order. You will pay a flat fee of postage of £4.95 and the order will be delivered direct to your door.

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Before my holiday I had a few requests for some male themed cards.  I often find it difficult to create male design. Here are the ones we made in our Friday afternoon class a few weeks ago.  They were both CASE'd from the internet

What better way than to use an 'Owl' theme, which then allows the creator to develop a style and expression to suit the individual. The owl punch has been one of the most versatile punches in the Stampin Up  range and can be used to suit a card for any age group or occassion. With Graduations just around the corner, I'm sure I will be using it much more.

I have been preparing some items for upcoming craft fairs using the owl punch and forgotten how cute he is and how easily he is put together. 

I have used the  hardwood stamp for the background, punched out a circle and placed the owl behind. i have added a sentiment and a couple of leaves and the card is complete.

For the next card I have used a typical car theme, what male can resist a fast, posh sports car. At least with this one you won't get points for speeding!

I again CASE'D this card from Pinterest, thank you Julie for the inspiration. Both stamps used are on the retired list 'Rev up the Fun' and 'Simply stars'

The stars were randomly stamped onto whisper white card and placed on to a 
 a triple fold card in night of navy. Colours used are gumball green, night of navy and pacific point

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The cars were stamped separately and cut out and placed on some strips of acetate which were then attached to the card to look like they are suspended in the air

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so place your orders as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
If you would like to place an order, then please contact me on
- See more at:

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Gate fold scalloped topper tag card

Hopefully by the time you read this, I will have had a few days to relax and spend some quality time with my  husband.... as many of you know, he has been working abroad over the past few months and has hardly spent any time at home with the family

The card I am sharing today is one we made at my regular weekly Friday class, at The Edge, Keelby.

This is a smaller version of the previous concertinered card I blogged a few days ago.  Instead of three strips of 4" x 12 " to make a concertina card, I created a gatefold card  using just one of the strips and scored it at 2",4",8" and 10".  Although the card is smaller by design,it is equally as effective. Each end was punched with the scalloped topper tag punch

There were three panels of whisper white sponged with pink pirouette and matted onto three panels of pink pirouette

Less flowers were needed for the decoration and the sentiment was changed  to fit in the larger centre square

The green flowers were separated and cut into ones and twos to create the leaves.

I had a bit of a blonde moment on Friday and forgot to take the decorative label punch for the front. Instead I cut a strip of whisper white and made a coordinating label from the scalloped topper tag punch and sponged around the edge with pink.  In fact, we all agreed we liked the look of this much better than the original as it co-ordinated with the rest of the card.  There are never any mistakes in crafting, just happy accidents!

The summer starfruit ribbon was held in place under one side of the label with 3D foam pads and wrapped around the back and tied at the side