Friday, 25 September 2015

Wondrous Wreath Christmas shadow box card


As it is coming to the end of September we have started our preparations for Christmas (where has this year gone?) 

In this weeks class, we used the shadow box card principle from last week, but this time created a christmas card using the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and co-ordinating framelits. These not only make great cards, but also lovely decorations or wall hangings.....

We all liked the stand on the back which folds flat

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Monday, 21 September 2015

Butterfly basics shadow box frame

Hi Everyone, 
Last week in my classes we made this lovely shadow box frame card. The card was totally inspired by the design created by Amanda over at The Craft Spa where she has produced an extremely helpful tutorial.

The frame is made from 12" x 12" card which has been scored, cut and folded accordingly. The intricacy proved to be challenging for some of my ladies, but patience and perseverance won, creating a great result.

The frame was decorated with pool party card measuring 5.75" x 5.75". Sorry for being imperial, but it worked out that way.  The centre was cut out with the large scalloped square framelits which was then run through the big shot with the fluttering textured embossing folder.  

The waste from this was used for matting the main design inside the picture frame 

Butterfly basics stamp set was used  along with gorgeous grunge for the images and the flowers were coloured in using the blender pens.

 We even made a stand for the back which folds flat, so it can be displayed like a picture. They also look great as a decoration for your wall and can be made in any design or colour, to match your decor. Great if you fancy something different and have some time to make.

The card for the stand measures 2" x 9.5", scored at 0.5", 1.5", 2.5" and 6".

Have fun

Linda x

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Bird builder anniversary using a masking technique

Whilst we were on holiday a couple of weeks ago my husband and I celebrated our 28th Wedding Anniversary!

This is the card I made for him and one we recreated in the classes last week

A large heart  was cut out using one of the heart framelits onto a spare piece of card and placed it over the base white card and the centre was sponged with crumb cake. Leaving the mask in place, I randomly stamped 'I love You' over the top.The mask was then removed and the punched out leaves are stuck around the edge.

A couple of birds and wings were punched from the bird builder punch and edges were sponged. The wings were placed in an embossing folder to give it a fancy element

The second card used a similar masking technique but with three squares instead of the one heart.

The edges of the card were scored, inked and glued to the base card with 3d foam pads to give it dimension.  Dazzling diamonds were added to the images to give a little sparkle

These are very quick and simple cards to re-create

Look out for more cards like these over the next few weeks with a christmas theme!

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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Butterfly Half circle pop up card

I have used my favourite stamp sets so far from the Annual Catalogue, 'Butterfly Basics, Watercolor Wings and matching framelits' along with the very popular brick wall embossing folder to create the following half circle pop up card. I found the tutorial for this shape of card on Pinterest

The card is decorated on the outside and when it is opened a surprise butterfly pops up in the middle!

Two of the smaller butterflies were attached to a piece of acetate with glue dots to look like it is flying in the air!

The fluttering butterfly embossing folder was used for the top section of the card, but it is difficult to see from the photo
The new weekly deals are up on the website - just click on an image to go straight to my online store   

There are some great buys this week. The Flower Medalion punch fits the medium sized snowflake  (Top left) from the Flurry of Wishes stamp set in the new Autumn catalogue!

 I have an order going in on Monday so if you can collect from me, P&P will be £1. Please email or contact me to place your order this way.

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Sunday, 6 September 2015

Mini Book Class


 Saturday 12th September 10.00 am to 4.00pm

£22 including all materials and tuition

Following on from the wedding mini book I made for my nephew and his bride recently I am running a class on making a similar one in Pool Party (pale blue) colour combination.

It contains 6 double sided pages using various dies and punches to decorate. Most of the pages have been left blank so it can be filled with your own photos.

This memorable keepsake can be adapted to suit all occasions:

Places are limited so please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to reserve a space

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Wedding celebrations and mini book

A few months ago my nephew Darren (also our God Son) and his future bride Kirsteen asked me to design and make their wedding invitations incorporting the 'Japanese Cherry Blossom' design and in the colour scheme of 'Cadbury purple'. I used the Stampin Up! 'Elegant Eggplant' cardstock, which was a perfect contrast for the deep purple we all know from our Cadbury's Chocolate bars or Easter Eggs.

After making a few samples this is the design they chose:-

The design was an open envelope style, secured together by a belly band in white pearlised card. Inside the invitation, I included the wedding invite (2 separate versions one for the wedding itself and one for the evening reception). On the right hand side, I incorporated a little pocket, which displayed their wishes for presents etc. and housed a separate sheet of paper with instructions on how to find the various venues. 

The wedding was held at Ordsall Hall in Manchester, with the evening reception being held at the Lowry Centre, Salford Quays, overlooking Manchester United's 'Old Trafford' football ground and the TV studios. 

The request from the hosts, was for no presents, but monetary donations could be made if desired, to their 'Wishing Well' to allow for future purchases and complete items on their 'bucket list'. As an extra feature, I also made some co-ordinating money wallets below, for this purpose.
The wedding was a great success and the weather stayed fine. It was also an opportunity for family and friends to get together and the venue's were so central, it gave us an excuse to make a weekend of it, do a spot of shopping (as if I needed the excuse!) and visit some of our old cruising friends. We even managed to spend a few hours in Ikea on the way across.

Darren & Kirsteen - You probably guessed the colour scheme was Cadbury Purple....

My family Selfie... 
I know I should have dressed Paul and made sure his collar was

As part of their wedding present I made a mini book containing 6 pages in Elegant Eggplant and Pearlised white Card  and decorated it using various dies and punches. I left most of the pages blank so they could fill it with their own photos

I showed the completed book to my class members and they all responded with a plea to make one themselves in a class.  I have therefore planned a class to make a similar book in a pool party (pale blue) colour combination. The book can be adapted to suit all occasions:

 Saturday 12th September 10.00 am to 4.00pm

£22 including all materials and tuition

Places are limited so please let me know as soon as possible if you would like to reserve a space


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Weekly Deals

A new collection of Wednesday Weekly Deals are now available! These offers are valid for one week only. 


If you want to take advantage of any of the deals on offer, you can support my business by placing your order online by clicking  HERE or using the link to my online shop on the right hand side of my blog page where it says 'Shop Online' or with me in person.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

New Stampin' Up! Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue

Stampin' Up! has launched a new catalogue today which is full of fabulous new products to keep us busy over the next few months leading up to Christmas

I believe this is one of the best seasonal catalogues to date

Click on the picture below to go straight to the online catalogue or just contact me for your very own hard copy

One of my favourite products in the catalogue is the
Jingle All the Way Bundle (£30.50 wood or £26.25 unmounted) and includes the
stamp set and framelits. 
One of my favourite bundles in this catalogue is the Jingle All the Way Bundle (£30.50 wood or £26.25 unmounted) and includes the stamp set and framelits.  - See more at:


 There are three different Sleigh Ride Edgelit Dies to add silhouettes to your cards and co-ordinate perfectly with the Jingle All the Way Stamps 

 Here are a couple of cards using the Jingle All the Way bundle which we will be creating in future classes.

All the products are now available, if you would like to place an order please visit my Stampin' Up! Online Shop or contact me at