Friday, 30 November 2012


hope this finds you well....
I'm slowly recovering from a nasty cold virus....sniff sniff....
and thought I'd share this card with you.....
Stampin' Up! stamp set Countryside.....again!
I started off trying to use West Ham's colours....Dave's team....
(well, someone has to support them, don't they! teehee)
and was amazed to find this Orchard Harvest DSP had a Tempting Turquoise and Bravo Burgundy
 included in it's miriad of lush colours that suited pretty well....
I then distressed some of the edges, decoupaged the fork and little bird,
and cut out a few leaves from the paper too...
This photo angle perhaps shows it off a bit better....
methinks I need to do a photography course maybe....if I had the time!
Anyway, I think this stamp set is brill for men's cards....
what do you think?

The sentiment uses that neat trick of punching out the same label,
cutting it in half, and making a mat background, to help the words pop.
I had to ink up the edges as well of course!,
because that always seems to help highlight the focal points.
Dave has an allotment, and with the autumn papers, I thought this made it very personalized,
which is what I love about making my own cards! 

Wednesday, 28 November 2012


Here's one for an old friend,.....
again using that fab new butterfly punch, and a section of apothecary framelit.
I daubed some frosted ink on the matching Papillon Potpourri Stampin' Up! stamp set.
(Sorry it doesn't show up very well in the photo, but it's lush close-up)
I made a small smudge under the greeting, but instead of adding a flower or something, 
I decided to add a strip of ribbon.....
sssshhhhh don't tell!
You can always hide mistakes somehow!

Uncle Jim & Aunty Pauline

all the best laid plans.......
had a horrible cold virus, and feeling rubbish, so bit late as usual in sharing the latest....
sooooo many birthdays this month....
here's my lovely Uncle Jim's card....
Using Stampin' Up! stamp set Countryside, layered up using apothecary framelits dies,
with some well deserved gold stars, using merry minis punches...

Aunty Pauline's is the day before, but shows how my brain is non-functioning at the mo...
Used my fab new punch for the butterflies, some ribbon, and the same framelits.....
colours were dictated by the pretty design series paper...
will have to add details later....
I sooo wished I could see more of my lovely aunt & uncle....

Sunday, 18 November 2012


We are so lucky to be able to share Alan's Granddad's 92nd birthday!
He absolutely lives for his garden......growing vegetables is his passion,
and Alan and I are reaping the rewards of sharing his wealth of experience,
having lots of fresh veggies all year round....
The NEW stamp set 'Countryside' is perfect for all occasions, all genders...
and the embossing folder 'Woodgrain' goes with it perfectly.
Colours Cherry Cobbler, and Early Espresso...

For Sharon

This was a LITTLE more simple (not a lot!)
Summer Silhouettes again (can you tell yet, it's one of my faves?!)
(I'm sorry, but you just HAVE to get this one!),
stamped with Papillon Potpourri (OH SO GORGEOUS TOO!),
and covered in dazzling diamonds by using the clever heat and stick powder first.
The little flower decoupaged using Daffodil Delight Ink,
and some Crochet Trim. 

The sentiment is from A Word for You.....

Summer Silhouettes

Here's a collage-type card I made.....
Didn't turn out quite like I had in my head! (Do you find that?)
I blinged it up with some NEW Iridescent Ice embossing powder, and Rhinestones.

The sentiment is 'Beautiful Birthday', a lovely single stamp for only £5.95!
Colours - Melon Mambo (of course!), Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade. 

Thursday, 15 November 2012


So much to tell you, and so little time omg!
I have been madly crafting, and I have sooooo much to show you!
Here's one I made for my dear father-in-law..
my fave triple-layer stamping eh what!
I shall be back with more......

Sunday, 11 November 2012

For Liz

Hello all, hope this finds you well.....
Here's the card I made for my lovely downline, Liz
I used Stampin' Up!' En Francais' for the background,
'Summer Silhouettes', (decoupaged the little flower),
velvet and new stitched grosgrain ribbon,
and some touches of sparkle that don't show up,
using the new Iridescent Ice embossing powder.
The sentiment is from part of 'A Word for You',
cut into a little banner.
We enjoyed a lovely birthday dinner with her, and some of our fellow lace-makers.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Team Sarah

Hope this finds you well, and not too soggy!
We were meant to tidy up our local wood today, but it was such an awful wet dark day!
Yesterday, however was f a b u l o u s!
I hosted a training day for Team Sarah,
our lovely leader Sarah Piggott.
We had such a lovely day catching up, swapping ideas, and doing make n takes....
my idea of a perfect day!
Here's my swap contribution that I made for everyone....
I used one of the new Stampin' Up! sets, Countryside.
The faux brick wall effect is just cubes of Crumb Cake card, inked around the edges,
and spritzed with the new smooch vanilla spray.
For the wooden 'fence' I used the Woodgrain embossing folder,
and for the 'trellis', I used Summer Silhouettes.
Colours used are Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze and Old Olive.
The spotty paper shape is one of the Apothecary dies.
The greeting used a couple of punches, word window and modern label.
I hope to be back very soon with some more posts,
to make up for my absence recently.
I've been soooo busy,
as I'm sure you have too!