Thursday, 31 January 2013

Stampin' Stars Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin' Stars Blog Hop
Celebrating the new Spring/Summer Seasonal Catalogue
You may have just visited Louise's lovely blog

Here's a card I made using Collage Curios.
I love how it co-ordinates perfectly with Up, Up and Away,
creating the little balloons in the background, and the cute banner on the greeting.
Colours Island Indigo, Calypso Coral.

I was soooo happy that I had a delivery in time to play with a stamp I've been absolutely longing for...
Swallowtail, need I say more?! What's not to like?!
I used the new Pool Party Embossing Powder, new Bitty Butterfly Punch,
a single rose from the new Flower Trim, and a new Paper Doily.
Colours Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla.
Here's a slightly different angle....

I hope you are enjoying the hop, and have a good day!
Click here to continue to Esther's
Here's her blog address in case anything goes wrong:
and because I'm paranoid about breaking the chain
here's a complete list in case you get lost...

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Autumn / Winter catalogue ends!

It's your last chance to order from the Autumn/Winter mini !!!!
Once it's gone it's GONE!!!!
In case you've forgotten what it looks like...
here's a lovely ornament my friend Jan made...

Why don't you pop over to her blog sometime...
click here

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Elegant Butterfly

This was for a lovely lady at the Lace group I go to.....
I tied some ribbon around to make the 'antenna', and used lots of layers using various punches.
Colours:  Pool Party, Calypso Coral.
Lattice embossing folder, Beautiful Butterflies die, Elegant Butterfly punch, Scallop Trim Border punch,
Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch.
And a few Rhinestones of course!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013


The new seasonal catalogue has a fab new stamp set that I just have to have!
But I couldn't even wait for it!
I decided to have a go at making one by hand,
and it took me absolutely ages!
It might look simple, but trust me, it would be much easier with the stamp set!
I could tell you how....but it's all a secret....for now! 
I hope you are keeping warm,
roll on spring! x

Sale-a Bration!

Sale-a-Bration is here!
Here are some of the free gifts you can earn as part of the celebrations!
This is the best time of the year to buy fabulous Stampin' Up! products,
have a party or workshop,
or join my team! 

Contact me for more info!

Friday, 18 January 2013

challenge #25

So, have you got snow? We have quite a bit, so I gritted our steep drive, and my better half managed to get home from work early, thank goodness.
I had another go at a Paper Crew Challenge (#25)
hopefully this link will take you there.

I decided on a valentine theme this time, but tried to make it masculine rather than too girly.
I just love the postage stamp punch, and have a lot of the 'itty bitty' family.
See how the mini ones fit the bigger one perfectly!
Great for layering up.

Here's a close-up of the detail.

Colours: melon mambo, basic grey, old olive
Stamp sets: lovely little labels, my little valentine, collage curios
Punches: little labels, itty bitty shapes, postage stamp, 1 inch square

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Get on yer bike!

Masculine cards are so much harder aren't they?
This motorbike is sadly retired, but maybe it'll make a comeback.
The background uses the open sea.

The greeting is from bring on the cake, ("not just a year older.....but a year better")
and I punched the holes around the bike with the essentials paper-piercing pack. 

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Bring on the Cake!

Here's one I made for a very special lady....

It's very 'busy' I know!
I do get carried away, and want to keep adding 'stuff'- sorry, I can't help myself!
I love these papers, and the matching brad.
I used cupcake builder and curly label punch,  and designer frames embossing folder.
I used gold glimmer paper for the 'candle', and the 3 extra 'brads'.
I also added crystal effects to the cake 'sweets'.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Talking Tag

Wowee! Want to make a card/gift that talks to the recipient??!!!!
Well, now you can!
Record your very own message!

With Talking Tag, you can send a gift that is uniquely you. Talking Tag is a message label you can attach to cards, invitations, gifts . . . anything! Personalise birthday cards, gifts or even record quick instructions for a recipe. Now your pictures really can say a thousand words!

How to send a voice message:
  1. Download the FREE TalkingTag™ App on you smartphone from, iTunes® or Google Play™.
  2. Adhere the message tag to your card or gift.
  3. Open TalkingTag™ App and scan the code.
  4. Record your message (recording starts immediately, so make sure you’re ready!).
You will have the opportunity to listen, re-record, cancel, or confirm your message after you’ve completed recording it. Each label allows up to 60 seconds of a greeting, song, or product message.
To play the message, recipients will need to download the app and scan the code.  Messages are saved for two years, so they can listen to it over and over.
How to Buy Talking Tags:

Buy ‘em by the sheet! You get 10 tags for just 9.50 €/£7.25 (item 129723).Helpful Tips:
  • Adhere Talking Tag to a flat surface, otherwise the scanner can’t read the code.
  • Multiple tags can be attached to one surface, but don’t place them too close together. When scanning a message, you shouldn’t be able to see another code on the screen. 
  • Do not write or place any decoration over the label.
  • Talking Tag has a permanent adhesive and cannot be repositioned once attached to a surface. Attempting to remove it could tear the label, making it impossible to listen to the content.
  • A Talking Tag message label can only hold one message. Once a message is confirmed, it cannot be deleted or re-recorded.

Contact me for more details!

Monday, 14 January 2013

Team Challenge

Here's another in-team challenge.
This week's layout did not inspire me at all, BUT I actually liked how it turned out.
Just goes to show there's no telling how a project will end up,
and how often it's not what you had in mind at all!
The challenge is one found on, and it's actually originally a
Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge (#24)......bit of a mouthful!
This one's on confetti white card (similar to neutrals), using Everyday Enchantment DSP.
Stamp sets: Summer Silhouettes, Papillon Potpourri, For my Family.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

My Sock Bouquet

I thought you might like to see the bouquet I got for xmas....
Nestled among the white rosebuds are socks!
Such a clever fab idea, and I had fun dismantling it and seeing how it was done.
Here's a close-up

Friday, 11 January 2013

wish big

My Nephew 'T' is growing up fast, and so I wanted to make a more grown-up card.....
Oh well, I did try, but was running out of steam after all the xmas cards I made!

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Paper Layers

I had another go at one of JK Cards challenges...
decided to try it all in Designer Series Paper layers
(of which, I have far too much!)

I did ink around all the paper edges, but methinks it needs a little work...
although I do love these papers.
The punched border uses the Scallop Trim punch,
and the sentiment is from Bring on the Cake...
(so many sentiments in one set, and such good value)

Sunday, 6 January 2013

My Little Valentine

Purchase this exclusive My Little Valentine stamp set,
and get Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit absolutely free!
See Page 35 of the Autumn/Winter Mini for the cute kit worth £8.25

This cute four piece stamp set is only £9.95 and only available until 21st January!

(Not shown at actual size)

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!
I hope you've all survived the festivities?
I've been lucky enough to have shared a relaxing time with Alan,
until he goes back to work on Monday.
I know a lot of you have been busy, and some have had to work,
but I hope you've had a lovely time whatever you got up to.

I saw this post on Gill Prescott's blog, and thought it was so good, I'd like to share it with you.
If you ever needed convincing how much fun stamping can be,
this is one to read......

I hope this link works, as I'm not very good at this stuff!
I think she's done a fab job of showing just what can be achieved with a few stamps and some ink and paper.
It's quite short, so if you have a few moments to spare......enjoy!