Monday, 28 August 2017


It's August Bank Holiday in the UK,
a chance for everyone to just breathe....and relax....
maybe with a glass of something nice and chilled...

Here's one I did at class recently..... of my lovely class mates did a slightly different one with the branch and hearts...

here's the original one, with 'relax' and a chilled glass added ....

have a good day whatever you are doing,
hope its something nice and chilled...


Sunday, 27 August 2017

HAPPY Birthday Gorgeous

Today I'd like to share a card I saw on Pinterest,
you can see her original blog post here:

Paper Daisy Crafting

I liked it so much I've done classes, workshops, and made some of my own personal cards
using the same technique, and everyone I've shown seems to love it too!

For my version I cut out the letters I wanted, laid them on SU grid paper
(I use the grid paper for most things, its so useful for lining up, designing and so much more),
and stamped from about a third to half way down, using lots of little stamps from
Happy Birthday Gorgeous
in lots of bright colours

I embossed the background, added ribbon and sentiment, 
and stamped inside too 

I also added some new Stampin Up! glitter dots on this one

some were mounted on foam pads, some I cut multiple letters and glued them together
to make a faux chipboard look

You can use any stamps for this, ideally smallish ones, but even then you only see 'bits' of them

I just stamped randomly, spreading out the colours until I was happy with the overall look.

Do have a go, and hop over to Paper Daisy Crafting to see hers, and many more
lovely cards she has made.


Friday, 25 August 2017

Rudolph Day in August

Here we are, 25th of the month, and that can mean only one thing.....
This is where we are encouraged to get ahead and make some
of 'those' cards each month.
Do join in if you can, it's so much better than rushing in December!

My entry this month is from a brand new set that will probably get overlooked in the
New Seasonal Catalogue from Stampin' Up!

Season Like Christmas

is a sketchy kinda tree that can be layered up to give a 3-d effect,
and it has some really lovely sentiments.
"Thinking of you at Christmas"
is one of my favourites, as there are so many people for whom it can be a very difficult season.

I stamped the trunk is actually split so that it peeks out, giving a realistic look,
stamped a layer in old olive, then the next in second generation mossy meadow.

I stamped the 'snow' with versamark, and heat embossed with glitter,
I also added some more sparkle using a teeny tiny stamp from Star of Light.
Then I added some embossing paste for some raised snow,
which bubbles when you heat it!

It's thanks to special people like you who provide me with inspiration from your blogs and challenges,so a big thank you for taking the time to visit mine.

Have a happy Rudolph Day


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Wood Textured Leaves

I did a class recently based on the Colourful Seasons set,
and wanted a masculine card....

I used the Wood Textures DSP, stamped and die cut some of the delicate leaves from the
Seasonal Layers Thinlits,  adding one cut from the Copper Foil,
a bit of the same DSP in the background, and some fibrous Burlap Ribbon
finishes off a simple card.

Here's a summary of the class:

I try to show the versatility of sets, as well as tips and techniques,
there's always something new to learn,
 and I always learn something from my class attendees too.

I'd love you to join us for fun and friendship,
so if you'd like more information, please just ask.

I run regular Thursday afternoon classes from 2 till 4pm,
£10 per person, all tools, materials and refreshment included.
Other classes/workshops/parties by arrangement. 

I hope to welcome you one day,
meantime thanks for stopping by my blog,
and keeeeeep Crafting!
(small tribute to the lovely Bruce Forsyth, bless him)


Saturday, 19 August 2017


I hope you have a lovely weekend!

I'm sharing some cards I made for a local Tractorfest,
which is basically a tractor show for enthusiasts of this much loved machine.
I am one of the members of High Halden Craft Club,
who have a stall at the show.

One of the other members let me borrow their stamp (not sure what make),
I coloured them with inks, and pro markers, and backed them with some SU papers.
I'm pretty sure I haven't coloured them accurately, but hope that doesn't put people off!
I am certainly NOT a tractor expert!

Enjoy whatever you get up to!


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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Another relaxing card

Using the Colourful Seasons,
we die cut a circle, masked and made a background with a sponge brayer
(the sponge brayer is so simple, and leaves no lines)
using soft sky and sahara sand ink.

stamped some faux grass, and the deckchair frame.
stamped the deckchair canvas on some Colour Theory paper,
which made it look denim-like, cut it out and glued in place

Virtually a one layer card apart from the canvas and ribbon.

Don't forget to redeem your vouchers earned from last month,
order the Christmas bundle early, or enjoy the new seasonal catalogue.
Ask if you'd like a copy

Meantime happy crafting

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

......and .......just......breathe.....

We all need to do this sometimes....

Colour Theory DSP (paper),
Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Colourful Seasons stamp set 

Image result for colourful seasons stampin up

Image result for seasonal layers stampin up

One of the coolest versatile sets I've ever seen....

Enjoy.....relax......and breathe.....


Friday, 11 August 2017

My Planner

I like to be organised, and I need to be organised more than ever these days.
So, I thought I'd try the new SU planner, and I was NOT disappointed!

You get the wonderful binder, with all the blank pages, inserts, pockets, bookmarks,
decorations, labels, stickers and so much more.

You get more than enough to customise each month

and one of the many advantages, is you can start the year whenever you like!

You get enough blank pages for the month

there's a title page for each month, that I'm using to highlight main events,
make a to-do list, a wish-list, class list  etc

then there's a two page spread to summarize each month...

a week on two pages....

an extra page for notes

very good quality dividers that are sturdy and wipe clean

a book mark that is so easy to clip in and out

the monthly 'front page'

the month on 2 pages to customise

the week to view

tabs, dividers etc included

I got out my stamp set to quickly date my pages....
I needed quick, easy to see dates and info...
or you can neatly write dates in the small boxes provided :)

If you are neat and dainty...look away now!
I needed practical! above all else!
big, loud, obvious, crossed out, highlighted where necessary!

Maybe I'll have time to finness, make pretty, future pages,
BUT for now IT WORKS FOR ME....and that's what I need!

I have everything in one place, and feel much more organised now.
I've also used the clear pockets (the memories and more inserts fit)
to hold appointment cards, tickets etc.

You can add elements that work for YOU.

I tried a planner before....ended up in the bin.....
one of the main reasons I love this one is it's flexible, customisable,
adaptable, personalisable, pretty, sturdy, practical, and FUN!

There are some great videos out there...Elizabeth's craft room is one,
she shows how she uses hers, makes extra pockets and more

It also makes a great gift!
Why not treat someone you know, Christmas is coming !

The quality is high, they've thought of everything,
but if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask....
I'm here to help!

Have a GREAT weekend!


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Happy Crafting!