Thursday, 10 September 2009


Just another quick post... Alex recently hosted her second swap over on ILWS. This swap was for a gift card holder and we had to make 8 cards. My colour combo is whisper white, so saffron and pumpkin pie (been using these colours a bit too much recently!) The bird is from the fun and fast notes set with a sentiment from the circle of friendship set. The pumpkin pie ribbon and a silver brad from the hodgepodge set finishes it off xx

Little forest friends

Hi! Hope you're having a great week and enjoying the sunshine (hope the weather has been good where you are) We've been feeding a family of hedgehogs, complete with babies (aahhh!!) for the last couple of months, and I've had lots of advice from a lovely lady that runs a hospital for Hedgehogs! She takes in Hedgehogs from all over Leicestershire on a voluntary basis, isn't that fab! I wanted to make a card to say thank you. The stamp set is the gorgeous little forest friends set from My Cute Stamps. I'm planning to make a batch of similar cards for her to sell at an upcoming fundrasing day. The DSP I've used is Doodlebug with a bit of October Afternoon with the SU! colours cameo coral and choc chip. The ribbon is SU!'s regal rose grosgrain and the button is from the SU! mini catalogue tied with some linen thread. Have a fab day, it's nearly the weekend! Hooray! xxx

Monday, 7 September 2009

September already!

...Where did August go?! Hello and I hope you had a great weekend. I have a quick card to share made with the pocket silhouettes (so glad this made the new SU! catalogue!) It's such a fab stamp set to use. My colours are cameo coral, night of navy, whisper white, and ruby red. The button is from the mini SU catalogue along with some non SU! pale pink stitched ribbon. The linen thread used on the button has been coloured with a marker. I've tried to create the look of a button with the Martha Stewart butterfly punch by layering the button several times and then adding some diamond glaze, this doesn't show up with my rubbish photography though! Hope you have a super week and thanks so much for visiting! xx

Monday, 31 August 2009

A little gift

Hello and a very happy bank holiday Monday to you! Shame about the weather, hope it's better where you are! We're off to a family get together today and seeing baby Phoebe born to my cousins Emma & Andrew and cousins Helen & Billy's baby Ruby. Hoping to get lots of fab photos! I've made a little gift for the girls, just a simple gift bag to house a little puppet! I know both have loads and loads of clothes and it's sooo tricky knowing what to get for them as a little something, then I spotted these! For the gift bag and card I've used SU's so saffron and pumpkin pie with some summer picnic and washington apple DSP. The ribbon is pumpkin pie used with the Wild about you! stamp set. Hope you have a fab day! xx

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Out with the old...

Hello! I hope you're having a great weekend whatever you're doing. As the new Stampin' Up! catalogue will be out very soon (exciting!) I've been giving away a few of my much loved stamp sets to make room for some new lovelies!
I'm planning on having several great offers on after the launch of the catalogue in October so watch this space for some fantastic deals, please email me also if you would like a copy of the new catty and I'll post one off to you.
I've made a quick card using the True Friend set with the colours brocade blue, old olive, night of navy, whisper white and not quite navy. The striped old olive dsp is SU Summer Picnic. I've used my nesties labels one die with some brocade blue grosgrain ribbon and a flower ribbon slide from the hodgepodge hardware kit. The sentiment is from the Cheer & Wishes set layered with the scalloped oval punch. Enjoy the rest of the weekend xx

Friday, 28 August 2009

It's begining to look a lot like...

ooops! I've just taken delivery of this fab fiskars apron lace border punch and it's inspired me to make a shabby chic style card, but I think it looks more like a Christmas style card! (and it's a bit too early for those isn't it?!) I've used SU Soft Summer with real red and old olive with a bit of whisper white and lots of dots, I think the paper is doodlebug.
Thanks so much for looking and I hope you enjoy a hotter than hot and super sunny bank holiday weekend! xx

Thursday, 20 August 2009


Hi! I'm still loving using the SU wild about you set and my fave is this little fella! Here he's been stamped on to kraft with old olive and then layered on to choc chip and cameo coral. I've used a clear button layered over some stripey paper with some choc chip taffeta ribbon. Have a great evening xx

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Stamp With Us weekly challenge

Hi! Well we have more gorgeous sunshine again today, hope it's sunny wherever you are! This is the inspiration photo for this weeks Stamp With Us challenge. I love Gerberas and they look gorgeous in these colours
For the card I've used the crazy for cupcakes SU set with a sentiment from the fun and fast notes. My colours are pumpkin pie, rose red, perfect plum and bashful blue. Hope you're having a great week xxx

Sunday, 16 August 2009


Some days I struggle to think of a title for my blog entries, must try and be more creative with this! It's been a really sunny and warm weekend again and I've been doing a bit of crafting. We are in the middle of decorating our spare room at the moment and I've been looking at lots of paint swatches in sunny yellows, so thought I would make a card to match! I've used the SU Simply Said flowers and a sentiment from the SU Circle Of Friendship set. The colours are so saffron, real red and whisper white. The border punch is fiskars and the striped ribbon is from the SU mini catalogue.
I 've also made a card and gift bag. The papers are from Stampin' Up's! summer picnic DSP with the colours so saffron, real red, basic grey and very vanilla. The flowers have been made using the SU scallop circle punch along with some real red ribbon and some SU jumbo eyelets (these are so fab to use!) Bye for now and thanks so much for looking!

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Lovely blogging friends

Hi! Just had a surprise and found out the lovely Aimes has nominated me for three blog awards! Aimes is super talented and very funny! Her cards are fantastic. Thank you so much Aimes for these xxx

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Hi Chick!

Hello, hope it's sunny wherever you are today! I've Made a quick card using the fun and fast notes SU stamp set. I've used so saffron, pretty in pink, whisper white and rose red. The DSP is Tea Party from the mini catalogue. I've also used some so saffron striped grosgrain ribbon and a brad from the hodgepodge hardware set. Hope you're having a lovely day! xxxand flips!

Sunday, 9 August 2009

It's been a sunny and warm weekend...

Hooray! Hope you're having a great one! Whilst it was a bit grey outside last week, I made this card and it has a bit of an autumnal feel to it! I've used some papers that I found recently from My Minds Eye in the bloom & grow design, love these. The little owl is from Stampin'Up's forest friends set and the tree branch is a Hero Arts one. The colours I've used are choc chip, pumpkin pie and whisper white with a designer button from the mini catalogue. I've also used the oval and scalloped oval with the oval all sentiment from Stampin' Up! and a fiskars threading water border punch.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Bleach it up!

Hello! I've been wanting to try this technique for a while as I've seen a few cards made this way and they looked lovely! I applied my bleach directly to my stamp and then on to the card. Here I've used rose red, going gray and regal rose. The stamp is the stem from Soft Summer coloured with rose red and always artichoke. I was a bit concerned that the bleach smell would linger for a bit but it went away very quickly!
The bleach has been used again for this one with the rose red and always artichoke. The ribbon slider and frame are from the hodgepodge hardware box. The background has been stamped with the paisley stamp. Thanks so much for looking and hope you have a great week! xx

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Wheel Swap

Hello hope you are having a fab weekend. I participated in my first ever swap a couple of weeks ago hosted by the lovely Alex over on ILWS. The swap recipe was to use a Stampin' Up! wheel image and here's mineI decided to use the 'It's Beautiful' Jumbo Wheel in the colours Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Bravo Burgundy and Whisper White. I've then added some pearls from the pretties kit with some gold elastic cord and a sentiment from 'Simply Said'. The swaps from the girls I received in exchange were fantastic and so varied in style and technique. Thanks so much Alex for hosting this swap.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Hello and a little card...

Hello x I Hope my blogging friends are really well. I only have one little card to post today but as I have a few days off I'm hoping to get some serious crafting done! I'm getting so much mileage out of my SU forest friends set and the little tree is one of my favourites. I've used Pumpkin Pie, Kraft, Choc Chip, and Bashful Blue. The backing paper is SU's Tea & Crumpets with a couple of silver brads and some crystals (can't stop using these for the sparkle factor!) I've had a go with my chalks to add a bit of interest but think I may have overdone it a bit!

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Another crafty weekend!

Hello and I hope you've had a fab weekend! I've had such a relaxing one crafting (fab) and catching up with housework (yuk!) The weather here has been really gloomy and wet (another yuk!) But I have made a few cards this weekend. For the first one I wanted it to be sturdy enough to hold a few photos and this is what I came up with:I've used the lovely 'Soft Summer' set from the mini SU catalogue with the colours Chocolate Chip, So Saffron and Certainly Celery along with some 'Very Vanilla' Grosgrain Ribbon. The embossed background is my favourite Cuttlebug 'Birds and Swirls' folder, it's so lovely to use. I've finished off with a Choc Chip button from the mini catalogue with some gold cord threaded through and glazed the flowers and leaves with diamond glaze.

My next one, another made with 'Soft Summer' I've used the colours Mellow Moss, Choc Chip, and Pretty In Pink'. The sanded background was stamped on Mellow Moss with the same colour ink, then layered with Pretty In Pink, Choc Chip and Whisper White. I've used some of the Choc Chip Taffeta Ribbon along with my Scallop and oval punches for the sentiment.And finally a birthday card! I've used my fab 'Crazy For Cupcakes' set with some 'Summer Picnic' DP. The colours are Real Red and Bashful Blue.
Sorry for the long post! Thanks so much for looking and hope you have a great week, fingers crossed for some sunshine too!
Hugs xx

Sunday, 31 May 2009

Stamp With Us Sunday Challenge...

Hooray! I was so surprised to have made the Stamp With Us fave five from the brill challenge last Sunday, it's a fab feeling! I just have to fathom out how to add the "Fave Five" blinkie to my blog now!
I've also been really lucky to have had a bit more of a chilled weekend and have been crafting lots!
I decided to join in again with the next SWUS Sunday challenge.
This was the inspiration sketch:
And my card:
I've used some SU Summer Picnic DSP with some Real Red. The flowers were from the Pretties Kit and I've added rub-ons to the centre of the flowers, I think these are K&Co. My sentiment is from the Oval All SU Set used with the SU oval and scallop punches.
Thanks so much for looking and I hope you've had a relaxing sun filled weekend.
Hugs xxx

Monday, 25 May 2009

I've been away for so long...

...and I have loads of catching up to do! Firstly I want to say a HUGE thank you to both Alex and Aimes for nominating me for this blog award. Thank you girls so much. You're both hugely talented and I love reading your blogs so I really appreciate this
I've been having lots of fun making a card for the Stamp with us challenge. This is my first attempt and I really enjoyed it. The recipe challenge for this week is to use 1 patterned paper, 2 ribbons, 1 flower and 1 button. For my colour combo I've used Regal Rose, So Saffron, Old Olive and Whisper White. My pattern paper is Stampin' Up 'Tea Party' DSP. My flower is from an SU 'True Friend' stamp set and the sentiment is SU 'Circle Of Friendship' set. I've used some gold elastic cord and Regal Rose Ribbon with a designer button from the new mini catalogue. I've also added some pink and gold crystals for the centre of the flower. I'm off to have a good old blog-hop now and catch up! Thank you so much for looking and hugs xx

Monday, 13 April 2009

Happy Easter

Hello and a very Happy Easter. Hope you've had a fantastic and relaxing weekend with lots of chocolate thrown in too! I've been visiting friends and family here there and everywhere and making lots of these little Easter baskets courtesy of the fab MonicaThese baskets are really easy to make and hold quite a few mini eggs (the remaining ones that weren't eaten!) as well as a Lindt Choc bunny and a cream egg! They were quite heavy by the end!
I can't stop using the SU 'Forest Friends' set and it's been really handy for Easter cards. I've also used the Washington Apple designer series papers with some Pumpkin Pie, Real Red and Chocolate Chip. Thanks so much for looking xxx

Monday, 6 April 2009

Fab weekend!

Morning and hope you all had a lovely weekend. The weather has just been gorgeous here and I started my spring cleaning and sorting out the garden. I Just wanted to share this first pic of our very early morning visitors. For the last couple of days these two have been at my back door waiting for breakfast! They were here last year at about the same time and I couldn't believe it when I heard the familiar quacking last Friday! They waddle off as soon as I open the door with their tray of food and then as soon as I turn they come running back!!!
I've been having loads of fun with my new SU goodies and I love the 'Forest Friends' set along with the 'Tea Party' DSP. Here's the first made with 'Forest Friends' set. The little bird comes from 'Wild About You'. The colours are Old Olive, Ruby Red, Choc Chip and some Whisper White. The leaves have been coloured using my markers with Cameo Coral, Pretty in Pink, and Old Olive. I've added some Choc Chip Taffeta Ribbon, and a Choc Chip designer button from the mini catalogue.For the next one I've also used the tree from 'Forest Friends' stamped with Bashful Blue. Coloured the leaves with So Saffron, Pretty in Pink and Bashful Blue. The card base is Pretty in Pink and the Scallop base made with the Scallop Edge Punch is Bashful Blue. The flowers were from the 'Wild about you' set. Finally added a sentiment from 'Cheer & Wishes' and then some Stripy So Saffron grosgrain ribbon from the mini catalogue. Thanks so much for looking xxx

Monday, 30 March 2009

Busy weekend

Hello and hope you had a fantastic and relaxing weekend. I had a really busy one and didn't have as much time as I wanted to play with my gorgeous new SU starter kit! I managed one card to add to a sample board I'm making. For this one I've used the 'Botanical Blooms' set. The flowers and leaves have been stamped with my versamark pad on to Whisper White Card and then embossed with some gold embossing powder. This has been layered on to Regal Rose and Old Olive Card. I've used my SU markers in Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink and Old Olive. The Whiper White Ribbon has been coloured with Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose markers to try and achieve a two-tone efffect on the ribbon, not as visible on the photo though! Thanks so much for looking and I hope you have a lovely week.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

I've done it!!

Hello! Hope you're all really well and having a lovely week! Well I'm soooooo excited as I'm now a Stampin' Up! demonstrator! My gorgeous box of goodies has been tried and tested and the products are amazing! I've made a few cards to share with you and I'm sure I'll then be crafting whenever I can fit it it in over this coming weekend!
This one has been made using the 'Fun and fast notes' set and the little hedgehog and flutterby! I love this one and chose it mainly for the hedgehog and little bird, so versatile! Here he is:
I've also used the 'It's Beautiful' Jumbo Wheel and diamond glazed to highlight the blooms. The sentiment is from the 'Circle Of Friendship' set. The colours I've chosen are Real Red, Certainly Celery, and whisper white with a few crystals here and there (none SU but are a very close match to Certainly Celery!) and some Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon.

And another!This little Giraffe is from the 'Wild about you' set and it's gorgeous! I've used Regal Rose, Certainly Celery (for the grass!), Bashful Blue, Always Artichoke and Whisper White...Phew! The dotty circles are from the 'Seeing Spots' set. I've also used some flowers and pearls from the 'Pretties Kit' and some Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon. The Regal Rose background has been cuttlebugged with my Swiss Dots folder and the sentiment is from the ever useful 'Circle Of Friendship'.
Thank you so much for looking and I'll be back again soon!

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

New beginnings

Hello! I've been a bit busy! I've loads of news to share and have also been busy creating some Stampin' Up samples and several cards for friends.
For the first card I've used the retired 'Unfrogettable set'. This set is fantastic and is still available (whilst stock last) so grab it while you can!! The colours used are Old Olive, Bashful Blue, More Mustard and some Chocolate Chip (yum!) for the snail!
The second card is for a friend at work who has recently passed lots of exams. The colours used are Regal Rose for the card base, Rose Red, Bashful Blue, and So Saffron. The stamp set is 'Cheers to you' I've used the SU Scallop Border punch and then punched some circles with my Crop-ADile then blinged these up a bit with some SU dazzling diamonds! The stitched ribbon isn't SU but I think it goes really well with the colours. Thanks so much for looking xxx

Thursday, 19 February 2009


This is my first post of a card made with my fabulous Stampin' Up! goodies for the lovely Monica. I've used the Pocket Silhouettes stamp set and choc chip card with the sweet always designer paper. The scallop edge has been used with the stampin up scallop border punch. Thanks so much for looking xxx