Monday, May 31, 2010

Scrapbooking Class

I can't quite believe where the time goes by these days, it really doesn't seem like a month ago since my last Scrapbooking Class but June's class is tomorrow and here is one of the layouts we will be creating and hey, no stamping in this one!  I saw a similar layout recently in a magazine and really liked the idea of the squares to create a background on which to layer your photograph and I used it to work with a 12x12 layout. 

The DSP used for this layout are from the "Spiced Cider" pack.  I teamed the Really Rust spotty paper with some co-ordinating Sahara Sand cardstock and punched Scallop Squares from other co-ordinating papers in the range.  We are gutting the Really Rust DSP behind the Sahara Sand layer and will be using this to punch out some of the Scallop Squares. I used some of the Chipboard shapes from the "Batch of Blooms" On Board Batch of Blooms Chipboard Set and covered them with DSP and sanded the edges.  I added buttons and silver brads for texture and dimension to the Chipboard shapes. 

Well I hope everyone has had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend, back tomorrow with another layout.

Friday, May 28, 2010


Another card I made recently for an 18th birthday.  Once again I used "Vintage Vogue" and the new Rich Razzleberry!  I also used "Say it with Scallops" for the square image then punched the Happy Birthday circle from the "Wow Flowers" set.  This card was inspired from a swap I recently received from Elaine.  My background was stamped using the "Very Vintage" wheel and of course I had to include some of the new Rich Razzlberry Polka Dot Ribbon and a couple of clear Rhinestones!

The second colour I used was "Pale Plum" which works lovely with the Rich Razzleberry and I was really pleased with the end result.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Card Class at Leonard Stanley

So here is the second card we created at the Leonard Stanley Class. This was based on a swap I made for the recent Inspirin' Inkies meeting. We used Perfect Plum, Old Olive and Certainly Celery along with Whisper White cardstock.
The flower stamps are from "Vintage Vogue" and we used the Jumbo Wheel "Very Vintage" at the top of the card. We used the gorgeous "Dot, Dot, Dot" background stamp with Old Olive ink, stamping onto Certainly Celery card. Our greeting "friends" was taken from the Friends stamp in the "Vintage Vogue" but instead of using the whole image, we just coloured in the word "friends" with the Perfect Plum Stampin' Wrtite Marker Pen and punched it out with the Word Window Punch. The ribbon we used was Elegant Eggplant 1/4" Grosgrain.

The next Class at Leonard Stanley School is on Wednesday 16th June at 7.30pm.  If you would like to come along to learn, create and be inspired then give me a call on 07717 068909 or email me at to book your place.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New Class at Leonard Stanley

Last week I held a new class at Leonard Stanley School and we made two lovely cards (I think they are lovely, I hope you do too!!)  This card used a combination of Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, So Saffron and Very Vanilla cardstock along with some So Saffron Designer Series Paper.  We used the "Vintage Vogue" stamp set along with "Oval All" for the greeting.  We stamped the small flower image over the base of the card using VersaMark then stamped two flowers onto Very Vanilla cardstock using So Saffron ink and hand cut them.  The bird was punched using the "Two-step Bird Punch" and the Eyele Border Punch created the lovely border to the left of the card.  We stamped our greeting in Chocolate Chip ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock and punched out with the Oval Punch, then layered onto a Close to Cocoa Scallop Oval.

Most of the ladies who attended were seasoned crafters so the evening ran very smoothly considering it was the first class they had attended and I hope that everyone had a fab time.  Will be back soon with a date for next month!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fabulous Friend

It was my "Fabulous Friend" Louise's birthday last week and here is the card I made for her.  I used Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum and Soft Suede inks and cardstock to match and the lovely "Greenhouse Garden" stamp set.  This is a two-step stampin' stamp set and requires the use of the Stamp-a-ma-jig for building up the images. I stamped one of the flower images onto another piece of cardstock and hand cut it out, layering with a Dimensional directly over the top of another.  The Polka Dot ribbon is Soft Suede to match the base of the card, remember that the 3 new Polka Dot ribbons won't be around for ever, so grab them while they are still here!  The greeting is from the "Oval All" set, punched out using the co-ordinating Oval and Scallop Oval Punches then I coloured in the flower on the greeting using a blender pen with ink from the lid of the ink pad.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

May Monthly Card Class

Last month I introduced a Technique which we used on one of our cards and this month's technique was "Heat & Stick Powder" with Dazzling Diamonds.  We stamped our Flower image from "Vintage Vogue" into VersaMark, then straight into our coloured ink (Tempting Turquoise) and stamped onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  Next we dipped it into the Heat & Stick Powder before heating with the heat tool for a short while, without overheating.  The next process was to dip the image into the Dazzling Diamonds and then re-heat for a couple of seconds to set the glitter.  WOW, how gorgeous it looks.

The Easel Card consisted of Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose and Certainly Celery cardstock along with Very Vanilla for the stamping layers.  I had seen a similar style card but wanted to use some bright and cheery colours and these seemed to work quite well.  We used "Vintage Vogue" for the Flowers and leaves and also "Frames with a Flourish" for the label and "Basic Phrases" for the greeting.

Although at first this card may appear to be complicated, it is actually quite simple to put together and definitely gets the WOW factor!

If you would like to attend one of my classes, or would like any help or information on the products used for this card, just give me a call or email me at for further details.

Friday, May 21, 2010

So Chic!

Another request for a handbag card so this time I used the "Nouveau Chic" Designer Series Papers which are so lovely in real life, the pictures in the catalogue just don't give them justice!

I matched my cardstock to the papers and used a sketch from a Challenge blog that I liked.  My flower was created using the Scallop Circle Punch with a button adhered to the centre.  The "Happy Birthday" greeting running along under the hand bags is from "Big Bold Birthday" and I stamped this in Basic Black ink and used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to create a whole line of greetings.

I used "Tiny Tags" to stamp the word "friends" and punched out using the Medium Jewelry Punch which is so cute.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

More Hearts

Another card similar to a previous post this week, this time using different colours, Rose Red and Old Olive, lovely combo.

 "I {heart} hearts" is a very versatile set, some of the stamps co-ordinate with the punches too.  I added some of the gorgeous 1" Double Stitched Ribbon in Rose Red to match and also one of the Designer Buttons which I attached to the centre heart with a glue dot.  My greeting is from "Basic Phrases".  The DSP is from the Patterns packs in Rose Red.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Are tree's trendy?

Of course they are when it comes to this stamp set!!  This is one of the cards we created at this month's Card Class held at Whitminster Village Hall.  It could be used for a "man card" but is equally nice to give to a female.  The DSP is from the gorgeous Sweet Pea Stack and I was inspired by these colours for my three trees.  So we used Really Rust, Taken with Teal and So Saffron with a little bit of Chocolate Chip thrown in, and of course Whisper White.

We used the Cropadile to set the eyelets in the three circle layers and the lovely Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement of the trees as "Trendy Trees" is a "2 Step Stampin" set.  If you would like more information about how "2 Step Stampin" sets work, just drop me an email and I will explain.  Once again we had some hand cutting, my ladies just "lurve" hand cutting and they all jump with joy when they see that they have to cut something out by hand and not use a punch to do it!!!!  Well, I can't make it too simple for you!  The greeting was stamped using Chocolate Chip Ink and is from "Wow Flowers".

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

All about hearts

"I {heart} Hearts" from the new Mini Catalogue is really lovely, great for many occasions, weddings, birthdays, loved ones and baby cards.  This one was designed for a friend and I used DSP from the Tea Party pack and added some Real Red which worked well with the Pretty in Pink, not colours that I would normally put together but hey, we have to go outside of our comfort zone every now and then!!

The small hearts on either side of the spotty one have been punched out using the "Heart to Heart" punch as it co-ordinates with this set making light work of cutting out.  I added some of the gorgeous Stitched Grosgrain ribbon in matching Pretty-in-Pink and tied with a knot and also some flat back pearls.  My greeting was stamped directly onto the Whisper White cardstock using the Stamp-a-ma-jig, this was from the set "Basic Phrases" which I use a lot.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Inspiring Inkies Quarterly Meeting Swaps

On Saturday we had our Quarterly Team Meeting and Myself, Jane, Caroline and Georgina all met at 7.15am to head off for Soberton.  We all had a great day crafting and learning and getting together with the other Demo's in the team that we don't see so often.  Amanda had prepared a wonderful array of tasks for us to complete, including make and takes using the lovely new colours and DSP's and we came away buzzing with inspiration to share with all of our lovely customers and fellow downline members.  At our meetings we always have swaps, these are card fronts that we use as samples and inspiration so here is a peak at mine.

I am afraid to say that I am a little attached to "Vintage Vogue" at the moment hence why it appeared on my swaps!  I used Tempting Turquoise teamed with Old Olive and Certainly Celery, with a little bit of Whisper White.  I also used "Dot, Dot, Dot", one of the new "A La Carte" single background stamps from the Mini Catalogue.  My greeting was taken from the "Friends" stamp in "Vintage Vogue", instead of stamping the whole image, I used my Tempting Turquoise Marker Pen to colour in the word "friends" and then just stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock and punched out with the Word Window Punch.  I also used "Very Vintage", the new Jumbo wheel, along the top of my card.  If you click on the picture you should get an enlarged image to view this better.

Anyway, I must dash, I have my monthly card class tonight and need to get everything organised for that.

Thanks for stopping by, come back soon!

Friday, May 14, 2010


Another wedding card, this time using the "Vintage Vogue" foliage stamp for my background, stamped in Versa Mark ink to give that lovely watermark effect, so soft and subtle, just perfect for this wedding card.  My bird was punched out in Pretty in Pink from the "Two Step Bird Punch" and stamped with the foliage stamp in Versa Mark, then I inked around the edges using a dauber to add depth.

The branch was also punched from the "Two Step Bird Punch" in Kraft cardstock to co-ordinate with the rest of the card.  I stamped "Mr & Mrs" from the "Tiny Tags" set and punched out using the Medium Jewelry Tag punch and then attached with Linen Thread, through a button on top of the Kraft Taffeta Ribbon.  I needed to personalise my greeting so I printed from my computer on Very Vanilla Cardstock and cut out, using the corner rounder then added some flat back pearls at the top to finish.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Just for the Girls!

I have been busy making cards by request and here is one of them using the Oval, Scallop Oval and Circle punches to create cute little handbags.  I am a big lover of Rose Red and Chocolate Chip when it comes to girly cards but I managed to steer away on this occasion and use Old Olive teamed with So Saffron!  The spotty Old Olive patterned paper is from the Sweet Pea Stack, such a great value pad of 12x12" papers, I just adore it. 

The "Happy Birthday" circle image is from "Wow Flowers" and I printed the word "Sister" on the computer and stamped the Dotty Tag stamp to frame it from "Tiny Tags" then punched out using the Medium Jewelry Tag punch, tying with a bow using the Silver Elastic Cord.  I added 3 Old Olive brads to balance the card.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Home Workshop

Last night I had a Home Workshop for Caroline, one of my downline, to kick start her business and we had a really good time.  Below is the Make and Take project we created using the lovely "Vintage Vogue" stamp set, teamed with Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery and Pretty in Pink, what a lovely combination! 

We stamped our flowers in Rose Red and hand cut them adding a 1/4" Pretty in Pink circle for the centres.  We used the foliage stamp to create a background on the Chocolate Chip Cardstock using Versamark and the small flower onto the Pretty in Pink layer.  Our leaf stems were punched out using the new "Two Step Bird Punch" from Certainly Celery cardstock and we added a piece of 1/4" Certainly Celery Grosgrain ribbon tied in a knot to finish and add some textre.  The finished products were so beautiful and a good time was had by all!  I would also like to say "Hello" to Trevor who attended the workshop last night, Caroline showed me the card that you made and it was just perfect, the colours were great!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

All things birdy!

A while ago I received a swap at a team meeting from the lovely Ruby, (hello Ruby!) and I have used the square scalloped layer from that to create this card.  I used "Vintage Vogue" to stamp onto the punched out Bird and the flowers are also from this set.  It is hard to see from my photo but I used the same flower along with the larger one with Versa Mark ink to create a subtle background on the base of the card.  "Tiny Tags" is just such a great set and I am using it all the time at the moment, this time I used the greeting "Thanks so much" and punched it out with the Medium Jewelry Tag and then tied a sweet bow with Linen Thread.

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Sweet Pea Sweetie

I just love the new Sweet Pea DSP Stack, 48 12x12 sheets of gorgeous double sided Designer Series Paper, just perfect for your cards and scrapbook layouts.

I bravely cut into the stack, after stroking it for a long time and came up with this card, a sketch I had seen on a challenge blog.  I used the "Two-Step Bird Punch" for the bird and branch, and Jewelry Tag Punch to punch out the tag with the stamped "hello".  My colours are Not Quite Navy, Old Olive and Barely Banana, although the 5/8" ribbon is So Saffron but it blends well.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

For Baby

I love how this bird from the "Two-Step Bird Punch" can be used for so many different occasions, here I have used it on a "New Baby" card.

I used the Foliage stamp from "Vintage Vogue" with Versa Mark to create a background on my Bashful Blue card base then added Kraft with some of the Bashful Blue Designer Series Patterns Paper with a block of Whisper White.  My bird was punched out of Kraft cardstock and stamped with the Foliage stamp again, this time in Close to Cocoa ink.  I layered him with a branch onto a punched scalloped circle.  I stamped a "baby" from "Tiny Tags" and punched out using the Medium Jewelry Punch.  I attached a piece of the Striped Grosgrain ribbon in Bashful Blue and tied a button on with Linen Thread to finsh attaching my tiny tag at the same time.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Whale of a Time!

Well I certainly have been having a "whale of a time" with all the new lovely stamp sets in the Mini Catalogue.  The whale used in this card is from "Fox & Friends", a gorgeous set consisting of 7 animal stamps, soooo cute!
Whilst hopping around the net I saw a whale sat inside one of the new Sweet Treat Cups and just had to have a go myself and came up with this.

A perfect New Baby card or it would even be suitable for a young child.  My dotty background on the Old Olive layer is made using the new "Dot, Dot, Dot" stamp from the A La Carte range in the Mini Catalogue.  My hearts were punched out from DSP using the Small Heart Punch.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Scrapbook Class Layout No. 3

Sorry for the delay in posting the last layout for the class, we didn't arrive back from racing until 9pm last night, with a camper full of wet, muddy kit to deal with too!

We are using more of the papers from Tea Party, it is great to see how layouts can vary in colour just from one pack of Designer Series Papers.  This one is quite vibrant and I'm not 100% happy with it but I don't have time to make changes to it now!  One 7x5" Landscape and one 6x4" Portrait photo would work with this layout and the colours are quite feminine, baby/children and summer holiday snaps would work lovely with your own title.

I have used lots of circles on this layout, the scallop border to the bottom of the layout was created using the 1" and 1 1/4" circles punches and the Certainly Celery ones have flowers layered on top that were stamped using "One of a Kind" and punched out using the "Boho Blossoms" co-ordinating punch.  I also used 1" circles to create a scalloped edges around my journalling spot.  Click on the photo to get an enlarged image of the layout to see the finer details.  To create the first part of my title "SAY", I used my markers to ink the various letters from some of the "Basic Phrases" stamps to spell the words I wanted!