Thursday, June 30, 2011

Criss Cross Card

At our Alveston Class this month we made this cute little "Criss Cross" card, I re-designed the original tutorial so that you can make two card bases from one sheet of A4 cardstock.

Our colour combo is Crumb Cake, Marina Mist and Pear Pizzazz.  We used the stamp set "Cottage Garden" to create our 3D flowers and with this being a 2 Step Stampin' set the stamp-a-ma-ijg was in full use!!  Such a pretty set consisting of 7 stamps which includes a gift tag, butterfly and greeting images.

So you write your message on the interior "tab" which comes right out of it's pocket.

We used the Big Shot with the "Square Lattice" Embossing Folder on our Marina Mist triangles which gave a lovely textured finish.

The leaf shape is from one of the Sizzlits Dies called "Little Leaves".
To finish off we added Basic Pearls to the centres of our flowers, quite cute!!

Monday, June 27, 2011

For Father's Day

As my dad is a great lover of Motorbikes, I just had to create a Father's Day card using one of the A la Carte stamps from the Mini Catalogue called "Motorcycle".  This is such a lovely stamp, perfect for those man cards!

I used my Big Shot Machine with the Top Note Die to create a panel for my stamped image, cutting it in half and spritzing with a Soft Suede marker pen then layering onto a Soft Suede panel that I had embossed with the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.

I created a border using the Scallop Trim Border Punch and wrapped around a piece of Espresso Satin Ribbon and on top of that some Twill ribbon, tying at one end with some Linen Thread to give a more manly feel.

My greeting is from the stamp set "Plane and Simple", just perfect for this occasion!!!

I was really pleased with the final result, it's always a struggle creating cards for the men in our lives, don't you think!

Friday, June 24, 2011

June Big Shot Class

So here are some close up pictures of the projects we created at this month's Big Shot Class.  The die we concentrated on this month was the Scallop Circle, in case you hadn't noticed!!!

Firstly we created a gorgeous little gift bag, suitable for holding a couple of choccies or maybe even some jewellery!

The second project was this sweet but simple wedding/anniversary card.  We used the Big Shot to emboss the Scallop Circle using the "Vintage Wallpaper" Embossing Folder, this is just so pretty and the embossing folders give a very deep embossed image.

We used the 5 Petal Flower and Boho Blossoms Punches to create our flowers.

Last but not least, our Scallop Circle shaped card.  Another Embossing Folder used here, the "Square Lattice" one on the Vanilla Circle. We used some of the lovely Springtime Vintage Papers as the colours matched perfectly.  Again more flowers and some of the new Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon.  We used the Sizzix Circles die for the Soft Suede one and the 1 3/4" Circle Punch to punch out the greeting.

Would you like to purchase this kit by post?  Your kit will include everything you need to make these three projects, colour photographs with very brief instructions.  You will receive ready punched and embossed layers and shapes, basically all you have to do is use your own stamps for the greetings, then assemble your cards!

Kits will cost £14 which includes postage to your door,
email me at or call 07717 068909 to order or for more information.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

June Scrapbooking Layouts

Our first layout at June's Scrapbooking class was suitable for a whole range of subjects, masculine or feminine.

Our colour combo of Baja Breeze, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla co-ordinates perfectly with the "Elegant Soiree" Designer Papers.  We also used the "Circle Circus" stamp set on our Vanilla layer which is difficult to see but if you click on the photo you will get an enlarged image.

For our title we used the "Just Perfect" alphabet stamps and also the Sizzlits "Timeless Type" dies with the Big Shot Machine.  We punched out the Just Perfect letters using the 3/4" Circle Punch.  We also used the "Circles" Bigz die to die cut the circles to the right of the layout, first distressing the edges then inking with a dauber.


Our Second layout uses papers from the "Love Letter" Designer Paper pack.  Our 12x12" base layer is Riding Hood Red and we simply teamed it with Basic Black and Very Vanilla.

We used the Big Shot Machine with the "Timeless Type" Sizzlits Alphabet Dies to create our title and I have to say a huge thank you to Vicky for loaning these to me.  I will definitely be investing in this set of Dies, they will have so many uses!

We also used the Scallop Circle Bigz die and the "Swirls and Scribbles" Sizzlits die which you can see at the top left of the layout.  For our journalling we created ribbon strips of Very Vanilla cardstock.

On the Basic Black layer we clear embossed an image from the "Style Beautiful" set using VersaMark ink and clear embossing powder, heating with the Heat Tool to add a bit of texture to this plain layer.


A colour combination on this layout of Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.

We used the stamp set "Notably Ornate" on this layout.  The swallow was stamped in Early Espresso ink and hand cut layering with dimensionals.  We also used the large ornate label stamp which we inked in Early Espresso stamping onto our Top Note shape which we cut using the Big Shot Machine.

The flowers were die cut using the "Fun Flowers" Bigz L Die with spotty paper from the "Love Letter" pack.  The stripy crumb cake Designer paper is from the Neutrals stack and the "leafy" paper is from "Woodland Walk", remember you get 12 sheets of 12x12" paper in the Designer Series Packs, there are 6 designs and they are all double sided, great value at just £8.75!

If you click on the picture for an enlarged image you will see that we used the Spritzer Tool with Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake Marker Pens on two opposite corners of the layout, I really love this simple effect.

For the title we have again used the "Just Perfect" stamps and under the word "tent" we stamped an image from the "Welcome Christmas" set using a Marker Pen to omit the Christmas greeting in the centre which leaves us with a lovely beautiful border creating a nice label or journalling spot.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Double Slider Card

At this month's class I decided to do something a bit more adventurous and as Carol had given me some instructions on how to make double slider cards I decided to get a design under way and this is how it turned out!! 
I chose a Wedding theme as it's that time of year and wanted to use the new "Wedding Wheels" A La Carte stamp which is gorgeous.

The colour combo used is Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink and Very Vanilla.  The patterned paper is from "Springtime Vintage" which is adorable.

On the insert we stamped a wedding greeting from "Occasional Quotes" and also used "Confetti" on the left side for decoration.

I was really pleased with the final result and the mechanism inside the card is not as difficult as it may appear!

We punched out hearts using the Heart to Heart Punch and added Crystal Effects and Pearls to finish.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Faux Silk Butterflies

Our first card for June's classes involved a technique called "Faux Silk".  For this technique you need to stamp your main image/images onto tissue paper, screw it up into a ball, undo it carefully and then attach it to a piece of Whisper White Cardstock which you have covered with Tombow or similar wet glue, smoothing down with a Paper Folding tool then trimming off the excess.

We used the Butterfly image from "Strength & Hope" and the large foliage stamp from "Just Believe" to stamp onto the tissue paper.  The greeting is from "Sincere Salutations".

Our colour combination is Concorde Crush (In Colour), Peach Parfait (In Colour) and Old Olive teamed with Whisper White.  The ribbon is the Stitched Poly in co-ordinating Concorde Crush.  The patterned paper is from the In Colour Paper Stack.

We punched out our greeting using the XL Oval Punch and then layered it onto one of the Sizzlits Labels cut using the Big Shot Machine.

The 3D Flower was created using the Boho Blossom Punch, spritzing and scrunching them to give a distressed look and adding a flower centre using one of the Bitty Punches and some Crystal Effects.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Baby Blossoms vs Springtime Vintage Class for June

"Baby Blossoms Springtime Vintage Class"
Saturday 25th June 10.00am-1.00pm
Tuesday 28th June 7.00pm-9.30pm
Whitminster Village Hall

This is an extra class that I have scheduled for June
You will create three projects, a 3D Box, One fancy fold card called a "Tri Fold Card" and Square Card all using the Springtime Vintage Papers and Baby Blossoms Stamp set.
The Class will be £16.50 and include £12 worth of products!!!

If you would like to order your own set of "Baby Blossoms" Stamps for use at the class, order when you book your space and get 10% off the normal price.
Baby Blossoms Stamps Discounted Prices:
Wood Mount - Item No. 121927 £24.25
Clear Mount - Item No. 122000 £19.75

Spaces will be limited to ensure the class runs smoothly so book your space early
All you need to provide is your favourite adhesives and a pair of scissors.

If you would like to reserve your space, email me at or text to 07717 068909.
Booking closes Thursday 16th June 2011


Our second layout of the evening was created using papers from the "Playdate" paper pack along with some from the Neutrals Paper Stack.  Our colour combo was Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Whisper White.

We love our Landy, although we don't go out in it much, only on a really wet weekend as it is so much fun slipping and sliding in the mud along the Byways and not quite the same when the ground is dry!!

We used the 1 3/8" Square Punch to layer different patterns of paper around our photograph and using the Big Shot Machine cut out a Top Note shape to act as our journalling spot.

For our title we used "Schoolbook Serif" and "Just Perfect" alphabet stamps which are so handy for scrapbooking but also great for personalising cards too!

We punched a Chocolate Chip border using the Scallop Edge Border Punch and added a strip of 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon in Old Olive.

The stars were punched using Crumb Cake cardstock and we added buttons, brads and linen thread for texture.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

May Workshop Make and Take

I had a request for something from the "Brights" collection for my workshop make and takes during May and this is what I came up with!  Not much stamping on the front but of course we had the insert sheet inside the card to let those creative juices loose!!  A workshop Make and Take is designed to give everyone a "taste" of the products, kind of buy before you try which you won't find in your local craft shop!!

So no exception with the word "Brights", a colour combination of Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzazz teamed with some Whisper White.

We used the "Flower Daisies" die with the Big Shot Machine to create our beautiful flower and also did some embossing with the "Perfect Polka Dots" Embossing Folder.

The greeting is from "Perfect Punches" stamped in Melon Mambo ink and punched out using the X.Large Oval Punch.

We added a bit of dazzle to the centre of the flower using Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.

For the insert we used the "Circle Circus" stamps to decorate.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Growing Green

This is a card I made for Amanda for her recent birthday.  I think this stamp set is quite often overlooked because the images are just line based and people are often unsure of what they can do with it.  Of course you can watercolour these flowers which gives you a beautiful effect but here I have simply used a dauber to create a subtle amount of colour around the edges and centres of the flowers.

I based my card design on one of the projects we will be making at our Big Shot Class on Tuesday 14th June, I still have a couple of spaces available if you would like to join me.  I used the Scallop Circle Bigz Die to create my card base and also the Square Lattice Embossing Folder on the Vanilla layer.

The patterend paper is from the "Springtime Vintage" pack and I have teamed it with Soft Suede, Rose Red and Very Vanilla.

May Scrapbooking Layout

I am a little late in showing these as the class was last month, but better late than never!

The first layout was very soft and subtle, using colours from the "Subtles" family.  To save our cardstock we gutted the main Perfect Plum 12x12 sheet behind the Very Vanilla layer, by "gutting" this means cutting out a section that is going to be hidden by another layer.  We then used the "gutted" piece on the layout over the large Vanilla, waste not want not!!

The bunting was created using one of the new stamp sets from the mini called "Four Frames", which by the way, I love!  We used the co-ordinating Decorative Label punch to punch out each image with ease then cut them in half to create our bunting, linen thread acted as our line.  Our title was stamped using the "Just Perfect" Alphabet set which we punched out with the 3/4" Circle Punch and adhered to the bunting.
We used the Big Shot Machine to die cut our Butterflies using the "Beautiful Butterflies" Bigz die and Sizzles for the Leaves and Label.

The flower in the top right corner of the photograph was punched out using the 5 Petal Flower Punch and we added a Bitty Button to the centre tying a know with a slither of cardstock.

We used the "Wedding Sweet" stamp set for our background on the Perfect Plum base layer and also the larger swirl stamp on the Vanilla layer, you will have to double click on the layout to get an enlarged image to view this.