Sunday, 14 February 2016

50th Birthday

My friend is 50 next week and ssh... Her husband is throwing a surprise tea party. As I made this card on Valentine's Day I used the Love Blossoms designer series paper stack to cut out two different sized circles; stamped the background with Timeless Textures stamp set. I cut the numerals out of Blushing Bride Glitter card and added some extra sparkle with the matching sequin trim. Voila! A pretty but simple birthday card. Hope she likes it!

Wedding Acceptance

My husband has been invited to a work colleague's wedding and needed an acceptance card. As it Valentine's Day I used the Love Blossoms 6x6 designer series paper stack papers on a stamped background using the amazing Timeless Textures stamp set and added a bit of sparkle with the Blushing Bride Glitter Card and sequin trim. Simple but romantic!

Happy Valentine's Day

Hope you are being spoiled by your loved one. My hubby bought me a beautiful silver necklace with three hearts that say "I love you". So sweet!

Here is the card I made for him

It's a shaker card full of white, silver pink and red hearts cut out with the heart border punch.

 The main heart was cut out using heart frame lit dies

The love expression was cut using the expressions thinlit dies

I made my own envelope using the envelope maker

I filled it with more heart confetti!

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Honeycomb Happiness

Today's card is so cute for Easter, birthdays or just because. I started by cutting 10.5 x 0.75cm strips from one of the Botanical Gardens designer series paper

I added it to either Hello Honey or Mint Macron card blanks at the top and bottom. I then cut some 10.5x 9 cmpieces of Shimmering White card stock and stamped the. Hick in black Stazon ink. I coloured the chick in Daffodil Delight and Hello Honey.

I then stamped the leaves and flowers from the Botanicalsfor you stamp set

I used Watercolur Wondr, Mint Macaron and Daffodil delight with Old Olive

I blinged it up with Blushing Bride and Bermuda Bay sequin trim

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Flowering Fields

Personally I'm not a big fan of florals but as both the stamp set and the designer series paper were free Saleabration items I had to use them.
I began by cutting a 10cm strip off each piece of patterned paper ( There are two of each pattern) and then cutting two 14 cm pieces to adhere to matching card fronts. The small strips of paper that were left were attached two thirds of the way down the card front.

Each card front was then individually decorated by stamping a range of wildflower sand colouring in using ink and Aqua painters. Some of the images were mounted; some attached with dimensionals; a few were given sentiments; others had a touch of a Wink of Stella but all had decorated inserts.

Eighteen cards that were quick; simple but very pretty!

Going Global

I rarely make cards for men. They don't appreciate them do they? However, Stampin Ups new Spring Summer catalogue has got a great set called Going Global which includes a 6x6 paper stack called Going Places as well as a stamp set and a textured impressions plate called World Traveller. A great combination for male cards.

I have used some simple, basic card designs to kick start my cards for males mojo!

I love the colour combinations of Very Vanilla; Basic Black and Crushed Curry on a Sahara Sand card base.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

More Organising!

Yesterday I organised my stash to take on a retreat. Today I am organising my Stampin Write Markers and my Classic Stampin Ink Refills thanks to Kelly Kent an Independent Stampin Up demonstrator from Australia who has created the inserts for the Clear Mount stamp cases ( 4 for £5.50) and the Half Wide stamp cases ( 4 for £4.50) for each of the colour families as well as the in colours.

It is so satisfying to have everything matching and looking so stylish. The only problem is I can't find some of my refills and markers so I have some searching to do.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Preparing for my crafting retreat.

I'm on half term at the moment and planning ahead to my upcoming retreat with four girlfriends. Twice a year we take ourselves away for a weekend ( long weekend for some) to craft, craft, craft! I am therefore making the most of my week off to prepare what I'm going to take with me in March. Really Useful Boxes are fantastic for making sure you have all the resources you need in one place. I am using mine to sort my Stampin Up! stash into suites linked to the current Spring Summer 2016 catalogue. 

The 7 and 11 litre RUBs are great for suites that include 12x12 designer series paper

I have several of these and they are so 'useful' as their name suggests.

 This one has all my resources for the 'It's my party' suite.

This one for the 'Birthday Bouquet' suite

The boxes stack for easy storage. These two are the 11 litre boxes and are much sturdier and deeper then the 7 litre 12x12 boxes

This photograph shows the 7 litre on top of the 11 litre boxes

How do you organise your stash???