Thursday, 30 October 2008

Colour Challenge

Kristina Werner's colour challenge this week was an interesting one: Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Sage Shadow and Whisper White. If you haven't visited Kristina's blog, click here to have a look; it's brilliant!

My card is shown above. I've used the Stampin' Up! Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set, Pumpkin Pie designer series patterned paper, Ruby Red cardstock, Sage Shadow and Whisper White cardstock, Watercolour Wonder Crayons in Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Sage Shadow and Creamy Caramel (plus a few others to add shadow). The cake is covered in Stickles glitter glue.

Missing in Action

I haven't posted in ages... so many things going on. Then, to top it off, I managed to land myself in hospital with a urinary tract infection this week!

Here's a mug shot of Marley wearing his Halloween costume... spiderdog! His dog training class had a Halloween party on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008


A birthday card made for my aunt... The leaves are from the SU All Natural stamp set and they were watercoloured with Earth Elements Watercolour Wonder Crayons... they're also covered in Dazzling Diamonds glitter, although you can't see it in the photo.

Monday, 13 October 2008


... my least favourite day of the week! Still... at least it wasn't raining today - makes a change.

A quick card made for a friend... nice bright colours and there's glitter on the flower. The top layer was die cut from SU Pumpkin Pie cardstock and the sentiment forms part of the Best Yet Level 1 hostess stamp set.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

New Home

A new home card made for a friend using the Stampin' Up! "Neighborhood" (note: dodgy American spelling omitting the letter "u"!) wheel. Colours: Real Red, Bashful Blue and Chocolate Chip.

We went to see James Blunt at the SECC on Friday night. I'd booked the tickets ages ago and pretty much forgotten about it, so wasn't really in the mood to go - I'm not the greatest fan. He was really good, though, albeit most of his songs are depressing! Also, the quantity of people who kept getting up and leaving their seats every two minutes (making everyone in the row move and ensuring that no-one behind could see anything much during the whole charade) was starting to drive me demented... I said to Ian that it was a bit like that children's game with the little plastic people who pop up every two seconds and you need to smack them back down with a big plastic hammer... except I didn't have a big plastic hammer (but I'd have paid good money for one).

Thursday, 9 October 2008


A quick and easy card made using some items from the new catalogue, including the new scallop edge punch!

Products used (all Stampin' Up!):-

- stamps: Best Yet and Organic Grace (Level 1 hostess sets)
- cardstock: So Saffron, Whisper White, Real Red
- ink: Real Red; Bashful Blue
- patterned paper: Bashful Blue Designer Series prints
- ribbon: Bashful Blue tafetta
- other: scallop edge punch; Dazzling Diamonds glitter; 1 3/8" circle punch

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Bashful Blue

I thought I'd have a go at a Christmas card using blue for the base card... I've used SU Bashful Blue with the Season of Joy stamp set. The patterned paper on the left hand side is SU Dashing. The other colours I've used are the usual suspects - Real Red and Old Olive. I've used a simulated pearl from the Pretties kit for the centre of the poinsettia.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Off the Leash!

A scrapbook page using a photo of Marley running around in the hills on Sunday... this was his first time "off lead" in such a big area with so many other dogs... he had a great time and kept running around with his tongue hanging out! The layout I've used is a Cathy Z internet assignment sketch; I wouldn't normally use such a big text box and I wouldn't normally fill the page with three full blocks. I quite like the effect, though. I've sanded around the photo and I've sanded over the embossed paper on the left.

Sunday, 5 October 2008


This page was produced using the other sketch supplied for this week's balance and symmetry lesson... Again, the sketch was very clean; the large photo is 11" x 7" and we were to use four squares of identical size underneath (one text box and three photos)... I've cheated and I've added a title below, plus stamping, painting and distressing on the base card (kraft).

We've visited Bergamo in Italy so many times I've lost count! I'm sure it merits more than a single page, but this is the only one I've produced thus far.

Saturday, 4 October 2008


This is another double layout for the online Cathy Z scrapbooking class I began last week... This week the theme is symmetry and balance. We've been given two sketches to produce layouts from. This sketch requires two 7" x 5" photos, three small photos and one text box over two 8.5" x 11" pages. The sketches and example layouts we've been given are very "plain" and clean, but this is about as minimalist as I can do, I'm afraid...

Photos of Marley last weekend! ;o)

I've used the Pocket Silhouettes stamp to stamp the lower portion of the layout (can't get enough of that stamp set... I'm using it on everything at the moment!). The cardstock is SU Garden Green.

World Card Making Day

Today is international World Card Making Day... I hope you find time to make some cards!

Stampin' Up! is offering a WCMD promotion from today until 11th October... There's a 20% discount on both Simply Sent Card Elements sets (pages 74 and 75 of the catalogue) and on both Simply Sent kits (page 93 of the catalogue). The discounted prices are as follows:-

Flower Power Card Elements set: £10 (normal price: £12.50)

Rock Star Card Elements set: £10 (normal price: £12.50)

Happy Day Simply Sent kit: £31.96 (normal price: £39.50)

Sending Happy Thoughts Simply Sent kit: £31.96 (normal price £39.50).

The Simply Sent kits are a bargain at £31.96; the Happy Day kit includes chalks, whilst the Sending Happy Thoughts kit includes Dazzling Diamonds glitter and a glue pen. Each kit includes three mini Stampin' Spot ink pads, brads, ribbon, cardstock, envelopes and a complete stamp set which you can keep to use with other materials in future. Each kit also include full instructions to make two different cards.

Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing any of these items. Remember that this offer is in addition to the birthday offer which is available for the whole month of October... any WCMD purchases count towards the £20 minimum purchase required to qualify for the discounted birthday sets; if you spend £20 or more during October, you are entitled to purchase one of three stamp sets (Crazy for Cupcakes, Birthday Best or Cheer and Wishes) at a 20% discount (click here for more information).

Friday, 3 October 2008


A little tag made with the Pocket Silhouettes stamp set. I've used a similar format to the card shown in yesterday's post, although the base card is Ruby Red (stamped with the Boho Friend wheel using the Close to Cocoa ink cartridge) and the ribbon is Pumpkin Pie.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Pocket Silhouettes

This birthday card was made using the new Stampin' Up! Pocket Silhouettes stamp set... I love this stamp set! It's a bargain at £15.95. I've stamped the envelope to match the card. The mustard coloured ribbon was a scrap from one of my ribbon jars; I'm not sure about the brand. I've used Stardust Stickles glitter glue around the heads of the seed pods.

Products used (Stampin' Up!):-

- stamps: Pocket Silhouettes; Boho Friend wheel; Occasional Greetings
- cardstock: Confetti White; Whisper White; Chocolate Chip textured cardstock; So Saffron
- ink: Chocolate Chip; More Mustard; Close to Cocoa
- other: linen thread; hole punch; Pretties kit (flower and simulated pearl); antique brads; distressing tool from cutter kit; Very Vanilla C6 envelope

Oh, and... Happy Birthday, Helen! 21 again! ;o)

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Launch Day

Well... today is the 1st of October and the launch day of the new Stampin' Up! catalogue! If you don't yet have a copy and you'd like one, please get in touch. Orders from the new catalogue can be placed from noon today.

The little card shown above was made using the True Friend stamp set, Boho Friend wheel, Ruby Red carstock, So Saffron cardstock, Chocolate Chip textured cardstock, the distressing tool from the cutter kit, Earth Elements markers and Pumpkin Pie ribbon... very quick and easy.

There's a special offer during the month of October to celebrate Stampin' Up!'s 20 year anniversary, namely 20% off three stamp sets if you spend £20 or more.

- Crazy for Cupcakes (page 32) - £16.76 (normal price: £20.95)

- Birthday Best (page 33) - £8.76 (normal price: £10.95)

- Cheer & Wishes (page 58) - £11.96 (normal price: £14.95)