Friday, 26 March 2010


Friday again!  The week has passed so quickly.  Erin has started crawling properly, so every minute is spent watching her like a hawk to make sure she doesn't venture somewhere she shouldn't!

This is a quick card I made to use as a wedding RSVP.  The background was stamped with the Paisley background stamp, the "celebrate" sentiment is from the Wonderful Words stamp set and the stamped hearts are from a new stamp set called Framed With Love (contained in the new mini catalogue due to launch on 1st April; please contact me by email by clicking here if you would like a copy).  I've also used the new March promotion heart punch.  The ribbon, vellum flower button and paper flower were random scraps found on my desk... yes, I'm still cleaning (but I'm getting there!).

Monday, 22 March 2010

small wonder

A baby card made for my cousin, who had a wee boy (well... a 7lbs 13oz "wee" boy, so not really "wee" in the true sense) a few days ago.  I've used the pram stamp from the Queue Up (level 3 hostess) stamp set and the sentiment is from the SAB set which was available free during January and February.  In summary: you can't actually buy any of these stamps... but never mind! 

The ribbon and patterned papers were scraps found on my desk.  I've cleared a good bit of my desk (at last!) and I'm working on the remainder... and I'm trying to use up some of my old scraps.

The cardstock colours are So Saffron and Ballet Blue.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

bird on a branch

Another preview of something new coming on the 1st of April... something involving the little bird shown on this card (and, no, it's not a stamp!).  You'll have to wait and see!   If you don't already have a demonstrator, I'd be happy to give you more information and/or take your order; please get in touch (by clicking here).

The colours I've used are So Saffron, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie.  The ribbon is Chocolate Chip tafetta... just love that ribbon!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010


Just a quick card made a few days ago... The flower was made using four punched scalloped circles (cut at each scallop, crumpled and inked)... I've used the technique a few times (and you've probably seen it around long before now), but never as a flower on a stem.  In the past, I've used the flower with a button and linen thread as an embellishment rather than a focal point, so I thought I'd try something different. 

There's a "happy birthday" sentiment at the bottom of the card, albeit hidden by the ribbon!  Also... have you noticed the leaves?  Felt!  Something new to look out for from 1st April.

Monday, 8 March 2010

fabulous friend

A quick card made using three of the products from the "Perfect Pairs" promotion, namely the scallop oval punch, the Oval All stamp set (for the sentiment) and the Simply Said stamp set (for the flowers).  The patterned paper is from the Kaleidoscope set and I've used Chocolate Chip ink.

Friday, 5 March 2010

greenhouse garden

I've got quite a few cards to share, bearing in mind that I haven't really uploaded any in rather a while... !  Here's the first.  It's an easel card made with a Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White colour scheme.  I've used the En Francais background (partly inked - I've been using it over and over again recently) and one of the stamps from the Thank You Kindly set for the sentiment.

Secondly, a sympathy card using the same colour scheme and background.  Unfortunately, I've had to make quite a few sympathy cards recently.  The large branch stamp and sentiment are (or were) only available in America and Canada.  The little flower is from the Greenhouse Garden stamp set.

perfect pairs

March - how did that happen?  I'm still around... just!  I can't believe I haven't posted this year.  The year didn't start well - three burst pipes in January as part of the "big thaw" (and I'm still dealing with the outfall from that) and then my cousin (who was only 42) died suddenly.  It's funny how life just takes over your life, if that makes sense... albeit I didn't realise I'd been out of the loop for quite so long!

There's a new Stampin' Up! offer for the month of March.  You can buy any of the punches listed on the Perfect Pairs promotion leaflet (shown above; click on it to enlarge it for easier viewing!) for the reduced price of £10 (normally £12.50) when you buy one of the matching stamp sets listed on the leaflet.  Although the aim of the promotion is to show how well the punches match the co-ordinating stamp sets, you can buy ANY punch with ANY stamp set... which is great if you've already got one half of a "pair" but still want to take advantage of the offer and grab a reduced price punch.

In addition... there's a NEW punch!  The full heart punch is available during the month of March and/or whilst stocks last.  It will be in the new annual Catalogue and Idea book which launches on 1st October, but meantime it's available only until the stock depletes... which could be quite soon, if the interest shown by demonstrators is anything to go by!  I've ordered mine and can't wait to receive it... it matches the Simply Said stamp set and will be useful for a few other things too.  If you're interested, please get in touch.