Fairies, Fairies and Butterflies…

A fairy.. this is one of Lily of the Valley’s beautiful Fairy stamps, on Whisper white with Adirondack Espresso and coloured with Prisma-Colour pencils and dashed with lots of Glamour Dust – should there be a card without glamour dust? This was my entry for the Clean and Simple challenge over at SCS – did you check it out yet?

Girls just want to have fun

 

Girls just want to have fun

So the week is almost half through but there are lots of lovely daffodils around and the nights a most definitely lighter and the mornings will be following suit pretty soon – all round a great time of the year! There are lots of spring inspired cards over here at Crafting the Web which are definitely worth a look. In fact, I think it might be high time to CASE one of their superb designs and maybe  time for a tutorial too! That is what I will be working on for the remains of the week I think….

Another Fairy…

 

Busy Bee Gorjuss Girl

 

I simply adore the Gorjuss girls – this card I did for the Featured Stamper challenge over at SplitCoast Stampers. This was my inspiration card here, and above is my version. You may remember that for this challenge we have to go to the Gallery of the chosen stamper, choose a card and change at least two things on it then produce a version.  I love this challenge – it is so inspiring seeing someone else’s work and this particular girl – Quixotic – is so very talented!

And finally for this post some butterflies…again another challenge card. This one was for the Inspiration Challenge again over at SCS. In this challenge we were given some pictures and a website to visit for inspiration. The items I chose for inspiration were a silver butterfly necklace and this dress here.What I came up with was this…

Together we can - butterflies

The CS is Bazzill Basic and K&Co Mira Paisley Ombre,the stamps are Clarity Stamp Together, Corner, SU Bliss, Lavinia Stamps Butterfly and I finished off with lots of gold embossing powder ont he corners and butterflies.

Right – so it looks like I have a challenge ahead – to get another tutorial sorted and have a spring card ready as soon as possible. Fingers crossed…

So til next time don’t forget to stamp you place in the world!

Inspiration…Regional Training…whats next?

Ok, so there I was looking over the amazing work of my fellow SU demo’s swaps that I was delighted to receive yesterday at Stampin Up Regional training and thinking…’how do I choose which to pop on my blog? Everyone has worked hard on these, they are all fantastic and there isn’t one that I don’t like. How do I choose?’  Simple, I showcase them all!  so that is what I have done and you can view them and be inspired by the fantastic and wonderful creations right here.

I am going to pop a couple up here now though and give an explanation of why I chose those particular ones:

Ann-Marie Leith

The first up is this simply stunning swap by Ann-Marie Leith. It uses Whisper White CS, VersaMark and SU white embossing powder, Certainly Celery ink and ribbon and the very lovely Vintage Vogue Stamp set. I chose this for the blog page because it is so clean and simple and I totally loved the embossed flowers making a background. Stunning Ann-Marie!  thank you!


Theresa Martin

This card is another stunner – Theresa did this in a couple of background colour ways but they were all equally gorgeous! I chose this on because the background had been embossed and reminded me of those lovely cardi’s your gran used to knit for you when you were little – was it called waffle knit? I think it might have been but I just loved it! Thank you!

Evelyn Calder

I had seen this stamp set in the book and shied away from it – it just seemed too twee for me, and I have boys so wasn’t really convinced. Thats until I saw Evelyns’ swap!  I was totally bowled over by it. It is such a crisp stamp and Evelyn coloured it so beautifully, teemed it with a border punch and even getting some crimping in there! I fell in love with this stamp thanks to Evelyn, and placed it on my personal order the minute I got back from regionals so watch this space to see if I can at least meet the standard Evelyn has set with this!  Thank you!

Gina Connor

Gina had made these delightful book marks in a variety of colours and each and every one of them was beautiful. I had the great pleasure of sitting next to Gina for the days training and was amazed that she and Joy had both travelled from Ireland that morning especially for the training! That is dedication!  I really enjoyed Gina’s company (and Joy’s too) and was really pleased to find that despite not having known her before yesterday she had a brilliant sense of humour even when I called her a slave driver! What a lovely person to meet when you are going somewhere where you may not know any one! thank you Gina and Joy for your company yesterday and for your inspiration too – yes I have already been to your blogs and got you on my speed dial!  Thank you!

Make and take

This final entry is my very own version of one of the make and takes we did. Its a little gift card holder – or indeed note holder – what ever you want it to be really! It was really quick and easy to make using two top note cut outs, an a5 piece of CS inside, some ribbon, a couple of brads and some punched butterflies! Simple! and a great idea for your next card class too!

Ok so you have seen some of the fantastic swaps and even a little bit of sneak peak of what is coming in April – did you spot anything interesting in these pics? head over to the gallery here for a few more sneak peaks but remember to head back here from 1st April for something amazing coming from Stampin Up!  I promise you will be blown away….

So till next time….don’t forget to stamp your place in the world! x

Just a quickie…. and a quick challenge card too!

I cannot believe how time passes – last chance I got to post was last week when I was under the weather – that lasted me until almost thursday of this week – well that was the first day I no longer had ringing in my ears, no longer had a headache, no longer felt like I had been gargling razor blades and that my face/sinuses had been blown up by the Michelin man!  Yes last week was definitely not one of my most attractive!

A card then I have some news….

turquoise lilac life!

So this is a card I did for the Sketch challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers – I just love that site – The idea was to follow a simple sketch and make it your own.  Well I have had this paper for a while now and was unsure what to do with it so this worked out pretty well! Stamp was Art Imitates Nature from Butterfly Kisses, CS was SU Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry and Bo Bunny Peacock Lane, Peacock Feathers, the ink was Adirondack Espresso, Purple Twilight, Peach Bellini and SU Pacific Point and I just finished it off with a liberal sprinking of Glamour Dust. Well a girl can never have too much Glamour Dust can she?

My news: well its going to be spread out over a couple of days really – I was at SU regional training today – What a Fabulous day! I met loads of really lovely ladies, swapped my swaps for some amazing inspiration, Chatted up a storm and heard about some absolutely brilliant craft stash coming your way very, very soon! In fact from the 1st of April!  It is going to be so exciting I can hardly contain myself!  I thought that I would share some of the amazing swaps I have been privileged to receive today which I will do over the next day or so – best if I photograph them in good daylight to do them as much justice as I can. And in amongst a couple of these brilliant swaps are some sneak peaks of what will be coming your way from April! You will simply love it all!  I made a shopping list at the training session and if I bought it all in one go I would just not know where to start stamping when it all arrived – it’s that good!

Right then – I did say quickie and quickie it is! Remember to stamp your place in the world!

Birthdays, thank you’s and Swapsies

I am off work bunged up with a nasty head cold right now so this will be brief – if I am too poorly to be at work I am too poorly for anything else – fortunately that also includes the ironing! My head is pounding, my throat feels like I have been gargling razor blades and my nose is so sore now from blowing it that I could give Rudolf a serious run for his money!   I feel a Grey’s Anatomy morning coming on….

The card below is a birthday card for my eldest son from his younger brother for his Nineteenth birthday (I still cannot believe that….) but I have a thank you to make for it – I was sent a fabulous tutorial from Sabrina over on SCS after I admired a card she has made. This is my take on Sabrina’s design.

Let's Bake a Cake
Lets Bake a Cake







 

Sabrina’s card can be viewed here and it is a total delight! I have placed the tutorial over in my Stamping Tutorials Section which I am slowly beginning to populate. This one is called Surprise Pop Up Card and is done by the amazing Beate Johns – I adore her tutorials – they are so straight forward and always turn out just right!

As I have mentioned I am going to the Stampin Up regional training next week and have started to make my ‘swaps’ to take with me. This is a sneak peak of one of my swaps.

Simply for you

I have gone for a very simple design which I CASEd from here. I liked the simplicity of this card. I changed the background stamp and added the tiny strip behind the heart.  I love the colours though and feel they give a really fresh feel to the whole sentiment. This is really only a topper so could look totally different mounted onto a card front. I am still thinking about what my other swaps will look like – I am making around forty swaps and hope they will help me make contact with other SU demo’s here in Scotland.  I will let you know how it goes.

Right time for some more medicine and a little Grey’s now with a big cup of tea and possibly a chocolate biscuit although I can’t actually taste too much – at least I will know I have had chocolate!

Til next time, don’t forget to stamp your place in the world!

Thank you…Thank you…training and toppers…yes toppers!

Lets start with the mad March Frenzy!  Don’t forget that those awfully nice folk at Stampin’ Up have taken 30% off a lovely selection of items.  You can view the items and their new prices by clicking the link over on the right there. Alternatively give me a call, drop me an email and I will talk this through with you and organise your order for you too!  The one thing I can’t do is pay it for you, but I can take your payment! Don’t miss out though – this offer is only available for another couple of weeks!

So I have mentioned previously that I have started to join in with some of the challenges the amazing blog spots out there offer. I have done the Christmas Stamping All Year Long one for the last two weeks and I have joined in with Stamping 411 a couple of times too, so this week I thought I would join in with one on SplitCoast Stampers. This one was the Featured Stamper challenge. Someone chooses a stamper of high repute, everyone heads over to her gallery and chooses a card to Copy and Share.  You have to change at least two things and give recognition to the original creation.  What a fabulously neat idea! I really loved this because I am so often inspired by other peoples creations but then alter them to make them my own.  Any way here’s my card….

Thank you Silhouettes

This was made using Whisper White, Night of Navy, More Mustard, and Rose Red CS. The stamps are SU Just Believe, Fresh Cuts, Lavinia Stamps mushrooms, I then used my embossing board to emboss the lines along the bottom and side and finished it off with some Craftwork Cards Candi.  This is the card that I was inspired by here and the Featured Stamper is a lady called Bridget – go check her work out – it is truly lovely and such clean stamping too!  I just didn’t know where to start with her gallery! I did manage to get 475 views of my card over on Splitcoast Stampers and eight lovely ladies took the time to leave me a message – I am becoming addicted to the lovely comments from other crafters and always try to leave a fresh and complimentary message for my fellow stampers when I look at their cards.

My entry for the Stamping 411 challenge hasn’t photographed quite as cleanly as I would have hoped – so if anyone wants to give me any tips and tricks to take better photographs of my cards – I am always willing to learn!

Butterflies Flutterby

I used Old Olive matted onto Daffodil Delight and Whisper White card stock. The Bitter Chocolate CS was run through my crimper before placing parts of Notably Ornate stamp on top.  I used Old Olive stamp with my blender pen to pick out and highlight the detail of the stamp. The Butterflies are stamped onto vellum with Old Olive ink and sprinkled with Glamour Dust whilst this was still wet and the tiny butterflies are from Lavinia Stamps – again!

We are moving ever closer to my oldest boy coming home for the holidays and the excitement is getting tangible particularly since it has been such a long time since we have seen him this time – the terms are only nine weeks but a lot happens in nine weeks! We have all missed him terribly and the holidays will fly by I am sure and all too soon it will be time to take him back again. We do have a trip to London to look forward to whilst he is home however and I will do my best to make the most of that time with him.

Next Friday – 25th – It is the Stampin Up regional training over in Edinburgh and I am delighted to say that I am attending!  So between now and then I have a load of toppers to make for swapping when I get there.  I have never been before and I am quite excited.  Hopefully I will be able to swap my toppers (when I get them made) make lots of new friends and get loads of hints, tips and training to share with you. I will keep you posted and maybe if I am particularly organised – for that read ‘have got my toppers finished’ – I will give you a sneak peek of what I make to take!

So until next time don’t forget to stamp your place in the world! xxx

Birthdays and Christmas….and stamping

So I mentioned yesterday that I was making a card for my eldest son – here it is….

CupCake Commotion

This is a delightful stamp from Lily of the Valley and features lovely little mice creating a cupcake feast!  Since I have cupcakes to make for my son when he gets home from University this week I thought it was totally appropriate!

In addition, I think I also mentioned that I was taking part in the Christmas Stamping All Year Long challenge – here is my entry for this:

Snowmans Song

This is a lovely Sugar Nellie stamp I have had for a while. I embossed it with SU black embossing powder, coloured it with Prisma-colour pencils and buffed the edges with Distress Ink in Aged Mahogany. The image was then matted onto Baja Breeze, Basic Grey Figgy Pudding, Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses and the sentiment is an odd one I had in my stamp box but I think I picked it up at a show somewhere. Fingers crossed!

And finally for this quickie post – I have been ‘playing’ with the blog and have changed the ‘theme’ to it’s present one. I liked the other but need a little more flexibility than I got with it.  I am going to ‘test drive’ a couple of themes until I get one that does what I want.  What do you think? Leave me a message and let me know.

So till next time don’t forget to stamp your place in the world! xxx

No White in Sight….if only….and I made Top Ten Status!

So I awoke this morning very early, about 4.10 am, Yep that is AM! and could hear this very light ‘noise’ outside and what do I find but Lo and Behold! it’s snowing.  Again. We are currently in March and should be anticipating the blooming of the daffodils and tulips etc and it’s snowing. Again.  I did get back to sleep only to wake up around 8.30 am. My Beloved said ‘You will never believe the weather this morning’. Well given that in the last week the only weather we havent had is thunder and lightening it was going to be a difficult response…”is it deep and crisp and even?’ I asked. Naturally his only response possible was “how do you always know these things?”  I am a woman after all!

Lets brighten the day with a card set.  I was inspired by this post from Barbara Mullikins here, and thought I would CASE the idea and try to make it my own in the process.

So Happy for Spring
So Happy for Spring 3

 

I used Barbara’s template for the Pouch in Melon Mambo which I stamped all over with the flowers from SU Punch Potpourri before adding a ribbon tie from my ribbon box. The cards are made to a 4 1/2 ‘ x 4 1/2’ size rather than the 3×3 that Barbara used. The card is Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Sunny Garden SD paper. I stamped the flowers using the SU Punch Potpourri flowers and cut them out and mounted them with a pearl centre for each. The punch is the scallop border and corner punches from SU. The sentiments are from SU So Happy for You set. Lovely and bright and another yellow and orange set I note!  I am offering the PDF of this set in my Cards in the Mail section here for £3.00 only.

This next card is another bit of indulgence!  I think I mentioned that I had been to a craft show lately and have been trying to learn brayering ever since.  So this is another brayered (?!) card again with the Lavinia stamps which I just love, love love right now!

Fairy Homes

So this is brayered in Daffodil Delight first then So Saffron, Old Olive and tinged at the edge with Not quite Navy.  The leaves and vines are in Not Quite Navy stamped once then a second time without re-inking. The Fairy House itself is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Copics before being dotted liberally with Liquid Pearls and dusted with glitter. I have no idea who would be the recipient of these cards – I only have boys to send cards to – but I do just love them!

I think I also mentioned that I was taking part in the Christmas Stamping all Year Long over here, well I made Top Ten with my card!  I was so excited because there are some beautiful cards.  Their new challenge is posted so get yourself along there and have a go!

And finally, my eldest boy is home from University later next week for the Easter break.  It is his nineteenth birthday the day before and his Gramps is collecting him from University to bring him home. I cannot believe he is nineteen, where have the years gone to? mind I couldn’t believe he was eighteen last year so I should really have my head together by now!  So I am thinking about his card which I usually try to make masculine and quite sophisticated but you know what? he is still my little boy, he still loves cute and whimsical (I have seen some of the girls he likes!!!) so when I spotted these stamps from Lily of the Valley, I just couldn’t resist. So this weekends project is to do my CSAYL card and also to create something delightful for my loveable nineteen year old! I will keep you posted how that goes….

Till next time don’t forget to stamp your place in the world! xxx