Friday, 17 March 2017


Thank you for hopping by to my blog courtesy of Marie Green's wonderful blog.  What wonderful projects she has made for us.

I'm delighted to be part of the blog hop for Watercooler Wednesday and in our hop we are celebrating everything Sale-A-Bration - it only lasts until the end of March so if you have fallen in love with Hey Chick, Delicate Details, Avant-Garden to name just a few time is running out for you to get these items for FREE!

Here are some of my ideas for you for using some of our Sale-A-Bration offers.  


I'm sure lots of you have made waterfall cards - they are much simpler than they look but they definitely have the Wow factor.  Here's one I did with Hey Chick for a class and they loved it.

I used Mint Macaron - sadly this colour will be leaving us at the end of May and it has been one of my favourites.  I used Watercolour Pencils to colour in the chicks and a touch of Dazzling Diamonds on the Cockrels feathers.  


This is a really quick YouTube video I did just to show my customers what we were going to be doing that evening.  


Another one of my favourite sets from Sale-A-Bration was the lovely Avant-Garden and I will be sorry to see this go.  Here I've done a Panel Card.  The base is Whisper White and the Designer Series Paper is the Succulent Garden - I love these papers.  They are so so pretty.



My final card for Sale-A-Bration uses Delicate Details - yet again another lovely set of stamps that I will be sorry to see leave us.  I made a square card this time and used some of the papers from Falling In Love Designer Series Paper. 

The Delicate Details were stamped by with Early Espresso.  I've also used one of the lovely dancing images from Beautiful You and the sentiment Celebrate .... because it looks as though she may be celebrating something.  A touch of Very Vanilla lace trim at the bottom of the card finishes it off.  The girls dress was coloured in with Watercolour Pencils and a touch of Wink of Stella.

I hope you've enjoyed my projects - I will be doing tutorials on all of them on my youtube channel so do pop back and have a look.

Now onwards on the hop to Sherri Lee and see what she has in store.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017


Well apologies first off because I've just realised I didn't actually publish this

 Hi Crafters a lot going on today - where shall I start?  First of all with my YouTube channel as its the first of the month and the announcement of the winner for February.  All my subscribers get put into a draw to win some of the previous month's projects.  The winner for February is Francine Ward. Congratulations Francine!!

1st March is also St David's Day which is celebrated in Wales.  As a Welsh girl I have made my Welsh Cakes, traditional cakes cooked on a griddle, and am wearing my daffodil with pride.  Mine are both dairy free and gluten free and just as yummy!

My card for today should really have been daffodils!!! I've used our free set from Sale-A-Bration Avant Garden for my card and video tutorial today.


Monday, 27 February 2017


It is case the designer over at Global Design Project this week and this is Kylies card for us to CASE. 

In this instance CASE stands for Copy and Selectively Edit but I have also seen it to be known as Copy and Share Everything.

My card uses the gorgeous Falling Petals Embossing folder which I have just treated myself to - I love it.  I wanted to use it as the background for this card.  I've added some of the gorgeous Lace Trim and added a flower from Botanical Blooms Framelits.  The flower was cut out in Whisper White, Melon Mambo and the middle inked with Night of Navy. I have used Melon Mambo card stock and Night of Navy cardstock as layering.  

The sentiment comes from Beautiful You and was cut out of an oval Stitched Framelit with the addition of a Melon Mambo enamel shape.  There are some Dazzling Diamonds on the inside of the flower and some Wink of Stella on some of the hearts on the background.

 We had a great night at one of my Hygge Night crafting evenings on Thursday with the ladies really enjoying doing a Waterfall card with the wonderful Hey Chick stamp set.  If you're in my area of Andover, Hampshire UK why not come along to my next one.

And, just for cuteness overload, I'm including a photo of my daughter's new pup - meet Cooper, a Cavalier King Charles - new to the family.  Isn't he adorable?



Another Masculine Monday tutorial today uses our Envelope Punch Board to make some bow ties.  Stampin' Up! does have a bow punch but I thought you might like to see how to make some with the EPB.

I've used some of our versatile Designer Series Stacks in Night of Navy to make the bows.


Whisper White Cardstock
Night of Navy Cardstock
Night of Navy Designer Series Paper
Night of Navy Marker Pen
Wetlands Stamp Set


Whisper White  4 1/8" x 5 3/4"

Night of Navy - 5 6/8" x 3 7/8"

Whisper White - 5 3/8" x 3 5/8"

 Designer Series - Paper = 3 x 3" x 1" = punch at 1 1/2"

                                           3 x 2" x 1" = punch at 1"

                                            3 x 1/4" x 1/2" 


Happy Crafting


Tuesday, 21 February 2017


I've been having fun with the colour block technique this week and my Masculine Monday You Tube tutorial showed one way of using this technique.

I hinted that I would be showing another way on my Wednesday tutorial and it just so happens to be Best Birds.  The challenge over at Global Design Project this week is


and the challenge over at Watercooler Wednesday is Masculine Cards - perfect for me at the moment.

Thankfully birds are included because I really don't do insects.  Butterflies are fine and bees are just about ok but I must admit I shudder at the new stamp sets we have at SU at the moment with all those bugs.  I'm not even very good with the dragonflies although I know they are beautiful just not my cup of tea.

So my card included Colour Blocking which is bascially grabbing a load of all those scraps of cardstock we all keep and doing something useful with them.

My card on Monday was blues and today's card was greens.  They are all stuck on to a white card background and I then used the Birds and Blooms thinlets to cut out the bird from the coloured stock.  This gives a negative image of a white bird and you could just leave your card like this.  I used the bird I'd cut out, stamped him with this corresponding image and popped him onto dimenstionals sitting on the stamped branch.  A touch of Wink of Stella on his feathers, naturally, finishes him off. I used the Decorative Label punch for the greeting.

 Here's my YouTube Tutorial which also shows another way of using this Technique

 I can see I'm going to be using this technique a lot lately - you know when you come across something and you can't let it go - I'm eyeing up all my scraps!

As usual all products can be purchased direct from my store or why not come and join my team if you are thinking of SU as a hobby or a career.  You will get to join one of the top UK teams with lots of help and fun.  I also run classes at my home in Hampshire.



Monday, 20 February 2017


This week's Masculine Monday uses the Colour Block Technique - a great way to use up your precious scraps of cardstock or DSP.  

I've used some blue tones here for my cards and the stamp set Totally Trees.

The colours of cardstock I've used are:

Bermuda Bay
Mint Macaron
Tempting Turquoise
Soft Sky
Island Indigo

The base card is Mint Macaron. 
Ribbon - Mint Macaron Sheer Linen

Rich Razzleberry
Island Indigo

Copper Embossing Powder


Saturday, 18 February 2017


 Welcome to another Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge.  Here is our Sketch this week which was put forward by Samantha Charlton.

I loved working with this set and wanted to have another play with the Avant-Garden Sale-A-Bration set.  Such a versatile little set.  I've also used the Delicate Details stamp set which is also part of Sale-A-Bration.  That means you could get both stamp sets for FREE.

I used embossing powder for the Delicate Details and some of our clear embossing powder.  This enables you to have embossed colour for any of our inks.  Just stamp in Versamark first, then the ink of your choice then add the clear embossing colour.  I have used Mint Macaron here to go against the Mint Macaron card stock.  This has been one of my favourite colours and I will be sorry to see it leave us in May.

I've used the Stitched Framelits for the circles.  The inks used for the flowers are Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry.  White Embossing Powder was used for the sentiment.

I used the Botanical Builder Framelits for the flower using the same colours.

As usual all products can be purchased direct from my store - don't miss out on the fabulous Sale-A-Bration offers.  

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I'm going to enter this into the SUO Challenges blog which is looking for projects made with Sale-A-Bration items



Thursday, 16 February 2017


Theres a Sketch Challenge over at Global Design Project this week


 I decided to turn the sketch around for my card and use the Best Birds together with the matching Birds and Blooms Thinlets.

 I've used the beautiful Falling Petals Embossing Folder - mainly because I've just got it and I've fallen in love with it.  I've used the reverse side of it here just to show it can be used both ways, with the hearts raised or not.

I've used Blender Pens and ink pads to colour in the birds, and in true nature form, the male has brighter colours than the female.  I thought it would be a nice Anniversary card and I do have some friends who will be celebrating an anniversary soon - hopefully they won't see this!




I'd resisted this little set from Sale-A-Bration in my first set of orders.  But I've see so many cute little projects made with it that I took the plunge and its growing on me.  Funny how some stamps can do that to you.

I'm way out of my comfort zone here and am joining in with the Less is More challenge this week which is one layer with the provison Opposites Attract and Watercooler Wednesday which is sparkle CAS. 

I used Hey Chick and Jar of Love for the flowers and the bee as well as Papillon Potpourri for the butterfly.

This would make a cute Easter Card, athough I must admit I don't normally send them out.  I'd love to know how many of you still do?

I stamped the hen and the egg in Early Espresso and used Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango.  I used a blender pen to colour in the chick and the egg and Wink of Stella to make it all sparkle a little.


Tuesday, 14 February 2017


Another in my Masculine Monday series of You Tube tutorials this week saw me using the Wetlands stamp set.  I do love this set - and it goes so well with the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper.  I showed an example of a card and then showed how you could do the same card but just changing the papers and the stamps.

 Here's the same basic sketch for a card - just changed up a bit by the different use of papers and main image.

Friday, 10 February 2017


Here's a quick little gift bag you can make with any of our gorgeous Designer Series Papers.  It would be great for gift cards or vouchers.  I have shown two sizes here but you can make them any size you lik.  The larger size was made by drawing a circle around a CD - the smaller one was made with the largest of our Stitched Framelits.

 I used some of our Designer Series Stack papers for the smaller ones and Blooms and Bliss DSP for the larger.

There isn't actually any stamping with this little project.  The flowers were cut out using Botanical Builder Framelits.


Thursday, 9 February 2017


A colour challenge is the order of the day over at Global Design Project 073 this week.


I must admit Emerald Envy is not a colour I use very often and I only have it as a marker pen and not as an ink pad so I felt this limited me somewhat.

I wanted to use the cafe scene from Mediterranean Moments which isn't one I've used yet and thought it would look so right going on to the easel of Painter's Palette.  My favourite style of painting is the French Impressionists, Manet, Monet and I thought this image just lent itself to this treatment.

The sentiment is from Best Birds and the background stamps are also from Painter's Palette.



Wednesday, 8 February 2017


I'm back in my office which is my craft room after nearly a week of being poorly with a bad cold.  Aren't they so stupid?  They knock you for six for something which seems so trivial but you feel so ill.  I couldn't face anything - shows how bad I was that Hubby cooked twice lol!

Anyway today I'm feeling a bit stronger and wanted to try and be creative.  To give me a bit of a mojo boost, I thought I'd have a go at the Addicted to CAS challenge which is pets.  I love my pets - I have two dogs and two cats and love them both for their own personalities but I think I will always have cats and not necessarily always have dogs as I get older.

My favourite cats are black or black and white - and its sad that they are so often overlooked as people are superstitious about them.  I always think of them as lucky black cats and my little cat Jet is a treasure!

Here he is looking guilty - he had been in the sink licking a Valarian tea bag I had just used.  Apparently Valarian is like catmint for them and he loves it!

Here's my card  for the Challenge.  I used the Beautiful You set - which is the lovely background stamps in the set.  Just goes to show you can use sets outside of the main images that are in them.

I didn't really have an animal stamp and suddenly remembered my Foxy Friends punch and set which I haven't used in a while.  I punched it out in black and embossed the face in white embossing powder.

The little Hello is from a Project Life set Date It - also often overlooked as stamp sets but this one has 82 stamps in it!!!!! 

The colours I used for the background were Watermelon Wonder, Tangerine Tango and Crushed Curry.

As usual all products can be purchased direct from my store and don't forget SALE-A-BRATION is still on and you can get FREE stamps if you qualify.