Sunday, August 29, 2010

Adding some razzle dazzle....

I wasn't sure about the razzle dazzle set at first, but gee it is soooo pretty.  Don't panic, it isn't retiring, and nor are the butterflies, but all of the card stock (except Whisper white) is!  Lovely lilac, Apricot appeal, Mellow moss and Blush blossom are all going.  Close to cocoa on the second card is already GONE!

Not much to explain with these cards - but as I mentioned from the very beginning I would bare myself completely (metaphorically that is) and show my mistakes.  So, notice the background on the second card?  What can I say but....ooops!  As I say in my classes with Marelle, "it just adds to the charm of a hand made card!"  That is my excuse and I am sticking to it!!!

We are getting to the end of the samples I have with retiring products from Stampin Up's Last Chance List .  Have a look through, you only have until 31 August to place an order or you will miss out for good.  Email me if you would like to put in an order - for any orders, I am waiving the postage fees on all Last Chance items ordered.

Thanks for stopping by,


Card Supplies:
Cardstock: Mellow moss, Apricot Appeal, Lovely lilac, Blush blossom, Close to cocoa and Whisper White
Ink: Close to cocoa, versamark, Apricot appeal, mellow moss, lovely lilac, blush blossom
Stamps: Butterfly prints, Razzle Dazzle, On your birthday
Other: Glitter, paper piercing toolkit, large oval punch, scallop edge punch, butterfly punch, polka dot embossing folder, dimensionals.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

There was a little girl.

In April, my youngest turned 4.  I always think that 4 is a turning point, they just seem to be that little bit easier to deal with?  Anyway this was her birthday card and I have to say I love it.  I can't take credit for the little girl - a fellow card maker with a fancy machine made her, but the rest I put together.  My daughter was tickled pink with it, and the now my other two daughters, who are much older, now want their little girl cards too!


Card Supplies: 
Card stock: Whisper white, bazzil watermelon, Bazzil sea water blue, Cratepaper DSP - Harmony
Other: Rub ons, Flower brads, white gel pen, paper piercing tool

Friday, August 27, 2010

Goodbye Good Friend

Well to be truthful, I am not overly upset to say good bye to the Good Friend set.  I do like this flower and some of the smaller elements, but the bird just never worked for me.  Possibly saying a bit more about me, than the stamp set I think.

I am loving the wheels at the moment, I just can't get enough of them.  This was super easy to make and certainly cheery enough to make someone well again.

Have a great Friday, I hope to be back later this weekend with some more....


Card Supplies:
Card Stock: Real red, basic black and whisper white.
Ink: Real red and basic black
Stamps: Good friend and Daisy dash wheel
Other: Whisper white taffeta ribbon, word window punch.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Two little bundles of joy

Firstly, I am well aware that there seems to be....well an issue with the lighting and colouring of my pictures.  I did warn you though that there would be good and the bad here!

Todays cards I made sometime ago but only was able to give them both out in the past week!

More of my friends from work, one is a proud Nana/Grandma (we're not sure yet) to little Ethan and the other a proud Dad to girl number 3, Poppy.  They are both really cute little babies from the pictures I have seen - they all are really aren't they?

Card Supplies:
Card stock: Baja Breeze, Brilliant blue, Summer sun, Pink pirouette, Perfect plum and whisper white.
Stamps: Punches three (level 1 hostess), Forest friends, Polka dot background
Ink: Versamark, Pale plum, brilliant blue.
Other: Pink pirouette striped grosgrain ribbon, wide oval punch, large oval punch, scallop edge oval punch, string

I think I have a few more cards with retiring stamps to show and then there might be some little surprises of the new catalogue - not too many sleeps now!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Some Organic Grace

This was one of my favourite of the hostess Level 1 sets from the 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalogue.  There are only a few days left so check it out (click on the catalogue in the side bar) and also the last chance list which is filled with items that we have to say a sad farewell.  The plus side - some are reduced so there are a few bargains to grab if you are quick.  Contact me if you would like to place an order.

This was my first easel card - made for yet another friend from work who wanted something different for her friend.

Card Supplies: 
Card stock: So saffron, Perfect plum, Whisper white
Stamps: Organic grace, Whimsical words (Sale-a-bration)
Ink: Certainly celery, So saffron, Perfect plum
Other: Flower brad, So saffron striped grosgrain ribbon


Saturday, August 21, 2010

A sweet for a sweet

Well today I have a card that I made some months ago for a little friend of my youngest daughter who was turning 4.  As I don't own the "A little treat" stamp set from SU - I had to make my own petals for the flower.  You might recognise them from Circle Circus with a smaller "petal" and the sentiment from Something Sweet.  I probably don't need to tell you that the leaves were cut free hand!  I have to admit I was quite thrilled when I heard that the birthday girl was happy with it too, as was her mother when she realised that the card didn't need to be ripped apart to access all those lollies! 

Card supplies:
Card stock: Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, Whisper white
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Rose red
Stamps: Circle circus, Something sweet, Polka dot background (retiring on 31 August)
Other: Pink Pirouette striped grosgrain ribbon

Have a great Saturday - I will be back with more soon.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

There's something about Mary....

I am sure if you a blog tragic like myself, you will know exactly who I am talking about....Mary Fish SU Demonstrator in the US.  I love her blog, her work, her style - that is normal isn't it? I mean she is really, REALLY good.

I totally CASED the card below from one of Mary's from some months ago, and I am kind of pleased with the result.  

It is yet another card for a friend at work - it was a "milestone" birthday, or can we say "stepping stone" and that will make the number smaller?

I know that Helen liked the card and that was really what matters I guess, and I even told her that Mary designed the card.

Card Supplies:
Card Stock: Kraft, Night of navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Night of Navy
Stamps: Organic Grace, Always, Circle Circus, Autumn Days, Good Friend
Other: Chipboard numbers, Kraft ribbon, a little bit of bling and crystal effects.

Thanks for stopping by....


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Just Add Ink #30 - Helping Hudson

I must confess that one of the things I am most excited about with my new found blog freedom is to be able to participate in some of the amazing challenges that are available.  It really was quite simple really that this would be the first one that I would participate in - it is such a great cause!  You can find out more by going to Helping Hudson blog and make the most of the opportunity to help someone, if for no other reason than you can.

So the Just Add Ink #30 challenge is one to help raise awareness for Hudson by Just Adding Wheels to our creations this week.  My creation is below - probably a bit boring compared to others out there - but you know what - it fits the bill and has wheels!

I hope you like it - and maybe it might work some magic and help Hudson too?


Cardstock: Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, Real Red
Ink: Basic Black
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Other: Red ribbon, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" square punched, wooden car shapes.

I think I have to explain

You know when I first was attacked ferociously by this stamping bug - I went a little bit crazy.  I know, what a shock!  I couldn't help myself, there was so much "stuff" everywhere and I had to look at it and touch it and then even buy it.  My husband really did help in this regard so much of what I have (that isn't Stampin' UP) HE actually bought for me!  Consequently I have quite a large supply of supplies that aren't Stampin' Up, now that I am an Independent Demonstrator I understand the quality of all those wonderful products that Stampin Up supply and of course how fabulously they work together.  That being said I have made some cards without SU products and thought I might as well show those as well

These were three cards that I put together quite quickly - which really is the beauty of designer series paper.  I am really sorry - but I don't know where this paper is from - it was the only sheet I had and at the time I didn't record the name of it. The cards have used different elements of the DSP which shows how versatile it can be - you don't have to just use full parts of it, cut/punch out the areas you would like to highlight and there you have it. You can see that I have used a 3/4" circle punch to pop out the little circles.  I was quite pleased with the result and am so glad that I had a supply of male cards at the ready, because we all know they can be tricky....the cards that is, I think we have the men worked out!

Supplies used
Cardstock: More mustard, Night of Navy, Whisper white
Ink: Night of navy
Stamps: Think Happy Thoughts
Other: DSP, ribbon, 3/4"circle punch, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch and Crystal Effects.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

No time like the present....

Well I was waiting for my blog to be "more" set up before I posted anything.  But why not just get something up here I say.  So I have put up a card that I made today as a request from one of my friends from work.  Her friend Therese is turning 50, so she wanted something that was just for her - well no one else can have a card with her name on it can they?

So here it is.  All products are SU, except the butterfly nearest to the name, which is a Hero Arts stamp my hubby bought for me when I started on this stamping adventure.

And the inside - just because it is a special occasion.

So I think I need to work on the lighting, but we'll get there eventually.  I am taking the card to work tomorrow, so I hope my friend is happy with it, otherwise I will need to make a friend called Therese to give it to!

Enjoy and I hope you visit again soon.


Supplies used:
Cardstock: Kraft, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla
Ink: Versamark, Sahara Sand
Stamps: Butterfly Prints, Jumbo Outline Alphabet, Medallion, (Hero Arts: Pattern Butterfly)
Other: Whisper White taffeta ribbon, white and clear embossing powder