Tuesday, 9 February 2016

An Oldie

I recently came across a batch of spare swaps from one of the very first events I attended. In my excitement I'd made way too many! Never fear! When I needed a quick birthday card this week, one of those swaps came in very handy!
Although a very simple card, these swaps took ages as I cut a stencil of the union flag (or Jack, to you and me!) and then stamped through it with a floral stamp in two colours. I remember swapping these in Croydon and them being popular.
I do hope the recipient doesn't think it too simple a card!

Saturday, 6 February 2016


#imbringingbirthdaysback - have you seen the hashtag recently?
It often seems that social media isn't always, well, social. We see someone's name and get invited to wish them 'Happy Birthday' but then, that's it. 
Shannon West who is part of the Stampin' Up! home office team recently decided that she was, for her part, going to bring birthdays back. She's even been featured on US television talking about it! How neat is that! You can link to the video here by clicking on the picture below:

Well, I agree! There's nothing quite like good old snail mail and getting a card in the post - even better if it's handmade too!
So, I've joined the campaign. I've posted on my Facebook page and have collected a few names, along with their birth dates and addresses.
People seem delighted to look forward to receiving a card! 
If you'd like to join my Facebook campaign then please do visit this post and add your birthday, follow up and send me your address by private message. I will add you to the list!
Join the campaign on my Facebook page by clicking on the picture at the start of this post or the one below.

I'm off to continue my campaign on Instagram.
I'd love for you to join me!

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Happy Mail

Many of you will know I achieved my promotion in Stampin' Up! land on the 26th January. I was so pleased to finally make it!
I was also fortunate to get Happy Mail that week, Three lovely cards landed on my doormat. All were a total surprise. Lucky girl!
I'd like to share them with you.
This card is from Laini - 
Inside she'd written a lovely message.
This card is from her Mum, Lisa. What a nice sentiment on the front of her card -
The third card is a congratulations from Pat, how kind!
Always such a treat to get snail mail. Speaking of which, pop back Saturday for #bringingbirthdaysback

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Botanicals Card Set

Yesterday I showed the small gift box of cards I made for my new neighbour. Today you'll see the cards which were inside.
I'm not normally a 'floral' person but I just love the tropical feel of the new Botanical Blooms stamp set. There's also a co-ordinating set of dies (so no fussy cutting out!) and a pack of DSP (paper). The fact that you can also get another FREE set of matching stamps during Saleabration (SAB) is fantastic!
take a closer look.
Here, in slightly 'fuzzifoto's', are the cards....

Below is a photo of the whole set. I do hope she liked them. 
Thinking Ladies in my 'Just for Fun' classes might like to do these this month.
Do let me know what you think - feedback is always good!
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Monday, 1 February 2016

A Small Gift

Yesterday we were invited have a drink and get to know out new neighbours.
Apart from wine, I wanted to take something  a little more personal but, not knowing her taste, I wasn't sure what that gift would be until I spotted our latest issue of Stampin' Success.
It featured a set of cards in a box, great idea. I seemed to spend most of the afternoon on these cards. Honestly, you'd not know I first stamped as an adult 25 years ago! I had speckles of white embossing powder EVERYWHERE!
Anyhow, a few hours later I emerged from my craft room, a bedraggled wreck, grasping my four cards. I then had little time to make the box so decided on a belly band around an acetate box (photo above). The band wasn't quite what I'd intended and I wasn't pleased with the colour, despite it being one of those in the floral paper design.
I was much happier with the cards themselves and hope you'll stop by tomorrow when I'll be showing those to you.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Stampin' Creative Blog Hop - Love & Hearts

Good morning and welcome to another Stampin' Creative Blog Hop. My, hasn't the time flown. It seems like only yesterday that I was doing the hop post for Boxing Day!
Whether you've hopped here from Mikaela, where you're sure to have seen something fab, or just joined the hop here, welcome to you!
As the title suggests, this month is all about Love & Hearts. We're not big on Valentines Day in this house. Mainly because it falls so closely to our wedding anniversary which always seems so much more important.
Today I've 2 cards to share with you. The first uses the new Bloomin' Heart Thinlets die along with another new product, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper. I'm not a 'pink' girl but this is lush. However, to tone it down a bit, I've used the Glimmer Paper in the shape of a heart inside the card so that it just peeps through the die cut heart gently. My only difficulty is getting good photos of the cards!

My second card is less fussy,frothy,girly despite it also being in pink! this is my swap card for this weekend's team training event. Perfect for something a little more understated and for those of us with not many Valentine/Love themed stamps and products.

The arrow fletchings (yes, I did have to look that up!) are made using the chevron punch. The pieces then have a light coat of clear Wink of Stella. A product I have loved for a very long time - sooo glad that Stampin' Up! are featuring it in the latest catalogue. I hope you can see it more clearly here.

The arrowhead is cut from the same Glimmer paper as above, using the Sweetheart Punch. The small heart is from a retired, much loved punch but we do have another small heart in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. The sentiment is from the Project Life stamp set Memories in the Making.
I hope that you've enjoyed your visit today. Do feel free to leave comments on the blogs as you hop around, we love to get your feedback!
To hop on to Caroline's blog for more inspiration, click on the button below.
For a full list of participating blogs and links, along with a supplies list for my projects, please scroll down.

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Supplies List for above Projects