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Thursday, 30 August 2012


Check out my Class List now up on website.  I have yet to design class content so this picture is not the real thing! LOL, but it just looked a bit bare without anything, so I slung this together to make the post pretty!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Invitations galore!!

I sent these invitations out to my special  VIPs comprising of past Hostesses, club members and customers for a special preview evening of the Autumn/Winter catty.  They had a sneak peek as to what may be in store at the preview.   Want a closer look?
They will be picking up there own copy of the catalogue this Friday evening.  There will be prizes and a raffle as well as a Make & Take and the lovely Val has volunteered to bring munchies!

I am based in Fleet, Hampshire - if you're local to me and would like to sign up for classes or as a club member, you can pick up a complimentary copy of the catalogue when you attend your first session.

A class list will be going up on the website soon.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Die Cut Divas Class

At the time of writing, I've had a frustrating morning trying to find my missing pictures so I could create my picture collages and upload them on to the blog. Having googled troubleshooting forums to find the root of the problem, I've finally cracked it and we're okay to go. Still need hubby's expertise to uninstall software I've inadvertently uploaded to fix the problem only to find it's superfluous to my needs and only serves to slow the broadband down! Arrrr!!!! 

This Die Cut Divas class in June was to illustrate different ways you can use the one die.  For the Framelits Labels collection we used it to  make a swing card (top left), triple emboss (bottom left and middle), and mini purse (top right and bottom right).  Stamp sets used were Apothecary Art, Vintage Vogue and Creative Elements.

Here we featured the top note die, showing how you can partially cut the top note to create a tri-fold card and by rotating the die create a different look as shown in the top right picture.  

We used the Triple Treat Flower (a single stamp set), to act as the closing mechanism for the trifold card in Always Artichoke on the top and bottom left.  The card was partially embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder on two panels, leaving the top note part plain. The Triple Treat Flower design has two coordinating punches.  The centre of the flower uses the 5 petal punch, and the whole flower coordinates with the fancy flower punch. 

Oh my gosh, the summer holidays seem to be rapidly disappearing!   Enjoy it while you still can.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 23 August 2012


I made this magic slider card for my friend's grandson's birthday out of a 12" x 12" piece of card stock.    The aperture was cut from the Framelits Labels Collection dies.

When you pull the card out, the black outlined dinosaur floods with colour - MAGIC!  The stamp set I've used is Dinoroar and the sentiment is from Petite Pairs.

Would you like to learn how to make this card?   Join my card club - with a fun loving lively group of ladies who meet on the third Tuesday of each month. The class runs from 7.30 - 9.30 pm  (except in August for the summer break) and I will teach you how.

At card club you learn a new technique, get to make a  card using the technique and a 3D item. Classes are £8.50, but if you place a minimum order of £17.00 or more on the night, you will receive a £5.00 gift voucher toward it. So in a nutshell, I retain £3.50 to cover cost of materials and you're getting my time and lesson for FREE. I am based in Fleet, Hampshire - so if you're local to me, email me and I will furnish you with more details.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Reason to Smile #5

This is the last of my samples for the Reason to Smile stamp set.   I hope it's given you some ideas as to what you can make with it.  If you haven't got the set yet, I hope it's inspired you to want to own this set!  Just under 2 weeks before the offer ends.

Here's the recipe:

Stamps:  Reason to Smile, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze
Ink:  Calypso Coral
Accessories:  Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Bigz Top Note, Rhinestones, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Calypso Coral ruffle ribbon, Enchanting brads

So do you have a favourite out of the 5?   I think mine is #3 - the vellum one, but I like this one too.

Before I go, I just wanted to share this with you....

We went up to London yesterday on the hottest day of the year!  We retraced our steps back to Stratford and Westfield shopping centre to get some Tees at the Team GB shop with all the Olympic paraphenalia and then took the cable car.  Something we wanted to do when we went to the Olympic Park last time, but didn't have time to.

This is the Check-In on the Stratford side.

Amazing aerial views.  There's the Thames Barrier in the middle of the photo - the structures in a line across the river.

I managed to take a photo inside the cable car - a lovely clear, blue sky moment, starting to descend to the other side of the river.

Aerial view of the O2 on our left - you could see the Olympic Park Stadium too in the distance, but I couldn't get a good enough picture from this distance even with the telephoto lens.

This is after our descent on the other side to catch the train on to Victoria Station and a short walk to Buckingham Palace to see the Queen's Diamonds Exhibition.

Needless to say we were not allowed to take any pictures inside the Palace and I needed proof that we'd been!  The Garden Cafe is a must after the tour - they do fantastic cakes!

Pinch myself again, we've had tea twice now at Buck House - sadly not by invitation but having to pay for the priviledge.  It's well worth it though.   The tickets are valid for a year so that you can visit a second time from the date of your first visit, if you wish.   Two for the price of one - bargain!

They say Sunday will be hotter than Saturday, so enjoy the rest of the weekend!  Top up those tans!  Who needs to go abroad if we have scorchers like today!


Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Reason to Smile #4

My card base is Island Indigo and the accent colour is More Mustard.  I'm afraid the sentiment fell off my block as I was stamping, and when I white embossed it, it became more apparent!  Darn - still as it's only a sample, I didn't want to waste time and effort to make another!  Sorry....but you get the drift!


Stamps:  Reason to Smile, En Francais, Curly Cute
Paper:  Whisper White, Island Indigo, More Mustard, Versamark
Ink:  River Rock, More Mustard, Island Indigo
Accessories:  Adorning Accents Edgelits, Adorning Accents Embossing Folders, Bigz Circles #2 die,  2 3/8" scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" square punch, stamp-a-majig, mini brads, embossing buddy, white embossing powder, heat tool

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Mixed Bunch Class

These are the cards we made in my Mixed Bunch Class back in June.  Sorry it's taken me so long to post.  

The flower was embossed in white on card stock vellum and two petals were cut to form this butterfly. The Whisper White card base was attached to a Pretty in Pink scalloped square base.

I seem to have forgotten to include this one - we made 6 cards in all so I've inserted it here.  We cut through the petals to make it more fluffy and the lace border punch was just sponged on the edges to contrast against the plain white background.

We used the Adorning Accents edgelits to cut the So Saffron strip, but instead of discarding the other portion, we used it as a decorative detail on the other side of the Bashful Blue piece of cardstock.

We punched squares of Bold Brights DSP and rounded the opposite corners and matted it onto Pretty in Pink for the background.   For the flower centre, we tied two lengths of Rich Razzleberry and Pretty in Pink ribbon together to add a bit of interest.

The card base is Perfect Plum and the accent colour Blushing Bride.  We used the round tab punch to create the body and dropped waist, then punched a flower, folded  in half to create the skirt layers.

For this final card, we stamped in Whisper White craft ink straight onto Basic Gray cardstock.  To create the shadow, I followed the flower outlines with a versamark pen and overlaid with a double punched flower, one in Pink Pirouette, and the other stamped with Pink Pirouette on Whisper White card stock.  The sentiment was also stamped in Pink Pirouette. 
Some of you may have seen this card already as I mass produced a whole bunch of them for my team swaps.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Reason to Smile #3

For this card, I used a technique that my fellow team mate the lovely Jane shared at our last quarterly meeting.  I white embossed the outlined daisy stamp on cardstock vellum then on the reverse side (laid over a sponge mat), I used the stylus that comes with the Simply Scoring tool to make indentations following the stamped  outline.  This is a basic parchment craft technique.  The centre of the flowers embossed on the front of the vellum were coloured in using Peach Parfait and Concord Crush markers.  The card base is Wisteria Wonder.

It's hard to see in the photo.   I couldn't quite catch the effect even on camera.  Looks lush in real life!  I cut an aperture on the front of the card with the framelits label die then adhered the vellum to the back.  On a separate piece of Whisper White card stock cut 1/4" smaller all round than the card base,   I stamped the daisy image using  two-step stamping in Concord Crush making sure  the images aligned with the vellum images (with the help of a stamp-a-majig) and adhered this on the reverse side of the vellum, concealing it. 

You can see here what the inside looks like. On the back of the Whisper White cardstock on the left panel are the stamped images aligned with the vellum ones on the front.    To complete the card, I then stamped more daisies inside. 

Here's the recipe:

Stamps:  Reason to Smile, Curly Cute
Paper:  Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Cardstock Vellum, Lucky Limeade
Ink:  Concord Crush, Peach Parfait, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark
Accessories:  Stamp-a-majig, White Embossing Powder, heat tool, Blossom Builder Punch, mat pack, stylus

Before I sign off, I wondered how many watched the 10M diving last night?  So pleased Tom Daley got his medal - the weight and expectations of the whole country were on his young 18 year old shoulders and he didn't disappoint!  I'm sure his Dad is looking down on him and bursting with pride - well done Tom, you did it!

I never thought I'd be so swept up with Olympic fever.  DH monopolised the TV so I didn't have much choice. Besides the BBC's coverage was back to back, wall to wall, so there was no escape. Surprisingly I didn't find watching with him as objectionable as I thought it would be.  Sports is just not my thing but I actually enjoyed it, especially when you were willing team GB on and they've done so well bringing home so many medals!  

Will you be watching the closing ceremony tonight?  How can one not?  

Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, 10 August 2012

Reason to Smile #2

This colour combo is Certainly Celery, Soft Suede and Pink Pirouette.  The Reason to Smile stamp set is a two-step set.  This means that there are two images to complete the look - the first one is  the base image which you stamp in a lighter colour, and the second is the overlaying image which you stamp in a darker colour.  It is recommended that you use a stamp-a-majig to help you align the image for the overlay image.  Very often I eyeball mine as it doesn't have to be precise.  If you click on the photo, you can enlarge it, but the two-step stamping I did on the Pink Pirouette is not visible here but you may see it better in the bigger picture.

This card uses the round circle as a spotty background on the Certain Celery card base.  I think the spot is for stamping in the centre of the daisy image.

I used the largest Framelit Label to cut the Soft Suede piece, and the next size down to cut the Pink Pirouette piece.  It was scored from point to point on the framelits dies and wrapped  around the card, so the back of the card mirrors the front.


Stamps:  Reason to Smile, Precious Butterflies
Paper:  Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Soft Suede
Ink:  Soft Suede, Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery
Accessories:  3/8" Soft Suede taffeta ribbon,  heat & stick powder, dazzling diamonds, heat tool, Framelits Labels collection, Big Shot, Simply Score board

Hope you like it. 

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Reason to Smile #1

I promised you a sample for August's Free stamp set promotion.  This stamp set can be yours FREE with a £60 purchase excluding shipping/handling or you can just purchase it at the regular retail price.  Click on the top right column for promotion details for August.

Here's the recipe:

Stamps: Reason to Smile, French Filigree, Petite Pairs
Paper:  Marina Mist, Whisper White, Certainly Celery
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Marina Mist
Accessories:  Framelits Labels Collection, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, 1/8"  Marina Mist taffeta ribbon

Just a reminder that our summer mini finishes on 31 August so if there are things on your wish list in the summer mini, don't delay.  There are no guarantees whether or not the products in the mini will transfer to the main catty.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Sunday Share

Twice now in the space of a week, I've forgotten the anniversary dates for members of my family.  I missed my sister-in-law and her husband's last week and my daughter's on Friday!  I am back pedalling and grovelling and made this yesterday to send to my baby girl and her hubby from  stamp sets in my personal collection.  So a really quick and simple card using the framelits dies which I dashed off first thing Saturday morning so I could post it asap.  The front is embossed with the Adorning Accents embossing folders and the detail on the edge of the card was cut using the Adorning Accents Edgelits dies.

The inside is minimalist too.  My card base was Island Indigo and I adhered a piece of Pool Party card stock the same size as the card front after I'd cut the edge off, and matted the bottom half of it with Pool Party an eighth of an inch smaller all round.   One of the stamp sets you'll recognise is Confetti - with the little sprinkling of hearts - very appropriate for an anniversary card, don't you think?  This is a really useful set to have as it has six background "sprinkle" images to suit every occasion.

Be warned - this post is picture heavy so for my overseas readers, here's a glimpse of the Olympic Park from an Anglophile.

My DH's company had done  over 500 million GB£s worth of work (782,150,000.00 USD) on the infra-structure at the Olympic Park and felt more than a modicum of pride to see it finished and open to the public to be enjoyed by all.  We had tickets to visit last Thursday and this is the Stratford Gate entrance wth the Aquadome on the left and the Olympic Stadium straight ahead.

What an amazing building the Aquadome is - seen here from the walkways.   The two wings flanking the disc like roof in the middle, nicknamed the pringle (as it resembles a pringle crisp), give extra seating during the Olympics but will be de-constructed and removed after the games.  Alot of thought, care and attention was given to detail. Lots of wetland planting and trees planted leaving a fantastic legacy for the nation to enjoy long after the games have finished.

Seating provided along the steps aesthetically pleasing .

Even the Queen's Royal Barge, the Gloriana, built at a cost of £1m which led the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant was moored there which we didn't expect to see.

I loved the architectural finishes .......this one on the underside of a walkway over the canal and here's a conundrum, which way up should the picture below be?

This way up....................................................????


This way.... click on the pictures to enlarge it so you can see it in more detail.  I will reveal which way up it should be in another post.

Unfortunately blogger won't allow me to upload any more pictures in this post, although I have loads more in my album.   I'm no sports fan, but I couldn't help being caught by Olympic fever here.  There's a real buzz in London, and it's catching!

Do watch out for samples of the "Reason to Smile" stamp set in future posts.  These games have certainly given me a reason to smile - even though I'm an Australian import - being married to an Englishman for more than 30 years has given me a sense of Brit pride too!

If you've stayed with me till the end of this post, thanks for stopping by - have a good week! xx

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