Sunday, 31 October 2010

This month's class makes


I decided it was time to think about Christmas - gulp - as there are only really two classes, Oct & Nov for making Christmas cards, as by December it's too late. So I ordered one of the new SU Christmas stamps sets, along with a very handy matching punch (I love how SU have matching punches for some of their stamps)

The idea for the first card (the turquoise & brown) came from a card I saw on ILWS by Carol Houghton, she'd used the branches from the Bird Punch and I though that was a great idea and have cased it - thanks Carol

Here's the details:

Stamps - Delightful Decorations; Best Yet - sentiment(retired)
Cardstock - Tempting Turquoise (retired) Green Galore; Chocolate Chip & Whisper White
Ink - Tempting Turquoise; Chocolate Chip
Punches - Two Step Bird; Ornament Extra Large

The second card is all my own, I was going to use one of the new red colours, but I just love Real Red for Christmas especially combined with Old Olive - here's the details:

Stamps - Delightful Decorations
Cardstock - Real Red; Old Olive; Very Vanilla
Ink - Real Red
DSP - Merry Moments (retired)

Both cards are quite simple and quick to make, the idea being they'd be suitable for a bit of mass producing for Christmas - I know I'll be doing a few of these this year - so easy with the punch!


Sunday, 10 October 2010

A Little Thanks


It's time for another challenge over at Craftalicious and our theme this week is an open one as Anything Goes! How easy!

I had to make a couple of thank you cards and used a new, but sadly no longer available SU stamp set that I've wanted for ages and took advantage of it being half price in the last chance sale.

SU! used:

Stamps - Good Friend; Tiny Tags
Ink & Cardstock - Pumpkin Pie; Pink Passion; Old Olive; Close to Cocoa; Versamark
Paper - Summer Picnic
Felt Flowers
Brads from stash

Once again I've not managed much blogging or crafting lately, just very busy and not enough time to go around at the moment! But I'm still here, albeit very quietly!

TFL xx

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Second Week done

Got my last run of the week in today, I've been a bit behind this week as I was too tired on Tuesday to do run 2 and the same on Friday, but the good news is that I didn't give up and today went ok. I'm not sure that I'm making a lot of progress just yet as the increments are really slow but I think I'm feeling a bit fitter and still enjoying it (in a very bizarre way!) so that's all to the good. My diet at the moment is just rubbish, every day I start with good intentions but rarely get through the diet, but if I keep up my running then I don't need to be quite so concerned about the number of calories going in, at the moment I'm more or less staying the same, which will do for now! Although in the long run (no pun intended ha, ha) I do want to lose.

Onwards & upwards!

Sunday, 3 October 2010

This month's classes


Hello quick post from me to share this month's class makes - we did a box with four cards using the lovely SU set Trendy Trees & matching wheel Funky Forest, the idea being they can be given as a (dare I say it Christmas) gift as I didn't want to make actual Christmas cards just yet, will probably start that next month!

Still busy as ever, although from next week I'm only working 3 days a week for the next few weeks so it'll be good to have a couple of days off during the week to help keep on top of things - so looking forward to that.

Here's the details:
Stamps - Trendy Trees; Funky Forest;
Cardstock & ink - Chocolate Chip; Pumpkin Pie; Old Olive; Ruby Red; Certainly Celery; Really Rust


Sunday, 26 September 2010

Hello - remember me?


Another fortnight has gone by without a whisper from me once again, I was so determined to get back into my blogging, but it's been a blur of working, rehearsing & Jamie Oliver and no crafting :-(

I finally got some crafting at the end of this week with my classes however and I made a couple of cards for this week's challenge for Craftalicious, which I've set and it's Harvest Festival/Autumn, my favourite range of colours and I've used the lovely Trendy Trees set from Stampin' Up!

Here's the rest of the details - all Stampin' Up!:

Stamps - Trendy Trees; Funky Forest (wheel); Stem Sayings
Cardstock - Chocolate Chip; Pumpkin Pie; More Mustard; Really Rust; Ruby Red; Whisper White

Right, will once again make a big effort to be a better blogger (but don't hold your breath LOL)

Monday, 30 August 2010

Friend's 50th Birthday Card

Friend 50th

This is a card I made for a friend who was 50 on the weekend, her boyfriend surprised her with a party, which she knew nothing about, but she was so pleased and we had a fabulous evening.

I made this easel card, which in real life is a bit softer, the pink isn't quite so bright, but the sun was actually shining when I took the pic and it's slightly overexposed.

Here's the details (all SU!):
Stamps - Vintage Vogue and Fun & Fast Notes (sentiment)
Cardstock - Rose Red; Whisper White
DSPs - Sweet Pea

Buttons from stash
"50" cut out on Cricut

I'm glad to say she was thrilled with the card too!


Saturday, 28 August 2010

Finally a card!

Best Friends

Where have the last two weeks gone? It's just whizzed by and all my promises of keeping up with my blog (and everyone elses) have just not happened!!

But here I am, a day late, with my DT card for Craftalicious, our theme this week is Purple & Green, which is a great combo, chosen by Tasha.

I've used a Mo Manning stamp on my card, as once again, my printer is still playing up & so I couldn't use one of the digi's that our sponsor "Some Odd Girl" gave us. I've coloured my image with ProMarkers & SU! markers and the rest is all SU! as follows:

Cardstock - Perfect Plum; Old Olive; Whisper White
Stamps - Very Vintage wheel; Fun & Fast notes (sentiment)
DSP - Sweet Pea

Other - Martha Steward punch

Hope you can join us again at Craftalicious & a big effort will be made on the blogging front!!

Saturday, 14 August 2010

One Card for 2 DTs

Sunflower Fairy

Bit of a cheat this week as I just ran out of time, I've started working again and I need to get myself back into a routine as I don't seem to have time for anything at the moment!

So I thought my one card make this week would do for both DTs, our challenge at Craftalicious this week is "Swirls and Pearls" and over at Charisma the challenge is to make an easel card.

I used one of the decoupage sheets from "The Crafty Purple Frog" who are sponsoring us at Craftalicious but I've just used the base layer rather than decoupaging as being short on time this was the quickest option.

I've used the lovely Summer Sun cardstock from SU to go with the sunflowers on the image and my favourite Chocolate Chip as well.

The swirls I've stamped with an odd stamp I found in my stash as were as the two pearl hearts, the flowers have been stamped and punched out.

Here's the SU details:

Stamps - One of a Kind (flower) and Oval All (sentiment)
Punches - Oval; Scalloped Oval; Boho Blossoms
Cardstock - Summer Sun; Chocolate Chip; Whisper White
Ribbon - Chocolate Chip

Hope you can join in with either or both challenges this week & TFL!

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Teddy Bear

Forever Friends Chocolate

This is my DT card for Charisma this week, which is all about teddy bears.

I couldn't use the lovely digi we were given as my printer still wasn't working (finally fixed today - hooray) and I discovered I had a distinct lack of teddy bears in my crafting stash! But I did manage to find some Forever Friends stickers and they're definitely teddy bears!

Stampin' Up! used:
Sentiment - Best Yet in Chocolate Chip ink
Cardstock - Whisper White; Chocolate Chip
Punches - 1 3/8" circle, scalloped circle
Ribbon - Chocolate Chip

Other - DSP - Forever Friends, card candy from stash

Hope you can join us this week & thanks for looking!

Friday, 30 July 2010

Craftalicious - Challenge No. 5

Friends & Shoes

This is my DT card for our challenge over at Craftalicious, which this week has been set by Gina and the theme is "Make Your Own Flowers"

I was planning to use a digi from Stitchy who are sponsoring our challenge, but still having printer problems so couldn't print out my digi to use.

Instead I've used one of the new "Born to Shop" stamps, which are great fun and I've coloured my image with ProMarkers.

I've made the flowers by cutting out a circle with my SU! 1 3/8" punch, cutting around in a spiral and then rolling back up to make the roses - easy to do and thanks to Loraine who told me how to make them

I've also used SU! cardstock in Pumpkin Pie and Sweet Always DSP

Hope you can join us again & TFL!

Thursday, 29 July 2010

A Bit of Digital Scrapping

Now here's a little something I don't do very often - digital scrapbooking! Circumstances forced my hand however as this week at Charisma our challenge is "Something with a Tail" and we were given digi's from Digistamp Boutique who are sponsoring us. Yesterday I went to print out my digi to make a card with and my printer is completely Ka-putt, it's not playing at all and even hubby (who is a real Mr Fix-it) couldn't mend it last night. The challenge went live this morning and I still didn't have a card made so I thought I'd give a digital scrap-page a go. Now this is a huge challenge for me as me & Photoshop are not the best of friends - to be honest I don't really know what I'm doing and so I just fiddle about and very often get frustrated, but I did manage to get this put together and I'm very pleased with myself for doing so.

The pictures are of my gorgeous little doggie Skye, plus the digi and a ready to go Quick Page (I'm not that good in Photoshop!)

Hope you can join us for our challenge again this week & TFL xx

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Look who I'm going to be working for!!

Only the blooming gorgeous Jamie Oliver!!!

Well not directly, but I'm signing up to be a Jamie At Home Consultant selling his gorgeous range of home & garden products.

I'm holding my launch party on 11 August and then I'll be up & running, but if anyone wants any info in the meantime, is interested in holding a party (and getting some gorgeous freebies!) or would like to know about becoming a consultant, then please give me a shout - email on the sidebar and the website is here. Plus you can buy products directly from me if you're not in my area or don't want to hold a party - again, just give me a shout!

I'm also in the process of closing down my Cambridge Diet Consultancy, I've been a Consultant for 3½ years, but business has become so quiet as there are now so many consultants in my area, and I just can't make a business of it anymore. I'm sad to finish as I've loved doing it and have met so many fabulous people over the last few years and made some new friends along the way too, but I do feel it's time to move on.

I'm still an SU! Demo though of course and although I'm not blogging as much as I used to or making as many cards, I'm still running my classes and Stampin' Up! as much as possible.

Thanks Heather for checking I was ok as I've been very quiet in Blogland - mwah, mwah to you

So that's my news for now!

Friday, 23 July 2010

One of the quickest cards I've ever made!

This is my DT card for this week's challenge at Charisma, which this week is "Anything but square". We upload our cards onto the DT blog by Wednesday early evening, ready for whoever is doing the post on Thursday and for some reason, and I don't know why, I completely and utterly forgot to make my DT card this week. Aargh!!! So I had to make this Thursday morning, before my Stampin' Up! class and I did it in about 10 minutes - I kid you not! So not the most detailed card, but it fits the bill, and considering the rush, isn't too bad.

All Stampin' Up! - here's the details
Stamps - Vintage Vogue (in Chocolate Chip Ink)
Cardstock - Chocolate Chip; Regal Rose
Two Step Bird Punch
Sweet Pea stitched felt flowers

Other - Nesties and diamante's from stash

Hope you can join us this week & TFL

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Clean & Simple (and rather bright)

Orange Hi

I was playing about with my newest SU stamp set "Say it with Scallops" and came up with this very simple, but clean looking card. It's rather bright as I've used the lovely Only Orange but I think it'd stand out in a crowd!

All Stampin' Up!
Stamp - Say it with Scallops
Cardstock - Whisper White; Only Orange
Punches - Scallop Border; Scallop Square


Friday, 16 July 2010

Craftalicious Challenge 4

Workout Buddy

It's time for a new challenge at Craftalicious, we had over 300 entries to our last challenge, which was brilliant and we're anticipating another high number this fortnight as our theme, set by Carly, is Birthdays - a nice easy one for you.

Karen's Doodles are sponsoring us and gave the DT an image to use, I choose this fab image called "Workout Buddy" I've used a variety of medium to colour in the image, ProMarkers for the main characters, Koh-i-noor's for the sea and SU chalks for the sky.

Here's the Stampin' Up! used:
DSPs - Rainbow Sherbert (retired)
Cardstock - Whisper White; Tempting Turquoise
Sentiment - Stem Sayings
Scallop Edge Border punch

Hope you can join us again this time around


Thursday, 15 July 2010

Think Pink!!

Birthday Cowgirl

Hello there, time for another challenge over at Charisma and this week Carly has set the theme and gone for her favourite - pink!

So it's time to get all girly and show us your pink creations!

We've been sponsored by Pink Cat this week, who gave us all a digi to use (we've got another sponsor this week too - Cupcake Cards and Crafts)

Sorry the pic is a bit wishy-washy, don't know why it's come out like that! I coloured my image with ProMarkers and the rest is Stampin' Up! as follows:

Sentiment - Birthday Best
DSPs - Sweet Always (retired)
Cardstock - Regal Rose

Other - Nesties for circles and ribbon from stash

Hope you can play along with us again this week & TFL

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Watch the Birdie

Birds & Kite

Hello, it's time for another challenge over at Charisma, and this week it was my turn to set the challenge and I've gone for "Watch the Birdie" as I love birds on cards (have a soft spot for owls although didn't use one on this card).

My card was one of those ones that develop & evolve as you make it, I started off with one idea using a digi from Softpencil (one of our sponsors this week) with cats & a kite on it, plus a couple of little birds, but whilst looking for backing papers to use I came across this fab sheet from the SU! set SweetPea (of course, am I using anything else these days? LOL) and I couldn't fit the digi on the card without covering the birds - so after a bit of playing around I came up with this card instead and I have to say I'm really pleased with it. I still used the kite part of the digi, and paper pieced it with some more SweetPea papers and the rest of the card came together really quickly. I very bravely stamped directly onto the card for my sentiment and even though I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up, is there anything more scary than stamping your sentiment on directly??

Here's the details:

SU! used -
DSP - SweetPea
Sentiment - Trendy Trees in Chocolate Chip ink
Cardstock - Tempting Turquoise
Ribbon - Chocolate Chip
Pen - Chocolate Chip (for the drawn on string)

Other -
Brads, small ribbon & bow from stash

Hope you can join us again this week as we've got two sponsors again so two chances to win


Friday, 2 July 2010

Craftalicious Challenge No. 3


It's time for a new challenge over at Craftalicious and this is my DT card.

We're being sponsored by Crafty Sentiments, who very kindly gave us all an image to use and this is what I came up with.

The theme is Cute, which I think the image does pretty well on it's own, and I've kept the rest of the card quite simple and quite like the geometric look to the card.

Here's the details:
Image - Crafty Sentiments, coloured with ProMarkers
Sentiment - SU! Circle of Friendship, inked with Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock - SU! Whisper White; Rich Razzleberry
Papers & button - from stash

Hope you can play along with us again this time round, we've been thrilled with the number of entries we're getting for the challenges and so a big thanks for all the support.

I'm en-route to Cornwall at the moment, it's going to take about 5 hours to get there, and we're going for a long weekend hopefully in the sun, but looking forward to some R&R.

TFL xx

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Strawberries & Cream

Strawberries & Cream
Yum, yum, could just tuck into some scrummy strawberries & cream, especially as the sun is shining and it's such a lovely summer food!

But instead I've made a card using my new SU! set Tart and Tangy, which features this lovely strawberry stamp.

Here's the SU! used:
Stamps - Tart and Tangy; Lovely Labels
DSP - Summer Picnic (retired)
Cardstock - Very Vanilla; Real Red
Ink - Real Red; Glorious Green
Paper Piercing Tool

Other - buttons from stash

I'm entering my card into two challenges:
Truly Scrumptious - sketch and theme Strawberries & Cream
Cupcake - Strawberries & Cream

Hope everyone's enjoying this glorious weather - I certainly am!

TFL xx

Thursday, 24 June 2010

For The Boys

Dad mowing the lawn

Now no groaning at the back there, but this week over at Charisma it's all about the boys!

I made a Father's Day card using a digi from Digistamp Boutique, who are sponsoring us this week and I've used Jim Mowing, coloured with promarkers.

The rest is SU! as follows

Cardstock - Always Artichoke; Whisper White; Barely Banana
DSPs - Sweet Pea

Hope you can join us this week & TFL xx

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Crafting in the Garden


It's been another gorgeous day here today and so this afternoon I sat in the garden and made a card, which was really lovely.

I used this gorgeous Hanglar image that a friend, Margreet sent me a while ago and coloured her with PM's. I've distressed the edges of the cardstock & paper using my SU! distressing tool as there's a challenge over at Lovely Hanglar for a shabby look card, I'm also entering my card into Donna's Den of Crafts first challenge, which is Happy Birthday.

Stampin' Up! used:
Cardstock & Ribbon - Certainly Celery
Sentiment - Circle of Friendship
Punches - 1" 1-1/4" 1-3/8" and scallop circle

Let's hope this weather continues now!


Saturday, 19 June 2010

Class Projects

Birdhouse & Bird Card

I always forget to blog what I've made for my class, so here's what we did in my 3 classes this week, which centred around the 2-step Bird Punch from Stamping Up!

It's such an adorable punch, the bird is so lovely and I was quite sure my ladies would love using this punch - and phew I was right!

The first project we did was the birdhouse, this isn't my design but a fellow SU! Demonstrator very kindly shared the template a while ago on In Love With Stamping, it's quite easy to make, if a bit fiddly and is perfect to put the bird on.

All Stampin' Up! used as follows:

Cardstock - Regal Rose; Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red
DSPs - Sweet Pea (I'm so in love with these papers!)
Stamp - Dot, Dot, Dot (on the wing using Versamark)

The card was then made, we did two versions of this, one using the waste from the bird punch as a template and chalked in the bird, this proved to be a bit of a challenge keeping it neat (I think with hindsight ink may have been better) so we also punched out the bird, which is a much stronger image and looks better in the photo.

SU! used:
Cardstock - Whisper White; Chocolate Chip; Really Rust
Stamp sets - Vintage Vogue; Trendy Trees (for the sentiment)
Eyelet Border punch, Word Window punch & of course the 2-step Bird punch

Other - brads & nesties.

If you're in the Telford/Shropshire area & interested in coming along to one of my classes then please just drop me an email - addy in the sidebar

TFL xx

Friday, 18 June 2010

DT Cards

Paisley Hedgehog

Here's some of my makes this week for my DTs, this first one if for Charisma and our theme this week is "Bling" This card is a bit of a re-cycled job as the image is from a card I did a while ago that had got damaged, I was able to peel off the image without damaging it and made all the rest and re-mounted the image - voila one new card!

The image is Penny Black, papers, bling & ribbon are from my stash and the c/stock is SU! Lavender Lace.

The next two cards are both for Craftalicious as we've got two sponsors this week and had digis from both, so I thought I'd make two. Our theme is monochrome, which I've set cos I really love doing monochromatic cards and I'm looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!

The first one below, I've used a digi from Delicious Doodles, which I've not done anything with as it came like that, I've used SU! c/stock Bordering Blue, the papers are from a Funky Hand CD and the sentiment is PTI. So it was a really quick & simple card to do, although saying that I spent ages & ages trying decide what to do, but once I had, the card came together really quickly!

Arctic Fox

For the second one, I've used an image from The Stamping Boutique and paper-pieced the pocket with papers from my stash; the cardstock is SU! Real Red and the flowers are punched.

Pocket Patootie


Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Hubby's Birthday Card

Snoozing Dad

This card is very appropriate for my darling husband, who had his birthday on Tuesday as he always falls asleep watching the telly - it's the family joke! So I thought this image was just right!

The stamp, papers & sentiment are all Papermania and I've coloured my image with ProMarkers.

I'm entering this card into two challenges:

Magical Crafts and Stampacular as they both have male themes this week.

Quick post as I'm busy preparing for my class tomorrow, as usual it's all last minute - one of these days I'll be organised! LOL


Friday, 11 June 2010

Blog Hop Winners!

Good morning all, just a quick post to let you know all the blog hop winners from our first hop at Craftalicious have now been announced on the main blog, so hop over here for a look to see if you're a winner.

The winner of my prize, the set of Stampin' Up! stamps is........

Congrats to you, can you email me using the address on the sidebar so I can get your prize off to you

Thanks to everyone who took part, there's still another week to enter our first challenge, so I hope you'll all join in.