Monthly Archives: August 2014

All you need is love

So, a cheeky post before we head off to a wedding.  Actually, we should have gone already, but Mr T succumbed to some kind of stomach bug yesterday and we’re waiting to see if he’ll be ok to travel to Poole in Dorset for a family wedding tomorrow.  I hope so, as he’s been looking forward to it.  On the plus side, we have just watched “Bake Off, An Extra Slice” from the comfort of our own sofa.

So, on to today’s card.  This is another in the trilogy I created for the person wanting a wedding card, with a yellow theme. This is the first card I created for it, and my favourite, although not the one that was chosen – there’s no accounting for taste, fortunately.  Once again, I created this before the blog was born, so there are no measurements, as such:

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  • Whisper White cardstock – 210 x 148.5 mm, scored and folded at 105mm
  • Hellow Honey cardstock
  • Eastern Elegance DSP (yes, again – I loved it, ok?!)
  • Whisper White cardstock and the Deco framelits
  • Wedding cake stamp, retired I think – stamped with Versamark, silver embossing powder and brought to life with the heat gun – I never knew how much fun a souped up hair dryer could be
  • Three basics rhinestones

And that “love” sentiment?  Foil, you think?  Think again – I didn’t have any.  I stamped the Versamark pad onto vellum paper, then added silver embossing powder and created a heat embossed rectangle.  Then I used my “love” framelit (carefully inserting greaseproof paper so I’d actually be able to remove it) and ta-dah, a card I am very proud of 🙂

Hope you enjoy it.



Seize the cake!


So today’s post will be fairly short and sweet.  I’ve wanted to share this card for a couple of days and today I actually have time to do it.  This card was CASE’d from my upline Eimear Carvill ( when we did a workshop on “masculine” cards, and I know she CASE’d it from someone else!  CASE means “Copy and share everything” – once you post a design you are giving people free reign to copy or use it as inspiration, although we try to recognise where it initially came from (sorry to the original source!).

I adapted the card we made with Eimear as I wanted my own twist on it to give as a birthday card to my brother.  Trust me, I didn’t change much!  I gave this card before setting up my blog and so didn’t think to take the measurements, so all I can say is it started as half a sheet of A4, scored and folder in half:

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Materials used:

  • Early Espresso card stock
  • Early Espresso cardstock textured with the Woodbark TIEF
  • Very Vanilla card stock rectangle, cut by hand into a banner and sponged with Early Espresso
  • Antique brad
  • Four strips of DSP, cut into banners by hand
  • Seize the cake stamp from the “Something to Say” stampset – my brother is a big Terry Pratchett fan and the play on words reminded me of his novel “Carpe Diem, plus it was very suitable for a birthday!).

I love this card (and the one it was based on), hope you enjoy it too.


Never underestimate the power of two – an anniversary card

Happy Saturday!

I didn’t think I would have time to blog today.  We offered to help friends with their wedding invitations recently and a fair few hours have been spent designing, showing, tweaking and finalising them.  I decided to “encourage” us to finish the design by arranging to meet the bride and groom this coming Monday to show them the final design.  I was expecting late nights and early mornings this weekend, in between social engagements!  But, things went far better than I expected this morning and the invites are done!  So my reward is to share another card with you 🙂 Notice I don’t mention the sleeves the invites will go in – that’s this afternoon’s task.

I made this card recently because I was playing around with Blackberry Bliss, Basic Grey and Smoky Slate combinations – I didn’t have anyone in mind.  I loved the way it turned out.  So when we were invited to my in-law’s barbecue to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary, I knew immediately that we would give them this:

Never Underestimate...
Never underestimate…

I love this card and the combination of colours – you’ll be seeing it again (and again).  Now, I gave this card away before setting up my blog, and didn’t take measurements (oops), so please forgive the rough and ready nature of the next section.

Materials and measurements

  • Basic Grey cardstock – 148.5 x 210mm. scored and folded at 105mm
  • Blackberry bliss cardstock – 148 x 100 mm (approx)
  • Moonlight DSP stack – 143 x 95 mm (approx).  I *love* everything about this DSP stack – the colours, the patterns and how versatile it is
  • I cut a banner in Blackberry Bliss, then put a strip of DSP over the top (again it’s the Eastern Elegance DSP which is retired now).  I joined them together with an Antique brad, then stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss on Whisper White card stock and cut it into a square (I have the Square framelits now, but I didn’t then, so had to freehand it).  Never underestimate the power of two is from the Yippee-Skippee stamp set.

Hope you enjoy it.


A wedding card


I hope you liked my first card and post – I was amazed when I saw that 35 or so people had visited my blog;  thanks to everyone that came and had a look.  

So, today’s card is one I made as a commission.  Or rather, one of a series.  I was asked to make a congratulations card for a recently married couple.  My brief was wide, as the person wanting the card simply said she really liked my cards!  So, I was hopeful I’d produce something she would like, but it was hard to know where to start.  I found out that the colour of the wedding had been yellow so used Hello Honey on all three.  I decided to make more than one card, so there was more chance that my buyer would really like one.  This card is one that she didn’t choose, but I still really like it.  In the end she liked all three!  Watch out for the other two in future posts.

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It’s simple, but elegant, I think.  If you look closely you’ll see an extra layer of Hello Honey card between the base (also Hello Honey) and the Whisper White top layer.  I’m told that in official carding circles that “extra layer” is actually called matting. You live and learn.  The reason for the extra layer of Hello Honey?  So I could wrap Hello Honey satin ribbon around it.  I stamped “Congratulations” using Versamark and then heat embossed it in silver.  I love metal embossing!  I attached the hearts with glue dots and added the rhinestones for a bit of bling and sparkle.

Measurements and materials:

  • Hello Honey cardstock (half a sheet of A4 – 210mm x 148.5mm, scored and folded at 105mm)
  • Hello Honey cardstock – 205mm x 100 mm
  • Whisper White cardstock – 200mm x 95mm
  • Eastern Elegance DSP (sadly now retired, but there are loads of new gorgeous DSPs to choose from)
  • Versamark pad
  • Silver embossing powder
  • Vellum paper (see those little silver hearts?  I heat embossed silver onto the vellum and then cut the hearts out with:)
  • Itty Bitty Accents Punches 
  • Basic rhinestone jewels
  • Congratulations from the Bravo stamp set
  • Hello Honey Stitched Satin ribbon

Hope you enjoy it.


Welcome to my blog!

Hello and welcome!

I’ve been putting this first post off – fussing with settings and stressing about what to say for this, my inaugural post.  But tonight I thought I should just keep it short and sweet.  I’m going to be posting about crafting projects that I put together using Stampin’ Up! projects – the good, the bad and the ugly!  Hopefully most will be in the first category but it’s all in the eye of the beholder.

And so, here is the first card I want to share.  I’ll be back with the details like materials, sizes and stuff, (see below) but for now, here is the image.


Here are the materials and measurements:

  • Whisper White cardstock, 10.2 x 20.4 cms, scored and folded at 10.2cms
  • I Am Me DSP 9.6 x 9.6 cms (retired)
  • Strawbery Slush cardstock 8.9 x 8.9 cms
  • Lost Lagoon Cardstock
  • Deco Labels Framelits
  • Chevron Embossing Folder
  • Thank you from Big News stamp set
  • Star from Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
  • Jewels Basics Rhinestones

Hope you enjoy it.