Monthly Archives: September 2014

Team Night Swaps


So, the lack of posts recently is because I’ve been on holiday and didn’t have time to schedule any posts before going, oops. But we’re back now!  I just have a new job (I’m a contractor) to contend with, along with my first ever workshop next Saturday, which, coincidentally is World Card Making Day!  I chose the date before I found that out.  Stampin’ Up! have got some special offers on around that week, so maybe I’ll actually get some orders from my workshop attendees – so far I’ve been my only customer!

We had a Team Night recently – my upline, Eimear Carvill (her blog address is if you’d like to take a look) has a get together every 5 or 6 weeks, where we have a chance to chat all things SU! without putting people off by being too keen and where we also do a couple of Make & Takes – Eimear does one and we take it in turns to do the other.  This time Alison Swann did the Make & Take.  I *would* show you those, but unfortunately left all my cards plus a few other essentials at Eimear’s and haven’t had time to get them back yet!  We also did some swaps, as we all have workshops and classes coming up and it’s nice to get some inspiration.  Even though it’s only September we did Christmas swaps 🙂

Swaps are usually designed to show off current products but for mine I did sneak a retired product in.  I was allowed because there are other current things that would work, but I don’t happen to have them.  Here’s my swap:

Merry Christmas card
Merry Christmas card

You’ll be aware that I *love* the Stars framelit dies, so no surprise to see them featuring here!  And yes, there are similarities to another recent card I posted, but I still love this.  Probably more than the card I posted for the recent Stampin’ Stars blog hop, if I’m honest.

Materials and measurements

  • Base – Real Red, 100 x 200mm, scored and folded at 100mm
  • All is Calm DSP (A/W catalogue), 95 x 95 mm
  • Star frame in Whisper White, using the largest two framelits (call them 4 and 5, with 5 being the largest)
  • Real Red embossed with the Decorative Dots TIEF, then cut using the #4 star framelit die
  • Brushed Silver cardstock cut using the #3 star framelit.  This cardstock is a recent discovery – the photo won’t do it justice so take my word for it, it’s gorgeous, as is the Brushed Gold.  It’s in the Annual Catalogue
  • “Merry” in Real Red, using a sadly retired die from the Expressions Thinlits.  This is on the Clearance Rack, so it’s available to buy if you love it and want to make your own projects with it – as Demos we can’t use retired products for workshops or classes, but we can use them for our blogs, cards to sell etc.  However, as I mentioned, there are other current thinlit dies, so “Joy” or “Noel” from the Wonderful Wreath framelits (A/W catalogue), for example.

I layered the stars together and snipped off the overhang from the Whisper White frame.  I made sure the silver star was centered and symmetrical to give the card balance.  I adhered the “Merry” by putting a tiny amount of tombow glue on a piece of card and carefully picking it up with the tip and dotting it in tiny amounts.  A bit nerve wracking but fine if you take your time!

That’s it – hope you enjoy it.


All over the world

Well, today’s title is inspired by Jeff Lynne and ELO!  We were lucky enough to get tickets to Radio 2’s Festival in a Day in Hyde Park yesterday (by camping out on the website, a bit like the episode of Big Bang Theory where they all try to get Comic-Con tickets) and it was fantastic!  We had a great day and I wanted to pay tribute (ok, brag) by titling a post after one of the songs we heard live.  That said, I don’t have a card that really matches up to the title.  Oops.

So, on to the card.  After the Autumn/Winter blog hop it is very tempting to carry on in the same vein, especially as I’ve been making swaps for our team meeting on Thursday and they owe quite a lot to the design of that card.  But, I thought in the end it would be nice to show something different.  I created this card for a male friend’s birthday.  The sentiment is one you have to be careful with but I thought it was apt for a father of three with a very busy working wife:

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I also chose this card for today as my sister commented again earlier that she can’t see that she’ll ever use the colour collection DSP stacks on a card.  She finds DSP challenging at the best of times and currently uses these for envelope lining only.  I’m hoping to get her to think again.

Materials and measurements:

  • Crumb cake cardstock, 148.5 x 210mm, scored and folded at 105mm
  • Hello Honey DSP, approx 143.5 x 100mm
  • Park Lane DSP cut into a star frame using the two largest star framelit dies
  • Blackberry Bliss cardstock star, cut using the smaller of the two framelits above
  • Hello Honey cardstock star, the same size as the Blackberry Bliss star
  • Hello Honey cardstock rectangle cut by hand (or rather using the Stampin’ Trimmer – my freehand cutting is not anything to write home about)
  • “Finally a day that really is all about you” – “and it’s all good” stamps from the Good Greetings stamp set.  See?  Be careful who use this one on!

Hope you enjoy it.


Stampin’ Stars Autumn/Winter Blog Hop

Welcome to the blog hop!  For those of you that have come from Emma Goddard’s page, welcome!  I hope you are enjoying all the projects (you can see the full list of everyone taking part in this blog hop at the bottom of my post).  Next on the agenda is Kim Fee, but here’s what I’ve put together using products from the new Stampin’ Up! Autumn/Winter (A/W) catalogue.  There’s a link to that, and the Annual catalogue on the right of this page, if you feel inspired and want to buy any of the products showcased here.

I actually set my blog up in order take part in this blog hop but have found I really enjoy posting and chatting about my projects so am really glad I signed up to it.  And without further ado, here’s my card:

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I *love*the new star framelit dies.  Love them.  And when the A/W catalogue had a stamp set to go with them I knew immediately that they would feature in this project.  I decided to pair red (Real Red) as I think it’s such a Christmassy colour, with a subtle grey pattern from the All is Calm Designer Series Paper (DSP) and then heat emboss the stamps (something else I love, especially when it’s metallic embossing) for a subtle, but festive effect.

This year Stampin’ Up have decided to bring out a supplement to the Autumn/Winter catalogue, focusing on Christmas – it has ideas for projects and also a few new extra products to tempt us!  I was delighted to see that there is another stamp set that will work with the star framelit dies – it immediately went on my wishlist and will definitely be on my next order.  Customers can order from the supplement from 20th October.

Materials and measurements:

  • Real Red cardstock – half A4 (210 x 148.5 mm), scored and folded at 105mm
  • Whisper White cardstock mat
  • Real Red cardstock embossed using the chevron TIEF and then cut using the 2nd largest Star framelit die (both thanks to the Bigshot)
  • All Is Calm DSP cut using the same Stars framelit die
  • Whisper White cardstock cut into three stars, using the same framelit die (are you spotting a pattern?), which I then cut so there were 2 points only and I combined them to mat the final red star with a thin border of white
  • Final red star, swiped with the embossing buddy to prevent embossing powder sticking, then stamped in Versamark with a star from the Bright & Beautiful stamp set and then heat embossed in silver
  • Season’s Greetings from the Bright & Beautiful stamp set stamped using Versamark (after the embossing buddy stage), then heat embossed in silver.  You could use the Stamp-a-ma-jig for precision but I did mine by eye.

Thanks for visiting my blog – hope you enjoy it.


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Here’s the full list of the blogs to visit:

Tracy Hart Lawrence –
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Eimear Carvill –
Emma Goddard –
Caroline Thomas – <- You are here!
Kim Fee –
Lesley Lendon –
Lynn Clifford –
Cary Buckham –
Cat Herrington –
Nic Parr  –
Diane Marlow –
Christine Widdowson –
Di Richardson –
Jamie Turney –
Sara Thornton-Bryar –
Natalie O’Shea –
Louise Sims –
Katie Jones –
Cayleigh May –
Nikki Acton –
Sue Bridge –
Cathryn Perkins –
Sarah Mcdermott –
Fiona Whitten –

Hump day hello


I love today’s card.  I made it one Saturday afternoon when I was just playing around with no particular purpose (it seems like ages since I had time to do that!) and I ended up with a handful of cards I really liked.  Then they just had to wait for the right occasion!

This card was given to some new neighbours when they moved in recently – they came around (along with their gorgeous 10 month old daughter who turned out to be fascinated by our fridge magnets) to introduce themselves and said what a difference the card had made on moving in day when they’d been sitting in their new, needed a lot of cleaning and work house, wondering if they had done the right thing.  That made my day!  Here’s the card:

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Materials and measurements

  • Lost Lagoon card stock – half A4 (148.5 x 210 mm), scored and folded at 105mm
  • Wavy DSP (now retired, which is my excuse for not remembering the name of it), 5mm on both sides or so smaller than the card base
  • Lost Lagoon card stock, at least 10mm smaller again, embossed using the chevron TIEF
  • Deco labels framelits in retired DSP (from last year’s Saleabration), Lost Lagoon and Whisper White
  • hello from the “Four You” stamp set in Lost Lagoon
  • Stars punched using the current Itty Bitty Accents Punch set
  • A little bit of sparkle courtesy of basic rhinestones

I thought this card was subtle and elegant.

Hope you enjoy it!


Final (chosen) yellow wedding card


Today I thought I’d share the third and final wedding card I made for a commission recently, the one that actually got chosen and purchased!  I really struggled with this card – I started creating the elements and then came back later to construct it.  And it just wouldn’t work.  Everything I tried looked wrong – there are days when things and flow and when they don’t.  This was definitely one of the latter.  In the end I went to bed and came back and finished it the next morning (I had to, as I’d promised to provide them that day!). It wasn’t my favourite of the three, as it had been so tricky to get it finished.  But it was the one that the customer liked best – all I could see was the efoort and trouble it had been. It’s my sister’s favourite of the three cards too, she tells me.  Here’s the card:

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Materials and measurements

  • Smoky Slate card stock, half A4, scored and folder at 105mm
  • Smoky Slate DSP from the Neutrals DSP stack
  • Hello Honey cardstock (the colour theme for all three cards)
  • Whisper White cardstock
  • Wedding Words Wheel stamp (don’t even think about liking this, it’s retired, as are all SU!’s wheels now), stamped in Versamark then heat embossed in silver
  • Heart stamp from the wonderful and versatile Work of Art stamp set (you can make rainbows, flowers and boats and all sorts with this one set!), stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in silver

The preferred and purchased card.  I actually like it now I look back at it.

Hope you enjoy it.


A birthday card for my sister

Good morning!

It was my sister’s birthday recently so I needed a card for her.  She is also a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator so I wanted to produce something good, or at least something specifically for her.  When I joined SU!, I went on about it so much (great products, loads of fun, meeting great new people etc.) that even though she was *sure* it wouldn’t be for her as she thinks she is useless at crafting and colours that she decided to buy a kit to (as she puts it) prove me wrong when I said that anyone can do it.  And now she is a demo (I was right!).  Anyone being able to do this is due in a big way to SU!’s “colour families”. They have four families of ten colours (Neutrals, Brights, Regals and Subtles), plus two smaller ranges which come out annually and are current for two years.  Each colour family co-ordinates with everything else in the family, so if you are colour challenged, you can choose from a family knowing that there won’t be any clashes.  Me?  I like to play outside the lines. Anyway, after Liz joined, she developed a real love for a strong pink colour called Strawberry Slush, from the 2013-2015 colours.  I’d been a bit underwhelmed by the five colours in this range and still don’t really like a couple of them.  But her enthusiasm for SS (our shorthand for Strawberry Slush) made me look again.  And I realised that it was actually a nice colour! So when it came to her birthday card I knew I’d have to use it.  As I already mentioned, Liz considers herself to be colour challenged, so I decided to get in her face with some DSP which actually clashes with SS. Just for fun.  And as we both love heat embossing, metallics especially, the sentiment was just crying out to be in gold.  Here’s the card:


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As you’ll see, I decided to add some twine to the card.  I haven’t done this often and once I had, realised I had a problem.  I didn’t have any dimensionals; the things that pop layers up, and in this card’s case, what would have made the the sentiment level. Look closely and you’ll see it’s bent over the twine.  I have had a bit of an irrational dislike of dimensionals.  I swore I’d never buy or use them as I liked clean lines and flat cards.  No popping up for me!  But, I had to admit that this card needed them. And that some cards I make in the future (like the one I made last night) will need them.  So I got over it and ordered them. Moral – never say never.

Materials and measurements:

  • Very Vanilla card stock – half A4, scored and folder in half
  • DSP from the Fresh Prints stack (now retired) – yes, that’s Real Red clashing against the pink!
  • Strawberry slush card stock
  • Very Vanilla card stock
  • Strawberry Slush card stock, Deco labels Framelit dies (I love this shape)
  • “It’s your birthday, let your hair down” sentiment from the Let Your Hair Down current hostess stamp set, stamped in Versamark, then heat embossed in gold
  • Gold bakers’ twine
  • No dimensionals

One of these days I’ll probably revisit this card in another colour way and you’ll see the difference dimensionals would have made!

Hope you enjoy it.



30th birthday card

You might notice something missing in this card.  Yup, the thing that actually indicates it’s for a 30th!  I discovered, after being commissioned to make this one, that the only stamp I had with numbers on wasn’t really suitable so I went off-piste and decided that the 30th bit could be written inside!  Fortunately, my mother-in-law liked the card, even with the missing 30 🙂

Here’s the card:

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Materials and measurements:

  • The card base is Whisper White, (half A4, folded and scored at 105mm)
  • I put a mat of Crumb Cake card stock on top of the white, really just a few mm smaller than the card base (100 x 143.5mm, approx)
  • Next I took Blackberry Bliss card stock and using the Chevron TIEF, ran it through the Big Shot.  It’s taken me a while to warm to the embossing folders but I have definitely taken this one to my heart!
  • I cut stars out of Park Lane DSP and Crumb Cake card stock using the Stars framelit dies (my latest crush), then heat embossed “bring on the cake” (from the retired Bring on the Cake stamp set) in gold, by stamping in Versamark and using the heat tool on the gold embossing powder.  I love heat embossing, especially the metallics.
  • Next I stamped “Enjoy” (from the retired Oh Goodie stamp set) and “Happy Birthday” (from the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set) and then cut them out using the Bitty Banners framelit dies.  There are plenty of other small sentiment stamps in the current range that could replace the “Enjoy”.
  • Finally, I punched three stars out of different Park Lane and In Colour DSPs using the star punch from the new Itty Bitty Accents punch pack and applied them top right with three basics rhinestones for a bit of sparkle and balance.

Hope you enjoy it.