Monday, 23 March 2009

Stamper's Ten March Challenge

Here is my card for the Stamper's Ten challenge.
Card/Paper: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Old Olive card with Holiday Treasures designer paper
Ink: Chocolate chip standard cartridge
Stamps: Baroque Border Standard Wheel
Other: Flowers, leaves and brad from Hot off the Press
Card Size: 15cm x 10.5cm (approx 4" x 6")

This card was made using the Challenge pack provided by Joanne, our Stampin Up host. Feel free to go look at some of her wonderful samples here or join Stamper's Ten.

I used the SU Standard Wheel to create a border on two of the sides of the card and then created an accent as follow:

Waterfall Pocket Fold:
Fold a 3" square of double sided designer paper on half, side to side.
Fold it again, bottom to top.
Turn the folded square on point so the open edges are on top.
Fold down the first layer so it ends ¼” above the bottom point.
Fold down the second layer ¼” above the first layer.
Fold down the third layer ¼” above the second layer.
Do not fold the last layer.

I attached this to the card and added my leaves and flower to the pocket and did soem matting and layering for more detail.

Hope you like it.

I've been Published

This is a layout I did in 2004 for David, it was published ub Creative Scrapbooking in Issue 6 of June 2005. I know this is a long time ago but I was just going throught some of my stuff and found the magazine and thought why not share it with you all. 
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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Dimension Fourth Project Club

Here is some cards I made using the March Stamp set from the Dimension Fourth club.

Stamper's Ten February Challenge


Card/Paper: Whisper White, Always Artichoke and Tea and Crumpets designer paper
Ink: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Apricot Appeal, Always Artichoke
Stamps: Live Your Dream for the flower image, Thank You Kindly for the words
Other: Hot off the Press Diamond Folds #2 Template, Sakura pen, Hot of the Press Pretty Creative Pack for brads and flowers.
Card Size: 15cm x 10.5cm (approx 4" x 6")


This card was made using the Challenge pack provided by Joanne, our Stampin Up host. Feel free to go look at some of her wonderful samples here or join Stamper's Ten.

I used my Sakura pen to draw a border around my stamped image and message. I added 3 brads to the main image and layered it on the Always Artichoke card stock. I then traced the daimond lattice from my template using a pencil and cut it with a craft knife, before folding over to show that patterned paper on the back. I highlighted the edges of the lattice cut with my Sakura pen and mounted it on Always Artichole. I went round the edges of the patterned paper with my Sakura pen and mounted it on my white base card.

Special Card for Hannah

David is going to a birthday party on Saturday (21/3/9) and wanted a very special card, so here is what I made. It took me nearly a whole week to complete. You can have a look at the template here. I think it came out great and hope that the little lady likes her card.

Monday, 16 March 2009


So here is a list of birthstones and there meaning. How you use it is up to you, I sometimes use the colour of the gemstone as a basis for a birthday card or maybe use embelishment that look like the real deal.
Here you can find some more information on Zodiac Stones.

Month Bithstone Meaning
January Garnet Constancy
February Amethyst Sincerity
March Bloodstone Courage
April Diamond Innocence
May Emerald Love, Success
June Pearl/ Moonstone Health
July Ruby Contentment
August Peridot/ Sardonyx Happiness
September Sapphire Clear Thinking
October Opal/ Tputmaline Hope
November Topaz Fidelity
December Turquoise/ Zircon Prosperity

Notable Dates

Here is a few notable occasion we celebrate in the UK, if you can think of any others to add to our calender let me know and I can add it to the list. Also feel free to add background info on any of the days.
New Years day always on the 1st of January
Valentines day always on the 14th of February
St. David's Day always on the 1st of March
International Women's day always on the 8th of March
St. Patrick's Day generally celebrated on the 17th of March
Mother's day normally celebrated on the second Sunday in May
Easter Weekend falls at some point between late March and late April each year
St. Georges Day normally celebrated on the 23rd of April
Father's Day falls at some point between middle June and Early July each year
Halloween always on the 31st of October
Guy Fawkes or Bonfire Night always on the 5th of November
International Men's day always on the 19th of November
St. Andrews Day always on the 30th of November
Christmas Day always on the 25th of December
Boxing Day always on the 26th of December
New Year's Eve
always on the 31st of December

Now I know you can not make cards for all of these days, but how about a scrapbook page to share what you did on this day with future generations. I hope to either make a card or show you a scrapbook page for each of these day from this day on.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Oops, think about what you call your kids:)

You Are Powerful and Determined

You are confident, self assured, and capable. You are not easily intimidated.

You master any and all skills easily. You don't have to work hard for what you want.

You make your life out to be exactly how you want it. And you'll knock down anyone who gets in your way!

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.

You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.

You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.

You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.

You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

Looking for challenges

Here is a good place to find them, Julia have them listed with challenges for each day from various blogs. Also visit her blog, Creative Makes, to she how she makes the most of them.

Great new Technique with clear rubber stamps.


You can shape shift the image of a clear stamp by deliberately distorting the flexible polymer stamp before placing it on the acrylic block. Change the shape by squishing and pulling the stamp to make the image look tall, short, skinny or fat. Check out this video and some of projects here and here.

Maria's Studio: 1 Year Blogoversary Candy

Maria's Studio: 1 Year Blogoversary Candy

Susie's Blog Candy

Here is a really nice big blogcandy, thanks Susie.

Greeting Card Planner

I decided to make a Greeting Card Planner as a Month-by-Month Guide to Birthdays, Special Occasions, notable dates and holidays. Feel free to let me know if I left anything out. I hope to make a book for each family with every ones birthdays, wedding anniversaries and so on in. I think this will be a great way of bringing the family closer even though we live all over the world.

Over the next few days I will be adding interesting things like Birthstones. flower as well as Anniversary gift suggestion for each year both traditional and modern. I will also add Flowers and their meanings, so come back and have a look.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Special Thanks to Kim MacFarlane

This is a special thank you to Kim Macfarlane for the cute personalised Teddie animation. Go have a look at all the freebies on her site and while you are there why not visit the shop for Card Making and Scrapbooking goodies or maybe invest in a cute stamp or two.

Monday, 9 March 2009

Punch Size Comparison

Not sure what size punch is you have, have a look here.

At last Some Michael Strong Cards

Here is 3 of the cards I made using the Michael Strong Rubber stamps some time ago, pls excuse the quality if the Photo's as I had to scan them.

First ATC swop received

Thank you Mary for my lovely ATC's, your next one will be on its way soon.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Newest Goodies

These stamps are from Micheal Strong. I like his stamps as they are very versatile and are made of good quality natural red rubber. They come mounted on foam mount already the the packaging are brilliant to store your stamps on. They ship worldwide and I think the stamps are well priced, so go have a look for yourselfs.
Here is the Cloisonné Pot and to find other wasy to use it look here.

Here is the Cloisonné Vase and to find other wasy to use it look here.

Last but not the least here is the Cloisonné Mosaic Frame. You can get some ideas of how to use it from here.

You can also watch video's using these stamps here.
As my camera is currently unavailable I will try and scan the cards I have made but I am not sure how will it will work as they are pretty 3d.

Some Cards I made using Craft CD's


These cards was made using some Crafts CD's by Carol Ann from CarolAnn Studio. I love her cd's as they are so easy to use and the possiblities are also endless.
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Monday, 2 March 2009

Surgery and no crafting

I will not be able to make any cards for a while as I am having Carpal Tunnel Surgery to my Right hand.
For more info on the contition follow this link.
I will use the time to go through my files and upload some of my older cards onto the blog, so do come and have a look from time to time.

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Simply Punch Class

I have joined Heathers Simply Punch class after seeing some of her punch creations on YouTube. Have a look for youself here:
Simply Punches
20 Days (March 1 to March20)
1 punched creation per day
20 videos
20 PDFs (a typed version that you can print on making each punched creation)
20 photos
for only $20!!!!

Have a look at the videos below to see how good she is.

Hey Chickie

Mr Frog
Wags the Dog
Rudoplh the Red Nose Reindeer
Mr Claus
Mr Hoppy Frog Super Cool

Calling Birds
Golden Ring
Nest and Egg
Cow this is so cute
Dancing Lady
Little Boy
She also have PDF files for some of the above on her website: