Sunday, 25 March 2012

Easter Blossoms card

Here's another Easter card that I made earlier this week. It's using stamps from the Easter Blossoms stamp set from the Spring mini catalogue. The background paper is from the Everyday Enchantment paper pack. There's only six days left to get these papers, they are part of Stampin Up sale-a-bration offer, spend £45 in one order and you get to choose something free, which includes these gorgeous papers. 
I've decorated my card with another handmade flower made from a scallop punch (as described in a post last week). I've also used lots three different ink pads; Marina mist, Melon mambo and Old olive.
Thank for looking and don't forget if you want to take advantage of the sale-a-bration offer please get in touch.
Sharon x

Thank you cards

What a glorious day, too nice to stay in, but I did manage to find a bit of time first thing  before starting on the garden, to finish off some simple thank you cards. They are to thank the lovely ladies that placed orders with me. They were my first ever orders so I wanted to include a little card with their goodies.

I used a hostess stamp set called Simply soft inked with Island indigo and Calypso coral and a thank you sentiment from the curly cute stamp set in Island indigo. I've also co-ordinated it with Island indigo card.

I hope they like them and enjoy playing with there new SU goodies that they'll collect at my next card making class on Saturday in Lincolnshire.

Thank for looking x

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Flowery fishes

One of my new stamp sets is the build a blossom stamp set, I've seen a few cards that have used it in a fantastic way to make.........fishes. Who would have thought that petals could look like fishes.

It's so cute. 
I made it for a friend who cooked an amazing Chinese meal for me last week.
I've used Stampin up ink pads in daffodil delight and old olive. For the fins I've stamped off the image onto waste paper once so it appears lighter. I've used leaves from the just believe stamp set. The sentiment is made using Old Olive ink and a sentiment from a retired stamp set and punched out with the word window and modern label punches. I've used DP and buttons (as my friends loves buttons on cards) both are from my stash. Stampin up do some gorgeous buttons though which I hope to get soon.
Thanks for stopping by
Sharon x

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Quick Easter Treats

Just a quick post to show you some Easter treat pouches I've made to take to my Mum and Dads church sale in a couple of weeks time. They were very easy to make. I used the pillow box die and managed to use up old cards stock (non-SU, which is why I wanted to use it Using Staz-on ink I added the Easter sentiment from the Easter Blossoms set. I added some ribbon from my stash (again non-SU as I wanted to use that up too) and the flowers are punched out from the boho blossoms punch. The best part is I have filled them with little chocolate eggs.
Thanks for looking. 
Sharon x

Handmade flower

 I've been very busy the last couple of nights. I had my Stampin Up order arrive late on Friday afternoon. It was like Christmas again. I've been busy making some girly cards, Easter cards and little Easter egg packets using the pillow box die. I'll show you them next week, but todays card is based on a handmade flower that I made.
I've used crumb cake cardstock to make the card base. The papers are from the everyday enchantment papers (only free for another two weeks when you spend over £45 on SU products). I've used Marina Mist cardstock punched with the scalloped punch across the card. I've embellished it with a handmade flower. 

The idea for the flower was taken from a demo at a crop I went to yesterday (thanks Carole). It started out as a scallop circle punched shape in whisper white card that's cut a short way down the sides of each scallop to give the appearance of petals, the flower was scrunched up, sprayed with water to allow you to separate the layers of card at the ends of each petal and makes it look like it's more than one piece of card. I've layered it together with a flower shaped piece of blue fabric (non-SU), a punched shape from the Boho blossoms punch and the middle was made using a stamp from the tiny tag stamp set inked in Calypso Coral. The tag is made using a "4 you" stamp from the tiny tag stamp set and punched out with the jewellery tag punch. The card, papers and tag are all inked around the edges with not quite navy ink.
I'd like to enter this into a challenge at
Simply stamping challenge (Challenge 51) which is "Totally tags"
Thanks for stopping by.
Sharon x

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Floral vintage card set

I was playing last night with some make and take goodies I recieved from the Stampers10 group I'm in.  The group is now the reason I'm hooked onto Stampin up products. They are all based around Sale-a-bration (SAB) designer papers and stamp set (inked up in the in-colour stamp writers).

Until the end of the month when you spend over £45 you can choose a fantastic free product including the fresh vintage stamp set or everyday enchantment papers I've used in this card set.

This first card uses the bird punch on a stamped background using a stamp from the fresh vintage stamp set and happy birthday stamp from the happiest birthday wishes hostess stamp set. The background is in Tangerine Tango with Pear Pizzazz stitched poly ribbon.

 This card uses the same stamps and papers; Peach Parfait, Tangerine Tango and Very Vanilla card stock. The sentiment is from a retired SU set punched out with the word window and modern label punches.
 This card uses the Pool Party card for the card base, decorated with stamps from the fresh vintage stamp set. The sentiment is from the Teeny tiny wishes stamp set punched out using the same punches as the previous card. The border punch is not SU, but SU do a similar scalloped boarder punch.
The final card uses my favouriate punch, the owl builder punch. Again using the same designer paper and stamp sets. The border punch isn't a SU product. 
I have a SU border punch on order which is currently at my local UPS depot waiting to be delivered tomorrow...............I can't wait. 
Thanks for stopping by,
Sharon x

Sunday, 11 March 2012


Yesterday was my first ever card making class. It went very well and one lady even told me today that she was buzzing when she got home and they've all booked to come to my next class in Messingham (N. Lincs) at the end of the month. So it couldn't have gone much better. I owe credit to my Mum as well, she designed one of the three cards we taught and gave up her dinning room on Saturday morning. So todays post is to say thank you to my Mum and to show you her card that she designed.

It's using one of my favourite colours, rich razzelberry (I'm currently torn between this and melon mambo). I've used Stampin write markers in rich razzelberry and old olive on a stamp from the Hopefull thoughts stamp set. It's stamped along onto whisher white card along with a sentiment from the Happiest birthday wishes Hostess set. It's mounted onto rich razzelberry card stock and DP from the brights collection. The butterflys are also in rich razzelberry made using the embosslits folder. 
The ribbon isn't SU.
You can find details of the next class in Scunthorpe on the clases tab at the top.
Thanks for stopping by. x

Friday, 9 March 2012

Motorcycle card

Nearly the weekend, only one more sleep before my first ever card making class in Lincolnshire. I can't wait I'm all prepared now and even had time to make a card this morning. Todays card uses one of Stampin Up's A La Carte stamps that you can buy individually. This one is the motorcycle stamp.
 I've used a roller stamp for the stars down the side inked in two colours, real red and not quite navy. The star roller stamp is now a discontinued SU product, but they have a lovely texture stamping wheel in the current catalogue that would work just as well. I'm not 100% happy with how I inked up the roller, so next time I'll use just one colour which will give a much crisper image. I've also inked the edges of the card with not quite navy ink to give it a slighty distressed look.


The card stock is riding hood red, the sentiment is from the teeny tiny wishes stamp set which I've puched out using the word window and modern label punches. Finally I've added some twine around the side although not SU they do sell something similar.

Thanks for looking and enjoy the weekend.
Sharon x

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Mothers day card

Todays card is a Mothers day card that I was commissioned to make for a work colleague.

I just love this stamp set, it's so pretty and looks like it's painted. I can't wait to get more Stampin write markers so that I can try out other colour combos.
 Just believe stamp set
Pretty in pink Grosgrain ribbon
Beautiful wings embosslits die
Pretty in pink and lucky limade stamp writers
Flower from Boho blossoms punch
Sentiment from Teeny Tiny stamp set in Regal rose and punched out using work window punch
Thanks for looking x

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Sale-a-bration cards

I've been playing today, shame I have to go to work tomorrow as I've so much fun playing with Stampin up things over the last few days. I've been playing with the fresh vintage stamp set today and what started of as one card turned into four using the same stamp and colours as I fell in love with the flower stamp, it's so pretty.

Fresh vintage is the stamp set that you can get free until the end of this month by spending £45 or more from the Stampin up catalogue.

These are the first two cards I made, I couldn't decide where to place the sentiment, so I tried two different ways. I've used lucky limade and pretty in pink write markers to ink up the stamp. I've used old olive ink for the border stamp and old olive cardstock. The butterflies are made using the beautiful wings embosslits. The sentiment is from teeny tiny wishes stamp set and punched out using the word window and mounted onto a shape punched out from the modern label punch.

 Again I've used the free SAB stamp set, but this time added some background paper from my stash, some pretty in pink ribbon and the little tags from the tiny tags stamp set which are punched out using the jewelry tag punch. I think this is my favourite card out of this set.

My final card was inspirared by the a Stampin up challenge blog that I've just discovered called Simply Stampin Challenge. This weeks challenge (challenge 43) is a sketch challenge which I've followed for this final card and I'd like to enter into the challenge. It's made using the same SU items I've described above expect for the backing paper, which is non-SU as I'm still building up my SU collection.
I hope you like them.
Thanks for looking,
Sharon x

Bright Owl couple....

The Owl punch has to be my favourite SU thing if I had to choose from the many gorgeous things. It was also the first ever SU product I owned.

Todays card is a card that I CASED (I think that's the right word), but basically I copied it from my upline Roz.
You can find her beautiful card here
Roz got her idea for the card from Monica Gale, you can find Monicas blog here

Here is my card.

I've used card stock and deisgner papers all from the SU Brights collection. I've used leaves from the bird bunch and the word window and modern label punch for the sentiment. The ribbon is from my stash, but I know SU do some very similar dotty ribbon.
Thanks for looking x

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Card for my first card making class

Next weekend I'm having a go at teaching card making for the first time ever with the help of my Mum. She teaches patchwork and embroidery so she'll be on hand to give me any tips. She's also designing a card that we'll teach, she's recently discovered SU and is now a big fan too. I've designed two cards, the first one I'll teach is the red car card below as I've had a request for a male card. Whilst playing I tried out a similar idea for the plane stamp which I've also shown you a picture of.

The class will be held in my family home town of Messingham (near Scunthorpe) in Lincolnshire, so if anyone would like to join in please get in touch. The class is to be held on 10th March 9.30am - 12.00am.
 I may evenutally run a class down in Carterton in Oxfordshire, but we'll see how this class goes first. However, if you'd be interested in putting your name down then drop me a e-mail.

This card is made using the car stamp from the need for speed stamp set inked up in real red. I've used real red cardstock and a sentiment from the Happiest birthday wishes stamp hostess set. The background is embossed and although the lighting makes my card appear white it is actually cream.

This is a similar card but uses not quite navy ink and cardstock and the plane stamp from the same stamp set.

Keep an eye out for a sneak preview of the second card I'll be teaching
Sharon x

Friday, 2 March 2012

Build a blossom

What a lovely day I've had, taking my youngest swimning twice, once with me and once for his lesson and then we've seen two sets of friends and their children. Both the Mums are creative so I was telling them about Stampin up. One of them may even host a workshop for me, she's just about to set out on a new venture herself making baby gifts so we were both very excited and couldn't stop talking about crafty things.
Anyway I managed to get finish off my card last night using the build a blossom stamp set, so here it is.

My next purchase has got to be the matching punch as I had to cut out all the petals by
 So much quicker with a punch. I think the stamp set is so pretty. I've seen somebody even use the  stamp set to make a fish!! So I'll to try try that out next.

Build a blossom stamp set
Birthday greeting from Happiest birthday wishes hostess stamp set
Marina mist, not quite navy and pear pizzazz ink
Paper: brights designer paper series
 Thanks for looking.
Sharon x

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Just believe...

Here's the first card that I made last night using my starter kit from Stampin up.
I used the just believe stamp set. I think it's even prettier then it looks in the catalogue. I inked up the stamp using the stampin up write markers to get the two different colours.

I've also added some butterlies make from the beautiful wings embosslits die from SU, the photo doesn't show them that well but they are die cut embossed butterflies. I've also used a sentiment from the Just believe set which is cut out using SU punches.
I'll be playing again with my kit this evening, I have already started to make a card using the build a blossom stamp set, so I hope to finish that off later.
Thanks for looking,
Sharon x
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