Saturday, 22 July 2017

Coffee and craft

Its a funny how things can turn out. Last Tuesday was my third Coffee and a Card in The Secret Cafe on Tenterfields Business Park. The cafe is actually across the cobbles from my studio. Each week I have met one new customer and although we are small in number we enjoy our crafting. One of the ladies who has joined in the coffee and a card also comes to my regular Tuesday afternoon classes, she often remarks that she needs cards for men as she finds these difficult. That was in my mind when I started planning these. The other ladies who come are very new to paper crafting so I am trying to keep it simple. I still had some of this lovely designer paper left and the bow punch I hadn't used it for ages. I gave everyone a choice of the colourway and they loved them then when I bought out the little bag in a box, they really ooh'd and arrrr'd. The also had a choice of designer paper for this and one lady was so taken with it she ordered the envelope punch board there and then.

So quite a lot of retired product used up but the envelope punch board and that lovely little bow punch are in the current catalogue.

Envelope Punch Board    133774
Bow punch                       137414  

If you spend more than £25 in my online shop, please use the hostess code below. In July I will send you a small goody bag of Stampin'Up goodies.  

Friday, 21 July 2017


I have today updated the classes and workshops page as well as the parcel in the post page. I look forward to hearing from you.

Parcel in the Post returns

This time last year I offered my Parcel in the Post, it was a christmas stamp set and was well received, not sure why I haven't done any in between but I am now organised and will bring you one a month. This months is based around the watercolour pencils.
The colouring-in papers way back in SAB Jan - March were really beautiful and even then I thought they would make a stunning parcel in the post. I started the planning then but have only just got myself organised.
Here are the details.
You will get everything you need to make four cards, including a small paintbrush!  If you have an aquapainter and prefer to use that it will be fine. If you would like to order some aqua painters then let me know when you order your parcel of goodies. There will be a printed sheet with a large detailed picture of each card with any hints or tips where necessary. I only have four packs ready for posting at the moment but can easily create more. The pencils will be bought in from Stampin'Up when you place your order for the parcel.
Time line, ordering is open now and will remain open untill all the kits have gone, but I will only place the orders for the pencils (for this parcel) on the 13th of the month , they take a week to arrive with me and I will have your parcels ready to post within 24 hours so it should be with you week commencing 21st.  So you can order today or wait until the 12th of the month - which ever date you order from me on I will only order in once - the 13th of the month. If you have any questions please email me here

In the parcel will be:-
4 card bases, 
the matt layers for each card cut to size,
all embellishments needed including ribbon and die cuts,
a fine paintbrush.
a packet of Stampin'Up watercolour pencils
a blank panel of white for the inside of the three coloured card bases.
4 envelopes to suit the card sizes.

You will need to supply your own adhesive. When your parcel arrives your piece of designer colouring paper will not be exactly the same as my samples, you have the freedom to colour as much or as little as you wish on each card.  This parcel is £20 including postage to you. To order yours please email

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Embossing paste 3

So we have done straight our of the pot, colouring the paste and the final card is water coloured. You do need good quality watercolour paper. I use watercolour postcards, they are really thick, come in a pad of 30 and are a great size. The more water you add the better the colour spread you get.
This is a case from Jennifer Spiller here  I have done mine in melon mambo and blushing bride, I do love the lemon lime twist and tranquil tide that Jennifer has used and will have to give that a try. This is certainly a card I will be re creating  in a range of colours.

It was a very messy class this afternoon and my fingers are still covered in ink!
This is so pretty though, it was worth it.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Embossing paste -take 2-

This afternoon we will be messy with this paste. I recommend a washing up bowl very close at hand. The spatulas and mask need to be washed immediately as it dries so quickly.

To create this card I have coloured the embossing paste using re inkers, very small drops! Initially I mixed the coloured bits but it just went a grungy grey. So I recommend you create 2 little piles of coloured paste then spread them into each other on the mask where they do blend better.

The leaf is stamped using the wet wipe method. I love the mix of colours you can get with this technique. I have then coated some of the top leaf with fine tip glue to make it shiny and blurred.

Embossing paste
Masks                  144103
Vintage leaves stamp set
Vintage leaves dies
Re inkers Regals
Re Inkers Pastels

If you do shop in my online shop and spend between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below then in August I will send you a small goody bag of Stampin' Up product as a thank you.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Embossing Paste -take 1-

 Embossing paste, take 1. This is a the simplest way of using the embossing paste, straight out of the pot, through a mask and left to dry, which doesn't take long, infact its probably as quick as the inks. So highly suitable for class.
For this card I have used the paste on basic grey card.
The flower is from Butterfly Basics. I coloured the stamp with the marker pens then used an aqua painter. I have then used the stitched framelits. The Butterfly is from the Papilion popouri, (now retired) then punched (now retired). Melon mambo pops when used with basic grey.

This is the first card for Wednesdays class where we are going to use the paste in three different ways.

Basic butterflies       137154
Marker pens             131264
Embossing paste.     141979
Masks                       144103

If you do shop in my online shop and spend between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below, then in August I will send you a small goody bag of stamping up product as a thank you.

Monday, 10 July 2017

A rarwww of heat embossing to write

For those of you who have all ready looked at the page today that was a bit of a whoops!

My beginners class has now reached week three. Everyone is doing really well using the trimmer to cut and score, stamping randomly as well as in a specific place is coming naturally now. This week we are starting on heat embossing. 
We will be making 2 birthday cards as its the 'Birthday club'....  
We will be using clear embossing powder as well as white. Accompanying the heat embossing we will also be doing a bit of daubing with a sponge, plus stamping and using the trimmer!
These are the 2 cards we will be making. If you fancy a go at either of these get in contact I have space for 2 more.

The tree is from lovely as a tree. It is stamped in versa mark then embossed with clear embossing powder. I love this effect. Not only does it look good it also has that slightly raised up feeling so its quite tactile. The background has been daubed with sponges on whisper white.

The second card uses 'No Bones about It' I love this set its such fun as well as making a great card for all those children who love dinosaurs.

No Bones about it Stamp Set
Lovely as a tree Stamp set
Clear embossing powder
White embossing powder
Heat gun

If you do order online and your order is between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below and I will send you a small bag of Stampin Up goodies in July as a thank you.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Fancy Fold Friday

Its another Daisy card but as a Z fold. All my ladies really loved the colours of this. The wisteria wonder is always a colour of choice. I think these are one of the easiest fancy fold cards you can do. I do all the scoring first then cut the a slice off the long edge, turn it around and that becomes your z bit.  We completed all the stamping first, then added the designer paper to the z part, finally adding the punched and cut up daisy. There are 2 complete daisies, one is cut in half the other is cut in half and one of the halves cut into 2 pieces. The second daisy colour is calypso coral.

Daisy Delight stamp set                143669
Delightful daisy designer paper    144137
Wisteria Wonder A4                      124389
Wisteria Wonder ink                      126985
Calypso Coral ink                          126983
Whisper White A4                        106549

If you do order online and your order is between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below and I will send you a small bag of Stampin Up goodies in July as a thank you.

Thursday, 6 July 2017


I'm not one for making tags very often, even a Christmas I usually buy them. Thats it confession over.

Well, last week, when I was tidying up my shelves of card I found I had lots of offcuts of crumb cake from some 4" square cards I had made. What to do with it?
I made these and I think they are fab.

Yes I made tags. Lots of them  well 12 actually. Then I thought a little bit bling would look good so added the silver foil tops punched with the Tag Top Punch.

With ribbons and cord. Not sure which one I like best. What do you think?

Big on Birthdays stamp set  142877
Tag top punch                       133324
Silver Foil Card                    132178
Narrow silver ribbon            132137
Crumb cake card                   121685
Black ink                              132708

If you do order online and your order is between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below and I will send you a small bag of Stampin Up goodies in July as a thank you.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017


Class yesterday was meant to be the window boxes but I had a few problems which involved breaking one of my big shot plates..... they are very old and very well used.
Quick re-think!
All the ladies loved the tulip cards I made for my catalogue launch so that stamp set was top of the list.
For a bit of a challenge the card is multilayered, and lots of daubing, I didn't add bows because I knew that would just push it over the top. They are quite happy to tell me what they don't like doing!

The design is from another demonstrator, you can find it  here, but I didn't have those papers, or background stamp. Here I have used the powder pink designer paper stack.   All the layers are daubed with crumb cake to give it a vintage look. Then I used the woodgrain background stamp in the pink... again. I really love how it has turned out. Even the daubing was enjoyed by all. How quiet it is when everyone is concentrating.

I really love this hostess stamp. If you would like a set you will need to host a party. You can do this is my studio if you don't have space or don't want to have one at home. Thursday nights are my party nights. Get in contact to book yours.

In colour paper stack                     144131
Woodgrain background stamp      133032
Doilies                                           141701
Tulip stamp set                             143767

If you do order online and your order is between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below and I will send you a small bag of Stampin Up goodies in July as a thank you.

Monday, 3 July 2017

First week in July and today I have.........

Christmas cards.
I know there are some of you who won't be happy about this. But customers have asked if I am going to run Christmas in July like last year. it was very popular.
I decided to use the new Merry Mistletoe stamp set and papers on pg 113 of the 2017 -18 catalogue. (not got yours yet, message me) I have used the designer paper, the lovely double stitched cherry cobbler ribbon and some of the metallic enamel shapes.
These are the first 2 cards I made, using the tree stamps and paper.

For the first card I have also used the 'softly falling' embossing folder. The ovals on the second card are die cut with the stitched framlit dies. All the little trees have been fussy cut. Its such an easy shape to cut. 
I ll be back tomorrow with a couple more.
Details on the website about the Christmas in July class here

Merry Mistletoe stamp set                       143655
Be merry designer paper                         144111
Double stitched cherry cobbler ribbon    144117
Gold ribbon                                              134583
Metallic Enamel Embellishments           141678
Stiched frame thinlits                              145372     
Cherry Cobbler A4                                 121681
Cherry cobbler ink                                 126966
Garden Green A4                                   108605
Garden Green ink                                   126973

If you do order online and your order is between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below and I will send you a small bag of Stampin Up goodies in July as a thank you.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Jems colour challenge

Really love the colours this week....

What to make, what to use for the make, now that is the question?

I set out to use the Beautiful You, but I just couldn't get it to work. Yes even those of us who create everyday have those problems sometimes. I love the fresh fig, crumb cake and blushing bride but I was struggling with the calypso coral, probably the only orange I really like. I tried a sunset but needed something for the sea. So eventually, much card in the bin! I went to the lovely Background Bits hostess set. This is going to be a favourite and I have a few more makes with this set for you next week. There is only a tiny bit of Calypso coral, can you find it?


The bunch of flowers in this set are great for colouring with the marker pens, a technique lots of my ladies enjoy. The huffing always causes a few laughs and has been known to cause a few false teeth to move!

   Here is close up detail of where the calypso coral is, did you spot it?
 There is also a little on the flowers in the picture above!

If you would like to buy this stamp set call me to arrange a party. I can hold the party in the Den for you if you don't want it at home. A minimum of 5 people - £5 a head to create 3 make and takes,  (Every order over £30, the 3 make and takes are free.) You need orders to total £150 to buy this set, this will also give you £15 in free spends, (hostess spends). You can collect orders from people who can not attend the party. Message me here to book your dates. Any Thursday or Friday in July.

If you do order online and your order is between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below and I will send you a small bag of Stampin Up goodies in July as a thank you.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Jems Blog hop - You are my sunshine

Sunshine...... where is it? I haven't seen the sun now for nearly a week. Very sad. Hope thats not summer over!

Back to the task at hand. I don't usually do sentimental on my blog, I'm not really that sort of person. But... In our lives we all have friends who give and friends who take and when there is a balance, life is sweet. Unfortunately at the moment one of my very good friends and I have a friend in common who is just taking taking taking. I have become particularly upset with this and withdrawn from a number of things that I usually enjoy.

So the sunshine in my life (other than family) are the friend with the same problem as me and another friend. In my head they are the 'foxy lady' and the 'little vixen.'  Not sure they would see this as themselves! They are both tenacious but for me they are the sunshine. The three of us suffer with what I call 'the black dog' but each of us lifts the other up. We generally have a positive outlook on life but we need good friends to help when times are rough. So to my two foxy friends a heartfelt thank you.

Daisy delight paper   144137
Foxy frinds stap set   141549
Fox punch                 141470

If you do order online and your order is between £25 and £150 please use the hostess code below and I will send you a small bag of Stampin Up goodies in July as a thank you.

If you are going in the other direction, check out Allie's page, she is very creative