Tuesday 21 May 2024

It's time to get myself organised!

What can I say? I have been very lapse indeed with my BLOG

I seem to be able to keep up with my Facebook and You Tube channels, but my BLOG always seems to be at the bottom my my list.

Not that I don't have anything to post- I have PLENTY to share with you.

So, I have challenged myself to make sure I am blogging again, thanks to a conversation with another Demonstrator Michele Miller from Australia. Michelle and I met up today - during her trip around the world - how lucky was I that she chose to join us at coffee and card this morning! That's just one of the many benefits of being a Demonstrator.

Michele is an avid blogger and so I have commited to getting my own blog updated and posted!.

Here we are at coffee and card in Brackley this morning. Michele is in the pink at the front on the right.

Here are a few of our coffee and card design today - fun cards with the Attention Shoppers stamp set.. Click on the photo below for more details.

After coffee and card, Michele and I popped to our local pub, The Fox at Farthinghoe, followed by a short walk at Evenley Wood Gardens. The rhododendrons there are amazing. 

So, if you want to see more of my blogging (and I hope you do), please let me know by commenting!

See you again very soon.

Thanks for being so patient with me.

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Sunday 21 January 2024

Trusty Tools Stamp set for a great DIY enthusiast

 Trusty Tools is a fantastic stamp set

To make cards for all the DIY and mechanics in your family. Whether that is for birthday, Mothers Day, Fathers Day or other occasion.

It is so versatile and features paintbrushes, tools and some great sentiments. It was our #stampsetoftheweek last week and was used at all of our #coffeeandcard sessions. The first two photos are the simple coffee and card designs. You can click on either of the top two photos below to watch the video that shows how I made them.

The attendees at coffee and card had a great time with these, it seemed to inspire some fantastic ideas. I have to share two of these - from Father and Daughter duo Scott and Faith Hawkins. Scott is known for his love of masking images - and this was a fabulous result as you can see.

For our evening Facebook Live I produced a stepped up version of the initial simple card. I was really pleased with the finished design - as were my viewers. You can see the main products in the list below the video.  Buy the bundle and you can choose the papers as a FREE item until end Feb 2024.

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Friday 15 December 2023

More Sparkling Snowflakes Designs

 The Sparkling Snowflakes stamp is so versatile for Christmas Cards.

Here are some more samples I made during my Facebook Live videos. The first uses the Snowflake 3D Embossing Folder, and then I used the Snowflake Foiled Papers for the Stack, Slice and Shuffle technique which I used at a class recently.

The backing piece is from our White Centre Paper pack, which I put through our current Snowflake Sky 3D embossing folder and then used a small sanding block over the embossed detail, which shows the white core through it.

The layer of white card is die cut using the Scalloped Contours dies, which I stamped with the snowflake in the background.  The larger sentiment in Night of Navy comes from the Joy to You stamp set. A little bling was added, and the card done.

I also used the stunning Snowflake Magic metallic papers (sadly now sold out) for the set of 3 cards you can see below. Such an easy way to use up paper and create multiple cards at the same time! I used 3 pieces of designer paper (9.5cm x 13.85cm), stacked together and cut at the same time into 3 different pieces. It's best not to go for triangles as they can all look the same and make it difficul to put back togethee, unless you like puzzles of course!

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Thursday 14 December 2023

Christmas Cards with Sparkling Snowflakes

 Quick to make Christmas Cards

The Sparkling Snowflakes stamp set from Stampin' Up! was our choice for coffee and card recently.

For this card, you could use any image really, or any other snowflake set you may already have as it is a simple card design which could easily be replicated.

There is a co-ordinating Snowflake Tag Topper punch, which I used to create the backing detail in the photo. 

For my card layers I used a piece of Fresh Freesia that measured 14.35cm x 10cm. I stamped over the background with assorted snowflake stamps from the set - to make life easier use the largest stamp first, gradually getting smaller and filling in the spaces. 

The co-ordinating colours I used were Fresh Freesia, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape. I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut piece of Basic White card cut from the Nested Essentials dies - a really useful set of stitched shape dies.

You can see how this was created and some hints on how to measure the tag piece in the video below:


Here are the main products I used for the card design. You can purchase the bundle of stamps and punch with a discount of 10%. You can order all of these in my online store - just click on the links shown.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Friday 13 October 2023

Easy Christmas Cards with simple colouring

 Using our #stampsetoftheweek Joy of Noel

We made some simple Chrstmas Cards at coffee and card recently. With just a small amount of colouring required, these cards come together really quickly.

The colouring can be quick and easy, as the image areas are fairly small and you can just 'scribble' the colours in. I used our alcohol markers (Blends pens) but you could also use Stampin' Write markers or watercolours pencils - really any colouring medium you like.

There are 2 main foliage images in this stamp set, plus the NOEL, some extra sentiments and some useful small images. The curved foliage is perfect for wreaths of course!.


I cut some Basic White card 92mm x 92mm and stamped straight onto this for both card designs. I used Shaded Spruce ink for the foliage stamping and Poppy Parade or Real Red for the sentiments.  I used our Very Best Trio punch for the decorative corners; watch the video for some hints and tips for using this punch.

I used various Blends colours for my shading - mostly Shaded Spruce, Real Red or Poppy Parade. I also used our retired Just Jade pens. 

The white was layered onto assorted red and green base cards which measure 99mm square. You can get 3 cards out of an A4 sheet if you score down the long centre line (10.cm), fold in half and cut at the open edge 99mm. Just turn the card 90degrees and cut twice at 99mm, that gives you 3 perfectly square cards in total.

I stamped the block sentiments from the Bold, Merry and Bright stamp set, easily fussy cut with scissors. These were layered up with dimensionals (foam pads)

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