Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Something special for Mum - White Christmas Shutter Card

It's getting to that time of year when we all start thinking about making and sending out our Christmas cards, but if you are like me and have all your family overseas, then we have to get organised a little bit earlier to beat the Christmas rush.

Now my Mum loves all my cards that I make. She's a huge follower of my Facebook page and always likes, leaves a comment and even shares my cards to her friends. When she comes to visit, she loves to come and make some cards with me, so that she has a stock of handmade cards to give to her friends too.

 Here's a photo of us taken when I visited her in India this year!!

Now my only problem is every year I have to make her a special, one of a kind, card that I know she will keep... no treasure, for the rest of the year. It also has to be something she hasn't seen before.

So today, I'm sharing her card and because she don't visit here often (thankfully) the secret is safe with all of you!

Do yo think she'll like it!! She, like me, lives in a hot country during Christmas and we both miss the cold, dark, snowy English Christmases. The main reason why I brought the White Christmas stamp set was because it reminded me of my childhood Christmas, so of course I had to use it on my Mum's card.

I have seen these Shutter Cards popping up all over the internet at the moment and I love to jump on board a bandwagon lol!!! They are so very simply to make and so effective. I cut out the little "Merry Christmas" banner and hung it up between two of the shutters to give it a little 3d effect. It still closes and fits into a normal size envelop, because it slides in between the panels.

Now I'm counting on you all to keep this little card a secret, just in case you run into my Mum. She's such a jet setter who knows where you might find her!

Have fun,
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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Mojo Monday 366 Contest

Today's card is inspired from the Mojo Monday Challenge and it also happens to be one of my Christmas class cards too. Nothing like two birds with one stone!

So lets take a look at the sketch:

Now I think my proportions are off just a little, because I decided I wanted to use the Partridge and Pear stamp set and that pear tree takes up a lot of space!!

I love the All is Calm DSP and I wanted to keep my colouring in the pear tree to reflect those cooler colours. Last time I used my new blendabilities to colour in with, where this time I used my Markers. I have to say I love both and I think it's because this set just colours so well. It's very therapeutic too.

I hope I've inspired you to drop over to Mojo Monday and give the sketch a try. It really gets the juices flowing!!

Have fun,


Stamps: Partridge and Pear
Ink: Memento Black
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon and Whisper White
DSP: All is Calm
Other: Subtle Markers and Silver Foil Cardstock,

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Happy I do day

Morning guys, I hope you all had an amazing long weekend. I know we did. Our gorgeous friends, who have moved to Western Australia for the next two years, had come back for a visit and of course we all had to get together for a catch up. It was honestly sooo much fun!! I will miss that little family when they go back next week.

So today I thought I would share a wedding card that I was asked to make for my friend Amy. She is one of my besties and a fellow cardmaker. A friend of hers was getting married but because of her super busy schedule, she said she was going to have to buy a card!?!?!? I of course then offered to make one.... I'm now wondering if the whole conversation was a ruse lol.

The inspiration for this card came from Pinterest (of course) by fellow Stampin' Up Demo, Inge Groot over at Stampin' Cards and Memories.

I really couldn't help but make the card girly and lovey dovey. Lets face it, wedding are for the girls more then the guys anyway. Can you tell how much I'm loving our new in-colour sequins?!? They are just the perfect little extra to add to any card and they fit perfectly onto one of our glue dots, which is awesome.

Well that's it for me today. My oldest is back to school tomorrow and I need to get the household out of Holiday mood and into School mode, but the best part is we are on the downward run to the summer holidays and Christmas... Woo Hoo!!!

Have Fun,


Stamps: Something to say, And many more and Hardwood
Ink: Crumb Cake
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Early Espresso
Other: Circle Framelits, Circle Punch, Hearts a flutter framelits, Silver Foil, Polka Dot Embossing Folder and In- colour Sequins

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Freshly Made Sketches #156

Good Morning Sunday, and what a beautiful day it is too. The family and I are just getting a picnic organised as we are off to the beach for the day. Now I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of sand, but the kids love it and the beaches where we live are beautiful and pretty hard to resist.

Anyway before we go, I wanted to share a quick card that I made for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

When I saw the sketch, I knew straight away which stamp set I wanted to use. Oh and it's on sale at this very moment, but only until tomorrow, 6th October.

So here is the sketch:
Nice and easy isn't it. So i took the sketch exactly as, except I made it into a square card as my circle was too big for a rectangle card.

Pretty cute isn't it. The gorgeous big "it's your birthday" stamp is from the set called Big News and that's the set that is currently 20% off, along with 4 others stamps, until 6th October, in honor of World Cardmaking Day. I used my Subtle markers to colour in each of the letters to get the rainbow effect. I totally love my markers, they are honestly one of my best tools.

The little hearts and the "Seize the Cake" stamp are from another awesome stamp set called Something to Say which has a lot of gorgeous little sentiments.

Well that's it for me today. Remember you can see all the stamps by clicking on their names or visiting My Store. I hope you all enjoy your Sunday, no matter what you have planned.

Have Fun,


Stamps: Something to Say and Big News
Ink: Crumb Cake
Cardstock: Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder and Crumb Cake.
DSP: Subtle Paper Stacks
Other: Subtle Markers, Starburst Framelits, Circle Framelits, 1 1/4Circle Punch and Incolour Sequins.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Somewhere over the Rainbow

Yeah it's finally Saturday and even though its a super busy day for our household, I still love that weekend feeling and this weekend is even better because it's a long weekend... Woo Hoo!!

So to celebrate I decided to whip up a bright and cheerful rainbow, Saturday Night fever inspired card. Honestly it looks like this card stepped right off a dance floor.

See what I mean! It's totally, 70's disco lol. I have used lots of new goodies on this card, which I'm ashamed to say, have been sitting on my desk for a few weeks. I think I got a little bit carried away with all the new catalogues and ordered so much that I'm still getting around to using it all... first world problems I guess!

I absolutely love the background on this card and it's really easy to do. I've used some watercolour paper and a wet paintbrush. I squeezed the ink pads, when they were closed, to transfer some of the ink onto the inside of the lids and picked up the ink with the paintbrush.

Have a great long weekend everyone,


Stamps: Flower Patch
Ink: Daffadil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Old Olive and Versamark
Cardstock: Basic Black, Watercolour Paper and Vellum
DSP: Typset
Other: Hexagon Hive Thinlit, Four Feather Framelits, Gold Sequin Trim and Black Embossing Powder

Friday, 3 October 2014

Paper Players Challenge #215

Afternoon guys,

Wow I've been soooo busy. Trying to fit my life into 24 hours seems like a big ask lately, but it's Friday and not only have I got my Christmas Class cards finished and my Monthly Card Class completed, BUT I also got two sketch challenge cards done!! Honestly I'm just as shocked as you are lol.

 OK, I do have a very small, teeny, tiny confession... I used the sketches as my inspiration for my Monthly Card Classes. I had decided to give myself the challenge of not going to Pinterest for my cards this month and so I decided to check out this weeks challenges and well the rest is history!!

Anyway, lets see the sketch from the Paper Players this week:

I love this sketch and the guys on the Design Team have totally knocked it out the park this week, so much inspiration!!

Anyway, as soon as I saw this layout, I knew I had to use my little banner punch and the matching "Banner Banter" stamp set:

I really like how this card came together and it was super easy too. My girls will love making this one on Saturday !!

Have Fun,


Stamps: Banner Banter
Ink: So Saffron, Crisp Cantalope, Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana
Cardstock: Whisper White, So Saffron and Coastal Cabana
Other: Baked Brown Sugar Twine, Decorative Dots EF, Banner Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.