Monday, 30 August 2010

Wedding Tutorial

I thought I would make the most of my last day off work and finish the Mr & Mrs Tutorial which I got from Julie's blog. If you like this set and would like to have a go yourself then pop over to Julie's blog where you can puchase the tutorial. I adapted it to fit in with the SU stock that I have, plus I made a pillow favour box, rather than the carton (simply because mine wasn't very good!).

Wedding Card

Gift Card Holder

Favour Pillow Box

All together

A pic to show you it all fits in the box

Finally a pic of the box lid

This whole set wasn't created just today, it has been a little project that I have popped in and out of over a few days.

I hope you like it, I think it is a stunning tutorial. Thanks Julie.

Thanks for stopping by.

Becki xx

Mr & Mrs

I was going to say "morning", but have just looked at the time! My last day off work is flying by, just like the last 2 weeks. Fortunately, it is only a 3 1/2 day week :-)

I have done a little card using the flower stamp from the Mr & Mrs set but can not claim originality, as I have taken inspiration from the SU Catalogue.

The flower was stamped with Stazon and coloured in using a blender pen and SU ink (Old Olive, Cameo Coral & Summer Sun). The flower is tricky to cut out without losing a stem! Card stock is Barley Banana, Old Olive (the brown card is from my stash).

Now the ribbon is recylced - I made a card for my hubby's birthday in July, which he then gave back to me (knowing how I don't like anything to go to waste), so a month is enough time to have gone by before I took it to pieces - does anyone else do this??

Sorry the inside photo is a little blurry (must have zoomed in too much - but you get the idea).

Have a fab bank holiday and thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, 29 August 2010


Afternoon, how's your Sunday so far?

I have had a good old ferret around in my craft stash and found a Laura Ashley acryllic stamp set that I haven't used for an absolute age. In fact the Paisley stamp has never been used!! So thought I would have a play around with it.

The white card, brown card and ribbon are from my stash, the mount is SU Creamy Caramel and the sentiment is from SU Vintage Vogue.

I had no intention of doing another black and white card, but couldn't resist it with a bit of purple this time :-) I used the same Paisley stamp to create the border, the sentiment is SU Mr & Mrs set (ribbon and card from my stash).

I think it gives it a bit of a gothic look.

We are having lunch late today, so time for a cuppa before starting to prep the veggies.

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, 28 August 2010

Baroque Motif Set

A short post today, we have been out for school shoes today and Leanne has her friend staying over for the night.

For this quick card I thought I would stay with the black and white theme. I used the Baroque wheel for the border. I haven't used the wheel as often as I thought I would, but there is plenty of time yet.

You can't really see from this picture but I stamped the image first onto the white card, then stamped again, cut it out and mounted onto the original stamp. The centre has a white adhesive pearly added. I did consider doing the sentiment freehand (for all of 5 seconds the stamp hovered over the card) but used my stamp-ma-jig to make sure it lined up.

Hope you are having a good weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, 26 August 2010

Black and White with a bit of Red

Evening, hope everyone is well.

A couple of cards to show you tonight. I needed an engagement card, so decided on black and white colour combo. The card was run through the cuttlebug with a swirly embossing folder. I used my ink pads to go over the raised parts to give this nice effect on the hearts. Ribbon is from my stash. The sentiment is from Elzybells.

So it got me thinking of a wedding card (whilst waiting to pick up my fab wedding tutorial from Julie), so I did a card which was same but different :-) Same principles applied as to the engagement card, just swapped swirls for dots and added a touch of red this time.

Now both cards were made up last night, and when I got back from a day out I felt there was missing something, so I added a sentiment from the Mr & Mrs SU stamp set on the inside.

I'm not quite sure what is happening tonight but not all the pics have uploaded. Oh well, the main two have, so that's ok.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Going Green

Hi there

What have you been up to today?

We have had a run out to Cleethorpes this afternoon to see the sea (which was out) and had a lovely walk around the boating lake, finished off with an icecream :-) And the weather kept dry so always a bonus.

My project today was again inspired by YouTube, all seperate ideas which I put together to make a little gift set. At first when I sat back I thought I had gone stamping crazy, but I was in the mood for stamping (I can feel a Nolan's song coming on).

I had a look through my card stock and didn't have enough of one green colour to do the whole project so I have used up what was left. The colours are all SU and they are:-

Mellow Moss
Old Olive (should be renamed Old Favourite)
Certainly Celery
Perfect Plum

The stamp set is SU Vintage Vogue (again I know - sorry). However, the sentiment on the shopping list is an Elzybells purchase. Here I am feeling a little pleased with myself as it was a long stamp, so I inked half of it, stamped, then inked the latter part and stamped underneath. I even managed to line it up quite well.

The circles are done using the Cuttlebug.

Greetings Card.

Post it Note Holder - now I have had a good old chuckle here, as you will notice there are no post its inside. For my long suffering colleague, who sits opposite me at work, will not be surprised by this, as I never have any post its in my drawer and always pinch hers!

Shopping List Holder - I attached a little ribbon to make a pen holder (had I had time, I would have probably inked up some paper and put inside the pen so it matched)

Hope you've enjoyed my project tonight and that it's not too green for you.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Gift Card Wallet


A quick post this afternoon. This little wallet is really handy for gift cards (rather than using the one that the shop provides). It gives it a more personal feel.

The first one is made with SU products. Card stock is Mellow Moss and Barely Banana, inked with Mellow Moss. The flower is from the Itty Bitty Bud set and the sentiment is from ?Vintage Labels (I forgot to stick the label on the box!).

Tried to get a photo of inside the card!

This is one is not made from SU at all. Can you believe I have no SU Xmas sets!! I am sure this will all change soon :-) As I have got quite a few girls in the family, I went for a trendy hot pink, black and white colours. The stock is from a QVC purchase.

Thought I'd show this simple card made with the stamp from the sale-a-bration. Stamped with Lavendar and Lace, cuttlebug for the circles and organza ribbon from my stash.

A close up

I'm really looking forward to Thursday, will be meeting up with Julie to talk about new beginnings come October and I can not wait. Plus I will be picking up the lovely wedding tutorial.

Hope you are well.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, 23 August 2010

Perfect Plum Designer Paper Series


I have a new addiction, not just my Hougie Board, but YouTube!! I know I am years behind many crafters out there, but I feel I may be forgiven seeing as though as still quite a "newbie" at card making :-)

Before I go on to show you my project, I have to say "hi" to my friends from Hexthorpe who I haven't seen for weeks - Elaine, Barbara, Sue, Janet and all the other lovely ladies. Elaine has said before about Youtube and craft projects, but I just hadn't got round to looking. Well there's no stopping me now (until I go back to work that is). It is a crafters heaven, full of ideas and inspiration.

This project was demo'd on YouTube and I fell in love with it. I added the paper into the pens, which Elaine showed to us one Thursday.

The envelops are C6 size, and are just a teeny weeny bit too wide for the box. But ever impatient I had stamped the little flower on the back before I checked! Had I looked through my envelope stock there is one that fits perfectly (not sure of it's correct sizing). I think it works well with the notelets stood up though.

The 6 notelets are A6 size, and use up the remaining strip from the 12x12 paper. I made two different designs and put a insert in with the same stamp on the left inside page, but it could be left blank.

Here they are altogether

Finally a pic of the holder on it's own. Add a strip across the top for a handle and you have a gift box!!

Both stamps are from SU Baroque Motifs, paper is Perfect Plum Designer Papers, and the ink is Perfect Plum and Whisper White. I used my scallop and plain circle nestabilities for the embellishments.

I can feel a Christmas version coming along.

I think I need to go back to work before I run out completely of craft stock :-) Hope you are all having a good day, despite the wet weather.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, 22 August 2010

Vintage Vogue

Hi there, how's your weekend been? We have had a lovely weekend. Today was spent with Mum and Dad, driving out to the east coast, stopping for lunch at a garden centre.

There was a gift & craft fair on in a village hall, so ever the crafter, we all popped in. It was a small but friendly place. I picked up a few bits from a stall whose owner was extremely friendly and helpful (without being pushy) and we had a lengthy chat about scoreboards (as you do) (my lot had stopped at the tea bar and were having cake and coffee by then!). I have to say a huge thanks to my Mum as she came over to see what were chatting about and bought me the Hougieboard!! It does score much better than any I have used previously. Thanks Mum xx

Yesterday was a little lazy, not much crafting, but I have been blog hopping and there are some fantastic crafting ones out there. And I must say the ones I visited are links from the wonderful blogs I have listed on here.

So inspiration came today from Monica's blog. I loved the colour combo and the use of the Vintage Vogue set. So here are my versions and a little extra one!

I haven't decided yet if this one is to be landscape or portrait.

Colour combos are SU Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel. I stamped onto some cream pearlescent paper from my stash (tip - let the ink completely dry out when stamping onto this medium), Martha Stewart Punches for the edging, SU Bridesmaid Papers and ribbon from my stash (which is quite a good match). Sentiment is from Whimsical Words, punched with a 2" heart. Adhesive pearls from my stock.

Phew - I think I have listed everything.

I still have another week off work left and as Chris is fully mobile now (he's done fantastic to say it's not a week since his op) we will be having a few more days out.

A long blog tonight - hope you've stayed with me :-)

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, 20 August 2010

Chocolate Chip

I've decided that this afternoon my blog will be about what went right and what went wrong. It doesn't always have to be a perfect blog or a perfect card, it isn't a perfect world afterall.

What went right?

Leanne and I decided to do some baking this afternoon. I haven't baked for an absolute age and I'm not brilliant at it. So raiding the cupboards we had ingredients to do brownies and chocolate crispies.

Here is Leanne thoroughly enjoying the mixture remnants in the bowl. For the crispies we used melted chocolate, choc chips and mashed up maltesers. Yum Yum.

For the brownies we threw in the chocolate chips - again Yum.

Inspired by chocolate chip I thought I would whip up a card in no time. I used the muffin die from Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Punches, SU Card Stock (except for the brown that's from my stash - must've used all my SU choc chip). Also used one of the Itty Bitty stamps for the back ground.

What went wrong?

The choc chips in the brownies sunk - Jean HELP!! What did I do wrong??

I created such a mess in my craft room for this little card, then cut the brown border to short (hence the little flower at the end), there is ghosting on the flower stamps, I over did it with the sprinkles (which were created from the dots left over from punching, SU glitter and white sakura pen). I then ran over the card stock on the floor with my computer chair!!

But do you know what??

Inspite of it all we've had a fab afternoon :-) Plus the brownies and crispies taste fab.

Hope you are having a good day.


Thursday, 19 August 2010

Happy Moments

Having time off from work has meant I have lots of time for crafting. I am making the most of it, as I feel Chris will be more mobile next week and will want to be out and about. Then I will be back at work before I know it.

Having dusted off the Happy Moments set this morning, I decided to give them all an outing. In addition I have also dusted off the cuttlebug and embossing folders.

I chose yellow and blue as a theme colour, and used my blender pens to colour the images. As the card stock is now all in my stash I have no idea whether they are SU or not. If they are they either came from the Earth Elements or Soft Subtles colour range.

Right no more crafting this evening - I have Leanne's application for the National Youth Theatre to complete!! Girls don't come cheap at all !!!

Thanks for stopping by.


Early Bird

Good Morning

Firstly, I have to say a huge thank you for all your lovely comments that you have posted. Like Julie, over on Paper Wishes and Ribbon Kisses, says, it's nice to know that I'm not blogging to myself :-)

I was wide awake early this morning. It is A S Level Results day for Chris, so an anxious wait for 11am. For me that is, as Chris is really laid back about it all. Whatever the piece of paper says later I am so proud of him as he has faced many challenges and overcome so many.

So whilst I was up bright and early I thought I would play with the Bella Bleu bits left over from yesterday's project. I used the same folding principle, albeit a little smaller, and adapted it to make a card. Inspiration came from Lynda and Julie's blogs, using Vintage Vogue stamps in Not Quite Navy for the flowers, and the bird cage stamp is from Happy Moments, which was a Sale-a-Bration set earlier in the year. The sentiment has had it's outing for the first time and I am pleased with how it has worked

Apart from the pearlescent card stock all are SU products.

Leanne and I have a trip to the dentist planned this afternoon, so we are hoping the sugar bugs have kept away!

Have a fab day and thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Pure Paper Indulgence

Forgive me but tonight's post is pure indulgence.

I have spent today papercrafting and have finally used my Bella Bleu papers from SU. This paper has been in my collection for a while now, but I tended to get it out, touch it, admire it, then put it back (does anyone else like the smell??? - weird I know). So no ordinary card was worthy.

This is going to be a very personal card with photographs in, so purpose of this post I have left it blank. As I was so pleased with the card, an envelope wouldn't do. A decorative box would be much better.

The decorative edges are punched with my Martha Stewart punches. The flowers are SU Vintage Vogue, stamped with Not Quite Navy, the brads are Filigree designer brads from SU, the leaves are punched with a punch from my stash and finally the ribbon is also from my stash. I even used pearlescent card for the hinges!

I hope you didn't fall to sleep by the time you got to the end of the photos, but I think you will have gathered, I am a little pleased with this one.

Thanks for stopping by.