Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Vintage Vogue


Just a quick post before I pop off to do the day job. I know this set gets used a lot, but it is one that I never get bored of.

Card stock is SU Perfect Plum and Certainly Celery, sentiment from Oval All, Punches: Scallop Border, Eyelet Border and Oval.

The weather isn't too great today, had I been at home I would have spent all day crafting :-) Have a fab day, whatever you are up too.

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Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Trendy Trees Background

Hi there, how is everyone?

Thought I would show you today just how versatile SU Trendy Trees really is. I was asked to make two cards for girls in their 30s who love shopping.

I came across this stamp set by Michelle Marsden which is spot on for the glamorous shopper (coloured in with my promarkers - I have finally returned Sues). But didn't have suitable backing papers. So I made my own.

The card stock is SU Perfect Plum and Sage Shadow, ribbon and adhesive pearls from my stash. I used the round tree top to create the backing paper - I just love this set as it can do so much.

Well I'm off to help with my daughter's homework - hope I can remember how to do fractions!!

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Monday, 27 September 2010

Trendy Trees

I have a confession to make........ I didn't wait until Sunday to start playing with my new purchases, I did make up a quick card on Saturday night :-)

On Sunday I had little more time to put another card together. So thought I would share them both with you.

The first is SU Pumpkin Pie card and ink. The brown card is from my stash. The stamp and sentiment is SU Trendy Trees, topped off with the scallop border punch.

This card is Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink and my own brown card again. This time used the Eyelet Border punch.

Love this little stamp set. I have been looking around all the blogs and it has been used in so many different ways, the possibilities are endless.

Hope you have had a good start to the week.

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Saturday, 25 September 2010

Happy Scrappy Days

What a fab day it has been!!

Leanne has her Bridesmaid dress - it is wonderful, I can't wait, and neither can she, for the Wedding next year.

Then a brilliant afternoon spent with Julie and other lovely crafty ladies scrapbooking. This is the very first time I have done this and I'm really pleased with the result. The linen book is simply fab on on it's own. Thought I'd share some pics with you.

Both of my children were born in June, so they were both the same age for their very first Xmas, so I went with that theme for the first page. I used free hand to stamp the title and their names. The picture doesn't show it very well, but the S is hanging by a silver thread.

The second page is a couple of group pics, first Chris with his lovely half sisters (I am sure they will be pleased to see these pics on here) the second is Chris and Leanne together.

Stamp sets are Serene Snowflakes, Sparkly and Bright, Tree Trimmings and various Alphabet sets.

Now here is the really exciting bit.......... I have seen the new catalogue and O.M.G (as my daughter would say), I can not begin to tell you how fantastic it is. I think this is the giddiest I have been since meeting Dr Fox on Oxford Street one Xmas :-D

Although I'm itching to get playing with my new punches and a couple of new stamp sets, I think I shall try and resist until tomorrow.

Have a fab evening.


Time for Change

Good morning. Firstly I have to apologise for being AWOL this week, I have no idea where the time has gone.

I was going to say Autumn has crept upon us, but I think it has done an Olympic sprint leaving Summer well behind. The change in the season is not the only change occurring at the moment. Lots of changes are happening at work, some a little unsettling for many. However, how stagnant life would be if nothing ever changed.

There is one huge change happening on 1st October - I shall be joining the SU family and become an Independent Demonstrator :-) And of course the new catalogue is due out, which I can not wait to see.

Today is also an exciting day as my little girl is going to be a bridesmaid next May so we are meeting up with the bride to be to look at dresses. She is soooo excited. Also this afternoon I shall be joining Julie for a scrapbook class, which I am really looking forward to. I will also be picking up lots of goodies that I ordered from the last chance list - so watch out for loads of posts this next week.

I have had a look through to see if I have something crafty to post and came across this I did a while ago. I was having a play to see if the carton would work with an acetate window - it didn't come together at the top, so decided to make a little lid for it instead.

I have used the Baroque Motif stamps set, but can not remember the colours used as it was some time ago. The edge on the lid was created using a Martha Stewart punch

This is the carton in it's original format.

Here they are together

Thanks for staying with me. Watch out for my scrapbook posts.

Love Becki

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Really Rust

See I told you it was a perfect rainy day for crafting as I have managed to do two posts today!!

I was having a look through my stamp sets for something that hasn't been out for a while, or in fact hasn't been out at all, when I came across this one. I'm not sure of his origin as it was another bargain purchase from Vicky, however, I think I may be right in guessing he is Elzybells??

How appropriate that Autumn is just around the corner. So out came SU Really Rust card stock and ink. This is a colour that I haven't used much either, which I don't understand as it has such a lovely depth to it.

The background was created using the leaves from the Itty Bitty Buds set. The leaves were made from a couple of punches. Decided on a "jaunty" angle and simply inked the edges with Really Rust then mounted with foam pads.

Gosh how did Henry sneak in here?? :-) Couldn't resist playing about with different background papers and ribbons.

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Whiff of Joy

Morning, a really quick post to show you a new addition to my ever growing stamp collection. This is Ice-Skating Henry from Whiff of Joy. I think he is so cute.

The layout for this card is inspired by the SU Fun & Fast Notes tutorial from Jenny Moors' blog.

The card stock is SU Garden Green. Used from my stash is the brown & white card, backing paper and ribbon.

Align Centre

I already had this image stamped up, so I coloured it in the same colours as Henry using Pro-Markers. (I owe Sue big time for loaning me these).

Here they are together.

Must go and get dressed. Have a super Sunday, even though it is a rainy one
(perfect for crafting).

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, 18 September 2010


Afternoon, how's your Saturday going?

I have completed male card number 2. The instructions for this card were martial arts. I had a go at making my own jacket (not sure what the correct term is!) using the shirt folding technique in white, trimmed with black edging. Well let's just say that went in the bin.

Used black, red and white card stock, nesties for the label die, the topper was created using a sticker mounted onto card for extra depth and some black ribbon. Used my laptop again to create the sentiment borders. Finally the font is Matura MT Script Capitals.

Whilst I was making this card I was taken back a few years (not that I want to own up to how many) - does anyone remember Karate aftershave?? I remember the boys at the time thinking they were cool, wonder how many of them still wear it :-D

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by.


Friday, 17 September 2010

Gone Fishing....

Not me that is.... I don't think I could stomach putting the grub on the end of the line!!

You might recall that I challenged myself earlier on my blog to do more male cards. Well I haven't done so well - don't believe me?? Check out how many male themed cards there are on my blog!!

Luckily for me, a wonderful lady at work has shown some cards I have done to a friend, who in turn has requested some. Guess what?? They are all male themed. So I think I just might achieve the challenge I set myself. Unlike other challenges I set - like Becki lose weight (ha I just put more on) Becki be more organised (I create more of a mess) and so on and so on :-)

I was given Fishing as a theme for this first card. Hmmmmm no fishing stamps in my stash, so I went looking through my folder to see what I had. I found a sheet of stickers collecting dust - I'm not so keen on stickers. Then 12x12 double sided sheet of paper (although it does have a good gsm it feels like a card).

And here is what I came up with. Now for me I am quite chuffed (as they say up north) about how this has come out. (the photos have come out a little dark)

Simple mat and layering to start with. Nesties for the label dies, using different card and the reverse of the paper. I even attempted for the very first time a bit of distressing (using a clean make up sponge). Used a word programme on my laptop for the sentiments - check me out even printing on the fishing paper!! The sticker was mounted onto card stock to give it a bit more depth

I didn't want to use a stark white card for the interior, so again used the reverse of the paper.

Finally - I love this bit - I simply stuck this sticker on the back.

I never ever thought I would be excited about fishing but today I am :-D

I hope you like my fishy card as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by.


All for Friends

Morning, how is everyone? I woke up really early this morning so thought I would share another baby card using the All for Friends set (I didn't make it this morning I must add).

I decided on a neutral card. Instead of stamping on plain card and colouring it in, I opted for stamping onto coloured paper several times. Two babygros where stamped on white and cut out a star from the coloured paper and vice versa for the white ones. I simply mat and layered them onto some spotty paper (from a Daisy & Dandelion collection) and lilac card from my stash.

Elzybells sentiment again for the inside.

Have a great Friday.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Oh Baby

Evening, hope you are all well. Not much progress with my back to report tonight. It is really frustrating trying to draw a sensible line between taking it easy and keeping moving so I don't seize up. What is even more frustrating is that I get bored very easy.

So not at work, can't do housework (the only benefit to lower back pain), and can't sit for too long - recipe for a fun day :-)

I had to come up with something to keep me occupied but that didn't require much effort. So I decided on a simple baby card, that I could put down and come back to throughout the day.

I have used the babygro stamp from the SU All for Friends Hostess set (mini catalogue). The circles were created using nesties and swiss dots embossing folder. The sentiment is from SU Whimsical Words.

The pink card is SU Pretty in Pink, same colour for the babygro using blender pen and Cameo Coral for the piping. I am almost sure the blue card isn't SU Bashful Blue, but the babygro is, with a bit of Not Quite Navy for the piping.

The little sentiment inside the card is (I think) from Elzybells, it's cute where ever it's from.

I have sat for long enough now typing my blog, so time for a wander round the house.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, 13 September 2010

A bit more Xmas

Evening, how's your Monday been? I have a little more mobility today and have been to work. Will be back to normal in a couple of days.

I have managed to finish a card that I started to put together over the weekend. The stamp was a bargain purchase from the lovely Vicky when she was having a little sort out. I have used a Martha Stewart punch for the border. Now the flourish has drove me insane. It is a Sizzix die that I was told would go through my Cuttlebug. I don't know if it is due to the very fact it is really delicate, but it doesn't cut cleanly and I have had to get my craft knife to cut it out completely. If anyone has any tips on using Sizzix dies they will be grately received.

There should've been another flourish in the bottom corner, but I didn't have the patience :-) The backing paper is from the QVC Xmas box (I am determined to get as much use out of these as possible, instead of them collecting dust).

A first for me on this card is the freehand border around the stamped image - not bad first attempt.

Bath and early bed tonight for me I think.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, 12 September 2010

Black & White Bauble

Hi there, how's your Sunday been? I don't know what I have done, but I have had some back pain today, so much so that I didn't go to Harrogate like I wanted to. We did have a run out with the kids, but it was a case of me walking at 1 mph when we got out of the car - not much fun. Feels a bit easier tonight - but that could be the pain killers.

Anyway whinge over :-)

As promised yesterday here is a black & white version of the papermania bauble stamp. I had a couple of unsuccessful attempts with white embossing powder and another with glitter on the black card - I didn't take the static out of the card and the powder just hung around like unwanted dust. So this one was just simply stamped with SU Whisper White. I added a bit of bling to the image, then got carried away with the corners.

I did use a gold ink and gold embossing powder on this brown & gold version - for some reason the sentiment isn't showing too well on the card - but you get the idea.

Well I'm off for a nice hot bath, jimjams on and a warm wheat bag on my back.

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, 11 September 2010

Papermania Bauble Stamp

Hi there, well it's an exciting Saturday - Strictly returns tonight :-) I am huge fan with two left feet!! I even bought my tickets last January to see the show in January 2011 when it comes to Sheffield.

Now the only thing is when Strictly starts, I see it as the countdown to Christmas. So thought I would have a go at another Christmas card. Well not totally true, I went craft shopping today as I have a few orders for cards, but they are all male themed. (my stash isn't equipped well enough)

So here's what I came back with:-

I know, I know, but it could be sent to a man for Xmas I suppose lol

The image is stamped with Stazon timber brown, and I added some lovely brown glitter (I am covered in the stuff) and a few gems. The border is created using a cuttlebug folder. The card stock is not SU but I think I was drawn to it as it is similar to some of the colours. It doesn't show well on here but the cream has an pearlescent finish.

I will be posting my silver and black version tomorrow when it has dried - I love this stamp!!

Hope everyone has a fab evening.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, 9 September 2010

Where does time go?

Hi there, how is everyone? Can't believe how quick this week has passed. It has been a busy week in our house, with the kids going back to school on Tuesday and I've had a few late nights at work. So that all means not much time for week day crafting!!

But it didn't stop me from putting in an order from the SU last chance list :-) can't wait for it to come.

I had a last minute request for a Golden Anniversary card (by last minute the other half wanted to take it work the next day if poss!!) I have done a bookatrix previously for another golden anniversary, but didn't quite have the time, so here is my hurried creation. A simple gatefold card, with embossed bells mounted on the front, the recipient wanted the names on the front.

Another card this week is one that is for a 65th birthday that is one Xmas day - the lady who asked for it said to keep some Xmas theme in it. I opted for a pointsettia paper and used cuttlebug die for the flowers and a leaf punch.

Well I think it's time for a well deserved cuppa. Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, 5 September 2010

Vintage Vogue Box Card

Hi there

What a glorious evening it is turning out to be. Hope you are all well. I have spent most of today finishing off the school uniform purchases, so all ready now for when they go back on Tuesday. Does anyone else think this summer has gone quick? I don't know where the time has gone.

Tonight's post is again using acetate. I have used Almost Amethyst for the card exterior, stamped with the same coloured ink. The interior is stamped with Lavendar Lace for the flower and Mellow Moss for the leaves. The flowers were stamped again and cut out to make the embellishment.

We are off to a friend's surprise 40th tonight, so it was a quick post before I go and get ready.

Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, 4 September 2010


Morning, how is everyone? I have to say a particular hello to my lovely crafty friend Elaine, who I know gets withdrawal symptoms when new posts don't appear on craft blogs :-) Also hi to Caroline, thanks for joining me on here.

I am sending lots of good luck wishes this morning to Janet who is very bravely completing a 14 mile walk in the Brecon Beacons, in aid of the British Heart Foundation, this weekend. Make sure those feet are well wrapped Janet and don't go losing any mobiles down the hills.

On Thursday night I decided to start on some more Xmas cards, but didn't get very far as spent lots of time chatting. Plus Leanne came with me and hasn't stopped talking about how much Barbara helped her with her card. I wasn't feeling 100% after work yesterday and attempted to do a card using my cuttlebug embossing folder. It isn't brill as my paper cutter has decided to go wonky - I think the blade needs replacing, which is my own fault really as I have put card through it.

I used SU Garden Green card for the mount and a ice gold white for the card. The ribbon is something which I have had for ages and never used. The little beads are from my Cross Stitch stash, thought it would bling it up a bit (they don't really show up so well on the pics).

Well, off to get the last few school bits - pe shoes and top this time, then should all be ready for Tuesday.

Have a fab day.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, 2 September 2010

A bit of an experiment with Baroque

Evening, how is everyone? Hope all is well.

I have had a quick play tonight using acetate. I have seen so many lovely cards with it but have not really done much with it. So, in the words of Blue Peter, here is one I made earlier :-)

I have used the SU Baroque Motif set, Stazon Black ink onto the acetate, Whisper White ink on the blue card, a bit of mirror board for the spine to hold it together, SU Tempting Turquoise Ribbon and black organza ribbon.

The white flowers were then heat embossed with a bit of sparkle.

Inside I just matt and layered mirror board and white card.

Tonight sees the return of Thursday crafty ladies, so off to get ready and check to see if I am on coffee rota.

Have a fab evening - it is lovely out there tonight.

Thanks for stopping by.