Thursday, 17 August 2017

Bag a Bargain!!!

Did you know that Stampin' Up has a Clearance Rack? There are lots of lovely items for sale at bargain prices.
For example




These are just three of the many gorgeous items on offer - HERE in my Online shop.
The Clearance Rack is constantly being updated so be sure to check there often.

Short and sweet today - not been feeling to great the last couple of days - my fibro has been playing up plus I've had some long shifts at work. I'm feeling very tired!!
Thanks for dropping in today - see you soon - J xx

Monday, 14 August 2017

Calypso Coral Rose

I have been creating with Graceful Garden again and this is what I have come up with -


I've used Petal Garden DSP for the background and used some to stamp my rose on to. I used gold embossing powder on the rose and cut it out. Some gold thread was added under the rose and the  little sentiment was added.

this card is being entered into the challenge over at


Thank you for dropping by today - I hope that the weather has been kinder where you are - we've had more rain!!! See you soon - J xx



Sunday, 13 August 2017

Peace on Earth

Today I have another card for you made using the Carols of Christmas set


Again the main sentiment has been heat embossed in gold as have the corner details. I also stamped some poinsettias in Real Red on a piece of Whisper White card stock and then covered them with a cut out piece of a post it note. I then stamped the leaves and cut them out. I attached the using Dimensionals.

I have a day off work today - yay! I love it when I have a Sunday off - all day to craft and a roast dinner too! Hope you are having a lovely weekend of crafting - see you soon - J xx


Saturday, 12 August 2017

Deck the Halls

I've finally got around the crafting with my Carols of Christmas stamp set. I am pitifully behind with my Christmas cards so I'm trying to catch up now!!!
Today's card is a one layer clean and simple creation - come and take a look


My main sentiment was stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder - I did the same with the hanging ornaments. My flowers in the corner are stamped in Real Red and Emerald Envy. The little lines were also stamped in Emerald Envy making a lovely little frame.

I am entering this card into the challenge over on


I can't wait to show you more cards made with lovely set or you could order it now and make some of your own. This set is available ahead of the release of the Holiday mini catalogue - click HERE to order your stamps now.

Thanks for looking today - see you soon - J xx



Friday, 11 August 2017

Seasonal Crafting

The time is fast approaching - not only Christmas but Autumn too. It;s what I call the 3 'H's of crafting - Harvest, Halloween and Holiday!

The new seasonal mini catalogue from Stampin' Up will be available from September 1st and it's jam packed full of lovely stuff!



It's full of gorgeous Christmas stamps, stunning Autumnal sets and gloriously spooky images.
Request your copy now and get a head start on all your seasonal crafting - my contact details are above and I would be very happy to send you a copy. My order for catalogues is going in very soon so don't delay. The main catalogue is also up for grabs and I can send you a copy of that too - please do get in touch.

Thanks for stopping by today - see you soon - J xx



Thursday, 10 August 2017

Card Pouch Tutorial

Good evening - and as promised I have the instructions for the little pouch I made for my note cards.


It's very easy - take a look



Take a piece of decorative paper 9" x 9" square.
Fold in half along the diagonal and crease firmly with a bone folder.
While the paper is in half score 2" along the diagonal.
Score each corner 4" in.
Your paper should look like the diagram above and the picture to the left.
Fold in the two corners - they will overlap. Remember to crease each fold with the bone folder.
Then fold in half. (Ignore the clip at this stage - it was for photographing purposes!!!)
Fold the sides down so that an envelope shape forms. Do this for both sides and secure with a clip - like in the picture below.












Because of the way it is folded it can be stood up but also can be folded flat to post - it makes a lovely gift.

I used Blooms and Wishes to decorate my note cards


I hope you like this little tutorial - it takes minutes to make but has a huge wow factor - I hope you have a go at making it.
See you soon - J xx






Wednesday, 9 August 2017

A Quick Hello

It is really a very quick hello indeed. I've been at the doctor's and hospital today and I'm very tired and achy - need to go to sleep!

So here it is for today - a pretty little pouch full of note cards


This is just a teaser - tomorrow I will tell you what I used and how to make it - see you soon - J xx

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Flamingo on a Beach

Another challenge card today and I'm in time for this one!!!
It's for 


here is my card


I've used Fabulous Flamingo and she is standing on a beach made from a stamp in the  High Tide set. It's almost a one layer card, my scene is stamped on to a panel of Whisper White card stock. It was sponged with Soft Sky ink for the background and then attached to the card blank.
My lovely flamingo is stamped in Powder Pink, Flirty Flamingo and Smoky Slate - doesn't she look lovely?

I've had a very lazy day today. I took mum into hospital this morning as she was having a small operation. I came home while she had it and spent the afternoon with my feet up catching up on video-d programs! Very lazy I know but I enjoyed it!

Thanks for stopping by today - see you soon - J xx



Monday, 7 August 2017

Blue Rose

I made this card for the challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches - unfortunatly I was too late to enter it! I am still going to show it off though - take a look


I have played with the Bundle of Love DSP again - this time using the blue side. It is of course the very beautiful Soft Sky and I have used the same colour card stock to make the rose. The leaves were stamped in Old Olive ink while the rose was heat embossed with gold embossing powder.
The stamp set is Graceful Garden and both it and the Bundle of Love along with all the other items used on this card can be ordered from my online shop HERE

Thanks for stopping by today - see you soon - J xx



Sunday, 6 August 2017

Carols of Christmas Early Release


Carols of Christmas

This lovely stamp set and dies will feature in the new Autumn/Winter mini catalogue which goes live on September 1st.
However, you can get your hands on it now and get a head start on your Christmas makes.

Here's a video to give you some ideas


If you would like one of the new Autumn/Winter catalogues please let me know and I will get one to you. If you would like to order the above stamps, dies or bundle pleases get in touch or order from my shop
Thank you xx

Saturday, 5 August 2017

New Baby Card

The card I have to share with you today is one i made for a recent Facebook swap. the brief was a new baby card - any sex and it had to be interactive or open up in a different way to normal.
I was scouring Pinterest for some inspiration and came across this card by Bronwyn Eastley. I purchased her tutorial and here is the result



This card has a cute little pop out cot and the Moon Baby stamps are gorgeous for baby cards. I love how it folds flat for posting too


The Bundle of Love DSP is perfect for this as it has both blue and pink - perfect for a boy or a girl.

Well today is the day I return home from my holiday. I've had a lovely week here in Hereford and I'm going to miss my daughter so much when I get home. I will have to do loads of crafting to take my mind off it!!!
Thanks for looking today - see you soon - J xx


Friday, 4 August 2017

Orchid in a Jar

I love being on holiday but I'm really looking forward to getting back home and getting back in my craft room - I've missed getting all inky and crafty!
Today I have another card for you that I made before I left. It was for my cousin's birthday which was  the day before yesterday - take a look


I made this using my much loved Climbing Orchid set and combined it with Jar of Love. I die cut my flowers with my Big Shot and then water coloured them using So Saffron and Rose Red inks. They were die cut out of the watercolour paper which made the ink blend a bit better.

I am entering this card into the challenge over at

Thanks for dropping by today - I hope you like my card and come back soon to see what else I've been up to. See you soon - J xx

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Flamingo Bookmark

It's starting to become a habit this blogging after midnight lark! I've been out on the town tonight in Hereford. We went to Miller and Carter steak house. I didn't have steak - I'm not a fan but I did have some lovely fish followed by banoffee pie - yummy!! I drank a couple of glasses of wine and finished off with a glass of gin so I feeling very relaxed and happy now!

I don't have a card for you today but a bookmark made with the Fabulous Flamingo set - take a look


I had a spare piece of card stock that was quite long so I folded it over and inserted it into the Scallop Top Tag punch. I didn't put it in all the way so that the fold didn't get cut off. Ribbon was added and magnets were attached inside


A lovely way to use up scrap card.

I'm travelling to Malvern to see my son tomorrow. I don't think I've seen him since January so I'm very excited. I'm also getting to see my old cat Louis. My son adopted him a couple of years ago when I had to leave due to my marriage breaking down and I've missed him so much. 



Isn't he beautiful?

Thanks for stopping by today - see you soon - J


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Beach Huts

As I'm on holiday this week I thought I'd make something summery to share with you. Although I'm nowhere near the beach - beach huts for me epitomise summer and I found it really easy to recreate some using card stock.



These little boxes are great - unclip the mini wooden peg, remove the lid and add a gift or some sweeties.


I used a mini milk carton template for these boxes and used Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay card stock. I used ink to match the card stock and stamped on them using the Hardwood background stamp - it's huge! The roofs and doors were made from Whisper White and stamped in Crumb Cake. I sponged around the edges using a sponge and Craft White ink.

Hope you enjoyed this fun little make - see you soon - J xx

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Double Dutch Jar of Love

Yikes - I can't believe the time. It's twenty to midnight and I really should be asleep but here I am blogging!
I'm having a fab time with my daughter. We hit The Range this morning where I spent loads of money on crafting goodies - I even found some flaming post it notes which I just had to buy! We then spent the day tidying up her new garden - it's the size of a pocket handkerchief but in need of some TLC but it's looking pretty good now.

Today's card is a Double Dutch fold card using Jar of Love and I'm really pleased with how this turned out - take a look


The great thing about this card is that it although it opens in an interesting way - it folds flat for posting.



I'm off to bed now before I fall asleep on my keyboard! - see you soon - J xx


Sunday, 30 July 2017

Some Cards

One of the lovely things about being a Stampin' Up demonstrator is making friends with other demos and sharing tips and ideas.

Today I have three cards to share with you that I have received recently from fellow demonstrators.
First up is a card from my upline Michelle Last


I really love this and think it would make a lovely Valentine's card. It's from the set Message in a Bottle.

Next is from a german demo Angelika Preiss


I love this - so lovely and fun. It's from the set This Little Piggy.

Last but by no means least is this one from Nikki Joyce


This is from the Soft Sayings card kit and includes everything you need to create a load of cards. You can make 20 cards with the stamps that are included in the kit along with a clear stamping block, Basic Gray Stampin' Spot ink pad, bakers twine, washi tape. die cuts, Dimensionals and matching envelopes. These cards are suitable for almost any occasion and are available to buy in my shop - see the top tabs.

Stampin' Up is a fabulous community of crafters and you can join any time. The starter kit is £99 but you get to choose £130 worth of products, plus you get also you need to start your business: order forms, party invitations and catalogues etc. And just to temp you further if you join in the next 24 hours you can be just in time to receive a further £65 worth of crafting essentials plus one of the sets in the new, not yet released Holiday Mini Catalogue.

Christmas in July Joining Offer

Carols of Christmas from Stampin Up for free

This offer expires tomorrow so please do message me quick for more details or join up using the link in the top tabs.

Thanks for taking the time to read this - see you soon - J xx





Saturday, 29 July 2017

More Tulips

Today's card is for the challenge over at


Here it is



I am really enjoying working with this set - it's so easy and versatile. This card was so easy to create it literally took minutes and could be used for almost any occasion. I've added a sentiment from the Climbing Orchid set as there aren't any in the Tranquil Tulips set but you could add any.
The colours I've used are Berry Burst, Pear Pizzazz and Daffodil Delight.

It's my last day of work today before my holiday. I'm really looking forward spending a week with my daughter and possibly seeing my son too. It's been so long since I've seen him I think I'll have forgotten what he looks like!!!

Thanks for stopping by today - please come back soon - J xx