Thursday, 31 January 2013

Hand Knit !

A very late post today - project made but no time to upload until now - and I'm supposed to be cooking tea ! LOL ! I am trying to work my way through all the stamp sets I own and today I have had a play with the adorable set Hand Knit ! Now , I don't knit ( I'm far to impatient ) but imagine that when you have taken time and trouble to make a knitted garment to be given as a gift , that these cute labels would be ideal ! I have themed these for new baby knitted gifts using traditional baby pink and blue .

Supplies List : 
Stamp sets : Hand Knit 
Inks : pretty in pink, soft suede and marina mist 
Punches/ Dies : two tags Bigz die , 1 3/4" scallop circle punch, dotted scallop ribbon border punch and buttons sizzlit die
Card stock : naturals ivory , pretty in pink and bashful blue 
Accessories : linen thread and soft suede Stampin' write marker 

This is such a lovely little stamp set and the baby cardi and lamb could be used to make welcome baby cards too ! It needs a revisit to explore other options ! 
The new Spring / Summer catalogue launches tomorrow and we are well in to the SALE - a - BRATION !  
Please contact me on the e-mail link on my profile above if you are interested in becoming a demonstrator or taking advantage of the SAB offers ! There is not a better time to join and I will be adding to my own offers too - so what are you waiting for !!!!

Happy crafting and thank you so much for stopping by ! 
Hugs Jane x 

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Distressed Dots Valentines Cards !

Hello ! I have had a great time making these quick and easy cards to share with you today - they are four of a kind - all using the gorgeous large stamp Distressed Dots as a background . The cards are made from A4 - two cards from each piece and I used a retired card stock as it gave me the look I wanted but whisper white is just fine or even some of the glossy card might be nice ! 

They are fairly self explanatory - I matted the dotted layer to give more substance to the card and just sponged the edges for definition - on a simple card things like this make a difference ! They are so simple you could make these with children - they would enjoy making their own phrases - mine are a bit basic but you get the idea !!! 
Note : I do not own the new letter dies so used the sizzlits that were recently retired - apart from the lower case card idea you will get almost the same effect ! 

Supplies List :
Card Stock : Retired confetti white , pretty in pink  and rose red.
Stamps : Distressed Dots , Established Elegance  and Artistic Etchings
DSP : Fan fair 
Dies/Punches : Scalloped heart of hearts embosslit, itty bitty shapes punch  3/16" corner punch , scallop trim border and scallop edge border. 
Inks : riding hood red and pretty in pink 
Accessories : pearls 

Valentines day will be with us before we know; I am planning to do more samples in my more traditional style but these were very enjoyable to make too ! 
Happy crafting and do come again ! 
Hugs Jane x

Monday, 28 January 2013

Crumb Cake and Pretty in PInk !

Good afternoon ! 
I'm now well into the swing of blogging again ( and about time too , I hear you say !!! ) There are two reasons why I am getting my act together - the first is that rejoining SU has given me renewed enthusiasm and I have the loveliest upline in my good friend Peg ! The second is that I have had a major sort out of most of my craft stuff and had a reorganise and a throw out ; this served two purposes - I now know what I have and I want to play with it !!!
I have been using my two favourite SU colours for todays cards - crumb cake ( can't seem to make a project without using it ! ) and pretty in pink ! 

Supplies list for both cards :
Stamps : Mr and Mrs , Ex Libris ,Established Elegance, Apothecary Art
Inks : pretty in pink, crumb cake and soft suede
Punches / Dies : delicate doilies sizzlit, labels collection framelit, scallop trim border punch
Accessories : crumb cake taffeta ribbon, pearls, crotchet trim .
Card stock : very vanilla and pink pirouette

The first card was designed as a wedding invite or save the date card ; it is made from half a sheet of A4 (cut vertically so you get two out of the sheet) - if you do this, the entire Ex Libris stamp fits the front and then can be used either way ! The second card is half of a 12 x 12 sheet . The oval design on this card is stamped by using an oval frame ( die cut waste from any will do - SU have an oval accent Bigz die which would be ideal ! ) and low tacking it to the card front and then stamping within the frame to create this delicate border which was then accented with some ivory pearls . I don't own a Simply Scored but that is how a similar rosette could be achieved ! I had to cut down the smaller die cut doiliey to fit the back of the motif from Established Elegance but I was really pleased with the end result ! 
Off to find another stamp set I haven't used yet ! I do hate the mounting though !!! 
Thank you for your visit and do stop by again ! 
Hugs Jane x

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Established Elegance card !

Hello ! Hope you are having a good weekend ? I am usually out and about on a Saturday but have a horrid cold so good excuse to stay in a do some crafting ! I wanted to design a card which showcased a wide range of SU products which would be good to use as a demo card ! This is unashamedly pink ( you will see a lot here - I love pink ! ) and is quite simple in it's construction but uses lots of processes and of course products ! 

Supplies list :
Card Stock : Petty in pink and very vanilla 
Stamps: EX Libris and Established Elegance
Accessories : Crumb cake seam binding and vintage brads
Inks: crumb cake and soft suede
Punches/dies: Delicate doilies Sizzlit L and scallop trim border punch
DSP : Fan Fair 

This is a simple layered card using the DSP ( lovely ! ) and the Ex Libris stamp as a mat to sit a couple of stamped images upon ! I always struggle with the seam binding - I don't like it too crumpled and so I run it over the end of the radiator to smooth it then it looks too prissy !!! I am pleased with the flower though and I think this purchase will prove to be a good one - lots of uses to explore with this Sizzlit ! Any questions you may have a bout this project please contact me via the link on my profile ! 
More to come on this theme ! 
Thanks for stopping by - hugs Jane x

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Stampin' Up Starter Kit !

Well it has arrived and there is a lot of it !!! Apart from all the business supplies ( valued at £45 ) which are supplied for free ( not photographed !!! ) I am quite bowled over by the value of my starter kit ! 

This is a bumper package - and the price - £99 including postage and packing and delivered by the very dependable UPS with a lovely smile within two days from Germany !!! During the SALE - A - BRATION which runs from now through to 22nd MARCH you can choose £162.50 worth of products from the current catalogues and pay just £99 ! I have tailored my kit to my own needs and you can do the same, so there are innumerable combinations of gorgeous goodies which you can choose for yourself ! 
Please contact me via the link on my profile above if you wish to discuss the options and become part of Stampin' Up ! 
Lots of projects coming up so watch this space !!! 
Hugs Jane x

PS ! Don't expect two posts a day !! It's just not going to happen !!! LOL ! 

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Vintage Scrap Book Layouts !

After all my promises of posting more regularly I then found myself with no internet connection for the last week ! In order to redeem myself I am making a bumper post in the hope that you will forgive me !!!
Any one who knows me will tell you that I am a very keen photographer and like nothing better than to spend hours editing ! Whats more I really love how you can improve really old photos and apply special effects to them. ! These I have used for the following layouts, have had quite a bit of work done on them and then I enjoyed making them into vintage style page layouts ! 
They feature my late Mum and Maternal Grandfather and I have chosen suitable faded papers and have made some of the embellishments but thought I ought to start and use some of the hundreds of ready made ones I own too ! This is what happens when you have a New year sort out and discover all the things you forgot you had !Hope you enjoy these ! 

I joined Stampin'Up today as an Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator so watch this space !!!!
Happy crafting and thank you for stopping by ! Hugs Jane x

Monday, 7 January 2013

Happy New Year and a Very Belated Post !!!!

Happy New Year to all the lovely people who have continued to check out my little blog despite my unforgivable lack of posts and to any newcomers - Welcome !!!! Christmas has come and gone and I am ashamed to say that I managed to make all of two handmade cards for the OH and my Daughter ( one layer cards - which I rarely do and given without envelopes as I couldn't find any the right size for the rather silly card size I had made !!! LOL !! ) 
Anyway , that is all behind me and I have a mantra for the new year
ACHIEVE !!!!!!                                    
No more excuses of having to cuddle the puppy or any other feeble attempts to not get on with things !!!
The year got off to a good start by attending a day long crop at Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn , Hanley Swan , Worcestershire. Despite the fact that I talk far too much at these events I did actually make a layout and made a start on a mini book too ! 

The theme of the page is my little baby - she is quite tiny here ( six months old now ! ) and I just wanted to do a baby layout all in pinks !!! I used some nice little buff tags, woven ribbon, a heart shaped doily and  mini buttons to accent the photos and a little stamping and of course I can't do a project without using my trusty punches ! 
Here is a closer look ! 

I hope to do more projects involving scrap booking and mini albums as well as cards and do plan to post more regularly too !!!!

Classes will be starting soon so I will post with details and I plan to become  an Independent Stampin' Up demonstrator at the end of January so watch this space !!!!
Happy crafting and thank you so much for visiting !!!
Hugs Jane x