Independent Stampin'Up! demonstrator for Surrey, Hmpshire and Berkshire

Friday 27 April 2012

Another mini card

I was really pleased with how well this little card turned out.  I used the stamp set Button Buddies - which makes some really easy and simple cards.  The stamps are designed to work with the buttons - so in this case the butttons would normally form the flowers - genius!  HOWEVER..  in this particular instance I decided to use one of the itty bitty punches and a pearl instead!

I coloured the stamp with the marker pens, cut an extra vase out and used dimensionals to pop it up.  A butterfly from the beautiful wings embosslit to finish and voila!

Monday 23 April 2012

Butterfly Card

I bought the first edition speciality papers ages ago - but haven't done much with them (naughty me!).  So when I was making these cards I decided to incorporate a little into the card.  I stamped some images from Everything Eleanor onto the paper using the second ink impression - and I really LOVE the effect it gives - so simple and effective!  I just added a punched butterfly using flight of the butterfly  and a simple greeting punched using the word window punch and it was all done!

I'll show you some of the others tomorrow!

Saturday 21 April 2012

Beautiful Butterflies

These beautiful little boxes are called Pizza Boxes - beacause they open and shut just like a pizza box!  They are really simple to make and they can be adapted to different sizes.  They make great little gift boxes - just fill with a few chocolates, a pretty soap... you are limited by your imagination! These boxes are filled with mini cards!

This is what the ladies made at my recent class. If you fancy having a go and have a few friends who would like to join you - give me a call and I can come to you!

I'll show you the cards over the next week or so!

Monday 16 April 2012

The Princess and the Frog

The moment I saw the Littel Princess Stamp Set I knew I had to make this card. It really is my sense of humour! I made it as a double swing card using the clear square scallop to create the swing. on the front we have our little princess working her magic on the frog to turn him into a prince - but instead he just turns into a bigger frog! I made the frog using a variety of punches - lots of circles, ovals and a heart punch for the feet! I just need a little girl to send it to!

Sunday 15 April 2012

Dinoroar Tag

I fell in love with this gorgeous set as soon as I saw it in the catalogue. I just love the cute faces!! I made this mini card in a concertina style and it just looks as if the two dinosaurs are playing chase. The idea for the footprints came from my downline pip (check out her site - They are made using part of a leaf from the french foliage set (another favourite of mine!). I simply stamped them and used an aqua pen to colour tint the images . Easy!

Saturday 14 April 2012


I don't have many excuses to make children's cards as most of my nieces and nephews are too old to enjoy these fun cards. So I had great fun recently when I had to make a selection of cards for a children's card class. This card was based on a number that I had seen on different blogs many months ago. I love the idea of using the crop o dile to create the different planets and placing one of the aliens standing on a planet. It is also a great excuse to use the brights colour range to go a little crazy! I'll show you more of the children's cards over the next few days.

Thursday 12 April 2012

More Techniques

I just wanted to show you this last card from my techniques class - I must confess that this was probably my favourite! The techniques is called faux Silk - and it is another one that you really need to see in real life as the picture doesn't do it justice.

The finish has the look and feel of silk - lots of texture - but really simple and effective. Start with a piece of tissue paper and stamp your chosen image over the paper. I used an image from Simply Soft - a hostess set - stamped in chocolate chip and coloured in using a baja breeze marker. Once this is done, scrunch up your tissue paper (yes you did read that right!), open it up again and smooth it out over a piece of card stock covered in glue (I used a glue stick). It's just like smoothing out the foil wrappers that cover chocolate mints!

If you like the look of these classes, then check out the list of current classes on offer - bring a friend if you want - or if these dates don't suit you, get a few friends together and I can come and run the class at yours on a date of your choice. just ring or drop me a line to arrange.

Monday 9 April 2012

Final Easter Card

I've been on a bit of a roll recently - I guess it is guilt for not blogging enough - that plus I want to show you the cards that i made with this set before you lose the chance to get it for yourself!
For this card I used a bleach technique to remove the colour from the card stock to make the white blossom. As you can see I used my favourite Easter Blossom set agin - but this time in a more vintage style.
I used chocolate chip ink, blushing bride and crumb cake card stock. I distressed the edges of the crumb cake by sponging ink around the edges and rolling the edge of the card until it split. A vintage brad and touch of victorian crochet trim just add that finishing touch.

Sunday 8 April 2012

More Easter Blossoms

I loved this set the minute I saw it in the Spring Mini catalogue - but I tried really hard to resist it! But when I was looking around for a stampset to use for my techniques classes - I knew I had to give in! This card uses another simple technique called Faux Pearl. Y9u can't really tell from the picture but the card has a beautiful shimmer to it and it really does look like a mother of pearl finish. You need to use a little of the shimmer paint (I used Frost White) and some scrunched up cling film to create the background. Once it has dried, sponge some ink over to complete the look and stamp away. I love the image of the girl and the blossom - and it's so easy to add a few flowers to the basket and use it for other occasions.
If you love this set as much as me - don't forget you only have until th end of this month to get it.

Happy Birthday Chris

This is a card that we made in the special occasions class a few months ago - I meant to post it ages ago but forgot! All the cards were A5 size. Still it came in very useful as I have 2 friends at work who turn 50 this year! I was able to give this one to a friend whose birthday is today. Hope you like it!

Saturday 7 April 2012

Easter Cards

OOps - sorry about the sideways post - I don't know why this happens! Anyway, I thought I ought to show you some of the cards that I made recently for a techniques class. This simple card was made using the baby wipe technique. I used the soft suede, pool party and calypso coral reinkers to create my own "ink pad" on a baby wipe. I then stamped the scroll image and greeting from the Easter Blossoms before punching/cutting them out and mounting them on some lucky limeade and island indigo card stock. Simple but very effective.
Hope you are having a lovely Easter break