Showing posts from January, 2014

Tulips Galore

Hi AllThe weekend had arrived but it looks like it's going to be another wet one, so what have you got planned ? I hope to do some shopping and hopefully some crafting as I have a lot of projects to do for upcoming events during February. Next Saturday we have the Valley Park craft class where I will be demonstrating a flip album. There are still spaces available, please get in touch in you would like to join us. On 22 February I will be demonstrating the Big Shot at Hobbycraft where I am an Artisan designer. This time I will be making Easter projects so thought I would make a start. In the new Spring Stampin up there is a beautiful one stampset called Blessed Easter , so I have made a couple of cards using this set and this is what I have produced: 

I used the blender pens to produce a watercolor effect. I really enjoyed making these and they are quite different from my usual style. I hope they inspire you to create something different.

Have a good weekend Until next time Margaret  x

Colour Q challenge

Hi All
I hope that you are all well and looking forward to the weekend. If we all wish hard together do you think we could get a nice spring day , let's try we need it. So, another challenge to share with you, this is the third this week and this one is a new one for me. ColourQ set a challenge using a palette of colours ( This week the colour combination is Crumbcake, Blushing Bride, Primrose Petals, Pink Pirouette and White. As there seems to be lots of Valentine based cards in Blogosphere at the moment here is another to give you some inspiration when you make your own card for your loved one.  Here is what I have produced :

A fairly simple card but I am sure it would go down well. A home made valentine really shows you care.

I am busy preparing a project for a class in Hampshire on 8 February . If you would like further details please check out the details on the classes page.
Until next time Margaret x 

New tool from a Stampin up

Hi All,
If you don't own a Big Shot but love embossing  then this new tool introduced by Stampin up will be just the thing for you.

Texture Boutique Embossing Machine132657Price: £26.95
The Texture Boutique Embossing Machine works with Textured Impressions Embossing Folders to transform ordinary cardstock, paper, metallic foil, or vellum into an embossed, textured masterpiece.

This machine embosses only; it does not die cut. Comes with 1 pair of Standard Embossing Pads and 1 Mylar Shim.
All a Stampin up products can now be purchased online by going to:
Until next time Margaret x

Sale-a-bration and a new Spring catalogue

Hi All,
Today sees the start of Sale-a-bration and the launch of the new Spring catalogue.

This is a really exciting time for Stampin up. It is a chance to get free products and we all like to get something for nothing don't we ? For every £45 you spend in the current catalogues you will receive a free product of your choice from the Sale-a-bration booklet. There are a total of 13 free products to choose from so I am sure that there will be several free products that you would like to own
Sale-a-bration is also the best time of the year to become a demonstrator as you get more products in your starter kit. The starter kit which you can choose  costs £99 and usually you get £130 worth of products, but during SAB you get £150 of products for your £99. You are not required to do demonstrations or hold parties but can obtain the discount on all purchases that you make. If you would like to join my growing team please get in touch and I will be happy to give you more details
Until next time …

Dynamic Duos Challenge

Hi All, The challenge over at Dynamic Duos ( this week is to use the two colours Melon Mambo and Black with the option of a theme of umbrellas . As I haven't any stampsets of umbrellas I couldn't do that but I do have some stunning Melon Mambo embossing powder which I decided to use. So this is what I produced :

I am sorry that the light is not better but it was a very grey day yesterday when I made the card. The card was very easy and quick to make. I  used the lovely stamp Pleasant Poppies and stamped it with Versamark before using the Melon Mambo embossing powder on  Black card. I then tied a piece of Melon Mambo ribbon around it and stuck it on top of a black card. It didn't take too long at all.

Tomorrow sees the start of Sale-a-bration and the launch of the Spring catalogue so please come back tomorrow when I will give you all of the detail of how to get free products.
Until next time Margaret x

Less is more challenge

Hi AllToday I am sharing with you my entry for the challenge at Less is More  ( where this week the lovely ladies have set a sketch (see below).
I have used products from the new Spring catalogue from Stampin' up which will launch on Tuesday.  There are lots of great new products for you to try and combining an order with sale-a-bration which also launches on Tuesday you can also get products for FREE. If you would like a copy of either the Spring or the sale-a-bration catalogues please let me know and I will be happy to put them I the post for you.

Today's card uses the new stampset Starburst Sayings. Starbursts are currently very popular in design, particularly in web design where they are often used for call to action buttons so I think that this will be a very popular set for this year. I have teamed it with metallics which are also popular using gold ink and gold washi tape which is also from the new catalogue.
I hope that you are enjoy…

Dynamic Duos Challenge

Hi All,
I hope you are all enjoying the better weather that we are currently being treated to. I have completed another card challenge today, two this week already and it's only Tuesday ! This one is an entry for the Dynamic Duos Challenge ( where they choose two colours and you have to submit a card using only those two colours. This weeks colours are Pool Party and Pink Pirouette. This is what I have submitted:

To make this card you would need the following supplies:
Cardstock : Whisper White, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette Embossing Folder : Vintage Wallpaper Stampset : Bring on the Cake Embossing Powder : Pool Party Punches : Petite Petals, Itty bitty set Gems

There are still spaces for my card class at Bishops Waltham on 30 January at 7pm in the Jubilee Hall when we will be making 8 cards. If you would like to join a friendly group please email me
Until next time Margaret x 

New Baby Challenge

Hi All,

We have had a lovely sunny day on the South coast. I have been busy making projects for my upcoming classes but thought I would take some time out to design a card for the LIM challenge. I used to take part in card challenges on a regular basis but seemed to get out of the routine of doing them. So hopefully this will be the start of engaging in them again. I am also entering this card for the CAS challenge where the theme is something new. The challenge this week is to design a baby card and I have wanted to do a card with apertures for a while so this is what I came up either :

It is quite difficult to see the layering of the aperture in these photos but the dark blue oval ring is stuck to the top of the card and the image and the light blue ring are attached to the inside of the card.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Until next time  Margaret x

Repinned item

Hi All
Looking at my analytics over at Pinterest today I discovered that  this card is my most repinned item and it has been repinned 24 times within the last two weeks.
The question  to which I don't know the answer is why?? What makes it different from the other cards that I have produced and pinned. If you have any thoughts please let me know.

Until next time
Margaret x

Sneak peek of sale-a-bration product

Hi All,
I hope that you are all well. I have just had a chance to experiment with some of the lovely products which arrived at the end of last week. There are some fantastic new products in both the sale-a-bration and the new spring catalogues which are both being launched on 28 January. Tonight I have produced a card which was very quick and easy to do :
Products used:
Cardstock : Pistachio Pudding,  Very Vanilla Stampsets : You're  Lovely, Hardwood Inks : Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Old Olive Washi Tape
I hope that some of my cards inspire you to have a go and make some of your own cards. I really enjoy it and find it very relaxing.
Until next time Margaret x

Craft Class Part 2

Hi AllI hope that you are all well As promised , today I am sharing with you the projects that the ladies made at our craft class on Saturday. After our lunch  of soup, savoury snacks and cake I demonstrated 3 projects using the Chalk Talk and Gorgeous Grunge stampsets. The ladies also had another try with the envelope punch board which they all enjoyed. So first they made a treat holder, They filled these with cappachino sachets and there was room to add other sachets of coffee, hot chocolate and other goodies. One of the ladies pointed out that they would make good wedding favours of which she may have a batch to make for the summer.
We then made a feminine birthday card: 
This was in a vintage style and again used both of the stampsets, Gorgeous Grunge for the background and Chalk Talk for the label. And just to prove that the stampsets are very versatile we also made a masculine card using the same stampsets.
All three projects also used heat embossing which the ladies really enjoy. The m…

Craft Class

Hi AllWe had a great time with a lovely group of ladies at our craft class on a Valley Park yesterday. Aly and I had both designed projects using the envelope punch board from a Stampin up. In the morning Aly showed the ladies how to make a box with the punch board and teamed it up with a gatefold card.

The card used the cupcake builder punch . All the ladies made some lovely creations. This was followed by soup , snacks and of course some cake. During the afternoon I demonstrated a treat holder and two cards using the Chalk Talk and Gorgeous Grunge  stampsets. Please come back tomorrow when I will show you photos of the projects we made in the afternoon. Our next craft day is on Saturday 8 February. If you would like to join us please get in touch
Until next time Margaret x 

Too kind

Hi AllI have been really busy making projects for our craft class on Saturday and I have also made several examples for the display table, so I have neglected updating my blog for a few days. One of my current favourite stampsets is Too Kind which is a two part stampset , so I have been experimenting with it. Come and have a look what I have done 

First of all  I used Versamark to stamp the background stamp En Francais which I embossed with clear embossing powder. I then sponged Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe on top so that the embossed image started to appear. The stampset a Too Kind was stamped in Old Olive, Crisp Cantaloupe and Calypso Coral. I then used the crocheted ribbon in vanilla and embossed a border underneath. Close up the clear embossing looks very effective.

I really enjoyed making this card and hope that it has inspired you.
Until next time Margaret x 

Beginners kit

Hi All Happy New year  I hope that you all had a good time at Christmas and New Year. I had planned to do so much over the break, some of which I managed to complete , but not all I am afraid. One thing I did get sorted was the a Beginners Kit which is part of my New Year New Hobby campaign.
The Beginners Kit will include the following products :
Stampset :  Embellished Events in wood
Tombow glue
A set of notecards and envelopes
3 marker pens from the 2012/14 in Colour sets
Pack of A4 card In a colour of your choice
In Colour Dahlia embellishments
Pack of Gems

The kits will be made up to order so it will be possible to swap some of the items for other products of an equivalent value.
The normal cost for the above is £60.60 but you will pay a special price of £50 plus postage of £3.50 so this is a good opportunity to enjoy a Stampin up products at a discounted price. The offer will last until the end of February so please buy early .
If you would like any further details please let me know.

Until nex…