Thursday, 27 December 2012

Birthday Cards

It's always a privilege to be asked to make cards for a special occasion.  In early December, I was asked to make cards for a 90th Birthday as these were proving hard to find in shops.  

I have found that I have turned to my scoring board lots recently and I think this effect really  makes projects look classy but with minimal effort.  The paper is Twitterpated with my last remaining bit of pleated ribbon (sadly no longer available).   The pearl jewels finish the project.  I think this will also look lovely on a vintage scrapbook page (one of many planned projects for 2013). 

Two of my favourite colours - Night of Navy & Very Vanilla.  The vintage wallpaper embossing folder is another product that never fails to deliver classy projects.

Happy Crafting!

Sam x


For Christmas I got......

...... my internet back up & running again!  Finally after many phone calls and an IT clever Husband, our internet is working again.  

I hope you had a great Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year. 

Christmas has been a lovely family time for us and I did manage to craft a few bits before Christmas including some cards for a colleague's Nan's 90th Birthday.  Photos later.

I have had tables at recent Made with Love Craft Fairs in and around the Gosport area which have been good fun and I have been lucky to meet really nice people, some that share a crafting passion too.  These Fairs are continuing into 2013 and I am in the early days of planning demos and card make-&-takes by me for both beginners and experts alike at some of these Fairs.  I will update this page with the details.

For me, the New Year is always a good time to get excited about crafting again after the planning and rushing about in the lead-up to Christmas and January will be bringing some fabulous Stampin' Up offers -  more details in early 2013.  If you interested in holding a workshop in your own home, please do get in contact with me to discuss arranging one and talking through the Hostess benefits for me.  

Workshops also  provide a great opportunity to get together with friends and if you are looking for an alternative Baby Shower or Hen Gathering, then a workshop can offer this too.

As I find the children that receive presents from us are now getting bigger, i seem to rely on the Gift Voucher more & more.  I like to incorporate a bar of chocolate in with the voucher/money which somehow seems a bit more substantial.  Here I have used a 1" circle punch a lot but have also managed to use one of my favourite Christmas Stampin' Up! products - Glitter Card.  

I did use some gold glitter card for Santa's belt buckle but forgot to photograph those!  Anyway, I think they're really sweet.  I have seen the reindeer idea on other websites so can't attribute any one person to the design idea.  However as always what's lovely about the crafting communities is we all share which inspires others and allows us to grow in confidence too.  

I also couldn't resist making these cheeky little gift tags.  

Enjoy your day, whether you are back at work or relaxing. 

Sam x

Saturday, 6 October 2012


I have been looking at potential venues to hold workshops in the New Year.  These workshops will be run by myself and Tena who is also a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  The focus of these workshops will be card making and scrapbooking.  At the moment we are looking in the Lee-on-Solent and Gosport area.  If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in attending a workshop please do email me at and I will add your name to our list and also send out email updates.

Best wishes,


Christmas Cards

This week I have been creating card designs for a Party that was held last night.  I am really impressed with the selection of Christmas items in both catalogues and wanted to create two cards that were very different and demonstrated how Christmas cards can be both quick and easy - especially good for batch card making, and also a card that used several techniques. 
A quick but effective design for batch card making

Above is the card I demonstrated to show how quick card making can be.  I really can't resist Cherry Cobbler for Christmas cards so please excuse another card made from it.  The printed paper is from the Festival of Prints pack.  A generous book of 48 sheets of coordinating double sided card (11.4 x 16.5cm) which is fab for batch card making & great  for when you just want to punch out a little piece of cardstock without "eating" into a whole 12x12 or A4 sheet.  I have used again the Early Espresso core-dinations, champagne glimmer paper and cherry cobbler tulle as seen previously.

Various techniques - stamping, scoring and, of course, glitter & glue
 This card is the technique card the guests made.  The rosette was made using the scoring board and the stamp - Traditional Touches is from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue I have also made this using the new In-Colour Midnight Muse cardstock and ink.  It makes a stunning Christmas colour alternative.

Enjoy your weekend,

Best wishes, 


Sunday, 30 September 2012

Autumn in the Air

Today has been the first day which feels like Autumn and that gave me all the excuse I needed to stay in and create a couple of cards using some of the new Stampin' Up! products.  Tomorrow is the launch of the new Annual Catalogue, and running alongside it is the Autumn/Winter "mini" book.  I am really impressed with the collections available, not to mention the new In-Colours. 

The Autumn/Winter "mini" catalogue runs until the 30th January 2013 and has a selection of products to carry us over Halloween, Christmas and into the New Year.

For the card below, I have used a base of Cherry Cobbler.  The new Core'dinations card stock runs beautifully through the Big Shot, here using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  I couldn't wait to take the photo so the lighting isn't great but I think it shows up the core which gives an almost copper tone.  Scalloped tulle ribbon (Cherry Cobbler) at the back of the die cut and the amazing Snow Flurry Bigz die is cut on the Champagne Glimmer Paper with a vintage button (a sneak from the New Annual Catalogue)  My photo does not do the glimmer paper justice.

The patterned paper used in this card is from the Candlelight Christmas Speciality Designer Series Paper; the Evergreen stamp set and more sneaks from the Annual Catalogue with two of the new In-colours.

The Candlelight Christmas Speciality Designer Series Paper includes two sheets of this gorgeous acetate with flocked pattern on.  Despite promising that I would never use it and only look at it on special occasions, it really is too yummy to be hidden away.  The stamp set is another sneak!

If you would like a copy of the Annual Catalogue (£4.95) with free copy of the Mini Catalogue included, please drop me an email.  If you would like to host a workshop in your own home you will receive a copy of the Catalogue at no charge.  It's a great opportunity to get-together with friends and I can tailor your project to suit both experienced crafters and non-crafters alike. I can be contacted at

Well, off for a spot of ironing then t.v. under a blanket tonight I think.

Best wishes,


Sunday, 26 August 2012

August 2012

Hello and welcome to my blog.

Please bear with me whilst my blog is under construction and I get used to the technical side of things!

Please visit again to keep up with progress.  If you would be interested in attending any future classes/workshops or would like to hold a Stampin! Up Party, please contact me.