Friday, 8 March 2013

Oh Hello Training Card


Today I'm sharing a card that I made at one of the Julie's Jems monthly team training events, back in January I think.  It's a card that uses a few products from the Spring Summer Catalogue.  The feature item of the card is the Paper Doilies.  These are great value, at £2.75 for 24 doilies.  The ribbon on this card is a new item too, called Two Tone Ribbon.  It's a lovely wide ribbon, and comes in two colours - Pink/Pirouette/Rose Red, and Basic Gray/Basic Black, which is the colour shown here.

A close up of the butterflies punched with the Bitty Butterfly punch and the Elegant Butterfly punch, from the More Amore papers.  Rhinestone Jewels were placed along the centre of the butterflies.  I've just spotted that the jewels on that middle butterfly are a bit wonky, oh well, at least it looks hand made!

The Oh Hello stamp is shown in this picture, from the stamp set "Oh Hello".  You can also see the detail on the doilies here too.  The sentiment has been stamped onto the oval shape zig zag stamp, which has been cut using the Big Shot and the Ovals Collection Framelits Dies.

  1. Papers / Card Stock - Whisper White, More Amore DSP, Primrose Petals
  2. Stamp Sets - Oh Hello
  3. Tools - Ovals Collection Framelit Dies, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Elegant Butterfly Punch
  4. Embellishments - Paper Doilies, Basic Gray/Basic Black Two Tone Ribbon, Rhinestone Jewels
  5. Inks/Markers - Basic Gray, Pool Party

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Roses are red


This is a post I've been meaning to share for a couple of weeks.  My blogging hasn't been too regular recently, and I'm trying to put that right!  I've got a few things lined up to share, so I just need some time to sit down and get on with writing them.  

This post is to share the flowers I made a few weeks ago, and seeing as it was Valentines Day, I decided to make some roses.  I'd done a bit of Pinterest searching  and had found lots of flower tutorials so thought I'd have a go instead of just pining.  Anyone else guilty of spending too much time browsing for projects to make one day and the list just gets bigger and bigger?  This is a link to the pin showing how these roses were made.  

The card stock colours used for these flowers was Soft Suede, Primrose Petals, Riding Hood Red and Pretty in Pink. They were all daubed around the edges with Cherry Cobbler ink with the Sponge Daubers.  Three flowers were punched using the Blossom Punch, and were assembled using a glue gun.  

The first flower, the centre one has a long glass headed pin through the centre of it, which is what the stems were attached to.  The second and third layers were then joined with the glue gun, and held in place for a few seconds until the glue dried, which keeps hold of their flower shape.

This is a close up of one of the roses.  It looks like there's a bit of glitter around the edges of the petals, but it must be traces of the glue from the gun.  It looks quite pretty! They are spritzed with the Champagne Shimmer Paint so that might be what is showing in the photo.

This picture shows the underneath of the rose, which was made using the retired punch 5 Petal Flower.  I used three different colours of green for these to add a bit of variety - Wild Wasabi, Garden Green and Old Olive.  

The pins were glued to thin green wire stems that I picked up in a local craft shop, and then I wound florist tape around the stem.

This is a basket with glass jars that I picked up from a local shop to display the roses in. It was less than a fiver, and a few days after I'd bought it, I saw one in Laura Ashley for about £12! 

The basket came with a little wooden heart, attached with some ribbon.  I replaced the ribbon it came with with some Cherry Cobbler Seam binding ribbon.

I'll be making these soon again I hope, they'd be great for a special birthday, or for table decorations for a wedding or a party. Let me know what you think!

  1. Papers / Card Stock - Soft Suede, Pretty In Pink, Primrose Petals, Riding Hood Red, Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive
  2. Stamp Sets - N/A
  3. Tools - Sponge Daubers, Blossom Punch, 5 Petal Flower Punch (retired), Glue Gun (not SU) 
  4. Embellishments - Cherry Cobber Seam Binding Ribbon
  5. Inks/Markers - Cherry Cobbler
  6. Other - Vase, Basket & Jars, Florist Tape, Glass Headed Pins and Wire Stems (not SU)

Monday, 4 March 2013

Tri Fold Card - February Card Class


You may have seen a few days ago I shared a card that I'd made for the Shoe Box Swap event I attended on Saturday.  That card was a different take on the card that I made with my card class last Tuesday evening.  The class was enjoyable, apart from feeling dizzy, but my ladies were very understanding, and even did a bit of swaying around so I felt normal! I held the class at a new venue in the centre of Leeds, which worked ok for the numbers I had, but I'm not sure where it's permanent future home will be just yet!  

This card used papers from the Floral District Designer Series Paper, with Lucky Limeade card stock.  I had provided full instructions, but I'd made a few mistakes! Some were queried before the cards were cut or scored, and avoided a disaster, but a few slipped through the net but luckily I'd brought plenty of spare card in case it was needed.  A good learning tip for me there, to check, and double check my instructions in future! It's an easy card to make, it's just four score lines, and then two cut lines, and the tricky bit is just working out which way the folds should go.

This is a close up of the centre of the card, and uses the Bloomin' Marvelous stamp set, which is one of the Sale-A-Bration freebies, which can be earnt with every £45 spend up until the 22nd March.  It's not too late to book your workshop, and I'd love for you to take advantage of this great promotion, as it only comes round once a year.

I used Rich Razzleberry ink for the bird and the sentiment, Lucky Limeade ink for the leaves, and Daffodil Delight for the flowers.  Rhinestone Jewels were placed in the centre of the flowers for a bit of added sparkle.  These were stamped onto Whisper White card stock which was mounted onto Daffodil Delight card stock.

This is a view of the card from above, showing the folds.

If you'd like to see some of the other items that you could get for free, check out the link here, or take a look at my previous blog post here.  

  1. Papers / Card Stock - Floral District, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
  2. Stamp Sets - Bloomin' Marvelous
  3. Tools - Paper Trimmer
  4. Embellishments - Rhinestone Jewels
  5. Inks/Markers - Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Shoe Box Swap Card

Evening all

I hope you're having a nice weekend.  It looked nice and sunny today as I was driving to and from the Shoe Box Swap crafting day I attended with a group of demonstrators from Julie's Jems.  It was a bit of a struggle to be honest, I've got terrible dizziness (some would say that's no different to normal!) following a trip to Bruges last week on the ferry.  I've never been on a long ferry journey before, and wasn't sure what to expect, luckily I felt fine whilst I was on board, it was after I got back onto land that the swaying continued.  I've got some tablets from the doctors now, so I hope it won't go on much longer!I think out of the 11 projects I made today, I completed only one or two fully, and I made a couple of daft mistakes on the other projects, but I think I did well considering.

Just in case you're wondering what a Shoe Box Swap Day is, and you haven't seen my previous blog posts about the day we had last year, it's where each attendee brings along a project prepped for everyone else to make.  Each project should take about 30 minutes to complete, and it's such a great way of learning new techniques or trying out different products that we might not have bought ourselves yet.  Today, there were some gorgeous projects, and everyone went to so much effort before today making sure that they were prepared.

Here's the card that I designed and brought along for the ladies to make today.  It's the same design as I used in my card class on Tuesday, just with a different stamp set and different papers.  The theme was to use products from the Spring/Summer Catalogue, and since I've not gone too mad with buying products from it yet, I was limited to this stamp set.  For once, I've not bought everything I possibly can (or can't!) afford.  I made a tri fold shutter card, with Crumb Cake card stock as the card blank.  The papers are from the In Colours 2012-13 Designer Paper Stack, in Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals and Midnight Muse.  These papers stacks are great value, for just £19.50 you get 40 sheets of 12"x12" papers, and they come in all the colour families and In Colours.  I'm still getting through the Subtles pack that I got when I first signed as a demonstrator two years ago.

I used the Collage Curios stamp set for this card.  It's one of the sets I really liked from the Spring/Summer Catalogue, and co-ordinates with the Bottle Tops.  The images were stamped in Summer Starfruit, Baja Breeze and Primrose Petals, and were punched out using the Petite Curly Label Punch which is one of the Sale-A-Bration items this year.  These were then daubed around the edges with Crumb Cake Ink.

This is a close up of the Baja Breeze panel, which has been embossed using the Big Shot and the Honeycomb embossing folder, another product from the Spring/Summer Catalogue.

This is a view of the card from the top.  You can see how each fold alternates to make a zig zag effect.  I've not taken a picture of it flat, but it folds together so it would fit inside a normal A6 envelope, for easy posting.

I hope you like this card, and if you were one of the lucky ladies that attended the class today and happen to be reading this, please leave me a message to let me know what you thought of it.  If you'd like the tutorial, please also leave me a message or drop me an email at 

As I spot the other ladies projects appearing on their blogs, I'll be sharing the projects that I made today.  If you like them, why don't you drop onto their blogs too to take a look at their other creations.

  1. Papers / Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, In Colour 2012-13 Designer Paper Stack
  2. Stamp Sets - Collage Curios
  3. Tools - Petite Curly Label Punch, Sponge Daubers, Paper Trimmer
  4. Embellishments - Dimensionals
  5. Inks/Markers - Baja Breeze, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit