Ribbon of Courage ~ Stampin’ UP!

The Ribbon of Courage stamp set was one I was so thrilled to see in the 2017 – 2018 Annual Catalog, it was inspired by Patty Bennett who is one of Stampin’ UP!’s Million Sales Achiever, and was included on my very first order when the catalog went live on June 1st.

I wanted to make some cards with the set and the coordinating Support Ribbon Framelits and I did google the different Awareness Ribbon colors – there are such a huge range for all different causes, but I decided to go neutral today.
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You Light Up My Life – Fireflies in a jar

The Jar of Love Stamp set is one I have in my stash for a number of months – it just did not  get to the top of my pile of  stamps sets until the other day – as I took a close look I realized that it has such a lot of different themes and jars are very much in vogue at the moment – the other draw is it has the coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits – making everything so easy to cut out! Continue reading

Birthday Blossoms ~ with a touch of watercoloring

So everyone has a birthday – apart from thank you cards they are the ones I probably make most of.  I like to keep a stash of cards ready for when they are needed ~ well,  that is my excuse for making cards for no specific reason other than to have some crafting time.

The Birthday Blossom stamp set has such pretty images and I am drawn to the lovely cursive greetings that it has.  I used it as one of my virtual on-line stamp classes last year and I am thrilled to have used it again in the card I am sharing today. Continue reading

Help Keep Families Close ~ Ronald McDonald House Charities, special offer

Helping a sick child fight a serious illness or injury places a huge emotional strain on a family. Add worries about finances and a family can become overwhelmed. Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) help families stay near their hospitalized child at little or no cost, allowing them to focus on helping their child heal, not on where they will stay or get their next meal.

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Cutting Tools ~ Stampin UP!

My sweet Mum was a professional dressmaker – she was an apprentice in Bond Street, London – which was a very posh place for clothes back in the late 1940’s and early 50’s, making couture outfits ~  she has always been quick to point out that she made garments from start to finish – not just a ‘sleeve setter’ or ‘button sewer oner’.  She made wedding dresses and other posh frocks for ‘society’, she did not make her own wedding dress as it was considered unlucky, but she did make her best friends’ and Jean then made my Mum’s.

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Beautiful Bouquet Telescope Card

I have seen some of these telescope cards on the internet which had all been made using some of the BIGZ dies that have long since retired from the Stampin’ UP! catalogs.  Now we have the Layering Circle Framelits which have both scalloped and plain circles and makes it so very easy to create this special fold of card. Continue reading

Fall into Savings with Paper Pumpkin

Starting today, and ending on September 10, first-time Paper Pumpkin subscribers will get 50% off their first kit, which is the beautiful Autumn September kit. I know you’ll love it!

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Beautiful Bouquet Thank you card

Today I am sharing a card inspired by the Creating Pretty Cards sketch from Craft Project Central.  I am always looking for ideas for my card projects and have found Craft Project Central to be a very good source of inspiration.

So the story behind today’s card is very simple – I needed a birthday card for a dear friend and a thank you card for another.  One friend just loves black and white, so there was a good starting point, I had also just received the new leaf punch from Stampin’ UP!’s Holiday Catalog and was looking for ANY excuse to use it ! Continue reading

Background Bits Card ~ Technique and Tips

I have wonderful customers who shop for their Stampin’ UP! goodies with me – I am deeply grateful for their support and honored they choose me as their demonstrator.

I like to send each of them a thank you to show my appreciation – sometimes I choose to share them on my blog.

This card is based on a design by Jenny Peterson – I just added my own little creative twist 🙂 and as I was making it I realised it had a number of different techniques or features that would benefit from explaining a little, so I switched on my camera.
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Memory Keeping or Scrapbooking ~ Stampin’ UP!

Traditional scrap-booking is something I have loved to do over the last 8 – 9 years, more or less since we became grandparents really.  Building up the 12 x 12 pages, adding photos and other memory pieces, but it can take a bit of time to build a page or two.

Memory keeping allows you to build up your album a lot quicker – I have been working thru doing ‘something’ with our wedding photos for several years, with Memories and More I was able to build up about 6 double page 12 x 12 spreads in about 3 hours!

Is it scrapbooking or memory keeping?  ~ does it really matter? – lets get those pictures off our phones and into something more permanent and fun to look at! Continue reading