Thursday, 3 August 2017

Sweet & Simple

Clean and Bright

This card was made some time ago, as you can see it uses one of the Sale-a-bration stamps from 2017. I'm showing it as you could easily swap out what I used for newer products.

Well a couple of things went wrong with this card, first the embossing was a little off  so I had to add some ribbon to hide the gap, but then the only ribbon I had was not the right colour so I used my Melon Mambo blendabilities pens to darken it up before adding the silver ribbon.

I tried the stamping and then layering technique and found it looked very pretty and I just love the combination of the stitched shapes and layering framelits which gives your projects just that little bit more dimension.


The materials used are:
Card stock: whisper white, Melon Mambo
Ink: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Old Olive
DSP: Sunshine & Sprinkles (retired)
Stamp sets: Avant Garden (SAB)
Embossing folders: Petal Burst
Ribbon: Glitter Blushing Bride (retired), silver (SAB), Taffeta (retired)
Framelits: Layering Ovals, Stitched Shapes
Accessories: Wink of Stella

Will be back again soon with more cards

Love Annette x

I have never enjoyed a hobby more and would love to help you get started. If you'd like to have a go and live in the Walsall area of the West Midlands contact me and I would be happy to help you. Click the Contact Me above for how to get in touch.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Graduation Congratulations

Congrats Ash On your Masters

A couple of weeks ago it was my friends Son's graduation and he did very well. She used to make her own cards but since starting work has found it difficult, so she asked me to do one for her. I didn't have a clue what to do but I know he got a 1st so this is what I came up with.

She was thrilled with it and I just hope he liked it too. 

To do the hat I first punched out a best badge and cut it down with a slight angle, next I punched out a tree, turned it round and pushed again taking the trunk off and giving me a diamond shape, for the tassle I used DMC thread.

Sorry there's a lot of retired items used but it was how it came together. I'm sure it could be done with more up to date items but I was under pressure to get it done ASAP as she needed it a couple of days later. 


The materials used are:
(r) = retired, (nsu) = not stampin’ up

Card stock: Crushed curry, elegant eggplant, whisper white
Ink: black tuxedo (memento), elegant eggplant versaMark
DSP: It’s my party (r)
Stamp sets: Blue ribbon (r), number of years, sky is the limit (r), Teeny tiny sentiments
Embossing folders: sparkle
Embossing powders: Black (r)
Framelits: Layering circles, large numbers, stitched shapes
Punches: Best badge, tree (r), classic label, modern label (r)
Accessories: bakers twine (r), DMC thread (nsu)

The "Gaining A Masters Degree" was computer generated

Will be back again soon with more cards

Love Annette x

I have never enjoyed a hobby more and would love to help you get started. If you'd like to have a go and live in the Walsall area of the West Midlands contact me and I would be happy to help you. Click the Contact Me above for how to get in touch.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Fathers Day Rainbow

Just For Dad

I was going for something quite simple this year for dad's card and this is what I came up with.

First I created the background with what I call the colour swipe technique (not too sure what's it's really called). Then I stamped the tree and thought it was a bit to low so added the birds from the retired up up and away stamp set. After that I stamped the sentiment and die cut it with the banner from the cup cake cutouts die set. All complete within about half an hour.

I've made my dad a few cards over the years but this year was the first time he looked at it and said it was very nice.



The materials used are:
Card stock: Very vanilla
Ink: Early espresso, Crushed curry, rose red, soft sky, so saffron, wild wasabi
Markers: Garden green
Stamp sets: Guy greetings, lovely as a tree, up up and away (retired) 
Framelits: Cup cake cutouts

Will be back again soon with more cards

Love Annette x

I have never enjoyed a hobby more and would love to help you get started. If you'd like to have a go and live in the Walsall area of the West Midlands contact me and I would be happy to help you. Click the Contact Me above for how to get in touch.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Just a note

Eastern Beauty Note Card

Well I just couldn't wait to get my hands on this set along with all the goodies that came with it. So ordered early and then wasn't able to play with it for a while. Once I did I just love it and hope it stays for next year too.

This is the first thing I did with them.  Used the small note cards and placed a strip of DSP down the lefthand side, then scored at one eighth intervals down the righthand side to give  it some dimension, Die cut 2 of the medallions and placed a gold sticker on the smaller one (next time I think I might place the sticker before die cutting as it took me ages to line it up. Add a tassel (think these are great), stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla card stock and die cut using the stitched shapes ovals then layered that over a scalloped oval. Used some of the sale-abrations ribbon to anchor the medallion.



The materials used are:
Card stock: Fresh fig, very vanilla
Card base: Note cards (white)
Ink: Fresh fig, VersaMark
DSP: Eastern Palace
Stamp sets: Eastern beauty, flourishing phrases
Embossing powders: Clear
Framelits:Layering ovals, stitched shapes
Thinlits: Eastern medallions

Accessories: Eastern gold vinyl stickers, metallic ribbon (sab), scoreboard

Will be back again soon with more cards

Love Annette x

I have never enjoyed a hobby more and would love to help you get started. If you'd like to have a go and live in the Walsall area of the West Midlands contact me and I would be happy to help you. Click the Contact Me above for how to get in touch.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Birthday Greetings

Clean and Simple

I've been away on holiday for a couple of weeks and only remembered when I got back that I needed a couple of cards the next day so today I've made a card that uses old and about to be old products, the only thing still in the catalogue except for the card stock and ink is the banner triple punch. I'm sad to see the Hello you thinlits leave the catalogue. I use them a lot and will miss them.  

The card is easy and simple to do and was put together in just a few minutes. Which was good as I needed to make two of them. Men really stump me unless they have an interest which can be used such as photography or fishing.


The materials used are:
Card stock: Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Night of Navy
DSP: Carried Away
Stamp sets: Party Wishes (retired)
Thinlits: Hello You
Punches: Banner Triple
Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon (retired)

Will be back again soon with more cards

Love Annette x

I have never enjoyed a hobby more and would love to help you get started. If you'd like to have a go and live in the Walsall area of the West Midlands contact me and I would be happy to help you. Click the Contact Me above for how to get in touch.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Detailed Dragonfly meets Rose Garden

Sweet Sugarplum Treat

I did something I've never done before for this card. First I picked an embossing folder, then a stamp set followed by a set of dies and a pack of DSP. Laid them out on the table and low and behold this is what I created.  As I've never tried this method of card making before I was pleased with the outcome. Might try the same method for a male card next time so keep watching.

Just for a change everything is available now and in the up coming catalogue due out next month except for the DSP that will retire on 31st May.


The materials used are:
Card stock: Shimmery White, Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum, Vellum
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, VersaMark
DSP: Falling in Love
Stamp sets: Dragonfly Dreams
Embossing folders: Seaside
Embossing Powders: Clear
Thinlits: Detailed Dragonfly, Rose Garden
Punches: Banner Triple
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Dazzling Diamonds, Wink of Stella

Will be back again soon with more cards

Love Annette x

I have never enjoyed a hobby more and would love to help you get started. If you'd like to have a go and live in the Walsall area of the West Midlands contact me and I would be happy to help you. Click the Contact Me above for how to get in touch.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Birthday Girl

Growing Up Too Fast

Well my son's daughter has now left school and is at college having a ball.  I never know what to do for teenagers but when I saw this set I thought it would be good for both the boys and the girls. If you look back in my blog you'll see I've done one or two cards using these stamps and dies.


The materials used are:
Card Size: 41/8 x 83/8”, (10.5 x 21.3cm)
Card stock: Whisper White
Ink: Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango
DSP: Watercolor Wonder (retired)
Stamp sets: Custom Tee, Tie Dyed,
Embossing folders: Elegant Dots
Framelits: Layering Ovals, T-Shirt Builder
Punches: Classic Label
Ribbon: Metallic (SAB)
Accessories: Metallic Enamel Shapes

Will be back again soon with more cards
Love Annette x
I have never enjoyed a hobby more and would love to help you get started. If you'd like to have a go and live in the Walsall area of the West Midlands contact me and I would be happy to help you. Click the Contact Me above for how to get in touch.