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.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Tangerine Tango Horizontal Lines

Birthday Boy

Well I'm getting cards made but not finding the time to get them on the blog lately.
My daughter has be very poorly in hospital so there has been visits to see her and helping out with her 3 younger children (they're a right handful all together) but lovely to have.

I went for a retro look for Stephens card and was quite pleased with the finished card. The only problem was apart from the colours everything has been retired for some time. But you have to use it up or it's not cost effective.



The materials used are:
Card stock: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Ink: Tangerine Tango
Markers: Tangerine Tango
Stamp sets: Sassy Salutations (retired)
Accessories: Candy Dots (retired), Scoreboard, Washi Tape (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.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Vertically Chalenged Oops

Weather's a bit overcast today and it's trying to rain but I hope it clears up soon as I'm going out to lunch today with my friend Judy. Well as you can see I made  this card for another dear friend of mine who had a birthday last week. 
I bought this stamp set a while ago and forgot all about it, so thought I would use it for her card.
After I'd finished it and put it in the post I looked at the photograph I'd taken and wished I'd stepped it up a little, maybe used a simple embossing folder for the main part and banners for the sentiment. 



The materials used are:
Card stock: Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Rose Red
Stamp sets: Bloomin’ Love, Vertical Greetings
Framelits: Bitty Banners (retired)
Accessories: Sequin Trim, Solid Bakers Twine

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, 15 April 2017

Teenage star

Number of Years meets T Shirt

As you can see this is for a football fanatic, and his team are the VILLA well we can't have it all, can we. I never know what to do for boys (big & small) they're a nightmare but I do keep trying.

This one was quite easy once I got going. I've mixed old and new again, as I only wanted small numbers and I did the You're a star sentiment on the computer. 
Hope my nephew liked it.


The materials used are:
Card stock: Marina Mist, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Marina Mist
Stamp sets: Number of Years
Embossing folders: Seaside, Sparkle
Punches: Classic Label, Confetti Stars
Framelits: Little Numbers (retired), Sliding Star, T Shirt

Will be back again soon with more cards

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, 1 April 2017

Floral Affection Meets Perfectly Artistic

Soft & Subtle

Well today I'm showing a card I made a few weeks ago for a good friend of mine who's birthday was a couple of days ago. I got the idea from Lizy's house of cards. I just love her  blog and the cards there are always gorgeous.

I changed it up a bit and put my own spin on it, while using up yet more of my retired stock.  



The materials used are:
Card stock: Blushing Bride, Shimmery White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz
DSP: Perfectly Artistic (retired)
Stamp sets: Curly Cute (retired), Season of Joy (retired)
Embossing folders: Floral Affection
Accessories: Metallic ribbon (sab)

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.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Sealed With Love & More

Not Quite A One

Well when I saw the Sealed with love bundle I wasn't going to get it but then I remembered that I'd want something special for next year as it will be our 25th. Or 30th if you count the years we've been together.

So I purchased it and then felt I needed to get my moneys worth out of it so used some of the lovely little sayings for this years card.

Roy's only comment was "there's a lot of black" so much for all my hard work.



The materials used are:
Card stock: whisper White, Glimmer paper
Base card: NSU
Ink: Real Red, VersaMark
DSP: Stacked with love (retired)
Stamp sets: Sealed with love, Special reason, Teeny tiny sentiments
Embossing Powders: Clear
Framelits: Love notes, Stylish stems

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, 28 March 2017

Birthday Blooms

Soft and Beautiful

I enjoyed making this card, it was so simple and came together quickly. Considering when I came into the craft room I had no idea what I was going to do.

I'm still trying to use up some of my retired goodies and thought the doily could be quite easily replaced with the current doilies in this years catalogue.  There a loads of happy birthday stamps but I just love this one so keep going back to it.

The flourish thinlits are fantastic,I just love the open leaf effect.  And the triple banner punch is great if you are not good at fishtailing (which I'm not).  

Hope you like this card and it's a good one for beginners to start with as there is plenty to do but none of it is hard.


The materials used are:

Card stock: Very Vanilla
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum
DSP: In color stack
Stamp sets: Bloomin’ Love, Birthday Blooms, Create A Cupcake (retired)
Punches: Triple Banner
Framelits: Bunch Of Banners
Thinlits: Bloomin’ Heart, Flourish
Accessories: Delicate White Doilies (retired), Rhinestones, 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.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Great Tees

Tie Dyed Look

Well last week looked like Spring was well on the way, this weekend it's back to winter woollies. I hate the cold it give me that SAD syndrome.

My answer's get into the craft room and let the world go by.  I lose myself for hours once I get started.

Wasn't too pleased with the way this card turned out, it was a lot darker than I wanted it but, the more I looked at it the better it got and I don't like waste so here it is.

I love the Lucky Stars embossing folder even though I don't use it very often and thought it would be a good background for the tee shirt. Plus my sister is a Star. I stamped the word Sister (sorry not SU) on some whisper white card stock, then placed it in the embossing folder and ran it through the bigshot. Will need to practice with the stamp set as i'm not too good on the 2 and 3 step stamping (as they say practice makes perfect).

She had to have surgery the day before her birthday but feels much better now. She may need to have more surgery later we've got to wait and see.



The materials used are:

Card stock: Dapper Denim, Watercolor Paper, Whisper White
Ink: Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum
Stamp sets: Custom Tee, Designer Tee (sab), Tie Dyed
Embossing folders: Lucky Stars
Framelits: T-Shirt Builder
Accessories: Bakers Twine, Rhinestones

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, 13 March 2017

Ballooning

Lift Me Up

Well there was so much to look at when I first got me Spring Summer catalogue that I just didn't know where to start when ordering. Hence my order was a little bigger than usual and I must admit so was my second.  Every time I have a quick look through it for ideas I find something else I MUST have.

The second order arrived last Thursday and I haven't had time to play with any of it as we were away for the weekend with friends.  We had a lovely time and was able to avoid the rain.

Today's card was made using the Lift me up bundle, and I am really pleased with the result. Fitting the balloon pieces together was so easy, and I edged the clouds with wink of stella. 



The materials used are:
Card stock: Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach, Real Red, Shimmery White, Soft Sky, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White
Ink: Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, Watermelon Wonder
Stamp sets: Lift Me Up
Embossing folders: Seaside
Thinlits: Up And Away
Accessories: Grosgrain ribbon (retired), 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, 4 March 2017

Spring is in the air

Sunshine and Flowers

Hi everyone, well today I've again mixed the old with the new and was quite pleased with the result.  I'm tending to do this as I have a lot of product and feel it should be used whether it's old or new, as long as it looks nice.  You could easily swap out the retired items for current product, 

For the sentiment you need to place an order for £45 before 31st March  and then you can choose the Avant Garden stamp set as your free gift.

As for the shop around stamp, I bought this when it was in the catalogue at the time and then believe it or not didn't use it until now.


The materials used are:
Card stock: Pear Pizzazz, Shimmery White, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron
DSP: Subtles Paper Stack (retired)
Stamp sets: Avant Garden (SAB), Shop Around (retired)
Embossing folders: Festive
Framelits: Layering Ovals, Stitched Shapes
Thinlits: Flourishes
Ribbon: Taffeta (retired) 

Accessories: Basic Rhinestones

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, 25 February 2017

Spring is in the air

One for Two (oops)

Well this card went to two people and the story is that for once this year I'm a little  ahead of myself in making the cards i need so my niece's card was made towards the end of January and put away safely for today. 

Then shock horror!!! at the very beginning of February I realised I had forgotten to make my lovely neighbour a card and it was already lunchtime. So I quickly did an insert for my niece' card (thank goodness I hadn't already put one in) and gave it to my neighbour, who loved it.  The problem was I really liked it for Ruth so straight away I made another one and put it away for her, hope she likes it too!

Happy Birthday Ruth


The materials used are:
Card stock: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White
Ink: VersaMark,Watermelon Wonder
DSP: Neutrals Stack
Stamp sets: Circle of spring
Embossing Powders: Clear, Silver
Framelits: Layering circles, Stitched shapes, Wonderful wreath
Ribbon: Dotted Lace Trim (retired)

Accessories: Basic rhinestones, Tea lace doilies (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.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Big Birthdays'

Celebrating Big Occasions

Today is bright at the moment but very windy and the trees are swaying as if there's no tomorrow. So for me it's batten down the hatches as my son would say and enjoy a day at home.
Again it's a man card, sorry I've used a retired embossing folder it was the one I liked best for this project.Looking at the picture of the card now I see I missed out the black ribbon used for the separation between the top and bottom it's the stitched satin ribbon and I believe it's also retired now.
It was quite easy to make, but has a bit of a pop to it I think. Hope you like it!!!



The materials used are:
Card stock: Basic Black, Emerald Envy, Shimmery White
Ink: Emerald Envy
DSP: In color stack 16 - 18
Stamp sets: Number of years
Embossing folders: Zig zag (retired)
Framelits: Large numbers, Layering ovals, Stitched shapes
Thinlits: Party pop up
Accessories: Rhinestones (NSU)

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 my details.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Wetlands meets Gorgeous Grunge

Cards For Men !!!

Well today is a cloudy day here in the West Mids, and I haven't got a recent card for you so I've found one I didn't post from January.  I've been really busy doing all the cards for March over the last few days as I like to be a month in advance. 

It's a very simple card and I'm sure there are many more just like it out there in the world.   But I find men are so hard to find inspiration for.  Once you've done one for their kind of interests that's it don't you think. Well my friend is a fisher man so I hope this was suitable for him and he liked it.  I send him a card both birthday and christmas but don't see him anymore so never very sure if either he or his son like the cards I send them.  I know I like the ones I get from him though.

I combined the wetlands and gorgeous grunge stamps at the bottom then used the birds from up up and away and the sentiment from Wetlands again.


The materials used are:
Card stock: shimmery white, soft suede
Ink: crumb cake, soft suede, versaMark
Embossing powder: early expresso (retired)
Stamp sets: gorgeous grunge, up up and away (retired), wetlands

Accessories: linen thread

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 will be happy to help you. Click the Contact Me above for my details.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Clean and Bright Butterflies

Spring will soon be here!!!

I loved doing this card, don't know why particularly but I did.
I had no idea what I was going to do when I started but loved the finish. Again there is a mixture of old and new. I did a bit of sponging under the butterfly and a bit of thumping on the little butterflies. It was for one of my granddaughters and she loved it.

The card size is 5x7 and I extended the polka dot embossing.
 

The materials used are:
Card stock: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango
DSP: Irresistibly yours (retired)
Stamp sets: Birthday Banners, Papillon Potpourri
Embossing folders: Perfect Polka Dots (retired)
Punches: Bitty Butterfly
Framelits: Bunch of Banners
Thinlits: Butterflies
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Wink of Stella


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 pleased to help you.

Will be back again soon with more cards
Love Annette x