Four Panel Card – Stampin’Up! Lift Me Up Bundle & Naturally Eclectic DSP

Another birthday in our household, this time my eldest son! Time was on my side, so on on my day off I got to and created this card for him instead of reaching into my big box of class and blog samples.

I ordered the bundle of Lift Me up stamps and Up and Away thinlits last year when they were released in the 2017 Occasions catalogue. Thank goodness they carried over into the current Annual catalogue! Due to my very bad habit of ordering stamps I love and ordering too many to be able to spend my time creating with, the bundle has sat on my desk for a year awaiting it’s turn for stardom on my blog.

Yesterday I saw my chance and went for it. By happy coincidence when searching through my Designer Series Papers I found that there is a sheet of perfectly patterned paper in the Naturally Eclectic pack of DSP that works spot on with the hot air balloons in the Lift Me Up stamp set.

 The paper has the appearance of water colouring , so you get the effect without all the effort! When stamping the balloon I inked it all up in Emerald Envy then with a tissue wiped away the ink from the basket area and added Early Espresso marker to get the two colour image. The same process for all the other balloon images.

Also check out the Glitter Epoxy Shapes used as an accent. The glitter in them is blue and green perfect for my card. You will find these fun new accents in the 2018 Occasions catalogue.

Here is my card in it’s full inner four panel glory. The final panel has the hot air balloon die cut using the Up and Away thinlit die.

To make the card extra special for DS I added the banner from the Guy Greetings stamp set and added “son” from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set. Of course the card was a big hit with my eldest. I’ll have to come up with another card just as worthy for my youngest son’s birthday next month now!

I really enjoy making the Four Panel Cards as you can use so many of your ideas for a card on the one card! Try one out some time and see what you think. I’d love to know how you go so leave a comment below.



Eastern Medallions Card from Catalogue Launch

Here is the last of my catalogue launch cards that my attendees made last weekend. This card was our make and take at our team night last month and was created by Fi Cobbin. I thought the card was so cute I had to share it at my catalogue launch.

I was not a big fan of the Eastern Palace Suite when it was released early by Stampin’Up! but as time has gone by and I have had more time to create with the dies, stamps and papers I have to admit I am really enjoying the suites potential. This card uses the new In Colour Berry Burst. Such a happy splash of colour!

This sweet little note card is 4×4 inches and could be used for any occasion. I’ll be using mine as thank you cards for my customers. The Eastern Medallion dies can be mixed and matched to create a multitude of designs. The outer die for this card creates a partial cut out design which gives your card a unique look which is accentuated by turning up the outer petals.

To highlight the design a square of gold metallic foil is placed under the cut out design. Sooo pretty!!!

I really think Stampin’Up! have outdone themselves this year with their sentiment stamps. The fonts used on so many of the new stamps are so gorgeous. Take this cute “hello” stamp from the Eastern Beauty set, it is so sweet! The addition of the dot stamp each end of the sentiment adds a nice touch to the whole design.

The Eastern Palace Suite also has co-ordinating tassels, inks and vinyl stickers. You can see them all on page 19 of the 2017- 2018 Stampin’Up! catalogue. To save you money you can order the stamp set and dies as a bundle and save 10% off teh price if each are purchased individually.

Thanks for stopping on my page, hope to see you again soon,



Happy Birthday Thinlit Card from Catalogue Launch

Look a card with no stamping! Here is a very quick card that will suit as a male birthday card any time you require one. I love the new Happy Birthday thinlit die for making quick card. This card was one of the projects at my recent catalogue launch.

The background paper is from the fabulous Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack. A terrific 6×6 stack of 48 sheets with 12 double sided designs. I had to add a touch of bling so the new mini sequin trim in gold was used by sliding the sequins off the thread and adhering them with the fine tip glue pen.

Now I also had this card to show the ladies attending to highlight how this thinlit can be used to create a shadow to the diecut words.

The top layer words are done using Sahara Sand card and the under set are cut out of Early Espresso card stock. For bling on this card I added Gold Metallic Shapes.

I hope I have given you some inspiration for getting your hands on this great new die from Stampin’Up!. You can head over to my online store and view this die and many others from the new 2017 Annual Catalogue.



Butterfly Thinlits Card with Sponged Background

The Butterfly Thinlits are so much fun to play with. You can create stunning cards very easily. this card was one of the samples from my June class. One of the techniques was sponged backgrounds. I showed off one of my other sponged background cards in this post.

Colours used to sponge the background for this card were – So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point.

Have fun experimenting with different colour combos!



Berry Basket – Happy Easter

Happy Easter! Here is my Berry Basket creation which I used as an Easter gift Basket. I had this design as one of my Team Day projects so as everyone attending could have a play with the Berry Basket die plus the Stampin’Up! Decorative Masks.

If you haven’t seen these masks in the catalogue, they are page 205. You have a choice of Hearts and Stars or Dots and Stripes. So for the basket I cut it out using the Big Shot and then using the star mask/stencil I sponged Early Espresso ink onto the Kraft Cardstock, which is a heavier weight card available in the Annual catalogue page 192.

The basket trim was stamped with the Chalk Lines stamp set, as was the handle. Flower stamp is from Petal Potpourri and punched out using the matching Flower Medallion punch.

The thankyou tag is from the Tea Party stamp set.

I hope the Easter bunny came to visit – Happy Easter!


November Class – Card 3 Thinlit Christmas Card

Okay here is the third card that we will make in this months class. It is a card made using the new Thinlits from Stampin’Up!. This die creates all the cuts and scores to make a cute flip/swing card.

Here is the front view and below is the flip view.

I added some dazzling details glitter to the reindeer antlers and the changing colours look lovely but unfortunately it does not show uo as well as I had hoped in the photo.

If you would like to join us for classes this month please see the last post for class dates and times.


While away on holiday this week my DH asked me  to make a thankyou card to give our holiday unit complex managers. Fine, no problem, until I realised I had only bought Christmas stamps with me to create items for my November class. A dilemma, until I remembered at the last minute I had popped into my craft stash my new Thinlits that had arrived the day before we went away.

Now the Thinlits are a brand new line released by Stampin’Up! to be used in the Big Shot to create ready made swing/flip cards.

Here is what they look like –

And here is what I made –

They are very hard to photograph well! Hopefully you can see how the central cut out piece swings across when you flip the card open. I used the Circle Card thinlits for my card but I have added an extra flip piece on the right side of the card. If you use the thinlit as seen in the item photo it will cut the card off at the right hand fold and that will be your finished card size.
I saw an item on Patty Bennett’s blog where she popped one end of the card through the Thinlit end so as it is not cut off when you run your card through the Big Shot.  See here to have that explained a bit more clearly!
I was pretty pleased with my first attempt at creating with my new Thinlits and I may include one of these cards in my November Christmas Extravaganza classes.
If you would like to order yourself some Thinlits then you can – just go to my online store (Shop Now button to the right of this entry) and place your order.
I’ll be back again once I get sorted out at home to show you some of the cards we will be making in my November class.

Another sneak peek…….All Dressed Up

I’ve had a play with another one of the amazing new products coming up in the new Seasonal catlaogue. Well actually I played with a few items that make up this fun creative set. Playing with these items takes me back to my childhood when I loved playing with paper cutout dress ups – remember those? Showing my age here!!!!!

Any way the items I created with are from “All Dressed Up”. There is a stamp set, matching Dress Up framelit dies, Card Base Pop’n Cuts and Dress Form Pop’n Cuts. You can see them on page 32 of the Seasonal catalogue.

For my first attempt I CASED the sample card in the new Seasonal catalogue to give my son’s fiancee for her birthday today.

The card is virtually the same I just changed the sentiment stamp and framelit cut out for the sentiment. It was fun to do and very easy using the Pop’n Cuts dies in the Big Shot.

I was really pleased with how it turned out and plan to make a lot more dress cards using all these new products. The ideas I have for dresses to create using so many stamping techniques are filling my brain!!!

Here is the card front I created.

The words come from the “Layered Labels” set and were cut out using the matching Apothecary Accents Framelit die.

Cardstock – Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Basic Grey

Paper – Neutrals Paper Stack

Embellishments – Brights buttons, silver glimmer paper, hole punch, Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details, White Bakers Twine

Ink – Pool Party, Basic Grey

Framelits – Window Frames Collection, plus those already mentioned

I placed another windows framelit card piece on the back of the card to write our greeting on so as to keep the inner card looking pristine!

Thanks for stopping by!

Missing Mojo………….. and a Sneak Peek!

Well it has been awhile I am sorry between posts. My mojo has been well and truly missing for some time now. It usually happens around the New Year as I get over Christmas and all that it involves. Plus I have come to the conclusion ( and those of you have seen my craft area will probably say I told you so) – I have way too much stuff and looking at it all becomes rather daunting as I sit there wondering where to begin…………………………………………………………. but then on my door step arrives a lovely big brown box from you know who filled with gorgeous new Seasonal catalogue and Sale-a-bration goodies and I can feel the tickle of inspiration happening…….. And guess what?

I made a card!!!!!! And here it is!!!!!!!

I received my copy of the latest Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine today and there were so many layout ideas that I just had to try one of them and see if I could get the creative ideas flowing.

The pinwheels are actually made from a lovely new Sizzlit S die in the new Seasonal catalogue, which is coming your way on February 1st. There were so many lovely goodies in my big brown box but this is one item I really wanted to have a play with. I have to say they were so easy to make and were perfect for the layout I wanted to create.

I have cut the pinwheels from Polka Dot DSP. The black DSP is from the Neutrals Paper Stack both of these are in the main catalogue.

Another sneak peek is the sentiment stamp. It comes in a set of 6 sentiment stamps designed to go with the Pinwheel die. It is a good size as are the birthday and thankyou stamps in the set and they are the perfect size to work with so many of the Stampin’Up! punches. You can see how I used it here with the word window punch.

 The black punched piece is the normal size of the word window punch. To create the sentiment punched piece I stamped the sentiment then punched it out lining up the end of the stamped image with the right edge of the punch window. Attach the punched piece to a post it note so as you have something to hang onto then line up the punched image in the punch window and repunch the left end of the stamped image to get your smaller word window punched image.

So here’s hoping the mojo is coming back and will stay around for quite some time!!!!!! There are so many lovely new items in the upcoming Seasonal catalogue and I just have to play with them all!!!!

Holiday Frame Card

Here is another card I made for my Catalogue Launch. I was playing with the embossing folder Holiday Frames (page 7 of Holiday catalogue) and thought it looked a bit plain just embossed on white card so I inked the embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot and this is how it turned out. It shows off the detail of the embossing folder so much better!

A bit of “fussy” cutting, the addition of some Early Espresso tulle behind the embossed piece and a stamped image from “Joyous Celebration” (same page in Holiday catalogue) and my card was done!

Cardstock – Cherry Cobbler, Naturals White
Ink – Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
Punch – Extra large oval

Hope my card gives you some ideas for your use of the Holiday Frame embossing folder!