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Showing posts from March, 2009

Wedding Invitations

My partner teacher is getting married in July and asked me to make her 100 invitations for their special day! We spent about a week choosing styles, stamp sets and colour schemes and finally decided on one. I placed the order for all the cardstock and ribbon and almost a week later it arrived. 3 weeks later 100 cards were all finished. I don't honestly believe I've ever made so many cards in such a short amount of time, but doing them conveyor belt style really helped. I cut all the cardstock first for the bases and the inside, then scored them all. I then punched the scalloped border on 50 of them (my hands killed me after that amount). And slowly, bit by bit, I kept making 10 here and 10 there and soon enough they were all done. She absolutely loved them, thank goodness! Wanna see them? Closed view Open View Natalie is getting the inserts printed and will be gluing them in over the Easter holidays and then I'm going to re-tie all the bows as she couldn't do

Homework's all done!

I managed to complete my homework for Amanda's team training on Saturday but only just managed to get it photographed and emailed to her about 5:45pm on Sunday (the deadline was 6pm!). Anyway here it is... As we were allowed to add another cardstock colour I chose to use Cameo Coral (although it does look a lot pinkier here than IRL). I used the new Very Versatile stamp set which will be available to order from April 1st (that's this Wednesday!). I also punched the end with my scallop edge punch and added a strip of scalloped So Saffron and Cameo Coral to continue the colour scheme. I love this edging! Just hope Paula over at SU likes it enough for me to win, but I doubt it as there's so many talented stampers in my team that I'm sure their creations will be so much better! Inside I stamped a greeting from the same set and mounted it on the same colours and I know just the right person to send this to. Recipe Stamps: Very Versatile Papers: Certainly

Team Training

On Saturday 21st March I attended my very first team meeting hosted by the lovely Amanda down in Fareham. It took me 3 hours in my mini tank courtesy car to get there and was a fairly easy drive. There were 10 of us altogether and all of the ladies there were really lovely. I had only ever met Amanda before but they all made me feel very welcome (thank you lovely ladies!) The first thing we did was exchange our swaps. Everyone had such a fantastic range of ideas and I loved all of them. Inside this cute little handbag that Sue made were two cute little charms. As you can see a beautiful collection of card fronts, full cards and 3D items. Amanda had made us all little gift packs containing a notebook with some of the silver elastic cord and die cut flowers on. I've never used either of these before but they both really added that special something to what was originally a plain notebook. We also got a test tube of M & Ms using the new Oval All stamp set and 2 ne

A Passion For Papertrey Challenge #2

This challenge calls for a single layer card. I can't do these at all and usually find them really difficult as I want to add more! However I saw a fantastic video on You Tube showing how to leave a blank space in the middle of a piece of card when embossing with a cuttlebug folder and nestabilities. I tried and tried following the instructions but it just didn't work. My chipboard was too thick to go through my cuttlebug so I tried layering lots of pieces of card but it still didn't work so I gave up :( And on a side note, my car is still in the garage a month after some stupid idiot rammed into it whilst it was parked and has given me a £2500 bill. He (I'm presuming it was a he!) hit my wheel, shunted it back, broke the suspension, drive shaft and buckled my wing so I need a ton of work done on it and am now driving a horrible Nissan Micra that sounds like a tank. I need my 206cc back!! What's all this got to do with this challenge I hear you ask?

All Swapped Out!!

I absolutely love doing card swaps and challenges and managed to get myself involved in 5 - yes count them 5 - swaps all happening at the same time. Swaps 1 & 2 The first one was a Papertrey Ink swap over on SCS. I love this range of stamps, cardstock and ribbon and is a wonderful addition to my current SU selection. I had 2 spots on this swap - might as well make the postage worth it! I chose to do the card on this post for one slot and then had to wait a while for my new stamps to come from PTI before deciding on what to do for the other one. I very rarely make mens cards so went for a masculine theme for my other spot. This one uses the new New Leaf cardstock and ink and the Wise Owl set which has so many sentiments and images that can be combined for so many different occasions. Recipe Stamps: Wise Owl from Papertrey Ink Paper: New Leaf cardstock from PTI, Creamy Caramel from Stampin' Up, non SU white cs, DP from Dovecraft's Masculine Paper Pack Ink:

Bye Bye Sale-A-Bration, Hello Chipboard!

I'm sad to say the first ever UK Sale-A-Bration ended on February 28th. However something new and exciting has arrived for March instead. GET ON BOARD WITH CHIPBOARD!! During the month of March, you will get 25 percent off our On Board chipboard assortments. Stampin' Up!’s On Board chipboard is designed to coordinate with many of our stamps and accessories, and is perfect for adding depth and colour to cards, scrapbook pages, or any other project you can think of. On Board chipboard assortments: *Quantities for retired items are limited to stock on hand and are available only while supplies last. There is no minimum purchase and postage and packing starts at just £3.95 per order. So do you wanna order some chipboard? Email me today with your order at

SUO Cards

I've been on a real Stampin' Up kick recently. I love how the cardstock matches the ink and the ribbon and the brads and the designer papers. I love how the designer papers match some of the stamp sets and die cuts and chipboard and rub ons too. The quality of Stampin' Up products really is worth the investment. OK they're not the cheapest, but in my opinion they are the best. I've tried a huge range of different cardstock companies from various stores and only occasionally does another company compare! Most other cardstock is too thin and doesn't really match anything else!'s some SUO (Stampin' Up Only) cards I've been making recently. A spring coloured Z-fold card using one of my favourite colour combinations. The matching punch for the three flowers stamp saves so much time cutting out. Recipe Stamps: One of a Kind Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, Whisper White Ink: Certainly Celery, Pretty