Friday, 31 August 2012

The Last Beautiful Butterfly #10 – CAS Butterfly Prints

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So here is the last card from the Clean & Simple Beautiful Butterflies class.

This is another sample that I received from a swap between a bunch of UK demonstrators. It has sat there on my display board for a while and some of my ladies have yearned to make it for themselves… so I had to oblige  - it would have been rude not to!!

This card was made by the very talented Marisa van Emson who is a demonstrator down in Ipswich– she shares another version of the card on her blog here.

SU! Supplies

Stamps - Butterfly Prints

Punch - Butterfly

Card - Baja Breeze; Soft Suede; Very Vanilla

Paper - Stack Neutrals Polka Dot Crumb Cake

Beautiful Butterfly #9 – Manhattan Flower

2012_08_Beautiful Butterflies at The Craft Spa 061_resize Here is the last but one clean & simple butterfly card ( yes I lied when I said there were only 2 more to go after yesterdays post – there were actually 3). So 2 posts today!!!

This one is closely CASED from this card by the extremely talented Emma of Devotion to the Dream blog fame down in Swansea.  A quick wave to Emma as I know she follows my blog!

SU! Supplies

Stamps - Style Beautiful; Curly Cute

Embossing Folder- Manhattan Flower

Die– Bigz Beautiful Butterflies

Card - Baja Breeze;Vellum;Whisper White

Ink Pad – Baja Breeze; Whisper White

Embellishment – Rhinestone Circle Brad

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Beautiful Butterflies #8 – All A Flutter meets Clearly For You

2012_08_Beautiful Butterflies at The Craft Spa 060_resize Just 2 more posts of clean & Simple CASED butterflies to go…….

Then it will be Saturday 1st September…. which is a BIG day in the Stampin’ Up! world.  Saturday brings not only the RETIRING List from the current catalogue – but also the first-time-in-Europe AUTUMN/WINTER catalogue….

So lots and lots of new products … and lots of lots of last chance products too…. really tough on the old crafting wallet!!!!

This card is inspired by a gorgeous card made by Stephanie as shown on her Stamping & Sharing blog back in June of this year. Link to Stephanie’s card here.

 SU! Supplies

Stamps - All a Flutter;Clearly for You; Thank You Kindly

Punches - Scallop Border

Card & Paper - Whisper White; Basic Black

Ink Pads – Blushing Bride; Basic Black

Ribbon  - InColor Blushing Bride

Embellishments - 1 tiny & 1 large Pearl 

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Beautiful Butterflies #7 – Creative Elements meets Apothecary Art

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This had to be the quickest card of the session….. but it is very effective none the less!!

So this is a direct CASE of a card by the very talented Ilina Crouse at My Creations  - there are a selection there using this years’ In Colors.  And having just checked Ilina’s link for these cards I can see that this was a card that was CASED from one found on Pinterest.  Please let us know if you know the original creator – I truly believe in giving credit where it is due… 

Talking of Pinterest  - here is my link for anyone else that wants to follow someone new!!  Although I wish I had that many followers on this little old blog!! Shows what an avid pinner I am….I had as many followers as my blog followers within 2 weeks!!    And 6 weeks later … well 10 times as many!! LOL!!!

SU! Supplies

Stamps - Apothecary Art ; Creative Elements

Embosslit – Beautiful Wings

Punch - Modern Label

Card & Paper - Whisper White;  Elegant Eggplant

Embellishment - Large Pearl

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Beautiful Butterflies #6 – Thumped Joseph’s Coat Technique!

2012_08_Beautiful Butterflies_Josephs Coat 003_resizeAnother simple card blending a couple of techniques that we all know and love! Namely Joseph’s Coat Technique and Thumping…. Though I still have to query why we call it thumping…. I would cry if anyone actually thumped my markers heavily… as that would break the tip!!!

This card is a CASE of one I received in a sample swap between UK demos organised via our favourite site, In Love with Stamping. 2012_08_Beautiful Butterflies_Josephs Coat 006_resizeThe original stunning card was made by Michelle Bryant . Having just visited Michelles’ blog again… I have realised that this isn’t the first time I have CASED her swap samples …..remember this card....….  so thanks more than once Michelle!!!  Now I can’t see the original card on Michelles’ blog so thought I should share her original here too as the colour scheme is SO vibrant. 

So here is the step by step for the decoration of my die-cut butterfly using the Joseph’s Coat combined with Thumping…….

1. Ink up flower stamp with Versamark

2. Ink up flower stamp with Pool Party ink

3. “Thump” Island Indigo & Rich Razzleberry markers over flower stamp

4. Stamp on butterfly

5. Add clear embossing powder & heat

6. Brayer over Pink Pirouette ink

Su! Supplies

  • Stamps - My Friend
  • Punches - Lace Ribbon border
  • Tools - Brayer
  • Card & Paper - Pool Party, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry
  • Ink Pads – Versamark; Pool Party; Island Indigo; Pink Pirouette
  • Marker Pens – Rich Razzleberry; Island Indigo
  • Embossing Powder Clear

Monday, 27 August 2012

Beautiful Butterflies #5 – CAS Butterfly Prints

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Yes you guessed it – another CAS card – another CASE!!

This is CASED from a card by Brandy just over a year ago that can be found here.

Now Brandy challenged everyone to give it a try – so I did!! Thanks Brandy……… It is really a simple but stunning card.


 SU! Supplies

Stamps- Butterfly Prints

Punches - Scallop Border; Butterfly

Card & Paper - Whisper White; Island Indigo

Ink Pads – Pool Party; Island Indigo; Calypso Coral

Ribbon – Satin Whisper White

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Beautiful Butterflies #4 – Another Clean & Simple All A Flutter Card

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Another Clean & Simple card. Another CASED card.

For those of you that don’t really know me….. I have never been a real butterfly fan  – but over the past year I had managed to pick up SO MANY beautiful cards featuring butterflies that inspired me ( aka had to CASE) – so I had to run a session so that I could make a few of them!!

I think we made about 12 cards in all – but I had had over 100 to pick from!! Unbelievable!! SO maybe a few more butterflies to come over the next year too!!  2012_08_Beautiful Butterflies at The Craft Spa 057_resize

The original version of this card was made by the very talented Jen Sannes using a different butterfly stamp … but I don’t have that butterfly!! Here are Jen’s cards.

SU! Supplies

Stamps - All a Flutter ;Style Beautiful OR Love & Sympathy

Card & Paper – Whisper White; Melon Mambo OR Certainly Celery

Ink Pads – Pretty in Pink; Melon Mambo; Rose Red
OR Certainly Celery; Pear Pizzazz; Always Artichoke

Ribbon Scalloped Polka Dot Melon Mambo
OR Denim Jean Always Artichoke

Embellishments - Pearls

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Beautiful Butterflies #3 – Little & Large Easel Cards from the Beautiful Butterflies die

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So here is a little and a large version of an easel card made using the Beautiful Butterflies die. A really simple and stunning little card….. that resulted in my ladies ooh-ing and aah-ing… a lot!!


But I can’t take the credit!! The small one is an exact CASE of the gorgeous card by Bronwyn Eastley done back in April 2011. You can find her tutorial for the smaller one here.  She is also selling a tutorial for the larger one here – but I have to admit that I worked it out myself as I didn’t realise that was available until just now!!

SU! Supplies

Stamps - Thank You Kindly ;Teeny Tiny Wishes

Embossing Folders - Elegant Bouquet ; Vintage Wallpaper

Dies - Beautiful Butterflies

Punches - Itty Bitty Blossoms; Modern Label

Card & Paper – Whisper White; Rich Razzleberry

Inks - Rich Razzleberry ; Basic Grey

Embellishments – Gemstones; Clear Rhinestone Brad


Friday, 24 August 2012

Beautiful Butterflies #2 – All A Flutter Diorama Card

2012_08_Beautiful Butterflies at The Craft Spa 068_resizeHere is a second card from our butterflies class.

This card is CASED from the absolutely gorgeous Christmas card we all made at Jules Jems training back in July which was cased from Julies birthday card by Sally Jo Houghton. Having always been a lover of a Diorama card – this was right up my street!!

This is a very clever Diorama card made from just one piece of A4 card. Just cut in half into two A5 pieces and score each LANDSCAPE piece at 1”; 2” and 8”. Die cut the aperture. Emboss the front panel with the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder. Adhere together using the narrow sections. Add some die cut labels and a few rolled flowers & cut-out butterflies. And there you have it……

SU! Supplies

Stamps - Apothecary Art ; All A Flutter

Tools – Big Shot & Framelits Labels Collection; Simply Scored

Embossing Folder- Elegant Bouquet

Card & Paper - Pool Party; Island Indigo; Whisper White; Lucky Limeade; Rich Razzleberry

Inks – Basic Black; Island Indigo; Pool Party; Rich Razzleberry

Embellishments - Gems

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Beautiful Butterflies Clean & Simple #1

2012_08_Beautiful Butterflies at The Craft Spa 065_resize I fancied a change in my blog posts!… so there isn’t a scallop square in sight here!!! Our last class featured butterflies and mainly CAS style cards.

This is a card totally inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest  made by Becky.

Simple in style – but a real WOW in the flesh! I can definitely see a remake of this one – maybe something for Christmas next……


SU! Supplies

  • Stamps - Love & Sympathy;Thank You Kindly; French Foliage
  • Embosslit – Beautiful Wings
  • Card - Whisper White; Rose Red
  • Ink Pads – Lucky Limeade; Old Olive; Rose Red
  • Marker Pens – Old Olive; Rose Red

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Scallop Square #19 Revisited – Name Plate – The How To

2012_07 199_resizeApologies for the delay in posting the details of how to make this name plate that I published earlier - but DH being at home & family holidays scuppered all my blog posting plans!! So now that I have had a well earned rest….. back to it…..


Cut a piece of 12x12 cardstock to 4 3/4” x 12”.

With the panel LANDSCAPE on your Simply Scored board ( ie 12” along the top) – score at 4 1/4” and 7 5/8”.

Fold concertina style.

Line up the folded score lines 1 scallop in from opposite sides of the scallop square die & die cut.

Cut a cardstock mat to 10 3/4” x 4”.

Cut the DSP to 10 1/2” x 3 3/4”.

Decorate as required.

SU! Supplies

  • Dies - Scallop Square; Alphabet Simple Letters
  • Stamps – Just Believe
  • Papers – First Edition Speciality
  • Cardstock – Sahara Sand; Calypso Coral; Basic Black
  • Inks – Basic Black; Sahara Sand
  • Tools – Simply Scored Board

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Scallop Square #22 – Double Swinging Z-Fold Card for Mothers Day

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And here is the card that proved the most popular at the Team Training event last month.

I don’t think the photos do it justice but I know those of you at the Team Training will remember!!



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A lot of people thought that this looked intricate and complicated – but actually it isn’t really…. though there are steps that HAVE to be done in a certain order or it doesn’t work….. ( and yes I learnt the hard way….)


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Quite a few photos from different angles here to hopefully portray the card as effectively as possible…..



2012_03_Scallop Square1 08_resizeAnd I can’t wait to make a Christmas version sometime soon. I am just waiting ( patiently!!!) to be able to order a few new papers and stamp sets. Not long now for me and my fellow demos……. And only 3 weeks (1st September) for everyone else…… with the launch of our first-time-ever Autumn/ Winter catty here in Europe…… Yay!!!

I started to do a step by step – but there are a few strategic photos that would be best taken and my camera battery has just died….. and DH is complaining about how long I have been on the PC today…….oops – he is right……. So sorry… that will have to be for another day……

SU! Supplies  

Dies – Scallop Square Die; Embosslits - Beautiful Wings

Stamps – Teeny Tiny Wishes; Delightful Dozen

Paper – Cheerful Treat ( hostess only)

Punches – Word Window; Modern Label

Monday, 6 August 2012

Scallop Square #21 – Scallop Pinwheel

2012_07 198_resizeJust another really quick post.

I should probably explain… DH is on holidays for a fortnight – so I am not getting my usual quota of PC time…….

These pinwheels are just SO easy. There are lots of photo and video tutorials all over the web – so I am not going to reinvent the (pin) wheel…. here is a link to the one I used  Make a pinwheel. There are some pictures there.  Though I have to admit that I didn’t draw any lines… this is all I did….

1. Die cut DSP Scallop Square

2. Place diagonally on trimmer & cut from 0 to 2” and 4” to 6”

3. Repeat for other diagonal

4. Make a mark to right of cut line at each corner

5. Hand punch a hole through those marks

6. Bring corner holes together at the centre & feed onto the brad prongs

7. Push brad through centre of base of pinwheel & open brad prongs at the back to secure

8. Cover brads with punched 1” circle

SU! Supplies

Dies – Scallop Square

Punches – 1” Circle; 2mm Hand Punch

Card & Paper – Sweet Shop

Accessories – Jelly Bean Brad Sweet Shop

Tools – Personal Trimmer; Piercing Tool

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Keep Calm and Buy the Scallop Square die……

Buy a Scallop Square Die by Amanda at The Craft SpaI have found a new “toy” so I am sorry but I just couldn’t resist this….

Ladies  - this is dedicated to…. well …you know who you are……

And sorry  - no other post today to inspire you to buy that Scallop Square even more… Olympics has taken over this weekend…. haven’t Team GB done us proud….

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Scallop Square #20 – Lollipop Holder

2012_07 213_resizeNow this one is a really simple one-minute project!!!

Difficult to get a decent photo of though. Especially as I could only find mini chupa-chups when I made it – it would have been even better with a bigger lollipop!!

But there were lots of oohs and aahs at this one at my Team Training Inspiration Table last month – so thought I should share…..


So here are the quick steps needed.

1. Die cut a Scallop Square out of double sided-paper

2. Score 3 scallops in on each side

3. Score 4 corners diagonally across the outer square

4. Bone Fold all score lines ( straights as mountains and diagonals as valleys)

5. Hand punch peaks at centre

6. Put lollipop in centre

7. Thread & tie ribbon through the punched holes to close

8. Stamp flower etc.

9. Poke hole through centres

10. Poke lolly stick through those holes to attach……

And I have just realised that this is an old photo – as my final sample has a couple of Lucky Limeade leaves added to the flower using the Blossoms Petal Builder Punch. Too late/dark for a photo now – so I will have to add that version another day!! 

SU! Supplies

Dies – Scallop Square Die

Stamps – Mixed Bunch

Punches – Blossoms; Blossoms Petal Builder Punch ( for leaves not in this photo!! Oops)

Papers & Card – Sweet Shop

Ribbon – Everyday Enchantment Organdy Lucky Limeade

Friday, 3 August 2012

Scallop Square #19 – The Craft Spa Name Plate

2012_07 199_resize Even quicker post to day!!! Just don’t know where today went…..

Here is a very quick name plate project I did. I think I have to redo in my blog colours though so I can put it on as my blog header!!! What do you think?? I am thinking Island Indigo, Pool Party and maybe one other!!

The First Edition papers, the Just Believe stamp set and the Alphabet Simple Letters Bigz dies made this very quick work indeed. Not forgetting my favourite buddy  - the Scallop Square die…. And the best bit of such a quick project…. I absolutely loved it when it was finished….. I can see me making these for lots of people….

I’ll be back to edit this post with the card size, die placement and scoring dimensions tomorrow  – but for now, I really must dash. Supposed to be somewhere else ( so hope they are not checking out my blog at the moment!! If so  - sorry I am on my way – honest!!!)

SU! Supplies

Dies – Scallop Square; Alphabet Simple Letters

Stamps – Just Believe

Card & Paper – First Edition; Sahara Sand; Basic Black; Calypso Coral

Inks – Basic Black

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Scallop Square #18 – Creative Elements Scallop C6 card

2012_07 194_resize Just a quick post to show you a standard c6 card with the addition of a rectangular scallop mat using the Scallop Square die.

This card is made using images from the Creative Elements stamp set and the FRIEND wording from the For My Family set along with the hostess-only Happiest Birthday Wishes set. ( which must be be my most used hostess set ever…)

BUT I really LOVE this From My Family stamp set (or Family Reunion set to my US friends!). Not only does it have virtually every family member represented – but some general greetings too. Great wording set to be able to stamp to make every family member feel really special…. and it can be used not just for cards – but also for some special scrapbooking pages….  I have added an image of the whole set so you can see what I mean.


SU! Supplies

Stamps – Creative Elements, Happiest Birthday Wishes, For My Family ( aka Family Reunion)

Dies – Scallop Square die

Punches – Word Window, Modern Label

Card & Papers – Mocha Morning DSP, Pool Party, Whisper White

Ribbon – Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon

Embellishments – Antique Brad, Gemstone

Inks – Basic Black, Pool Party

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Stampin’ Up August Promotion – free stamp set - A Reason to Smile

Simply put – order £60+ of SU! product during August and get a free stamp set. 








The gorgeous exclusive two step stamp set Reason to Smile is FREE with a £60 purchase. 

It can also be purchased at the RRP of £14.95 clear mount or £18.95 wood mount.  You'd better hurry though, because it's only available this month and then it's gone forever!

I will be putting in an August order very soon…. actually this Saturday 4th August… so contact me soon if you wish to order but avoid those separate postage charges!! Contact me on or 01423 331562.