Monday, 30 March 2015

Creative Blog Hop and CAS Challenge

Stampin UP Demonstrator Creative Blog Hop

Welcome to the creative Blog Hop

I have been nominated by the lovely and talented Louise Sims HERE whom I have had the absolute pleasure to have inherited in my Stampin Up team Louise's original up line Victoria resigned to take up other creative opportunities and I hope I do her justice as her next active upline, ,,

Before I show you my creation I would like to answer the questions that have been put before me........

1. What are you working on right now?
I am working on projects for my up coming all day Spring event, and i am very excited about it, I am doing it with my lovely friend Lesley Lendon whom I have nominated in this Blog Hop and also my Swaps for Stampin Up's Regionals event in May, I love these events and the Friendships it has brought me including Yvonne Bevan whom I have also nominated, Two very Talented and Generous ladies I have been very lucky to have crossed paths with ...
2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?

I am not sure i do differ from others in my Genre, there is a fashion for quick clean and simple in all creative corners at the moment these days, my work is a mix of mine and a combination of mine and others, i love to case don't you? 

Having a Husband that has had a Stroke, my time is not always my own unless it's late at night and by then i am ready to drop of the face of the Earth, So Pinterest and Google are in there with my Best Friends, can'y do with out them!!

3. Why do you create what you do?
I LOVE IT, I can't help it, Creating is in my bones, before Card Making was Ceramics, before then was Soft Furnishings and before then was anything I could get my hands on as a child........

4. How does your creative process work?

I see a stamp set, and think oh now what can i do with that? It swims around my head for a few days, I look for inspiration in colours , clothes, home ware, anything really , my best work is always last minute stuff the stress and adrenalin kicks in and the mojo flows, sometimes it wont stop, ha ha!!

Now onto my cards which i am entering into the CAS challenge HERE Challenge 117 sketch time again in Masking mode, using the same colours and stamp set as Saturdays post

So thank you for joining me today. Next week on the 7th April  it will be time to hop on over to my 2 nominations. I have selected my Stampin’ Up! Sisters,  Sideline Team Members.  We at Stampin’ Up form a family of demonstrators and the person you sign up with, your upline, is often called your mum – there to support you as you begin your Stampin’ Up journey with advice and encouragement, just as Sisters do!

My First nomination is Lesley Lendon HERE she is a real jewel in our crown not sure what I would do without her....  

My Second nomination is Yvonne Bevan HERE a real classy lady who sparkles too in her very own way......
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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Stampin Up Petal Potpourri and Fabulous Four , Stampin Creative Blog Hop

It's Stampin Creative blog hop time again,  and you hopefully have arrived via the lovely Eimear HERE,  and this the challenge was suggested by myself,  Masking, I have been in Masking mode for the last couple of weeks it seems,....

I have some promotions in my Team so needed some congratulation cards, I have been doing  few of these lately and I am very happy with how these ones have turned out...

  I have used the masking technique in two ways,  Masking off a section for the sentiment, and then masking for the flowers,  I stuck to two colours and a neutral to stamp on... It was going to be a busy card so didn't want to overwhelm it by too many colours and spoil the effect I was after....  The post is photo heavy as I have photographed the card step by step incase you are a newbie to card making and stamping....

The colours I have used are Rose Red and Wild Wasabi, I so enjoyed making these, and of course I have used the Envelope Punch board which is on offer at the moment in the weekly deals at £13.46 down from £17.95 just until Tuesday, below is a tally of items i have used.. 
The box was inspired by my friend and downline Linda Kasparian made at her SU Party last week...

Hope you have enjoyed my creations, don't forget to pop along the hop to the lovely Mikaela HERE

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Saturday, 14 March 2015

More from Guy greetings

Ha Ha I did say I was crazy taken with this technique, ......

These cards are 4x4 inch ones, using the each of the elements from the Guy Greetings stamp set, I do think this set is a must have in your stash, they have gone down well in my classes..

I really like these ones and I think I will use these for my swap at the regional event in Telford with Stampin Up in May,  with the new catty just around the corner come May I really hope we get more male themed stamp sets......

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Friday, 13 March 2015

Your a classic , Hats off to you! Stampin Up UK Guy greetings,

Hello There,
Here I am again with another showing of creations using that fab Guy Greetings stamp Set, using all the same ingredients as the last post...

This time I had a vision in my head for the hats stamp, I wanted to make a card with all the hats in the air all tumbling down to earth...  Not sure you can see with my photography skills or lack of, but three of the hats have been elevated off the card using a dimensional. and have used brushed gold card stock .

I am really loving this set, albeit it an old fashioned in its design I do think it make a fine card to give to a man,....

I hope I am inspiring you with these male themed creations, Don't forget to pop back soon for more of these......

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Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Guy Greetings Stampin Up Uk

I thought I would give you a break from the Painted Petals Stamp Set, and now well it's all about the guys Guys,   are you always stuck for ideas making male themed cards, well we have the fabulous Guy Greetings Stamp Set, I think it's a real winner!

I have been inspired by one of our Stampin Up Artisian team member, she has made a beautiful card using the Basic Butterfly Stamp set HERE  using the collage technique, .... and Alison has made a video on the technique if you wish to have ago...

Well I have to say I am crazy hooked on this technique, ..  I needed to make some male theme cards and I case the said card using the Guy Greeting set added a little twist of me own, not too much mind you, whats not broken dont fix !!

Well I made a fair few, but wont show them all today , you will have to pop back , but make it soon eh!!

I will put all the products used at the bottom, hopefully those fab piccie ones that demos are loading, my fab friend And fellow demo Lesley Lendon helps me Techy wise, I am such a nightmare I am sure I am out staying my welcome as a friend in need!

right here goes, lets see if I can list the products I have used

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Strawberry Slush, Island Indigo and Sahara Sand meets

Stampin Creative Blog Hop, ....

I joined the Stampin Creative  team led by my lovely Team Member Louise Sims, this is a monthly Stampin Up Independent Demonstrator Blog Hop and as I said in my last post I am aiming to join in some challenge blogs and February's challenge is a great sketch from Louise, I love the fact we have all interpreted the sketch in different ways...

Thank you for popping over from the lovely Pip  over at Queen pip cardsHERE, and when you are done with my projects please do follow on the hop to the lovely emma over at Coastal crafter

I have used the Painted Petals set as I am trying to make lots of creations using this set for an All Day crafting events being held on Saturday the 4th and 25th April in Orpington ,  I want to have a variety of items on display as this set is its main focal....

I wanted to make a home decor item, and saw some fab box frames in Poundland see below

If you would like to come to an All day crafting event please check out my website on the side bar for more details or contact myself on  for more details
I would just love you to come join in the fun.....

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Celebrate with Balloon Bash

Today I inked up my free stamp set Balloon Bash I got in  Orlando for the Stampin Up Leadership,  I am joining in the CC&S Blog Challenge ±111 HERE this weeks challenge is a sketch, I have to say I found it pretty challenging, but then that's what it's all about isn't it.

The colours I used were Bermuda bay and Crushed curry, the matching ribbon and button is a free product from the Stampin Up  sale a bration collection , I did a little masking with the candles, a very simple card that makes a colour impact I think.... I flipped the sketch on it's head and layered up the sentiment...

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Valentine treats the Stampin Up way.....

Hello there,  
 Today I was busy busy busy making loads of Valentine treats for Paul to take to his Disabled club, I must confess I used a retired product in the stamp that I used sorry,   but the rest is current, oh my those strawberry hearts smelt relish, and just as well I was making them down my studio or else there would not have been many left if Stamford had got his mitts on them for sure...

Anyhow retired or not I wanted to share how such a simple design made for a beautiful gift for someone, I made 22 in all, I used Melon Mambo, Whisper White and Dazzling diamonds Glitter Card stock, and finished it with a bow using the new Painted Blooms Cotton Twine I won in prize patrol at leadership, I also made the wrap with a die from the apothecary die set....

Pretty sweet Huh!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Sending wishes your way with Stampin Up Painted Petals Stamp Set.......

Hello there,

It's been a real whirlwind of a start to a new year for me, i have been to America with some fellow Demo's albeit for four days, but WOW what a fabulous four days it was too, in Orlando Florida, I had the most amazing time, we did the last ever Leadership event, and did things I would never have done,   anyway it has inspired me to Create more therefore blog more!

Here I am with the girls I shared my expierence with Caroline, Cayleigh and Fiona although we were missing Jan here as we were at the mangers reception and exclusive treat in Disney..

Today I would like to share a card that was inspired by something my fellow Stampin Up team mate Esther had commented on , on our  team facebook group,  Esther entered and came top 3 in the CAS challenge blog, visit Esther's blog HERE,  

Whilst I am too late to join the CAS Challenge HERE , I loved the colour challenge so thought I would have a go myself,  I am in love with the Painted Petals Stamp set, and because myself and my friend Lesley Lendon are planning an all dayer event together using this set, I had it to hand, I am a tad in love with Sahara sand colour too, so hey i just had to have a go, ...  The sending wishes your way is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set..

So without further ado, here is the colour challenge and my cards,...

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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Monday, 3 November 2014

More Convention Swaps

Hello to you,  I have some more swaps that I made for Convention to show you, this time I used the Stampin Up Ornamental Pine set , and I Brayered a  2 1/2 inch circle that I punched out on a  large square sticky note, you can get these in Sainsbury's I used Pool Party Ink and stamped the Fir branch in Wild Wasabi Ink, and then stamped the cones in Early Expresso as too the sentiment, I then used a glue pen and added just the right amount of dazzling diamond glitter, these are small cards and were soooo easy to make and quick too, they were very well received and did get some very lovely compliments I as rather proud, one demo across the water showed it on her blog and said it was a wow card, wow thanks for that, ...

I do recommend the Brayer that Stampin Up sell, I had a very old one that has a metal handle and felt that it was hard when I rolled it on the card stock, I gave up and gave in and bought a new one and soft oh my it was lovely to use  it was a pleasure to make so many swaps, I was very pleased with my purchase!

I love the stamp set too and planning on using it loads, I have seen some fab things on Pinterest using it, so I will be doing a lot of casing for sure.

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Stampin Up Brussels Covention Swaps 2014

One of my favourite parts of stampin Up is the get togethers with fellow demos, and the taking part of swaps is a tradition I am sure your aware of, This years convention was the best so far for me,  firstly I won a Golden Ticket Free entry into Convention in Brussels, secondly I won a prize patrol that included not one but two pack of  Blendibobs aka Blendabilites, but the best part for me was that I had  5 of my downline there with me,  our wider group of demos are so friendly and such fun to be with it just made it a pleasure to be there, ..

I took part in an organised swap called the WOW swap, I cased the bird part from a demo from New Zealand called Kristen , I first saw her card on Pinterest and it wowed me so much

that I thought I would share this wow with my fellow demo stampin stars group, .. this creation is an 8 x 8 inch square card.

I stamped the splashes from the gorgeous grunge stamp set inked it in versamark and heat embossed in silver embossing powder, used  the All Is Calm Washi Tape from the Winter catty, and used the beautiful Four Feathers bundle again stamping and embossing in silver powder onto our vellum, Basic Grey mono colours and the thread is from the silver bakers twine, and the lush glitter card. The sentiments came from the Wonderous Wreath Stamp Set, sequins and staples also from the Winter catty

Hope you like it, I don't think the photos do it justice its very very sparkly in real life, I didn't manage to keep one for myself, as I gifted it to a fabulously creative german demo called Jenni Pauli HERE who inspires me immensely  I was very flattered indeedy when she told me she was putting it into a frame for her home, wow!!, I am however planning  class on this so if you are interested please do shout me.

Whilst this was my wow swap I did make a little box for a keyring for those demos in my team that attended convention, I will show that another time....

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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Celebrating World Card Making Day with Stampin Up Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set.......

This has to be a favourite of mine Kinda Eclectic, I LOVE it, ...

Awhile ago I went to  crop held by a fellow Stampin up Demonstrator called Carole Bryson, we stayed in a Girl Guides unit in Croydon , so not far from home but I chose to stay over with a few of my friends that were going, one of whom cropped for more than 24 hr straight, gosh Cathryn has stamina for sure..

At the whilst traditionally at Scrap Booking crops you do your own thing Carol gave us fun challenges, to make a calendar, a name badge, a tag, a scrap page,  I used the above stamp set as we had done a Card class with Carol using it, and I love the colours , Basic grey, Crushed Curry, Hello Honey and crumb Cake ,  I also wanted to try a technique I had seen a fabulously Talented american demo of the same name as me, Kimberly Van Diepen she used Embossing Paste with her spots mask,  I loved this and wanted to try and Cathryn kindly donated her paste to me so I could play and this is the result!

Do hope you like.... Thanks for popping by...

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Stampin Stars WInter/Autumn Stampin Up catalogue Blog Hop

Hello there and welcome to the Stampin Stars Autumn/Winter blog hop,
You may have arrived from Caroline Thomas 

How fab was Caroline's creation...

Myself I have used the Stampin Up Festival of Trees Stamp polymer set, on two of the cards I used the dots that go onto the tree as a back ground, . I thought it look fab ...
The colours I have used were Pool Party, Island Indigo and of course the lush silver glitter card stock, the thread I used was non Stampin UP metallic cotton I got in Morrisons sewing section,.

Super simple but effective cards.... I hope you have enjoyed, please feel free to case away....

Please do carry on the hop via Lynn Clifford 
she has some fab creations to share with you too!

I have put a list at the end of this post for all those in the Blog Hop incase any links are not working...

Be sure to return I have some more to share with you...

Tracy Hart Lawrence -
Pip Todman –
Eimear Carvill -
Emma Goddard -
Caroline Thomas –
Kim Fee -
Lynn Clifford –
Cary Buckham –
Cat Herrington –
Nic Parr  -
Diane Marlow -
Christine Widdowson –
Di Richardson –
Jamie Turney -
Sara Thornton-Bryar –
Joanne Penny –
Natalie O’Shea -
Louise Sims -
Katie Jones -
Cayleigh May -
Nikki Acton -
Sue Bridge –
Cathryn Perkins -
Sarah Mcdermott -
Fiona Whitten –

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Work of art, Stampin Up

Ever thought of joining Stampin Up, this week from the 22nd for one week only Stampin Up are offering £150 worth of products of your choice plus the business pack incase you would like to make a business out of it, .. For only £99

If you would like to join and have any questions please do give me a shout at simplyfairies@ or join my team via this link

Today I also have a creation I cased from Inge Groot that I saw on pintrest made using the Work of Art Stamp set and using two of the new in colours ,I am loving this set and these new colours very much, .. I changed it up a bit using the start punch instead of a flower, and changed one of the colours, and stamped part of the sentiments onto whisper white card to make it pop a bit more, I love the way it came out, ..... I used metallic silver thread from my cotton box behind the star..

 I would like to thank a customer who made an online order this week for Papillion potpourri. And matching Butterfly set, I would have loved to post one of these thank you cards but there was a no contact on the order, ...    If you make an online order with me and would love a card posted please do tick the contact box so that I can get your address for posting...

Stampin Up Bloom with Hope meets Work of Art

Hello there All,   Isn't it HOT, ..  Ahhh I know we mustn't moan but Jeeesh it is sickly Hot for me! And that Thunder and lightening Thursday night that we wasn't expecting til Saturday, it my it rocked my house, and zapped my beautiful hanging go basket clean off the fence and smashed everything below it, oh how gutted I felt when I came down next morning, I heard a smash bang wallop when the lightening struck , whilst I was hiding under the duvet , .  Well it's a tad cooler today I am happy to say, ...

Today's showing is using the two Stampin Up stamp sets in the title,  the summer is here and I am in flower mode, ...  I am also loving the new card shape that is storming it's way into the card making world, oops pardon the pun there! tee hee!!

I went on you tube to get instructions, I just entered block cards in google but could only find 12x12 and wanted to do it in A4 so played about with measurements using the Stampin Up Grid paper pad (magnificent tool)  and I also wanted to do a diddy one, I love  diddy cards......

When making these designs, you just want to go with how big your squares are going to be, and make sure you have 7 scores one way and cut in the eighth and 2 the other way and cut in the 3rd and you shouldn't go wrong,...

I used Blendabilties to colour the flowers and leaves on the small one, Costal Cabana and Daffodil Delight, and the papers on the larger ones is from the Moonlight paper stack
I also used the flower punch from the new Itty bitty Accents

Enjoy, ..