Tuesday, 20 March 2012

A Commissioned Card

I just thought I'd share a card with you that I was asked to make.  My sister has been invited to a wedding and the bride and groom are both anglers. Their wedding invitation had a 'two people in a boat fishing' theme and she wanted to send an acceptance card along similar lines.
As this is a commissioned card I was able to use some items that aren't Stampin' Up! and some that are but are from 'retired' sets.
So, the gorgeous fishing owls were made using the two-step owl punch (current catalogue), their wings were made using the 2-step bird punch (current catalogue), their boat is Stampin' Up! designer paper from a retired series.  I made their fishing rods using cotton buds; snipped the cotton ends off and then coloured the stalks with permanent black marker.  The water was made using the scalloped edge border punch (current catalogue) and the sentiment 'aint love grand!' is part of a hostess stamp set which you can earn by hosting a party.  Inside the card I stamped another sentiment; 'Thank You' which allowed my sister to say thanks for the invite.  When I finished the card I thought - OMG is it too childish? but my sister re-assured me that it was just what she was hoping for - phew!  Being an angler myself I rather liked the fact that the lady owl caught the fish!!

Swapsies!




Hi Crafters!
last week was a Stampin' Up! training event and for these events demonstrators make and take 'swaps' to share with each other.  The idea is that we all come away with a stash of new designs or ideas we can use.  I just thought I'd share with you my swaps. The theme for this swap was 'Spring'.  I had such fun making these and I usually try and do one design with a couple of different choices of colour. You can just make out on the pink one that they were sprayed with 'shimmer mist'.
Hope you enjoy them, happy Stampin'.
Issy


Friday, 9 March 2012

Easter cards

Here's a sneak peek of what we'll be making in my March card class.  I'm really excited about making some lovely Easter cards and a little Easter basket.  Check out my classes page for more details.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Oh Brother,it's your birthday!

So, my 'baby' brother was 30 on Wednesday!  I can't believe it, where did all those years go?

Here's my creation just for him, hope he liked it!

items used:
Marina mist card stock
Designer series paper (DSP) in real red, old olive and daffodil delight.
Cupcake builder punch
Pennant builder punch
some linen thread
Create a cupcake stamp set for the sentiment
non Stampin' Up! items used were the border edge punch for the red trim and the '30' numbers.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Love is in the air!


I was absolutely chuffed to bits to be asked by a friend's husband to design and make an anniversary card for him to give to her for their anniversary.  Not so strange you might think, but the honour was all mine as my friend, Linda, is also a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.
How wonderful to have your anniversary on Valentine's Day too!  Here is my creation, hope you like it - Linda did (thank goodness!).
It's a 'swing' card - the middle square swings as you open and close the card.  The design is on the front and the sentiment on the back.  (the 'Happy Anniversary sentiment stamp is not Stampin' Up!)

Melon Mambo card stock
Night of  Navy card stock
Melon Mambo designer paper
Elizabeth a la cart stamp
'Key to my heart'  sentiment and key stamps from You're a Gem stamp set
Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Cupcake Mania!

Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes!  I love them... I like eating them, making them and lately papercrafting them so much.  Stampin' Up! have cleverly designed a beautiful stamp set and builder punch which is available from the Spring Mini Catalogue.
On Saturday 25th February I am running a craft class in Howden (see my classes page for more details) where I will be demonstrating how to make this beautiful gift box with a cupcake motif and two fabulous cupcake birthday cards.  So if you're like me and just can't get enough of cupcakes why not sign up for my class, or contact me to buy the lovely stamp set and punch.

See the stamp set and punch here

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Choc a block



I don't know about you but I'm a big fan of all things choccy! So, when I saw some lovely chocolate blocks from a well known high street store I thought immediately of eating them!  ... then I wondered how I could turn them into a lovely gift to give to friends.   Here is my first attempt at gift boxing the lovely chocolate blocks.  Now I just need to decide who to give them to!