Saturday, 6 May 2017

Something for the men

Welcome to our May Jems blog hop!

The theme this month is ‘something for the men’ 
Make sure you hop around and see the other creative makes!

I chose to use one of my favourite sets from the spring/summer catalogue – the lift me up bundle.

I instantly fell in love with this set and could see how versatile it would be. I’m so glad its carrying on to the new catalogue! Its worth noting though that it is currently available in a bundle with a saving of 10% which will finish when the new catalogue is released in June.

Here I used a colour palette of whisper white, smoky slate, night of navy and pool party to create this cute little pocket card. I’ve seen Julie Kettlewell of The Paper Haven make several of this style card and thought I’d give it a go last week – I have now made several myself in different colourways and using different stamps sets!! They are a lovely way to send a quick note to someone and once I’d worked out measurements I’ve found them quick and easy to recreate! 

I used an A5 piece of card stock, scored on the long side at 10cm and 20cm, and on the short side at 14cm. The inner card base is 9.5cm x 13.8cm. Then I just mat and layer different colours and stamp away to my hearts content!

I hope you like it! I’ll update my blog with my other pocket card designs soon!

Please do hop around and see what everyone else has been up to using the links below!

Thanks for reading, Sam x

Saturday, 3 December 2016

My Stampin up favourites 2016

Welcome to the Jems blog hop for December. The theme for this month is a review of 2016.

I decided to pick out a selection of my favourite makes of the year using Stampin’ Up!’s fabulous products. 

So I’ll start off with some home decor pieces. I love that papercraft isn’t just limited to card making.
 I’ve made a few pictures this year for various occasions; the first was a keepsake for my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary. I layered up a mixture of glimmer paper and cardstock using various different dies and a couple of stamp sets, I added some sequins into the frame for a little fun and love the result!

I also made a little keepsake for my friend’s daughter for her first birthday.  It uses a mixture or the following stamp sets – made with love, Date it, Labeller alphabet and something for baby. Again I threw a few sequins in the bottom to add a bit of fun and sparkle!

Next up a selection of bags, boxes and other 3D projects I’ve made this year.

I love the foxy friend suite; it’s one of my favourites from the annual catalogue. Here I used it to make little Hershey kiss favours and a cute cat gift box.

I adore the cookie cutter bundle and loved using it to make these candy cane hangers/gift tags!

And an unusual shaped bag using the gift bag punch board and endless birthday wishes stamp set.

 And finally a sneaky peek of a project I made for a journal club I’m part of, although my projects usually end up being 3D!! The theme this month was jewellery and was picked by my lovely friend Maggie. I made her some butterfly earrings and a lovely little box to keep them in, the box was inspired by Julie Davison. It uses birthday bouquet paper that was in the spring/summer catalogue and I adored it! If you’re quick it is currently on offer at just £4 a pack in the year end deals.

 And finally a selection of my favourite cards I’ve made this year.

Firstly some teacher thank you cards I made for my daughters teachers when she left reception earlier this year. They feature the pretty kitty and Bella & friends stamp sets. I adore both of these stamp sets, they are such cute little images and look lovely coloured with ink and aqua painters or blender pens. I also used the labeller alphabet again to personalise them!

 Next a card I made using the cute elephant from love you lots and some balloons from balloon celebrations. I love how this card turned out! Again the labeller alphabet came in handy to personalise the card.

I made a similar card but using the penguin from snow place here.

And I’ll finish with a few cards made using the birthday blooms stamp set, I wouldn’t have necessarily  bought this set as I’m not an overly floral person  but we were using it at a team training event so I added it to my shopping basket... I love it!! It can be used in many ways, as an outline to watercolour, stamped in the same colour as the cardstock as a subtle decoration or even randomly stamped to create lovely DSP. 


I could go on but I think I’ve shared enough haha! So please do carry on hopping to see what everyone else has come up with!

Sam xx

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Christmas decorations

Hello and welcome to the Jems blog hop for November!
This month’s theme is Christmas decorations – Christmas is sneaking up on us fast and I feel totally unprepared as usual!! But hopefully a jump around our blog hop will inspire me as much as it does you; I love handmade items so I’m very much looking forward to seeing everyone’s wonderful creations too!

So here’s my make, it would look equally cute hung on a tree as it would attached to a gift as an oversized gift tag! It was actually my team swaps for the last quarterly team training I attended and I loved personalising the swaps with each attendees initial!

It’s made in real red cardstock with embossed white snowflakes from the tin of tags stamp set as well as a sentiment from the same stamp set. Then a cute cookie cutter Christmas character and a little sparkly glitter ribbon to finish.

I did use a non Stampin' up! item (shhh!!) which was the We R Memory keepers alphabet punch board to make the actual letters, I can see it being used alongside my Stampin' Up! goodies to create some lovely banners for Christmas!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my little contribution and please use the links below to jump through the other member’s blogs – preferably with a cuppa!

Sam x