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Monday, 24 May 2010



I'm so sorry for my shameful lack of blog posts. I have been so busy with all sorts of very boring domestic things.

I have managed to fit in a couple of craft shows which have been great fun (but more about those another day.)

In the meantime to try and get me back into blogging,  here is my latest 12x12 scrapbook page.

I created it with (my fave) Kraft cardstock,with Whisper White for stamping on, Circle Circus stamp set,
Old Olive ink and Not Quite Navy provide the colour along with matching brads and a button thrown in for good measure.

The photo is of my very handsome son Patrick who was about 11 when it was taken. Since then he went up to bed a boy one night and came back down a teenager!!!!

He is now nearly 14 and much more spotty and smelly ... but his Mum still things he is the most handsome boy in the world! x

Saturday, 8 May 2010


Here are the new colours that are available with Stampin' Up! If you would like to place an order please contact me - some of our firm favourites are also bing retired, make sure you order your favourites!

Friday, 2 April 2010

Fox and friends

I had a busy week this week making things for all the new babies that have arrived recently. Whilst "playing" with fox and friends I made these 3x3 cards to use as gift cards to be included with presents.

Cute aren't they?!

I'm off on holiday today (should have left an hour ago!)

See you all in about 10 days Happy Easter

Deborah x

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Fox and Friends

THello I am pleased to confirm that my card maker friend at work did like her RSVP card and judging by the other comments I got so did everyone else at work.
There are several new babies to make things for at the moment, so I decided to use Fox and Friends to make something for someone at work, who is due next week.

I got the box frame cheap a while ago (sad I didn't get more!)

I then CASed an I idea from an old copy of Stampin' Success.

I have used Whisper White and Bashful Blue card stock.

To stamp the images from Fox and Friends (available from tomorrow) I have used the following inks

Bashful Blue
Barely Banana
Real Rust
Close To Cocoa
Gable Green
More Mustard

I embellished with a library clip, brads, a button and linen thread and if you look carefully, you will see I have also used the small flower from Vintage Vogue (also available tomorrow and probably my favourite from the mini).

Once I'd stamped out the images all I had to do was punch out the images with a circle punch and mount on stampin' dimensionals.

I think the end result is quite effective and hope the Mum to be will like it  ( I think it will match baby's room as it is decorated with animals).

I wasn't too sure about this stamp set as first but I love it now and can see myself using it a lot for babies, toddlers and bigger cheeky monkey's!!!

Tomorrow is an exciting day as products from the mini are available to customers for the first time so please feel free to contact me (by email) for your free copy of the mini and a special offer for new customers.

Thanks for stopping by

Deborah x

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Happy Anniversary Barbara!!

As I said last night I've got a 25th wedding anniversary party coming up. Last night I showed you the invite RSVP,  and tonights card is the one that I plan to give to the couple on the day of the party.

The cardstock is Kraft, Whisper White and Real Red and the ink is Real Red.

As with last nights card I've finished the card off with Real Red Ribbon and Vintage Brads. I really like the idea that the RSVP and the card are made from the same materials so are the same idea but with a different layout.

I was (I thought !!) quite clever with this one. I don't have much DSP, so I used the I (heart) Hearts stamp set as the backgrounds to the tiny hearts. Then I used the mini punch to punch out nine co ordinating mini hearts.

I'm really happy with how it turned out and will at some point remake these cards in some different colours.

The new mini is almost here and has lots of lovely new goodies in it so please feel free to contact me to place an order.

Come back tomorrow for some cute baby items made with Fox and Friends.  In the meantime thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment so I know you were here !!!

Deborah xx

Monday, 29 March 2010

Love Hearts

When the new mini catalogue is launched in just a few days (how exciting!!) there will be lots of new stamp sets which will be available for a limited time.

Demos are allowed to pre order these items in order to make samples, so when my box of goodies arrived last week I could not wait to have a play.

I needed an RSVP card for a 25th wedding anniversary party and this is what I came up with

I used Real Red and Kraft cardstock for the base of my card. I then stamped images in Real Red ink onto Whisper White cardstock using the I (heart) Hearts stamp set.

The stamp set is a real bargain buy and has pattered hearts in several sizes.

As I hate cutting out I'm always looking for ways to cheat so I reached for my Three Hearts Punch (which was a present from my ILWS secret santa!!)

I also used two new SU punches (can you spot where?).

To finish off I used Real Red ribbon and black Vintage Brads.

I like the finished item (just my style as I love bright colours and Kraft cardstock!) but Barbara is a card maker so lets hope she does.

I'll let you know what she said tomorrow,  and maybe post more mini catalogue sneak peeks until then take care

Deborah x

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Phew what a busy blog hop!!!

Hello I've had a really nice day today because as you will see I've taken part in my first ever SU blog hop.

It was great fun and really inspirational, as there were three loops it meant that 46 demonstrators took part.

I got loads of lovely ideas (which is great but it also means that I now have a very long shopping list for products that until today I didn't know I wanted!!!)

Last weekend I went to Manchester to visit the lovely Debbi and we spent ages drinking Baileys, talking rubbish and making these SU colour charts.

They look really good don't they? It's a really good way of showing potential customers just how lovely SU products are and how well they all co ordinate.

The hearts are punched from all the different shades of cardstock, the squiggles show off the lovely stampin write markers. Finally the charts are finished with and stamped image (one for each colour of ink.)

If you look closely you will see we used the bumble bee image from the Blooming With Beauty stamp set, Why the bee you might ask?

Well Deborah (which of course we were both given as our Sunday name) is the Hebrew word for bee!!

Buzzing off to bed now but please check back tomorrow as I have more samples made with items from the forthcoming mini.

Hope you enjoyed the blog hop as much as I did


Deborah x            

Mini Catalogue Blog Hop

Good Morning all and welcome to the very exciting Stampin Up mini blog hop!!!

If you are following the blog hop, you will have joined me from the lovely Vannessa's blog (yes it really does have two N's!!!)

Now, on to my creations which were created somewhat nervously, as I have never done a blog hop before.

For the scrapbook page of my daughter Rosarie (pictured a couple of years ago when she made her first communion) I used a new stamp set available from the mini called Vintage Vogue.

What cardstock to use was an easy choice, as I basically used my favourites Basic Black, Pink Passion and Whisper White.

For the stamped detail I used Co-ordinating inks in Basic Black and Pink Passion.

I kept further embellishment simple using pearls from the Pretties kit (which I've had for ages and been waiting for an opportunity to use!!)

To finish it off I used the eyelet border punch to create a fancy edge.

I used the same colour scheme and stamp set for my second project of a decorated bag. (Inside is a small gift for a friend at work who is leaving next week but shh -  it's a surprise don't tell!!!)

It was very quick and easy to do. Once I had cut the flowers out, all that was left to do was embelish  with vintage brads, beautiful Basic Black striped ribbon, linen thread and a bulldog clip from the clips assortment.

I hope you liked my projects, they only showcase a tiny fraction of what is available in the new Stampin Up mini catalogue. If you would like to see more projects using new supplies, please check back every night this week as I have been busy making lots of things to show you.

In the meantime please stop by to see what interesting things Linda has made to share with you.

Thanks for stopping by

Deborah xx

Saturday, 27 March 2010

More Vintage Vogue

Sorry I know I've been worse that useless having not posted for ages but I've had a busy week this week

and to make matters worse a stinking cold (sniff!).

Anyway just a really quick post to show you a card I made for someone on ILWS who did me a favour I

Used Vintage Vogue (coming very soon), Chocolate Chip card and ink, Pretty In Pink ink, Old Olive ink

matching brads and pearls from the pretties kit. It was a real quick and easy card but is really stylish don't

you think?

I will be back more regularly next week as I have been busy today making samples with my mini catalogue

pre order. Tomorrow at 10 am there will be a mini catalogue blog hop.. how exciting 15 very talented SU

demonstrators will be showcasing their work with new and exclusive SU items. See you in the morning

and don't forget to change your clocks!!!

Deborah xx

Monday, 15 March 2010

First attempt at an SU scrapbook page.


I am a scrap booker at heart (although I haven't done any for ages) so I thought it was about time I tried my hand using SU only products.

It's a basic layout but that's the way I wanted it as the main focus needs to be the photo. The photo itself is really old and very badly damaged. The lady in the photo is my great grandma.

The photo must have been taken either for her engagement or her coming of age and she will have been in her late teens.

By the time I was born she was well into her seventies but even then  was amazing she never stopped, she looked after me virtually full time and had a part time job as a cleaner in the evenings.

Having been a widow for a large part of her adult life she dedicated herself to me and the rest of the family she really was something else (hence the sentiment of "you raise kindness to an art".)

I have smudged the sentiment a bit but I think it adds to the distressed look of the page.

The colours I have used are some of my favourites Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Old Olive and Pretty in Pink.

Finished off with some pearls from the pretties kit and brads to match the inks. The amazing stamp set is available to SU demos now on pre order and will be available for customers very soon!!

Hope you like today's post it brought back some lovely happy memories for me which is of course what scrap booking is all about.

See you tomorrow Deborah x

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Hello Sorry I've Been AWOL

Hello I know you've not heard from me for a while but I'm back and raring to go !

On Thursday I attended my first ever Stampin Up training event and it was BRILLIANT I'm so pleased I went I had a great time and met so many lovely people!!

The swaps were fab and here are a few of my favourites ...

This is a really cute Easter treat idea made by Joanne she very kindly but a bar of galaxy in it which I enjoyed last night.

Isn't this fab!? I really love the colour choice on this one, the Bashful Blue is lovely but the Basic Black really makes the image jump off the page Kelly has inspired be to try this combination out soon.
This one is so cute and would be ideal for an easy make and take it was designed by mad Monica is is bonkers in the most lovely way!!!
This is an interesting one as I know this stamp set has had very mixed reviews (even among demos) but, I rather like it and the edition of a classy background stamp shows what a nice card could be made. (There are no details on the back of this swap but I think that the lady who made it is called Maria).

The colours on this one are actually softer than they look in the photo and are really sweet (make me think of dolly mixtures) it's a simple but effective idea that would be a lovely one for a demo. Thanks Joanne for this swap.
This striking colour combination (oh I do love Kraft cardstock!!) was but together by the very lovely Debbi who I must thank for looking after me and being such a laugh not just at the event but all the time.

This cheeky monkey card was put together by Julie who I had never met before but who I look forward to seeing again1

Last but by no means least is my drinking partner Helen's swap which she managed to assemble after a night in the bar the day before training .. not bad eh?

I'm still buzzing with ideas after my first big SU event as I came back with loads of ideas and having met some brilliant people. Thanks to all of you!!!!

I would highly recommend these events for new demos (don't be shy someone will look after you).

If you are or are interested in becoming an SU customer keep your eyes peeled for the mini catalogue it is coming soon and is full of some great new things.

Back tomorrow with something new for me .. an SU scrapbook page.

Deborah xx

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Hello I'm Back From My Holidays

Hello I know I ought to have posted again by now but I've been off on my holidays to London. We all had a fab time and I ate and drank far too much!!

I also shopped quite a bit too!!

Today's card is a variation on a theme my brother in law Mark was thirty yesterday and this is his card.

I have used the same stamp set as last time but changed the colours I'm not wild about the actual card but I love the colour combination.

I will be back tomorrow with another birthday card

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday

Deborah xx

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Here we go my very first post

How exciting thanks to a bit of help from my hubby and a lot of help from my friend Debbi it appears a miracle has happened and I have a blog!!!
So here is my very first post. It is a card for our Godson who will be 13 next week. I find male cards really hard but think this works quite nicely.

I never feel like my cards are very good (scrapbooking and making mini albums seems to come easier to me) but I quite like this one. your comments are most welcome they will encourage me to keep posting.

All supplies are SU    Stamp set : In The Stars

                                   Ink : Bashful Blue
                                           Not Quite Navy

                                   Punches : Star
                                                   1 1/4" Circle
                                                   1 3/4" Circle

                                  Card stock : Kraft
                                                      Whisper White
                                                       Ballet Blue