CAS – Colours and Sketches

Well I made the Top 3 of the Around the World Stampin’ Up! Challenge – I was really happy especially as it was my first ever entry to a challenge blog. I will work out how to add the badge to my side bar at some point! ( I used to be technically savvy and then I had children and my brain no longer functions the way it used to – baby brain it’s called).

Anyway I now have the blog challenge bug and I have made this card to enter the CAS – Colours and Sketches Challenge – Sketch # 51.

Here’s the sketch:

And here’s my interpretation of it:
I recently bought the Circle Card Thinlits die and had it already when I saw the sketch for the challenge. Fits perfectly I thought!
For this project you would need:

Circle Card Thinlits die 133480,
A4 Card stock – Whisper White 106549, Soft Sky 131292, Strawberry Slush 131300,
Silver Glimmer paper 124005,
Stamps – Travel Journal Wheel 126937
Ink pads – Smoky Slate 131179,
Re-inkers – Smoky Slate 131159, Strawberry Slush 131167,
Tools: Aqua painters 103954, Big Shot 113439, Simply Stripes TIEF 132174,
Punches:  2-1/2″ Circle 120906, Artisan label 130920 , Bitty Butterfly 129406 and Elegant Butterfly 127526,
Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones 119246, Whisper White Baker’s Twine 124262

I hope you like it!

We’ve all gone Batty! using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I don’t usually celebrate Hallowe’en but I thought this year, as Regan is a little bit older, it might be nice to do something with the boys and had planned to make some Hallowe’en themed gifts.

As it is half term next week, we also have some playdates lined up and I thought it would be nice to give some Hallowe’en gifts. I found “fangs” in the sweetie aisle of the local supermarket and that lead to the idea to make vampire themed gift packaging …. and so Batty was born. He’s such a cutie even if I do say so myself!

He was super easy to make – just a little box from Basic Black Card stock with an oval cut out for his mouth. I cut out an oval in Whisper White and drew the fangs freehand, before cutting out with my paper snips. I made his ears out of ovals of Basic Black, scored down the middle and folded over at the ends to make them look a bit raggedy. For his wings I shaped a strip of basic black card stock with a variety of circle punches and the paper snips. I also scored folds into the wings with the stylus from the Simply Scored Scoring tool.

His eyes are made from circles of Daffodil Delight, sponged on the bottom with Tangerine Tango and finished off with pupils of Basic Black.

And here’s the little fellow with the bag of  fangs sweets inside.

Well I had better get busy making him some buddies for next week.
Products used:
Basic Black card stock ( 121688), Whisper White card stock (106549), Daffodil Delight Card Stock (121680), Extra Large Oval punch (119859), 1″ Circle punch (119868), Tangerine Tango Classic Stampin’ pad (126946)

School’s Out for Summer!

Yes I have the Alice Cooper song running round and round in my head this morning. It reminds me of breaking up from school each summer when I was younger.

Now it’s my eldest son’s turn. This morning is his last day at nursery and he is excited about it, as it means he will be going to “big” school and the Shark’s class. Poor little love doesn’t realise that he has a 7 week gap first, which I need to fill with things to do!

I made some gifts for him to give to his teacher and the teaching assistants. This seems to be much more the done thing than when I was at school.  As we had a joint collection from the whole class anyway I kept it simple by with a re-covered notebook, post it note holder and a pen with the barrel covered in the new 2013 – 2015 In colours DSP (designer series paper).

Stampin Up Brights DSP paper craft Flower Shop Tracy May

 I followed a tutorial by the lovely Sam Hammond Donald (a fellow Pinkie) for the notebooks. You can see her tutorial here.

 For the sticky note holders I simply made it up. I knew I wanted a flap over the bottom as well as the top so I played around with some card stock until I had what I wanted.

The measurements are for a 7.5cm x 7.5cm sticky note pad. Cut your card stock to 19.5cm x 8.5cm. Score at 4cm, 5cm, 13cm and 14cm. You then cut three panels of DSP to 8cm x3.5cm, 8cm x 7.5cm and 8cm x 5cm.  I then stamped and punched out a flower from the Flower Shop stamp set and glued it on the front slightly hanging over the top flap. Inside I have used some velcro circles I got from Amazon to keep the flaps closed.

The pens were amazingly the trikiest part. I had wanted to insert a roll of DSP into the barrel but the ends of the pens would not come out so I ended up glueing the paper onto the outside. A bit messy but I think they look great.

The products I used for the gifts are all Stampin’ Up!:

In colours 2013 – 2015 DSP 130136 £19.50 | 25,95 € (40 sheets), In colours 2013 – 2015 Cardstock and Pad kit 131293 £27.95 | 36,95 € (includes 5 ink pads and pack of 20 sheets A4) all items can also be bought separately – ink pads £4.95 | 6,50 € and A4 x 24 sheets cardstock £6.25 | 8,50 €, Stamp Sets: Flower Shop (W) 130939 £21.95 | 28,95 €, (C) 130942 £17.95 | 22,95 €, ABC – 123 Sketch Alphabet & Number (C only) 130565 £19.95 | 26,95 €.  Punches: 3/4″ (1.9cm) Circle 119873 £11.50 | 15,95 €, Pansy 130698 £14.25 | 19,25 €. The pansy punch and flower shop stamp set can be bought as a bundle saving 15%.

If you would like to order any of the products used or would like more information about Stampin’ Up!, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07788746908 or

See you soon