Digital Downloads Tuesday

It’s Digital Download Tuesday – you’ll find the latest My Digital Studios Downloads here.

And don’t forget there are still a few days left of the MDS sale too!

If you don’t already have MDS, download the software or the 30 day free trial here


European Convention – my swaps!

Usually my style is CAS (clean and simple), however, I decided to go for a completely different style for my convention swaps! I thought I would be adventurous and it seems to have paid off judging by the comments from some of the other demonstrators I swapped with!

For these cards you will need:
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge W-130514, C-130517, Off the Grid W-130736, Blooming with Kindness W-131961, C-126422, Happy Day W-130294, C-130297, Dictionary Background W-130348, C-130351
A4 Card Stock: Basic Black 121688, Real Red 106578, Crumb Cake 121685
Ink Pads: Whisper White (Craft) 101731, Basic Black 126980, Versamark 102283
Other: White embossing powder 109132, Bitty Butterfly Punch129406, Bubble wrap
Convention was fantastic! I will be posting more pictures as soon as I get the chance so pop back later this week for another look.


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!


Around the World Challenge (AW-04)

Well this is my second attempt at the Around the World Stampin’ Up! Challenges Blog AW-04 challenge!

The first one failed to load on the site properly and I actually realised it was too similar to one of the Design Team’s inspiration cards. Today was the first time I’ve had a chance to redo my entry and I am much happier with this one than the first one anyway!

This is the first time I’ve entered a blog challenge so wish me luck!

I decided to use a butterfly and row of flowers to mimic the ribbon in the sketch. 
For this project I used:
A4 Card stock – Whisper White 106549 , Soft Sky 131292, Smoky Slate 131291, Calypso Coral 124392
Ink – Smoky Slate 131179, Soft Sky 131181, Calypso Coral 126983
Stamps – Four You (W) 130535 (C)  130538, Off the Grid (W) 130736, Travel Journal (Wheel) 126937, (plus bubble wrap)
Punches – Bitty Butterfly 129406, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack  118309


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Envelope Punch Board Class Projects – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

November 8, 2013 By

Well I gave you a sneak peek, at the beginning of the week, of one of the projects we were going to be making last night at my Envelope punch board class. We made two projects with the board – a decorated gift box and a Christmas Cracker.

Here’s the Gift Box in it’s full glory.

I had seen a tutorial on Pinterest ages ago, that just made it so simple. Once you’ve learned how to make one you can just play around with measurements to make all sorts of sizes! You’ll find the Pin on Pinterest here.  I added my own touches with the decoration and I love the rosette on the top of the box. It’s dual purpose – decorative, as well as functional, as it fastens the box shut with a velcro dot.

For this project you will need:
Cardstock/DSP – Island Indigo textured 12 x 12 132132, Winter Frost Speciality DSP 132341, Coastal Cabana 131302
Stamps – Very Merry Tags (W) 130393, © 130402
Ink – Metallic Encore Pad Silver 132142
Punch – Mosaic 131267
The ladies in the class loved the envelope punch board too, even though we didn’t actually make an envelope with it! 
Finally we made a Christmas card (although not using the board). 
For this project you will need:
Card Stock – Whisper White (106549), Coastal Cabana 131302
Stamps – Christmas Star, Simply Stars (W) 130389 (C) 130893
Inks – Versamark 102283, Coastal Cabana 131175
Tools – Paper Piercing Tool 126189, Stampin’ Pierce Mat 126199, Paper Piercing Pack Essentials 126187, Heat tool (UK) 129054 (EU) 129055, White embossing powder 109132
Embellishments – Basic Rhinestones 119246
The feedback from the class on the projects was great. So if you are local to Pinner and fancy a creative evening once a month in a relaxed and friendly environment, then we would love for you to join us. Click here for more details.


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Envelope Punch Board Class Project – A Sneak Peek using Stampin’ Up! ® products

November 4, 2013 By
Have you seen the new Envelope punch board is now available to customers? 
I love this board and was lucky enough to win one at a recent Stampin’ Up! event. I will be using this in my class on Thursday so if you are local to me and fancy coming along just let me know. There’s a sneak peek of one of the projects below:


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Seasonal Offers

October 29, 2013 By

Wow even more great offers from Stampin’ Up!.

Firstly a variety of festive downloads to help you get a head start this busy season:

And secondly get ahead with your gift wrapping this year with this fantastic bundle on gift wrapping and tags:


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

October 25, 2013 By

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)


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Hurry, Hurry Hurry 25% off selected Stamp Sets

October 22, 2013 By

And yet another amazing deal from Stampin’ Up! for their 25th Anniversary celebrations. For a short time only Stampin’ Up! are offering 25 stamps at a 25% discount!

I made this card with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, which is included in the sale – it’s one of my favourite stamp sets and is sooooooooo versatile.
I used the colour scheme from the Season of Style Designer Washi Tape (132155) for the basis of this card. It’s Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive. 


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Partying and Scrappin’ using Stampin’ Up! ® products

October 15, 2013 By

Oh I’ve been super busy lately. I had a great party last week with a group of avid scrapbookers. It’s the first scrapbooking party I have done, and I decided to go with a Christmas layout I had seen on Pinterest ages ago and been meaning to try out. I’m all for following the two birds with one stone motto!

The ladies all enjoyed themselves, I’m pleased to report and loved using the Stampin’ Up! products. Since then I have been madly getting ready for my Christmas Card class on Thursday night, in between a weekend of birthday parties and looking after one poorly little boy. Its true you should be careful what you wish for – next time I’m wishing for a little peace and quiet when the Bedlam Brothers are at full pelt, I will try to remember how horrible it feels when they are lying poorly on the sofa not tearing around.

Anyway, back to my scrapbook page. I have some lovely pictures from Christmas 2011 and I wanted to showcase Stampin’ Up!’s 12 x 12 cardstock and DSP.  I chose to use the Winter Frost Speciality DSP with the Island Indigo and Smoky Slate textured cardstock. I love it – I really need to get scrapping more.

Products Used:
Textured 12″ x 12″ Cardstock – Island Indigo 132132, Smoky Slate 132131
Winter Frost Speciality DSP 132341
Pool Party A4 Cardstock 124391
Classic Stampin’ Pad – Pool Party 126982, Island Indigo 126986
Stamps – Morning Post Numbers Clear 131841, Very Merry Tags Wood 130393, Clear 130402, Mixed Bunch Wood 128442,  Clear 125537

If you would like to order any of the products used you can order directly online (SHOP NOW) or you can still order via email or by phone.

And don’t forget there’s still time to join in all the fun either as a demonstrator….

……or as a hostess!


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