cards, Challenges, Classes, Stampin' Up!


I saw this idea on Pinterest a few weeks ago to make a flamingo with the ‘Balloon Builders’ stamp set.  I had only just started using this set after receiving it at Stampin’ Up! Onstage last November.  I thought this flamingo was kinda cool though.  So I stamped it up but then I didn’t know how to put it on a card – until I saw the Freshly Made Sketches sketch this week. So I finally added it to a card – and it is done before the time of the sketch challenge to end!  Here is the sketch and then my card.

FMS Final 226-001


The card base is Melon Mambo and the paper is from the ‘It’s My Party’ Paper Stack. I matted this piece on to some Silver Foil. (Just a tip: Cut a rectangle from the centre of your Silver Foil piece then you can use that piece for another project).  The sentiment is from ‘Remembering Your Birthday’ and I cut a little silver piece from the ‘Itty Bitty Banners’.  I added a Paper Lace Doily and some Melon Mambo dots from the ‘It’s My Party’ Enamel Dots.

I have used a number of the balloons from the ‘Balloon Builders’ set and drew the legs freehand.  This is a fun set and you can create so many cute things with it.  Here is the set if you haven’t noticed it in the catalogue.

balloon builder

This is on p. 14 of the catalogue.  It is a photopolymer stamp and is $28.  Great value for 19 stamps!

The original Flamingo card can be found HERE. Go and check the link out though because Ruth has lots of clever ideas with this set.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have yourself a great day where ever you are. 🙂


cards, Masculine


As it is approaching the end of the Annual Catalogue AND the Occasions Catalogue, I really wanted to use up more of the great papers from the ‘Adventure Bound’ Designer Series Paper Stack before they are finished with. There are some great designs for those male cards we all struggle with.  So this past week I have been on a mission to make some cards with this stack.  I thought I would show you some of the cards.

First up, I CASED the card on the left from Leanne Greff (flowerbug) HERE but just changed it a little.  Then decided to turn it and change it some more. Colours used are Basic Black, So Saffron and Cajun Craze. Isn’t the brick print cool???


For these next 2 cards I used the Traveler set and added some Burlap Ribbon and Island Indigo Cotton Ribbon.  Don’t be afraid to use ribbon on the boys cards!  Colours used here are Basic Gray, Island Indigo and Cajun Craze. The greeting is from ‘Itty Bitty Banners’.


On these last 2 I will show you I decided to pull out some retiring sets.  I changed the stamps but kept the same layout.  The left is using Starburst Sayings and the right card is Blue Ribbon and I have used the White Jute ribbon (which only just arrived in my order a few hours earlier!!!).  I have used Island Indigo, Cajun Craze and Base Gray again and even added some sparkle with some Silver Glimmer Paper.


I was happy with these little sets of cards. I hope you like them too??? 🙂

Have you got any ‘Adventure Bound’ DSP paper stacks yet?? There are some great designs and only $11.95 for 48 sheets: 4 each of 12 double-sided designs. They are just a little larger than a card front size and have some fantastic print images and patterns. You have to get this pack for your male cards. (Only 2 weeks left). You can see them (and order) from my online store HERE or you can contact me directly.

You can see some other cards I made with this stack some time ago by heading to this blog post HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Come and visit me again.  Have a happy day wherever you may be.




I have a few baby cards to make at the moment and the set ‘Something For Baby’ has just arrived in time. If you have baby cards to make this set is great.  I will tell you about the set below but I will show you the card first.



I have used Marina Mist and Real Red on this. I cut the little baby suit using the ‘Baby First’ Framelits from the Marina Mist card and then embossed it with the ‘Alphabet Press’ Embossing Folder.  This folder is ideal for a cute baby type  card. I wrapped around some White Baker’s Twine.  On a piece of Whisper White card I pierced the baby suit from the ‘Eclectic’ Piercing Template set and adhered that behind the Marina Mist card.  I adhered it all to the Marina Mist Base card.  I stamped and cut the little tie in Real Red and adhered that with Dimensionals. (Don’t just think of this tie for baby cards what about for Dad for Father’s Day???).  The tie adds a cute little touch. The greeting is from ‘Itty Bitty Banners’ and cut with the matching Framelits.

In the catalogue (p74)  this is available as a bundle which is just fantastic as you save 15% off for the bundle ($80.50 W and $68.75 C).  The Piercing Template is on p 218 is a great asset for this set and has piercing templates for the Tag Topper Punches, Star Framelits, Word Bubble Framelits and the Chalk Talk set.  A very versatile Piercing Template set at only $13.95.

In cutting the Baby suit out for this card and a second one I didn’t want to waste the off-cuts so I made up some other cards similar to this.


The heart is punched from the 2 step Owl Punch. The Marina Mist piece at the bottom has been embossed with the ‘Alphabet Press’ Embossing Folder again. The greeting is from ‘A Dozen Thoughts’ and punched out with the Word Window Punch.  I punched out a second one in Real Red and then cut it in half and layered it behind the white sentiment.


This is a little card measuring 10cmx10cm (4″x4″).  The heart is punched from the ‘Itty Bitty Accents’ Punch Pack.

Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the blog world.  If you are in the US, wishing your a Happy 4th July. 🙂




Recently I showed you a number of cards using the Butterfly Collection wheel.  With the Blog Hop last week I never got to show you another one I had made.  Here it is.  I have to say this card didn’t end up how I started but I think it is OK!


I was going for a shabby/vintage look.  I think I realised when I was making this that I just don’t do vintage all that well.   I used some of the gorgeous Venetian Romance DSP.  This is just beautiful paper.  This was layered on to a Pistachio Pudding card base.  Before adding the paper I adhered some Pistachio Pudding Ruffled ribbon under the Lace and wrapped it around the paper.  I cut a Labels  framelit from Pumpkin Pie and then embossed it with the stripes  Embossing Folder.  The Butterfly wheel was rolled over some Very Vanilla Card and then cut with the Butterfly Bigz Die. I layered a butterfly punched with the Elegant Butterfly punch and added a Clear button and a Whisper White twine bow.  The greeting flag was stamped from the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set and cut with the Bitty Banners Die.  The end result was Ok.  Not sure if it is vintage enough though.  I love the softness of Pistachio Pudding.  I think it is my new favourite colour.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards with the Butterfly Collection Wheel.  If you missed the other cards  I have made with this wheel, then head back a couple of posts to catch them.

Thanks for visiting today,




Last week I had a play with the new wheel ‘Butterfly Collection’.  I haven’t used wheels a lot so it was fun to play around.  The great thing is that this wheel co-ordinates with a number of stamp sets already and the butterfly punches. Who doesn’t love butterflies?? On these cards I have used the current In colors of Crisp Canteloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Baked Brown Sugar.


This one was inspired by a card on Pinterest by Heather Owens.  I changed the colours using the current In Colors.  I have also used ‘Papillion Potpourri’ and ‘Remembering your Birthday’.


On this one I used the woodgrain Embossing Folder on the Whisper White card.  The greeting is from Itty Bitty Banners.  I added a flower made from the Paper clay and coloured it with the Aquapainter and Crisp Canteloupe inkpad.  I adhered the flower using the multi-purpose glue (Tombow).  I find that the most effective adhesive.  Don’t you love the pretty ruffled ribbon.  It is so soft – and stretchy!  I love how the Itty Butterfly punch fits nicely with this wheel.


This one was the Make and Take we did at the workshop on the weekend.  Many of them used the Woodgrain Embossing Folder on the Whisper White which looked really good.  I have used the ‘Beautiful Butterflies’ sizzlits.  It’s so nice that everything works together.

I have another card to show you using the wheel and a tutorial of how to create it.  I will show you that next time so make sure you stop by.

Thanks for visiting today.  Why not drop me a comment and tell me where you are from.  I would love to hear about you.


Masculine, Personal Ramblings, Punch Art


I wanted to show you a special card today for my gorgeous big boy.  I have probably bored you enough about his Football pursuits BUT well it is his 17th birthday today so I have to show you the card I made for him.  I have had a number of people share this idea with me over the last few months.  Thanks so much my friends.  So I only just remembered to use this idea for his card.  This idea originally came from the blogosphere somewhere (sorry I can’t remember where) but recently it was on Pinterest.


I used Cherry Cobbler which is close to his club colours since I don’t have Bravo Burgundy anymore.  The ‘Fence’ was created by brayering the inside of the Stripes Embossing Folder with Soft Suede and running Whisper White Card through it.  The card was too wide to fit so I cut it in half before embossing it and then joined it together on my Old Olive Card base.  (See you don’t even notice do you???).  I added a strip of Soft Suede card along the top of the fence.

Punches I used for the Football Dude:

1 3/8″ circle, 1 1/4″ circle, 1″ circle, 3/4″ circle, Word Window and 2-step Owl Punch.  I did a little cutting of some of the circles to adapt them to what I wanted.  The Helmet cage took the most work.  It is not quite right but it is OK, although Glenn and Josh thought it was a cool beard!!!!!?????  The stamp sets I have used are ‘Great Sport’ for the football and ‘Itty Bitty Banners’ for the greeting.

I hope you like my cool dude anyway.


Here are my gorgeous two this morning.  Love you both xx


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Don’t put some of those Christmas stamps away just yet! It’s great to know that you can use them for more occasions than the season they were intended.

Here is a great idea I found on Stampin’ Connection, a Demonstrator Forum I am on.  This was CASED from Mercedes Weber.  You can visit her blog here.  She is just the cleverest 🙂


How cute is this using the set “Scentsational Season”.  I would never have thought to use this for a baby card, but what a great idea! The clouds are punched from the Cupcake Punch and ran through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  The DSP is Tempting Turquoise and is from the Brights Paper Stack.  The greeting is from “Itty Bitty Banners” and cut with the Bitty Banner Framelits.  There you go, a baby card using a Christmas set.  Who’d have thought Hey!!!!

Well, 2013 has dawned.  I hope this year brings you all you hope for.  Keep looking forward to achieve your goals.  Don’t dwell on the bad stuff, they just weigh you down.

Happy 2013 to you,

Jenny x