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Emma xx
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in England UK. All things Stampin' Up for card making, scrapbooking, wedding stationery, gifts, card making classes, scrapbooking classes, gift making classes.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Feel the Lurve

Hi Guys

Well this week sees the start of February and with that things get all misty around the edges and people get all romantic....No, not in your house either!!! LOL

Oh well it doesn't mean that I can't make a card or two though does it?  Good because I have made this little beauty.

You don't get the real feel of this card until you have got it in your hands and you can see the fabulousness of the engineering of it.  It was a Christmas card that I saw at my uplines house and we both said that we seriously needed to case it and you should go and see hers here.

Mine is very simple and can be done just with one stamp set, 3 punches, ribbon and pearls.  It is a 4"x4" card and on the top of the middle panel I have added a piece of Cherry Cobbler that has been punched with the Eyelet border punch.  The ribbon well how fab does that look?  It has been done by taking a 6" length of Organza Ribbon and hold your heat tool above it, turn it on and watch the magic happen.  I have then stuck it on with mini glue dots.  Don't you just love the basic pearls?

The next panel has been cut down with a curved edge, I have used the Heart to Heart punch to punch 3 of each heart and one extra small heart.  I added a white highlight on the right hand bump of the heart with white gel pen.  Sticking them along the curve adds some interest to the hearts and then I 3D'd the small hearts using dimensionals

The front panel has been stamped using the Curly Cute set (I love this set) and Cherry Cobbler ink and punched out 2 Full Hearts also from Cherry Cobbler, added faux stitching with the white gel pen and edged it with Cherry Cobbler ink.

I have done another one with another colour scheme below and the pattern is downloadable at the bottom of my post.

Click on the image to make bigger.  Ctrl + right click, save as (windows), Cmd + right click, save as (mac) to save to your desktop for you to use.

Emma xx

Craft Retreat

Hi Guys

now for something different.  In March I will be attending the 3rd Lovin' Ink weekend ran by the lovely Michelle and Janet.  It is held in the fabulous countryside of Bolton Abbey, Near Skipton.

What is even better is at the moment you have the chance to win 2 free places to the retreat.  How do you do this?  Well all you have to do is go HERE and find out all of the details.

Why do I go to these weekends?  I go to get away from it all and just relax and enjoy good company with friends that I have made along the way.  The food is great and all requirements are catered for (I know because my hubby is the chef).

Now who wouldn't enjoy staying here for the weekend

With views like this

Well what are you waiting for?  Go here and try and win your free place.

Until next time happy crafting

Emma xx

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Hi Guys

I am two days late for Try It On Tuesdays but my teamies have been great and let me off.  The theme this week is an altered item with wings.  I know I have done one of these mirrors before, however I LOVE doing them and will be teaching how to do them very soon so keep an eye out.


This was decorated firstly by gessoing (priming) the wood and then inking it.  I used Rose Red ink.  The panels are Whisper White mounted onto cereal box to build them up.  I have used the stamp set Printed Petals to make the roses.  Now alot of people do these with grunge paper but I used good old Whisper White and it keeps it shape and form.  The leaves have been done by cutting a leaf shape out of River Rock card stock and folding it in half and putting it through my paper crimper and then inking with River Rock ink on the edges and over the ridges with a paper dauber.  I have painted Crystal Effects over the roses to give them some gloss.

The butterflies, which is where my wings come in, have been stamped using Flight of The Butterfly stamp set and punching with coordinating Butterfly Punch.  Layered up one on top of another and then painted with Crystal Effects again.  To finish them off I have added 3 basic Rhinestones.

I have added Basic Rhinestones to some of the panels as well to give them some bling.  Come back and check soon for the date of the class.

I hope you like and don' forget to go and have a look at my Teamies' work over on Try It On Tuesday.

Until next time happy crafting

Emma xx

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A little stationery box

Hi Guys

just while I am waiting for my butterflies to dry so that I can show you my entry for this weeks Try It On Tuesday I thought I would show you a little stationery set that I made for a friend.

I have used Crumb Cake as my base for both my box and my cards.  The box has been decorated with Soft Suede, Confetti White and Early Espresso 1/4" grosgrain ribbon.

The cards have the added bit of stamping on the side using the En Francais background stamp.

The flowers on both the cards and the box are made using 2 punches, the 5 Petal punch and Boho Blossoms punch.  Colours are Old Olive, Soft Suede, Concord Crush all held together with a Rhinestone brad.

They have been finished off with 3 self adhesive basic rhinestones to add a little bit of sparkle.

I hope you like

Until next time happy crafting

Emma xx

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hi Guys

We have the first of our all day Crafting sessions coming up in just a few weeks.  We are meeting at the Half Moon Hotel on Sunday February 13th and in Long Bennington on Sunday 20th March.

Click on the image to make it bigger.  Our phone numbers are on the image or you can email me at emmadaye@sky.com.

We have a fun filled day in store for you with lots of projects to make, product to take home and prizes galore.

Lunch is included in the price as is tea, coffee and lovely biscuits.

Spaces are limited so you must book to reserve your place.

I hope you will come and join us and I look forward to you booking your place.

Until next time happy crafting

Emma xx

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sale-a-Bration Blog Hop

Hi Guys

it is a long time since I have been a part of a blog hop but with the Sale-a-Bration well and truly upon us it is time to show you some projects.  You should have come here from the lovely Anthea's blog and hasn't she done some lovely things.

My projects are here

 Firstly I have used Sweet Summer.  We were very lucky and we got this set at Convention last year free.  I love this set as much as I love all of the other sets in the Sale-a-Bration catalogue.  I have used the Brights selection of colours for this  set of cards along with a liberal dose of basic pearls.  I have used the DSP Brights Stack which work lovely for this set of cards.  Don't forget to click on the image to make it bigger.  I have then made a box for them all to go in so you could always give away to a friend as a pressie.

My second offering is using the Bliss set.  I have used this set to show that you don't need to distress and make old with this set.  It can be very elegant especially when teamed up with some elegant DSP like I have here using the Lap of Luxury papers.  I have coordinated with Concord Crush, Pretty in Pink, Basic Grey and Very Vanilla.  Along with a liberal smattering of Basic Pearls again it looks really pretty.  The bow on the front of the box has been done by taking a length of ribbon and folding into thirds and wrapped a Pretty in Pink flower brad around and adhered with a dimensional.  The box on this set has two 'pockets' inside for the cards to go in.  The ribbon has been attached with two Pretty in Pink brads through the handles from a bull dog clip, ingenious I saw it somewhere but not sure where so can't credit.

The next thing to do is to go and see Sandra to see what delights she has in store for you.  There are 4 different blog hops on at the moment and they start at these links


Come back later in the week and I will have a tutorial for the Bliss set.  The Bliss set will be given away as part of my blog candy that will be coming up shortly. 

I hope you like and until next time

happy crafting

Emma xx

Friday, January 21, 2011

Hi Guys

Well todays offering is for a challenge site.  The theme at 365 Cards today is Love and I have also done one for Mojo Monday.  The first is for 365 Cards

 For the love I punched hearts out of the Sweet and Sour speciality DSP and then added a border around them using Naturals Ivory paper stock.  I have teamed this with Rose Red and Pumpkin Pie cardstock punched with the Scallop trim border, I then added ribbon using the en vogue technique.  The letters are from the on board Alphabet Soup chipboard that have been covered with the Sweet and Sour papers and then sanded to give the edges a distressed look and pearls to just give it a bit of bling.  The greeting has been made using the Basic Phrases stamp set, punched out of the Modern label punch which coordinates nicely with the scallop oval.  I have then added the wide oval on the bottom.

Mojo Monday

I have used the I {heart} hearts stamp set to make this card.  I have stamped and cut out the hearts and  mounted some on Naturals Ivory cardstock and some just on stampin dimensionals.  I have added crystal effects to all of the hearts to give them a glossy appearance.  The 'faux ribbon' roses at the bottom of the card have been made by firstly punching out a 1 3/4" circle in Pumpkin Pie.  Then you need to cut round in a spiral.  Taking the outside end in your tweezers and twist until all twisted up.  Let it relax slightly and glue the bottom of the roses to the round bit that is left from cutting in a spiral.  Add a pearl to the top of each on and voila.  I have mounted them onto a 1 3/4" Rose Red card circle over the top of a piece of Pumpkin Pie 5/8" grosgrain ribbon.

I hope you like and until next time

happy crafting

Emma xx

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hi Guys

Just a quick one today to show you some things that I have made from using the Punch Bunch Sale-a-Bration stamp set and a few other pieces.

to make these cards I used the following

Designer Series Paper Stack Subtles           £15.50
Stampin' Write Marker                                £23.95
Basic Rhinestones                                       £  4.50
Tube of Multipurpose glue                         £   3.25

If you want to buy these then just  email me at emmadaye@sky.com.  You will also receive a tutorial on how to put the cards together.

I look forward to hearing from you really soon.

I hope you like and until next time

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

3D Class

Hi Guys

Well how do you fancy coming to me and making this??

I am running this class on Monday 24th and Sunday 30th January.  If you want to come and make this then email me at emmadaye@sky.com.  It will cost £20 and you will get all of the materials to make this plus light refreshment.

We will be using Blueberry Crisp papers, Pacific Point cardstock, For Everything stamp set and lots of lovely basic rhinestones and pearls.

Can't make it to mine?  Then let me come to you and teach you and your friends just email me and we can sort it out.

I look forward to you coming on over and making this with me.

Emma xx

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Try it on Tuesdays has us using a poem for inspiration today.  I have used the poem 'Shall I compare thee to a Summers Day'.

I printed the poem out and then brayered over it with Bashful Blue and Wild Wasabi ink and did the same on the card that I mounted it on to.

I stuck my poem onto the backing card and then over stamped it with the 'Just Believe' stamp set and stamped the round stamp from the same set with Daffodil Delight.  I have backed this with Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake and then used a piece of Woodland Walk DSP onto Wild Wasabi and Whisper White.

I have punched the matted layer with my 1" circle punch.  I have wrapped a piece of Daffodil Delight Taffeta ribbon tied with a bow to finish it off.

Don't forget to go and look at the rest of the DT's work.

I hope you like and until next time

happy crafting

Emma xx

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Have a hoot

Hi Guys

Well it is time for the second challenge of the year for Try It On Tuesday.  This week it is a tag with a male theme.  I chose the theme for this week so I hope you enjoy.

I have used the Punch Bunch set that you can earn for free if you spend £45. 

I have cut my tag by hand from Very Vanilla (page 85) so that I can get the proportions that I want.  I then coloured it with crumb cake (page 85) on the bottom layer of colour and here and there with Soft Suede (page 85).  I drew the bark markings with Soft Suede Stampin' Write marker. 

My owls have been stamped and cut.  I stamped with Soft Suede onto Soft Suede for the owl wings and Crumb Cake (page 85) for the chest.  I cut the eyes from Very Vanilla (page 85) stamped in Basic Grey (page 85) and the beak is punched from the heart to heart punch (page 104) in Tangerine Tango (page 82).  I have cut the owls by hand but it will be sooooo much better come April.  (NEWSFLASH we are getting the two step owl punch so you NEED to get this stamp set).

Because this is a male themed tag I have only added a tiny bit of sparkle by putting some of the Basic Rhinestones on the eyes of my owls. (as you can see below)

The branches were punched from the Two Step Bird Punch in Very Vanilla and I coloured with my daubers (page 103) with Soft Suede (page 85) and Old Olive (page 82). 

I have hand written my greeting using Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker (page 85) and punched out with the Word Window punch (page 104) and added some Early Espresso 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon (page 97).

I  hope you like and until next time

happy crafting.

Emma xx

Monday, January 10, 2011

Happy Birthday

Hi Guys

Todays offering is a birthday card made for my niece who is 8 today.

On a base of Whisper White (page 85) with doodling in Pear Pizzazz (page81) around the edge I have used the Celebrations papers (page 89).  The strip at the back has been matted onto Bashful Blue (page 83) with the dotty piece being matted onto Pacific Point (page 82).  The piece that her name is on is a sticker from the Celebrations stickers (page 92).  For the bunting I have used Party This Way (page 31) with Pacific Point ink (page 82) and for her name I have used the Broadsheet Alphabet (page 76) in Real Red (page 82).  To string the bunting together I punched holes using the 1/16"handheld punch (page106) and then I have used Linen Thread (page 96) to 'hang' it.  I have then used two buttons from The Designer Buttons Brights (page 98).  The ribbon is Real Red Satin (page 96), I have achieved this effect by using sticky strip on the dotty layer and then sticking the ribbon down and then manipulate it left and sticking and then right and sticking.  Here is a video I found on You Tube for you to see how it is done.

For her age I have used the Schoolbook Serif Numbers (page 77) in Bashful Blue (page 83) onto a 1 3/8" circle (page 106) and then onto a Scallop Circle (page 105) which I curled the scallops on to give it a bit of dimension.

I hope you like and until next time

Happy Crafting

Emma xx

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A quick sympathy card

Hi Guys

Well I have had 2 friends lose relatives this week and I have made two sympathy cards for them.  I have used the set Hopeful Thoughts for these cards.

I used Very Vanilla for the card base and the top layer.  I matted it on So Saffron.  I inked up the stamp with my Stampin Write Markers using So Saffron, Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake.  I have doodled around the edge of the top layer.

I have used Early Espresso Taffeta ribbon down the card and Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon for the bow on the card.  I stamped the sentiment and punched it out with the Wide Oval punch, I then went round the edge with my Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker to just lift it a little.

This is a very similar card using the other tree from the set.  Again I inked the tree with Crumb Cake and Wild Wasabi.  I have chopped the corners off with the 1/2" circle punch on the Very Vanilla top layer.  I have used Marina mist Taffeta ribbon and Baja Breeze card stock.  I have done the same with the sentiment by going round it with my Crumb Cake Marker.

I hope you like and until next time

Happy crafting

Emma xx

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Year, New Beginnings

Hi Guys

Well over at Try it on Tuesdays there are changes afoot.  From today the format of the challenges is going to change and we are going to have a 4 week rota of challenges.  Week 1 is A Card, week 2 is a tag, Week 3 free choice - week 4 altered art and the weeks that have 5 weeks well you will just have to check in as that will be chosen by a member of the DT and it will be different.

Back to this week though and it is week one of January which means it is a Card.  The theme this week is New Beginnings and that can mean anything, new babies, weddings, new house, new job, new year etc.

I have gone for new baby and here it is

I forgot to add this piccy too!

I have used Daffodil Delight so that you can have it in your 'go to' cards.  I have used the Baby Tees wheel (pg 39 catalogue) with basic grey to wheel it in as this is softer than using Basic Black.  I have then wheeled it again and coloured in one of the babygrows in Daffodil Delight and then coloured in the 'body' with my versamark pen (pg 103) and sprinkled it with Heat and Stick powder (pg 100).  I then took my heat gun (pg 100) and heated it until it turns from powder to sticky (this happens a lot quicker than using embossing powder, it also has a distinct smell as it 'turns').  When this happens then I add my Dazzling Diamonds (pg 100) and heat once more (just for a couple of seconds) to 'seal' the Dazzling Diamonds.

I have used Curly Cute (pg 75) and Daffodil Delight ink (pg 82) and stamped onto Whisper White.  I have used my trimmer (pg107) to trim down the word and punched the ends with the Modern Label punch (pg 105) and then punched two more from Daffodil Delight cardstock (pg 82) and added it to either end and trimmed where necessary.

So go on over to Try it on Tuesdays and see what the rest of the Design Team have on offer for you. 

Well I hope you like and until next time

Happy Crafting

Emma xx