Saturday, 31 July 2010

Tea Party!

Today's card is made using stamps from the Tea Party set by My Cute Stamp, available here.  These stamps really are so cute!  I stamped the images with Memento and coloured in with Copics then added some  SU Diamond Dust for a bit of sparkle.  The bps are by Joanna Sheen and DCWV, and I used sticky lace and Primas to embellish and butterflies punched with my Martha Stewart punch. The sentiment is unknown, from my stash!

Materials used
Stamps - My Cute Stamp, unknown sentiment
Inks - Copics, Memento
Papers - DCWV, Joanna Sheen
Other - Primas, sticky lace, Liquid Pearls,  SU Diamond Dust, Martha Steward punch

Its Competition Time - Holidays

this post will stay at the top until Saturday please scroll down

Hi everyone, its time for the first ever Make the Day Special challenge!

Would you like to win some stamps???

What you have to do:

As the long summer holidays have just started my mind and a lot of other peoples' are thinking about sun, sea, sand, ice creams and what do you do with bored kids for six weeks, but that last one does not make for card/scrapbooking inspiration, lol. To take part in the competition you need to make an item, anything you like, along the theme of holidays. The rules are that it MUST include stamping of some kind and must be made by you! You do not have to use our stamps but if you do your name will be entered twice. Winner will be chosen at random on Saturday 31st July. Please link up to your blog or online gallery bellow, if you don't have either and want to enter, email your entry to me at

Do invite your friends to take part, the more people who join in the better, we all love checking out other peoples work!!!

The prize is a selection of gorgeous stamps from Unity....

I look forward to seeing all your entries,

Emily x

Friday, 30 July 2010

Friends With Flair Blog Hop

Hello everyone,

My make for the blog hop today is a card and notebook using stamps from the July store kit.

I like the sentiments in this set as they could be used for lots of occasions. In this instance I've gone very girly... I've been after this paper for a while and I could resist no longer!

Thank you for popping in enjoy the rest of the hop

Emily x

Bee Happy!

I have some ATCs to share with you which I made using the bee from a My Cute stamps set from Make the Day special.
Emily has some adorable My Cute Stamps set in the shop, including some Christmas sets if you are starting your Christmas cards early! These ATCs are for a 'Things with wings' themed swap and this smiley little bee was perfect for my Bee Happy sentiment!
Have a lovely Friday!

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Combining Different Stamps

Got something a little different today and something that uses a mix of stamps to hopefully inspire you into thinking of ways to combine the different stamps you have been accumulating!

I've seen a lot of mail art on different blogs recently and wanted to have a go myself so here is my attempt at decorating an envelope! Hope you like it!

I've used Ippity Bit of Burlap, stamps from the Ippity What Matters Most kit, the hearts from the Ippity Moon Beams and Heart Strings and Layers of Color Joyful Noise, The Ippity stamps are available over at Emily's sister blog Ippity Inspiration and the Layer of Color stamps are available at the Make The Day Special shop.

Have a fabulous day

Stamps - Ippity Bit of Burlap; Ippity What Matters Most; Ippity Moon Beams and Heart Strings; Layers of Color Joyful Noise
Inks - VersaFine Onyx black; VersaColor vaious
Other - Envelope; Marvy Le Plume Watercolour pens; Doily

Tuesday, 27 July 2010


Hello, my card for today uses my cute stamp set "Hello doodle".I stamped and heat embossed the images then layered them using foam pads.

I love how the embossing turned out. The black powder i used also has glitter and has a fantastic shine and i think it really makes the images pop. I used clear embossing powder for the other images. I used a bit of basic grey paper and the stamped and heat embossed the "hello"

Thanks for looking.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Summer of love

Have you seen the Make the Day Special Competition? Since Emily is feeling all summery and giving away some gorgeous Unity stamps, I thought I'd join in the fun and make a card that reflected Emily's Summer-time theme. I rummaged and rummaged and rummaged through my stamp drawers, but couldn't find anything suitable summery. I did however, find this cute stamp from the Cats Pyjamas 'Loving Mew' set and gave it a seasonal twist adding a sentiment using my Sizzix machine:

Stamp: The Cat's Pyjamas Loving Mew
Paper: Hippie Chick DCWV
Ink: Versacolor Rose Red
Other: brads, Sizzix Girls are Weird alphabet, ribbon, glossy accents

Thanks for dropping in.

Don't forget the competition is open until get the ice-creams out, flip flops on and get stamping!

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Let it Snow!

My card for today uses the gorgeous stamp set by My Cute Stamps called Let it Snow which is available here. This really is a fab set which stamps beautifully!

I decided to experiment with vellum today and stamped various snowflakes and the sentiment on to two pieces of lilac vellum before embossing with white embossing powder. I then sewed the 2 layers of vellum on to the card base and then added some sparkly white fibres, a pin and some adhesive pearls:

Materials used: Papermill card, Bazzill vellum, My Cute Stamps, Perfect Glue Pad, white embossing powder, Papermania adhesive pearls, fibres and a pin.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Moments in Bloom

I keep coming back to this lovely kit, Moments in Bloom by Unity, available from Emily here .  For my card today I used one of the sentiments stamped onto some Basic Grey paper, and I stamped one of the leaf stamps from the set onto a different paper from the same set.  I inked the edges of the card with Distress Ink and  the Happy Birthday greeting is by Penny Black.  I punched some butterflies and added Primas, adhesive gems and Adirondack Acrylic blobs to finish.

Stamps - Unity, Penny Black
Inks - Memento, Distress Ink
Papers - Basic Grey, plain cardstock
Other - adhesive gems, Adirondack Acrylics, Martha Stewart punch

Friday, 23 July 2010

Shabby Chic Unity Flowers

I was asked to make a card by a Friend for their Auntie and who loves flowers and the lovely Flower stamp from the Adventures in Happiness kit which is available from Make the Day Special immediately sprang to my mind. I love the simplicity of the design of these flowers and the fact they can be embellished with buttons and gems to make them look different every time.

To make the card, I used a square card blank and cut a section from the front at an angle. I covered the card with the Papermania Rose Garden papers and added a strip of ribbon down the cut edge of the front of the card.
I stamped and coloured my flowers and cut them out with a Nesties shape which I matted on to a scalloped circle cut from pink card. This was then mounted to the card front with foam pads making sure I only stuck them where they would not show!
I embellished my flowers with a button and gems, added a bow and a sentiment from the paper pack and some letters to spell out Auntie which are also in the pack and a couple of punched butterflies.
Have a lovely Friday!

Thursday, 22 July 2010

This Is A Happy Life

Following on from Cath's gorgeous card yesterday I have another word art card for you today. This one uses a sentiment from the Unity March 2010 Store kit available over at Make The Day Special. I do love the fact that you can colour this one in and I've used pencils and glitter glue to do so.

Thanks for popping by.

Ink - Versafine onyx black
Colouring - Prismacolor pencils
Paper - DCWV
Usual Suspects - Scissors; Paper trimmer; Silicone glue
Other - Glitter glue; Sewing machine; fiskars border punch

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

More from the Quote Bundle Pack

I'm just loving this as i can make so many different cards for so many occasions.
Today i used this fab quote using my favourite colours, brown and green.

Sorry i don't know what the paper is, it was an offcut. The brown is the reverse side of it.

Thanks for stopping by.


Stamps - Unity Quote Bundle Pack
Paper/Card - Bazzill, Unknown paper
Flowers - Prima e-line
Ink - Stampin Up! Chocolate Chip
Other - Large brads

Cath xx

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Enjoy the moment

Hello, I'm still busy inking up the June store kit from Unity. I have used the bird stamp from life becoming. The sentiment is also from Unity but a different kit.

I used some Kraft card stock to make the card and have added some white paper to line it Ive then punched two holes and added the ribbon. For the front of the card i embossed the bird and sentiment using a sparkly black powder then used distress inks and glimmer mists to get that gorgeous blue. I mounted it on white card to finish it off.
Here is a close up just to show off the embossing. Love the way the black pops out from the blue background.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Hedging my bets....

So my friend is expecting a baby soon and is keeping the sex of the baby a surprise. I decided to hedge my bets and make a baby girl AND a baby boy card using this super sweet stamp from Unity 'Just Hanging Out':

Paper: We R Memory Keepers Nonsense - Drip Drop
Other Materials: Promarkers, ribbon, stash paper, sewing machine, Elzybells 'Just Hatched' stamp (sentiment)

Thanks for dropping in,

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Purple and silver

For today's card I decided to go with a purple and silver theme and try to keep it clean and simple.

I stamped the flower from Unity's June store kit - Quiet Essence using the Essential Glue Pad and then used silver foil flakes over this. I then added rub-on letters for the sentiment before adding the embellishments.

Materials used:
American Crafts cardstock, Unity stamp, silver foil, Basic Grey rub-on alphabet, Prima rhinestones.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Moments in Bloom

I decided to make a tag today and I used the gorgeous stamps from the Unity Moments in Bloom kit available at Make The Day Special.  I distressed the edges and then  inked my tag with Victorian Velvet and Bundled Sage Distress Inks, then lightly stamped the grid stamp first.  I then inked the lovely flower stamp with green Memento and a pink Promarker and stamped 3 times, masking as I went.  I used one of the images from the set and a leaf for background, using 4 stamps from the set in all.  The butterflies are made using a Sizzix die.

Stamps - Unity
Inks - Memento, Distress Inks, Promarker
Other - Sizzix die, adhesive pearls, script stamp on butterflies

Friday, 16 July 2010

A Happy Life heart hanger

I received a wooden heart blank as an RAK recently and have been wanting to alter it and make it into a hanger for a while. I decided the Happy Life sentiment from the Adventures in Happiness kit available from Make the Day special would be perfect to embellish the heart.

I first cut strips of tulle which I sewed a running stitch through to created a ruched frill which I stuck to the heart with my glue gun. I drew around the heart on to ledger paper to make a shape to cover the front and back of the heart and distressed the edges with inks. I then stamped my sentiment before sticking the heart shape to the heart blank. I added a string hanger and embellished with flowers, ribbon, buttons and pearls.
Make sure you check out all the new stamps at Make the Day Special. Unity are now making Cosmo Cricket stamps and Emily has 3 new adorable sets available!
Have a great Friday.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Grow Your Wings

Something a little different for you today. I've been getting messy with cardboard, glue, watercolour markers and stamping board to make a mini - picture and frame.

The stamp is the one of my favourites from the Unity June 2010 Store kit, totally love this kit, as you might have noticed!

Thanks for popping in today.

Colouring - Marvy Le Plume Watercolour Markers
Other - Pearlescent paints; stamping board; cardboard; PVA; Newspaper; Mod Podge

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

The Cats Pajamas

Good Morning everyone
Today i used this fab little set from The Cats Pajamas called Joyride
Don't you think the little bunny is just the cutest!!

I used a small sheet of cardstock and used both co-ordinating sides and used the star, border and word stamps at the top, then the beep beep stamp on the bottom with the picture stamp. Then i added the little pink jewels to just bling it up a bit.
Thanks for stopping by!

Cath xx

Stamps - The Cats Pajamas Joyride
Cardstock - Unknown(sorry!)
Ink - Copics
Other - Pink Jewels, Ribbon

Tuesday, 13 July 2010


Here is a quick card using the Unity store kit. I coloured the flowers with my pro markers and added a button to the centre. I left the card quite simple and mounted it onto a subtle backing paper.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Loving The Cat's Pyjamas!

I'm head over heels with the range of stamps from The Cat's Pyjamas that Emily has recently brought to Make the Day Special. To celebrate the first blog post using The Cat's Pyjamas Stamps...I'm sharing TWO cards with you made with the super-cute 'Loving Mew' Set:

Do check out the full range of Cat's Pyjamas stamps over at the Make The Day Special Shop.
Thanks for dropping in,

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Enjoy this day

Today I have a quick 8" x 8" scrapbook layout to show you using stamps from the June Unity store kit.

I used a base of October Afternoon grid paper and stamped the floral stamp straight on to it using Memento ink before colouring it with Promarkers. The frame stamp was also stamped directly on the paper with Memento ink and then I journalled inside it. The "enjoy this day" stamp was then stamped down alongside the photo.

Materials used: October Afternoon papers (Fly a Kite collection), Unity June store kit, Memento ink, Promarkers, Joy Crafts butterfly die, black gel pen.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Floral Friends

My card for today is made using a stamp from the Unity Floral Friends set, with sentiments written as the stems!  I had some scraps of Dovecraft papers on my desk so coloured the image with Copics to match and punched out a couple of flowers with an MS punch, adding metallic nailheads to embellish.  The sentiment is from the {ippity} Fall For You set, all available from Emily here.

Stamps - Unity, {ippity}
Papers - Dovecraft and DCWV
Inks - Memento and Copics
Other - metallic nailheads

Friday, 9 July 2010

Wedding Congratulations!

Love is in the air and we are now slap bang in the middle of the Wedding Season. I had another play with my 'Be my Bridesmaid' set from My Cute Stamps available from Make the Day Special and made a wedding card in non traditional colours. I used some of my new Basic Grey and Pink Paislee papers which I matted and layered and stitched with my Sewing Machine.

I paper pieced the wedding dress using some dotty papers and coloured the rest of the image with Promarkers. I wrapped organza ribbon around the front of the card before fixing it to the base.
I mounted the image on to the card using foam pads and added a sentiment from the set, lots of cream flowers and lovely pearls.
I hope you have a lovely Friday.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Unity June Kit - Life Becoming

Thought I would show you a couple of the gorgeous stamps from the June 2010 Unity Store Kit Life Becoming. They have been designed by Melody Ross and are so gorgeously suited to shabby chic or vintage.

I seem to be making lots of very simple cards at the moment but some times simple goes a long way!

Both the Butterfly and the Rose have been stamped onto scraps of designer paper and then I've added just a touch of extra colour with pencils.

Enjoy this day!

Stamps - June 2010 Unity Store Kit Life Becoming
Ink - Archival Sepia
Paper - K&Co
Usual Suspects - paper trimmer; Scissors; Silicone glue
Other - Coloured Pencils

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Quote Bundle

What a fabulous bundle this pack is. The stamps are really big so ideal for cards and layouts or gifts.
There are 5 stamps, all with fabulous quotes in the pack.

I used this charming butterfly quote for my card and used copics to colour the little butterflies.
Thanks for stopping by.
Cath xx


Stamps - Unity Quote Bundle Pack
Paper/Card - Bazzill, MME So Sophie
Ribbon - Basic Grey
Other - Chipboard Butterflies(American Crafts), Chalk inks, Copics

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Born to fly , Unity

Hello, Ive been playing with the Unity store kit "life becoming" .Everything i came up with seemed a little dark so chucked all those ideas out and started again, I'm more pleased with this as i went all pink and its so much brighter. The bird and sentiment are both from the kit and the background stamp,if you can see it is from the other part of the kit "Quiet essence".
Ive used distress inks and momento and added some ribbon and I'm not sure what the other stuff is called.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Deal of the Day - Circles!

Anyone fancy a special offer???

For today only (or while stocks last) this fabulous Unity stamp set is only £15 inc p&p, saving you £6!!!

Don't hang about as I only have limited stock... purchase using the buy it now button bellow:

UK-338A Just Circles

This kit includes all Un-Mounted Deeply Etched Red Rubber stamps. The stamps are pre-cut and mounted on repositionable cling foam. They can be used with any acrylic block or Unity Handle.

Set of 9 stamps includes:

1. Dots Within (3 X 3)

2. Grandma's Button (2.25 X 2.25)

3. Aztec of the Age (2.25 X 2.25)

4. Golf Ball Style (2.25 X 2.25)

5. Grandma's Frame (3.25 X 3.25)

6. Silhouette Circle (2.25 X 2.25)

7. Around the Dot (2.25 X 2.25)

8. Points of Interest (2.25 X 2.25)

9. Papa's Brim (3.25 X 3.25)

Measurements are in inches.

Happy stamping

Emily x

Hello Dolly

I received this gorgeous set from My Cute Stamps last week and had so much fun playing with it. I love ALL the adorable stamps included in the set and used four of them to create this card:

I started with a plain white card and stamped in black the flower in various directions to create the background. I then had trouble matching the black of my ink with black dp that I had, so I used a sponge and the black ink to create my own paper that would match perfectly! I whizzed this through my sewing machine to add a little detail and then paper pieced the Russian dolls for the centre piece. I also used a black glaze pen to highlight some of the details on the dolls - I really like the effect. I finished off the card with the border stamp & sentiment stamp and some ribbon. 

Thanks for visiting, 

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Ooh La La!!

When I first opened this pack of My Cute Stamps - "Paris" my first thought was "Ooh La La!". I decided to make a card using a pastel flowery design.

I used a floral paper to make the background and sewed around all the edges. I stamped the Eiffel Tower stamp on patterned paper and then cut it out and mounted with foam pads. The Paris stamp was stamped on to a pre-made die-cut and I stamped the tiny flourish in the top corner.

Materials used: Papermania papers, My Cute Stamps - Paris, Memento ink,  The Girls' Paperie die-cut, Papermania alphabet die-cuts, Dovecraft pearl brad, vintage lace and paper roses.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Crop Reminder

Hi everyone

Just poping in to say that there are a couple of places left on the crop next saturday... all the info is on the website.

I think its going to be a great day, we are starting small and hoping to grow so put a date in the diary for the 2nd Saturday of the month from now on :)

The shop will be on site for those at the crop and any visitors are welcome,

Looking forward to seeing some of you there

Emily x

Tea Party

Good morning -  I have made some ATCs to show for today, or they could be used as toppers for cards - using the pretty stamps Tea Party by My Cute Stamp, available here.  These are such cute little stamps and certainly live up to their name!  I stamped them with Memento and coloured with Copics and Promarkers and added some SU Dazzling Diamonds to finish them (you probably need to click on the piccy to see the sparkle!).

Stamps - My Cute Stamp
Inks - Memento, Copics, Promarkers
Other - atc blanks, SU Dazzling Diamonds

Friday, 2 July 2010

A Thank you tag

I recently received the gorgeous 'Be my Bridesmaid' stamps by My Cute Stamps which you can find here at Make the Day special. The images in the set are so gorgeous and girly, I couldn't wait to ink them up!
I decided to make something other than a card for a change and embellished a chipboard tag which can be added to a Bridesmaid's gift.

To make the tag, I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of gingham paper and added it to the bottom of the tag. I layered this with some cream flowery paper and covered the join with lace. I stamped the image onto smooth white card. coloured it in with Promarkers and cut it out, adding gems to the flowers.
I threaded the tag with girly pink ribbon and added 2 prima flowers and small roses with my glue gun.
As a finishing touch, I dotted around a couple more gems.
I really like this colour scheme and I am planning to use the leftovers from the tag to make a matching card.
I hope you have a great Friday!

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Layers Of Color Tag

All distressed today - don't worry, I'm not distressed but my make is LOL!

I have been playing with the Layers of Color stamp set called Joyful Noise, so pretty. I made a little distressed tag which was actually inspired by the project idea on the back of the stamp set packet.

I've grunged up the papers with my seam ripper and distress inks, with a little tear here and there.

Hope you are having a fabulous Distressed day.

Stamp - Layers of Color stamp set called Joyful Noise
Inks - Rangers Distress inks; Archival coffee
Paper - HOTP
Usual Suspects - Double-sided tape; Silicone glue
Other - Crop-a-dile; Eyelet; seam ripper