Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Sweet Wishes

To you all!

A little notelet card today and I've used the My Cute Stamp Sweet Chocolate stamp set for this cutey. 

It kinda reminds me of the sweeties with the hearts and writing on - do you know the ones I mean?

Well hope you have a sweet week.

Have fun.

Monday, 30 May 2011


Morning everyone :-) It's typical Bank Holiday weather here......pouring down!! so lts more time to craft, I say!!...
I thought I'd try something a little different this week...I love to get mileage out of my stamps (because I have sooo many!!) I thought I'd try a little 'paint fusion' to see if it worked with some of my favourite stamps...

Gerbera Daisies by Flourishes, available from the lovely Emily here

I have crackled the background and inked over it and then stamped the Daisies and painted them...first with Green and then White. The centres are 'stippled' with Yellow paint and then Brown...but the best bit........I painted the strings and Green leafy things freehand....(as you can probably tell!!) I just inked around the edges and stamped part of the sentiment stamp. I really like how this looks aged.........with even a few extra creases where I've flattened the Mountboard!
This piece is 4"x4" and is destined for a Fatbook swap that I am in.......

Thanks for looking, I hope you have a lovely Monday and I'll catch up with you again soon.......

She xx

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Some Unity and Flourishes


I have a few cards to show today.

This one uses stamps from Flourishes.

The set is called Kids play.

This is also from Flourishes.

Also from the Kids play set

This card uses a new set at make the day special.

Its by Unity co brand with belle blvd and its called

Tail waggers and cat naps.

This isn't on the shop site yet but if you would like to see more the details are on the facebook page ...here.

This card uses a sentiment from the store kit...

.....All about today.

This is a fab set for scrap booking and journal ling.

But i couldn't resist using this quote for the card.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

The Last Of May's Flowers...

A couple of weeks ago I bought my first few sets of Promarkers and, luckily, the gorgeous blooms in the Quiet Essence set are perfect for a little bit of promarker practice - and, of course, for all of you promarker pros!

Quiet Essence 1

For this card, I stamped one of the images several times onto some smooth cardstock and then coloured using a variety of pinks, blushes and springy greens. To give the images dimension, I cut out elements from each of my stamped images and layered them using some small foam dots. I also added in just a couple of extra little leaves, which I curled with my finger nails to lift them a little.

Quiet Essence 2

Not bad for a practice piece, eh?

And, just while I'm here, any Lawn Fawn lovers might be interested to know that all of Lawn Fawn's Summer Releases are now available at Make The Day Special. Yeah Baby!

Friday, 27 May 2011

Quiet Essence

Some new rubber from Emily has got me experimenting a bit with my style/subject matter. I loved this quote from Unity Store Kit 'Quiet Essence' and the beautifully elegant images it comes with:

I stamped the sentiment onto vellum and stitched it in place.
I coloured the image with promarkers and added some glossy accents to his wings.

Thanks for dropping in,

Thursday, 26 May 2011

May joy always find you


I have a one layer card today.

I have use stamps from....

Donna Downey, Free to be

and unity store kit, The right words .

I used momento dewdrop ink pads with the pointy end i coloured the stamp.

I was so please how this came out.

Ive used just one colour before so I'm glad i tried this as it brings a totally different look to the image.

I used a sponge dabber to add some blue around the main image.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Go Confidently

What a fabulous quote - 

'Go Confidently in the direction of your dreams
live the life you have imagined'

- Henry David Thoreau

This quote is part of the All About The Journey Unity stamp kit, as is the compass also shown here. You can get the kit over at Make The Day Special.

So I've gone all out on the texture and distressing today - I wonder if it is a reflection of my mood?

Have a fun week you all.

Monday, 23 May 2011

So This Is........

Morning! Today I have a card to share with you with stamps that the lovely Emily has just sent me...love them.

I seem to be in a 'Purple' phase at the moment.....the beautiful background card was on my desk after I'd been making, so set the tone for this one!
I have used 'Garden Wall Frame' from Layers of Color.........this fits one of the new Nestie shapes I have just got too.....I think it took me longer to get the image onto the Nestie shape than to do the rest of the card!! It was a bit easier after I'd stamped and embossed the image and than lightly stuck the nestie to the card before cutting.........trust me this is the easiest way!! I have coloured it with ProMarkers and Glossy Accented the Bird. The sentiment is by {ippity} 'So This Is Love' I've just added a paper flower and some beautiful ribbon (which I think was round a box of choccies!! I never throw anything away!!)

Thanks for looking, I hope you have a wonderful Monday.... I'll see you soon.

She xx

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Destination gateway

My card today uses stamps from the Unity sets Bold Insight and All About the Journey both available from the Make The Day Special shop.

I stamped the gates on to an alcohol inked background before cutting them out. I added them to the card along with some sequin waste and flowers.

The sentiment was then stamped straight on to the card using black Versafine ink which is one of my favourites for stamping detailed images and sentiments.

Materials used:
Papermania cardstock, Making Memories paper.
Ranger alcohol inks, Ranger Archival ink, Versafine ink, Unity stamps (as above)
Prima flowers, Stickles, Crafty Notions Rainbow Drops
paper roses, sequin waste

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, 20 May 2011

It'll be a hoot!!

As soon as I saw this little owl from the new stock of My Cute Stamps in Make The Day Special Shop, I knew he'd have to land on my desk!

I coupled it with the perfect sentiment from My Cute Stamp's Night Owl (see I told you I have a major birdie obsession!!)

As you can see, I stamped the little owl twice and added foam pads to make the owl stand out.

Wishing you a great weekend,

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Gigi party


I have a really quick clean and simple card to share today.

I used the unity itty bitty co brand, Suzi blu's gigi party.

I stamped the image onto Kraft card stock.

Then coloured with pro markers and a white gel pen.

The sentiment is from lawn fawn's Sophie's sentiments.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Clean and Simple With Unity

Hey Guys, how you all doing this week?

I've got my most recent practice in clean and simple design for you this week. I've used the wonderful Unity All About The Journey which you can get over at Make The Day Special. Another of my favourite stamp sets!

Have a wonderfully crafty week.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Alcohol Inked!

Morning from a very cold and drizzly Stockport!

Today I want to share one of those cards we need to make, but never want to.......a Sympathy card.
I used my favourite kit 'The Artist In You' available from the lovely Emily here this set really is useful and lends itself to so many cards. I also used 'With Sympathy' also available from Emily here 

I have Alcohol Inked some Gloss card to stamp on.......I used Blues and Greens to try and give it a 'natural' look with a bit of Yellow thrown in! Then I just stamped the images with Black Archival. The little sentiment  is stamped onto 'ordinary' White card and then I've coloured it with Distress Stains. Matted onto Black and then White card.

Thanks for looking, I hope you all have a lovely start to the week.....I'll see you again very soon.

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Stamps are so versatile!!!

No card, layout or canvas for me to share with you today as I seem to have spent all week "helping" my 9 year old son with his homework....making a poster of a habitat - in this case a woodland habitat.

I am going to share this project with you though as "we" used so many stamps on it LOL!! We made it by joining 4 sheets of plain white 12" x 12" cardstock together and then used chalks to make a coloured background before drawing on the trees and colouring them.

 The leaves were all stamped using the leafy stamp from  Unity's Naturally You kit available here and another leaf stamp.

We stamped the fungi from Unity's Naturally You kit  straight on to the poster and coloured them with Marvy markers. The snail from the same kit was stamped on to shrink plastic and coloured with chalks before heating.

We also used the bracken stamp from Unity's Moments in Bloom kit available here to stamp in clumps at the base of the trees and Unity's Insightful Meadows set to stamp in the left foreground.

Well, hopefully the teacher will approve and I'll be back next week with something that's not homework! As always, thanks for visiting!!

Jo (and Matthew!!) x

Saturday, 14 May 2011

You're A Star!!!

It seems that I'm on a mission to make the smallest cards imaginable. This one is simply tiny, but it packs a bit of a punch.

Using the beautiful trellis type background stamp from Unity's Quiet Essence, I covered the bottom half of the card. I then added a little bit of ribbon in a light blue as a bit of an accent. Above the ribbon I partially used one of the sentiments from the Say Cheese Too set from Lawn Fawn - it actually says 'You're A Star' but since my card is teeny, I masked it off a little.

Then I stamped the star from Unity's Learning {Year By Year} onto some light blue cardstock, cut it out and adhered to the card with a little pop dot for dimension. Don't you just love the numbers and text on the star? Gorgeous!

To finish off the card, I popped on some sparkles....we all need a little bit of sparkle every now and then!

Hope you're all having a fabulous weekend x

Friday, 13 May 2011

Nature's Beauties

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I share a card using an adorable Itty Bitty (I'm such a sucker for birdies!):

I've coloured the image (which comes with a great quote from Dickens) with promarkers and added some glossy accents.

Have a great weekend,

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Anyone for strawberries?


My card today uses some of the new stamps from Flourishes.

The picture is darker than in real life.

Ive kept this simple with no sentiment.

I coloured the image with pro markers,

Then cut out and mounted used my nesties.

I embosses a white piece of card for the background and just inked the edges.

I'm going to try water colouring when i next use these stamps.

Make the day special has lots of new stock in from

You can check them out in the shop ....the layers of colour stamps fit with labels nestibilities.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

More Tags...

Hey All, it's Tuesday and that means it is my day on the MTDS blog and this week I have a tag for you and following on from She's fabulous tag posted yesterday.

I've used the Layers Of Colour Joyful Noise which is back in stock over at Make The Day Special.

Such a great stamp set!

Have a colourful day.

See you next week.

Monday, 9 May 2011

All About The Boy!

Hi there and a very happy Monday to you...

Today I have a couple of very quick and easy ideas using one of my newer Suzi Blu stamps 'And Then There Was A Boy' available in the UK from the lovely Emily here

I do so much reading and I tend to use whatever piece of paper or ticket is closest to hand as a bookmark! I decided to make myself one in Black and White with just a little Orange thrown in! Well there had to be Orange on it somewhere, didn't there??
Really, really quick and easy! Coloured in with  ProMarkers. The Black card is textured and I just 'run' it through my ribbler and then added some fibres at the top.....
And a really quick and easy card......

with some some stick on gems and more fibre round the side.

Do check out 'Make The Day Special'  Emily has some great new stock in, good prices and excellent delivery.....what more could we crafty people want!

I hope you have a good day, thank you for looking... I will be back soon, I feel the need to get inky and messy again, as my last few makes have been quite 'clean' for me!!

See you soon.

She xx

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Another canvas.....

I seem to have a "thing" for canvasses at the moment and have another one to share with you today. I've used the Unity set Insightful Meadows and 2 {ippity} sets...Now and Always... and Dots For Sure both available from the Ippity Inspiration blog.

I placed a few pieces of paper over the canvas and then covered it with a green organza using Mod Podge and left it to dry. I then randomly stamped the Dots For Sure and the flourish stamp from the Now and Always set.

The next step was to use the stamp from Insightful Meadows and add distress embossing powder then emboss. I then added the die-cut and embellishments:

Materials used:
Canvas, old book page, Prima papers, Mod Podge
Unity and {ippity} stamps, sepia Versafine ink, distress ink and embossing powder
organza, pompom trim, K&Co die-cut, Pink Paislee Artisan flourish, Viva Precious Metal paint.

Before I go.......have you checked out the Make The Day Special shop recently?
Emily has been busy adding some new stuff:

Layers of Color sets and single stamps
Lawn Fawn
My Cute Stamp

As always, thanks for visiting!!

Jo x

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Tagging You...

Short, sweet and simple. That's how I'd describe my 'one layer' gift tag. I've used three stamps sets for it though - so you will need to rummage through your stamps. Oh! What a chore :)

I cut the based cardstock down to ATC size, popped a hole in the top and rounded the corners. Then I sprayed it liberally with some ink. I love the brightness of it against the contrasting black stamp ink.

Then I used the corner stamp from Naturally You to stamp into the corners - I edged them a little way off the cardstock, so it's not quite the full stamp image. I then inked up the You stamp from You Deserve (masking the smaller words below the main image with a post-it note.) Once that had dried, I used a couple of the sentiments from Sophie's Sentiments to finish off the centre of the tag.

I added some black lace and it was ready!

Friday, 6 May 2011

Twinchie Toppers

A few weeks ago I made a whole bunch of twinchies which I thought I might later use for card toppers. Well, that day has come! I've made a set of 5 small cards using very little else than the twinchies:

I used small shaped notecards, added coloured paper inserts - stitched in with a small piece of ribbon, and then added the topper. Simples!

Gold embossed stamps from My Cute Stamp's 'You're Tweet'

Love muffin stamps, coloured with promarkers, from The Cat's Pyjama's set 'Loving Mew'

Repeated bird motif using My Cute Stamp's 'Matryoshka Doll' set, a touch of glossy accents and a heart-shaped brad.

Lawn Fawn's telephone, coloured with promarkers from the 'Just My Type' set

A gold embossed chandelier from Lawn Fawn's 'How Delighful' set.

Thanks for dropping in!

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Happy and sad


I have two cards to share today.

As the title says one is for a happy occasion

I made this cas card for a friend who has just had a baby girl.

I used two sets from Lawn fawn.


Sophies sentiments.

There are so many possibilities for these stamps they are just fab.

And here is the sad card.

I made this for a very close friend and will be giving it to her today.

I used the unity kit

with sympathy.

I wanted this card to be special but not to fussy.

This stamp does have a butterfly which i didn't ink as my friend has a phobia of them.

I have used lots of embossing and some of my favourite bakers twine.

The colours are a bit bright but chose it as its my friends favourite colour.

All stamps used are from make the day special

here ,here and here.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Love You!

This post might be reaching you a little later than normal, but Emily is busy sorting through some exciting new stamp sets that will be available from Make The Day Special very soon!!!

So, this is just a quick post from me to show you how a simple stamp from Sophie's Sentiments finishes off a card perfectly. The writing script used in this set is just wonderful - it seems to work well for every type of card.


And, what I've found recently is that if you ink the set lightly the script will appear very delicate when stamped, but ink the stamp heavily and roll it very slightly while stamping and the script looks a little bit chunkier. Awesome!

Have a lovely summer evening folks x

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Inky For You

Been getting a bit inky with my Make The Day Special and {Ippity} Inspiration stamps this week. This make is part of a series of ideas based around an ATC I did for the Idea Gallery in the Craft Stamper recently.

I kinda liked it so thought I would explore the design a bit more and on a bigger scale!

The grass is from the Unity Insightful Meadows stamp set and the 'For You' sentiment is from the {Ippity}Totally Happy stamp set. 

Have a fabby inky day!