Thursday, 30 April 2009

Lets have Three Blooms for the Third Challenge!

The third and final challenge that we were set on Monday night was a tricky one – not least as we only had just 30 mins to create our cards. Our instructions were to use Gable Green, Pixie Pink and Lavender Lace one punch and no ribbon! I was pleased I had got my ribbon fix with the card before!
For speed I stuck with the Bloomin’ with Beauty Stamp Set and spent a long time trying to decide if I was going to use the Scallop Circle Punch or the Scallop Edge.

As you can see I went for the Scallop Circle, which allowed me to highlight my images, create interesting heart shaped corners and to create an interesting background on the Gable Green layer. The heart shapes were made by lining up the corner of my card with two of the scallops from the circle. I wanted to give the background some texture and it was made by sponging Gable Green ink around a part of a cut out scallop circle, moving the circle and repeating.
The finished card did not come out as
I hoped it would and the bad photographhy really does not help, but I do like how fresh it looks and how different the same stamp can look!

Happy Crafting

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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Another Bloomin' Challenge

Today I am going to share with you the second card I made at the Cyber Challange on Monday. For this card we had to use, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard and one button. Again I did not find this challenge easy as I am not great at using buttons! Again we only had 45 mins to make our cards.
I chose to stick with the Bloomin’ with Beauty Stamp Set – I am loving this stamp set at the moment. This card also features papers from the Sweet Always set and a button from the Button Latte set.

Now before I sign off I just wanted to remind you that you only have one day left to take advantage of this month’s special offers – you can see them here - please contact me NOW to place your order or to join my team and make sure you dont miss out!

Happy Crafting


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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Clean and Simple

Last night I attended a cyber get together organised by the lovely Monica for her Stampin’ Up! team. It was lovely to catch up with people and to chat (well type!) to each other. One of the many things I love about Stampin' Up! is the wonderful people I have met and who I can now call friends.
Along the way Monica set us some challanges. The first one was to make a clean and simple card with no layers in just 45 mins. I found this really hard as I kept wanting to add layers, but turned to the lovely Bloomin’ with Beauty set.
Now I should apologise for the photo – it was taken last night and there is no point in retaking it today as its very gloomy here. The main image was stamped with basic Grey on Very Vanilla. It has been coloured with Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Mellow Moss, Creamy Caramel and Ruby Red using blender pens. I was pleased with how the colouring came out.
I will show you another card I made in response to the challenges tomorrow. In the mean time, if anyone has any sunshine going spare please would they send it my way!
Happy Crafting
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Monday, 27 April 2009

Three Cheers!

Many people tell me that they find it hardest to make cards for men, so at the card making class on Saturday I included a card aimed at the men in our lives.

This card uses the wonderfully versatile Cheers to You Stamp Set. The beer glasses have been coloured using Creamy Caramel and Apricot Appeal inks. The shadow under each one is Bashful Blue. The glasses have been mounted onto a strip of Chocolate Chip Card with a So Saffron background. If you would like full instructions please email me –

You have just a couple of days to left to take advantage of the special offers I have this month for those who join me and become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. Full details are here but to summarise when you sign up with me as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you will get:
  • The chance to get all your Stampin’ Up! goodies at a healthy discount
  • Over £240 worth of good for just £139 and no further financial obligation
  • The chance to make your hobby pay for its self – your very own business
  • The chance to make lots of new friends and have a lot of fun
  • A customisable starter kit with everything you need to going
  • All the support and encouragement you want
  • A free gift that will help you get your business off to a great start
  • And for April only – free entry into the Stamp With Us Class

You dont even have to do demonstrations or even have other customers. So if this is something you are considered contact me NOW for a no obligation chat about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and how it can work for you.

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Sunday, 26 April 2009

Butterfly Babe!

It has been lovely and sunny here today - I hope we get lots more of this weather!

Over the next few days I am going to share the card we made at this month’s card making class. This month I had a record number of people attend and it was lovely to see familiar faces and to meet some new people too.
Out theme this month was Birthday Cards and I am going to start by showing you the bright garden like card we made.

The Stamps are from the Garden Whimsy Set and the colours are Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Certain Celery, Green Galore and Gable Green. If you would like full instructions please email me –

Next month we will be making cards for all reasons – check here for details and let me know if you want to book a place. Also don’t forget my offer of free classes for those who join my team by the end of this month – you have just a few days left to take advantage of this offer and I would love for you to do so!

Happy Crafting
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Saturday, 25 April 2009

Fresh Cut Flowers

My OH is a total sweetheart and most weeks since we have been living together he has brought me flowers. I don’t know about you but I love fresh flowers so the added extra he brings home with the weekly shop is always appreciated. Often the shopping day is a Saturday so in honour of that I am going to show you a flower card.
The small flowers from the Fresh Cut set were stamped in Chocolate Chip and then mounted on flowers punched from the Ski Slope Designed Paper with the 5 Petal Flower Punch. These were then mounted on another strip of paper from the same set with a bit of Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon on. Each was topped with a pearl from the Pretties Kit. The base card was stamped with the vine image from the same stamp set. The sentiment is from the Oval All Set and was coloured with Not Quite Navy and punched with the fantastic Oval Punches. Thank you for stopping by today

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Friday, 24 April 2009

Stamp With Us Colour Challenge

I am really enjoying the challenges the Stamp With Us team are setting –and this week its a colour challenge. Now I should warn you before you read on the inspiration picture may just make you rather hungry!

Now having used cupcakes for last week’s challenge I decided against using them again. Inspired by the lovely colours I reached for the Chocolate Chip, the Vellum and the Kraft card. This card features the stunning Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set. The main image was stamped with versamark and Chocolate Chip and then embossed with clear embossing powder.

This was mounted on a layer of vellum which reminded me of the cupcake case. The next Kraft layer was stamped with Chocolate Chip and again mounted on Vellum, followed by a layer of patterned paper from the Ski Slope set. This was all finished off with a little of the delicious double stitched grosgrain ribbon and a lovely little button from the Button Latte set.
I wanted to remind you all about the special offers I have for those of you who want to take the Stamp With Us classes – there are two product offers for those of you who are looking to treat themselves to the goodies used in the classes and then there is a very special offer. If you join my team this month I will pay for you to take the classes – read all about it here

Tomorrow is my monthly card class in Dunstable – I am looking forward to seeing everyone.

Thank you for stopping by today. Did you know today is the half way point for the other challenge I set myself – to post daily for 42 days! See you tomorrow

Happy Crafting

Bekka Pin It

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Fresh Cut Felt

Hello everyone

Today I have another quick card made with the lovely Fresh Cut Notes and Fresh Cut Stamps. Don’t forget if you order these two items from me this month I will double your entries into this month’s Customer Club prize draw.
Today’s card uses papers from the Haiku Designer Paper pack behind the image and then a couple of the delicious felt flowers from the Felt Fusion set, joined together with an Old Olive Brad. I love how the flowers make you want to touch them! The sentiment is from the Fresh Cuts set and is wonderfully useful for its simplicity.

Thank you for stopping by

Happy Crafting

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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Spirit of Giving

Last night I got together with some lovely and very talented ladies to make cards for the Marie Curie Cancer Charity’s Spirit of Giving Appeal. We had a lot of fun and were very productive – making over 30 cards!

We used up lots of the kits I had left over from past make and takes/classes so some of the cards may look familiar – here are a few pictures where you can make out the cards themselves. If you would like details of how they were made please get in touch.
See you tomorrow

Happy Crafting
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Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Tuesday Trio

Today I am going to share with you not just one card but three cards and a bonus gift tag! This delicious trio was made with the Fresh Cut Notes. These cute little cards are lovely to work with and soooooo fast!

First I stamped the Fresh Cut Stamp on the front of the card, then removed the die cut sections – I put these to one side – you will see why later! Next I put a layer of co-ordinating card behind the die cut section, I love how this ties things in so quickly – no more hours spent looking for just the right shades. The finishing touches were to stamp the flower from the fresh cut set and set it in the middle of the card with a pearl from the Pretties kit. Quick, easy and adorable cards – the hardest bit was deciding which colours to use!

But what about those off cuts ... well I used them to make this flower shaped gift tag! All I did was stick them down and cut round the outside – well they were just too cute to throw away!

More tomorrow but if you can’t wait to get playing with your own Fresh Cuts Notes and Stamp Set and you live in the UK email me and we can arrange for them to be on their way to you! The Notes are just £6.95 for a set of 15 – a bargain for those last moment cards and the Stamp Set is £18.95. If you order both from me this month I will double the number of entries you have in this month’s customer draw (details of the customer club and the monthly draw are here). That means that if all you order are these items you will have four entries, but if you add to the order I will double to total number of entries for your order. Good Luck.
Back with more tomorrow
Happy Crafting
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Monday, 20 April 2009

Monday Monday

Can you stand that day?

So it’s the start of a new week – and who knows what excitement this week will bring!

Now I realised this morning that I did not share with you the winners of my Easter Blog Candy, I was surprised at the number of responses so have upped the number of winners - so without further ado the lucky winners of a goodie bags are:

  • Emma

  • Kim

  • Lynne (email)

  • Sarah (email)

  • Susan (email)

  • Beth (email)

Please send me your postal addresses ladies and a goodie bag will be on its way to you!

While we are on the subject of winners ... I am not sure if I told you that the winner of last month’s Customer Club prize was Mary. She won a set of stamps just for placing an order with me! Each month one of my lovely customers wins a prize – you get one entry in the draw for every £10 you spend. You can find out all about it here. So to be in with a chance of winning place your order with me and this month it could be you!

Now – on to today’s card. It has been a while since I shared a card made with the Fresh Cuts stamp set. This is another versatile set that I am really enjoying using. This card combines it with the lovely dotty paper from the Tea Party Designer Papers and some more of the scrummy stripped grosgrain ribbon. The stamp was coloured with my marker pens in Pretty in Pink, Rose Red and Lovely Lilac. I love the girlie zinginess (is there such a word!) of this combination.

I will be back with more Fresh Cuts tomorrow

Happy Crafting


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Sunday, 19 April 2009

Super Sunday

What a lovely day I have had today – I have been to the Stamp and Scrapbook Show at Ally Pally with some fabby friends. It was inspiring to wander round and look at the different display items that people had made and many of the designer papers gave me ideas too! I was quite restrained with my purchases but did bring home some lovely large chipboard owls and some wooden owl and lighthouse buttons. Now I have told you about my love of owls recently but I also have a thing for Lighthouses (hence my screen name on a lot of forums) I would be in heaven if Stampin’ Up! brought out a lovely lighthouse stamp in the UK *sigh*

Luckily there are already lots of SU things to love already! Today I am going to share a quick card with you.

The base is the scrummy textured card in Certain Celery. The papers are from the Tea Party Set and the stamp is from the Greetings Eight Set – I think I will be using this one a lot.

Thank you for stopping by

Happy crafting

Bekka Pin It

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Stamp on Saturday

Would you believe that today is the first day this week I have been able to sit and just stamp! I did get a crafting fix on Thursday when three lovely ladies joined me to make a Birthday Card Organiser Book and since the Stamp with Us Challenge this week is Birthdays I thought I would show you my example project and a card I have made to go in it.

Now when it comes to birthdays you just ‘have’ to have cake! So I have used the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set in both projects. They appear everywhere on my Birthday Card Organiser Book, and also feature on this birthday card. Now this card is for a lovely friend of mine who wants to emphasise there being a lot of something always says there are truck loads so for her birthday I hope she has truck loads of cakes!
The truck comes from the Loads of Love Stamp Set, and its wheels are made from the centre of one of the stamps in the Circle of Friendship set while the sentiment is from WOW flowers. The papers are the Sweet Always Papers and the Tea Party Papers – its strange how fitting the names of the papers are sometimes for some people! Colours used are Old Olive, Almost Amethyst, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron and Whisper White.
I am also very pleased with this bow – as you may have noticed I don’t have many bows on my cards as I am often not that please with how they turn out. I found this method worked well for me – I am planning a little feature on different ways to use ribbon so will tell you all about how I made it then. I think this little flower button is sooooooo cute – it’s from the Button Latte set.

Now until my friend’s birthday this card will live in my Birthday Card Organiser book.

I have a page for each month and an additional page for those miscellaneous cards we need from time to time. The front and the back were both decorated with the lovely stand of cupcakes in the Crazy for Cupcakes set with the balloons stamped in So Saffron in the Very Vanilla background. If you would like more details on how to make this book please contact me by email -

I am now off to have a look at everyone else’s entries for the challenge before going to see J in a play tonight
See you tomorrow
Happy Crafting
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Friday, 17 April 2009

For you on a Friday

As promised yesterday today I am going to share another Thank You Card with you – again it is a card from a batch of Thank You Cards I made. I wanted to make something bright and cheerful so I turned to one of my favourite colour combinations – Tempting Turquoise and Real Red.

To make these 4x4inch cards I stamped the three flowers from the One of a Kind Stamp Set in Tempting Turquoise on Whisper White, and then punched them out using the Boho Blooms Punch. Its great being able to get my flowers cut out that quickly! Next I stamped the large flower from the set in Real Red – I had to cut this one out by hand but using my Snips it was almost as quick and easy. The background layer was stamped with the Scratched Background Stamp and a length of Real Red ribbon wrapped around the bottom. The sentiment is from the Oval All set and it has been layered using the two new oval punches – I Love these – they are so versatile and just brilliant for greetings.

Thanks for stopping by again – see you tomorrow

Happy Crafting
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Thursday, 16 April 2009

Thank You Thursday

I don’t know about you but I find myself saying Thank you a lot! So today and tomorrow I am going to share some Thank You Cards with you.

Today’s card is from a batch of 40 I made to say Thank You to all the people who helped with the play I directed recently. You can find out all about that here, the play was called Whipping It Up. The cast and crew did a wonderful job, the audiences really enjoyed it and to top it off we got an excellent review! There is a bit of a story behind this card – the play was set in the Houses of Parliament. The main characters were from the Conservative Party and were trying to stop a leadership challenge. The rebels talked a lot about only needing a little mistletoe to kill an oak tree.

So there you have it – a card with some Blue (well Tempting Teal!) and an Oak Tree from the wonderful Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set. The Elegant Eggplant layer was stamped with the oak leaf stamp from the set which gave the background a lovely appearance of intricate texture. The sentiment is from th Fresh Cuts Set

Thank you for looking

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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Wise Owl Wednesday

Did I mention that I love owls and that I am thrilled we have an owl stamp now? If somehow you had missed this piece of news you can find out all about it here!

So today I have another card for you featuring this adorable owl. This time he is joined by scrummy papers from the Ski Party Designer Paper Pack, some Not Quite Navy Card and some Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon.

If you would like any more details on this (or any of the other projects featured on this blog) or to purchase any of the products used to make them, please do get in touch


Happy Crafting
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Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Toot Toot - its Tuesday!

Today I thought I would share a fun card with you that features another of the new stamp sets from the Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalogue (if you have not seen it yet there is a copy of the right hand side of my blog and if you are in the UK and want a paper copy email me at with your address and I will get one in the post for you)

The set I used was just crying out for a long thin card. It has been a while since I made a long thin card like this and I enjoyed working with the different shape and proportions. So all aboard, please mind the doors and here is the card!

This quick card was made using Real Red, Glorious Green and Whisper White card. The train tracks were fun to do as they are a Stampin’ Around Wheel and Chocolate Chip ink – so many possibilities with this one – just imagine the train tracks you could design and I think it would make a good fence too! The bits of the train were stamped and cut out before being added to the track with dimensional. The hardest part of this card was deciding on the train’s configuration and colours! All the elements of this set, Choo Choo, are adorable and the puff of steam just finishes of the set perfectly for me.

I think a variant of this card needs to steam its way into my Birthday Cards Galore class on Saturday 25th April – if you want to come along please hurry and book your place – there are only a couple left!

Happy Crafting

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Monday, 13 April 2009

Sunny Monday!

The sun is shining here today – which I am very pleased about – we are still without heating so need the sun to warm the house up! Hopefully the plumber will be able to fit our replacement boiler tomorrow and warmth will be restored to the Lighthouse :-D

So in honour of today’s sunshine I thought I would share another card made with the new Soft Summer Stamp Set. Can you tell its one of my new favourites? Well this card uses the other image from the set – just as adorable don’t you think?

Again I have used an Almost Amethyst Card base with papers from the Tea Party Designer Paper Pack, Old Olive ribbon. The images was stamped with Elegant Eggplant and coloured with Almost Amethyst and Certain Celery. I love how bright the Old Olive looks with the Almost Amethyst.

Some of the more observant amongst you will have noticed a rather lovely new blinkie on the side of my blog – that is the other thing that has been giving me a rather warm glow! I entered a couple of cards into the first Stamp With Us Challenge and one got selected as one of the Fave Five – what an honour and totally unexpected as there were some fantastic cards contributed. I can’t wait to have a go at their new challenge so watch this space.

Happy Crafting


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Sunday, 12 April 2009

Happy Easter

We have two special people coming to Easter Lunch and I am in charge of making the table look the part. So I turned to my trusty craft supplies and this is what I have come up with.
The centre piece will be this Easter Egg tree – the hanging eggs were made with the lovely new Scalloped Oval Punch and a mix of designer papers (Tea Party and Junior Varsity). For each egg I cut 3 patterned and 3 plain ovals, folded them all in half and stuck them together back to back with a length of moss gingham ribbon through the centre.
In front of each guest will be a small favour – one of these cute little boxes filled with chocolate eggs and decorated with the adorable rabbit from the Forrest Friends Stamp Set. Each box is made from a 6x6 square of paper from the Junior Varsity pack and since its double sided the inside looks pretty too!
To finish up the look I have also made some napkin rings – threaded with the gingham ribbon and decorated with another lovely little rabbit.
I hope our guests like them and that you all have a wonderful Easter Day
Happy Crafting
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Saturday, 11 April 2009

More Pizzazz from those Petals

Today I am going to show you another card using the Petal Pizzazz stamp set. As you may recall I had a little party to celebrate the launch of the catalogue and this was one of the make and take projects that my lovely customers could make.

OK – so you spotted it’s a variation on a theme from a few days ago! What I love about this card – apart from the colours is how easy it was to cut the flowers out. Yes they fit inside the Stampin’ Up! Scallop Circle Punch – how great is that! The centre of each flower was then made with a small punched circle of card ensuring that the colours all matched beautifully.

I am also totally in love with this striped grosgrain. Can you believe I am onto my second roll in the Pretty in Pink and the Bashful Blue and there is only a tiny amount left on my So Saffron Roll – that is almost 27m of stripy ribbon I have used. Mind you some of it went into the goodie bags my guests took home from the party – well you can’t have a party without a goodie bag!

Would you like one of these for yourself? Well I have five to give away to people in the UK – leave a comment below or email me and you could be a lucky winner. Winners will be drawn in a weeks time.

I look forward to hearing from you

Happy Crafting

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Friday, 10 April 2009

5,6,7,8 Who do we Appreciate?

Well it has to be my friend the owl!

The card I am going to share with you today is one of the two make and take cards that my guests could make at last week’s mini catalogue launch party. I adore owls so this little cutie just had to feature in the make and takes!

The base card is Old Olive and the tree from the Forrest Friends set has been stamped in Old Olive on the left hand side of the card. Stamping with the same colour ink gives a lovely strong watermark effect. The owls were stamped in Chocolate Chip Ink onto Whisper White Card and each was then cut out with the scalloped square punch. These were layered onto a scalloped strip of Chocolate Chip with a layer of Almost Amethyst behind for a little bit of zing.

Have you noticed how restrained I have been with the bad owl puns? Not once have a said Owl be back or what a hoot I am having with this set!

Happy Crafting

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Thursday, 9 April 2009

Two posts in one day?

Yes thats right I have posted twice today. What is the world coming to?

I have made another card for the Stamp With Us Sketch Challenge and I wanted to share that with you today as well. I have really enjoyed playing with this sketch and there is still time for you to join in the fun if you want to. Check out this post for details about Stamp With Us and the special offers I have for those of you who want to join their on line classes.

So here is the card – same basic lay out as the previous card but with a little twist ....

One of the layers is actually a window – with the main image hiding inside the card for double the pleasure, you can see it when the card is open and when the card is closed! The ribbon is attached to the front of the card floating across the window.
For this card I have used a combination of Sage Shaddow and Almost Amethyst. I am loving this colour combination at the moment. The beautiful flower is from the Bloomin’ With Beauty Stamp set which I just had to get having seen what the very talented Kate does with it. Thank you Kate. I am looking forward to playing with this stamp set more I had such a lot of fun colouring it in.

I will be back with another card tomorrow

Happy Crafting
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Stamp With Us Sketch Challenge

Stamp With Us don’t only offer Stamp Classes (check out this post for details) but also offer challenges for anyone to join in with. This weeks challenge was a sketch and here is my first attempt at their sketch. I also challenged myself to use the colours that were on my desk – and I had been using the Love Stories Scrapping Kit for a very special project I will be able to share with you soon so the card is Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa and Certain Celery. I was really pleased with how the project came together in these colours so it was no hardship to use them again!
The card was made using the Soft Summer Stamp and papers from the Love Stories Kit along with Certain Celery ribbon and pearls from the pretties kit

Dont forget I have some very special offers to go along with the Stamp With Us classes - read all about them here

Thanks for looking

Happy Crafting

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