Stampers 6 Meeting

I’d been looking forward to this for more than a month now! It was great, I really enjoyed it. The ladies are very nice, as are all of Lisa’s family - her children are a credit to her!
I picked up quite a few little tips and tricks and shall use them in some projects I have thought of while writing this post! And I have a few bits I must add to my “Wish List” though it is more like a “Need List”.
Here is the project we have been working on tonight.. I love them, they’re so cute!!
Stampers 6 - Card Set Holder Stampers 6 - Cupcakes Card Stampers 6 - Flowers & Cupcakes Card Stampers 6 - Flowers & Cupcakes Card Inside Stampers 6 - Birthday Card Stampers 6 - Hello Card Stampers 6 - Card Set Holder & Cards
I don’t have any measurements or instructions for these as of yet, but will update as soon as I do!
I don’t know if I am going to be able to make it to the next Stampers 6, as my Husband has his operation scheduled for mid April. But I can only keep my fingers crossed!! Because I am looking forward to doing it again :)

My first Mini Envelope Album

I have seen so many different styles of mini albums across the internet. I love most of what I have seen. I’ve taken several different ideas and put it into this album.

It is not yet complete!!

Bound (again) with binding rings (I’ve recently seen them referred to as book rings too!). And a little ribbon tied on each! I used my Crop-a-Dile, but had to do half at a time!

The envelopes are DL envelopes, and I used 4 of them. At the ends, when folded, I cut off the tiniest slither, to allow pockets to be created.

The front cover is thin chipboard, about an 1/8” bigger all the way round, than the size of the inside folded envelopes. I covered the front and backs of the chipboard with coordinating patterned paper – but I had a thought while doing it, if you run out of chipboard, or want to make a recycled album, you can use things like a cardboard box cut down, or perhaps cereal packet card?!

Mini Album 4x4 Brown

Just a couple of examples of the inside of the album. Every page inside is covered in patterned paper. Nothing else has been added yet!

Mini Album 4x4 Brown Inside Mini Album 4x4 Brown Inside2

Mini Album 4x4 Brown Pocket

This picture demonstrates how the pockets will look when filled, though this is not an insert for this mini album – I haven’t actually made them yet (shhhh!)

A scrappers’ sketches

The base idea I found online and the inside pages were downloaded from Sunday L Design (just search in Google if you would like to find it). But if you can’t, let me know and I can e-mail it over to you.

I have a near obsession for Stampin’ Up!’s Flight of the Butterfly set and coordinating punch. So I decided to use it here with some polka dot paper. I wanted it to be very simple, and plain!

These sketchbooks are intended to help plan and develop ideas and layouts.
If you write notes when you’re out and about, you can make one of these for when you’re on the go. Or two – one for on the go, and one neat copy for at home!

Scrapbook Sketches

I printed off 5 double sided copies of the inside pages, and there are 20 pages with three boxes, and two lines under each box.

Scrapbook Sketches Inside

Thank you to Mum

We had a lovely day at the Lambing Event at Easton College today. We saw lots of piglets, cows and sheep with their lambs!

After the event, my Mum and Dad popped into Sainsbury’s and got everyone dinner – awwh! It was a lovely surprise! After such a nice day out, we then had a lovely day at their house!

I made Mum and Dad a card to say thank you.

Mum Thank you Card 

Mum Thank you Card Envelope Mum Thank you Card Envelope Back


Here are a couple of photos I couldn’t resist sharing :)  

100_3315Mummy with her FOUR lambs! 100_3310Daddy, Katie (front) & Elizabeth (back) 100_3318Piglets! Three months old. The ginger one in the middle I named Garry hehe!!
100_3344The biggest Pig I’ve ever seen! 100_3354Awwh a little cutie! 100_3358Katie chasing the Ewe and her lambs
100_3360Nanny and Granddad joined us! 100_3429A short pit stop for the girls to have snack :) 100_3404A labouring Ewe (apparently it lasts up to half an hour!!!!)
100_3413Two hour old lambs, still with blood and still wobbly on their legs 100_3418An orphaned lamb taken on by this mother. It’s wearing her dead lamb’s wool – how clever! 100_3425A pen of orphaned lambs. Some are bottle fed every two hours.
100_3433Katie on the bouncy castle - £1 for 5minutes! 100_3451Elizabeth fell asleep... 100_3448
... so Katie got to eat all of their ice cream!!


This is my new friend. I named him George!

Mini Albums get even smaller!!

I have an interest in mini albums at the moment, and am in the middle of making some. But I thought I’m make some Tiny Albums!

I used my XCut system to cut the card for these Tiny Albums.

Tiny Album Oval Lilac Tiny Album Oval Lilac2

Bound with a binding ring and decorated with ribbon, I have left this album blank for the recipient’s own decoration.

Tiny Album Circle Olive Green Tiny Album Circle Olive Green2

Bound with a loose set eyelet, so the pages can freely move. Decorated with patterned papers throughout and a ribbon around the front.

Elsbeth’s Card

Garry’s cousin, Elsbeth, is nine on 21st March, so I have made her a cute little card with Stampin’ Up!’s Butterfly Punch and coordinating stamp set “Flight of the Butterfly”.

Elsbeth Birthday Card

The butterfly is punched from white cardstock, stamped with Stampin’ Up! Apricot Appeal ink, then stamped again with the floral butterfly in Pixie Pink ink by Stampin’ Up!. Even though I haven’t stood it up for the photo, it is intended to be 3D.
The aperture was cut with a 1-3/8” Circle punch (SU!) and the pink card was cut with the same punch but then punched again with the slightly bigger SU!’s Scallop Circle punch.
The small flowers are also in the Flight of the Butterfly set, as is the butterfly on the inside.
I love the sentiment, although the black is a little harsh and I wish I had a grey ink perhaps?!

I even decorated the envelope!!

Elsbeth Birthday Card Envelope 

I couldn’t stop there for the night though. I had to make another sweet birthday card. It isn’t intended for anybody in particular, but will just be added to the “reserve” pile!!

Random Birthday Card 04

Random Birthday Card 04 Detail Random Birthday Card 04 Inside

New Stampin’ Up! Delivery

I had my order sent to Lisa’s house this time, and I couldn’t wait to use it all!!

I ordered some replacement blades for my Fiskars paper trimmer – as my current one is as blunt as anything! I got the SU!’s Mat pack – it has the funky paper piercing guide with it, which will come in very handy.

My new inks to replace my old ones are fantastic!! I’m still rather covered in the ink as I write this post!! I ordered:

  • Basic Black
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Close To Cocoa
  • Glorious Green
  • Pixie Pink
  • Lavender Lace
  • Apricot Appeal
  • Bashful Blue

I also now officially have the Butterfly Punch, and Flight of the Butterfly stamp set! Yayyy!!

I am thrilled, and have so many ideas for these!

Happy Mother’s Day!

My Husband awoke and took the girls downstairs, even though he has been suffering incredibly recently with his deteriorating condition, leaving me to lay in bed for a bit. Ah bliss. The sun was shining through the curtains, warming the room nicely.

I thought about Jade Goody, who sadly lost her battle against cancer this time last year, and her two beautiful boys Bobby and Freddie. I thought about how lucky I am to have my girls and our health.

Garry brought me up a lovely cup of tea in bed – and a round of toast (that’s Garry’s two slices, and us Norfolk folk’s 1 slice! Here it is two slices though)


When I went downstairs I was presented with a lovely box of Cadbury’s Roses and some cards! And here they are..

IMG_2459The envelope IMG_2458The card from the Girls
A picture by Katie for Mummy
Elizabeth's card for Mummy


And my card from Daddy…


We had a wonderful morning together, then we went to my Mother’s house for home-made Chinese food buffet-style! Both my grandmothers were there too! Lots of Mothers under one roof!! It was a lovely day. Thank you everyone xx

A card for both Mums

I didn’t have a huge amount of time to complete the two cards for my Mother and my Mother-in-Law. I had received my new Sizzix Originals die (Bunny w/ Flower) just a couple of weeks ago and wanted to use it for Mother’s Day cards and Easter!!

I had an idea in mind of what I wanted this card to look like, and they came out better than expected!!

Rose Mothers Day Card Mar 2010

Using my new XCut system, I cut a medium oval aperture toward the bottom of the card. I cut out a larger oval in dark purple to mount the bunny onto. I stuck this on the inside front of the card, on 3D pads. On the second card I made (which I don’t have a photo of), I embossed the dark purple oval with my Sizzix “Dots” Embossing folder.
I layered the Bunny with paper here and regretted it. The second card, I used cardstock, which came out much better!
The images stamped were from the See-D’s “Springtime Swirls” kit. The Mum are die cuts from my Sizzix “In My Heart” 35-die Alphabet set.

Rose Mothers Day Card Detail Mar 2010
I am in love with the Stampin’ Up! Scallop Circle punch, and love making different flowers from them. The purple flower has a blob of Stickles “Star Dust” on every other petal, and the petals without the Stickles I have pierced three small holes. And finished off with a cute button for the centre!

Rose Mothers Day Card Detail 2 Mar 2010

This pink flower I cut down every other petal to create a “heart” shape. I lightly inked the edges and sides of the petals. Down one side on each I made five holes with my piercing tool. I then creased them and added a 5mm Gem Brad (from PaperMania, I think!!)

Insides of cards can often be neglected, and so I wanted to work on this too.

Rose Mothers Day Card 2 Mar 2010

I hadn’t planned on using a scallop circle punch for the stamped sentiment on the lhs, but I smudged the original stamped image, and needed to cover it up!!! The stamp set used is by Stampin’ Up! and is the “Whimsical Word” set. I think it worked well, and it does look better than how I had originally planned it. The edges have been inked with purple.
I have used bows too much recently, so decided to use just a plain piece of ribbon to finish off the patterned paper.
The Happy Mother’s Day sentiment was stamped, again, using the “Springtime Swirls” kit, as is the butterfly.

The butterflies looked a little too plain, so I used a dab of glue in the centre of their upper wings, then sprinkled on some “Soft Pink” Ultra Fine Glitter from Kars.