Saturday, 1 April 2017

Jems April Blog Hop..Easter

Hello and welcome back to my blog for the Jems April Blog Hop! This month our theme is Easter, and I am so happy to welcome Spring!  I've been so inspired by the few bright days, bright green leaves budding on the trees and this week, the magnolia trees have started to flower, daffodils are nodding their bright heaads in the breeze and the delicate pink cherry blossom has arrived.

I thought I would talk today about stretching your stamps for different occasions.  I haven't bought a specific Easter stamp set this year (it has crept up on me, this year is going so fast), so how do you make Easter cards without an Easter stamp set?  If you have a good sentiment set which covers all of the year's holidays and events, like the fabulous Teeny Tiny Wishes, you are good to go.  Pair the Easter sentiment with floral or nature images and soft spring colours to make an Easter design.

I've used an old favourite, Sheltering Tree to recreate the cherry blossom I am loving so much this week.  This is a two step stamp set, which affords so many possibilities.  I've stamped the grass swoosh image in mint macaron (oh how I'm going to miss this colour when it retires in June), and the trunk/branch stamp in chocolate chip.  I've then added the leaf stamp, but instead of stamping in green, I've used blushing bride and flirty flamingo to create the blossom.  I added the little swing image to the tree, and the separate little leaves stamp to mimic blossom blowing in the wind, to create a little movement,  A sentiment, a bit of matting and layering with flirty flamingo card and a thick whisper white card base, and we're done.  /Simple, soft and pretty.

I hope you've found this useful. Thanks for visiting, and please continue on the hope to see all the other Jems' fabulous creations.

Happy stamping!

Allie xx

Friday, 17 March 2017

Stamp everything!

Hello and welcome back to my blog! Apologies for the lack of posts this last week, by little lad has been in hospital with norovirus...scary times! Glad to be back to my stamping nook, sharing what I love :)

Today I thought I would share a couple of the other things I use stamps for, apart from cards! I love stamping and colouring, so I incorporate it into all sorts!

First, my new business cards...I order them as plain text, and then stamp pretty images to decorate, which means I can change them up whenever I fancy.

My second share is my bullet journal, which is a kind of planner/ productivity tool.  It helps me practically to plan my life and business, but there's no reason why it shouldn't be pretty and inspiring!

I hope you enjoyed this different kind of post, showing you the versatility of stamps.  What else could you use stamps for? Why not leave me a comment with some ideas!

If you are interested in any of the products I use, you can visit my online store here or if you prefer, you can call me on 0781 4451627.

Peace, love and stamping!

Allie x

Friday, 10 March 2017

More Reverse Words

Hello and welcome back!  Today I'm sharing the second of this month's team training cards, and the second card using the FREE  Saleabration stamp set Reverse Words.  This is such a great stamp set for making quick backgrounds and beautiful colour blends can be achieved by applying different ink colours to the stamp using an ink dauber or using the rick n roll technique.

I'm hoping to start filming some video tutorials for my Blog and YouTube channel soon, so look out for those...I'll be exploring crafting basics for beginners, as well as techniques and start to finish project videos.

Thanks for stopping by.  If you are interested in any of the products I've used, you can buy them in my online store here or you can contact me to order by email at or telephone on 0781 4451627.

Happy crafting!  Allie x

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Cheers for Saleabration!

Hello and welcome back to my blog.  Today I'm sharing a cheerful card using the FREE Saleabration stamp set Reverse Words.  This is one of the cards we made for monthly team training.

If you are wondering what Saleabration is,well it's the most exciting promotion of the Stampin' Up year, running from January to March, and for every £45 you spend in my online shop, you get to choose a FREE product from a selection of fabulous special edition stamps, papers and embellishments!  And who doesn't love free stuff?  If you'd like to see the range of free products on offer, click on the catalogues link in my sidebar and check out the Salebration and Salebration extras leaflets.  And if you would like to purchase any of the items you've seen me use, you can visit my online store her
I'll be back with another project for you on Friday. Until then, happy stamping!

Allie x

Monday, 6 March 2017

Happy anniversary card

Today I'm sharing an anniversary card that I made for my friend Julie, whose lovely craft studio, The Paper Haven, is celebrating its first anniversary.  Julie is my Stampin' Up team leader and provides wonderful support and inspiration to me in trying to build my business, so I wanted to mark her special occasion. (Please excuse my photos, I'm struggling with lighting at the moment)

I stamped the flower images from the /Flower Patch stamp set in an oval wreath shape, using classic ink in sweet sugarplum, mint macaron and bermuda bay, layered on a diecut stitched oval and a happy diecut from the Hello You thinlets, and an anniversary banner.  A sprinkling of rhinestones and a bit of wink of stella glitter complete the look.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the items I've used, and you don't have a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I'd be thrilled to help you.  You can shop 24/7 at my online shop here, email me at, or call me on 0781 4451627.

Thanks for dropping by, I'l be back with another post on Wednesday.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Hello and welcome to my blog, and the March Jems Blog Hop! This month, our theme is a colour challenge...using Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugarplum and Mint Macaron.

I thought I'd try something a little different today and make a decor project.  A dear friend is celebrating an exciting anniversary and I wanted to make her a little gift to mark the occasion.  One of the things I love about Stampin' Up is the opportunity to make unique handmade gifts.

So, first up is a little decorative wooden door I bought at The Works, which I felt was crying out for stamps and ink!  I primed the surface with some vanilla coloured acrylic paint, and when it was dry I stamped the flowers around the door with our challenge colours and the Flower Patch and Blooming Love stamp sets, before adding some dimension with flowers from the co-ordinating framelets.

A few rhinestones and enamel shapes complete the makeover, along with hand cut flowerpots and a little sign....which might give you a clue who the gift is for!  It's gone out in the post, but I don't know whether it will arrive before she sees the blog hop!

My second project is some matching mini wooden bunting, which I stamped with the word CELEBRATE using the Labeller Alphabet stamp set and more flowers.

I hope you've enjoyed my projects.  I will post my matching card next week.  And now, please use the buttons below to continue on the hop, for heaps more gorgeous inspiration from my fellow Jems.  Thanks for visiting, and I'd love it if you leave a comment.

Allie xx

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Welcome to the September Jems Blog Hop!  Our theme this month is items from the new holiday catalogue, which went live on Thursday.  It is jam packed full of gorgeous new products to kick start your Autumn, Halloween and Christmas crafting.

I really fancied doing some colouring, so I decided to use the Merry Mice stamp set, which is very cute and easy to colour in all sorts of mediums.  I chose to watercolour using inks and an aquapainter.

My colour combination of sweet sugarplum, pool party and silver was inspired by a new winter sequin mix, and whilst it's not a typical Christmas combo, I really like it!

I stamped the image onto watercolour paper with archival ink  and then coloured and cut it out with a nested circle die. I then added a line of fast fuse adhesive around the perimeter of the circle at the back, and created a gathered effect with the gorgeous new sparkly ribbon in sweet sugarplum.  I just gathered the ribbon as I went and smushed it into the adhesive (that is a technical term!)  The background of the card uses another little stamp from the mouse set, an adorable cluster of little stars, which I just stamped randomly on a whisper white card base.  Simple but effective, I think.

The sentimemt banner comes from a Hostess stamp set from the Annual catalogue, called Time of Year.

I hope you like my first Christmas card of the year!  If you would like a complimentary copy of the new holiday catalogue, please contact me and I'd be happy to send you one.  Not only is it full of gorgeous new products, but it is jam packed with ideas and inspiration too.

Thanks for dropping by!  Please click on the link below to go to the next blog in the hop, the lovely Sam.