Saturday, 3 June 2017

It's Jems Blog Hop time again!

Welcome to the June Jem's Blog Hop!  This month our theme is "So glad this is in the new catalogue", which could apply to new products, or returning favourites.

I've chosen to highlight something very special that happened in our team this week.  One of our team, Julie Wade, had the brilliant idea of making thank you cards for the hospitals and emergency service staff who worked so brilliantly to care for the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.  She did a fabulous job co-ordinating and researching everything, and we were able to send almost a THOUSAND hand made thank you cards to the various organisations, to distribute to their staff on the ground. Amazing, right?  My cards went to the North West Ambulance Service, who were so pleased, they put pictures of our cards on their Facebook page!

Now, as the bumble bee is the symbol for Manchester, I was thrilled that the Garden in Bloom stamp set is in the new catalogue, because it has the cutest little bee image.  And the Thankful Thoughts stamp set, also carrying over, has a massive Thank You So Much sentiment, which makes a perfect focal point for quick and easy multiple makes.

And here's my card:

(Excuse the poor quality photos, but I had to snap them quickly and get them posted)

I am so proud of what we achieved, and this illustrates just how important a hand made card can be.  This is why I want to make sure the habit of sending cards never dies out in this email-driven world.  Our cards were so appreciated and we felt we were able to do something positive in the wake of an awful tragedy.  This was the Stampin' Up "Statement of the Heart" in action!

I hope you liked my cards and that you will hop on to the next blog in the blog hop for more fabulous inspiration.

Allie x

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Stunning medalions

Hello and welcome back to my blog!  Today I want to tell you about the amazing Eastern Palace Bundles...a fabulous co-ordinated group of stamps, dies, papers and embellishments from the new Stampin' Up Annual Catalogue that have been released a month early.  These fabulous products are available to customers at a discount, and with free products, in two bundles, until the end of May, in advance of the new catalogue launch on June 1.

I LOVE these bundles!  The dies are amazing...probably the most versatile and unique collection Stampin' Up as ever offered. The co-ordination is, as you would expect from Stampin' Up, second to none.  The way the papers, dies, stickers and stamps work together makes creating beautiful projects a breeze.  And as a bonus, the bundles contain three of the new In Colour ink pad, and the new Thick Very Vanilla cardstock, or very vanilla notecards and envelopes FREE!

Details of the bundles and prices are available in my online store here

Don't miss out - while the products will all be available in the new catalogue on June 1, the free product with purchase ends this month!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Hello baby

Happy Hump Day!  Today I'm sharing a card made with the Love You Lots hostess stamp set.  I love this little elephant image.  The original image has a tiny mouse next to the elephant, but I only inked up the elephant part of the stamp, as I thought it would make the cutest baby card :)

I've watercoloured the image with smoky slate ink and a waterbrush, and diecut the image and the sparkly border, with the layering circles framelets.  A delicate doily sponged with soft sugarplum ink completes the focal point.   The sentiment comes from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set, which contains just about every sentiment you could ever need and is,thankfully, carrying over to the new catalogue.

I hope you like my card today and you will come back to see some more projects inspired by the retiring list through the rest of the week.

Happy stamping!

Allie x

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

More tropical blooms..

Hello!  Today I'm sharing a second card using my favourite Botanical Builders framelets, which are on the retirement list with a lovely 30% discount.

A similar layout to yesterday's card, yet a different look.  The frame is cut using the layering squares dies, using glimmer paper. The flowers are cut from Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, and the leaves from Emerald Envy.  A layer of petals cut from vellum adds delicate dimension.  The sentiment is heat embossed with white embossing powder. A little bit of sponging softens the diecuts and adds dimension.

I hope you like it!

Tomorrow I'm sharing a card with one of my favourite hostess stamp sets.

See you then!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Going, going, gone....

Hello and welcome!

There are only just over two weeks to go until the launch of the new Stampin' Up Annual Catalogue - which means just a fortnight left to pick up any of the retiring items you can't live without.  Whilst lots of things have sold out, there are still many bargains to be had.  I thought I would share some projects with my favourites from the retiring list.  If you would like to buy any of the items I spotlight over the coming days, I would be thrilled to have your custom.  You can order direct from my shop at, or if you prefer, you can call on 0781 4451627 to discuss your requirements, or email me at

So, on with the shares.  My all time favourite framelet set is first up.  The Botanical Builders framelets are reduced to  £21.00 and the companion Botanical Blooms stamp set is down to just £11.25. - fantastic bargains.

I love the dimensional quality of the flowers here, cut from Dapper Denim cardstock and sponged with dapper denim ink to add depth.  I've added white diecut stamens and silver leaves.  The frame, or wreath, is made by punching the centre from a silver metallic doily.  The card is finished off with some rhinestones and a flag sentiment.  This would make a great wedding card, or a silver anniversary card...change the sentiment and it would work well for a birthday too.

I hope you will come back tomorrow for another card.

Happy stamping,

Allie xx

Friday, 12 May 2017

Final birthday blooms

Hello there!  Today I'm sharing the last of my trio of watercolour cards using the Birthday Blooms stamp set.

This card pairs the painted image with some elegant striped patterned paper.I love the look of florals with bold stripes.

I've used some narrow ribbon to neaten the join between the papers and add interest and texture.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please do come back next week for more inspiration.

Happy stamping!


Thursday, 11 May 2017

More watercolour techniques

Hi there! today i'm sharing another of my watercolour technique cards using the Birthday Blooms stamp set. This is such a lovely set for colouring, and as a bonus, along with beautiful images, there are some super sentiments.

Today's card uses Stampin' Up watercolour paper. I've stamped the image with Stampin Up archival black ink, which won't bleed when you add water. I've painted the image with ink and a waterbrush.  I've added a delicate pale blue wash around the images to make them pop.

I had such fun painting this one! I felt all artistic ;)

I shall be teaching this technique at my upcoming class in Macclesfield.  If you are local to me, why not join me?

Please do pop back tomorrow for the third watercolour card.

Happy stamping!