Friday, 30 April 2010

Love and Laughter

I have a mini card to share with you today made using stamps from the Adventures in Happiness Unity Stamp set available from Make the day special. The set is very versatile and includes so many lovely stamps. I particularly love these little flowers. They are so simple but can be embellished in so many different ways.

For my card, I used some spotty backing paper from American crafts. I stamped using Stampin Up inks and coloured the image with Promarkers. I then cut the image out with a labels nestabilities shape. I measured where my ribbon would go and then stamped the sentiment with green ink.
I wrapped some ribbon around the card and added a bow topped with a heart button, I then added buttons to the centre of the flowers. I stuck this panel on to my card base, I then finished the card with a couple of Prima flowers with a button centre.
I hope you have a lovely Friday and a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Altered Book Page Card

Hey everyone, how are you all doing today?

I have a distressed make for you that uses stamps from the What Matters Most {Ippity} Kit. I've used jute and an old book page for this make. The book page has been treated with gesso and the image stamped and embossed. Then I've built up the colour over the top with inks.

Thanks for popping by and have a lovely Thursday!

Ink - Archival Black; Versamark, Versacolor various
Usual Suspects - Paper trimmer; Double-sided tape; 3D-foam
Other - Book page; Gesso; Jute; Mod Podge; embossing powder

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Henrietta the Hippo

Hi everyone
Would you look at this little Hippo stamp, how cute is she?
A very simple card done using some stripy and plain card-stock and a few flowers.

The mount was done using Nestabilities.
Thanks for dropping by.


Stamps - Henrietta the Hippo (Your Next Stamp). SU 'Hi There'
Paper/Card - Basic Grey Oh Baby Boy, Crate Paper Little Sprout
Flowers - Prima
Ribbon - Basic Grey Gypsy
Other - Nestabilities, brads, paper trimmer

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Unity, Adventures in happiness

Hello, here's another card from the Adventures in happiness kit from Unity. Ive used the fireworks and sentiment from the kit. Using gold and silver ink straight onto black card and then embossed using clear embossing powder. I then pierced the rectangle around the the fireworks and added some bling to the corners. Very simple to make but great for party invitations.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Party-time for Fhiona!

So it seems that our cute mini Fhiona has pampered herself, bought herself a new outfit and is now ready to party! This Mini Party Fhiona from Your Next Stamp is available over at the Make the Day Special shop. I've made a card and matching gift tag using this little stamp:

Thanks for visiting, 

Sunday, 25 April 2010

(Another) Mini Shopper Ffiona

Here's another card from me using Mini Shopper Ffiona by Your Next Stamp! I'm becoming quite attached to her LOL!

The card was made using a scrap strip of card and measures 5.5" x 3.5". To make it a bit different I sewed down the left edge to give it a bit of originality and then added the ribbon. Ffiona was stamped in Memento ink and coloured with Promarkers.

Materials used:
Stamp: Mini Shopper Ffiona
Card/Paper: Bazzill cardstock and DCWV Spring Stack paper
Media: Memento ink, Promarkers
Other: ribbon, Creative Cafe rub-on sentiment, Papermania chipboard, Doodlebug glitter.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Heart Box Angel

This is a card I have made using a cute stamp from the QKR Stampede range, available from Make The Day Special, and the Love sentiment stamp from the same range.  I coloured her in with Copics to try and match the lovely pastel colours on the bp from my stash, adding some glittery spots here and there for some sparkle and faux stitching round the edges.

Materials used:
Stamps - QKR stampede
Paper - unknown, from stash
Inks - Memento and Copics
Other - glitter glue, yellow cardstock, adhesive glitter gems

Lesley x

Friday, 23 April 2010

Adventures in Happiness...

I had a play last weekend with my stamps from the Adventures in Happiness Unity set available from Make the day special.
The sentiment stamps that are part of the set are so lovely and make a great card on their own without the need to combine them with an image.

I love this sentiment and it's serene theme reminded me of these papers from Cosmo Cricket. I love papers with Clouds and these are no exception, I love the vintagey aged feel to them. I stamped the sentiment straight on to the backing paper and cut it out with my Nestabilities and matted it on to some coordinating paper. I matted the cloud paper on to the same paper and sewed around the edges. I punched some holes and set some eyelets and threaded the sentiment tag with organza ribbon which I wrapped around the card front before affixing to the card blank.
I added a butterfly made from a punched layer and a butterfly embellishment from Mei flowers and some pearls as a finishing touch.
I hope you have a lovely Friday.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Adventures In Happiness Light the Way

It is bright light all the way today with this gorgeous Lighthouse stamp from the Unity kit Adventures In Happiness which you can find over at Make The Day Special.

Just to let you know, Emily has some specials over at the Make The Day Special shop and the Tweety Jills are on at 25% off!

Hope your day is full of brightness

Ink - VersaFine Onyz black
Colouring - PrismaColor
Papers - Cosmo Cricket
Usual Suspects - Paper trimmer, Silicone glue; Double-sided tape; scissors
Other - String; Buttons; cuttlebug; nesties; stapler

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Mini Shopper Ffiona

Here's a card I made using the Mini Shopper Ffiona stamp by Your Next Stamp available in the Make The Day Special shop here. I stamped her on white card before colouring her and the background with Promarkers and then matting on blue card.

Materials used:

Stamp: Mini Shopper Ffiona by Your Next Stamp
Card/Paper: Bazzill cardstock and Rob 'n Bob paper
Ink/Colouring: Memento ink and Promarkers
Extras: Machine sewing, My Mind's Eye buttons.

Another 'You're a Doll' card

Hi everyone, hope you're having a great week.
When i first got these stamps i thought they would be difficult to use but i have been surprised actually with how easy it has been.
The stitching effect stamp around the outside of the patterned paper is also a stamp from the set.

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps - You're a Doll
Paper/card - Bazzill, Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday -Saturday
Inks - Copic, Adirondack
Other - Ribbon(American Crafts), trimmer, corner rounder

Cath xx

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

How does your garden grow?

Good morning, Heres my card for today. Ive used stamps from QKR Stampede and you can find them here .I really like these little people. I figured with the sentiment my MME bloom and grow papers would be perfect...promise i dont use them on the next card.
Ive used my nesties,a border punch,leaf punch, promarkers, pearls and some lovely little flowers. Thanks for looking.

Monday, 19 April 2010


I've been sharing some of my designs in my role as new DT member over at {ippity} Inspiration but want to formally introduce myself over here at Make the Day Special too. I'm really excited to have joined Emily's DT and am having lots of fun experimenting with new stamps. 

My first project was to use a new range of stamps (to me) from cute and quirky QKR Stampede. I had lots of fun trying my hand at paper piecing which I think works so well with this stamp:

This stamp is called 'Secrets' and is available at the Make the Day Special shop.
(Promarkers used : Blush, Dusky Pink, Cinnamon and Cocoa)

Thanks for stopping by, 

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Swinging - QKR Stampede

Hi everyone!

I'm really happy to be here and showing you my first DT card for Emily. The stamp used is "Swinging" by QKR Stampede. Now, I'm not usually a "cute stamp" person but I'm really quite pleased with how this turned out! You can find this stamp and all the other QKR Stampede stamps at Make The day Special.


Stamps: QKR Stampede

Ink: Memento black

Colouring: Promarkers, white Signo pen

Paper/Card: Bazzill cardstock, DCWV paper

Extras: KI Memories ribbon, white MM rub-on alphabet, Letraset dry-transfer lettering, Stickles.


Hello, here is my first post as part of the fab DT at make the day special. Ive used the bird, birdhouse and sentiment from the Unity spring 2010 collection, Adventures in happiness. Ive kept this card simple as i think the stamps speak for themselves.
Ive layered co-ordinating coloured card and masked the bird so that the lines from the birdhouse do not cover it. And then added a ribbon.
I lined the inside of the card and added an extra bird. Papers used are from MME bloom and grow collection.
Thats it from me thanks for looking and dont forget to check back to see whats next from the talented ladies tomorrow.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Mini Cupcake Cutie Fhiona

This delightful little stamp is Cupcake Cutie Fhiona from Your Next Stamp, and is ideal for mini cards.  This one is a 4" x 4", and Fhiona is coloured in with Copics and matted onto Nestie cut mats, with Liquid Pearls dotted around the edge.  The bp's are unknown from my huge stash mountain!  The 'friendship' stamp is from the March 2010 Unity Kit 'Adventures in Happiness', all available from Make The Day Special.

Stamps - Your Next Stamp and Unity
BP's - Unknown
Colours - Copics
Ink - Memento
Other  - Liquid Pearls, Nesties, flower punches, adhesive gems

Lesley x

Friday, 16 April 2010

Unity Friends With Flair Blog Hop - April KOTM

Hi and happy Friday to everyone.

Its Blog hop time again! Check out all the blogs taking part on the Unity blog.

For my makes today I have been playing with the 'Total Cuteness' set by Unity, its one of the half kits available as a option for the Kit of the month... the owl just made it a must have!

Stamps - Unity April KOTM available in the UK from Make the Day Special
Paper - MME {ippity} paper packs from {ippity} Inspiration
Ink - Impress
Colours - promarkers

Thanks for visiting,

Emily x

First DT card - Mini Bath time Fhiona

I am very excited to be sharing my first DT card with you today using the cutest 'Your Next Stamp' mini stamp of Fhiona relaxing in the bath.

This adorable mini stamp is available from Make the Day Special and is perfect to decorate mini cards with. As soon as I saw the stamp, I instantly thought of my new Basic Grey Wisteria pad as the colours are so serene and the patterns are so feminine, they make a lovely little card.

To make the card, I cut a mini card shape using the Nestabilities large scallop squares and covered it with the backing paper around which I had wrapped some lovely crisp ivory grosgrain ribbon. I added a simple bow to the left and embellished it with some pearls.

I stamped my image onto Coordinations white card as I love working on textured card. I coloured the image with Promarkers and added some glossy accents to the bathtub. I cut the image out with my Nesties, layered on to blue card and used the same technique for my sentiment.
The finishing touch was some little cream flowers with pearls added to the centres.
I hope you have a lovely Friday.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Need A Wedding Card?

Let me introduce you to Fhiona and Fhinn on their wedding day! These guys are from Your Next Stamp and you can find them over at Make The Day Special.

All the stamps I have used for this card are from the wedding stamp set which includes sentiments and lots of cute bits and pieces like champagne flutes, hearts and wedding rings.

I've coloured Fhiona and Fhinn with PrismaColor pencils.

Then added some fabric from my fabric box to make the flower.

Hope you all have a super Thursday.

Ink - Versafine onyz black
Colouring - PrismaColor pencils; Sansodor
Papers - HOTP
Usual Suspects - Paper trimmer; Silicone glue; double-sided tape
Other - Pearl brad; Organza; Tulle; Martha Stewart Corner punch

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Unity - You're a Doll

Hi Everyone
This is my first blog post for Make The Day Special and i'm very excited to be joining some fabulous ladies on the Design Team.

How cute is this stamp? It's from the Unity You're a Doll set which includes 10 gorgeous stamps.
I used Copics to colour in the picture and didn't want to make it too garish so used softer colours that complimented the paper.

Thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Unity You're a Doll
Paper/Card: Bazzill and Cosmo Cricket Early Bird - Farmers Market
Ink: Adirondack Black and Copic Ciaos
Flowers: Fancy Pants by Prima
Other: Unknown ribbon, brads, paper trimmer

Cath xx

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

First Guest DT Card!

Hi everyone,
I was delighted to be chosen by Emily to be on her special Guest DT and I am looking forward to working with some talented ladies! Here is my first card.  I used 2 images from a Unity Store kit 'Adventures in Happiness' March 2010 available from Make The Day Special.  The bp is by Flavia, Lemons and Lilacs, which seemed appropriate to use!  The images are coloured with Copics and embellished with punched flowers and glittery gems.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Design Team

Hi everyone

Well it was a very hard decision but the DT has been chosen at last. I am looking forward to working with these talented ladies so watch this space I am sure they will not disappoint!!!

hope you all had a fab, sunny weekend!

Emily x

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Friends With Flair Blog Hop

Hi everyone

I have been playing with the February Store kit again! Well I love it so why not? I just think the stamps in this particular kit are so versatile.

First up is a set of three cards. A neutral colour scheme and simple layout, I am going through a bit of a phase of this type of card.

And second we have the fab table stamp and sentiment. I think this is such a great image, a bit different but so useful.

Stamps Unity Store KOTM - Feb
Paper - K&Co

Thanks for visiting, do go to the Unity blog to see all the other blogs taking part and UK Unity fans keep an eye out for info on delivery of the April Kit.

Also thanks to all those who applied to be part of the Make the Day Special DT, a choice wil be made over the weekend... so many amazing crafters applied it will be a tough one!


Monday, 5 April 2010

Free Postage and DT Call

Hi all

As its a bank holiday and we are all full of chocolate I am offering free p&p on all UK orders today, what better excuse to get some new stamps, lol.

Make the Day Special is looking to add to its small DT. Kim is doing a great job and is not going anywhere (I hope) but with all the new stamps I think we need another set of inky mits to help showcase them all. I am looking for someone who is an active blogger and member of online craft communities but previous DT experience is not needed. Would be looking for a minimum of 3 month commitment but am happy to work out details when an individual has been found. email me if you are interested at emily(at) with some links to your work :)

I hope everyone is having a good Easter break, thanks for popping in

Emily x

Friday, 2 April 2010

Unity FWF Blog Hop - I've got my eye on you

Hi all

This is my contribution to the Unity Friends with Flair blog hop, visit the Unity Blog for a list of all the blogs taking part.

My make today uses the Unity set 'Cuter than most' which is available here in the UK

The images were stamped in impress ink and coloured with promarkers. The papers are from the {ippity} paper pack available here

While you are here do check out Kim's post below showing a yummy make with March's store KOTM!

Hope you all have a great Easter weekend,
Emily x

Unity Adventures In Happiness Store Kit

Hi all, hope you are having a good Bank holiday Friday. I've been playing with the March Unity Store kit - Adventures In Happiness that you can get over at Make The Day Special.

I've coloured the yummy cupcakes with pencils and used the texture of the paper to give then a lovely mottled look.

Whilst I am here I thought I would tempt you all with a picture of the actual rubber rather than the usual image picture I show you!

This is a huge kit! The whole thing is 8.5 x 11 inches (21 x 27cm) and to give you an idea the Light House stamp on the top right measures approximately 3.25 x 1.25 inches (8 x 3.5 cm). The kit comes ready backed with an sponge mount and precut so that all you have to do is pop the stamps out and use them with an acrylic block. Ready to go!

Have a lovely day.

Ink - VersaFine Onyz Black
Paper - Magnolia
Colouring - Prismacolor pencils
Usual Suspects - Paper trimmer; silicone glue
Other - Sewing machine, Cuttlebug, Nestiblities;