Monday, 31 May 2010

Look baby blue

I have just learnt how to make an easel card (and I'm not afraid to use it!!). Today, I've returned to My Cute Stamp's Night Owl which really is THE most adorable set:

The 20 individual stamps it comes with make it endless fun!

And here's the card: 

(materials used: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pumice Stone, Promarkers, ribbon, button, misc paper)

Thanks for visiting,

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Butterfly for you and robots for the boys

My card to show you today is using a butterfly stamp from the gorgeous Flutterescent set by Layers of Color and available to buy at Make The Day Special:

I cut a shaped card from Bazzill Bling card and then sewed together my patterned papers before adding ruffled ribbon and the alphabet stickers. The butterfly was stamped using Memento inks on to cardstock before cutting it out to stick on the card. As a finishing touch I added some paper roses.

For the men/boys I made some cards using the awesomely cute robots from the Spaceships and Robots set but I've noticed that this set is currently out of stock in the Make The Day Special shop. However I thought I'd just show you them as they really are quite cute.

I'm sure Emily would be pleased to help you if you want these stamps :-)

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Moments in Bloom

My card for you today is from the gorgeous Unity May 2010 kit, Moments in Bloom.  I made a little 4" x 4" card using a nesties mat for the sentiment, and Papermania BP.  I punched out some little flowers and leaves and added adhesive gems to their centres.

Stamps - Unity
Inks - Versafine and Memento
Papers - Papermania
Other - punches, velvet ric rac, adhesive gems, Nestabilities

Lesley x

Friday, 28 May 2010

Little Forest Friends

I was inspired by a recent photo of a giant snail on one of my Friend's blogs to use the Forest Friends 'My cute stamps' set which is available now from Make the Day Special. I love the little characters that are in this set and there are so many little extras like flowers, branches and leaves, you can create some lovely little scenes.

I chose to use the little snail and to make a mini card. I cut a scalloped base using my Nestabilities and then cut some new Basic Grey Green at heart paper to cover the base. I layered this with some green patterned paper and some pale blue and sewed around the edges using a variety of stitches.

I stamped the snail directly onto the background with the greeting. I then stamped the snail on to a piece of white card and coloured him in. I cut him out and stuck him to the card using foam pads and added glossy accents to his shell and eyes. I added a couple of flowers and a gorgeous Fimo button handmade by Jane.
I finished the card off with some bright pink stick on pearls.
Have a lovely Friday!

Thursday, 27 May 2010

QKR Stampede Patchwork Love Hanger

Got a bit of Patchwork Love for you today! This one shows some of the QKR Stampede stamps that Emily has over at Make The Day Special, such cute stamps!

I've added to the patchwork feel with some paper piecing of the image and a paper patchwork background with stitching.

Thanks for popping by and catch you later!

Papers - SEI
Usual Suspects - Silicone glue; scissors
Other - Thread; Brad; Sewing machine

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Pretty in Purple

How gorgeous is this Naturally You set?!!!! I think it's my favourite Unity set of the moment. It's the May Kit of the Month as can be bought as the full set or just this half. Check it out here.

Today i have this card using all shades of purple. Very simple to do. It's just layers of Bazzill and paper. The top piece of bazzill has been stamped with the flower stamp and the title foam mounted on top. A touch of ribbon finishes it off.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Cath xx

Stamps - Unity Naturally You
Paper/Card - Bazzill, Chatterbox Powder Room Violet Paisley
Ink - SU! Perfect Plum
Other - Ribbon, paper trimmer, corner rounder

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

"Ashley's blossoms" from My cute stamps

Hello, and as the title says Ive use the "Ashley's blossom" set from my cute stamp. I started by stamping using my distress inks Ive then used the same inks to colour the background and added the sentiment. I matted this on to some paper from autumn leaves and i used the distress ink to dull the colour a bit before i hand sewed the edges.
I added a sheet of paper to the inside and stamped more of the image and added one of my own sentiments.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Feel better soon....

It's the start of another week...hopefully another one of SUN! Since we've all been shouting about the new lines stocked in the Make the Day Special Shop, I thought I'd return to the existing lines and QKR Stampede. The stamp I've used is called 'In Love' but I've used it with a Get Well Soon sentiment from Ippity's  Just Wanted to Say:

Have a great day!

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Christmas in May?!

Have you seen the gorgeous new Layers of Color stamps in the shop? I've been playing with the reindeer set and made a few tags ready for Christmas gifts.

I started by stamping the images on to plain white cardstock using Versamark ink and then heat embossed using metallic embossing powders:

The stamped images were all cut out and then placed on the tags and embellished. All the papers used were scrap pieces that have been in my stash for quite a while!

Hope that seeing Christmas stuff has cooled you down during the current hot spell and as ever thanks for visiting!!

Saturday, 22 May 2010

In Love!

My card for you today is made using the lovely new kit from {ippity} called Fall For You.  I coloured in the birds and leaves with Copics, and matted the images onto some BP by Flavia.  I kept this card quite simple, just adding some ribbon and pearls to embellish.

Stamps - {ippity}
Inks - Versafine and Copics
Papers - Flavia and DCWV
Other - ribbon, adhesive pearls

Lesley x

Friday, 21 May 2010

A Happy Life!

I have a card to share with you today made with a stamp from the Adventures in Happiness kit available from 'Make the day Special'. I love all the sentiments in this set and they are perfect for putting together quick simple and stylish cards.

To make this card, I stamped the sentiment on some Bobunny paper, coloured it with Promarkers and cut it out with my Nestabilities. I added gems and some glossy accents to give the hearts some dimension. I layered the sentiment on to a scalloped circle cut from the reverse of the Bobunny. I covered the card base with some more coordinating BoBunny paper and inked the edges. To create the button border, I threaded Elzybells buttons on to paper string by East of India and stuck them down with my glue gun. I stuck my topper above the buttons with foam pads
As a finishing touch, I added a Butterfly with string antennaes, topped with a button.
I hope you have a lovely Friday.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Unity and {Ippity} Together

Hi all, hope you are having a good week. It is Thursday so that means it is my day on the Make The Day Special blog and my card to day is a thought card, a card to give someone some encouragement in their time of need.

I don't know about you but as a card maker I find the sympathy and thought cards the hardest to make and send. I'm so use to making happy, up-beat cards that I get a bit lost when doing sympathy cards. I thought that I might not be the only one that is like that, so I made a simple card that could be sent to someone who needs help.

I've used the new {Ippity} A bit of burlap with white ink for the background, the plant is Unity Insightful Meadow and the sentiment is from the Unity March Store Kit.

Have a lovely day

Stamps - {Ippity} A bit of burlap; Unity Insightful Meadow; Unity March Store Kit
Ink - Memento white; Archival black

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

A Royal Celebration

Hi everyone, thanks for dropping by.

How cute is this set from My Cute Stamps? I can't wait to play more with it. Also check out the other 'My Cute Stamps', they're adorable!

For this card I used the Princess and the butterfly stamps. I inked and then added stickles glitter to the Butterflies. The sentiment is a free digi one you can get here. I thought it went perfectly with the set!

Cath xx


Stamps - My Cute Stamps - A Royal Celebration
Paper/Card - Bazzill, MME So Sophie Pretty Girl(both sides)
Ink - Copics
Other - Pebbles Inc pearlescent chalks, Stickles Ice Glitter Glue, Foam pads, Paper trimmer, digi sentiment

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

My cute stamps, Hello doodle

My first card using My cute stamps, these are really lovely and great to work with. Ive used the "Hello doodle" set. Lots of stamping and cutting out with this I've then layered everything up using foam pads and put onto the circle. Ive added some smooch around the edges of the circle and also to the middle of the top flower. Finally place the circle over the top of three strips of pp and added the love sentiment.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Look whoooooooo......

Well I simply fell in love with the 'Night Owl' set from new range 'My Cute Stamp' as soon as Emily added them to the shop. I had a lot of fun putting together this new baby card, using the owl and sentiment stamps from the set and adding the branch stamp from the 'You're Tweet' set. 

I'd never used clear unmounted stamps before (mostly red or grey rubber) but was delighted with how beautifully these stamped and how great it was to be able to see exactly what you're stamping. I'll definitely be back for more! I love these stamps...

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Two tags

I recieved the new Unity May Store kit today and I'm in love already!

I used one of the stamps from the "Moments in Bloom" kit to make 2 different tags shown below. For the first one I used alcohol inks on glossy cardstock before stamping the image using Archival ink:

I then used the same stamp again to make the second tag. I stamped the image first using Versamark ink before embossing it with clear embossing powder. I then coloured the tag using various distress inks before sewing along the edge and ironing the image to remove the embossing powder. The grid stamp from the kit was stamped randomly in chalk ink and then the sentiment stamped ,again, using chalk ink. I then added ribbon and a brad embellishment.

Thanks for visiting the blog and don't forget that all stamps featured can be bought in the shop!
(edited to add) The full May kit has currently sold out but if you contact Emily she may be able to order some more (but you'll need to be quick!).

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Blog Candy Winner!

Hi, happy Saturday all

I am pleaseed to announce that the winner of the blog candy in Lynne her blog is here I am looking forward to seeing what you make Lynne, please email me you addy to

Thanks to everyone who entered, have a great weekend

Emily x

Mega Make the Day Special Blog Candy!!!

This post will stay at the top untill 15th May for other posts please scroll down.

How would you like to win all the goodies in this picture? All you have to do is leave a nice comment on the blog and become one of our fab followers to be in the draw.

The prize is:
June Craft Stamper magazine (special 10th Birthday edition)
{ippity} MME Paper pack
Unity 'Your a Doll' stamp set
Your Next Stamp Mini Mermaid Fiona stamp
QKR Stampede 'In Love' stamp
Unity hybrid ink in Veridian Leaf

Spread the word, the draw will take place at midday UK time on the 15th May.

Good luck


Cute Bird!

My card today is made using the delightful little bird image from Unity's March 2010 Store Kit, Adventures in Happiness, available from Emily at Make The Day Special.  I cut mats with my Cricut and coloured in the image with Copics, and paper pieced the word bubble in a matching colour to the BP.

Stamps - Unity
Inks - Memento, Copics
Paper - Funky Fairys, plain cardstock
Other - Cricut, Primas, brad

Lesley x

Friday, 14 May 2010

Friends With Flair - With Sympathy

Hi everyone, Friends with flair time again.

We had sad news last weekend that our friend's father had passed away. He had been fighting cancer for a long time and had been given days to live months ago... he fought until the end. I am sharing today the sympathy card for his wife and for our Friend his son.

Both cards use paper from the new {ippity} paper pack and {ippity} stamps.

I kept both card simple, I fee with cards for this sort of thing it is often the best way to go.

Thanks for visiting I hope you enjoy the hop, full list of participants on the main Unity Blog.

Emily x

Sweet things!

I was so excited when Emily told us she was going to be stocking 'My Cute Stamp' sets at Make the Day special. I couldn't wait to get my hands on some and have a play, Instead of just one card today, I have two cards to share with you made using the adorable 'Sweet Kawai' set.

These sweet little stamps are just crying out to be coloured in with really juicy vibrant colours. I took inpsiration for my colour theme from one of my favourite paper ranges, Bobunny double dots.

I coloured the donut to match the pink card and added glossy accents to look like glaze and some beads for sprinkles. The card was made using a Sizzix die and embossed with the Cuttlebug double dots folder.
I cut the image out with Nesties and also cut a larger panel using the coloured card. After stamping the sentiment I wrapped ribbon around the coloured card and assembled my topper using foam tape for all the layers. As a finshing touch I added a bow and a stick on pearl.
The green card was put together in the same way minus the beads. I love how these cards turned out and their simplicity. I am tempted to make a whole set of them now in all the Bobunny colours!
I hope you have a lovely Friday!

Thursday, 13 May 2010

My Cute Stamps Monster Tag

Eeek! A Monster! Quick Hide!

Got a Monster Make to show you today using the new in the Make The Day Special store My Cute Stamps Eeek! A Monster set - so cute!

It's a little tag for a big monster! I've coloured the monster and background myself with inks and used fabric coloured to match.

I've also added a bit of sparkle to fit with the Papertake weekly challenge which is:

Shiny, Sparkly and Special

and is sponsored by Emily so if you take part you could win a yummy Where You Should Be {Ippity} stamp set - you still have time to take part the deadline is Tuesday 18th May 2010 when they post a new challenge.

But before you rush off to make something for the Papertake Challenge check out the new Unity stamps Emily has just put up in the shop.

Also it is the Spring 2010 {Ippity} release day today so keep your eye on Ippity Inspiration for the new releases - they are yummy!

Right I have to Monster away.
Have a lovely sparkly day.

Stamp - My Cute Stamps Eeek! A Monster set
Inks- Versfine onyx black; Versacolor various colours
Usual Suspects - Silicone glue
Other - Crop-a-dile; eyelet; calico; glitter glue

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Celebrate Today

Good morning, here is a card made using the lovely new My Cute Stamp set, Celebrate Today, available from  Make The Day SpecialI stamped one of the flower images onto some HOTP pp a couple of times and cut them out, and put them onto some torn handmade paper.  I stamped a couple of the other images and added adhesive gems and coloured in with a green Copic.  Finally I added a few doodley dots and dashes around the card and images!

Stamps - My Cute Stamp
Inks - Memento, Copic
Paper - handmade paper, HOTP
Other - adhesive gems, glossy accents

Lesley x

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

More Mini mermaid fiona

Good morning, here's another card using Mini mermaid Fiona from your next stamp. I think this is quite different for me.
Ive coloured and cut out three mermaids and then layered them in the waves created by using my favourite punch....dotted wave. Added lots of little bits of stickles and then used one of my own sentiments and some pearls.
Items used, promarkers, various card stickles punch and nesties.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, 10 May 2010

A bird-house for every occasion....

I have been having SO much fun with my Unity Kit 'Life is Fabulous'. It comes with these three adorable bird-houses and a range of equally adorable sentiments. 

Paper: My Minds Eye Bloom & Grow (and other scraps I had)
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Pumice Stone)
Promarkers, sewing machine

Thanks for visiting, 

Sunday, 9 May 2010

2 different ways!

I have 2 different examples to show you today, both using the same 2 stamps from the Unity March Stampin' Store kit - Adventures in Happiness.

First up is a card:

I stamped the image twice, coloured it with Promarkers and then cut it out before mounting on foam pads and sticking to the background before highlighting with Stickles.

Materials used:
Card: Bazzill and American Crafts
Ink: Memento and Promarkers
Other: Stickles, Papermania brads, gingham ribbon, black and white pens.

Secondly is a tag:

I coloured a plain white tag using distress inks then stamped the cloud image with bleach before stamping the sentiment in a darker distress ink and highlighting the rain with Stickles.

Materials used:
Card: generic white cardstock
Ink: Ranger distress inks and bleach
Other: Stickles and raffia ribbon

As always, thanks for visiting and don't forget to sign up as a follower and leave a comment to win some fab blog candy!