Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Fond Farewell

Hey All, I have a tag for you today using the lovely Paper Smooches Promenade stamp kit available over at the Make The Day Special shop.

I've used the ZIG Art and Graphic Twin pens for this make and if you like the shape you can find a link to the template over on my blog.

Well, I have to say a fond farewell, this will be my last post on the Make The Day Special blog as I am stepping down from the team. I've had an absolutely wonderful time with Emily and the girls at MTDS and of course all of you and your lovely comments, thank you all! 

You will still spot the occasional thing from MTDS on my blog or in the magazines so keep your eyes peeled and have a lovely Christmas and New Year.

Big Kisses

Friday, 16 December 2011


Hi Everyone! Not long until Christmas! Are all your decorations up yet? I've still got to put up the tree....but in the meantime, I've strung some lights up on this card:

 Stamps: Paper Smooches 'Hang Ups' and 'Alphadots'

Have yu checked out the new additions to the Paper Smooches in the Make the Day Special Shop?
Uber cute.

Have a wonderful Friday

Thursday, 15 December 2011

A Little Pink......

Hi there!!
I wasn't sure what to make this week.....so I made a Tag.....It's Pink, for a Pink loving friend....don't really 'do' Pink....but I am quite pleased with how it turned out..
I used the Suzi Blu stamp 'Be The Poet', available only whilst stocks last from the lovely Emily here...so grab her whilst you can!
I made the background using Acrylic Paints and finger painting...great fun!! The Black 'splodges' were added after and then I doodled round the edges... I found some Yellow ribbon, which I think I must have saved off some choccies (nothing gets thrown away in this house!!) and it already had the bow attached....Better than more Pink I thought!!!
Thanks for looking, I'll see you again soon...

She xxx

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Christmas House

Hey All, Kim Dellow here with a Christmas Card, thought I had made my last Christmas card last week but then I had the idea of using stamps from the Paper Smooches Promenade kit, available over at Make The Day Special, with some puff paint to give some snowy touches.

Gives a cute Christmassy feel don't you think?

Have you finished your Christmas cards yet?

Have a good week.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Kraft snowflakes

I've done it again!!! Yep - I've made something to share today using an item that's out of stock in the shop so I apologise in advance!

I've used the My Cute Stamp set - Let it Snow but if you like this manufacturer's stamps why not have a look at the rest in the shop here.

I made two cards using Kraft cardstock and white embossing powder:

Thanks for visiting!!

Jo xx

Friday, 9 December 2011

Let it snow!

Hi Everyone! Only two (ish) weeks left until Christmas! I'm not usually one for Christmas crafts, but this year the bug has finally caught up with me...

Here's a wall hanging I made using a combination of Make The Day Special stocked stamps:

 Stamps: The Cat's Pyjama's 'Sheepish'
My Cute Stamp's 'Snow Cute'
Paper Smooches 'Alphadot'

I started with some chipboard, painted it with acrylic paint and added some snowflakes with embossing powder. I coloured the image using promarkers and paperpieced the scarf and finally added the sentiment using embossing powder. 

Have a great Friday!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Every Day....

is a fresh beginning......
I have a couple of cards to show you today.....the first one uses the Websters Pages 'Moments' stamps available from the lovely Emily here
I thought I would dust off the embossing folders that I seemed to have had for ages and actually use them! I coloured it with Pearlescent Chalks for a soft look.....The sentiment is stamped with one of my Distress Inks and clear embossed. All that was needed then was some ribbon and some punched Butterflies..
My 2nd card uses the 'Moments In Bloom' store kit, again available from Emily..here
I used a smaller embossing folder from the same set and coloured in with Chalks again...then just a bit of ribbon and stick on jewels.

Forgive the photos...I managed to take the a photo of a White card on a White background....One day I will learn...
I really enjoyed making these unusually (for me!!) quick and clean looking cards..hope you like them too.
Thanks for looking and I'll see you soon..

Oh and I meant to say I created both these cards from 1 sheet of A4 White card, quite like the different sizes this makes.
She xx

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Merry And Bright

All Merry and Bright today and with the results of last week's experimenting in the Kim Labs with texture stamping using the ZIG Art and Graphic Twin Pens available at Make The Day Special.

The stamp is the Unity Itty Bitty Merry And Bright Set.

Hope you have a Merry and Bright day!


Monday, 5 December 2011

Feel better soon

Im having a little break from Christmas cards today.
Ive made this card using lots of Paper smooches.
Sets used are :
Birthday buddies
Spiffy scooters
Chit chat
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Snowbody christmas

How are you all getting on with your Christmas cards? 
Well as its now December I'm in a rush to finish all mine.
I Just love the itty bitty's from Unity and thought id get this little cutie inked up.
front view
 I stamped and embossed the image straight onto the paper.
Doesn't show too well but its sparkly black embossing powder.

side view
inside view
I lined the inside and clear embossed the image and added a sentiment.
This stamp isn't currently in stock but ....
...You can check out some Itty bitty's from here.
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Chit chat

I have a quick Thanks you card to show.
I have used the Paper smooches set ...
Thanks for looking. 

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

A Stamping We Will Go...

What to do when your mojo has hit rock bottom? Experiment of course! Yep, I am having one of those days again and I need a bit of a creative breather, where I am still working but not having to come up with a finished make.

So I thought I would try out some different stamping textures by stamping with the ZIG Art and Graphic Twin Pens, available from Make The Day Special, on different papers in my stash.

The stamp I'm using is the Merry and Bright Unity Itty Bitty stamps also available from Make The Day Special.

Well that's it from Kim Labs for today.

Hope you are having a good creative Tuesday.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Blog Candy Winner

Hi everyone

Thank you for joining in with our give away.

The winner is Julia Dunnit. Drop me an email to emily(at)makethedayspecial.co.uk with your address and I will send you your goodies.


Emily xx

Insightful Meadows!

Hello there....

Late again, I'm afraid.....I haven't got used to working Monday's yet!
This week I have used one of my all time favourite kits by Unity, Insightful Meadows. Available from the lovely Emily here
I have used my Distress Stains to stamp with. These give a beautiful water colour effect. Unusually for me I have also used a coloured card blank.....The hardest bit was choosing the background...In the end I have used a Red Velvet paper and tied  some ribbon round and added a bow.. I think this has made a simple card quite elegant....
Thanks for looking, I'll see you soon....maybe with something inky and painty.......

She xx

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Butterfly Love

Today's make is a tag using stamps from Unity store kits - Key to Joy and Life Becoming both available in the store here.

I coloured the tag using Ranger Distress stains and then stamped the key background using Distress ink. I then coloured another piece of card with more distress stains and stamped the butterfly on it before cutting it out. The quote from the Key to Joy set was stamped on to more card coloured with distress stains and white drawing ink.

Materials used:
Unity kits (as above), Ranger Distress stains, Ranger Distress inks, brown Versafine ink, white drawing ink
Wild Orchid paper roses, Basic Grey rub-ons
cotton lace, ribbons, beaded embellishment,

As always, thanks for visiting!!
Jo xx

Friday, 25 November 2011


Evening All! I'm sharing with you a page from my mini-journal that I have created with acrylic paint and the City Of Love stamp set from Unity:

 Have a great evening, whatever you're doing!

500 post celebration!

this post will stay at the top of the blog until 25/11/11

Hello everyone

We have made a huge 500 posts on the MTDS blog since it was started and to celebrate this and thank our lovely blog readers we are going to have a little give away....

I have a lovely surprise package waiting for one of our blog followers, it will contain flowers, ribbons and of course stamps....

Leave a nice comment on this post if you would like to be entered into the draw. The draw will take place on 25th November so don't miss out and do tell your friends.

A big shout of thanks goes out to the DT past and present for all their hard work on the blog over the 500 posts, I am sure you will agree they do a fab job.

Happy stamping


Thursday, 24 November 2011

Sallys abc's

A very simple card from me today using the fab 
I used my minds eye papers and some bakers twine.
I stamped the sentiment in black straight onto the pp.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Christmas Wrapping!

Hello there! A bit late I'm afraid....a combination of working and DH being away for the weekend!!
That time is almost upon us again so I thought I'd show you some really very quick and easy little gift tags for all your pressies :-).....I love making Tags, but I thought these were just so quick and easy for your wrapping of pressents!!
I started with one of my normal size Tags and ran it through my 'bug using an embossing folder and one of the Tim Holtz words. I coloured the embossing folder with some Blue Distress ink to colour the Tag. The image is one of the Unity Itty Bitty stamps available from the lovely Emily here I just added some snowflakes and glitter glue...
Next came the 'mistake'......I inked the wrong side of the embossing folder and also stamped a bit off....so it's de-bossed and little, but I didn't want to throw it away!!
Or how about some shaped Ornaments to use for your tags??
Using a Tim Holtz die and cutting it out of a piece of the packaging you would normally throw away...also put through the embossing folder...
Or emboss the shape before stamping.......

I hope these have given you a few ideas for your Christmas wrapping....

I'll be back soon, thanks for looking....I'll be earlier next time!!

She xx

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Mini quote canvas

I'm using another one of my favourite Unity stamps today from the Quote Bundle Pack on a mini canvas which measures 10cm square.

I've coloured the canvas using Distress Stains before stamping the quote using distress ink and then using a very fine pen to highlight the text. I then added rub-ons, a trim (which I also coloured with Distress Stains) and more embellishments.

Materials used:
canvas, Ranger Distress Stains, Unity stamp (as above), Distress Ink, black Sakura pen
Trim, Prima flowers and centres
beaded embellishment, Crafty Notions Rainbow Drops

As always, thank you for visiting and don't forget to leave a comment on the top post to be in with a chance to win goodies for our "500 post celebration"!!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Bee Happy

Don't worry...bee happy! Paper Smooches 'Perky Plants' set comes with a rather adorable little bee stamp, which I'm using today with Paper Smooches 'Alphadots':

 I stamped the image on vellum and embossed with black powder. I added brads, ribbon, a spot of stitching and the sentiment. 

Have a happy Friday!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Many birthday wishes

Ive made a little card using my long neglected Unity stamps.
I used the unity store kit The right words.
I stamped the image in black straight onto the card.
Then made the background using a spritzer.
I stamped and coloured the image on another piece of card before cutting out and sticking over the first image.
Colours used are 31, 53, 60 and 202.
And if you haven't seen we are having a celebration for reaching 500 blog posts for a chance to win all you have to do is leave a comment here.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

All Fireworks And Explosions

Hey up all, Kim Dellow here and I've got an explosive tag for you this week! Handle with care!

I've been playing with backgrounds and using the star burst stamps from the Unity Adventures in Happiness kit to make this tag go with a whiz and a bag LOL!

I did the background with PanPastels

So lots of lovely colour!

Have a great week.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Kids Play....

Hi there...long time no see!! Hopefully I will be able to post more often now....
Yesterday I was having a play with the FAB Flourishes stamp set 'Kids Play' available from the lovely Emily here
I decided that I wanted something fairly quick and simple...sort of ease myself back in gradually......and also use  my favourite Monochrome colours...Black and White...I hope you like it..

I used one of my Nestie shapes to stamp on. She is stamped and clear embossed. For the matt I used one of my 'Bug embossing folders..'Bubbles' I think and embossed the edges with White embossing powder. The sentiment and long stamp were just clear embossed....Told you it was quick and easy!!!

Hopefully see you again very soon......I have heard little whispers that we are nearly on our 500th post and Emily might just have something special in mind.....

                                         She xxx

Sunday, 13 November 2011

A journal page

I have another journal page to show today which uses stamps from Unity's store kit - All About the Journey which is available in the shop here.

I stamped the arrows on to the page and used coloured pencils to highlight parts of them. The large quote stamp was stamped on to a bought die-cut. I stamped the destination quote on to paper and then cut out each word individually before sticking to the page. I then used another of the quote stamps and cut out the word "journey" which I then stapled to the page as a tab.

Materials used:
Pentel oil pastels, Unity stamps (as above), black Versafine ink, Derwent Inktense pencils, white drawing ink
digital art doll (from Etsy),
K & Co die-cut

Thanks for visiting!
Jo xx

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Getting festive

Some more Christmas cards to share today.
They all use Lawn fawn Ornate ornaments set.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Plant Smiles

Hi Everyone! I've spreading the Paper Smooches love again today....this time with the very fun 'Perky Plants' set:

 I used promarkers to colour the image and added a touch of glossy accents to the petals. I then tied on an over-sized tag with the sentiment.

Have a happy Friday!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Welcome baby

A quick and easy new baby card.
I used the paper smooches set "A little lovin"
I stamped the sentiment straight onto the card then paper pieced the image.
You can see all paper smooches stamps here.
Thanks for looking.