Monday, 31 January 2011

Suzi Blu Tag!

Morning, hope you are well on this chilly Monday morning!! I'm so glad that January is nearly over, but it's scary how fast it has gone!

I'd like to show you a Tag today using one of my favourite Suzi Blu stamps :-) I have used 'Creative Girl' available from the lovely Emily here She is a huge stamp, so I didn't have to do an awful lot to make the Tag!
She's stamped onto a spare piece of card and coloured in with my Promarkers. I've gone a bit overboard with the Glossy Accents and the card buckled a bit..............doesn't seem too bad now that it's dry.............just a bit 3D!! She's coloured in with my Promarkers. I've just added a small scroll stamp from my {ippity} set here a metal word saying 'Create' and some fibres. The background is coloured with my Distress Inks and water splattered.

Thanks for looking, I hope you have a good Monday and a lovely week. I'll catch up with you soon. :-)

She xx

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Mitten Weather Flourishes

It's never too early to make a start on Christmas cards for this year and Emily has some fabulous Christmas stamps in the Half Price Sale but you'll have to be quick as there is limited stock!!

I used the lovely Cosmo Cricket Mitten Weather Flourishes set by Unity to make this card. I stamped the sentiment on to lightly patterned paper before layering patterned papers on to the card. I also stamped one of the flourishes in to the corner of the card.

Materials used:
Papermania papers
Unity stamps (as above), brown Memento ink, Ranger distress ink
Kaisercraft pearls, CraftWork rhinestones,
twill ribbon, pearl stamen, pin.

Jo xx

Thursday, 27 January 2011

January store kit from Unity

Here is a card i made using the,
Its perfect for sympathy cards with its word stamps,
but the images can also be used for other things.
Ive used some paper from
Websters pages.
I stamped straight onto the paper and added some lace flowers and pearls.
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Queen of Glitter

Today I'd like to share with you this bookmark i created using the 'Queen of Glitter' stamp by Suzi Blu & Unity. First I have to say how impressed I was with the size of this stamp, at roughly 5 1/2 inches by 2 inches it's a perfect size for bookmarks or DL cards.

I stamped the Queen onto watercolour paper using Vibrant Violet Stazon Ink.  I used Sakura Stardust Pens with a Tombow Blender pen to colour the background.  The rest of the image is coloured with a mix of Sakura Pens, some matte some glitter, as I wanted to get some contrast on her outfit.  I coloured her face and hands with a Promarker (very carefully so as not to smudge the Stazon).  I then trimmed my image and to finish the edges off neatly, I used some pink washi tape which i folded over the bookmark edge, and then trimmed the corners.

I hope you like her, she definately sparkles

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Birthday Rampage!

Hi All, Godzilla here to wish a happy birthday! Roarrr!

Ok, it isn't! It is only me (Kim) pretending to be Godzilla...Did you guess?

Many of you know that I  love this Eeek! A Monster stamp set from My Cute Stamp, thought it was time to ink him up again with my ZIG markers!

Hope you have a Monster good day!

Monday, 24 January 2011

A Tag and

a small card...........

First my little card..........I have had this 'Live,Love, Laugh' Itty Bitty stamp for ages..........and not inked her! I needed a quick card and seeing the scraps on my desk thought I would make a little card out of them :-) I've stamped and embossed her onto textured scalloped cardstock and then mounted her onto a lovely Goldy coloured textured card. She's coloured with my ProMarkers and I've just added adheshive blobs and ribbon to secure the 2 cards together. It took me longer to find the ribbon than do anything else!

Totally inspired by my lovely teamie Kim and her gorgeous Tags I thought I'd have a go myself...........hope you don't mind Kim.
I loved making this :-) I've used my Suzi Blu 'Poet' her ♥♥♥ I've stuck pages of a book on the Tag and then run it through my hardly used Ribbler. I then started colouring the background with my Adirondaks and then put it through the Ribbler other way round! Inked again, water splattered and embossed. I've then just added the flowers, twine and a couple of charms and some Glossy Accents.

Thanks for looking. Don't forget to check out Make The Day Special  where Emily has some great stamps and fantastic service.
Have a good Monday and I'll see you soon.

She xx

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Ashley's Blossoms - With Sympathy

Today I've used the lovely My Cute Stamps set - Ashley's Blossoms to make a sympathy card in muted colours.

I made a card base using a pale green and used my sewing machine to add a border. I then made a tag using patterned paper and painted gesso over it to tone down the pattern. The next step was to stamp the branch and bird stamp using Memento inks and then the sentiment. The butterflies were stamped using Versamgic ink on to cardstock and then cut out before adding to the tag. As a finishing touch the lace and organza ribbon were added.

Materials used:
Papermania cardstock, DCWV paper
My Cute Stamps, Memento inks, Versamagic ink
lace, organza ribbon

                                     Jo xx

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Itty bitty thanks

A little card today using one of Unity's Itty bitty stamps,
"Thanks a bunch".
I stamped the sentiment straight onto Kraft card with matching ink,
Then stamped the leaf and one one sentiment in black.
I finished it with a little bow.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

More Tags - Mixed Media

More tags! Yep we are pretty into tags here at Make The Day Special and I have some more to show you today!

I used some of my favourite stamps. The ladies you might recognise as the Suzi Blu 'You Are Loved' and 'Love Yourself', the butterfly is from the Unity kit 'Life Becoming' (which is on sale at the moment!). The 'Life' sentiment is from the {Ippity} Kit What Matters Most and the 'Live, Laugh, Love' sentiment is from the {Ippity} Simply Home Kit.

The stamped images have been coloured with Prismacolor pencils for the skin and hair tones and ZIG Art and Graphic twin pens for the dresses and wings etc. As you saw the backgrounds were coloured with acrylic paints so very mixed media tags!

Monday, 17 January 2011

My Dear!

Yesterday I thought I'd play with some of my latest additions! Namely 'My Dear' by Iron Orchid Designs brought to you by Unity and available from Emily here
I started with a very clean and simple card:
I stamped the image onto Gloss card with Black Staz-On and then used my PaperMania pens (somewhat forgotten now I've found ProMarkers!) to colour in. The background matt started off as White card I stamped and embossed the corner stamp on one of the edges and then coloured it with my Adirondak Inks and splattered water on it. The little Flower was made with some Green Ric Rac Velvet braid just wound round on itself. I just glued it onto some leaves.

I couldn't be me if I didn't get inky!! So I made a Tag with the same stamp set. Love Tags and I think this set lends itself really well to Tags. :-)

I've used the same colours to colour this image in, they come out much different on plain White cardstock don't they? I clear embossed the main image to make it stand out. I used the corner stamp in the bottom left of the Tag..........stamped it crooked, but didn't want to throw away the's hardly noticeable now, so I'm really glad I carried on with it! I've stamped and clear embossed the script stamp to add a little background. Coloured with my Adirondak Inks. I added a couple of Flowers and the little flower made with the Green Ric Rac braid, which I have also added at the bottom, along with some stick on gems.
I really enjoyed making these.............especially the Tag. It's interesting to see how different the same images can look used differently.
I hope you all have a good Monday and a great week. I'll 'see' you soon.

Thanks for looking and don't forget to have a look here at 'Make The Day Special' Emily has some great stamps.........still lots of bargains! and fantastic service.................what more could we ask for?

She xx

Sunday, 16 January 2011

One Precious Life tags

One of my favourite Unity stamp sets in the shop at the moment is One Precious Life and I've been having a play with them and shrink plastic to make a couple of tags.

I stamped the bicycle and the catching dreams stamps on white shrink plastic using black Stazon ink, cut them out and then used my heat gun to shrink them. The tags were ones I'd already cut from scrap cardstock (I have a stack of them ready to use) and I covered these with patterned paper. The various elements were then added to the tags:

Materials used:
Webster's Pages paper
Unity stamp (as above), black Stazon ink, shrink plastic
Prima flower and pearl
Ric-rac, organza ribbon, beaded string, pom-pom trim, ribbon.

Materials used:
My Mind's Eye paper and die-cut
Unity stamp ( as above), black Stazon ink, shrink plastic
CraftWork rhinestones
pom-pom trim, organza ribbon, vintage buttons.

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to check out the shop for more fab stamps!


Saturday, 15 January 2011

Destination ATC

I have a small and sweet ATC for you today, made using stamps from three different collections. Three - all on one little ATC!

Firstly, I stamped my sentiment - from All About The Journey straight onto the base of my ATC in black ink. Then, using the floral stamp from the You Deserve Ippity set, stamped into the corner to create a little bit of background.

I've also used the suitcase stamp from the Melody Ross A Girl & Her Adventures set to add a little texture to one of my additional elements. I've been using this stamp quite a lot just to add background to smaller elements - so versatile.

I've finished the ATC off with some paper scraps, stitching and a chipboard butterfly. Cute, no?

Hope you're having a good weekend folks x

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Growing in unity

I ave a little easel card to share with you today.
I have used one of Unity's itty bitty stamps.
These are available from Emily at,
This week i am hosting Growing in unity on my blog.
I would love it if you would stop by.
And if you leave a comment you could win some
and £10 to spend at make the day special.
Hope to see you.
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

A Cut Above with Lawn Fawn.

Today I'd like to share with you a quick card I made using the 'Just My Type' set of stamps by Lawn Fawn.
Lawn Fawn produce high quality photopolymer clear stamps which feature cute images and witty sentiments, they stamp beautifully.

For my card i took a white card blank, and stamped my sentiment and the scissors using memento ink, i also stamped the pin tacks onto a scrap of card.  I wanted to create the impression of the scissors cutting the background, so decided to use strips of washi tape to add pattern to the card.  I coloured the scissors and pin tacks to coordinate with the pink dots on the washi tape, and then cut the pin tacks out and adhered with glue dots.

A quick card, perfect for those occassions when you just want to let someone know your thinking about them, or a thank you card for those Christmas Gifts.

Have a Great Day

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

It Is Love All The Way!

Getting ready for Valentine's day? How about a tag?

I've used the lovely street lamp from the Unity Adventures in Happiness kit which is on at Half Price at the moment so you might want to check it out! The sentiment is from the Unity Wishes and Kisses kit.

Bring on the Lurve :)


Monday, 10 January 2011


Morning everyone :-)

Hope you are all warm and dry......................after the Snow we now have lots of Rain here!

I decided to have a play with the stamps that were named after me and could also been made for me! They are of course the lovely 'SHE' set available from Emily here I LOVE ♥♥ this set....................seem to say that every week don't I? Unity stamps are fantastic.
I have made a couple of things.......

a Journal page. The stamp is clear embossed and I've highlighted the 'Believe' with Glossy Accents. I created the background with my Distress Inks and used a Flower Stencil. The letters are also a Stencil which I've coloured through.
Next we have a card. I really enjoyed making this.  :-) The Sentiment is stamped and embossed onto a Nestie shape and coloured with Distress Inks and sprayed with water.............I love this effect as you never know what you are going to end up with! I just covered the bottom half of a White card blank with toning paper and added some lovely velvet Rick Rack trim. The Butterfly is made from a Martha Stewart stamp and punch set.
I hope you like my 'makes' :-) don't forget to visit Emily here she has great stamps and fantastic service too................what more could we stampers want?? :-)
Thanks for looking, I hope you have a lovely Monday :-)

She xx

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Family Memories

Today I have a layout to share which uses stamps from the Unity July 2010 store kit which is currently "on sale" in the shop here. This is such a versatile set for cards and scrapbooking so get it while you can!!

I started by stamping the key background stamp on lightly patterned paper and used this as a background layer on my layout. I layered various papers before stamping the quote over the left hand side and then the sewing border at the bottom. The title was stamped by masking off some of the "Family Friends and memories" stamp. I then stamped the butterfly on to textured cardstock and then added a hint of colour using my long neglected chalks.

Materials used:
Papermania cardstock, MAMBI Scrappy Chic papers
Unity July store kit, Memento brown ink, Versamagic chalk ink
K & Co die-cuts, Deluxe Designs chalk, cotton lace.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

You Deserve The Best

Hello Everyone! It might seem a little odd that I usually find myself creating gift tags in January (when you'd have thought that I might be sick of the sight of them!) but I generally have huge piles of scraps lying around after Christmas and I enjoy trying to use them all up so that I can start afresh.

You Deserve The Best

This beautiful stamp set - You Deserve - is perfect for creating gift tags and cards for all occasions as it combines some bang on trend houndstooth print, with some beautiful blooms. So, there's something for everyone.

To make my gift tag, I've just used the houndstooth corner stamp to add a pop of colour and additional pattern to my cardstock and simply stamped the sentiment onto a chipboard element for extra dimension.

It might be quite simple, but it adds a fantastic finishing touch to your gifts, so scrounge around your craft room for all of those leftovers from your Christmas card making and whip out your Unity or Ippity stamps for a spot of weekend crafting.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Unity kits sale

Firstly apologies for the poor photos.
Its so dark and grey right now and even holding a torch didn't help lol.
Make the day special are having a sale on Unity kits.
So i thought i would use stamps from older kits to show you how well they mix.

This is the front of the card and i have used the March store kit,

"Adventures in happiness"

I coloured the image in with pro markers and cut out with my nesties.

I sneaked a {Ippity} stamp in for the sentiment.

Inside the card i have used a stamp from the July store kit,
"The right words"
Ive coloured this in with pro markers to match the cakes on the front.
Please check out the shop for some fab bargains.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Pink And Pretty De-Lovely Baby Hanger

Hi All, got a cute little hanger to start my New Year Make The Day Special DT makes, it uses the Unity and Cosmo Cricket cross-over - De-lovely Childhood stamp kit. I've made a little hanger for baby's door.

Good luck with all your New Beginnings!

Thanks for popping in.

Monday, 3 January 2011

The Key To A Bargain!

Happy New Year everyone, hope 2011 is a fantastic year for you all.
I have a card to show you today.

When I made this yesterday, I didn't check to see if Emily still had it in stock! I have just checked and she's now in the 
I've used the July Store Kit 'the right words' and 'key to joy'. I love these stamps, so go grab a bargain whilst they are still available.
I wish I knew the make of the background papers, they are gorgeous, textured and double sided..........unfortunately I have lost the covers of the pad! I've stamped the keys over the background with Adirondak Ink and then gone round the edges with the zig-zag stamp. The quote is stamped and clear embossed on a 'nestie' shape. I've added Glossy Accents to a couple of the words, unfortunately it doesn't photograph too well :-(  I've stamped the Butterfly twice on the paper and 3d the 2nd one, added Glossy Accents and some tiny jewels. The smaller Butterflies are made with my Martha Stewart stamp and punch set.
Thanks for looking, I really enjoyed making this card......made me feel 'spring-like'......................well almost!!!
She x

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Go Confidently Into 2011

What's more appropriate for the New Year than a little Thoreau? Could this quote be any more apt for those of us making resolutions, wanting to change our lives and hoping to acheive our dreams?

For this week's project, I decided to make a New Year's card. I wanted to remind a very special friend that her dreams are within her grasp if she follows her heart, confidently, in the direction of her dreams.

To make the card, I've used a quote stamp from the All About The Journey and, to add a little pattern to a scrap strip of cardstock, I've also used the suitcase stamp from the Melody Ross A Girl & Her Adventures set. It works really well as a 'background' stamp for smaller areas.

Now card making is definitely an area of crafting that I still feel a little out of my depth in, so I'm resolving to make 2011 the year I master my card making!

Have you got any crafting or stamping resolutions this year? We'd love to hear them.

Clair x