Thursday, 30 June 2011

Unleash your Joy


With so many fab stamps at Make the day special i had trouble choosing what to show today.

Finally i went with Flourishes stamps.

There are lots of new stamps from flourishes and if you had your eye on something that was out of stock they are all back in stock now.
The sets Ive used are

I made the background paper using the little flowers from country charm labels.

I coloured the stamp using Zig art pens then stamped.

I used the same technique on the main image from Kids play.

Ive kept it very simple and only added some card candy to finish.

Oh and the country charm labels are compatible with nestibilites.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

It's Vacation Season!

So where are you going for your hols this year? Staycation for us again I reckon, LOL!

But still might need some vacation tags - you never know! This one uses the Unity All About the Journey kit and I've gone well minimalistic with grey and black stamping on white.

Have a fab day you all.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Grow Your Wings!

Hi there, what another beautiful day!
I want to share one of my favourite things today...made with some of my favourite stamps! An Inky Stampy Tag!
This Tag is HUGE!!...Must measure and take a template before I use the last one, as I have no idea where I got them from!!
I have used 'Life Becoming' one of the Unity Store kits, available from the lovely Emily here and of course my very favourite kit 'The Artist In You'  available here had to make an appearance!!! I 'swooshed' some Distress Inks onto my craft sheet and sprayed water onto them and then dipped my Tag in several times, drying between each layer with my heat tool....
The images are all clear embossed (well it wouldn't be me if they weren't, would it??!!) I put the ribbon between 2 metal holders a little way from the bottom as I had a gap between the leaves and the foliage stamps!
I have gone over the Tag with Perfect Pearls, which gives it a lovely shimmery effect..which can't be seen too well in the photo...
The Butterfly is coloured with the Perfect Pearls...just made a paint of them with my water brush...
I just added some Primas and a little Glossy Accents and I was done!
I hope you like it, thanks for looking and I'll see you soon.....Enjoy the sunshine!!
She xx

Sunday, 26 June 2011


I've a couple of cards to share today using the gorgeous Layers of Color - Flutterescent set:

The first is very simple using kraft cardstock:

and the second is slightly less clan and simple using a couple of patterned papers and a Unity sentiment from an old kit of the month:

Materials used:
Kraft cardstock, Papermania cardstock, Papermania Rose Garden papers
Layers of Color stamps (as above), black Versafine ink, brown Memento ink, Unity sentiment
Martha Stewart edge punch, Fiskars edge punch
Kaisercraft rhinestones

Thanks for visiting!
Jo x

Friday, 24 June 2011

Enjoy This Day

I've used two Unity Store Kits that compliment each other perfectly for today's card:

 I've paper pieced the flower and heat embossed the sentiment.
Other materials: paper from My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Collection, Sizzix Pillow Box Die, Sizzix Traditional Tags Die, Small 'Enjoy' stamp from My Cute Stamps 'Matryoshka Doll' set (which is probably my most used stamp!).
Thanks for dropping in,

Thursday, 23 June 2011



Today I'm showing of some Lawn fawn.

These stamps are just so versatile and have really fun images.

Ive used all new lawn fawn sets on this card.

Quinns ABC

School house backdrops

Blissfull botanicals.

These are all available to buy from here.
I kept this very simple by stamping onto the card.

The flowers were stamped separately and cut out .

This card also uses Quinns ABC and also happily ever after.

I stamped the letters straight onto the card and filled them in with stickles.

The glasses were stamped and coloured with pro markers before i added them to the card as i didn't want the ink to bleed through.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Ice Creams All Round!

Fancy an Ice cream? It is Raspberry Ripple...

Mmm yummy! The ice cream is one of the cute stamps from the Sweet Chocolate My Cute Stamp set available over at Make The Day Special. I might have gone a little glitter crazy on this one! The sentiment is from the same set. 

So with or without the chocolate flake?


Monday, 20 June 2011

Life Becoming!

Morning! What a lovely Monday morning it is too....
Today I'd like to show you  a really quick and easy card...

I have used 2 of the Unity Store Kits, 'Life Becoming' and 'Quiet Essence' available from the lovely Emily here  I started with a 6"x6" card blank and covered it with patterned paper (I think PaperMania) and I used the lovely Scroll stamp from my most favourite kit...'The Artist In You', again available from Emily here stamped in Sage Distress Ink...I really don't know what I'd do without this kit, it's so useful! The Frame is stamped and embossed and I've just stamped and clear embossed the Sentiment. The Flower is stamped on to printed paper (K&CO this time!) twice and layered, with just a little Glossy Accents in the middle..

It is ages since I shared an Inky project with I thought I'd share a Tag today....

I had so much fun making this! Didn't have any idea what I had in mind when I started, just knew which stamps and inks I wanted to use! I have used the very same kits as in the card....see that Scroll has made another appearance! I stamped and clear embossed the background stamp and one of the Flowers, then coloured all over with Distress Stains and blended Distress Inks over the top. I then 'water splattered' stamped the Bird and embossed again! The Flower is stamped onto the same paper as before and layered.
I have just embossed the Scrolls and top of the Tag with White embossing powder. All that was left was to add some ribbon!
And there you have it! Two different things using the same stamps! I love how versatile Unity stamps are!

Thanks for looking, have a good Monday and I'll see you soon.

She xx

Sunday, 19 June 2011


I have a card to share with you today using the gorgeous Unity kit - Bold Insight available in the shop here.

I stamped the friendship stamp on to a patterned element from a piece of Prima paper then stamped the dragonfly on to another piece of paper before cutting it out.

Materials used:
Papermania cardstock, Prima papers
Unity stamps (as above), brown Memento ink
Magic mesh,
lace, satin ribbon and button.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Pretty Packaging To Make The Day Special

Hello! I've been sharing some pretty packaging over on my own blog this week - and I didn't want you to miss out! I made an envelope parcel for a swap recently and decorated it with lashings of ribbon, flowers and, of course, stamps that you can find at Make The Day Special.

Pretty Packaging

The leaves on the embellishment were handstamped using stamps from Blissful Botanicals - one of Lawn Fawn's 2011 Summer Release sets - and one of the leaves from Unity's beautiful set Harvest Of Memories.

I hope this gives you some ideas for using your stamps outside of the usual cards and scrapbook layouts - I know I've definitely got a few more off the page projects planned for the summer!

Friday, 17 June 2011


This set from My Cute Stamps is so very me! I don't know about you, but sometimes, when I REALLY love a stamp set, it stays in it's packaging for a week or two, on my desk while I just admire it :-)

I had my first play with it this weekend, and here's what I rustled up:
 Materials: promarkers (face), gel pen (hair), assorted coloured card to paper piece the dresses

Wishing you a great weekend, 

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Easy rosettes and pinwheels


Make the day special have the new cut ups dies in from the cats pajamas.

I have the rosettes and pinwheels but there are other fab dies too.
.....And new stamps :0)

For this card i used the "a girl and her cake" set.

And the pinwheel dies.

I kept this really simple and used my pro markers to colour.

I just love the sayings with this set.

I made this card simple just to show the rosettes.

This uses the smaller one from the die.

Again the sentiment is from the "a girl and her cake" set.

You can find all the cats pajamas dies here.

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

All About The Journey For Father's Day

You haven't forgotten that it is Father's Day here in the UK this weekend, 19th June 2011, have you? Good!

Well here is a Father's Day make and I've used the Unity All About The Journey for this one, available from Make The Day Special

How are you getting on with your Father's Day card?

Happy Crafting for Father's Day.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Quiet Essence!

Hi there from a very wet and chilly Stockport!! Can't believe we are in 'Summer'!!
I have a card to show you today, that I have made using the Unity Store kit 'Quiet Essence' available from the lovely Emily here
I love this set and I've used it quite a few times, but unusually not the Flower! It's lovely isn't it? So easy to cut out, even for a 'scissor challenged' person such as myself!! Before I covered the card blank...(it's 6"x6") with some pretty background paper, I stamped and embossed one of the sentiments, but felt the paper still needed something I reached for my all time favourite stamp set...'The Artist In You' again available from Emily here  this set is so useful, I automatically reach for it now! I stamped and embossed the Flourish down the side.
I stamped and cut out the background stamp and then stamped and coloured my flower twice and cut out the centre of the flower and 3D it with some silicone glue. All that was needed to finish were some satin ribbon and gems...

Thanks for looking, I hope you have a good Monday and I'll catch up with you soon.
She xx

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Krafty keys

I've been playing with the My Cute Stamp set - Keys and my kraft cardstock and have  acouple of cards to share with you.

The first card uses a stamped key as an embellishment. I used a rub-on to make the frame  and then added stickers for the sentiment. The key was stamped on to kraft cardstock and then cut out and threaded on faux suede thonging:

Materials used:
Kraft cardstock, Fancy Pants rub-on, DCWV stickers
My Cute Stamp - keys, black Versafine ink
faux suede thong

For my second card I cut a freehand heart from kraft cardstock and used various coloured inks to stamp the keys on it before using a black fineliner to outline the keys. For the sentiment I used a Unity stamp from the set Key To Joy available here:

Materials used:
Kraft cardstock
My Cute Stamps - Keys, Unity stamps - Key To Joy, Memento inks, black Versafine ink
Promarker pen, fineliner

Thanks for visiting!
Jo x

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Using Unity Store Kits

I've been making cards again. You guessed that, right? All of a sudden I can't get enough of them. I'm so glad that I didn't give up on card making when it all seemed so hard!

Born To Fly

Stamps from Unity's Life Becoming

Hi There

Stamps from Unity's Quiet Essence and Lawn Fawn's Sophie's Sentiments

I think these dinky, little numbers are suitable for lots of occasions. Perfect for stashing away for unexpected moments of panic - I have lots of gift wrapping moments of panic!

Friday, 10 June 2011


I've combined a card and a tag this week. 

Em has recently got ANOTHER new pile of unity including this cutie from Bella Bvd:

Mr Boy

Today I'm using the plane and clouds (but I've sure got my eye on that adorable dinasaur!)

 I've also used the 'adventurous' stamp from Unity's Itty Bitty range.

Thanks for dropping in, 

Thursday, 9 June 2011

My cute stamps


I have two card to show today.

Both using "My cute stamps"

This card uses the Birthday numbers set.

I coloured the balloons with Zig pens.

This card i made for a colour challenge.

I used the pop flowers set.

I stamped the background then added stamped and embossed flowers.

I used some card candy for the flower centers.

These stamps are all available from Emily at Make the day special.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Summer With My Cute Stamp

Hello folks, got a Summer inspired make this week using the My Cute Stamp Picnic With Little Red stamp set which you can get from Make The Day Special.

I've used stamps from the set to add the little butterflies, for more Summer added on!

Have a lovely day.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Wishes And Kisses!

Hi there!
Today I have a really quick and easy card to show you......

It's been a bit of a hectic week!!!
I love ♥♥♥ this set. It is the Unity store kit, 'Wishes & Kisses' available from the lovely Emily here I have just used one of the Hearts and stamped and clear took me longer to try and get them straight and evenly spaced than anything else!! I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment and added some clear self adheshive hearts and a gorgeous Velvet ribbon.

Clean and Simple!

I'm thinking inky and messy and Tags for next time!!

Thanks for looking, I hope you have a good week and I'll catch up with you soon.

She xx

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Go Confidently....

My card today uses the Unity kit - All About the Journey.

I coloured a piece of Kraft resist paper with a green Glimmer Mist before stamping the compass stamp on it using black Versafine ink. The sentiment from the set was stamped on to cardstock and I then used the arrow stamp to lightly stamp in various places around the sentiment,

As an embellishment I found a St Christopher charm which was silver before I coloured it with a Promarker.

Materials used:
Bazzill cardstock, Tim Holtz Kraft Resist Paper Stack
Unity stamps (as above), black Versafine ink
Glimmer Mist, Promarker, charm and ribbon

Thanks for visiting!!
Jo x

Friday, 3 June 2011

Lots Of Little Lawn Fawns

I've been busy making little cards from all of my scraps this week and I just couldn't resist using the stamps from Lawn Fawn's Summer Release. They are just oh so lovely!

Thank You

My first card features some of the leaves and a dinky little flower stamp from Blissful Botanicals and a sentiment stamp from Cruising Through Life.


The second card uses the most adorable clouds you'll ever see - they're from the Bon Voyage Set - along with the balloon stamps from Admit One and a sentiment from Blissful Botanicals.

Best Dad Ever

And, last but not least, an idea for Father's Day using the sentiment stamps from Say Cheese Too and a couple of stamps from Admit One. Cute, right? Go get 'em!

Put your party hat on!

I have a masculine birthday card to share with you today using the fabulous 'Party Hat Wishes' set from Ippity and the numbers from Unity's 'Learning {year by year}'. This particular card is for my nephew who recently turned 16. Birthday cards are not my forte (just as masculine cards aren't) - so this set from ippity came in very handy!

Usual suspects: promarkers, sewing machine, ribbon and an eyelet.

Thanks for dropping in,