Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Some things have to be believed........ be seen!!

It's true!

I thought I would use this wonderful stamp "Some things have to be believed to be seen" to make my next card. This sentiment is from the "Just Believe" stamp set, which I have clear mounted.

I was really in the mood to do some embossing, so I have continued with the Poppy Parade and used Pear Pizzaz to complement it, another colour from the In Colour 2010-2012 colour suite.

I embossed some flowers in white using the Paisley Petals stamp set, and there you are - easy!!

Poppy Parade

Morning everybody!!

Everyone still enjoying the sun?? It's only 11am but I have achieved so much today already, it's a really good feeling! I've tidied the house, done some laundry, been to the Post Office and found time to go out for a run. And I still found time for some crafting too! Just love the summer.

To express this happiness I thought I would make some basic cards using two favourite colours of mine - Poppy Parade and Conchord Crush. With a splash of Blushing Bride for good measure. Bright, summertime colours to go with my mood. All 3 colours are part of the In Colour 2012-2012 suite.

First up is a card I made by weaving some strips of paper from the In Colour suite. It was really easy and really effective. I've used the Young Vermillion stamp again because I love it so much!! I actually have a mass of Stampin' Up! products being delivered to me this week so you can all look forward to some different stamps being used very soon!!

Next is another card I thought I would make really basic, to show you how easy it really is. Again, on the same theme, with the same colours, but look how totally different it is! Anyone can make either of these cards, they are so easy.

Enjoy your day everyone!!!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Morning !!

Morning Crafty bloggers!!

Well, what a glorious weekend!! Hopefully post some pics up later, let me know what you've all been up to!


Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Too good....

...Not to share!!

Well, I have a stack of cards here that I made that are from old Sale-a-bration or Hostess sets that I didn't get a chance to post up! I didn't really want to miss them out - as they are still valid in showing how amazing Stampin' Up! is, and what you can achieve - so here they all are ~ but without the details:

I loved stamping this background - it looks like patterned paper but is actually ink!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Ribbon Storage

Absolutely loving this and will be making one for my Craft Room very soon! Wonderfully easy Ribbon Organizer project.

Here is the link:

Beyond the Garden

So, the second and third cards I made involved using some "Beyond The Garden" DSP - I love this stuff!!

I have used the delicate green flowery paper on both the cards I'm about to show you, the pattern is very delicate but it packs a punch due to the colours that have been used.

The first card I made was a "Friends" sentiment card:

I used the Top Note on the Big Shot to punch the lovely Wild Wasabi-coloured "Beyond the Garden" DSP - I love the scrolly effect and how that counterbalances the Four Frames scroll that I inked in Pacific Point to frame the sentiment "Friends". I added a bit more blue "Beyond the Garden" paper behind and added in a hanging bow-like strip of Very Vanilla cardstock to balance it all out.

I wasn't sure about it at first, but with a new pair of eyes a couple of hours later, it looks really good.

Ok, the third and last card I made today with a Garden theme is a "Happy Anniversary" card, again, using the Big Shot. I used an Embossilit called "Beautiful Wings" available through Stampin' Up! to cut out some lovely butterflies in the same Wild Wasabi "Beyond the Garden" paper.  
I punched out some circles in Wisteria Wonder, and gave the butterflies rhinestone bodies. Underneath I stamped "Happy Anniversary". All mounted on to Very Vanilla cardstock, set on some Crumb Cake cardstock. Really quick and really easy!!

Out in the Garden......

So, as the weather is soooo good (finally!) I thought I'd take my crafting supplies outside and make some cards!!! It is so good to be out of the house and in the fresh air.

Of course, without intention,  pattern emerged... that's right, the garden!!

First up of the three cards is a one I made using the Build a Blossom stamp set and punch. I've used Subtle family colours - Rose Red, Wild Wasabi and Pefect Plum (loving Perfect Plum). I stamped petals in Rose Red, used Wild Wasabi-coloured DSP and some Perfect Plum cardstock for the smallest petals, all cut out using the Build a Blossom punch.

I wanted to put a sentiment across the front but wasn't sure what to use, so I opted for a Stampin' Up! "Handcrafted" stamp instead. You get the idea:

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Enjoy the sunshine all!!!

Lauren x

Monday, 21 May 2012

Monday, Monday

Hi everyone! Did you all have a good weekend?? The sun's here, hooray!!

I decided to have the day off yesterday as I haven't stopped for the last few weeks! Today I have been sorting out some paperwork and getting ready for a workshop I am holding at the beginning of June.

I've got 3 cards ready to post up but the light is fading so will retake the photos tomorrow and post then as the ones I tried now didn't come out too well!!

What have you all been making today??

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Happy Retirement

Hi all, are you all having a good weekend so far?? I've been out to the park with my daughter this morning and then I made some good use of the dry weather and did some weeding. Now it's time to do something a little more exciting!!

So, as promised, here is the second of the two Young Vermillion cards I made. I chose to use a Happy Retirement sentiment but of course you could change that, or omit using a sentiment altogether.

I used Crumb Cake cardstock for the bulk of the card, then used two lots of Pocketful of Posies DSP for the patterned paper.. I stamped the Vermillion in Early Espresso, and shaded it in using a Baja Breeze Stampin' Write pen and a blender pen - so easy!

I hope you like it!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Young Vermillion

Young Vermillion - I ordered this wonderful wooden stamp with my last Stampin' Up! purchases and I haven't looked back!

Like all Stampin' Up! stamps it has a beautifully crisp print, almost as if a computer has stamped the image, it is a stunning picture and lends itself beautifully to being shaded with a Stampin' Write pen and blender pen.

So far I have used it on two cards and I can see that I'll be using it over and over, it's so versatile.

As well as perhaps using it for cards for males, it could also be used for the slightly more serious sentiment cards.

That said, I have used it with a couple of bright swathes of Beyond The Garden DSP, for a seriously funky, scandinavian-style "just for you" card.

This stamp is lovely! I can't find the words to say just how much I love it. If you'd like to order this stamp then please get in touch.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Friend to Friend

Here's a lovely card I made last week but haven't had a chance to post!!

I wanted to stick with my floral theme that seemed to be working so well for me! I used only two colours and two stamp sets (not including the Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiments stamp I used) - but I have managed to create a card with loads of depth that looks really fab!

I stamped some Very Vanilla cardstock with the Paisley Petals stamp set in Wild Wasabi and Perfect Plum, and I used the large flower from Array Of Sunshine to add depth and to bear the "friend to friend" sentiment. This of course could carry any sentiment, or you could use different colours and different cardstock. The possibilities are endless!

Here is a close up of the flower so that you can see how lovely it really is. I really enjoyed making this card and will be experimenting with some different colours soon when I have the time to sit down and have a play. Really loving the Perfect Plum and Wild Wasabi colours, though, they are definitely amongst my favourite colours to use and they are so durable.

If you would like to learn how to make this card, then please don't hesitate to get in touch and I'll give you a demonstration!

Array of Sunshine

So here is one of the cards I made last week (as promised!). A little late but there has been sooo much going on and I got a bit carried away with the jewellery making!! I wish I had more hours in my day, there is always so much going on here!

I wanted to make another easy, simple - but effective! - card.

I used Soft Suede paper as the main card colour, and I stamped up a bit of Very Vanilla with Soft Sueded Polka Dots. Really loving the polka dots at the minute!!! I wanted to leave a blank space under the flowers to contrast the dots; you could do what I've done and leave it blank or you could use this space for a sentiment of some kind.

The flowers and leaves I stamped from the wonderful Array Of Sunshine, which is a Hostess Set and  great value!! I stamped using Blushing Bride, Concord Crush and Pear Pizzazz - I think these colours look wonderful together. I stuck the base flowers/plants down, but elevated the top flower using some Stampin' Dimensionals from Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Sacred Symbols

 Yesterday I made some time for some jewellery making, one of my crafting passions!!

I made some earrings and a bracelet that I intended to take to a party to sell, as my friends are always getting goodies from me, but my little girl was ill and so I left the party early;  consequently not showing anyone what I had made!!

When I started out yesterday, I never intended to make the items to a theme, but when I had finished I realised that I had used sacred symbols and the colour blue in the pieces I made. This often happens when I craft, I just sit down and see where it takes me, I find it super relaxing.

Firstly, I made some earrings featuring my favourite symbol - the Om. These dainty little earrings are set on Sterling Silver earwires and are so sweet!! They can be yours for just £7.00. Perfect for gorgeous, festy outfits; or for when you're in a spiritual mood and want to share the love.

Secondly, I made some sweet, gypsy-style coin earrings, they go with anything summery and I made myself a pair, too, while I was at it ~ I liked them so much! I'm planning on taking up belly-dancing soon, so may well wear these in my outfit to give it that tribal feel. These are also have Sterling Silver earwires and can be yours for £7.00

Thirdly, I made some beautiful Triquetra earrings, the best thing about these is the bead I used as a drop...they are a beautiful blue and were from a piece of jewellery that had broken, so I salvaged the beads and put them to good use. I love finding new homes for beads and bits of broken jewellery so they don't get wasted or go into landfill. They (like all my earrings) have Sterling Silver earwires and are £6.50

Lastly, I made this lovely Hare charm bracelet featuring natural shell discs in shades of blue, cream and brown...I was thinking of a moon-gazing hare when I made it, so that's why I chose the colours I did. I made this with super strong jump rings and it looks great on. A lot of work and love went into making this! It can be yours for £15.00

Please contact me at if you are interested in any of these sparklies, or if you are interested in my Introduction to Jewellery Making class (see Classes tab at top of page). Thank you !!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Sunshine!! last!!

I've had a couple of days off from creating to get a few things done and get out and about in the sunshine that we have been craving for weeks now!

Yesterday, my partner and I did a 10 mile-round geocaching hike, discovering 13 caches in all, it was such a beautiful day, but I do ache this morning!!

I do have some cards I made on Thursday night which I will put up soon. This morning I am putting a few things together ready for my new role as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator - so exciting!!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Toadstool Happy Birthday!!

Here is the last of the cards I shall be posting today ~ and it features one of my fave things ever ~ toadstools!! Surely, no-one can resist a toadstool!?

This is another small, easy sentiments card; I have used bright colours and have finished it off with a rhinestone - it reads "happy birthday".. and is sooo cute!!!

It is available in a pack of four priced £8.00 including postage and packaging ~ perfect for all ages, especially those cheeky little pixie folk amongst us!!

Thank You

Here is a card I made to say "Thank You"

The VW Beetle stamp set is no longer available through Stampin' Up! but just shows what brilliant products they make!

I used the colour Poppy Parade to stamp the Beetle from the In Color 2010-2012 suite.. And added the sentiment "thank you" in Concord Crush from the same colour suite.

This card could be made quickly with very few craft supplies, it's small so saves on paper, and it really pops!!

A set of 4 of these cards costs £8.00 including postage and packaging. The sentiment could be changed to "Happy Birthday", "Happy Father's Day" or another sentiment ~ or in a different colour!

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions, wish to buy something from me or are interested in Stampin' Up! products

Thinking of You

This is another basic sentiments card I made today using Stampin' Up! products.

I wanted to make something simple that could be used with basic craft supplies, yet still have a strong message.

I used Pear Pizzazz from the In Colour 2010-2012 series to ink both the tree from Funky Four stamp set and the Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment that reads "thinking of you".

I used a corner punch to round off the edges giving the card a soft feel to it. I punch out the words with the Word Window Punch before mounting it onto foam pads.

This is perfect for sending to someone when you want them to know you are thinking of them but don't want to make a big fuss!! It could be made using any colour at all.

Get Well Wishes

Today I have been making some simple, easy, little cards with different sentiments on them.  I thought it would be nice to make a funky "Get Well Soon" card that didn't have the usual pink flowers on, making it fairly unisex.

I used Stampin' Up! products to make this card ~ Pear Pizzazz coloured paper from the Nursery Nest designer paper suite; stamps from the Fox and Friends set, and I used Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush and Peach Parfait Stampin' Pads from the In Color 2010-2012 colour scheme.

I will be becoming an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator soon (watch this space!!) whereby you'll be able to order these fantastic products from me. I'll soon be running Stampin' Up parties, scrapbooking courses and holding private lessons, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch!!

Cotton Tote bag

Did you all have a good weekend?? I hope so!
Here are the fruits of my labour from Friday's sewing sesh, as modelled by the very gorgeous Cate:

It took me a little longer to make this bag than I usually would, I was so excited at the prospect of having my sewing machine out again that I nearly forgot to sew the handles on!! 

This bag is perfect for folding up small and putting into your handbag to use as a shopping bag, stopping an accumulation of those horrid plastic bags! It would also make a perfect accessory for a summer outing ~  great bag for a festival, or day at the beach. It is made from cotton and is a bright (nearly turquoise) blue with white polkadots and has a beautiful green and blue crocheted motif. 

Handmade with love, by me in my little cottage studio, this bag costs £8.00 including postage and packaging. Please get in touch if you would like to purchase it or have any questions!

Friday, 4 May 2012


Well, I've got the sewing machine out today after what seems like forever!!! A period of illness and general busy-ness (aka LIFE!!) has prevented me from getting down to the bigger projects.

I'm really exicted!!

Unfortunately, I'm buzzing so much with excitement that I can't see a lot getting done. But that is the joy of crafting!!!

Keep watching ~  I will be posting an absolute ton of stuff in the next few weeks, there will be plenty of For-Sale items, too.

Hope you're all having a productive day!

Ben & Orit get married!

Some friends of mine are getting married this weekend, so I made them this card:

At the top features a stamp that reads "ain't love grand!" which I have coloured in using some special pens I have - in fact I have made this card using Stampin' Up! products only.
I used papers from the "Nursery Nest" designer papers suite and matching colours for the rest of the card to make it co-ordinate. I finished off this card with a little rhinestone by their names.

I punched a hole in the corner of the envelope and used a purple ribbon to secure it to a bottle of champagne:

As luck would have it, I have been told that purple is the colour they are using for their celebrations!!

Hope you have a wonderful day Ben and Orit, C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S !! 

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

VW Campervan curtains and cushions

Here you can see a set of camper curtains, with matching scatter cushions, which I made for the interior of a van last year.

The material is from there ever-fantastic Ikea; it is still available and has been for some time. It's 100% cotton so easy to work with, and is bright, bold and colourful - the sort of fabric I like working with best.

I made some additional curtains to seperate the interior of the camper from the cab. They join in the middle with velcro, making easy access to the cab; and they tie at the sides with matching beaded tie-backs:

I really enjoyed this project, and the bright fabric really gave some character and pop to an old blue van.

Have another van curtain project (mine!) in the pipeline, at the moment it's looking like I'll be going for a yellow, orange and monochrome theme. Off to Ikea I go!

Festy Bunting

This is a picture of some bunting I made last year to hang from a friend's awning whilst we were at the festival Sunrise Celebration - the bunting reads "Sunrise 2011".

I made these from coloured felt, some bias binding and some more felt for the letters, which I cut out and then sewed on with a machine.

Hoping I am going to have the time to make something for this year's celebration! Watch this space!! 

Good Luck Mum!

This card was made by me for my Mum as she was starting a new job.

I used a Pear Pizzazz theme using Stampin' Up! papers, stamps and ink; plus a rhinestone to finish off. She was very happy with it.