Rooted in Nature – scrapbooking for Father’s Day

It has been the busiest year ever, and keeping up with my 14 month old son has left me less time than I would like, to share my crafting with you all! The brand new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue has been such a treat though, and I am just starting to play with all my beautiful new goodies! I have never been much of a scrap booker in the past, but with so many precious moments to capture with my family, I have decided to make a special effort this year, to scrap book whenever I can!

Recently it was Father’s Day in the UK, so it seemed like the perfect time to kick off my scrapbook album. This is a picture of my husband Ben and son Grayson in a photo shoot we did in the week following Grayson’s 1st birthday. He is never happier than when he is sitting on his daddy’s shoulders!!

I wanted to keep the theme neutral rather than flowery, so decided on the new Rooted in Nature Bundle. Oh my word, this Bundle is absolutely stunning!! The stamped images are just gorgeous with my favourite being the detailed leaves. Orange is my husband’s favourite colour, so I mounted the photo on a piece of pumpkin pie cardstock and went with coastal cabana, blackberry bliss, merry merlot and call me clover, for the background stamping. I added some pumpkin pie accents using Timeless Textures which remains a firm favourite of mine. The gold heat embossing and black die cuts add texture and dimension along with a more masculine vibe.  The ‘amazing’ was die cut using the Celebrate You thinlit dies, and the black patterned accent pieces were cut using the Flourish thinlits dies.

Just love how it all came together. I’ve also realised scrapbooking is a great way to combine and showcase different stamp sets easily, so am looking forward to sharing more of this with you in the coming months xx


Country Livin’

Though I studied the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue for weeks (and I do mean studied 😂), somehow I still managed to miss the very cool Country Livin’ stamp set. I only noticed it when I saw some of the gorgeous creations that had been made using this set on the wonderful Stampin’ Cafe’s Facebook page, and immediately I knew I would be adding it to my next order!  The boots look very similar to a pair of Ugg boots I recently purchased so probably another reason this stamp set was calling out to me!  Here’s the card I came up with.

This card is a great example of how well Stampin’ Up!’s stamp sets coordinate together.  I started by stamping my textured border in stamped off crumb cake ink, using the brilliant Timeless Textures stamp set.  This set is such a must have!   Next, I stamped my boots image from Country Livin’ in soft suede on shimmery white cardstock, before watercolouring them in, also in soft suede ink.  I fussy cut my boots out and adhered them to my whisper white card front with dimensionals.  Next, I stamped my flower images in versamark using  Timeless Love stamp set, before heat embossing my flowers using copper embossing powder.

Once set, I watercoloured two sets of flowers in flirty flamingo, sweet sugarplum and peekaboo peach,  and two sets in pool party, wisteria wonder and rose red.  I then painted the flower centres in crushed curry and the leaves in pear pizzazz.  The sentiment was created using the Labeler Alphabet Set, which again I stamped in versamark and heat embossed in copper, before cutting each letter out.  I then wrapped some burlap ribbon around the bottom of the card, adhered my flowers around the boots using snail adhesive and my words using glue dots.  Finally, I attached my card front to a whisper white mat, and adhered this to a crumb cake card base.  Such a different style for me, but I love the way it turned out.  What do you think? Post me a comment and let me know xx

A Nice Cuppa….

A friend asked me to create a special card for her mum’s 80th birthday. Here’s what I came up with.


A Nice Cuppa is retiring at the end of May so there are only a few weeks left to buy this lovely set.  I started by stamping my teacup onto crumb cake cardstock and cut this out using my big shot & the matching Cups & Kettles Framelits Dies.  I wanted to go for soft colours so stamped the flowers from Everything Eleanor directly onto my whisper white cardstock in mint macaron, wisteria wonder, pink pirouette & Bermuda bay. I also added a few flowers in rich razzleberry for contrast.  I stamped a couple of tea stain rings for interest in the background from Timeless Textures and added a strip of pink pirouette ribbon and silver ribbon across the card. Finally I adhered the cut out teacup over the ribbon so that the teacup looks like it is holding the flowers and added a couple of cut out flowers in wisteria wonder around the sides of the teacup on dimensionals.  My sentiment is a sneak peek from the brand new Thoughful Banners stamp set which will be in the new catalogue and I cut the banner out by hand. The 80 was cut from silver foil cardstock using the brilliant Large Numbers Framelits Dies (can’t tell you how handy these are!) and finally I embellished with some pearls on the card and the teacup.  I finished by mounting my card front (5″ x 5″) to crumb cake (5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″) and a wisteria wonder card base (11″ x 11″, scored in half).  The colours and design of card are quite unusual for me as they are beautifully soft, but I think they’re well suited to the occasion – just hope the recipient loves it – 80 is quite the milestone!! 8️⃣0️⃣ 🎂🍾

Picture Perfect Hummingbird

Morning everyone! So in a previous blog I showcased the gorgeous starfish stamp from this ‘picture perfect’ stamp set. Today I want to focus on the stunning hummingbird image. This is a four step photopolymer stamp and the detail you can achieve on the bird is just amazing! I stamped my bird image in pear pizzazz, garden green, pumpkin pie on & island indigo. The card stock was crumb cake layered beneath cajun craze and whisper white. I stamped my roses in pumpkin pie and Cajun craze and created the background texture from ‘timeless textures’ in crumb cake  with a few cajun craze accents here and there! The grid pattern behind the bird was stamped in soft sky for contrast, and I finished my card off with some metallic silver thread and a few rhinestones. I popped my bird and a couple of roses up on dimensionals to create some depth and finished by silver embossing my sentiment from the hostess set ‘Happy Birthday Everyone’. I’ve played with this stamp set a lot but never used these colours before. Whilst completely unexpected, I think the colours are very rich and striking. The possibilities are endless with this beautiful hummingbird – looking forward to creating some different looks with this beautiful stamp set ❤️❤️❤️

Nuts about you

So, this weekend my husband is away with friends. I thought it would be the perfect time to catch up on some well needed crafting relief!! The strange thing was when I started to craft I realised I was missing him and so decided to make my card for him. How soppy am I? He was only away for the weekend!!  Anyway this was what I came up with:

I used ‘Acorny thank you’ – I just adore this stamp set and matching acorn punch. I used a crumb cake card base layered with always artichoke and stamped my acorns with tip top taupe, rich razzleberry, rose red and the ‘nuts about you’ one was stamped in cajun craze. My leaves were stamped from ‘kinda eclectic’ in always artichoke and I stamped ‘off’ a few times to create the different shades of green. I then randomly stamped some images from ‘timeless textures’ in tip top taupe to create some background interest and stamped my hearts from ‘chalk lines’ in crumb cake. I gold heat embossed my ‘splats’ from perpetual birthday calendar for an added wow and embellished with a little gold foil doillie to offset my main acorn, and a gold basic button tied with linen thread in the opposite corner and voila! Just love this card, let’s hope hubby does too! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️