A fluttering of congratulations

Hi everyone!

Happy Friday! What are your plans for the weekend? I’m going to see a Podcast live on Sunday, the hosts are coming over from America and I’m getting stupidly excited about seeing them!

To add to the excitement of this week, the lady I’m secretary to in my day job has been successful in gaining a permanent contract. I’m so pleased for her, and it means I get to keep her yay! I wanted to make her a nice card to say congratulations in a more special way than via an email, so I decided to play with some new toys and new colours. I also mixed in some retiring favourites.


I’m sure we’re all guilty of purchasing something and then not using it, and I have to admit I did that with the “in this world” stamp set. I fell in love with the butterfly image and then never got round to using it, until now!

I am going to miss the butterfly framelits but how pretty is the new one? I can see this getting a lot of use!

I’m not sure what look I was going for with this card, but it turned out alright! Sometimes you just have to run away with an idea and see what happens!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Sam x

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Fresh Fig 1/2



Magical Unicorns!

Hi everyone!

Today I’m sharing a card using my FAVOURITE stamp set (which is retiring…boo!!), in fact I have a few more to share with you over forthcoming blog posts! 🙂

Anyone who knows me will know how obsessed I am with unicorns, so this stamp was the obvious choice for me when I was wanting to make a few cards ready to send out to friends and family. I decided to play about with the Stampin’ Up! Watercolour Pencils and created the mane by using Melon Mambo, Night of Navy, and Bermuda Bay. I the created the shading with Basic Grey (although slightly overdid it!).

The background was created by sponging Melon Mambo on to the card stock, ensuring that I started on a piece of grip paper first to remove any dark ink blotches. I then gradually extended the colour further up the card until I was happy with the end result.

The ‘One of a Kind’ colour was created using the Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Write Markers, by starting with the lightest colour and then quickly scribbling over with the two darker colours.

I hope you like today’s card.

Sam x

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Pootlers Design Team Week 1, December 2017


Hi everyone!

Thanks for coming over to view my project.  I’m incredibly honoured by Sam to allow me to take part in what will be the last month of the Design Team projects.

The stamp set she supplied this month has been on my wish list since I first saw it in Amsterdam at On Stage.


With the run up to Christmas firmly upon us I thought I’d start off with a gift box.  The stamps work perfectly for a crafty friend and associated gift, so I decided to gift myself the watercolour pencils… 😉


How amazing a colour is Lemon Lime Twist?! It just makes me happy!


I recently found a bargain sewing machine in a budget supermarket locally, meaning that I was able to stitch the ribbon together rather than glueing to make it stronger.


The pens were coloured using the blender pens, I love how many colouring options Stampin’ Up! now gives us, especially with the recent release of the Stampin’ Blends.


The sentiment is so accurate for crafty people like us, I know that I can’t go a day without being creative!

Speaking of unleashing creativity…I recently introduced my boyfriend to the wonders of crafting and boy is he taking to it like a duck to water! I think I’ll be hiding my Stampin’ Up! orders so he doesn’t use things before me!  Here are his first attempts (first ever card is on the left).


Thanks again for stopping by, I hope you’ll come back next week to see what other projects I’ve made.

Sam x

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Saturday Simply Sketched Challenge; June 2017

My Project 6-001

Hi everyone!

We decided to mix it up a bit this month and go for a colour challenge rather than a sketch, and the lovey Hannah gave us these to play around with…


I love that Hannah has pushed us out of our comfort zone with this one.  I knew straight away which stamp set I wanted to use, especially with Bushing Bride featuring…


Aren’t these pigs just the cutest! We saw them in Convention back in April and lets just say there was nearly a scuffle when it came to Prize Patrol!



I hope you like my project today.  Please do continue along the hop by clicking Previous to go to Sally, or forward to go to Angelina.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sam xx

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Pootlers Design Team December 2016 week 3 – My sweet friend

Hi everyone

Week 3 already! It’s flying by! Today’s card developed purely by fluke, I was messing around with some window sheets with the idea in my head of making the jar image but the background just happened by accident!  Don’t you just love happy accidents like that!


I think I’m slightly obsessed with the long leaved image! It’s so cute and works well on the corned of the card (hiding a mistake!!)


I think I’ll be using this sentiment on other cards in the future, I can see it working well with the ‘watercolour wings’ stamp set, what do you think?  In fact the whole set could work as a ‘butterfly garden’ theme – copyrighting that now! 😉


I hope you like this week’s project; I’d love to hear what your thoughts are of the Design Team’s projects so far, please do leave a comment.

Thanks for dropping by!

Sam x

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