My Little Pad

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

40th Birthday Card

Here is the birthday card I made for a fellow crafting friend called Sharon.
Details of what I used to make the card are on my Stampin' Up! blog here.

It is her 40th Birthday today and to celebrate she has some blog candy on her blog.

You can wish her a happy birthday and visit her here.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

New Stampers 10 club starting soon....

Being in a Stampers 10 group is such a great way to build up your Stampin' Up! collection, spread the costs and BENEFIT as a hostess without having an actual party.

Join my new group which starts in October and you will receive a copy of the NEW catalogue which will have new hostess sets to choose from!!!

If you are intersted in joining my Stampers 10 Club then contact me.
Click on poster for detailed image

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Stampin' Up! Craft and Stamp Camp

Fiona and I are delighted to announce the date for our first Craft and Stamp Camp on Saturday 4th September 2010 in Fraserburgh.

I hope you can join us for a day filled with creativity and fun!
Contact me or Fiona to book your place.

Hope to see you there...x

Click on poster for a detailed image.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Colour Combo Special Offer

See here for a great offer I have put together to coincide with the Stampin' Up! New Colour blog hop.

New Colours Blog Hop

Join me at my other blog here for a blog hop!!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Heritage Layouts

Whilst looking through the stored photos on my PC for upgrading my sidebar galleries I came across a few layouts that I made for the album my sisters and I gave to our mum for her 60th birthday.

I find heritage photos very difficult to scrap as I am naturally drawn towards bright colours. In most of them the layout and embellishments were kept very simple.

The baby in this photo is my granny and she is standing at the right hand side of the photo below this one.

I am the baby in this photo.

The layout of my grandparents wedding was a scraplift of an earlier layout I made of my two boys titled Boys Can Be Angels Too.

My mum and her sister

Two separate layouts of my parent's wedding.

The double LO of Graceland was a scraplift of a LO I saw on the two peas gallery. I will find the original and come back with a link.

Thanks for looking

Monday, May 03, 2010


Here are some layouts that I made whilst at the Elgin craft weekend back in March. I have still to add photos of our weekend away! Something else on the "to do" list LOL

Meeting Donald
Papers used are Lemongrass by Crate Paper
Letters are Papermania

Papers used are Jillybean Soup (I think, could be October Afternoon or something else I will check).

The small dotty paper is Prima Marketing.

Flowers made by drawing circles freehand which were cut out, crushed, inked then held together with a brad near the centre.

Summer Rain
Papers are Rusty Pickle
Hidden photos behind the main photo.

Thanks for looking

Saturday, May 01, 2010


I am now a Stampin Up Demonstrator!

Yes I finally took the plunge! Better late than never!!

I have a new blog for Stampin' Up! news and will keep this blog primarily for personal use.

You can find my new blog THE INK PAD here.

Mystery Kit Layout

As part of the UKS Monopoly Cybercrop I purchased a mystery kit from Indigo Mills who supplied the Top Hats kits.
It is always nervy opening the box as you never know what is going to be inside but I was delighted with the contents! Stephanie had selected items based on the theme "Tea at Park Lane"

Here is the layout I created.

I used a lot of the papers in the kit but had to use them carefully so that I could get full use of them. I removed any paper that was behind a layer unseen so that I could utilise it elsewhere on the kit.

I hand cut the shaped paper from the pale blue and cream checked paper. The back of this paper was cream with a small patterned piece in the centre so I used that for the title letters which I then doddled with black pen. The letters were cut using the Cricut (Plantin Schoolbook and Zooballoo).

In the middle of the red polka dot framed paper was a deep red plain section which I used for stamping a Blonde Moments heart on to with black ink which I then filled with glossy accents and raised on the LO with foam dots.

Thanks for looking.


Friday, April 30, 2010

Pall Mall and Property Ladder

Two more classes that I did at last weekend's UKS cybercrop were Pall Mall by Angela from Angel Crafts and the Property Ladder by Di Oliver who owns Tando.
Both projects use Tando chipboard and of course I just love Tando chippie!!

Pall Mall
I bought the kit from Angel Crafts for doing her class and followed it exactly.
I just adore the finished wreath. I have had my eye on buying these for a while so am just delighted with it.

Property Ladder
Di's house is absolutely fantastic and she very cleverly created a hidden mini concertina album inside it. I also love how she used the swing from the tree as a handle for accessing the album. Her one can be found here.

I decided that as I have so many lovely halloween papers that I would use them on this project. I can't stroke the papers forever and by using them on a home decor project they can be admired for a lot longer than in an album LOL

Papers and Die cuts are all My Minds Eye from the Boo To You collection.

I painted the house inside and out in black acrylic paint then I sprayed with a pearl mister that was made using one drop of Distress Ink reinker (Broken China), water and Blonde Moments pearl pigments (Jay's Champagne).

The roof was painted in lettuce Adirondack Dabber then stamped with a Stampin Up polka dot stamp. The scallop trim was punched with a Stampin Up border punch.

I filled the mini album with photographs taken when we went to Mickeys-Not-So-Scary-Halloween-Party in Florida last October and also from Hallowen at home.

My one can also be seen on the Tando Creative blog here.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bow Street and Angel Islington

Two classes that I did at the recent cybercrop on UKS were Bow Street by Gertie and Angel Islington by Angie

I thoroughly enjoyed both classes so thanks to both designers for creating fab classes. I was thrilled when Gertie picked my layout as the winner for her class too - that was totally unexpected.

Here are my layouts.

Bow Street
Papers used are mainly October Afternoon.
Die cuts are October Afternoon.
The Lucky rub-on is by Rhonna Farrer.
The Cherish stamp is Creative Cafe.

Angel Islington
Papers used are Scenic Route and Bo Bunny.
CS is Kraft.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Monopoly Cybercrop

This weekend was cybercrop weekend over on UK Scrappers and as usual I had a great time. I especially liked that so many of my fellow Scottish friends took part too - it was fun having the banter between classes.

My canvas class Mayfair, was well received and I was thrilled that so many took part especially as it was the last class (last street on the board LOL) and that it was a time consuming class.

I will be back later with photos of the classes that I took part in but for now here is my class and instructions.

A PDF fle with instructions can be downloaded from UKS here.

Thanks for looking

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

How Could I forget.....?

Can't believe that in yesterday's post I forgot to mention that in the midle of March I organised a small weekend retreat in Elgin, Scotland!

Like last year it was fabulous, great company, loads of laughs as well as plenty eating, drinking, chatting with some crafting too.

I will be back later with photographs.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Who Pinched March??

Oh my goodness March has just whizzed past in the blink of an eye! I have been overwhelmingly busy and am hoping that April is much calmer and slower paced!!

The main thing that has occupied my time in March is that my husband and I have decided to build a new house at the edge of our town. We have chosen a plot of ground that we like and have almost picked a house design. I will update my blog once I have new news.

Yesterday I came back from a week's holiday in Tunisia which was amazing. We had a very relaxing and wonderful week and came home last night. I am still feeling "floaty" today as it usually takes me a couple of days to get back in to a routine etc. Lots of washing to dry and typically it is raining!

Just before I went on holiday I was invited by Scrappy Bunny over on UK Scrappers if I would design a class for the upcoming Monopoly cybercrop. Time was very tight for me as it left me three evenings to design, make and photograph it as well as write out the instructions, supply list etc but I managed it!! I am overwhelmed at being asked, excited but also very nervous too! I hope that peeps like it.

The April challange for Vanilla Sugar went live whilst I was on holiday too. The theme for April is Birds and Birdhouses.

I made a gift box for holding Easter treats in the shape of a birdhouse. It is approximately 13cm high and 11cm wide with a depth of 4cm. It is made from cardstock which I stamped (base) and embossed (roof) in a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The window was punched using a circle punch and then acetate was added inside to stop the eggs from falling out. The front was decorated with a Prima paper bird, ribbon and a sentiment. This is a quick and easy gift box that I am sure will be appreciated by the recipient.

I am having to work from my laptop just now as the main PC is getting upgraded however when I get it back I will scan the template I made for the birdhouse and upload too.

Oh and very sheepishly I have to admit that I failed miserably with keeping up with the month of March for the 365day art journalling challenge. I think I did about 7 days but I didn't make the background either. I did however do February's but I have not photographed them yet. Hopefully I can pick up in April and I might just do a summary for the month of March seeing as there was so much to write about too!!

Monday, March 01, 2010

Vanilla Sugar March Challenge

The challenge for March over on the Vanilla Sugar, Sweetly Handmade blog is to create a Fabric Mini Album. Do pop over and see what all the design team have made, the albums are so different and are all beautiful. I hope that lots of people are inspired to take part in this challenge.

Here is my design team entry.

To make the minibook I cut pieces of chipboard 5" x 5" and covered them with squares of fabric. I sewed very close to the chipboard edges with a running stitch and then used a pinking shears to trim around the edges. To make the circular pages I used old CDs and covered them with fabric in the same way that I did the square pages.

I used 8mm eyelet and washers, purchased from a haberdashery store to reinforce the holes. The whole album was then bound with three book rings and adorned with a lush assortment of bright ribbons.

The mini book shows photos of us at Florida last October, I used tacky glue to fix them in place as DST and Herma won't stick to fabric. The assortment of stickers are by 7 gypsies and the die cuts and journalling cards are by October Afternoon.

The inside of the book.

Thanks for looking.