Saturday, April 28, 2012

Punch Soup becomes a pretty card.

Morning again, Hopefully it wont rain today i am sure that as soon as we was told of the hosepipe ban that is all that it has done!  I don’t mind the rain because i know that we need it but the wind, now that i could do without!
So.. yesterday i told you about my punch soup, well here i will show you one of the wDSC01854-001ays that i use them.  A couple of weeks ago i went along to a training day in Peterborough hosted by Monica and Bekka and of course any get together means swaps! but Monica set a theme that seemed tricky to begin with.  The theme was ‘yellow’ now i don’t know about you but i rarely use yellow so i really really struggled with what to do for them.  So after trying so many different idea that i was not entirely happy with an idea struck me. 

So here is my swap using my ‘punch soup’
I stamped the blossom stamp from the Easter Blossoms set {Spring Mini} in Soft Suede then i set to shaping the little flowers. i started doing this on the palm of my hand but it soon started to hurt so after trying different ideas i fell on the idea of using a clean cosmetic sponge.
  I shaped them using a new tool that is coming in the New Summer Mini Catty which is due out on May 1st 2012!
I used the Simply Scored Stylus head to shape the flowers just by rubbing the middle of the flower this causes the petals to raise up and form this blossom shape.
As you can see i used all types of paper and card stock i quite like how all the different types sit well together. I picked them mostly randomly making sure that i had at least 3 yellow flowers on each one.
Finished off with a stamped greeting from the same set in a scallop oval made using the punches with a little flower with a pearl in the centre.

To make things easier once i had shaped the flowers i sorted them into colours and found that the best place to store them was an ice cube tray.

I store all of this in an empty Xerox box lid, as you can see this houses my punched bits any bits and pieces that i have stamped and have not made it to a project yet and spares from other projects.
I made 56 of these card fronts and what i had left over from the training day i mounted onto cards to keep for next Easter so i am ahead already lol :)
{Products used all SU: Whisper White Card Stock; Easter Blossoms Stamp set; Itty Bitty Shapes Punches –set of three-; Scallop Oval Punch; Large Oval Punch; scraps of card stock and designer papers}

Until Next Time

Friday, April 27, 2012

Punch Soup

Hello again! Ooo get me two days in a row! lol I'll let you in on a secret…. i scheduled this yesterday lol scheduling is a busy bloggers best friend (if it works of course!) I have mentioned a few times my ‘Punch Soup’ and have been asked what it is a few times so i thought i would take the time to explain for you.DSC01852-001
Once in a while usually when Mr.C is watching football i will grab my box of scraps and i punch out scallop ovals and bunting with the pennants punch, but i noticed that there was still loads of space left on these scraps of paper and card once i had punched them so i thought hand on i can get my moneys worth by re-punching them with the flower from the Itty bitty Punches.  And because it uses so many different papers and card that it reminds me of soup where i throw everything in and hope for the best.

DSC01853-001Here is my ‘Punch Soup’ i love it looking all pretty in the poly bag these were scraps from mostly the Subtles colour family as they’re my favourite colour family.

I find that this way i tend to use up my scraps rather than them sitting in a box forgotten about.

Pop back tomorrow and I’ll show you what i did with them.
Until Next Time

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Hello i am so behind with blogging so i am going to attempt to catch up as life just got in the way and then i got bloggers block! BUT i have been  crafting so there is plenty to show you, starting with March’s paper craft class which was based on Cupcakes!

We made two cards and a pillow box gift box using the Create a Cupcake stamp set and matching builder punch, these are only available until the 30th of April as they’re from the Spring Mini so if you NEED them then you best get your order in asap as we don’t know if they will be back again.



And so on to the class;

Here they are all grouped together i like to display the night’s projects on a cake stand just because they look pretty and i have a ‘thing’ for cake stands lol! i think i own at least five now!

The Colour scheme was Crumb Cake, Rose Red and Pink Pirouette, with Whisper White.


I love how the builder punch makes it so much quicker to get these cards done no fiddly cutting out.





And here’s a close up for you.

You can see that on the simple card and the pillow boxes i popped a tiny pearl on the cherries – these caused tons of problems for the ladies as they kept flying across the room! lol



Don’t forget that the current Spring mini finishes on the 30th of April 2012 and all products from the mini will be unavailable to order after that, and we don’t know if they will return to us in the main catty in October yet, so if there is anything that you need  then email me today to get your order in :)

{Products used all SU: Crumb Cake, Rose Red, Whisper White, and Confetti White Card Stock; Stampin’ Spots Subtles and Neutrals; Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon; Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack in Subtles – Rose Red and Pink Pirouette; Create a Cupcake Stamp Set; Cupcake Builder Punch; 2-3/8” Scallop Circle Punch; Big Shot Pillow Box Die; Pearls} 


If you would like any products used to produce this project then please contact me

Until Next Time



Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WOYWW? April 25th 2012

Morning World just a quick post from me today as have tons of blogging to catch up on it seems my blog block is over and i can do it again lol so pop back later for some of my ramblings on punch soup. :)



Not a lot going on really had a massive scrapbooking sesh on Saturday and Sunday i was in the zone did 4 12x12 layouts and 6 double page 6x6 ones

The union jack layout was designed by Monica Gale for our last team training in April.  New photo of my little girls up on the wall and new baby scrapbook for little H started on Saturday {finally as she’s nearly two!}  Mr.C had obviously only just emptied my pop up bin as i always fold it down and he leaves it plonked in middle of desk.  Have a few punches to put away from a morning stamp sesh with my lovely friend Natalie, who i have recently got hooked on SU and all things craft ;)  The Kilner jar has just been emptied of popcorn kernals so now can be repurposed for storing my great nans button collection which passed to me when she sadly left us in January.



Until Next time



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

WOYWW?? April 18th 2012

Morning all!!  It is very windy and rainy here in Saffron Walden i am already toying with the idea of lighting the fire and its not even 8 am!!


So here is my desk this morning bit messy the ice cube tray holds some of my ‘punch soup’ I'll tell you more about that another day, then there are the very pretty SU You are loved stamp set that i am using lots atm as it retires at the end of the month and i want to use it as its so pretty. My phone and purse seem to have ended up resting there as i was putting an order for more stash in last night for me and my newly addicted friend Natalie :) and then my note book and diary hopefully there’ll be more crafting happening later.  By this time last Friday i had made 25 cards o the benefit of Easter holidays and having no school run :)



Some people asked last week where i keep my stamps?  Well here they are up on a shelf above my desk (although i do have a box of retired SU stamps that i love under my desk) this is a vey tiny collection compared to what i had before my little H was born.  I used to have a walk in cupboard that many people had tried to convince me to change into a downstairs loo, full of stamps, when we moved Mr.C decided to start counting as we packed up and he gave up at 4000 with 3 boxes full still to go!!  I have since sold all of them as they were sitting unloved for the best part of a year although i couldn’t bear to part with my Penny Black collection i had started at the age of 8!! so they’re packed safely away under my bed i might give them an airing soon team them up with some of my SU card stock and Markers.



Until Next time


Charlie.x x

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

WOYWW?? April 11th 2012

Hello! Not much on my desk this week partly cos we had a massive change around in the living room yesterday, so my desk is uber tidy today not powered up yet and 10cm missing off the desk to make it fit, but at least we have masses more space now in the rest of the room



So here it is in situ on the other side of the room all tidy and organised for now, it will be messed up later as i have a friend coming over for a play date as we are both child free today {well me mostly i still have the littlest one but she’s easy}

Until next time