Friday, 25 December 2009

Happy Christmas to you all .............

................. and I hope that you have enjoyed your perfect Christmas Day whether surrounded by friends, family or just that special someone, as long as it was the sort of day you were hoping for with no undue pressure to strive for perfection - our day was relaxed, just the three of us - we are with friends tomorrow and then I go back to work on Sunday.

Speaking of work, I ordered bags of energy from Santa so I'm hoping for great things from here on in - no seriously, it is definitely getting better - I know my stamina levels are increasing. Although I have so missed catching up regularly with friends, blogging on here and crafting in general but I will be making realistic New Year resolutions which I shall do my utmost to keep - SU is still so much a part of any free time I have - I love it - and thank you for your support during the last year and particularly for the last couple of months while I have been finding my feet - you all make my crafting an absolute joy which never fails to make me smile and lift my spirits.

So I am wishing you all good health, prosperity and happiness thro'out 2010 and may nothing befall you that is beyond your capabilities and if you feel it is may you have the strength to rise to the challenge, succeed and note with pride your ability to cope with all that life throws your way - Bridgette xxx

Monday, 19 October 2009

Working Nine 'til Five .............................

If you love Dolly Parton you'll be humming that for the rest of the evening ...... sorry.
Now I have been busy with in-home demos but just not blogging - although I have been blog-hopping keeping up with what all my favourites in my sidebar have been doing - please take a peek, they are all so inspiring.
I have now become an 'outside the home' full time working girl, as we know every women is a working girl whether inside or outside the home - I am hoping that once I find my feet I shall be posting more regularly - I have a Hostess Party this Friday for Louise which I am looking forward to very much and have already started prepping for - I know, unheard of, but I have to become much more organised if the juggling balls are not to come crashing down on my head lol.
Thank you so much if you have kept visiting in the hope of an update and just like Arnie - I will be back - Bridgette

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Trio of Party Makes

I thought I would show you a little trio of party makes for a little girl - before I get truly caught up in the new catalogue.

Leo the Lion bookmark is made using a selection of punches and some flowers cut for the children by Crafty Lou - and the large teddy face is the large scallop circle sizzix die and then the flowerpot.
This card was made by the adults and the children and I think it was enjoyed - some of the non-crafters thoroughly enjoyed themselves - so I hope to see them again before too long.

Thanks for stopping by - I will bring you news of the launch and details of the Make & Takes on offer over the weekend.

Going, going, gone .......................

Over on Stampin' Up!'s site at you will find the Retiring List of stamp sets - these sets are not being featured in the new catalogue - some of my own favourites are going, and I shall miss them - so if you have a set on your wish list - pop across and check because you never know it may be up to 50% off - yes, 50% off - this type of reduction is unprecedented with a Retiring List so it definitely is worth checking - and SU have stated that it is an offer that may not be repeated next year when they reveal their Retiring List again.

If you find anything that you would like either find your nearest demo and they will be delighted to take your order or contact me on my email address in the sidebar and I will do my best to help.


Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Another project to share .......

Just a quick post to show you the inside of the Criss-Cross card we made at the Tuesday Craft Group - I think it would make a really lovely invitation card - wedding, birth announcment, birthday - lots of occasions really.

Thank you for stopping by - just to share with you that my birthday cards were beautiful and they will be appearing over the next few days - simply stunning - lots and lots of talented crafters amongst my lovely friends.


Sunday, 20 September 2009

Tuesday Craft Group Project ........

I thought I would show you the inside of the little fold out project that we completed - I feel sure I would have found this little guy on Splitcoast Stampers in the demo side but I honestly can't remember I search all over for project ideas - we only made it as a template for our sample boxes whilst in the group but it would be so easy to recreate it using papers more appropriate for the occasion ie Christmas ( yes, I have mentioned the word as many a crafter's mind is making plans for the festive season - mine included lol ).

I think this project would be perfect filled with photos to send to a loved one that you don't get to see as often as you would like, particularly if there are growing grandchildren involved - they could sign at the side of the photo - and I'm sure it would be treasured and looked at often.
The papers are Haiku and the stamp set used Carte Postale - sadly both retiring to make way for gorgeous new products - I shall be sorry to see the stamp set go, it's one of my favourites - but I am sure I shall be falling in love with the new ones - I am sooooooo fickle ( no only teasing, I'm not really ).
Thanking for stopping by - I'll have some party makes to show you next time.

Friday, 18 September 2009

Updates and our Crafty Tuesday M & T's .....

Well, it seems that whilst Debbie's first workshop may have been small it was beautifully formed - well, I wouldn't expect any less having seen the beautiful sample board she prepared - also keep up to date with her other offerings on Pink Poppy Craft in the sidebar.

Our own monthly meeting was really welcome, our first since the children had returned to school - we had met in the August but it was with our children to encourage them to craft too - all the projects are shown at the top and over the next few days I will put the other close up photos on as for some reason, known only to my blog, you can only see the first photo enlarged - I'm clearly doing something wrong but I'm not sure what just yet !!!!

For the projects I decided to showcase a few of the retiring items - do check out the post at the top just in case one of your favourites is being retired - remember these items will not be available after the 30th September - contact your local demo who will be happy to place an order for you or failing that contact myself and I will always do my best to help.

I've got lots of other projects to show you at the moment - so I shall be posting every couple of days with something different - please pop back if you can and thank you for stopping by on this occasion.

See you soon - Bridgette

Monday, 14 September 2009

Nearly a Birthday Girl ...........

In anticipation of the event my lovely crafting friends who I 'scrap' with gave me a surprise party - with balloons, presents and cake - I say it often, and mean it, I have some wonderful friends and I count myself very blessed.

Now they also know that anything they craft for me ends up being viewed by all on here - I love to share these beautiful items because as crafters we know how long it takes to make them and the thought and care that goes into such a gift.

So, this gorgeous book was made by Amanda ( there she is in the top left hand corner ) - and serves to remind me of all my friends - and I'm sorry if I look like the 'cat that's got the cream' on the front of the book but I'm wearing my SU apron and doing something I love doing: helping others fall in love with Stampin' Up! products. Today the village hall, tomorrow the world lol.

I'll photograph the projects we did for the Tuesday Craft Group on the 13th and show you those tomorrow - I'm just putting the finishing touches to projects for a Hostess Party tomorrow evening - and this evening sees the first home workshop for Debbie - Pink Poppy Craft in the sidebar - I shall be sending positives vibes to her although she has worked hard with her sample board and projects - I know it will be a success for her.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Crafty Lou's Workshop Sample Board

As I mentioned a couple of days ago - my sample board for the workshop was inspired by Lou - such a talented crafter and if you are in the Peterboro' area this Sunday drop into Sir Stampalot in the Werrington area and you will find her in person, demonstrating, and she will have the equally talented Chris with her - so a double treat.

As you will see I CASED the top right hand card completely but just used a different colourway - I like to do this as it often looks a completely different card - I'd like to try it in the bolder colourway too perhaps a Tempting Turquoise and Pixie Pink combination might be nice.

Still wading thro' my Sizzix dies and putting them on my ebay site - google Cherry Hill Crafts and I should come up as UK Ebay Shop, about the third entry ( don't quite know how I accomplished that !!) - you may find a bargain - or that illusive die you've been searching for - a lot of my collection is being listed.

Thank you for dropping by and keeping me on my toes.


Monday, 24 August 2009

Sample Board from the Workshop

Hello there - I've been busy going thro' all my Sizzix dies and popping them on my ebay site - I have kept a few basic shapes and one or two Sizzlits and now I just wait until it all appears in the SU catalogue - I know, I know, it's not going to be this year but never mind at least I'm 'lean and mean' lol for when we do finally get it - also it may give me more pennies to spend in the new catalogue - you see, method in my madness!!

If you remember I mentioned a sample board that I had prepared for the Fresh Cuts Workshop but, as yet I haven't got round to showing you what I did, these projects were inspired by Crafty Lou, I'll show you her board tomorrow and you will see what I mean - it's beautiful.

Here is my offering in So Saffron, Close to Cocoa and Always Artichoke and using the Fresh Cuts stamp set and the SU punches, petal and tag.

Thanks for looking I appreciate you dropping by.


Saturday, 15 August 2009

New Ribbon .......

Well, I finally managed to get my hands on some of the new ribbon from the promotion this month and delivered lots out to my fellow crafters who placed an order following the workshop on Saturday 8 August - but as yet I have not managed to create anything - so I will be working on that - my favourite of the two has to be the So Saffron colourway, I think.

As you know when I send out my orders I always like to include a little Thank You card and this time I decided to go a little brighter than I would normally - using a Pretty in Pink, Ballet Blue with a touch of Summer Sun colourway and the Office Accoutrements stamp set - the punches I used were the Spiral one as it worked nicely with the Memo stamp from the set together with the Round Tab, perfect for an extra little embellishment - as always my starting point looks nothing like the end product but I suppose that's why it's called a creative process.

Thank you for stopping by - I really must photograph and show you the sample boards from the workshop - I'll make a note for tomorrow - see you soon.


Thursday, 13 August 2009

Sara's card as promised ..........

Hello there - this is the gorgeous card that I mentioned to you yesterday that Sara sent thro' - it uses a stamp set that is still on my Wish List - Lovely as a Tree - and one of the stamps from the Hostess Level One set - Happiness Always.

I really love the detail of the subtle stamping using one of the leaf motifs as a background just to give interest to the cardstock - and you can just see this same detail repeated on the insert too - I hope Sara doesn't mind me sharing this with you but it has some lovely details that could be CASED for your own projects.

Sara's card takes the Stampin' Up motto to heart - Create, Inspire and Share - I love to show you cards that I receive from my friends particularly when no amount of arm twisting will get them to have their own blog lol and they are soooooooooooooooo talented.

More tomorrow - thank you for dropping by.


Wednesday, 12 August 2009

The missing card from the Workshop .....

In my last post I mentioned another card that was completed at the workshop - success, I have found the photo - sorry, I did have one, I just don't think I was thinking properly at the time - we won't go into that lol.

It was one from Crafty Lou's sample board, all the lovely autumnal shades again, but more detailed than the notelet cards - I, along with many others, admire Lou's work immensely - and while I am chatting about her I will mention that she is demonstrating at the end of the month at Sir Stampalot in Peterboro' along with fellow crafter, Chris - again I am surrounded by talented crafters, check out her blog in my sidebar - Always about Colour - so really a double treat for us as they sit side by side on Sunday 30 August - I definitely will be there - so please make a date in your diary, and I will do a reminder nearer the time on here.

I'll be posting tomorrow teatime as I have received a lovely card from my friend Sara - using the stamp set Lovely As A Tree - and I hope she won't mind me sharing it with you all but it is gorgeous - drop by tomorrow evening if you can and see what I mean.


Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Playing Catch-up .......

If you've been dropping by, thank you - and apologies that no new post - so I shall play catch-up and let you know what's been happening.

The first 3 hour workshop was on Saturday 8 August 2009 and as with all craft events it's about the people as well as the craft - and I have to say I have a lovely group of crafting friends - and on this occasion we welcomed some new crafters - so thank you to all those who attended - I am already looking forward to the 3 hour Christmas Workshop on Saturday 7 November 2009 - please watch the sidebar for further information - as, all being well- we will be using a gorgeous new Christmas stamp set from the new catalogue due out in October.

The top photo is of the individual place setting - the stamp set was Fresh Cuts from the mini - and the small selection of useful little gifts for everyone taking part: a cute book mark, some 'card candy' and a useful colour swatch chart ( this was first seen on Stampin' Pretty - check My Favourite Blogs - for further information ).

During the afternoon we made a small pizza-style box and four matching cards to fit inside, and also a further card which I will be able to show you tomorrow because for some strange reason I don't have a photo of it for may records - I will rectify that and let you see it.

The monthly Tuesday Craft Class today saw some super little crafters taking their places and producing some lovely examples - it was amazing how many times I heard - My Mummy's got that - Yes, my Mummy shows me - Yes, I like to craft with Mummy, etc - I am therefore delighted to report that the future of crafting is definitely in safe hands with Mummy lol.

See you soon


Thursday, 6 August 2009

Just playing with the Fresh Cuts .......

Hello there - just a super quick post to show you one of the cards I've been making with Fresh Cuts stamp set for my sample board - although my fellow crafters won't be making this one on Saturday it's always nice to see other examples.

Still busy prepping for Saturday but will show you more tomorrow - thank you for dropping by - it's much appreciated - have you noticed how near to 10,000 we are?


Tuesday, 4 August 2009

That photograph I was hoping for has arrived ......

Thank you to Kirsty and Sue for sending thro' the gorgeous photo of their girls and their completed Owl Notelets.

What a talented little group they are - they are all coming to 'Craft with Mummy' on Tuesday 11 August - it will be a fun morning.

This little owl notelet has proved a real 'hoot' - sorry, I promise that's the last time I will make that silly joke!!!

Owl be seein' you.


Sunday, 2 August 2009

Can you hear that sound? .........

No? I'll tell you - it's me laughing!!!!
This little card has ended up looking absolutely nothing like it was meant to - has that ever happened to you? Well, I thought I would let you see it anyway - you can share my 'pain' lol
If it is sending your eyes 'wappy' then I apologise - the background stamp went wonky and I'd already tried it on the other side in Rose Red - so it had to be used 'on the slosh' so to speak. Just don't like wasting cardstock.

I kinda like the little 'card candy' - it's cute, but hey - where was it taking me? You see, I had tried to break out of my simple 'offerings' to you for something a little more adventurous but look what you've ended up looking at!! That's right, my simple offering.

I'm still laughing, honestly, if only you could see my desk and the remnents of the cards that might have been.

Hope your not too disappointed and I've managed to make you smile at my efforts.


Owl Notelet Board

This is to help a very special group of little girls have a 'hoot' while crafting with their mummies - they know who they are and hopefully I will be able to show you the results very soon.

Have now decided on my card for today so will post a little later when I have had the chance to get into my 'happy space' and make it lol.

Don't forget to check out the promotion for August - remember you can always order together to get you to the qualifying spend and then divide the ribbon - shares are so much fun, a little for everyone!!


Saturday, 1 August 2009

Just a little Thank You card .....

Although it's late I thought I had better post this now because I shall be busy in the morning getting ready for a Scrapbook Get Together that I attend each month - if you love scrapbooking and live near Spalding please contact me and I will send you the details.
In my previous post I said that I would use A Rose is a Rose - and I have, although only in a small way - this is one of the smaller blooms to be found in the set - but I just wanted a small flower to peep thro' the window created with the 1 3/8"circle punch.
This aperture is then bordered with the scallop circle punch for added definition - it's really cute being able to see into the inside of the card - it must be a Play School moment - "What can we see thro' the round window, children?" - if you're old enough to remember lol.

I used my new background stamp En Francais to stamp in Bashful Blue, matching taffeta ribbon and cardstock - inked edges, using one of the sponge daubers, softens the overall effect.

The smaller rosebud is stamped in, not surprisingly, Rose Red, the background layer being achieved by making it the second image produced ie stamping off once onto waste paper and the overlay is the deeper first image - so a little tone on tone.

There is the little flower on the inside but also Thank You - from the fabulous Fresh Cuts stamp set - the script although not matching does compliment the large background stamp beautifully.

These cards will now be used to thank the ladies that ordered at Joyce's party and made it such a success for her.

Have a lovely weekend, whatever you're doing and thank you for stopping by.

PS Now that is spooky - bear in mind the time difference, and the fact that I posted at about 2.00am this morning and I am now adding this postscript at 8.00am - take a look at Chic n' Scratch, in my sidebar - and the layout of her card!! not a million miles away from the one I've just done last night - what a coincidence - although I have to say that the thought of polka dot ribbon is very appealing, fingers crossed for October and the new catalogue - and obviously great minds think alike lol - bye B xx

Friday, 31 July 2009

A New Addition to my Favourite Blog Roll ........ and Organic Grace

I have added a gorgeous new blog to the sidebar - A Passion for Craft - it's put together by Fleur, a very talented scrapbooker and cardmaker - if you have the time today please take a look and leave a comment to let her know you've passed by and put her on your own Favourite Blog list.
When I send out any Stampin' Up! items I always like to enclose a little card, this is my way of showing my appreciation for all the support I have received but it's also a nice way of introducing a stamp set to everyone - today's stamp set is Organic Grace - a Level One Hostess set.

The cards I make for these occasions are generally smaller, this one is just under 4" x 4" and the perfect size for a Thank You card.

The palette of colours used - Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke and Close to Cocoa - with Very Vanilla and Close to Cocoa cardstock together with a little Kraft taffeta ribbon.

The very versatile sentiment comes from another Level One Hostess set - Best Yet.

To find out more details click on the front cover of the main Idea Book and Catalogue in the righhand sidebar and have a look at pages 8 - 13 - it details the benefits of having a Hostess Party for yourself and your friends.

I'm busy working on projects for our first Saturday Workshop on August 8 but will have something to show you tomorrow - a two-step stamping item using A Rose is a Rose on p44 of the catalogue.


PS Don't forget Fleur's blog ........ and Louise's, oh, and Chris' and not to forget Debbie's, and of course, Sally's and my good friend Anne's - well, actually, every single one of them - they are all gorgeous and will inspire you - see you tomorrow.

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Joyce's Demo Card

I found this layout in the current Idea Book and Catalogue from the US - or it may have been the retiring catalogue - but Stampin' Up anyway - so I just tweaked it a little, changing the sentiment and image to suit myself and what I had available and adding a little Almost Amethyst cardstock - it just helped to lift the card for my eye lol.

The base card is Elegant Eggplant with Almost Amethyst, Close to Cocoa and Very Vanilla for the layers.

I used the Sanded background stamp on the Close to Cocoa and my main image comes from the stamp set Soft Summer to be found on the first page of the mini catalogue - you can see it by clicking on the mini catalogue front page in my side bar, to the right - pretty, isn't it?

The inks used were those that match the cardstock perfectly - Elegant Eggplant and Almost Amethyst - it's what's so lovely about Stampin' Up products: the fact it all matches.

My trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig helped me to align the images to give a shadowed effect and again to position the little sentiment - there are two in the set and I used the other on the envelope, just in the corner.

A little bit of Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon just gives a bit of zing and an additional dash of colour.

As I said in my previous post - not my usual colours but definitely my style - which tends to be quite simple, certainly not difficult to achieve but pretty all the same.

I have a little Thank You card ready to show you tomorrow, it highlights Organic Grace, one of the Hostess sets that really comes to life when stamped - it's magical.


Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Make and Take

The main photo is the Make and Take I prepared for Joyce's Hostess Party recently - it's a quick and simple little card using rollers and punches on Bashful Blue cardstock. It requires a simple matt of Mellow Moss on Whisper White which has been rolled with the It's Beautiful roller to be found on p46 - this perfectly matches the A Beautiful Thing stamp set which was used recently to make Fleur's Hostess Party Make and Take in June - see photo below.

The corners of the two matting pieces where then clipped using the 1/2" Circle punch.
A piece of Bashful Blue taffeta ribbon was then secured across the Whisper White piece, this was then layered onto the Mellow Moss. A simple knot was then tied using a piece of Bashful Blue and Mellow Moss ribbon.

The flower was created using the 5-Petal punch, together with one of the blossoms from the Boho Blossoms punch and the 1/2" Circle punch, all layered together and secured in position.

The final touch would be an appropriate sentiment for the occasion - in this case, Kind Thanks from the Thank You Kindly set to be found on p60. By using the Stamp-a-ma-jig this could easily and accurately be placed wherever you thought looked the nicest - it is such a useful little gadget.

I'll photograph the card I demonstrated after the Make and Take and show you that tomorrow - it uses an unusual colour combination for me, namely, Elegant Eggplant, Almost Amethyst, Close to Cocoa and Very Vanilla with a touch of Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon - do you see what I mean? - pop back tomorrow, if you have time, and have a look and see what you think to the colour combination.


Sunday, 19 July 2009

Now I'm playing catch-up ........

Whoosh ........ that was my last week flying by - so here I go with a few photos to help you see what I've been doing.

Lou's Hostess Party saw us creating those cute little owl notelet cards you all see us holding in the previous post - it was a fun party and the door prize - a Sale-a-bration Yummy Stamp Set was won by Avril - I've yet to photograph the Punch Out Board which gives a pictorial representation of the little guy - wow, that was a bit wordy wasn't it? - sorry.

The 14th was our Tuesday Craft Club - with the theme of Crazy for Cupcakes - the projects went down well - I was pleased with them - we just lost two of our number - Nicola very kindly stood in for someone at work and Tina became a grandmother when her daughter gave birth to a beautiful baby boy - many congratulation to all - he's a cutie, I had the privilege of seeing him on Saturday when I popped round with SU goodies for Tina.

The 16th saw myself and Lou at the High School in Spalding helping 20 Year 8 girls and 4 teachers produce a cute little handbag and four little notelet cards to go inside - the handbag was inspired by those produced by Becky Roberts - her blog Inking Idaho can be found in my side bar - I have purchased classes from her in the past - she is just amazing - if you have the time do take a look - you'll not be disappointed.

Wow, that's bought you quickly up to date - August is shaping up to be a good month with our first Saturday Workshop and a super class for our Tuesday Craft Group for both Mum/Gran/Nanny and children - and I am happy to report that the Tuesday group is once again full - thank you everyone for your support - it sounds mushy but I just love sharing Stampin' Up with everyone and I am so enjoying what I'm doing.

Please don't forget the change of venue from August onwards - check the sidebar.


Friday, 10 July 2009

We had a 'hoot' ...... at Lou's lol

.......sorry, I couldn't resist that - just a quick photo to let you see what we get up to when we all get together and share the fun of a Stampin' Up! party.
We made these cute little sticky note holders - with a gorgeous little owl on the front - he provided lots of giggles as 'eyebrows' and long ears were added to customise his appearance - he may even find his way onto a teacher's desk or two, or at least a version of him - he is perfect as a quick handcrafted gift and twice as nice if a matching card is added.
I will be giving more details tomorrow about the little holder but just thought you might enjoy seeing the photo first.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Make & Take inspired by Peterboro' Training .....

Hello again - just two little items to show you - as you know I attended a training session in Peterboro' on the 23rd June and we had a great time - the Make and Take inspired me to change its colour scheme and use it for the Make & Take at Fleur's Hostess Party on 26th June.

I simply used summery colours of So Saffron and Regal Rose with a touch of Confetti White on the pull-out tab card - I also added a sentiment in the bottom right-hand corner - all other aspects are from the original design from Stampin' Up!

The order is now here and ready to be delivered but I have made a little card to accompany their purchases and for those that don't already have one a little Cherry Hill Crafts Loyalty Card has been made and stamped with their purchases to date.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Swaps for Peterboro' Training Session ........

Well, it was a lovely evening in Peterboro' and definitely one of the perks of being an SU demo - lovely to meet everyone, indulge in some crafting, swap some cards and have a good time - I shall hopefully put to good use what I learnt this evening - it certainly reaffirms for me all the positive aspects of joining SU because there truly are no negative ones.

I took a few pictures of my basket of swaps before I left this evening with Chris - please take a peek at her new blog - in the favourites bar at the side - Always about Colour - she would be delighted to have your comments - her work is quite stunning.
Busy few days ahead of me so I shall hopefully find more time over the weekend to say 'Hello' again. I will look forward to sharing a few of the swaps I received this evening with you over the next few days.


Saturday, 20 June 2009

Fete News

Well, it's all done and dusted now - and it was such alot of fun and so relaxing - it was really lovely to sit next to Lou for several hours chatting to people about Stampin' Up, giving out details about the craft classes and the workshop we have planned for August, letting people see the products and more importantly have a play with them if they wanted to.

Everyone was very enthusiastic and loved the mini catalogue and we gave out the techinique booklet and details about the benefits of having a party - it really was all about getting the name known - we will definitely be doing some more events to keep casting the net wider and wider.

Now I have to confess I really do not like having my photograph taken - and I don't think Lou is much better than me - but well, I did say that I would take a photo and I actually took two and this is the better one - lovely of Lou, not so great of me lol.


Friday, 19 June 2009

It's tomorrow .........

...............and I could do with more time - but nevermind - just another very quick fete-make - this is actually the base of a card that we completed at one of the Tuesday Craft Classes - but I have just added a couple of Forest Friends stamps and I was naughty and cheated by using a Sizzix tree trunk - I love my Big Shot I just wish it was in our catalogue but I'm sure it will be in the future ...........I'll just have to be patient.

Well I shall let you know how the fete goes - let's hope the weather holds.


Thursday, 11 June 2009

A beautiful tag card by Lou!!

Don't you just love this? Me too - it's from my crafty friend Lou - remember the little mini notebook, uh huh, that's the one!!!

Lou is extremely talented and is amazingly supportive of my fledgling SU business, as are all my crafty friends, I can't thank them enough - thank you, thank you, thank you - Lou helps with the Tuesday craft class and, as you know, because I keep mentioning it so much, she and I are at St John's School Fete on 20 June hence the number of fete-makes lol.

I love this tag card using Close to Cocoa, Not Quite Navy and Ruby Red and the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set - for those that know the stamp set, have you noticed the clever use of the string from the balloon stamp ( minus balloon ) - on the envelope and the card - yep, that's what I thought - inspired.

I love the little stitch detailing to the navy square, and the distressed edge to the cupcake image together with the embossing detail - just lovely.

I'm now so excited as this is the stamp set that we shall be using for the July craft class on the 14th - it obviously has so many possibilities for us to explore - I can't wait - there are two places left so if you are tempted to join us please contact me - we are an extremely friendly group of crafters - so if you are a lone crafter please don't be worried about joining, you will be made to feel very welcome.