Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Guitar Card

Hello bloggists, and welcome to my blog!

Today I've taken inspiration from a card I saw in a magazine.  It caught my eye because I used to play guitar, and I also thought it would be a good card for anyone who enjoys music, so I've done my best to re-create it using Stampin' Up! supplies.  

It's not long now before the new catalogue goes live and so I'm teasing you - just a little bit - with something that you'll be able to get very,very soon.  See the decorative ring at the centre of the card?  It's from a die set called Merry Tags.  If you've shopped with me this year I'll be sending you a catalogue as a matter of course.  If you have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, get in touch with them for your copy - but if not and you're based in the UK, please email me (keren@tuppencecoloured.co.uk) with your address and I'll get a copy to you.

Here's how I made the card - 

Thanks for visiting - I'll be back again soon, hope you will be!

Crafty Hugs,


Saturday, 27 August 2016

From Land to Sea

Hello bloggists, and welcome to my blog.  Not long now before the Autumn/Winter catalogue  opens for business, and I'm going to be busy sending out copies to my customers.  Don't forget to ask your SU demo for a copy - or if you don't have a demo,  let me know (if you're in the UK) and I'll get copy to you as long as you tell me where to send it!

Before we bet all caught up in the lusciousness that is to come, and before we say goodbye to summer (did we even say hello?  doesn't feel like it!)  I've been playing with some of the lovelies in the Annual catalogue.

I  thought I'd make something that wasn't a card or a box just for a change.

I love the versatility of rubber stamps.  With the right ink you can stamp on just about anything.  I love this stamp set as well.  I'm a sucker for anything with a seaside theme;  I live on the coast (the beach is at the end of the street and I can watch the ships got up and down the Bristol Channel from my living room window).  My husband's father was a Shipping Agent and OH used to get taken down to the docks to "help" his dad from time to time so the sea and shipping were big influences on him.  I grew up in the South Wales Valleys so I fully appreciate how lucky I am to live where we do.

Anyway, enough rambling.  I've been making items of home decor, and here's how it went.

Hope you like it - and maybe give it a try! 

See you soon,

Crafty Hugs,


Thursday, 25 August 2016

Pootlers Design Team- Lovely Stitching Week 4

Hello bloggists, and thank you for stopping by.
Can you believe it?  The final week of my stint as part of the Pootlers Design Team.   Wow! That’s gone so fast!

I’ve made no secret of the fact that the Lovely Stitching set wasn’t at the top of my wish list, and I had a moment of panic when I saw what we’d been asked to use, followed by total crafter's block.  However, I have found that needing to produce SOMETHING by a particular date is a great way of getting me going and after four weeks I think I've got to grips with it.

Today's card has a surprise inside - it's a pop - up!

This kind of pop-up is one of the easiest to make.  It's called a V-fold (because the bit that makes the pop-up happen is folded in the shape of a V.  One thing that you need to be careful of when making this sort of pop-up is that it doesn't show when the card is closed, so the V needs to be set high enough up on the folded card.  I think I was overly cautious when designing this card though - I could probably have placed my pop-up a bit lower down.  If you look up my YouTube channel you can find the tutorial I made.

And that's it from me for the Pootler's design team.  I've enjoyed my turn, but next week four new team-mates will be showing what they can do with a new set of stamps.  Thank you very much for stopping by!

Crafty Hugs,


Saturday, 20 August 2016

Spiral Stars

Hi bloggists, and thank you for visiting my blog.
Today’s card has a surprise when it’s opened .

It took me an awfully long time to finish this card, believe it or not.  I just couldn’t get a colour combination that I liked.

My comfort zone is vintage, distressed, and shabby chic or steampunk so using bright primary colours and bold shapes was a real challenge.  I liked the way it turned out though.
I hope you do too!
Here’s how it went together.

See you soon!
Crafty Hugs,


Thursday, 18 August 2016

Pootlers Design Team - Lovely Stitching Week 3

Hello bloggists, thanks for visiting.

Wow, week three of my stint as part of the Pootlers Design Team already - how time does fly!

I'm having so much fun playing with this stamp set!  It reminds me of  being a child learning to embroider.  Knitting and embroidery were the first crafts I learned.  When I was a child it was considered perfectly acceptable to teach girls how to do needlework.  I wasn't too keen on knitting - I didn't really begin to enjoy it until I was much older - but I did like embroidery.

Here's the card.

The wonderful thing about photopolymer is that you can see where you're stamping, so building patterns is a breeze.  

I hope you like it and if so, you'll think about adding this stamp set to your stash.

Thanks for joining me and I hope you'll come back again soon.

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Thoughtful Branches

Hello bloggists, and thank you for stopping by.

It’s hard to get your head around the fact that this is the last full week of August, which means that the Thoughtful Branches bundle will soon be withdrawn from sale (that’s if there are any left) – so if you’ve been dithering about getting this set, dither no more!

I’ve had a really good time playing with this set and I’ve spotted LOTS of fab ideas by other Stampin’ Up! fans that I want to try out so I will definitely be making lots of use of them, even though I won’t be demonstrating them after the end of the month.

Just to change it up a bit, today I’ve made a piece of home decor.
The inspiration for this picture came from something I saw on Facebook. I did get very inky making this but it was lots of fun.  Here's the tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I'll see you again soon.

Crafty Hugs,


Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

Hello bloggists and thank you for visiting.

As I’m writing this, the sun has finally decided to come out to play and it’s a beautiful summer day.
I don’t know what the weather will be like when you read this, but just for now, it’s lovely and sunny.  Just the weather, in fact, for a long, cool glass of lemonade. 

Isn’t this background paper from the Fresh Fruit DSP stack so sunshiny and summery? 

Just for once, I wanted to make a card that didn’t need a lot of kit – just paper, ink and stamps as well as a few basic tools.  I did use the Triple Banner punch – but I could have trimmed the ends of the banner with my snips if I hadn’t had it handy.

Here's the tutorial -

I hope you enjoyed!

See you again soon,

Crafty Hugs,


Saturday, 13 August 2016

Shooting Star Card

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog.

Well, I survived another live stream and so did the camera tripod!  

While I get very nervous before every live stream, I do enjoy them once I’ve got going and I really enjoy the chat – so perhaps I’ll carry on with them after the six that I promised to do.  Maybe. Possibly.  I am planning a rose/flower workshop (by popular demand!) so look out for that!

I promised that today's blog would feature an action card, and so it does - it's a circle spinner card.

I've made this kind of card before using a plastic template;  it's SOOOOO much easier using dies to cut the circles.  And check out the background paper, made with the Superstar stamps-

This card, I didn't realise that I would be posting it just after a meteor shower.
It's almost as if it was planned! 

I hope you enjoyed this project.  Do join me again, won't you?

See you soon! crafty hugs, 


Thursday, 11 August 2016

Pootlers Design Team - Lovely Stitching Week 2

Hello bloggists, and thank you for visiting.

Well, my second week as part of the  Pootlers Design Team and Lovely Stitching is growing on me, figuratively speaking. Today I've used some of the stamps to decorate  a little gift box.

I used Soft Sky card and made the roses on top from Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon.   The base of the box is stamped all over and the lid has a border stamp all along the edge.  It was really easy to do because the stamps are photopolymer - which means see-through.  

I CASE'd the box - which is made using the Gift Bag Punch Board - from Claudia Christensen.  There'll be a tutorial on my YouTube channel soon, but meanwhile here are the measurements I used -

Thanks for visiting - come back again soon!

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Owl at Sea

Hello bloggists, thank you for stopping by today.
I’ve been playing with the Owl Builder punch and having so much fun.  This is such a versatile punch.  With a bit of ingenuity the little owl can be made into all sorts of characters – I’ve seen ghosts, bats. Minions, penguins – a quick search on Pinterest brings up lots and lots of ideas.  Today, though, I’ve played it straight and just punched out two of them to sit in the umbrella.  I hope they aren’t subject to seasickness, because the umbrella rocks from side to side when the card is tilted.  I thought the "Weather Together" stamp & die bundle was just perfect for this card.

Here's how I made it - 
I do enjoy making action cards -and I hope you do too!

Crafty Hugs,


Saturday, 6 August 2016

Autumn Leaves

Hello bloggists, welcome to my blog.
Today I'm sharing a card made with the Thoughtful Branches bundle

The background is made using a faux batik technique. I studied textiles during my college days, and I have to tell you that this technique is much quicker and easier than real batik, where you paint the surface of fabric with wax and then dye it, let it dry - then repeat...

Here's how I made my card.

Aren't these stamps and dies fantastic?  Don't forget, you can only purchase them during August 2016, so if you love them, don't wait - get ordering!

That's it for today!
See you soon? 

Crafty hugs,

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Pootlers Design Team - Lovely Stitching Week 1

What's black and white and red all over?  No, not a penguin with sunburn!

It's my card for the Pootlers' Design Team.  

Each Thursday in August I, and three of my team-mates (you can find out more about us at Pootles.com) will be making something using the same stamp set - Lovely Stitching.

I have to be honest, this wasn't a set that caught my eye in the annual catalogue and I had a few minutes of "what am I going to make with THAT?" before the ideas started coming.  The word "Lovely" caught my eye, and then I associated it with the phrase "Lovely as a tree"...then remembered the tree die that's in the Thoughtful Branches set...which I decided looked good as a silhouette so I decided I'd make a card in black & white...then decided that a pop of colour would be good...and the old joke "what's black & white & red all over?"  came into my head - and there we are.

As well as the die from Thoughtful branches and the stamps from Lovely Stitching I used some of the letters from the Labeller Alphabet, Real Red and Whisper White card, and Real Red and Basic Black ink.  (If you want to see the card being made, there'll be a tutorial on my YouTube channel soon- there's a link over to the right there).

Thanks for visiting - come back again soon!

Crafty Hugs,


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Penguin Shaker Snow globe

Hello bloggists, and welcome.  Thank you for visiting!

Have you seen the Thoughtful Branches bundle yet?  It’s available for the month of August only.  

One of the advantages of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is the chance to get hold of new items before they go on sale to customers and I’ve had this set for a few weeks now...I’m loving it and I’ll be sharing some of the things I’ve been making with it very soon.  (Hint – join me for my next live stream on 10 August, 7.30 pm!)

  If you’ve got some Bonus Days coupons waiting to be used, you might want to apply them to help cover the cost of this bundle...just sayin’!

Meanwhile, we’re now on the downhill slope towards the holiday season (Eeek!) so here’s my first winter-y card of the year – and it’s a snowglobe shaker card. 

Shaker cards are always popular and the thick foam tape makes it easy to put them together I couldn’t bring myself to add a Christmas sentiment but you could, quite easily.  The penguin is made using the Owl Builder punch.  This is a really versatile bit of kit because that owl can be turned into all sorts of creatures.  

Here’s the video tutorial –

I do hope you enjoyed this project - come and visit again soon!

Crafty Hugs,