Pootler’s Design Team – The Little Things Week 4


This week the stamp “It’s The Little Things” was inspiring me to make a baby card. Now I don’t have any of the specific baby themed stamp sets in the catalogue so decided to use the teddy bear from Cookie Cutter Christmas. As you can see from my card the initial stamp doesn’t even feature on the end result but that’s just the way crafting ends up sometimes!


I chose to use a colour scheme of Wisteria Wonder, Soft Suede and Powder Pink, just so I could add one of those cute little bows onto the teddy bear, doesn’t he look adorable.

The background was created with the small heart and star stamps, I’m really loving these for creating your own background paper, so very versatile. I also added a strip of the diagonal stripes for somewhere for teddy to sit.


As I mentioned I was going to add the “It’s The Little Things” stamp as a greeting but I just don’t think this card needs a greeting, what do you think?

Anyway, hope you can join me next week for my final project on the Pootler’s Design Team.

Happy Crafting,

Joanne x




Copper & Fresh Fig Star Card

My final project for Stars and Snowflakes week feature the Starlight Thinlits once more but this time I have gone for a very modern look using Copper, Fresh Fig and Very Vanilla. I’ve not used a greeting on this card so it can be used for any occasion throughout the winter season. I think this card would work very well as a party invite or even as a thank you note for all those Christmas gifts.

This was a very quick and simple card to make but I think still have a wow factor because of the gorgeous copper foil used. To make the card first take a piece of Fresh Fig measuring 14.5cm x 8.5cm and take the die with many dots shaped as a star, lay this straight on the cardstock around 0.5cm from one edge, run through the Bigshot and  then repeat at the other side. Line the middle row of dots up with the previous cut to ensure the stars are straight.


Next cut a piece of Copper foil measuring 14.5cm x 9cm and glue behind the Fresh Fig piece of cardstock, taking care not to get adhesive where any of the holes are. Then stick this to a Very Vanilla card base measuring 14.5cm x 21cm, scored and folded at 10.5cm.

For the focal point of the card cut out the star die which has embossed lines on it in Copper foil and the small detailed star in Fresh Fig, use the multi-purpose adhesive sheets to stick them together easily.

Use some Stampin’ Dimensional’s to stick the die cut star to the centre of the card, the outside of the card is now complete.


To finish the inside of the card I stamped two of the medium solid stars from the Star of Light stamp set in Fresh Fig ink.

I just love the simplicity of this design, I think it could be my favourite card off the week.

Join me tomorrow when I’ll be starting Coffee and Cups week.

Happy Stamping

Joanne x


Rainbow Dragonfly Card

Hello everyone,

Hope you’ve all have a lovely weekend and enjoyed the sunshine. It’s lovely but today I’m thankful I live in a stone cottage and can cool off easily. Today’s card was inspired by the watercolour pencils. I was playing around creating rainbow in various patterns across watercolour paper and my favourite result was this rainbow stripe.


I didn’t want to detract too much from the lovely rainbow effect so I chose to just use Basic Black ink and minimal stamping. The dragonfly is actually stamped twice as the first time he was very faint as I forgot to do the tap, tap, twist motion with the archival ink. Although with the photopolymer stamps this was really easy to do.

The leaves are from the Falling Flowers stamp set as I wanted a bold outlined leaf shape and this was perfect. I’ve not chosen a sentiment for this card as I think it could work for many occasions and doesn’t need anything else adding.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Scentsy Bar Bag with Delightful Daisy Suite

Today’s project combines Stampin’ Up! with my other passion Scentsy. A recent discovery for me but I just love these bars of wax so much and wanted to make a little bag to put one for a gift….if I can bare to part with them!

Taking inspiration from many of the bags over at http://www.pootles.com I came up with this bag which comfortably fits one bar of wax in.

To start with I took a piece of DSP measuring 10.5″ x 8″ and scored on the long side at 4″, 5″, 9″ and 10″

I also did two score lines at 4.5″ and 9.5″ down to 7″

For the short side I scored at 1″ and 7″

So you should have something like the photo below


Next cut away the two small rectangles on the 10″ score line, shown above in cross-hatch.

Burnish all score lines with bone folder, except the  two vertical score lines which stop at 7″

Cut upto the 7″ score line from the bottom on each vertical line and then create notches as shown in the photo below.


Next turn the paper over and run adhesive along the top 1″ section and fold it over, so its looks like the photo below.


Add adhesive along the thin strip at 10″ and three of the bottom sections. Fold into a bag shape sticking the sides first.

Fold in the two small sections with  adhesive and fold the third on top. Finish by folding in the section with no adhesive. Now ready to decorate.


To decorate my bag I stamped two of the large daisies from Daisy Delight in Calypso Coral and punched them out with the daisy punch and stuck them together slightly offset. I then cut out the largest squared from the Stitched Shape Framelits in Whisper white and the second largest Scalloped Square from the Layering Square Framelits in Calypso Coral.

I layered all of these elements up and stuck them onto my bag. Then final step was to add one of the large Gold Faceted Gems to the centre of the daisy. I really love how this cute little bag turned out and if you don’t have any Scentsy bars it fits four of our notecards and envelopes in perfectly.

Here is the finished project


Happy Crafting

Joanne x



Introducing the new In-Colours

May is my favourite month in the Stampin’ Up! calendar and is when being a demonstrator really is the most fun. During May we have the retiring list which brings out the need in me to clear out the cupboards and that’s when you find those hidden gems which you’d forgot you bought but absolutely love, which brings on a whole wave of creativity. BUT that is not the best part, the best part is the pre-order list and being able to see the catalogue a month early (its amazing). The pre-order list means we can order a selection of products early and always (or has done as long as I remember) included the brand new in-colours and this to me is absolute heaven when that box of new coloured goodies arrives on the doorstep. This year we have five amazing new colours which I’m sure you’re going to love as much as I do. I’m sure you’ve seen three of them in the Eastern Palace Suite but here is a picture of all five together…lush.


These cards were super quick to make and use a combination of retiring products, staying products and new products. The background paper come from the Irresistibly Floral dsp paper which is sadly retiring, but currently still available to purchase. I just used the aqua painter and the new in-colour inks to create a wash over the top and just embellished with a simple butterfly cut from the Butterflies Thinlits dies. Now lets take a closer look at each card.


This card features Tranquil Tide which is a gorgeous rich green which is darker than Emerald Envy and a greener version of Island Indigo. I can see myself using this colour lot as its a shade of green  I’ve being longing for.


This card features Lemon Lime Twist which is quite unlike any other colour in the Stampin’ Up range. It’s an almost neon its so bright ( much brighter than in the photo) and I think it will look gorgeous paired up with black and any of our pinks.


This card features Powder Pink, yes it is very similar to Pink Pirouette and Blushing Bride but it works beautifully alongside both colours and is the perfect baby pink colour.


This card features Berry Burst which is a lovely Magenta colour with a similar brightness to Lemon Lime Twist I can see this working well with many of our colours as its has just a bit more zing than Melon Mambo or Rose Red.


This final card features Fresh Fig which I think is my favourite colour. It’s a lighter version to Blackberry Bliss which I loved but did find a little too dark for some projects. Fresh Fig for me is the perfect purple and I’m already wishing I’d ordered more in my pre-order.

If you think you’d like to get your hands on these products earlier than June 1st then I’d  love you to join my team and then you too can order from our pre-order list and enjoy these wonderful products a little early.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Thoughtful Branches Day 3 – Winter Scene Card

For todays card I wanted to create a wintery card suitable for any occasion, here is what I came up with:


I started by cutting out the largest scalloped oval in Pool Party and the largest smooth oval in Whisper White. I torn some scrap paper and masked off an area for the snow at the bottom of the scene. To make the moon in the background I stuck some washi tape on scrap paper, punched out with the 1/2″ circle punch and then stuck down on the background.

I created the background by sponging on fist a layer of Pool Party Ink followed by a very light layer of Island Indigo. I then took removed the washi tape circle and then stamped the three tree stamp in black archival ink.

I created a card blank from Pool Party cardstock and then embossed a panel of Whisper White  cardstock with the Softly Falling Textured Impression Embossing Folder. I then finished the card off with a length of Pool Party Stitch Satin ribbon.

I really love how this card tuned out.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x