Welcome To My Blog

Hello and welcome to my crafting blog. If you are new to visiting me, thank you for stopping by! This is my personal space where I talk about the latest creations that I've made using various crafting products.

If you are looking for a commission or inspiration on a particular card or occasion, please scroll down and take a look on the left hand side at the "Labels" column where it will list cards by occasion and by Stampin' Up! stamp sets in alphabetical order for easy viewing. Just click on one of the titles to view the various cards and boxes in your chosen category.

If you would like me to make a specific card for a special someone or occasion, please email me for more details.

Enjoy your stay, and if you have time, please leave a message to let me know you've dropped by :)


Wednesday, 30 September 2009

The wait is nearly over...

Hello all,

I have been counting down the days till 1 October for so long I can't even remember when it all began :)

Anyway, only a little while to go and it will officially be Thursday 1 October when the release of the new Idea Book & Catalogue will be available to you all :) I can't wait to start showing off new projects with the goodies and certainly can't wait till my workshop on the 10th!

With the excitment of a new catalogue, Stampin Up! Press Office have selected three online crafting bloggers for a blog hop today!

Three crafting bloggers will preview a selection of never seen before products from the new Idea Book & Catalogue. These bloggers will have received their new products at 6pm this evening and will have six hours to create as many projects as they would like to showcase on their blogs!

I can't wait to see what they create... Please join in the excitement of the newly awaited Idea Book & Catalogue and follow their blogs from midnight tonight where they will be showing off their new creations from goodies from the new Catalogue :) Lots of blog candy up for grabs too!

I shall be back soon with their blog details.

Until then,


Last Chance...

This will stay at the top till Wednesday 30 September, when the
Last Chance List will end.

Please scroll below for new posts.

Edited to say that the following stamp sets are no longer available:

"All Wrapped Up"
"Happy Hearts"
"Be Happy"
"Mixed Bouquet"
"Flaky Friends"
Hostess Set - "Best Yet"
all sold out

Be quick to order any stamp sets and accessories from me before
they're gone for good! ***

Hi all,

It's so exciting right now as the long awaited "Last Chance List" has now been officially published which means certain stamp sets and accessories from the current Idea Book & Catalogue and Mini Catalogue will only be available till the end of this month or while supplies last, whichever comes first :(

If there are any products on the list that you'd like to purchase, please get in touch and email me at alexhau@rocketmail.com and I will place an order for you. Be quick, with so many bargains at 25% and 50% off, they're sure to be snapped up, so here's your last chance!

Don't delay, check out the pdf file here, which lists all that we will be saying goodbye to in preparation for the new Idea Book & Catalogue.

Bye for now,


Friday, 25 September 2009

Stampin' Up! News...

Guess what came today?

Yes, you guessed it, brand new Idea Book & Catalogues ready for Thursday 1 October! :)

These offers nearly 100 pages of Stampin' Up! stamp sets, accessories and product ideas - all at your fingertips. With dozens of full colour samples, the Idea Book & Catalogue is packed with inspiration you can use again and again!

If you are interested in one of these, please let me know, these retail at £4.95, but for a limited time only, you can purchase a copy for the special price of £3.95 delivered straight to your door.

With only a few days left till the 1st October, please remember if there's anything you like the look of on the Last Chance List which has various stamp sets and accessories up to 50% off, now is the time to buy before it's too late. After 30 September, with the release of the new Idea Book & Catalogue, you will no longer be able to buy the SU goodies so grab yourself a bargain or two.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the below posts.


New Baby Card

Recently made a new baby boy card to welcome Leon into the world.

SU cardstock and stamps have been used to create this card along with a variety of non-SU products:

Stamps: Schoolbook Serif Alphabet.
Cardstock: Bashful Blue and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Night of Navy and Bashful Blue.

Accessories: SU Write Markers - Blush Blossom and Night of Navy. Aqua Painter to watercolour the image. Sponge Dauber to edge the Nestabilities. Nestabilities - Labels One and Long Classic Scallop Rectangles, Woodware Baby stamp set and Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots.
Card Size: 5" x 5".

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, 24 September 2009

Masculine Cards.

Recently been inspired by Aimes and decided to CASE a card that she made with her PTI goodies. I used Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper, their large star punch and "Basic Phrases" stamp set to create the card along with the ever so popular Kraft cardstock as the base. Here's two colour combos below which I think would make great cards for a male:

Stamps: Basic Phrases.
Cardstock: Kraft, Night of Navy, Real Red and Whisper White. Patterns Designer Series Paper - Bashful Blue.
Ink Pad:
Night of Navy and Real Red.

Accessories: 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon - Night of Navy and Real Red, Large Star Punch. Non-SU: Cuttlebug - Swiss Dots Embossing Folder.
Card Size: A6.

Bye for now,


Stampin' Up! Demo.

Hi all,

Just a quick post to say "hi" and that I had a fab evening on Monday night demonstrating Stampin' Up! goodies at a local craft club. Thank you ladies and gentleman for being so warm and welcoming, I had a great evening and I can't wait to do it again soon.

I demonstrated a few different techniques to show the possibilities of what Stampin' Up! can do and here's the results:

Using "Snow Flurries", "Loads of Love" stamp set for the sentiment, some lovely Striped Grosgrain ribbon from the Mini Catalogue, and white embossing powder I created the below card in my favourite colour :)

Next, I demonstrated one of my favourite stamp sets and one of the first that I bought called "Big Bold Birthday". I love how cute this stamp set is and the possibilities you can create with the many different colour combinations. Using this stamp set, here's the card I created:

All cards are A6 in size.

Thanks for stopping by, more cards will be added later.


Friday, 18 September 2009

New Magnolia Stamp

A birthday buy last week, as I couldn't resist this cute Magnolia stamp after seeing so many nice cards on various galleries and blogs. I decided to use my Woodware punch down the side for a different effect and my new Copics:

Stamps: Magnolia Stamp, SU Level 2 Hostess Stamp Set: Cause For Celebration, Occasional Greetings.
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Pretty In Pink, Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark Stamp Pad.

Accessories: SU Gingham Ribbon - Light Pink, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Copics, Corner Rounder Punch and Woodware Lever Border Film Strip Punch.
Card Size: A6.

Bye for now,


Crazy For Cupcakes Again...

This card was CASED from a card made by Michele Yoos otherwise known as plaid pony which I received for my birthday in a BRAK group over on SCS. I kept everything the same, just changed the sentiment because I didn't have "Happy Everything".

Stamps: Crazy For Cupcakes, Wonderful Words, and Basic Phrases with a little use of the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for creating "Your".
Cardstock: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Chocolate Chip, Versamark Stamp Pad.

Accessories: Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
Card Size: A6

Have a good weekend everyone.


Crazy For Cupcakes...

These cards were just too cute, so I CASED these from someone on SCS. I love the wide grosgrain ribbon, so just had to make these cards in Chocolate Chip and Rose Red to match. These cupcakes were stamped onto cardstock, cut out and stuck with dimensionals onto the Whisper White cardstock. Glossy Accents were added to the flames for a 3d effect and a subtle background of birthday balloons were stamped with the Versamark Stamp Pad.

Crazy For Cupcakes.
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue and Whisper White. Rose Red, So Saffron, Regal Rose and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Basic Black and Versamark Stamp Pad.

Accessories: 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, SU Marker Pens for the candle flame and cupcake sprinkles and Glossy Accents.
Card Size: A6.

Thanks for stopping by.


Happy Silver Anniversary

Remember I posted a sneak peek the other week for an Anniversary card? Well it's now safe to upload in full, so here it is below:

I used a variety of SU and non-SU products to make this card. I love the SAB stamp set "Polka Dot Punches" and couldn't resist heat embossing these in gold for some added definition. Very Vanilla cardstock was used in the background with a computer sentiment personalised with the happy couple's names.

Thanks for stopping by.


New Stamps...

After having a little spend up last week with my birthday money, I decided to buy another couple of cute Penny Black stamps. I couldn't resist those hedgehogs so I bought a number of different golf themed images as these are handy for male cards.

Along with some Stampin' Up! cardstock, oval punches and ribbons, and playing around with "Basic Phrases" stamp set, I was able to play on words and create "Fore You". Here's what I created:

Stampin' Up! cardstock, ink and ribbons used are Regal Rose, Night of Navy and Ballet Blue. I love how the debossed side of the Cuttlebug - Swiss Dots closely replicates the surface of a golf ball.

Bye for now,


Friday again!

Hello people,

It's been another busy week here and the sun is shining :) Thought I'd upload a few more cards that I have been working on from the weekend.

After liking the scallop dresses and getting the hang of how to make these, I made a few more:

After making the Certainly Celery card the other day and uploaded it, I experimented with the oval punches and a sentiment for this one. I'm undecided whether it needs this or not, so made all the other ones without! lol.

Hope you like,


Monday, 14 September 2009

Christmas Cards.

Hi all,

So, after having a great productive weekend of crafting, I now have a few cards to show you. I recently bought some more Magnolia stamps and Penny Black stamps, so what better way to spend the weekend than to stamp them up and colour them in ;)

Here's some cards made for the Christmas season:

Be back later with more cards...


Sunday, 13 September 2009

Crafting Weekend.

Hi all,

Hope all's well with you and you've had a good weekend and perhaps managed to do a bit of crafting.

This week has sure flown by, and I had birthday celebrations too (thank you to all those that left messages of birthday wishes) so it has been a very special week for me. With birthday monies I have had a little splash on some crafting bits and bobs. This weekend I have been crafting away and have made numerous cards with a few new stamps that I have recently purchased - Penny Black and Magnolia stamps that I just couldn't resist.

I shall upload these tomorrow along with the sneak peak of the Wedding Anniversary card I posted a little while ago.

Bye for now,



Monday, 7 September 2009

Happy Birthday

Hi all,

Just wanted to post the card I've been working on this morning. I've seen so many of these cute dresses online that I decided to have a go myself with a matching bag. I used my trusty Nestabilities to create the scallop circle onto the much loved Certainly Celery Designer Series Paper. At the bottom, using a number of different Stampin' Up! punches, I have created a matching bag.

Hope you like:

Have a great day.


Monday already...

Hi all,

I had a lovely workshop on Saturday morning and the ladies loved the different ways of making a Gift Card Holder to pop a gift card in. In fact, one of my ladies was going to give her lovely card that she had made to her daughter for her birthday!

Now that you've made these gift card holders, once, just replicating the directions along with different colour schemes, papers and stamps allows you to make any themed card. In fact, I can't wait to start making more of these for upcoming events like birthdays and Christmas presents. Watch this space for more gift card holders! lol.

So, I've been playing around with the SAB stamp set "Polka Dot Punches" and white embossing powder and have made a recent wedding card with a blue and white theme. I've used the lovely 1/2" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Bashful Blue, the wedding themed stamp set "Mr & Mrs" for the sentiment and I've finally christened my Script embossing folder too, only had it for about a year now!

Here's the final card below:

Be back later with another card I'm working on right now :)

Bye for now,


Thursday, 3 September 2009

Our Next Workshop...

Interested in coming along to my next Stampin' Up! Workshop?
Have you got a couple of hours to spare this Saturday to join myself and some lovely ladies?

Email me at alexhau@rocketmail.com for more details.

We shall be making a couple of Gift Card Holders. The class will allow you to make two variations of holding inside a Gift Card so that you can give that someone special a personalised touch.

Thank you to Niki for allowing me to CASE her card :)

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Bye for now,