Saturday, 20 February 2016

Well so far I have shared 3 page layouts for the simple weekly challenge that Kim and I are doing.

Alongside that challenge we are also doing a Monthly one and this will be for pages that are possibly more intricate,  just take longer to put together or they can be a double page spread. We are taking it in turns to choose a layout design and this first one was my choice.

I have used the Stampin Up Rose Garden thinlits and the Little Letters dies and a simple heart punch. The cardstock colours used are Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron and Pool Party which co-ordinate beautifully with Birthday Bouquet Designer Papers which are simply gorgeous  (note to self.....I seriously NEED another pack of this on my order) The pictures are again from Portmeirion on our Valentines Weekend break.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Scrapbook Challenge Week 2 and 3

So here I am, back with two more completed pages.

 For week 2 the layout design was picked by me from a gorgeous page I have pinned on Pinterest.
I chose to use my Stampin Up Botanical Builder flower dies to create the banner across the top of my page and I used the papers that are part of the same bundle. The colours used are Pool Party, Cajun Craze, Old Olive and Mossy Meadow.....I love the look of this combination. I stayed with our 2007 first holiday to Cornwall and this time picked our day out to the Eden Project for the theme. I have tons of pictures from that day out so the hardest part was limiting myself to only 3 for this layout (no doubt I will be making lots more pages for the rest of the photos)

For Week 3 (so this week itself) Kim chose the page layout and I have to say I do love the simplicity of this this one. It was quite a challenge for me to do such a plain design but I knew I wanted to use pictures from our day out to Portmeirion and I love how it shows the photos off clearly. I kept the embellishments to an absolute minimum as I wanted it to look bold and clean as a design. The paper I used is an old retired Stampin Up baby themed set that I have been hoarding for years. I used it because the colours were Marina Mist and Blushing Bride which went perfectly with the photo colours. I added the gorgeous, gorgeous Blushing Bride glimmer paper die cut heart as it was a page about our Valentines weekend away.

Now to pick the design for next weeks challenge.......

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Fresh Start

As a long shot that anyone still visits my blog I am posting this picture of a scrapbook page I created this week. Myself and a good friend have decided that we seriously NEED to get ourselves motivated this year. this covers many aspects of our lives but we have chosen to tackle one of those together.

20+ years ago this lovely lady inspired me with her scrapbooking even though I was strictly a card maker. Throughout those years in between I have had the occasional dabble and done a few pages but it has been a very hit and miss attempt. I have been saving pictures of layouts, embellishment ideas, alphabet stamps, papers.....more alphabet stamps, papers etc. and still not really made any headway.

Well Kim and I got chatting a little over a week ago and she admitted she has been unable to do any scrapbooking for months. Her hubby is in the process of a complete kitchen and dining room revamp so most of her scrapbook supplies have been packed away for ages. She had also lost her mojo like me but as we chatted we realised that we really want to get ourselves back into it so we have decided that together we could make 2016 the year we get ourselves organised and productive.

We have created two Pinterest shared boards , one for inspirational layouts/ embellishment ideas etc and one that we have named Completed Layouts/Pages. Each week one of us will pick a straight forward simple layout from the inspiration board, move that sample over to the Completed Board and then we will create out own pages using the chosen page as a starting point. THEN ......and this is the most important bit !!!!!!!!  we have a week to upload our own finished page to the completed board (we know that this will make us get them done as we have to show each other on there. In addition to this simple weekly challenge we are also doing a monthly one, picking one much more detailed layout and that's why we are giving ourselves a month to complete that one. So the page I am sharing today is my offering for our very first weekly challenge. For some reason I had these two pictures in my selphy printer box so I decided to just use what was at hand rather than "getting side tracked spending hours browsing computer photo albums looking for perfect pictures" I am really happy with how my page has turned out, especially as it is the first I have attempted in ages.

I have a number of areas in my life where I need motivation but hopefully this one will be one of the most enjoyable.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Team Colour Challengen No 1

Hi there
Sorry I have been away for such a long time.

My lovely upline Jenny has come up with a new idea which is a colour challenge for those of us in our team who are able to play along. We are allowed to create whatever we like be that a 3-D item, tag, card, scrapbook layout but we have to adhere to the colours she has given. This is our first ever colour challenge and she picked Basic Grey , Pear Pizzaz and Bermuda Bay. I have added white as my neutral and although I would never have put these colours together I am really pleased with how well they worked. The card layout was inspired by one I saw online ages ago and I love how bold the design looks in this colour combination.

There are so many new Stampin Up goodies available now from the the new annual catalogue and the brand new seasonal catalogue.  All catalogue items and also the brand new My Digital Studio computer software are now available  to purchase immediately through my online store HERE  Please contact me if you wish to receive any of the current publications or wish to place an order.

I will try and upload more details of the wonderful exciting things that are now on offer later this week.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Stampin Up French Foliage Stamp Set

Today I am featuring a simple card I have made using one of my all time favourite Stampin Up sets.
This set is called French Foliage and I have done numerous classes using this beautiful set of images. It is currently on the Retiring List in USA so pretty soon it will no longer be available. I have to say a large number of my customers have bought this set over the past 2-3 years and they all love it as much as I do. This is one of those sets that I will be keeping for myself regardless of the fact it won't be in the new catalogue which comes out in July.

This quick and easy card was created by simply adding two strips of torn computer paper across the top section and then sponging various greens and yellows inks to create the wave of colour

I then removed the torn paper and stamped the leaves and splatters in Stazon Black Ink over the colour wave. The stamped panel was then embossed using the woodgrain embossing folder and mounted onto a Basic Black base card. Quite a striking card and produced in minutes which is perfect when you need a card in a hurry.

Now then how about some fantastic Stampin Up news. . . .

As of today I now have a brand new Stampin Up website where you can go to browse all current catalogues, see all the latest offers from Stampin Up and the best bit of all is that you can place Stampin Up orders with me anytime night or day directly on the site. Those customers in my Stampers Group will still order with me personally once a month but for all of you who like to place additional orders can do this whenever you choose.

Please head off over there and bookmark my site today.


Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Stampin Up Regionals 2013 General Swap Card

Hi there, three blog posts in a week...this must be a record for me in the past year.
Here is the card I made for my general swaps for our Stampin' Up! Regional event at Telford last weekend.
I made a WOW team swap and designed a shoebox swap for each of the Bloomin Buds team members that attended this event last Saturday but also need a swap idea for general swapping with some of the other demonstrators who attended. As we already knew there would be over 300+ taking part I quickly realised that there was no way I could make a swap for everyone so I just made 56 of these emboss resist cards. One for each of the Buds who were there and 50 for general swapping.
My base card is Early Expresso followed by Pool Party and Primrose Petals for the two embossed layers. This was topped by a further layer of Early Expresso onto which I adhered my stamped piece(using the beautiful Postage Due stamp set , thanks Jill) . To achieve the coloured effect I first used a Versamark clear inkpad and heat embossed the image using Clear Embossing Powder. Once this had cooled ever so slightly I sponged over the Pool Party and Primrose Petals colours using a sponge and then buffed up the embossed images using a soft cloth to remove the excess ink. I then simply added an Early Expresso Stitched grosgrain ribbon and mounted the whole panel onto dimensionals for added height. A tiny rhinstone was added to a die cut layeredflower and this completed my simple card.
I hope everyone who swapped with me liked my little offering.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Stampin Up Regionals are the best . . . . .

Hi there
I bet you cannot believe I am posting for the second time in a week ? Well neither can I hee hee

I am back from an incredible weekend away with some 300+ Stampin' Up! demonstrators from Scotland, Uk and Ireland who all attended and SU regional event in Telford .

I am a member of the Bloomin Buds Team and our upline is the lovely Jenny Moors from Poole in Dorset. Six of us from the team met at a lovely Premier Inn near the venue and we spent the afternoon and late into the night crafting together and we had a blast. How we have never been asked to leave due to noise levels I will never know because we are always in fits of laughter and somewhat rowdy when we get together. We each brought a shoebox swap with us and we had all made a WOW swap for the rest of the team too. There can be nothing better than sat around a table doing what we love with a bunch of like minded team members.  Our next big get together for the team will be at Convention in Manchester in November so if you would love to be part of the craziest team around the dont hesitate to get in touch and ask for more information about joining us.

So here are a few of our team swaps
And here are a selection of swaps I received in return for my own general swap card ( I have misplaced my own sample so will have to locate it and share it with you possibly tomorrow.

As always I am blown away by the quality of these swaps and love each any every one of them. I am so grateful to all of the other demos who happily share their talents and ideas. Thank you to every person who was kind enough to swap with me. I am inspired.
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