Thursday, 17 December 2009

Stampers 10 Gift Bags

I have been very busy this week making my Christmas cards and gifts for my Stampers 10 ladies. I wanted to give each of these special ladies a little extra Christmas present from me to show how much I appreciate them being a member of my monthly Stampin' Up groups. Do you think they will like their little gift bags ?

I have also made cards for each of my customers and have delivered most of them this afternoon. I have to say I am thrilled at just how many more cards I have had to make this year as my crafty circle of friends has grown steadily during 2009. I will post a picture of the card tomorrow when I have delivered the last couple.
I will be starting a Stampers 10 and a Stampers 6 group in January so if you have a wish list as long as your arm and would like to spread the cost over 6 or 10 months please email me for further details. In addition to being able to spread the cost of your purchases you will also qualify for free hostess benefits and a free stamp set. The places on these two new groups are limited so if you do wish to sign up in January please book your place asap.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Missing in Action

Please accept my apologies for a total lack of blog posts in the past month. Since getting back from Convention I have had the most manic time ever with very little spare time to spend on my computer. I have been busy getting christmas gifts made for my crafting ladies, I have done two craft stalls at local events AND this last Monday I have held my first new Craft Club meeting.

My new "Bee Crafty" club meets on alternate Mondays at my home in Bacup. Bring along your own projects and work on them in the company of other crafty ladies or purchase a project kit from me on the day. We have choccies, home made cake, coffee and crafts.....what more could you ask for ?

My group is small and friendly so if you would like more details please email me. I look forward to welcoming you to my club.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Convention Swaps

I thought I would share with you today a couple of pictures of a couple of the organised swaps I signed up for at Convention. My offering for the 3-D Swap was this one with the Pheasant from the Autumn Days stamp set (I love the versatility of this set) This is a covered photo album with space for 36 photos. I thought they would be a great idea for my swap buddies to have a lasting keepsake of our amazing experience in Bad Homburg. They can use them for either photos or even pop some of their received swaps inside.

The other organised swaps I joined were for Card Candy and these are my two offerings for those. I was amazed at the card candy sets I received and so glad that I took the time to join the swap.
If you too would like to be able to join in the fun at our next European Convention which will be held in London AND if you would like to become part of my Stampin' Up team then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Back from Convention

Hi everyone

I am back from my trip to our FIRST ever European Stampin' Up Convention in Bad Homburg Germany.Before I say anything else I want to say the hospitality I received in Germany was second to none. I travelled with my husband and nephew and we all had a wonderful time. We did not stay in the actual Convention hotel but the one we did stay in , the Park Hotel was lovely and the staff there were brilliant.

I have been counting down the days to Convention for months and it was EVERYTHING I expected it to be and so much more. So many different things made this an experience that I will remember for a long long time.

  • The sample boards which were filled with some awesome projects

  • Workshop WOW demonstrations on stage

  • Gorgeous make and take projects packs

  • That unique special feeling of being part of an amazing event in our European SU journey

  • Seeing the pride on the faces of every one of those demonstrators as they were welcomed on stage to receive the awards for their hard work

There were two other things that made MY Convention experience for me...........

The first is the many swaps I received from all the other demonstrators who attended Convention, their work is awesome and I will be aiming to share many of those swaps with you here on my blog.

And finally.................

the joy of spending two whole days in the company of some lovely people who I hope will become real friends as we continue our Stampin' Up journey together. I hope we will all get to meet again at the next Convention in 2010 and that by then we will be joined by many more. Here is a picture of just one of the groups of existing internet friends I have made since joing Stampin' Up! It was so wonderful to be able to meet these people in real life and put faces to names at last. Also present here were my Upline Jenny and my Downline Jill.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

SU Convention Bad Homburg, Germany 2009

Hi Everyone

Just a quick post to say "hello" from Bad Homburg in Germany, where I am attending the first ever European Stampin' Up Convention. I met up with my Upline Jenny and another Demonstrator Jo for a quiet drink this evening and here is a picture of us just relaxing in the bar at their hotel.
I must get off to bed now as I have an early start tomorrow morning and don't want to miss a single thing. I will try and get online tomorrow night to share some Convention pictures with you.

Friday, 16 October 2009

New Catalogue Launch Party

Apologies to all for being such a bad blogger this past 2 weeks. As a result of my rather nasty bout of flu it took me all my time to get everything ready for my launch party so I just wasn't organised enough to update my blog.

I am thrilled to say that my party went like a dream on Tuesday and everyone had a great time.

Congratulations to Maureen who won first prize in my raffle. Your big basket of goodies is on its way to you and I am sure you will enjoy all of it. Other congrats go to Jen W, Suzy, Sheila, Vikki, Jenny S, Gillian and Cathy who all won prizes too.
My thanks go to all my ladies who attended and who made the day such a wonderful success. I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Here are a few pictures of my samples to share.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Bella Bleu NEW designer papers

Just had to share this card with you to showcase just one of the NEW Bella Bleu papers from Stampin' Up!. ( I used Night of Navy rather than Not Quite Navy on this particular card) I have also used the brand new Eyelet Border Punch which is gorgeous.

I got my first order from the brand new catalogue yesterday and I am blown away by this paper. It co-ordinates perfectly with Kraft, Very Vanilla and Not Quite Navy cardstock and inks. It is such an elegant and stunning set of papers and I already know I will be ordering loads of it over the next year. I am already in the process of creating a concertina box and six cards with this set so class ladies watch out for more details and the samples at my launch party on Tuesday.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Launch Party Invite

Sorry for the lack of posts this past fortnight. I have a few days away on holiday and brought the flu back with me as a souvenir which wasn't good.
On top of that we have just started work on our new kitchen so I had to empty it all which took forever. I am now without a "working" kitchen for a few days whilst the main work is done so it's all a wee bit chaotic here, however it is going to be gorgeous once it is completed.

So all in all I am a wee bit behind with my prep for my launch party on the 13th so will now be spending the next 9 days frantically creating lots of nice samples for all my guests to enjoy on the day. I thought I would share with you the invite I made for all my existing customers and extend that same invite to any of you who would like to pop in on the 13th. Just email me me for further details.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Happy New Year

No I haven't gone completely mad, REALLY I haven't.

I am of course referring to a new Stampin' Up! catalogue year.

Today is the day that the brand new 2009/2010 catalogue is launched and I am thrilled with the goodies it has in store for you. I personally already have a whole new wish list with "must have" new stamp sets, gorgeous ribbons, accessories, punches and Designer Papers.

I have just placed my first "New Year's" order and as soon as my parcel arrives I will be busy beavering away to make all new samples for you to view at my Catalogue launch party on the 13th October.

I have a nice stock of the new catalogue ( Stampers 10 copies are already reserved for you) so if you are not yet in my Stampers 10 group but would like to purchase your own copy then please contact me. The on-line catalogue will be available shortly and I will post a link as soon as I am able to do so. Please feel free to email me if you wish to place and order.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

New Catalogue Launch Party

I have now set the date for my party to celebrate the launch of the brand new Stampin' Up! catalogue.

Launch party will be held at my home
Tuesday 13th October from 10am to 6pm.

I would be delighted if you would join me at this event. The choice is yours to either just drop in or stay for a while and have some fun. There will be a free make and take project for everyone to create , nibbles, sample boards with lots of ideas and ample opportunity for you to browse the new catalogue.

As a party special I am offering FREE postage for all orders over £40 placed on the day (usually a minimum of £3.95)

My other party special is the new catalogue at a discounted price of £3.00 (usually £4.95) Please email me to reserve your copy by 1st October.

Please email me to confirm you will be attending and if you wish to reserve your catalogue or if you do just require more information.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

New ideas for a tidy craft room

I was trying to tidy up a wee bit in my craft room the other morning and for the hundreth time my glue bottles/tubs toppled over ( I used to keep them altogether on a little tray) In that instant I decided I had to stop what I was doing and come up with a more practical solution. I dug out some beer mat coasters, covered them with our beautiful SU designer papers, punched holes and made a desk tidy...................and within the hour I had a really sturdy new desk container in which I fitted ALL the items perfectly.
As soon as my class ladies saw it they decided they would like to make one too so that is one of the items we shall be creating in my next class which is 17th September.

After creating this first basic one I decided to go a step further and make one with an added memo sheet holder for my desk area as I am always hunting around for a snippit of paper. So now I have my own bespoke desk tidy complete with a stash of 4x4 memo sheets. I do have a few pens and pencils in it but as you can see it is mainly for all my Stampin'Up glues, tools etc.....all those things that I reach for EVERY day when I am crafting.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Stampin' Up! Last Chance items

Hi there

Just to let you know that Stampin' Up have released their "LAST CHANCE" list today. This is a fanatastic chance for you to grab yourself a bargain as there are many items with a 25% or 50% reduction in price.

Please be warned that you will need to act quickly if you do want to order anything from this list as these retiring items are guaranteed to fly out the door, especially with such massive discounts off of some of them. All items are only available whilst stocks last so please act fast to avoid disappointment.
You can view the list HERE

Monday, 31 August 2009

Amazing August offer.......Free ribbons ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Please note that this post will remain at the top of this page until the 31st August when this very special offer finishes.
For more up to date posts please scroll down the page

Do you love ribbon, would you love a FREE ribbon bundle even more ????????????

For the month of August ONLY you can earn free ribbons as a special offer from Stampin' Up!

These gorgeous ribbons are very special as they are not even available in the current catalogue. The ribbon bundle consists of 9.1 metres EACH of Certainly Celery 5/8" Poly-twill Ribbon and So Saffron 5/8 Grosgrain Ribbon.

You can earn this ribbon bundle in 2 ways. As a customer you just need to place an order with me for £45 (before postage)and you will receive one ribbon bundle pack completely free of charge. The other way to earn this set is to HOST a £300 workshop/ party, so if you have a group of friends and would like to host a party please email me to arrange a workshop date asap.

Please remember that this ribbon, as with all Stampin' Up ribbon, matches perfectly with the range of inks, cardstock and marker pens to give that ultimate perfectly co-ordinated look.
Dont miss out on this fabulous offer, email me today to place your order.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

December Picnic anyone ?

In my class this week we are all making picnic baskets and in addition my ladies will be rubber stamping on candles for the first time.
Having just finished preparing the materials packs and class instructions for the Pumpkin Pie set we are making on Thursday, I decided to make a completely different one using some of my Retired SU Wintergreen papers and Always Artichoke cardstock. I love the sturdiness of this basket and have decided I am going to go ahead and make a few to house Christmas gifts for family and friends regardless of the fact that you don't usually have picnics in December. It doesn't matter to me that they are called a picnic basket LOL
A picnic basket template by Lauren Meader is available for purchase at Papertrey Ink

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Inky Fingers

I thought I would again share something a little different with you today. I haven't seemed to have a lot of time to actually "play/ experiment" in my craft room lately but I did make this card and I am quite pleased with the effect.

I began by stamping the trees on Whisper White cardstock in versamark and basic black ink and embossed them using clear embossing powder. I then tore a sheet of plain copier paper and used it to mask the cardstock whilst I sponged on the Old Olive ink for the grassy area. Using that same mask, turned over the other way to cover the green I had just sponged, I covered the top half of my cardstock with Summer Sun ink. I cut a 1 3/8" circle out of a sticky post it note and used it to create a sun in the sky area, slightly overlapping the far left trees. I then sponged over the whole sky area using Pumpkin Pie blending it softly in some areas with the Summer Sun to create a mottled effect. I finished off by using Really Rust along the outer edges and then using a very soft tissue I buffed up the embossed trees to remove the excess ink. I then over stamped the leaves and flowers all around the edge to give the effect of a foliage frame.
I haven't really experimented a lot with this ink effect but as it has turned out well I will definitely be practising more in the future. NEXT TIME THOUGH I will be using those surgical type gloves as I got my fingers totally covered with ink.
Please feel free to leave your comments and tips

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Time out ! ! ! !

Unfortunately I am not sharing a card creation with you today as I have not been able to get a spare moment to craft over the past four days. I do usually get withdrawal symptoms if I don't get into my craft room for at least a short time everyday, yesterday was an exception as we took my Great Niece out for the day which was just a fulfilling.
We went to Lakeland Animal Park in the Lake District for the day. On the drive there we had bouts of torrential rain but luckily we only had one more really bad shower just after we arrived and then it was gorgeous weather for the rest of the day. I took this giraffe photo which shows how sunny it was and how beautiful the blue skies looked with those cotton wool fluffy clouds.

I am hoping to get some serious crafting done later today and tomorrow as I have two classes to prepare for Thur and Fri. I will show the class samples once I have them made.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Baroque Split Negative

My card to share with you today is using the split negative technique.

I started by stamping the Baroque swirl image twice. The 1st onto Whisper White using Versamark and Chocolate Chip ink and then covered with Clear Embossing powder and heated. The second time I stamped using Versamark onto Chocolate Chip card and covered with White Embossing powder and heated. I then slit each image down the middle and joined a piece of each colourways together.

As you can see you get two cards out of this technique by using both sides of each of the colours stamped.

I then made two different cards by added different embellishments to each. I hope you like this technique as much as I enjoyed making the cards.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Pocket Silhouettes Wallet Class

Just thought I would show you what my ladies will be making this morning at class. We are making the wallet and 4 cards and all using the resist stamping technique. This class was requested by two of the ladies as they are relatively new to stamping and have not done the resist method before. This Pocket Silhouettes stamp set lends itself perfectly to this technique.

And especially for Jenny.......I have your gloves ready so you wont get inky lol !

Friday, 7 August 2009

Scallop Square Box

Just thought I would share with you a little decorated box I have made. The stamps are from Playful Petals set and I made the scallop box topper using my scallop edge punch and a 3 x 3 inch piece of Pretty in Pink cardstock. You just line up the centre point of your scallop punch with the centre of each of the four sides and punch out just once for each side.
I think this is so pretty in comparison to just a plain top layer. You can adjust to any size.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

At last a card to share

I was up at 7am today and decided it was about time I got a card made....not a class card just a card for my own pleasure.

I absoloutely love the "Mr and Mrs" stamp set so that was the set my hand reached for today. The detail on the flowers is so crisp and clear so I have just randomly stamped on Whisper White in Pale Plum and Perfect Plum. I came across this folded flower over on Splitcoast Stampers. There are lots of samples using designer series papers which are beautiful but I wanted a plain and simple purple flower to go with my stamped background so I used whisper white cardstock ( this is slightly thinner than the coloured sort so easier for the folding) I scalloped one edge with the scallop edge punch, then used my brayer and lightly inked the strip in Pale Plum. I then sponged the edges and the creases in Perfect Plum.
This whole card took me less than 10 minutes to make and I am pleased with it's simplicity.
Hope you like it too

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Christmas 3-D Class today

Here are the projects that my ladies are making in class today. They made christmas cards and a wallet two weeks ago and we have now moved on to gift packaging ideas for Christmas. I am addicted to 3-D projects and I am so glad my ladies are too !!!!!

The stamp set used is Season of Joy and the papers are Ski slope which are stunning.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Swap Card

Firstly I must apologise for not posting for a few days.

I've been mad busy with everyday life as we are about to completely renovate our kitchen and utility room, which has meant we have been here there and everywhere looking at kitchens, appliances etc. I have now made up my mind about all of it and are now waiting for my new appliances to be delivered. Hubby has started work on making the utility room bigger ( this has to be done first in order to move 101 things out there instead of in the actual kitchen) I am really excited as we have waited 15 years to tackle this mammoth task but I also know we are going to have a few weeks of uproar whilst it is done. It will soooooooooooooooooooooo be worth it though when it is finished. back to the proper stuff hee hee

I belong to an internet group called In Love with Stamping . It is a great community and although it does deal mainly with items using Stampin'Up! products there are also places to show your creations for other companies too. There are card galleries, monthly challenges, forums with technique tips etc or just places to chat with like minded crafters. It is a growing community and real fun to belong to. If you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator or simply a stamper who loves to create then head on over and join.... you can find the link HERE

I have recently joined in with my first card swap on this group and it was a swap using the amazing Stampin' Up! wheels. This is my card for the swap. I love these wheels as they have to be the quickest and easiest crafting tool I have ever used. Stamping Up has lots of these and the designs are gorgeous.

If you would like to purchase them or anything else from the current catalogues then please just email me to arrange this.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Wow another blog award

I am so thrilled to show you this beautiful blog award I received today from Sara you can view her lovely blog HERE I have been a regular visitor to Sara's blog for a while and I love her style so I am thrilled to bits that she has given me this award to show she likes my designs too. Thank you Sara.
I now get to pass this award to other people whose style appeals to me. I am going to go on a much belated NEW blog hop tomorrow morning and will pass on this award to new crafters that I find on my travels.

For the past week we have had somewhat a nightmare with power cuts in my area ( we have actually had about 8 so far ranging from a few mins to hours on end) This has knocked off my TV, phone and Internet so I have not been able to get out there and look any new crafting talent. I hate it when I cannot get my daily fix of craft inspiration so will set aside a couple of hours just for me tomorrow. Please keep your fingers crossed that we don't have a power cut again in the morning lol

Monday, 20 July 2009

It's Beautiful

In November I am participating in a large number of very important Stampin' Up! card swaps.
With this in mind I decided that I need to start playing around with different colour schemes and designs in order to find 4 or 5 that have a bit of a wow factor. I will be making about 25 of each card so really need to start making up my shortlist . Over the next few weeks I will be posting lots of different cards and asking for your comments as to whether the colour combinations and / or design style appeals to you.

This first card uses the "It's Beautiful" jumbo wheel which I absolutely love. The colours are not 100% clear in the photo but they are Barely Banana, Elegant Eggplant and Cameo Coral. I have inked the jumbo wheel with ink pads that match the cardstock and this gives a lovely watermark effect on the Barely Banana and Elegant Eggplant. I then just added a strip of ribbon, butterflies from the Live your Dream set, some pricking detail and a punched out sentiment using the plain and scalloped oval punches. All in all this is such a simple card but I am really liking the colour combination.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Christmas Cards in July

This is my card class for this Thursday. We are using the lovely "Old Fashioned Christmas" stamp set which is fantastic for traditional looking cards. We are going to be busy as we are making the box wallet plus the three cards and three tags. I got the box template from Lauren Meader and then adapted it all to fit our standard C6 sized cards.

Some of my regular ladies expressed an interest in making an early start on their Christmas cards after seeing a few bits and bobs I had been making as samples. I have to say I think it is the first time ever that I have been talked into making Christmas cards this early lol

As most of them cannot manage a full day class due to childcare etc we are dividing the Christmas makes into two classes. This week we are making this gorgeous set and in the next Christmas class we are making a bag, a box and a gift card holder as well.

If you are interested in this class, either for this Thursday or at a time to suit you then please do not hesitate to contact me via my email link on the right hand side of my blog. I have no minimum size class so am happy to work on a one to one basis if you prefer it that way. Alternatively if you and a few friends would like to come together then please contact me to see what we can arrange.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

My first Christmas card and it's ONLY July

No I have not gone completely nuts......I really have made my first Christmas card for 2009. I have used the gorgeous tree image from the "Old Fashioned Christmas" stamp set and softly coloured it using my wonderful Stampin' Up markers. The base card is Real Red and the ribbon is 5/8" Old Olive.
My Upline Jenny challenged her team to make a Christmas card this week and this is the result. I have to say it did do me a favour as I have the first of my Christmas in July classes on Thursday and Friday this week. We are making a beautiful decorated wallet with three cards and matching tags and this card will now be part of the set.

We are going to be using the beautiful Ski Slope papers, glitter and lots of ribbons and my ladies are loving the idea of starting their Christmas items. I do have a couple of spaces left for Thursday so if you want to join us please email me for details.

Please also email me if you are interested in my up and coming Christmas 3-D class when we will be making gift card holders, boxes and bags. Places will need to be booked and a deposit paid for this one as we will use a large amount of designer papers and other supplies.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Blog award

I am delighted to share with you this award that I have received from Teri You can see her own amazing work over on her blog HERE
I am thrilled to bits Teri that you like my blog enough to pass on the award to me. Thank you very much.
I do believe I can now pass this award on to any others who newly inspire me with their creations.
These 5 ladies are a huge source of ideas and inspiration for me and I visit their blogs virtually every day.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Stampin'Up! Summer Design Challenge

Do you love Stampin'Up rubber stamps as much as I do ? Would you like the chance to own some new stamp sets. Do you appreciate a great opportunity when you see one ?
This summer you have a chance to win fantastic free stamp sets when you participate in the Stampin'Up! Summer Design Challenge.

Simply create a summer-inspired project using Stampin' Up! products and submit it no later than 31 August, 2009 for your chance to win!

Four prizes will be awarded to demonstrators and customers

Demonstrator First Place: £150 worth of stamps sets

First Place: £150 worth of stamps sets
2 Runner up prizes each for £50 worth of stamps sets

Summer Design Challenge Rules
Projects must be created using only Stampin' Up! products.
Only one project per participant will be accepted.
Projects can be cards, home decor, scrapbook pages, or 3D items.
All projects must be summer-themed.
Projects must be unique, and created for the Summer Design Challenge. Do not just recycle your old projects.
A list of products used must be included with the project submission.
Full contact information, including your full name, demonstrator ID (if you are a demonstrator), address, phone number, and e-mail address must be included with the project submission.
Projects will not be returned as they may be displayed at future Stampin' Up! events or on the Stampin' Up! web site

Ladies I urge you to have a go at this. What have you got to lose ? Just get all your gorgeous SU stash out and create something beautiful. You could soon be the happy winner of one of these 3 amazing customer prizes. I would be so proud if one of my customers were to win If you want any other information please contact me.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Field Training swaps and more

Here is the card I made for my fellow demonstrators for our Stampin' Up! field training day last Saturday. It was the first training event I have managed to attend and the first time I have swapped cards with other demonstrators.

This absolutely stunning card is from my upline Jenny. She made the card as her swap card for everyone and for each of us in her downline team she made the extra gift of a decorated matching notepad and pen set. Thank you Jenny.

These are the lovely swap cards that I received from the other demonstrators who attended. The variety of styles is refreshing and a swap like this is a fantastic way of getting some totally different creative ideas for stamps you possibly already own. Of course it can also make you realise there are other "must have" sets when you realise what can be achieved with an given stamp set. I received two cards using the "Bloomin' with Beauty" set and both of those cards have made me realise I do actually "need" that set as they are stunning.

This picture shows the projects we each made during our training event. The stamp set is called "A Beautiful Thing" and is a gorgeous 6 piece stamp set.

These ladies are of our UK manager Paula and her assistant Kelly and to me this picture totally sums up the fun factor that is Stampin' Up. Thank you both for allowing me to take this picture.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Stampin Up Training Event

Yesterday I attended my first ever event with my upline Jenny and some of the other members of her team. It was a Stampin' Up demonstrator training event in Taunton. I travelled approx 250 miles to be there and I am sooooooooo glad I made the effort to attend as I had a ball.

I met Jenny's downline ladies for the first time which was lovely, hello again to Val, Jane, Judy, Kate and Jo it was so nice to meet you all. In addition there were lots of other demonstrators from the surrounding areas and it was a real pleasure to meet with you all and also to swap cards with each of you.

I have received some beautiful little pieces of art in this card swap and I will share them all with you in another post (once I have photographed them ) I absolutely adore receiving cards from other card makers as I am inspired so much by their creativity.

A huge amount of my inspiration comes from my upline Jenny. She had obviously been really busy before this event yesterday as she had made each of us in her team a beautiful gift set of decorated notepad and pen to go with the swap card she gave to everyone.
Jenny's set is simply stunning and it has definitely inspired me to make these myself as gifts. However I have to say I am dead jealous Jenny as I do not have this gorgeous stamp set which is so obviously perfect for the job hee hee
The stamp set is a level 3 Hostess Set called "Happiness Always" and is a very special one as it can only be earned and not bought. Click on the online catalogue link and go take a look at the whole set, it really is a beautiful set.If you too love the look of this stamp set and have a few like minded crafty friends why not see if you can gather them together and contact me to arrange a workshop. You could perhaps then earn this set for yourself. You can contact me via my email link on my sidebar.

How lovely is this gift set. Thank you so much Jen I love it.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Summer By the Sea Shadow Box card

Hi there
I am back from a mini camping break in the Lake District. We didn't have the best weather but it was still lovely to chill out for a few days and the bad weather enabled me to get my swap cards all finished for my Stampin' Up field training day this coming Saturday. The field training is for demonstrators and they tend to take this opportunity to swap cards with each other. This training day is the first one I have been able to attend so I am looking forward to joining in with the card swap. I will show all the cards I receive next week along with the card I made to give out.

My upline Jenny gave instructions on her BLOG for a shadow box card today and I just had to try my first one. You can make 2 of these cards out of just one A4 sheet of cardstock and they even fold flat into a normal C6 envelope.

I had to make my card quite simple in design as I am really busy today. I was supposed to be typing up instructions this morning for my card classes on Thursday and Friday but got distracted when I popped over to Jenny's blog and saw this little box all your fault Jen.....but thank you for the card ideas lol.
I used the beautiful little girl stamp from "Summer by the Sea" stamp set from Stampin' Up! I love this set of stamps. The cardstock is Pretty in Pink and Elegant Eggplant and I watercoloured the image using SU markers and aqua painter.

Anyway hope you like this card for today.

Saturday, 13 June 2009


I am sharing a little Bind it All book I have made this morning. The image is from the gorgeous Stampin' Up set "Summer by the Sea"

I wanted to create a handy little reference guide for all of the copics colours ( ok so I don't have all of them but my collection IS growing lol) I do have a single sheet blank colour chart that I got from the Copic site and I have been filling that in myself in order to get a "true" colour but I wanted something more substantial.

I thought of a little book with pages of charts of all the colours and I am thrilled to have found a website of a wonderful lady called Gale who created mini charts of ALL the Copic colours and made herself a little book. You can find her website HERE I have added about 12 blank pages at the back of my little book and will use those to show blending combinations that I discover and like.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Sugar Bowl challenge

I have been a fan of Sugar Nellie stamps for a while now and this little girl has to be one of my favourite images. She reminded me of my Great Niece, Jessica and I had to buy her immediately. Over on the Sugar Nellie challenge blog HERE they run regular challenges and this week it is a sketch challenge with the added extra requirement that you should use blue and green on your card.

At my local craft shop demo evening last night I met Kirsty Wiseman and bought her printables CD and was therefore able to print off some very bright green patterned papers this morning. I am still a wee bit uncertain about this "busy" style of card with these "loud" papers but even though it feels really weird for me to be trying them out, I have to say I do like the finished results.

So anyway this is my first ever challenge card and I am thrilled that it is for the Sugar Nellie Sugar Bowl blog.

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh no it's Copics again !!!!!!

As you can see I have still been experimenting with my new Copics pens. I think they should come with a health warning to say they are addictive, once you start playing with them all sense of time is lost hehe.

These couple of cards are my latest batch and they came about when I was trying to design a card for my local craft shop card competition. The top card is the one that I chose to enter.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Copics Creativity

Well I am absolutely shattered from my day out to Leeds for Maddys copics class, but it has given me such a creative buzz today. I had to have another go at this copics business.....and get out my scrapbook papers as well.

I am still blown away by both the copics effect and this busy style of card and find it unbelievable that I am able to do it. I have made this card today and again I find myself liking the finished design.

What do you all think ?

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Maddy's Copic Class

Hi there

As you know from my previous posts, I have recently bought some Copic markers and have been experimenting with them over the past 2 weeks. Well today I attended a Copics workshop with Maddy over in Leeds. I went with my friend Vikki and we had a brilliant time. Here is the card I created today along with a close up of my coloured image.

I am blown away by the stunning results which can be achieved from these marker pens and I'm truly inspired by Maddys amazing card creations which she shared with us today. This is one colouring technique that I will be practising an awful brings a whole new dimension to a stamped image.
I was thrilled to meet with 3 other ladies namely Gay, Lauren and Eileen and hope they will keep in touch after such a fun day. Whilst there we were also treated to a meet and greet with Calvin Mouse and his Teddy Bear. He watched over us at lunch to ensure we did not polish off all of the cake, and then joined us ( along with his Bigshot machine and teddy) at the craft table for our afternoon session. I took a photo to show you how at home he is with a roomful of other crafters.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Baroque Border Wheel

Hi there
I thought I would share this card with you today. My SU upline Jenny occasionally sets those of us in her team a challenge with a chance to win prizes. This month's challenge was to make a card using one of the Stampin' Up wheels so here is my entry. I wanted something quite plain and simple to show off the wheel design, but wanted the embellishment to also stand out so used Real Red for the stamped flowers. I also added a black button and Linen thread to add a wee bit of texture to my card. Hope you all like it.

There are 10 standard sized wheels available in the current catalogue and 13 Jumbo ones and I love them all. They really are so simple to use and they can give an almost instant card design in minutes. I admit I do have LOTS of these wheels and I am glad that Jenny posted this challenge as she has reminded me how good they are to use.

Thanks for the challenge Jen.
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