Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Welcome to my two new team members

Yes, yes I know 2 POSTS in one day...........what is the world coming to ?

The reason I am posting again today is to welcome my 2 new demonstrators to my downline. I am utterly thrilled and delighted to welcome both Karen and Jennifer to my modest little Stampin' Up team.

Both of these ladies have been members of one of my Stampers 6/10 groups and both have been considering signing up as a Demonstrator for a while . Well last week I had a phone call from each of them to say they have decided to take advantage of the current Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration promotion. This is a very special current offer which meant not only did they get the Starter Kit for a bargain price of £119 (Valued at more than £230) but in addition they also got to choose an additional stamp set to the value of £44.95 absolutely FREE

This amazing Sale-a-Bration recruit offer is valid until 28th February so if you are considering becoming a demonstrator then I urge you to take full advantage and bag yourself an EXTRA stamp set of your choice.

Although I cannot match the extra freebies that each will receive from the Sale-a-Bration free stamp set offer, I do make up a little welcome pack of pressies from me and these are shown above. Whilst my supply lasts each new team member that signs up with me will receive this gorgeous collectable Stampin' Up! bag and Ruler( these were limited availabilty to purchase at our SU Convention 2010 in London) . I also provide each new recruit with a full set of colour sheets which show all the cardstock, markers and inkpad colours for our current colour range and a punch ring sampler which has a sheet punched out with each of our current punches. Both of these are created individually by me along with their welcome card. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me and pretty soon you too could take advantage of this amazing offer from Stampin'Up!

Short break in Wales

Hi there
Sorry there have been no posts over the weekend. Gordon and I have been away for a quiet retreat to North Wales. We have been on a battery re-charge in a tiny log cabin in an idyllic setting and only a short drive from Barmouth where the beach is amazing.
Anyone who knows me will know that the beach/sea shore is my most favourite place to be and I have always loved to be on the beach in the middle of winter when no-one else is out. It was a beautiful sunny day on Saturday and although it was cold, the skies were blue and there wasn't a breath of wind so it was just perfect. I have to say I think this weekend was the first time I have ever seen ice drifts in the sand dunes and it seemed a bizarre mix to me although it did look lovely.

The other silhouette pictures were taken on Friday afternoon on our way to the cabin. We simply had to stop and capture this sunset as it disappeared behind the mountains it was so stunning and I just loved the black silhouette of the grasses by the bank.

So I am now back home and ready to prepare for my next set of classes this week. I also have the dreaded tax return to do, new cards to create for my next craft club, and lots of preparation for my day event in March. All in all I am going to be really busy for the remainder of January I think ? ? ?

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Happy Birthday Vikki

I can finally share with you the card and matching gift box I have made for my friend Vikki's birthday which is tomorrow ( she will already be in bed so I should be quite safe to post this tonight)
I have used Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black and Whisper White as I know Vikki loves the stark contrast effect of this colour combination. Lets hope she likes my little offering.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

All Day Spring Event Saturday 19th March

Hi there
I am pleased to announce that I now have my next All Day Event planned and booked for Saturday 19th March. The theme for this event is "Spring" as I am determined to think positively towards warmer weather and SUNSHINE ! ! ! At my last event I worked everyone a wee bit too hard so this time I am doing just two projects one from 10am to 12 and the afternoon one from 1pm to 4pm. There will of course be little gifts for everyone, spot prizes, raffle, packed lunch provided and an endless supply of homemade cakes and drinks. For those of you who have attended before you will know that my nephew Matt and my Mum will look after all of your refreshment needs throughout the day.

I am strictly limiting the numbers to 24 for this event and already have quite a few ladies who have booked immediately. There are currently places left available but I expect those to fill very fast so please be quick if you do not wish to be disappointed. The fee for this event is £25 per person and is payable please by the end of this month. I operate my list on a strictly first come first served basis so please contact me asap if you do wish to attend. (I may offer a second date for this event but only if there is enough demand)

I look forward to hearing from you soon

Friday, 14 January 2011

Fast and Fabulous Jaunty Ladies ! ! !

Back as promised to show you the two cards that my Jaunty Ladies created in class this afternoon. Both cards were made using the very lovely "Fast and Fabulous" Level 2 Hostess set from Stampin' Up. The first offering is a very delicate coloured card using Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette and Soft Suede. The second card uses the far more vibrant Rich Razzleberry and Early Expresso and I know my ladies liked the two very different effects even though the same stamp set was used. We also used my brand new Spritzer Tool this afternoon and it is already now on a couple of the ladies wish lists.
Remember the post earlier today with the card for Jayden, well he is my friend Vikki's little boy and she also celebrates her birthday next week so I've been busy this evening creating a special card for her too. I cannot actually believe I have made all 3 special cards this week.....a week before they are due instead of the night before as I usually do. Perhaps now that I am on a roll I should try and make the 3 I need for next month too.......or is that just pushing my luck maybe lol.

Jayden Birthday

Hi there
Here is the cute card I promised to share. It is for my friend's little boy Jayden who will celebrate his 4th birthday next week.
I am not particularly that good at creating cards for children but I think he will like the bright colours and the little owls from the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration set "Punch Bunch" . The tiny shooting star stamp from the "So Happy for You" set is also from Sale-a-Bration. You just have to love these sets for their versatility.

I will be back later to show you the cards my Jaunty Ladies will be creating in class this afternoon.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Sale-a-Bration 2011 "Bliss" Stamp Set

Just a quickie post as I have a million and one things I HAVE to get finished which include:

  • Class packs to cut and make up for my Sweet Summer Class (please see previous post)

  • Class photo's and instructions to do

  • Thank you cards to put together (thankfully all the elements are stamped and ready)

  • Ironing ( how does that pile grow so big and so quick ?)

  • Prepare my first 2011 Christmas Class for the end of the month

  • Start preparation for my next All Day Event which should be in March (awaiting confirmation on the hall) Please contact me ASAP if you are interested in this as I have a strict maximum of 24 places for this event.

So back to today's card. The stamp set I have used is another of the Sale-a-Bration stamp sets that you can earn completely for free when you place an order for £45 from the current catalogue. Because I simply adore the vintage style this has to be my personal favourite of all of this year's sets. I have teamed Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze and Soft Suede cardstock and inks for this creation and have simply added a few adhesive pearls to finish. The sentiment is from the Curly Cute stamps set and this is fast becoming my favourite sentiment set. My card is a wee bit "clean" to be a true vintage style offering but I will be back with more cards to show you using this set once I have taken delivery of my "spritzer" tool from Stampin' Up! (Woohoo my parcel is on it's way, now will just need the time to play once it gets here lol)

Anyway hope you too like my card using the "Bliss" set

Back tomorrow with something cute to share.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Sweet Summer Class

At last ! ! ! ! After days of distraction I have finally been able to create my first class for 2011

In this class we will be making this box and card set, using the very beautiful Sweet Summer Sale-a-Bration stamp set. I love it's simplicity and it makes me think of warmer days which has to be a bonus when the weather is dismal outside. Today we have had a beautiful sunshine to start with followed by snow, horrendous wind and lashing rain so roll on Spring, or even better roll on Summer.

I have two dates planned for this class the first being Monday 17th January as a day class and I will be repeating the class as an evening one on Thursday 20th January. Please contact me asap if you wish to book your place on either of these dates as I always allocate spaces on a first come first served basis.

Punch Bunch Owl

Hi Everyone
I have been really busy preparing my classes for January but thought I would take time out today just to share this card with you. I used the oh so lovely Punch Bunch Sale-a-Bration set and am already totally in love with this little owl. He is so cute and come April we are getting the punch that co-ordinates with him so you won't have to cut him out by hand, just stamp and punch.

A gentle reminder that these Sale-a-Bration sets are limited edition and won't ever be offered in the main catalogue. As they are unique to this promotion only, they will NOT be available after 28th February so if you want this little owl and the other gorgeous images in this set you need to place your £45 order asap. All 5 of the stamps in this set have a matching punch which makes them so easy to work with.

I will be back later with the first of my classes for January.

Monday, 3 January 2011

New Year Crafting

Hi there and Happy New Year to you all.
I spent an unusually lazy New Year's Day crafting with my downline and we both had a lovely time. We have both had this flu bug over the Christmas period so had not felt creative which was a bit of a problem as we each had 15 cards to make for our downline team swap. I am thrilled to say we both managed to complete our cards and they will be in the post tomorrow. Unfortunately I cannot show you my card design for the swap until after the team members have received them so I am sharing a card I've made using the oh so gorgeous "Growing Green" stamp set. I stamped the images onto Watercolour paper using black stazon ink and then used my markers and aqua painter to colour them in. I am not particularly good at colouring but I am pleased with the effects even I can achieve using this method and this stamp set just looks stunning watercoloured.I then matted and layered my stamped piece in order to create a larger A5 card and finished it off by also decorating the inside panel. I started paying more attention to my card inners in the latter pat of 2010 and I try to go that bit extra on every card I make nowadays.

I must get going as I need to get a few more things done before bedtime. I will try and do another upload tomorrow
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