Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Wedding Fair Fever!!!

Good morning All! It's been manic here for the last few days, I got a last minute request to attend the Budget Bride Live Wedding Fair at Diana's Health Club in Wellingborough this coming Sunday (see the webiste here).  I'm going along with one of my downline Joanne, we're so excited and can't wait to meet all the brides, grooms, friends and family and share Stampin' Up! with them.

Making your own wedding stationery, favours, table settings, even decorations is not only loads of fun but it saves money too! On the day we are offering a FREE make and take so that everyone can experience a little crafty-ness for themselves, would you like a sneaky peek?..... Oh go on then.

It's a very clean and simple layout in Whisper White with a sentiment in black, but it will allow people to see how the BigShot can be used to add texture, how you can use punches, and they'll get to do a little stamping too. Plus it's super easy to reproduce and change up a little by adding another colour or a little 'bling' pop back later this week to see some stepped up versions.  Best of all if you wanted to make 40 of these it's really cheap! Get a group of friends together, I'll bring the BigShot and to buy all the other supplies (including envelopes) it could cost as little as £55.40. You'd then have the stamps and punch so that you could make other coordinating stationery items, favours, decorations and gifts too!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Boutique Boxes

Hello! A relatively quick post from me today as I am busy prepping for a wedding fair at the weekend (in between Princess dressing up with Daisy! Let me know if you'd like to see pictures, I don't want to bore you) I'm actually quite nervous about the wedding fair as the services I offer are very different from all the other stand holders - fingers crossed it goes down well.

Anyway onto today's project. I got the lovely Boutique Boxes Designer Printed Kit recently and had a quick play. I love that everything you need is in the kit (you just need your choice of adhesive).  The boxes are really easy to put together and look lovely!

Ooh I should really take another picture - sorry about the quality. Here's a snap from the Spring Summer Catalogue, you can buy a bundle which includes the "A little Greeting" stamp set in wood, plus the box kit enough for 8 boxes plus teeny note cards too for only £11.95 - BARGAIN!

That's all for today - happy crafting! x

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Passionette's Spring/Summer Blog Hop

Good morning!  Thank you for coming to see me  Today I am taking part in another blog hop with The Passionettes,  my Stampin' Up! team mates.  We are going to take you on a whistlestop tour of the fabby new spring summer catalogue - how exciting!

So for those of you that don't know how a blog hop works, it's basically a loop of blog posts that you can look at.  The hop starts here with me, I am focusing on the stunning Tea for Two product suite that covers pages 3-5 of the NEW Spring/Summer Seasonal catalogue and you will hop around each person going through the catalogue until you end up with Fanny on pages 32-33.  I'll put a full list of everyone at the bottom of this post too.

I've had a rough couple of weeks personally but have thrown myself into my craft therapy so today's post may be a long one, I have a lot of pictures to share but I hope you like!

My first make was two little oval boxes using the new framelits dies.  These were inspired by some made by the lovely Val and you'll see her work later in the hop.  They were a bit hit and miss and I think I could get a better fit on the lids - something to practise :)  Don't you just love the flower trim around the pink lid?

Products used: All Stampin'Up! 
Stamps: Oh, Hello
Inks: Pretty in Pink
Card stock: Pretty in Pink, So Saffron
DSP: Tea for Two
Accessories: Big Shot, Ovals Collection Framelits, 5/8" Flower Trim, Vanilla Seam Binding, Stampin Dimensionals, Sticky Strip.

Next up a card. This is totally out of my normal comfort zone but I LOVE it! I used a sponge to add colour to the doily and a little to the flower trim too, I hope you can see this from the close up. Pretty but not too girly as I stayed away from pink :)

Products used: All Stampin'Up!
Stamps: Oh, Hello
Inks: Lucky Limeade
Card stock: Very Vanilla
Accessories: 5/8" Flower Trim, Tea Lace Paper Doilies

Next another card, this time DL sized.  This card was inspired by the one at the bottom of page 5, what do you think?  I've used Stampin'Write markers direct to the stamps so that I can selectively add colour.  Ooh and did you know that if you are careful you can emboss a piece of cardstock that is longer than your embossing folder?

Products used: All Stampin'Up! 
Stamps: Oh, Hello
Inks: Calypso Coral, Early Espresso, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, So Saffron, Pretty in Pink
Card stock: Whisper White
Accessories: Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine, BigShot, TIEF - Needlepoint Border, Stampin' Dimensionals

Finally a card file and 6 co-ordinating cards. This was a labour of love as I worked out the dimensions for the file from scratch, I really wanted to add some crumb cake seam binding to tie it closed too but I've run out! I didn't add sentiments to all the designs as I like to have some generic cards stashed away in case of an emergency :)

Products used: All Stampin'Up!
Stamps: Oh, Hello
Inks: Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, Whisper White Craft
Card stock: Crumb Cake
DSP: Tea for Two
Accessories: Simply Scored, BigShot, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Large Oval punch, Ticket Duo builder punch, Linen Thread, Lucky Limeade bakers twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Some close ups of the cards...

A hole pierced in the spine of this one means that you can wrap the linen thread around without any ugly ends on the inside.

Love the paper bow on this one :)

I'll be back later in the week with more using the tea for two papers - I'm sure lots of you have seen all the designs out there that incorporate the hexagonal motifs.

I really hope that you've enjoyed my offerings, now it's time for me to send you on to look at what the very talented Val has been upto - happy hopping! 

Here's the full list just incase - simply click on each person's name.

Vicky - You're here already :)

Friday, 1 February 2013

SAB & Spring/Summer Blog Hop

Good Morning!  This morning I am very excited as the NEW Spring/Summer Seasonal Catalogue goes live!  You can view it by clicking the link in the left hand side bar.  To celebrate the Spring Summer Catalogue and the fact that Sale-A-Bration is well and truly under way I am taking part in a blog hop today. I've gone for SAB items as I've not had very much time to play with my new things, do pop back on Sunday though as I'm taking part in another blog hop then too.  

So you should have come here from Emma's blog did you love her creations?

For today's cards I have gone for 10.5cm square cards in one of my favourite colours - Pool Party.  On both cards I have used the SAB dsp pack called Sycamore Street.  I LOVE the colour combinations in this paper.On the 'thanks' card the sentiment is selectively coloured from the elephant image in Patterned Occasions.  The line of flowers is stamped in Island Indigo with an image from Maddison Avenue, this is then highlighted with punched flowers using one of the itty bitty punches. A final touch of Island Indigo ribbon from the SAB bundle to finish off.  The 'Just Because' card was a really quick make for a friend.  The sentiment is from Vintage Verses and then it's just varying widths of dsp cut to a banner end.  The lighting is a bit dim but with my little point and click not too bad really.

So now you can hop over to Alison's Blog to see what she's been upto. Also here is the full list just incase you get stuck anywhere.  

3. Emma (Evee' s aunt)
9. Elaine (Sassy Stamper)
11. Sandra (Sarnie) -
12. Emma (Daisydaye) -
13. Vicky (Vickylou) -
14. Crafting Alison -
15. Michelle (Zambezi) -

That's all for today, come back soon - more blog hopping on Sunday :)