Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Still Here….

Sorry for the gap in Blogging, had a busy few days over the weekend and then our littlest was taken into hospital Sunday night after having a febrile convulsion.  Thankfully she seems much better though and is snuggled on the sofa as I type this, if she’s like her brother she might have a couple but will grow out of it.
For today I am sharing a project that was designed by my Upline Monica for our recent team training session.  The technique to create the rainbow is really cool, you scribble some ink from the fab Stampin’ Write markers onto some acetate and then spritz (we used homemade alcohol shimmer spray), lay a piece of crepe or water colour paper over the top and then use on your project.  Cute isn’t it!

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Here’s a close up showing the dimension of the umbrella and the crepe paper ruffle on the side.

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Come back soon for more goodies.  Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Scrapbook Saturday

Hello! Sorry for not blogging yesterday, it’s been a busy week.  For today I wanted to share two scrapbook layouts ‘from the archive’.  I met one of my downline, Georgie just over 2 years ago.  Quite soon she expressed an interest in running a scrapbook club but didn't want to do it on her own, I’d never done any scrapbooking but was willing to ‘give it a go’ – I'm so pleased I did!
This first one is my very first attempt at scrapbooking ever!  Very clean and simple, we wanted to focus on a couple of techniques and I remember this one was punching and different ribbon methods.


Some beautiful pictures of my little angel taken by Debbie at Ido! Photographic when she was only four weeks old.


This next one focused on texture and making your own embellishments, here a pinwheel and a flower.  Each of the panels is a different texture or pattern.  We also dyed some linen thread too.

Traditionally a pinwheel is made from a square of paper but this one was actually four triangles, this enabled us to achieve the two tone finish.  You can also see the spotty embossed finish on the yellow square.


Here’s a close up of the flower, I made this using the build a blossom punch.

I hope you like today’s shares, come back soon for more.  Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

New boxes for wood mount stamps

Some quick info from Stampin’ Up! today, starting on July 1st all wood mount stamp sets will come in NEW style packaging, it’s been designed so that it fits neatly on the shelf next to the dvd style cases that the clear mount stamps come in.  Watch this quick video to see it in action.

Perfect neat storage, now that’s a way to make me smile :)

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

A Happy Birthday Cuppa

Good morning!  A quick post for today, I've got another ribbon trim card to share.  I made this along with Monday’s card when I had all my bits out prepping for last month’s class.  I've used a crumb cake base with Baja Breeze and a touch of Island Indigo.  Baja Breeze is another of the 10 colours that retires at the end of June – don’t miss out contact me to order yours today.


I first inked the cup stamp from ‘Tea Shoppe’ in Baja Breeze and then used an Island Indigo marker to accent the flowers.  That's me for today, happy crafting! x

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Good news!

I should have shared this news ages ago!  The petite curly label punch that was part of the SAB promotion is now available to purchase. 

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It’s a really cute little punch and a bargain at only £11.50.  Best of all it co-ordinates with the ‘Ciao Baby’ stamp set from the spring mini catalogue.

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That's all for today, happy crafting x

Monday, 22 April 2013

Pretty ribbon trim

Hello!  For today I have a really pretty card to show you.  I've used pretty in pink card stock for the base, this is one of the 10 colours that is retiring at the end of June so make sure you get your order in soon if you want some.  This card uses the chevron stamp from ‘Oh Hello!’ I've used markers in the red/pink spectrum, I also used a marker on the sentiment from ‘Curly Cute’ and stamped the words separately instead of using the sentiment lengthways.


I used the same markers directly on the ribbon trim and graduated down the colour spectrum.  Once I’d done that I spritzed it with water and let it dry, here's a close-up.


I hope you are enjoying your day, see you again soon for some more lovelies.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Scrapbook Saturday

Hello!  We’ve had a glorious sunny day today and I’m really pleased as it was the St George’s Day parade for Northampton’s Scouts today, it wouldn’t have been fun cold and wet!
I have decided that I want to start a series of blog posts about my scrapbooking, I have two quick layouts for today.  Because of the parade I’ve had to pull some pics from my ‘archive’.  I’m not a natural ‘scrapper’ but was talked into helping a member of my down-line run a monthly group – I am nearly converted!  
This first double page spread is one that I designed for our monthly scrapbook club.  The pages are still damp in this picture as I've spritzed the background.

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This next page uses the lovely Afternoon Daydream simply scrappin’ kit and was a layout that we got shown at a team training session a while back now – it’s still one of my favourites!

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So, like I said a very quick one for today.  Come back soon for more crafty goodies!

Friday, 19 April 2013

Tea for Two meets Oh Hello!

Now don't all fall over in shock but I've managed to post every day for 5 days!  Today I wanted to share some pictures from my March classes.  This class was based around the beautiful Tea for Two product suite.  I got my inspiration a long time ago and am sorry that I can’t remember where all of it came from, if you think you deserve the credit please send me a quick message and I can add your details :)

This is based on a card by the very talented Julie, I am always inspired by her work!

DSCF2744I showed the ladies a few ways to colour the gorgeous ribbon trim, here I used a marker and spritzed with water.

DSCF2746A pretty, muted card using the flower image form the stamp set.

DSCF2756I LOVE the hexagon embossing folder!

DSCF2757A quick birthday card.

I hope you like today’s makes.  Come back soon :)

Thursday, 18 April 2013

A great use for Stampin' Up! buttons

Sorry it's a late one tonight, I've had a full day!  Today's share is a little different, it's the birthday gift that I made my cousin a while back.  She turned 11 so I  decided to make her 11 pairs of earrings.  I used flat headed earring posts and prettied them up with a variety of out buttons and in colour dahlias.  I used crystal effects to adhere the buttons and a couple of cheap sponges to hold them while they dried.


This is the birthday card that I made to go along with the gift, I can’t take the credit for the original idea, but unfortunately it’s a long time since I made it so if you think you should be credited please let me know.


Here they are together – cute don’t you think?  I hope you like today’s makes, pop back soon for some more lovelies :)


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Masculine Swaps – part 2

Another ‘photo heavy’ post today.  More fantabulous swaps I received from fellow demos at our team training session this last weekend.  Just like on Monday where I have details I have added a link to the demo’s blog – just click on the name below the picture.  If a swap wasn’t labelled I’ve just put unknown – if it’s yours let me know so I can credit you :)

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From top left round clockwise – Issy (lovely colouring Issy) Sandra, Jean, Bekka.

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From top left round clockwise – Sarah, Alison (the watch is so cool!), Natalie, Emily.

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From top left round clockwise – Laura, Becki, Joanne (love this!), Elke.

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From left round clockwise – Unknown, Sue , Charlotte.

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I had to take a pic of this one stood up – how cute!  It’s made by the lovely Jackie.  That’s the last of my swaps, come back soon for more lovelies!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Don't you wish you could get more freebies?

Hello!  I should really have got round to posting this yesterday but what with it being Monday, back to school after the holidays, needing to get the grocery shopping, housework and all the other Monday tasks it just didn't happen.

Stampin' Up! have announced a fantastic offer that is going to run until May 30th, it means extra freebies - what could be better?

Offer date - 15th April - 30 May

JOIN my team, the Dazzlin' Daisies and get an extra £25 worth of goodies in your Starter Kit! That's £155 worth of ANY Stampin' Up! products for only £99! PLUS you get a business pack worth £45 included free (this contains all your catalogues and stationery).  Even better than this, if you join my team now you've also got the chance to earn the brand new colour refresh items for free!

HOST a workshop (or place an individual order) that's over £250 and get an extra £25 worth of Hostess Spends.  Thats a huge £65 worth of spends for a £250 party. If you've already got a date booked with me you will qualify for this offer and if you don't, let's get one booked in!!

If you NEED to take advantage of either of these offers click here to get in touch now.  I'll be back tomorrow with some more swaps from our team training session and then later in the week I have some lovely projects to share.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Masculine Swaps

Hello! Today I’ve got some pictures of some of the AMAZING swaps that I receive at our team training session yesterday so be warned, this post is a little ‘photo heavy’.  Whenever a group of demo’s get together we like to swap, sometimes it’s card fronts, sometimes it’s 3d items, sometimes there is a theme, sometimes not.  Whatever the swap is, it is usually one of my favourite parts of an event.  This time the theme was masculine – something I find quite tricky.  I shared my card yesterday so now onto the beauties that I received.  Where I have details I have added a link to the demo’s blog – just click on the name below the picture. (Edited - it was bought to my attention that the links weren't working.  Sorry about that, they are now fixed) If a swap wasn’t labelled I’ve just put unknown – if it’s yours let me know so I can credit you :)

2013-04-15 12.07.10_wmFrom top left round clockwise – Irene, Unknown, Jane, Juliet.

2013-04-15 12.06.30_wm From top left round clockwise – Paloma, Netty (I think! A fab 3d card that folds flat), Unkown, Sue.

2013-04-15 12.05.14_wm  From top left round clockwise – Unknown, Jo, Emma (cute Lego blocks!).
 2013-04-15 12.03.43_wm  From top left round clockwise – Helen, Alison, Jenie, Beth

2013-04-15 12.02.36_wm From top left round clockwise – Christa, Monica, Vanessa, Daniel (I love pacman!)

2013-04-15 12.02.05_wm From top left round clockwise – Jane (I love the real stitching and the little fabric hanky!), Michelle, Rebecca, Donna.

That’s me for today, have a good one!

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Tasteful trim - masculine style

Good evening!  Yesterday I showed you a picture of some work in progress, well today I wanted to share the results.  I was inspired by a card by a very talented American demo - Mary Fish.  You can see her card here.  Well as it turned out my actual swaps didn't have the sentiment coloured in - a little bit of DIY for everyone ;)

Supplies - all Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Bring On The Cake
Cardstock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Summer Starfruit, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Old Olive 
Markers: Tempting Turquoise, Summer Starfruit, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, Old Olive
Ink: Staz On Black.
Tools and Accessories:  BigShot, Tasteful Trim Die

I've had a fabulous day today at our team get together, not only do I get to meet new friends and catch up with old ones but we swap ideas, get business training and a chance to craft too.  What more could you want?  I will share the swaps that I received in my coming posts but finally for today a card designed for us by my lovely upline Monica, you can see her blog here.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Time for a change....

Yep! That's right, you may have already heard that with the launch of the new 2013-2014 catalogue on July 1st Stampin' Up! are introducing 10 new core colours.  In order to have the new colours we are saying goodbye to some old ones so if you have a favourite be sure to get in touch and stock up soon. 
Here's a quick video from Stampin' Up! showing what the colour families will look like in the flesh.

Where does the time go?

Goodness! How is it a month since I last posted?

It's been a very busy month, Wedding Fairs, scrapbook clubs, card classes, Easter Holidays.... and that's just a taster!  I am scheduling some posts for the coming week or so, this means that I can update you with all that has been going on, what's coming up and share my recent makes with you.

For today I'd like to share a sneaky peek of my swaps that I am making for our quarterly team training day tomorrow.  Yes you read correctly "making" not yet 'made' and I need them for tomorrow!!!

I really enjoy swapping at the events that we have as Stampin' Up! demonstrators, it's a great chance to share ideas and I love to see what other people do!  Pop back tomorrow to see my finished item.