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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Great Stamp Set

When I ordered my Demonstrator Starter Kit I could chose from all the Stampin' Up! sets so I was like a kid in a candy store & already having some of the stamp sets made choosing even harder!!

I took the advice of my upline Jules & ordered the Schoolbook Serif Alphabet stamp set & am so glad I did.

I had a last minute text yesterday for this card & usually I would computer print the name on the front of the card but thought I'd use my new stamps. Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig (an invaluable tool for stamping sentiments etc) made lining up the letter easy peasy!! & I'm really pleased with the result & so was my customer especially as (unbeknown to me) her niece has red hair lol!! perfect.

The flowers are made by punching out the middle size flower from the Boho Blossoms punch (this is a great punch as you get three diferent flowrs from the same punch) & the border on the nameplate is made using the Scallop Border Punch.

SU products & catalogue page
Stamps - Schoolbook Serif Alphabet - page 77
Cardstock - Rose Red - page 82
Ink - Rose Red - page 82
Tools - Stamp-a-ma-jig - page 107 & Scallop Border Punch - page 105, Boho Blossoms Punch - page 105

Thanks for looking

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Another week another challenge

This weeks challenge over at Crafty Creations is to heat it up!!

I've gone for the beverage option & chosen yummy (hot) chocolate colours.

I've used Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip cardstock & retired Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon.

The stamp set is a freebie if you spend over £45 during Sale-a-Bration (contact me for details) & I absolutely love the elegance & versatility of this stamp set.

I've punched the corners of the Very Vanilla cardstock using the Stampin' Up! scalloped corner punch & the bottom using the scalloped border punch. I've finished off with some adhesive pearls on the butterfly & flourish. The sentiment is from the Because I Care stamp set which is a one of the choices of hostess gifts if you host a workshop & take over £150 in sales (contact me for details).

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

What's in the box?????


Here's a big clue!!

After 2 years of using Stampin' Up! products I've finally taken the plunge & become a demo!! I absolutely love all things Stampin' Up! and have promoted the products amongst fellow crafters (a lovely group of ladies I meet on a Friday) for quite a while now.

I have always bought my goodies from my lovely friend Jules, who is now my upline (Stampin' Up! Mum!!), but thought it was about time I put my knowledge to the test & start to run my own workshops & of course gain from the many incentives that Stampin' Up! offer to it's demonstrators.

Now is one of the best times to join as a demo as not only do you get the Starter Kit valued at more than £230 for the bargain price of £119, during 'sale-a-bration' which runs to 28th February 2011 (click on the link on my sidebar to view all the sale-a-bration offers) you also get to choose an extra stamp set valued up to £44.95!!. Now I love a bargain as much as I love Stampin' Up! products so becoming a demo was my late Christmas present to myself lol!!

And here are my goodies

and there's more!!!

So I spent last night watching TV & mounting all my lovely new stamps so today I'm ready to rumble!! & start making some workshop samples! Exciting times!!

So, if you live in the Leeds/West Yorkshire area and would like to book a workshop, order Stampin' Up! products or just want to know more about Stampin' Up! please contact me here.

The winner of the Kenny K digis . . . . . . .

. . . . . .I do apologise for being so late in letting you know the winner of the two Kenny K Design digis from the Crafty Creations blog hop!!

The winner was number 6 which is

well done hunny!!! Please contact me here to claim your prize.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Old Meets New.

Don't you just love the detail on these stamps??!!

The flower is from the 'Because I Care' stamp set which is one of the hostess choices from Stampin' Up! & the pretty butterfly is from the Bliss set which is currently free if you spend over £45 (excluding postage) with Stampin' Up! as part of Sale-a-Bration. If you would like to know more about these offers or anything to do with Stampin' Up! please drop me an email - my email link can be found by viewing my profile.

I'm trying to use up some of my retired Stampin' Up! stash to make room for some yummy new goodies!!

I've used Rose Red from Stampin' Up! on the card as follows :

Cardstock (current)
Ink (current)
Stitched ribbon (retired)
Designer Paper (retired but now available in new designs)

I've have also used the Scalloped Corner & Scalloped Border punches from Stampin' Up! (I think these are my favorite punches at the moment!!)

The sentiment is computer printed & punched with the Large Label punch from Stampin' Up! The pearls & staples are from my stash.

I am entering this card in the following challenges

Cute Card Thursday - Monocrome 

Papertake Weekly - Ribbon & Pearls

Stamp Something - Anything goes

Totally Papercrafts - Happy Birthday

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Crafty Creations Challenge 101 - New Beginnings

Well my New Years Resolution started well but something stepped in last Thursday that sent my focus off in a different direction & although it's craft related it didn't give me much time to blog every day as I'd intended. All will be revealed shortly. Exciting times ahead - hopefully!!

It's my turn to set the challenge this week at Crafty Creations & when I thought of the challenge a few weeks ago I thought I was being very original but it seems quite a few challenges at the moment have the same theme!

New Beginnings

Now this could be many things, just use your imagination!!

We are being sponsored this week by my friend Janet at Pink Gem Designs who is offering 4 digis as a prize to one randomly drawn entry.

I've used one of Janet's digis for my card this week & how cute is this little guy?!

I've coloured him using copics & cut out using Nestabilities Circle & Scallop circle dies. The cardstock is Stampin' Up! & the paper is from Dovecraft.

The cute little tags have been punched using the Stampin' Up! Tag Punch & the sentiment is computer printed & punched using the Stampin' Up! Word Window punch & the Large Label punch.

A bit of bling & some itty bitty feet from my stash & some cute little romper suits cut on the Cricut & job done!

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

The Diet Starts Here

As soon as I saw this Mo Manning digi I thought OMG that's me!! & from reading her Facebook page I'm not on my own. How many of us get on the scales regularly & pray that we've got away with that 'very large' bar of chocolate or that yummy Danish, or both!!

Well this is my year to change all that (I'm sure I said that at the beginning of 2010!! (& 2009!!)) & this time I mean business. As the saying on the calendar goes

& I've certainly tried one more time . . . . . . . time & time again lol!!

This was a total contrast to my last project & I loved making it.

I've followed the sketch at Wild Orchid Crafts.

The papers & cardstock are once again from Stampin Up. The lace & ribbon are from my stash as are the pearls. The flowers are punched using the Marianne Creatables punch & emboss & finished off with more pearls. The mini calendars are from the Anita's range.

I'm entering this in the following challenges

Wild Orchid Challenges - Sketch followed on top part of calendar

Craft Your Passion - Anything goes

One Stop Craft Challenge - New Beginnings (starting a diet :-) )

Papertake Weekly - Anything goes - with lace

Simon Says Challenge - New Beginnings (the diet again!!)

Thanks for looking.

Monday, 3 January 2011

What a Faff !!

You know when you start a card & just go with the flow when you're making it & it's a nice easy card & you want to make it again & again . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . well this definitely isn't one of those cards!!!

I wanted to have a go at a window style card but this was the only image I had that would look right being split into pieces - that was the easy bit - the layering of the 'window' panels was the hard part, trying to get them all to look even!!

Then I decided to do a ribbon ruffle across the middle which is easy peasy - if you don't want the two sides to match - but if you want the ruffles to run in opposite directions it's not so easy & trying to hide the doublesided tape!! - I came pretty close to throwing this one I can tell you!!

The cardstock & DP are all from Stampin Up as is the ribbon.
I'd already made the little ribbon flower & these felt flower pieces from Stampin Up (discontinued) were perfect to finish it off.
A bit of bling in the corners & a 'thanks' sentiment cut on the cuttlebug & job done!! . . . . . . . . . but never again lol!!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges

Phindy's Place - Give thanks

Cute Card Thursday - Thank you

Papertake Weekly - Be thankful

Allsorts Challenge - Thankyou

C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Thankyou

Thanks for looking

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Sparkly Birthday Card

My Crafting New Years Resolution is to post more often on my blog. Now I was going to challenge myself to post every day but for me that's totally unrealistic so just for starters I'll try for more often than once a week!! now that shouldn't be hard . . . . . . . should it??

In my first challenge for 2011 I've chosen to use the sketch over at The Sugar Bowl which is to celebrate their 2nd birthday & two lucky winners can win some fab prizes.

I've used the super cute Dress Up Maggie which is still one of my favorite Sugar Nellie images. I've coloured her using copics & have blinged her up with stickles for her boa & gold liquid pearls for her necklace.

The cardstock is Bazzill Basics (I have loads of this & am determined to use it up) & the paper is from Dovecraft. I didn't want to cover the paper so have used a small glitter oval as the backdrop & the squares in the DP as part of the sketch.

The tiny pink pearls, ribbon & pom pom thread are from my stash & I've made the little ribbon flower from a roll end of ribbon.

I saw the little sentiment banner on Debby's blog & thought it would suit this card perfectly.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges

Stamp Something - Glitter

Totally Papercraft - Time to party

Creative Card Crew - Birthdays at Christmas

Moving Along With The Times - Birthday & circles

Thanks for looking.