Friday, 28 November 2014

The piercing bells! Using Embellished Events from Stampin' Up

I've been really excited by the wonderful new Christmas stamp sets in the Stampin' Up autumn/winter catalogue but sometimes it's nice to bring out the oldies and goodies! Come and see:

The panel on this card has been punched with the Decorative Label punch to make an aperture and I've added the beautiful bells from Embellished Events popped up on dimensionals.

I liked the idea of bells ringing to mark the beginning of the Christmas holidays and it gave me the chance to use one of my favourite sentiments from the Project Life stamp set Holiday Cheer - perfect for those December pages!

Well it's certainly been an eventful week, with broken down boilers and computers interspersed with settling our new puppy in, but I've been thinking about making this card ever since last weekend when I saw Less is More's Jingle all the Way theme and 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown's piercing challenge!

There is an amazing promotion on at the moment where you can actually get a Stampin  Up starter kit for just £74.25 - and be able to choose products worth up to £130 to put in it! What an amazing deal, whether you're keen to start a Stampin' Up business or simply enjoy a discount on these fabulous products - and perhaps the perfect early Christmas prezzie?! Do give me a call on 01280 820593 if you'd like to find out more, or click here to read all about it.

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I hope you've got a great weekend lined up. I shall be spending mine in the company of my favourite blonde beauty:

Here she is demonstrating the perfect retrieve. Hmm, I wonder if I could get her to show the boys how to 'go fetch' their laundry!

See you on Monday for more crafting fun,


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Christmas gift wrap ideas - Stampin' Up Artisan blog hop

It's my favourite day of the week - Artisan blog hop day! This is when the whole team gets together to show projects we've made with products we've been sent by Stampin' Up. I'm always so inspired by my talented teamies and I know you will be too, so grab a cup of coffee, hold on to your ears and let's hop all over the world together!

I was so excited to see that Stampin'  Up had introduced wrapping paper into the autumn/winter catalogue - and love that it coordinates with DSP and stamps. With a new puppy in our busy household, I've had to be a bit organised with my Christmas planning so I've already wrapped some gifts. When I'd finished, I picked up the off cuts of wrapping paper and before you know it, this had happened:

Cards made with scraps? Well why not?! This one uses the leafy design - and you can see there is a slight crumply look. You could screw the paper up more to intensify that crumpliness if you like!

Here's one made with the striped design, using the same layout but a different orientation. The white, kraft and red colour combination always reminds me of spicy, warming gingerbread! Mmmmn!

The paper is so beautiful it needs little embellishment. I topped mine with ribbon and glimmer paper banners and a little snowflake embellishment made with the Trendy Trims stamp set, a snowflake sequin, a punched heart and some circle punches.

I based my cards on this fab sketch...

 ... which I found on the new-to-me SU-per challenge site, based in the wonderful Netherlands.

These cards coordinate perfectly with the presents I wrapped.

That gorgeous Cherry Cobbler linen ribbon is so easy to fold into elegant gift toppers - and can I also just say that Fast Fuse adhesive is the best thing to happen to gift wrapping EVER!

Gifts under the tree always look inviting but a present topped with a large sparkly bow really ups the excitement factor! This Gift Bow Bigz die will cut several bows at once and you can use it on a variety of materials including fabric, vinyl, or even leather!

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my gift wrap projects today. Are you ready to see what fabulousness Allison Okamitsu has made to inspire you? Just click the button below:

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1" Circle Punch

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I would love to stay and chat but I've reminded myself about gingerbread now and can feel a spot of baking coming on...

There'll be more crafting fun here tomorrow, and you're welcome to join me then!

Quick designer paper Christmas cards using All is Calm DSP by Stampin' Up

Each year, there's always at least one Stampin' Up Christmas designer paper pack that wows me to bits! This year it's All Is Calm - have you seen it yet? It's full of gorgeous, subtle designs, some of which will work just as well after the festive season (thanks Stampin' Up!) I've been making some quick cards with mine - come and see:

These papers are perfect as backgrounds. I've simply added a popped up banner and embellished with Frosted Sequins. The sentiment I've used today is from Making Spirits Bright, a fabulous set featuring some fun drinks images and a set of greetings in an up-to-date font that you'll want to use over and over again.

That banner was easy to make using Stampin' Up's Simply Scored tool and the ribbon tails were created with a click of the 1" square punch. Grey may not seem the first choice for a Christmas card but I love the nordic feel of it with crisp white and a dash of red. These snowflakes are so fun and come in the same pot as the Frosted Sequins.

And this one's so icy looking it makes me huddle into my woollies (or could that be the lack of heating around here!)

I could have gone on making these cards with all the other papers in this pack but I was rudely interrupted by my canine baby, woofing that she needed my attention!

I'll be linking these cards up with the final Rudolph Day of the year. I'd like to say a great big thank you to the fabulous and tireless Sarn for keeping us making festive cards all through the year. She is bowing out as host of the challenge and I'll look forward to joining in with Maureen of Scrappymo who will be taking over the challenge.

I'm also linking up with Just add Ink where I found this grear sketch.

It's just perfect for using your designer paper snippets so I shall pop down to the Snippets Playground with these cards too.

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Simply Scored
1" Square Punch

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Are you wondering how we're getting on with our pup? Well she's a treasure! Life seems to be conspiring to make things harder than they need to be though. My computer broke down on Sunday night and the boiler gave up yesterday morning! How's that for grim?! We are still smiling though (although there might just be a suggestion of gritted teeth involved and we are wearing an awful lot of jumpers!)

See you tomorrow for the fabulousness that is the Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team blog hop!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Love Stampin' Up? Join for just £75!

Have you ever had your breath taken away by Stampin' Up designer paper and felt the need to bring it out and stroke it for a week before cutting into it? Have you ever punched the air and cried yes, yes, YES! when placing the designer paper next to card stock that matches perfectly? Have you ever sighed with pleasure when another stamp set is released which coordinates with one of your punches? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, you really do need to join Stampin' Up right away!

Stampin' Up is the perfect, low-cost way to start up a craft business that fits around your lifestyle but it isn't just for business people. The benefits for fans of Stampin' Up products are enormous - 20% off all your orders, free products, invitations to demonstrator-only events, the chance to see and order new products before anyone else, the wonderful friendships you make... The list goes on!

I bet you want to join right this minute - and you couldn't have chosen a better time! Between 25th November and 2nd December, you'll get your Stampin' Up starter kit for just £75, that's 25% off the usual price, AND you'll get to choose whatever Stampin' Up products you like to put in it worth up to £130 AND it will be delivered free of charge to your door!

I know what you're thinking. You think that after you've joined you'd have to spend loads of money to keep up with being a demonstrator. But the truth is that if you join now, you will only need to place orders worth £275 catalogue price between now and the end of March 2015 to remain a part of Stampin' Up. You can be your own customer, or take orders from friends and family, or a mixture of both. Stampin' Up has also announced that demonstrators joining during this promotion will get a 5% cash back on all orders placed in December!

It does sound a bit too good to be true doesn't it, but I assure you there are no catches. Stampin' Up welcomes hobby demonstrators as well as people wanting to start a business - it's the company's way of rewarding your loyalty to its products.

Oh my goodness, and how about asking for a starter kit as an early Christmas prezzie? Imagine opening a box of £130 worth of fabulous Stampin' Up goodies on Christmas morning! (But don't forget this offer is only on for one week, starting 25th November.)

I'm here to answer all your questions so email me here or give me a call on 01280 820593 for a friendly, no obligation chat. Or click here for more information about joining Stampin' Up.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Monday, 24 November 2014

Using my Stampin' Up stash to make a coordinated birthday gift set

It was my darling daughter's birthday the weekend before last - and her first one away from home. I wrapped her little gifts with a great deal of love and care - and of course my Stampin' Up craft supplies helped me to match everything. Come and see:

My daughter is at Manchester University and, since the symbol of Manchester is the bee, I chose that as my theme using the bee from the retired Natures Walk stamp set. The card is a simple design that relies on its bold yellow and black colour scheme for effect. The sentiment is from the oh so useful Amazing Birthday stamp set and I used the Simply Scored tool to create a frame for the panel to sit in.

As a student, my daughter is naturally impoverished now so we gave her some money to help out. Stampin' Up's gift card framelits die is brilliant for dressing up money as well as gift cards. The papers are from the tone-on-tone Designer Paper Stacks - these come in every single Stampin' Up colour and are so useful!

Regular readers of my blog may recognise this little treat box. It holds two mini bars of delicious Green & Blacks chocolate - yes, my daughter is as much of a fan as I am! You'll find my video tutorial here.

I popped up to Manchester last week to visit my daughter and deliver her gifts in person. Being on the west side of England, it does sometimes rain in Manchester (!) so I thought a bright plant would cheer things up in her room (and these Kalanchoes are indestructible just in case she should forget to look after it!)

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When I gave my daughter her card I wondered if she'd get the Manchester connection. "Do you know why there are bees all over the card?" I asked. She giggled. "Because... bees!" she said.

Life has got rather challenging for me all of a sudden. Not only am I looking after our adorable little Golden Retriever puppy Eva but my beloved Apple Mac has died a death and is having to be examined by the lads at the Apple Store. Honestly - life! Am I right?!

See you tomorrow (hopefully!)

Friday, 21 November 2014

Celebrating success in my Stampin' Up team

When I first joined Stampin' Up as an independent demonstrator, I didn't think about building a team. Once I started though, I found helping, motivating and encouraging my team members incredibly rewarding. I would love to help you get off to a great start too so, if you've been thinking of starting a Stampin' Up business or would like to enjoy your hobby as part of the Stampin' Up family, why not give me a call for an informal chat on 01280 820593? Or click here to find out more.

WOW! I've just heard that there's going to be an amazing offer on for one week only! Between 25th November - 2nd December, you'll be able to get 25% off your starter kit when you join Stampin' Up AND you'll get 5% back on all your sales in December! That's on top of the usual considerable benefits too!

I'm always delighted when members of my team achieve their Stampin' Up goals and I like to mark the occasion with little cards and gifts. Today's bright card was made to celebrate a promotion. Come and see:

There's a real party feel about this stamp I think! It's from the Today and Everyday set on p.168 of the annual Stampin' Up catalogue and it's designed for colouring, so out came my blendabilities markers! Blending and shading is effortless with these beauties! Have you spotted the candy dots at the bottom of the card? I love having these in all the Stampin' Up colour families!

A Tangerine Tango panel brings out the zingy colours of the lanterns. I cut an aperture in it with one of the Deco Labels framelits - LOVE that embossed edge you get with the framelits!

I'll be linking this card up with CAS(E) this Sketch where this is the sketch:

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Naturally I've been keeping my daughter up to date with all the puppy news. "If she woofs that she'd like to go to Manchester, do bring her up to visit me," said my daughter. I heard from her again yesterday. "Eva is such a clever puppy," she texted. "I can't believe she already knows how to sit, go to her bed AND run a chickpeas company!" This picture accompanied the text:

Have a wonderful weekend won't you. I don't know how much crafting will get done here but there'll certainly be a whole lot of puppy training! See you very soon,