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Monday, 30 January 2012

Spring Mini and Sale-a-bration Event

This photo might appear a little fuzzy as I've cropped it.  I held my Spring Mini Event yesterday centred around Sale-a-bration with an Open House and it was a blast.  They loved the samples and were excited to touch and feel the new products from the Spring Mini for real!

It features the items made with Elementary Elegance Sale-a-bration stamp sets in the main,  and stamp sets from the mini and some 3D items. 

A HUGE Thank You to the lovely Val who made 3 trays of cupcakes, I would've taken a picture, but it all disappeared before I got round to it, some landed in my tummy!  Not good for my waistline, but it was scrummy even though I'm going to rue the day for being so greedy!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Elementary Elegance, You're a Gem, Borderlines

At our team quarterly meeting last Saturday, my brief was to showcase this set.  I have to admit I had a mental block about this one, because it only comprised the frame and the accompanying images are really small.  I will share the projects I did once my event is over on Sunday.
The upshot is that these same images are small enough to use for the inserts to Stampin' Up!'s new Simply Adorned range pendants!  The inserts are 1" x 1 1/4", and you can see the bird in the top left corner so it will give you an idea how tiny it is.
Funny story about this card,  I made this as a special "thank you" for a special person in my life, but when I finished it, I liked it so much I couldn't bear to part with it!  I embossed the frame in Silver and against the Pool Party it looks stunning in real life.  The centre has been cut out on the front panel.

Inside, I positioned the punched out curly label in the "window" and raised it on dimensionals. As I'd used the sentiment "you're a Gem" from the You're a Gem stamp set in the spring mini, I applied a string of rhinestones all round the edge to frame it.
The silver embossed image at the bottom is from Borderlines, and I sponged a faux torn edge effect over it for some colour.  To finish, I used the embosslits Beautiful Butterflies and adhered randomly on the front of the card as well as on the curly label.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012


Why have I been so quiet?  Well I've been busy preparing for our team's Inspiration Station which took place on Saturday last and also my Spring Mini Event which takes place this Sunday 29th January.    It just so happens that it has been scheduled alongside the Sale-a-bration period which kicks off today!

Sale-a-bration has come a little later this year, but you will have the chance to take advantage of it right up to Saturday March 31st.  Look at these exclusive limited edition of products which could be yours! 

So what is Sale-a-bration?  It is Stampin' Up!'s biggest promotion of the year!    Those of you who are SU addicts will know that for every £45 spend, you get a FREE stamp set!  There is a selection of five items in the brochure - four stamp sets to choose from or a pack of 12" x 12" designer papers.   If you spend £90  you get to choose another stamp set (or paper) absolutely FREE - if you've had a windfall and have £135 to spend, you'll get to choose yet another stamp set and so on - there is no limit!

This is the best time EVER to host a party!  If you host a party with net sales of £300 or more, you will not only receive a stamp set with your qualifying order of £45 or more, you will also get to select another   stamp set from the SAB brochure and that's not all - you'll earn  Hostess£50 on top of that as well as a full priced item  of your choice in the current catalogues at 50% discount I think it's fantastic how Stampin' Up! rewards its customers and hostesses for buying their products.  So if you haven't already booked a party with me, email me and we'll set a date!
New for this year, Stampin' Up! has included a pack of 12" x 12" Designer papers called Everyday Enchantment - and the papers are really enchanting!  Here is a sneak peek at one of the projects for my display at my forthcoming event using this paper.  The papers cannot be purchased and is only available as a freebie with a £45 purchase.  Don't you just love it?  Can you work out what is the other new product I've used on my project?  Leave me a message to see if you've guessed right!
By the way, during the Sale-a-bration period, if you purchase the Starter Kit,  you will receive an additional stamp set at any price from Stampin' Up!'s current catalogues, (which includes the mini)  bringing the total worth of the products you receive up to £300 and you only pay £119!  Want to know more?  Email me and leave your contact details and I will get in touch to explain!

Monday, 23 January 2012

Need for Speed, For my Family

This is the card I made my son who will be celebrating his birthday later this week - hard to believe he is approaching his mid-thirties! Makes me feel old!  The cardstock and inks I used were Whisper White, Marina Mist, Early Espresso.  I always forget that we now have square envelops in our catty, so this card has been cut at 10" x 5" to accommodate them.  I've used some SU stamp sets in my personal collection too which aren't available in our current catty for the background and for the sentiment.

In keeping with my grunge look - I've torn the centre pieces, dry embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder for texture, then matted onto a square of Early Espresso.
I used the spritzer tool with an Early Espresso maker pen to create the spatter patterns on the front and inside panel and steered clear of ribbon to give it a more rugged feel.

It's unlikely he'll log onto my blog, so I think I can safely say that this is his card which will be winging its way to him soon.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Patterned Pets, Pocket Silhouettes, Petite Pairs

Hidden message card re-visited.  As a fledgling demonstrator, I taught this to my Technique Club ladies many years ago and have resurrected it for my SWE Card club ladies this month.  We did a fossil stone background on glossy cardstock and the effect lent itself to an aquatic theme. So I paired it with the fish from the Patterned Pets stamp set in the main catalogue, Page 44 available both in clear mount (124395 @ £11.95) and wood mount (124393 @ £14.95) and of course an old favourite - Pocket Silhouettes.  The sentiment is from Petite Pairs also new for 2011-2012 which can be found on Page 88.  We used Crystal Effects to make some bubbles and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds over it while it was still wet to make the bubbles pop.  Click on the picture to enlarge it for a closer look.
This is the card when opened.  The message starts with "so many smiles..........."
To reveal the hidden message, you simply squash the sides together as illustrated above, grab the centre panels and pull apart again to reveal......
the hidden message..."begin with you".  Don't you just love that cat silhouette at the top looking down at the fish longingly!  I love that the stamp set also includes a paw print, which I've stamped across the panels too!
Then holding the outer panels, if you pull again, it goes back to the beginning.  This card employed other techniques too, which was a bit of masking.

Hope you like it.  Thanks for looking!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

My Friend

I know I've been absent from blogging for quite some time and the dust hasn't quite settled yet.  As soon as it does,  I promise to be back on track and try and keep the blog updated more regularly when time permits.  In the meantime, here's something to whet your apetite.

My apologies for the shadow in the photo, I took this photo in a hurry and didn't set up my light box hence the shadow of my head in the bottom! 

I made this for my friend  whose birthday it was yesterday and used  the "My Friend" stamp set, Page 19 in the new Spring Mini available both in wood mount and clear mount and the sentiment is from the Delightful Dozen, Page 85 of the main Idea Book & Catalogue.  I used Island Indigo and Pool Party to co-ordinate with the gift wrap paper I wrapped her present in - it was just the right shade!  I used a two-way glue pen on the hanging dew drops and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds on it to give it that extra bling!  What girl can resist bling!

This is the top of the inside of the card.  As I'd already written a message on the bottom half, I've cropped the photo.  I used tone on tone, so stamped with Island Indigo ink onto Island Indigo cardstock.  The butterflies are cut from one of the Embosslits Dies called Beautiful Butterflies. These dies emboss and cut at the same time.

I just love that ruffle ribbon on the front of the card and how it coordinates so beautifully with the cardstock.

My friend loved it!  I hope you do too.

Happy Sunday!

Sunday, 8 January 2012


Hi everyone!  I have just posted a new class list.  Click on Classes on the navigation bar at the top of my blog.   New for 2012, I am running a variety of classes on the same day so that you can pick and choose whichever one takes your fancy.  You can just do the one class or more, it's just a way of managing time more efficiently - it saves you time, so no complaints from spouses how little they see you, petrol costs, but more importantly, you're doing something you love just for you!  If you're doing more than one class then don't forget to bring a packed lunch!  Spaces are limited, so reserve yours now.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012


Surprise, surprise!  The Spring mini is here and you will be able to view its delights online!   If you're as excited as I am about all the new goodies, it just wouldn't be fair to make you wait until the end of January when I hold my event for you to view it for the first time!  Click here for the pdf version or on the picture of the Mini in the sidebar to view it online in flash format.  For my regular customers this gives you plenty of time to make those wish lists!

Those of you who have been customers in the last 12 months and who are club attendees or who have booked workshops with me will receive their very own personal copy. 

I have an open house scheduled for Sunday 29 January and invitations will be winging its way to you soon so keep the date free!   You'll be able to pick up your own personal copy of the mini at my event and see the products in real life and also get to "try" before you buy on some selected products used in the Make & Take sessions.  Best of all, you'll be able to get close up and personal with the samples I've made.  I'm loving the jewellery range - Simply Adorned which you can customise to your outfit for the day! 

If you can't wait that long, email me if you wish to make a purchase, contact me if you'd like to host your very own workshop or if you'd like to take part in a product share.  I need a minimum of 4 people to do a product share with the Simply Adorned range - more details will follow if I have sufficient people interested.

Sunday, 1 January 2012


Happy New Year Everyone!  I can't believe that we have bid farewell to 2011 already as it seems to have passed us by in the twinkling of an eye.

Together with my good wishes for you this New Year's Day, I bring you a sneak peek of this new stamp set which I've adapted to fit a New Year greeting.  I'm not allowed to reveal any details yet, but you won't have long to wait.  The colours I've used are Island Indigo and Pool Party stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock.

Here is the inside of the card.  I cut a strip of the coordinating Designer Papers with this stamp set in the top right panel.  I used the Number It stamp set to "spell" out 2012.  In the top left corner of the numbers 1 and 2, there is a small notation "No" which I blocked out by adhering a little Itty Bitty flower over it and used rhinestones for the flower centres. 

Thank you to my followers, friends, customers and anyone else who visits my blog - I find it quite humbling that anyone would even take the time to stop by! - so this card was made especially for you to wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012.  May all your hopes and dreams be fulfilled and I hope you will continue to pop back and visit me as often as you can!

Happy New Year and Happy Stamping!

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