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Sunday, 29 July 2018

End of an Era, but not an end

This July will be my 10th anniversary with Stampin' Up! and also hitting 100 K in Career to date sales.   It had been on my mind since my husband retired a couple of years ago, that I should follow suit and free up some time to enjoy his retirement together. 

I am so grateful for all my customers and ladies who have attended my classes and/or workshops and events in the last 10 years and for their loyalty and support.  I'm only small fry in a big pond, but this is HUGE for me because I had never intended nor envisaged that it would become a "business" and that I would have my own little team.

The lovely Val and Claire knew that I was going to be retiring from teaching before I made the announcement to the rest of the class this month, and made me these "thank you" cards and brought some flowers.  It made it easier to break the news as I had been dragging my feet over this for a very, very long time - 2 years, in fact!

Thank you Val and Claire - your cards are beautiful and I will treasure them!

The good news is that even though I'm not teaching anymore, it's not the end of our  time together - we will still meet up once a month,  they can bring their own projects to share, show and tell or they can play with a selection of my stamps/tools of my choosing each month for their own creations.

I will remain a Demonstrator and continue to support my team and my ladies can still order from me if they wish.

So you see.... it's the end of an Era, but not an end.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, 27 July 2018

Blow out the Candles - Lustrous White Gable Box

The original boxes are indeed a lustrous white - I think it's made out of shimmery white card stock and you can totally transform its look by colouring them with a sponge brayer or even spritzing them if the mood takes you.

I tried both, but settled for brayering as it was less messy and produced a satisfactory result.  However whether or not the boxes remain food safe after being "pimped" is debatable!  The ombre ribbons from last year have carried over to this year and makes me happy because I love it and am glad they're still in the catalogue today. 

As a result of having to work a month in advance, I have a backlog of projects to find homes for.   I've earmarked these lovely boxes with yummy goodies for  the ladies who came to my team meeting last weekend.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Serene Garden - Window card

Have you tried the new Big Shot Embossing mats?  I'm not sure if I covered it in a previous post, but I've been using this technique in my classes and training sessions.

If I have, my apologies for repeating myself.  This time I've applied it to a window card which I taught in my July class.  The photograph doesn't do it justice, but the effect in real life is stunning and I love how you can get more bang out of your buck from investing in the dies.  Not only will it die cut, but now you can emboss with them too with the Big Shot embossing mats.

Here's a close-up to show it in more detail.

Which do you prefer - the Grapefruit Grove or Pineapple Punch?

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Delicate Lace Edgelits

Good Day everyone!  Here's another card I created as a Display Stamper for our Team Training Day last week.

As I'm not a very flowery person, Petal Promenade's heavy floral patterns proved to be quite a challenge for me.  I wanted a way to subdue the busy patterns - but still allow the beauty of the floral background be visible without being too garish.

My solution was to sandwich a layer of vellum on top of the floral DSP, and I die cut the edge of the vellum using the new Delicate Lace Edgelits - blink and you'll miss them - it's on page 217 in the Annual Catalogue for 2018-19.

Remember the Boxwood Wreaths which first made its appearance Autumn/Winter Catalogue last year?  I am SO SO happy they're in our product line for this year!

I fussy cut one of the wreath labels and threaded the wired Boxwood Wreaths behind, then covered up the back with a 2" punched circle and adhered it to the vellum, tied gold cord to the side and a bow to match on the wreath.  Lastly I added the Blossoms elements and was really pleased with the final result.

The stamp set I used for the sentiment in the middle is from Floral Frames.

Thanks for visiting today.  Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, 20 July 2018

Little Twinkle - Eclipse card

Our Annual Catalogue is always a great resource for inspiration, and I simply CASEd (Copy and Share Everything) from within its pages for this card.  It comes from the Twinkle Twinkle suite on a double page spread on pages 82-83 of the 2018-19 Annual Catalogue.

I think their sample was a lot smaller, but I made mine into a full size card to make use of that gorgeous paper.

To see what I did for inside the card, you'll have to watch the Video to see what surprise is in store.  I hope you like it.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Petal Promenade - Lantern Card

My upline, Amanda, sent me some materials to make up samples for a Display at her team training on  Saturday 14th July,  and I haven't been able to share till after the meeting was done and dusted.

If you are a girlie girl and love flowers, then this pack of DSP is tailor made for you.  They're all floral designs with beautiful flowers.  I must confess that I'm not a flowery type of gal - so this presented quite a challenge for me to be inspired.  I will share what I made in the coming weeks, and I hope I rose to the challenge successfully.  At the time of writing, the meeting is still a fortnight away - so time will tell. 

Now if you look at the card, you'd think - hmm complicated - but I assure you, it's really easy and simple to assemble so long as you have the right tools and like gluing and sticking!  lol!  Are you ready for the challenge?  I've also listed both the Imperial measurements below and its metric conversions so you don't have to write it down whilst watching the video.  Enjoy!

Imperial Measurements

Base layer – Grapefruit Grove
6 ¼” x 6 ¼”
DSP Base layer – Petal Promenade
6” x 6”

Lantern Panels score/cut instructions

Grapefruit Grove A4 sheet
Score on long side at 2”, 4”, 6”, 8”, 10”

Short side on top, cut 4 x 2” x A4 length  strips

Grapefruit Grove cross bar section
Grapefruit Grove
2 pieces cut at 7/8” x 5”
2 x next to smallest Stitched Shape circles 
Lovely Lipstick layers
20 pieces cut at 1 ¾” x 1 ¾”
Lovely Lipstick circle
Scrap piece to die cut smallest Stitched Shape circle
Petal Promenade layers
16 pieces cut 1 ½” x 1 ½”
Whisper White
4 pieces cut 1 ½” x 1 ½”

Polka Dot tulle ribbon

Metric Measurements

Base layer – Grapefruit Grove
15.9 cm x 15.9 cm
DSP Base layer – Petal Promenade
15.2 cm x 15.2 cm

Lantern Panels score/cut instructions

Grapefruit Grove A4 sheet
Score on long side at 5cm, 10.2 cm, 15.2 cm, 20.3 cm, 25.4 cm
Short side on top, cut 4 x 5 cm x A4 length  strips
Grapefruit Grove cross bar section
2 pieces cut at 2.2 cm x 12.7 cm
Grapefruit Grove
2 x next to smallest Stitched Shape circles
Lovely Lipstick layers
20 pieces cut at 4.4 cm x 4.4 cm
Lovely Lipstick circle
Scrap piece to die cut smallest Stitched Shape circle
Petal Promenade layers
16 pieces cut 3.8 cm x 3.8 cm
Whisper White
4 pieces cut 3.8 cm x 3.8 cm
Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon
30.5 cm

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