Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Blog Hop Weds 30th Sept

To celebrate the launch of the fantastic new Stampin’ Up! 2009–2010 Idea Book & Catalogue, Stampin’ Up! have selected three online crafting bloggers for a blog hop on Wednesday, 30 September!

The bloggers will receive the NEW products at 6:00 PM on 30 September. Then they have six hours to create as many projects as they would like to showcase on their blogs!

Here are the lucky ladies
Lousette Ashton
Jenny Cocks
Suzanne Torr
The crafting bloggers projects will be online at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, 30 September. Please take a look!  I KNOW I WILL - Ha Ha!!!

Grab yourself a bargain

Last chance saloon... Ordering from the current Idea Book & Catalogue will finish on 30th September - when the 2009-2010 catalogue begins (Wooohooo!).
Stampin Up have released their Last Chance List which shows the stamp sets, papers & other items which will be discontinued - and guess what - some of the items are even reduced in price - 25 and 50% off!!! Once these items have gone - thats it, so if you fancy anything get them while you can...

The last date to order from the Last Chance List is 30th September.

Here is the list which shows all the details.

Also, the hostess stamps in the current catalogue will no longer be available after the 30th Septamber so, if you fancy having a workshop or placing an order to qualify as a hostess - email me as soon as poss!!

I will be keeping this post to the top of my blog until the end of September and updating it with items on the Last Chance List which are no longer available.  Please scroll down for new posts.

Update as of 28th September:
The following items are currently sold out;
101850 Flaky Friends
107009 Be Happy
104036 All Wrapped Up
100319 Happy Hearts
105755 Mixed Bouquet
106624 Unfrogettable
109347 Year after Year
111604 Best Yet (Hostess Set)

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Bottle Bag and Cardmaking Class

Wow, what a brilliant day!!

Just held my first class and loved every minute of it.  I put sets of cardstock in various colours together and let the ladies pick the colours they wanted - hopefully they all got the ones they really liked!?

We made a bottle bag and two cards (well that was the plan) however, we sort of over ran a bit - by nearly 2 hours!!!  Thank you ladies, it was a super day. See you at the New Catalogue Launch Party on 10th October.

Here are the lovely ladies engrossed in their projects. 

And here is the bottle bag and a couple of matching cards from todays session.

Recipe for the set above:
Cardstock - Bordering Blue, Brilliant Blue, Summer Sun and Whisper White
Ink - Basic Grey, markers
DSP - Brilliant Blue (last chance list - has to be ordered before 30/09/09)
Stamp set - Cheers to You
Accessories - Brad, Punches (Square Scallop, Large and Small Tag, Oval and Scallop Oval) Bordering Blue Ribbon.

Off now for a little drink (honest) and to reflect on a fantastic (but a little tiring) day.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, 21 September 2009

Thought I would do another card using Autumn Days (whilst I was on a roll!).

The technique for masking off the pheasant is the same as yesterdays post.

The leaves were coloured with light coloured markers and then a darker colour added just before stamping the image which gives a lovely effect.  I had to stop myself from doing too many leaves and getting carried away as I didnt want it to get fussy.

Cardstock - Pumpkin Pie, Creamy Caramel, Really Rust, Night of Navy & Very Vanilla.
Ink - Chocolate Chip & co-ordinating markers
Ribbon - Night of Navy
Punches - Large Oval, Scalloped Oval

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Finally had a couple of spare days crafting (for a change).  Got most of the things ready the class I have planned for Sat 26th Sept - only 2 places left, so if you are thinking of coming, please let me know ASAP!

Here is a card I have made using one of the new stamps from the new Stampin' Up! Ideas Book and catalogue.  The catalogue goes live 1st October, but demonstrators get to see the new products early - and there are some stunning new stamps.

This stamp set is called Autumn Days and has a pheasant with other elements for you to make plants & shrubs - its really versatile.  I knew as soon as I saw it I could have loads of fun playing with it - and I did!

The pheasant was stamped first and then masked off to stamp the plants.

To create a mask, stamp the image you are using onto a post-it note (over the sticky part, so it sticks where you want it to) then cut out the image remembering to cut to the inside of the image.  It is a little fiddly but once you have the mask cut out you can save it for use later.

Once the mask was put over the image, I stamped the plants & shrubs over the top using markers in the same colours as the cardstock.  When I took off the mask, the Pheasant looks like hes standing in front of the plants! Its great for stamping multiple images as you can add extra dimension.

Cardstock - Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper - Patterns Pack (level 1 hostess set)
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa, Creamy caramel
Stamp sets - Autumn Days, Fresh Cuts
Accessories - Hodgepodge Hardware, 2 brads
Punch - Square Scallop.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Here is one of three mini desk calendars I made for the craft fair (and forgot to post on my blog!).

It is made using two beer mats (new ones!!) which are covered with SU Designer Series Paper in Sweet Always.

I finally got round to using my Bind it all (had it for ages but just hadnt got round to doing anything with it.
The calendar is one of a pack I bought from a craft shop - you can get them from most good craft shops or stationers.
The top of the square panel on the left hand side is left open so you can slide a photo down.
Designer Series Paper - Sweet Always
Cardstock - Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Stamps - All in the Family, Forest Friends
Ink - Chocolate Chip, Basic Grey, Marvelous Markers,
Accessories - Scalloped Oval, Oval and Corner Rounder Punches, two brads, Pumpkin Pie ribbon.
Non Su - Bind it all wire, beer mats, 2010 calendar.

I had so much fun making this and love the result so I think I will make some more as there was quite a lot of interest in it at the Craft Fair.


Specialist Craft Market

Well, me and Sara did the craft market in Barnsley!!

It was quite windy so we spent most of the day rescuing cards, boxes (and display boards!) from flying around. The stall seemed to be acting as a sail and moved around alot too which was a little scarey. Having said that the day went so quickly - and we met the stall fee so a good day was had all round!!!
It was also the Gay Pride day so there was lots of fun and music and it seemed that everyone had a wonderful time. We met some great characters and some absolutely lovely people.
Hoping to do the next one, as long as the weather is better!!!

Friday, 11 September 2009

Season of Joy box and matching card.

Good morning!
Thought I would take a quick break from my proper job and do a quick post of a traingle box and matching card that I made the other day.  Not sure if I will get much more crafting time before the craft market on Sunday!!!

The box is made using instructions from the Splitcoaststampers website.  But I made a lid for it using a plain and a scallop circle die from my Nestables - so much quicker and neater than trying to draw round a cup and cut the circle out!!!  The circles were not exactly the right size for the box so I punched out some 1 3/8 curcles, cut them in half and glued them to the corners of the lid.

The stamped images of the large flower, swirl, and Merry Christmas greeting were done using Versamark and heat embossed using white embossing powder.  I used the small flower in the set to make backing paper for the card by inking with a marker and stamping the image twice before reinking.  This gave different shades of colour on the paper which I really like.  For the card I also used some Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the flower, unfortunatley this means that I will be wearing glitter for a week!!!

Cardstock - Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper - Ski Slope
Ink - Versamark, Not Quite Navy marker
Accessories - 1 3/8 circle punch, white embossing powder, Whisper White taffeta ribbon.
Not SU - Nestables

Well, time to get some proper work done. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, 3 September 2009

I have been sent two awards from Sara Stamper!!!

There are no instructions for the awards so I would like to pass them on to thank the following ladies:

Jenny - for the brilliant class instructions which I will use shortly - watch this space...

Eileen and Jo - for sharing their ideas and inspiration.
and to Peata (in Australia!) for her brilliant Mini Album blog!!

Thanks ladies!!

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

More Christmas Ideas

Here is another Christmassy card and bag set, I made the cards using the instructions from Jenny's site for the Versatile Friends Stamp Class.

The bag is large enough to hold a bottle of wine and the template is from the recent Stamp With Us Summer 2009 online classes.

I am holding a class on 26th September to make a bottle bag and two matching cards. The class is £10 and will be held between 10 and 12noon. Please email me to book your place.