Saturday, 29 May 2010

Summer Stamptacular

Want a full day of crafting with like minded people?
Want lots of projects to have a go at with full demonstrations, all the materials prepared and printed instructions so that you can recreate them when you get home?
A light lunch and refreshments thrown in?
A chance to win some fabulous prizes?

Well, here its is!

Join Sara and me for our full day Summer Stamptacular event on Saturday 24 July at Tankersley Welfare Hall (just a short way off Junction 36 of the M1).

Here are the full details:
Summer Stamptacular!

10:00 - 15:30
Saturday 24 July
at Tankersley Welfare Hall

(Postcode S75 3AP for googlemaps and satnav)


As this is our first event of this kind we have an amazing introductory offer:
Bring a friend and you both get 10% off, reducing the price to just £27 each!

Price includes:
Goodie bag
3 complete projects with full demonstration and printed instructions
All materials needed
Bonus project to complete on the day or take away
A light lunch (please advise of any dietary requirements)
Refreshments throughout the day
... and more!

Booking Essential

Spaces are limited and will be allocated on receipt of payment. Bookings are non-refundable but if after booking, you find cannot attend, we will send you your goodie bag complete with all project materials.

To book please contact:
Sara Rayner
☎ 0775 1133886 ✉
Jan Jones
☎ 07795 566727 ✉
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Friday, 28 May 2010

Girly Thank You

I have been playing with my brayer again - and glitter - yes, I know, I got covered in it as usual!!

To give a graduated effect I used three colours of reinkers and a few baby wipes to make my own ink pad then used my brayer to apply the ink to the card.  Once it had dried I sprayed the card with Platinum Shimmer Paint, diluted in some rubbing alcohol. 

The butterfly is called 'All a Flutter' (from the Mini Catalogue) and was stamped in Elegant Eggplant onto the card and then their bodies and antennae glittered.

The flowers are from the Sticky Cuts Sweet sheets which are double sided adhesive die cut words and images which are perfect for use with glitter.  The small dots of glitter are actually flower centres from the adhesive sheets, covered in glitter.

To mount the sentiment I stamped the butterfly Thank You image from the Oval All stamp set onto Whisper White card and punched out using the Large Oval punch.  Then I punched out a Scalloped Oval and used a sponge dauber to apply dabs of Platinum Shimmer Paint to give me a lovely silvery layer of card to mount the sentiment onto.

I am not sure why the top flower looks like its gold - not that good at taking photos!  Its actually silver but it must be the flash from the camera.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  Hope you have a great weekend - I am hoping to get some more crafting don't this weekend.  But I really must get some housework done, sob :-(

Cardstock - Pixie Pink, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Ink - Reinkers, Elegant Eggplant
Stamp Sets - All a Flutter, Oval All
Accessories - Sticky Cuts Sweet Sheets, Stampin' Glitter (Silver & Rose Red Fine Cosmo & Fine Galaxy) Silver Elastic Cord, Platinum Shimmer Paint.
Non Su - Rubbing Alcohol


Sunday, 23 May 2010

Touch Of Nature

 spent a few hours yesterday with a lovely buch of crafters at a crop at St Saviours in High Green, Sheffield.  We got a bit noisy at times but it was great meeting everyone - thank you for such a warm welcome ladies!!!
Here are the cards I made using a stamp set called Touch of Nature.  Its one of those sets where you like a couple of images and think, mmm - do I get the set just for the butterfly and the flower?  Well, I have seen some gorgeous cards lately and decided to go for it - and I am really glad I did.

The detail on the images is absolutely stunning, and with the strong, vibrant colours of Mellon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry the images really 'pop' out.

I used the bird and fern image with the Soft Suede and Very Vanilla cardstock.  I thought this would make a really nice mans card if using the plain side of the double sided ribbon.  


Cardstock - Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede
Stamp sets - Touch of Nature, One of a Kind
Ink - Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede
Ribbon - Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede
Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Studio Sketches

This weather is so nice isnt it - I just love the sunshine.

Well, we have finally recieved details of the location of the Stampin' Up! European Convention - and I am such a giddy kipper!!!  Its going to be in Croydon, just outside London on the 5th and 6th November.  The hotel looks amazing and for two days it will be full to the rafters with crazed crafters (disguised as SU Demonstrators) from all over europe and the US. 

Last years convention was held in Frankfurt, Germany and as I hadnt been to one before I made the mistake of thinking I wasnt bothered about going.  BIG mistake - I have regretted it ever since.  But, not this year!!!

Anyway, I have five months to wait until then, so I had bettter come back down to earth for a while.  Here are a few cards I made this week (in between traveling to Lincoln & Margate for work). 

The stamp set is lovely - not the usual cutesy sort and its called Studio Sketches. I liked it as soon as it came into the Mini Catalogue, but only got round to getting it recently.

The distressing techniques are ones we used in Sara's Vintage Vogue Class a couple of weeks ago (she has another one planned for 3rd July!).

The text images are created by inking the En Francais backround stamp with Soft Suede ink on to Soft Suede card.

Cardstock - Soft Suede, Kraft, Whisper White
Ink - Soft Suede
Stamp Sets - Studio Sketches, En Francais, Occassional Greetings, Bird on a Branch, Sincere Salutations
Accessories - Cutter Kit, Brads & Sponge Daubers, Watercolour Wonder Crayons.

Off back to do more crafting now - have a great weekend.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Beginners Stamp Class

Hi there, I think I have just about recovered from my day of classes on Saturday.  It was exhausting but we had so much fun!!!  Here are photos of some of the cards the ladies on my beginners class made.

The stamp set is called Fun and Fast Notes and has eight stamps covering lots of different occasions - a real all rounder!!!

I will be arranging another beginners class soon, so if you fancy coming over and joining us please email me for details.

Cardstock - Glorious Green, Gable Green, Pink Passion, Lovley Lilac, Cameo Coral, Bashful Blue, Whisper White & Very Vanilla.
Designer Series Paper - Ski Slope (retired) Bashful Blue
Punches - 1/4 square & Eyelet Border
Accessories - Gingham Ribbon Bashful Blue, Taffeta Ribbon Pink, Chrystal Effects, Glitter, Stampin Pastels and Watercolour Wonder Crayons
Ink - Basic Black, Basic Grey, markers
Non Su - Die Cutter, blue half pearls and diamantes from craft stash.


Saturday, 15 May 2010


Just had a really busy day with two (yes, two) classes.

The first class was on a technique called Two Step Stamping.  Its a little difficult to explain without showing how it works but the stamps used overlay each other so you get multi coloured stamped images.

The set made using Greenhouse Garden is definatly my favourate.  I think its because the images are more delicate, here it is.

and here is a photo of the set of cards using the Rose is A Rose stamp set. 

Stamp Sets - A Rose is a Rose, Greenhouse Garden, Oval All
Ribbon - Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery
Ink - Pretty in Pink, Lovely Lilac, Pixie Pink, Almost Amethyst, Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, Old Olive
Cardstock - Pretty in Pink, Lovely Lilac, Pixie Pink, Gable Green, Whisper White.
Punches - Large Oval, Scalloped Oval, Corner Rounder, Scalloped Border, Eyelet Border
Accessories and Equipment - Flowers/brads, Crop A Dile, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter,

The second class was for Absolute Beginners - we made four cards using various basic techniques like matting and layering and colouring with pastels, markers and watercolour wonder crayons.  I will post photos shortly.

Have a fab weekend - I am off now for a well earned drink!!!


Friday, 7 May 2010

May Scrapbooking

Hi there.  Its been quite a busy week at work but managed to do a cute little pull out scrapbook to put photos of my graduation in.

I am not academic at all so studying for my exams was really hard.  When I passed I just had to attend the ceremony and it was amazing day.  It was about 3 years ago now, but whilst looking at the photos it really doesnt seem that long ago.

The instructions to make the book are on the Splitcoast Stampers site here if you fancy having a go. Its nice and small and fits nicely in a handbag. 

The inside has strips of card which is scored and folded to allow lots of additional pictures to be displayed.  To hold the card secure, ribbon bows keep everything in place.

Heres a photo of one side opened - this would look lovely as a brag book to show off photos of a new baby!

I used the Medium Jewellery Tag punch to cut out the little tags and then inked the edges with Elegant Eggplant ink.

Cardstock - Lovely Lilac, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ink - Elegant Eggplant
Stamp Set - Just Perfect Alphabet
Designer Series Paper - Tea Party
Accessories - Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Medium Jewellery Tag punch.
Non SU - Beer mats/coasters.

Monday, 3 May 2010

National Scrapbooking Day

Sorry this is a late post, I did a scrapbook page on Saturday and got a little sidetracked with other things so didnt finish my journalling off until this morning.

Here is Rossi, he was a beautiful cat.  I know some people dont like cats, but he was more like a dog, even going to the door to see who was visiting!  We got him when he was about 9 weeks old and I knew then he was going to be a heartbreaker...  and he was!

I wont go into detail but Rossi was only 16 months old when we had to make the 'hardest decision' - I am in tears writing this - we only had him for a short time but I still miss him every day. Anyway, enough of me rambling...

Here is a photo with the journalling tabs pulled out. 

The photos were trimmed to the size I wanted, and then layers of Bravo Burgundy and So Saffron cardstock were trimmed to leave thin boarders around each photo.  I doodled lines using my markers in Bravo Burgundy on the So Saffron layers, trying to keep as close to the edge as possible.

I positioned the largest layer for each photo where I wanted them to sit on the Taken With Teal card and then secured them with snail adhesive.  Then I used my marker again to doodle around the shape left, directly onto the Taken with Teal card.

To create the background on the Taken With Teal card, I randomly stamped the flower and the spotty images from the Bird on a Branch stamp set in versamark ink.  Where there were gaps near the doodling, I put a sheet of paper over to protect the doodling and create a quick mask.

When I was happy with the effect I built up the backing layers and the photos, overlapping them in different ways.  Before securing each photo down, I made a pocket by leaving one edge without any adhesive.  This was to allow for a tabbed journal to be hidden behind each photo - you just pull the tab out to read the message.

Just a couple of quick reminders - There are only a few days left to take advantage of the SU offer of getting the Starter Kit for £125 (and a free stamp set from me!) full details here.

SU have a promotion to get ink pads, papers, ribbons and other new poducts (more info here).  If you would like to place an order, please email me.
I have a class on 10am to 12 noon on 15th May at the Community Centre in Shafton, Barnsley - there are still places left so please email me to secure your place.

After a request from several people, I will be holding an Absolute Beginners Cardmaking Class on the 15th May 1pm til 3pm.  Again, please email me for details - it is a class for absolute beginners, so its perfect if you fancy learning a new hobby.  This class will be £8 per person and we will go through the basics of stamping and cardmaking.

Hope you are enjoying the Bank Holiday Weekend?

Thank you for taking the time to bob over.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Chance to get some of the NEW COLOURS!!

The May promotion from Stampin Up has just been anounced - we can buy 11 new products, including papers, spotty ribbon and ink pads from the new 'in colours'!!!

The papers and ink pads will carry forward to the new catalogue in October - but the ribbons, Designer Series Paper and Window Sheets are only available whilst stocks last.  Contact me here to place an order.