Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Vintage Vogue Class 1pm to 4pm 7th May 2011

Hi everyone!

Just a quick post to let you know about my next class.  Its using the gorgeous Vintage Vogue stamp set and will be an intermediate level class lasting 3 hours.

Date & Time       7th May, 1pm to 4pm.

We will make a gift bag and four matching cards which fit inside.

As it is a three hour class, the cost is £15 which covers the cost of the room hire, all materials and refreshments.  There are limited places available and in order to attend, you will need to prebook and prepay.  If you prepay and are for any reason, unable to attend, you will recieve the full kit and instructions on how to make the cards and bag.

Please contact me as soon as possible if you would like to attend.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

St Georges Day!

I have just been listening to the radio and heard that its St Georges Day - why dont we make more of this (like St Patricks Day in Ireland & St Davids Day in Wales)?

Anyway,  I did a workshop on Thursday (Hi ladies *waves*) and as I was asked to do some punched animals for the evening, I looked at some sites on the internet and came across Kim Score here.  She has some fabby ideas and this was one of the first ones I tried.

I love them - and they were really easy to make with the Stampin' Up! punches.  I made some other punched freinds and will post them some other time, I just wanted to do 'my bit' to celebrate St Georges Day!!!

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Happy Easter!!!

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Mums Day Card

I forgot to post this picture of my Mums Mothers Day card - what am I like!?

As those of you who know my Mum, she has a teeny bit of a problem with glitter.  Well, a big problem actually - in fact, I have to hide it from her to stop her bathing in it!!!  You think I am joking - I'm not.

Here's the photo.

I inked and then covered the chipboard letters from the On Board Alphabet Soup set and then covered them fully in Tombow glue and Champagne Glass Glitter.  These letters are the perfect size for cards and there are lots in the pack.

The card blank is a sheet of A4 shimmery white which has been folded in half.  I just randomly stamped the flower from Happiness Shared in Stazon ink and watercoloured them using my aqua painters and ink pads in Pretty in Pink, Rose Red and Old Olive.

The ribbon is gathered by pulling on a few central strands and attaching to a strip of Old Olive card which had been punched using the Scallop Trim boarder punch.  I used the punch on the front edge of the card blank then added the ribbon strip and glittered letters.

Can you see the little butterflies?  These are fabulous - I just had to get this die as soon as I saw the detailing on it.  The die is called Beautiful Wings and it cuts the shape AND embosses!

As you can imagine, my Mum LOVED the glitter - and I do admit, I liked the glitter that much I have just bought it in another colour, Baja Breeze.

The problem I have with glitter is that I end up wearing it for days after using it.  Plus, there is a trail of glitter in the house which just wont go.  The new Glass Glitter though is really chunky - and controllable! So I can play with it and there's no evidence. LOL

Hope you are enjoying all the sunshine.


Friday, 15 April 2011

Bright Gerbera

Hi there.

Its the weekend and earlier today I decided to have a proper play over the next few days (yes!!!).  Trouble is, my DH has just come home from work and has bought me a little present.  Its got two wheels, 18 gears - but no engine (sob).  Yes, he has got me a bicycle, and as the weather looks like it'll be nice, my little plan may have to be put on hold for a while.

Anyway, as I haven't been able to do any crafting this week (its very inconsiderate that I have to go to work!) here is a picture of a card I made for my Mini Catalogue Launch Party.

I don't normally do bright colours but after seeing a video on how to make gerberas using the new Flower, Daisies #2 die I just had to have a go - and the colours just seemed to come to me.  Here is the design of the die - it has three different sizes of petal circles so will be so adaptable.
I used the die in my Big Shot (or Bess as we like to call her!) to cut 3 of the larger petals, two of the medium and two of the small - all out of Delightful Daffodil delight card.  Then I cut another small one in Early Espresso, trimming the petals to about half their original length.

All of the petal circles were shaped to curl by using my bone folder and then mounted in size order.  The circle centre was just punched out of a scrap piece of Early Espresso and mounted on a dimentional.

The card blank is an A5 sheet of Tempting Turquoise and I cut - yes, I know - I cut into some of the new Sweet Stitches DSP!!  Not only that, but I used my paper peircer and guide to do the tiny holes along the top and the bottom of it!  I did have to sit down to recover afterwards.

A thin strip of Pretty in Pink card was punched using the Scallop Edge Border and added to the bottom of the DSP before securing it onto the card blank.  Once the flower was mounted onto the card, it really took shape (if you pardon the pun) and almost looks real!

For the sentiment, I stamped 'Thank You' (from the Just Believe stamp set) in Early Espresso ink onto Daffodil Delight card and punched it out with the Large Oval punch and added a tiny basic pearl before mounting it onto a piece of Pretty in Pink cardstock punched using Decorative Label Punch.

OK, off to 'admire' my new toy - DH had better get ready for some serious complaining when I am out on my new bike!!  I wonder where I can buy a balaclava from...

Anyway, have a fab weekend! - and don't think of me, peddling frantically along, trying to look healthy...


Sunday, 10 April 2011

Baby Blossoms

Hi there!

Its been lovely and sunny and thoughts of the summer came to me the other day whilst I was playing in my craft room.  The Baby Blossoms set is in the new Mini Catalogue and has cute little roses, freesia, leaves and tiny blossoms.

The tiny roses are really sweet and remind me of an old set we used to have called 'A Rose is a Rose'.  I made the upper panel using the Baby Blossoms set and the One Sheet Wonder technique on Whisper White cardstock. Inks used were So Saffron, More Mustard, Certainly Celery and Old Olive.

I used a So Saffron card blank with mats of More Mustard and Cajun Craze.  The bevelled window pane is held in place by the ribbon and has a small square of Whisper White card, stamped with images from Baby Blossoms to match the main panel.  As this didnt stabd out quite as much as I wanted, I punched a Decorative Label Extra Large Punch shape from Cajun Craze, cut it straight through the centre and glued it under the bevelled window, as close to the ribbon as I could get it.

To finish off, I stamped the flourish image from the Strenth and Hope set on the More Mustard mat with Cajun Craze ink.

The bevelled window frames were a real surprise - you dont really appreciate what a difference they make until you use them.  Its almost as though they magnify whatever is behind them.  They are so nice, I ordered more the other day (you might get sick of seeing them if I am not careful!!!)

Hope you are enjoying the weather.  Thanks for stopping by.
Jan x

Friday, 8 April 2011

New Catalogue Launch Party & Competition Result

I think I have recovered now from my hectic week.  As promised, heres a picture of the items from my launch party last Saturday. All the items were covered in a table cloth to stop people sneeking a look before the party started.

It was brilliant (thanks ladies) and no one peeked under the table cloth before they were supposed to either!!!

Everyone received a little goody bag which you can see on the table - the pink square bags with the rose red butterflies and H toppers on.  Inside, there were samples of the new ribbons, die cut shapes and stamped images.  If you want to get a goody bag - I have a few spare ones, and will offer them as prizes for workshops booked in April.  So contact me to book yours now.

Also, I held a competition a few weeks ago to celebrate it being 2 years since I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  And the winner is...
Kim,  **Yey!!!***

Hope you have a fab weekend.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011


What a MEGGA Week.

I havent had much of a chance to update my blog as its been a really busy week for me.

On Saturday, I held our Barnsley Crop and New Catalogue Launch Party and it was brilliant - thanks Ladies *waves*. I hire a room in a local community centre and set up our usual area as normal, then had a separate table set up with lots of samples and some of the new products.  I used a couple of table cloths to cover the new stuff and everyone was really good - no peeking, at all!  All the ladies left with goody bags and examples of ribbon/stamps (I will post pictures in the next few days).

We had our Silver Wedding yesterday so we renued our wedding vows and went out for a lovely meal.  It was a last minute thing really as my DH isnt the most romantic soul and wasnt too keen on any fuss, but it was beautiful - I dont know how I stopped myself from blubbering during the service.

We received lots to pressies and some stunning cards.  I told Ian not to buy a card (I havent converted him into making them yet...) so I made a joint card for us both.  Here it is.

The card blank is an A4 sheet of Baja Breeze, folded in half.  I stamped our names in Versamark onto Shimmery White cardstock using the Monogram Sweet Alphabet and heat embossed with silver embosssing powder.  The numbers from Schoolbook Serif, and 'years' from the Just Perfect set were all stamped and heat embossed in the same way.  Thank goodness for the Stamp-A-Ma-jig - I would have been stumped without it for this card!!!

The hearts were punched out of the Bride Specialist Cardstock (now retired) using the Full Heart Punch with a tiny bow added to one, and Basic Pearls to the other.  I used the Scallop Trim Border punch on a strip of Baja Breeze cardstock and added the punched hearts.  This was then mounted on some more Bride cardstock.

I trimmed a strip of Baja Breeze cardstock and used the Scallop Trim Border punch along one edge and wrapped strips of Whisper White Organza ribbon and silver elastic cord around it before mounting on more Bride cardstock. 

I used the Scallop Trim Border on the top and bottom of the Shimmery White cardstock and then assembled everything onto the Baja Breeze card blank. To finish off, I stamped the 'friends' and 'love' from the Tiny Tags set and punched out with the Medium Jewelry Tag punch and added the bow.

Thanks for stopping by, I will post pictures of the samples of the items from my Launch Party in the next few days.


Friday, 1 April 2011

Here it is.... THE MINI CATALOGUE!

You would not believe how long I have wanted to share this.  The new Mini Catalogue is the BEST EVER - and we not only have the Big Shot (Woo Hoo!) but we also have exclusive dies plus the Owl Punch!!!

Just click here to view the catalogue on line, or here to see a printable copy!!!.

And, if you would like to see some of the items, up close and personal - I am having a Mini Catalogue Launch Party tomorrow.  Its at the Doghill Community Centre, Shafton near Barnsley from 1pm to 3pm and you are invited!!!  So bring a friend and see all the scrummyness in real life.

We will have some prize draws, goody bags and of course - Chocolate!

Please email me for directions on the venue , or if you cant make it on the day, but would like to place an order.

Hope to see you on Saturday!