Sunday, 30 October 2011

My New Display Book

Hi there

Hope you have had a nice weekend?  Mines been lurvely!  

Today, I went to see my lovely neices new baby girl, Poppy May - I'll share the card I made for her soon.  She so cute (and a bit loud and wriggly!!!).

Yesturday I went to Amanda's with Sara, Joanne, Hazel, Bev Kim (Hi ladies ***waves***) and we shared out lots of new goodies from the new Ideas Book & Catalogue we had each bought.  .

Thank you for sorting everything out again Amanda!!!

And here it is - my new Product Display Book!!!

Yes, I know its pink - not orange.  But, it does match my Filofax so that's my excuse - plus, I think people seem to think I have a bit of a problem with orange so I thought Id pick a different colour for a change.

Here is a picture of some of the fabby new designer series papers - Mocha Morning (the one on the right is stunning in real life).

And here are some of the brads - the glitter ones are so bright - but my favourite are the Antique Brads (top left).

I'm sorry for the poor quality of the photos but its quite late and I am just on a break from making 70 thank you cards!  But, you know what you have to do to see this folder full of gorgeousness, contact me to book a workshop and see it in the flesh!


Thursday, 27 October 2011

French Foliage

Oh, I am getting SOOOOO excited - at this time in three weeks, I will be in France getting ready for the Stampin' Up! European Convention.  My hubby has convinced me there will be no parties at home whilst I'm away (but unfortunately, I cant promise not to party myself!!!).

I have started one of the organised swaps but have no idea what Im going to do for the rest - and being as I have just been asked to do a commision for 70 thank you cards, I really ought to get my finger out!

Here is a card I made recently using the French Foliage stamp set.  I bought it ages ago and havent used it but I had so much fun making this card, I might just use it for my Convention swaps.

I used the babywipe technique again which is perfect for the leaves.  The reinkers I used were Bravo Burgundy, Lucky Limade, Garden Green, Tangerine Tango and More Mustard.

I stamped the leaves and 'splashes' onto Whisper White card to make the backing paper and matted it onto some Lucky Limeade card. A length of Whisper White satin ribbon was wrapped around the backing paper & Lucky Limeade mat before attaching it to a Bravo Burgundy card blank.

Two Top Notes were cut from Bravo Burgundy and another in Whisper White card (I trimmed off the stitched area from the WW shape) then stamped the splashes and text onto the edges.  The sentiment  is from 'Heard From the Heart' and was stamped in More Mustard ink onto the Whisper White Top Note before aligning it onto the Bravo Burgundy one.

To finish off, I cut out a couple of leaves and mounted them on dimenstionals on top of the WW Top Note.

The colours are lovely - the Bravo Burgundy card looks really rich against the Lucky Limeade.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, 20 October 2011

Thank You Cards

Yey, the boxes I made for the Craft Fair at the weekend came home with me (maybe because I didn't put the prices on them (tee hee).  Quite happy as I did like how they turned out - plus I can take them to workshops & show off the fabby papers!

We had THE BEST time at Elsecar.  The other exhibitors were so nice and we had a massive table (well, 4 x 6" ones actually).  Lots of our customers and friends came for a natter so the time went really quick.  Saturday was manic - I only just had time to sneak a sandwich for lunch and the rest of the time we were demonstrating, chatting or selling things!

As most of my customers now have their thank you cards for their recent orders, I thought I would put a little picture of them here.

Actually, I had lost the photo id taken, so I ended up having to ask my Auntie Val to send me a picture!

The card stock is Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip with Pear Pizzazz for the branch and a tiny heart for his beak in Peach Parfait.  The DSP is from the 2010 In Colours Paper Stack and I used Pear Pizzazz for the owl and Peach Parfait as a mat.

The sentiment was made using the baby wipe technique - dropping spots of reinker onto a folded baby wipe to create a custom ink pad!  Really impressive when its done and so easy.  The 'Thank You' sentiment is from Curly Cute and to add a bit of interest, I stamped it up the side of the card blank.

The reinkers I used were Early Espresso and Pumpkin Pie.  I wanted to use slightly darker ink than the colours I used on the card to give a little more contrast on the card.

Hope you like him - I have hardly used the owl punch since I got it!!!


Saturday, 15 October 2011

Elsecar Craft Fair

Well, my hubby, Ian, has finally managed to recover from his 8 day migraine and is starting to get back to normal, thank god!

Its been a fab day today as I have been at Elsecar with my 'partners in crime' Sara & Joanne at another two day craft fair.

Sold lots of stuff, met some lovely people and was so busy chatting that I never even had the time to walk around to see all the other crafty items for sale.  But, we're back again tomorrow so I may get a few minutes to walk around.

We are doing a little make & take and have a prize draw so if you are in the area, bob to see us for a natter. Entry is free too!!!

Some of you may remember I decorated a little round box for the Blog Hop on the 2nd October - well, I had another play last night and made a couple more to match. Here they are all together.
This one is my favourite.  Its the smallest of the three nesting boxes, but the flower was so easy to make & looks so nice.

Its just a strip of Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon which has been snipped at intervals of about 1" and then heat applied using a heat gun.  The heat makes the edges melt and curl (obviously you have to be careful when doing this - as soon as the melting starts to happen, you move along the length of ribbon).

Then when you have melted the edges of the full length of ribbon, punch a circle of card and cover it in sticky strip.  Starting at the outer edge of the circle, attach the ribbon onto the sticky strip and working in towards the centre of the circle, keep feeding the ribbon around. To finish off, I attached a Circle Ice brad and lightly inked the edges of the flower.  If you want more detailed instructions on how to make the flower, just drop me a line.

Here are the three boxes stacked.

I really like how these came out (and I'm hoping that they don't sell tomorrow at the craft fair - tee hee!).

Well, have to go, my hubby has my tea ready, so off to chill & get ready for tomorrow.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

What did you think of last weeks Blog Hop?

Weren't there some gorgeous projects!?  I was so inspired after seeing everything the other ladies had made.

I was hoping to get my (BIG) order of goodies this week, buts not going to be here until Tuesday - when I am in Birmingham!  I also have another smaller order coming soon (just for me!!!) as another lady ordered the SU Starter Kit in September so I have another promotion (Woo Hoo).  That means a £100 product bonus, a certificate and pin.  She has only just started making cards and it worked out cheaper for her to join and get the kit & discount than buy everything she wanted.

Hope you have been having a good weekend.  My Hubby has had a problem this week with a persistent migraine so hes struggling at the moment, bless him - but after a trip to the doctors on Thursday, he could set up business as a pharmacist with all the tablets hes been given!  They haven't really kicked in properly yet and he has to go for a CT scan but I'm hoping hes back to his usual self soon.

Ian even hopes they will find his brain in there too!

Anyway back to crafting.  Here is a card I made for my Auntie Val & Uncle Bern's Pearl wedding anniversary a few weeks ago.

Auntie Val does the most beautiful parchment work you will ever see, honestly, its incredible.  I only tried working with parchment once, a few years ago, but I just don't have the time or patience to do it properly.

The card black is an A4 sheet of Shimmery White with a layer of Melon Mambo attached.  The top layer is also Shimmery White which was stamped in Melon Mambo Ink using images from the Wedding Sweet stamp set (My Auntie Val loves bright pink, so it just had to be Melon Mambo!).

The butterflies were cut and embossed using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits die and the sentiment stamped in Melon Mambo ink onto Shimmery White card, before being punched out using the Extra Large Oval and then matted onto Melon Mambo card (which has been die cut using the Lots of Tag Sizzlits 4 pack dies).

I punched the two of the corners of the top layer using the Scallop Trim Corner punch before assembling the card then added some pearls to the butterflies to finish.

Hope you enjoy your weekend, and thank you for taking the time to bob over.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Forever Young for the New Catalogue Blog Hop

Hi there!

Sunday 2nd October is the day we have our Blog Hop.  All the links are planned to be live from 10am on 2nd Oct - however, if you have any problems with the links, just bob back a little later and I am sure they will be running like clockwork.

A group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who use the In Love With Stamping Forum have decided to do some projects using some of the brand new products from the 2011-2012 Ideas Book & Catalogue.

Hopefully, you will have come here from Sara's blog.  Sara is amazing and I am so lucky to have her as my Stampin' Up! Mum!!!

At the begining of September, demostrators got to see the new catalogue on-line before customers could see it (just another of my favourate perks of being a Demo!) and we also got a list of items we could purchase to allow us to be ready for when the catalogue went live.  

As soon as I saw the set called Forever Young - I just loved it.  The tree is so pretty and I love the vintage look.  I had bought some of these boxes a few weeks ago for our next craft fair so I just had to have a play.

The Designer Series Paper I used to cover the box is called Timeless Portrait (which is part of the matching Product Suite along with FABRIC!!!).  The edges of the box and the Designer Series Paper were inked with sponge daubers in Island Indigo ink (one of the new In Colours for 2011) and I used Crystal Effects around the top rim of the box and added some Champagne Glass Glitter.

The tree image is stamped onto Very Vanilla cardstock in Basic Black and then die cut before being mounted on dimensionals onto a mat of Basic Black card die cut with the Scallop Circle die.  To finish I used Very Vanilla satin ribbon, loosely pleated directly onto the edge of the lid using stick strip.

Here is a picture of all the stamps in the set.

The new catalogue is now available online and I also have some catalogues, so if you would like to get a copy, contact me now for details.

Well, thank you for stopping by, I hope you are enjoying our little tour of inspiration!  I will now pass you on to Evy, who will provide even more ideas whilst your travelling through our little cyber space blog hop.

Have a great weekend.