Sunday, 29 December 2013

Class Schedule for 2014 Sorted

Hi everyone.

I have been trying to get organised and sort out dates for my classes in 2014 - and here is the first one, Daydream Medallions One Sheet Wonder Class.




It will be on Saturday 11th January 2014 from 11am to 2pm at my home in Shafton, Barnsley.  Please bring your own lunch, refreshments will be provided.  


Cost of the class is £10 per person and includes all materials and use of equipment.  





Fancy paying less for the class?


Bring a friend (someone I don't already know!) and you only pay 


£7.00 each for the class.



Booking is essential so I can plan and prepare all the materials you will need.  Please email me ASAP, bookings close on 9th January.  Email me now to book your place.





Friday, 27 December 2013

Christmas Cards

Hi everyone,
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, ours was lovely.

Here is a photo of the one of the cards I made for Christmas, sorry the picture is a bit wonky!

And here is a photo of a gift pouch for one of my friends using the same Designer Series Paper.

The items I used are here, just click on each picture for more details
Table built using Stampin' Up! Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl.


The items are still available to order until 1st February, so you can start early on next years Christmas cards...

Jan xxx

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Where is the time going?

I have been really busy with the house lately - the kitchen is almost done, woo hoo! - so crafting has really had to take a back seat.  I had forgotten to post the photo of one of my swaps from convention so at least I can show you that (the cards for my downline are still in the post so I dont want to spoil the surprise yet).


Now, I used the triple cell cartridge inked in Cajun Craze, Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry ink with the Butterfly Collection wheel with the idea of inking up strips of card quickly and easily.  Only it wasn't that easy as I haven't practised using the wheels for ages - and now know I need more practice... 

Here are some images of the main items I used to create the swap.  If you would like to see more detail, just click on an image and you will be taken to my online shop to find out more.

Table built using Stampin' Up! Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl.

Hope you are all ready for Christmas, I wish I was!!!

Jan



Saturday, 30 November 2013

Card Candy Swap

Hi everyone
Whilst we were preparing for convention, my lovely SU Mum, Sara, organised one of the Card Candy Swaps and this was the one I made.



It's using a cute stamp set called Warmth and Wonder and lots of other Stampin' Up! dies, embossing folders and punches. Far too many to list here, but if you'd like a list, drop me a line and I will pull one together.

The idea is to make a set of toppers or embellishments similar to what you would buy in a shop. The rules are set early so everyone knows what they need to make their candy as nice as possible.

I'm getting a bit giddy now as I've set up my conservatory for my class tomorrow. We are doing five classy gift wrapping projects and Ive finally managed to (well, almost) set the room up how I planned when we bought the house so there should be plenty of room for us all. Fingers crossed the ladies have a great time...

Jan


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Monday, 25 November 2013

Gift Wrapping Class

Only one place left for our gift wrapping class on Sunday 1st December!

We will be doing several projects to give your gift giving the real WOW factor.







If you would like to take the last place in the class, please call me on 07795566727 as soon as possible.

The class is from 11 am until 1pm, Sunday 1st December. But we do sometimes overrun on our classes!!! The cost of the class is £10 per person which includes refreshments (and chocolate...)

All wrapping materials will be provided, but you will need to bring a bottle for the bottle wrapping project. If you have gifts already and would like to wrap them in the class, bring them along and you can wrap them for your projects.

I can hold another class on Saturday 7th December but only if I have enough interest. If you are interested, please all me and I will put you on the list.

Jan x

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

Convention News...

WOW.  We had a brilliant time in Manchester at the European Convention and I think I have just about got my breath back.

Here is a photo of most of the team, wearing their posh frocks, at the end of the awards night.



There were lots of announcements including the location and dates of the next three convention dates.  They are to be held in Brussels on 16-18 October 2014, 12-14 November 2015 and 17-19 November 2016.   So I have no excuses, now I know how long I have to save up - and get myself on stage!!!

The Incentive Trip for 2015 will be in Portugal, and the threshold for demonstrators to attend has been lowered, so I need to get my finger out if I want an all expenses paid holiday with some of the most talented, creative people you could ever dream to meet.

We have a brand new product called Undefined, where you draw then carve your own stamps.  Here is a link to the details.

The rest of the announcements centred around new products, so unfortunately I cant tell you anything about them...yet.  So, you will just have to bob back soon for details of the new Spring Summer Seasonal Catalogue and Sale-a-bration.

Anyway, here are some photos of the swaps I made for Convention.  This was a little pouch I made for each of our team.

It holds a cute owl nail file, hence the owl on the front.

The pouches were created using strips of in colour card in Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding with the same colours of Ruffle Stretch Trim Ribbon used to secure the pouch.

Then I made some, well, I designed and prepared these card fronts for general swapping.

If it hadn't been for Joanne and Hazel they wouldn't have been finished as they punched out and assembled nearly all of them - and there were 100 all together!!!

Now, I dont know if any of you have tried the new digital package from Stampin' Up! but the bauble image is NOT a conventional stamp, it is a digital stamp.  This is where the image is stored digitally, and when you want to use it, you can just select it, change the size and / or the colour to any of the Stampin' Up! colours.  This makes it so versatile.  You do need to have the paid for version of My Digital Studio though as the Christmas Collectibles digital stamp set is not included in the free trial.

But the absolute best part about the image is that if you print it off at the original size, it fits the Christmas Ornimant Punch perfectly!  Here are the four different colourways of the card fronts I took with me to Manchester.

The 4" square card fronts are cut from Textured 12x12" cardstock in Cherry Cobbler, Indigo Island, Smoky Slate and Old Olive.  Mats of alternate card were cut out and mounted onto the card front using dimentionals and the designer series papers are from Season of Style and Winter Frost - I'm getting good at using DSP now arn't I!?

I will be posting some photos of the other swaps I made later this week, so bob back soon for more photos.

Jan
x

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Team photo

Just a quick post with a photo of our wonderful team at last nights Awards night dinner.



Yesterday was full of previews of new products and demonstrations of techniques so can't wait for today's sessions.

The announcements so far have been the venue for the next three years - Brussels!!! - and new products in the upcoming Spring Summer Catalogue...

Roll on today.


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Sunday, 17 November 2013

We're Here

We're at the Westfield Sport College Craft Show. Come over for a crafty chat!!!





Jan, Sara, Hazel & Joanne. Xx

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Friday, 15 November 2013

Craft Fair Announcement.

Just a very quick post with regards to the Craft Fair I was planning to do tomorrow in Hemsworth.

I have had to admit defeat and won't be able to make the craft fair - I have been so busy that I really can't spare the time. But - fear not, I am definitely doing the Craft Show at Westfield Sports College on Sunday.

Hope you can make it, too!
Jan

Ps. Off to make my hubbies birthday card - it's his birthday today...

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Gift wrapping class

Fancy a class to show you some classy wrapping techniques? We'll come to my Gift Wrapping Class. Here are some of the projects we will be doing.



Not a fan of Christmas? Don't worry, there is a selection of materials to choose from so you will be able to wrap presents for any occasion.

Here are the details.
11am until 1pm
1st December 2013
Whin Corner
Shafton
Barnsley
£10 per person which includes refreshments and all materials.

I have had lots of interest in this class so please book your place ASAP. If I have enough interest I may run another class on Saturday 7th December.

Just before I go, I have a stand at the Hemsworth Community Centre Christmas Craft Fair this Saturday (Bullenshaw Road, Hemsworth, WF9 4NE).

Also, me, Sara, Hazel and Joanne will have a stand on Sunday at the Craft Show at Westfield Sports College, Sheffield S20 1HQ. Come for a crafty natter and see some of the fab Stampin' Up! products up close and personal.

Jan x


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Friday, 8 November 2013

Stamp Club Thank You Gifts

It's been rather busy here, but unfortunately not with much crafting. On the plus side we almost have our kitchen - woo hoo!!!

One thing I have found out since the cold weather has hit us, is that having the conservatory as my temporary craft room is not a good idea. It's absolutely freezing in there! Hopefully I will get that sorted soon though.

Anyway, back to crafting. Here are the little gifts I gave to the ladies in my stamp club this month - little butterfly fridge magnets.



The clothes pegs were just covered with a small strip of washi tape ( I used Gingham Garden and Epic Day) and a thin strip of magnetic sheet attached to the back.

To make the toppers I punched out 1 3/4" scalloped circles from gold and silver glimmer paper. The butterflies were punched out of Gingham Garden and Epic Day and This and That designer Series paper using the Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly punches.

The body of the butterflies were punched out of gold and silver glimmer paper. You can't beat a but of sparkle in this damp dreary weather.

For those of you waiting for my newsletter, it will be coming out on Sunday, hopefully with some photos of our Gift Wrapping Class projects. So bob back soon for more details - the class is filling up fast but if you would like come, please contact me as soon as possible.

Jan x

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Friday, 25 October 2013

25% off 25 Stamp Sets

Hi there.  Here is the latest offer from Stampin' Up!


For one week only, you can get 25% off 25 stamp sets, how good is that!!!?

To view the full list of stamps in my on-line store just click HERE.  You only have until the 28th October to get the 25% off, so grab a cuppa, sit down and do a bit of shopping.

Now, for those of you who have been following our progress on the house, look what we had installed this week...


Don't get me wrong, the cooking stove was a godsend but I am sooooo glad its been put away now, and to celebrate our first meal on the cooker we had a pizza with garlic bread!!  Cant wait for the sink and the kitchen units fitting now.

Thanks for taking the time to visit.

Jan x

Sunday, 20 October 2013

No crafting but soooo busy

It's been ages since I did any crafting but at last we are getting somewhere with the house! Yesterday we actually picked up the new kitchen and ordered the new cooker - 15 weeks using a microwave, toaster, deep fat fryer and a camping stove has been rather taxing to say the least.

Here is a photo of our 'kitchen' at the beginning of August.



We took out the old rotten kitchen units the on the 1st July with a plan to get the new units that weekend. Unfortunately, the damp problem was much worse than we thought so not only did we have to remove all the old plaster, we had to dig up the concrete floor and about 12 inch of ground to put in a full damp course, damp membrane and new floor.


Anyway, here is a photo of the kitchen with its lovely plastered walls






Today has been spent painting the kitchen and putting some of the new units together and I will try and get some photos sorted when more of the units are built up. I'm shattered but so excited we are finally seeing progress at last.

I'll be back with some exciting news from SU soon and you never know, I might even sneak into my craft room at some point...

Jan x


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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Join Our Team for just £25

Stampin' Up! has been going for 25 years this year and one of their ways of celebrating is for you to be able to join as a Demonstrator for only £25.

All you have to do to take advantage of the offer is to choose products from the Annual or Autumn Winter Catalogues to the value of £26.95 and click here, following the steps to register and pay just £25.  For this you will receive the products plus a business pack including catalogues, a getting started DVD, order forms etc.


Dates: 7-21 October 2013
  • This offer is only good for two weeks, so take advantage of it right away!
  • The £25 Starter Kit includes
    • £26.95 worth of Stampin’ Up! products
    • Business pack, which includes
      • A box of annual catalogues
      • A package of the current seasonal catalogue
      • Getting Started DVD
      • Order forms
      • Guest invitation postcards
First Workshop Perks
Place your first order of at least £150 within 30 days of your start date, you can:
  • choose any stamp set from the 2013-2014 annual catalogue (redeemable with her first demonstrator order in December).*
  • receive 30% instant income on her first order and any eligible hostess benefits if she hosts her own event.
  • 0ngoing 20% discount while you are a demonstrator.
  • jump into her new role as a demonstrator and start building up her stamping supplies.
*This perk is only available to those who sign up between October 7–21.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Birthday Card and October Offer

It's Saturday, woo hoo! And even better, we have plasterboard on the kitchen walls - I am soooooo excited. Anyway, back to crafting...

Here is a card I made for one of our team members' birthday.




I used the Gorgeous Grunge set stamping the lines in different colours along the top then used the baby wipe technique to do the splashes.

The Chevron punch was used to the bottom right and then the mat was attached to the A6 card blank with Dimensionals.

The sentiment was stamped with largest image from the Lovely Romance set then die cut using one of the dies from the Chalk Talk Framelits.

I extended the sentiment by cutting a couple more of these shapes in matching card stock and cutting them in half. This allowed me to adhere them behind the sentiment with a little bit showing to the side. Again this was attached using Dimensionals to raised it.

There is a cracking offer this month from SU with it being their 25th year. Hold a workshop with sales of over £250 and you get an additional £25 in hostess benefits - so instead of £40 you get £65 in freebies!

I have a couple of dates free if you'd like to take advantage of the offer so call me on 07795566727 to book ASAP.

Jan x



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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Team Training Swaps

Hi. I bet you thought I'd disappeared as I've been quiet again?!

Well i am still here - in some form - but have been busy at work and with the house again.

We had our team training on Sunday and here are the swaps i made.



I made them as 6x6" cards using Modern Medley DSP - yep, I used DSP again! - for the bow using the Gift Bow Bigz L die.

The sentiment ( from Sassi Salutations) was stamped into Very Vanilla card with Stazon ink and this was matted behind a die cut aperture cut with the Labels Collection layered dies.

I made several different versions but the card blanks were made using 12x12 sheets of Cherry Cobbler and Smokey Slate Textured card, cut to form 6" square cards.



Team training was all about Convention this time as the team has grown so big and we have so many going. We talked about all the exciting things that happen at Convention like swaps, freebies, announcements, freebies...

Getting giddy now for November!
Jan


Jan x

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack

Just a very quick post to let you know about the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack which is now up and running.

Items have been discontinued (and can't be returned if you change your mind) but you can save upto 80% on some items.

All you have to do to shop from the clearance rack is click on the Shop Now link at the top of the column on the right hand side.

Once they're gone, that's it - they won't be back so grab a bargain while you can.

Happy shopping!!
Jan

Ps if you are looking at my blog on the Mobile Site view you will need to switch over to the Web Site View to see the Shop Now button.

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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Class Project

Hope your having a great weekend. We had our new windows installed yesterday so I'm feeling a bit happier with things on the house front at the minute.

We had our class on Wednesday at The Keppels in Rotherham and here are the projects we made.


Some of you may remember the items are similar to the ones at our last Stamptacular - well, your right they are. Julie loved them so we decided to make them in class - hi Ladies!!!

The papers are from Modern Medley and are really classy, great for using on both ladies and gents cards.

Hope you are making the most of the lovely weather

Jan x

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Sunday, 15 September 2013

My Digital Studio Rocks

Wow. I knew My Digital Studio would be good, but I didn't think it would be this good.

The free trial version comes with loads of content - papers, stamped images, punched shapes. But once you buy the package you lots more plus the option to buy additional downloads.

Now the stamp I used on this A5 card uses two extra downloads called Extreme Guitar and Extreme Elements - for the dots and the stars - and guess what, you can make some of the images much bigger than the original image - so there's no limit to the size of some cards. You do get an error message with some images if the quality will be affected by enlarging it (seems to happen more with text images).


I used the Music notes wheel to make the background paper and even opened my Washi Tape and roll of denim ribbon. How adventurous of me?!

The little tag is stamped in Crumb Cake ink onto Very Vanilla card and punched out with the Ticket punch. The second tag is just punched out of Crumb Cake card and adhered to the front of the card. Mega quick, very easy and 6 copies made in 1 hr so plenty of spares for emergency birthdays!!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. I've been really busy wuth making the cards and sanding skirting boards / paintwork so I feel like I've achieved loads today!

Jan x

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Thursday, 12 September 2013

Hope Banner

As promised, here is a photo of a banner I made from some of the brand new products in the Autumn Winter catalogue.



I used four pennants and the jute twine from the Banner Simply Created Kit (132699 £8.95 - I still have 14 pennants left!) and the Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit (132697 - £8.95).

The only additional item I used was about 40cm of silver ribbon and that was because I left the ribbons on the rosettes so long.

I decided on 'hope' instead of a Christmas phrase so I could use it all year round - I also 'hope' that we have a kitchen by Christmas!

'Hope' your having a good week, i'll be back at the weekend all being well.

Jan x



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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Happy Birthday Bro

It was my brilliant Brother, Tim's birthday yesterday so here is the card I made him.

Before the top tab is pulled, this is what the card looks like.

What can I say about my (little, but only in age!) Brother?  He is the kindest, sweetest young man any lady could ever wish to meet (yes, we are trying to get him married off - but only cos we love him!).  Hard working, honest and will help anyone out whenever he can.  The help he has given us since we moved into the house has been incredible.

The only images which could ever reflect him are stars - he really is one - so that's what I used.  The stamp set is Simply Stars and I used some icing cutters in star shapes to cut out the clay stars, adhering them with Chrystal Effects.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIM, and thank you for everything!!!

Now then, enough of my ranting - Tim might get a bit big headed when he sees this, so lets get back to some REALLY exciting news for you.

Do you love crafting but are not really into stamping? (Yes, I know there are some of you out there...) Well, Stampin' Up! have launched My Digital Studio in Europe. 

Now, If you like just being able to print something off and use it on your cards, but then are stuck getting other elements to match in colour - worry no more.  All the items in MDS are from Stampin' Up! so they fully coordinate - you can use the stamp function in the suite and change the image colour to any of the SU colours - no inky fingers, no cleaning stamps.  

Want to add a matching ribbon, button or punch shape no problem, they are all available as digital elements - and even better, you can download a 30 day FREE TRIAL from my on-line shop by clicking here.  The full version is only £13.95 but try before you buy and see just how great it is.

Did you notice that I mentioned above that I have an on-line shop?  I have (here) and you can shop to your hearts content 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.  The delivery charge is only £4.95 regardless of the size of your order and it comes direct to your door - and if you order over £150 in items from the current catalogues, you get a minimum of £25 in free products too!  The site is really easy to use and there are lots of extra ideas and inspiration for you so grab a cuppa and have a look!

Jan


Saturday, 31 August 2013

I've Been Naughty

I know, blogging has had to take a back seat lately as I have had so much going off lately, sorry about that.  The house is still a building site, with at least another 3 weeks without a kitchen.  We have had the wood burning stove installed though which is lovely.

I had a bit of a mishap in the car this week - a motorway sign decided to launch itself at me, thankfully it hit the bumper and headlight so they were the only things damaged - it could have been much worse if I hadn't braked when I did as it looked like it was heading for the windscreen...  I have also been ridiculously busy with work which hasn't helped.

Anyway, I should have posted this before but it is the project we did at Jeans Dabble Day, a Stepper Box.


This is the inside when its opened up, the four little drawers are the perfect size to hold ear rings, jewellery 
or even sweets.

And here are some more ready to go.  Thanks for a great day Jean, see you soon ladies!

Have a great weekend - I will post soon with the lovely new stuff from the Autumn Winter Catalogue.

Jan
x

Monday, 19 August 2013

Team Training Swaps.

Hope you had a great weekend, I certainly did. We welcomed a wonderful team member back into the fold (welcome back Shirley, we all missed you!) and I spent lots of time chatting with people about SU - you know I can do that for England though!

We had our team training on Sunday with lots of our merry group of crafters getting together for a natter. Here is a photo of the card I made for my swaps, using the stamp set Gently Falling.




Can you see the sneak peek item coming soon? Look at the gorgeous ribbon at the bottom... It's called Burlap Ribbon and can come to your craft stash soon as it will be available for customers to buy from the end of August.

The card blank is A6 in size and I used Neutrals Ivory. The solid image leaf shapes were stamped in Baked Brown Sugar, Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake ink and then using the Two Step Stamping technique, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the 'vein' images over the top of each leaf in a darker shade. Each leaf was then cut out and put to one side.

The burlap ribbon was attached to the card blank with stick strip and the individual leaves arranged on top. To finish off I used a tiny safety pin from Vintage Trinkets.

I'm quite chuffed with the card and am glad I made a few spare ones as its always handy to have cards ready for emergencies!

It's back to work for me now, so thanks for stopping by, I will be back soon with another sneak peak from the new Autumn Winter Catalogue...

Jan x


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Monday, 12 August 2013

Crafty Holiday

Look at me using Designer Series Papers! Yep, I did it, I managed to cut into some Eastern Elegance papers - the colours are gorgeous and I would never have thought they would work together, but they really do.



I actually started to use the papers for swaps at our Team Meeting this Sunday, but I changed my mind and made some birthday cards instead.

To start i used Smokey Slate ink on Whisper White card to stamp the Wildflower Meadow image then embossed it with the matching embossing folder (the flowers have a little bit of Dazzling Details to add a touch of bling).

The Crushed Curry scalloped edges were attached to the sides of the stamped image and then I added a strip of the Eastern Elegance DSP before attaching it to the 6x6" Smokey Slate card blank.

The sentiment is stamped in Smokey Slate ink (from Label Something) on whisper white card and punched out with the Artisan Label punch. It was then mounted on a Crushed Curry coloured Decorative Label punched shape.

It makes a nice change for me to have some spare birthday cards ready - I normally leave it til the last minute and panic so it's nice to be organised for a change.

Fancy coming to our team training on Sunday? Just let me know if you would like to come and I will save you a place.

Jan

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