Thursday, 28 March 2013

Stop Press - Extra Benefits when you Order the Starter Kit!!!

Just a very quick post - Stampin' Up! Have JUST announced that they are extending the benefits of joining during the Sale-a-Bration period until 31st March 2013.

So what does this mean?

Well, instead of getting £130 in products in your customisable starter kit for £99 - you get £162.50!!!

Now, if you want to find out more, just check out my information page here

If you have my questions at all, just email or phone me on 07795566727.

This is the best offer of the year to join SU, honestly.

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Happy Birthday, Mum

Hi there
I don't know about you but I am so fed up of the snow now.

It's my Mums birthday today (I won't say how old though!) and here is the card I made for her.

I used an A4 sheet of Pretty in Pink card to make the card blank and a mat of the same colour for the main panel.

Silver glimmer paper was die cut using the Beautiful Butterflies die and the butterflies were spritzed with a mixture of 70% rubbing alcohol with Pretty in Pink reinker. It was taking ages for the butterflies to dry so I used a heat gun to - this actually blistered the paper around the edges but I love the effect as it curved the edges giving a little dimension. I inked around the edges with Rose Red ink and a sponge dauber to highlight the shapes before sticking the together with crystal effects.

The main panel was stamped in Pretty in Pink ink using the Ex Libris stamp and a length of Pink Pirouette Two Tone ribbon wrapped around the bottom of the panel. This was then adhered to the front of the card blank.

The Mum sentiment from For My Family was stamped in Rose Red ink onto whisper white card and a frame stamped over the top from Four Frames in Pretty In Pink. This was punched out using the Curly Label punch. Two more were punched out from whisper white card and they were positioned over the "window" area of the Ex Libris image.

It was just a case of adding a strip of delicate details lace tape (and some bling) to one side of the card blank and adding the butterfly.

She loved her card and had a lovely birthday so it's been a good day!


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Monday, 25 March 2013

I hope that the horrible weather were having right now isn't causing you too much of a problem. Lots of our plans had to change over the weekend, including Julie's Technique class in Rotherham which ended up being on Sunday instead of Saturday.

But look what I made...

I'm so proud of it - I keep sneaking a look just to check its ok sitting in my craft room!!! We used the melt pot with pan pastels - I've had my melt pot for about 6 months and all I have done is melt a bit of beeswax!

Now, I'm not good at taking photos but it really does look better in real life and I'm so glad I picked the colours. I kept looking at the ones the other ladies were using and thought the purple and green were too much of a contrast but now it's finished I love it with the silver.

Julie's next class is on Sunday 28th April and the project looks lovely, so I can't wait to go and play again. If you want to go though, you'll need to book quick though as there are only a few places!

Jan x

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Friday, 22 March 2013

Hazel's Birthday

As promised, here is a birthday card for Hazel, one of my lovely SU 'daughters'.

Now, Hazel has been quite poorly lately, so we havent been able to meet for a natter, but hopefully we will get together soon.

I used the same technique for the 'lace' effect as I used for my Mums Mothers Day card and finally managed to break into my Artisan Embellishement Kit to use the lace ribbon and flowers (to console myself, I had to order some more!!!).  The sentiment is from Feel Goods and was stamped in white embossing powder onto Rose Red card.  Do you see the paper doily behind the sentiment mat - these are so sweet arnt they?!

Now, today is the last day to get a free item for each £45 you spend, so you need to get your skates on if you want some freebies - or even more free products by signing up and joining my team.  I dont know if there will be any other offers in the future as good as the one that ends today - £162.50 in products for only £99!

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Team Birthdays & Exciting News

I've just unpacked everything from today's craft show at Doncaster Dome so I thought I would catch up with my blog. It was a little bit quiet but we met some lovely people.

Now, I have to tell you about what's happened this week or I might just burst, I'm so excited.

We accepted an offer on our house on Monday (we didn't know that we were having a viewing so to say it was a shock, is the understatement of the century!). On Friday we had the offer we made on the house we want to buy accepted so we are a pair of VERY giddy kippers. We have been here before but have absolutely everything crossed that it works out this time.

There that's it, I've calmed down (a bit) now, so back to crafting...

It's been a really busy month for birthdays for our team this month and here is one of the cards I made.

I stamped Hello Doily in versamark onto a mat of Whisper White card and heat embossed with white embossing powder. The bottom of the mat was embossed with one of the Delicate Designs embossing folders and wrapped a length of Raspberry Ripple stitched satin ribbon around, securing at the back.

Then I used a sponge dauber and Raspberry Ripple ink and inked over the top of the embossed stamped image. Here is a close up of the image inked up - how detailed is this stamp, I love it!

The mat was secured to a Raspberry ripple card blank and an In Color dahlia added to the centre.

The banner was stamped with the Happy Birthday image from Itty Bitty Banners and then die cut with the matching Bitty Banners dies. It was trimmed to sit behind the dahlia and then attached.

I'm looking forward to going to Julie's class next Saturday at her new studio in Rotherham - the project is using the meltpot to decorate a birdhouse, and I can't wait. If you would like more details, let me know.

I have another birthday card to show you but that will be in the next few days, so bob back soon to see it.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Jan x
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Monday, 11 March 2013

Mothers Day Card

Well, now my Mums into cardmaking, I had to step things up a gear to make her Mothers Day card this year.

I had had the idea that the netting background stamp could look nice as a lace pattern so I teamed it with Delicate Doilies and Viola's Lace Builder Wheel and I LOVE the effect (you might see more of these lace designs coming soon...)

I stamped the doilies in versamark onto Pink Pirouette card stock and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Then I masked over the doilies, stamped the netting stamp in versamark over the top & heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Here is a close up of the embossing.

The Voila's Lace wheel was stamped in versamark onto an A5 Rose Red card blank, it was heat embossed with white embossing powder and a panel of the lacy Pink Pirouette trimmed to fit.

To finish off I Stamped 'Mother' and the flourish from Amazing Family in Rose Red ink onto Whisper White card then framed it with oval framelits in Pink Pirouette and Rose Red.  All that was needed then was some ribbon trim and a bit of bling - those of you who have met Mum, will know she loves anything that sparkles!


Thursday, 7 March 2013

Cute Window Card

Here's a cute little window card I demonstrated at our last team training event.

This side photo shows the different depths of the layers.

The card stock for the card blank is whisper white cut at 8" x 4" and scored to create a 4" square card. Then a mat of rich razzleberry card measuring 3 3/4" was adhered to the front before putting to one side.

The little panels were made by stamping images from the Ciao Baby stamp set in rich razzleberry ink onto whisper white card and punching them out using the petite curly label punch (you can get this free during Sale a Bration!). Four 1" squares were punched out of daffodil delight card and these were layered underneath the stamped images.

The windows were punched out of a 3 1/2" square of whisper white card using the 1 1/4" square punch before adding to the card blank and then the panels were lined up in the centre of each window using dimensions.

If you would like me to demonstrate how to make this cute little card, book your craft party with me ASAP. Sale a Bration is on until 22nd March so there's still time to get your freebies (including the petite curly label punch!!!)

Jan x

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Saturday, 2 March 2013

Stamptacular Project

As I promised yesterday here is a photo of the project I demonstrated at our Stamptacular last Saturday.

I demonstrated how to make the shaped card using the Labels Framelits dies first using an A4 sheet of Very Vanilla card trimmed down to 21cm x 28cm then we scored on the 28cm side at 7 then 21cm using the Simply Scored Board. The score lines were folded to create a gate fold card.

To cut the shape at the top we layered up two pieces of card stock and put these inside the folded card. As the framelits only really cut through 2 layers, the layers need to be carefully placed but everyone did brilliantly. I can provide more detailed instructions if you contact me.

Here is a photo of the inside of the card.

Two mats of Summer Starfruit card were cut out using the largest and second largest framelits and these were layered with two of the paper doilies sandwiched between them. This was attached over the top pard of the card blank and then it was just a case of decorating the card.

The Secret Garden stamp set and matching dies were used along with the Apothecary Art stampset and matching dies - love, love, love the stamps with the dies - I'm not very good at cutting out so they are a total godsend for me!!! The flower images were stamped in versamark (THANK YOU GILL!!!) heat embossed with clear embossing powder then ink was rubbed over the top using sponge daubers.

The bottom flower has a rose from the flower trim attached, which has been coloured using an ink pad to match the colour theme - is it just me or does it look just like a daffodil?

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Jan x

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Friday, 1 March 2013

Lumbered with Lurgies

I have been a bit quiet again lately, I know. But I've been a bit poorly with a chest infection which doesn't seem to want to go away.

I've even had to cancel the craft fair I was planning to do tomorrow as I daren't risk passing it on to anyone else, sob.

Hopefully I will post a photo of the project i did for the Stamptacular we did last week, over the weekend. So bob back soon for a quick look, I think everyone liked making it - and I did too, we had a ball.

Jan x

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