Tuesday, 26 October 2010

October Thank You Cards

One of the nice things about running a Stampin' Up! business is that I have the opportunity to say thank you to so many lovely people. Here are the cards I sent out to my customers and hostesses this month, to say "Thank You", for letting me show them our amazing products, and for giving me their orders:

The cards were based on the swaps I took to our monthly training. This is what the swaps looked like:

I love the way the two cards look totally different, even though the images are identical. All I've done is swapped round the order of the colours in the layering and the base card.

The pretty branch image is from one of the new sets in the 2010-2011 IBC, Hopeful Thoughts, and the colours used are Poppy Parade and Soft Suede. The sentiment is from Basic Phrases. I inked up the image stamp using my Stampin' Write marker pens,. It's a little more time-consuming than inking-up with an inkpad, but so worth it to get multi-coloured images; as you can see, the effect is stunning.

The ribbon on the Soft Suede card is the new Poly Ribbon (available in all five on the new In Colours, I used Poppy Parade), whilst on the Poppy Parade card I used Early Espresso Taffeta ribbon. I haven't really used much ribbon in the past, but these are the most amazing quality and just beautiful to look at and touch. I've used an entire reel of the Early Espresso Taffeta already - it goes with EVERYTHING! - and I've only had it for a couple of weeks!

Ooh - did you spot the bling, too? I've popped a couple of our new Basic Rhinestones on each ribbon and the photos just don't do them justice! They are the most gorgeous, clear sparkles and they come on a card with LOADS of them. As Craig Revell-Horwood (do you watch "Strictly Come Dancing"?) would say: A-MA-ZING!!

Thanks for looking!



Credit Cards Now Accepted!!

Yaay - it has finally happened! Stampin' Up! has arranged it so that we can now take MasterCard and Visa credit cards, as well as Visa debit cards, in payment for Stampin' Up! products you buy from us demonstrators!

I'm so excited to be able to offer you this, as I know how much easier it will be for you all. Just think - you don't need to remember your chequebook any more!

Any card details taken will be kept perfectly secure, and you have the option of choosing not to let Stampin' Up! keep your card details for use in future purchases if you'd rather give me the information every time. So there is no need to worry about paying in this way. If you have any questions then don't hesitate to ask - that's what I'm here for, after all.

Back later on with more cards for you to see. I just wanted to make sure you knew about this exciting new development and that it didn't get lost mid-post.

Thanks for looking.



Monday, 25 October 2010

October Hostess Thank You Gifts


I wanted to show you the little gifts I made for the lovely ladies who hosted Stampin' Up! workshop parties with me this month.

Before each workshop, I made a set of these cards in the two colourways shown, and stamped the envelopes to match. Then, at the workshops, I demonstrated how to make this little gift wallet that will hold them beautifully. I deliberately chose a non-Christmassy greeting for the wallet itself as even I can't get away with giving actual Christmas gifts in October! Here it is:

And finally, here is a picture of the open gift wallet, with the cards peeking out of it:

I enjoyed making these, and really hope my hostesses liked getting them! The cards were adapted from one we made at one of Monica's and Bekka's training days a while back, and use the gorgeous Dasher stamp, along with one of the first SU sets I bought (and I still use it all the time), Lovely As A Tree. The green colourway is Old Olive, Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler cardstock. Dasher is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and the trees in Certainly Celery, while the background is brayered with, of all things, Pink Pirouette. The second colourway uses Crumb Cake card and ink (brayering and trees), teamed with Cherry Cobbler card and ink and, of course, the ever-present Whisper White card - so easy to brayer on 'cause it's soooooo smooth.

Hope you like them. Thanks for visiting!



Thursday, 21 October 2010

Christmas Decorations Class Bundle is Up!


For those of you who come to my classes, the Class Bundle for the November "Christmas Decorations" class is now up and can be found here. Ordering it will get you a FREE place at the class (normally £15) and, if you order before the 8th November, you'll get free shipping as well. Email me or call me to buy, and to book your place at the class - I'd love to see you there!



Monday, 18 October 2010

Ornate Flowers Desk Tidy and Matching Cards


Well, what a week! I did two workshops last week, and had a fantastic time at both of them. Mine has to be the best job in the world, I get to spend my time meeting lots of lovely people and crafting with them - could there be anything better?

I'll post photos of my workshop cards soon, but I have another workshop later this week and want them to be a surprise for anyone who reads this and is going to be there. I'm so looking forward to it, I haven't met this hostess before but she sounds lovely. Tina, I'm really looking forward to getting to know you and your guests!

On Saturday I held my usual monthly class, and this month we made a pretty little desk tidy with some matching cards. I love this type of class. It looks a lot more complicated than it is, and I love seeing people's confidence grow when they leave with something that they are so proud of. Here is a picture of the desk tidy:

And from another angle:

The papers are from the gorgeous Greenhouse Gala pack in the new Ideas Book and Catalogue, and they are more beautiful in real life than you can possibly imagine. They are designed to co-ordinate with the Ornate Flowers stamp set, and the pretty Chrysanthemum image that you can see in the photos comes from that set. I used this set throughout the class, and we made four cards to match the desk tidy, using each of the four stamps you get in the set. Here are the cards all together:

And each one separately:

We stamped the focal images using the Stampin' Write markers to ink up the stamps. It gives such a lovely effect and really brings the stamped image to life, as you can see. My ladies were a little unsure to start with, but when they realised how easy it is to do, they loved the technique as much as I do.

As you can see, we stamped the envelopes too. I don't usually include envelopes in my classes, but couldn't resist the change to show my lovely ladies how easy it is to co-ordinate your envelopes with your cards; it takes no time at all and makes all the difference to how the recipient feels about the card - they will love it even before they have opened it. A perfect way to make someone's day, so much nicer to get through the post than the usual bills in brown envelopes!

I've just realised I didn't take a picture of the desk tidy WITH the cards - doh! I'll try to pop one on here tomorrow, but it's dark now, and I've learned from experience that taking pictures of cards by the lights we have here is Not A Good Idea.

I took the project to an SU training day yesterday have been asked to make the instructions for this class available. I'm really touched that my fellow demonstrators like what I've done, as I am so conscious that they are all so very talented, so thank you ladies, I drove home with a big smile on my face. You'll see a Paypal button in the sidebar, and for £4.00 you can get hold of full, step by step and illustrated instructions for both the Desk Tidy and the cards. I'll email them out to you within twenty-four hours of me getting the payment confirmation.

Thank you for visiting, and I hope you like the project. I'll be back soon with pictures of the swaps Alan and I took to our training day yesterday.



Friday, 15 October 2010

Whirlwind - Back Soon!

Hello!! Just a quick one today to let you know that I've not forgotten you and will post some more yummy projects soon. I've been tearingly busy this month, doing several workshops for lots of brilliant people (I love my job!!) and then my monthly class tomorrow, so I just haven't had the time to photograph any of my projects yet.

Thanks for bearing with me and I promise I'll be back with more photos soon. You will LOVE the little desk-tidy we're doing tomorrow, it's just gorgeous! I still have spaces left so if you fancy doing something a little different on a Saturday afternoon then just drop me a line. More details here.

Big hugs,


Thursday, 7 October 2010

Ornate Flowers Take Two


Can you tell I love the Ornate Flowers stamp set? Here is another card I've made with it, a bit more masculine this time (who says you can't use flowers on men's cards?!).

This time I've used Old Olive, More Mustard and one of the new "In-Colours", Concord Crush, teamed with the ever-versatile Chocolate Chip and layered onto a Crumb Cake card base. Out came the linen thread again (love it, love it, love it!) because I felt that it needed a little something to finish it off.

I really like this colour combination. It isn't one I'd have naturally come up with, but I used the new Colour Coach to get my out of my comfort zone a little. It's such a useful tool - I have used it so much since I got it in my pre-order (oh! the privileges of being a demonstrator, hee hee!). The Colour Coach is a collection of colour swatches, with one card for each colour in the current Stampin' Up! colour palette, including "In-Colours". They are pinned together at the corner, so you can swivel out the cards for your chosen colours, to see what they will look like together without having to rifle through your stash to try the actual cardstock. On the back of each card are printed two colour combinations using the colour you have selected. Some of them are not at all obvious combinations - after all, the obvious ones are obvious, right? - but they are all amazing when you try them out.

If you're a bit nervous of colour, or aren't sure where to start - or if you just want to have an easily carryable reference of all the SU colours, then the Colour Coach is a fantastic helping hand. There is more colour theory, if you want to know the whys and wherefores of colour matching, on the Stampin' Up! website, here.Have a look, then give me a call or drop me a line if you want to know more. My contact details are in the sidebar.

Back soon! Thanks for visiting, and have a lovely day.



Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Ornate Flowers Swing Card


I made this little card for a swap we did at a training day I went to just before the new catalogue launched. It was the first thing I made with any of my new stamps, and I think this set - Ornate Flowers - is just beautiful.

The colours I've used are Baja (pronounced "Ba-ha", I understand) Breeze, Cherry Cobbler and More Mustard, with the image stamped on Very Vanilla card. Baja Breeze and Cherry Cobbler are two of the brand new colours this year and to say they are both delicious would be to underrate them. Unfortunately, the Cherry Cobbler doesn't show up very well in these photos, but it's the most luscious shade of deep, warm red.

This is the other side:

This is the first time I've made a swing card. They look really effective, but are actually easier to make than you might think. The hardest thing was getting the measurements right in the first place, as all the instructions I found were for US cardstock sizes. I love the way you can display it either way round, and it still looks fab - so two cards for one, really!

The background stamping was done using VersaMark, one of my favourite techniques for making co-ordinating patterned card.

Well, many of you have got your new catalogues by now, and I hope you're enjoying them as much as I am. If you haven't got yours yet, get in touch and I'll send you one for just £4.50, including postage.

Back soon. Thanks for looking!



Saturday, 2 October 2010

Say Hello to "Cute By The Inch"

Hello again!

Finally - I get to post something I've made with some of the gorgeous new stamps in the new Ideas Book and Catalogue!

I made this for my father-in-law's birthday last week. The stamp set used is one of the new hostess stamp sets, "Cute By The Inch", which is a selection of nine, really sweet little inchie stamps. Just look at the little owl - isn't he a beauty! I can see this set being reached for again and again, it's just lovely!

(The sentiment isn't part of the stamp set, I'm afraid. It comes from one of the Sale-A-Bration sets that were available earlier this year.)

What do you think of the incredible blue I've used? Isn't it glorious?! This is Pacific Point, one of the many new colours introduced in the new catalogue. It's such a strong blue, and teamed with Basic Black and Sahara Sand makes for a fantastically masculine combination. The finishing touch is Stampin' Up!'s linen thread - I use this All The Time, it's so handy!

Here is the inside:

And here is the envelope I stamped to match.

You can't buy this stamp set, but you can earn it! If you host a Stampin' Up! party that achieves at least £300 sales, then you can get this stamp set absolutely free! Contact me to arrange a date!

Thanks for looking - I'll be back with more soon.



Friday, 1 October 2010

It's Here!! Ideas Book and Catalogue 2010-2011

Finally - the wait is over! The new Stampin' Up! Ideas Book and Catalogue is launched today, and it is the most amazing IBC yet!

You can look at an online copy by clicking here or on the link in the sidebar, but there is really no substitute to having your own glorious copy to riffle through to your heart's content. If you want to order a copy then you can get one from me, delivered straight to your door for just £4.50, including postage. Honestly, even if you don't order anything (though I don't know how you could resist) this book is a Must, just for all the fantastic ideas in it! Email or ring me and I'll get a copy sent out to you. You can find my contact details in the sidebar.

Of course, there is another way to get your hands on a copy of the new IBC, totally FREE of charge, and that is to host a Stampin' Up! party. Simply get a group of your friends together, and I'll take care of the rest. You'll have a fantastic evening (or afternoon, if evenings aren't good for you), and you'll get to try lots of the fantastic Stampin' Up! products as well as making a little something to take away with you. AND, if this isn't enough, then as a hostess you have the opportunity to earn free stamp sets and money to spend in the Stampin' Up! ideas Book and Catalogue! What are you waiting for?! More details here.

(A little word here: I can't believe it's really THAT long since I last blogged! My Stampin' Up! business is really taking off, so huge thanks to all my lovely customers  for that. It's been the busiest month for me, but big apologies for not being on here more often. However, today is the start of the new Stampin' Up! year, so my "New Year's Resolution" is to blog more regularly. I don't want you to think I'm huddled in a corner doing nothing, now do I?!)

Back soon. Until then, Happy Stampin'!