Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Just Believe Birthday Card and Notebook


Well, Stampfest was brilliant! I'm still shattered (spent most of yesterday in bed!), but Bekka and I really enjoyed ourselves, and from the feedback we've had, so did everyone who joined us for the day. I certainly enjoyed spending time crafting with such lovely ladies and, as always, I get such a buzz from seeing everyone's projects turn out so beautifully. Keep your eyes peeled for details of the next one...

Because the Dunstable Stampfest is happening next weekend, I can't share photos of the projects we made just yet, but what I can show you are the card and present I made for a lovely friend of mine, whose birthday was yesterday. Laura, I hope you had a fantastic day!

This is what I made, using the "Just Believe" stamp set along with the lush Sweet and Sour Designer papers:

I love, love, love this stamp set, which was one of the ones I got free at last October's Stampin' Up! Convention. It really lends itself to this technique, where I coloured the stamp itself with Stampin' Write markers, then spritzed with water before stamping onto our watercolour paper. Beautiful!

Here is a closer look at the card:

And here you can seen the envelope that I stamped as well. I didn't spritz this before I stamped though!

And finally, a closer look at the notebook. I always love the way these turn out, so much easier and more professional-looking with our fabby Spiral Punch. No more having to dismantle the notebook first and hoping the binding goes back straight. Before my SU days, I still loved covered notebooks, but making them was a bit of a nightmare.Now it's a real pleasure, rather than a chore.

Thanks for looking. Back again with more soon.



Saturday, 19 February 2011

So Excited!!!!


Just a really quick post, this one, because I'm in the middle of packing for tomorrow's Stampfest. I'm really looking forward to it - can't wait to see all those lovely ladies who are coming along, we've got such a great day planned for you!

I've told you a little about the training day I went to a couple of weeks ago. One of the things I love about Stampin' Up! training days is that all the delegates (sounds far posher than it is!) always take card samples to swap with each other. This way, we get samples to show to our customers that reflect other styles than our own, and using materials and stamp sets that we may not have ourselves. And it's always so inspiring seeing what other people come up with using stamp sets and products that are familiar - everyone always has such different ideas. The theme for this last one was "New Beginnings", which made me think of Spring and this is what I took along with me:

The picture is from "A Flower From All Seasons" and the sentiment is from "Simply Said", used with patterned paper from the Subtles DSP stack (So Saffron) and the In Colour DSP Stack. You can only get the latter if you host a Stampin' Up! party, and it's well worth getting - the patterns are different from the standard DSP packs and so pretty! I was only going to do one colourway, the top one of So Saffron and Certainly Celery, but ran out of Designer Paper, so I hurriedly did a pile in the Poppy Parade / Pear Pizzazz colourway too. Good job I did - this second one was by far the more popular of the two and disappeared much more quickly when we were swapping. Just goes to show, you never know how other people are going to view things!

Right - back to packing for tomorrow. If you're going, see you there. Can't wait!!

Thanks for dropping in, and see you soon.



Thursday, 17 February 2011

Simply Said - I Love You


Well, what a lovely relaxing few days I've had! It was my birthday on Saturday, and I was spoiled rotten. Alan always takes time off work for my birthday and because it was at the weekend this year, he took Friday and Monday off. On Friday, he took me for an afternoon at a spa (lovely!) and then we just spent the weekend doing exactly what we felt like, when we felt like. It's pretty rare to get so much time with just the two of us, and those few days were so special.

I wanted to show you the Valentine's card I made for my wonderful husband this year.

The images are from my new "Simply Said" set - a lovely set this, really versatile. I said "images", even though the picture looks as if the heart image is just made with one stamp. In fact, the flowery heart and the words surrounding it are a great example of two-step stamping, which is something I discovered when I found Stampin' Up! and I love it - it's so easy to do yet so effective every time. After stamping and colouring with Stampin' Write markers, the image was punched out using the Full Heart punch and it's popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals. The sentiment is from "Basic Phrases" (I use this set sooooo much!).

Do you like the way the hearts meander across the card? I cut the bottom away from an Elegant Eggplant card blank (I can't cut elegant curves to save my life, so I drew it first before cutting, and the hearts mask the line I drew). Then I edge-punched a piece of Very Vanilla card and stuck it in place behind the Elegant Eggplant card-front. The little coloured hearts are all punched out using the Heart To Heart punch, and although it looks as if two different papers are used, I punched them all from the edge of the same sheet. The paper is from the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack and, because it's double-sided, you get two patterns on each sheet, and as always with Stampin' Up!, everything co-ordinates beautifully. A little pearl from the Basic Pearls sheet finishes the card off.

I love how this turned out. I saw a similar card on the Splitcoast Stampers site a while back and it's been in my mind to make one ever since. Valentine's Day provided the perfect opportunity, although it's always hard to make cards for Alan; he loves to craft himself, so he's always popping his head round the craftroom door if I'm in there without him. I really must make myself a "Keep Out - I'm Making Something For You!" sign for the door!!

Thanks for dropping by! See you soon.



Thursday, 10 February 2011

Last Call For Stampfest (and some Button Jewellery)


It's less than two weeks before Ipswich Spring Stampfest on 20th February, so you haven't got long left to book your place. Click on the Stampfest tab at the top of the page, and you can book using the PayPal link in the sidebar. Crafting, prize draws, stash.... oh, and lots, lots, lots of fun and laughter - can't wait to see you there!

Now, another project from our training day at the weekend. A few years ago, before I got so keen on papercrafting, I used to make a lot of jewellery. It was lovely, then, to find out that one of the projects planned was this super-cute necklace!

We used the Designer Subtles button selection, along with our Silver Elastic Cord and the Basic Pearls. There are a whole range of colours in the box, so the array of different combinations that everyone came up with was amazing to see - wonderful how different the same thing can look in different colourways. You can't see it from the photo, but there is a little pearl on the other face of the button that covers the knot in the cord. I think it looks so pretty, and when we got home I made myself a ring to go with it. The project was designed by Bekka and you can see the one she made on her blog. I love the fact that it's a really cost-effective way of making something fun to wear and then, when I'm fed up with it, I can simply unstring the buttons and use them again. Re-usable stash  - what a fab idea!

I can't finish this without saying a big thank you for the lovely comments on the kinetic cards I posted a few days ago. It makes my day to read them (and makes Alan wonder what the big grin on my face is all about!) so I really love to hear from you. Thank you .

Back soon,


Wednesday, 9 February 2011

A Never-Ending Story


Well, a never-ending card, at least. This is the final card I made for the demo booth at the Passionettes' training day on Sunday. It's my version of a card that was in this month's Stampin' Up! magazine and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I hope you like it!

The card was a bit fiddly to make, it's essential to be really precise with the measurements and cutting, but patience and perseverance paid off in the end. In case there are any of you out there who don't know what a never-ending card is, basically it's a card that folds over and over and over again, displaying different images each time, until you return to where you started. Great fun, and more than a little hypnotic - if a little freaky when you first start to play with it! It wasn't the easiest to photograph, but hopefully you can see enough to visualise what it's like.

Just for the record, this one uses the Brights collection again. Regal Rose and Rich Razzleberry this time, with Designer Paper from the Brights stack. Because of the nature of the card, you can't use bulky embellishments with these, but a few of the Basic Pearls came in very handy and added just the right amount of shimmer. The stamp set is "For Everything".

Thanks for looking - back soon!



Monday, 7 February 2011

Anything That Moves!


Finally I can show you all what I was working on last week. It's been so hard keeping it to myself!

Every three months, Bekka and Monica (my Stampin' Up! mummy and gran) hold a training day in Peterborough, my old stamping ground (hee hee, just realised how that looks - no pun intended). At the beginning of every event, there are always a couple of demonstration booths, where someone displays samples and demonstrates something, be it a technique, a stamp set or other product, and I've always learned so much from these. Well, about a week ago, Monica called me and asked if I would do one of these booths this time; there were so many people coming to the event that she needed a third demonstrator, so would I demo this time rather than at the next one. I was so honoured to be asked and immediately said I would, then wondered what on earth I could show that would live up to the booths I'd seen at previous events. For a couple of days I wondered what on earth I'd let myself in for, if I'm honest.

In the end, I decided to focus on cards with a moving element, and I thoroughly enjoyed preparing my samples. These are the cards I made:

A Double-Slider card - the outside...

And when it's opened

A Penny-Slider Card

The photo doesn't capture the pattern it makes when it moves

A Swing Card - one side

And the other

A Tent Card - from the front

And from the side

A Waterfall Card

I still find these magical!

The inside of the Waterfall Card

I loved making these! All of them use the Brights colour collection - the cardstock. and Designer Paper stack, as well as the Brads, Flower Brads, Designer Buttons, and the Stampin' Write markers. It's still a bit dark outside and I love how these colours cheer the day up. You can't help but smile when you see them.

The stamps are mainly from "For Everything", which is one of the sets I got as part of my Stampin' Start freebies (don't you love free stamps!) and its little elements lend themselves really well to these cards. The sentiments are mostly from the Sale-A-Bration set "So Happy For You", apart from the one on the front of the waterfall card, which is from "Just Believe".

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed that one of the cards shown in the combined photo at the top of this post is missing from the photos below it. I took loads of pictures of this one, and I'll be back tomorrow to post them, but I'm conscious that this post is quite long already.

I can't finish this without saying a huge thank you to Monica for asking me to do the demo booth, and to all the lovely ladies at the training day whose response to my cards really overwhelmed me. I'm so pleased they were well received, and I hope those of you who weren't at the training day yesterday like them too. Thanks for looking!



Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Punch Bunch Owl Card

Hello again! Huge thank yous to all of you who visited as part of the blog-hop last Sunday, it was great to have so many of you drop in, and I so appreciate all your lovely comments - thank you! It makes my day when people comment on my blog, it really does.

I meant to post this days ago, but we've been without internet access since before the weekend. It's amazing how much I've come to take it for granted - it felt like my right arm was missing!

Anyway, at last I'm able to show you this card I made last week. I just love the owl in the "Punch Bunch" stamp set - one of the free sets on offer during Sale-A-Bration! To me, he really lends himself to being coloured in before being stamped, and our Stampin' Write markers are perfect for this. I made this card (actually, it was a joint "make" between me and Alan) for a friend who is moving away to start a new job.

The colours are Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green and Early Espresso, and the DSP is again from the Brights stack. This taffeta ribbon is just gorgeous and holds the little bow beautifully. The sentiment is from another SAB set, "So Happy For You" and I picked out the individual letters with the Stampin' Write markers again.

This is the inside (another "So Happy For You" sentiment):

Don't forget, you can 

Thanks for looking!