Thursday, 25 August 2011

They'll Soon Be Gone! - Elegant Soiree

Yesterday I promised you another project using papers that will be retiring soon, and something else that will be used every day. Well, here it is:

I have been needing a proper shopping list for the longest time! I bought a pack of these long, narrow pads from Morrisons ages ago (must have been at least two years ago, 'cause I haven't been to Morrisons since I moved away from Peterborough, and that'll be two years this weekend!) and they've been sitting in a drawer ever since, until I found them a couple of days ago when I was looking for something else.

Things like this are so easy to customise! A couple of small pieces of Elegant Soiree paper from my bits box, Early Espresso ribbon wrapped around to cover the join, and a filigree brad with a coloured brad substituted for the usual silver one to cover the join in the ribbon.The spine was covered with a piece of Soft Suede cardstock that I punched along one edge, then I cut lettering out with my beloved Timeless Type Alphabet dies from another scrap. The final touch was a pen loop made from the same taffeta ribbon, so that I've always got a pen handy. Then I stuck on a strip of self-adhesive magnet that I bought from The Works yesterday during my lovely wander-round-the-shops with Marisa - and the photo was taken as my new Shopping List pad was hanging in pride of place on the fridge. (I even moved my favourite sunflowers magnet to the side, which says something. Sunflowers are one of my favourite things, they're so sunny and cheerful).

If you love the Elegant Soiree paper too (and who doesn't, it's been one of my biggest sellers through the year) then you won't want to run out when it disappears from the new Ideas Book and Catalogue. Contact me to place your order, and you'll be able to use these beautiful papers far into the future.

Back again soon - thanks as always for dropping in!



Wednesday, 24 August 2011

They'll Soon Be Gone! - Springtime Vintage

I can't wait for the new Stampin' Up! Ideas Book and Catalogue to be released on 1st October, but I will be so sad to lose our gorgeous Designer Series Paper Packs. Every single one of them has been an absolute triumph this year, and my only consolation is the fact that I know I will love the new papers when I see them, just as much...

I've said before that I love to create things for our home, that show off our lovely papers. Here is a project I've been working on over the last couple of evenings, using the beautiful Springtime Vintage papers. We have a little cupboard in our hall that I bought many years ago from Ikea and, just as many years ago, painted to fit in with the room it was in at the time. Here, you can see it as it was a couple of days ago (excuse the lousy photo!):

 And here it is now, back on the wall where it belongs:

Now I'm not a particularly floral person, but I love these papers, they remind me somehow of cream-teas, and picnics in the countryside and lovely, relaxing, perfect times. Does that sound daft? Probably, but I've long had a nostalgic streak and these papers always make me smile.

Here's a close-up of one of the corners of the centre panel.

I used Rich Razzleberry narrow taffeta ribbon round the outside of the panel, to conceal the cut edges of the paper, and then added a section of one of the Boho Blossoms flowers, with a large pearl on top, to hide the overlapping of the ribbon in the corners. The handle was first painted over with white acrylic paint and then inked up using the Rich Razzleberry Marker (yes, really!) and sealed with Crystal Effects.

So often we think only of using papercrafting products in cards and scrapbooking, yet there are so many other things we can do with them. Why not look around you and choose something you have, which needs an update, and then use those beautiful papers to create something you can be proud of, and which you will look at and use every day. Go on - it'll make your day and you'll smile every time you look at it!

If, like me, you'll miss these papers when they're gone, then contact me to order yours before it's too late. Don't forget, if you place an order worth £75 or more (excluding shipping) before the end of August, you will get a fabulous free gift as well. More details here, if you have no idea what I'm talking about!

Pop back soon, for another project using our gorgeous papers to make something that will be used every day. And thanks for dropping by - do leave a comment to let me know you've been here, then I can hop over to see your blog, too.



Friday, 19 August 2011

August Scrapbooking Club

I wanted to show you the layouts I prepared for this month's Scrapbooking Club, which took place a couple of days ago. We used the gorgeous Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Paper - I have adored this pack since it came out and scrapbooking is the ideal way to put the papers to good use, and yet still get to keep them!

 Yes - more honeymoon photos! Two from the Eden Project this time, and one from the enchanting Lost Gardens of Heligan.

If you take part in the Scrapbooking Club either in person or by post, then you get full step-by-step instructions for one page (the first one, in this case) and then detailed photos of the others. Let me just show you, though, the hidden journaling feature that I incorporated into the Bumble Bee page:

Great fun!

I wanted to say a huge thank you to all the ladies who took part - many of you by post this time - and that I'm really looking forward to next month's club. There's a PayPal link in the sidebar if you want to join in the party next time!

Thanks for dropping by. Back soon..



Monday, 15 August 2011

Book Now - Beautiful Journals Class 3rd September

I'm so excited about my next "Cards and More" class, which will be on Saturday 3rd September. We're going to be creating our very own "Beautiful Journals", using Stampin' Up!'s exquisite Art Journals and the incredibly useful Spiral Border Punch.

The picture above is a notebook that I decorated a little while back, as a gift for a very good friend of mine. I LOVE to give personal gifts like this!

Everyone loves beautiful notebooks, and you can pay a fortune in the shops for something which, when all is said and done, hundreds of other people will have too. Here is your chance to learn how to decorate totally unique and beautiful books to give as gifts, use as art journals or diaries, or simply to make that essential everyday jotting a complete delight rather than a chore. I remember so clearly when someone taught me how to cover books - it was a complete revelation and I still take immense joy in taking a plain book and making it completely my own creation.

This is really a not-to-be-missed opportunity, as I suspect VERY STRONGLY that the Spiral Border Punch may be retiring when our new Idea Book and Catalogue comes out in October. A quick glance at the new American and Australian catalogues has shown me that the punch is no longer available to those markets, so it's a pretty safe assumption that we won't be able to get hold of it here, after the end of September.

The class will include your very own Stampin' Up! Art Journal, along with a Spiral Border punch for you to keep and all the materials you need to decorate your own Beautiful Journal. The kit you will receive will be worth at least £25, making the class price of just £35 exceptional value for money.

There is a link in the sidebar so you can book your place easily and pay by PayPal or, of course you can email me or call me if you'd prefer.

I can't wait to see you there, and to share with you the sheer delight that comes from taking something plain and ordinary and transforming it into the unique and beautiful.

Thanks for dropping by.



Saturday, 13 August 2011

Colour All The Way!

Well, I've had a couple of days dealing with my accounts - and anyone who knows me and my relationship with numbers will know EXACTLY how that left me feeling! Still, the worst of it is over... I feel I've earned my creativity time now - and boy! am I going to make the most of it!!

I've been a busy bee already this morning (well, after the lie in that followed the early morning seeing Alan off to work, that is!). I was hunting around for a little piece of Melon Mambo cardstock and for some reason decided to tackle a job I've been meaning to do for ages. I've rearranged my cardstock filing drawer... Yay! I was so chuffed when I first got my filing cabinet (thanks again, Karenna!) that I didn't really think beyond the fact that I no longer had to have dozens of expanding files springing open all over the place, and I just popped my cardstock in according to colour collections. Which was fine, except I could never remember which colour was in which collection, so I spent ages hunting for a particular colour, and I'm sure I neglected certain colours because they were tucked away towards the back of the drawer. So, today, I decided enough was enough, and I reorganised it all like a rainbow. Now, okay, I know I said I was going to have a creative day, and this sounds like a chore, but, honestly, it made me smile getting all those lovely colours out and deciding which went next to which, and now it just looks GORGEOUS! Look!

Hee hee, I'm so pleased with myself, and it's so easy to find things now!

And anyway. The thing that started all that off was hunting for a little piece of Melon Mambo (I didn't have a tiny piece, so I had to turn to the filing cabinet which is where everything goes if it's bigger than A5, and I couldn't find the right sling so....). I found my Melon Mambo card in the end, and this is what I wanted it for:

I've been doing a lot of craft fairs recently, and I wanted to have a new name tag (I got coffee over the old one..). If you know me, you'll know it just HAD to be pink, and you don't get much pinker than Melon Mambo! I'm really pleased with it, and it makes me smile every time I look at it, it's so bright and cheerful. The name is stamped using mostly the "Just Perfect Alphabet" (how did I manage without that?), with the beautiful capital letter coming from the "Jumble Alphabet" set, which I absolutely love to bits, it's so quirky.

By the way - if you want to get your hands on the little flower stamps I used, you'll have to be quick! They're from what has to be my favourite hostess stamp set ever - "Silhouette Sentiments" - and it is certain to retire when our new Ideas Book and Catalogue comes out in October. I know I'm going to miss this set SO MUCH, mine has been used and used and used all through this year, so if you don't have yours I can promise you, you really NEED it. It's not available to buy, you can only get it if you host a Stampin' Up! workshop, so if you want it, you need to be booking your party NOW. If you leave it until after the end of September, you'll be too late, because it'll be gone for good. I have a few spaces left, so get in quick if you don't want to miss out...

Right. I have a load of "Thank You"s to make for a lovely group of ladies who bought things at a workshop a week or so ago, and the order is now ready for me to pop round to the hostess. I'm off to get those done, but I'll be back soon.

Thanks for popping by, and big hugs,


Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Christmas Cards and More......

I had such a fantastic time at my Christmas Cards and More class on Saturday, with a group of lovely ladies - sorry to be late posting the photos but as usual a busy weekend has been followed by a tired patch. Here is what we made:

Heavy use of the Delightful Decorations stamp set (everyone had a go at doing one of my very favourite things, too - making their own patterned cardstock!) and the amazingly versatile Square Lattice embossing Folder. I LOVED these projects, I had such fun designing them and everyone seemed to love making theirs too. And, because my class packs always include extra goodies, they had lovely stash to take home with them to carry on crafting even after their class projects were done.

Here's a closer look at the projects, one by one...

I hope you like them! If you fancy making your own, then I will be putting up a link to buy the instructions later on today. Full photographic step-by step details for each of these projects, along with a comprehensive list of all you'll need. And don't forget - if you want to get your hands on any or all of the materials you need, then contact me and I can put a pack together for you..

Thanks for looking! I'll be back soon.



Saturday, 6 August 2011

Gorgeous Greenhouse Garden!

I love doing workshops! I love meeting up with new people, helping them in many cases to begin their creative adventure and the fact that I learn as much from them as they ever do from me. One real buzz is coming up with simple designs for cards that I can demonstrate, which really show off our gorgeous products to their advantage, and I love that you really don't have to have any background in art or design (heaven knows, I certainly don't!) to make beautiful things when the materials you start off with are so fab.

Here is the card I demonstrated at a workshop I did last weekend. For our Make and Take, we were going to use the new Decorative Label punch and I wanted to show the ladies that, just because the punch is a particular shape, you don't need always to have it look that way on your project. And of course there had to be some stamping and some Big Shot-ing as well, so this was what I did.

Don't you love the colour combo? Straight out of the Colour Coach - I love it! Marina Mist, Perfect Plum and Rose Red. All from the Subtles Collection, but although they're muted, this colourway really manages to pop off the page. The stamp sets are Greenhouse Garden (got to be one of my favourites, I can never get used to the fact that I can create detail like this. Two-step Stampin' really is the BEST!) and Basic Phrases. Square Lattice Embossing Folder, and the Decorative Label and Scallop Trim Border Punches complete the picture. Really simple to do, but I think it really works. The ladies loved it - I hope you do too!

Thanks for dropping in. Back soon. Oh - and if you want to get your hands on my tutorial for those paper daisies I showed yesterday, you'll need to add your name to my mailing list. There is a handy link in the sidebar.

Big hugs,


Friday, 5 August 2011

Next Scrapbook Club - Book Now!

Oh my goodness, where HAS the time gone???? I should have posted this last week, but I've been running round like a mad thing and it got missed! Next Scrapbooking Club is Wednesday 17th August, and you need to get booking NOW - I have to get the orders in no later than 10th August - eek!

We'll be creating pages using the delectable Greenhouse Gala papers. A veritable riot of colour: Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Baja Breeze (Yes, I know, when you've actually seen the papers, you'll know he picture really doesn't do them justice...). I have LOVED these papers since the moment we got them, and they're almost certain to be retiring at the end of September when the new catalogue comes in. Don't miss out on your chance to create some beautiful pages with these amazing designer papers before it's too late.

As always, £30 if it's your first time (to include your 12" x 12" Scrapbook) or £15 otherwise. All materials included.

Don't forget - Bookings and payments by 10th August, please. Use the link in the sidebar to pay by PayPal.

Paper Roses.....

Well, paper daisies actually, but that's not how the song goes! I wanted some fresh samples to display at the craft fair I went to at Ipswich Library last weekend and these just seemed perfect. I loved making them and, from the comments I got, you all loved them too. With the Big Shot, fab projects like this are just so easy!

I ought to add that these aren't my original design (much as I'd love to say they were!). I saw them first on the fabulous Jo Dumbleton's blog and couldn't wait to try them out. Mine aren't exactly the same as Jo's, 'cause I like to fiddle a bit and came up with my own, slight, variation, but hers were the ones that inspired me. The container is a very faintly disguised coffee jar - in the rush to prepare I forgot to source myself a vase so improvised at the last minute. I have to say, I actually prefer it to a proper vase!

Back soon. Thanks again for dropping by!



Tuesday, 2 August 2011

July Thank You Cards

One of the great things I get to do as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is to go into people's homes to do crafting workshops with them and their friends. It's a real privilege, and so I love to make sure the ladies who host these workshops are aware of how much they are appreciated. Here is the card I made to send out to all of those who booked workshops with me during July. I hope you like it, and I really hope they did too...

Stampin' Up! have a fantastic offer on for those who host qualifying workshops, or who place qualifying orders, during August. If you didn't see it yesterday, scroll back to yesterday's post, or click here for full details. And get in touch to book your workshop or place your order before you miss out!

Back soon. Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it!



Monday, 1 August 2011

Woohoo - Free Gifts For You!!!!

Guess what I saw when I logged on to the Stampin' Up! website today! Free Gifts!! To help you celebrate the new month, Stampin' Up! is offering THE MOST GORGEOUS free gift to anyone who places an order of £75 or more, or hosts a workshop where sales total £250 or more, during August. Feast your eyes on this!

I sooooo want this! That cosmetic bag is Beau-Ti-Ful and normally you would pay over £18 to get the ribbon and the assortment of clips - so to get these as a free gift is just amazing! I love this company - they really work so hard to show all our lovely customers how special they are.

Do you want to get your hands on this special free gift? Well, you need to get in touch with me to place your order or book your workshop now. It's only available during the month of August, and I've been busily booking workshops over the past week so my free slots are disappearing quickly. Email me or call me (the number's in the sidebar) to make sure you don't miss out.

Do you know, I had a gorgeous project to show you today, but I thought you'd rather hear about this free gift as soon as I did. Pop back tomorrow, and I'll show you the card I sent out last month as a thank you to the lovely ladies who booked workshops with me.

Big hugs,