Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Team Training Swaps

Hello! In my last post, I told you about the Team Training session I'd organised with Marisa last week, and promised to show you the swaps that the other ladies brought along. It's taken me a few days to get the time to take a decent photograph, but here they are at last - aren't they fab!

We had such fun on the evening, and I was thrilled to be able to get together with such lovely people. It's a shame that not everyone could make it on the night, but it's great that Stampin' Up! works around your other commitments. If you're interested in finding out more about what it means to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator (and don't forget you could choose an extra free stamp set if you join before the end of March!), then click here, or give me a call and we'll chat through any questions you may have. 

Thanks for looking, I'll be back soon!



Saturday, 25 February 2012

Useful AND Pretty - Team Training Swaps


One of the things I love about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is having the opportunity to meet with other demonstrators and to share and swap ideas. We all have different styles and it's great to see what everyone else comes up with, focusing on a given theme or stamp set. Here are the swaps I made for our training evening on Wednesday.

These little corner bookmarks are all made using the gorgeous Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, which is on offer as a gift with £45 purchase during Sale-A-Bration (before the end of March). I love pretty papers and this is a sweet and easy way to bring those pretty papers into our everyday lives. After all, everyone needs a bookmark!

The swaps I received back are simply stunning and I will post them on here as soon as I have taken some photos. Until then, I hope you enjoyed seeing what I made.

Back soon, thanks for visiting!



Friday, 24 February 2012

Owl Builder Punch Sampler


I loved our Team Training session on Wednesday evening - it was fantastic to gather together with the ladies in Team Sunshine, along with my dear friend Marisa Van Amson and some of the members of her downline. We chatted, we shared ideas inspiration, we swapped. And yes, we CRAFTED! Here is the sampler I told you about yesterday, which I had put together for everyone to make during the evening.

Don't you love it?! I am so pleased with it, and how it came together! Having taken it along to my recent workshops I know how much my customers love it, and how helpful they have found it in allowing them to visualise some of the things that they can do with this fantastic punch. Who would have thought that all these have the owl punch at their foundation?

(I have to say at this point that this sampler wasn't my idea - I wish it had been! I saw one at the Stampin' Up! Convention and took some photographs, then promptly lost them. So this actual sampler is my creation, but it is based on my recollection of one that I saw at Convention. Credit where it is due...)

I hope this inspires you to get your owl punch out and have a play to see what you can come up with. What? You don't have one yet?! Then call or email me to place your order and we'll put that right...

I'll be back soon with pictures of the swaps I made and received at the training evening. In the meantime, if you are interested in joining my team, and starting off your very own Stampin' Up! adventure, then click here for more information, and then give me a call and I'll answer any questions you may have. If you join before the end of March then you can choose an additional stamp set from our current catalogues absolutely FREE.

Back soon, and thanks for dropping in.



Thursday, 23 February 2012

Owl Punch Sampler.... Watch This Space!

Hello! Just a quick post today - I've had a fab day doing a workshop down near Colchester (thanks Carol and guests for making me so welcome!) but am heading for an early night. Do pop back tomorrow though, 'cause I have something special to show you... See this - Stampin' Up!'s brilliant Owl Builder Punch...?

Well, at the first Team Training session that I ran with my dear friend Marisa Van Amson yesterday, for my team and hers, everyone made a gorgeous project showcasing lots of great ideas of things you can make using this punch - and only one of them was owl-related! I'll be putting up pictures tomorrow, so do come back for a look.

Have a good evening, and thanks as always for dropping in.



Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Second March Class Date

Hello! I'm pleased to be able to confirm a second date for my March "Cards and More" Class. I'll be running it on Thursday 8th March, from 10:00am to 12:30pm at Pennikkity Pots, in the centre of Ipswich. If you haven't been there before, then I'd really urge you to pop in and say hello - as well as being a superb ceramics cafe, they also do the BEST coffee and cakes!

 Following exactly the same pattern as the Kesgrave class to be held on 3rd March, the class will focus on making quick and easy cards, with a view to stocking up that stash of "emergency" cards that everyone needs. We'll be covering a variety of occasions and you'll be able to customise the cards to suit a range of events. Expect to make up to six cards on the day.

This mini-class will be priced at just £10 and I will still be including all the materials you need, plus a £1.50 contribution towards your first purchase from the cafe during or immediately after the class. In addition, when you attend you will be given a £5 credit towards any product orders placed with me on the day of the class. How's about that for great value?!

To secure your place on this class, you need to book by 10:00pm on 1st March. The booking link is up in the sidebar, so why not book your place and come and join us. It's the ideal opportunity to come and try one of my classes if you haven't been before, and everyone is welcome, from beginners to experienced crafters. Why not tell a friend and come along together?

Thanks for dropping in - back soon!



Sunday, 19 February 2012

March Mini-Classes

Hello! Okay - I know I promised to be back yesterday, you'd think I'd have learned by now.... This hasn't been the best weekend ever, so far as the M.E. is concerned (I think it's the gloomy weather), but I feel a lot better now so here goes with the post that I had hoped would be up yesterday...

When we planned the big Craft Day that is to happen at the end of March (click here for more information), that left me with a bit of a dilemma: what should I do about my usual "Cards and More" and Scrapbooking classes? I didn't want NOT to run them, because I know that not everyone will be able to make the full day on 31st March, but at the same time I didn't want to run them in the same way as normal because, well, everyone is on a budget after all! So here's the solution, and I hope you'll love what I have to offer:

Both the March "Cards and More" and Scrapbooking classes will be mini-classes, priced at just £10 each. They will still last for two-and-a-half hours, and I will still be including all the materials you need, plus light refreshments. In addition, when you attend you will be given a £5 credit towards any product orders placed with me on the day of the class. How's about that for great value?!

The March "Cards and More" Class will focus on making quick and easy cards, with a view to stocking up that stash of "emergency" cards that everyone needs. We'll be covering a variety of occasions and you'll be able to customise the cards to suit a range of events. Expect to make up to six cards on the day. (Please note: I am expecting to offer this class at Pennikkity Pots as well, but we have yet to confirm a date. Watch this space...)

The March Scrapbooking Class will be perfect for those who are new to scrapbooking, or who want to try their hand at doing something a little different from the standard 12" x 12" pages. We'll be making a complete mini-album, so all you will need to do afterwards is pop your own photographs in. If you thought that scrapbooking was time-comsuming or needing of a lot of dedication, then think again. You will be amazed at what you can produce in such a short space of time!

To book, you can simply click on the PayPal link in the sidebar, or you can call me or email me. You'll need to book in advance (by 27th February for the "Cards and More" Class, and by 5th March for the Mini-Album Class) and the class fee is payable at the time of booking, please.

If you want to see more information about the classes and clubs I offer, then just click here and you'll be taken to the relevant page. I'm always happy to answer questions by phone or by email, so please don't hesitate to get in touch. It's always lovely to hear from you.

Back soon (see, I'm learning!). Thanks for visiting!



Friday, 17 February 2012

Another February Project

Hello! Note to self - when scheduling posts, check you have actually put the RIGHT DATE IN! This was supposed to have been posted yesterday, sorry it didn't appear...

I've had some lovely comments about the class projects we did at my February "Cards and More" class, so thank you for those, I'm really pleased you liked them! I thought you might like to see another of the projects I came up with but which didn't make it into the class in the end.

It's a variation of the box that we did make in the class, but this one tinkers about with the Mini Milk Carton die even more, to make a much taller box (it's almost three times as high, I would think). Thanks to Joanne Gelnar for the inspiration for this one - I love learning new ways to use the Big Shot dies, it just shows you can use them for so much more than their original purpose.

Thanks for looking, I'll be back tomorrow (I promise!) with news of March's "Cards and More" class.



Wednesday, 15 February 2012

All-Day Craft Event - 31st March 2012


Do I have some amazing news for you!!! If you enjoy crafting, then you’ll LOVE the amazing Team Sunshine Craft Day that's coming up on Saturday 31st March!  Indulge yourself with a day packed with crafty treats and amazing makes, covering a range of activities, from card-making, through scrapbooking to jewellery-making.  

This fantastic event is open to everyone, whether you are an experienced crafter or absolute beginner, and is a wonderful way to spend a day with like-minded people, having fun and celebrating the joy of creativity. 

No matter if you are a seasoned crafter, or if you have never tried your hand at anything like this before, you’re sure to have a fantastic time and to leave with a sense of fun and achievement, and several gorgeous projects you can be proud to show off to friends and family. 

The cost of the day will be £55, and for that you’ll get the following:
  • Six whole hours of crafting fun!
  •  A goody bag containing more than £45 worth of Stampin’ Up! products - enough to complete the day’s projects and still have lots left over        
  •  A FREE Stampin' Up! Stamp Set 
  •  Instruction Sheets for all the day’s projects 
  •  As much, or as little, tuition as you need 
  •  Light refreshments throughout the day
  • A free ticket for the day's Prize Draw in aid of local charities
For full details of the event, click here. You need to book by 14th March, and booking is easy - just call me (details in the sidebar), send me an email or click on the PayPal link in the sidebar. 

I'm so excited to be able to bring you this all-day event! I'm organising and hosting it with two of the wonderful ladies in Team Sunshine, Helen Prior-Townsend and Emma Shelcot, and we all look forward to seeing you on 31st March and to sharing a fabulous day of crafting with you. 

Thanks for visiting - I'll be back soon!



Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello! I don't usually post twice in one day, but I wanted to show you this before Valentine's Day was over. This is the card I made for Alan this year - I didn't feel I could give him the one we'd been making in class as it wouldn't exactly be a surprise (though I did tell him that that's what he would be getting - hee hee!).

The stamps are from "You Are Loved", which is in the current Mini-Catalogue, and the Designer Paper is from the Regals Paper Stack. Colours are Riding Hood Red and Basic Grey, with a touch of Basic Black in the Taffeta Ribbon. And look! can you tell how much I LOVE the Vintage Brads - another one of them makes an appearance in the centre of the Boho Blossoms flower.

I hope you like it! Thanks for looking.



Welcome To Team Sunshine, Pat!

Hello! I wasn't expecting to be away for a few days, but I hope you'll forgive me 'cause it was my birthday this weekend and Alan spoiled me rotten - so no time to get onto the computer to post the updates I'd intended.

I always put together a pack of useful business tools for new members of Team Sunshine, as a way to get them off to a good start, and so they know they are valued. The lovely Pat joined the team at the beginning of the month and, a few days back, I promised you a look at the welcome pack I'd put together recently for her. I met up with Pat yesterday so was finally able to give everything to her, so I can safely post pictures, knowing I won't spoil anything for her. Pat had told me that her favourite colours are warm greens and browns, autumnal colours, if you like, so I used those for her gifts. The papers are from the Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper Pack.

First, here is the notebook I covered. I used one of our 5" Art Journals. (I've just noticed that the photo is a bit crooked, so apologies for that!)

Next, here is a little folder I made, containing swatches of all our coloured cardstock. Bekka gave something similar to me when I started with Stampin' Up!, and I remember how useful I found it to be able to see all the colours "in the flesh". I hope Pat will find this as helpful as I did.

The final photo is of the card I made to welcome Pat into the team. The image (as with the sentiment stamp on the front of the folder shown above) was exclusively available to Demonstrators at Convention.

I haven't photgraphed the things I included that I didn't make, such as the Stampin' Up! pen and shopping tote, but I think Pat was pleased with her welcome pack. I certainly hope it comes in handy!

Back tomorrow (hopefully!) with more. Thanks for visiting!



Friday, 10 February 2012

February Class Projects

Hello! Here, as promised, are the projects we made at my February “Cards and More” Class. First of all, a “group pic”:

I’m not a particularly “grungy” person, and I tend to favour clean lines and crispness. I love the gentle distressing around the edges of this gorgeous “Everyday Enchantment” DSP, though, so all the projects have been designed with this aspect in mind. Because the paper is originally 12” x 12”, it has inevitably to be cut in order to put it onto smaller projects. This can have the effect of making the cut edges “shout” at you, because they look so clean and new in comparison. One of the techniques I shared at this class was how to avoid this by spending a little time “aging” the cut edges with ink. Scroll down to the final project to see how much of a difference this makes.

And now, a closer look at each project in turn. This first one is the final version of the card I showed you yesterday. Ooh, I LOVE the way this Victoria Crochet Trim works with the Antique Brad – you just want to stroke the card, it’s so sumptuous. And the focal image demonstrates perfectly why I love to stamp. I would dearly love to be able to create this type of picture, but I can’t draw for toffee (it’s been a source of frustration for years), yet I can still produce the image perfectly, by stamping it. No more worrying about pictures getting “lost” half way between my brain and the pen!

Because it’s Valentine’s Day this month, I wanted to include a seasonal card, but I also wanted to show an alternative, for those who didn’t need / want to make a Valentine. So there are two versions of this next card. The Valentine’s image, like the sentiment in the first card, comes from the beautiful “You Are Loved” set, and all the others are from “Fresh Vintage”. To ring the changes even further, I added more embellishments to one than to the other. Which do you prefer?

Here are the envelopes we decorated. I do think that it makes all the difference when you receive a card, if the envelope is pretty too. I love the fact that you can get just as good an impression on Stampin’ Up! envelopes as you can on our cardstock, because they are so smooth. 

Finally, here is the little box we made, demonstrating how to use the Mini-Milk-Carton in a slightly different way from how it was originally conceived. Again, that gorgeous combination of the Victoria Crochet Trim and an Antique Brad, this time combined with a lovely butterfly embellishment on the lid (love my Big Shot!!). If you zoom in on the photos, you’ll see what I mean about losing the “aged” look to some of the edges of the paper when you cut into it. On this project, I deliberately didn’t ink the edges, ‘cause I wanted to show the difference it makes when you leave this step out. Don’t the cut edges leap out at you?

I loved coming up with the projects for this class, and everyone who attended loved having a chance to play with the exclusive Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper Pack and one of the SAB stamp sets. It will be such a shame when they’re gone, so make sure you place your order now – they’re only around until the end of March. For more information about Sale-A-Bration click here.

Thanks for dropping in. Have a lovely day, and I’ll be back again tomorrow with more for you to look at.


Thursday, 9 February 2012

Everyday Enchantment – You Are Loved

Hello! I promised you another project today, using the gorgeous Sale-A-Bration Designer Paper Pack, “Everyday Enchantment”. I’m running my February class today (assuming the bus has managed to get me into town through the snow!) and this is one of the “reserve” projects I designed for that class. 

The main flower image is from the free Sale-A-Bration stamp set, “Fresh Vintage”, as are the stamps you can see across the Peach Parfait layer, while the sentiment is from a lovely set in the Mini-Catalogue, “You Are Loved”. 

The hardest thing about designing classes is, I think, having to “deselect” projects. I really like this card, but it isn’t possible in a two-and-a-half hour class to do all the dozens of things I’d like. I think you’ll realise tomorrow, why this was one of the projects that didn’t make it in, because as I developed my ideas, a colour theme emerged, and this one didn’t quite fit. Shame…

Talking of class projects, pop back tomorrow to have a look at the projects that DID make it into the class programme this month. I love them, and I’m excited to finally be able to show them to you properly.

Thanks for visiting, and please do leave me a comment if you have time. I love to hear from you.



Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Everyday Enchantment Card – Beautiful Butterflies

Hello! If you haven’t got your hands on the gorgeous “Everyday Enchantment” Designer Series Paper yet, then you really need to – it is so lovely. I was playing with it last night and made this card, which showcases it beautifully.

Here is another view, with the card open. 

I love the colour combination here: Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade and Pool Party. Now all these colours are really bright when you see them in their natural state, but see how they are muted and given a vintage twist with a little inking. This card really is so simple to put together, and both the gorgeous paper and the pretty, die-cut butterfly are really allowed to shine. The dainty scallop-edged circular mat is die-cut too, and you can just see the medallion stamp from the Sale-A-Bration set, “Fresh Vintage”, peeping out behind the butterfly. A few Basic Pearls to give a little more texture and that’s pretty much it. Although I made this card as a gatefold design, I think it would look lovely too, as a more conventional side-opening card, with a single, larger piece of DSP layered behind the butterfly embellishment. That way, you could put a sentiment beneath the focal image as well, if you wanted to.

So, how do you get hold of this paper? It’s simple! All you need to do is place an order with me for Stampin’ Up! products worth £45 or more (excluding shipping) and you can choose the paper FREE. When you consider that our Designer Series Paper is normally priced at £9.95, this means that you are getting a gift worth up to 22% of your order – can’t grumble at that! But this paper is exclusively available during Sale-A-Bration, so you need to claim it by the end of March, or you’ve lost out for good.

For more information about the other benefits and free gifts available during Sale-A-Bration, click here.
If you want to place an order with me, just call me on the number in the sidebar or email me. It doesn’t matter if you’re not local, so long as you’re in the UK, as I can have your order delivered direct to your door. You can pay by cash, cheque, credit or debit card, or PayPal, so why wait? 

Back tomorrow with another Sale-A-Bration project to show you. In the meantime, thanks for visiting, and I hope the snow and ice isn’t putting you out too much!



Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Stampin' Up! Workshops - Even Better During Sale-A-Bration!


I'm pretty sure that by now you know it's Sale-A-Bration - but do you know what I love best about this time of year? The fact that EVERYONE at a Stampin' Up! workshop party has the chance to get their hands on free craft products. And yes, I mean EVERYONE.
Fresh Vintage - just one of the Exclusive Stamp Sets available during Sale-A-Bration
Normally, at a Stampin' Up! party, everyone has a fun time crafting and learning about new techniques and products, but it's just the hostess who gets the freebies. That's the benefit of hosting a party, right? Right! But during Sale-A-Bration everyone can earn exclusive free Stampin' Up! stamps and Designer Papers - so there's even more reason to invite your friends to a party. 'Cause if there's anything better than Stampin' Up! stamps and papers, it's FREE Stampin' Up! stamps and papers!

Elementary Elegance
That's right, every time you, or your party guests, place an order of £45 or more (excluding shipping), you (or they) get to choose one item from the exclusive range of Sale-A-Bration 2012 gifts. And, because our hostesses are so important to us, during this period our hostesses can choose a Sale-A-Bration gift withour compliments, once their party orders reach £300 (again excluding shipping). And that's in addition to the usual hostess benefits - at that level this is £50 to spend in our current catalogues, plus the opportunity to purchase any one item at half price. Everybody wins!
Outlined Occasions
There are four stamp sets to choose from plus, for the very first time in Sale-A-Bration, a gorgeous pack of Designer Series Paper. These will only be available for orders placed on or before 31st March, so to make sure you don't miss out, you need to booking your Stampin' Up! party now. You can contact me by phone (my number's in the sidebar) or by email.
Sprinkled Expressions
And by the way, don't worry if you think you're too far away from Ipswich for me to come to you - we can talk about running a catalogue party for you instead. You and your guests will be able to take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration offers just the same, and your hostess benefits will be just the same as they would be if you were to invite me to run a workshop at your home. The only difference is that, instead of me turning up at your home, I send your complimentary copy of the current catalogues to you, you collect orders and send them to me. Either way, all orders placed will be delivered direct to you - wherever you are in the UK.
Everyday Enchantment - Exclusive Designer Series Paper
Click here to read more about the amazing offers running during Sale-A-Bration. I'm looking forward to working with you to give you and your guests their perfect Stampin' Up! workshop party, and to helping you make the most of these fabulous Sale-A-Bration opportunities.

Thanks for dropping in, I'll see you again tomorrow.