Saturday, 29 June 2013

Important Announcement - My Launch Party Has Moved!

Hello! Just a quick note to let you know that, owing to circumstances beyond my control, I've had to change the date of my Launch Party for the upcoming new Annual Catalogue.

It will now take place on Sunday 21st July - all other details remain the same. I hope you'll be able to join me on the new date, for what still promises to be a really fun and enjoyable event.

You can find all the information by clicking here.

Friday, 28 June 2013

This and That Card - and Another New Catalogue Preview

Hello! Yesterday I shared with you the This and That journal I made for a bride to celebrate her recent Hen Day. Here is the card I made to go with that gift.

This gives you another sneak peek at a stamp set from the forthcoming Annual Catalogue, called - appropriately - "Really Good Greetings". I'm really loving using sentiment sets in my projects at the moment, and this set is one I bought in my pre-order. I forgot to take a photo of the envelope, but on the envelope I stamped another sentiment from this set. It says, "Live the Life You've Imagined". I thought it was appropriate for someone about to get married.

The paper is, of course, from the Epic Day Designer Series pack, which co-ordinates with the This and That journal I showed you yesterday. You don't just have to use it for scrapping! Behind the sentiment is a strip of Epic Day washi tape. I have to confess to not really "getting" washi tape when I first saw it being used, but I'm finding out how versatile it is, and I'm really getting to love it.

Thanks for popping in!

Thursday, 27 June 2013

This and That for a Hen Party

A few weeks ago, I told you I was asked to take part in a crafting Hen Party. Well, the wedding took place on Saturday and so I can share with you my little gift for the bride.

I remember certain bits of my hen party (a very elegant trip out for afternoon tea - I love afternoon tea!), but at the time my M.E. was too bad for me to do any scrapping so I have no permanent reminders of the day. I would have loved to be able to journal about the event, but at the time it just wasn't feasible. I thought it would be nice to give this bride - also called Becky - a way to recall her day so she can look back on it in the future. 

This is the front of the journal I made, to be given to the bride on her wedding day. Inside, I'd asked everyone at the hen party to write a little message to her, and I added some photos that I took on the day, along with a little bit of decoration. Because Becky is obviously of a crafty turn of mind (how fantastic to have a crafting Hen Day!), I deliberately kept the decoration to a minimum so she can add her own photos and touches to create a truly personal reminder of such a special day. I hope she liked it!

I love these journals! This is just one example of what you can do with our "This 'n' That" journals - they really are as individual as the person creating them, and the reason for using them. I've got one on the go for our Anniversary week at the end of May, and I'll share that with you when I've finished putting it all together.

What would you use your "This 'n' That" for?

(Oh - and did you notice the sneaky peek at one of the new stamp sets coming up in the new Annual Catalogue? I love this handy alphabet, and you'll be seeing a lot more of it in future, I'm sure!)

Back soon!

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Beautiful Backgrounds Techniques Class Preview

Where is the time going??!! I've been having a whale of a time preparing for July's Tantalising Techniques classes, and I thought I'd give you a couple of sneaky peeks:

Since some of my ladies just wanted sneak peeks, and others wanted to be able to see complete pictures of the project, I've arranged to give everyone what they want this month, and I'm aiming to do the same with all of my classes from here on in. If you'd like to see full pictures of these two projects then all you need to do is click here.

Keep your eyes peeled for more sneak peeks over the next few days. You have until 10:00pm on Friday 28th June to book your place for the 6th July class, and until 10:00pm on Thursday 4th July to book onto the 11th July class. 

There are still some places left at the moment, and you can find out more by clicking here.

I hope to see you at one of my classes soon!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

New Catalogue Pre-Launch Party

The brand new 2013 - 2014 Annual Catalogue is on its way, and you're invited to a special Pre-Launch Party that I'm holding on Sunday 30th June.

Your ticket includes the new catalogue and a voucher for a free inkpad, as well as refreshments and an exclusive Make and Take. You'll even get a free ticket for the Prize Draw if you let me know you're coming and book your place in advance.

You can find more details by clicking here. I look forward to seeing you on the day!

Monday, 17 June 2013

Single Stamps Available NOW

Stampin' Up! are trialling a new initiative, and I'd love your feedback on it. As you know, Stampin' Up! is famed for offering their stamps in beautifully co-ordinated sets. Well, they've been experimenting in the American market with offering single stamps, and the response was so positive that they've decided to try it out over here too.

From now until 31 August 2013 (or while supplies last) you can choose from the five stamps shown above - all available individually. You can have a look at the flyer in more detail by clicking here and, of course, you can order the stamps direct from me.

To email your choice to me, just click here. I can have your order delivered direct to you, wherever you live in the UK, France, Germany, Austria or the Netherlands. Email me to ask how to save on your shipping costs by collecting your order from me.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Stampin' Up! UK You Tube Channel - Double Embossing

Have you seen Stampin' Up! UK's new You Tube channel? It's VERY new, so at the moment there are only a few videos on there, but they're all well worth having a look at. I love this one, made by the very talented Charlotte Harding of Stampin' Up! You'll love this technique.

Back with more tomorrow, so see you then. Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Best of Flowers Birthday Card

Have you got your "Best of Flowers" set yet? I'm loving it! Here is a birthday card I made a few days ago for a lovely friend of ours, using the lovely bouquet stamp from that set:

The sentiment is one I think is really beautiful. It's one of our "A La Carte" stamps (in other words, it's an individual stamp, rather than from a set) and is called "Beautiful Birthday". Appropriate name - I think the font is stunning. The Designer Series Paper, by the way, is from the "World Spectacular" pack. Just goes to show that DSP can be very versatile - you'd never guess from this paper that the pack has a vintage circus theme, would you?

I'm quite fond of this colour combination. Regal Rose (the pink in the photo) is one of the colours that is retiring in the coming Colour Refresh and, I have to say, it's not been one of my favourites. I love it used with Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso, though. Somehow, it becomes quite sophisticated, I think. What do you reckon?

Did you spot the tiny pearls on the Early Espresso ribbon? These are the tiniest from the Basic Pearls pack and I'm guilty of overlooking them quite often, in favour of their larger sisters. I was so pleased to see how well they fit on this 1/8" taffeta ribbon though - I'll be using them like this again!

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Fabric Fun Class Project: Quick and Simple Card

Go on, admit it. You worry that if you don't spend hours on a card, it won't be good enough. Or that people will think less of you as a crafter if you make something that doesn't have everything but the kitchen sink thrown at it. We all do it, and that's why this last project from this month's classes was REALLY simple.

Here it is:

I included this project to demonstrate that sometimes, a really quick card can be just as effective as something that takes ten times as long to make. Here, the strip of frayed fabric adds just a touch of texture and makes this card into something really lovely.

Don't you love that pretty label shape sitting behind the Scallop Oval? It's one of the shapes from the "Apothecary Accents" framelits dies set, and that has to be one of my favourite sets of the moment. I could never get a shape like this if I had to cut it out; it's so curvy and pretty, and works really well as a mat on top of or behind loads of our other dies and punches.

Thanks for dropping in. I'll be back tomorrow with a pretty birthday card I made recently for a lovely friend of ours. I hope you'll be able to pop in and have a look.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Fabric Fun Class Project: Two Tags Gift Box

This sweet little basket was the second project we made at this month's classes.

How gorgeous is this? It's made using the soon-to-retire "Two Tags" Bigz die (I'm going to miss that die!) and is a great example of the fact that your dies don't have to be used just for the things they're designed to do. Anyone would love to receive a gift parcelled up in this little box!

The wrap around the basket, and the fab flower, are made from our lovely Twitterpated fabric - another gorgeous item which is sadly on the Retiring Accessories List. The flower was cut using the Fun Flowers die.

Don't leave it too late to order anything you want from the Retiring Stamps List and Retiring Accessories List. Things are selling out really fast - so contact me NOW if there's anything you want. Leave it any longer and you might be too late.

Next month's classes continue my "Tantalising Techniques" series, and will focus on making amazing backgrounds for your stamping. Places will cost just £15 per person, and you can book your place now. Click here for more details, and keep popping back for sneak peeks which will go up in the next few days.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Fabric Fun Class Project: Pop-Up Card

This month's classes were great fun! The theme was "Fabric Fun" and all our projects combined papercrafting with the beautiful "Twitterpated" fabrics. Here's the first one:

I love this one - really girly! This pop-up design is easy to cut using the Pop 'n' Cuts Card Base and Dress Form dies. I've never been a big fan of making pop-up cards till now, 'cause they're hugely time consuming to cut and need a good deal of skill with a craft knife to make them look professional. Not now, though, now they take moments to cut and you can spend all your time and creativity on decorating them. Cute, don't you think?

There were a couple of "fabric-y" techniques on this project. The main one, you might not even notice from the photos, unless you're wondering where that gorgeous stripy background came from. It's fabric! This was the technique I demonstrated on stage at last year's Stampin' Up! European Convention - covering your cardstock with fabric to give you amazing texture and detail. It always gets an amazing response and really adds that extra something to your projects.

Here's another, so you can see the fabulous dimension on this card:

Do you like the skirt? This was the second (sort-of) fabric technique. It's created using strips of ribbon, with a frothy hem of inked Flower Trim. I love the rock 'n' roll feel it gives to this outfit.

Finally, a close-up of the sentiment, which is from the "All Dressed Up" stamp set:

I had a long chat with the ladies who came to my classes this time, to find out what they wanted by way of pictures from upcoming classes. I've always been reluctant to post full pics of the projects before the classes, as I know a lot of people like the surprise of finding out at the class itself, what they're going to make. On the other hand, I know a lot of you like to know what you're going to be making in advance. That's always been my issue: how to keep everyone happy. How to square this particular circle?

One of my lovely ladies (thanks Bona!) came up with a star suggestion, and this is what I'm going to do in future. I'm going to post "sneak peeks" on here and on my Facebook page, so you can see a hint of what we're going to make. In addition, I'm going to upload complete pictures of the projects too, but I'm going to hide them on my server, so you have to click on a link to see the full projects. That way, you have a choice of how much you want to see in advance, and hopefully everyone's happy. I'd love to know what you think of this idea.

Thanks for looking. Pop back tomorrow for a look at another project from this month's classes.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Demonstrator Training Evening

I often get asked, "What do you enjoy best about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?" There are as many answers to that question as there are Demonstrators but, for me, I love the fact that I have met so many inspirational people, and that I have the chance to share with them a craft that I'm passionate about. Many of those inspirational people are other Demonstrators, and I love being able to meet up with them whenever I can.

Along with my good friend and fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Marisa, I organise regular training evenings for the Demonstrators in and around the Ipswich area. We had one of these evenings a few days ago and, as always, it was great fun. Here's a photo of a few of those who came along, enjoying creating one of the projects we'd designed for them. (Huge thanks to the lovely ladies at Pennikkity Pots for providing the venue.)

These evenings are open to everyone, not just to those Demonstrators in my team, not just those in the area who are Demonstrators, but to anyone who is interested in finding out more about what is involved in being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. The next open Training Evening that we're running in Ipswich will be held on Wednesday 4th September. We'd love to see you then if you'd like to join us, or if you'd like to talk to me sooner than that about what is involved in what I think is the best business going, then do drop me a line and we'll get together to have a chat.

You can email me by clicking on this link.

If you're interested in finding out more in the meantime, click here to read more about joining my team. It could be one of the best things you ever do!

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

The Best of Twenty-Five Years - Now In The UK!

I have details of a new stamp set for you! How do you like this?

It's called "Best of Flowers" and is part of Stampin' Up!'s 25-year anniversary celebration. They're bringing back some of the favourite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into five sets - the one shown above is the first in the series.  Every month from now until October 2013, a new stamp set will be released, giving you the chance to get your hands on these beautiful images. Even better, along with some great classics, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!

I LOVE this set! I think at the moment, my favourite is the little silhouette stamp, but I'm sure that will change from day to day, depending on which one I'm using at the time. I wonder which one you like best?

You can see the complete "Best of Flowers" flyer by clicking here. The set is available in cling mount only, and costs just £13.95 (plus shipping). 

To order your "Best of Flowers" set, call me on 07799 011072 or drop me an email by clicking on this link.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

More Amore Anniversary Card

I love this paper! This is the card I made for Alan, for our anniversary this week.

The DSP is from one of our Speciality packs: "More Amore", which is going at the end of June (always sad when we lose some of our gorgeous DSP). I wondered if it would be a bit girly for a card like this, but Alan loved it - phew! On each of the pieces that you can see, I inked at least two of the edges, 'cause the 12" x 12" sheets are distressed all around the edges, but when you cut the card down you lose some of this, obviously, It's amazing what you can do with a bit of ink and a sponge dauber, and I don't think you can tell which are the cut sides.

Retired Lists Reminder...
Just to let you know - items on the Retired Lists are going FAST. Several things are now out of stock, which is incredible given that the lists were only published yesterday. PLEASE, please, please, if there are things on those lists that you still want, DON'T WAIT - you might be disappointed if you leave it too long. Order NOW if you want to stand the best chance of getting hold of those things that you want. You can order by emailing me by clicking on this link, or call me on 07799 011072.

If you're looking at this post before 10pm on 1st June, then you can add your order to the one I'm placing this evening, if you can collect from me (I'm in Kesgrave, just outside Ipswich). You'll save on shipping, as I always split this between everyone ordering at the same time, for collection from me. If you're interested in this, RING ME NOW.