Saturday, 21 December 2013

Little Boxes, Little Boxes...

(No, I'm not old enough to remember the song, but my Mum used to sing it to me when I was little, and it's stuck with me ever since.) I'm still loving my Envelope Punch Board for making quick and easy boxes, and I have some more to share with you today.

These are some of the boxes I made these for my Stampers' Ten group this month, and they're really quick and easy to make using the Envelope Punch Board. I really am SO impressed with how easy it is to make boxes with this board - I had no idea it'd be this versatile!

Here are a couple of close-ups:

I made more for my class-goers this month too, in a different colourway. They look totally different:

If you haven't got your Envelope Punch Board yet (and why on earth not?!), then you can order it through my Online Shop.

Click here to see it in action.

I'm taking a break now for a few days over Christmas, to spend some much-needed time with my lovely husband. I'll pop back briefly on Christmas Day, but in the meantime, enjoy the festivities - Have a wonderful Christmas! 

Thanks so much for your support this year! Big hugs. xx

Friday, 20 December 2013

Simple can be Gorgeous.... Some Very Simple Christmas Cards

I don't know how I manage it! Every year, I start making Christmas cards in August or September, and every year, without fail, I get close to Christmas and realise I haven't made nearly enough - is it just me?! Anyway, I reckon it's always useful to have some really quick and simple card designs to hand, and here are some that I came up with this year. Very simple, very quick, and absolutely gorgeous, I hope you'll agree!

Beautifully quick to make, and really pretty (although apologies for the grainy photos - the light was AWFUL on the day I took these).

See? I told you cards don't have to be complicated to be beautiful!

Back tomorrow with some cute little gift boxes - another project using the fabulous Envelope Punch Board. Thanks for dropping in!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Save The Date(s)!

Not long now until the Big Day, are you ready yet? I'm looking forward to all the preparations being over and being able to sit down and enjoy some lovely, quiet time with Alan. In the meantime, though, I've been busy planning lots for you in the New Year, and...

(drum roll please...)

Here's some "save the date" information about my first two events of 2014 (get your diaries out!):

Saturday 18th January - Open Event
If you're in the Ipswich area, come along and join me for a really informal FREE event where you'll be able to try your hand at a simple Make and Take project. There'll be loads of Stampin' Up! products for you to look at, as well as lots of gorgeous samples to inspire and motivate you at the start of the brand new year. A great way to see what crafting is all about, and to grab a sneaky peek at some brand new products that will be released later in the month. (Please note this event will be held at my home, so please contact me if you're intending to come along, and I'll give you the necessary details.)

Saturday 1st February - First Class of 2014
2:15pm - 4:45pm Cedarwood Primary School, Kesgrave (Ipswich)
My first class of the year is going to be a celebration of love and friendship, with projects for those special people in our lives as we approach Valentine's Day. Full details to follow in the New Year; for now, save the date!

Thanks for popping in - I'll be back soon with some projects for you. Take care! x

Monday, 16 December 2013

There's a Whole Lotta Love Happening!

Have you SEEN these gorgeous creatures (no, not the girl!)?!!

They're "Monster Hugs", they're available NOW and they're part of Stampin' Up!'s new Valentine's Day range (I know, I KNOW! There's nothing like planning ahead!). But I think they'd make great kids' party invitations too, or just little notes to send to someone to make them smile. You can tuck a chocolate or other little treat in behind their arms - how cute is that?!

You can find these wonderful little Monster Hugs in our new Valentine's range - which contains loads of other things that aren't necessarily JUST for Valentine's Day.

See the whole range here.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Christmas Cards Galore - Part 2

Yesterday, I shared with you some of the cards we made at last weekend's class; today I have some more to show you. I hope you enjoy them!

And two more designed by the talented Madonna Dunn:

I loved doing this class! And I think Washi Tape is my new best Crafting Friend - it made decorating these cards so quick and easy (and I love that if you don't stick it down too hard in the first place, you can peel it off and reposition it - brilliant!). I used it on the envelopes too (you've got to have decorated envelopes):

I hope you enjoyed these projects - why not have a go yourself at using some of your craft goodies to make something different from their original purpose? You might surprise yourself!

Thanks for dropping by, and I'll see you soon! 

Friday, 13 December 2013

Christmas Cards Galore - Part 1

Last weekend's class was my last class of 2013 - and we had a brilliant time! It was all about quick and easy Christmas cards (that's what you need, right?) and we used a gorgeous kit that was actually designed for scrapbooking, rather than cardmaking - these cards came together so quickly! I'll share some today, and some tomorrow, so for now, here are three of the cards we made:

The cards all centre around the "Season of Style Journalling Tags" kit, which gave us loads of really quick and easy focal points to use. The kit was designed to co-ordinate with Stampin' Up!'s divided scrapbook page protectors (love them!), but as you can see they work brilliantly for cards too.

The inspiration for this class came from some cards I'd seen on Pinterest, that were designed by an Australian demonstrator, Madonna Dunn. I couldn't resist sharing some of her cards in the class, and my ladies (and gent!) loved them too; here is one of them:

Thanks for dropping in, and I'll share more with you tomorrow. Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Clearance Rack Blitz - Up To 80% Off!

Oh wow - now here's an early Christmas present if ever I saw one! 

Up to 80% off Retired Products
While Stocks Last

There's an incredible array of goodies to be had at unbelievable bargain prices - so head on over to my Online Shop and fill your basket before it all runs out...

Of course, if you'd prefer to, you can still contact me by phone on 01473 622004 or by email, to place your orders - I can arrange delivery anywhere in the UK, France, Germany, Austria or the Netherlands.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Be The Difference - Convention Compilation

Now, this is going to be my very last post-Convention blog post, but I really wanted to share this video with you. It's a compilation of highlights from the first five European Stampin' Up! Conventions, and there are some brilliant photos in it. Enjoy!

The background music is this year's Convention song - make sure you listen to the words. Our theme this year was "Be the Difference", and the song is all about how one person can make such a difference to others. I've been singing it for weeks!


I hope you enjoyed watching this video - I'm going to use it as an excuse for asking for your help. Starting in the New Year, I'm going to be posting weekly craft tutorial and demonstration videos on my blog, and I'd love you to let me know what you'd like to see. Please would you spare a couple of moments to comment on this post, telling me what sort of tutorials and demonstrations you'd like to see in my videos - I really want to be covering what YOU want me to. Thanks so much for your help!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

More Convention Swaps for You

Hello! I hope you liked the selection of swaps I shared with you yesterday. Here are some more - aren't they brilliant?

Huge thanks to everyone who swapped with me this year, you're a really talented bunch of people. Here's to the next event!

See you soon... and thanks for dropping in.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Come and look at my swaps from Convention

A lovely part of any meet-up of Stampin' Up! demonstrators is the swaps we share with each other. Here are some of the ones I received this year.

If you're wondering what on earth I'm talking about, swaps are sample card-fronts or other small projects. We each design something and make it in bulk, then swap with other demonstrators. In the past, I've been really bad at sharing these on my blog, but I'm intending to "do better in future."

Do pop back tomorrow - I've got a load more swaps to show you!

Thanks for dropping in, I'll see you soon...

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Whoop Whoop - New Product Alert!!!!

Oh wow - you are going to LOVE this! Imagine being able to turn your ideas into your Very Own Stamps.... You NEED to watch this video:

Isn't that the most incredible idea? They gave us little trial packs at Convention to have a go with. I haven't had the chance to play yet, but Alan did. Here's the stamp he made - I think it's brilliant!

And here's the card I made from it - really simple, to show off the image. So proud of my husband!

I can't wait to have a go. Shame I completely forgot to add a kit to the order I put through today - d'oh!! I knew there was something I'd forgotten. I'm not sure why I always remember what it is just AFTER I've hit "send". Ah well, looks like I'll be placing another order VERY soon...


If you'd like to try your hand at carving your own stamps, then the new "Undefined" stamp carving range is now available through my online shop. You can find it here.

If you'd rather, you can order from me in person. Just give me a call on 01473 622004 and I'll do the rest!

Monday, 2 December 2013

More Convention Projects

I have a confession to make. I don't do a lot of crafting at Convention. There - I said it! Convention, for me, is all about meeting up with lovely friends and colleagues that I don't see very often. In fact, there are some friends that I don't get to see apart from at Convention, so there is lots of catching up and sharing to be done. And great fun it is too!

That said, however, I do make a point of doing the Convention make and take projects when I'm back home, and I wanted to show you photos of them. Here are a couple, for starters:

I love this one, for example - it's very different from my usual style, but I really enjoyed making it. Stamping all the various layers for the background was really therapeutic! The same technique was used on the matching envelope:

And how about this one as a lovely idea for gift-wrapping? 

I love the lid that's been added underneath the acetate wrap, keeping the present a secret until it's opened. Making the cute little feathers was fun, too. (I'm seeing feathers EVERYWHERE in craft at the moment!)

Thanks for dropping in, I'll be back soon with more for you. Watch out on Wednesday for video details of a fabulous new product line - you're going to love it!


Both these projects use stamp sets that we received (free!) at Convention: "Gorgeous Grunge" and "Hello, Lovely". You can find both of these in my online shop, just click on the following links for more information about each of them.

Gorgeous Grunge (available in wood mount or cling mount)
Hello, Lovely(available in wood mount or cling mount)