Monday, 30 July 2012

More testimonials

It's hard to believe it's been a week since I posted bearing in mind that I haven't stopped crafting! Time to catch up a bit I think.

In my post this weekend I received some more wonderful feedback from another customer who came along to the last Stamp Camp in July. It reads:

"Stamp Camp; what can I say except what a great way to spend an afternoon. Lauren is instantly welcoming and makes anyone feel comfortable and at home. Her planning allows you to get straight on with being creative, making lovely cards that have been well received by all that I have given them to. If only they knew how easy they were to make.. the Stampin up materials that we were supplied with are all very high quality; being able to take further projects home is a great idea allowing new crafters to go it alone after some very good tuition. I'm looking forward to the next one"

Thanks Nikki for the great feedback.

The next Stamp Camp I am holding is my "Seasons" Stamp Camp and we will be making cards and gifts for you to take home with a Hallowe'en and Christmas feel using products from the amazingly beautiful new Stampin' Up! Autumn/Winter Catalogue. I will also be demonstrating a seasonal scrapbook page, so if you'd like to come along please bring a photograph!

The date is Saturday 22nd September 2012 and will run from 11am until 3.30pm in my Surrey (GU12) craft studio. It costs £30 which covers lunch, refreshments, all course materials and includes your choice of £20 worth of goodies from the catalogue.

Please get in touch if you'd like to come along.  All places are limited so need to be booked up quick (and need to be booked and paid for by the 8th September so that I can order materials and plan the class). Looking forward to seeing you there!

Monday, 23 July 2012

Happy Birthday Everything Eleanor

Here is a card I made using the Everything Eleanor stamp set which is just gorgeous!! I used the Curly Cute set to stamp "Happy Birthday" and used my favourite First Edition DSP - all around the wonderful Pool Party colour.

I couldn't help but feel something was a bit missing with this one - but can't work out what it is - any suggestions from other crafty peeps???

Sunday, 22 July 2012

You're Sweet

Here is a cute card I made bearing the sentiment "You're Sweet" which is part of the "You're Cherished" stamp set, which I think is often overlooked, as it appears at the bottom of the "Simply Sent" page (.104) in the Idea Book & Catalogue.

I opted for 3 colours - Soft Suede, Real Red and Night of Navy - which I think go really well together!! I was so pleased at being able to stamp a (fairly!) straight line of butterflies without the aid of a Stamp-a-ma-jig!!

I finished off the butterflies with a Rhinestone in the centre of each. You could cuten this card up a little with some soft, pastel colours, or even use some from the Brights colour family for a totally different looking card. 

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Custom tags

I really adore Stampin' Up!'s Triple Treat Flower stamp - it's one of their A La Carte stamps and is fabulous value for money.

I wanted to use it for something other than cardmaking, and as there have been a lot of birthdays recently I decided to use it to make some tags for presents:

I cut out the main tag part using my Big Shot machine and Framelits Dies onto Whisper White cardstock.
I used whatever colours I had to hand - which were Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point and Old Olive - but you could use any colour at all really. Some festive colours mean these would make great nametages for presents at Yule/Christmas, or you could use whatever colours your wrapping paper is for birthdays or Easter treats. The possibilites are endless.

I elevated the flowers using Stampin' Dimenstionals sticky pads which gave the nametags a real feel of luxury. Next time I will post up a picture of the wrapped article showing how well it works!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Catalogue CASE

Morning all!

I thought I would post up a card that I had CASEd from the Idea Book and Catalogue - I have made a few changes to make it mine (like the colour of the cardstock I used) but it is basically the same in layout.

I used the Just Believe stamp set and have opted to use the In Colour 2011-13 colour suite which I just love!!

It is a hugely simple card - layering several bits of cardstock in the same colour has proven to be very effective.  I really love clean-lined cards, they so often pack a bigger punch than complicated, over the top cards.

What do you think??

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Lovely feedback from a customer

This is some feedback I received last night from one of the ladies that came to my last Stamp Camp:

"Hey. Thanks for organising Stamp Camp the other Sunday, I had a fantastic time and who would have thought I could make such great cards. It'll remain our little secret that Stampin' Up take all the hard work out of it by coordinating all of their paper, ink colours, ribbons and brads, and filling their catalogue/ ideas book with ideas to either just copy or adapt with your own little finishing touches.

The designs are all fresh and modern, which makes a welcome change from a lot of the homemade card supplies that you can buy. I've already given three of the cards that I made, to friends with a birthday, an anniversary, and one just as a thinking of you card. I got two squeals, and the third hasn't been opened yet. They're so cute, without being twee.

Thanks for taking the time to cut out all the templates for the projects before we arrived, as that preparation would have taken us noobs a while, and we were able to make more during the time we had as a result. It was a great help to have examples of the finished products there, and for you to be on hand to help whenever we needed it, which to be fair, wasn't too often as the products are all so easy to use.

I highly recommend anyone give either Stamp Camp or one of your other card making evenings a go. I came away with a bagful of goodies and my newly made cards, and a tummy full of lunch and CAKE. I had a great day. Well worth the money, I shall certainly be at the next stamp camp."

I'm so happy that Stamp Camp was enjoyed so much, as I worked so hard to put it all together and create an enjoyable day for everyone at as low a cost as possible! I shall be putting up information soon about my card making classes and courses - I do hope you are able to join me!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Jellybean Brads

I'm loving the Jellybean Brads that are in the Summer Mini Catalogue! They are on page 20, priced £4.50 and go perfectly with the Sweet Shop papers and with the In Colours 2011-2013.

I have finished this card off with a gorgeous cupcake brad from the set, which gives this birthday card the finishing touch I think!

This card is a variation of the ones we made at Stamp Camp a couple of weeks ago; I simply can't get enough of the papers, colours and stamps used in this range. Nor can I resist using the Big shot which helped cut the backing shapes on this card in white (Whisper White) and brown (Soft Suede).

Please get in touch if you would like to come to one of my card classes in my Surrey (GU12) home. I shall be posting up details soon of the next Stamp Camp event, card craft evenings and also a charity event that I'll be holding for a tenner!

Hope you are all enjoying the slightly drier weather today!

Butterfly Wedding

I made this card based on the "Breakaway Butterflies" card by Cate from Blue Angel Crafts. It is for a wedding and features the simply gorgeous Twitterpated designer papers, plus some cool Baja Breeze cardstock. I punched the butterflies using the butterfly punch, endorsed them with rhinestones and embossed the sentiments using Silver Embossing powder, all from Stampin' Up!

I really like it! It certainly is much nicer than a lot of the cards you get in the shops.

If you'd like to order Stampin' Up! products, would like to host a free party or would like to come to one of my workshops then please don't hesitate to get in touch. I am based just outside Guildford ~ but I can sell to you wherever you are in the UK!

Monday, 16 July 2012

A Creative Elements "Thank you"

I've had another little break from crafting in the last week as I've been on holiday with my lovely Godmother.  She took me away to a health farm; it was fantastic as we rarely get to spend much time together, but we could put the world to rights this time around. She is a fellow Cancerian and we share very similar (or the same) views on a lot of things. It was such a peaceful, relaxing couple of days and I will treasure the time we had together forever.

Here is the card I made for her to say a great big THANK YOU!

I used Night of Navy cardstock and Marina Mist to complement that. I used some First Edition DSP (I love that stuff) and finished it off with some Chantilly lace ribbon and an Antique Brad.

I used punches for the Thank You sentiment (which was inked in Early Espresso with the Curly Cute set) and an Extra Large Tag punch to fix the ribbon and the butterfly to. The card is actually a variation on the one we made at Stamp Camp but with a few tweaks.

So "thank you" Godmumma Sally ! xxxx

Monday, 9 July 2012

July Stamp Camp

Well after a whole weekend of birthday celebrations and a bit of a sabbatical with both of my blogs for a well-earned rest; it was time to get back to some serious crafting on Sunday: Stamp Camp!

I was joined by some lovely ladies eager to get crafting on the projects I had planned. We used the Sweet Cake stamp along with the wonderful Jellybean Brads which they all took home, plus we teamed these with the wonderful Sweet Shop designer series papers.

Before I started planning the class I thought this would be a difficult stamp to use (I love a challenge!) and that it wouldn't offer too much in the way of variety. It turns out that combined with the DSP we used and use of the In Colour 2011-2013 colour suite; we managed to create some really beautiful cards. The photos don't do the cards justice at all, but they have a gorgeous sweet shop, fairground feel about them which I just love:

First up we made a really simple card to get warmed up! We actually embossed the red cherry with Cherry scented embossing powders, before adding the silver Mini Brads to finish the card off:

Next up we went for another simple card using the Sweet Shop papers and using ribbon and the Jellybean Brads for embellishment, another simple (but effective) card to get those creative juices flowing:

Then we made a card with a bit of sparkle!

This card (you can't see it too well from the picture) has Stampin' Up! Dazzling Diamonds as the icing on top of the cupcake, we stuck this on really easily with a 2-way Glue Pen. Basically, if you want a permanent bond you apply the glitter when the glue is blue; if you only want a temporary fix you apply your glitter (or whatever it is you're sticking) when the glue has changed from blue to clear - so easy!

Next up was this "Be my Valentine" card - proof that Valentine's Day Cards don't always have to be red with hearts! I used some Perfect Plum cardstock and ink with this one, which worked perfectly. Some of the girls changed the sentiment in the card to "Happy Birthday" - in fact by this point they had really warmed up to Stamping and had started making their own versions and little changes to the cards we made, which was really good to see that their creativity was now flowing:

Lastly we  made a slightly bigger card and used the Big Shot to cut some shapes to mount the stamp on. We used some Whisper White cardstock with the Top Note die and also used the Framelits dies (that match the Apothecary Art stamp set) to cut a backing shape out of Soft Suede cardstock. I used a bit of Chantilly to give the card a bit of a flourish, this one is my favourite - what do you think???

We also managed to squeeze in one last, completely different project to show the girls what other types of cards could be made with Stampin' Up! products. I opted for a dark, blue "Night of Navy" coloured cardstock and teamed it with some Marina Mist to create a card that is very close to one in the latest Idea Book & Catalogue. It was made using the Creative Elements stamp set which I really love as it features not only a butterfly, but also a stamp saying "Create" - which I just can't resist!
I used the First Edition DSP for this card and stamped over the top of it in Early Espresso, which has to be one of my favourite colours.

I would like to extend a BIG "thank you" to the girls that came along and made it such a fun afternoon. I had lots of fun and learnt lots myself; I am now so excited about the next one and am planning it as we speak!

If you would like to know more about my crafting classes and courses; or would like to know more about Stampin' Up! products then please don't hesitate to get in touch with me, Lauren, at - if you leave a telephone number I can always call you back at a time that suits you, or I can answer any enquiries you have via email. I'd be pleased to help!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Pretty Pegs

Hi all!

As I mentioned yesterday the lovely Stampin' Up! Everyday Enchantment paper is back by popular demand! It is available to order for this month only, July 2012, (while stocks last!) at £9.95 for 12 sheets of double-sided papery gorgeousness!

With that in mind I dug out the few scraps I had left- and as it was one of my fave suites of Designer Series Paper EVER  there was not much left! 

With the few bits I DID have, I decided to brighten up some old wooden pegs that had seen better days. So, ok, no-one is really going to see my pegs or even notice that they're a bit old and worn but I will feel better when I hang out the washing with my super-fashionable pegs!!

They would be idea in a little box as a gift, of course wrapped up with a decorative Stampin' Up! ribbon and label. Of course you could use any scraps you had, they would look marvellous made with any of the DSPs available. You could also add a magnet to one of the sides and use on your fridge to hold reminder notes or small shopping lists.

Have fun!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Everyday Enchantment FREEBIES

From 1st -31st July 2012 get a FREE Everyday Enchantment exclusive ribbon and brad pack - featuring 2 spools of ribbon and 30 brads, with every £45 of Stampin' Up! goodies you order.

They co-ordinate perfectly with the Everyday Enchatment Designer Series Papers suite which are actually back by popular demand at £9.95 for 12 double sided sheets. I used these a lot when they were available during Sale-a-bration; they are very durable and perfect for all your card making and scrapbooking projects:

So contact me if you have any questions, would like me to send you a catalogue, or if you would like to place an order! I can take orders from anywhere in the United Kingdom, and would love to help you with your crafting requirements. Contact me at

Triple Treat Flower Basic Card

I wanted to create a simple, sentiment-less card for any occasion using the Triple Treat Flower stamp and matching punch, so I decided to grab 3 colours of cardstock and see what I could come up with!

I opted for Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Wisteria Wonder, and stamped using Basic Black ink. The colours worked suprisingly well together! I put a silver Mini brad in the centre of each flower which had been punched out in a different colour. I elevated both the flowers and the centres using Stampin Dimensionals. It really packs a punch! Perfect for summer birthdays and occasions.

You could add a sentiment if you wanted, I'd recommend you go for Basic Black ink to match the boldness of the flowers.

If you would like to order Stampin' Up! goodies or would like a demonstration ~ or to host a free workshop with your friends and earn FREE goodies ~ then please get in touch.

Dad's Day

Hi everyone,
I managed to post up the Father's Day card for my Dad, but not the card I made for my little girl's Daddy ~ so here it is before I get cracking on posting up the card I made today:

As you can see it features a picture of her lovely self!

I used the Letter It alphabet to spell out "Daddy" which I stamped in Early Espresson. I separated out the letters with a blue Subtles Glimmer Brad and used some Whisper White Grosgrain ribbon to accent the card.
DSP used was from the Twitterpated suite and also some First Edition, which is a real fave of mine!
I did some clever stamping on top of the Twitterpated DSP in Early Espresso using a lovely flowery stamp from the Vintage Vogue set. I added some punched out hearts and Voila!

Happy Father's Day Mr H!