Thursday, 27 September 2012

Cheap and cheerful creative gifts

Sometimes, when people come to a Crafty Hippy class they end up going home with presents, as my urge to create, and provide inspiration, takes over.

Stampin' Up! creative handmade gifts

Here is a little gift that the ladies at my last class received!! A really cute little jar that can be re-used that was full of lovely sweets.

But guess what???

Amazingly, this present cost less than £1.70 to make.... and looks absolutely gorgeous.

This is one really good example of how crafting can turn simple everyday items (for example this jam jar) into wonderful, handmade personal presents, that will be adored by the person receiving the gift.

For this gift I used some Pumkin Pie 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, some matching Pumpkin Pie cardstock, Basic Black ink, and the Googly Ghouls stamp set, the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set for the "Thank You", - and I finishes the gift off with some Googly Eyes.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Build a Blossom

I think one of the products I love most from Stampin' Up! are the stamps that have matching accessories ~ eg. dies, punches, paper ~ that go with them.

A little while ago I invested in the Build a Blossom stamp set which has a matching punch (Blossom Petals Builder), and produces a range of leaves and flower petals!

I must admit I have neglected it a bit fearing that I wouldn't be able to produce anything from it that I liked (despite my love of nature) - but how wrong I was!

Build a Blossom
So here it is!
I made it using only 3 colours - Very Vanilla, Real Red and Perfect Plum.
I think you'll agree they go really well together. I also used a bit of Velum (tracing paper) for some extra petals, and a bit of Victoria Crochet Trim to finish off the card.
The middle part of the flower was made using the Mixed Medley Hostess set from the Autumn and Winter Catalogue - this stamp set is well worth getting as it includes 10 stamps and sentiments for Christmas, Valentines Day, Hallowe'en and general. You can get this if you place an order of £150, or have a workshop that exceeds that amount (including your own spending!).
Please get in touch with me if you would like to order any of the products you see on my blog and I'll be only too pleased to help!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Quick gift make

Stampin' Up! handmade gift

1. Take a Stampin' Up! Gusseted Cellophane Bag (127850) - £3.75 for 25
2. Fill with something naughty and delicious!! Or with a non-edible treat (eg. buttons)
3. Make a label using your chosen punch and stamps
4. Tie off with something pretty - Victoria Crochet Trim from Stampin' Up! is perfect (118481) £6.25
5. Give to someone and see them smile!

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to order Stampin' Up! goodies or if you would like me to give you a demonstration. I'd be happy to help!

Monday, 24 September 2012

Using up scraps and retired paper

 I often try to use up little scraps of leftover cardstock and any paper that is retiring. It can be good when you are needing to make cards for family, or just having a "play" at seeing what works and what doesn't.

Stampin' Up! card - retiring cardstock

This card is made from a large piece of "Beyond the Garden" (due to retire at the end of the month) that I had left over; I also used a stamp from the "Four Frames" set and a sentiment from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set to finish it off, alongside some little flowers made from the Boho Blossoms punch and Stampin' Up! pearls.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Silver Thank You

Embossed Stampin' Up! thank you card

Here is a card that I'm really pleased with. It features the En Francais stamp which I really love, it is a huge stamp that allows you to print large areas of beautiful French script, which can be so useful as a background image and gives any card you're making such an elegant feel. I stamped using Sahara Sand ink.

I used the gorgeous swirl out of the Creative Elements stamp set, which is just sooooo lovely; I embossed it in Silver Emboss powder which gives it such a regal feel. I finished off the swirl by placing some tiny rhinestones here and there... The thank you sentiment comes from the "Just Believe" set, which I punched out using the Word Window Punch.

I did this on top of Whisper White cardstock, which was then layered onto Wisteria Wonder (a fave!) and then Crumbcake cardstock (another fave).

I'm so pleased with it; this card could be used for any occasion - a thank you for a christening or wedding, or maybe an invite - using different words of course on the front or inside the card.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Thanks Mr Postie!

Stampin' Up! Promotions Bronze 2

This morning I received a certificate and pin-badge from Stampin' Up! for reaching the next level of promotion (Bronze 2) based on my sales of Stampin' Up! goodies; which I acheived in less than 4 months.
A massive "thank you" to my lovely customers for supporting me, and also to my upline Cate (of Blueanglecrafts) for all the help and support in getting me started into a career that was absolutely perfect for me.
There are a range of benefits from becoming a demonstrator; which increase as you go up through the ranks based on your sales target.
Once you become a demonstrator you get access to the demo website which has lots of ideas, resources and incentives as well as the opportunity to place your own orders and see your commissions etc. The first order you place within 45 days of signing up to be a demo of £150+ is eligible for 30% discount so another fantastic deal to purchase items at a huge discount!!

Within the first 6 months there is also an incentive called Stampin’ Start where you can earn free stamp sets of your choice if you reach certain sales goals and recruiting goals. I have already earned myself 2 free sets which is brilliant as they will get plenty of use at my wonderful, creative classes.

On all orders placed you receive 20% discount off the net product total. You can earn more commission the more sales you make in a month and any extra commission payments are calculated at the end of the month and paid direct in the bank account of your choice mid way through the following month.

Other benefits to being a Demonstrator include:

*Pre-order select Stampin' Up! stamps, tools and embellishments a month before the customers sales period. One of my favorite perks!

*Earn free stamps with Stampin' Start, Sale-A-Bration and other promotions.

*Qualify for cash bonuses, product bonuses, incentive trips and other awards.

*Receive downline override compensation based on your recruits' sales (if you decide to recruit).

*Earn free hostess sets and merchandise.

*Receive Stampin' Up!'s exclusive monthly demonstrator magazine Impressions, packed full of information and inspiration for projects and workshops.

*Be inspired
by video tutorials and project ideas on the Stampin' Up! demonstrator web site.

*Be able to attend the Stampin' Up! convention held each year, where you get to meet other Demonstrators, get freebies, tuition and business advice.

*Attend Stampin' Up! training days which are loads of fun!

*Be part of a family; a community of like-minded people - who are always happy to help, too, if you need advice or inspiration.

There are soooo many reasons to join, I'm so glad I did!

If you are interested in becoming a demonstrator, have any questions about doing so, or if would like to join my team of Crafty Hippys, then please don't hesitate to get in touch with me, I'd be happy to help with any questions you may have.

I'm now off to pin my badge on with pride!

Scentsational Season

Monday night was the first Creative Card Making evening of the month. A big thank you to Tiffany and Lynne for coming along!

I'll only post up one of the cards (until after all the classes are finished!) so as not to spoil the suprise for my next class-goers, who will be joing me tonight.

Scentsational Season

This is a really simple but effective card -  using cardstock from the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack (a steal at only £6.25 for 48 double-sided prints), and stamped tree and star from the Scentsational Season stamp set. I cut them out using the Holiday Collection Framelits Dies (which cost £20.95), which makes it super quick and easy.

But the best thing of all is the two items are available together as a bundle - I bought the clear mount version so this cost only £28.95 - saving 15% !!

I used Very Vanilla, Early Espresso and Crumcake cardstock - yummy!

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to come along to one of my classes, or to order Stampin' Up! products.  or 07896 314573

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Customer Creations

Good evening all!

I was really pleased to receive a lovely email from a customer showing me what wonderful creations she had made with the Owl Builder Punch:

Owl Builder Punch
Aren't they brilliant? I especially like the penguin! Well done Kirsty!!
I really love seeing what you lot get up to and what you create, so please keep them coming!
If you would like to order the Stampin' Up! Owl Builder Punch from me (£15.50) or any other Stampin' Up! goodies then please don't hesitate to get in touch. I would be glad to assist you with all your crafting needs. 

More lovely feedback!

I noticed this comment on my blog yesterday:

"The classes are fantastic (I have just booked my 3rd one). I have learned so much & they are a great way to gain more confidence in using these products. Lauren is a patient & fun teacher & I'd highly recommend the classes for everyone"

What lovely feedback, thank you so much!!!

Please look at the Classes tab to see what classes there are, and what dates I am holding them.

My standard classes/workshops are usually around the £10.00 mark which covers materials for 4-5 projects, plus refreshments. I run them from my home (GU12) and everyone is welcome. Please get in touch if you would like to book or would like more information.

Stampin' Up! card

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

BOGOF event - Sunday 30th September 2012

As you all know the 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! catalogue is coming to an end at the end of September; and the new one will run from the 1st October 2012. Very exciting stuff!

To celebrate this I am holding a special Buy One Get One Free event whereby you can come and buy my retiring stamps from me ~ some of which have not even been used! ~ and get another stamp set absolutely free!!
I only started as a Demonstrator with Stampin' Up! 4 months ago, so this kit is all fairly new, without hardly any wear and tear.

How it works:

You buy my retiring stamps at the original price (what they are worth) and you get that same amount to spend in the new catalogue on exciting, new, blingy stuff. Bargain!

I am running this event on Sunday to allow everyone the best chance to be able to come to this as I know many of you are too tired in the evenings or don't get in from work on time, and some of you have a long way to travel.

Date: Sunday 30th September 2012
Time: 12pm
Place: My house (contact me for details)
Who: Everyone welcome!

I will be running this on a strictly first-come first-served basis to allow everyone to have the best chance of getting what they would like. I will be putting in the orders for the new stamps and any other orders people may have on the 1st October!

There may also be a few other bits and bobs.

I hope you can all make it!

Please get in touch if you would like to come along, if you need more details from me please contact me at, or give me a ring.


Saturday, 15 September 2012

Hallowe'en Birthday

It's a bit early I know to be posting up Hallowe'en cards, but one of my besties loves all things dark and hallowe'eny and owls - she loves owls!! - and her birthday is on the 16th so I thought I'd make her a Hallowe'en themed birthday treat (near enough!!).

I did my best to make her some gifts that reflect her personality to go with the card I made her ~ and to go with her wine and cake!

Firstly I used some Nursery Nest DSP (with the owls on) to wrap up her pressie. It's quite thick because it's such good quality, so it was a little hard to wrap the pressie up with it; but once the ribbon was added it didn't matter. It looked gorgeous! This paper is actually retiring at the end of the month, so if you would like to order some of this please let me know.
I should have got a better picture (close up) but I made her a card with the Googly Ghouls stamp set from Stampin' Up! Which has the following stamps in:
Just so much fun. I love this set. Even though this is considered a Hallowe'en stamp set I think you could do a lot with this. The witch is perfect if (like me) you know lots of other witches!! It is available from me, out of the Seasonal Autumn - Winter 2012/2013 Catalogue and is only £11.95 (for a clear mount set).
You can actually buy this stamp set with the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit as a Bundle for only £15.95 (clear mount, wood mount is £18.95) - which means you can create 10 treat bags for the little ones for Hallowe'en. The bundle includes the stamp set and the treat bag kit which includes:
10 Glassline bags,
20 pre-cut double sided tags,
10 bits of Pumpkin Pie Bakers Twine,
50 Googly Eyes - everyone loves Googly Eyes!!!
If you already have the stamps, but not the treat bag kit, you can purchase the kit for only £7.95, which makes each treat bag only 80p - what a bargain for all your little horrors!!!!
Please get in touch with me if you would like to order something, I'd only be too happy to help.
And Happy Birthday Tara!!!

Friday, 14 September 2012

Home Decor projects

Today I finished working on some projects that had been neglected for a while.

One of those was changing the curtains in my craft room (I was bored of the old ones) and making some matching tie-on cushions for the chairs. At last they are complete!!

For the chair cushions I made some really simple cushion covers, then made some straps, which I sewed on close to the edges so that they could tie to the chairs. Of course I chose the brightest coloured fabric I could! Yet again I am using the lovely Fredrika from Ikea:

Really simple stuff but makes such a difference to the room. They are bright and cheery and make me feel happy! Perfect for an environment where you want to be creative.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Simply Scored

Recently I've really had the urge to make things other than cards. I've been seeing all sorts of wonderful projects but I've not had much time recently, but now the school holidays are over I can dedicate a bit more time to crafting - hurrah!

If you attended the Premier Night that Cate and I recently held (and you were a customer of mine) then you received a goodybag with samples, a catalogue and  some little gifts I had made using Stampin' Up! supplies.

In the goodybag was a cutesy teabag holder that was tied with ribbon and held two teabags, plus some business and loyalty cards. I really enjoyed using the Simply Scored tool to make these (the Simply Scored is of course available through me from Stampin' Up!).

The Simply Scored allows you to score straight, even, lines in paper and card to perfect fold lines, or to indicate where to cut; or to make concertinaed paper for embellishments and decoration.Making folds in cardstock by hand is often frustrating, as without a scoring tool folds can often be unclean and not neat.

 It accommodates paper up to 12″x12″, including cardstock. It has scoring grooves set every 1/8 inch to allow for precision creases. It comes with three markers that you can move along these groves to set your scoring line - making it brilliantly easy when you want to score more than one piece of cardstock in the same place! You can also purchase more markers for really complicated projects.

The Simply Scored comes with a metal stylus that has two tips, a large end for paper and the smaller end for cardstock. When not in use, the stylus clips onto the front of the Simply Scored for easy storage.

It is only £25.95 and is a must for anyone making cards or other projects that invlove precision scoring (for example making Favour boxes). A a diagonal scoring plate is also available (£10.95) so that you can make your own envelopes and any project that needs a diagonal crease.

Using the Simply Scored I scored two lines into my teabag holder to make a little folder, before adding decoration and ribbon:

I used mainly scraps for this project, and created the inside using a bit of folded Designer Series Paper (DSP) and scored the insert in the same two places as the outer folder. I then used a circle punch either end, stuck it all together and made two holes for the ribbon.  I then stamped "thank you" on the front of the card. The flower is the Triple Treat Flower which is retiring at the end of the month - so grab one quick! It co-ordinates with the Fancy Flower Punch.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to order a Simply Scored tool, or if you would like to order any other Stampin' Up! goodies, for a demonstration or to join a class. I'm always happy to help you with your crafting needs.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Just for you


Morning folks!

Here is yet another card made with the Owl Builder Punch available from Stampin' Up! Have I mentioned how much I love this punch!?

This card is really basic, yet really pops. I used the Bird Builder punch for the branch the owl is sitting on and I used a circle punch to punch out the moon.

I embossed the sentiment from the Just Believe stamp set using white powder, available at only £3.75 - a pot will last you ages.

Here is a rundown of the materials I used:

Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Garden Green, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Punches: Owl Builder Punch, Bird Builder Punch, 1 3/8"Circle Punch
Stamp Set: Just Believe
Embossing powder: White Stampin' Emboss Powder

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Good morning

Good morning everyone!

Well I have been really, really busy this week, hence me not posting for a bit!!

Wednesday saw the arrival of our Premier Night to welcome in the Seasonal Catalogue - big thank yous to everyone that came along, special thank yous to my ladies Jane and Niki. We had a lot of fun and we really enjoyed Cate of Blue Angel Crafts' cookies - thanks Cate!!

I also have one of my best friend's weddings today - someone who is very close to me and who I went to school with - so I want to wish Miss Louise R a very happy day and congratulations on becoming Mrs G!!!!  Can't wait to celebrate with everyone with a glass of champagne! I'm hoping my 40s inspired outfit comes off ok, I have a feeling I may be a bit hot with the 27 degrees forecasted - we will see! May post up a picture later if I get a chance.

Then I have my little girl starting school on Monday, so I have been frantically sewing on nametags and getting her all organised for that, this week I had no car and she was also ill so I have really left the crafting on the back foot for a bit.

Back with more craftiness tomorrow!!

Monday, 3 September 2012

September Excitement

Good morning everyone!

Well it is the 3rd of September - already! How the Stampin' did that happen? September is both an exciting and busy month for us here at Stampin' Up!
The first is the launch of Seasonal Catalogue for Autumn/Winter 2012/13.


This seasonal catalogue is absolutely gorgeous. It is packed full of gifts and ideas for Christmas, Hallowe'en, Thanksgiving and more. Best of all Stampin' Up! are offering some super-smart bundles which means you can buy some co-ordinating products together with up to 15% off! There is something for everyone.

Secondly in September, there is the retired list - which is your last chance to buy some of the products before they retire in readiness to make room for new and exciting products in the new Annual Catalogue which is coming 1st October (I'm so excited, I can't wait!). Some stamp sets are reduced by as much as 40%, so it is worth asking me about it. Let me know if there is something you'd like and I'll order it for you.

My upline Cate has pointed out that you shouldn't be alarmed that all the ink pads are on sale. Stampin' Up! are reformulating them with solid foam instead of felt. So if you like the currrent format and want to expand your colour collection, this is a great opportunity as many are discounted! What exciting news.

Here are the retired lists for your perusal:

Retired Stamps List.

Retired Accessories List.

If you have any questions, would like to place an order, would like a demonstration or for anything else please don't hesitate to get in touch - 07896 314573

Enjoy the September sunshine

Lauren xx