Friday, 30 November 2012

Love You

Papaya Collage, Stampin' Up!

Here is a similar card to the one I made earlier in the week; I said then that Papaya Collage is fast becoming one of my favourite stamp sets to use; the resulting cards all seem to have a vintage feel to them ~ which I absolutely adore.

This one was made using the colours Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist and Sahara Sand - yet doesn't look over-crowded with all that colour. Sadly, the photograph I've taken doesn't really do it  justice!

I used the Itty Bitty Banners (and matching dies) to put a "Love You" sentiment at the bottom. The background stamp is Woodgrain, which is just fabulous and lends itself to any cards that have a nature-theme to them.

As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I'm licensed to sell all their products ~ please get in touch for further information ~ I'd love to hear from you and perhaps help you with an order (or two!).

Thursday, 29 November 2012

First Edition Thanks

Daydream Medallions, Elegant Butterfly, Stampin' Up!

Here's a super-simple, super-quick card for today.

I've used Elegant Eggplant cardstock, First Edition DSP (which looks like old encyclopedia pages), some scrap Pink Pirouette and Very Vanilla cardstock.

First, I stamped on the First Edition using Early Espresso and a stamp from the Daydream Medallion set, gluing this to the cardstock.

Then I cut out the butterfly using the new, wonderful Elegant Butterfly Punch and also an Oval (in Very Vanilla), I then used the Early Espresso to stamp "Thanks" from the Kindness Matters set.  Stick it all together, add some pearls - and there you have it - a simply beautiful card that took no time at all to make.

Please contact me if you would like to order any of these Stampin' Up! products, they are only available through Demonstrators like myself. You don't need to be local to me - you can order from anywhere in the UK, France, Germany, Austria or The Netherlands.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

This Too Shall Pass

From My Heart, Stampin' Up!
Here's a simple card for a friend who's struggling a little bit at the moment. I used the gorgeous "They say 'this too shall pass'" and "Hang in there" sentiments from the gorgeously named "From My Heart" stamp set. I also used the Framelits Labels Collection (dies) and my Big Shot to cut the sentiment out. It is attached to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals (sticky foam pads) to raise it up a bit.
Here is a piccie of all the stamps in this set:

As you can see there are differing sentiments that can be paired or used by themselves, including a couple of quotes.
I love this set. It's really elegant and I just know I'll be using it time and again. The font in the "This too shall pass" sentiment (below) somehow reminds me of country and western films... I just love the detail here.

What do you think?? The card I made was fairly basic, as I didn't want it to be over the top considering it is a card to give someone at a difficult time.

If you would like to order Stampin' Up! products (or request a catalogue) then please contact me, I'd be very glad to help.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Papaya Collage Thank You

Papaya Collage Stampin' Up!

I absolutely adore the Papaya Collage stamp set by Stampin' Up! -  after using it quite a bit this week it's definitely up there with my favourites!

I wanted to use Bravo Burgundy, not because it's a fave colour, but because burgundy is my least favourite colour - it has always been the one colour I just couldn't bring myself to like.

I used the Stampin' Up! Color Coach to find some good colour partners for Bravo Burgundy- as you can see I've used Pacific Point and Sahara Sand to compliment it. Do you know what? I can actually say I like burgundy that little bit more now!

I used the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set for the Thank You which I cut out with the Big Shot using the matching dies. I thought I would hate any card with burgundy on but think it could easily be one of my best!!

Monday, 26 November 2012

Daydream Medallions

Daydream Medallions Stampin' Up!

Daydream Medallions was one of the free sets I received at the Stampin' Up! convention; this card shows you that you don't necessarily need the dies to make a good card out of this set.

I wanted to use a colour that I don't get around to using very much - so I opted for Tangerine Tango, which (I think you'll agree) goes brilliantly with Early Espresso and Marina Mist.

I added a ribbon, a butterfly made using the fab new Elegant Butterfly Punch, and embellishment in the form of a line of rhinestones and Voila! A lovely birthday card for someone special.

If you would like a Stampin' Up! catalogue then please drop me a line and I'll get one sent out as soon as possible. If you would like to order Stampin' Up! products then please get in touch, these products can only be bought through Stampin' Up! demonstrators such as myself.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Elegant Butterfly Punch

Happy Saturday everyone!

It's a bit dull and grey out there today isn't it? I've got a bright, sparkly card to show today to brighten things up a bit.
Firstly, I'd like to give a big, warm welcome to Jane, she joined my team of Crafty Hippies yesterday - this of course means she won a free stamp set AND the beautiful bag that I brought back from Convention in Germany for being the first demo in November to sign up. And because Jane joined in November she also gets the free paper for 6 months.
If you, too, would like to become a Demonstrator and get FREE paper for 6 months then please have a look using the link on the left of the page, and contact me for further details. 
Elegant Butterfly Punch

This card was made using the three fabulous colours Rose Red, So Saffron and Soft Suede. I used the new, beautiful Elegant Butterfly Punch to cut 3 beautiful butterflies out of some Silver Glimmer Paper.

Silver, you say? So how did I manage to get them coloured?? Well, you can use the Stampin' Write Markers to colour in the Glimmer Paper which is exactly what I've done. Isn't that clever??

Friday, 23 November 2012

Fabulous Florets!

Good morning everyone.
Well I am recovering well from my op, I've got the incense burning and some Bob Marley on ~  I'm taking it easy ~ so I couldn't resist a blog post!
This card is made with a beautiful set called "Fabulous Florets" which has 6 stamps in and features the sentiment "The Earth laughs in flowers" (E.E Cummings) which I think is beautiful and will transform all your lovely flower-themed cards. 
Stampin' Up! Fabulous Florets, Affection Collection
I used Early Espresso cardstock for the base, took a card front of Whisper White then daubed some Platinum Shimmer Paint (£4.95) around the edges.
I stamped the leaves and flowers with Always Artichoke (I love that colour) and used daubers again to fill in the flowers with Pink Pirouette ink. I did a second lot of flowers on a separate piece of cardstock and then cut them out (the trick is to cut off a couple of the petals) and then attached them to the card using some Mini Glue Dots (£3.95 for 300). I Smooched them with some Vanilla Smooch Spritz (£4.50).
I added some pearls and a little Pretty In Pink cardstock in the corner and a Pretty In Pink stamped tag at the top from the Affection Collection stamp set, which I then added with a staple for an extra bit of silver.
To finish, I sprayed the whole card lightly with some Vanilla Smooch Spritz. And there you have it, a beautiful 3D flower card left ready for you to add any sentiment that you like.

To make this card (or another one like it) then please get in touch, I can sell everything you need from Stampin' Up!
Hope you all have a gorgeous, flowery day!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Beautiful butterfly

Good morning everyone!
Well, I'm off to hospital for an op this morning so I leave you with a quick card to look at today. Please note that it will take me a day or two longer than it usually would for me to answer your enquiries, so please bear with me! I'll be back to normal service soon!
This card features the gorgeous Papillon Potpourri stamp set and and the Elegant Butterfly punch. Butterflies are hugely popular and never seem to date.
I used some Sponge Daubers to distress the edges, and some Smooch Spritz which gives a lovely sheen that I'm not sure has been acurately caught by the picture.
I also used the Woodgrain stamp to give a very discrete grained pattern, Affection Collection for the gorgeous scrolling behind the butterfly, and French Foliage for the ink spots. This has a real aged, vintage feel to it. I don't think the photo really does the card justice at all!
If you would like to order any of the products to make this card, or for me to send you out a catalogue, then please drop me a line at the email address at the top (right) of the page, I'd only be too glad to help.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Creative Card Making - Snow Festival

On Monday night I was joined by my lovely Creative Card Class ladies.

The theme was quick, basic cards that require little or no stamping, and using as few bits of card as possible. We managed to make 8 cards from 4 sheets of A4 cardstock- we had 3 different shapes of card and the scraps went towards punched shapes or embellishments, so not a jot was wasted!

We used some of the card "toppers" (above) that are found in the Snow Festival Designer Series Paper, they have pictures and sentiments on them already, or spaces for you to add them.

There are two sheets of 16 toppers, making an incredible 32 in a pack, along with 10 other double-sided sheets of loveliness. At £9.95 this makes for a bargain pack of paper, perfect for all those seasonal cards and name tags:

We also made some mini notelet cards, Stampin' Up! have cute little envelopes that fit these: 

Super-quick cards that look brill and take no time at all: 


At the end of the class I gave the girls an envelope of cardstock and paper and they had a "freestyle" session to design two more, here are Jane and Wendy's cards:

Aren't they cute!?

If you are local to me and would like to come along to a class then please drop me a line to book your place. They are very informal and fun and cost £10 a head.

The next classes are being held on Monday 3rd and Thursday 6th December in my GU12 studio - please note these will not be seasonal cards this time around as we have done lots in class already.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

My favourite craft supplies

People are always asking what my favourite (or recommended) card making and scrapbooking supplies are, so I thought it deserved a post of its own!

All of these are available from Stampin' Up! through me ~ they're truly magnificent. Here are my Top 5 in no particular order:

1. SNAIL adhesive
Absolutely the best paper craft glue on the market and I've tried many glues. SNAIL applies a controlled amount of adhesive directly to your project, sticks fast and is of archive quality - your hands and work area never get sticky. Best for card making and scrapbooking. £5.50/£3.75 (refill)

2. Sponge Daubers
Use these on the end of your fingertips to add a distressed look to any project. Use on stamps or directly onto projects. Also good for stamping circular areas of ink to create an unusual background, or for applying ink to stencils. £9.95 for 12

3. Colour Coach
Takes the guess work out of combining colours. I've only just invested in one of these but have spent all my time since wondering why I didn't get one before! Gives you two colour combination suggestions for each colour, and provides a contrasting shade to the colour in question. Perfect for when you have a colour you want to use in mind, but no idea what to team it with. £13.50.
Also available are cards for the two In-Color groups - £2.25 each

4. Stamp-a-majig
I've talked about my love for this item before! A must-have for any stamper - this little beauty helps you position every stamp exactly where you want it. A simple bit of kit that is so easy to use. £10.95

5. Stampin' Scrub & Stampin' Mist
Ok, so I'm cheating here a bit as these are actually two items, but they work in perfect harmony! The Stampin' Mist smells gorgeous - you spray it on to the "wet" side of the Stampin' Scrub and you rub the stamp until it is clean, drying it on the "dry" side of the Stampin' Scrub pad. Voila! You have clean, dry stamps; even the most detailed ones. The plush, black washpads are removable so that you can clean them. Another absolute must. Stampin' Scrub is £13.50 and Stampin' Mist is £3.25

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Snow Festival cards

Snow Festival DSP, Stampin' Up!

Good morning!

Here is another card made in the same way as the one I posted up yesterday - except this one has a Teeny Tiny Sentiment added to it to say "Merry Christmas" !

So quick and so easy, just what is needed at this time of year ready for the Christmas rush!

I really recommend the Snow Festival DSP as it comes with 2 sheets of images perfect for "toppers" ~ plus lots of lovely festive papers perfect for all those seasonal projects you have (please keep watching, there is more to be posted up!).

Monday, 12 November 2012

Quick, no stamp Christmas card

As the title suggests, here is a super-quick, no-stamp, no-mess Christmas card that can be made in less than two minutes!
The front of the card (or "topper") comes from the Snow Festival DSP available from Stampin' Up! -all I did was simply cut out the picture that I wanted, and trim the edge with a rounding punch - so quick and so simple.

I added a strip of owls at the bottom of the card which was also trimmed from this paper pack, and I punched out a little heart using the Small Heart Punch and added a Rhinestone, too. All avaiable from from Stampin' Up! through me.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Affection Collection - Part 3

This is the last card in the Affection Collection trilogy! As you can see this one is very similar to the last one except it has more of a shabby-chic feel to it.
Affection Collection Stampin' Up!
I mounted the image on a card blank that was a totally different colour to the 6 different inks I had used.It really worked, nd goes to show that if you choose the colours carefully and layer them up properly you can actually use quite a few.
I absolutely love this colour combo:

Sahara Sand
Marina Mist
Perfect Plum
Wild Wasabi
Early Espresso
So Saffron
The the seventh and eighth colours are the Night of Navy cardstock, and the basic Whisper White.
Affection Collection Stampin' Up!

Saturday, 10 November 2012

All you need is LOVE!

.........Love is all you need!
Affection Collection - Part 2:


I've got my beau back today after over a week without each other so Love is very on my mind at the minute! I've also been ruffling around the charity shops today and have spotted lots of vintage things, so I think this card ties in very well with what is happening behind the scenes at the minute!

This card is very similar card to the one I posted up yesterday, but this one has totally different dimensions, layout and colour, showing you just how versatile this stamp set is and how changing the colours alone can make a card look so different.

The Affection Collection stamp set features the beautifully inscribed word "LOVE" plus the word "always" which marry together perfectly, as well as fitting my mood.

I think this set would be perfect for Valentines cards. It is available to order through me wherever you are in the UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, and Austria. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if I can help.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Affection Collection

Here is a card which is based on the stamp set and the Make-&-Take we were given at Convention. This card features the same design as the Make-&-Take, but I've used different (but very similar) colours.

This stamp set is sooo beautiful!!! It is so versatile, I have done so much with this since I got it. I think it would suit all the alternative girls out there - it is very "Rock Chick"!

To make this card you will need the following Stampin' Up! goodies (which are available through me):

Stamp set: Affection Collection
Inks: Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze, So Saffron, More Mustard, Early Espresson
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Real Red
Punch: Small heart, Scalloped edge
Other: Rhinestones, staple
SNAIL adhesive, scissors, stapler

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Class dates are up!

Class times now up.

Please check the Classes page for details of classes in November and December. This time around the December dates are quite close to the November dates, as December (especially mid-to-end) is always so busy for everyone.

From January onwards, classes will be on a set day each month (see Classes page for more details). There will be Stamp Camp dates and information going up soon, as well!

To book please email, text or call - classes fill up quickly and are always allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


Good morning all!!

I have been asked several times in the last couple of days about when my next classes are!! As most of you know I am just getting over a bug and I have been busy with both convention and a school shopping night.

I am currently in the process of sorting out dates for my next classes and will be putting them up soon; it is possible that they'll be up at any given time soon but please check back after 4pm to be sure.

In the meantime I leave you with a picture of the name tag I made for my bag at convention:

I hope you all have a good day, keep it crafty!!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Celebration time

In celebration of the wonderful time away I had at Convention I've got a fantastic offer up for grabs.

Convention bag

The first person in November to sign up and join my team of Crafty Hippies as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator will not only qualify for the Free Paper Promotion - but will ALSO get a gorgeous Limited Edition Convention 2012 bag (pictured) available only to demos at the convention ~ AND ~ I will throw in a fabulous FREE stamp set, too.

You don't need to be local to me either!

It costs £99, and you customise your own Starter Kit by choosing £130 worth of goodies - whatever you like from the current catalogue - add that to the paper, convention bag and stamp deal above and you are looking at over £200 worth of Stampin' Up! yumminess for only £99.00 ~ WOW!!!

If you decide it's not for you then that is fine, the purchase of the Starter Kit is really just a test-drive, you don't need to stick with it or pay any penalties or give any of the stuff back if being a Demonstrator is not right for you.

Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions. If you've decided you would like to join my team and become a demonstrator and take part then the link is here........  Join: The Crafty Hippies

Good luck everyone!!!

Stampin' Up! Convention ~ Mainz, Germany 2012

Hi everyone!

Well it's good to be back, although I am struggling to fight off the horrible Convention Cold! Still, it didn't ruin what was a simply AMAZING trip!!

I had the pleasure of travelling and staying with Cate from Blue Angels fame, and once in Germany we met up with the rest of the Stampin' Up! ladies in our various teams.

We were staying in the beautiful town of Mainz, situated right on the Rhine, and we stayed in the Hilton Hotel which was just perfect for our needs and was actually connected to the convention centre.

Stampin' Up! Convention bag 2012 Cate and I had an extra night either side of the convention to allow stress-free travel, which meant it really felt like a holiday. This also meant we had a chance to sample a few of the nearby restaurants and cafes.

The first night we actually received our convention bags and two of the five (yes five!) stamp sets were were spoilt with during our convention trip, isn't the bag for this year just gorgeous??

You can see that one of the stamp sets has a question mark covering the copy - that is because it is actually a Demo-only preview from the Seasonal Spring/Summer catalogue for next year!

We also received pin-badges, free gold and silver pens, three lovely make-and-take projects, a convention book, the opportunity to buy convention-only goodies in the Memento Mall, plus loads of training and inspiration. We were also spoilt rotten with the awards night - we had a 15 piece band to dance to, a lovely buffet and the room had been decorated with coverless books wrapped in twine, candles, fresh flowers and vintage teacups - so chic - and added that really special touch to a truly wonderful night.

Here is the Stampin' Stars team:

We're all looking really happy to be at Convention!!! We had so much fun. I don't think I have laughed that much in ages.

If you would like to come along to Convention next year then please don't hesitate to get in touch, we can have a no-pressure chat about what being a demonstrator involves. It only costs £99.00 to join and you get £130 worth of goodies, with no commitment to continue if it is not for you. There are so many benefits and it is so good to be a part of a like-minded, crafting community.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Cheers (way to go)!

So, sadly, Convention is over and today we are heading back home.

A massive thank you to everyone at Stampin' Up! that made Convention what it was ~ such a brill trip!! Thank you also to Cate who has helped me endlessly in the last few months, for both support to me as a new Demonstrator, and for help with getting me to Convention. Cheers!

I will post up pictures and news of our adventure in Germany tomorrow. If you are reading this and have sent me an email in the last few days - hang on! - I'm almost home and will answer your enquiry as soon as I can.

Until then I leave you with my latest creation - a "Cheers (way to go)" card.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you would like a Stampin' Up! catalogue or if you would like to order some Stampin' Up! goodies, I'd be more than happy to help.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Convention 2012 - It's here!!

Good morning everyone,

Today is the day Cate and I jet off to Mainz for the Stampin' Up! convention in Germany, I absolutely can't wait!! All packed and ready to go!

You had a little peek at some of the swaps I'm taking last Friday, here are the other swaps I made:

These are very basic, chocolate coins that you're able to get in the shops now (because it's Christmas soon, eeee!) - I have decorated them using some discs of Early Espresso cardstock which have been taped on either side of the coin. They have then been decorated with a silver or gold embossed butterfly (depending on the colour of the coin) with a piece of Victoria Lace Trim and a rhinestone on top. These could most definitely be used as favours for a wedding, they are so elegant. Thankfully the weather is getting colder, so I don't have to worry about anything melting in my suitcase!
I'm returning on the 4th of November, so any emails or enquiries will not be picked up until the 5th of November, but please do drop me a line if I can help you with something; I will be straight back to business as soon as I can be!
I will post up pictures of my adventure on my return. Auf wiedersehen!!!