Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Want up to 60% off in the Year End Sale?

Hello December and Hello to hundreds of products with up to 60% off in the Year End Sale. 

Could Stampin' Up! offer us any more ideas for Christmas Gifts? 

What's better? .... All your Christmases have come at once!

If you sign up for a Starter Kit by joining my Team now, you could stretch the £130 product Starter Kit further with these amazing offers and still only pay £99. 

Your Starter kit is fully customizable, so you can not only fill your basket with discounted products, but you can even choose pre-order products from the up coming Spring/Summer Catalogue that launches 4th January. Get in contact if you'd like to learn more about receiving on going Discount and joining my Team or sign up online now.

Check out the Retiring Products list and see what you could fill your basket with. 

Remember to use my Club Code at Check out to receive a Gift from me and for the month of December, receive one month of Tutorial Bundles from me as a Christmas Gift with any order. You choose which month you'd like to receive. 

Enjoy this festive period ...

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Stampin' Creative Blog Hop - Gift Wrapping ideas for Christmas

Welcome to this month's Stampin' Creative Blog Hop, where we'll be offering Gift Wrapping inspiration in abundance. 

If you've just started the hop, then be prepared to unwrap some real treasures today and if you've hopped on over from the lovely Sarah Berry's Blog ... then you'll have already unwrapped some. 

I adore Gift Wrapping, so to stop myself from offering a whole days worth of ideas, I've selected just two to share with you today ... but I'll have some more that I'll share over the coming week. 

I love the simplicity of these boxes ... made with just a Paper Trimmer and some 12" x 12" cardstock. 

Nothing screams Christmas more than the crispness of this Fancy Frost Designer Series Paper coupled with Real Red ... and what's better? ... The Fancy Frost paper is available with a 30% saving in the current Extravaganza Sale (£11.75 down to £8.23). 

Isn't this ribbon just so gorgeous?! I can't tell you the number of rolls that I've gone through since this Autumn/Winter Catalogue has been around. 

If all you want to give is a Bottle of wine to a neighbour, or a home baked loaf of bread, then the Here's to Cheers Stamp Set and Cheerful Tags Framelits bundle is a MUST HAVE. The sentiments and the tag shapes are just so useable and of good size for a sensible sized message ... These too are available with between 20-30% discount. The Framelits are down from £28 to £19.60 and would serve you well no matter what time of year. 

I often give handmade sweets, biscuits and treats from the kitchen, so the Food Safe Petite Café Gift Bags are a perfect choice and here I have added an embellished carrying handle, made using Designer Series Paper. 

The folded rectangle of DSP, is adhered to the back of the bag and folded forwards to create a flap over the front. 

Loving the ribbon as I do, I've not wanted to dispose of any off cuts, so tied together two off cut lengths to create this mock bow. The handle itself was created using the Jar Lid Die from the Everyday Jars Framelits. 

I've refrained from adhering the front, so that you can unroll the top of the bag easily and close it, without having to spoil the over all look of the gift bag.

It's amazing what you can use to wrap your gifts ... it's often good to think outside the box and be quirky for interests sake ... but whatever you do ... consider wrapping one extra gift this year for an elderly person in your street ... the smile that you'll receive in return, will be worth it's weight in gold. 

Now before you head off to my shop to purchase any of these items to recreate these projects, do hop on over to see what the very talented Eimear has to share with you. 

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Paisley's and Poises Heart Frame

Today on Stampin' Up!s Facebook page, they are talking about the gorgeous Paisley's and Poises Collection. 

It's a gorgeous Paisley set and offers some stunning patterned papers. I was drawn to this set when I first opened the current Seasonal Catalogue and saw a Home Decor piece on page 46, where this suite is showcased. I knew I had to reproduce the framed piece ... and I absolutely love how it turned out. 

I think I am fast developing an addiction for the gorgeous Copper Foil Cardstock, that I've used here as a matting layer. It was this project that had me also loving the colour Delightful Dijon. 

I may just have to make another one of these, in another colour way. I so love the simplicity of it and hope you like it too. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Merry Christmouse from the Merry Mice

These cute little mice showed an appearance at my recent class, upon popular request from my ladies and I have to say ... I thoroughly enjoyed working with them.

I'd been asked to come up with a Shaker Card for a while and saw an explosion box made by the lovely Kerstin Kreis ...... from Germany, that offered a shaker lid, which I loved the idea of ... so set to work.

With the little mice snuggled up in their winter woolies, I couldn't not use the Cable Knit Embossing Folder, which I totally adore!

One of my recent Stamp-a-Stack cards inspired me to create this Z fold card. I so love the fresh colours for Christmas, rather than the traditional ones that we see so much of. 

This was the Box Lid that I created. We filled the lid with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to form a mini snow storm whilst the little mouse sing to his hearts content. Oh it was a fun project to create. 

Much to our luck, Stampin' Up! announced a Promotion soon after I'd published this class for a selection of stamp sets that were being discounted for the month of November and this was one of them.

If you'd like to purchase this Stamp Set for just £11.25, then make sure you get your order in with me before the end of November. Use my Club Code (published to the top right) and you'll receive a little Thank you from me, for choosing to purchase through me.

Now don't delay ... Don't let those mice get away

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Crafting Live and a Poppy Tutorial for The Royal British Legion

Last weekend I had an Artisan Stall at the Crafting Live Event in Peterborough, that offered two days of Crafting with all proceeds from door entry, going to The Royal British Legion. 

The idea of the Artisan Stall was to share ready made up items for sale, so I'd spent the past week solidly making up things to share and sell on my Stall. 
I hadn't even had time to unpack from Onstage and go through my swaps to share with you, which I will do this week.

The day started early and I was positioned with some very talented crafters sat at their stalls. At 9.30am when the doors opened to the public, I started to meet some wonderful people ... two of which were members of my own fabulous Team, The Stampin' STYlettes. 

Allison and Fiona don't live far away, so popped in to see me and offer a friendly smile. Mind you ... the day didn't go without plenty more smiles and lots of chat with some lovely crafting ladies ... and gents. I so love the interaction with others, meeting people from all over the country, who had travelled far and wide to visit. Some were new to crafting, others well established, but all very friendly and complimentary of my stall. 

Be it that the event was supporting The Royal British Legion, I had decided to make up more of these Table Favours that I'd been giving in this month's classes. I offered them out for a small donation to the Charity. The Poppy disguised a wrapped Mint Chocolate Biscuit and were well received. 

I had posted these on my personal Facebook page and received an abundance of private messages, asking for how I made them, so decided to share some very basic instructions. 

You'd be amazed at just how simple they are to make ... just a formation of circles, ovals and a leaf. You might like to keep these instructions for next year. 

  1. Cut Two Ovals of differing sizes and stamp using Kinda Eclectic sunburst image in the same Real Red as the cardstock.
  2. Curl the edges using a bone folder (I have kept them flat here for the purpose of the photo). Snip into the centre where they over lap and interlock. 
  3. Die cut the leaf from the Leaflets Framelits in Garden Green. 
  4. Mount the poppy on a disc of Basic Black and sandwich your treat between that and another disc. Add the leaf and then the poppy head, before finishing it off with a smaller circle of Black Cardstock to the centre, which I've adhered using a single Dimensional foam pad. 
At one point in the day, I was asked if I wouldn't mind doing a presentation for the Crafting Live Team to record. Gulp! ... I hadn't gone prepared for this, but did have a spot of colouring to hand, from the previous night's class. I was expecting for the Artisan Stall to be located in a very different area, so hadn't planned my usual Make & Take, but when I found myself in the main Arena, right opposite the Make & Take station, I wish I had.    

So ... with Blender pen in hand, an Acrylic block and some Marker Pens, I set to doing a 3 minute presentation on using Blender Pens, in a rather nervous manner in front of two Cameras. Oh there was so much I felt I could/should have said afterwards, but nerves took the better of me ... 

... and these Merry little Mice were what I was colouring in. 

If I had the pleasure of meeting you at the weekend, then thank you for visiting my stall, it was a true pleasure to meet everyone that I met, to share my love for what I do. The Prize Draw I was running was drawn the next morning and the lucky winner contacted ... so Congratulations Barbara Walker ... Your goodies will be heading your way this week and I hope you will enjoy playing with them. 

I will share some more of my makes over the coming week as the build up to Christmas really kicks in. 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Creation Station Blog Hop - Giving Thanks

Welcome to this month's Creation Station Blog Hop and with Thanks Giving in America fast approaching, we thought we'd dedicate this month's hop to 'Giving Thanks'. 

I have recently had a dear friend help me out and I wanted to give her a little something to thank her for her kindness. Knowing that she likes wreaths, I decided to make her a little Home Decor item, with coordinating card. 

Firstly I took a Heart Shaped base that had thick hemp twine wrapped around and covered it with leaves from the Leaflets Framelits set and Pretty Pines set. I was tempted to use colour, but I really liked the simplicity and freshness of just using whisper white.

I finished it off with a beautiful Gold Satin Ribbon and the gorgeous Copper Pine Cones that were hanging on Gold Metallic Thread.

I decided to make a coordinating card that again revolved around simplicity of the white leaves. 

One of my favourite colours of recent is Delightful Dijon, which I think couples beautifully with Gold and Copper tones and was why I used it to stamp the word Thankful repeatedly across the larger leaf. I'm not sure that you can see it here, but there is some Gold Metallic Thread looped behind this leaf. 

I'm a firm believer that sometimes less is more and here, less colour, most certainly was more. 

I hope you like what I have shared with you today. Thank you for hopping by, Thank you for supporting me and the Creative Station Design Team and Thank you for your comments and continued following of my Blog. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and of course, the rest of the Blog Hop. 

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