Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Stampin' Trimmer - by Stampin' Up!

Hi!  I just thought I'd share this great video all about the new paper trimmer from Stampin' Up!  It's new features and benefits are superb and I am taking delivery of mine today!!  woohoo!

Monday, 10 December 2012

Butterfly butterfly...

I Just wanted to share the birthday card I made for my beautiful sister.  I really wanted to make something with a vintage feel that was feminine and with a bit of sparkle.  I'm really pleased with the results.  I used Soft Suede as the card blank and the size of the card was A5.  I stamped onto very vanilla using a retired wheel for the 'all over' background, then I used the most gorgeous stamp set and my favourite at the moment; Papaya Collage.  I was particularly pleased with how the butterflies turned out, I used stamp n write markers to colour the stamp; pink pirouette and crumb cake, then I punched them out using the new butterfly punch - I LOVE this punch!!

For the shimmery finish I used an aqua painter brush and filled it with isopropyl alcohol and then picked up a smidge of shimmer paint and just brushed it across the whole flutterby, I then went round each edge of the wings to give it a slight outline.  I loved making this layered look using my paper trimmer to cut out the frames.

I even stamped the inside ready to write my greeting.  Hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it.  I'm sorry that the pics aren't brilliant quality - I took them with my mobile phone.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Papaya Collage

I just got this stamp set as a 'givaway' from the demonstator's convention, how cool is that!  It is such a beautiful stamp set, why not have a look at the full set in the catalogue - click here.  I love the frame stamp and I used white craft ink and then before I stamped it I used a dauber with some shimmer paint in champagne to just touch the stamp, then I stamped onto basic grey card stock.  I also used shimmer paint with an aqua painter to swish it onto the bird's chest.  I used my spritzer tool to add speckles to the background of the bird.  I think this vintage look is so fab and shabby chic!  I can't wait to make more projects with this set... think my lovely sister might get a birthday card with it in December! *winks*.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween!

Here is just a small selection of the items I've made for the trick ot treaters who may call this evening.
The Stampin' Up ghoulish googlies designer bundle was great, I just added a bit of extra designer series paper and ribbon.
If you still have to make some Christmas cards why not order one of the Christmas bundles, my favourite is 'Scentsational Season'. By ordering the bundle you save 15%!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

October classes

Halloween Crafts - Saturday 27th October 10am (West Cowick)

Spooky! Have you seen the spooky new Halloween products in the Autumn and Winter catalogue?  I just love the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit - it contains 10 glassine bags and 20 printed double sided tags ready for you to stamp spiddies, bats, witches and all kinds of spooky stuff onto as well as 50 sticky googly eyes!  You can also buy this kit along with the fabbo Googly Ghouls stamp set in a bundle and save 15% of the price!
In my next class on Saturday 27th October, I will show you how to make these fun little bags by adding some extra designer paper and ribbon.  We will also make a cute halloween card and a fun 'wand'.  The class costs £10 and this includes all materials to make one of each of these projects and your refreshments.  If you want to make more of these googlie goody bags at home to give to friends and family or for trick or treat gifts then you can pre-order the kits to take home.  I need to know by Saturday 20th October at the latest if you want to order them so I can have them to give you at the class.

The item numbers and prices are:

1. Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit (co-ordinates with the Googly Ghouls Stamp Set)

  • 20 printed double-sided tags: 2 designs
  • 10 glassine bags with die cut edges
  • 50 adhesive-backed googly eyes
  • 10 pieces of pumpkin pie/whisper white bakers twine
£7.25 - item number: 126914

2. Googly Ghouls stamp set
£14.95 wood mount - 128060
£11.95 clear mount - 128063

3.  Buy the Bundle and SAVE!
get the stamp set and the designer kit together for:
£18.50 wood mount - 129852
£15.95 clear mount - 129853

Christmas Card Evening Class - Tuesday 30th October 6.30pm (GOOLE - at the High School)

This is a new class and I'm very excited about it!  You will make SIX - yes six, fabulous Christmas cards.  The venue for this class is the High School in Goole (Centenary Road) in their new business centre just on the left as you come through the main gates. There is loads of off road parking and refreshments are also provided.  The class is a bargain price of £10 per person and includes all the materials you will need.
Booking is essential - so please contact me as soon as possible to book your place.

Monday, 1 October 2012

New Catalogue!

I have been drooling over this new ideas book and catalogue for weeks now, as a demonstrator I have had my copy and sneak peeks of products early and as a crafter I already have a 'wish list' as long as my arm!  I have a stack of these catalogues waiting for you to get your crafty mitts on so please contact me to order your copy today for £5.95.  Don't forget that this isn't just a catalogue of gorgeous goodies to drool over it's a wonderful book choc full of luscious ideas, designs and inspirations!!  Stampin' Up! have really done us proud with this new book, it's 205 glossy pages of the latest products in rubber stamping, paper-crafting, scrapbooking and this year introduces glorious fabrics and accessories for your cookie making and sweetie packaging endeavours; in a nutshell there really is something for every crafter.

So, there are several ways for you to get hold of a new Ideas Book and Catalogue...

1)  Contact me - to order one via the post £5.95 with free postage
2)  Download a pdf version for free (not as much fun as holding a paper copy and taking it to bed with you!)
3) Join my 'virtual hostess' club and receive a FREE copy
4) Come to my next class and browse a copy for free and have an opportunity to win one in the raffle.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Affection Collection

This is the most gorgeous stamp set EVER! I am totally in love with it. Now I know that it's a long way off valentine's day but I had to make a couple of anniversary cards this week and I was just so thrilled with this new set (in the new seasonal catalogue - 127946, in wood or 127949, in clear).
I enjoyed making these cards and the gift box so much that I'm sharing them with you at my next class. Oh, and by the way don't you just love the deep pink of that card stock? It's 'raspberry ripple' one of the new 'in colours', I adore it.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012


Here's a sneak peek of the Christmas book we will be making at my 'Seasonal Craft Class' on Saturday - check out my classes page for details of time and venue.  

Cawood Craft Festival

Phew! that was a brilliant weekend at the Cawood Craft Festival.  On Saturday my friend and fellow demonstrator Linda ( and me went up there to look at the space we would have for our stand on Monday.  The festival was on for the whole weekend including the bank holiday Monday but we were only having a stand for one day.  The entire village was turned into a craft festival with things going on in a variety of locations from scarecrows all over the village, a miniature steam train for the kids, a display of beautiful hand crafted items in the church and in the vicarage garden (quite a large orchard) a huge marquee and several smaller marquees full of crafting stands all showing their wares!
Well, it was so tempting to spend all our money on Saturday but in the end we each bought little bits and pieces and a large bowl of chilli and an ice-cream to wash it down with before coming home.
I then spent Saturday evening practicing laying out our stand and displaying everything nicely before photographing it, I was exhausted by the time I'd done and my dining room looked like a Stampin' Up! extravaganza!!
Sunday morning arrived and Linda got to my house nice and early so we loaded my car with all our goodies and off we went.  It only took us about an hour to set up thanks to my control freakiness expert planning the night before.  We were pleased with our efforts and in the end the stand looked pretty good for a first attempt.
We had a brilliant day meeting a lot of lovely people, most of whom were actually interested in what we were doing, we even managed to persuade a couple of totally non crafters that they too could make a lovely birthday card - they were very pleased with themselves!
It was hard work planning it all and making our 'inspiration tables' but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and we're looking forward to doing another one soon.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Pots of colour

I want to showcase the Twitterpated designer series papers before the summer mini catalogue ends this month. These have been my favourite papers, I love them!  So here is my pot of love for Twitterpated! Each flower is double sided to show that the papers are too.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Just half a dozen eggs

I'm going to see some friends and wanted to take them some fresh eggs laid by my chickens but thought that the plain egg box was boring. So a bit of designer paper and some nifty folds using my simply scoring tool, a couple of labels cut on the big shot with the framelit label collection and a quick stamp and here's the finished result. This took me about 20 mins!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Late July Class projects

Framelits Twitterpated
Apothecary Art Framelit Card
Stampin' Up! Apothecary Art
Apothecary Art Framelit Swing Card
During July I ran two card classes due to holidays and stuff - mainly my ladies demanding an extra class!  I was really dying to use the gorgeous Apothecary Art stamp set and wanted to also show case the Framelits die cutting set again as I just love the versatility of this piece of kit.  Both these products are available from the Summer mini catalogue which is only going to be available until the end of August, so don't miss out.
The first one is a very simple mat and double layer card - this is what is so fantastic about this stamp set, you only need to stamp it onto one layer and then colour it using ink pads and a blender pen.  I finished this one off with some pearl jewels and a bit of our beautiful pleated satin ribbon in Baja Breeze (again this is in the Summer mini - don't miss out!).
The Second card was a bit trickier looking but really quite easy using the Big Shot - I so love my Big Shot!!  I have to thank Michelle Last for this design (check out her gorgeous blog).  I used another two images from the Apothecary Art stamp set, one on the front and one inside.  This is a lovely finish to the card by lining it with a layer of Twitterpated designer series paper and then stamping and cutting out the little plaque to write your message on.  I used Stampin' Write markers to colour this and put a few little pearls on to accent it.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

July Class - a 'squash album'

Stampin' Up! Scrapbook project
 Stampin' Up! squash album scrapbook
Join me on Saturday 14th at 10am in Howden and learn how to make this simple but effective squash album.  You'll be able to save your memories of an event or preserve pics of a loved one (these cuties are my gorgeous nieces!).  We'll be using some of Stampin' Up's latest products from the Summer Mini catalogue.  Click the link for classes for further details of times and location and please e-mail me to reserve your place (places are limited due to the size of the venue).  See you there!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Owl for my friend

Just thought I'd share this birthday card I made for my good friend John.  I just love using the Owl Punch to make a card!  It's quite similar to one I made for my friend Linda for her birthday but this one uses the new edgelits for the Big Shot too.
Stampin' Up! owl punch, two step bird punch, edgelits dies adorning accents
 Stampin' Up! two step owl punch card, Edgelits Die, Adorning Accents, two step bird punch

Saturday, 19 May 2012

I love being an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator!!

Today I went to the northern regional demonstrator training day in Leeds and boy did I have an amazing time!!

Why do I love being a demonstrator?  .... Where do I start?
  • I get to meet amazing people who share my passion for papercrafting;
  • I learn new techniques constantly;
  • There are always so many new beautiful products to play with;
  • I get them at a discount!;
  • There are always special offers and promotions;
  • I can do it MY WAY, earning as much or as little as I want;
  • I can be a demonstrator as a business, career or hobby;
  • There is an astonishing amount of support for every demonstrator;
  • I can travel overseas to conventions - it's a worldwide company;
........... I really could go on!!

So, if you want to take your crafting to the next level, earn some money from it, and get to own beautiful crafting products (I truly believe they are the very best in the world) at a reduced rate then why not consider signing up as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  There's really never been a better time; there is a brilliant new totally customisable starter kit which only costs £99 for £130 worth of products + £45 worth of business products to help you get started.

Did I mention that I'm going to Germany with Stampin' Up! in November this year?  You could be coming too - if you sign up as a demonstrator in the month of May then you can get the convention registration (worth £149) for FREE!

Please contact me to find out more about being a demonstrator, I'd love to share my experience with you.

Tel: 07788 722099 or email me on

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Flying high for Dad!

Stampin' Up! Up, Up and Away stamp set, framelits labels collection die set, Bigz Dies Two Tags

I have been dying to use some of the products in the new Summer mini catalogue and so I couldn't wait to put together these lovely cards for my May class in Howden.  Inspired by Father's Day I wanted to use some bright and funky colours as well as the gorgeous 'Up, Up and Away' stamp set.
On Saturday 26th May you can attend my card making class in Howden (click my Classes tab for details of location and times) and make these two cards and a gift card holder for Dad.
I've used rich razzleberry card stock as my main colour with old olive and pacific point as my accent colours.  I've also used the brand new Framelits Labels collection die for the Big Shot to cut out the super layer in white on the left hand card and I've used the Two Tags Bigz die to cut out the old olive layer on the card on the right, this die was also used to make the gift card holder insert.
It should be an exciting class as each project uses dies, stamps, inks and markers and a bit of cutting too!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

April Class

We'll be waving our flags this month in class as we make two lovely birthday cards using the Pennant builder punch.  The colour schemes won't be red, white and blue though but the cards will be great for male and female birthdays and we'll even be making a little gift box to match the ladies card using the Pillow Box Big Shot die.

I'm sure we'll have a fun crafty morning, so if you want to join us please drop me an e-mail before Wednesday so I know how many kits to make up.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

A Commissioned Card

I just thought I'd share a card with you that I was asked to make.  My sister has been invited to a wedding and the bride and groom are both anglers. Their wedding invitation had a 'two people in a boat fishing' theme and she wanted to send an acceptance card along similar lines.
As this is a commissioned card I was able to use some items that aren't Stampin' Up! and some that are but are from 'retired' sets.
So, the gorgeous fishing owls were made using the two-step owl punch (current catalogue), their wings were made using the 2-step bird punch (current catalogue), their boat is Stampin' Up! designer paper from a retired series.  I made their fishing rods using cotton buds; snipped the cotton ends off and then coloured the stalks with permanent black marker.  The water was made using the scalloped edge border punch (current catalogue) and the sentiment 'aint love grand!' is part of a hostess stamp set which you can earn by hosting a party.  Inside the card I stamped another sentiment; 'Thank You' which allowed my sister to say thanks for the invite.  When I finished the card I thought - OMG is it too childish? but my sister re-assured me that it was just what she was hoping for - phew!  Being an angler myself I rather liked the fact that the lady owl caught the fish!!


Hi Crafters!
last week was a Stampin' Up! training event and for these events demonstrators make and take 'swaps' to share with each other.  The idea is that we all come away with a stash of new designs or ideas we can use.  I just thought I'd share with you my swaps. The theme for this swap was 'Spring'.  I had such fun making these and I usually try and do one design with a couple of different choices of colour. You can just make out on the pink one that they were sprayed with 'shimmer mist'.
Hope you enjoy them, happy Stampin'.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Easter cards

Here's a sneak peek of what we'll be making in my March card class.  I'm really excited about making some lovely Easter cards and a little Easter basket.  Check out my classes page for more details.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Oh Brother,it's your birthday!

So, my 'baby' brother was 30 on Wednesday!  I can't believe it, where did all those years go?

Here's my creation just for him, hope he liked it!

items used:
Marina mist card stock
Designer series paper (DSP) in real red, old olive and daffodil delight.
Cupcake builder punch
Pennant builder punch
some linen thread
Create a cupcake stamp set for the sentiment
non Stampin' Up! items used were the border edge punch for the red trim and the '30' numbers.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Love is in the air!

I was absolutely chuffed to bits to be asked by a friend's husband to design and make an anniversary card for him to give to her for their anniversary.  Not so strange you might think, but the honour was all mine as my friend, Linda, is also a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.
How wonderful to have your anniversary on Valentine's Day too!  Here is my creation, hope you like it - Linda did (thank goodness!).
It's a 'swing' card - the middle square swings as you open and close the card.  The design is on the front and the sentiment on the back.  (the 'Happy Anniversary sentiment stamp is not Stampin' Up!)

Melon Mambo card stock
Night of  Navy card stock
Melon Mambo designer paper
Elizabeth a la cart stamp
'Key to my heart'  sentiment and key stamps from You're a Gem stamp set
Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Cupcake Mania!

Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes!  I love them... I like eating them, making them and lately papercrafting them so much.  Stampin' Up! have cleverly designed a beautiful stamp set and builder punch which is available from the Spring Mini Catalogue.
On Saturday 25th February I am running a craft class in Howden (see my classes page for more details) where I will be demonstrating how to make this beautiful gift box with a cupcake motif and two fabulous cupcake birthday cards.  So if you're like me and just can't get enough of cupcakes why not sign up for my class, or contact me to buy the lovely stamp set and punch.

See the stamp set and punch here

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Choc a block

I don't know about you but I'm a big fan of all things choccy! So, when I saw some lovely chocolate blocks from a well known high street store I thought immediately of eating them!  ... then I wondered how I could turn them into a lovely gift to give to friends.   Here is my first attempt at gift boxing the lovely chocolate blocks.  Now I just need to decide who to give them to!

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Get 'loved up'!

So, Valentine's day is just around the corner and despite there being a couple of birthdays for me to celebrate in between, I've been busy making some sweet little cards for you lovers out there. The first one is for you ladies to send to the beau in your life. Too many times we get stuck on pink for valentine's, so here's a more masculine card that is still full of amore.

My next card for romance is much more feminine and really shows how you can mix vintage and modern styles.