Wednesday, 18 December 2013

A box of flowers

Flower Shop
I ran a special class for three of my lovely crafters in West Cowick last Saturday as they were keen to escape Christmas for a couple of hours.  I had made this card in a box for my Step Mum Jools in November and loved making it so much that I made it again for my lovely sister Jill last week.  I just knew that my ladies would really enjoy making it too.  I must first of all give thanks to Monica Gayle for sharing this design and her video tutorial on YouTube for this card.
I have to say that using these juicy colours was a refreshing change in the middle of Christmas decorating.  I used Coastal Cabana as the background colour dsp paper and the flowers were stamped using the Flower Shop stamp set with Strawberry Slush, Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango.  Did you notice my finishing touch to the sentiment label?  I often use a dauber to finish off the edges but this time I wanted a clean finish so I free handed some lines and dots; a technique I used to use a lot but had forgotten about!
From My Heart
The second project we completed was this cute little desktop calendar and notepad.  It's small enough to take up just a corner of your desk or go next to the phone - I don't know about you but I can never find a bit of paper when I need to take a note on the phone!  I just love the stamp set 'From My Heart' which I've used for the sentiment, it seemed fitting as a calendar.  The DSP I used was from Epic Day This and That set and I teamed it with some Pool Party seam binding ribbon. The calendars and notebooks were both from Wilkinson's store; calendars were 85p for a pack of 5 and notebooks were 18p each!

I am repeating this class for my Sutton-cum-Lound class on Wednesday 8th January in the evening.  You can book a place easily by contacting me.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Christmas gift making class

I'm running a Christmas gift making class this coming week and I'd like to showcase the gifts that I'll be demonstrating.
First up is a gift bag and giant tealight.  I've use the Stampin' Up! mini muslin bags from the seasonal catalogue, now I have to say that I wouldn't describe these as being 'mini' as they are a generous 10.2 x 14cm (they are £8.95 for a pack of 8). I stamped on to the outside of the bag (I used a heat embossing technique to get a strong clear stamped image) and used my hot glue gun to attach a very sparkly 'Frosted Finishes Embellishment' - I love these so much, they are flat backed and adhere really well to card projects with a glue dot. The tag was made using Very Vanilla naturals card which just matches the muslin bag so well and the 'Chalk Talk' dies are superb for tags of all sizes.  But what's inside the bag I hear you say!  I just love candles and when I came across a pack of 12 giant tealights I had to use them for a class project. These are a great size and fit perfectly well in the bags.  I finished them off quite simply just using a strip of naturals card stock and a strip of silver glimmer paper.  The snowflake stamp set I've used for this project is Festive Flurry.

The next project for this class is another candle package, this time Santa is here!  I always think that stamping onto a pillar candle is a great way of turning something plain into something a bit more wow! I adore this Santa's List stamp which is easy to add a bit of colour to.  I wanted to trim the candle as well as stamping an image and I really love the music sheets in the Modern Medley designer series paper pack so I just incorporated a little bit of it along with some Cherry Cobbler card stock and ribbon. Now when it came to the tag to finish this project I took advantage of the Chalk Talk dies once more, this time the large tag is an excellent way to close up a cello bag.




My final project is a gift box and I wanted to use the super 'Tag a Bag Gift Boxes'.  These are fantastic value at £6.25 for a pack of 8 and they are very strong kraft card stock with an acetate sleeve.  I embossed the sleeve with the cute 'Pretty Print' embossing folder, now this works really well but care needs to be taken that you get it in the embossing folder the right way round! (see mine for the wrong way!!).   Quite a simple belly band and greetings tag but with that blinged up bow who needs more?!  I adore glimmer paper and making a bow out of it really makes a statement. I filled my box with a bit of scrunched up kraft paper (this comes in bundles with Stampin' Up! orders as a box filler and I've got so many uses for it) and a handbag sized handcream.  So, I'm running this class twice - first one is on Saturday morning in East Yorkshire and the second 'showing' is next Wednesday (4th December) in Sutton-cum-Lound (near Retford).  So, if you want to join me and learn some of the techniques I've mentioned then please contact me to book your place.

Busy, busy Bee!

I've been so busy lately that there simply hasn't been time to blog.  Last week I went to the Stampin' Up! European convention and it was in Manchester this year. For Stampin' Up! demonstrators this really is the highlight of the year when we all get together to learn all about latest products, techniques and generally get giddy about stamp sets!!! Part of the preparations includes making swaps. Swaps are usually a card front but can take the form of ... well anything really. We had time during convention to swap our own makes with other Demonstrators and this really gives us inspiration and is a wonderful way to share. So I was really busy making my swaps for this year and I only made 100 - last year I made 200... there will be about 800 other demonstrators there so I know I'll miss out on at least 700 swaps but I only had time this year to make 100. I'll be posting a pic of my swaps later.

In the meantime I'd like to share some recent makes with you they are two very special cards for two very special people.
First up is a 'card in a box', an ingenious design which I have to thank Monica Gayle for. This one was made for my Step Mum Jools for her 60th birthday. If you like this design and want to have a go you can go to Monica's brilliant Youtube tutorial here.  I used a 'hostess' stamp set to make this called Morning Meadow, it's a beautiful set which includes the flower, the spring and the scroll I used for the sentiment and the sentiment is included in the set along with a bird which I didn't use in this project.  I'll also be demonstrating this at my 'escape Christmas' class on 14th December in East Cowick (near Goole in East Yorkshire), so if you want to make one please book your place at this class.

The second card I want to show you is an adorable puppy!  I made this wooftastic card for my scrumptious niece Ashley who was 4 years old while I was away at Convention.
 How cute is this puppy?!!  I love doing punch art cards - it really does show how useful it is to have a selection of punches.  I'm particularly fond of the ears of this pooch, they are made from the modern label punch and I split the card stock to make them tactile and floppy - schweeet!  Of course, no self respecting pup would be seen without a diamante collar - you only have to ask my sister about this one as her blinged up pups are proof!! *winks*.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Push the envelope!!


Isn't it just super when you've made a really special card and you also make a matching envelope.  I'd like to introduce you to my new best friend... The Stampin' Up! envelope punch board.  With this tool you can create beautiful envelopes (and much more believe me) for all your cards... watch this short video and learn more, it's so impressive I'm sure it will be on your Christmas list (if you can wait 'til then!)

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Make your Christmas packaging gorgeous


How easy is it going to be to wrap up your gifts this season!  Just look at this super offer, there are two bundles on offer here and to find out more visit my shop HERE

Would you love to make some super gifts for Christmas?  Why not book a place at one of my classes when we'll be making some seasonally inspired gifts including a stamped church candle, a covered notebook with matching gift bag.  To find out more about class dates and locations click on the link above - I hope to see you there!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Build up a background

I just thought I'd share with you what I demonstrated at my last class.  The theme for the class was all about building a background with stamping, no DSP required!
Here is the first card and I think it was the favourite of all the ladies who attended!  I used Morning Meadow stamp set which is just so lovely - it's a hostess set which you can buy when you qualify for hostess pounds.  It was really quite easy to build this background; firstly I made a window using one of the label framelits, I used this to mask the white layer which allowed me to use the script stampin' wheel with 'soft sky' ink. next I stamped those beautiful sprigs in 'pistachio pudding' - so now I have my stamped up background.  Next I stamped a pansy in 'strawberry slush' (I adore this shade of pink!), punched it out using the matching pansy punch and to give it a bit of sparkle I used a few dots of 2-way glue and sprinkled it with glitter - cute!  The finishing touch, of course, was to add a sentiment.
We also made a matching gift tag using the chalk talk framelits and that lovely denim ribbon - I've been looking at it in the catalogue for ages but only just got it!  Such a simple thing to make and easy to attach to a gift bag.

 The next card we made had a much more vintage look and for this one we used one of my very favourite stamp sets; Papaya Collage.  We started by using another stampin' wheel and this time it was the Very Vintage wheel on the jumbo handle which we inked with Smoky Slate and wheeled it across a layer of Old Olive.  We built up a collage of stamped images on a square of whisper white - first we stamped a square of smoky slate using just an acrylic block which we stamped off onto grid paper then on to the layer.  The bird was stamped in Elegant Eggplant, the butterflies stamped in Pool Party (off onto grid then on to the layer) and the scroll was stamped in Wisteria Wonder.  To finish off the vintage look we splattered the whole layer using an aqua painter and ink. What do you think of that gorgeous Delicate Details Lace Tape?  I totally love it!! It's so easy to use and it's re-positionable, so nice.  Did you spot the rhinestone used on a candy dot brad base? I'm loving this system.

For our final card it was a more modern crisp look and out came my Mosaic Madness stamp set once more - I can honestly say that I wasn't too keen on this set at first...I'm totally hooked on it now, it's so useful!  I also dipped into another set to build the background - Summer Silhouettes gave me that lovely quatrefancy block.  To build the background we inked up the stamp in Old Olive and stamped at the bottom of the whisper white layer, we then repeated without re-inking right up to the top... now this stamp isn't long enough to reach right across the layer so we just repeated the process off to the right, you can't see the join because of the Old Olive layer!
I hope you've enjoyed my background building class, just a way of demonstrating how to get a lot from your stamps!



Thursday, 19 September 2013

Shop 'til you drop!


I'm so excited to announce that I have a new on-line shop where you can order Stampin' Up! products direct.  See my new tab ... SHOP

You can still order from me on the phone or by e-mail but why not give on-line ordering a try, it's totally secure and gives you the opportunity to shop whenever and where-ever you like... 24/7 shopping, now that's my kind of thing!!

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Some afternoon crafting!

I had a lovely day with my friend Sarah and her two gorgeous girls Sally (l) and Edie (r) when they came to visit.  We did lots of things like picking tomatoes in the greenhouse, watering them (and eating some of them), building a den, putting pine cones on the trees with wire, playing with Mr Mo the dog (and not being afraid of him), eating lunch (including beautiful buns baked by Sarah that very morning).... oh and some crafting! 
Edie made a most amazing card for her Grandma Haigh.  Not only was it stunning on the outside, but she did the most gorgeous writing on the inside too.

Sally was very creative and decided that she wanted to make a lolly, what do you think?  Well I think it looks good enough to eat!!


Storybook Friends - Sadie's 1st Birthday

Here is a card I made for my friend Zoe's little girl Sadie's first birthday.  I used the adorable Storybook Friends stamp set which I am in love with.  I decided that I wanted to put three bunnies on the card so simply repeat stamped them onto watercolour paper before colouring them using stamp n write markers and a blender pen.  I used glimmer paper for the number 1 and cut it using my BigShot and sizzlets dies.


Monday, 12 August 2013

Escaping the madness!


Last week the electricians started work on a total re-wire of our new home. The first phase was them channelling out the walls for the new cabling and apart from the mess (which I expected) they made a right old noise!!  I managed to escape to my office and craft room for most of the time as this is an old sun room which will be demolished once the new extension is up and therefore doesn't need re-wiring.  On Thursday my friend Sue came to collect an order from me and we also escaped some of the madness by crafting together.  The one thing you don't really need electricity (unless you're heat embossing) is stamping and so we made the most of it!!  We shared some stamp sets and had a great natter.  Sue brought Everything Eleanor because despite me loving it, it is still on my wish list and I got out my Christmas sets so Sue could make some Christmas cards.  This 'thank you' card is Raspberry Ripple base with accents of Crumb Cake, Gumball Green and Primrose Petals.  The sentiment is from Apothecary Art... Did you spot the bling? I used one of the new Candy Dots Brad Bases but instead of using a Candy Dot I used a Rhinestone!  Pearls also work with these brad bases.. I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again: Stampin' Up! products are so versatile :-)  If you haven't seen these new brad bases and dots up close then you'll be really delighted when you get some.  They are plain silver flat brads that you can stick a coloured Candy Dot on top and the base gives a lovely silver rim around the colour (or rhinestone or pearl).

Summer and Christmas!

It's a couple of weeks ago but I thought I'd share a couple of cards we made at my last class.  I've been so busy with the house renovations... firstly we had new windows and doors fitted and this is the second week of the electricians being here totally re-wiring the place - so much mess!

We actually made three cards but I managed to send one off to a friend for her birthday before I photographed it!  See, it's a hectic life I lead :-)

The first card was a 'technique' card and I wanted to teach my ladies resist emboss technique using watercolour paper and aqua painter pens. We used the Summer Silhouettes stamp set and heat embossed the flower heads in clear on the watercolour paper before adding colour using the aqua markers.  The key to getting a lovely watercolour blended effect is to put plenty of water with the ink.  I encouraged the ladies to
add splatters too. The sentiment for this card is from Petite Pairs set.  Did you spot that lovely stretch ruffle ribbon along the bottom?  It's so super to use and I'm loving the new 'in colours' for this season... I've used Coastal Cabana for the card base and then added Pistachio Pudding with ink and the ribbon and I think they go really well with my old favourite Rich Razzleberry.


The next card we made was a Christmas card using Mosaic Madness stamp set proving that you don't always need a Christmas stamp set to make a card.  Thanks to Monica Gayle for the design of this card which we made at demonstrator training earlier in July.  I always love a card that has a bit of a wow factor and it's super how something as simple as punching a circle in this card has done this!  The little ornament which dangles in the open circle was made by stamping four of the mosaic shapes, folding them in half and sticking them together.  The beauty of this is that it can be squished flat for posting too!  Did you notice that chevron paper?  Well, it's simply a piece of one of the Tag a Bag Gift Bags.. again proving that Stampin' Up! are versatile and that you don't always have to use products for what they are originally intended.  The sentiment for this card comes from Snowflake Soiree which is still available as a carry over product from last year's autumn/winter catalogue (for details contact me).

Monday, 22 July 2013

A special card for a special lady!

My lovely sister-in-law Susan will be celebrating her 60th birthday on Wednesday this week.  I've been putting the finishing touches to her card this afternoon and I thought I'd share it with you.  It's a 'cascade' fold card and I decided to use the fabulous Mixed Bunch stamp set - I totally love this set because of the size of the largest flower and the fact that there is a matching punch!  The single cascade fold is one of my favourite fancy folds as it's easy to achieve but looks really impressive.  It's even easier when you use a Stampin' Up simply scored scoring board and trimmer! ;-)

Susan loves all things purple so I used 'Perfect Plum' as the base card colour and then wanted to make the card pack a punch with summer colours so I stamped the flowers in 'Wisteria Wonder', 'Calypso Coral' and 'Melon Mambo'.  The green accents were added by punching out leaves using the two step bird punch and some 'Old Olive' card stock.

Now, what do you think of the 'floating' glittery 60?  I achieved this by using some cellophane strips which just happened to be on my desk as a piece of waste from the Delicate Details Lace Tape which I used to trim the bottom of the card.  This tape comes on a small roll and is backed onto a cello strip which works perfectly to make things fly off a card - I can't wait to have a play with some bees I've been thinking about!!

Here is a close-up of the numbers and you can hardly see the cello but those numbers really dance and stand out.

I worked hard on layering the flowers to make the card really look like a mixed bunch just as the stamp set describes it, I think I achieved it!  The finishing touches came from a few rhinestones and by stamping the 'Happiest Birthday' sentiment (which comes from Apothecary Art stamp set) in white craft ink and I added some sparkle by using some dazzling diamonds glitter after using heat and stick powder.

We'll be celebrating her special birthday on Sunday when we're having a party at our new home for her and our family.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Best of...


To celebrate Stampin' Up! 25 years anniversary we are bringing back some favourite stamps from over the last 25 years.  These sets are called 'Best Of' and one set will be released per month until October 2013.

For July the Best Of Butterflies has been launched.  It's really beautiful and I'm sure it will be a hit with all you flutterby lovers out there.  How many pretty summery projects do you think you could use one of these butterflies on?  Oh, and don't overlook the fact that one of these gorgeous critters co-ordinates with the Elegant Butterfly punch, so lovely.


Saturday, 22 June 2013

End of June Stamp Class

Well, it's been a little while since I had a chance to blog as it's been a bit hectic with my house move.  I am delighted to say that we're settled in and my craft room is fully functional!!  The most important room for me to unpack and get working :-)

I'm so excited about the imminent launch of the NEW Stampin' Up! annual catalogue and so I'm hosting a catalogue launch during my next class which is on Saturday 29th June in East Cowick - see my classes page for location details if you've not been before.

I'll be giving you a sneak peek of two gorgeous stamp sets from the new catalogue and you'll be trying something a bit different - stamping onto a clay heart.  You'll also be making a gift box for the heart and two cards using a different stamp set - see them on my classes page.

Of course, booking is essential as this class is limited to only 8 places - so you'll need to be quick to book!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Card Class for June

I'd love to see you at my next card class in East Yorkshire.  Nip to my 'Classes' page for all the details but here are some pics of what you'll be making!
Although these photos show the projects finished for Father's Day you will have the opportunity to make them for whatever occasion you want as I will provide alternative sentiments for you.
If you would like to join me then booking is essential, you can book by contacting me before Saturday 25th May.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Class today

Class this morning was fun as always, despite only being six ladies (2 hiding on this pic!).  The technique I demonstrated today was all about getting colour onto your outline stamped images.  We used the lovely Storybook Friends stamp set and just used the cat and the dog for two cards and one matching gift box.
Card number one was made using watercolour paper and coloured using aqua painters and ink from classic stampin' pads squeezed into the lid.  Tangerine Tango is the base card colour and we added accents of Basic Grey.  The matching gift box was made using the Fancy Favor Bigz XL die and we made two boxes; one in Tangerine Tango and one in First Edition DSP which we glued slightly looser so it slides over and forms a lid.  A matching tag was made to finish this off.
The dog card was coloured using Stampin' Write markers and a blender pen which just softens the ink.  The image was stamped first onto very vanilla card stock and punched using circle and scalloped circle punches.  Some texture was added by ruffling a piece of ribbon onto the card and securing it using sticky strip, this is a nice way of adding some soft texture to a masculine card without adding bows!
Stampin' Up! Edgelit

Special Birthday

My neighbour and friend Dianne had a special birthday today and I loved making her a card which also doubled as a gift card holder and I made a custom matching envelope.
I used my favourite style of stamping at the moment which is 'collage' stamping where you build up layers of stamped images.
I stamped the card blank (Raspberry Ripple card stock) with basic grey ink using the 'Travel Journal' builder wheel which I also used on the tag topper.  I've used the 'Collage Curios' stamp set for most of the elements on the tag layer and the larger of the butterflies is from 'Papaya Collage'.  I sponged the edges and I used my Colour Spritzer Tool to add a mist of speckles in basic grey.  The sentiment I used is from Petite Pairs and I used markers to split the sentiment down to 'happy' and 'Birthday wishes' and I also used the 'th' from birthday to add to the big 40.  The numbers were cut using my old alphabet and numbers sizzlit set using the Big Shot and I also used a border edge punch and two butterfly punches.  Finishing touches were added with a vintage brad and some of the lovely tulle ribbon which has now retired.
I love making matching envelopes for special cards and this one was no exception.  I used Naturals in ivory card stock which is the same as on the card.  I love this card stock for more vintage projects as it has natural flecks and speckles in it and is quite soft to touch.  I used my Simply Scored board with the diagonal plate to make the envelope and then I decorated it using all the same elements as the card.  I finished it off with a big bow as the card also had a pocket inside which I put a gift card in so it became card and present in one.  Finally, I spritzed both card and envelope with shimmer spritz in champagne.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Nice feeling...


It's been a while since I blogged as I've had the dreaded lurgy (flu) and haven't felt like doing much at all.  Just before I got poorly I had a small (but perfectly formed!) event to say thank you to my regular customers.  I was really delighted to receive a beautiful card from Linda my upline to congratulate me on a recent Stampin' Up! promotion.  I just love butterflies and Linda knows this, what I really love are the colours that she chose for this card, aren't they fab!  I also love the use of crisp whisper white and that Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  Love it!

So, during the event I showcased a few other cards that I'd made using items from the new Spring/Summer seasonal catalogue. Let me share them with you now.  First up is a card I made and decorated using the fabulouso Sizzlits pinwheel die for the Big Shot. A really simple layout for the card but aren't those little pinwheels adorable?  Also a great way of using up scraps of designer paper for a colourful card.  The die is only £4.50 and I think this is a bargain for what is proving to be hours of fun for me!!!  These pinwheels also look amazing when you stick them onto a cocktail stick and use them to decorate a plate of sandwiches or buns at a party.  I also used a new stamp set 'Wishes Your Way' for the sentiment.


My next card is also showcasing a Big Shot accessory; a brand new embossing folder Textured Impressions Honeycomb.  I just had to have this as one of my many nicknames is Bee, I've been known as Bee since I was a little girl and so I just love anything Bee related including honeycombs.  Again, it's a simple layout but sunny and warm don't you think?  I used a little bee stamp from the Spring Sampler stamp set (again from the Spring/Summer seasonal catalogue) which I coloured using Stampin' write markers and then punched out using a small circle punch.  I used a stamp from a Sale-a-Bration set 'Pretty Petites' for the sentiment.  You can get this set FREE if you place an order for £45 during SAB (until 22nd March).  Finishing off with a knotted ribbon - this yellow shade is So Saffron and is so lovely.

The last card I made uses the new Simply Scored Borders scoring plate to make a wavy embossed border. I love this new addition to the Simply Scored collection.  It enables borders to be embossed simply and easily without the need for a Big Shot, so it's a great addition to any crafter's kit.  I've used stamps from the Spring Sampler set again here to make a quick and easy get well card and I couldn't ever be without Teeny Tiny Wishes set of sentiments, there's something for every occasion in this set!