Showing posts with label Butterfly Basics stamp set. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Butterfly Basics stamp set. Show all posts

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Shizzer Sisters On Tour!

I'm so excited to be setting off to Brussels today to attend the Stampin' Up! 'On Stage Live' event 2015.
This event is for all the European Demonstrators to meet, share and learn and it's just about the most exciting time of any Independent Demonstrator's life.  This will be the fourth international event I've attended and each time it just gets better each time and I'm hoping this will be no exception.
So, who are the Shizzer Sisters?  Well, last year there was a little group of Demos who are friends staying in the same hotel.  One of us,  Alison, always calls me Issy Shizzy and the  name Shizzer Sisters just popped out and it stuck!!  The sisters are:  Alison, Beth, Vicky, Nicola, Helen and me (of course!).  We even got T-shirts printed this year so watch out for photos of the 'tour' later.

A huge part of any Stampin' Up! event is swapping.  Swapping consists of making a whole load of 'swaps' which can be a card front or a small 3D item.  This year I made a 'dream in a bottle'.  I've been obsessed by butterflies in bottles or jars recently and it all stems from  my love of taxidermy (don't think I'm weird, it's just that I've loved it since I was a child when I used to visit an amazing museum regularly and they had a natural history room which was stuffed (ha ha) with taxidermy including butterflies in cases). Anyway, enough of my rambling.. here are my swaps:
 
Firstly I bought 100 of these sweet little glass bottles with cork stoppers, each one stands just 5cm high.  I used white Stayz-On ink to stamp the sentiment 'There is nothing in the caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly' from the Butterfly Basics stamp set, it worked really well. Next I stamped a butterfly from Papillon Pot-pourri stamp set in Basic Grey then coloured each one using Bermuda Bay ink and sponging on Watermelon Wonder to the tips of each wing, I used a marker to give the butterfly a body.
Each one was punched out using the Bitty Butterfly punch. Each bottle got one butterfly and a few sequins from the sequin trim.  I made a cute little layered tag for each bottle. The base layer was simply a stamp of my details, the next layer was Bermuda Bay lightly stamped with the netting from Butterfly Basics and the final layer was Vellum stamped with 'hello, my friend' from Tap Tap Tap stamp set, I thought this was a nice greeting as many of the Demonstrators I swap with I won't have met before.  I can tell you that after punching little holes, threading bakers twine and tying teeny bows in each one of these swaps my fingers are aching! I'm still obsessed with butterflies in jars :-)


As well as swaps for the masses I made some special gifts for the Shizzer Sisters.  I bought some lovely wooden hearts from a fab company called Craft Shapes (find them here)  I painted each one grey with regular emulsion paint, next I used the flower sprig stamp from Awesomely Artistic to make a background, I used a wet brush and added a little Melon Mambo and Basic Grey ink to the sprig.  Next I used Craft White ink to stamp the sentiment from Garden in Bloom set.  I had some flower trim left from a kit which was from the summer seasonal catalogue which just finished off each heart nicely.  Next for some packaging.. quick and easy with the Treat Bag thinlets set, stamped to match the heart I think you'll agree it's a sweet little gift!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Swaps

Just a quick blog update to share with you my swaps made for our Stampin Up!  Demonstrator event yesterday.
Swapping with other Demonstrators is just a great thing to do and I got some really lovely swaps in return. Not only does swapping with others give you different ideas but it always helps me with colour challenge... I love to receive yellow and orange swaps as neither is a favourite colour of mine so it helps to persuade me that they are great!
Thank you to everyone who swapped with me, here are details of what products I used in my swap.
Marina mist is my card base, I used Butterfly Basics stamp set and a snip of Blushing Bride cotton ribbon. I used a Tag Topper punch to make the tag.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Spring in my heels


Stampin' Up!
In the bin!

Autumn / Winter... you're so last season!!  Move over, make way... it's Spring / Summer and we have a new catalogue (even if the weather outside is still frightful!)
As if it isn't enough that we have amazing Free products to offer you with SAB, the NEW Seasonal catalogue has launched this morning.  Chock full of gorgeous new products I can't wait to get going with them.

The first stamp set I have fallen for is 'Butterfly Basics', it has 11 stamps in the set and is available in all three types; Wood, Clear and Photopolymer which is brilliant.  There is a fabulous Thinlets dies set which co-ordinates with the set (see how I cut out the butterfly) and this is available with the stamp set as a bundle saving you a massive 15%.  Click the link to the right to download the PDF version of the catalogue immediately!

I'm demonstrating this stamp set at my next class with a sweet tag top easel card. This is a bit of a twist on the regular easel card and I love it!  I have to thank Dachoula, a French demonstrator for the layout inspiration as I received a swap from her at Convention this year in Brussels - you can see her swaps on her blog here. If you want to learn how make this card, then book a place at my January class, hope you can make it.  If you don't live nearby and still want to learn how to make it and would also like a Spring/Summer catalogue then please drop me an email and I'll post you a tutorial and catalogue (£1.50 to cover p&p).