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

Sneak

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 (www.stampingsecrets.com) 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.