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!!