Friday, 12 June 2015

Bee Happy, Become a Crafty Bee!!


Would you love to get some FREE stamp sets?  Would you love to share your crafty passion with others and earn money while you do it?

Being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is a really fun way of sharing your love for paper crafting and it's so flexible that anyone can do it.  You can join my team today for £99 and you will get to choose your own Starter Kit (which contains £130 worth of products from the current catalogue + a business pack which gives you a flying start).

Not only that but during the month of June you also get to pick an extra TWO FREE stamp sets!

Joining is really easy and so if you want to find out more please give me a call and find out how you can earn extra money, get great products and make loads of new friends too!!

Oh Man!

I just thought I'd share cards from my latest class with you all.  The class was all about making some cards for the guys in our lives, timely as Father's Day is just around the corner (21st of June here in the UK).

People often tell me that they find it hard to come up with designs for male cards and I have to say that we do tend to spend a lot of time stamping flowers!!  So it was a really refreshing change for me to share some masculine designs and also some new techniques in class.

mirror stamping technique
Firstly this card features the 'reflection stamping technique' which many of my class attendees had never done before. They all thought it looked really difficult and something they would struggle with, how wrong they were!  I even had a complete beginner in my class in Retford and she was delighted with the results she got.  This card features the 'Traveller' stamp set and I have used a little bit of 'Delightful Dijon' card stock which is one of the new 'in colours' for 2015 - 2017. Hey, who says lace is just for girls?... did you spot the tiny snip of Delightful Dijon lace ribbon just visible behind the tails of washi tape under the sentiment on this card, just to prove that you can be creative with the use of ribbon materials too.

My next card was a watercolour technique card, I've done this technique a good few times in classes now and it always goes down well.  It's so easy to use a stamp set which gives you the outline image all you have to do is add some colour.  I have grown to love this goose!  I wasn't a fan when I first got the stamp set but he's certainly got a place in my heart now :-)  I 'nibbled' away one edge of the watercolour paper to give some interest (I used my fingers not my teeth!) and stamped the background.  The snippet of card I used for the sentiment is Mint Macaron which is also a new 'in colour'... yummy!

Our last card was a bit of a sweetie (because I love cycling!) and I was able to highlight 2-step stamping using the Sheltering Tree stamp set; both the tree and the bicycle are stamped in two steps and the photopolymer stamp sets allows really accurate lining up of both images.  The die-cut layer has been embossed using Woodgrain embossing folder in the Big Shot and by popping the bicycle up on dimensionals this card has some texture.

Hope you enjoyed my masculine cards, if you would like to join me in a class check out my class dates and locations by clicking the tag above.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

On the red carpet

Ha! Here I am with Chris The Catalogue....a whole new meaning to 'getting your hands on a new catty'!
If you would like a copy of the new annual catalogue then contact me.

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.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Spring Retreat


Last Saturday I hosted my very first luxury Stampin' Up! craft retreat. I spent four months planning and preparing for it and I was so excited by the time the day arrived.

Ye Olde Bell Hotel RetfordI came across the venue, Ye Olde Bell hotel in Barnby Moor almost by accident when I met some friends there for a meal. Its right round the corner from me but I hadn't had a reason to ever go there before. As soon as I walked in I knew it was the perfect place to stamp with friends in a beautiful place. I have to giggle but it was the ladies loos that really did it for me!! I fell in love with the opulence of chandeliers, massive gilt framed mirrors and leather armchairs....in the loos!
Anyway, back to the crafting. I planned three projects for the day. I wanted to offer some home decor, a memory keeping project and a card making based item.  I need to thank my mentor and wonderful friend Monica Gayle for the home decor project and the idea for the box in the card making class.
I had ladies from Leeds, Selby and Retford, most had attended classes with me previously but they hadn't all met each other before.  So,  after a quick introduction and some coffee and Danish pastries we all took our places ready

for the first project class.
Paper Flower Cone
First up was home decor, a cone full of flowers to hang on a wall. All the ladies loved this project. Using the Bigz die Bouquet each flower was cut, stamped, crushed and assembled. We all got good and sticky with hot glue guns but we all had fun.
While we were all working on this project we were served hot drinks and delicious home made shortbread.
We worked on the flower cone all morning and then lunch was served ... And wowee what a lunch! Classed as a ploughman's lunch we were served home cooked chips, mustard baked ham, pork pies, salad, pickles and hunks of home made bread!

After lunch it was all about memory keeping and the project I chose for this class was an explosion box.
Artisan Embellishment Kit
I utterly love these and I have some of my own wedding photos in one. Throughout the day we used Painted Petals DSP and this box was a BlackBerry Bliss and Blushing Bride coordinating theme. Also using the Bouquet Bigz die to make two flowers which adorned the top and inside the box.  I'm in love with the Artisan Embellishments kit from the summer occasions catalogue, throughout the day we used items from this kit on all the projects. Everyone commented on how much they loved the kit too.

Artisan Embellishment Kit
After more refreshments and freshly baked scones with jam and cream ....I know! I Need a detox weekend now ;-) the last project for the day was a box of cards. Using the empty box from the Artisan Embellishments kit we turned it into a handled box to store four gift cards in. Everyone got a stamp set 'Choose Happiness' and this was used on the cards and box and also on the explosion box.
It was sad to close the day as we had all had such fun but I went home with a happy heart and a head full of plans for the next one!  Thank you to all the lovely ladies who attended and made the day such a success. It was a dream realised for me.


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Say BYE BYE!





Here's a cute little video by Stampin' Up! highlighting some of the products which are retiring.  Gorgeous projects you can make with them... be quick, when they're gone, they're gone!

Busy Bee!


So, how was your Easter?  It seems like ages ago now but it was only a couple of weeks.  I'm such a busy bee at the moment, so much going on but all good.

We had a lovely week away in our caravan in Norfolk, so relaxing and just nice to step off the carousel for a bit.  The caravan site we visit regularly is only for adults and we don't have kids so it's always really quiet and tranquil (even sock dog finds it restful).  I managed to go for a couple of runs and the countryside is perfect for me as I like to get off road and up tracks and trails.  It's near Sandringham and so I manage to run on some estate land but not right in Sandringham park itself which tends to be full of tourists (see Mr Mo thinks the lanes are delicious!).


Back home and back to lots of crafting!  First stop I went to demonstrator training in Peterborough, it's always a great event... well, it's a whole day of crafty goodness and great people so it will be great!  (oh, and great cake too!). One of the best things about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is that it's an amazing community, sharing our love for stamping and making.  I've made so many friends through Stampin' Up!  There is always lots, or should I say LOTS of new things happening and we are currently gearing up for the launch of new catalogues.  There will be a new Annual catalogue coming your way in June - woop woop!  This means that some products will be retiring to make way for new ones (see my link across to the right to grab yourself a bargain as these out going items are on sale).  Of course as a Demonstrator I get a sneak peek at some of the new items before the catalogue is launched, I get to order some of these early and have a play with them ready to share with you when they are here.  How exciting!  Am I tempting you to want to be a demonstrator yet? Demonstrators also get discounts and bonus products when there are promotions throughout the year. Stampin' Up! are brilliant at rewarding their Demonstrators with goodies.  So, there is a great community with an opportunity to meet new friends, lots of support through training events, new products before anyone else and discounts and bonuses... !  Why wouldn't you want to join me and my bees?

I'm also really, really busy preparing for my first ever all day craft retreat. I'm so excited about this, it's been my dream to host an all day luxury event since I joined up but the timing just hasn't been right until now.  It's this Saturday! I can't wait to post a blog about how it went and share with you the projects that were made.

My next regular class is on Monday evening next week so I'm also busy prepping for that too! phew! (see my events and classes page for more details) In between all this crafty goodness I'm working hard with my own business as a Management Consultant, it's hectic but all good.  Don't even ask me how the house renovations are going!  ;-)