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!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Project Life® by Stampin' Up!

Just a very quick post today as I realised that I haven't blogged for quite a while!  No rubbish excuses only great ones, I've been busy having fun ;-)

I've had a holiday with lots of great fun activities and lovely memories, I've been getting together with my friends creating lots of great projects and I've had a couple of super classes with three more to come in the very near future. Oh, how could I forget... I also had my autumn full day retreat which was gorgeous.

So, with all these fun times and happy memories to keep I thought it would be timely to share a quick video by Stampin' Up! all about our wonderful Project Life memory keeping system.  I'll be sure to come back and post up some of my own Project Life layouts with you.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Happy new season!

Stampin' Up! Autumn Winter catalogue 2015
Winter Wishes stamp set p13
It's that exciting time of year when we start to really look forward to Christmas.  That is something I NEVER thought I'd say as previously it hasn't been the season of good cheer for me and I was more inclined to liken myself to The Grinch!!  LOL ;-)

Embellished Ornaments
(background stamping) P15
Jolly Christmas (sentiment) p27
All that changed when I clapped my eyes on this years' seasonal catalogue for Autumn/Winter.  I honestly can't tell you what I like most, there are so many gorgeous products in this catalogue and I'll be bringing them to you during the run up to the end of the year.  I've got so many
Jolly Christmas p27
Square Pillow Box Thinlits p41
classes lined up in Retford, so check out my classes/events page to make sure you don't miss out if you are local to me.  If you would like a private class or event just for you and your friends I can make this happen too.  In the meantime I'll just share a couple of projects that were made during a lovely crafty get together with my fellow demonstrators Monica Gale and Beth Ferrey last week, always fun to get together with friends to be creative.

Well, enough of me waffling on... click the link and open up a PDF version of the catalogue and if you want to get your mitts on a paper copy then let me know and I'll pop one in the post to you.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Card in a box class

Just a quick, late blog to highlight the projects for next week's class in Retford.
If you would like to join me and make this card in a box please book your place now.

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.