Sunday, 10 July 2016

Money Off coupon

Did you get everything you want from the new annual catalogue yet? Since it only came out a month ago, you probably still have a massive wish list.. here's some great news!  For every £45 you spend between 7th July and 31st July (excluding p&p), you'll get a £4.50 Bonus Days coupon that you can use throughout August.
What a great opportunity to shop from your wish list, whether you buy your favourite products now and earn coupons or later in August with your coupons.

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Fairy Celebration

One of my favourite new stamp sets from the new catalogue is Fairy Celebration. It's just perfect for whimsical cards and little girls!
My God daughter turns five next week and I immediately knew I wanted to use this set for her card. I also wanted to make it as special as her so I decided on a fancy fold.
It is really easy to get good watercolour results using Stampin'Up Up! ink and StayzOn ink for stamping the outline. If you've never tried it then I really encourage you to have a go!
I hope you get an idea of how 3D this card is from my photos... I adore that cheeky fairy swinging from the cherry Tree and knew she would look cute if I fussy cut her out! The smallest fairy in the background couldn't be left out - she's got shimmery double layer wings made from vellum and it just so happens that they were punched out using the item bitty butterfly punch... Love that!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Stamping on candles

I've spent a little time today putting together these candles in packaging. I'm going to give them to The Hub in Retford as raffle prizes for the Retford Arts Festival which is happening this weekend.
The Hub is a brilliant arts and craft venue in the centre of town, staffed by volunteers and also acts as a tourist information point since the council closed theirs last year. All the items sold in the shop are made locally.
I run some of my classes here in the art gallery studio upstairs.
I really hope that these candles are enjoyed by lucky raffle ticket winners!
Stamp sets I used for these candles were:
Wilderness Awaits
Butterfly Basics
Awesomely Artistic

Monday, 18 April 2016

It's the time of year when we get ready to say goodbye to products that will retire when the new annual catalogue is launched (1st June).

Click HERE for the full list

Place your orders for items via my SHOP or direct with me if you are local - you can save on postage this way as I will put in a joint order weekly.  (retiring items are available while stocks last). Don't forget that you can attend one of my classes for FREE if you place an order for £30 or more and retired list orders count.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Oooo, I don't know about you but was so ready for putting Christmas back in its box. So now all the baubles are wrapped in tissue and the lights are twinkling no more it's time for fresh spring and summer goodness.

So, please welcome *drum roll* Stampin' Up! Spring/Summer seasonal catalogue which runs from 5th January until 31st May, it's full of gorgeous new stamp sets and accessories, Designer Series Paper and loads of project ideas.  All my classes through these spring months will be featuring new products as well as old favourites.
As if a new catalogue isn't exciting enough every year from January to end of March it's Sale-A-Bration time!! SAB = FREE stuff! What? How? Every time you spend £45 on items from either the new seasonal or the main catalogue you can have one free item from the SAB brochure.  There are so many fantabulous goodies to choose from this year, so you really need to get your wish list sorted pronto!  I totally love a bargain and so how's this to get you going... if you attend a class during SAB time and place an order for £45 you will get your free item from the SAB brochure and you will get your class free too!!  
If you don't live locally to me but would still like to shop and get your freebies then please visit my on-line shop by clicking the 'shop with me' button on the top left of this page.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Crafty New Year!

Stampin' Up! spiral flower Bigz die
Hi, did you all have a great Christmas?  I've been 'home sweet home' most of the holiday and took the time to rest and relax and also to do a little crafting too, of course!  I've been trying out some of the new products from the Stampin' Up! Spring/Summer seasonal catalogue and playing with some of my old favourite stamp sets too.
Those of you who know me personally know that I am not a full-time Demonstrator as I also run my own consultancy business which keeps me pretty busy but at this time of year I like to spend time pulling together my thoughts and planning activities for the year ahead.  So, I needed to make sure I had a new diary ready to help me plan.  I'm really fussy when it comes to using a diary - I always like to use a paper diary and just can't stand using the electronic one on my phone... there's something nice about the feel of paper and writing things down.  I also like a 'week to view' so I can see the full week ahead.  For the past few years I've had a personalised diary from PhotoBox with my own photos printed right through the year but this time I decided to buy an off the shelf pocket version and customise it myself.  I wish I'd taken a before picture (it was plain blue and really boring) but here is the after..with a matching bookmark. The photo of the diary looks a bit washed  out because I decoupaged the DSP in pieces and then finished the whole thing with a sponge of Mod Podge to make it a little more durable.  In a class before Christmas I taught how to stamp onto a cork surface and everyone did a pocket diary.  I had two left over so I added some alternative designs to these too!  Anyone want a diary?!!

I am so lucky to have great Stampin' Up! customers who are always giving me ideas of what they want to make in classes throughout the year and I love to learn what style of crafting everyone likes.  Needless to say, I can't please all the people all the time but if I can please the majority of you at some point then that's what I'm aiming for!

So, for 2016 my planning so far has concluded a full calendar of classes across a variety of venues and two full day retreat or deluxe classes.  I have so many ideas for projects whizzing through my head and I'm really excited to get this year off the ground starting with my first class of the year this coming Monday. Check out my Facebook page too if you haven't already - you can book your place at classes there as well as the usual ways. Crafty New Year everyone!

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!