Monday, June 24, 2013

Love You Layout

I have so many layouts that I haven't shared with you so thought I would pop one on to make a change.  I love the concept of scrapbooking, an collection of "creations" that can be handed down through generations, each one telling a story.  

This one isn't quite finished, I have some journaling to put on, something that usually takes time and that I don't have much of lately so it will come at some point soon!

The picture of my sweetheart was taken in Honfleur, France when we went on a road trip in the motorhome.  We went with friends and had an amazing time touring around, stopping off at beautiful places whenever we felt the need and the weather was being kind to us too!  This place was my favourite, a lovely harbour bursting with shops, boutiques and restaurants.

I used the Fancy Flower punch to create my 3D flower, spritzing each one with water and crunching them into a ball to break down the fibres, then opening them up and letting them sit and dry, then layering with an Antique Brad to finish.  The stamped image behind is from the "Daydream Medallion" stamp set which has a lovely set of co-ordinating Framelits dies to cut them out.

Simple designer paper flags

The "Typeset" Alphabet dies create titles in a flash and an embossed background adds some texture

This designer paper for the Hearts is from the "Neutrals" stack, these are great value and last forever, you will find so many uses for it.  I cut the hearts out using the Hearts Framelits Dies.

Stamps: Daydream Medallion, Itty Bitties, Everything Eleanor
Inks: Basic Grey, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette
Tools: Hearts & Floral Frames Framelits, Fancy Flower Punch, Typeset Alphabet Dies, Polka Dots Embossing Folder
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Grey, Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, Neutrals & Subtles Designer Paper Stack


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Teacher Gifts

On Sophie's last day at school she wanted to take some gifts in for some of her teachers so here is what I made for them.

Cute Pillow Boxes filled with chocolate treats and she gave a special gift to her tutor who have given her lots of support so I decorated a gift bag for that present.

The bow is tied using the Natural Cotton Ribbon, it's so lovely and ties really nice bows.

Love the elegant butterfly punch, it works for so many occasions and here I haven't used the co-ordinating Papillon Potpourri stamp set, just punched out the shapes and adhered them on top of each other for a 3D effect.

More of the gorgeous "Natural Compostion" Designer Paper, you really have to see it in real life to appreciate just how beautiful it is.

These took little time to make, basic punching and sticking and the template I have for the Pillow Box allows 2 to be cut from one sheet of A4.

If you would like to see something like this demonstrated, why not book a party for a fun night in and earn yourself exclusive free Stampin' Up! products at the same time!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Window Frames Special Fold Card Tutorial

Finally I have some pictures to share with you of how I created this card here after receiving so many comments and questions about how it was achieved.  

Take a piece of cardstock measuring 5 1/2" x 11"
Score landscape (along the longer edge) @
2 1/2", 4", 7" and 8 1/2"

Fold on your score lines so that it looks like this

Using the largest die from the "Window Frames" framelits collection set, lay it over the top of your folded piece of cardstock

Stick it in place using low tack tape then run through your Big Shot machine and voila, it's as easy as that.  You may have to trim a little around the parts that cut through 3 layers, depends on your Big Shot as they all cut differently with use.

You can then add smaller layers of framelits on the front panel and embellish!  If you have the Simply Scored tool you can make this in a flash and then with the Diagonal Plate whip up a custom sized envelope to fit!

Enjoy creating yours and if you need any of the supplies used to make the card just get in touch!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Retirement List is here......


A little earlier than usual but to make way for the New 2013/14 Annual Catalogue that will arrive with us next month, here is the list of items that will sadly be retiring

Some items have 40% off 
indicated with RED DOT next to them
some 25% off
these are indicated with an ORANGE DOT

Remember, once they are gone that's it, they won't be available again so don't delay, check out the lists and email me with any orders, I will have regular orders going through during this period.

You can view the list of stamps

You can view the list of accessories here

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Final Projects

So onto the final session of projects at my all day class

We used one of the Stampin' Up! Clear Stamps cases to encase a notebook and pencil.  You can purchase these, they are available in a pack of 4 for just £5.50 and as you see they are not just for storing your stamps!

We used the "Oval Accents" die for the "frame" using an Oval Framelit to remove the centre, we then die cut an initial from the "Typeset" Alphabet Die Set and adorned with butterflies from the "Beautiful Wings" Emboslits die.

I decided to adhere my front cover beneath the plastic sleeve so that I could carry it around in my handbag and it would be a little protected.

On the inside we added papers from the "Patio Party" designer paper pack, a decorated notepad and pocket for storing notes or receipts.

The Baja Breeze frame is from the "Everything Eleanor" stamp set along with the circle layered on top of it.

I am soooooo going to miss these "Soda Pop Tops" when they retire at the end of the month, here we flattened them using the Big Shot then centered with a pretty butterfly from the "Papillon Potpourri" set, punching it out using the "Bitty Butterfly Set".

Here's a close up of the notepad, I really love this!

We "suspended" the notepad using Velcro Dots so that it could be replaced once used.

For the second project we made this lovely little gift box, again using more of the Natural Composition DSP layered with a pretty doily, more soda pop tops and then the gorgeous flower from the "Best of Flowers" stamp set.  I love that this flower is punched out with ease using the 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch.

I will really miss "Baja Breeze" on my projects but I can assure you that we have some lovely colours coming up soon!

A simple pearl added to the flower makes a pretty finish to it.

To go with the box we made a card to fit inside, again using the "Best of Flowers" set but this time with the hydrangea image.

Did I tell you that I'm going to miss those soda pop tops!!!!!

And here they are together....

I hope you have enjoyed the projects, we had a lovely day, it just flew by too quickly!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

More Class Projects.....

So for the next session of crafting at my All Day Class, here is what was created.  I was inspired by something I had done at a recent team training and just adapted it which made it look very different.

I love how a slider card gives such a "wow" every time it is shown, such a simple process with the ribbon which makes it slide.

So again, papers are from the "Patio Party" DSP pack which is on a HALF PRICE offer on the retired list, but don't delay, lots of things are selling out fast!

We used the Apothecary Accents Framelits dies and also one of the ovals for the centre.

The gorgeous butterfly is from the stamp set "Papillon Potpouri" punched out with the Elegant Butterfly punch.

The "floral fusion" sizzlit dies makes beautiful posies at ease, here centred with an Antique Brad, so delicious!

A lovely layered butterfly to add dimension

And here's the slide in action...

The second project for this session was this note pad holder with pen, as you can see the base is a "perspex leaflet holder".  I have had one of these sitting in my craft room window for ages, just waiting for an idea to come into my head, and this was the result.

The "Letter It" stamps were stamped then punched out with the small oval punch, yet again, another item that is sadly retiring so if you would like to order a set, just get in touch.

This time we used another butterfly from the "Papillon Potpourri" stamp set and some co-ordinating stitched satin ribbon in Midnight Muse

The border was created with the "Dotted Scallop Ribbon" border punch

Here's the reverse side of the spotty paper so that everyone could see how different it looked.

This could be designed in lots of different ways, it would look lovely with the Natural Composition DSP

Thursday, June 6, 2013

All Day Class

Last Saturday I held my all day class at Whitminster.  I really look forward to these events and especially love to create little table gifts for everyone to take away with them.

This class was no exception, I loved how everything turned out and a great day's crafting was had by all.

To start, here's their treats for their place setting:

Aren't they just sooooo cute, I love them

The bottles are filled with gorgeous little pink and white marshmallows to co-ordinate with the decor.  I stamped on the spoon with an image from the  "You are Loved" stamps, which is retiring by the way, then punched out a hole and tied them with Linen thread to attach to the bottle.  I made little bows using the Taffeta Ribbon and attached to the spoon.

I used various circle and scallop circle punches and the stamp set "A Fitting Occasion" for the "made by me for you" label on the front, the butterfly is from the same set too.

I had to fill them the day before then popped on the lid to keep the marshmallows fresh then just added the gorgeous stripy straws on the morning of the class.  Do you like?

I have to say a HUGE THANK YOU to my friend Jo who made these stunning cakes to co-ordinate with my gifts.  They were absolutely perfect, with gorgeous spotty cases and tasted divine as usual.

You can find Jo here to see her marvelous creations and if you should require anything she would be more than happy to help you out

So onto the table setting

And a close up of the cupcake!

So here are the projects from the first session:

A decorated gift bag, it's so simple to alter a simple brown bag and turn it into something special

During this session we also made some mini notecards and box.  The base uses the "Natural Composition" designer paper and if you haven't seen this in real life it is amazing quality, very heavy cardstock with clear embossed patterns on in a lovely soft suede colour, gorgeous!  Everyone received 1/2 a pack of the Natural Composition and a 1/4 pack of the Patio Party DSP

The two-tone Pink Pirouette ribbon ties beautiful bows.  This heart paper is one of my favourites, sadly Baja Breeze is retiring but we have some lovely new colours coming our way.

The two mini cards we made to go inside, very simple but sweet.  We used the Boho Blossom punch to create the layered flowers.

The "Just for You" image is a single stamp that is included with the "Pop Up Posies" kit which you can find in the Spring/Summer Catalogue.

I saw the idea of heat embossing the Antique Brads in Pinterest, here I used White embossing powder but you could use any colour we have.  I still like my antique brads naked but this is just another option.

Well I think that's enough pictures for now, come back soon for more projects from the day.