Tuesday, 14 November 2017

A bit of bling

I'm back from Birmingham.... and its another busy week in the studio. This morning we made a 6" square box during card and a cuppa. This afternoon in the Tuesday afternoon class I repeated last Wednesdays class with the decorated mini easels.
On Thursday its Stamp A Sack. Whats that I hear you ask or shouldn't that be stamp a stack, well yes!
I had miss heard or mis spelt originally when I became a demonstrator with Stampin'Up so Stamp a Sack has stuck and on the day everyone gets a paper 'sack' to put their cards in as they complete them.
This year we are making 24 cards, 4 each of 6 designs, so nothing complicated but it is very bling. We are using the year of cheer paper.  Today I bring you a picture of all 6 designs then as the week goes on I will bring you more detail about them.

I love these, they look so classy, three gold and 3 silver.

Sunday, 12 November 2017


Yesterday it was 'On Stage'. That is another name for a Stampin'Up conference. Its a brilliant day where lots of stampin'up demonstrators get together. We chat, we talk business, we craft and we get to see the next set of new products. Its now an ideal time to join my team of demonstrators, get into the swing of what it is all about then come with me in April to the next On Stage event.
At On Stage we take swaps, this is a Stampin'Up tradition. I have made 50 of my swaps, it won't be enough for everyone but it does mean I will come home with 50 beautiful makes form 50 other demonstrators. I always find these inspiring.
My swaps..... a little bit of chocolate counts for a lot on these days. all 50 of them,

I have used the 'In this world' stamp set in Dapper Denim on Dapper Denim card. Both sentiments and the image are stamps in this set. The happiness is die cut with the stitch framlits. They are now permanently out on my big shot. In side each bag is a Twilight chocolate.

I'll be back on Tuesday with my very glam christmas cards we are making for the Stamp a Sack this Thursday and next Thursday.
Happy crafting everyone.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Finale every who is starring!

The last page has everyone including the dashund,  table and biscuits for santa and a dissappearing mouse who has appeared on every page....had you spotted him?  He also has a starring role on the front cover.

I hope you like it as much as I do.

Friday, 10 November 2017

The Nutcracker

Here he is on page 4. Love the poem for this page but couldn't carry it through onto the page, but he does look like he has just popped up out of a box.

...............and that tree again. I think if that had been the only 6 dies in the pack I would have bought it but there are 20! Yes 20 dies including the staircase, the parcels the 6 parts of the tree and lots of others.
Christmas staircase dies      144679

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

Star Book Page 3 Sugar Plum Fairy

Its time for the sugar plum fairy to arrive. Another room, another wallpaper, the same DSP pack.

I so enjoyed creating the background for this page, A little water-colouring and some fussy cutting. Those chairs from the 'In this world' stamp set are just right.

In this world stamp set                                      142562
Sugarplum dreams stamp set                            144908
Bundle of love designer paper.                          144143
Hearth and homes Thinlets (for the window)    139666
Wall embossing folder                                       138288

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Star Book page 2

Page two is about the fight that takes place in the story between the rats dressed as soldiers, there are other protagonists but its the rat that there is a stamp for. I have coloured them in red and green but half have a red uniform and green cape the others are green uniform and red cape. I havealso used the 'misti' to get the stamp reversed image so they have the sword in the other hand! neat.

They are just so cute with their puzzled little faces. Each nose has a tiny drop of fine tip glue so that its really shiny. If you can read the verse I apologise, poetry is really not my thing. If you can improve it please send me your verses

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Sugar Plum Dreams     144908

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Mini Easels

The second Wednesday of the month is a class with some very long term friends.  We talk, laugh and cry together. We also craft together. This month rather than cards the ladies asked if they could do a mini easel in the style of one that has been on my shelf of favourite bits for quite a long time.
I had a lot of fun making these, seasonal but not too christmassy!

The detail

There is daubing, layering, stamping, punching, bow tying and die cutting on. A little heat embossing on the christmas one. So lots of techniques gathered into one little project.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Star Book Page 1

Today I bring you the first page of the star book. Each book has five pages, a bit like creating 5 cards. My star books don't usually tell a story but when I saw the 'sugarplum wishes 'stamp set I knew I had to do something linked to the Nutcracker. The little wooden soldiers in the embellishmennts pack just added to the idea. They I bought the designer paper for a baby card and discovered how beautiful the foiled side was, it looked like the sort of wall paper you might have in a posh house and I was off.
One night when I couldn't sleep I managed to write a little poem for each prise. It wouldn't win any prises but it worksed for me.

As you open each page, you are seeing into a room in the house for the party. This is the hall way with the christmas tree, A brilliant die set, as are the stairs. I wonder how many Stampin'Up demonstrators who read this know which stamp set the little mouse comes from???
The wall embossing folder is amust for anyones collection of crafty goodies. I have daubed then added icicle stuff(!) to the joins of the bricks to bring some sparkle, some bits sparkle more than others and it is difficult to show on the camera.

oops the word 'christmas has fallen off the brick, I wonder where that has gone.....

The star book workshop is on Saturday November 25th in the studio. Its all day from 10.30 - 3.00  all materials are supplied. £25.00 Book online here more exciting pages to come.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Whats on in November?

November is the busiest month of my year. For the next 5 weeks I have either a class or a craft fair every Friday and/or Saturday. So I have been busy in the studio getting a bit ahead of myself. The blog will post every day for the rest of the month I have so much to show you.
Firstly and most important this years star book is finished. Big smile and happy dance here. I have been thinking about it since the seasonal catalogue arrived in my hands in August!
Today I just have the cover to show you, there are a few refinements I still want to make but it is complete. The theme is the Nutcracker story.

I am thinking of changing the sentiment from being stamped in black to stamping in versamark and heat emboss with gold embossing powder. Will have to try it and see what that looks like.

Pop back tomorrow to see the first page.

New hostess code for the month is RN723RGW      
For all those who spend online between £25 and £149 I will send you a FREE class pass for January. If you are not local I will send you a pack of 4 cards and instructions.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Butterfly basics in neutrals

For my weekly card and a cuppa I have been working my way along my stamp shelf. This week butterfly basics came out. I have used this many times with a variety of colourways but at this time of year I didn't want pink or yellow.

I decided I would go neutral. I have used crumb cake and early expresso ink.

The first card  is almost a single layer card. Just the butterfly stamped on a bit of extra then fussy cut. The butterfly has a soft gold button with a bit of bakers twine. This would work with a range of coloured card for the butterfly....use your favourite.

The second card I really enjoyed making. I stamped the flower onto crumb cake with early expresso then I have used an aqua painter to develop the colour on the flower and leaves. The fern is stamped with crumb cake but stamped off first. Because it looked aged I decided to follow this theme through by tearing the edges, there is a knack to this which is my taught technique for the session. I have used some very vanilla ribbon layered up with some of the black lace trim from the current seasonal catalogue. I looked a bit stark just on the early expresson base card so I have added a piece of newsprint from my stash.
I wonder what we will be doing next Tuesday.

Woo hoo its November so a new hostess code. RN723RGW 
Add this number to any order you place then in December I will have a small crafty gift for you as a thank you.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Scene boxes

Tuesday class today..... not cards this week. I have a couple of ladies who want to make halloween boxes like the ones I had made for the Queensbury makers fair. The other two ladies didn't fancy halloween, so I said I would create something else for them. Sticking to the curvy keepsake box I stalked pintrest until I was inspired. I found a little box with a little bird here It really inspired me as we have used the 'Best Birds' stamp set for a few makes which have been enjoyed. I changed this up to make it more seasonal by using the robin from the 'Cheery Chirps' stamp set in the current seasonal catalogue. So thank you to Brenda Quintana.

All the colouring is done with the marker pens. The edge of the circle I have added a bit of sparkle.

The second box is a straight case from Janina here That pesky penguin is back.

I love this, what would you put in the box?

Monday, 30 October 2017

Vintage Leaves

Its the half term holiday here this week. So I have planned a few childrens classes. Monday morning started with the vintage leaves stamps and dies. I spent a couple of hours last week die cutting leaves so they could get off stamping straight away. We had one colour of ink to each stamp no matter what colour card the leaf was. It worked very well.

Once they had stamped 4 or 5 of each leaf shape  we started on the hedgehog. I got them to lay the leaves out and start to stick from the outside inwards. Whilst they were planning and sticking I cut more leaves for the wreath.  The class was only an hour but we did overrun by 20 minutes. Such fun, they did really well.

On Wednesday we are decorating clipboards, the sewing on Thursday.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Christmas card with 'bling'

Another card for my bling series but without the Year of cheer paper.

I started this card using the 'thick whisper white' card, which I then embossed with the new 'Winter Wonderland' textured impressions embossing folder.  This is a beautiful embossing folder and I hope to make lots more cards with it. I am really just starting on christmas card making unlike last year , by the end of October I just wanted to do something not for christmas! Perhaps next year I will time everything properly.....
I then die cut one of the stitched oval framelits in white and stamped with versamark and embossed with copper powder. The sentiment is from the 'Merry Mistletoe' stamp set. The layers are finished with a snowflake die cut in gold foil using the 'Seasonal Layers' dies. I don't often use a lot of different sets but these layers kind of work..... well I think so.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Where do the days go?

I don't know where the days go its quite scary....
Tomorrow I have a stall at a makers market in Queensbury near Bradford. I have a lovely new make I really wanted to show you.
A few weeks ago I had a class where we decorated a plaque using the Painted Harvest stamp set. Well today I used one of my spare plaques for a christmas home decor item. Its the first outing for my 'Deck the Halls' matching dies. I still have the stamps to use, they are unopened and clean. Now inspired so next week they will be in use.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Christmas Year of Cheer 2

The second card using the lovely Year of Cheer deisgner paper, again simple but beautiful

For this one I have actually used 2 of the papers, the lovely check sheet and a slither of the snowflake one I used yesterday.
Then I have added one of the snowflakes, wow these are just stunning. half a pack silver, half a pack gold and they are white on the the reverse! 
Finally I have added another of the embellishments, this time a gold star. 

The sentiment is gold embossed. This sentiment is from the Sugarplum dreams stamp set which has a starring role in my star book. The star book is my traditional make of the year. Its nearly finished and I will be bringing you that later in the week.

Year of cheer designer paper      144640
large snowflakes                         144642
year of cheer embellishments     144643
Sugar plum dreams stamp set     144908
versamark                                   102283
gold embossing powder              109129

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Christmas card bling

This week I finally opened my beautiful pack of foiled paper - Year of Cheer. I have opened it before given each design a bit of a stroke then put it back in the pack, sigh, it is beautiful.
I have a 'stamp a sack' event coming up on the 14th of November and one of the ladies coming loves her bling so I thought we would do half the cards using this dsp. As we have 24 cards to make in a very short time I have kept the cards quite simple...... let the bling speak for itself.

The first of 6 designs today

I have used quite a large piece of the dsp but only 2 long slithers of silver foil to edge them. The sentiment from the 'Merry Mistletoe stamp set looks great embossed in silver then silver ribbon and a silver embellishment. I have always loved the embellishments Stampin'Up do and this years are just lovely, quite heavy too.

Year of cheer DSP                    144640
Silver embossing powder         109131
Versamark                                 102283
Silver ribbon                             132137
silver foil                                  132178
year of cheer embellishments.  144643

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Little boxes

This post in the main part isn't about Stampin'Up projects. But Stampin'Up foiled paper really finishes the project off.
I have been trying to develop a range of classes for children during half term,  We are making a leaf wreath or a cute hedgehog on the Monday, decorating a clip board on the Wednesday and for Thursday I though a little bit of sewing might be a good idea.
The sewing started as mainly a gluing session, rolling strips of felt then gluing the end, however  I found that fabric glue doesn't do the job like tombo does to paper and after a couple of hours the strips began to unroll, hence the sewing.

The Stampin'Up foiled paper makes the most amazing little boxes. The sparkle in the foil is just what these boxes needed to make them a little more christmassy. Once made and filled I will wrap with ribbon, probably gold.
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