Wednesday, 23 April 2014

We Love DS ….Flash mob… Hardwood Garden Shed…

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This week is Demo Support Appreciation Week… and today is the day that we go viral in our support for our support mechanism  - aka Demo Support – or DS - within Stampin’ Up!. Or otherwise known as the day #welove ds #stampin up. This is a worldwide celebration event….. a way of saying thank you…and showing our appreciation….

So you may wonder why …. a shed!

Well for us independent demonstrators in the UK …our wonderful Demo Support team are the absolutely amazing Chris and Andre… aided and abetted by many others behind the scenes in the office too….. so I thought I had better make and send a guy thing for a change!!!

So this is my little #weloveds shed…full of my ever appreciative thanks and …yes…maybe some chocolate too Chris!!!!

Life wouldn’t be the same without you guys!!! You are uber-knowledgeable, uber-helpful, ever-cheerful and get me out of some strange pickles from time to time!!!! As my son would say… you are truly AWESOME…. Yet again… THANK YOU…. to Chris, Andre, and all of you in Demo Support Europe….. 

Oh and by the way…. you will be seeing another variant of the shed again on my blog…….

Weekly Deals 23-29 April

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And here are the last of the April Weekly Deals. Again products reduced by 25-40%.

Go here for more details.

Stampin' Write Marker New Color Kit Now £17.96 (was £23.95) (includes Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder)

Christmas Ornament Punch Now just £10.69 ( was £14.25)

In Color Boutique Details Now just £6.19 ( was £8.25)

Modern Medley Designer Series Paper Now just £7.46 ( was £9.95)

I Am Me Designer Series Paper Now just £7.46 ( was £9.95)

Fun Flowers Bigz L Die Now just £21.71 ( was £28.95)

Afternoon Daydream Kit - Digital Download Now just £4.17 ( was £6.95) That’s 40% off the price!

 

Table built by craftingbecky.comNow just £10.69 ( was £14.25)

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Tag Topper 2468 Box Treat Holder

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Think this is the last of my Easter projects. Don’t miss my earlier Milka Bunny Treat Holder post too!!

A very quick & simple treat holder using the scalloped Tag Topper punch. We made this holder at a monthly Julies’ Jems team training session earlier in the year – so a quick makeover for Easter and here it is! It is just a 2,4,6,8 box that Julie cleverly dressed up using  the Scalloped Tag Topper punch….

SU! Products used

Stamps – Eggstra Spectacular, Petite Petals

Punches – Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Designed Label, Wide Oval, Petite Petals

Papers – Fresh Prints DSP Stack

Embellishments – Candy Dots Brights; Seam Binding Crumb Cake

Card  - Pool Party

Inks – Pool Party & Crumb Cake markers

Happy Easter from the Milka Bunny & the Craft Spa!

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Another Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Treat Holder quick share. And more chocolate!

Well it is Easter and we do LOVE Milka chocolate in this house so I couldn’t resist these bunnies …

So a very Hoppy Easter to you & yours!!

Don’t miss my 2468 Box Tag Topper Easter Treat Holder also shared today!

 

SU Products
Stamps – Eggstra Spectacular, Petite Petals, Occasional Greetings (ret)
Punches – Scalloped Tag Topper, Petite Petals, Itty Bitty Shapes , Wide Oval, Large Oval, od Window, 1/4” Circle (ret)
Fringe Scissors
Candy Dots Brights, Basic Pearls
Inks- Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight
Card – Pool Party, Gumball Green, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Elegant Eggplant

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Chocolate Bar Wrapper & Basket

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Very quick share of another Easter treat duo about to be delivered!

After having embossed all of those panels for my Large Basket… I just had to re-make a Small Basket with the embossed basket weave texture…too cute!

And take a chocolate bar… wrap with some Designer Series Paper and add a Scalloped Tag Topper Punched band…..pretty chocolate!

And unbelievably I still have some more Easter treats to share!! I really have gone a bit mad this year…..

So for those of you coming onto to see more of the Retro Fresh Briefcase Mini Album we did at Quarterly Training…. I think it will be Monday!

Right I am off out… Easter Bunny ears at the ready!!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Large Easter Basket Tutorial

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Following on from my tutorial for the Small Easter Basket yesterday. Here are the details for the large Basket I first posted here.

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Some of you asked me for a tutorial so here it is!

But as some of you will notice  - I have now made a new & stepped up version. I love it when a basket looks like it has been woven !! And the SU! square lattice embossing folder is just so good to add that texture… So I faux stitched, embossed & stuck a few extra panels on! And now it really does look like a basket! And it is pretty strong too….

Cardstock Sizes

Crumb Cake – Basket 8"x10"; Scallop Flaps 4"x4 1/4"(x2) and Handle 11"x 1".

Plus for this version….some more Crumb Cake panels for embossing with the Square Lattice die to give you the basket weave….Side Weave panels 2” x 3” (x6); 1” x 3” (x8); Base Weave panel 1” x 10 1/4”

So here is how to make the Large Basket….. (note photos of the make-up of the basket are of the small basket as the process is the same!)

1. With large panel PORTRAIT on trimmer... Score at 3" & 5". 

2. Bone Fold

3. With panel LANDSCAPE on trimmer... cut the top & bottom sections using the Cut Bar … at 2", 3", 4", 6", 7" & 8" along the Top Ruler Bar

4. Score 2 smaller panels LANDSCAPE at 1 3/4” ( ie with 4 1/4” along the Top Ruler Bar)

5. Scallop Tag Topper “over the top” punch  the narrower sections to form the 2 flaps .

6. Corner Round bottom corners of sides.

7. Faux stitch the 2 Scalloped Flaps & 14 Side Weave panels using a white Signo gel pen  . Tip –  focus on just doing 3 faux stitches at a time – lot neater – and faster too!
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Note  - just panels for one side in the photo. You need double!

8. Faux stitch the Base Weave panel and handle too ( oops forgot to put those in my camera shot!!)

9. Emboss the Side & Base Weave panels, the handle & the Scallop flaps with the Square Lattice embossing folder

10. Adhere the Side Weave panels to the basket panels

11. Pull the LH & RH sections upwards & towards each other to form the top of the basket

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12. Adhere on about 1cm of overlap

13. Pull up next LH & RH sections & line up so that bottom corners meet & adhere

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14. Pull up next LH & RH sections & line up top corners on top edge of basket & adhere

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15. Fold up central section & adhere

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16. Trim off top edge of basket

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17. Adhere scalloped flaps onto sides

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18. Adhere the Base Weave panel around the bottom of the basket

19. Adhere handle to inside ( I actually added another piece of Crumb Cake cardstock behind the embossed handle just to make it more robust)

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20. Ink up & stamp flowers with black Staz on ink & colour in with marker pens. ( Yes different colour choice for me – but it does match with what I am putting inside!!)

21. Fussy cut flowers.
And no… I am not the neatest fussy cutter in the world… I just cheated a bit…. I added some Crumb Cake ink around the white edges of the flowers & leaves – so you can’t see any white parts!! You may be able to see that in this photo…. does the trick nicely… you don’t need to worry about being quite as precise in your cutting!!! Why have I never thought of doing that before!!

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22.Fill your large basket with chocolate and/or stuff!!! It ends up about 5 1/2” wide, 2” deep and 3” high so it does hold a fair amount…

And here is a quick picture of the Small & the Large……

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SU! Products Used for Easter Basket

Stamps – So Very Grateful

Punches- Scalloped Tag  Topper, Corner Rounder

Embossing Folder – Square Lattice

Cardstock – Crumb Cake

Inks – Staz On Black

Markers – Signo White gel pen, Daffodil Delight, Crisp Canteloupe, Calypso Coral Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green

 

SU! Products Used for Mothers Day Basket

Stamps – Label Love

Punches- Scalloped Tag  Topper, Artisan Label, Corner Rounder

Dies – Spiral Flower

Cardstock – Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Canteloupe

Inks – Pool Party, Signo White Gel Pen

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Small Easter Basket Tutorial

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Two posts again today…. please don’t miss my earlier exciting news about Project Life here……

When I posted my large Ferrero Rocher Easter Basket on Mothers Day  I said that I had been creating baskets of various sizes… so for those of you still creating last minute projects for this weekend – here is a step by step tutorial for a smaller version.

This one is big enough to hold 2 Cream Eggs or lots of minis … but has been designed so that you can make 2 from one piece of A4 cardstock….. I could have made a one-piece basket including the scalloped flap but I would only have got one from an A4 piece of card – and this way is actually more robust as well…

So first how to cut the card pieces for the 2 baskets…..

1. Cut A4 cardstock PORTRAIT at 15 cm

2. Cut (this 15cm wide piece) LANDSCAPE at 12cm (x2)

3. Cut (the remaining 62mm wide piece) PORTRAIT at 5 cm

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4. Cut (the 5cm wide piece) LANDSCAPE at 6 ½ cm (x4)

5. Cut (the remaining 12mm or ½” wide piece) LANDSCAPE in half at 14.8cm

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Or recipe in short…. CS Crumb Cake 12x15cm ;  5 x 6 ½ cm (x2) ;  ½” x 14.8cm

 

And now how to cut and make the basket……

1. With large panel PORTRAIT on trimmer... Score at 4 ½cm & 7 ½cm.

2. Bone Fold

3. With panel LANDSCAPE on trimmer...
at 3, 4½ , 6, 9, 10½ & 12cm along the Top Ruler Bar
cut the top & bottom sections using the Cut Bar …
ie cut from each outside edge to the score-line (aka 0 to 4½cm then 7½ to 12cm on the Cut Bar).
Thought these pictures showing the last cuts (at12cm on the Top Ruler Bar) might help those of you that are less familiar with a Stampin ‘ Trimmer…

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4. Faux stitch using a white Signo gel pen (optional!) . Tip –  focus on just doing 3 faux stitches at a time – lot neater – and faster too!
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5. Pull the LH & RH sections upwards & towards each other to form the top of the basket

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6. Adhere on about 1cm of overlap

7. Pull up next LH & RH sections & line up so that bottom corners meet & adhere

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8. Pull up next LH & RH sections & line up top corners on top edge of basket & adhere

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9. Fold up central section & adhere

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10. Trim off top edge of basket

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11. Score 2 small panels at 2 ½ cm (aka 1”)

12. Scallop Tag Topper Punch 2 shorter sections to form the 2 flaps

13. Faux stitch 2 flaps on shorter sections & long narrow strip for handle too!

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14. Adhere longer sections of 2 top flaps on the inside
DO NOT GLUE THE SHORTER SCALLOPED SECTION DOWN ON THE OUTSIDE! NOT YET!!!

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15. “Stretch” long narrow strip with bone folder to form a curve

16. Place ends through slots in scalloped flaps & adhere ( glue dots on the back of the central scallop make this a very easy job!)

17. NOW adhere the scalloped flaps!

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18. Ink up, stamp & punch flowers & greeting & adhere

And here are another couple of versions made for out Team Weekly Colour Challenge WWWU this week.The WWWU challenge colours this week are  Island Indigo, Crisp Canteloupe & Pistachio Pudding.

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So here we have one with and one without the faux stitching….. From a straw poll – 100% voted for with stitching…. but if you are making at speed…here is an example without!!

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I will be back sometime soon with the dimensions for this larger version I made back in March. That one was made in exactly the same way….

Project Life & Stampin’ Up!

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I am SO SO excited to bring you this news….. I just squealed as the news hit me!!

Stampin’ Up! have partnered with the amazing Becky Higgins to bring you the real deal—authentic Project Life products, now in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colours and designs.

This scrapbooking concept has long been my favourite way of documenting my memories… and I cannot wait to get my family life recorded quickly & simply… and to offer classes using the Project Life and Stampin’ Up! range of products….. so you can too!

If you’ve somehow missed the Project Life craze and are wondering what it’s all about, well… in a nutshell…  it’s a super simple, totally affordable way to get your photos into albums: you just slip your photos into Photo Pocket Pages and add designed cards. It’s a back-to-basics approach to documenting your life. In a nutshell, it’s all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.

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Stampin’ UP! will offer a complete Project Life product line in the new annual catalogue, available in Europe beginning 1 July. You’ll also be able to order a selection of Project Life products a few weeks earlier than that! I’ll let you know more as the date nears.

And can’t wait till then … why not sign up as an independent demonstrator with Stampin’ Up! …. and then you will get first dibs!

Want to explore the Project Life concept more… go to my Pinterest board here…..

Just watch this video from Stampin’ Up and Becky Higgins for extra information on this Project Life range….

And here are some questions & answers from Becky Higgins….

Q: What types of Project Life products will Stampin’ Up! offer?

A: You’ll see Card Collections, Accessory Packs, Albums, Photo Pocket Pages, tools, other accessories, and Stamps, of course!

Q: Are the card designs the same as what we can buy in the stores?

A: Nope! We have worked with Stampin’ Up! to design all new products that are super fun and a perfect match to their existing color lines which will make coordination a breeze. Some of the Photo Pocket Page designs are the same and some are different than what we currently offer.

Q: Are the products packaged the same as existing products (i.e. Core Kits, Mini Kits, etc.)?

A: Most Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products will be sold in Card Collections of 100 cards with 4×6, 4×4, and 3×4 card sizes included. Each card will be printed front + back as all of our current products, but you will not receive duplicates of any cards in the set. Oh – And we’re doing square (not rounded) corners on all of our cards with Stampin’ Up! Yes, there’s an awesome corner rounder punch included in the product line-up if that floats your boat. There will also be Accessory Packs available (sold separately) that will contain a variety of accessories to complement the Card Collection.

Q: When will the products be available?

A: Products will be available for our European customers to order mid May. Watch for product images and more information coming soon.

Q: Will the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! products be available in digital format?

A: They sure will! Stay tuned for more information on when those will become available.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Weekly Deals 16 April to 22 April ... 25 - 40% off select items

It is a new week and here are the new Weekly Deals... Just click on the item picture to see the standard and reduced prices.... 40% off the MDS download..25% off the other items.


You can order these weekly deals via email or in my Online Store for direct shipment to you.  Please enter hostess code 3EJH6JH7 on your order when prompted. 

Remember that you can order any other current Stampin’ UP! products at the same time – including Clearance Rack items… 





Team Training Retro Fresh Briefcase Mini Book & Cards

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Just a very quick share today.

As mentioned in my last post…. I was asked by Julie to do a project for the Team to make at our Quarterly Team Training session.

The theme of the day was MALES.

The products to be used were the Retro Fresh Suite (Designer Series papers, Journalling Tags, Make Note rotary stamp, Washi Tape, Essentials Wooden Elements) & On Film Framelits.

I created a briefcase mini album (aka Man Bag… or Book of Awesome!) for everyone to make (more of that on another day!) and a collection of 8 cards for display using some of the Journalling Tags they didn’t need in the mini book (more of those on another day too!)

So here they are! A quick preview…..

I will share much more on these at the weekend….. but I have quite a lot more Easter projects to share first!! Including a tutorial for the Easter Basket as requested…  And the 2nd lot of Weekly Deals that will be released tomorrow…..