Saturday, 25 October 2014

Birthday Card for Shelli

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Now as any Stampin’ Up demonstrator that was at the recent European Stampin’ Up! Convention in Brussels knows… there was a surprise Birthday Card gathering for CEO, Shelli Gardner.

As Shelli says on her blog…. Highlights for me were being sent onstage to receive an unexpected birthday greeting. I was standing backstage, patiently waiting for my cue, when our stage manager told me to go onstage. I hesitated. . . this wasn’t the way we’d rehearsed it! But she insisted it was time, so I walked out (you never argue with the stage manager during a show!). Donna handed me a birthday card, and then employees started gathering cards from the demonstrators in the audience. Somehow they’d planned this fun birthday surprise without me knowing. Sterling and I opened every birthday card that day (there were hundreds), and that thoughtful gesture made this year’s extended birthday celebration even more special!

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Now even though I couldn’t be there in person this year... I decided that I would take some time out to make a card for Shelli in any case… So Happy Birthday Shelli… The card was personally taken over for me by friend and fellow demo, Sharon. Thanks again Sharon! Really wish I could have been there with you all!

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So this is the card I made. Yes… another Large Square Double Display Card… definitely my favourite card format this year! And yes I will be sharing the instructions sometime mid November… Sorry but you will have to be patient….

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Last Day for 6 free packs of paper when you join Stampin’ Up!

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Today (Friday 24th October) is the last day to sign up with Stampin’ Up! and get your extra 6 free packs of paper. So that is £235 of goods for your £99 initial investment.

Plus I have a free stamp set and a lovely collection of past catalogues for your inspiration for the first person joining with me today…

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Past catalogues subject to availability. Only 1 full set as pictured left! But there are plenty of smaller collections left…

But you only have till 10pm UK time to benefit from this deal. So here is the link to join up straightaway….

And here are the details….

Pick A Pack of Paper 1-24 October

Thinking about signing up with Stampin Up! Well now till 24 October is a great time…

Not only do you get £130 product for £99…plus £45 business supplies. You will also get one FREE package of Designer Series Paper, every month for the next six months. You just need to place an order each month and then you get your pack for free… so that’s worth another £60… so £235 of goods for your £99 initial investment…. and I win too… as I get a free pack each month too as well!! Which means I can spend my money on other things!!! Hey more stamps/dies to use and make projects to share! Win Win Win….

Free paper packs redeemable beginning November 2014 and ending April 2015. Paper will be limited to non specialty paper only; Specialty Designer Series Paper and Designer Series Paper Stacks not included. Any current catalogue paper pack that month can be selected.

Find out more about joining our Craft Therapists team here… or – have a question , just contact me here…. But if you are already decided - just go straight to the sign up link here. Remember I still have a lovely collection of past catalogues for your inspiration for those people joining me …

Monday, 20 October 2014

Autumn Winter Catalogue Supplement


Just released. A supplement to the Autumn Winter Catalogue. Just click here or on the picture to go to the Supplement.

Lots more Christmas crafting goodness in here – particularly for those that love Stars, Project Life & 12 Days of Christmas!

But beware… items only available whilst stocks last…

And here is a quick peek of one product for you! I call it the “Lots of Stars without the Hassle” kit! Can’t wait to get mine and make a stunning but simple-to-make mantelpiece decoration! With lots of stars left over to decorate the tree too!


Thursday, 16 October 2014

All is Calm Box in a Bag

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Gosh haven’t made one of these for ages! And my ladies loved it… quick, simple and great for popping all sorts of things in… chocolates spring to my mind!

Now this was kept purposefully simple in decoration as it was intended to explain the principle… before progressing to the main event…. which is code for a different version coming this way soon!!

And here is the tutorial I followed…..

And before I leave you… here is a dressed up version of the base project…. well there had to be another wreath shared somewhere….

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Holiday Home meets White Christmas – a Simpler Version!

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Here is a simpler version of a card previously posted & much visited!! This is a straightforward DL version – suitable for batch making and posting out!!

The previous one was a BIG 8” Flap version intended to personally hand over and to sit on the mantelpiece of someone very special!

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And here is another view…

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I guess you can spot the similarity!! And yes the door is open and the windows & lights are glazed ( care of my Crystal Effects which seems to be constantly at my crafting side!)

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

More Ornamental Pines in Soft Blues

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Following on from yesterdays post. The single layer card I CASED from the catalogue warped as a result of the white heat embossing… so another layer was required as the card format was far too nice not share!

So 2 versions of matting here… my favourite on the left! I remade the cards using Soft Sky rather than Pool Party - it takes on a dreamlike appearance – and it is SO gorgeous when used with new Lost Lagoon in-color – a match made in heaven!!!

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Again I have used the Gorgeous Grunge splats to add the delicate snowy effect around the pine images….. Again LOL…. this is another card that can make the week’s Snow Challenge theme folder… maybe tomorrow

Oh and spot the Thumping…. yes Lost Lagoon marker pen “delicately but randomly stroked” over the Soft Sky inked pine cone stamp… lovely job! I still laugh at this technique being called Thumping – I am always quick to point out in classes that actually thumping of my marker pens is not what it is about!!! They would see a grown woman cry…

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Ornamental Pines in blues–Part 1

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Loving my Ornamental Pines.

The first card is a CASE of the card sample on page 27 of the Stampin’ Up! Autumn Winter Catalogue. It is even nicer in the flesh on its Pool Party base…. I am so glad I decided to make it… though white embossing on a single layer card does unfortunately make the card warp – so come back tomorrow for my solution to that problem!

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But the second card caused the most WOWs here in the Craft Room…. that huge bauble just appears to physically leap out of the pine sprays.

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Though I have to laugh… as I had declared this card a reject card!! (won’t bore you with the whys!! There are a few.. ) But there was such a reaction to it … I decided it was daft not to share it here…. But I do hope to have a remake sometime soon….. in the meantime … get out those masks & sponges!!

And even more laughing at myself… as I look at this photo…. I have just realised that this fits this week’s Weekly Team Challenge theme of Snow…so I am now off to quickly post it in  the Challenge folder…..   so some of you will now have seen this already!!                                                                                                             

Bye for now….

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Ornamental Pines Set– Clean peace, Sponged beauty or downright Grungy!

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Moving swiftly onto the Ornamental Pines stamp set…. Same card. Different styles!

Clean on clean to start with… just the addition of the Gorgeous Grunge splats to add a bit of texture…

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Bit of sponging to that centre panel… definitely stands out more!

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And trying to go grungy for a change ….. all over sponging to the right…

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Friday, 10 October 2014

Wonderful Wondrous Wreath Scallop Square Double Die Cut Card

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Just realised that there are a couple more Wonderful Wondrous Wreath cards I have not yet shared.

So for today, a Clean & Simple card using the Double Die Cut Card Technique. This a personal variant of the Double Punched Technique designed by Robin Armbrecht  and for which there is a tutorial by Julie Davison  here. I have used the Double Die Cut method quite a few times over the years… particularly with flowers & snowflakes… But I appear to have not posted any here before… so I have put a few pictures of last years Festive Flurry version at the end of this post…. there are some better views….

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Photos don’t really do it justice! – but I am sure you will get the idea… Though I have to admit… there is actually too much card cut away in the front – so the finished result is a bit floppy when just using Whisper White. Shame as it is effective…. so remakes will have to include that extra layer of paper as shown in the Festive Flurry example…


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