Sunday, 28 March 2010

BLOG HOP Stampin' Up! Mini Catalogue...New Products!

Welcome to The Craft Spa for those of you that have hopped across from Keren's blog and for those of you starting here..... just a few words to explain!!

A group of 15 extremely talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators have got ourselves organised ( via the forum In Love with Stamping) in the form of a blog hop to show you some projects using products from the new Stampin' Up! mini catalogue. These products are available from 1st April.

Firstly I have a little birdcage to show you..... I have used the NEW Solid Stripe background stamp ( Page 23; item code 115707) to stamp the bars... and the fabulous NEW punch - the Extra Large Two Step Bird ( Page 6; item code 117191) to punch the bird and the wings ( there is also a lovely leaf/branch as part of this punch as well....mmm!) I have then stamped the bird and wing using the NEW Fine Flourish background stamp ( page 23; item code 115709) to just give a bit more fine detail.... The cage door is made using the Tag punch and the hook using the 1/2" circle punch and then the Scalloped Oval punched around ( all of these are on pages 88-89 in the main catty) This is all produced using one of the 3x3 Love Note Cards... so cute!!

And now a couple of treats for Easter....

A wrapped large Aero Bubble bar where I have used the leaf from the Bird Punch and the fantastic Jewellery Tag punch. The papers are from the 48 page Sweet Pea Designer Series Paper Stack ( page 13; item code 117161) These papers are all wonderful... I think you will be seeing a lot of these......

And lastly a super box using Lauren Meaders In A Pinch Template with the new Vintage Vogue stamp set ( Page 14; item code 117690)

And now it is time to pass you onto the wonderful creations of Hayley - you can either press the Blog Hop icon below

(or in case of any problems with that link......go here..... Hayley's Blog  )

Friday, 26 March 2010

Clippy Photo Bag Revisited

Oh what an exciting week I have had as a result of the photo bags we did a few weeks ago.

Firstly the bag is going to appear soon on the Clippy web site .... WOW!!!!   How exciting!! And I got to speak to Calypso of Clippy bag fame herself......

Also lots of people have asked me to run the workshop again - so I am happy to oblige.....!!  I have managed to secure further supplies of the bags and so I can still charge £25 for a Craft Spa Clippy Photo Bag. I can also supply extra workshop kits for those interested too.

Please press the Email me button at the top right of my blog if you are interested in attending a workshop for these bags.

I have no actual dates scheduled yet... hopefully towards the end of April and beginning of May. I will provide more details in about 10 days time......

Signing off for now

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Easter Treats & Cards Workshop

At last a miracle has occurred....!! I have finished all of my samples for next weeks workshop 3 days prior to the first workshop!!

So ladies... here is what you will be doing next week... a couple of cards and 3 treats..... My son says our  house looks like a chocolate shop at the moment... but the worst shop he can't have any of the stock!!

So you have the choice of a Tent Topper Card either with the cross from the Special Blessings stamp set ( page 29) or the flowers from the Simply Said set ( page 59) with some extra beautiful flowers using the One of a Kind stamp set ( page 56) punched out with the Boho Blossoms punch.
Also a Centre Step Card using A Good Egg stamp set ( page 25) which has to be my favourite set ever for easter cards. I just think that chick is SO sweet!!

And 3 different Easter treats...

..... a good sized box for filling  with loads of chocolate for someone special!!! This is made using Lauren Meaders In A Pinch template... and the Vintage Vogue stamp set (coming soon!!)
..... a pair of caramel bunnies in a Bunny Treat Flap Holder
.... and last but not least.... a large Aero Bubble chocolate bar in a  SWEET wrapper using the Spot On wheel ( page 40) and die-cut wording and felt flowers

The observant amongst you will notice a few new stamp images, punches and papers amongst these samples... these are coming from Stampin' Up! on the 1st April with the launch of the new mini catalogue. But as always I just couldn't wait to play with my new products... and so they just "snuck" into my workshop samples........!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Girls & Ladies Workshop

I am quickly trying to catch up with the posting of this year's workshops and some other stuff I  have done this year! I am have been suitably told off by many many people for not updating this blog... so I will try to behave from now on!! So first it's catch up time....

So last week we made 3 cards...

A circle easel card for Mothers Day using the wonderful Greenhouse Garden ( page 43) and Frames with a Flourish ( page 53) stamp sets . In the wonderful colour combi of Elegant Eggplant; Almost Amethyst and Old Olive in the ribbon! The flower is all made from scallop circles.....

And there were some very happy Mothers last Sunday!! Mine was almost speechless..... ( and that is unusual!!)

An iPhone card for the girls..... using images from the Occasionally stamp set
( page 22) and the greetings from A Bit of Birthday Cheer ( page 63)

And last but not least... our Girl on a phone card where we got to play with the Copic pens..... and make pretty handbags from the Circle Circus stamp set ( page55)  using the 1 3/8" circle, large oval, scalloped oval and scallop circle punches. Image stamp by Lili of the Valley.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Clippy Photo Bag Workshop

Here are some photos of a photo bag project we did as a one-off workshop last week. The original concept of the Clippy Bag was to put Polaroid photos in... but armed with the Stampin' Up! Sunny Day Simply Scrappin kit ( page 78) we turned it into a scrappin' special!!

And here is a photo of  Bev's alternative using the same photo... but printed in different colours... how cool is that!!
And a couple of close-up photos of the flowers on my bag ... these were created using just the SU! circle punches; scissors and water! Oh... and a button on one of them!