Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Gift bag with Stampin' Up DSP and washi tape edging

When demonstrators attend the annual Convention they are showered with gifts from Stampin' Up! Of course we all get very excited about that but it's not all about receiving - it's always lovely to give gifts too. Come and see:

This little gift bag was made to house a little stamp set for the lovely Lizy Bartaby, one of my downline - do pop over to her blog and have a browse as she makes the most gorgeous things! I made the bag out of a sheet of the wonderful Backgrounds designer series paper stacks. Real Red and white with Crushed Curry accents would make anyone feel happy!

The tag was made quickly with the Angled Tag Topper punch and I decorated it with a scrap of the reverse of the DSP and some of the Beach House washi tape. The little badge is a fabulous stamp from the Amazing Birthday stamp set. I stamped it twice, cut the images out with circle punches and layered it up.

The top of the bag was edged with more washi tape and I tied it up with the lovely, white-edged Real Red taffeta ribbon. I like that you can see the contrasting dotty inside of the bag!

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When my daughter and I met at Kings Cross Eurostar at the beginning of our journey to Brussels we stood in the middle of the concourse, hugging and chattering and laughing until we were disturbed by a beeping noise. We turned and discovered that we were blocking the way of a man on a ride-on with a string of bins behind him. "Oh look! It's our train!" said my daughter. "All aboard!"

It's Artisan Blog Hop day tomorrow so do make sure you come back here then - there'll be loads of inspiration from Stampin' Up Artisans from around the world!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Russian Doll card with Stampin' Up's Curvy Keepsake Box

I'm still buzzing after the Stampin' Up Convention last weekend! As well as learning lots and being inspired creatively, my favourite thing is catching up with all my Stampin' Up friends and making new ones. One of the things I love about this company is that you really feel a sense of belonging and everyone is so friendly and supportive.

When we all get together, we like to share ideas so we make things to swap with each other. I've been so excited about the Curvy Keepsake Box thinlits die so I decided to show another use for it that I dreamt up! Come and see:

Chop off the rounded section and you have the perfect shape for a Russian doll! I used the negative as a mask to sponge and stamp into. The stamp set I've used is Endless Wishes, a clear photopolymer stamp set with snowflakes and gorgeous sentiments for you to mix and match.

Doesn't she look serene? (I wish I knew her secret!) Her face is a circle coloured with skin tone blendabilities and markers and I added a bakers twine bow underneath her chin to draw her cloak tightly closed and keep those winter draughts out!

Do you like this frosty little detail? I love sponging Whisper White craft ink onto Crumb Cake card stock and here I went over the sponging with my Stampin' Chalk marker and a ruler. Snowflakes were stamped over the top to add extra layering without bulk.

This is such a fun project and so easy to make - and the best thing is that you can create heaps and heaps of other fab projects with that wonderful die! Need inspiration? Click here to see what I've been making with it!

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I imagine my Russian doll hadn't just returned from Brussels to find the house looking like a hurricane had passed through it! "Why is the house in such a mess?" I asked. "It isn't!" said my youngest son and "It looks fine to me!" said my eldest. My husband gathered up the newspapers that were spread out all over the coffee table, wandered about with them for a bit, then put them down on the dresser before disappearing with the air of someone who has discharged his duties!

See you tomorrow,

Monday, 20 October 2014

Back from Stampin' Up convention!

Oh my goodness, have I been having fun! I've just returned from the annual Stampin' Up convention where I have been enjoying fun, excitement, the company of my Stampin' Up friends and a whole bunch of inspiration!

My husband had decided to accompany me but had to pull out at the last moment because of work commitments. That was disappointing but guess who took his ticket?

One of my favourite people in the world - my daughter! She's doing French and English at uni so naturally she needs to take every opportunity possible to practice her French!

We had an smooth journey on the Eurostar and enjoyed meeting other Stampin' Up demonstrators on their way to Convention (we could spot them a mile off because their excitement levels were off the scale!)

This was the place we called home for a few days. The lovely people at the Hotel Dixseptieme couldn't have been more welcoming and we were perfectly placed, both for me to get to Convention and for my daughter to explore beautiful Brussels.

On the first evening, I scooted up the hill to attend a special reception for demonstrators who have achieved the Silver 2 title and above.

The wonderful Stampin' Up staff had worked hard to make the room look stunning and we were spoilt with gorgeous gifts, delicious food and brilliant entertainment. The evening was rounded off by a chocolate fountain complete with marshmallows and fruit to dip into it. I couldn't work out how to eat these elegantly but luckily for you I managed to avoid a photo of me with chocolate all over my head! 

Every year we are given a Convention bag especially designed for Stampin' Up. This year's is stunning in Real Red lined with Soft Sky and I adore it! There are plenty of pockets to organise your belongings and of course the all-important Stampin' Up badge! I added a hand stamped tag to mine so that I wouldn't lose it...

... and made a matching tag to hang round my neck in case I got lost too! 

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If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

I have got so much to share with you but the thing I most want to say is just come and join me in Brussels next year 13th-14th November 2015! If you love Stampin' Up, going to Convention and sharing the excitement with friends who share your passion is an experience you will never forget. Click here to find out all the info about joining Stampin' Up - and don't miss the fab freebies you'll get if you sign up this month!

Do you remember the other day when I told you that my youngest son had asked how I'd got on in Manchester after I'd returned from a trip to Cambridge? I'm afraid his geography (or his hearing!) is not improving. I gave him a big hug before he trotted off to school on the Thursday I left for Convention. When he'd crossed the road he turned and waved cheerily. "Have a great time in Berlin!" he yelled.

See you tomorrow,

Thursday, 16 October 2014

For All Things - Stampin' Up Artisan blog hop

It's Thursday and that means it's time for another round of inspiration from the Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team! I am working with some very talented ladies on this team and their ideas take my breath away week after week, so do make sure you hop all around the world to see what they've been up to won't you.

When I first saw Stampin' Up autumn/winter catalogue, I instantly fell in love with the stamp set I'm using today - For All Things. This set is definitely an all-the-year-rounder and makes a great companion set to Gorgeous Grunge. Come and see:

My colour palette of Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist and Early Espresso gives this bundle of cards an autumnal feel but the leaves would also look lovely stamped in green and teamed with flowers for spring or summer.

For the first card I used the Kissing Technique. No! my husband didn't wander in while I was making this card - it's a stamping term to describe two stamps being pressed together!

In this case, I inked up both the large leaf from For All Things and the 'speckled' image from Gorgeous Grunge and 'kissed' them together. The acorns add a bit of depth to the design - I LOVE these acorns!

And I was very well behaved in the making of my second card too!

First I stamped the bunch of leaves over the watercolour background image, then I made a mask by cutting a hole in a sheet of scrap paper, held it over the stamped image and added Gorgeous Grunge speckles.

See how the two sets go so well together? This little detail made me very happy! For a bit of golden sparkle I added some sequins too, pulled off the Gold Sequin trim.

The third card shows how you can use that bunch of leaves image in a different way by stamping off the edge of the panel.

I added those fabulous acorns and speckles again but you can see that this card is much more delicate-looking than the first with the large leaves.

All three cards and envelopes were bundled together with a band made of burlap ribbon tied up with Venetian lace trim. Wouldn't this be great as an informal napkin ring for a bonfire night or thanksgiving dinner?!

I hope you've been inspired by my autumnal bundle of cards. Now it's time to hop on over to Allison Okamitsu to see what fabulousness she has to show you! Click the button below:

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Tuppence is in a strop because The Suitcase has made an appearance in the hall. This is often the precursor to being bundled into The Cat Carrier - but not this time. This time the menfolk will remain at home to serve their feline mistress while I jaunt off to the annual European Stampin' Up convention in Brussels today! I'm afraid the rainbrella is at the ready - but nothing can dampen the enthusiasm of a whole bunch of Stampin' Up demonstrators, all getting together for fun and jollies! Has Brussels been warned?!

See you soon,