Friday, 21 November 2014

Celebrating success in my Stampin' Up team

When I first joined Stampin' Up as an independent demonstrator, I didn't think about building a team. Once I started though, I found helping, motivating and encouraging my team members incredibly rewarding. I would love to help you get off to a great start too so, if you've been thinking of starting a Stampin' Up business or would like to enjoy your hobby as part of the Stampin' Up family, why not give me a call for an informal chat on 01280 820593? Or click here to find out more.

WOW! I've just heard that there's going to be an amazing offer on for one week only! Between 25th November - 2nd December, you'll be able to get 25% off your starter kit when you join Stampin' Up AND you'll get 5% back on all your sales in December! That's on top of the usual considerable benefits too!

YAY - YOU DID IT!
I'm always delighted when members of my team achieve their Stampin' Up goals and I like to mark the occasion with little cards and gifts. Today's bright card was made to celebrate a promotion. Come and see:


There's a real party feel about this stamp I think! It's from the Today and Everyday set on p.168 of the annual Stampin' Up catalogue and it's designed for colouring, so out came my blendabilities markers! Blending and shading is effortless with these beauties! Have you spotted the candy dots at the bottom of the card? I love having these in all the Stampin' Up colour families!


A Tangerine Tango panel brings out the zingy colours of the lanterns. I cut an aperture in it with one of the Deco Labels framelits - LOVE that embossed edge you get with the framelits!

I'll be linking this card up with CAS(E) this Sketch where this is the sketch:



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Naturally I've been keeping my daughter up to date with all the puppy news. "If she woofs that she'd like to go to Manchester, do bring her up to visit me," said my daughter. I heard from her again yesterday. "Eva is such a clever puppy," she texted. "I can't believe she already knows how to sit, go to her bed AND run a chickpeas company!" This picture accompanied the text:


Have a wonderful weekend won't you. I don't know how much crafting will get done here but there'll certainly be a whole lot of puppy training! See you very soon,

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Christmas gift card/money envelopes - Stampin Up Artisan blog hop

It's Thursday and it's time for another round of inspiration from the Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team. Every week I look forward to seeing what my friends from around the world have been up to - and they always amaze me with their talent. Are you ready to hop with me?

DRESSING UP MONEY OR A GIFT CARD
My own project this week came to me as I was stroking the Trim The Tree designer paper stack! It's so handy to have a quick way to dress up those last minute gift cards but, if you don't yet have the fabulous Stampin' Up Gift Card framelits die, what is a girl to do?! Well, how about these cute little envelopes:


You can rustle up a few of these fun little envelopes quite quickly and it takes seconds to dress them up with decorative twine, pegs and tags from the Under The Tree Tag a Bag accessory kit.


Each envelope is made from a sheet of the Trim the Tree designer paper stack from the autumn/winter catalogue. There are some stunning papers to choose from!


This one has a Boots gift card in it but wouldn't it be great to open one of these and find a voucher for a Stampin' Up shopping spree with me?! (Start dropping hints now ladies!)

Fancy making some of these little envelopes yourself? Here's a video to show you how:



I hope you've enjoyed my project today. Now the rest of the Artisan Design Team are waiting to inspire you and next up, it's the fabulous Allison Okamitsu! Click the button below to visit her:


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The dust is still settling here from the arrival of our gorgeous new Golden Retriever puppy Eva. For those of you that are curious to know how our lovely puss Tuppence is dealing with the new arrival, I think this just about sums it up:


She is just speechless but please don't be worried for her - we are giving her lots of extra cuddles and treats!

See  you tomorrow,

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Tea light gifts using Holiday Home from Stampin' Up

One of the pleasures of the chillier, darker days is to toast your toes by a real fire, with a book on your knee (the Stampin' Up catalogue perhaps!) and a steaming cup of hot chocolate at your elbow. I've tried to capture that comforting firelight in the little gift I'm going to show you today. Come and see:


This little decoration holds an electric tea light which flickers just like firelight. It's made of vellum and stamped with one of the beautiful little houses from the Holiday Home stamp set.


This is what it looks like in the daylight when the tea light is turned off. It's very easy to make! I cut a strip of vellum 17cm (6 5/8") x 7 cm (3") and scored at 4 cm (1 5/8"), 8 cm (31/8"), 12 cm (4 6/8") and 16cm (6 2/8") The house was stamped in each scored 'frame' using Stazon ink.


Once the vellum was scored and stamped, I coloured the reverse side with Blendabilities markers, trimmed the top, and assembled it into a square shape. TIP: Stazon ink is perfect for stamping onto shiny surfaces like vellum but because it's an alcohol-based ink, like the Blendabilities, it would result in 'dirty' colouring if you tried to colour on the same side.


These pretty decorations would make great presents but are you wondering how you'd gift wrap them? Well that's easy! The Stampin' Up Gift Box Punch Board makes a box the perfect size - 4.9 x 4.9 x 8.3 cm (1.75 x 1.75 x 3.25")


I used rich Cherry Cobbler card stock for mine and I think they look gorgeous tied up with lush Real Red satin woven ribbon with some pretty tags. How would you decorate yours?

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Back in the 70s Donny Osmond sang about Puppy Love and now I understand exactly what he meant! We have all fallen in love with our new bundle of golden fluffiness and she seems to be settling in pretty well.


Here she is enjoying a romp in the garden!

Don't think in all the excitement that I've forgotten about my Artisan Design Team duties! I'll be back tomorrow with my team pals when we bring you another fabulous blog hop. See you then!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Another of the Endless ways to use Endless Wishes from Stampin' Up

I have mentioned that I LOVE Stampin' Up's Endless Wishes stamp set haven't I? Thought so! Here's another fun way to use this wonderful photopolymer set:


Stamping the snowflakes at the bottom of the front panel so that they rise up into a pointy pile means that you can stamp your greeting at a jaunty angle! There's nothing like a spot of jaunty on a Tuesday morning!


What do you think of the dreamy grey and purple colour scheme? As always, I love the way I don't have to scramble about hunting for card stock to match - Stampin' Up makes card stock, inks, designer papers, embellishments etc in the same delicious colours!


I used Chrissy's sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch for this card. Isn't it fabulous? The ladies are celebrating 100 sketches over there so do go and join the fun!


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Are you wondering how it's going on the puppy front? One thing that may not go so well is introducing Eva to the cross old lady that runs our house - no, not me you cheeky lot - Tuppence, our cat! I have tried talking it through gently with her...


... and she has promised to think it over!

See you tomorrow,

Monday, 17 November 2014

One layer snow scene card using White Christmas from Stampin' Up

I have a secret to share with you today! More about that later but first... imagine waking up on Christmas morning, looking out of the window into a snowy scene and seeing a magical reindeer! That's the effect I was going for with White Christmas, one of my favourite Stampin' Up Christmas sets of all time! Come and see:


I love using my Stampin' Up inks to sponge scenes and find Naturals Ivory card stock perfect for this. It's thick enough to make a nice, sturdy one layer card too.


The area was masked off with sticky notes and the scene stamped using Smoky Slate ink. I sponged in a wintery sky and coloured the snowy ground with my Stampin' Chalk marker. That marker is brilliant for detail too - I added snow to the trees with it and the speckles on the deer too.


I thought you might find it handy to see a photo of the masked card before stamping. (Doesn't that sound exciting? The mysterious masked card!)

I'll be linking this card up with 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown which has Christmas Windows as its theme this week; and Less is More, where the challenge is to make a card with More Than One Tree.

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Are you wondering what my secret might be? Well, regular readers of my blog might remember that we have an imaginary dog in our house - a Golden Retriever named Aramis. He has accompanied us on our family walks and entertained us with his antics but, as my oldest son has often reminded me, it's not the same as having a real dog. We've thought about getting a dog over the last few years. Perhaps a puppy...


... like this adorable little cutie?

Her name is Eva and, tomorrow morning, I'll be bringing her home. Please be gentle with me - I may be a little sleep deprived for a while...!

See you tomorrow,