Friday, 24 October 2014

Cards in a wallet tutorial using For All Things by Stampin' Up

I'm so happy today because I'm back! Yes I know, you hadn't noticed I'd been away but I'm talking about the Youtube me! I love demonstrating how to use my Stampin' Up stash on video and I'm happy to say that I'll now be able to do plenty more of it!

So how about starting with the tutorial I promised you for my card wallet and coordinating cards set? Come and see:

In the original project, I used a paper from the Color Me Autumn designer paper pack to make the wallet. Today I've chosen a different paper from that pack - they are ALL gorgeous!

By the way, did you know that if you join Stampin' Up this month, you'll get to choose SIX free packs of designer paper on top of £130 worth of products in your starter kit - and all for just £99?! This is an offer you really can't refuse! Click here for all the details.

The cards and envelopes slip neatly into the wallet and I love that you can see the subtle design on the reverse of the paper when you open the flap.

I used just one colour ink for the cards and they coordinate perfectly with the wallet thanks to the fact that Stampin' Up inks match all the designer paper, card stock, markers, ribbons and embellishments. It makes it so easy to create professional looking projects.

Do you want to see how I made this little gift set? Well come on into my Craft Square Metre and I'll show you!

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I was talking to my daughter on the phone yesterday and she reminded me of a funny moment on the train to Brussels. I'd offered her one of those mini Green and Blacks chocolates  and she took a bite out of it and then put it down in its wrapper on the table while she looked in her bag for something. When she looked up it had gone. She hunted about all over the place for it, even under the seats, but it had disappeared.

On the return journey there was the usual announcement 'Good evening ladies and gentlemen. My name is Marcel and I am in charge of this train. I will be coming through the carriages so if you have any questions about your jouney please feel free to ask...' At this point my daughter piped up: "Marcel, Marcel? Have you seen my chocolate?!"

Have a wonderful weekend won't you. I'll be back here on Monday - see you then!

Thursday, 23 October 2014

No sewing pouch and Project Life mini album - Stampin' Up Artisan blog hop

Thursday has rolled around again and all the members of the Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team have been beavering away on more inspiring projects to show you! Are you ready for another fabulous blog hop?

I'd been looking through my photos from the Stampin' Up convention in Brussels. It was so much fun, not only to meet up with my Stampin' Up friends but also to have my lovely daughter along for the ride. She's returned to university now but I'll be sending her today's project as a little memento of our adventures together. Come and see:

The Simply Created Banner Refill pack is great for making your own banners to help set the scene at a celebration but, if you have any of the canvas pennants left over, how about making a little no-sewing-required pouch with two of them?

I've used mine to hold photos but you could put any small gift inside.

Before assembling the pouch, I stamped it with one of the houses from the Holiday Home stamp set using Stazon ink. The shape of this house really reminded me of the beautiful architecture in Brussels.

The large eyelets on the banners form the perfect place to thread a handle through. I made mine by plaiting some of the natural coloured twine from a Tag-a-Bag accessory set but ribbon would work well too.

Project Life makes it so quick and easy to record important events - you simply slide your photos and journalling cards into pockets. But I used my journalling cards to back my photos so I could pop them in the pouch like a pack of cards! Some of the cards had space for journalling so I could add a sentence or two to add to our memories too.

I've used the Love Story Project Life Card Collection from the annual catalogue - it was among the fabulous gifts we were lucky enough to receive at Convention! The small cards in the pack are 4" x 3" and guess what? Photo machines in the supermarkets print this size from a memory stick or directly from your mobile phone very cheaply and while you wait!

Once the photos were mounted, I rounded the corners and made the cover by stamping a card with the same house stamp as I used on the pouch. I added the dates of the trip with my Remember rotary stamp and a tiny heart. If you don't want to make the pouch, you could simply clip these together with a metal binder ring.

This is a great way to treasure your photos of Brussels and if you don't have any, what are you thinking? You need to book your trip to Brussels at once! Of course if that's not possible you can always hop over to Canada instead where the lovely Allison Okamitsu is waiting to inspire you with her Artisan project! Click the button below:

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I've put some funny photos in the pouch and this is one of my favourites:

My daughter and I spotted these fabulous boots in a shop in Brussels and, if they hadn't cost 265€, I would've bought them like a shot! For my birthday this year, my husband gave me a pair of yellow sandals that I had admired very loudly and at great length (gentle hints don't work with my husband!) My wicked children teased me about them. "Look! She's wearing The Yellow Shoes!" they would say whenever I wore them. "Nothing bad could EVER happen while you're wearing The Yellow Shoes!"

See you tomorrow when I'm planning to have a video tutorial for you!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Gift bag made with Stampin' Up designer paper 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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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.

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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My shop is open 24/7 so you can buy Stampin' Up products from me any time, day or night.
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,