Wednesday, December 29, 2010

6 Cards Class

More from the 6 Cards for £10 Class held at Alveston, this class is held during the day, between 10.30am-1.00pm.  For the 5th card we used the stamp set "Hopeful Thoughts", I really love the tree image in this set, would suit so many different occasions.

Our colour combo was Night of Navy, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive teamed with Whisper White.

We used the Scallop Trim border punch with Chocolate Chip cardstock to created decorative edges behind the Old Olive layer.  The greeting was punched out using the Modern Label punch, inking around the edges to define.  To finish we added some of the 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Certainly Celery which blended well with the colour scheme.

I will be running more 6 Cards Classes at another venue so check back soon for more details.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Just stopping by from the French Alps to wish you all a Merry Christmas, hope you have all had a good one!

Will be back home very soon to more snow apparently so will catch up with you in a couple of days when my body has recovered from all the ski-ing!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Monday Card Class at Whitminster

At this class we usually make two cards, but as it was Christmas I decided to do something a little different.  I created this Gift Card Holder, we had made something similar at one of Amanda's training days and I loved the idea.

The base colour was Crumb Cake and the first layer was Old Olive cardstock with a piece of the "Jolly Holiday" Designer Series Paper next.  The stamped image is from the set called "Gifted" which is great for all sorts of projects, not just for making tags!  We stamped the image twice punching out the greeting with the Word Window Punch on one of them and layering with a Dimensional.

The pocket to hold the gift card was created by folding an envelope in half and trimming off the top to create two pockets which we punched with the 1" punch to make a slot.  As an extra we made a mini card with the left over pieces of cardstock which could be placed in one of the pockets!  Again we used the "Gifted" set for the Seasons Greetings image.

We attached some 5/8" Satin Ribbon in Old Olive to tie and close the Gift Card Holder.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Stylish and Simple

Our fourth card uses "Growing Green" stamps, very delicate images but very beautiful.  Our colour combination is Naturals Ivory and Not Quite Navy.  The images were stamped using Early Espresso Ink.  The greeting is from "Curly Cute" which contains 4 lovely greetings.
Once again a very simple design that is easily replicated and would look so different using alternative images and colours.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

6 Cards Class

For the third card we made another Christmas design, this is a great sketch which would work with most smaller stamp images that fit inside the squares.
We used the Poinsettia stamp from the "Season of Joy" stamp set with Cherry Cobbler ink onto squares punched with the 1 1/4" Square Punch which we then layered onto Soft Suede 1 3/8" punched squares.  We used the swirly stamp with Crumb Cake ink stamping onto the Crumb Cake card base tp finish.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Second Card

Our second card at the class was created using "Flight of the Butterfly".  The greeting is from the Hostess set "Occasional Quotes", stamped in Rose Red ink.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Subtles Stack and we added a strip of Pretty in Pink cardstock punched with the Scallop Border Punch at the bottom.  To finish we added two basic Rhinestones to the DSP layer.

A really sweet but simple card that could easily be adapted to suit any occasion just by changing the colour and stamped image.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

6 Cards Class at Alveston

At this class we create 6 cards that are simple yet adorable and easily duplicated.  Here is the first card we created at November's Class, held at the Methodist Church at Alveston.

For this Christmas card we used the "So Swirly" wheel to create the image on the Always Artichoke base and then "Contempo Christmas" for the "bauble" and "Merry Christmas" greeting.  The Designer Series Paper is from one of the Simply Scrappin' Kits.

Each card is prepared as a kit so you can swiftly stamp your images and assemble in no time and after the 2 1/2 hour class you will go away with 6 beautiful cards that will fill you with inspiration!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

How cute is this....

I stumbled across these little guys recently on the ILWS forum, they were created by Amanda who gave them as swaps at Convention this year.  I decided to test them out on my ladies at the Class earlier this week and just like me, they all thought they were cute too and loved the After Eight Mints contained inside them!!! 

As you can see it has been created using some of the Stampin' Up! punches, such a clever idea, I wish I had thought of it!!
Thank you ladies for a great evening of fun, laughter and creativity!

Friday, December 17, 2010

A little Gift

I always like to give a little gift to one of the guests at a home workshop and this was what I had created for Lucy's.  I used the "Two-step Bird Punch" to create the Christmas Robbin using the colours Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler, I stamped his wing using one of the beautiful decorative flourish stamps from the "Tiny Tags" set.  The "merry" greeting is also from "Tiny Tags", punched out with the co-ordinating Medium Jewelery Tag Punch.  My gift bag base was Crumb Cake cardstock and onto this I used stamps from the "Serene Snowflakes" with Kraft Whisper White ink which is gorgeous.  To finish I tied Gold Elastic cord at the top in a bow.

If you are thinking of booking a Stampin' Up!, give me a call for more information on how you can earn yourself some lovely free products by having an evening of fun with your friends and colleages!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


We made this card at Lucy's workshop recently using the stamp sets "Gifted" and "Season of Joy".  Our colour combo was Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive, very Christmassy and I love these colours together.  We stamped our centre image using one of the stamps from "Gifted" in Cherry Cobbler Ink then again in Old Olive.  From the Old Olive image we punched out the "Merry Christmas" greeting and layered on the Cherry Cobbler image using Dimensionals.  We added a Basic Rhinestone to the centre of the card to add some sparkle!  We used the 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" square punches to punch and layer the Poinsettia image from "Season of Joy".  

It is tempting to think that the "Gifted" set is only for making Gift Tags as each image typically looks like a tag, but there would be endless creations and projects that could be created with this set of 5 stamps.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Getting there...

Well I finally finished my first batch of Christmas Cards, phew but still have more to make!!  It is surprising how much time is spent putting everything together but I am pleased with the results, quite contemporary but I like them, hope you do too!!

For this design I used "Playful Pieces", a Level 3 Hostess Set which is just so cute, so many different elements to this set, the possibilities are endless!
For the other design I used the Poinsettia stamp from the "Season of Joy" set.  For both cards I used a Soft Suede card base and stamped snowflakes from the "Serene Snowflakes" set in Soft Suede and Kraft Whisper White inks.  I used Cherry Cobbler on the Poinsettia Card and Riding Hood Red on the Present one.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Extra Class - Note Card Carrier - 14th December

My last class before Christmas is the "Note Card Carrier" held on Tuesday 14th December, 7.00pm at Whitminster Village Hall in the lounge.  A gorgeous little carrier by Jenny Moors which I have assembled using two different stamp sets so that you can choose which you would like to create.  Your choices are "Love You Much", very girly and pink and "Just Believe which is more soft and subtle!

Some of you have already confirmed that you are coming, but if you would like to come, please confirm by Sunday at the latest along with your choice of project as there are two to choose from.  Here are the pictures of both projects:

"Love you Much" Class
and the "Just Believe" Class, both would make a lovely gift

All you need to bring is your favourite adhesives to include Sticky Strip (double sided tape), Dimensionals (3D Foam Pads) and your own mug, I will supply the rest!  Email me at to book your space or call/text me on 07717 068909.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas Cards.....

I am running a little behind with my Christmas cards, well they are half ready, just waiting to be assembled.  I made myself a vow to make Christmas cards regularly throughout the year this year, but it just never happened, I managed to make 4 in January and that was as far as I got!  Maybe I will run a monthly Christmas Card Class where we make a stack of cards each time then come Christmas there is no rush as they are already done!!  Watch this space for more details!

So here are my cards in preparation for assembly, I will need to make more batches but little by little and I will probably change the design and colour combo for the next ones!

I have used Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler and Baja Breeze teamed with Very Vanilla, how yummy!!  I included some of the gorgeous "Jolly Holiday" Designer Series Paper which is a favourite of mine at the moment.  I used the stamp sets "Season of Joy" for the Poinsettia, "Serene Snowflakes" for the card base background and "Tiny Tags" for that cute little "merry" greeting.

Stop by again to see the finished result!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Party this way!

It was my nephew's birthday yesterday and here is the card that I made for him.

My colour combo is Soft Suede, Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla.  I used the set "Party this Way" which I got at Convention this year, this was one of the sets that was inside my exclusive Stampin' Up! satchel! 

The patterned papers are from "Elegant Soiree" Designer Series Paper pack.

I was inspired for this card by a make and take that we completed at Convention, by using the "Party this Way" arrow from the set and making it "spin" using a brad.  I added some of the 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain tying in a knot to finish.

If you would like to see these products in action, get on the phone or drop me an email today to book your own workshop, invite your friends around and sit back and enjoy demonstrations and a make and take.  How better to see products than to see them in action and try them out before you buy and learn how versatile they can be, you won't get that sort of attention at your local craft shop!  To top it all you can earn yourself exclusive stamps and free merchandise from the catalogue, what more could you want!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Making Gifts & Cards Class

I have a couple of things to show you from some recent classes and this was something we made at Alveston at the end of November.  At this class we make a card and a 3D project.

This month I decided to do a 3D card and chose the Triangle Fold design for this cute little Christmas card.  The stamps are from "Season of Joy" and we inked it up in Cherry Cobbler.  Our colour combo was Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler and Baja Breeze and we used some of the "Jolly Holiday" Designer Series Paper.  The ribbon is the gorgeous 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain, tied with linen thread through a Designer Button from the Neutrals range.

Once you remove the belly band, this is what the card looks like inside:

Ah, so sweet, I just love this colour combo too!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

More from the Extravganza

Sorry for not posting earlier, its been a busy week so far!  Back to the Extravaganza!

We created a further two projects in the afternoon, a "Tag Bag" and a "Flip Album".

For the "Tag Bag" we used the stamp set "Just Believe" and constructed our bag and tags using Baja Breeze, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla Cardstock.  We also included some of the "Elegant Soiree" Designer Series Paper which fits in with this colour scheme.  We created one bag to hold 6 tags, 2 of each design.

"Just Believe" includes 9 stamps , 4 of these are greetings and the other 5 are gorgeous foliage and label stamps.  All of our images were stamped in Soft Suede ink.  We punched out the flower circle image and layered with the Scallop Circle Punch in co-ordinating colours and also used the Word Window Punch with the "just for you" greeting.  We used Gold Elastic Cord to tie on each tag.  These look so pretty in real life, the colours are just so delicious!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November Ribbon Share

This post will remain at the top of my blog until 30th November or until the share is full, please scroll down for more recent posts

A little late, but better late than never as we are already half way through the month, but here are the details for my November Ribbon Share!

November's share is for a selection of colours in the 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain ribbon.  You will receive 1 metre of each of the following colours:

Basic Black
Early Espresso
Old Olive
Real Red
Marina Mist
Rich Razzleberry

The 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain ribbon is gorgeous for adding to your cards and 3D projects and ties to make a perfect bow!

The cost for this share is £6.85, postage to your door is £1.00 extra.
I only have 9 spaces on this share so if you are interested please drop me an email or give me a call.  I am happy for you to collect at the next class if you are local to me.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Extravaganza #2

Wow, what a day we had on Saturday at our second Extravaganza, a whole day of crafting, chatting, laughing and having fun.  Jane and myself were at the hall bright and early getting everything organised for the day.

Just a couple of the things that we made for our guests:

Our morning project was a One Sheet Wonder with a box to put all 12 cards in!

If you click on the picture you can take a closer peek at each card.  We used the "Serene Snowflakes" stamp set to create our One Sheet Wonder in Night of Navy, Bashful Blue and Soft Suede, a really gorgeous combination teamed with crisp Whisper White.  This set is perfect for creating a background design, the snowflakes are so intricate and stamp lovely.

Our quiet empty room was soon full of ladies happily crafting away and the time flew by so quickly it was lunch time before we knew it!

I will be back tomorrow with some more pictures!  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Final Layout for November's Class

Sorry for the lack of posts, I have been very busy preparing for our Extravaganza which is tomorrow.  Jane and I have been busy cutting and sorting for the last couple of weeks ready for the big day and we are both looking forward to it, hope those of you coming are too!

Back to my Scrapbooking Class, the final layout as promised: 

The patterned papers are from the 12x12 Designer Paper Stack in the subtles collection which is gorgeous.  We created our 3D flower using the Scallop Circle and Boho Blossoms punches adding a Clear Rhinestone brad to the centre.  We also added some of the delicious Designer Buttons for extra texture to our page.  It is difficult to see from the photograph but we used the Colour Spritzer Tool to create a soft subtle background with the Rose Red Marker Pen.

Well I have to be off now, still have a few finishing touches to prepare for tomorrow, back soon with pictures of our day!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Second Layout at Scrapbooking Class

The second layout of the night was one that I had seen at Convention on one of the samples boards and was immediately drawn to it so decided to case it for the class.  The pictures are some that I took at Convention of Myself, Jane and Caroline, wow what a fab time we had!

The colour combo is Baja Breeze, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White which I adore.  The stamp set used was "Just Believe" which is available in Wood or Clear Mount, and I have to say I have been using it a lot lately as I love it!!!!  We also used "Heard from the Heart" stamps to create the title at the bottom right of the layout which was stamped onto Early Espresso card using the Kraft White ink pad.  The spotty panel is the DSP from the subtles stack, a fabulous pad of 12x12" paper in a whole colour family which includes a whopping 40 sheets of double sided papers, great value at only £15.50.

We used the Eyelet Border Punch to create our decorative strips and the Heart to Heart Punch to create the Baja Breeze heart on the bottom right corner.  We tied linen thread in a bow through one of the new Designer Buttons.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Scrapbooking Classes

Last night I held my Scrapbooking Class at Whitminster Village Hall, during the evening we created three layouts, yes a challenge I know but we just about got there in the end didn't we ladies!!

So here is the first layout, I took inspiration from the IB&C for this one, quite sweet and simple, not too busy:

We used "Season of Joy" and "Heard from the Heart" stamps and our colour combo was Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler.  We daubed around the whole edge of the Crumb Cake base with Early Espresso and stamped Poinsettias in Cherry Cobbler onto Whisper White cardstock hand cutting them and adding Silver Brads to the centres.  The ribbon we used is the 1/4" Grosgrain in matching Early Espresso which we ruched {{spelling}} onto a strip of sticky strip.  The punches we used were the Scallop Border and the Curly Label punch which reveals a hidden journalling tab created from a gutted piece of Crumb Cake from behind the Old Olive layer, waste not want not!!

My next Scrapbooking Class will be held on Tuesday 4th January 2011, if you would like to come along just give me a call to book your place, spaces will be limited at this class.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Convention Swaps

At Convention we do lots of swapping and here is my general card swap.  I used the stamp set "Growing Green" for the main image and the background was created using the "Sanded" stamp which I have been using a lot recently!  The greeting is from a Hostess set called Occasional Quotes.  The three tiny Early Espresso circles to the top right are "confetti" leftovers from the Eyelet Border Punch layer!  My flower was created using the Boho Blossoms Punch finished with a Basic Peral in the centre.

My colour combo is Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Marina Mist and Whisper White.  I used the Spritzer tool to create a subtle background on my main stamped image.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Back from Convention

Wow, what a fantastic weekend we had at Convention, still trying to catch my tail with planning for upcoming classes so I thought I would share a couple of pictures with you for now:

Caroline, Jane and Myself on the stage inside the Marquee at Addington Palace

The queue for Momento Mall proved to be a great chance for swapping and sharing

We had our own Make and Take sessions, lovely kits all packed up for us!  From left to right, Rhoda, Caroline, Nikki, Jane and Catherine.

We had a Prize Patrol too, both Catherine and Rhoda won prizes and had to stand up waving their arms in the air while their prizes were delivered to them!

There were Awards, lots of them!  I achieved 21st place as Demonstrator of the Year in the UK which I am very proud of considering I only signed up a year ago and my wonderful friend Jane Cutting (my Stampin' Up! Mummy) achieved 10th place, wow!  We both got to walk across the stage and were commend by Shelli Gardner.

Amanda Fowler (my Stampin' Up! Grandma) achieved 2nd Place as Demonstrator of the Year and was also awarded with the Heart of Stampin' Up! Award which was so well deserved.

I think that's enough for today, it was such a fabulous weekend and I am already looking forward to Convention 2011 which is being held at Euro Disney, woo hoo!!  I would love to be taking you along with me so if you would like to find out more about joining my team and signing up to be a Demonstator, full or part time or just to earn discounts on your products then give me a call on 07717 068909 or email me at  This really is a great opportunity and now with the Starter Kit being offered at a new lower price there's even more reason to sign up!

All you have to do is:

Share what you love and love what you do, what could be easier!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Time for Convention

Hi Everyone, sorry for the lack of posts, it has been a very busy week for me, three classes and preparing for Convention has taken up every little bit of time leaving me no time for blogging or anything else to mention it!

But the day has finally come, Jane and Caroline will be here shortly and we will be making our way to London for the 2010 Stampin' Up! Convention so I will be back next week to tell you all about it and share some pictures with you.

Have a great weekend all, and happy stamping!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Workshop Gifts

I always like to have a little Door Prize Draw when I am at a home workshop and here is October's prize, a cute little gift bag that could contain a sweet treat or small present for someone special.

My colour combo is Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and Marina Mist.  The stamp set I have used is "Vintage Vogue" which most of you know is well loved by me, it is just so pretty and feminine and works with so many different colours.  I used the vine stamp to create a background on my bag base.  The ribbon is the gorgeous 1/8" Taffeta available in an amazing 13 colours!  I finished off by adding an adhesive Rhinestone to the centre of the flower.

I have a new class starting at Alveston Methodist Church next week, Wednesday 3rd November 10.30am-1.00pm, make 6 cards for £10 or a £20 order, if you would like to book a space, please email, call or text me for more information.

Thanks for stopping by

Monday, October 25, 2010

October Ribbon Shares



I will be doing a Ribbon Share as I have done previously, this time it will be monthly, one type of ribbon per month which is a fab idea I stole from the lovely Jane C!  Who doesn't love a share!  What a great way of getting hold of all those lovely colours and varieties without having to buy a whole spool.

So my ribbon share for October is the 5/8" Satin Ribbon.  There are 8 spaces in this share, if you take part in the share you will receive 1 1/2m of each of the 8 colours as listed below so you will receive a total of 12 metres of ribbon, I need 8 people to participate, the sooner you put your name down the sooner you receive your share!!

Very Vanilla
Daffodil Delight
Pretty in Pink
Rich Razzleberry
Night of Navy
Marina Mist
Certainly Celery
Early Espresso
(To view the colours see Page 98 of the Idea Book & Catalogue)

Each share will cost £6.25 which includes free shipping.  If you require delivery to your door please add 75p for this service.  I can accept payment via Cash, Cheque, Paypal or Bank Transfer.

Please email or call me to reserve your place in this share.  I am happy to bring your ribbons to the next class with me.

Friday, October 22, 2010

3D Class Project

Back to the class at Alveston this week, this was our 3D project, a lovely Christmassy Pillow Box!

Our colours were Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler and Baja Breeze taken from the Colour Coach.
The stamps we used were from "Serene Snowflakes" and "Contempo Christmas".

We stamped snowflakes from the "Serene Snowflakes" set in Kraft Whisper White ink all over the Soft Suede base and Cherry Cobbler belly band.  The layer beind the Cherry Cobbler piece is Baja Breeze.  The Ornament stamp is from "Contempo Christmas" and we stamped this 3 times then punched them out using the Ornament Punch, sticking them together to create a 3D decoration for our Pillow Box.  We tied a piece of Organza ribbon around the whole box with a knot just above the ornament so it looks like it is hanging from it!

When using the Kraft white ink you need to remember that it is a Pigment Ink, therefore it dries much slower than the Classic Stampin Inks but the effect is gorgeous on deeper colours.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Alveston Making Gifts & Cards Class

Our card for this class was created using another of the new sets called "For Everything".  It is such a pretty set complete with 11 stamps which are all beautiful and very feminine.  The set comes with two greetings, the one used below "friendship" and the other being "Thanks for everything you do".

Our colour combo was taken from the fantastic Colour Coach which you can find on Page 81 of the catalogue.  It helps you put together custom colour schemes and has suggestions for colour combinations which are just lovely.  So here I used Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry and Baja Breeze (the Colour Coach suggested I use Tempting Turquoise but I wanted to show one of the new colours so chose Baja Breeze which worked as well)

We used the new Scallop Trim Border Punch which is so pretty, you can even by the corner punch which will enable you to create decorative panels along with the Border Punch.

We used some of the gorgeous Basic Pearls on the flower centres and to the bottom left of the card.

The background was stamped with the "Sanded" stamp which I have become attached to recently, it gives such a lovely effect.

We finished by added a piece of the 5/8" Satin Ribbon in Marina Mist which co-ordinated beautifully with the other colours.  If you are liking the ribbon, why not join in with my October Share, get 1 1/2 metres of 8 colours of the 5/8" Satin Ribbon for just £6.25 so thats 12 metres in total.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Thank You's

I decided to use one of my new stamp sets "Growing Green" on some Thank You cards that I needed to create.  My colour combo is Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz and Very Vanilla.  I also used one of my new Jumbo wheels for the background, this one is called "Texture" and I love it, I know, I'm doing it again but I really do love it!!!  My main image was stamped with Early Espresso Ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock, this is such a delicate image, just crying out to be watercoloured!  My greeting is from "Pocket Silhouettes" punched out with the new 1 3/8 x 5/8" Oval Large Punch to which I added a daubed edge.

I attached a piece of 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon and added a punched flower from the Boho Blossom Punch finishing with one of the new Basic Pearls which are great, self adhesive, so quick and easy.  Behind this layer I added a strip of Pear Pizzazz card just to break up the colour and snipped one end in a "v" shape.  To finish I daubed all around the edge of the Crumb Cake base layer in Early Espresso ink.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

More from Contempo Christmas

Another card we made at a recent class, again using "Contempo Christmas".  On the tree we stamped it in Pear Pizzazz ink and added some Dazzling Diamonds uisng the Two-Way Glue Pen, the results are stunning, such a lovely sparkly finish.

The colour combo is Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake, teamed with Whisper White.  We used a strip of DSP from the Greenhouse Gala pack and added a border using the Scallop Border Punch, piercing holes in each scallop with the Paper Piercing Tool.

The greeting was stamped in Early Espresso Ink and I used a dauber around the edges of the card to finish.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Contempo Christmas Shoebox Swaps

A couple of weeks ago, us "Incaholics" got together at Jane's for our monthly gathering.  We had a Shoebox Swap and here is my creation.  A lovely combination of Pear Pizzazz (In Colour), Early Espresso, Crumb Cake and Whisper White.  We used some of the gorgeous 1/8" Taffeta in matching Early Espresso and tied in a knot around the top layer.  The circles were punched using the 3/4" and 1/2" circle punches adding Silver Brads to the centres for texture.  The greeting was stamped without the aid of a Stamp-a-ma-jig which is way out of my comfort zone but the lovely Clear Mount Stamps made this a breeze!  As usual with me, most of the edges have been daubed!

Coming soon is another card we made at the monthly class, again using Contempo Christmas in the same colour combo.