Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Free tickets for the Crafts 4 All Show at the Bristol UWE


How do you fancy winning yourself a free ticket to the "Crafts 4 All" Show at the UWE Exhibition & Conference Centre
Filton, Bristol,

Thursday 8th - Saturday 10th September 2011
Open each day from 10am
- 5pm

I will be there along with fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from Thursday to Saturday and would love to chat with you at our stand whilst you take part in our FREE make and take session and browse our selection of samples.

To be in the chance of winning yourself a free ticket, just place an order with me between Monday 22nd August and Monday 5th September for a minimum of £15 (excluding p&p) to get your name in the draw, I have two tickets up for grabs!

Email me at with your order or call on 07717 068909.

Friday, August 26, 2011


Another class layout, this time with a colour combination of River Rock, Basic Black and Very Vanilla.  The Designer Series Paper is from "Newsprint", Love Letter and the Neutrals Paper Stack.

Click on the picture for a closer look!

We used the "Just Perfect" stamp set for the title along with the "Junior Type" Alphabet Sizzlits dies.  We also used the Big Shot Machine to die cut the Top Note Shape and Sizzlits Tag.

We used the "French Foliage" stamp set to add subtle images to the Vanilla Top Note layer, you will need to click on the picture to enlarge the image to view this.  We also used the "Take Note" stamp from the "Notably Ornate" set on the oval tag.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

"Make a Card, Make a Difference"

We used the gorgeous Butterfly stamp from the "Strength & Hope" stamp set, which we inked with Concorde Crush.  Our colour combo consisted of three "In Colours", Concorde Crush, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz.

The flower vine image is from "Hopeful Thoughts" stamp set which we coloured in using the Marker Pens before stamping onto our Whisper White Layer.

The greeting is from "Perfect Punches" punched out using the XL Oval Punch and layered onto one of the Sizzlits Tags die cuts.

We used the Eyelet Border punch to create the pretty lacy border at the bottom.

Our 3D project was the same that we did at my recent Big Shot Class, details are on my previous two posts.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Top Note Gift Card Holder

The second project at August's Big Shot Class was this neat Gift Card Holder created again with the Top Note Die.  The colour combo matched in with the other items we made, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Very Vanilla with a little Early Espresso thrown in.

The spotty Old Olive paper is from the Brights Paper Stack and the greeting from "Perfect Punches" stamps which co-ordinates with the XL Oval Punch.

We used the Boho Blossoms Punch and Itty Bitty Flower Punch for the flower and added a Rhinestone to the centre.

The Early Espresso Label underneath the greeting was die cut with the Big Shot using one of the "Lots of Tags" Sizzlits dies.

The inside reveals a greetings panel and space to attach a gift card or just to write a message if you wanted to use it as a general card.

The handle was created using the Scallop Circle Bigz die then cutting a circle from the middle and trimming to size.  We used velcro dots for the closure.  Quite cute really, and just think of the endless colour combinations and stamps you could use to make it different!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Big Shot Class featuring the "Top Note" die

I seem to have grown attached to this colour combo of Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive teamed with some Very Vanilla.  This was one of our creations at this month's "Big Shot" Class where we concentrate on using one of the dies to create 3 different items.  The class is designed to inspire you to get the most out of your Big Shot and dies.

This gift bag is just sooooo cute and there is enough room for a small gift or sweet treat for someone you love, if you can bear to give it away!!

The spotty paper is from the "Jolly Holiday" Designer Paper Pack, which of course, is not just for Christmas, the colours and patterns will suit many occasions.

The Flower was created using the "Fancy Flower" Punch and it is really pretty and quite 3D as we curled the petals to give a nice full effect.  The centre of the flower was created using the Boho Blossom Punch and the Itty Bitty Flower Punch.  We added an adhesive Rhinestone to finish.

The greeting is from "Something to Celebrate" which is one of the exclusive Hostess Stamp Sets and we stamped onto Very Vanilla cardstock using Rich Razzlebery ink then cut a nice ribbon tail to finish.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vintage Handbag Class

Hi, just to keep you updated, the "Vintage Handbag Class" on Wednesday 24th August is full but I have scheduled in another class on Monday 22nd August at Whitminster Village Hall so if you would like to come along please let me know by Friday 12th August at the latest so that I have time to order your goodies!  I only have 4 spaces left at the moment.

"Vintage Handbag Class"
Whitminster Village Hall
Monday 22nd August 7.00pm-9.30pm
£18.95 to include £16 worth of products!

Christmas Extravganza

If you haven't booked your space yet, don't delay, only a handful of spaces available.  Booking closes 18th August 2011, payment will secure your place.

Christmas Extravaganza
Whitminster Village Hall
Saturday 3rd September 9.30am-3.30pm
£30 to include all materials, lunch and light refreshments

Call me on 07717 068909 or email

Owl Swing Card

For August's card class we made this Owl "Swing Card" using the Top Note Die with the Big Shot Machine.

Please excuse the poor quality of my pictures, the lighting just wasn't right and the flash made it worse!!

I thought it would be nice to create a card for the younger generation and the Owl Punch is great for achieving this look, but of course by just changing the colour combination it could be recreated for young and old alike, male or female!

So quite primary colours here, Real Red, Marina Mist, Old Olive and some Early Espresso.  This Owl is just toooooo cute!!

I showed everyone how you can create the "swing" on your card using the Top Note Die with the Big Shot Machine, too complicated to explain without showing, so if you are interested in learning how, why not book youself a party and I will come along and show you too!  At the same time you could earn yourself some free Stampin' Up! products, just ask me how.

Back to the card, we used some of the Marina Mist spotty patterend papers from the "Subtles" Designer Series Paper stack and the circle behind the Owl is from "Woodland Walk" which has two lovely sheets of woodgrain papers, just perfect for masculine cards and projects.

The leaf was die cut using the "Little Leaves" Sizzlits die and the greeting is from the stamp set "Party This Way", which I love, the font is so youthful.  We punched this out using the Word Window Punch and layered with a "Modern Label" punch out in Early Espresso cardstock.

August Promotion, it's a Gift!!

Details of the new Stampin' Up! promotion for August

As if getting new Stampin’ Up! products wasn’t fun enough, when you place a £75 order, or host a £250 workshop, you’ll also receive a free gift from Stampin’ Up!
Your gift includes a beautiful, exclusively-designed cosmetic bag, along with Rich Razzleberry 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, and a 24-piece Clip Assortment.

You can place your order with me via Email at or call me on 07717 068909 / 01452 740532.  If you would like to book a home Party for August then just give me a shout, who doesn't like free goodies!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Pillow Box Bigz Die

Another creation using the Pillow Box Die, this time using two "part cut" shapes and sticking them together to make a longer version of it's original size.  Again this was one of my Inspiration Station samples so I kept with the colour scheme of Baja Breeze, Soft Suede with Very Vanilla and some of the "Elegant Soiree" Designer Paper.

The gorgeous 3D flower was inspired by a swap recently received from Amanda Fowler, thank you for the inspiration!
The stamps were from the "Clearly for You" stamp set which you can find in the Mini Catalogue, it is such a lovely set and very versatile, I just love that cute little butterly stamp.

Back soon with my recent class cards, thank you for stopping by, do leave me a comment so that I know you were here!

Friday, August 5, 2011

More from the Inspiration Station...

I wanted this card to have a distressed vintage feel to it so I did lots of daubing and spritzing.  I used the "Very Vintage" wheel on the Vanilla Top Note Layer, then spritzed and daubed over the top in Soft Suede ink, adding a rectangle panel to the centre stamped with images from the "Clearly For You" set.  Again the "blackberry" stamp was inked using 3 colours of marker pens to create a multi-coloured image.

A "Mini" Pillow Box which I created using the "Pillow Box" Bigz Die with Whisper White butterflies stamped onto the background.

For my demonstration I showed the "Cracked Glass" technique which involves using the Versa Mark Ink Pad with Clear Embossing Powder, building up the layers to create a thick glaze which when cooled you "crack" to create stunning results.