Saturday, July 31, 2010

Two step Stamping promotion for the month of August.

Two-Step Stampin’ sets allow you to quickly and easily take your creativity to the next level. And from 1-31 August, you  will get 20 percent off select Two-Step Stampin’ sets from our current catalogues--no limit, no minimum purchase required!
Choose from the following stamp sets:

Regular Price
Sale Price
Loads of Love
Des tonnes d'amour (Loads of Love in French)
Liebe, nichts als Liebe (Loads of Love in German)
Big Bold Birthday
Un super anniversaire (Big Bold Birthday in French)
Trendy Trees
Greenhouse Garden
Something Sweet
Un peu de douceur (Something Sweet in French)
Süße Kleinigkeiten (Something Sweet in German)
Tiny Tags
Bird on a Branch
*From Mini Catalogue

Please contact me if you would like any information about this offer or any of the other Stampin' Up products.
If you would like a catalogue to browse, just drop me a line.

Queuing to see Katie

Nearly at the door now, camera ready

Yesterday Katie Price was in Norwich to do a book signing & as Abi has read all of her previous books she really wanted to go & see her & get the latest book signed & I have to admit being a keen photographer I was more than a tad curious too see just how much Katie was airbrushed when you see her in magazines. That probably makes me sound like a total bitch but I used to admire her as a working Mother until she split with Peter Andre & had the very public airing of her dirty washing.

We arrived in the city just after 9am to find there was already a long queue & when they came round handing out the tickets so the could keep track of the queue we were number 176 in the queue.
Katie arrived fashionably late, though that's not exactly how be felt when we had been standing in the queue for 3 1/2 hours. But once she started signing she whisked through them, it was a shame that everyone was rushed past her after waiting so long to see her, but i did manage to fire off some pictures so Abi was happy & especially happy when Katie said " Thank you Abi ".

Well in the name of research I have to say she was charming & smiley & the photo's that you see in the gutter press do not do her justice I thought she was very attractive & didn't seem to be the fake plastic wreck that the press have portrayed her as recently.

A happy Abi with her signed copy of Paradise

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

149 Days 13 Hours 20 Minutes ...But who's counting?

                                                             Thats right it is just
 149 Days
13 Hours
20 Minutes     


Until Christmas

...But who's counting?

What does everyone think is it too early to start showing Christmas projects?

I made my first Christmas card on Sunday, have you started yours yet?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Card with detachable bookmark

Well I did day that I had found a 3rd style of bookmark. Well this style is called a detachable bookmark card & again I found it from a tutorial on splitcoast stampershere is the tutorial. I only used the tutorial as a starting point and adapted the card. To make the perforations I used the perforating blade of The Stampin' Up Cutter kit.

Front of the card 
The perforated bookmark is on the right of the picture 
Rich razzleberry
Whisper white
Basic black
Rich Razzleberry
Old olive
Melon mambo
Soft suede 
Ribbon & Accesories
Jumbo eyelets
Rich razzleberry polka dot
Cutter kit
Stamp a ma jig

All of the above products are from Stampin' Up & are available to purchase through me as a Creative coach for Stampin' Up

Inspired afternoon

Its been a short weekend this week as I worked yesterday so I have spent an inspired afternoon in my craft room whilst multi tasking and cooking a mouthwatering roast beef dinner, haven't had a roast for ages & just fancied one today.
Recently I have bought a few classes from a fellow demonstrator to inspire me.

I do this from time to time when my mojo desserts me or when i am just too busy or stressed to play. I seldom copy them directly I just use them as a starting point for either design or colour.
I recently bought the set on a pedestal so I just fancied having a play. I have broken out some of the colour renovation products
Melon mambo, Soft Suede & Rich Razzleberry.

Whisper white
Melon mambo
Rich Razzleberry
Soft Suede
Old olive
On a pedestal
Sincere salutations
Melon mambo
Rich Razzleberry
Soft Suede
Old olive
Tools & Accessories
Oval punch
Scallop oval punch
Scallop circle punch
White pen
Heart to Heart punch
Scallop square punch
1/4" Old olive Grosgrain ribbon
5/8" Old olive Grosgrain ribbon
Dazzling diamonds
All of the above products are from Stampin' Up & available to purchase from me as a creative coach for Stampin' Up.

2nd Style Bookmark as promised

As promised last week here is the 2nd style of bookmark that I found whilst looking for 3D projects to make. There is a brilliant tutorial on splitcoast stampers

My version has used
Melon Mambo cardstock
Rich Razzleberry polka dot ribbon
Very vanilla cardstock
Itty bitty buds stamp set
Flight of the butterfly stamp set

All of the above items are available to purchase from Stampin' Up through me as a Stampin' Up Creative coach.

I am starting a new Stampers 6 group..

Stampers 6

We need 6 people to get the group started, so tell all your friends too, the sooner we fill the earlier we can start.....

I am starting up a brand new Stampers 6 club with effect from September
Heres the deal!!......................

*I need 6 ladies to join the club who commit to spending a minimum of £25 a month (plus P&P) for 6 months September - March. This is without a December meeting, which I can do ( If required ) as an additional meeting with a draw for hostess, so the chance of a bonus hostess month.

*Each month one of the 6 ladies will be classed as the "hostess" for that month and will receive freebies of the minimum of a Level 1 stamp set and £15 worth of goodies from the catalogue. Dont worry being hostess simply means you get freebies that month, it doesnt mean you have to let us all come round to your house!!!!!
You dont have to be local & attend the meetings I can send you the projects with your order & the pictures are always on my blog.

*You will receive a free Stampin Up catalogue at the start of the club and any further mini catalogues that might appear during the club run.

*Occasionally I will send out challenges and prizes to some lucky winners

Do you like the sound of it ???
Please mail me for more information or to register a place before they fill up !!!!!

Just had to share

 I just have to share the beautiful first  crop of new potatoes from our own garden. growing veggies was a completely alien concept to Paul & I but we just had to have a go & whilst its a learning curve it's one that looks like its going to be sucessful.
 These little beauties were grown in a patio bag & now that we hae got rid of the 10ft trampoline there is lots of space for the veggies to grow into.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sampler pack

Would you like the chance to have a sampler pack of the new goodies
Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede

We have cardstock

Matching ink pads

Yummy yummy ribbon

Matching POLKA DOT ribbons

Beautiful co-ordinating designer paper

window sheets.

* SIX sheets of Melon Mambo A4 card stock
* SIX sheets of Rich Razzleberry A4 card stock
* SIX sheets of Soft Suede A4 card stock
* ONE ink pad in Melon Mambo
* ONE ink pad in Rich Razzleberry
* ONE ink pad in Soft Suede
* TWO meters of Melon Mambo dotty ribbon
* TWO meters Rich Razzleberry dotty ribbon
* TWO meters of Soft Suede dotty ribbon
* SIX 6"x6" samples of the NEW Cottage Wall designer paper
*ONE 6"x6" piece of the Flower Fantasy window sheet

The sampler pack is just £25 delivered to your door.
Please contact me at

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Tonights Stampers 10

Tonight's stampers 10 projects are made using the Garden Whimsey set, Alice who is tonight's hostess made the choice of the set were using & I'm so glad she did as It's a set I haven't had out in a while.

The first project is a bag-e-lope this bag is made using a 5"  x 7" envelope, but in reality you can use any size envelope. 
It is so easy 
These are the instructions for the construction of the Bag-e-lope, I do however recommend that you decorate the bag-e-lope before assembly.
1. Seal the envelope by licking the flap.

2. Using a scoring board or a ruler & embossing tool score 1" in from the two long sides & one short side.

3. Fold the scored lines a couple of times to make them flexible.
4. Trim off the top ( unscored ) by about 1cm to make the bag opening

5. On the bottom of the bag cut as shown & fold

6. Using wet glue or super sticky tape tape flaps together & then tape to the bottom of the Bag-e-lope.

7. Using the crop o dile hold together the top of the bag and punch 2 holes to thread the ribbon handle through.

 8. Use the real red gingham ribbon to make 2 handles, you need approximately 25cm for each handle.

The colours used in this project are 
Whisper white
Basful blue
Real red
Old olive
Pumpkin pie

The designer papers are Bashful blue

The next project of the night was a card using the Garden Whimsey set & the papers Sweet Pea from the current mini catalogue .
I have made a couple of variations, the inspiration for these came from fellow Demo Jenny Moors.

The evening was made complete by Alice & her legendary chocolate cupcakes that she makes for us when she's the hostess.

All of the above products are from Stampin' Up and are available to purchase through me as a Stampin' Up creative coach.

A lovely evening spent with fellow crafters & now i'm off to bed to try out the lovely new mattress that arrived this morning.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A couple of reminders

Good morning the weather here in East Anglia looks very promising, I hope that whereever you are the sun is shining down on you.

The first reminder is about the Alexander Palace coach trip that i'm running on the 26th Septemeber to the big stamping & scrapbooking show.  There are still some places left on the coach from Norwich or Thwaite, check out my post & let me know if your interested.

The second reminder is for our Christmas Stampin' Up experience day, these have become very popular & there are only a limited number of places left. The cost for the day is £25 and includes all of your materials except glues & refreshments throughout the day. Please let me know if you would like to come along & join us on our Christmas experience day

Sad day

Today at work was a sad day as one of my work colleagyes & friends has left to start a new chapter of her life. Lucy is off to pastures new & initially has a placement on an RSPB reserve in Scotland, something she has always wanted to do & I am so glad that she has been able to have the opportunity to have such an adventure.
Lucy has taught me a lot about tollerance especially with some of our most challenging customers at work, something I will always try & remember.
So to mark the start of Lucy's new adventure I made her a journal using the Autumn splendor stamps from the current mini catalogue & the designer papers Autumn meadow.


Monday, July 19, 2010

Would you like to attend 
an all day Stampin' Up 
experience event?

I would just like to tell you all about our all day event that I'm hosting with my fellow Stampin' Up Demo's Sharon & Michelle
Sunday 31st  October
10 ~ 4
at Hethersett Village Hall, Norwich.
The cost will be £25 for the day
This will include all supplies as well as light refreshments.
To book your place please get in contact as places as strictly limited.

You will get the chance to make projects with products from the new idea book & catalogue. That include all f the latest products from Stampin' Up

The new Idea book & catalogue is available from 1st October, to receive your copy please send me an e-mail with your address. Register for a catalogue before 1st September & pay only £3 via pay pal for your catalogue including postage.

Watch my blog for sneak peaks of the projects for the experience day

Friday, July 16, 2010

Knowing where to start

I have recently seen so many lovely ideas for 3d projects that I just had to try these lovely corner bookmarks, there are two different ways to make these bookmarks.
Version 1 uses a 5" square piece of card
Score from corner to corner across the diagonal so that you have four triangles.
Cut out one of the triangles & use as a pattern for the decorative borders & strips.
Fold along the score lines to make a triangle that will fit over the page of your book & decorate.
Glue the two flaps together to strengthen & decorate.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Still sharing the experience day cards

Michelle designed this beautiful brayered card for the afternoon session of the recent Stampin' Up experience day that we held last week. I love this card, but I have to admit to being a total novice when it comes to the Brayer, I have never liked the results that I have achieved, but I think it is one of those techniques like distressing that goes against the rule " less is more" because now I have the hang of distressing I love it & i'm sure that it would be the same with Brayering. When you only do a little it looks pants, definately a technique for the brave to carry on & get great results like this card.

All of the products are available from Stampin' Up & can be purchased through me.

Friday, July 9, 2010

The last of the morning cards

This card uses the very versatile Pocket Silhouettes set, a set i find I dont use enough. The butterflies are from the Flight of the Butterfly. The vase is made from the oval punch with the ends nipped back through the punch to cut the top & bottom.
can you guess how the scalloped background was made? 
It was made from 6 scallop squares cut from Chocolate Chip & glued together being overlaid by just one scallop of the scalloped squares.
All of the above products are from Stampin' Up & are available to purchase through me.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Flight of the butterfly from Experience day

Another of the morning cards to go in the bird house box, this card was designed by Michelle & follows the Pink Passion & Pretty in pink colour theme, with the addition of Chocolate Chip.
As you can see from some of the projects so ar that we used the Stamp a ma jig a lot during the experience day, I have to confess that it never used to be a tool I liked but once you get the hang of it I guarantee that you will love it as much as I do. The chocolate chip ribbon is nipped in using the legs of the rhinestone brads, which gives a different look from piercing it through the ribbon.