Thursday, 31 October 2013

Magical Season Star

Had a great time at Christine's yesterday and made a great card for Eva's birthday, 
which I will show you nearer the date!
Chris has bought the single stamp Magical Season, which I wasn't sure about,
but after I had seen it stamped on one of her creations, it made my mind up.
I will just have to have it!!  
I did the next best thing and stamped and embossed a few impressions with it.
Here's one of the cards I made using it last night when I got home.
(I googled Christmas Star and found this little beauty)

Isn't that star awesome!! Its's another of the single stamps that are currently available.
It's called (as you might guess) Christmas star, and it works quite well with the sentiment I think.
The colour conbo is soft Sky and White with silver embossing on the sentiment( Magical Season)
The back ground was done with the Pretty Print Textured Impressions folder.
The only embellishments are a few basic Rhinestones.
All products used are Stampin' Up!
Well I think this is awesome - what do you think?

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

More Festive Flurry

Here's a quick make that I have cased from 

The stamp set is Festive Flurry,
simply stamped in Soft Sky and  Encore Silver
The sentiment is from More Merry Messages
and the only embellishment is some Dazzling Details Silver Sparkle.

Monday, 28 October 2013

O Holy Night

This stamp set is one  that I looked at in the Autumn/Winter catalogue and didn't know what to do with it.
At our monthly training earlier in the month, we made 3 beautiful cards using this set
and Julie showed me a fourth one which I just had to case!

Colour combo is Pool Party, Island Indigo and White
Paper is from the Winter Frost DSP Stack.
Stamp sets O Holy Night  and Best of Christmas (Bauble)
Indigo Island Bakers Twine.
I just love these colours!!

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Another Warmth and Wonder card

Here's another card that I cased from Chris's on Wednesday
She brought several for me to copy, and I will share them with you too.
This was originally cased from the Stampin' Up! Autumn Winter catalogue and was simply altered
by using different inks and DSP for a completely different look.

Stamp set - Warmth and Wonder (A/W Catalogue - Hostess set)
Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive ink
Season of Style DSP 
Dazzling Details - Cherry Cobbler.
All products Stampin' Up.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Warmth and Wonder

Today (being Wednesday), is the day that Chris (sis-in-law) and I spend together.
One week I go to Chris's and the following week she comes to me.
We usually get lots of projects done on a Wednesday and Chris is a 
really good influence on me as she is a"fast" crafter.
She usually helps me to finish my projects and often cuts out or stamps the odd image for me.
Today has been no exception!
I asked if she would bring along a hostess stamp set that I didn't own,
and "share" some cards that she had made for a card class.
Here is a card that she has designed and made for me (as I was way behind - as usual!)
I just chose the colourway and she did the rest.

The colour combo is Island Indigo, Pool Party, Smokey Slate and White.
The stamp set is Warmth and Wonder (Hostess set from Autumn/Winter Catalogue)
The embossing folder is Petals-a-Plenty, which I think is not unlike a poinsettia in shape.
The paper is the Winter Frost Speciality DSP stack (which is excellent value)
Don't know whether you can see this or not but the flower and snowflake centre
have been highlighted with Dazzling Details Silver Sparkle.
Thanks Chris - my ladies will love making this!!
And thanks for all your help today.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Festive Flurry Snowflake Calendar

Today I showed one of my Tuesday class ladies (Janet)  how to make this snowflake calendar
 using the Festive Flurry stamp set and matching Framelit dies.
Here is her calendar.

Inks used - Island Indigo, Pool Party, Soft Slate and
Versamark with Silver embossing powder.
The various sized snowflakes  were stamped and then die cut,
assembled together and then ribbon was attached as a hanger 
and also to attach the calendar to.
Great work Janet - this will be great for your fundraising!!

Monday, 21 October 2013

October thank you cards

In an attempt to be organised I have started making my thank you cards
 for the orders that I receive this month.
Here's the first one, I will repeat it using other colours, but the same design.

The colour combo is Melon Mambo and White.
Stamp set is Six Sided Sampler,
Hexagon punch used to cut the shapes out and Boho Blossoms punch
used to punch out the flower.
Small pearls (for flower centre) used from stash, 
otherwise all products used are Stampin' Up!

Sunday, 20 October 2013

A Christmas gift Bag

At the Stampin' Up! UK Creative Tour event in Leeds in September, 
Paula Gorry showed us how to make this beautiful Christmas Gift bag 
(but it could be for any other special event!)

The Mini Muslin bag was stamped with the Love and Joy stamp,
then the outline was coloured in using a Stampin' Write Marker.
A  length of the Marina Mist 3/4" Chevron Ribbon was fastened onto the drawstring closure
and one of the Frosted Finishes Embellishments was also attached with a length of Linen thread.
I'm not giving mine to anyone - I'm keeping it for me!!

Saturday, 19 October 2013

And a Flipping Christmas card too!!

Well I just had to try a flip Christmas card didn't I?

Card closed

Card open
I die cut the card with the Thinlets Circle Card Die and Old Olive card stock.
I "borrowed" Lexie's "Colour Me Christmas" stamp set and stamped this cute little Santa
onto a circle of Very Vanilla card stock, and coloured him in using Stampin' Write markers.
I used the sentiments from "Wishing you" for the front and inside
using Versamark and heat embossed with Gold embossing powder.
I then stamped top right and bottom left with the mistletoe stamp from Simply Sketched,
using Versamark and heat embossed with Clear embossing powder.
All it needed then was to colour the mistletoe berries with a White gel pen
and voila - my first Christmas flip card

Friday, 18 October 2013

Get Well Soon Ann

On Wednesday I called to see one of my down-line demonstrators, Ann, who wasn't very well, having
just come home from hospital with an infection in her leg. 
I took her this Get Well Soon Flip card.

Card closed

Card open

View showing mechanics of the flip
I really love these Thinlets card dies - here I have used the Label one 
using a colour combo of  Real Read  and  White card stock.
Stamps used from Flower Shop and Papillon Potpourri stamp sets.
Elegant Butterfly and Pansy Punches usedE`legant Butterfl
Sentiment from Hopeful Thoughts.
Embellishments are Basic Rhinestones.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Happy Anniversary Chris and Jane

Today is the Wedding anniversary of my brother Chris (yes -it's yet another Chris) and his wife Jane.
Here's the card that I made for them.

Card Closed

Card open showing the mechanics.
I have used my new Thinlets Label Card dies to make this.
Colour combo is simply Silver and White.
The hearts were cut out of Silver Foil sheet using the 
Fashionable Hearts Embosslits die.
The personalised sentiment was  computer generated
and the only other embellishments are the Basic Rhinestones.
Another CAS card.
Happy Anniversary Chris and Jane!!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Happy Birthday David

Today is our brother in law - David's birthday (Chris's hubby)
Here's the card that I made for him using one of the NEW Thinlits Card Dies.
(I used the circle one here, but if you call back tomorrow,
you can see another card made using the Label one )
I was able to try this one out because I am a Stampin Up Demonstrator, you will be able to buy them from the 22nd October - it's only next week, so it's not too long to wait!!

Card closed

Card open
General view

The flip card base was die cut using the Thinlets card die.
The colour combo was simply Pacific Point and White - with a smidge of Silver Glimmer paper.
I computer generated David's name and the cut out the banner shape around it 
using one of the Thinlets dies that accompanies the Card Dies.
The Scallop Circle was also die cut with another one, as was the "hi",
there are quite a few to choose from!
The stampsets used were Simply Stars and the sentiment was from Simply Sketched.
The stamped stars were fussy cut, but the little star was from the Merry Minis Punch set.
I can see me using these Card dies quite a lot in future!!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

On a roll!!

Yes folk - I think that I am on a roll with my Christmas card production !
Here's another card that I made with Chris last week - love it!!

Colour Combo is Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler and White.
The mittens are cut with a punch which is sadly retired - I couldn't bear to part with it
as these mittens are so cute!! The embossing folder is Stylish Stripes
and the sentiment is from Greetings of the Season stampset.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Christmas Blessings

Here's a card that Chris showed me how to make last week when we had our weekly get together.

Colour combo is Crumb Cake, Island Indigo and White.
Stamp set  and matching dies - Festive Flurry.
Winter frost DSP Stack
Silver 1/8" Ribbon
Sentiment from More Merry Messages stamp set.
Thanks Chris.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

How many days to Christmas??

Yesterday was the monthly training event for our Stampin' Up! Team - Julies Jems.
Julie shared with us a project that I knew that Lexie would love,
Its a tin, decorated to show how many days there are until Christmas.
Here is the one that Lexie made this morning (it's better than mine!!)

I'll show you my tin later on in the week (I haven't finished it!!)

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Who else is going on the Silver 2 Reception?

My Stampin Up sister, Sally-Jo got her promotion to Silver 2 in the last few days of September - 
just in time to qualify to attend the Silver 2 Reception at Convention in November.
Here's the card that I gave her today at our monthly team training.

Colour Combo is Crisp Canteloupe , Baked Brown Sugar and Very Vanilla.
Stamp set Six Sided Sampler, matching Hexagon Punch used to cut shapes out.
Flowers made using Boho Blossoms and Itty Bitty Flower punches.

Congratulations Sally-Jo see you there on the night!!

Friday, 11 October 2013

Look what arrived in the post this morning!!

My invitation to the Silver 2 reception for the Stampin' Up! Convention in November this year!!

I am getting quite excited as Convention date draws near, 
but I am really thrilled to be attending this special event.
I owe it all to my Stampin' Up! mummy, Julie Kettlewell.
Last  November, we shared a Hotel room for Convention in Mainz,
 and Julie convinced me that I could easily make Silver 2
 if I worked on recruiting new Demonstrators.  
Happy to say that I managed to achieve this in January this year.
In order to attend the Silver 2 reception, I had to maintain various annual and monthly targets
 as well as having a downline of 6 Demonstrators.
Receiving this invitation  has been a real motivating factor for me.
Thanks to mummy for all your help and inspiration, and my dowline Demonstrators for hanging on in there 
- love you all!! 

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Colour me Christmas.

I bought the Colour Me Christmas stamp set for my grand-daughter Lexie to use to make her Christmas cards this year. Yesterday, inspired by some cards I had seen on Pinterest, I sneaked it out of her 
craft box and Chris (sis-in-law) and me made a couple of cards using the cute images.
Here is the first one.

Great CAS card - three strips of the Season of Style Designer Washi Tape,
Sentiment from "Wishing You" and the Santa, coloured with Stampin' Write markers,
from the Colour Me Christmas stamp set.
Mmmmm............... may have to hide this stamp set away from Lexie!!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Snow scene

Came across a snow scene whilst browsing Pinterest this morning, and was keen to have a go,
especially as there was a tutorial on how to do it

This is my effort

I am quite pleased with this!!
Colour combo is Island Indigo, Black and White.
Stamp set Lovely as a Tree
and sentiment from Greetings of the Season.
What do you think??

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Ann's Birthday

Friday was my downline Demo Ann's birthday and I just had to make this card for her.
It was cased from one that my good friend Lyn had made at class on Thursday evening.

Front view

side view
I used Very Vanilla card stock and die cut the flower layers using the Floral Framelits dies.
I then edged all the petals using a dauber and Blushing Bride ink.
Stamped the sentiment from Simply Sketched (Hostess) stamp set - it's so useful!!
and using Versamark and gold embossing powder, heat embossed this.
I punched this with the Large Oval Punch, then, with a Scalloped Oval punch, and using Gold card stock, I cut the scalloped oval and glued these together,  This formed the "brake" for the easel card top.
One simple adornment for the card was a single flower from the Vanilla 5/8" flower trim,
which again I edged using a dauber and Blushing Bride ink.
Hope that you enjoyed the rest of your day Ann!

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Leo's first birthday

Thursday was the first birthday of my niece's son Leo - Chris's grandchild.
here's the card that I made for him.

I used Birthday Basics DSP for the background, Gumball Green and Very Vanilla card stock
I die cut his name and fussy cut the number one.
The sentiment is from Happy Day - would you have guessed?
Very CAS card, but very colourful I thought.
I'm sure that Leo will appreciate it!¬

Friday, 4 October 2013

Congratulations Catherine

  One of my downline demonstrators, Catherine, has achieved her Bronze 2 recently,
and she came to class last night, so I gave her the card that I had made for her.

I used the Gingham Garden Washi tape, Best of Flowers stamp set,
Pool party and White card stock, Designer Frames Embossing folder
and a computer generated sentiment.
The ribbon is 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain in daffodil Delight.

Congratulations Catherine!!

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Mag and Ger's Anniversary

Yesterday was my sister's Wedding Anniversary and as they are on holiday, I haven't seen them, 
but I gave her the card to take with them  so that she could open it on the morning.
Here it is

Front view

Side view
A really CAS easel card made using the Oval Collection Framelits,
colour combo is Coastal Cabana, Silver and White.
I used the Fashionable Hearts embosslits to die cut the hearts.
The  text on the front of the card was computer generated
and the sentiment on the base is from the Curly Cute (now sadly retired) stampset.
Hope that you had a lovely Anniversary!!

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Condolence card

I took a phone call from my very good friend Jackie at the weekend, letting me know 
that her only sister had died earlier in the week.
Here's the card that I sent to let her know that I was thinking of her.

A very CAS card, colour combo Strawberry Slush, Basic Black and White,
Flower and sentiment are from Simply Sketched.
The sentiment says it all.
Thinking of you at this sad time Jackie - take care!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Postcrossing - Handmade card swap

Here's the card that I have posted off to Lillian in Sweden for the
Postcrossing - Handmade card swap.

Colour combo is Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight- one of my all time favourites!
Stamp sets used are Morning Meadow (Hostess set) ,
Papillon Potpourri and the sentiment from Loving thoughts.
The sentiment was stamped on a background from the Morning Meadow set,
then cut using an Apothecary Accents Framelit die and edged in Night of Navy ink.
The flowers are punched using the Pansy Punch, the butterfly with the Elegant Butterfly Punch
and the leaves using the Bird Builder punch.
Basic Rhinestone embellishments.
Hope that Lillian likes this!!