Monday, 16 December 2013

Stampin' Up UK, Wedding Thank You!

Stampin' Up UK, Wedding Thank You!

As you may remember I was married several weeks ago, you can read more about it HERE.

Last weekend I decided it was time to get our fingers out and make our thank you cards. With over 60 to make - they needed to be easily replicated, my initial idea of a complex double slider card with two photos just wasn't going to be practical.

This card was so simple to make, we made them all in just over an hour! Speed crafting with a very efficient production line!

The card matches our silver and navy colour scheme using smokey slate and night of navy card stock.

The stamp set is so pretty, not much more additional decoration was needed on the card just a few rhinestones for a bit of added bling.

All our generous guests should have recieved the cards by now so I can share the design with you all.

It actually made a nice change to all the Christmas crafting I've been doing recently.

New customers placing their first order with me in January get a fantastic 10% off - no catches, as simple as that! Orders need to be placed through me rather than on line so please, get in touch.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Stampin' Up UK, Simply Stars Sassy Christmas Gift Wrap

Stampin' Up UK, Simply Stars Sassy Christmas Gift Wrap

I have said this before but I'll say it again, I LOVE making my own wrapping paper! I bought a huge roll of brown paper in Tesco's a while ago and I think I have used it to wrap every present I've given since then!

Today's present is for a secret santa (hopefully they don't read my blog!). When I was pregnant with Eva I met a lovely group of ladies whom where also expecting babies around the same time. We keep in regular touch and last year came up with the idea of a secret santa rather than having to buy for each baby - such a good idea.

The brown paper is stamped randomly using the great Simply Stars set, another new purchase of mine, in cherry cobbler and crumb cake. I really like this set, it is excellent value and I see a lot of uses for this, not just for Christmas.
I've then wrapped the parcel in the lovely cherry cobbler chevron ribbon and the whole package is finished off with a simple tag using the sentiment from the Sassy Salutation set - told you before this would be getting a lot of use - I love it!

I would love to share the wonderful world of Stampin Up with you - if you're in the South Manchester area drop me a line about hosting a party. As always you can shop on line 24/7 in my on-line store here!

Remember all orders placed in December will get a special extra present from me!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Stampin Up UK, Winter Frost Card

Stampin Up UK, Winter Frost Card

Yesterday I shared with you all this lovely gift box and matching card I made to give my team their Christmas presents in. If you want to know more about the box, head back to yesterdays post here!

This card was so simple to make, I whipped them all out in double quick time :)

The base is pool party which I have layered up with whisper white card stock and a peice of the Winter Frost Designer Series Paper.

I've stamped the lovely sentiment using the Sassy Salutations stamp set - this is a new set for me and very much a favourite, I can't believe I took so long to order it, certainly going to be well used in future.

I firstly used the smokey slate chevron ribbon to hide the gap between the whisper white card stock and the DSP but it just didn't work, so I swapped it for the pool party seam binding ribbon - so much better I think - do you agree?

Here is the box and the card together. The card is 7cm by 14cm, the same size as the box. Hope my team enjoy their gifts :)


If you want to make boxes like this yourself, you can buy everything you need 24/7 by hopping over to my on-line store HERE or drop me a line in person and I'd be delighted to help.
If you're in the South Manchester area, why not host a party and I'd be delighted to come and share Stampin' Up with you and your friends.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Stampin' Up UK, Winter Frost Gift Box and Matching Card

Stampin' Up UK, Winter Frost Gift Box and Matching Card

I have a small team in my day job that support me in a lot of admin tasks who really do make my life so much easier when I'm travelling the world doing my stuff - they don't read my blog - but if they might in future; thank you ladies. I wanted to get them a small gift for Christmas to show my appreciation.

This is the little box I made this afternnon to give them the gift in. They really took no time at all and I think, gives a lot more wow factor to a simple gift.

The box measures 14cm by 7cm and is just 3cm deep. The base is pool party and the lid is smoky slate covered with some of the lovely Winter Frost designer series paper.

I made a belly band from pool party too and then wrapped some of the gorgeous smoky slate chevron ribbon round the belly band - this ribbon has grown on me so much, I thought it was too much when I first saw it but now - love love love!

In side I popped a gorgeous little soap - smells amazing and a little Lindt Christmas chocolate, I don't know anybody who doesn't like Lindt and I have to admit that I need to buy another one tomorrow as the five I bought have somehow become four -oops!

I also made a matching card - come back tomorrow to read more about that!

If you want to make boxes like this yourself, you can buy everything you need 24/7 by hopping over to my on-line store HERE or drop me a line in person and I'd be delighted to help.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Stampin' Up UK, A Mosaic Madness Christmas!

Stampin' Up UK, A Mosaic Madness Christmas!

I ran my first party recently, it was for new stampers and I wanted to show them how versitile Stampin' Up products are so they can get a lot of different looks from one set. They asked for Christmas Cards so I decided to show a stamp set which isn't a real Christmas set.

I went with the Mosaic Madness - a set I wasn't sold on immediately but now absolutely love!

The mosaic pieces look like perfect little christmas ornaments.

Here they are suspended on the lovely Cherry Cobbler bakers twine hidden by a little of the matching Cherry Cobbler chevron ribbon.  Each of the ladies made their own version of this card and all were very impressed by just how simple it was! The matching punch is great for new crafters.

We then moved on to this card, I admit to seeing a similar version on Pinterest which inspired me.

A selection of different stamps from the Mosaic Madness set were stamped using three different shades of green ink. We then punched them out with matching punch and layered them up using dimensionals to create the card you can see above. The pot is just hand cut from card stock.

We added a few rhinestones to lift the card - it is Christmas afterall!

I also showed them a selection of other cards you can make using this set - check out an old blog post here. It really is a very versatile set - highly recommended for Christmas and beyond!

If you are interested in holding a crafting party for you and your friends, do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

If you'd like to have a go at making these cards at home yourself, you can drop me a line or shop 24/7 via my online shop HERE!

Remember all orders placed in December get a little extra gift from me.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Stampin' Up UK, Papillon Potpourri Gift Wrap AGAIN!

Stampin' Up UK, Papillon Potpourri Gift Wrap AGAIN!

I think I am slightly addicted to making gift wrap. I've always resented spending so much on fancy wrapping paper only to have it torn off in a few seconds!

I love making my own wrapping paper - it is so easy and so cheap!

This uses the very versitile Papillon Potpourri stamp set and just one colour - Real red.

The present if for Eva's Danish Grandmother - Farmor is the Danish name for Grandma, it literally translates to Father's Mother.

I made the tag by layering up very vanilla on real red card stock and stamped Farmor using the Morning Post Alphabet set.

The little embelishment on the end is made using the two coordinating punches. I firstly stamped and then punched the larger butterfly and then layered it up with the smaller butterfly simply punched from real red card stock.

The whole think is tied up using the very versitile cherry cobbler baker's twine.

The present - a framed photo of one of Eva's paintings. I nice little thank you present as she looked after Eva while we were both on business trips last week - Thank you Farmor; hope you like it :)

I now have an online store so you can buy direct from me 24/7 follow the link before, you can also contact me directly as always if you'd prefer.

All December orders get a little extra Christmas Present from me :)


Thursday, 14 November 2013

Stampin Up UK - Papillon Potpourri - HELLO!

Stampin Up UK - Papillon Potpourri - HELLO!

I've had quite a few ladies place Stampin Up orders with me recently, a few who I don't know personally, so I thought I'd make a little card to say hello.

I've stamped the butterfly randomly on a scrap of Marina Mist Card stock  and then punched out the larger version and mounted it on a punched circle of Whisper White. I rolled the edges of the circle in the ink pad to soften the edges a little and added a few pearls for that essential bling.

The ribbon is actually Island Indigo but it matches pretty well I think. I haven't been too inspired by the Chevron Ribbon for cards recently (although I love it for packaging!) but really like it here. It works well to mask the join between the two pieces of layered card stock.

Hello is from another old favourite set, Four You.

I've sent a few of these out already - hope the recipients enjoy and are inspired by them.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Stampin' Up UK Christmas Ornament Box

Stampin' Up UK Christmas Ornament Box

After getting such positive feedback from my last box, I decided to make a more Christmas themed version and am pretty pleased with how it turned out.

I used cherry cobbler and old olive and the Christmas Ornament stamp set and matching punch.

I love the tag stamp in this set and will be making lots in a variety of colours for all my Christmas presents this year.


In my husband's family (still get a little thrill using the word husband!), they have a little tradition where everybody brings a little gift and we play a game over dinner where everybody ends up with something - the trick is to bring a pretty naff gift but wrap it up well so everybody fights over getting that gift and then gets a shock when they open it.

I think this little box will be perfect for that!

Stampin' Up UK, Mosaic Madness Gift Wrap and Card

Stampin' Up UK, Mosaic Madness Gift Wrap and Card

I love making my own gift wrap - so economical and so pretty!

In this case I used the mosaic madness stamp set and just randomly stamped using two of the colours, melon mambo and smokey slate and two different stamps. The paper is basic brown packing paper.

It is all tied up using the sparkly silver ribbon from the holiday mini.

I also made a matching card using the coordinating punch and the same colours. Love how easy the matching punch makes making cards.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Stampin' Up UK Papillion Potpourri Winning Box!

Stampin' Up UK Papillon Potpourri Winning Box!

My Stampin' Up leader recently set her team a challenge to design something based on inspiration around our home.

To begin with I was completely stumped and had real crafter's block!

But then I saw a decorative tin on a shelf in my cupboard, it had been there forever, I think it was a Christmas Gift one year with a hot chocolate gift set in it. The base was pure pear pizzaz and lid was bright white.

I started playing around with those colours and the much loved Papillon Potpourri stamp set and the box attached was the result.

I love the way it really show cases the pear pizzaz chevron ribbon. I admit I haven't been too inspired by this ribbon for cards but love it for gift wrap.

I was blown away to find out today that my box had won the competition! A huge thank you to everybody that voted for it (and therefore me!).

If you would like to make your own, I have a short video here:

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Stampin Up UK - Missing in Action!

Stampin Up UK - Missing in Action

Well it has been a little while since I made a blog post. Hopefully you'll forgive me as something quite important happened to me last week - I married my soul mate!

It was the most wonderful day - we had an absolutely fantastic time.

All my crafting went down very well, it was lovely hearing all the comments about the little details that our guests really seemed to appreciate :) Made it all very worthwhile.

We're still waiting for the professional pictures but here are few more our guests took throughout the day.

I'll be back with more crafting soon.


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Stampin Up UK, Calm Christmas, take 4

Stampin Up UK, Calm Christmas

Two ladies I know from out local church came round last night as I had promised them some help designing a card they could sell at the Christmas Fair.

As new stampers, they are pretty limited in their supplies and I had convinced them that they would get a lovely, but unusual card from the Calm Christmas Stamp Set, combined with Island Indigo card stock and ink.

After a few hours of chatting, drinking wine ;) and crafting, with a little help from my stash, they had come up with the four cards above - I think they did really well for first time stampers.

I shared some smoky slate card stock and dsp with them and we all love this silver ribbon from the Christmas Mini Catalogue.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Stampin Up UK, Six Sided Love - and lots of chat!

Stampin Up UK, Six Sided Love

I sold the 6 sided sampler card and matching punch to a friend recently and must admit it was a set I had never tried out myself.

Well, she called round for coffee today and bought the set with her, she wanted to try out some of my inks with it. We had a lovely hour chatting and crafting together, well actually more chatting than crafting but we did make one card!

The colours hadn't come out too clearly in the pictures. The base card is pool party with a mat of wisteria wonder, the other colour is so saffron (another first for me but relly liking this rich yellow).


For the sentiment we layered wisteria wonder chevron ribbon with a so saffron stamp from the label love set punched with the matching artisan label punch.