Thursday, 30 June 2011

Milk carton gift boxes

These were made by Vicky, Sue and myself.

We used the Bigshot milk carton die, A5 piece of card in old olive and real red and decorated with scraps of DSP. We used ideas from the main catalogue to keep it simple.

We embellished using buttons from the brights collection. Some springtime vintage and Love Letters DSP with Seam Binding ribbon and twine. The pearls just finish off the buttons.

We left them so we could put a small gift held together using a clip they are so cute!

Hope you like them!

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

DSP Paper Bows

Afternoon, it's just started to rain and the sun has gone in so I thought I would post a few pics of some DSP paper bows I made last week. They are so easy... my best friends are all getting these at Christmas. Well it's never to early to start :-)

This was using the Jolly Holidays paper...I just love it!

These would be great for birthdays and baby presents.

I used half a sheet of DSP, 12"x6" in Green house Gala and Sweet and Sour.

Hope you like them!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Weekend fun!

I started my party by explaining to everyone about the building work on the house to adapt it for my wheelchair. This included no lock on the bathroom door, so with ten people coming I made a quick sign to hang on the door, but I did have to colour co-ordinate with our bathroom!!!!!

Hope you like it!

This then led into bottle name tags....

There was lots of display ideas, both from swaps made by other demonstrators and lots of new things I have been making.

My sideboard another display... I will post some close ups later this week.

This is my exercise plinth turned into a display area.

These were the make and take kits for all the guests to select.

This was the display with special offers including stamp incentives the the ideas book/catalogue.

This was our fabulous raffle prize worth over £27, Pam was really excited when she won this! Happy scrapbooking Pam :-)

Tasha really focused on her work, looks like you might get hooked?

Lyn really getting into the fun and making the card her own.

Heads down loads to do... Can you spot an apple cover, crocheted by Lucy?

Lucy learning to use the ink pads and pens, everyone very busy.

Learning how to stamp and scrub...

Finally Vicky, me and my hostess Sue, what a fab day we had.

Thanks everyone. X

Saturday, 25 June 2011

First party success!

Just to say sorry for the lack blogging this week, but I have just launched my first party workshop.

Not quite Prague yet (top demo achievement trip see Michelle Last's blog) our table looked nice as well!

Nine guests, one fabulous hostess and me! Everyone is on a high, we have had a fab afternoon, loads of crafting, shopping, raffle prizes, gifts, and lots of fun... everyone a winner!

Enjoyed meeting some new faces and having fun. As promised will post tomorrow re Class details and booking deadlines.

This was me at the beginning of the day, can't let you see me now, just had chinese, in pj's and going to sleep Zzzzzz! But first a big thank you to all of you especially Sue my hostess, Vicky, Agnes, Paul and Mum for helping...lemon cake and biscuits were really yummy!

See you tomorrow with some display and more action pictures.

P.S. These were our make and takes, these ones were made by Vicky..
Looks great, just love it!

Saturday, 18 June 2011

6 Thank You Cards, small but sweet!

I have been making these cards while resting in bed! Stampin and colouring is so therapeutic :-) Thanks to Michelle who swapped with me at January training and gave me the idea of punching out using the Word Window Large punch and putting the ribbon behind. Great idea and really different.

These similar cards only use three stamps in different ways to create colourful co-ordinating cards.

The insides were stamped off the page at the corner just to keep the theme going and I also stamped the front of the envelopes to match. This makes them look so professional.

I used the Stamp a-am-jig to stamp the sentiment, I wanted precise stamping as this was the last thing I did and wanted to avoid remaking the card if it was not straight, it's such a good tool.

I just had to highlight with a rhinestones or two!!

Materials used-

Card – Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green
Papers – Pattern Stacks DSP brights
Stamps – Thanks for caring set form the mini catalogue, Level one hostess set Because I Care
Embellishments - Ribbon chocolate chip 3mm taffeta, Rhinestones
Ink - Chocolate Chip ink pad for sentiment and Stampin Write Markers,
Tools – Paper Cutter and score tool, Dimensionals foam pads and Sticky Strip. Word Window Large Punch. Stamp a-ma-jig

These would be a good example of the type of small card we might make during the classes.

Hope you like them!

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Cards and gifts for Dad

These are a collection of co-ordinating items I have made for my Dad and Pauls Dad, hope they don't check out my blog before Sunday!

This started with a gift bag following on from my last post, so I wanted to make a man bag! hope you like the shirt look.

Some cards are difficult to embellish especially when there is no theme to focus on or stamp, so I adopted the keep it simple approach and used colours and texture.

Dad cuts our grass hope he gets the hint or maybe I need to say thank you?..xx

I have added matching sentiments and paper inside the card.

I will need to give him a bottle of wine so gift tag to match.

Hope you like them!

Card – Whisper White for the base, Chocolate chip A4 & 12x12 for the base
Papers – Pattern Stacks DSP brights
Stamps – Thanks for caring set form the mini catalogue, Cottage Garden
Embellishments - Large eyelets, Ribbon chocolate chip. Buttons Neutrals
Ink - Chocolate chip
Tools – Scallop trim Border Punch,Circle punch, Oval punch Paper Cutter and score tool, Crop-A-Dile, Sticky strip. Embossing folders Square Lattice, Perfect Polka dots and Vintage Wallpaper. Top Note die, and Alphabet Sizzlits Dies for cutting out the letters.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Gift Bags

Well after a week in bed, I felt today I needed to update my blog, so I added my class details and got organised. So after time on the computer some changes trying to expand information, my friend called in to organise the workshop and we started to make gift bags instead. Hurray!!
It was much more fun to craft especially when it's raining all day. Thanks for a fab afternoon Sue, hope you all like the bags we made. If you want to join in and craft with me check out the classes and dates I have posted.

The tags make all the difference, I love them!

Sue your bags look great thanks for your inspiration and keeping me going xx

The Springtime Vintage paper looks lovely, don't you think?

The base is made from a square made into a box bottom, and then DSP wrapped around, a one inch scallop boarder punch is added to the outside, with tabs punched out to allow ribbon through to tie together, tags were made by extending one end. The tab punch and stamping sentiments and embellishing with the scrap extra paper.

Supplies used all Stampin' Up

Card – Whisper White for the base, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Perfect Plum
Papers – Springtime Vintage DSP and Pattern Stacks DSP brights/subtles
Stamps – Cottage Garden
Embellishments - Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie and Marina Mist, Satin Ribbon in Whisper White, Seam Binding Ribbon.
Ink - Whisper White
Tools – Scallop trim Border Punch, Tag Punch, Round Tab Extra large punch, Paper Cutter and score tool, Crop-A-Dile, Sticky strip.

Hope you like them all!

Going on an Art day out tomorrow with my Dad, Acrylic on canvas abstract painting, looking forward to it, so need to get some rest now - hope to be back soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Thank you in Springtime Vintage

This card is using the DSP from the Springtime Vintage Suite from the Mini Catalogue

I used the large Scallop using the Big Shot Die, and the Square Lattice embossing folders, I ran the whole design through all at the same time once stuck in place.
The card used is Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.

I punched out six scallop circles and foldered them to a point to show the other side of the DSP, the sentiment was the Elegant Thank You inked in Chocolate Chip and punched out using the Scalloped Square. Embellished in Pearls.

The square card was cut in half at the front, with the large scallop to overhang. The inside decorated in strips of the co-ordinating DSP.

The finished card is elegant. Hope you like it!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Next Workshop Saturday 25th June

Hello, I am not that well at the moment it's just the nature of MS! So I am sat in bed resting today and planning the workshops for the next few months. :)

So the next Stampin' Up workshop will be held on Saturday the 25th June at 1:30pm until 4pm. There are a limited number of spaces so please let me know if you would like to attend. This will be held at my house, and my lovely friend Sue is the hostess.

Remember workshops are a Fun Free afternoon to get to see the products, have a play and make a card with friends. There will be lots to look at, the new mini catalogue and the main ideas book. You will also have chance to have a go at stamping, with a make and take home project. We will also have a raffle and a WOW techniques to show you. So exciting!!

I will also be offering free stamps sets from a limited collection to all customers spending over £35 on the day, this offer is only available at The Luxury Ink Pad.

Stampin' Up are offering lots of Extras in June and July, if you host a workshop you can earn extra free products if your workshop is over £250 or more!!

Not only will you earn a Level1 set but £45 to spend on products.

If you would like to host your own workshop at The Luxury Ink Pad and take advantage of the special offers, please call me on 01904 492366 or email I still have booking space in July :)

Easel card, using the Scallop Circle Die

I made this card for my carer D for her birthday. I have just loved using these Dies and the Big Shot, you can make cards look so effective in minutes.

I used DSP to coordinate the colours. The butterfly is cut using the Big Shot large die, also the embosslits for the mini butterflies, these were embellished using Rhinestones. The circle and butterfly is inked in Melon Mambo.

The sentiments are stamps from the Sympathy set and All Occasions. The satin ribbon has been tied into a Rose to make the stand, stuck with sticky strip. Card used is Pumpkin Pie and whisper White.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Scallop Circle Card

I made this card for my Aunty

I cut three large scallop die circles and I also cut out the butterflies using the Big Shot. Inked with Melon Mambo and Rhinestones to decorate.

I folded the middle circle to make an easel card held up by the seam binding ribbon.

The background was made from six scallop circles folded to give a 3D effect. Using coordinating DSP papers really makes it easy to put a card together.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Scrapbook bag, pages made from cards?

This was a challenge! my friend had bought cards for staff to sign at work for a colleagues leaving do. She remembered I made cards at the last minute. So with little time to make three cards in one afternoon, I came up with a 12x12 bag and the three cards used as photos, paced on pages for staff to sign made into a book so she could keep.
Those who know me will understand I am really a card maker so this is my scrapbook card challenge!! 
So this is the bag made from crumb cake 12x12 card stock with sticky strip on three sides. I used large eyelets and ribbon tied to make handles. I have used the cut off strips from the card and some subtle DPS with Embosselet Butterflies to embellish.
I love the new Big Shot, the Top Note was embossed using the Square Lattice Embossing folders (Mini Catalogue) and the letters cut out, (Medium Sizzlits Dies from the mini Catalogue). So easy to do I just inked the edges and embellished with butterflies and a few Rhinestones.
I selected the three colours that brought all three cards together and co-ordinated the taffeta ribbon to match.
Each page had Top Note cut out in whisper white for staff to sign. the cards were double mounted on matching card Perfect plum, Pretty in Pink and Pear Pizzazz.
Eyelets were put through the middle edge of the card with ribbon to tie the card down to stop it flapping.
The good luck card was for new job new move to a country. Butterfly from the Mini Catalogue.
 Embosslits Dies -Beautiful Wings.
The new home card, also had extra Top Notes was stamped with sentiments form Sincere Salutations and So Happy For You for the sale-a-bration sets, inked in crumb cake.
The book was tied together with the taffeta ribbon. punching using the Crop-A-Dile and the Eyelets - this stops it begin ripped when the pages are turned.
In the end, I spent just as much time making three cards work as a scrap book as I would have done if I
had just made one card! It was worth it as they loved it. Hope you like the ideas.