Friday, 29 November 2013

Team convention swaps

One of the most exciting things about Convention is to see all the sneak peaks of all the wonderful up and coming Stampin Up products, lots of fabulous tips and of course the prize patrol's and giveaways. We received so many goodies over the weekend but unfortunately cannot show any photos of them until the products are released

There were live demonstrations  from very talented demonstrators and I was inspired by all the amazing speakers



We even dressed up on the Friday evening for a night of awards followed by a fabulous party.

 

 I watched proudly as my upline Zoe, and team members walked the stage for amazing achievements


 




 Here are my Team swaps


I made 18 individual boxes from the Seasons of Style designer series paper and decorated them with a bow made from two oval punches.  They were again filled with an assortment of chocolates.




 The Convention will be held in Brussels next year from 16-18th October, join my team and you can come along which will be even better

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Stampin Up! European Convention 2013 Manchester

Wow, what a few days I have just had. I attended my first Stampin Up! European Convention 2013 in Manchester last Friday and Saturday.

The convention began properly on Friday but you could sign in and register early from 6.00 p.m. on Thursday evening. I travelled down with three of our team members and we all met up with some lovely ladies from my up-lines team at the convention centre in the evening

It was so great to meet up with  friends, make new ones and of course be totally inspired by wonderful projects and products.

At Convention, Team members usually do small gifts/swaps for fellow team members. There were 18 members of my uplines team who attended convention and we all decided to take part in this swap.
With going on holiday I knew I had to be organised so my swaps were made a month ago! I made two different kinds of swaps, 18 for our team members and 45  general swaps.

 Here are my general swaps all ready to be packed.


I used the winter frost and seasons of style designer series paper stacks to create these little pouches and filled them with chocolates. They were decorated with the label love and papillon potpourri stamps and co-ordinating punches. The flaps were closed with a velcro dot.



I really hope my colleagues at Convention enjoyed these swaps.

I received some really beautiful ones in return which I will post on my blog soon




Thursday, 21 November 2013

Hello Everyone, 
I am now back from a relaxing cruising holiday.  The weather in Europe for this time of year excelled and we visited some fabulous ports and cities of culture. The itinerary was very full and tiring and I even resisted the temptation to do some crafting. I think I need some exercise now to remove the extra pounds I put on.

Anyway, I am now back in my craftroom and preparing for the Stampin-Up! European Convention in Manchester, this Friday/Saturday...I'll report back next week on the highlights.

Below is a card I made a while ago, for my Mum's birthday earlier this month whist we were on holiday



It is a 3D pop up card in a box which  I originally saw  on pintrest.



I have used Flower Shop and Mixed Bunch stamp sets and the leaves are cut out with the secret garden framelits.


The box is decorated with Afternoon Picnic designer series paper


I will be running classes on Sunday 8th December 10am - 12pm and Monday 9th December 10am - 12pm to make a similar one with a Christmas theme.

Please let me know if you would like to join us  and make one of these fantastic cards in a Christmas design for that special friend or just use as a decoration

Friday, 15 November 2013

Festive Flurry snowflakes

Hi again, this is a scheduled post as I am on holiday. 

Here are another set of 2 cards done at my Friday class in Keelby.

 The first again uses the 'Festive Flurry' stamp and framelets, but this time in a 3D effect, surrounded by embossed snowflakes. I just hope we don't see too much snow this year.....
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The second followed the same theme as one we made in my Christmas Stamp-a-stack class, but using a different colour and replacing the ribbon with a bow. Again the glitter on the tree added that special touch, that we all like at christmas..


 

When I return back to Keelby on the 29th November, I  will be making more Christmas Cards for sending to those last minute, special relations/friends.

I still have places left on my 24th/25th November classes for making the 5 cards and 2 boxes using the wishing you stamp set and paper stack. If you haven't booked already, why not come and join us... Let me know....


Stamps: Festive Flurry, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Lovely as a tree, For My Family


Ink: Soft Sky
Pool Party, Night of Navy,



Card: Whisper white, Soft Sky, Midnight Muse
Whisper White, Pool party, Night of Navy

 
Medium: White satin ribbon (own supply) Rhinestones, Whisper white bakers twine, dazzling diamonds

 
Tools:Northern Flurry embossing folder, Word Window Punch, 2 3/8" scallop circle, 2 1/2" circle

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Stamp-a-stack 3

This is the final set of 2 designs from the Christmas Stamp-a-stack. The first one seemed to be the most popular and in fact very easy to create. 

The photograph doesn't really show the beauty and a touch of glitter was added to the tree, which made it sparkle.




The background was created very quickly and easily using a mask and sponged with pear pizazz ink. The lovely as a Tree stamp was stamped over the top in the same colour ink, to give the illusion of it being a wood in the background.  The colour contrasting ribbon and the scored edge added a final touch.



The second card was created using the modern mossaic stamp set to form a Christmas tree design. The rhinestones and gold star added a little glimmer!




 All six card designs were made twice and the 12 cards were completed in 4 hours. Thank you and well done to those who attended the classes.

 Due to holidays, I will be having an extra class at home on Monday 18th November. Let me know if you want to come, we will be making more cards, along the same theme, as those in my Stamp-a-stack.


Stamps: Lovely as a tree, Greetings of the Season, 
Mosaic madness, create a cupcake, teeny tiny sentiments

Ink: Pear Pizazz, Old Olive
Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar

Card: Whisper white, 
Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar
 
Medium: lucky limeade organza ribbon, dazzling diamonds, rhinestones
 
Tools: Simply scored scoring tool, Cupcake Builder punch, 

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Stamp-a-stack 2

These are the next 2 cards from my Christmas stamp-stack. 

We used the new expression thinlits to create the 'Merry' and used the 'waste' to form the stencil.If you are very careful you can create two cards by using both the stencil part and the cut out word.  This design is really effective when contrasted with pastel colours. 


The silver ribbon is fabulous and the photo doesn't do it justice. It has been a popular item with Stampin' Up!, and is currently out of stock, but hopefully will be back with us at the end of next week

 The second card was a little different to all the others and was even called 'funky' by one of my ladies.


I used a colour combination of real red, coastal cabana and baked brown sugar



The stamped image was created by using two different marker pens to colour the stamp.

Stamps: For My Famiy (retired), 
Merry Little Christmas

 

Ink: Silver Encore metallic, 
Real red, Coastal Cabana



Card: Whisper white, Pool party, Coastal Cabana, 
Crumb Cake, Real Red

 

Paper: In Colour Designer Series paper stack
Medium: Silver Ribbon,  
Real red taffeta ribbon,Rhinestones

 
Tools:, Polka Dots embossing folder, Expressions thinlit dies, 
Chalk Talk Framelits, word window punch,

Thursday, 7 November 2013

stamp-a-stack 1

For those of you that missed my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack class last week, here are the first 2 card designs from the 6 designs we made. 

The classes were enjoyed by all, with 2 separate groups working on different cards and my husband providing the refreshments (even chocolates and scones...). 



As you can probably tell, I love using the Festive Flurry Stamps and Framelits. In the following card I have decoupaged them, punched a hole out the centre and made it into a christmas wreath. Who would have thought you could make a wreath from a snowflake!!



 

The 'festive flurry' will be the the key feature of the card in a box in December. Take a look in the sidebar of my blog for the remaining dates for 2013, its not too late to add the personal touch with a 'handmade' card.

Stamps: Festive Flurry, Wishing You
Greetings of the Season,

 

Ink: Soft sky, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, 
Pistachio Pudding, Gumball Green


Card: Whisper white, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate
Whisper white, Pistachio Pudding, Gumball Green

 

Tools: Northern Flurry Embossing folder, Festive Flurry Framelits, 
Festive Flurry Framelits, 1 3/8" circle punch, rhinestones

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Winter Frost and festive flurry

Hello again here are another 2 cards done during our classes at Keelby. 

Every week, I try and do a different style to help demonstrate the diversity of the Stampin' Up products.

 The first card uses a 'paper piecing' technique and reminds me of Joseph's technicolour dreamcoat in pastel colours.... 


We used 4 strips of the winter frost designer series paper stack, cut them in half to form 8 triangles,  paper pieced them together and attached them to a piece of whisper white card.

 
 
The second card uses the Festive Flurry stamps and framelits. I will be using these for the special card in a box class on the 8th/9th December. These look so beautiful when they are decoupaged and glittered.



Stamps: Wishing You, Festive Flurry, Simply Stars, Greetings of the Season

   
Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Soft Sky


Card: Whisper white, Pool Party, Soft Sky, Island Indigo
Paper: Winter frost Designer Series paper stack
Medium: Whisper White Grosgrain Stitched Ribbon, Glimmer Paper Silver,

 
Tools:Merry Mini Punches, Festive Flurry Framelits, 



Sunday, 3 November 2013

mosaic madness

  Morning everyone!! Can you believe it's November already? Is it just me or did this year fly by? Well, the good thing about dark nights and rainy days, is that it gives everyone the perfect excuse to stay in and do some crafting!

 Here are 2 cards from my Christmas collection, that were done with the ladies at my Friday class a couple of weeks ago. 







 
 Every Friday we make 2 cards at The Edge, Keelby. If you have some free time, why not let me know and come along.....

 
 Stamps: Delightful Dozen
Greetings of the Season, Mosaic Madness
 
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar
 Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
Card: Whisper white, Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizazz
Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
 
Paper: Season of Style Designer Series paper stack
 
Medium:Very Vanilla seam Binding

Tools:, Boho Blossom, Labels collection framelits, Paper Piercing tool, Polka dots embossing folder, pearls
Mosaic punch, rhinestones