Monday, 24 September 2018

Peaceful Noel tealight holder and card



Are you in a festive mood yet? I hope you will be by the end of this post as this is the first project from my Autumn All-Day Craftathon. ”Autumn” was a bit of a misnomer as two out of the three classes were decidedly Christmassy, starting with this fun card and gift set. 

The card is largely based on this beautiful project by Monica Gale. As you can see, CASEing (Copy and Share Everything) doesn’t have to be exact; I’ve taken my favourite elements of Monica’s card – the stitched circle frame, the stamped background, the die-cut words and the Pinewood Planks embossed layer, and made them fully festive with brand new products from the Autumn/Winter catalogue. These included as the lovely Farmhouse Elements, which come in grey but can easily be sponged with ink, or coloured with markers (as long as you leave them at least 20-30 minutes to dry).

Inside, the card looks like this...


At this point, I should state that every guest had the Peaceful Noel stamp set in their kit, so all the projects were geared around this set. And I believe we used every single stamp from the set during the course of the day.


To accompany the card, we made this fun tealight box, although the guests had festive apple and cinammon-scented red candles to put inside their creations, instead of bog standard white!

The candles slide out, matchbox-style, and there’s a fun lift-up lid, too...


I love this project which I made using this tutorial from German demonstrator Nicole Schlack.  For a tutorial in English, please visit the Notes section of my Facebook page tomorrow.

I hope it’s helping to put you in a Christmassy mood... but if not, don’t despair as I have a non-Christmas project for you on Wednesday.


Saturday, 22 September 2018

Caturday: Smokey Joe


Isn’t Smokey Joe a beauty? He lives in Ohio with Sandy, who kindly shared this picture on my Facebook page, when I put out an appeal because I was running out of Caturday pix. He’s certainly majestic, as all cats are really, but some more than others.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Dandelion Wishes gift box



A project from the (not-too-distant) archives which I knew would come in handy one day!

It uses the delightful Dandelion Wishes stamp set and was the 3D demo I made at a party a few weeks ago. I refrained from posting it as I felt I’d overdone the Dandelion Wishes projects.

However now, with my All-Day Craftathon tomorrow, I need a post and have nothing to show you without ruining the surprise for 12 lovely ladies who will be joining me for a full day of crafting.

Come back on Monday to see some of our Craftathon projects. I think you'll love them!

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Dashing Along Christmas


I found this beautiful card idea on a Dutch demonstrator's blog and my limited (ie non-existent) knowledge of the language leads me to believe it was created by a lady called Janneke.


Having been totally engrossed in creating projects for my upcoming All-Day Craftathon, I needed a design in a hurry for a party last week so turned to Pinterest and found this beauty.

The only element I changed was the twine colour (because I need all the Cherry Cobbler for next weekend’s event) and I added some stamped flowers, too, as they match the Designer Series Paper perfectly.

The DSP is FREE to hostesses whose party totals reach £200 in September, so I'm delighted to say my host earned this and will soon be able to make lots of fabulous Christmas cards with it.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Winter Woods layered ink project


This is a lovely Stamparatus technique which I found thanks to Patty Bennett's great video tutorial. I didn’t have all the green markers I needed so incorporated some ink sponging, too.

I used one of my favourite stamp sets of the moment, Winter Woods, which is in the Autumn/Winter catalogue and is just perfect for loads of occasions, not just Christmas. It goes brilliantly with the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, too... all of my favourite things in one project!




Saturday, 15 September 2018

Caturday: Ted


Remember Bill from last week? Well here’s his brother... Ted, planning an Excellent Adventure with his map of the Lake District. Somewhat appropriately, he chose to sprawl across Cat Bells.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Detailed Deer pillow boxes


At first glance, a relatively simple project, but there are a couple of things worth pointing out. The first is that I have only just spotted these gorgeous pillow boxes in the Annual Catalogue - how did I miss them?

They make gift-giving really easy, as they're already fabulous, so you don’t need to do much to them to make your little gifts look amazing.


Secondly, have you noticed the lovely burnished oval? This is created with the amazing new Tin Tile Embossing Folder which I've used on Early Espresso cardstock and then swiped over with our new Bright Copper Shimmer Paint. 

We had shimmer paint in the catalogue before, back in the day when this blog was all fields, and I’m so happy to see it return. I was even happier to see we now have it in on-trend copper! 

I’ve filled these pillow boxes with little treats for some of my team members. Hope they like them!


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Winter Woods Christmas card


I LOVE the new Winter Woods stamp set, and have always loved the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper so, for me, this is a match made in heaven.

This was the second project at my Crafty Friday event last week, using the circle we cut from the shaker card I showed you on Monday.

I can't get enough of tree stamps, woodland themes etc - I'm happiest when I'm in a wood. When I found out about shinrin yoku, it all began to make sense!


Monday, 10 September 2018

A whole lotta shakin'...


I loved this card by Leslie Webster and just had to make a Stampin' Up!® version using the new Autumn/Winter catalogue projects. 

This was one of our projects at Crafty Friday last week, and the ladies loved making a fun shaker card. 

The background is stamped with Winter Woods in Crumb Cake onto Crumb Cake cardstock, then coloured using the chalk marker.  The rest is self-explanatory. I'm afraid the sequins aren't current items but we do sell very similar sequins in the Annual Catalogue; I just didn’t see the point of updating them when I have so many in stock!

What I love about these dies is a) the stag pops out of the die beautifully, with no effort at all and b) you get four of these little flower dies so you can make them all in one roll of the Big Shot!


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Caturday: Bill


Here’s Bill, who belongs to Jacqui, one of my customers. Can you guess what his brother’s name is? No, not Ben... it’s Ted, and you’ll get to meet him next week!

Friday, 7 September 2018

A citrussy, crafty birthday


Do you get clusters of birthdays on your calendar? We do. I find I have loads of birthdays around Christmas – most of them are my downlines or other crafting friends. And right now is another heavy birthday season, with them coming thick and fast.

This one was for Ruby, who turned 18 last week and is a keen artist, so the Crafting Forever stamp set was just the job.

I began by watercolouring some citrussy colours onto watercolour paper, then die-cutting using the Happy Birthday Thinlits. I covered the whole lot in Versamark ink and then embossed using a mix of clear embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

I’m not a big glitter fan – it gets everywhere and is a nightmare if it ever goes down the drain as it can pollute our seas, so this is a great workaround for me as it keeps the glitter nicely contained.

The card is finished off with some paintbrushes and some splatters made with the Artisan Textures stamp set. Hope she likes bright colours!

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Autumn/Winter catalogue goes live today!


It’s time! The Autumn/Winter catalogue goes live today!

Click here to view the catalogue


Get your wish lists ready and please get in touch if you’d like to order. 



Monday, 3 September 2018

A celebration in Bermuda Bay


This card was heavily inspired by Yana Smakula and I just knew the Bermuda Bay would be perfect for my friend and downline Kelly.

I brayered the whole piece from top to bottom using Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay (Kelly’s favourite SU colour), then embossed in copper using the spots from Dragonfly Dreams. I couldn’t find any word stamps in my collection which were big enough to stand out in the centre of the project, so die-cut the “celebrate” from copper foil instead. 

Some of the leaves are cut from the Delightfully Detailed laser-cut DSP, while others are die-cut using the Tropical Thinlits.  Hope she liked it!


Saturday, 1 September 2018

Caturday - Boris


Beautiful Boris is Elsa’s brother and belongs to fellow Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator Joanne. Here he is, doing that cat thing – looking extremely comfortable and warm.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Sneak peek: Peaceful Noel


This stamp set from the upcoming Autumn/Winter catalogue is called Peaceful Noel but I think it's versatile enough to use for much more than Christmas projects. 

Here I've stamped in Lovely Lipstick to make an everyday card with a greeting from Love What You Do. Not sure I've quite pulled off the non-Christmas effect, but it was fun trying!



Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Botanical Tags gift sachets


I rustled up these mini envelope sachets in minutes for some team gifts this month. I love the Botanical Bliss bundle with its elegant tag dies. You can use them as tag toppers/bookmarks or use the additional die to cut around the flower, as I’ve done here.


Monday, 27 August 2018

Botanica Bliss brayered card


I’ve rediscovered brayering since the arrival of the new sponge brayers, and used it to create a set of thank you cards to accompany this month’s orders.

I stamped using the Botanical Bliss stamp set, with its striking bird and delicate leaves, which stand out well against the brayered background.


I’ve used the Subtles Embossing Folder again - I just can’t get enough of it. It’s definitely a must-have product and I highly recommend it. It turns any piece of cardstock into textured cardstock for a really elegant look.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Caturday - Elsa


Meet Elsa, who belongs to fellow SU demonstrator Joanne. Elsa is one half of a beautiful black cat due; you’ll meet her brother, Boris, next week!

Friday, 24 August 2018

Out of this world X-Files card



A fun project for you today. My illustrator daughter, a big X Files fan, put me up to this X-Files card and we had fun brayering over some die-cut clouds from the Up & Away Thinlits set. The trees were easy – they come from the must-have Waterfront stamp set – and the words are stamped using the Labeler Alphabet. 

But how to make a UFO? That happened purely by chance, using the Pretty Label punch. Take a look...


Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Sneak peek: Detailed Deer Thinlits


Another sneak peek for you... this time some stunning new dies which will appeal to your wild side!

They're called Detailed Deer Thinlits Dies and there is, of course, a co-ordinating stamp set which I have resisted... so far. I love the white on white look but felt this needed something to make the deer stand out a little - can you guess which stamp set I’ve used?


The pearls are coloured with a Pool Party Stampin' Blends alcohol marker. Takes seconds and makes your pearls co-ordinate with any project.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Sneak peek: Peaceful Noel


Fancy a sneak peek? This is a gorgeous new stamp set from the upcoming Autumn/Winter catalogue called Peaceful Noel. Yes, it’s a Christmas set, but I took one look at it and decided it could be so much more.

This is why I chose it for my upcoming All-Day Craftathon - everybody who attends will receive this set in their kit, and we’ll be using it during the day to make festive projects as well as non-Christmas projects such as this one.

Not everybody was impressed with my efforts though... Hamish just loves to photobomb when I’m trying to sort out my project images.


I love this colour combination, but I have to confess it’s the first outing for Pacific Point for absolutely ages. I don’t know why; it looks lovely with Mint Macaron here. Maye that’s why? Maybe I needed Mint Macaron and Mossy Meadow to come back (I’m so pleased they did).


Saturday, 18 August 2018

Caturday: Millie


This is Millie, who lives near my customer Angela and visits regularly. Apparently she has a habit of turning up just as Angela is going out, making her feel guilty for leaving her sitting in front of the house. Millie probably doesn't mind - she's probably making use of Angela's facilities while she's out!

Friday, 17 August 2018

Sneak peek: Winter Woods


Who’s ready to start on their Christmas cards? The Autumn/Winter catalogue will soon be open for business, but as demonstrators, we get to order early so we can prepare some lovely samples to show you.


This gorgeous Winter Woods stamp set works great on its own but even better when combined with the Rooted in Nature set, which has smaller trees. And the dies are fabulous, too - look how gorgeous they look with the branches popped out.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Delightfully Detailed cards in minutes


Honouring my team achievers this month was easy with the Delightfully Detailed Notecards and Envelopes and matching laser-cut paper. Some copper elements and a die-cut sprig from Botanical Tags provide the finishing touches. Scroll down for more designs...




Monday, 13 August 2018

Blueberry dandelions


Let’s start the week with another Dandelion Wishes project - and why not? It’s proving to be the most popular stamp set from the 2018 Annual Catalogue so far!


I used the Stamparatus to stamp the image in Blueberry Bushel, then stamp again on top in Versamark so it could be embossed. Clearly some of the embossing missed the mark as the blue ink has spread when I watercoloured in Lovely Lipstick, but I don’t mind as the result is quite effective.


I know some people are resistant to the new In Colors, because they’re rather bright, but I think they are a great addition to our collection, and can be quite tasteful when separated from the crowd!

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