Friday, 30 September 2011

Butterfly Scallops

Day two of the cards from the All Occasions class.  The card is CASE'd from a swap I received a while ago at a team training day but this is a colour combination I haven't tried before, you have to love the Color Coach it gives you some great ideas and pushes you out of your comfort zone a little with some great combinations.  The colours are Wild wasabi for the card base, Perfect plum for the scallops and the greeting and So Saffron for the butterfly image and the mat.  The background stamp is en Francais, the image is from Strength and Hope and the greeting from Sincere salutations, I love that font!

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Baby, baby.

Those of you who came to the All Occasions workshop last weekend will recognise these, I had a great day and hope you did too.  I intend to share the cards that we made over the next few days rather than swamp you with everything at once.
Bashful blue and Pink pirouette lend themselves beautifully to baby cards and of course we made one in each colourway in order to be ready for when the next baby makes it's appearance.  We used the Baby tees jumbo wheel, inked in matching bashful blue or pink pirouette, for the background.  Then we used it again on a scrap piece of white card; we could then decide which design we liked best to make a focal point.  Coloured with markers then cut out and matted onto another piece of whisper white and espresso card with a little sponge daubing to soften the edges.  A sash of organza ribbon to finish.  Perfect to welcome a new arrival.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Punched elegance.

The last offering from Septembers training.  This card shows off the new punch that is coming our way next week.  It will make some smashing borders for both cards and scrapbook pages but it can be used in so many other ways too.  The stamps are Everything Eleanor again and I just adore the way the flower works so well with the flourish as a stem.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Blooming lovely

Some more of the new in-colours today; lucky limeade is the gorgeous green.  The flowers are from Everything Eleanor stamp set and the butterflies are made using the embosslits die in the big shot. Everyone loves butterflies don't they?

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Go Ape!

I don't have a card for you today, I am a bit busy playing taxi.  It was Charlie's 15th birthday earlier this week, I know I don't look old enough for my baby to be 15 but it's true!!  Today is his borthday outing and we are taking him and a few friends off to Bracknell to Go Ape!  It's a high ropes adventure course and we've been lookingforward to it all week.  Hopefully I will post some photos here later and of course I have more cards for you tomorrow.
Have a great weekend :)

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Rock and roll...

...that's the technique used to create the two tone effect on the flower stamp.  Come to one of my classes or book a home workshop and I will show you exactly how easy it is to achieve.  Again the stamps are from Everything Eleanor and the background was run through the Bigshot in the polka dot embossing folder.  The sentiment stamps are from another new set Petite Pairs, coming soon!

Friday, 23 September 2011

Tones of mocha

I do love the colour combinations of this card, another we made at team training last week.  I think the chocolate, coffee and cream tones will be a trend for me over the coming months.  As before, the stamp set is Everything Eleanor.  The flourish on the background is inked in Early espresso.  The greeting is set off by adding a single rhinestone.  I think this design could be used for a number of occasions simply by changing the sentiment.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Sneak Peek! Shhhh!!

Today I have a card to share that we made at team training last week.  We used a stamp set that is from the new catalogue, released on 1 October so you are getting a sneek peek of a product that isn't yet available to buy but not long to wait thank goodness! The base card is made using the large scallop circle die in the Bigshot, the colour is Wisteria Wonder, one of the new In-colours for 2011-13 isn't it gorjuss!!!  We embossed it, again using the bigshot, and dusted over the embossing with shimmer paint which gives it a gorgeous lustre.  The stamps are from the new catalogue too, called Everything Eleanor.  I think I will be getting a lot of use from this set.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011


I thought I would give you just one little preview of what you can expect if you are coming to my All Occasions class next weekend.  This is just one of the many cards we will make, I hope it whets your appetite. The background is from the designer paper stack in Baja Breeze.  The Wedding wheels image is stamped in matching ink, as is the sentiment. I used the scallop border punch to create the pretty edging for the image and finished off with a large bow of whisper white organza ribbon.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

All Bigshot, no ink!

I've been so busy the last few days that I have neglected my blog :(  Last week I was busy making card fronts ready for swapping at Stampin' Up's regional training day.  I had a great time and came away very inspired and raring to go and I also received some very wonderful swaps that will inspire my own cards and classes for some time to come.  Since the weekend I have been busy preparing for the All Occasions card class that I am running on Saturday and also for Make, Do and Send card club which is the following Thursday.  There are bits of card and ribbon all over the place at the moment, I love it! :) 
The card above is the last one from August's Make, Do and Send club and is also what I used for my swaps last weekend.  I had a bit of a panic when I ran out of poppy card but a fellow Stampin up demo came through for me and gave me some last Wednesday at team training.  Which reminds me that I have some cards to share from that night too!  The card is made entirely using the Bigshot dies, there is no ink whatsoever!  The baja breeze base card and poppy red topnote for the background with the fun flower die using designer stack papers in poppy for the accent.  I added a dash of whisper white organza ribbon and a pearl or two and voila!
The last chance list is still running on the Stampin Up! website. Christmas Jingle simply scrapping kit has joined the items that are now gone forever as has Night of Navy satin ribbon. It's sad to see these things go but I am so excited to be able to share the new catalogue with you shortly, there are lots of lovely new things, I can't wait!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Shamelessly copied.

I love, love, love this stamp set, Artistic etchings.  We made this card at Make, Do and Send card club last month but I can't take any credit at all for the design.  It is a shameless copy of a card that I made at one of Amanda's classes a while ago.  Sadly the newsprint papers will be retiring at the end of this month but I do believe there might be a similar replacement coming in the new catalogue ;) 
I've had another busy week!  Yesterday I spent a wonderful evening, along with my two newest team members at a team training event.  We made 5 cards in a couple of hours which I will share with you over the next few days as I photograph them.  I have also been making lots of swaps in readiness for Saturday's regional training event, speaking of which I had better get back to making them or I won't have enough to share!
Just want to add to the "gone forever" list before I go:
Tempting Turquoise 12x12 card
Wild Wasabi 12 x 12 card
Riding Hood red 12 x 12 card
Whisper White 12x12 card
On Board Art journal
Real Red Taffeta ribbon
Spiral Punch

I will be placing an order tomorrow evening so don't miss your favourites.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

3 in a row!

We made this at last months Make, Do and Send card club, it's one of the most easy peasy cards ever! Daffodil delight card with a background of Concord crush designer paper.  The images are from the Greenhouse Garden stamp set, one of my favourites.  A two step techinique is used to give the flowers dimension, the first background layer in the lighter daffodil delight ink and then the detail in concord crush ink. Easy! :) 

Monday, 12 September 2011

A card!!!

I's been a while since I shared a card with you...what can I say.  This is a colour combination that I rarely use but it works very well with the hedgehog image I think.  Sadly the hedgehog is from Fun, fast notes, a stamp set which will be retiring at the end of September but I am sure there will be something lovely to replace it.  The colours I have used will be remaining however. Peach parfait is one of our current in-colours and we will have it for another year and the sumptuous Early espresso is just gorgeous and goes so well with so many of our colours. 
I have another card for you tomorrow but in the meantime just to keep you up to date there are another two items that are now gone forever: the Right on Track standard stampin around wheel and the lovely background stamp Sanded.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Good news!

I've been making some cards this afternoon!!!!  Don't faint, I know it's been a little while since I posted any projects, sorry.  There is still a little problem with sharing them with you though and that is that I haven't been able to take any photos yet.  Hopefully I will manage that tomorrow and then I will get them posted here for you to see.

More items from the Stampin' Up! catalogue have gone forever today :(  There is definitely a part of me that is sad but it's also so exciting that we will have a new catalogue soon. I am soooo looking forward to it.

So, to add to the items that have already sold out completely are:
Tart and Tangy
Wild Wasabi 12x12 card stock
and two of the hostess only stamp sets: Afterthoughts and Cute by the inch.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Sold out!

More items have now completely sold out from the Stampin' Up! retiring list.
to add to the previous list:
Choo choo
Jolly Holiday designer paper
Silver Elastic cord

Anything still on your wish list?  I can place an order tomorrow :)

Monday, 5 September 2011

Retiring soon

Some things have been added to the retired list
page 19 New Years Celebration 116872 £22.95
page 21 Four the Holidays 116921 £13.95
page 39 Little One 116925 £26.95
page 40 Fun and Fast notes 113500 £33.95
page 48 Family accessories too 113760 £20.95
page 53 A Flower for all seasons 115592 £12.95
page 112 So Many thanks 120173 £7.95

and the following items are no longer available
page 63 Sense of Time
page 81 2010-12 In Color Classic Stampin ink refills 122328 £12.75
page 84 Red Riding Hood 12”x12” card stock
page 98 Antique Brass Jumbo eyelets
page 98 Pewter Jumbo eyelets
page 104 Star Punch 119875 £15.50

Let me know if you would like to order anything

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Last Chance.

Today Stampin Up UK have announced which products will not be continuing into the new catalogue which is released on October 1st.  It's sad of course to say goodbye to some of my favourite stamps and accessories but also so exciting as it will make way for lots of new wonderful products.  I can't wait :)
So here is the list of products that will be retiring on September 30th.  If any of your favourites are on this list then you need to act fast!  All products are first come, frst served and some of them are up to 40% off! But, they will no longer be available after September 30 and they may well sell out before that. Don't forget that some of the items in the summer mini catalogue will also be retiring so if you still have things on your wishlist then you need to order them now.
I can place orders every day during September so call or email me to make sure you don't miss out.

The 2011/2012 catalogue is released on October 1st but you can preorder your copy at a discounted price with me today so that you can ensure that you will be among the first to receive it.  I will mail it out during the last week of September.  Cost of new catalogue including postage is £4.50.

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