Saturday, 29 October 2011

Hallowe'en a bit early...

... a couple of pics from my sister in law's hallowe'en party:

The hostess with the mostest:

and your friendly neighbourhood fortune teller (me) (complete with enhanced  wrinkles I may add, although I'm sorry to say that they have only been slightly exaggerated at this stage as most of my makeup seems to have worn off)

Less is more

I made this christmas star for the less is more challenge using the large medallion stamp and lovely gold embossing, then using the pattern as a guide to cut a star.  The card is made by folding the navy paper then running through the bigshot with the "topnote" die, making sure the edge of the fold doesn't touch the edge of the die.  Now that I've done this design, it's a very quick one to reproduce!  I realised I don't have any SU Christmas messages, best have a look in the catalogue smartish before it's too late!  Hope you like it.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

A Hallowe'en shadow box...

...was not my own idea, I got it from shimelle, but I feel I've made it my own with Stampin Up "Frightful Sight" papers and punches and some found bits and pieces.

I used the owl punch to make the ghost, the devil and the hanging bat (spotted here) and the witch was an inspired combination of all these punches: owl, pennant, ornament, scallop circle, word (also copied from someone who had copied from someone else, you know the story...)  I'm especially pleased to use the Bacardi bottle top that I've had for ages after picking it up on a walk, and the little glass pumpkin that I made with my glass torch.  The trusty signo gel pen was used to draw the white spider web on acetate.

Hope you like it; do please post a link to your hallowe'en creations!

Monday, 24 October 2011

Hallowe'en is coming... I turned my mind to ghoulish things.  SU has a great hallowe'en paper series with really neat iconic designs but we haven't got long to use it this season.  I'm going to have jelly beans in my basket by the door this year and was wondering what I could do that wasn't a) expensive and b) time consuming.  And "VoilĂ "  I have found it.

I used my pillow-box die with the bigshot to create cute little boxes out of plain/patterned paper ( you can get at least 4 out of a 12x12 sheet) and the leftovers to trim the boxes.  Because the paper's double sided you get loads of options.  Then I used the owl builder punch to make some little ghosties (just cut off the feet, it doesn't hurt them I promise) to hide the join in the wrap- around paper.  They each took about 5 minutes to make, were easy peasy and cost very little.  The only challenge now is getting the jelly beans into the boxes without eating them!

I've entered these for the inspiring Simply Stampin' Challenge blog.

Deck the halls...

...oh, I'm sorry, really, but we paper crafters have to get going with Christmas earlier than most, and I have got all these lovely new papers to be playing with!  Plus I was inspired by margaret's post (again) to create this really quick pre-breakfast card.

I used 3 designs from "Mocha Morning" Speciality designer paper from my new catalogue sample pack, and the ornament cutter which has got to be worth its weight for christmas crafting (more of this ridiculously useful crafting item soon).  The baubles are flocked paper for a bit of extra texture, and the strips of paper are both shimmery gold.  Yum.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Look what I got yesterday...

... I bought a full set of the SU! 2011-12 designer paper collection, just look at this:
That's 14 collections, 6 pieces of 6x6 in each set, by my calculations that adds up to a staggering 86 pieces of beautiful paper, nearly all double sided*. I had a terrible job photographing them because there are SO MANY, this was the only photo that didn't have my feet in it as well!
Would you like a set too?  It would  cost £145.50 to buy a full collection of this year's papers, but you can have a piece of every one to experiment and create with for only £18!  Or you can own a half page of each (6"x12") for the special price of £35, or a whole page of each for £69!  Once I have 8 paper shares, then I can order them and send them out to you.  This offer is unlikely to be repeated, so get in touch as soon as you can to let me know of your interest.  In the meantime, I'm off to play....

Happy Sunday, thanks for looking.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Hurray for my Big Shot...

...I blogged before about using a big shot die to make a stamp using funky foam, and I've always regretted that the foam is too thick to go into SU's lovely punches so that I can make stamps out of them too.  But today I found a way!  I just ran it through the bigshot with a die in it turned the wrong way round, and added a few sheets of paper as a shim, just to give the foam a bit of a squeeze.  The funky foam became JUST thin enough that I could fold it in a piece of thin computer paper and slide it carefully into the die.  So now I have a stamp made from my bird and owl builder punches.  Here's the bird punch and a quick test:
They are quite thin, so I am going to repeat the process and then stick the two pieces together for a thicker stamp.

If you want a Big Shot (and who wouldn't, really) but you're worried about the cost, here's a solution.  Have a hostess party at your house and invite lots of your crafty friends.  If they and you spend a total of only £300 or more, you'll be entitled to a Big Shot (or any other product) for HALF PRICE= £44 which is a brilliant bargain however you look at it, and ALSO £50 of hostess pounds to spend on any goodies in the catalogue but including exclusive access to the advantageously priced hostess products.  Christmas is a great time for crafting, so why not organise a christmas crafting party with me today!

Getting in the mood for Christmas crafting yet?....

...I'm nearly there, if you watch this is might help:

Saturday, 15 October 2011

The most beautiful birthday card ...

... came through my letterbox today.  It is from Justine, who recruited me to Stampin'Up, and it's reminded me how truly delightful it is to get a hand-made card... but not any old handmade card, or a "hand-finished" one that was still made in China, no!  This is a queen amongst birthday cards, with generous and beautiful embellishments and care and time and flair.  I love it, thanks Justine!

Been busy with the day job...

...this week, but very pleased to report that over the weekend I finished a project that I've been working on for a few months on and off, in fact I blogged about starting it here and  here.  It was originally going to be the back of a quilt made with the same jelly roll, but I decided I'd rather have two.  Here it is on my spare bed, about to be occupied by our French exchange student:

A close up of the quilting, done using coton a broder to match the colour of the binding, more or less.  I love love love how this has come out, thanks so much for the idea, Jen-down-the-road!

And showing the backing:

This was made almost cost free!  I used two old duvet covers rejected by the family, the leftovers of a jelly roll and some wadding peeled off an old king sized duvet that we can't use because we have gone to super king sized duvet & covers.  I only bought the binding and the coton a broder, together about £9.  The other quilt from the same jelly roll is also in progress and I hope I'll be able to show you that as well before the end of October.

Happy making!

Friday, 14 October 2011

Do you want craft supplies at RIDICULOUSLY low prices?...

...then go to

from 12 NOON - 2pm

where there will be lots of lovely paper crafters selling off all sorts of gorgeous goodies including retired SU products.  Technically they're second hand but of course loads of it is as crisp and perfect as the day it was bought first time.

And there's cake!

You'd be mad not to. 

Spread the word ...

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

A scrapbooking coincidence...

...happened this weekend.  I have been puzzling for a few weeks over some photos from DD's birthday - one close up and 8 group ones.  They wouldn't all fit on one page, it looked too busy.  And then - Shimelle to the rescue!  She actually featured a way of scrapping 1+8 photos this month on her blog here.  Off  I went, and this is the result:

I used red riding hood red card stock for the base and the retired love letters double sided papers and I might add a few bits and pieces more, like some more washi tape.  Oh, and I stuck those papers down better after  I took the photo! Thanks Shimelle!

Sunday, 2 October 2011

My StampinUp wish list ... always pretty long, but I thought I'd let you know some of my favourites out of the lovely new products SU has just launched:
  • 5 yummy new in-colours (ok, I admit, I already pre-ordered the mixed 12x12 paper pack and pens; page 90)
  • Five trios of FABRIC which coordinate with designer paper and accessories and of course with the SU colour families (won't be able to resist Candy Cane Christmas, see page 105, it will go beautifully with the Baja Breeze seam binding, methinks)
  • Lots of new punches (my two personal favourites: the double bunting punch which cuts out a plain triangle and a scalloped triangle IN ONE and the wonderfully ornate lace ribbon border  they're on pages 119 and 116 respectively.)
  • Masses of new BRAD styles (that's paper fasteners to the old fashioned brits among us).  (The ones I fancy are the really gorgeous antique style brads - every one's a winner! - see them on page 109)

  • Obviously lots of new stamps, paper designs and ribbon (definitely hoping to put the Christmas jumbo wheel stamp (p24 ) on my order, it looks extremely versatile, and as far as papers go, probably Domestic Goddess (p98)
  • Hopefully some samples of this loveliness will be on their way to me soon (yay!) once I've counted my pennies. Some could be on its way to you too, and if you order before 15th October you can piggy back on my order and get FREE postage* because I'm ordering for myself then so it arrives in time for my BIRTHDAY.  Would you like to see the goodies in real life before you buy?  Pay me a visit, come to a make and take at my house, or get some friends together and I'll come to yours,  Just call me to find out more, on 01737 762078!

* Free Postage applies if you can collect from me in Redhill.  Otherwise couriered postage direct to your door is only £4.95

Saturday, 1 October 2011

It's world card making day today... you know what you have to do!

Also, she says nonchalantly, the

New StampinUp catalogue and ideas book is out today, hurray!

It is STUFFED with new ideas for papercrafting on practically every page and also full of new products. If you'd like to get your hands on one, I am offering them at a discounted rate of £4.95 including postage (they are RRP £5. 95), just contact me by email. In the meantime, you can enjoy its loveliness on line by clicking on the sidebar icon to the right ============>

The hostess gifts and benefits have all been refreshed BIG TIME, making it much more appealing to host a party.  AND, to take advantage of some great demonstrator discounts, the special offer this month is extra in-colour products when you buy the starter kit.  This means you get over £270 of  crafty stuff for only £119, which also opens the door to more fabulous discounts.   Have a look at the deal on the right and then give me a call to discuss it!

LOTS of new product features coming up over the next few weeks....