Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Making a personal connection...

...is the most important thing to me in my life.

Whether it's with my family, or with new or old friends, my best days are ones where I have really *got* someone, and felt they really got me.  That moment where you meet someone's eye or read their words and you just know they were feeling it too.

If you follow any other UK Stampin Up blogs, you are probably already aware that we have just had our European Convention, a place where lots of SU demonstrators (and I mean LOTS) got together for a few days to hear about all that's new and important to us all at SU. I'm going to do another post about swaps, but I wanted to share with you what I loved most about being there:

We had some wonderful demonstrators showing us new techniques and ideas up on the main stage.  Every so often they would demo a technique that was new to us, or show us a rather special new product.  At those moments, just before a round of applause, there was a sort of collective sigh, an excited "phoar" under the breath, that rippled round the whole room.  Those are the moments I'll treasure most.  Because within it, there was not just one, but a whole room of people who at that moment, I really got, and knew they got me.

And that's why I'm a StampinUp demo.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Simply Pressed Clay...

...to the rescue!

I wanted to make an autumn card for a very special friend recently and didn't have a template for the leaves I needed ...or did I???  My girls enjoy cake decorating and I had recently bought them a rather sweet silicone mould with an acorn and oak leaves.  I realised that I could use my stampin up simply pressed clay in these to make my leaves:

Once the clay had dried I used ink in a spritzer to get the colour on (it ran into the cracks conveniently emphasising the veins), then built up the other colour using an aqua painter.(I did use a bit of surgical spirit (US=rubbing alcohol) in the spritzer too but I'm not sure it needed it, I just like the smell....) I then glazed it with crystal effects liquid to seal.  Just love how that little acorn came out - this clay is just wonderful to use (not at all messy) and so versatile!  For the card I used matching leaf stamp and die from the very pretty secret garden bundle, a sweet doiley and the happy birthday greeting from the new hostess set express yourself.

Order some clay today - visit the StampinUp online shop search for clay or better still give me a call and we can talk craftiness... 01737 762078.

Monday, 4 November 2013

A one-day Linus quilt...

...that I made recently.

Last Saturday there was a quilting day for the local Linus Project.  Liz, the coordinator, hired a hall and set up a sort of quilter sweatshop.  Tea, coffee and some unfeasibly nice carrot cake were available as well as plenty of prepared fabric packs, and some quilty bargains.  I managed to piece this very simple quilt top by half past two, then took it home to quilt and bind at home, finally finishing at 10:30.  How satisfying!

Hopefully a child will be enjoying this in the near future.

If you'd like to get involved, have a look at the Project Linus website or get in touch with me.