Wednesday, 6 December 2017

It's beginning to look a lot like...

On Saturday I ran an all day Christmas home decor class for four of my customers and I just wanted to share the projects we made with you.  I had such fun designing these projects despite my reputation as the Grinch I actually do love making and crafting Christmas home decor.  I just detest the whole pressure of cramming in so much activity over the festive period, it's a time of year when I actually do want to stop my busy world and chillax in my pj's not be on a schedule!
Anyway, here we go.. enough Grinching ;-) 
The first project I want to share is the first one I designed and made, it's an altered blank 'Altoid' size tin which I decorated and made into a hanging ornament.  
I made 6 of these back at the end of October to gift as special 'swaps' for my fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator friends which I gave them at our autumn 'convention' or On Stage event.  I loved making it so much that I knew I would add it to my all day class.  I bought the empty blank tins from a supply store via eBay (message me if you want a link).  I used our Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (phew! what a name) to emboss some soft suede card for the lid, I did rub a little white ink over the folder before embossing which gives the wood grain even more of a texture and I also daubed some Early Espresso ink around the edges.  For the inside I used the Sheet Music background stamp and of course Best Birds stamp set to make those adorable robins.. anyone who knows me know that I am mad about wildlife, nature and in particular that I am a bird fanatic so I had enormous fun using our new Stampin' Blends to get the robin colours just right.. what do you think?
I used two sentiments from a beautiful stamp set called Snowflake Sentiments which is in our Autumn/Winter seasonal catalogue. I've been collecting twigs and Larch cones on my dog walks for a few weeks and if you leave them in a nice dry place they naturally open up as they dry out; hot glue sticks them nicely.  Finishing touches for this project included ribbon, jute twine and a bit of floristry moss.

My next project also used Larch cones and those adorable robins and I added some of our decorative Green Sprigs which I think just look so realistic.  For the base of this project I used a fabulous embroidery hoop which I got from Maries Cross Stitch online, I love it!  It's plastic but the outer ring is actually textured to look like vintage wood and it has an adorable vintage 'D' hook on the top for hanging.  I simply adhered some vellum to the front using tear and stick tape to give me a nice opaque background. All in all it wasn't a complicated project but it was time consuming to get all the elements just right, everyone thoroughly enjoyed making it while chatting away about their plans for Christmas.

Those Green Sprigs come in a pack of 12, and so we saved one back for the next project; a lumiere.  I did get inspiration from Pinterest for this one from a crafter who pinned it last year and used a gift bag.  For ours we used the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits to make a box structure and then used the Hearth & Home Thinlits to make the sweet window frame.  We used Lovely As A Tree stamp set to heat emboss those wintry trees onto Vellum card stock adding a snowy ground with a chalk marker. Once this has a tea light added to the inside it really makes this winter scene come alive.  We finished off the whole thing with a Mini Ornament and we used some embossing paste to add 'snow' to the Green Sprig.
Our final project for the day was a very simple and much more 'minimalist' frame.  I picked these wonderful copper frames from Home Bargains, they were inexpensive and just right for decorating with our stunning Year of Cheer Speciality DSP which has that gorgeous copper foil motive on one of the sheets.
Look how great it looks with a stag embossed with copper embossing powder.  I gave balance to the frame by adding more metallic elements picking up silver in the mini ornaments and pretty bow made using the Bow Builder Punch and those sprigs of metallic foil card were cut using dies from the Pretty Pines Thinlits.

I'm certainly pleased with how all these projects turned out and if you love them too please message me for any further information about products used.  I haven't made any tutorials for these but if you do want any tips then I'll try to help. And, of course, if you want to purchase any of the products used then please visit my shop by clicking the link or sending me a message. Happy Christmas crafting everyone!

Friday, 1 December 2017

It's a great time to grab those Christmas stamp sets, papers and accessories while they are still with us.  From 2nd January there will be a shiny new seasonal catalogue crammed full of gorgeous new spring and summer stamps, paper and all manner of crafty gorgeousness.  So, don't miss out! click the banner and head over to my on-line shop now to find out what's been discounted and what's retiring.
Order before December 14th to ensure delivery for Christmas.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Party Time!

What a busy week!  On Sunday I was back up in my hometown of Skipton to do a very special children's birthday craft party for my niece Ashley who turned 8.   Way back in the summer she asked if I could do her a craft party for her birthday and of course I jumped at the chance. Ashley and her little sister Alice love crafting with me whenever they visit me or I visit them so I knew that they would both be happy but I didn't know how crafty her friends would be.
Last month I had a little 'consultation' with Ashley and we decided what project would be good. As there would be some boys there as well as girls she thought it was really important to make something that they would love too. We used Pinterest and I had pinned a few ideas there, she immediately fell in love with the idea of a dreamcatcher.  So I designed this one:
I used an inexpensive bamboo embroidery hoop as the frame and then took one of the masks by Stampin' Up! from the set 'Pattern Party Decorative Masks' and used it as a stencil for acrylic paints and using sponges everyone had fun making a paper 'mandala' for the centre of their dreamcatcher.  I punched holes all round and then with the help of a couple of other grown ups we assembled the basic frame.  The children then had to thread lengths of yarn and ribbon through the holes and onto these thread some beads. The feathers were attached by making loops in the yarn and ribbon and tightening around the feather quills. 
The dreamcatchers did take a while to assemble as each child had differing abilities; some could tie knots and some couldn't - same with loops so it was handy having my Mum and Sister-In-Law there to help out.  Everyone had enormous fun though and as I supplied sucker hooks for each child they couldn't wait to get their dreamcatcher home to hang on their bedroom window! (you can just see my example hanging on the window in the large picture).
If I was to do this project again I would eliminate the hole punching and just tie the yarn and ribbon straight to the hoop and then assemble the paper in the middle.
Birthday Girl and her BFF!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

WOOHOO! We all love a sale and what's better than a sale?  A Stampin' Sale, that's what!!

Who needs 'black friday' when you can have 'marvellous monday'... well that's what I'm calling it anyway.  There's a wonderful Online Extravaganza happening but please make sure that you understand that it's in TWO PARTS:

  • Firstly - a 24 hour sale on MONDAY 20TH NOVEMBER (you can order between 23:00hrs Sunday 19th November until 22:59hrs Monday 20th) with lots of stamp sets with 20% OFF

  • Second - some exclusive deals from MONDAY 20TH - SUNDAY 26TH NOVEMBER

Here's what you need to do:

  • Click HERE to see the PDF of what's on offer
  • Check it out and place your order with me by visiting my SHOP  (Don't forget those dates, 
Happy Shopping!

Monday, 13 November 2017

WOOP!  I'm just back from the autumn On Stage event where as a Demonstrator I was able to see brand new products, the new Spring/Summer catalogue and all the new Sale-A-Bration products early!!!!  OMG, you're so in for a treat come January.

One brand spanking new product that received a massive warm welcome from us all there was this baby... the Stamparatus!  Don't you love that name?  You say to-mahh-to, I say to-may-toe or something like that, personally I don't give a hoot how we pronounce it I just want it NOW!

I'm not going to to waffle on about what it is and how to use it.. because I don't need to, here's a video;

Now Stampin' UP! are doing something a bit different to launch this new product to market, it's going to be a phased release and you will need to reserve your item
Here are the release dates:
16–30 November 2017Approx. 1 February 2018
5–30 December 2017Approx. 19 March 2018
15–30 January 2018Approx. 15 April 2018
To learn how to reserve your Stamparatus click HERE 

Monday, 2 October 2017

OMG!  Do you love DSP as much as I do?  Forget Christmas, THIS is the most wonderful time of the year... FREE DSP, what's not to love!!!

If you're feeling guilty for wanting it all then why not do a share with a friend?  Did you know that all the large size (12" x 12" / 30.5cm x 30.5cm) stacks of our DSP have 2 sheets of each design so it's really easy to split a pack with a friend which means that you can grab four of those beautiful packs of Designer Series Paper only the price of one and a half if you go shares :-D

Can't bear to share? Why not just stock up while there is this brilliant offer, it won't be repeated this year and it's the perfect time to have a ton of DSP in your craft room / dining room / stashed under your bed. ;-)

Click the banner to find out what's on offer.

Sunday, 1 October 2017


I don't know about you but I don't need an excuse to make a card or ten!  But if someone deems it to be 'World Card Making Day' I'm going to jump up and join in :-)

If I'm happy about an excuse to get crafty then I'm even more delighted that Stampin' Up! have given us all a super reason to want to make cards - a whopping 15% off a fabulous selection of essential products.

There really is something in the selection for everyone, no matter what your taste or the season... so, what are you waiting for?  Click the banner and have a look at what's on offer and treat yourself, after all you've got the perfect excuse... It's officially World Card Making Day!  Happy crafting.