Thursday, 24 February 2011

Sale-a-bration ends 28th February

Happy Thursday folks!
apologies - I hadn't realised that it was nearly a week since I'd last posted. I'm looking forward to another crafty weekend, finishing swaps and preparing my next class (which is on 26th March). I thought I'd better pop by and remind you that there are only 4 days left of the current SAB promotion, so if you're hoping to complete your collections, you need to get your skates on and let me know what you'd like to order! Further details of the offer can be found here.


And for those of you considering becoming a Stampin Up! demo, the offer of an additional FREE stamp set of any value from the current catalogue is available for applications processed by COB on Monday - the forms need to be with demonstrator support before then to be eligible for the offer. For anyone signing up with me between now and Monday, I'm offering another bonus of a colour coach (worth £13.50) - an invaluable tool for your business! Further information on becoming a demonstrator can be found here, alternatively you can email me and we'll arrange to have a chat.

Finally for today, a warm welcome to the latest member of the crafty foxes, Nic, who joined the team this week, I'm looking forward to watching your business and team grow!!

I'll be back over the weekend to share some piccies of swaps and hopefully some other projects (assuming that I get them finished!)

Friday, 18 February 2011

Just Believe Class

It's the weekend!!! Happy Friday everyone!
it's been a mammoth effort to get through the week this week, particularly with another migraine hitting on Wednesday. Still it's Friday, my class for tomorrow is prepared, so I've just got to pack the car up, and then I suppose I ought to consider doing some housework - eeeuuughhh! Still it means I'll be able to spend all day Sunday playing in my craft room - yippeee!!

My head's buzzing with ideas for projects for the Easter class on Saturday 26th March, but I need to finish some swaps first (a small matter of 40 for SU regional training at Leeds - I have at least designed them and stamped & cut the layers, now I just need to colour them all in). In the meantime, I thought I'd better share the class projects for tomorrow, using one of my favourite sets from the current IBC - Just Believe. I've stuck with three colours across the projects, and whilst I wasn't immediately drawn to Wild Wasabi, it teams beautifully with Rich Razzleberry. So here's the 'group shot'

and in a little more detail, a centre stair-step with a shadow-stamp effect on the centre panel (thanks to crafty squirrel Ann for teaching me that little trick!)

A faux-silk effect C6 card, featuring the gorgeous spotty paper from the woodland walk DSP

my new favourite fold - the twisted easel, featuring a watercoloured panel, and a butterfly from the gorgeous 'Bliss' SAB set (which is still available with a qualifying order placed before 28th February).
and finally, a little peek-a-boo box, perfect for holding some Belgian chocolates for Mother's Day (unless I get peckish first)

well, that's all for now I'm afraid - I'm off to find my Dyson and duster unfortunately, but I'll be back soon with some piccies of my creations on Sunday (or at least the ones I can share!)

Monday, 14 February 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

Afternoon all!
well it's Monday again and the weekend flashed by as usual. Saturday was busy as I delivered a class to a lovely group of ladies at my local WI - thank you all for making me feel very welcome, and I hope you enjoyed making your projects! Unfortunately I don't have any photos of the event to share, as I forgot to get my camera from the car. Then on Saturday afternoon the lovely Nic came over and we did a little bit of crafting together (once I'd managed to clear Darren's side of the desk, which he wasn't too impressed about!) We had a go at making a masculine twisted easel card for our repsective partners for Valentines Day, and here it is
We've used the I {heart} hearts stamp set and a colour combination of cherry cobbler, early espresso and crumb cake. The woodgrain paper is from Woodland Walk and we punched the hearts out from scraps of Cherry Cobbler using the 'heart to heart' punch and mounted them on dimensionals to create the latch for the easel. We finished it with a length of ruffled early espresso satin ribbon and a few rhinestones.

Yesterday unfortunately was somewhat of a washout, I'd intended to get a head start on my swaps for the SU regional training event at the beginning of March, but once I'd done the usual household chores a migraine set in, so I ended up curled up in bed for the entire evening - not good. Still it's disappeared today, so I'll hopefully get a sneaky couple of hours in my craft room before his nibs appears home from work!

Friday, 11 February 2011

It's FRIDAY!!!!!

Hey folks!
blimey, Friday already, it's been a hive of activity in my craft room this week, preparing a class for this weekend and then my usual monthly class next weekend! I've had the chance to catch up with some lovely new customers (waves madly at you all!). On Sunday I was in Peterborough for a training session run by my SU mummy Monica and SU sister Bekka. I was accompanied by the other Crafty Foxes, Elaine & Rebecca - here's a piccie of us after doing our make & takes and raiding our goody bags!

I'll hopefully get a chance to photograph the swaps this weekend - lots of lovely ideas around the theme of 'new beginnings' but in the meantime, here's a teaser of what we'll be making in class next week, there are still a couple of spaces left if you'd like to join us - email me to book your place.

 well, that's all for now I'm afraid - until next time

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Happy Thursday!

well it's Thursday for most, but effectively Friday for me as I'm on leave tomorrow (unfortunately to see the dentist) but then I'm going to see my friend Val and her lovely twin girls, so the day should improve massively!! A big box of Stampin' Up goodies is about to arrive, so that'll need dividing into orders too, but then it'll be a chance to play with some stash and hopefully come up with some ideas for my next class - that way I can provide you all with sneak peeks next week. I'm gradually crossing things off my to-do list, fortunately my 50(!) swaps for Sunday's training session are nowready to go, though I must remember to get a piccie of them before then. But in the meantime, here are the remainder of my challenge entries for this month's design team. Karin challenged us to use fabic (and that didnt include ribbon), so I dug out my favor dies from PTI and had a play with some felt that was languishing in my cupboard - I just need to find some easter eggs to fit it now, and that's one project ready!

and then finally for this month was the sketch challenge, which was a door hanger. I changed the template slightly to create a treat pouch, and then used the nursery suite papers with 'A Good Egg' to create an Easter treat holder - perfect for my little friends next door.
well, that's all for now folks, I'm off to locate some bleach for use in my next project....but I'll be back on Monday to show you some piccies of the swaps from training. Have a great weekend

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Design Team Challenges - Part 1

Afternoon all
I had intended it to be morning, but unfortunately I've been busy at work and didn't get chance to add the photos in! I've got a couple of design team samples to share today, the rest should follow tomorrow.
The first is my entry for the colour combination challenge - Pear Pizzazz, Bashful Blue & Perfect Plum, and my current go-to Sale-a-bration set 'Sweet Summer' - I've made tons of these little thank-you notelets in the last week, as I kept making them and then using them before I remembered to photograph them. The soft colouring of the flowers is achieved using a waterbrush with my inkpads.
The second project is for the DT choice challenge - I chose to create an item of packaging, it uses 'Just Believe' to create a peek-a-boo box, as I said earlier in the week, I'm loving wild wasabi and rich razzleberry at the moment! So here's the box closed...
...and here it is opened, it doesn't show particularly well in the photo, but the window sheet is stamped with the frame image in black stazon. Now I just need to find something yummy to put inside.....
Tonight's going to be a busy one, making swaps for a team training session with my SU mummy Monica on Sunday - I have everything stamped, punched and cut, so tonight is the boring assembly-line part. Then it'll be on with the design of my 'Just Believe' class for later this month.

Until tomorrow

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

February Already?

Afternoon all!
well, once again it's the start of a new week and my to-do list is growing ever longer! I spent Saturday afternoon at a workshop with a lovely group of ladies who fancied playing with 'Just Believe' - one of my favourite sets from the current catalogue. we reached a fab total and the hostess got an opportunity to choose lots of freebies. If you fancy hosting a workshop, then why not contact me to book - it's a great time to do it thanks to the Sale-a-bration promotion this month. Here's what we made during the make & take
We had a play with the watercolour paper and spray misting the image with a little water - one lady commented that she found it very therapeutic, and was going to go home and convince her husband that she'd painted it by hand! The paper in the background is Woodland Walk DSP, layered on rich razzleberry cardstock - I love this colour combo, so expect to see more of it over the next few weeks! 

If you fancy having a play with this set, then why not come along to my next class? The details are here - email me to book your place.

I'll be back tomorrow to share some of my creations for this months design team challenges over on in love with stamping. Until then....