Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Blog Candy Winner!!!

Morning Folks! I’m looking forward to it only being a four day week this week, then I can have more crafty time this weekend as the diary is clear Smile We spent yesterday visiting Darren’s grandma, then I managed a little inky time in the evening (after clearing up the tip that had arrived in my craft room – I don’t know where all the mess came from, honest!) but I can’t share what I was up to as yet. I meant to post this yesterday, but time just skipped away, so here is the draw for the blog candy
The winner is commenter number 3 – Dawn, email me your address and I’ll get your prize in the post to you.
That’s all for today folks, but I’ve got some crafty bits to share later in the week.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Birthday Bash with Fox & Friends

It’s the weekend – hooray! and better still, it’s a BANK HOLIDAY weekend, which hopefully means an extra day in my craft room this weekend, that is if Darren doesn’t make me do some more DIY….
In the meantime, I’ve got my ‘Birthday Bash’ class today, where we’re making a selection of kid’s birthday cards using ‘Fox & Friends’ and ‘Party This Way’ in bright bold colours using a few funky folds, so here they are…..
The second project of the day features ‘crazy for cupcakes’ and we’re making a card reminiscent of a cake shop window, and a matching cupcake box, which, if everything goes to plan, will contain cupcakes Smile that is assuming I don't munch them all on the way to class….
And finally we’re making a flip album to record birthday party memories, using Celebrations DSP.
After all that I think I’m going to need a large tub of jelly and ice cream and perhaps even some fizzy pop Winking smile I’ll hopefully be back later with some photos of the lovely ladies in my class – if they’ll agree to pose for some!
Tomorrow I’ll be starting my samples for my next class, which is on 18th June and features the ‘Occasional Greetings’ stamp set – we’ll be making cards for all occasions. If you fancy joining us for that one, be sure to email me to book your place.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Birthday Fox & Congratulations

Morning All! and Happy Birthday to one of my Crafty Foxes, Nicola, who celebrates her birthday today. Here’s the card that will hopefully have arrived on her doorstep before she sees this post!


I've gone for a vintagey look with a crumb cake base, newsprint DSP, a riding hood red layer and basic black satin ribbon. I've stamped the vine image from Vintage Vogue in the background of each panel using the corresponding ink colour, then cut out some of the flowers from the set and popped them onto the very vanilla panel and finished with some basic pearls. I have to admit that by the time I’d finished prepping my class this week, my mojo had up and left me with a heap of things still to do. At which point I reached for my idea book and CASE’d this gorgeous creation by an Australian demo Teneale Williams – this lady has SOOO much talent and her blog is well worth a visit if you have a few days to spare drooling!

Now – why the congratulations I hear you ask? Well one of my downlines, Rebecca, just achieved her second ‘Stampin Start’ – a huge achievement and I’m very proud of her Smile. For those of you who haven’t heard of Stampin’ Start, new demonstrators get the opportunity to earn FREE stamps based on sales and recruiting in their first 6 months as a demo – up to a maximum of 12 sets. So to recognise her achievements I made her this card


The colour combination is Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz and Bashful Blue. the whisper white panel is stamped with the flowers from the Growing Green stamp set. The DSP in the background is from the subtles paper stack – which I must say is fantastic value for money – I'm barely half way through mine and I’ve used it loads! I’ve finished with a pear pizzazz twill ribbon and a sentiment from the Perfect Punches set stamped in pear pizzazz and cut out using the modern label punch. I CASE’d myself this time – altering this card that I made back in December.

Right, enough nattering, I’ve got to get my nose back to the grindstone now as I’ve still got a few preparations to make for tomorrow’s class. Have a great weekend

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Strength & Hope - time out with friends

Blimey, it’s nearly the end of the week already! I’m in the midst of preparing my class for this weekend, but I thought I’d pop by in the meantime and share a project that I made this weekend, when my lovely friend and fellow demonstrator Val came over for some inky playtime - we had a fab time nattering and crafting.

She brought with her some plain white frames from IKEA, and challenged me to work outside of my comfort zone with the ‘Strength & Hope’ charity stamp set. Now, if you visit me reasonably regularly, you’ll know I'm not really a ‘vintage’ or ‘distressed’ kind of girl, but I broke out my distressing kit, and my neutral ink pads, and here are the results….
It’s a mix of soft suede, crumb cake, early espresso and pretty in pink inks with a piece of pretty in pink satin ribbon. I’m in the process of planning an event for later in the summer, which will feature this stamp set and all proceeds will go to the local breast cancer unit. If you fancy joining in, then watch this space as details will be appearing in the next few weeks. who knows, this frame may yet make a reappearance!

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Birthday Bash Sneak Peeks!

Morning all! Just a quick post to share the sneak peeks of my projects for this weekends class, featuring fox & friends, party this way and celebrations DSP.

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I’ve really been enjoying using all of the bright colours – I'd usually consider myself to be a ‘neutrals’ girl, but Pacific Point is fast becoming a favourite! I’m awaiting the delivery of my new alphabet and numbers dies from the catalogue, so that I can put the finishing touches to some of the projects, then I’ll be on to class prep for the rest of the week. Be sure to pop by on Saturday for the ‘reveal’! And don’t forget, if you haven’t already done so, please enter my blog candy competition for a chance to win some goodies.

See you soon!

Monday, 23 May 2011

Team Training & Blog Candy

Happy Monday folks!
Apologies for the silence of late, things have been somewhat hectic and things have been compounded by me being unwell. On top of that, unfortunately Darren’s gran, Phyllis, had a fall last week, which has put her in hospital (much to her distaste!) with a broken leg. So in short, things haven’t quite gone to plan! Anyways, enough of my babble, I promised some pictures of the samples that my lovely downline Rebecca had prepared for our team training session back in April, using chalks and the ‘Because I Care’ level 1 hostess set, so here are the results. The technique’s had me reaching for my Stampin' Pastels, and actually inking up this stamp set for the first time.
Such fantastic results with a relatively small selection of projects. If you fancy recreating the technique, then have a look at my blog candy below, where you’ll find a lot of what you need to recreate the samples! (Just add chalks and ink).
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So, to be in with a chance of winning the blog candy, all you have to do is leave me a comment, and if you have a blog then please link to this post so that others can join in too Smile. I’ll randomly draw the winner next Monday (30th May) and post the winner’s name here on my blog. Good luck!
Well, that’s all for today, I’ll be back later in the week with some sneak peeks of my all-day ‘Birthday Bash’ class which is running this weekend – lots of projects on a birthday theme – complete with jelly and ice cream!

Monday, 16 May 2011

bad blogger....

hey folks, just a quick post to say that I'm still around! as you may have seen on some other blogs, there were problems with blogger last week which meant i couldn't get on to generate my posts. I'll be back later today with the samples from our team training evening and some long promised blog candy.