Sunday, 30 October 2011

Christmas is a coming !

Evening all, have you had a good weekend ?

Guess what I've been doing today ? Wrapping Christmas presents !!! I did a Christmas 'shop til you drop' yesterday and so decided to start wrapping what I've got so far. It is after all only 56 more sleeps lol !

I have started doing classes on Wednesday mornings and this week we used the Holly Berry Bouquet papers. I must confess I was a big fan of last years Jolly Holidays papers and wasn't too sure I would like the Holly Berry Bouquet papers - but I do ! That is the beauty of Stampin Up products, once you play with them or see what other people have made you love even the items you weren't sure you liked ! Let's show you what we made ..............

Yes, that is sewing you see there ! And all done by hand ! ( I would be dangerous with a sewing machine ) I used the Mat Pack to pierce all the holes and it was easy enough even for me. Obviously without the sewing it is a very quick card, perfect for mass producing and using up scraps of paper.

Love the robin on this floral patterned paper

Isn't that tree sooo effective ? We also made a wallet for vouchers/cash, sentiment is from Contempo Christmas

Oh and one of my favourite Top Note die boxes had to be done too lol ! Hope you like and if you live locally and would like to join my classes please get in touch x

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Flirtacious Eleanor

Evening all,

I am watching Wolves on telly but they are now losing 4 -1 to Man City so I thought I'd talk to you instead. If it stays less than 6 does that mean they've done better than Man Utd lol ?

Half term this week and yesterday the girls and I went Christmas shopping, have you realised it's only 60 days away ! I like to get my shopping done nice and early but do feel its the same old gifts in the shops each year, they just change the packaging !

Todays card features some of the new Flirtacious paper. I don't have the matching Delicate Doilies stamp set but decided to use a stamp from my new Everything Eleanor set instead.

I think Eleanor does 'flirty' quite well lol !Colours are Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant and Melon Mambo. Isn't the new scalloped spotty ribbon gorgeous ? Hope you like ?

Off to watch the end of the match, the score is now 5-2 !!

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Beau Chateau Scrapbooking

Hi all,happy weekend !

I've had quite a peaceful day today as Isabel also went to the Wolves match too. She's not as interested as Sophie and normally prefers shopping or crafting with me ,but they had a spare ticket today so she was quite excited to go along for a change - she even wore Sophie's old football shirt, even though it says Sophie on the back lol ! Bless her !!

After being 2 nil down they scored twice in the last few minutes to scrape a draw and as they have lost the last 5 consecutive games perhaps she was a lucky mascot !

So what have I got to show you today ? Some scrapbook pages made using the new Beau Chateau papers. These pages are gorgeous, some are soft and feminine but they are also muted blues and browns suitable for the boys.

Colours are Pink Pirouette , Marina Mist and Soft Suede. Love the new Victoria crochet trim too !

Texture added with the Square Lattice embossing folder. And the two pages together ................

I have used French Foliage to stamp the leaves and used the rock and roll techniqueIf you would like me to show you how to do this or demonstrate any of the other fab products please get in touch.

Now off to sit down together and watch Saturday night telly x

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Sewing and Swaps

Hello all, how are we ?

I promised you sewing and so I will show you the Suffolk puffs that Gemma taught us to make on Saturday using the new Flirtacious fabric............

I think I need a little more practice to make my gathers more even, but if I can do it, anyone can as I am definitely a beginner at sewing lol ! Check out Gemma's blog because she showed us a fantastic Christmas tree - but I know my limitations !

On to the swaps, firstly I must thank Kate who very kindly posted a photo of my swap when she read I'd forgotten to take any piccies. Bless you Kate. So this is my French Foliage swap which I also did in a blue colourway too

and on to the gorgeous swaps I received in return...........

Aren't there some fantastic ideas? Thank you girls for swapping with me and I hope I haven't missed anyone's off.

Must go, got to go to Parent's Evening tonight.......should be interesting lol !

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Training Day

Morning all,

Sorry I have been missing this week, I have been busy but also had an annoying 'lurgy' which meant I lost my voice and was coughing and spluttering all the time, even during the night ! It hasn't gone completely but it's loads better and last night I did get a few hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Might have been to do with my early start yesterday as I made the journey 'Up North' to Julies training day in Leeds.

It is always fun to share a day crafting but we also heard some inspiring suggestions and saw some fantastic demonstrations, so thank you to Jules and all the other ladies !

Let me show you the cards we made using the new Pennant Parade stamp set and punch and also the new In Colours

and my personal favourite ......................

How cute is that tree and so dimensional ?

We also used the fantastic First Edition papers as a background and I especially selected a piece about evergreens and juniper berries as my background- how obsessive is that lol?

Hubby and the girls came up to Leeds too and they went to the cinema and also managed to discover Krispy Kreme doughnuts- so much so that they bought a box of 12 !!! Their excuse was there were so many flavours to choose from they just couldn't decide .............

I suppose they do have a point lol !

Unfortunately I forgot to take photos of the swaps I made and the gift for Jules but perhaps they will pop up on one of the other girls blogs - mine are the French Foliage ones.

Back next time to show you the fantastic swaps I received and the sewing (yes sewing ! ) I did after a fab demo from Gemma x

Saturday, 8 October 2011


Happy Saturday !

Temperature is a bit different to last Saturday isn't it ? Still I do like cosy Saturday nights in watching Strictly and X Factor with my PJ s on nice and early lol !

After the very neutral colour scheme in my last post, today its very bright and tropical , inspired by the heatwave - but that was very last week lol !

Colours are Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie with papers from the new Flirtacious range. Stamp set used is Greenhouse Garden.

I love how versatile the Top Note die is.

Thought I hadn't showed you any flowers recently so I have a Melon Mambo inspired arrangement for you.

Must go its's nearly time for the dancing x

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Not just for cards !

Evening all, how are we ?

I've had a busy,busy day - was up cutting out card at 6 o'clock this morning so my bed is calling me now lol !

I know we are all excited about the new catalogue (and waiting for orders to come) but I thought I would show you some items I have made for my hall since it has been decorated.

Even though Baby Blossoms has retired it is a set I will continue to use often and I wanted to show you that Stampin Up doesn't just have to be for cards..............

I bought this canvas picture.............

but decided I wanted some smaller ones to match, so with the help of my SU goodies I bought some plain canvasses and made my own !

Colours are Crumb Cake and Soft Suede and I have also used the Big Shot to cut out the Top Note die in chipboard

What do you think ? Good match eh?

I also made a little picture to go in this gorgeous frame...........

and gave this wire mannequin the SU touch with Fun Flowers, Boho Blossoms. Itty Bitty punches and some pearls.

Is it going a bit too far having a SU advert in your hall lol ! Hope you like x

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Out with the with the new !!!

Evening all,

Well we are finally emerging from all the dust of the decorating and the Crumb Cake has gone ! The new version is more Whisper White meets Very Vanilla with accents of Soft Suede , oh and a bit of erm Crumb Cake lol !! Will show you some pictures another time.

Today is THE day in the Stampin Up world as it's new catalogue day and there are some gorgeous new things it's soo exciting !!

I will however be sad to say goodbye to my old friend ..........

This catalogue is very well thumbed, read virtually every day. It has been on many outings with me and has even been known to spend the odd night in my bed, but that's another story lol !

To honour my old friend I made a card using a sentiment from Oval All and one of the NEW In Colours - Pool Party. This is a lovely aqua colour and a contender for one of my favourite colours

The scalloped ribbon looks great with the scalloped punch, can't wait to get it in some more colours.

Here's a closer look at Pool Party.............

Yes I know you can still see the Crumb Cake colour but these were made last week as I have not been able to get to my craft goodies this week but I am hoping to have a serious play very soon.

As a demonstrator I have been lucky enough to have my catalogue for a while now and have been adding to my wishlist almost daily but now, like on X Factor, the time has come, the deliberations must end and I have to make my choices...........

If you would like to order any new goodies please get in touch, off for some bedtime reading- I've got a new good book lol !