Monday, 4 July 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy!

I can't believe it's been over a month since my last post, I've just had so much going on, however, the good news is that it won't be long before I have a craft room - which is just that! No more dinning room table!

I've been looking at Pinterest for inspiration on how best to do the craft room - and then looking at the furniture I have and trying to find a happy medium! I have a plan and hopefully it will work - only time will tell, I think it will be at least 2 weeks before I will have pictures to show you so in the mean time here is a project I completed as a birthday gift for my mum!

Clippy bags have pockets for you to insert photos or messages in to personalize your bag. I used one side for pictures of the family!




And the other side to show a selection of Stampin' Up! products and stamp sets.


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Sunday, 22 May 2016

Suite Sayings

Today I hosted a Get Together with a few friends - with a mixture of crafting abilities to make 2 cards and 2 boxes, without alcohol so we would stay on track.

 
Using the Triple Banner Punch to make a selection of banners, Botanical Builders Framelits and the Suite Sayings Stampset, with DSP and some of that beautiful glitter tape from Sale-A-Bration.
The box was made with the Bakers Box Thinlits and closed with a peg and some thick bakers twine from a while back!

Our second project pair was a specific request using Number of Years and the now retired Square Pillow Box Thinlits

Everyone completed their projects and we plan to do a home decor project next month! Hopefully I'll get to blog to you again before then!

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

How Old! A Number of Years

Some birthdays just shout to have the age on them, and a 16th just shouts for a nice big number! 

My daughter and her friends are turning 16 this year so I've made a few 16 cards recently and with the number being die cut, there is very little stamping, so these are great cards for beginners and let you show off some of that lovely designer paper we all buy and then don't know what to use it for or with. 

This is a sneaky 6x6 inch card made from a piece of A4 - I've it down to 6x11.5 inches, score on the  long side at 6 inches, when you fold the card there will be a short front. The black panel is 6x5 inches, and lined up to shorter front, giving you a 1/2 inch colour of your base card, then the decoration is up to you! 

For the boys I used similar layout on an A6 card base, with the addition of some stamping using the Amazing Birthday stampset! 


Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Retiring Items! Put them to good use!



While shopping recently I saw Carmel Stroopwafels, and I happen to know someone who really likes these, as she is a fellow demo with Stampin' Up! I couldn't just shove them in a carrier and hand them over - they would need to be presented in a girt package!
This demo I know likes good coffee, so adding a few Nespresso capsules to go with the Stroopwafels would be perfect - What more? What Else?
Well I know she's rather partial to Blackberry Bliss, and as it is a retiring product I thought I'd use up some of my stash.  I also had some mini-buttons and thick bakers twine from 2015 SAB (I know - it needs using too!)  In my scrap box I also had the spare bits from my Tin of Cards project and this "Hallo" seamed just right.

I made a mini box to hold the Nespresso capsules using a piece of A4 - Scored with the short side at the top at 3cm, 5.5cm, 16cm & 18.5cm, then on the long side at the same places, you have a nice big flap on the bottom to made a secure and solid box.

I used my circle framelits to cut 5 circles in the top od the box - which is actually the square which has scoring on all four sides, to do this with the big shot I used the magnetic plate and had to fold over some of the score lines so it would fit thought the Big shot.

Please email me if you would like a diagram of how I did this!

For the bigger box to hold the Stroopwafels and to take the mini tray of capsules I had to do some thinking and some maths! I could have easily made it from 2 sheets of 12x12, but I do like to be frugal - so I used my Diagonal Scoreboard - sorry another item retiring, I do love this tool and will miss it from the catalogue in future - here is the maths bit





I then used a rule to work out the 6.72cm is 2 7/8 inch so I knew where to score. Who knew Maths GCSE has a use!  I then burnished all my scores and folded in the spare bits, a spot of glue to hold in place and it was nearly there, I placed a 1 inch band around the top to give it some strength and folded down the spare 'pointy bits'.  the band was 2 pieces of card 2.5cm x 22 cm, scored at 9.6 & 19.2cm, glued together to make a band.

The lid was 2 pieces of card cut to 12.5 cm x 22.5cm and scored at 9.7cm & 19.4cm, and scored again on the flat side at 3 cm, now this will leave you with a small hole in the middle of your box lid, this gives you space to put your ribbon through and I secured my ribbon to a spare piece of card which I glued to the inside of the box.  cover said lid as you wish, I used my flower punches and the leafly bit from my Bird Builder as I was in a hurry, otherwise I would have used my Botanical Builder Dies.

So in total to produce this box I used:
1 x A4 Card Stock
1 x 12x12 DSP
1 x 12x12 Color Me Irresistible DSP (hence why I made the lid this way - to keep the pattern going the same way) 

To decorate I raided the scraps box, some thick bakers twine and buttons!

I hope this all makes sense - if anything is unclear do let me know and I'll do my best to make more sense!


Monday, 25 April 2016

Bundles of Fun!

I love Stampin' Up! Bundles, in the current catalogue bundles have 15% off and those in the current catalogue won't be carried over as bundles, just as individual items, while some of the bundles come from complete suites where there is stamnps, dies, paper and accessories that all coordinate, you can just pick out the Bundled Stamp and Dies sets and use them in your own way.


Here I have taken the Bloomin' Heart Bundle and teamed it with one of my favourte colours from the Brights collection - Bermuda Bay along with Whisper White and just a touch of Silver Glimmer Paper.

Here is the bundle, it has 15% off the overall price of the Bloomin' Love Photopolymer Stamp Set, which contains 16 stamps and the Bloomin' Heart Thinlit which has 3 dies for just £31.25 - item number 140818.  Of course you can order just the dies or just the thinlit, but at this price they go so well together. 
 For those who like the detail here is a close up of the dies:


and  the stamps.  The banner from this set has a matching die in the Large Numbers Framelits, which I'll be using for my next project!
If you would like any futher information about these items or Stampin' Up! or would like to be one of the first to see the new catalogue please do leave me a message or connect with me on Facebook by following the link:  https://m.facebook.com/stampin.up.demo.manston/?ref=bookmarks 

Sunday, 17 April 2016

On Stage Local

Some of you may know that last November I went to Brussels for On Stage Live - a Stampin' Up! Event for demonstrators to see new catalogues and products from them! I'm really excited to share these items with you but can't do that just yet! Don't worry - you'll not have to wait long!! 

One thing us demonstrators really love is swooping ideas for using Stampin' Up! Products - swooping ideas is great, but we'd rather swop completed projects! I made some little gift pouches with tea in them! 

And received this pile of treats in return! 



My pouches were made from a piece of 6x6 DSP, cut down to a 5x5 square, I used the Envelope Punch Board (EBP), but not quite following the instructions.

I firstly scored (but didn't punch) using the EPB at 2 1/4 & 2 1/2, turned the paper 90 degrees, lined up the score lines (as you would if using it usually), 


score & punch on the first line, and then just score the second line. Turn the paper 90 degrees again, this time score on the first line and punch & score on the second line.

You should only have scored on 3 sides as you want your envelope to remain opens at the top. Fold and burnish all the score lines and fold up to make the pouch. I decorated using the round & oval punches, cut 1inch strips and shaped using the Triple Banner Punch before stamping using the A Nice Cuppa stamp set:

And cut out a selection of mugs, teacups & teapots using the Cups & Kettle dies,  which if brought together with the stamps are on a bundled buy with 15% off! 
If you would like to purchase any of these items, they are currently in our Spring & Summer Catalogue until the end of May 2016! 
Contact me if you would like more information or to order!  
 

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Spring Summer Goodies


Thing I like most about Stampin' Up! products is that they all co-ordinate and work together so easily! I also love that you are encouraged to use CASE - Copy and Share Everything! So I liked a project this project:
but for me the papers didn't shout out! But I really liked the papers from this set:
So I mixed and matched and now share with you!
loved the box so much I had to make a card to match!