Tuesday, 30 October 2012

A little bit of Autumn Winter Christmas Crafting

Here is another of our card class makes from October's card class. I love how quick and easy the Festival of Prints Paper Stack makes layering cards and scrapbook pages. This card looks luxurious to me like the paper should actually be flocked. This card was a CASE of another talented Demonstrator, Tina Faghy, you can find her card here.
This card uses Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler with the Ornament Keepsakes stampset and matching Holiday Ornaments Framelits. I also used the Window Frames Collection Framelits to create the background layers (the Vanilla layer is embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder). I embellished the centre of the Ornament with one of our new Large Pearls. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments and is layered with the Window and Modern Label Punches.
The final embellishment is the bow created with our lovely Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle Ribbon. I gathered the centre of the bow using one of the new Vintage Trinkets button brads.
With Christmas on the horizon it is a perfect time to book a Stampin' Up! craft party. I have Christmas projects designed and ready to demonstrate through November and December, so please get in touch to book your date (poulton_sarah@yahoo.co.uk or 01983 609249).
Happy Crafting ;0)

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Christmas Tea Light Card

 Here is our 'showstopper' card from this month's card class. I always love to do a more creative complicated project that would make a super special card for a loved one during our class. I had seen this card online recently and fallen in love with it. I had recently purchased the Christmas Lodge stamp set (I adore the Merry Christmas sentiment stamp in this set) and wanted to have a go at my version of this card.
In all the years I have been using Stampin' Up! products I've never crafted with Bravo Burgundy. It is such a perfect colour for this antique-y Victorian style card matched with our brushed gold cardstock. We gold heat embossed the beautiful Christmas Lodge sentiment  and inked the edges of the Naturals Ivory cardstock with Soft Suede and then layered with Bravo Burgundy and Brushed Gold cardstocks.
The magic of this card (and the element that made it a showstopper) is that the tree is stamped on vellum so when you place a battery tealight within the easel part of the card it glows and looks like a warm winters fireplace behind the Christmas tree. The photos don't really show the glow of the tealight too well. I need to read my camera manual to get to grips with taking photos of effects like that.
A closer view of the embossed vellum and tealight behind it. We decorated the tree with Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details. We also used one of the new large pearls (and two smaller ones) to decorate the gold frame.
If you'd like any further information on this card or the products we used, please get in touch directly on poulton_sarah@yahoo.co.uk or 01983 609249. I'd be happy to chat you through this project or chat Stampin' Up! There is a little too much detail to fit into one blog post.
Happy Weekend Crafting to you all

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Halloween Treats

Last night I finally had some time to play with my lovely Googly Ghouls Stamp Set and Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit. I had purchased lots of little Halloween treats for the bags and decided on the colour scheme (Basic Black, Lucky Limeade, Elegant Eggplant and Pumpkin Pie).
I started by running the glassine bags one at a time through my Big Shot using the Spider Web Embossing Folder. I then used my ink pads to colour the bags. I stamped the Designer Kit tags and embellished with the googly eyes. I've made one for each of my family all ready for Summer's first Halloween next week.
I've also welcomed three new Demonstrators to my team in the last fortnight so I have a lovely expanding team of Wight Stampers now. If you'd like to find out more about the benefits of becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and joining my team, please get in touch on 01983 609249 or poulton_sarah@yahoo.co.uk.
Here is the welcome kit I made for my new demonstrators including a paper sampler and cardstock colour charts. If you'd like to join my team and get your hands on a sampler you can sign up now using this link.

Happy Crafting ;0)

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Welcome to the Isle of Wight

We’re so glad you could join us on our Blog Hop. We’ll be showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin’ Up!® 2012-2013 Annual Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep on hopping. We love comments, so please do tell us what you think!
Welcome to the Isle of Wight for my little section of the Pinkies blog hop today. You will have joined me today from Nicky's blog who shared a lovely triple time stamping (my favourite technique as you know) project using French Foliage, a lovely set which has carried over into our new catalogue.
The projects I am sharing with you today have been made for my good friend Natalie who will be celebrating her birthday on October 28th. I wrote in her wedding card in March that a handmade gift would follow. Well it is following, just a few months longer than I had anticipated (in fairness life with a newborn didn't allow much time for crafting).

After Natalie got married in March I printed a whole load of photos and they have been sitting waiting for me to make them into something. I googled mini albums to find a suitable tutorial and really loved this design. I created my album base using Primrose Petals and Very Vanilla Cardstock to tie in with the Designer Series Paper I had chosen for the project, Patio Party. This mini album is made up of 6"x6" panels which is perfect for standard 4"x6" photos if you trim them slightly to give a border around the image.
I used one of our lovely Flourish Frames for the front cover (currently found in the Autumn Winter Catalogue). I stamped the monogram using our Broadsheet Alpha in Midnight Muse. I added the '&' and the date with my Raspberry Ripple Stampin' Write Market. I mounted this onto a strip of Raspberry Ripple cardstock which I sprayed with our brand new Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz to give the front cover a bit of bling. The butterflies were cut with my favourite Beautiful Wings Embosslit.
 Here is the completed album unfolded. I embellished the pages with our brand new Elegant Butterfly punch and matching Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set. I used all the designs from the Patio Party Designer Series Paper as it matched the wedding colour scheme so perfectly. I also love to showcase all the patterns as it is such a shame to only use one side of the lovely papers.
To go with this album I wanted to make Natalie a birthday card. I absolutely love the new Fabulous You stamp and wanted to try heat embossing it. I tried several embossing powders until I discovered that it looked effective with plain silver against black.  I wanted a plain and simple card that showcased this beautiful and intricate set. I'm really pleased with the result (although weirdly I lost a rhinestone somewhere between making and photographing and also the card isn't so wonky in real life!)

Thank you for popping by my blog today. You can continue the hop with Alison and her fantastic circus creations using You're Amazing from our new Annual Catalogue.

Monday, 15 October 2012

A Wonderfall Birthday

Happy Monday morning to you all. I hope you had a lovely weekend.
I had a lovely Saturday afternoon spent with some crafty ladies for a Stampin' Up! party. Thank you to the lovely Angie for hosting and I look forward to delivering you a big box of Stampin' Up! goodies very soon. I will be sharing with you the make and take card we made later in the week. But I thought I would share the Demo project I made as the hostess thank you gift. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the set I made for Saturday but made a similar set for my downline Sandy who celebrated her birthday on Friday.
I absolutely love the Triple Time Stamping technique and thought it would work so well with the Wonderfall stamp set. I chose the colour scheme to match the Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper (Raspberry Ripple, Cajun Craze, More Mustard & Gumball Green). I stamped the  leaves on the card in the various different colours making sure to cross the Whisper White layers. I stamped the Teeny Tiny Wishes Happy Birthday sentiment in Raspberry Ripple.
I then created a matching sliding gift box embellished with Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon and Summer Starfruit Stitched Ribbon. I also cut and embossed leaves using the Autumn Accent bigz Die to embellish the box.

Inside the sliding drawer is a set of scented stamped tealight candles. These were stamped in matching colours using parts of the Wonderfall leaf images. I found this brilliant tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers which explained how to create stamped tealights.
I was really pleased with the effect and the tealight stamping demo went down a treat too.
Happy Monday Crafting to you.

Please get in touch if you'd like to find out more about hosting a Stampin' Up! party. I am more than happy to Demo any technique or create a make and take for your interests. Just get in touch and I'll be happy to talk you through it: poulton_sarah@yahoo.co.uk or 01983 609249.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

A bit of Autumn scrapping

The theme for my September scrapbook class was Autumn. I love all the colours of this time of year and wanted to create pages that reflected  the changing of the season. I also love seasonal layouts as I can use a multitude of cheesey titles like Summer in Autumn, A very Summery Christmas etc... etc... When I sat down to plan September's class I was inspired by our new Autumn Winter Orchard Harvest papers and by this layout I'd seen on Pinterest.  I decided to give the LO a Stampin' Up! makeover and used the Orchard Harvest DSP as the basis for the colour scheme (I am still loving Raspberry Ripple a little too much in my current crafting).
I created the trunk of the tree using our new Early Espresso Coredinations cardstock which I embossed with the woodgrain folder and sanded with our new sanding system. The leaves I cut with our new die and embossed with various patterned folders. The flowers were mainly punched/stamped with the Boho Blossoms punch from the Orchard Harvest papers. The other flowers were taken from my stash. I created the pumpkins with my oval punches and Pumpkin Pie patterned papers.
This was such a fun page to make. I loved layering up dimensionals to create different layers and heights of all the embellishments. I always feel a certain level of pressure to 'do justice' to all the lovely photos I have of Summer and this page made me happy as it matched the picture perfectly.
Hope you are all having a lovely week and enjoying your mid week crafting. I'll be at Trouville Hall in Sandown on Sunday for the Crafty Islanders Craft Fayre. Please pop by and say hi. There will be a make and take and I'll be demonstrating too ;0)

Monday, 8 October 2012

Welcome to all from Nederland and Österreich to Stampin' Up!

Welcome to all our lovely new customers and demonstrators from Nederland and Österreich who have joined the European Stampin' Up! family from today.  Customers from these countries can order Stampin' Up! supplies from us here in the UK or sign up to become a Demonstrator with a UK team to build their own customer bases across all our European markets (Germany, France, Holland, Austria and the UK). I would like to welcome all the lovely new crafters from Nederland and Osterreich and please get in touch if I can help you sign up as a Demonstrator or help you place an order for supplies.
The starter kit is 129 € (or £99 in the UK) and you can choose 175 € of fab Stampin' Up! supplies of your choice (or £130 in the UK) to put in your kit. Joining is incredibly simple, I can email a link with the on-line demonstrator application to join my team, the Wight Stampers.
If you would like some more information about joining Stampin Up and you live in the UK, Deutchsland, France, Nederland or Osterreich I would love to hear from you. Call me on +441983609249 or email me on poulton_sarah@yahoo.co.uk.
And now for a couple of crafty projects for a rainy Monday. The first project is my Make and Take from the Ladies Night on Friday and my Open House on Saturday. I met a lot of lovely ladies on Friday who all enjoyed a little crafty session making this card and I welcomed customers old and new on Saturday to enjoy a bit of crafting from the new Annual Catalogue.
This card uses the new In Colors Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple with a touch of Old Olive and Gumball Green. The stamped images are from Betsy's Blossoms and the matching Wheel. The greeting is from Curly Cute (my go to sentiment favourite).
 This is a better picture of my Christmas card I shared on Friday. I love this Pinterest inspired Candy Cane Christmas. I love using the die cut window with the Designer Series Paper showing through to make the striped candy cane design. It is finished with a Designer Button and Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine.
A very Happy Monday to you all and welcome again to all our new customers and Demonstrators from  Nederland and Österreich.
Happy Crafting ;0)

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

My apologies for the terrible lighting in this photo. I wanted to share these two Christmas cards with you this evening and had to take pictures with only the night time lighting. 
The first uses my new favourite technique, the triple time stamping technique, with the Watercolor Winter stamp set. The colour scheme is Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla. This card also uses my new favourite embellishment, the fab Ribbon Sliders.

The second card is Crumb Cake and Real Red with Designer Series Paper from the Be Of Good Cheer papers to create the candy cane (cut using the Holiday Collection Framelits Dies). The greeting is from Curly Cute.
I have been busy all day today preparing for a Ladies Night at Ryde Rowing Club tomorrow (event starts at 7.30pm). Please stop by and say hello. I will be demonstrating the cards above using gorgeous products from the new Autumn Winter Seasonal Catalogue. I have also designed a lovely Make and Take using Betsys Blossoms from the new 2012-2013 catalogue. I look forward to hopefully seeing you tomorrow and sharing my Make and Take project with you then.

And please don't forget my Open House on Saturday between 10.30am and 3.30pm. All are welcome and please feel free to bring family and friends. Please drop me and email or give me a call to find out more: poulton_sarah@yahoo.co.uk or 01983 609249.
Happy Crafting

Monday, 1 October 2012

Hello New Catalogue

 Hello and Happy Stampin' Up! New Year!
I always love October 1st and all the new crafting products it brings. I was up at the crack of dawn pondering the new catalogue and all the lovely new things within it trying to decide on my essential purchases (new iridescent embossing powder, Smooch Spritz, Two By Two stamp and the Ticket Duo punch were top of my list!). My order was in first thing and now the wait for all the lovely new goodies to arrive *fingers crossed for a quick despatch*. Click on the photo above to link through to the new catalogue and see all the lovely new crafty bits for yourself.

And as if the new catalogue (and all the lovely things in the Autumn/Winter Catalogue too) was not enough, Stampin' Up! have launched a new promotion for October and November. For all new recruits joining you will receive a free pack of Designer Series Paper each month for 6 months. That is an extra £59 value on top of the £130 product value of the Starter Kit, all for a bargain £99!! It is a perfect time to join my Wight Stampers team (click on the link to order your Starter Kit directly with Stampin' Up! and receive your kit asap- this is my personalised link for you to join my team specifically). Find out more by clicking the 'Join My Team' tab above.
So many exciting new products and so little time to craft. Please get in touch to book your Stampin' Up! crafty party, order your products, talk about the opportunity to join Stampin' Up! as a Demo (with no commitment to make further sales) or just chat all things craft: poulton_sarah@yahoo.co.uk, 07830 343830 or 01983 609249.
Happy Crafting ;0)