Monday, 31 December 2012

Last bit of Christmas Crafting

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Well I know it is a little late but I'd like to wish all my blog readers a very Merry Christmas. Thank you all for reading through 2012 and I look forward to sharing more crafty projects with you in the New Year. I have some exciting changes coming up in 2013 and will be structuring my posts so that I update on a regular basis. I have some exciting colour challenges lined up and a regular weekly embellishment tutorial feature planned also. So pop back in early 2013 and I'll have more info to share with you then ;0)

In the mean time, I thought I would share a last bit of Christmas craftiness. I was looking through my computer files and my SD card and thought I would share with you the last crafty projects I found hiding amongst pictures of projects I have already shared with you ;0)
This is one of our cards from the December card class. Inspired by an amazing card I saw on Pinterest. I love the stamped background and the white heat embossing over the top. Giving a bit of a swirl with Crumb Cake ink and a dauber over the embossing gives the darkened ink effect.
This second card is a stamping only Christmas card that can be adapted for any occasion by changing the greeting and colour (see the original inspiration here on Pinterest). This photo hasn't captured the shadow stamping behind the Garden Green swirls. I stamped the swirls first with my Illuminate Glimmer ink pad to give a bit of glittery bling to the card. The swirls, flowers and label are all stamped from the Everything Eleanor stamp set. The colour scheme is Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler.

And lastly, here is a project we made in my December workshops using the fab Season of Sweets Designer Kit from the Autumn Winter catalogue. I provided the gingerbread stars and everyone got to take home a lovely little package with a biscuit and gift label.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you are all having a fabulous festive season and looking forward to what lies ahead in 2013.

And just a quick reminder, I have my new virtual hostess club starting in the New Year. Click here to find out more and get in touch if you'd be interested in signing up ;0)

Happy Festive Crafting and look forward to more craftiness in 2013
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Saturday, 15 December 2012

A bit of Christmas craftiness

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Happy Saturday morning to you all ;0)
Well first I must apologise for the lack of pictures this week of my workshop projects. They have disappeared. I have searched my craft room from corner to corner (and I know I have seen them somewhere!) and cannot find the gift tag and card we made. I am sure they will turn up. But it'll probably be in the New Year knowing my luck.

So instead I will share with you two of our projects from todays card class.

Firstly our 3D project for the month is this hot chocolate wallet.
This was inspired by a similar wallet I had seen on Pinterest. I thought as a festive treat for my craft class ladies this would be a lovely little project to make. It is embellished with images stamped from the Scentsational Season stamp set and mittens punched with the Mitten Punch.
Secondly, I cased this card from the super talented Vicky over at Crafting Clare. I loved how she had created these baubles using the Serene Silhouettes stamp set so I had a go myself.

Her tip to use a two way glue pen and white embossing powder for the snowfall is absolutely perfect.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope your Christmas-y preparations are going well. We are super excited to get Summer's first Christmas tree this weekend. Pictures to follow once decorated tomorrow. In the mean time, here is a festive pic of my little monkey taken yesterday to celebrate the season.
Happy Crafting

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Saturday, 8 December 2012

And now for something completely different.....

No papercrafting today I am afraid. My lovely school friend Hannah writes a fab parenting blog and she put a ginger challenge out there about a month or so ago. Inspired by the Great British Bake Off she wanted us all to put our thinking caps on and create a Christmasy gingerbread structure. So I set off to search Pinterest for inspiration (click here for my inspiration board). And inspire me it did. But not in an obvious way. I came across the following pic:

Now this is just a tourist souvenir and not at all gingerbready. But it reminded me of our family Christmas in Hawaii a few years back so I set our recreating it in ginger. And here is the result....

 Now I messaged Hannah a couple of weeks back and promised originality but not a perfect finish and I think I delivered. This was a team effort with my Mum, sister and Summer all pitching in to help and boy did we have fun making it (although who knew gingerbread could be SO tiring!)

I tried to Christmas it up a bit by making the fairy lights around the roof. I had planned a Father Christmas buried in the sand but I forgot my gingerbread man cutter. So it is a surf shack in the morning sun before it is open for the day (without customers!)

Here is the shop part of the surf shack complete with frothy cold beverages ;0)

The porch had a slight issue as it really didn't want to stay standing. So my surf shack has a bit of rickety character (not unlike the rickety house of Blackgang Chine ;0). But I will definitely enjoy eating it as I splashed out on Fabulous Fingers which are my absolute favourite (and remind me of being pregnant as I ate so many packs- sending Sam out at strange hours to buy them for me!)

Thank you for stopping by today. And if you've got a free minute, definitely pop by Hannah's blog for a read (and you've still got time to enter your own gingerbread creation too!)

And should you be popping by today for Stampin' Up! info, normal service will resume tomorrow with some projects for a party I am doing this afternoon. Please get in touch on 01983 609249 or to chat about Stampin' Up! products, hosting a party, joining my virtual hostess club or attending a class locally.

Happy Saturday crafting to all

Friday, 7 December 2012

Exciting news: Join my new Stampers 10 Club!

Hello again. Seems like an age since I updated. Has been a busy week as we took Summer on her first holiday to the Continent to visit the Christmas markets. And i have also been busy catching up with my annual December Journal Your Christmas Journal (photos to follow, it is still very much in the rough stages due to being away the first three days of the month).

I just wanted to blog today to share my exciting news for the New Year. I am launching my Virtual Hostess Club starting in January. Read on for more info on joining my Stampers 10 Club.

Earn free stamps & more!

Do you love the Stampin’ Up products but don’t necessarily want to host a Stampin’ Up workshop at your home? You may not have many crafting friends or have the space to host a workshop.

If you join the hostess club you can earn all the benefits associated with being a hostess without ever having to host a work-shop at your home.

I need 10 members to agree to join the club which lasts for 10 months. Each month I will contact you to ask what you would like to order for a minimum of £15 + 50p p&p. The 10 ladies take it in turns to be the virtual hostess and when it’s your turn you will receive at least £25 hostess pounds to spend on any goods of your choice from the catalogue as well as the goods you have ordered.

For joining you will also receive a FREE copy of The Idea Book & Catalogue (rrp £5.95). If you already have the current main catalogue I will reserve a copy of the new catalogue due out on 1st July 2013. You can of course order more than the minimum amount and have the possibility of increasing the hostess benefits.

For anyone not living local to me and unable to collect their orders, I ask for an extra £2.50 each month to help contribute towards the cost of posting your items via Royal Mail, I am happy to pay any extra postage charges if you parcel is more expensive to post. And on your hostess I ask you to pay the full cost of posting your items.

Please register your interest and once I have 10 ladies to start the club I will contact you to see if you are still interested in joining in. Please email me on or give me a call on 01983 609249 for more information.

By joining my Stampers 10 club, you get the chance to spread the cost while building up your collection & are still able to enjoy the free benefits.
It’s that simple!
And I couldn't blog today without a little bit of craftiness. Sorry for the terrible photos. Not sure why they turned out so blurry. But here are the two layouts we completed in our November Scrapbooking class.
 The first was a simple 12x12 Very Vanilla base stamped with images from the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set. We embellished with papers from the Snow Festival Designer Series Paper set and with a Handmade Holiday Stitch Felt ornament. We also created the circular embellishments using punched images created with the Merry Minis punch pack.
For our second layout we used the new Divided Page Protectors to create three mini layouts. We stamped embellishments using the Polar Party, Wonderful Winterland and For the Birds stamp sets and embellished with buttons, ribbon and a Flourish Frame.

Please get in touch to find out more about Stampin' Up!, hosting a party or joining my new virtual club on or 01983 609249.

Happy Friday Crafting ;0)