Monday, 28 June 2010

Card Storage Tote Craft Day

Well I had another successful all day event yesterday which went like a dream! It was to make this fantastic Card Storage Tote designed by a very clever Australian Demo, Linda Moss.
You can purchase the instructions from Linda here.

Everyone was given a kit using the Cottage Wall Designer Papers so although some were different to the above, the colour combinations were the same. I'll be gutted when these gorgeous papers run out of stock. They're beautiful.

Everyone also made their own beads like these - really effective. Although it was absolutely sweltering outside we were nice and cool inside. I took my camera as I usually do to snap some shots but unfortunately I had a problem with the CF card which only allowed me to take 10 photos! It appears the CF card needed reformatting - something I've never done before (good job there were people in the know -thanks Helen). I didn't want to lose the photos I'd already taken so I only have a few to show you of the girls enjoying themselves....well at least they looked like they were! lol

Here's Julie and Fleur - my very good friends and crafting buddies....
... and Anna too... ...and Julie..... ...and a group shot.

(left to right - Sue, Fleur, Julie, Nicky, Alyson, Anna and Julie at the front.)

It was at this point my camera wouldn't work anymore so I'm really sorry to the other ladies that attended and aren't shown. I'll get you next time! lol Once again I'd like to thank everyone for coming along and making it a success for me. I shall be having another Craft Day like this in September - the date will be confirmed shortly and if you'd like more information on classes and events like these then please email me at I don't always put everything on my blog so if you're localish, or would you'd like me to travel to you, and you'd like a specific class or workshop please get in touch.

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Queue Up plus £50 Winner Video

As promised I've done a little video for the draw on the Special Offer previously advertised here.
The prizes were...
1st Prize - Level 3 Queue Up set PLUS £50
2nd Prize - £30
3rd Prize - £20
4th Prize - £10
And ALL runners up £5
I originally said I needed 12 people but 10 orders were received with one lady taking 2 spots in the draw and the total amount was reached without needing a twelth. Even better odds for everyone!
Ok, so I got my little lad to do the draw, sorry if it goes on a bit, 5 year old boys aren't renowned for doing things
So here goes....

Ooops! I pressed the stop button a bit prematurely at the end of the

Well done ladies and thank you for entering in the draw with your orders, I only wish you could all win the top prize. If you haven't heard from me already I'll be emailing you shortly and thank you again.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Level 3 - Queue Up Special!

Would you like to win the Level 3 stamp set 'Queue Up' PLUS £50 to spend in the catalogue??

This weekend I'm having a Craft Day (see the post below) and I like to give my customers a special offer at the event. I've done this before on my Open House which has proved to be very popular so in conjuction with my Craft Day, I'm offering this to everyone -all my wonderfully supportive customers and my blog readers to be in with a chance to obtain the most coverted Level 3 'Queue Up' stamp set PLUS £50 to spend in the catalogue.

**For a minimum order of £45 placed before 6pm Sunday 27th June, you will be entered into a draw to win the following...

1st Prize - Level 3 Queue Up Set PLUS £50

2nd Prize - £30

3rd Prize - £20

4th Prize - £10

and all runners up will receive an extra £5 to spend on their order.

It's a Win, Win situation!!

**There are a few conditions that apply but if you are interested in this Fantastic Offer then please email me at

The winners will be drawn on Sunday evening and I'll show a little video for verification.

n.b. This offer is made exclusively by myself and not by Stampin'Up. I can only accept orders from the UK, not my rules I'm afraid - so sorry to all international customer that are desperate to obtain this stamp set.


Friday, 18 June 2010

Craft Day, Saturday 26th June

I've a few places left for my Craft Day
Saturday, 26th June
10.30am to 4.30pm
Cost £22
We will be making a beautiful Card Storage Tote - see this post here.
A Buffet Lunch will be included with refreshments throughout the day along with a Fantastic Raffle and Bingo!
Please email at if you'd like to attend.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Sweet Treat Stationery Holder Instructions to purchase

I've had quite a few request for instructions on making the Sweet Treat Stationery Holder that I designed for our Extravaganza a few weeks back, so I've put a 'Buy Now' button on the right hand side if you'd like to purchase them. The instructions include 3 pdf files of templates and colour instructions on how to make it and I'll email them to you within 24 hours on receipt of payment. It will probably be more instant than that but just to be on the safe side in case I'm not on the computer for awhile. Thank you to everyone for your kind comments and I hope you enjoy making it.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

How good is the Craft Whisper White Inkpad?

Absolutely amazing I would say. In my time (no rude comments here thank I've tried many a white inkpad and been so disappointed with the results. It's usually too opaque and doesn't show as much as I'd like it too so when Stampin'Up! introduced the Craft Whisper White Inkpad into the catalogue last October I was amazed with what I could achieve. It's a pigment ink so does take longer to dry than the standard Classic dye inkpads but it's so worth it for the end results as you can see.

This card was CASED from one I saw the other day on Papertrey Ink. The cards their DT produce are so inspirational and they quite often use white ink onto Kraft cardstock or a dark colour for a simple yet stunning card. I've played with the Stampin' Up! inkpad and I have to say it looks fantastic in real life - such a change from the usual...for me anyway. Love how it also gives that dreamy feel to it when I used a sponge to lightly swipe the edges too.

Recipe: Stamps - Garden Dream, Thank you Kindly c/s & ink - Night of Navy, Tempting Turquiose, Whisper White and Craft Whisper White Inkpad


Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Father's Day

With Father's Day this coming weekend I've been trying to get ahead of myself and not make a card 'last minute dot com' which is the usual story. One down 2 more to go....

We're having a bbq at ours so fingers crossed there's no rain.

Sorry it's a flying visit today - I'm late for work...eeek!

Recipe: Stamps - Occasional Greetings, Dot Dot Dot, Solid Stripes Inks & c/s - Night of Navy, More Mustard, Bashful Blue and Real Red Punches - Spiral, Large Star

Friday, 11 June 2010

Sweet Pea Scrapbooking

I really have gone full swing back into my scrapbooking and with so many gorgeous papers in the Sweet Pea Paper Stack I have at long last stopped stroking and am now using the papers along with the Stitched Felt.

These fabulous 12 x 12 double sided papers along with the stitched felt are in the Mini Catalogue and will only be available till the end of September or until stocks last, priced at £19.50 for the paper stack (48 sheets) and 52 pieces of stitched felt at £6.50. Not only are they beautiful for Scrapbooking but cards and other projects. I've used them loads and as the colours all co-ordinate so well, lets face it that's what SU! do best, projects come together so easy.

The colours in the paper stack are Rose Red, Old Olive, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Taken with Teal, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue and Sahara Sand.

Everything I've used in my layout is Stampin' Up! and if you have any question, please email me I'm more than happy to reply. If you'd liked to place an order and include the above 2 items I will throw a little extra surprise in for you. ;) You can email me at (This offer is only from myself plus p&p)

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Cute Vintage Vogue Treat Bags

Joanne, a fellow Demo on ILWS has made a cute little treat bag which involves no cutting at all. It's similar folds to the boxes we made at the Extravaganza and a pretty neat idea it is too. The bags that Joanne made were created from one sheet of A4 and I wanted to make something a little smaller so using her design and adjusting the measurements slightly I came up with one made from an A5 piece of cardstock.

Once I'd made one I got a bit carried away and made another 3 for my crafting friends. Each one has some choccie inside of course. ;) The colours used, from left to right are Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede and Pale Plum. I can't keep away from these colours at the mo - luv 'em.


Sunday, 6 June 2010

New Colour Blog Hop

It's been a quiet week on the crafting front for me, mainly as it's half term and also I needed a rest from all hard work over the last few weeks from the Extravaganza. I'm back though and today we're on another Blog Hop tour featuring the New Products and Colours that was introduced last month. If you've not seen the new colours there's a flyer on the right hand side of my blog which will tell you all that's on offer. Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Soft Suede are the colours and WILL be in the new catalogue and part of the core colours...yippee! Ok so if you're already on the tour you should of arrived from Clare's blog. I'm off to do the rounds myself shortly but I'll bet there's some real inspiration out there - can't wait to see. Now the NEW Cottage Wall Designer Papers are absolutely gorgeous and are only available while stock last, but that's ok with me as I've bought plenty of supplies to keep me going. As I feel the urge to use them as much as possible at the mo and because I'm back into my scrapbooking lately, I wanted to use them on a layout and I had this photo which I took of Jake last year whilst on holiday visiting the Eden Project. I know boys and flowers don't really go together but as you can see from the photo it had to be on this occasion and what a match.I've used Pale Plum textured cardstock as the base and stamped the leaf image from Vintage Vogue in the same colour round the edge. I punched Whisper White cardstock with the Scalloped Edge Punch to give a pretty frame then used the Cottage Wall DSP on to that. The large flowers are the singular stamp 'Flower Accent' (£6.95) which is in the Mini Catalogue and I've used the Rock 'n' Roll technique with Pale Plum and Rich Razzleberry to give it the two tone effect. The centres are from the Flower Brads, San Serif Alphabet was used for the title in Rich Razzleberry and the bird and leaves punched from the fabulous XL Bird Punch which is also in the Mini Catalogue. I few frames stamped from the 'Framed with Love' set and Bob's your Uncle, it's done!
A very simple page and easily achievable.
Hope you like the project and for more inspiration I'll now send you onto Pat's blog. Have fun on the tour!
p.s. just noticed I made a boo boo on the date on the Layout...oops!