Friday, 27 August 2010

Wheely Lovely Bella's Border

My customers love the Stampin' Around wheels and I'm always being asked to demonstrate them at workshops. One thing I didn't have was some samples to show so I thought I'd put together a scrapbook page featuring three different methods of using the wheel with 'Bella's Border'.
The first method is what we would all use, a straight border across the top and bottom. The Stampin' Around Wheel Guide is a really clever gadget to make it dead straight. It's a neat ruler that's invaluable if you use your wheels alot like me.
The Second method was to create a frame with perfect mitred corners around a page. I've done this on the chocolate chip cardstock. Again I used the Wheel Guide to help me with this and I have to say it's brilliant. Full instructions come with the Wheel Guide (a bargain at £6.95) and it can be used for both the Jumbo and Standard Wheels.
And thirdly I wheeled over a complete piece of cardstock to make my own unique patterened paper shown on the centre piece of Very Vanilla which has been matted onto the Bashful Blue cardstock.
So if you've got these wheels and don't use them as much as you should, get yourself a Wheel Guide - you'll love what you can do with it!

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Pretty 'thank you' cards

'Live your Dream' is a set I'll always go back to time and time again. Those flowers are gorgeous and the little butterfly...cute! I made a batch of these 'thank you' cards awhile back and it's only recently I've got round to taking a photo. The colours are Melon Mambo and Pretty in Pink with a dash of Old Olive. Short and sweet today but I'll be back real soon with details of another All Day Craft Event.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Alison's Creations

One of my downline, Alison, brought along some absolutely gorgeous gifts she'd made for all of us at the team training we had on Friday. We were all 'Ooooing' and 'Aaaaahing' over what she'd made and I just have to show you. Now look at this gorgeous box with the lid made from the window sheets! Inside is a little bottle of bubble bath wrapped in pink organza. The stamp set is Vintage Vogue with Tiny Tags and the colours are Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo with Very Vanilla - beautiful!

And she also made this milk carton filled with sweeties. (the template for this can be found here.) The stamps sets for this are 'Fresh Cuts' and 'Oval All'

Fabulous aren't they?!

Thank you Alison, I must get my finger out and return the RAK.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Craft Room

Well I've made it to the end of the week and achieved almost everything I'd set out to do at the start. The decorating of the conservatory came together brilliantly despite a few hiccups with the tables. I ordered and paid for them a month ago and was told they would be delivered on Monday. Did that happen?? No! Straight on the phone to them on Tuesday morning to be told they'd be with me by lunchtime. 2.30pm came and went and they still had not arrived so back on the phone. They were eventually delivered at 3.50pm just as I was on the way out the door to take Jake to his swimming lesson...phew! It wasn't until I opened them later that I found one of the tables damaged. Nothing to serious but the top surface was cracked. The company have been really good tho and are making another for me. I'm keeping this one till the new one arrives...another relief. Then, when I put the tables up I suddenly realised that there is one big factor I hadn't taken into consideration.......we have flagstone flooring! It's been ok though and as long as I get the tables in the right position there's no wobble....thank goodness. :) So, here's a few pics of the set up.

It's not that big so there isn't much to see however it isn't my main craft room, this is purely for classes. When there isn't a class everything folds up neatly and gets stored in the garage and back comes the dining table and chairs. The storage unit in the corner will hold all my essentials for classes so I haven't got to keep running up and down the stairs. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out.

I had a training session today with my downline and we were all very comfy (they were my guinea pigs). The conservatory's adjacent to the kitchen so it's handy for cups of tea and a nice bit of lunch too. Oh and my them! We've lived in our house for almost 7 years now and I've always wanted blinds in this room. How sad am I getting all excited about blinds eh??? lol

So there you have it. My new craft area. Must get these classes sorted now eh?!?!

Thanks for poppin in and have a great weekend. I'll be back soon to show some lovely things one of my downline has made.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Trendy Trees

As promised, a card from me today using Trendy Trees. It's for a good friend and customer of mine that's having a little Op this morning. You even get this sentiment in the set which is really appropriate as I will definately be thinking of her. The patterned paper is from the Sweet Pea Paper Stack which I'm still working my way through - all the papers are beautiful. It's another item that'll be discontinued at the end of the Mini Catalogue come 30th September or until it's sold out. So if you like it, grab it while it's still available. Trendy Trees by the way is £10.36 with this month promotion...bargain! Ok so I'm not sure when my next post will be. I've another busy week what with work, decorating and a training/chatting and crafting session for my downline on Friday. We're having it in my newly decorated and furnished teaching area! Now it's nothing exciting as it's my conservatory but it's bright and airy and all mine. The tables have been ordered and arriving tomorrow, chairs have been collected, blinds are bought and ready to be fitted on Tues so all that's needed now is for me to finish the painting. It's coming along perfectly! If you're lucky I might even take a few pictures. Once it's all done I've then just to plan some classes! I know there's some eager beavers out there that are keen to know what, when and where but honestly, as soon as I can I will let you know the details. If you would like to be added to my mailing list to receive information on promotions, specials, classes and events, please email me at See you real soon!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Tiny Tags is so cute!

A flying visit from me today as I've a bit of decorating on the go. Another of the sets on offer this month with the 20% Off is 'Tiny Tags'. Probably my second favourite set from the current Mini Catalogue next to Vintage Vogue. There's also a co-ordinating punch for these little tags - so cute.The colours on this card are Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive and Rose Red and the sentiment was stamped in chocolate chip. The alpha set used is 'Just Perfect' which I bought to use on my scrapbook pages. Some of the letters were cut out out with my paper snips - madness I know as they're really small but I do like a bit of cutting out. ;) The spotty paper is from the Cottage Wall DSP which will no longer be available from October. Ok, so onward with my painting. I've more cards to show you tomorrow using Trendy Trees. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Greenhouse Garden Revisited

Where on earth to does the time go? Since I've been back from my hols I haven't really had the chance to do any stamping... :( Wish I could give up the day job and concentrate solely on SU! but you know how it is....bills to pay, mouths to feed... Still, at least I do have a fantastic hobby that keeps me happy. So last Friday I did a workshop which was combined as a charity event for Julia's House. Annette kindly hosted the event which was a great success with over £200 being raised. There were homemade cakes, tea and coffee coming out of ears, thanks to Jeeves (Annette's wonderful hubby, Ray) and an amazing Raffle of gifts that were kindly donated. All the Hostess Benefits were part of the Raffle too. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported Annette in her fundraising, is really is a worthwhile charity as you can see from the website. If you would like to make a donation, there is a donation box on the site to do so. So, with not much crafting going on I thought I'd revisit one of my most favourite cards cased from the current Idea Book and Catalogue using Greenhouse Garden. This set is also in the 20% OFF offer this month. Usual price £22.95 now down to £ that is a bargain! This was a very popular set last Friday when I demo'd how to do the two-step technique. If you'd like a workshop to see how to get the most of this fabulous set, drop me a line at You'll be amazed at what you can achieve with it. Right, onward! I have a Craft Day in the planning.....

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Big Bold Birthday

Thought I'd feature a few cards with some of the two-step stamp sets which are in the 20% OFF SPECIAL OFFER this month, you can read all about here. Today it's 'Big Bold Birthday'. I made this card for a wonderful friend and fellow Demonstrator, Jules. It was her Birthday at the beginning of July and I forgot to show you. Jules is a 'mad' cupcake lady so there wasn't an issue over what type of card I was going to make her. Love that Craft cardstock with the Whisper White Inkpad, it works a dream. You can see other samples I've made here using this set.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

August Offer

I'm back from my hols! I had a fabulous time in north Cornwall staying at a beautiful cottage in Padstow with hubs, Jake and Chaz (the dog). Very relaxing it was too so I'm now refreshed and aiming to get back full swing planning events and classes for the next few months. I'll be having another craft day in September which I've already had lots of interest for so for those that have contacted me, keep an eye out for an email on 13th August with all the details for this event. And if you would like to be added to my mailing list, please email me at Ok, so the AUGUST PROMO is up and it's another good'n for 20% OFF on listed two-step stamping sets.

*from the mini catalogue

I hope to make a few samples to show you once I've tackled my humungous ironing pile!

See ya all real soon.