Friday, 13 August 2010

Ruby Anniversary

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Oh look, it's a blog post! I know, I'm really bad at keeping this blog up to date, sorry!
I thought I'd pop this card on quickly. My boss at work has her 40th wedding anniversary his weekend, and we wanted to give her a little something to mark the event.
This is a simple 'joy' fold card, 4" square, using Kraft card (soon to be crumb cookie). The square in the centre is textured very vanilla layered on real red, then flowers punched out in real red and ruby red using the 5 petal flower and boho blossoms punches. Centres are the fire collection of rhinestone brads, then flowers fixed on with foam dimensionals and glue dots. Finally the 40 was hand drawn with a real red marker.

A very simple little card easily adapted to suit other anniversaries just by changing the colour of the flowers. Hope you like it!

Thursday, 29 April 2010

New SparklyShinyStampers!

I'm delighted to welcome FIVE new ladies to my team of SparklyShinyStampers!! Susan, Jayne, Maureen, Alison and Mandie have all decided to become Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, taking advantage of a special offer giving 10% off the Starter kit.
This offer runs until 7th May, so there's still time if you want to join in as well. Check the "Join my team" link at the top to see the starter kit contents, plus the exclusive New Demo kit you get when you join my team.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Host your own Party!

Hosting a Stampin' Up! party is simple and easy, and can earn you fabulous rewards! All you need to do is pick a date and invite your friends, then enjoy the fun! You will receive a free Idea Book & Catalogue as well as invitations to send to your friends. You will get a demonstration of exciting craft techniques showcasing Stampin' Up! products, showing you and your guests how to make simple yet beautiful projects, with everyone getting to join in and make something to take home.

There is no obligation to purchase products, however as a hostess you can earn free stamp sets and free products based on the sales at your party.

Get in touch to secure your party date today!

Friday, 16 April 2010

Join the SparklyShinyStampers!

Are you an enthusiastic crafter? Do you want to share your creativity with others? Ever dreamed of making an income from your hobby? As an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator you can do all of these things.
We all begin with the Starter kit, which contains over £250 of craft and business supplies for the amazing price of only £139. You can customise your starter kit to suit your own style and tastes.
In addition to the Starter kit, every member of my team gets her own "new demo kit" as a personal gift from me. This includes card and ribbon sample sheets, a personalised journal, plus some other little goodies to help you get started, all in a hand-stamped canvas bag.
If you have any questions, or would like a free information pack, please e-mail me today.

April Year in Cards

Here's the project we're making tomorrow morning at the Glasgow Card-making meet-up. The card is inspired by one Charlotte showed us at field training last month, and the pouch is a creation of Elaine's. I will be demonstrating the "rock and roll" technique, as well as faux suede and ink daubers.

This class is available to buy online, costing £10 for instructions and supplies or £25 to add in the stamp set used (RRP £19.95). Each class makes 4 cards and the matching pouch, and even includes a chocolate in the pouch! Email me if you are interested.

Ribbon rose tutorial

This was the project that I made for the technique demonstration at the Stampin' Up! Experience Event in the Pond Hotel in Glasgow. I showed how to make ribbon roses using our 5/8" grosgrain in Real Red.
Cut a 50cm length of grosgrain and fold in half, with the two halves at right angles as above.

Fold one half over the fold.

Repeat by folding the other half on top over the previous fold.

Continue folding over and over on top until the full length is folded.

Don't worry if it slips out of your fingers as you fold. Once its completely folded, hold tightly to the ends and release, giving a twist as shown in the photo above.

Hold tightly at the base and pull on one of the ends, it doesn't matter which one.

You will end up with a beautiful rose on the end of a long tail of ribbon. You may need to untwist the rose a little to arrange the petals.

Secure the rose with a couple of stitches at the base of the flower, then trim the ends of the ribbon. Use the flower to decorate your projects as desired.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. Please leave me your comments with links to your own projects.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Ribbon flower tutorial

I've been making a lot of these ribbon flowers recently, so decided to write a quick tutorial. They are so simple to make!

For the small flowers, I've used 10cm 5/8" ribbon in Very Vanilla grosgrain, and Chocolate Chip grosgrain and satin. The larger flowers are made with 15cm 1-1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon in Chocolate Chip.

I normally use invisible thread, but I've used yellow here so you can see the stitching easily. Start at one end with 3 or 4 stitches to secure the thread, then run the stitches along one edge of the ribbon.

Fold the ribbon in half and pass the needle through next to the start of the stitching.

Pull the thread tightly and stitch 3 or 4 times to secure. Then stitch along the ends of the ribbon and secure again.

Open out into a flower and push a brad through the centre, opening out at the back of the flower.

And there you have it! A very simple ribbon flower to embellish your projects. I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you try this yourself, please leave comments linking to your creations!

Downline journals

I've had a lovely evening making these journals for my lovely downline. They are based on a pin I received at Convention last year. The writing on the pin tells us to "inspire, create & share", which is what we try and do as Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.
If you're interested in joining my team, April is the perfect month to sign up. Email me for a free demonstrator information pack. New demos get the Starter kit, personalised to suit your tastes. After joining, I have my own demo starter kit which I give to all my SparklyShinyStampers, full of little goodies to help you get started. You'll also get all the support and advice you could wish for!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Test Post

I think I've set up blogging from my iPhone. If this works, you could see the volume of blog posts shoot up dramatically!

Saturday, 2 January 2010

2010 - A Year in Cards

Happy 2010 everyone! I hope you all had a lovely festive season. This time of year is traditionally one for new starts and new plans, and I like many others have been making new years resolutions. And yes, surprise surprise, one of mine is to blog more!
This should be made easier by my planned projects for this year. Each month there will be a new instalment in 2 new 12-part projects: "A Year in Cards", and "My Life in Scrapbooking". Pictures of each project will be posted here as the month goes on.

Here's a sneak-peek of the YiC project. We will be working on a Card Journal, which will have a double-page spread for each month. Every month there will be 2 birthday cards, and 2 other cards, covering topics such as thank you, get well, anniversary, new baby, sympathy, as well as event cards such as Valentines, Mothers day, Fathers Day etc. Each month will also look at a different technique.

Each class will include 4 cards and 2 card-pockets to fit into the journal. The journal itself will be made in a separate class, which will run in January, April, July and October. There is no obligation to attend a journal class, and the card classes will stand alone without the journal. All classes are limited to 8 attendees.

January's technique is spinner cards. Check out the Meetup gallery (under Year in Cards) to see examples. We will be making 2 x birthday cards and 2 x thank you cards.

To sign up for a class please visit the Meetup page