Independent Stampin'Up! demonstrator for Surrey, Hmpshire and Berkshire

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

The lovely lady who made this card didn't put her details on the back - so I am sorry I can't tell you who it was! It's funny how so often we don't really notice some stamp sets and then suddenly something happens that makes us sit up and go wow! This was one of those moments. It is such a simple design but so effective. Somehow I think the Garden Whimsy set might just find a way on to my ever growing wish list!

Monday, 30 May 2011

Beautiful Butterflies

This is one of the cards that i received in my swaps at the training day - it came from my "grandmother" Natalie. Buterflies seem to be very in at the moment as lots of people had used them on their cards. I love the colour combination of pumpkin pie and rose red and the sweet and sour papers are some of my favourites. Natalie has used a combinationof the embossing folders and the beautiful butterflies die to create the look. All run through her fabulous Big Shot!

Sunday, 29 May 2011

I have been using this stamp set a lot recently - and I think it is really versatile. I hadn't been overwhelmed when I first saw it in the mini catalogue but i seem to be finding more and more uses for it! Here I have chosen to stamp the word background in crumb cake for the thank you cards that i made recently for the lovely ladies at one of my workshops. I really love the concord crush and whisper white combination of colours - very simple but effective.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Tri Card Trickery!

I've been wanting to make a tri fold card for a while but never quite got around to it. So I finally decided to have a go. I've been experimenting with ideas for my Very Vintage class and this seemed to fit the style that I was looking for. It's taken me a few days (mainly because I kept being interupted) but it isn't as difficult as it may seem. Half way through I wasn't sure that it was going to work, but when it was finished I was actually quite happy with the result. I haven't decided yet whether to include it in the class - let me know what you think! By the way - there are still spaces for the class - so if you like the look of this card and the stamp set I am using why don't you drop me a line and book a place. The cost of the class is just £15.00 and includes the stamp set in clear (worth £12.95) - so it's really good value!

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Back Again!

It feels like I'be been away for ages - sorry I haven't been very good at posting - but there are a few reasons for this...

The battery on my camera died a couple of weeks ago and, true to form, I couldn't find my charger anywhere. This is an ongoing issue for me as I can always find it when I don't need it - but the minute I want to charge my battery - the house fairy arrives and the charger disappears! I've spent the last umpteen days searching everywhere I can imagine it may have been put - and there were some pretty strange places amongst them! Despite my best efforts it has remained elusive and I finally had to order a new charger!

The good news is that the new charger arrived and my camera battery is now sorted! I've taken pictures of the cards that I made on a recent training day and of all the cards that we swapped on the day (one of the best ways to get lots of new ideas and samples!).

I'll post them over the coming days so you can see what I've been up to!

Wednesday, 18 May 2011


I've had a lot of fun recently making mens' cards and this is an example of one made using the sailaway stamp from the mini catalogue. It is really simple and quick to make (like all good cards should be!) but I think it is really effective in these classic colours of real red, night of navy and whisper white.

I promise that I will make some "girly" cards soon!

Monday, 16 May 2011

Hostess Goodies

I had a wonderful time at a recent workshop - hosted bythe lovely Val! It's traditional to give flowers to the hostess, so I decided to make mine the stampin' up way! I used the daisy die to help me create these lovely flowers - hopefully they will last a little longer than the real thing! I can't claim credit for the design - I saw them on another blog - I think it might have been Caroline Skinner's and just had to give thema go myself. I then created a card to accomany them using the garden greenhouse set and the vintage wallpaper embossing folder. Finally I was able to present Val with a little extra thank you - one of the sale-a-bration sets. If you woud like to host a workshop - drop me a line and arrange a date - you never know what goodies you may receive!

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Crafty Weekend

What a fabulous weekend! I held a craft class on saturday afternoon and we had a great time. Everytime my sisters-in-law come over we talk about making some cards together - but this time we finally did it! A couple of friends and my niece completed the group. I was very proud of my Hannah as she was pretty much left to get on with her own special owl card projects and she did a fabulous job! Everyone managed to complete their projects and we even finished on time! Unfortunately Iforgot to take pictures - I'll try and get some of the class on Thursday to show you.

I've spent much of today preparing for a workshop tomorrow evening - I 'm really pleased with mu demo project - I just hope everyone else likes it as much as me! I'll take some pictures and post them on my blog for you all to see!

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Talk to you tomorrow! xx

Friday, 6 May 2011

A different kind of bird!

Tomorrow I am running the first of my men's card classes and I have two of my sister inlaws coming to join me! My niece Hannah is getting into card making and I know she loves owls so I couldn't resist designing her some special cards all of her very own! I'll let you know how everyone gets on and show you the men's cards that I have designed over the next few days.

Although the men's card classes are now full - do check out the other classes that I am running. We have great fun and you will not only go away with some finished projects but maybe some new friends too!

(Sorry - Another example of the blog rotating my card! perhaps it thinks it is a bat!)

I'm having great fun with the owl punch - did you know you can use it to make flowers and penguins too!

(Crafty) Duck Crazy!

We had a lovely few days away before Easter and we came across a very happy group of ducks and ducklings. Now I've been after a picture of a duck that I can use for a logo for my blog - so I thought I'd run the duck parade past you and see what you think! All together now... Ahhhhh!

Sunday, 1 May 2011

I'm back!

I've been a bit quiet for the past few days - but I will be posting new cards soon. I spent most of today card making - finalising my samples for the men's card classes that I am running on Saturday and Thursday. I've also been playing with my new owl punch - great fun! I'll show you some of the results in the next few days.