Sunday, 26 August 2012

Feeling fishy...

Yes, I've been playing again.  My craft table was relatively tidy and that meant, yay, can make a new mess!

This time, I thought I would have a play with some of the new papers that are released in a few days to everyone (joys of being a demo and getting a preorder).  SU are doing a fab paper stack in the new autumn/winter catalogue.  Lots of pretty paper and double sided to add to the joy.  As you can see I have also been playing with the ornament punch.

I have made some little cards, 4" x 4" maximising the amount of cards I can get from the heaps of 12x12" cardstock I have.

I made three little cards, using the ornament punch in different ways :)

First up:

Just using the punch, the ornaments are from the same piece of paper per card, so you get to see the front and back of the papers.  I used the greetings from the pine & poinsettia set and the seasons greetings is from the curly cute stamp set.  I use a pen to make the 'hanging cord'.  

This one is still using the ornament punch and also makes use of the 1 1/4" punch.  I have punched out 4 of the ornaments and then run them through the vintage wallpaper embossing folder.  Used papers from the paper stack and punched our a circle.  Simply line up the ornaments and then pop the circle on the front.  I also added a little gem for some sparkle.

Finally, an ornament punch is not just for ornaments.  This one went a bit fishy!  I teamed it up with the blossom punch and punched a couple of hearts.  Birthday sentiment from the curly cute set.

If you would like to create any of these yourself and don't have the punches, I can offer you the following:

Pack 1
Ornament punch, paper stack and textured embossing folder for £32.00

Pack 2
Ornament punch, circle punch, paper stack and textured embossing folder for £47.00

Pack 3 - offer expires 31 August 2012 for this pack
Ornament punch, blossom punch £35.00

The stamp sets are available separtely - prices for clear mounted stamps - no extra postage costs when added to the above packs.

Curly cute: 120510 £16.95
Pines & poinsettias: 123764 £14.95

Happy crafting, I'm going back for some more :) Seeing it is the bank holiday weekend and what is the weather doing...

(not sure if you can see the rain drops!)


Friday, 24 August 2012

End of August is looming

It seems only yesterday (sometimes!) that the school holidays started and here we are with just over a week left.  We've had some wacky weather, some good days and some days where we wondered if summer had done a runner.

I got together with some scrapping friends and we made stuff - it was a bit warm where we were and so we didn't make much but we did exercise our jaws a fair bit.  And Soo made the most lush key lime pie which we had after a jacket potato lunch and ice cream that Mel & Glad went and got from the local shop.  I guess that was two puddings that we had!

Here are some of the things that I made:

Birthday card using one of the tags from the SU Sizzix two tags die, stamped with one of the sentiments from the Easy Events set.  Some dsp, pleated ribbon (which ends when the summer mini catalogue ends on 31 August), a bit of baker's twine and that is not a button but a die cut button from my stash that I glazed.

I guess it's nearly Christmas!  Stamps from the pines and poinsettias set.  I made two Christmas cards (yup, just two!)

This one I used the ornament punch, just cut some from some dsp, the vine is from the bird builder punch.

Also this past week, I got my preorder through for the Autumn/Winter catalogue which is released on 1 September.  I love these little ghouls and you can get a kit that includes the little googlie eyes - you get some 'candy' bags as well, great for Halloween or just making little gift bags for a Halloween party. 

Wednesday, we went to sunny hunny (Hunstanton).  We stopped en route to take one of Genny's friends back home.  It was a bit windy but you didn't need a jacket.  The sea was way out!  The kids went on a couple of rides in the little ride park, I, stupidly, went on the bumper cars with Ben so I now have a bumper car whiplashed next and following a humungous bump am having to pop the painkillers for the back and hip which are not playing ball at the moment.

This was a super sky, we were driving along to take Genny's friend home, and was not far away from where she lived and there was this huge black cloud, with the sun poking through. I had to get a picture of it as it is so cool!

Finally, another item  from my preorder, a Christmas kit.  I couldn't help myself, it was the glittery snowflakes that did it.  You get everthing in the kit apart from the photos.  (You get more than the numbers 2 and 5).

As with anything that I show you that is from Stampin' Up! you can place an order through me.  If you've not already done so, head on over to my facebook page, as I occasionally put on special deals and also, I have my little shop (which is also available here too as I know that not everyone uses facebook).  Finally, before I head off back to my craft table to play with more pre-ordered items, I have a Club7 with some spaces.  If you want to spread the cost of your wish list and want to reap some hostess benefits,  visit Club7 for more info on how it works.


Sunday, 12 August 2012

Sunday 12 August - circles

Having a bit of a hop around the crafting pages in my favourites, I found myself at Melissa Samuels.  Melissa has made a super ornanment, made out of paper circles.  Inspired to find my craft table, here's mine.

All you need are 8 paper circles.

Score each of them into quarters and then you fold in two opposite corners slightly.  I, like Melissa, went for the four folded one way and the remainder the other.

Then, you need to do some sticking down.  I used some of the really sticky tape sheet.  I put the first four on that are the same in a clock position for 12, 3, 6 and 9.

Then, just edged in the remaining four and voila.

Turning over to the back, I used some ribbon to make a hanging bit and then stuck another circle on top so that back looks nice and pretty.

Back to the front and I have stuck a little gem on the front and had to have a go with some glitter stickles just to add some sparkle.

And there you have it with thanks to Melissa for getting me at the craft table this Sunday evening.
Do head over to Melissa's place, she has this on video instruction and other stuff too. 


Sunday, 5 August 2012

Nijmenan, garden and online applications

We are moving forward with the times! It is now possible to join my team by completing an online application form. Simply click here to be directed to the Independent Demonstrator Agreement (IDA).  No more waiting for forms to arrive in the post, simply fill in and click send and you will get your starter kit much quicker (depending on how long it takes you to choose what you want in it!).

I'm waiting for this little beauty to ripen up :)  The apple tree is ladened and there are a couple of red ones and this on has my name on it.  I'm resisting the urge to pluck it off now as it needs a little bit longer (I think).
We're surviving the school summer holidays.  The pool is up but as yet the weather has not been that good to stick the kids in it.  It's not heated so it needs some sunshine beaming down on it to warm it up a bit - this is from a few days ago when the sun did its duty!

We took a stroll around Holt Country Park last week, once more the weather was kind and we had a good stroll around the paths, finding surprises along the way.


Finally, I was going to show you Brian's feet after his 4 day march in Nijmegan but they were pretty gross.  Rather than the civilians that were able to do the walk in a leisurely manner, as Brian is part of the military contingent he and his team marched over the four days.  I'm pleased to say that not only did he lead his team to victory, he led them all to victory and to show how much of an achievement it is, as he finished, he received the medal shown below.

Here's a little clip from YouTube, (Brian's team is at about 5:48s) they are having a sing song.
40,630 people started the 4 day walk on day one, on day four, 38,144 finished.  A bit of a feet (feat! sorry couldn't help myself) and there were some sore ones by the end.


Wednesday, 1 August 2012

A Reason to Smile

We have a super treat for August from the world of Stampin' Up! For August, SU demos have been given a preview of the forthcoming autumn/winter catalogue and we also have (for me and you) the opportunity to get a free set of stamps with orders of £60* or more. It's a double though, you can simply purchase the set at the usual retail price if you so wish in either wooden or clear mount.

We have 7 stamps in this set and you can purchase them as wood or clear mounted, the choice is yours.  If you want them, just hit the order tab and you can order online via my blog.

Wooden mounted  130826 £18.95
Clear mounted 130828 £14.95

I've been busy sorting out the orders for my clubs, had visitors, so been sipping coffee and eating doughnuts and chatting today, so not had a chance to play with my set although they are ready and waiting for me to get them ready for getting inky :)

Other great news, we are coming in line with the US market and in October we get a bigger catalogue - yay.  We also have the autumn/winter catalogue released on 1 September, if you would like to preorder a copy and have it mailed to you (Royal Mail willing) so you have it on release day, drop me an email to go on my mailing list.  If you want to join my Stampin' Up! club that starts on 1 September, you will get it for free (you will also receive the October annual catalogue free when that is released).

Finally, more news, by the end of 2012 Stampin' Up! products will be available in The Netherlands and Austria.  This brings the total to 5 countries that Stampin' Up! covers in Europe, so if you are not in the UK and are in France, Germany, The Netherlands or Austria and want Stampin' Up! products, or knows someone who does, drop me a line :)

Happy crafting!

*plus p&p of £4.95 (standard UPS delivery no matter how big your order), one set per customer order.
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