Saturday, 27 October 2012

Hostess In Color 2012-2014 collection club

At the request of customers, I am starting a Hostess In-Color 2012-2014 club.  This club is made up of 5 members with a monthly commitment of £35 (including postage) over a period of 5 months.  As this is a hostess club, on one of the months you get to choose an additional £25 of products (which include hostess only products) from the current catalogues (you can go over but pay any difference).

Each month you will receive the following from the In-Color 2012-2014 colors (as shown above):
A pack of A4 cardstock (20 sheets per pack)
A classic ink pad plus refill
A Stampin' Write marker
8 sheets of 12x12 designer series paper
4 dhalias
8 designer printed brads
1 roll of 3/8" stitched satin ribbon

Contact me if you would like to join in.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Want to earn yourself some free paper?

Would you like to earn yourself some free paper?

Join my team, The Rosettes, in October or November (2012) and you can get a free pack of the Designer Series Paper (from page 165 in the current catalogue) worth £9.95 every month for six months (sign up October and your free paper starts November, sign up November your free paper starts December).  With the new pricing of the starter kit, your initial outlay is just £99 and you choose £130 of products.  Want to know more about joining The Rosettes and join the team, click here

Happy crafting and I'd love to welcome you to The Rosettes :)


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Decorative paper strip flower baubles - not just for Christmas

Next on my list of things to do for a craft fair coming up soon (it seems a while away but no doubt it will be upon me rather quickly) is to make some little decorations that can be used on parcels or be left to the imagination for other things. All that is involved is a bit of cutting and sticking. 

I've cut 8 strips of dsp - I've used a sheet of 12x12 and apologise now as I'm going to start putting things into centimetre measurements! So, 8 strips of dsp cut into 2cm widths. 

I've then popped a bit of snail adhesive onto one end and then folded it over to 1cm from the other end (hope that makes sense). I've the grid paper which makes this easier. 

When you have the 'hoop' made, without pressing it down too much so that it squishes, I added a bit of snail at the 7cm (middle) point. So you end up with a set of bow looking strips. 

Then, I punched a hole in the middle.

Using a brad, layer them up.  I popped a circle on the back to cover up the brad ends.  

Give them a tweak and voila.  I have added some ribbon to make this one a hanging flower bauble!


12x12 double sided patterned paper
Snail adhesive 104332 £5.50
Snail refill 104331 £3.75
Multipurpose wet glue 110755 £3.25
Grid paper 106587 £8.95
2mm handheld circle punch 101227 £7.95
(brad, ribbon)

Don't forget also that if you sign up this month or in November to join my team, you can get some free double sided paper (DSP)  from Stampin' Up! for six months.  Check out this post for more info.

Happy crafting!


Saturday, 6 October 2012

3D ornament - step by step

On the front of the 2012-2103 autumn/winter catalogue is a fantastic decoration. I so wanted to have a go that I got the products, and now I have finally decided to make it!

I'm going to do some basic step by steps for you - the full list of ingredients that I have used is at the bottom of the post.

Step 1. Using two stamps from the Ornament Keepsakes bundle I have stamped 20 of the baubles using gumball green ink and 20 of the smaller ornament using raspberry ripple ink on to some very vanilla cardstock.

Step 2.  Using the coordinating holiday ornaments framelits, die cut the stamped images.

Step 3:

Score 15 of the baubles and 15 of the other ornament in half.  I used my scoreboard for ease to do this.  Then glue together three of the folded ornaments so that you have 5 sets of each decoration.

Step 4: Attaching time.  Using one of the ornaments that you haven't folded, place this stamped image face down, then stick one of the folded baubles on top, do this for all of the baubles.

Step 5: Layering up.  I punched a circle using the 1 3/4" circle punch using a piece of the very vanilla cardstock and then glued around the edge and started with the green bauble, popped them on the circle.

Step 6: Time to add some tulle.  I have used the cherry cobbler in the autumn/winter catalogue to do this.  I have cut 5 pieces of tulle and I have got my hot glue gun out for this next bit.   I 'squished' the tulle and then hot glued it into the spaces between the green ornaments.

Step 7: Next come the red ornaments.  I stayed with the hot glue gun for this so that I can have these ornaments slightly raised.  If you have a silicone glue this should work just as well or even some glue dots.

Step 8: Decoration.  I have used some linen thread which I have doubled over which goes 'inside' the green ornament.  I used the hot glue gun again to stick this down.

Step 9: Rosette.  I cut a strip of designer paper (from the snow festival set) measuring 12" x 1" and using the scoreboard, scored it at equal intervals (1/4") and made it into a rosette.  On my list is the new rosette die which will make this a bit easier!  I usually stick the rosette down onto a small circle but as this rosette needs some flexibility as it is going into the centre, I just used some wet glue to get into shape.  Then a used a big dollop of glue in the centre of the decoration to stick the rosette down.

Step 10: Hanging up & finishing.  I simply decided which way I wanted it to hang and then popped a hole in the top of one of the green baubles and threaded through some ribbon and on the back, to cover the circle, I used a stamp from the chock-full of cheer stamp set using the midnight muse ink pad.

*Ornament keepsakes (clear) 129950

Ink pads (new 2012-2014 In Colour):
Raspberry ripple 126859 £4.95
Gumball green 126861 £4.95
Midnight muse 126860 £4.95

Very vanilla 106549 £7.50 (pack of 40 sheets)
Whisper white 106550 £7.50 (pack of 40 sheets)

Ribbons & thread
Cherry cobbler tulle ribbon 127841 £6.25
Linen thread 104199 £3.95

1.75" Circle punch 119850 £15.50
*Holiday ornaments framelits 127816 £20.95
Also available: Designer rosette bigz xl die (p194 of annual catalogue) 125594 £34.95
Liquid glue 110755 £3.25
Big shot 113439 £87.95
Simply scored scoring board  (imperial) 122334 £25.94 (metric plates available)
Plus, hot glue gun, button and gem, ribbon. 

*the ornament keepsakes and coordinating framelits are available as a bundle:
129950 (clear mount) £38.95

As usual, if you see something you like, you can order via my order page here on my blog.  P&p is a set £4.95 no matter how big your order and payment is required before ordering please as orders are paid upfront.  If you want to get these as part of a starter kit and join my team, The Rosettes, more info is here. You can even add a bit shot to your starter kit if you haven't got one already!

Happy crafting!


Thursday, 4 October 2012

Want free paper?

It's a great time to join the world of Stampin' Up! if you have been thinking about it. A fantastic treat awaits if you join up now, not only do you get to choose your own starter kit for just £99 (for £130+ of product) but you can get free paper over a period of months* 

For more info on becoming a demo and saving 20% on orders, visit my team page, The Rosettes.  

If you just want to go for it, now, you can sign up via clicking the link - Join Now!

You can tailor make your starter kit from the current annual catalogue as well as the autumn/winter catalogue.  So, what are you waiting for?

*terms apply

Monday, 1 October 2012

ILWS Blog Hop - Autumn/Winter Catalogue and the new Annual Catalogue

Welcome to the In Love with Stamping blog hop.  You may have just come to my page from a blog post, or you may have found me by coming by via Anne-Marie.  At the bottom of this post, I have the link to send you on your way through the rest of the hop-ees and also a link to the first post in the hop.  I hope you enjoy your visit here at my blog and, of course, if you see anything you like, drop me a line via email or via the order page and I can sort out your order for you.  As a special blog hop treat, and also because 1 October is my birthday, orders over £50 placed before Friday 5 October you can have delivered for free.

And so let's begin. I have made a couple of things featuring products from the current Autumn/Winter Stampin' Up! catalogue (you can click the link to be taken to the catalogue), and with the release of the annual catalogue (you can click the link to be taken to the catalogue), as a demo, we get to pre-order so I am pleased to be able to show you some things I have made using some of the new products.  I hope you enjoy your visit and you get inspired to get crafting. 

First, I have made a decorative star. I have made this on a small size, with a view to making them as tree decorations. You can make them as big or as small as you like. 


6 sheets of square double sided patterned paper. 
I have used the snow festival 126908 £9.95 dsp trimmed down to 4" x 4". 

Snail adhesive - a taper runner is better than a wet glue. 
Stapler.  Ribbon. Hole punch. 


Trim down your patterned paper to your desired size 

Fold in half and half again and then carefully cut three times but don't cut right to the centre. Do this on each piece of paper.
When you open your piece of paper, it should look something like this:

Next comes the folding and sticking, do this for each of the pieces. 

Open your piece of paper and take the middle and bring to the front and stick them together like so: 

Turn the paper over and repeat with the next strips:

 Do it again:

And then once more!

Repeat with the remainder pieces and then you should end up with six of these.

Now comes the sticking.

I use the snail adhesive to stick the middle and then stick the point (which will become the middle) gradually adding them, I do three at a time and then join them together, popping a staple in the centre point.  Finally, add some ribbon to hang your star.

Project 2:

Origami flowers using the new comfort cafe dsp. I've just made a couple of flowers and each one is made up of 5 pieces of dsp trimmed down to 10cm x 10cm square.  You need a good glue for this and some paperclips come in handy.

I'm doing some step by step photos for you and rather than using the patterned paper have used a plain piece of cardstock as I think that makes it easier to see the steps:

1 - fold your piece of paper in half - I'm using a bone folder so that the folds get a firm crease.

2 - fold one diagonal into the centre and repeat with the other side.

 3 - next, and I hope that isn't too hard to follow, you need to fold back the top layer outwards on both sides.

4 - open up the  triangles you have just made and now flatten them out and then the outside pointy bits, you need to tuck those into themselves.

5.  Nearly there, now fold the outside edges in half again, so you should have something that resembles the picture below.


6 - stick the outside flaps and then bring the edges together, and all being well, you end up with the same thing as in the second picture, one 'petal'.

I have used five petals to make a flower, you can make them tighter and use six (and if you like folding!).  As the glue 'sets' I use some paperclips to hold the folds and petals together.  A glue gun comes in handy for this.

And here you have it, the final result of 5 petals all glued together.  You can turn them into a flower bauble and to do this you will need around 12 flowers and some ribbon.

Finally, a card!

A4 cardstock - raspberry ripple (2012-2014 in colour, pk 24 sheets) 127545 £6.25
DSP - comfort cafe 126898 £9.95
Stamps - Betsy's blossoms 126006 £20.95 (clear mount)
Sizzix bigz scallop circle die 113468 £16.95
Ink: primrose petals 126858 £4.95 / midnight muse 126860 £4.95
2 3/8" scallop circle punch 118874 £15.50
Scalloped tulle ribbon - cherry cobbler 127841 £6.25

I used the sizzix scallop circle die to make this card.  I folded over a piece of card to fit the scallop circle and cut it so as to not quite cut the whole circle.  I also cut the dsp at the same time. Using a piece of the scrap, I made a little 'ribbon' border, you can just see it under the flower and the tulle (and bird).

I stamped the flower with the primose petals ink and layered it on top of a piece of the tulle ribbon.  The birdie is stamped using the midnight muse ink.   And there you have it, one card.

Well, that's me done for this part of the blog hop, I do hope that you enjoyed your visit.  The next hop-ee is Vronnie and should you wish to start right at the beginning, Laura is the blog to head for.

Links to the current catalogues are available on the left and over on the right is the link to my facebook page, hope to see you there.

If you are inspired and want to join my team The Rosettes, from now until the end of November when you sign up you can earn yourself a free pack of paper.  Drop me a line to learn more about being a demo and getting discounted products.

Enjoy, and happy crafting!

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