Saturday, 18 October 2014

Happy Birthday Shelli!!

Good morning Sketchy fans! 
It's time for our new challenge at Sketch Saturday, and this week Debra has designed our sketch...

As this post goes live, I shall be at the Stampin' Up! Convention in Brussels! It is Stampin' Up! founder Shelli's birthday this week so we were asked to design a card for her if we wanted to, and, all being well, they were all presented to her yesterday! 

So here is the card I made...

I started off with some DSP from the Back To Black paper stack and once I decided to use this sentiment from Feel Goods, I thought Daffodil Delight would brighten the card and give a lovely contrast.

I inked the stamp with Stampin' Write Markers so that I could highlight the word 'sunshine' in Daffodil Delight. I finished with some Basic Black Chevron Ribbon, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding, a stamped and punched flower from Petite Petals and a Rhinestone coloured with a black marker pen.

I chose this particular sentiment as, thanks to Shelli and Stampin' Up!, there are a lot of happy Demos and customers out there, and Shelli is one shining example of positivity! 

Happy Birthday Shelli!

Have a lovely weekend and hopefully I will be back with convention news on Monday!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Convention Swaps 2014

Well I am at convention, and I have no doubt that I shall be doing a lot of swapping today! For those of your that don't know, we Demos make little sample items using current products, when we meet up we swap gives us the chance to see products we may not have, give inspiration for ways to use products we do have, and most of all, meet, chat, and catch up!

So today I am going to show you my swaps! I made 2 different types using almost all the same products...

The little box is made using the fabulous Curvy Keepsake Thinlit die, and I decorated it using the I Love Lace stamp in Gold Encore Ink. I used Champagne Glimmer Paper and the Bird Builder Punch for the leaves, and Pictogram Punches stamp set Cherry Cobbler Ink and Itty Bitty Punches for the flowers. 

I used the same for the little 10cm x 10cm card, but also used our new Kraft cardstock for the base and the sentiment panel. The sentiment is from Lots of Thanks.

Did you spot the lovely Washi Tape on the candle?? Here is a close up...

Ok...I have a confession to make...this isn't Stampin' Up! Washi Tape. In fact, it isn't even Washi Tape! It is masking tape, and once I wrapped it round the candle, I rolled it over the I Love Lace stamp! Isn't it effective?! 

So tomorrow, I will be sharing a birthday card for a very special pop by for a peek!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Stippled Birthday Blossoms

Good morning!
Today it is colour challenge day at CAS - Colours and Sketches, and Jacqueline has some lovely autumnal colours for you...

I did a bit of 'random stamping' for my card (it's a technical term, honest!)

I used the Mossy Meadow to randomly stamp the leaves from the Stippled Blossoms stamp set.

I stamped the '2 step stamp' flowers first in Crisp Cantaloupe, then used the darker Calypso Coral for the highlighted areas, using my Stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement. The light flower was created by stamping each stamp again before re-inking. I do love these flowers...they are so effective with very little effort! The sentiment is from Remembering Your Birthday and is stamped in Calypso Coral.

As this post goes live, I shall be at the airport waiting for my flight to Brussels for the Stampin' Up! convention...the highlight of my Stampin' Up! year! Keep an eye out over the weekend for pictures of my swaps and a very special birthday card!

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Convention is almost here!

Good morning!
Yes, I know...I have been a bit MIA this week. I am sorry...I have had so much to do that I'm afraid blogging and crafting have taken a bit of a back step. There is a very good reason...I am very excited about an upcoming event...


Yes, this time tomorrow I shall be on my way to the airport to catch my flight to Brussels, where I shall be meeting up with Paula and lots and lots of other Stampin' Up! Demos for our annual convention! And I can't wait!

We each get a bag when we arrive, with free stamp sets, a lanyard, a pen, and maybe other goodies too, but as they are all the same, we each make a tag for our bags so we don't get them mixed up!

Here is mine...

I like to keep things simple, as you know, so I also kept my tag simple. I started by printing my name out from MDS onto Very Vanilla cardstock.

I then used the Bird Builder punch to add some leaves punched from super sparkly Champagne Glimmer Paper, and finished with some flowers from Pictogram Punches stamped in Cherry Cobbler and punch with the cute matching punch from itty Bitty Accents. I mounted the whole panel onto a piece of our new Kraft cardstock.

Here is what I used...

Convention is a fun time for all demos, hobby and business, whatever level!

How would you fancy coming to Brussels for convention 2015?? Well now is the perfect opportunity for you become eligible to attend! Simply join Stampin' Up!, either as a Hobby Demo or a Business Demo. 
As an active Demonstrator you get to attend all Stampin' Up! events, giving you the chance to meet so many wonderful people from fellow demos to the Stampin' Up! team. 

And now is an even more perfect time to join!
If you join before 24th October you get a FREE Designer Paper Stack EVERY month for 6 months!!  

So if you would like to join the fun, simply click here and become a part of the wonderful Stampin' Up! team, and my team of lovely t'Inkerbelles!

Keep popping back over the weekend to see the swaps I made and hopefully to hear any news, plus see what we have been getting up to!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Pictogram Thank You

It's our new challenge over at CAS-Colours and Sketches this week, and it is sketch week...

So I made my card in the 15 minutes I had spare yesterday lol! How is life sooooo busy??

Anyway, here is my card...

I happened to have this strip of  Moonlight DSP laying on my desk so I based my design on that! 

I stamped a few little flowers from Pictogram Punches, in Blackberry Bliss, and punched them using the matching punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. The sentiment is from Lots of Thanks. I finished with a strip of Watercolour Wonder Washi Tape.

Here is what I used...

I think this is quite a fun sketch...what are you going to make with it? We look forward to seeing you creations!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014


Hello everyone!
Monday was my lovely fella Mike's Birthday, so obviously, I had to make him a card! He loves motorbikes, and even has idea what make it is but it's red. So guess what I put on his card??

It had to be a red bike right?! I got this wonderful image from MDS, resized it to the size I needed and printed. I then coloured it using my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities. 

I stamped the sentiment from Remembering Your Birthday, which I coloured using Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black Stampin' Write Markers. I alternated the colours mainly because I couldn't decide what colour to do it! I threaded Black Chevron ribbon through the sentiment panel.

I actually didn't leave this card to the last minute to make, for a change! In fact, I almost had a moment where Mike saw it on my desk a few days before...ooops!

I'm linking my card up to the challenge at SU-per Challenges this week...

Keiran also wanted to make a card, and when he does I let him loose on my old stash of retired SU and non-SU stamps. This is what he made...

Didn't he do a great job?? It is entirely his own design and he stamped it all himself!

I'm off to the gym now...working on next year's bikini body lol!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Grandma or not??

Good morning! 
Wow I can't believe I'm late with my Sketch Saturday post again!
But, here it is!
This week's sketch has been designed by the lovely Carla...

So I used it to design a new baby card for Mike's son and his girlfriend...

I created the sentiment in MDS and then I embossed some hearts across the bottom using a retired embossing folder. 

The cutie little shoes are from Baby We've Grown and I coloured them with Rose Red ink and a Watercolour Pen.

So...if Mike is a Granddad now, and I am dating him, does that make me a Grandma??

On that note, I'm off to work! Have a lovely day!

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