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Monday, 25 November 2013

December Classes, 2013

 On Wednesday, December 2nd I will be doing a Class in which we will be making several items using the new Envelope Punch Board. Above are a selection of different sized items.
These include a card, gift card holder, crackers, sweet treats pouch, and tiny to larger boxes for different sized gifts.

On Wednesday, December 11th, we will be making the two different styles of boxes pictured above using Christmas Papers.We will be making one additional surprise item!
The tea light boxes hold four tea lights in total.

The origami boxes hold quite a few chocolates. These would make excellent table favours for a Christmas meal or else they could be used as stocking fillers.
I may be repeating this Workshop on Wednesday, December 18th or on that date we will do something a little different!

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Highlights from Stampin Up European Convention, Manchester, 2013.

 Some of us visited the Christmas Market before Convention started.

We met up with some of our team at the Radisson hotel which is a stone's throw from Manchester Central where Convention was held this year. Here I am with Chris and Andre from the Office in Germany who worked so hard with many others to make sure that everything went according to plan. Many thanks !

This is a view of the main stage on which most of the sessions took place.

A photo of Amy, me and Lindsay in the front row waving the Union Jack. Around 850 people in total attended the Stampin Up European Convention this year.

The team who made it all happen. They were all super stars and worked incredibly hard in public and behind the scenes.

Some of my favourite projects. Above is a Scrapbook which folds out of one of our Woodmount Stamp cases. Season of Style Designer Paper was used with Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler Card Stock.

A cute mini brown bag with mini tags and stamped with white hearts.

Gorgeous Grunge and Papillon Potpourri Stamp sets were used on this card with Teeny Tiny Sentiments for the greeting.Washi Tape, Rhinestones and half a Doily were also used.

This card was made using the triple embossing technique and the Flower Shop Stamp set.
Melon Mambo, Pool Party and Wild Wasabi were the colours used.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Stampin Up Convention 2013.

Today I am off to Manchester with 1,000 other Stampin Up Demonstrators to go to the Stampin Up Convention 2013.
I have made 50 Swaps to exchange with other Demonstrators from Europe.

Here is a close up of the two colours of swaps that I completed.
I used the Lovely as a Tree, Gorgeous Grunge, O Holy Night and More Merry Messages Stamp Sets.
The left card uses Crumb Cake, Old Olive  and Naturals Ivory Card Stock.The ink is Crumb Cake ( Yes, Monica I have eventually bought it and I love it!) and Old Olive. I daubed the edges with a Sponge Dauber, ruffled them with my finger nail and tore them with a Paper Tearer.
The Ribbon on the Tags is Very Vanilla Seam Binding.
I die cut the tags with the Chalk Talk Framelits.

The colours for the dark blue card are:- Night of Navy, Early Expresso, Crumb Cake and Encore Silver.
I used Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon for the tags.

Build a Banner Workshops

Last week and this week I held  Build a Banner Workshops at my house .The colour choices were Red and Green or Blue and Brown.
We used the Build a Banner Kit from the Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue.

The stencils from the kit were sponged in Cherry Cobbler and Gumbal Green in this Banner.
Notice the three bows die cut with the Gift Bow Bigz Die also from the Seasonal Catalogue.

This Banner was made using the Banner Accessory Kit. The colours are Pool Party and Island Indigo.
You get three sparkly snowflakes in the kit.

Another icy blue banner. I did give everyone extra snowflakes stamped and cut out with the Festive Flurries Bundle. I stamped in Clear Versamark and then added Heat and Stick Powder. I then heated that up to add the glitter.
Heat and Stick Powder makes the most amazing snowflakes. 

Here the letters have been cut out in Crumb Cake Card Stock with Pool Party glittery snow flakes.
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Monday, 11 November 2013

O Holy Night Stamp

 I had a Stamp a Stack Christmas Card Workshop last week with eight people. We used the O Holy Night Stamp Set for two of the cards which are shown above.
The background of the blue card was stamped with the Woodgrain Stamp from the Main Catalogue. I stamped and embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder and layered it on Smoky Grey Card Stock with a smidge of Silver Glimmer Card Stock down the left hand side.
It was finished off with a double bow and a large pearl.
The Very Vanilla card was cased from one which Shelli Gardner put on her blog a while ago.

Above is the card that we made with Monica at our Team Training meeting in October.

This card in Midnight Muse was the swap that Monica gave us at the team training. I especially love the two glimmery stars hanging down on Linen Thread!

Build a Banner Workshop.

This week on Thursday, November 14th and next week on Wednesday, 20th November I will be doing a Build a Banner Workshop at my house based on the Banner which Monica Gale designed for the Paperie Retreat in September.
I have only two spaces left at each Workshop so let me know if you would like to join us.
Above is the original Red and Green Banner that I made at the Retreat.

This photo shows the Blue and Brown version of the Banner hanging from my bannisters at home.
I used Baked Brown Sugar and a Sponge Dauber  for the pattern. The accessories are from the Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit in the Autumn/Winter Seasonal catalogue with a few extra Festive Flurry Snowflakes.added.
I also added a bow made with the Bigz Gift Bow Die cut out of the Winter Frost Speciality Designer Paper which is in  the same catalogue.