Thursday, 26 April 2012

Hi there!  Today I'm going to share with you 3 Shoebox swap cards I made in Glasgow at the 3 day Mini Convention.

Carol's Card using the large Medallion stamp and Just Believe stamp set in Soft Suede.

Christine's swap using my favourite Vintage Vogue stamp set and Manhatten Flower embossing folder.

Dawn's swap using Creative Elements stampset and the Designer Frames embossing folder.  I love this vintage look!

Aren't these cards lovely.  I had a ball making them.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Vintage Card

Hi there! Today I am going to share another card we made in a class at our Tartan Stampers Mini Convention.  This card was taught by the talented Lorraine Harrison-Rogers who taught me how to use the Distressing Essentials kit on page 113 of the current Stampin ' Up! Catalogue.  I absolutely loved it!!!! Now I want to distress everything - so watchout LOL!
The Distressing Essentials kit is amazing value too.  For just £14.95 the kit includes 1 flat stamp (2.5 x 3.8cm), 4 distressing ink spots in Tea Stain, Charcoal, Mahogany and Navy, 1 sanding block (7.6 x 2 x 3.8 cm), 1 emery board (10 x 2 cm) and 3 extremely sharp precision files (each 14 cm long).  It's amazing the effects you can create with these tools.  Do give it a try!  Contact me if you wish to order this kit. It is so theraputic just to sit and work around the edges of your card with the file (using it from back to front to give the best effect).  The staining is great fun too.  Thank you to Lorraine for this wonderful class - you are such a talented (and very patient) teacher!

I would just like to remind everyone that there is now less than a week to buy from the Spring Mini Catalogue, so please don't miss out on all these fantastic items. I can place your orders anytime before Sunday evening!

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Mini Scrapbook Page

Hi there.  Today I am sharing a beautiful mini 6" x 6" scrapbook page I made at the Tartan Stampers SU Mini Convention.  This was the talented Carolyn's shoebox swap that she prepared all the kits for.  All we had to do was make up the page with her elements and add our own photo.  I've added my cousin's wedding photo and thought this sepia photo was perfect.
This uses the gorgeous Mocha Morning DSP which has so many textures and finishes (flock, gold shimmer etc.) matted onto the 6"x6" Crumb Cake card. The sides of the DSP were decorated each side with strips of Chocolate Chip CS puched with the Scallop Trim Border punch. The photo was matted onto Crumbcake and Chocolate Chip Cardstock, where the bottom was punched with the Scallop Trim Border Punch and Crumb Cake Tafeta ribbon tied round and finished off with 3 pearls.  The word 'love' was cut with the Cricut Machine using Very Vanilla Card.

Monday, 23 April 2012

My Best Weekend Ever!!!

Hi there.  I've had the most wonderful time away the last 3 weekends. Just over a week ago, over 30 Tartan Stampers (Dawn Silver's downlines) met for 3 days of non-stop crafting.  It was heaven!  We had 28 Shoebox swaps to make and some fantastic classes too.  I hope to share some of these swaps and class projects over the coming weeks and months. 

Today I thought I'd share this gorgeous Scrapbook Page we made at Diane's class. I used a photograph of my middle son Nathan and his beautiful fiancee Katie. Diane had given us a list of things to bring for the project, and being a slow crafter, I'd made the flowers up before, so I just had to glue them onto the page with all the other embellishments at the class.

Isn't this a gorgeous page?

It took ages to prepare and glue on all the components, but it was well worth it wasn't it ? 
I used Pool Party 12" x 12" card at the back and First Edition DSP, topped with a sheet of Spice Cake DSP.  The other colour of card I used was Not Quite Navy.  The stamp set is the versatile Vintage Vogue. I love this page so much that I went into Aberdeen shopping and bought a black 12" deep frame to keep the page in and this should stop the flowers being crushed.

I hope you love this as much as I do!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Convention Swap-Tote Gift

Hi there.  I've been busy beavering away all this week into the wee small hours finishing Wedding Invites which went into the postbox today and also I've been preparing my Shoe Box Swaps and Class Project Kits ready for heading off to Glasgow for our Stampin' Up! Demonstrators 3-day Tartan Stampers Mini Convention later today.  It's been manic!!!!  Anyhow, I've also been making this Swap-tote for my lovely Roomie Carol to carry all her swaps she makes whilst at the convention.  I had a practice run a few weeks ago, so I could learn from my mistakes LOL!  Here is the picture.  The template and tutorial was from Lynn Pratt which is called a Garden Bag style purse.  It holds over 100 cards so perfect to bring to the Convention.  I really love this as it also holds all your tools and materials needed too. I'm not back until late Sunday evening, so I'll have plenty to share with you next week.  Have a good weekend. xx

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Happy 90th Birthday... another Cascading Card

We are back in South Shields today for my Auntie Ethel's 90th Birthday. No-one would ever guess her age as she looks young and has so much energy.  She does far better than me LOl!  Here is the card I made for her birthday.  I really like this style and I've decided to do this one for my Shoe Box Swap at our Tartan Stampers Mini Convention next week in Glasgow. I hope you like it.  Have a great day!

This was made using Very Vanilla, Soft Suede and DSP First Edition Speciality.  I've also used my favourite Everything Eleanor Stamp set and the Fun Flowers die.  Enjoy!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Happy Birthday Carol!

My special Crafting Buddy Carol celebrated her 60th birthday on Tuesday.  I made this card (made many errors, so kept changing or covering up mistakes etc). The origin of this card came from the wonderfully talented Fiona Duthie who made up a tutorial for this card on UStamp with Dawn & Friends . This is a fantastic site.  I've just joined for 3 months and all ready I have access to many exciting tutorials, with the promise of many more to come each day. You can just click on the Blinkie on the right of this page.

I used some of the papers and stamp set that  I had received from the Sale-a-bration offer that just finished on Saturday. I hope you like it. Now I must dash as I'm off to Newcastle for a family reunion.  See you later.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Love, love, love ...

Hi there. Today I thought I would share this gorgeous card I made using the fantastic  Red Glimmer Paper. It is based on the card made by Dawn Griffith.
I used Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla and of course the fantastic Stamp set You are Loved.  Isn't it cute?

Monday, 2 April 2012

Happy Bunny

Well this card was shown to us at our Tartan Stampers New Demonstrators Training Day by the wonderfully talented Fiona Duthie
Isn't it cute? This is my take on Fiona's card and I made up a picture Tutorial for this.  I haven't forgotten my promise to create a video to show you how to make a Vintage Cascading Card.  I've been so busy the last few weeks and life promises to get busier during the month of April.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Springtime Gift to You!

Well our fantastic Sale-a-bration has sadly ended.  Didn't it pass quickly.  I've managed to get each of the FREE stamp sets and the DSP, all of which I love and will keep using.  But instead of waiting another year for a special offer...
Stampin' Up! has a wonderful Springtime Gift to You!

We’re celebrating spring! From 1-30 April 2012, get one free pack of our gorgeous Designer Series Paper when you spend £45 on Stampin’ Up! products* making April the perfect month to host a party!

Choose from the following gorgeous Designer Paper Series sets:
122350Berry Blossom Designer Series Paper
122342Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper
122347Nursery Nest Designer Series Paper
122354Pocketful of Posies Designer Series Paper

 Contact me to place your order and make the most of this Special FREE Offer!

*Limit of one gift with purchase for every qualifying order.


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