Saturday, 24 November 2012

Stampin' Up! Jolly Bingo Bits.

I have a cracking little set of Stamps called Jolly Bingo Bits. It comprises 24 gorgeous little Christmassy Stamps. I have used them for so many things. I am now thinking I should buy the Peekaboo Frames Die so I can make little advent calendars with them.

I have already made a bingo game with them ready for my next party. I thought it would be a little more exciting than your average raffle. And still a chance to win prizes! Can't wait to try it out. Book a party soon!

For now I thought I would share some Christmas cards I made with it.



Aren't they sweet. The images also emboss beautifully, you can add some ribbon, brads or jewels to jazz them up. The sentiment is from Greetings of the Season from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue. The scalloped edge was done using the Scallop Edge Border Punch.

The four embossing folders are - Square Lattice, Perfect Polka Dots, Lacy Brocade from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue and the Fancy Fan folder.

Hope you are all staying warm and dry in this rotten weather! Don't forget you don't have to be local to order from the catalogue as Stampin' Up! will deliver direct.

Paula xxx

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Stampin' Up! Poinsettia part 2

Well I tried making the Poinsettia with my Ornament Framelit dies, and used the Woodgrain Embossing folder. Pinching each leaf to give it shape...


A couple of people were unsure of the 'scale. so I took the following picture so you could compare the sizes and see how tiny and cute that little one is.

I have done all my 'jobs' for the weekend so am now trying to decide how to spend the rest of my day. If I'm honest I quite fancy going back to bed! I've been such a busy bunny. But the weather is astoundingly gorgeous so it seems such a waste.

Hope you have had a great weekend.

Paula xxx

Friday, 16 November 2012

Stampin' Up! Poinsettia

I am so proud of myself! I always question my own abilities as a crafter as I really struggle to be creative without borrowing inspiration from others.

Today I created something unique! All by myself and I am so proud!

My very own Poinsettia! So I have done a step by step tutorial for you! All you need are a hot Glue Gun, Stampin Up Silicone Craft Sheet, Merry Minis Ornament Punch, the embossing isn't absolutely necessary but I used the Square Lattice folder, some of the tiny Stampin' Up! Pearls and a black marker pen.

Firstly I embossed some scraps of red and green card.

Then I punched out 2 green and 15 red ornament shapes.

Next I put a blob of hot glue on my Silicone Craft Sheet. Then arranged 2 of the green and 5 of the red ornaments on the hot glue.

Then I added a little more glue and arranged another 5 ornaments.

A little more glue and I added the last 5 ornaments.

Finally I coloured 3 of the tiny SU pearls with a black marker and added them to the centre to finish my flower.

I hope you enjoy experimenting with these lovely Christmas flowers! These small ones make great card candy or embellishments for gifts.

If you check out the Ornament framelits dies there is one the exact same shape so you could also use the larger pearls and add them to napkin rings or larger parcels, or even just as decorations. The possibilities are endless!

I hope you enjoyed my moment of inspiration and I look forward to seeing your versions!

Paula xxx

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Wondering Wednesday...

So here I sit, alone (well apart from the menagerie), blogging away and start to think.

Steady! I know a dangerous passtime in itself.

Does anyone actually read my Blog? Am I sitting here in my own little bit of cyberspace blogging to fresh air?

I would like to think someone out there is looking at my creations and maybe feeling just a little bit inspired. Crafting is something we tend to do on our own, which I think is why it is so hard to find other crafters.

I would like to think that there are lots of people, just like me, who squirrel themselves away with their stash of crafting goodies and make beautiful things all over Thame, Haddenham, Chinnor, Princes Risborough, Naphill etc etc.

It's one of the reasons I joined Stampin' Up! I have a purpose and reason to share the things I have learnt on my crafting journey and I can share some of those things with the ladies who have parties.

I like to think the projects I choose to demonstrate and the attendees get to make and take away with them give them a sense of achievement. You don't have to be a crafter to be able to take that feeling away with you.

Today I'm going to share a really simple card to make - and maybe you'll feel inspired to copy and share it with others - or just to make it yourself and feel the sense of satisfaction that comes from creativity. Sometimes a sense of achievement can be a rare thing in our lives. It's just nice to have that boost every now and then.


I used the Ornament Keepsake Framelits to cut an aperture in a piece of card stock, embossed it with the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, then stuck strips of off cuts of Festival of Prints Designer Series paper on a scrap of card mounted behind the aperture. I added the bow using Certainly Celery 1cm Taffeta ribbon and added it to a Whisper White card. Done!!! And so easy.

Don't forget if you buy the Ornament Keepsake Bundle and Candlelight Christmas Speciality Designer Series Paper or the stamp set alone with the Designer Series Paper you get the Festive Paper Piercing pack FREE

Hope someone out there in Cyber Space is reading this and I'll be back with another post soon!

Paula xx

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Fabulous You - Stampin' Up!

I can't believe it has been 4 days since my last post! Where has the week gone!

One of my lovely customers bought this stamp set and showed me the lovely heat embossing she had done with it. So of course when you see something stunning in the flesh you just have to give it a go.

Here are some cards I made with the set...

For this one I inked my stamp with Versamark and then added some colour with my Stampin' Write Markers. Stamped the image and then embossed with clear embossing powder.


This one was embossed with Melon Mambo embossing powder...


I also used my Labels Collection Framelits and a sentiment from Perfectly Penned.
Not only do our friends LOVE fabulous shoes but most of them like a bit of bling, so each butterfly has a generous dollop of Dazzling Details. ("Dollop" - what a lovely word! Haven't used that in ages!)

And finally, I do love my wheel stamps - such an awesome way of creating beautiful borders. This stamp is the new Bella Boutique border. I just love the detail in the border and those tiny butterflies.
The border on the right hand side has been embossed... again in Melon Mambo. I am so loving the embossing powders!

I was fortunate enough to meet all my Stampin' Start objectives as a new Demonstrator. This meant I got 6 FREE stamp sets of my choice, a £40 product bonus and a £125 cash bonus, every penny has been invested in products for me to show you so I will have more projects to post in the coming days.
I would love your comments so please leave some.
Paula xx

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Pinkies Training

The great thing about joining Stampin' Up! as a Demonstrator is the social aspect.

22 Pinkies have just returned from the Annual European Stampin' Up! Convention in Mainz in Germany. 850 demonstrators from France, Germany and the UK got together to craft and share business ideas as well as some of the highest achievers being recognised during the awards ceremony.

Next year I will be attending too as it will be held in Manchester! Hopefully all the new Dutch and Austrian Demo's will come along too!

Well a few of us Pinkies also got together for our monthly training with the lovely Michelle Last and I thought I would share the creations we made.

The first is a really simple card that was demoed in Germany...

This is a great way of using up little scraps of Designer Series Paper and uses the Pennant Punch, Tiny Tag Punch, Small Oval and the star from the Merry Minis set in the Autumn Winter Catalogue.

Isn't it effective?


 The second project was this lovely little box - Ideal for small christmas gifts like Jewellery - And it took 10 minutes to make!


  Perhaps you would like to make something? If you haven't crafted before then Stampin' Up! products make it easy to co-ordinate. I can come to your house and do a demo for you and your friends and you will all get to make the project to keep.

Paula xxx

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Stampin' Up! Harvest Blessings

Now, living in rural Buckinghamshire I know a fair few 'country folk' and lots of the guys I know are into machines and engines.

When I saw this stamp set - I fell in love. What a perfect set for the men in my life. Not romantically of course!

So here is a simple card made using the Harvest Blessings Tractor, the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and the Labels Framelits. The Early Expresso card stock that I have embossed is the special Core'dinations stock that is sanded after embossing to show the lighter core.

I love this rustic look!

Perhaps you would like to make this card at a party? Why not give me a call and see what days I have free! 01844 342494.

Paula xx

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Stampin' Up! Offers for November

Firstly I would like to congratulate Stampin' Up! on 5 years in Europe. I am so lucky to be part of the Stampin' Up! family.

This month they are offering two fantastic special offers!

Firstly if you host a party and your party sales reach a minimum of £325 you earn yourself a FREE set of 10 Ink Pads in whichever colour family you like - Subtles, Regals or Brights.

Click the link below or at the side of the page for more info...


Secondly, anyone who buys the Ornament Keepsake Stamp set or Bundle and the Candlelight Christmas Speciality Designer Series Paper at the same time, will automatically receive the Festive Paper Piercing Pack.


Thank you Stampin' Up! - Very excited! So who is going to book a party???