Friday, 28 October 2011

Bright and springy

A strange colour choice for this time of year but I needed to cheer up!

The base is Daffodil Delight that has been pierced using the mat pack template.

The White layer was embossed with the dotted embossing folder and then layers of pennants are on top in In Colors Lucky Limeade, Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder. Yum.

The line was made from linen thread, secured with some of those amazing new mini brads. Delish. The little flowers were made with the leftovers from the lace punch - I'm all for using leftovers.

Today I've been busy making goodies to sell at a forthcoming charity event. Busy busy busy!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Kids' craft time

Today we went to Birdworld in Farnham and had a fab time seeing the birds, visiting the farm and making some Halloween crafts!

The children made brown paper bag owls and bats and the Mummies etc had fun assisting too!

Here is my friend Hannah with her 5 year old boy Jack's creation:

Here am I with Munchkin's masterpiece:

We mummies were really very proud of the handiwork! Shame the littlies lost interest before they were complete. Still, something for everyone in the end.

Finally here is the darling girl
Herself "helping" this morning! Such a sweetheart.

My supplies have just arrived for some super duper crafting this weekend. I'll do my best to keep you in the loop! Xx

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Sweet bunting

As many of you know I am no seamstress. However the new Pennant Parade Bigz die that Stampin Up! have launched makes bunting easy peasey! The die can cut through layers of fabric at once so the triangles are always perfectly formed.

It's then just a case of Whizzing them through my sewing machine on straight stitch onto ribbon and voilĂ ! All made in 40 minutes!!

Am busy making samples for our next retreat day on Saturday 12th November! Very exciting and there's still time to book your place! The day includes all materials (except basic tool kit), instructions, raffle, inspiration station and a light lunch PLUS Petite Pennants stamp set for just £40. Contact me to book ASAP.

Monday, 24 October 2011

You may recall back in July I mentioned I was taking part in Ali Edward's Week in the Life project. Well finally it is finished! You can see the pages although the photos I have taken of them don't do them justice. (If you come to my classes you're welcome to see the album in real life!)

I hope Munchkin enjoys looking at the album when she's bigger. It's well worth doing as a project. There are now two years of Week in the Life projects in the album and I can't wait to add to it again next year!!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Peppa pig & George

Today I'm sharing the card I made for my little Munchkin's 2nd birthday:

It is based on the fact she was two. Plus, there are pigs because Munchkin is mad about Peppa Pig and particularly her brother George. Therefore it was a no-brainer to have pigs on the front.

The pig stamp is from the set Button Buddies. As a huge fan of buttons on projects I was excited to get this set and I've not been disappointed! It also features the new In Colors Calypso Coral and Wisteria Wonder. Yum-o!! The sentiments cane from my new sentiment set Teeny Tiny Wishes. Love how cute they are!!!!

If you'd like some button inspiration featuring this set, why not attend my Button Magic class on Saturday 5th November 10-12? It's only £8 and we're making 5 gorgeous projects and you get a packet of buttons thrown in too! Email me to book your place.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Coffee cup

Ok, so the guilt has got too much... I need to blog. If I leave it any longer I might forget how to post!

It's been a mad time. Munchkin turned 2, DH had tonsilitis, parties, Peppa Pig World and major infected finger took over. But I'm back with you now.

Here is a coffee cup I customised:

You can buy them in a famous Seattle originated coffee shop and they come apart to allow you to decorate them. I used strips of patterned paper and then glued and sewed them together to make a sleeve that can be slipped in. The great thing is I can make one for all different days/outfits/drinks!!!

Now for a Munchkin update. As I mentioned our little angel has turned TWO!

This is her at the park yesterday:

Here she is playing with her lil friend:

Aren't they adorable together? Surprisingly they get along quite well and it is hilarious when they chat to each other!

Saturday, 8 October 2011


Hooray for Saturday! Today's project is another fabric based one, but is ideal if you don't sew:

The hairband was a cheap one from the local Market (3 for 50p!) which I've covered using fabric. I used a hot glue gun, although a friend has shown that sticky strip (red tape) works just as well.

The flowers were die cut on my big shot with a cute crochet flower and a clear crystal brad. It's really comfy to wear and has started many conversations!

This morning we had team training and it was such fun! There was stamping, chatting and laughs all round! If you'd like to join my team, there's never been a better time as Stampin' Up! have a fab promotion if you sign up in October: 5 new In Color ink pads plus a pack of co-ordinating cardstock. RRP £27.95 on top of the usual starter kit for FREE!

Contact me to find out more.

The decorators have been storming along and the landing, stairs, living room and bathroom are pretty much done. Phew! They only began on Wednesday!!

Friday, 7 October 2011

Scrapbook club

Hello! Scrapbook club last Tuesday has been postponed til next Tuesday (11th) at 7.30pm at my house, so if you thought you'd missed it, you haven't!

Here is a peek of the layout we're making:

It has real sewing on it, as well as gorgeous papers, lace ribbon made by one of the new border punches and some pretty butterflies.

If you'd like to come just contact me so I can ensure I have enough materials for the class!

Today we've been shivering with cold as it's suddenly chilly. The perfect excuse for wandering around the lovely festive displays at the garden centre!

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Flirtatious Fun

More fabric inspiration today!

This card features a strip of Wisteria Wonder fabric along with the new Lacey punch and a fantastic die-cut doilie from the matching papers.

Today was an exciting day as the decorators began doing our house. The livingroom/stairs/landing was stripped to reveal DISGUSTING claret Walls. It's like living in a cave. I'm looking forward to White covering up the oppressive dimness!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

NEW designer fabrics!

One if the exciting new additions to the Stampin' Up! range is the designer fabrics! These are lush fat quarters (3 different designs per pack) which co-ordinate with stamps, papers and inks to add extra texture to your work.

This is a bag I made in less than an hour. It uses just over one fat quarter and was VERY simple to make. This was the first sewing project I'd attempted since GCSE textiles at school!

You can see two of the three designs from this Flirtatious fabric pack. The other is featuring Wisteria Wonder!!

Hope you are enjoying the new catalogue as much as I am. Come back tomorrow for another project.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Timeless Portrait

Happy Monday! It's been a hectic
Weekend but I'm back this week with a project Natalie CASE'd and shared at her team training a week or so ago:

It features Timeless Portrait stamp set along with the coordinating papers. This is also the card that guests at my party this evening will be creating.

The party starts at 7.30pm and there will be a chance to buy my retired stash and get an equal value to spend from the new catalogue!

I forgot to explain the new hostess benefits too. If you're considering holding a party the benefits are better than ever before. You now can get Hostess Pounds. These give you the opportunity to buy discounted exclusive sets OR spend the money anywhere you like in the catalogue! PLUS, if the total party reaches £300 in sales you can buy ANY item in the catalogue for half price.

YES, that does include the Big Shot! Already got a Big Shot? You could treat yourself to new dues, markers or anything else that takes your fancy!!!

Saturday, 1 October 2011

So much to share!!!!

It is so exciting that the 1st October has arrived AT LAST! I can finally share all the wonderful new craft products Stampin' Up! have released. Just look at the front cover of the catalogue, you can tell there is going to be lush-ness inside!You can click on the images to be taken to the Stampin' Up! website pages to see the catalogue. I'll leave you to savour the new catalogue, but rest assured I have LOTS and LOTS of samples to share with you!

To add to my giddy excitement there is a fantastic promotion running by Stampin' Up! if you join as a demonstrator!! Click on the image below for more information.

Here is a little eye-candy for you:
This is one of the Make & Takes at Diane and my Catalogue Kick-Off Party today! Hope you will make it!!

It features the Flirtatious Speciality papers, Pennant Parade Big Shot die and Delicate Doilies stamp set. All of which I have fallen in love with. I'll be back soon to share more delights.