Monday, 28 November 2011

Convention copy!

Today is my gorgeous husbands birthday! I decided to make him a card based on this sample I received as a swap at the Paris Convention:

It originally contained a delicious lebkuchen (German gingerbread). Yum-o! I had to man-up the design for my man:

It's Baja Breeze, Early Espresso and a little Crumb Cake. It uses French Foliage which is a fantastic versatile set. The magic thing is that my engineer husband got an engineered card! Just pull the string and....

A little message is revealed! This card came out just as I'd hoped so I'm pleased to share it with him and you!!!

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Colour variation

Well, it's Sunday already and my little sister's birthday. Here is the card I made her:

As you can see it's a variation on the one I made for my Aunt in Cherry Cobbler. This one has a Pool Party base, some Pear Pizzazz seam binding ribbon, Perfect Plum mat and Peach Parfait sentiment and flower embellishment.

You can kind of see the glimmer paint I used on the main image on the card and envelope. I'd been neglecting my shimmer paint but I'm back in love. The paint is just ideal when you want a subtle shimmer but not in your face glitterama.

Tomorrow, in the birthday marathon long weekend, it's my gorgeous hubby's birthday. Do check back to see what I've made home as I case'd an idea I saw at convention and I'm pretty pleased with the result!

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Saturday update

It's been another busy week but it's time to spend time with family. We had lunch with my husband's family to celebrate his birthday on Monday, then tonight we had dinner with my parents, sister and aunt.

It's also my Aunts birthday on Monday so I made her to above card. It's a variation on the one we made at Convention using the set Creative Elements. Check back tomorrow to see another colour variation of this card.

Finally here's a glimpse at out stall on Thursday night. Diane and I had fun fundraising for Sophia's Fund on Thursday and the fundraiser on Friday for Phyllis Tuckwell was very festive!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Get well wishes

Morning! Our kind neighbour is recovering from a shoulder operation so I made this card for him:

It features the papers called Well Worn and the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and finished with some Antique Brads.

Really quick and simple! It was very hard to resist layering on ribbons and other embellishments but I didn't think he'd appreciate that!

I'm gearing up for a charity do tonight so I should have photos of it to share tomorrow.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

More convention projects

Here are a couple more inspirational projects I saw at Disneyland Paris:

This was made by Jennin Pauli, the top demo in Germany. Isn't it gorgeous? The lighting is poor but close-up you can see everything is held on with a couple of rows of sewing!

Next up is a project we saw being demonstrated:

It was shared by Moira McIlroy. The green parts are embossed with coloured embossing powder and the effect is stunning.

Hope you enjoy. I'm just finalising my new class schedule so keep your eyes open for it in my blog in the coming days.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Convention 2011!

Yes I'm back. It was a whirlwind weekend full of surprises and giggles!!

There was plenty of inspiration. Here are a couple of my favourite projects:

We even got FREE stamps. Brought a grin to our tired faces:

There were cocktails and over-priced burgers:

Momento Mall where you could buy all things Stampin Up! branded. I'll take piccies of what I bought soon!

Amazingly Disneyland Paris was sunny!!

And as we walked from our hotel to the Convention this was our view:

Here are my lively roomies, Teresa & Kim. Thanks ladies as you really made the trip great. I didn't know them very well at the start but now we know each other much better!

This was the view as we entered the Sequoia Lodge hotel:

On my way home I stopped at Lille for 1.5hrs so I went for a walk. The sun was starting to sink down:

I couldn't resist capturing those colourful leaves.

All in all a fabulous experience. Plus, and I'm being big-headed now, but I got a couple of awards and had to walk across the stage in my very long dress. Sadly I've no photos of that but perhaps you'd like to join me at the next Convention in Mainz, Germany? Why not join my team of Blue Angels? Contact me for more details! Blueangelcrafts at gmail dot com

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Convention swaps

Howdy! I'm on my way to a stinkin good weekend at Disneyland Paris for the 2011 Stampin Up! Europe Convention. Can't wait.

One of the fun parts of the weekend is swapping ideas with other demonstrators. I've been short of time so I had to whizz up something simple. This is what I came up with:

It's featuring Forever Young as the main image with the swirls from Vintage Vogue on Crumb Cake. To make it pop the Basic Black mat was punched with the cute corner punch and a little 1/8" taffeta ribbon finished it off.

Sadly I can't claim cretins genius for this cute little number as it was heavily influenced by my downline, Diane.

Isn't this adorable? I couldn't resist having a go myself as it's so stylish yet simple! Hope the ladies at the event like their swap.

Hopefully (Internet allowing) I'll be back with pictures of convention over the weekend. Keep your eyes peeled!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Sparkly giftcard holder

Happy Monday! It's been a great day for getting things done!!

I have another project that we shared at our Craft Day on Saturday. We had such a great day!

This is a giftcard holder. It's based on one I received as a swap from fellow demo, Vicky. This one has a Chocolate Chip base with some delicious Mocha Morning creating a pocket.

A quick row of glass glitter and a little stamp plus a 3D bauble embellishment. VoilĂ !

Craft Day Pennants

As promised, here are the rest of the cards we made at the Craft Day on Saturday. One thing I MUST point out is that they are NOT my designs. All of them were inspired by cards I found on the wonderful site, Splitcoast Stampers. This first design is by Annie Lee. I love how this card highlights the versatility of the Pennant Parade stamp set.

This spinner has a different sentiment from the one I found on Splitcoast. I used a hostess sentiment that is just gorgeous. Oh and I added some Brushed Gold card for the main Top Note that you can see. Adore this card more with every project I make with it!

This birthday hat card shows just how wonderfully the new In Colors go together. They are just fabulous and the best thing is that you can buy the pens as a set of 5 so you can get all the colours to match in one go!

Now I have shown you this card but we did use it as part of the stack so I thought I would add it in and this time I should also add that it was based on an original design by Amy Celona. Gorgeous card and everyone seemed to enjoy the stamp set as much as I did when I was putting the stack together.

P.S. The star card I showed you the other day was designed by Monica Hornof.

P.P.S. The stamp set is now available for you Amy although the punch is elsewhere.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Craft day preview

Hello all! It's been a hectic week preparing for the big craft day Diane & I tomorrow. So in light of that I've got a preview to share:

I have to be honest it's case'd from Splitcoast Stampers. However I do love this card and the fact that it's made with Pennant Parade just makes it even better. We can't wait to share all the fabulous projects we've planned!

For my other non-crafting blog readers I've a couple of Munchkin photos:

This was yesterday at Maison Blanc in Farnham. She did a great job stuffing meringue into her little mouth!

And here's a second. Have you ever noticed how many pictures are of Munchkin eating?! It's clearly a big part of her day!

This was her this morning eating her FOURTH, yes 4th, bowl of cereal this morning! Hee hee. Where does it all go?!!!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Christening celebration

Some lovely friends of ours christened their little girl today. I made them this card:

I drew the shape freehand on shimmery White card to make the skirt. The skirt part was then embossed and the edge punched with the eyelet border punch. The sleeves were added after and the joints hidden with pearls. Such a simple design but I was thrilled with the final outcome.

The christening was held at this pretty church:

And here us gorgeous baby Ellie:

She was good as gold throughout the ceremony and then had some yummy milk with her Daddy:

We were even treated to sone lunch, including thus fabulous cake:

Such a fun family day out and great up catch up with our friends too.

Saturday, 5 November 2011


Today I held a Button themed class and we used the Button Buddies stamp set and some gorgeous Brights buttons.

Having moaned that I didn't like Lucky Limeade in the new In Colors I've had to retract that as I LOVE IT now!

This cherry card is very quick and easy to make. Layers of Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso and Lucky Limeade. Yum!

Friday, 4 November 2011

Team training swaps

Tomorrow I'm hosting team training at my house. One of the fun things we do at team training is swap cards. This morning I whipped up my swap card:

It features Pool Party and Island Indigo from the new In Colors plus some Pumpkin Pie for contrast.

Can you tell which DSP I have used? It's Flirtacious! Most cards made with these papers are sugar sweet pink but I thought I'd mix it up and give the card a more cool feel.

Hope my team like them!

If you'd like to join my tram of Blue Angels and become a Stampin Up! demonstrator why not have a chat? Email me your phone number and I'll give you a call for a no pressure chat! Blueangelcrafts at gmail dot com

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Happy birthday Mum!

Today is my lovely Mum's birthday. I just got some delicious Mocha Morning Specialty papers and the colours are so her!

Here is the card I made:

There is also my new border punch on display and some Victoriana lace!

To match the card I made this box:

Love my Big Shot alphabet sets! More brushed gold card was used and Mocha Morning papers. What did the box contain?.....

Some CDs!

Happy birthday Mum! Xx