Friday, 24 November 2017

What's in Your Wardrobe....? And the Tutorial...

But first...  a belated Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers... I hope that you had a lovely day with family & friends... and are now enjoying the madness of Black Friday!

So back to my wardrobe... though I think that my regular blog readers will already know this year's answer!
For me... it has to be a Narnia-esque scene from the The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe... a favourite book of mine when I was young... and this was my first thought when I spotted the Christmas Lamppost dies in the Autumn Winter catalogue... and so glad it was... as it has been the class favourite this year...
And so glad it all came together in this way... just a shame that I hadn't photographed the wardrobe shot when I first shared the alternative Narnia scene... it kind of spoilt the overall plot!! Just click here for that variant using Card Front Builder dies instead of the embossed white trees...

And  I do so wish that I could share the glittery sparkle on this card better ... as that is what really sets this all off to Narnia perfection!!

Want to make one for yourself ... well here you go! And apologies for the laughing heard around these parts for one of the later steps in the how to make a more Narnia-esque lamp!
Craft Spa recipe
Thick Whisper White A4L x 16.5cm H (US Letter 11" x 6 1/2")
Paper 28.1 x 12cm H (US 10 1/4" x 4 3/4")
Lamppost - Basic Black card 2.5 x 14.8cm (US 1" x 5 1/2")
Lamp Glass - Vellum 2 x 4cm (US 3/4" x 1 1/2")
Doors - Thick Whisper White x A5 (ie 14.8 x 21cm)(US 5 1/2" x 8 1/2")

Stamps - Lovely as a Tree; Snowflake Sentiments
Dies - Christmas Lamppost; Hearth & Home; Seasonal Layers
Paper - Christmas Around the World
Punch - 1 1/2" Circle Punch
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter & Glimmer Paper
Wink of Stella Clear
Stampin' Blends marker - dark Daffodil Delight

Craft Spa directions

Making your card
1. Large A4L (US 11 x 6 1/2") Whisper White panel LANDSCAPE
2. Score at 7.4cm from both sides (US 2 3/4")
3. Valley bone fold both score lines

Decorating the little scene
4. Mark bottom of paper at 6.9cm & 21.2 cm (US 2 1/2" & 7 3/4")
5. Ink up & stamp tallest Tranquil Tide trees up from those marks
(a) avoid stamping the ground level part of the image onto the paper
(b) "second stamp" a smaller tree to the side whilst you are it... ie stamp a second smaller tree without re-inking the stamp... so that you get a faded tree in the background
(c) Always Artichoke inked trees also looks nice... hence the sample card shared here yesterday...

6. Continue stamping and second stamping green trees as desired...
7. Swoosh with your embossing buddy
8. Ink up & stamp Versamark trees and white emboss...
9. Add glue & liberally cover with Dazzling Diamonds glitter
10. Leave paper panel to dry for a while! Otherwise you will have very gluey/glittery fingers, card and worktop!!!!

Making the Doors
11. Die cut 4 x Heart & Home windows
12. Make into doors as shown here...
13. Die cut a Seasonal Layers large snowflake in Foil (Champagne Foil used here) and pull the small circles out from the waste to add as door knobs... I just use a really really tiny drop of Tombow and add the circle on top...

 Making a more Narnia-esque lamp
14. Colour vellum with dark Daffodil Delight and die cut (that's the 3 plant pot flat looking die!!)
15. Die cut other Basic Black Lamppost parts... hopefully this picture will paint a 1000 words... for the bits to cut... and the next few assembly steps (16-22)...
16. Colour your yellow lamp glass with clear Wink of Stella to add that shine..,.
17. Apply glue very sparingly to back of black lamp and pop onto the lamp glass
18. Tiny dab of glue onto the centre of the 3 prong twirly/ partial bit and stick lamp on top
19. Trim off the 2 side arms at bottom of base
20. Tiny dab of glue onto top of lamppost & stick lamp on top
21. Tinier dab of glue about 1cm (US 3/8") down the lamppost & stick cross-member on top
22. Crop the cross-member to the left (LOL!!! Maybe I should say cross-piece... nah... leaving it so some of you can have a laugh too... ! Though I did change the word trim to crop and put the cross- back in the member...!!! So glad this is not in video format... )

Finishing off
23.. Cut Landscape paper panel down to 6.9 cm and 14.3 cm (aka 6.9cm from either side) (US 2 1/2" & 7 3/4" - aka 2 1/2" from each side)
24. Adhere to inside of card
25. Ink up & stamp Black greetings
26. Adhere punched Glimmer circle & Lamppost...

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Lovely as a Tree & Christmas Lamppost card

So as I was making my larger fold out Christmas Lampost & Around the World papers Narnia-scene gate fold card that I shared here last week ... I trialled a couple of different ideas on standard A6 cards...

And this card design has been so popular that it is going to be one of my Ronald McDonald House Charities Christmas Cheer Challenge event card designs...
Events running next week, Friday 1st and Sunday 3rd December... click here to find out more details and how you can help making cards for others if you are local and free...
This one just uses Always Artichoke ink instead of Tranquil Tide for the Lovely as A Tree fir trees...

Greetings from Snowflake Sentiments... all doused with a lot of Dazzling Diamonds glitter and a Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer moon and snow...

Edited to Add - recipe shared here on 25 November.... 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Curled Paper Chocolate Topiary

You have no idea how many years this project has been in my head... but has never made it to to the drawing board so to speak...

But this year was the time... and after some lengthy sourcing escapades for the non Stampin' Up! parts... and a disaster or two along the way... it finally all came together... a lovely centrepiece for the christmas table....

Though photographing it was SO hard... and really really does not do it justice!
So this is one of my special Christmas class projects for this year... coming to you at a Craft Spa Class through December... a Merry Little Christmas curly paper Topiary sweet tree... add Ferrero Rocher or Lindor balls... both work as well! Half Day Class... just £25 including 16 treat balls... or come for a Full Day £45 and make the Christmas Lantern too...

And I am so happy with this project... as I know a few people that are really going to LOVE my handmade christmas gift this year.... just hope they are not sneaking a peek here today!!!
Stampin Up! Products Used
Merry Little Christmas papers
Black & White 7/8" Striped Ribbon
Washi Tape Basics Pack 2
Green Sprigs
Year of Cheer Embellishments
Jute Twine

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

On Stage Wrapped Gift

So I was at On Stage Local in Solihull the other weekend... and had a blast with Stampin' Up! & fellow demonstrator friends old and new...

So ... a little share today for my Tuesday Tips.... of a simple way to gift wrap when you have a gift for a friend... but just a minute left before you need to leave the house!!

Grab a plain white bag... know you have lots of those somewhere... (if not I have a lot but with flat handles!) and a couple of pieces of paper from a 6" Square paper stack... Petal Garden used here...
Trim a piece of Old Olive card to 6 1/4" W x 7 1/2" H... and one piece of paper to 6" W x 2"H

Adhere all parts and trim the gap with Washi Tape - Basics Pack 1 in the pinks used here. Add a quick Thankful Thoughts stamped and a little stamped & Bunch of Banners die cut Soft Sayings card kit greeting - or two... and a few Rhinestones to finish...

Pop your gift in the bag... and tie a 1/4" Stitched Edge ribbon around the handles to close & seal...

And off you can go....
A deserving apron gift (and with such appropriate wording!) for a demo friend that continually inspires me and most of our team... thanks again Julie...

Sunday, 19 November 2017

The Online Extravaganza is now live...

The Online Extravaganza Sale with exclusive deals and 10-40% discounts on many current catalogue items is now live... Running until next Sunday 26th November 22.59pm...  
Click here to visit my Online Store to see all the items on this promotion... 
And/or click here to see my earlier round-up of some deals of particular interest...
And there's more...
In addition... for the first 24 hours... further select stamp sets will have 20% off.  A great opportunity to stock up on amazing stamps! Ends Mon 20 November 22:59pm.
And then there is even more...
To close out the Extravaganza with an extra buzz, there will be a further special 24-hour flash sale on further products from Sunday 26th November 11pm to Monday 27th November 10.59pm... Though do note that the other general Extravaganza deals will end before this starts!

Edited to Add:- in response to a recent question... these Sale prices apply to a Demo Starter Kit order too ... as long as submitted in the relevant time period... so if you have been thinking about joining us for your own Stampin' Up! journey... it could be a good time to click here and sign up now...

For my online customers...remember to enter this month's Host Code 392YRRXW where prompted  for a gift from me for orders under £150...
For my local customers who can collect... I will be placing an Extravaganza order on Monday 20th November at 9pm... 
Postage just £2 per person. Note that payment and orders (including item codes) must be received before I can process your order... And that my normal offers will still apply (eg product orders for free classes etc)  
I then plan to place another order during the last 24 hour Flash Sale, Mon 27th November at 9pm. 

My Spots for the On Line Extravaganza starting tonight at 11pm

Just thought I would pop on with some of my favourites spots on the Extravaganza Sale list due to start 11pm tonight...

Click here for the full list and details... though the easiest way to view all the items on offer is to come back at 11pm tonight when I post the link to the full list on my Online Store...

And for my local ladies that can easily collect... remember that I am ordering Mon 20th November at 9pm....

But in the meantime... here goes... not in any particular order after the first few!...

At Home With You stamps & At Home Framelit dies
At Home with You Photopolymer Bundle
Definitely a very firm favourite of mine... much used...  just put At Home in the Search box to the RHS to see how much! And particularly useful for dressing your Bench Fold cards...

Both stamps & dies available for £40.40 total saving you a further 10% on the £45 Bundled price. Really excited you can get these at discount...

In Color Stampin Write Markers 10% off
2017-2019 In Color Stampin' Write Markers
Delighted to see these on here for you... relatively cheap way to get all the new in colors in one hit!

Big Shot Platform 20% off
Big Shot Platform
Can't believe how much easier I find this newly formatted platform and plate... I can even cut precision dies without the precision plate using this!! ( though usually with the help of a shim or two)

Big Shot die brush 20% off
Just couldn't be without it! Who needs poking out everything in their life!! Not me!

Hearth & Home dies 30% off
Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies
Best die ever! You could even have two like me! Best investment I ever made... 

Number of Years 20% off. 20th November only
Number Of Years Photopolymer Stamp Set
Can't believe this is on here! Brilliant and very versatile stamp set... and not just for the numbers... though be warned that you will then want the Large Numbers dies if you buy this!

Milestone Moments 20% off. 20th November only
Milestone Moments Photopolymer Stamp Set
Definitely a keeper...

Touches of Texture 20% off. 20th November only
Touches Of Texture Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Oh so useful... and so creative... must use this set most weeks... available discounted in both clear and wood...

Brights 12x12 Cardstock Pack 30% off
Brights Best 12" x 12" Cardstock Pack
Stock up on some 12x12 in 3 colours that can be used all year round whilst you can get such a great reduction... Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight & Real Red

Detailed Dragonfly dies 10% off
Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies
Again much used... Very popular dies around here... can be used with or without the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set...

Super Duper 20% off. 20th November only
Super Duper Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Know this one was very popular when we used it in classes... so believe it is still on a few Wish Lists

Cool Treats & Frozen Treats Framelits dies... 20% off ( Cool Treats stamps 20th November only)
Cool Treats Photopolymer Stamp Set
Frozen Treats Framelits Dies
Fresh & Funky and for the young at heart ( or ice cream fanatics!)
Know a lot of you had these on your Wish List... you know you still want them really... now's your chance!

Santa's Sleigh Framelit dies 10% off
Santa's Sleigh Dies Thinlits
Again you can let the dies do all the work... or buy the co-ordinating Santa's Sleigh stamp set too... one of the most popular sets to use last year...

Window Box Thinlits dies
Window Box Thinlits Dies
Know a lot of you desire these... lovely little hexagon box with lots of decorative options... in a snap...

And a few others that I know some of my regulars have had on their Wish List for a while... so here you go ladies! With less blurb from me...

Remarkable You. 20% off. 20th November only
Remarkable You Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Bloomin Love 20% off. 20th November only
Bloomin' Love Photopolymer Stamp Set

And a few discounted punches that can be used with or without the co-ordinating stamp set... Bell, Holly Builder, Blossom Builder... 
Bell Punch Holly Berry Builder PunchBlossom Builder Punch

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Gift Wrapping using Memories & More Petal Garden

Really simple and quick to make... but (I think) so beautiful ... small gift wrapping... using the Memories & More Petal Garden card pack and the Gold & White Striped Treat Bags... finished off with a half Foil Snowflake and Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Stitched Ribbon  

There was one each for my lovely fellow Silver Elite + team friends that  joined me at the Centrestage event at On Stage in Solihull last week... just to say a simple little thanks as we do all support each other in so many different ways... and I for one really appreciate that...
Just a small M&M card... matted onto a Rich Razzleberry mat... with a half snowflake attached to the back at one corner... And a quick tip for you... if you put a Glue Dot on the front of the Snowflake in the centre they are really easy to position & stick in place to the back of that mat!

And inside... well not immediately obvious... but very small chopping boards!! All with something personal to the receiver... These are just attached to one of the larger M&M cards in the pack
I treated myself to one too... and have actually been using it every day this week!!! So much easier to wash up after chopping just one tomato etc for my sandwiches!! 

And Kate... oh no! I forgot to photo yours!!! Silly old me... would have been nice to share in the different colourway...

Friday, 17 November 2017

Christmas Lamppost Narnia card

As soon as I saw the Christmas Lamppost dies in the Autumn Winter catalogue I knew this card was coming... and I couldn't wait to share it with you today... all set on a simple little gatefold card (14.8cm Square or US Letter 5 1/2" Square as nearest equivalent)

Edited To Add 24th Nov- Tutorial now posted here 

Christmas Around the World papers... Tranquil Tide stamped fir trees from Lovely as a Tree ... Die cut Clear Glimmer (mounted on Tranquil Tide) trees & silver deer using Card Front Builder dies ... Die cut Christmas Lampost lamp .... Greetings from Snowflake Sentiments... all doused with a lot of Dazzling Diamonds glitter...
And oops annoying... forgot to photo the front... so I will be back with that ... and a slight variant I made to speed up the card in class... and more details... sometime very soon... including the little tweak to make the lamp more like the Narnia one....

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Reserve your Stamparatus precision stamping placement tool now!

Second post the Stamparatus reservation lines are now live...
EDITED TO ADD... the reservation window has now closed... Gosh... these are even more popular than we first thought! 

Just click here to reserve your "can't be without" new stamping tool now (while supplies last)... Shipping direct to you February 2018  ... £44 each... Click here for the Stamparatus tool product details..
No money to pay now... Email notification when your tool is ready to ship... and you can take advantage of Sale A Bration freebies when you finalise your order at the point of shipment in February... (you know the one... a freebie for every £45 ordered...)

And change your mind at any time.. or in February... no problem... just cancel your reservation...

You will first need to have a customer account set up with me... and here is a quick tutorial on how to then reserve your Stamparatus below... (click here for the original document)... 
  And here is a Launch Q&As summary (click here for the original document)

It is, quite simply, the best tool of its kind on the market today and it will change the way you stamp. In fact, before long you’ll wonder how you crafted without it! 

  • With the launch of this tool, Stampin'Up! are trying something different: testing a new reservation system that will allow them to get the product to market - and in your hands -  as soon as possible. And it acts like a true pre-order. You reserve your spot and they guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in the warehouse. 
    The global launch will feature three reservation windows. 
    16–30 November 2017Approx. 1 February 2018
    5–30 December 2017Approx. 19 March 2018
    15–30 January 2018Approx. 15 April 2018
    This first reservation window opens at 9:00 p.m. (GMT) on 16 November. 
    For each window, please note the following:
    • Reservation quantities are while supplies last only.
    • Limit is 1 tool per customer per reservation window
    • You may participate in multiple reservation windows.

    And here is a (quick) moving picture showing the tool in action.... for a 4 step stamping image...