Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Retro Fresh Cards–Team Training Inspiration

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Another 2 blog post day!! Don’t miss this weeks’ Weekly Deals information here…. extra weeks worth for you!

Following on from yesterdays post showing the Briefcase Mini Album Team Training project…. I had also quickly made some cards to show using some of the Retro Fresh Journalling Tags  & papers. Most of these are what I call concept cards ie cards made to just show off a different idea …. and I was also aiming to make a set of cards suitable for all sorts of occasions….. And no they did not get to make these at the Training session  too… that really would have taken everyone all day!!! Although I was originally asked to do 6 cards and a mini book…! Luckily Julie believed me when I said it would be FAR too much for the session!!!

So looking at them individually…..

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Simple centre step Birthday card plus full Journalling Tag– and using the car image from the Rev Up the Fun stamp set….

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Spectacular Specs clean & simple square card…. Specs cut out of Journalling Tag plus Spectacular greeting from Eggstra Spectacular…. match made in heaven!!!

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New Home simple easel card – with the full High 5 Journalling Tag as it looks like a house – and to mark the celebration. And as we don’t have the greeting New Home … I had to get inventive….so the NEW HOME is spelt out from letters using the Oh Goodie stamp set we got for free at convention... I do now have some other ideas for that stamp set…..

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Congrats…on passing your driving test… and now I went really…. mad!!! The Congrats Journalling Tag reminded me of a rosette – so I cut it out & just added some washi tape to make the tails… The cap of the Awesome Ketchup Bottle Journalling Tag reminded me of a traffic cone!!!! The card itself is a Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Centre Flap fold Card…. think that card may have to go on the Tutorials to write up list….

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Thanks card… simple tent card plus full Journalling Tag and BABY punched out of another Journalling Tag using the ticket punch.

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CAS present card… just the reverse of a spare Journalling Tag...plus a bow made using the envelope punch board….

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Oh Snap – Sorry… really clean & simple card just with the Journalling Tag plus an On Film frame…

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Shirt Card…another very simple tent fold card – the shirt is just another spare Journalling Tag – the tie and collar being cut from another couple of Journalling Tag– with an extra bit of washi tape on the tie

An extra Deal for you! - Weekly Deals 30 April to 6 May

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Here is a fourth week of reduced products on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for April – this is an extra week to expected…. again 25-40% off these items.

Go to my Stampin’ UP! on-line site here for the full details on the items… but here is a quick pictorial ….

I will be ordering during the next week in any case…so if you are local to me and can pick up – then there won’t be any P&P charges for you…. just send me your order details & payment and I will do the rest!….

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…. pictorial updated Thurs 1st May …. extra item added by SU! - Bon Voyage

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Retro Fresh Briefcase Mini Album –Team Quarterly Training Project

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As some of you are aware, I was asked by my Stampin' Up! upline (aka SU mummy!) Julie Kettlewell to design a project suitable for our April Quarterly Team Training.

I was given the brief of a Mini Book for Men and to use the Spring/ Summer Catalogue Retro Fresh suite of products and the On Film Framelits.

So I re-designed the very popular suitcase mini album I made with the I Am Me papers and Coaster board last year – and voila – a briefcase – aka Man Bag! Or Bag of Awesome as it affectionally became known… which was more to do with the number of times the word AWESOME appeared within it!

By the way the Coaster Board is….awesome!! Thick enough to be sturdy…but thin enough to score and fold without cracking… great stuff!

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So here are some photos to show you what we did with the Coaster Board, Retro Fresh Papers, Washi Tape & Journalling Tags – along with the On Film Framelits, Wood Essentials Elements & Make Note Rotary stamp.

And for once… I even put some photos in….. this one is for my husband…. and shock horror there is even one of me! Don’t laugh!!! Good job my boys don’t check out my blog too!!! Now I just need to add some journalling…..

Oh and if anyone fancies making their own briefcase (or suitcase – or ladies bag!) – then I do have the step by step instructions available for purchase for just £4 – just press the Email Me widget at the top right of my blog – and email me… Sorry…no Buy Me Now button technology…yet!!!

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I also managed to make some cards with some of the Retro Fresh Journalling Tags left Over… but I will share those another day…. this post is getting long enough….

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

We Love DS ….Flash mob… Hardwood Garden Shed…

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This week is Demo Support Appreciation Week… and today is the day that we go viral in our support for our support mechanism  - aka Demo Support – or DS - within Stampin’ Up!. Or otherwise known as the day #welove ds #stampin up. This is a worldwide celebration event….. a way of saying thank you…and showing our appreciation….

So you may wonder why …. a shed!

Well for us independent demonstrators in the UK …our wonderful Demo Support team are the absolutely amazing Chris and Andre… aided and abetted by many others behind the scenes in the office too….. so I thought I had better make and send a guy thing for a change!!!

So this is my little #weloveds shed…full of my ever appreciative thanks and …yes…maybe some chocolate too Chris!!!!

Life wouldn’t be the same without you guys!!! You are uber-knowledgeable, uber-helpful, ever-cheerful and get me out of some strange pickles from time to time!!!! As my son would say… you are truly AWESOME…. Yet again… THANK YOU…. to Chris, Andre, and all of you in Demo Support Europe….. 

Oh and by the way…. you will be seeing another variant of the shed again on my blog…….