Thursday, 26 May 2011

Christmas in July one day retreat!

What are you all doing on Saturday 10 July??

Anybody fancy another one day retreat where we will get you started on your preparations for (shhh!) Christmas?

I am proposing to offer a mini album and a "Stamp a Stack" where will we make 36 Christmas cards (6 each of 6 different designs) using a Christmas stamp set which would then yours to take home with you. I will also offer a couple of table decorations such as place cards and sweetie boxes, and if anyone fancies it - maybe the origami tree featured on one of the Christmas postings on this blog last December.

What I can't offer is the traditional goodies like mince pies or crackers as even the shops aren't working quite that far ahead - but why not think about coming along and making a start on all those Christmas essentials and save having to panic when you realise its December and you haven't even started???

I'm still working on the costings - but it looks like another £50 or thereabouts.

Places at the moment limited to a maximum of 6 although if anyone would like a weekday running please let me know and I will see if I can run a second one (subject to demand!)

Monday, 16 May 2011

One Day Retreat Projects!

I've just remembered that I never did get round to showing you proper pictures of what we actually made on the one day retreat back in April so lets put that one right here and now! All the products used were Stampin' Up! and most of them from the new catalogue

As you may remember - the ladies arrived to find their places set with their kits and goodies which included a whole stamp set to take away with them. The kits contained - 6 sheets of 12x12 cardstock, 11 sheets of A4 cardstock, half a pack(6 sheets) of  Springtime Vintage patterned papers, a whole reel of the new silky seam binding ribbon in Pear Pizzazz, a whole pack of Springtime Vintage big buttons, half a pack of pearls and some linen thread - and here are the projects we made with them!

First up was this layout which was based on a Beggahuna sketch. We used strips of the papers in various sizes, the scallop border punch, some of the ribbon and buttons and the biggest pearls as flower centres. We stamped the big outer cicle in Pear Pizzazz, using the vine stamp from the Vintage Vogue stamp set and finished it with the smaller flower from the same set stamped randomly in Night of Navy ink.The actual layout also has small flowers from the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set stamped in Rose Red and with tiny pearl centres raised on Dimensionals around the circle

Secondly was this lovely page based on a BasicGrey sketch I found on Pagemaps

The easy bit over - we then set to on the complex bit this lovely mini album! This album was based on a class from the talented Andrea Walford (hers was a Christmas album using the retired "I Wish" simply Scrapping set!) - but I thought it would suit the gorgeous soft colours of the brand new Springtime Vintage papers. As I told the ladies - they aren't specific to any theme and the album could be used for almost any subject - babies, small children, weddings or even heritage photos. Mine used the photos from an old album of my Mum's. We used to send her pics of Katy when she was little - and when we cleared out the house - I claimed the album back and used the photos here!

The album is a bit of a Tardis as when you open it - it just keeps on opening to the left and right until you get to the central page where there is a hidden pocket for precious bits and pieces! There are in fact no less than 13 inner pages to fill in it and it is quite a fat book when finished despite the page embellies all being flat! Needless to say - this was the one project we didn't finish on the day - we made the abum, but the decoration of it was to be done in slower time once everyone had decided which photos they were going to use in it!

Finally we made a keepsake box,  with 6 cards to go inside it. Here it is......

The card set made great use of the Cath Kidston-esque Baby Blossoms stamp set, and while the box and the blue card were designed by me I must thank Stephanie Mayne for the design of the cream card and the mini catalogue for the red one!! I hope you can see that we also decorated the plain white envelopes with the single rose and some leaves from the Baby Blossoms stamp set.

If anyone would like to purchase the instructions for the above projects, please get in touch. For just £10, you will get a full colour 15 page PDF with step by step instructions for both layouts, the mini album and the box of cards, and of course - if I can help you with any of the supplies - please don't hesitate to get in touch! / 07973 969153

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Why not try a Stampin' Up! Test Drive?

Do you love creating and crafting?

Do you love Stampin' Up!s gorgeous products?

Do you fancy getting your crafty paws on £230 worth of goodies to be delivered to your door for just £119?

You do??

Well read on because you can actually do that - and here's how!!

Simply sign up as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and purchase the starter kit for just £119 and get almost £250 worth of goodies to play with without any obligation!

Here's picture of the starter kit showing the items SU suggest....

It contains....

3 wood mount stamp sets
  • Greenhouse Garden - worth £25.95
  • Fun and Fast Notes - worth £33.95
  • So Many Thanks - worth £7.95

 1 clear mount stamp set - I {Heart) Hearts - worth £20.95

 1 acrylic block - worth £6.50

 1 complete Stampin ' Around wheel consisting of

  • standard handle - worth £3.25
  • ink cartridge - worth £4.50
  • standard wheel - worth £6.50

 1 ink refill - worth £2.60

 2 x A4 cardstock packs - worth £12.50

(up to this point on the list - the items would cost you almost £125.00)

1 pad of 12x12 designer series paper worth £15.50

 4 classic stampin' pads - worth £19.80

 1 Versamark ink pad - worth £5.95

 2 Stampin Write markers - worth £5,90

 1 reel white ribbon - worth £4.50

 1 pack of stampin dimensionals - worth £3.25

 1 Stampin Scrub - worth £13.50

 1 Stampin' Mist - worth £3.25

 1 Snail adhesive worth £5.50

 1 blender pen worth £2.65

 8 catalogues - worth - £22.95

(up to here the package is worth £227.40)

Then add on packs of  business supplies/ forms/ tools (eg invitations. hostess and recruiting leaflets, and hostess envelopes, wish lists etc).... these are worth another £15 minimum.... and there is a little incentive from me personally which makes it even better value!

Best of all though - you can customise the kit to get the stamp sets YOU want (of equal or lesser value!) and choose the wheel, inkpad, cardstock and paper colours - so it can be exactly what YOU want it to be!

AND - that means you get all the goodies for half price - and they are yours to keep whatever you decide - take the kit - sit back and enjoy playing with the products and you don't need to do another thing if you don't want to.... or carry on to become Super Demo!

Go on - what do you have to lose - give us a test and if nothing else you get a lot of great products at a great price.

Why not get in touch and let's chat about this great opportunity? 07973 969153

Monday, 2 May 2011

Fancy a FREE Stampin' Up! stamp set???

Well if you head over to the SU Website and answer a simple question, you could win a gorgeous stamp set!

Just answer the question, leave your details and keep your fingers crossed!

And if you don't win this time - come back next monday when there will be a different question and another stamp set to win! In fact - come back every Monday in May for another chance to win.

But if you aren't lucky enough to win one of the prizes - don't hesitate to get in touch to place an order with me..... for May I am offering free P&P on any order over £50 (worth £4.95).

Hope to hear from you soon
07973 969153