Monday, 20 February 2017

Team training day where Avant Garden meets SUO challenge #168 - Sale-a-bration Fun!

hello all

as promised  - my post today is to share some card swaps that I made for a team training event which I attended yesterday,  and to show you the lovely swaps I received in return.

We were a lovely lovely group of some 60+ Stampin' Up demonstrators.. and we all got together to indulge in some fabulous make and take sessions, and that was only the cake!

err no seriously -  we had a brilliant day with 4 great projects to make, 2 really informative classes for those running Stampin' Up!  as a business, amazing swaps, plenty of opportunity to mix and mingle with the other attendees, loads of samples on display for inspiration and a chance to applaud team members for their achievements. It was a really great day  and one I would have been sorry to have missed... and yes there really were a lot of lovely cakes!

For my swap group I opted  to join the Sale-a-Bration swap , so popular they named it twice!  - yes there was a Sale-a-Bration group 1 and 2, and with 'Sale-a-Bration Fun!' being the title of this week's challenge no #168 over at SUO Challenges , well, I couldn't resist joining in with that at the same time.

I chose the Avant Garden and Delicate Details stamp sets for my swaps

Sale-a-Bration

Sale-a-Bration
I just love both of these sets and decided to use my favourite In-colour at the moment  - Sweet SugarPlum from the current 2016 - 2018 collection as my card base.  I always have a 'go to' colour and this is 'it'  now.

Sale-a-Bration
 I masked off  the right hand edge of my Very Vanilla card topper, with some torn paper, sponged in the background, blending colours of Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder and Sweet SugarPlum, then  stamped a couple of renditions of one of the flowers, in both Soft Sky and Wisteria Wonder and added a stem and a couple of leaves in Wild Wasabi to complete my design.

A sentiment from the same stamp set,  'Thanks for being you' and a border repeat of one of the stamps from  Delicate Details, both stamped in Sweet SugarPlum was all that was needed to finish the card topper, in addition to my beloved sponging which I did all round that focus panel.

and inside? - I stamped a further few sets of that same flower image  all finished with some more, toning sponging.

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I love how this came together - almost a water colour effect but without getting wet!

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and remember lovely peoples.. Not sure what Sale-a-Bration is all about?  Well you can't buy Sale-a-Bration items - but you can earn one for free for every £45 spend.  Why not take a look at all he lovely things on offer and with new items just about to launch as well - loads more to choose from.  The  Sale-a-Bration promotion runs until the end of March so still plenty of time to stock up.

and did you want to see the lovely swaps I received in return.

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a huge thanks to these lovely people

Chris Addison, Sarah Cullen,  Nicole Foinette,  Tina Thompson-Theis, Lucy Tustian
thank you so much, ladies.

til next time - happy crafting
Jan x

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Sympathy card, Serene scenery papers and Addicted to CAS #105


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So  very sad to say I needed to send a sympathy card this week. I guess we all have need of them at one time or another.

It took me a bit of time to come up with a card - more because of what it represented rather the content itself -  I knew I wanted something a little different and did not want to use dark or sombre colours so turned instead to the fabulous Serene Scenary Designer paper stack to do my 'talking' for me.

I used one of those gorgeous papers for my background. This beautiful paper, just full of branches and leaves with sun glinting through from behind. Stunning, and to my mind so appropriate for the effect I wanted.

Sympathy card

I deliberately placed my sentiment tag where I did, to showcase that particular part of the paper's design.

I thought I would enter it into this week's challenge over at Addicted to CAS where the prompt word for this week is WOOD.  I know that strictly,  the Clean and Simple ruling means there needs to be lots of space.. so am hoping the addition of just the tag and some thread  will count, given the very little content and minimal stamping?

I used Whisper White card stock for my card base with a matted layer of Pear Pizzaz, all topped with this beautiful, beautiful piece of paper from the pack..

I stamped the oval shaped tag from the 'That's a Tag stamp set, in Basic Grey and die cut it using the blank template die from the Timeless Tags thinlits. and it even punched out the little hole for me! 

Both the little leaf branch and the sentiment are also included in the stamp set so did not have to go far to find something suitable and I coloured the tiny flower with one of my Stampin' up write markers, stamping the sentiment in Basic Grey to match the tag.

I popped up the tag on dimensionals after sponging it slightly round the edges. A  piece of linen thread to 'tie' on my tag, adhering it with a glue dot,  so it looks like it is actually tied to that central branch.

Serene Scenery

Although it did take me some time to decide exactly what I wanted, once I had that bit sorted, it really was very quick to make..

I always like to decorate the insides of my cards as well so opted for this leaf stamp from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set as thought this particular one mirrored  the type of leaves on the front of the card. You can just see my stamping,  peeking out on the first photo but this one should hopefully give you a better idea.

I just stamped a few repeats down the right hand side and yet more of the same sponging,  to tie it all in.
sympathy

I really was pleased with it and think it was just perfect for the effect I was after.

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.. and don't forget everyone,  it is Stampin' Up!  Sale-a-Bration time - any combined spend of £45 from now til the end of March, earns you a free item from the special Sale-a-Bration brochure and with new items to  be released in a few days time, even more lovely things to choose.

Well, as mentioned in my last missive am attending a training day on Sunday, with other members of the Stampin'Up! team I belong to. And pleased to say have finished my set of swaps using my chosen theme.  (anything from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue!)

Why not check back next week - to see what we all got up to - and will hopefully be able to share some piccies of all the lovely inspiration stands and samples on display. 

with best wishes til next time and happy Stampin' !

Jan x

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Jar of Love Goldfish for challenge x 2


Hello all and hope you have had a great week.

.. Now they say you should try and learn something new every day -
well I Iearnt something - the collective noun for goldfish - in fact there are two in use apparently..
a 'Troubling of Goldfish' or,  and my particular preference,  ' A Glint of Goldfish'

and this set me thinking .. the current challenge this week at Addicted to CAS is the prompt 'Pets'!

Sad to say we don't have any Pets, nor do I have much in the way of animal stamp sets.. but I do have a goldfish stamp.!!  Yeah...

and I used this as a basis for a best 'fishes' card for a lovely friend.

Jar of Love


I used some Crumb Cake card stock for my card base, and shimmery white card stock for the inner mat.   I used the little goldfish and the leaf frond from the Jar of Love to make my side border and a sheet of 'Sea-side' themed paper from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack made for a matching card topper.

I positioned a couple more of the fishes and another of the leaf fronds direct onto the paper.  I then stamped my jam jar onto one of Stampin' Up!'s window sheets and die-cut this,  and it's carry handle,  with the matching framelit from the Everyday Jars set.

and with that, have also entered my card for the current challenge over at Happy Little Stampers where this week they want to see  'Anything goes with Dies'.
  
the sentiment made me smile too.. ' Best fishes for you'  from the same Jar of Love stamp set and very apt in the circumstances and know my friend will have a chuckle at that as well!

and remember where I came in...  ' A glint  of goldfish'.. Although a bit difficult to make out, I did use my clear Wink of Stella brush pen to add a little glint to each of my them.!

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.. and don't forget everyone,  it is Stampin' Up!  Sale-a-Bration time - any combined spend of £45 earns you a free item from the special Sale-a-Bration brochure.

 and speaking of 'Sale-A-Bration',  next weekend finds me at a training day, with a lot of my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators for the group I belong to. .. And one thing Stampin' Up! demonstrators do when they meet - they swap cards/ ideas/ inspiration, and generally fit in a fair bit of crafting makes and takes as well.  

My swap group just happens to be using 'Sale-a-Bration' items. Well, with some fabulous free products  to choose from, all I need do is get crafting and will share,  once they have all been handed over!

so until next time - happy crafting to you all too!

Jan x

Friday, 3 February 2017

who hoo nearly time for Valentines day

hi all...

well, unusually for me I knew exactly what I wanted to make,  to enter these challenges:  SU! Only Challenges  #challenge no 167, where yes, you got it -
It's time for Valentines, be it a card, a treat, a 3D item.Yes, the choice is yours.
Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge where XOXO is your prompt!
The Card concept where love and romance is the theme - and the overall colours and hearts inspired my own CAS style card.

So,  armed with some suitable coloured card - and of course that just has to be Real Red in my book, combined with Shimmery White card stock,  (my go to choice at the moment, for  card bases) and an off-set topper ....   yes I made a card...

and it came together so quickly.

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The lovely die-cut heart and and 'love' from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies, one of the sentiments from the Bloomin' Love stamp set, a bit of bling by way of Stampin' Up!'s Basic Rhinestones, a card base and an off-set topper of shimmery white card stock, and it was done.

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.. and don't forget everyone,  it is Stampin' Up!  Sale-a-Bration time - any combined spend of £45 earns you a free item from the special Sale-a-Bration brochure.

well this weekend sees me off on a shopping spree to a really lovely place - Blake House Craft Centre. Described as 'Shops, food and fun for the whole family. It is a lovely unique collection and range of all sorts of shops. Everything from handmade jewellery and miniatures to fabric supplies, yarns and antiques, all found in the original farm buildings of what was once Blake House Farm, near Braintree.

and with a full range of workshops and classes, and a fabulous restaurant to indulge your self in - sounds like a lovely way to spend the day, am thinking.

so til next time - and what ever you get up to or wherever you find yourself, have  a lovely weekend and happy crafting

Jan x
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