Saturday, 22 September 2012

New Class

So if you are in the Moray/ Banffshire area and fancy making this Christmas wreath then give me a ring. Booking is essential and let me know your colour scheme.
Hope to see you soon

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Is it nearly Christmas

I have been playing around with some of the products from the new autumn/winter mini catalogue.

The first i will show you is a wreath. Its a 10" half backed wreath that i wrapped in 3 colours of wool. I then set about making sparkly gold snowflakes and patterned paper pointsettia's

If i have inspired you to have ago and you would like to purchase your own supplies, then get in contact.



Saturday, 1 September 2012

A new season

Its that time of year again when we say goodbye too some much loved stamps and embellishments and say hello to a new seasonal mini, well not so mini this time as the new catalogue is big and bursting, lol.
As of today you can order from the new Autumn/Winter Catalogue, and the new Annual Catalogue is just a month away.
Here is the link for the Seasonal catalogue.
I have catalogues available so if you would like to purchase one, just email me and i will sort it for you.
But not only that, Stampin Up! have announced the retiring list for this year. BE WARNED – EVERYTHING SELLS QUICKLY – so if there is something on the list that you want, order it IMMEDIATELY to avoid disappointment and beating yourself up.
Here is the link to the Retired STAMPS List – updated daily
Here is the link to the Retired ACCESSORIES List – updated daily
And as a special treat i am offering the chance of winning a fifteen pound SU voucher for anybody who places a order of Fifty pound by the end of September.
So what you waiting for, get browsing that new mini and craft away. As always, I am just at the end of an email for Questions and orders.
TFL Sarah

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Chipboad Box

So over on my other blog, Welcome to Smelly Blog, i have shared part 1, a step by step tutorial on how to make a simple chipboard box.
But here i will share part 2 of the tutorial on how to adapt the box into a keepsake gift.I have left my wrap blank on the inside but you could certainly add pockets for gift cards, mini albums etc.
Chipboard Patterned paper-Twitter patted Wet glue card stock Ribbon-Seam binding, Baja breeze Build a bloom stamp and punch Antique Brads Matching inks
Begin by making your box using the tutorial provided.
Next cut your chipboard pieces for the wrap. 4 1/2 " x 4 2/8" (3 pieces), 2 3/8" x 4 2/8( 2 pieces)
Begin by placeing them onto a piece of crumbcake card stock. You will need 2 pieces of card stock due to the overall length of the wrap so you will need to make a join. Use a good quality wet glue to stick down. Mitre the corners and fold the excess inside.
Next trim a piece of cardstock slightly smaller than the wrap and glue down over the cardstock used to cover. Again you will need to piece it. Use a bone folder on the creases.
Next i cut a square into the front panel. Mark and measure with a pencil and ruler and cut out. ink and sand the edges. Attach a piece of ribbon at this stage to make the closure.
Take a patterned paper and measure and cut slightly smaller than each individual panel. Ink the edges and attach to the panels both inside and out. i used different papers fro the front and different for the inside.
Next use the wet glue to stick your previously made box onto the wrap. I made a chipboard square slightly smaller than the cut square, decorated with patterned paper and added to the lid panel.
To finish, i stamped flowers and leaves and added them to the cover. You may also need a bit of velcrow on the top to keep shut.
TFL Sarah

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Chevron love

Have you seen that chevrons are everywhere at the moment. I recently wanted to use some on a male layout but i didnt have the right colour paper so i attempted to make my own. I loved how it turned out so here is a quick how to.
Take a piece of patterned paper or cardstock measuring 12" wide x 8" high. Draw pencil lines every 1/2" across. Repeat going upwards. Carfully begin drawing in diagonal lines. At this stage you can make each chevron thick or thin.
Carefully cut them out and arrange them in strips on your page.
And do you notice the barn stars. They are very easy to make. Roughly draw a 5 pointed star onto card as a template. Draw around it onto card or patterned paper. Cut it out.
Take your score board and score down every point. Bend the top points mountain and the inner points valley, IYKWIM.
Add to the layout. I used wet glue on the underside of the points to secure.
Materials Used Stampin Up Twitterpated designer series paper 12 x 12 Crumb cake cardstock. Perfect pairs stamps Black Stazon
And i will leave you with a simple card i made from the scraps.
Materials Used Twitterpated Attic Boutique 12 x 12 crumb cake Seam ribbon
TFL Sarah

Friday, 3 August 2012

Afternoon tea anybody.....

Here is a project i mentioned earlier. I saw this cute little teabag dispenser on pinterest and i just had to make one. I dont know why as i dont often drink tea myself or know any tea drinkers, but it looked so cute.
The original one i found by Heidi Baks and whose instructions i followed can be found HERE. I had to tweek mine a little bit as i didnt have 16th on my score board.
Materials used
 124274 Crumb cake 12 x 12 card stock  125407 Attic boutique Designer series paper  106550 Very vanilla card stock  106549 Whisper white Card stock  101406 Black stazon  125598 Framelit dies  121686 Early Expresso Card stock  119670 Classic stamp pad Early Expresso  121812 Sixxix fun die  119667 Classic stamp pad Daffodil delight  125582 Pool Party seam binding ribbon  122976 Ruffled ribbon Calypso Coral
And here is a quick how to on making the flower at the top. Cut 2 of each flower from the fun flower die using whisper white card stock. Put them to soak in water. Make a "O" with your finger and thumb. Gently place a flower over the "O". Using a pen, push the flower into the "O". Carefully wrap the flower around the pen. Remove the pen, tighten the wrap of flower. The tighter the wrap, the more texture you get. Leave to dry over night. Next day, carefully open the flower. Glue all the layers togther with a hot glue gun. To colour, i misted the flower with water. Made a pale wash of colour using a ink pad and aqua brush and coloured the whole flower. I dried with a heat gun. Next i made a concentrated wash of colour and dipped the flower into it. This gives the Ombre effect, Darker colour graduating to paler in the middle. TFL Sarah

Rainy Day

The last couple of days up here is Scotland have been pretty bad weather wise. Lots of rain. So i have been playing around on a couple of projects that will hopefully be finished today. But here are a few sneak peaks. Can you spot a new trend sweaping the internet, Ombre.
shaded or graduated in tone: said of a color
My flower made from the fun flower die is graduaed in colour as is the embossed card. I have also made chevrons in varying shades of blue but i dont think they will go on the layout ombre style. TFL Sarah

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Stampin' Up! just got so much easier

And here is another exciting announcement. Becoming a Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator has never been easier. Now you can sign up with Me and Stampin' Up! Online. Just click HERE which will take you straight to my page. Lower Cost + Complete Customization = The Stampin’ Up! Opportunity is Better Than Ever! The new Starter Kit is here! Now opportunity comes at a lower price of £99, with complete customisation, and it still ships for free! There has never been a better opportunity to join Stampin’ Up! With a lower cost to get started, you can focus on what matters most, starting your business—your way. Customise your creativity with the new Starter Kit. The choice is yours to put together a kit with any of our high-quality products. Simply choose £130 worth of any traditional or digital products to create a Starter Kit that you’re sure to enjoy! Each kit also contains a business supply pack (valued at £45) for a total kit value of £175! And if you sign up from August 15th you can pick products from the New 40 page Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue, you get to see it before anyone else does, and its a real beauty, i promise you. Hope to see you soon TFL Sarah

Thursday, 26 July 2012

New craft classes

Here is one of those exciting things i was talking about a few posts ago. I have set up a new paper craft class in my village hall. So if you are in the Buckie, Banffshire area, give me a ring to find out what its all about. Each month we will make a couple of smaller projects or one large project, using all things SU. You will learn new techniques, get to play with new tools and products and spend time with like minded crafters. So what are you waiting for, give it a try. TFL Sarah

Monday, 23 July 2012

Need a reason to smile

During August, you have the opportunity to purchase—or earn for FREE—an exclusive stamp set, available only through this special offer! Get the Reason to Smile Set FREE when you spend £60 on any Stampin’ Up! products. Or purchase it at the regular retail price. And a reminder about the scrapbook album offer that is going on now, while stocks last. If you fancy any of these offers, drop me a email. TFL Sarah

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Lots going on

I am busy making lots of plans for classes at the moment. How does a monthly stampin craft group sound or a all day Christmas event, especially as the new seasonal mini is on the horizon. And I've seen it! It has been posted recently on the demo website. Swoon.... I got a bit excited and made a list of what i wanted before realising it was pretty much the whole cataloque, lol. The new seasonal catalogue is due to be released to the general public from early September. It is amazing, my head is buzzing with ideas and opportunities, hence the planning mentiond above and I so wish I could share it with you now..... but alas we cant. But if you were a demo you would be able to see it for yourself. Now is a fab time to join the wonderful world of Stampin' Up! And more reasons why you should..........
If you join in July your first quarterly minimum does not need to be met till the end of December 2012.
That means you get your starter kit and £130 worth of any goods of your choice to play with over the summer.
Mid-August you get to pre-order lots of new items from the new seasonal catalogue at 30% discount.
Early September you can sell these products to your customers along with offering them the Items from the Last Chance/Retired Lists.
You can then pre-order from the new main catalogue which is then released on 1st October.
I have lots of information about becoming a demo or I would be happy to email some more information TFL Sarah

Monday, 9 July 2012

Twitterpated love

So my first order arrived last week and after unpacking it, sorting and despatching to my happy customers, i finally got to play. I have been working on a project that i am hoping will be a class soon. Its not quite finished but i will give you a sneak peak.

I had lots of twitterpated paper scraps left over so i made a quick card. And as usual i took way to many photo's so have decided to turn it into a tutorial for you. So here goes, how to make this card.


125406: Twitterpated designer series paper
121685: Crumb cake A4 card stock
119669: Classic stampin pad, Cherry cobbler
122331: Seam binding ribbon, baja breeze
125575: Bakers twine, Island indigo
122334: Simply Scored scoring tool
122497: Petite Pairs Stamps
121994: Build a blossom Stamps
117273: Antique Brads
106549: Whisper white card stock

Begin by making a square card from the A4 Crumb cake card stock. Take the simply scored tool and score lines all around the outside of the card. Set aside for later.

Next take your selection of twitterpated scraps and trim into various sizes. Arrange into a pattern you are happy with. Glue them together or down onto a piece of scrap card stock. Once dried, trim the panel so its slightly smaller than the card and fits inside the scored edges. Use a ruler and journal pen and draw lines into the panel, to add depth. Stick to the card once done.
Next take a piece of whisper white CS and begin to stamp your blossoms. Pick one of the smaller petals. Ink it up and stamp the image twice. This way you will get a darker and lighter version. Take the corresponding detailed stamp, ink up and stamp onto the lighter petal. Repeat until you have 10 detailed petals and 5 solid dark petals. Punch them out using the matching punch or hand trim like me if not!

Punch out a couple of small circles from scrap CS and glue the petals onto the circle.

Once dry, its time to make a 3d flower. On the solid flower, make a cut and over lap two petals. Glue with a hot glue gun to secure. Repeat with the next petal, only this time take out one whole petal. Repeat with the last flower, but take out two petals. Glue together and add a brad to finish.

Next take some seam binding ribbon and bakers twine and wrap around the card and tie in a bow. Add the 3d flower. Stamp a sentiment and hang from the bakers twine to finish.