Thursday, 24 June 2010

Bird On A Branch

Hello!

We had such a good time at our Craft Club here last night! One of the lovely things about crafters is how everyone can encourage everyone else and the sense of camaraderie generated by just sitting and creating is incredible. Kathy was doing her counted cross-stitch, Chris her scrapbooking, Alan was putting together some decoupage toppers and I was stamping and generally getting a lot inkier than the others. Rosie put in an appearance half way through and miaowed her way into being the centre of attention, then proceeded to try to climb up the patio doors after some poor hapless fly. I love the way cats look so offended when people laugh at their antics!

I was playing with my new Bird On A Branch stamp set, which arrived last week. Oh my goodness, it's GORGEOUS!!!! I made these two cards during the evening:


The first one uses Old Olive, Real Red and Certainly Celery ink, with the branch stamped in Basic Gray and the birdie in Basic Black, cut out and popped up on dimensionals. The Very Vanilla layer is matted onto Old Olive card, then onto Real Red and finally onto a Certainly Celery base. The sentiment is from Sincere Salutations.

The second uses another combination I love, Rose Red and Chocolate Chip. Again, the branch is stamped in Basic Gray. This time I stamped over the base card (Pretty In Pink) with the flowery stamp from the set, in Pretty in Pink ink, to give a really subtle textured look. The sentiment is the one from the Bird On A Branch set, and I just LOVE it - really delicate.

I hope you like them, thanks so much for stopping by. See you next time!

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Mini-Scrapbook Class Bundle


Hello!

I'm so looking forward to my next class, the Mini-Scrapbook workshop on 17th July! I've had a fantastic response and places for this date are almost all gone so if you want to join in then get in touch with me quickly - details are in the right-hand sidebar. 


For each of my classes I'm going to offer a Class Bundle. If you order this in advance, you will be able to take part in that class FREE OF CHARGE (normally £15), as well as getting hold of various products relating to the class without having to pay any delivery charge (normally £3.95). Total saving - a massive £18.95 on the usual prices! For full details and terms please check out this link: "Classes and Events".

The Class Bundle for the Mini-Scrapbook Workshop will contain:

Night & Day Speciality Designer Series Paper (Mini-Catalogue p19)
Sweet Pea Stitched Felt (Mini p13)
Old Olive 5/8" Satin Ribbon (Mini p11)
My Sweet Pea Stamp Set (Mini p12)
Corner Rounder Punch (Ideas Book & Catalogue p88)
 
The Sweet Pea series of products is absolutely gorgeous and all designed to go together - check out the amazing Designer Series Paper on page 13 of the Mini-Catalogue! Just £19.50 for 48 double-sided sheets of 12"x12" paper!!

Oh - one final thing. Places for my August Christmas Card Extravaganza are selling out FAST so if you want to come along do get in touch sooner rather than later!

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Monday, 21 June 2010

One Sheet Wonder Class

Hello! My goodness, another whirlwind of a weekend. I held my first class here on Saturday and had such a good time! Here are the projects we worked on - eight cards made using the One Sheet Wonder technique, the gorgeous Circle Circus stamp set and four really bright, summery colours (Tempting Turquoise, Rose Red, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie).


I love this technique. You start off with some lovely inkiness, stamping at random over a single sheet of cardstock. I have to really work at random stamping, I tend to end up with a grid pattern if I'm not careful, but the ladies at the class made some really fab papers. It never ceases to amaze me how people will always come up with something different, even using the exact same stamps and colours - and even when you have seen the finished sheet, the final cards always take you by surprise, once the cardstock has been cut up. I wish I'd taken photos of the cards the ladies made - they were absolutely gorgeous and they both seemed thrilled to bits with the results.

At the end of the class I couldn't resist giving them a little extra project, just because I love it so much! This little bookmark is so easy to make using a couple of lollipop sticks and with this particular one I took advantage of the famous Stampin' Up! co-ordination by using one of the stamps from Circle Circus with the scalloped circle punch - it fits perfectly!



My next class will be on the third Saturday in July, and we will be making a beautiful mini-scrapbook using the gorgeous Night and Day papers and the scrummy Sweet Pea Stitched Felt embellishments. I have got the Class Bundle worked out for this class now, and will be publishing details on here tomorrow. If you don't want to miss out on the fun, then drop me an email or give me a call on 07799 011072.

Hope you like these projects, and thanks for popping by.

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Lovely As A Tree Father's Day Card

Oh my goodness, where HAS this week gone to?! I didn't mean to be so long in posting this, but I thought you might like to see the Father's Day card I did for my Dad. It's a shameless "case" of one that I saw here on Joanne's blog, although I did tweak it a bit. I'm so pleased with it!


The base card is Old Olive, with Kraft and Very Vanilla. The tree and oak leaf are from "Lovely As A Tree" (this is such a versatile set, I use it sooo much) and the tree has been stamped in Basic Gray and then watercoloured with Old Olive and Chocolate Chip. The sentiment is from "Oval All" and is punched out with the large oval punch, then layered onto a scalloped oval. I only got these punches this week, having been wanting them for ages and I can see them getting constant use.

(On a non-crafting note, I'm feeling really good this week. I've been taking more care to pace myself, setting alarms to make sure I don't do more than half an hour of anything taxing and having proper rests. It's paying dividends - I even did half an hour in the garden this morning, which I haven't had the energy to do for absolutely ages. It's so nice to feel well again!)

This coming Saturday sees the very first of my new programme of classes, and I can't wait. There are still a couple of places left, so if you fancy learning the One Sheet Wonder technique, do get in touch. I'm really excited about meeting you all!

I hope you like the card. Thanks for dropping by, and please do leave a comment so I can pop by and look at your blogs too.

Back soon.

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Final Papercrafting Event Project

Hello!

Thanks so much for the lovely comments about the other make and takes for my Papercrafting Event last weekend. Here is the final one we did, in the cardmaking session:


I love this - so simple but so effective. It was great watching the ladies who came along (not a stamper among them in this final session) producing such fantastic results with their first ever stamping. They even wanted to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to layer up the butterfly (my sample just used the background butterfly stamp) and were so chuffed with the results!

Thanks for looking. I'll be back soon.

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Thursday, 10 June 2010

First Craft Club - and Another Papercrafting Event Make and Take

Hello!

Well, the first ever Sunshine Stamping Craft Club meeting happened last night and we had a brilliant time. There were five of us in total, four of us stamping and one - Mary - knitting (and at an alarming rate, might I add) baby clothes for her gorgeous new grandson. Two of the ladies who came were at the Event on Sunday and it was lovely to see them again. Julia showed us how to make a really effective kinetic card, which I really must have a go at myself.

If you're in the area and you fancy coming along on Wednesday evenings between 7:00pm and 9:00pm, don't think you have to be a papercrafter to join in. All crafters are very welcome - it's a great chance to meet new people and to take some time for yourself. We all know how easy it is for everyday life to get in the way of crafting, which after all is MUCH more important!

I promised you another project from the Papercrafting Event on Sunday, so here is the simple scrapbook page from the second session of the day.




Very simple, and in a 6"x6" format so not too daunting for those who aren't too familiar with scrapbooking itself. I wanted to show how easy it is to make your own patterned paper to decorate your page, and of course this way you can make sure that the colours co-ordinate with your photograph. The basics are the same on each of these pages, though the orientation is slightly different. Apologies for there being no photos on my samples. For some reason my printer is playing up and turning everything a rather sickly shade of green. Must have a look at that today.

Back soon with pics of the card we made in the last session of the Event. Thanks for looking!

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Wow - What a Fantastic Weekend!! Papercrafting Event Prize Draw Winner!!!

Hello everybody!

Sorry to take a couple of days to post this, but yesterday was a tired day so I'm just catching up with myself now.

Wow - I had such a good day on Sunday. The Papercrafting Event I held went off so well and I had so much fun! I knew only one of the ladies who came along, so was able to spend time getting to know some lovely new friends and I loved being able to share stamping with them, and to let them see for themselves just how fantastic Stampin' Up!'s products are. A number of the ladies who came had never stamped before, and they got some amazing results - I love the fact that our stamps are just so easy to use. (Before I tried Stampin' Up!'s stamps I thought that all rubber stamps were more or less the same and that you had to LEARN how to get a good impression. This is SO not the case with ours, and I loved the fact that these ladies got superb impressions the very first time they set stamp to cardstock.) So - thank you ladies, for coming along despite the rain, and for making Sunday such great fun. I only hope you all had as good a time as I did!

There were three sessions throughout the day. The first involved a 3-D make and take, and here is what we made:


I just love this little bag. You can make it in so many different ways, and the lovely thing about making it with patterned cardstock that you stamp yourself is that every single one is different. We had two colour-combinations on the go. As well as the one you see here (Pretty In Pink, Rose Red and Old Olive) we used Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie and Not Quite Navy. I didn't photograph the second colourway of this bag for some reason, and will try to remedy that before I post again.

Over the next couple of posts, I'll put up photos of the other two make and takes. They all used a central technique, which was using a selection of stamps to make a patterned cardstock. I love doing this! It's so easy to look at a stamp and only see what it was originally designed for - one of the ladies who came on Sunday said, "I thought you could only use stamps to make toppers!". This technique shows just how versatile stamps are. Literally the only limit is your imagination!

My lovely husband, Alan, drew the winner of the Papercrafting Event  prize draw yesterday. Huge congratulations to Christine McKay!!! I've emailed you Christine, and will get your prize to you as soon as possible.

My programme of classes is now up and running, and my new Craft Club starts this wednesday. Click onto the Events and Classes tab at the top of this blog to see more details. The first class is a One Sheet Wonder on 19th June - I can't wait to see you there!

Finally, I can't leave this post without saying a big "THANK YOU" to my lovely friend Clare, who was so brilliant with her help on Sunday. You were fab Clare, thank you so much! And to my SU mummy Bekka, for all her help and support while I was organising the event. I really hope I didn't drive you too mad...

Back soon! Happy crafting till then.

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Sneaky Peek.....

Hello!

Well, I promised you a peek at a couple of the projects we're going to be making at my Open House on Sunday. It's later than I anticipated, 'cause I'd forgotten that Alan and I were going to be out all day today, but here are a couple of pics. If you're coming along on Sunday you'll get to see the whole thing then, but otherwise - this is all you're getting until next week!
 

 

Ooh, we're going to have such fun!!!! Hope you can make it. See you soon..

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Two Exciting Bits of News!

Hello again!!

Sorry to have been quiet for a while. I've been a busy bee preparing for my first Stampin' Up! event, coming up on Sunday 6th June, and I'm so excited about it. I'm holding a Free Papercrafting Event at our home, and if you're going to be in the area then you'd be very, very welcome. Full details are on the Events tab at the top of this blog. There will be some simple Make and Takes throughout the day, and if you check back tomorrow you can have a sneaky peek at a couple of the projects we'll be making. Ooh, what a tease!

In the meantime, have a look a this....

Extra! Extra! Stampin’ Up! hostesses get extra hostess rewards 1 June - 31 July, in addition to the already fantastic hostess benefits! 



From 1 June-31 July, Stampin’ Up! hostesses can earn an EXTRA £20 to use toward Stampin’ Up! products of their choice when they host a workshop totaling £250 or more in product sales!

This extra benefit is in addition to the standard hostess benefits they receive when they host a workshop. The standard hostess benefits include
  • A free 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalogue worth £4.95, provided by your demonstrator. 
  • Free products only available to hostesses (with qualifying orders; select from the products on pages 10-14 of the catalogue).
  • Free Stampin’ Up! products of your choice.
Workshop total
(before shipping and handling)
Free
Stampin’ Up! merchandise
Extra, Extra hostess rewards 
Free Stampin’ Up! merchandise with
Extra, Extra
hostess rewards 
£250 - £299
£25
+
£20
£45
£300 - £349
£35
+
£20
£55
 £350 - £399
£40
 +
£20
£60
 £400 - £449
£45
 +
£20
£65
 £450 - £499
£50
 +
£20
£70
 £500 - £549*
£60
 +
£20
£80

* The Extra, Extra Hostess Rewards apply to all workshops above £250; to see hostess benefits for workshops totalling £550 and above, visit the Hostess Benefits web page.

These hostess rewards are only one benefit of hosting a workshop. When you host a workshop, you also get to spend time with friends and family, as well as learn exciting new crafting techniques and project ideas from your personal stamping expert.
How exciting!!! All in all, this is the perfect time to book your very own Stampin' Up! workshop. I'd love to work with you to arrange your perfect gathering - call me on 07799 011072 or email me .

Back soon. Hugs,

Becki
xx