Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Some Thank You Cards

Hello! Did you have a good Christmas? I did - I was spoiled rotten and didn't even have to cook as we decided to treat ourselves to Christmas lunch at a restaurant. Lovely! Alan bought me a Kindle, and I love it. I've always read voraciously and now I can have a whole library with me wherever I go - I can't wait, thank you sweetheart!



Today, I'm going to share with you some of the thank you cards I sent out recently to my customers. I loved these - the paper is just gorgeous! It's from the beautiful Paisley Petals pack. I've sponged the edges with ink (Always Articoke or Soft Suede) and popped the paper onto the co-ordinating cardstock. A length of Victoria crocheted ribbon (love this!) across the front, with a simple topper using a Curly Cute sentiment stamped onto a Large Oval, then layered onto one of the tags from the Lots Of Tags set of Sizzlits dies. Really pretty, yet quick and simple to produce in large numbers.

This is the time of year when everyone needs thank you cards. If you'd prefer to give handmade ones, rather than mass-produced, shop-bought ones, then why don't you book onto one of my January "Cards and More" classes? We'll be making cards using the lovely "Pocket Silhouettes" stamp set, and for just £30 the class includes your very own stamp set, so you can make as many cards as you want when you get home. You have two dates to choose from (12th or 14th January), but you need to book by 10:00pm on 4th January. Booking is simplicity itself: just click on the link in the left-hand sidebar. I'd love to see you there, to help you get 2012 off to a wonderfully crafty start!

Thanks for popping in, see you soon.

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

Hello! Merry Christmas to all of you!!!


I wanted to show you this card last of all, because I think this is probably my favourite. The centrepiece of this card was actually one of the tags we made at our Gift Tags class a few weeks ago, and I made the card up to show how you could easily tweak the design to make a card. Stupidly, I didn't take any pictures of the tags and now, of course, they're attached to various presents that have already been distributed. Doh!

There's quite a lot of detail on this card, but it's actually quite quick to put together. All the stamps are from the lovely "Winter Post" set. The Top Note shape is, of course, courtesy of the Big Shot (one of my favourite dies, this one) and I've stamped around it using the snowflake stamp and Versamark ink. The reindeer and Post Card stamps are in Early Espresso, the postmark stamp in Always Artichoke and the date stamp in Cherry Cobbler. The little fllower is really sweet, and great fun to make 'cause it's shaped by spritzing the Boho Blossoms bloom with water, then sitting it in the palm of your hand and "prodding" it with your finger gently, until it curves up around your finger. When it dries, you have a lovely, shaped flower without any creases - almost like shaping papier mache! A leaf made with the wing part of the Bird Builder Punch, and a little pearl in the centre of the flower, and you're done.

I hop you enjoyed my whistle-stop tour through some of this year's Christmas cards. Thanks so much for visiting, and I hope you all have a lovely Christmas, however you're celebrating it. I'll see you again soon.

Hugs,

Becki
xx



Saturday, 24 December 2011

Pennant Parade Christmas Card

Just two more cards to show you, before Christmas Eve clicks over to Christmas Day (love the ability to schedule posts in advance). This little card is one that I did as a Make and Take in some of my November workshop parties, and I was thrilled to bits that everyone loved making it.


It uses the versatile "Pennant Parade" stamp set, which is one of  my favourites of all the gorgeous new sets in the 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalogue. When I showed the card, the ladies couldn't believe that the patterned paper wasn't actually one that you bought - well, I promise you it is all stamped. This is something that I come across time and again with Stampin' Up!, the sheer quality of the images that you get with our stamps is something that most people don't associate with stamping, and it's the reason that I demo for Stampin' Up! Oh - by the way - if you thought all that wavy cutting around the Christmas Tree looks WAY too even to be true, let me tell you that the tree is punched out using the Petite Pennants punch. Much simpler and far more accurate than my cutting!

Thanks for looking. Back at midnight with one last card for you to look at.

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Vintage Dasher

Hello! Another card for you, this one using the ever-popular "Dasher" stamp. This is another one from my Christmas card classes, a  litte more involved than some of the others.


I've glittered his antlers with Dazzling Diamonds (wish I could find a way to take photos of this amazingly iridescent glitter so you can actually SEE it!). The Crumb Cake layer has been textured, in part, using the Big Shot and the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, and I've popped a cardstock ribbon across, cut using the Lace Ribbon border punch. I wanted to make something with a traditional feel to it, so I've used a classic Christmas colour scheme of Old Olive, Real Red and Crumb Cake, with the image and sentiment stamped on Very Vanilla. Colour fascinates me - this same card, done in EXACTLY the same way, but using a different set of colours, would look completely different.

Thanks for popping in, back soon with another.

Hugs,

Becki
xx
This next card is another I did in some of my Christmas card classes. The bauble is from "Delightful Decorations", and the sentiment is from "Contempo Christmas", and this was the first time I discovered that our scalloped oval punch works beautifully layered onto the Decorative Label punch - really pretty!


I never used to be a very "ribbon-y" girl, but I'm finding I'm using a lot more now than I ever used to. I had to laugh at the horrified looks on the faces of the ladies (and gent) at my classes when they realised they were going to have to tie a bow, because I used to react in exactly the same way - I never tied ribbon bows 'cause they always looked DREADFUL! They're still not perfect (as you can tell from the photo - this one isn't my best), but my lovely upline, Bekka, showed me a really simple technique and I was amazed - all of a sudden I could tie bows that actually looked like bows. Stampin' Up! is about sharing, and that's one of the many things I love about it, and if you'd like to get over  your bow-phobia (there's probably a proper word for that) then get in touch and I'd love to show you how.

Back soon with another card for you to look at. Thanks for looking!

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Easy Events Mistletoe Card

I wanted you to see this card, it's one of my favourites. I saw this card on another Stampin' Up! demo's blog (All Things Stampy) and copied it straight away - isn't it beautiful?


 I made several variants of this card, just changing things slightly. This one uses our textured cardstock for the card base (the colours, if you're interested, are Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla) and some of our little pearls to pick out the mistletoe berries. I did take some photos of a version I made using Dazzling Diamonds glitter instead of the pearls, but I couldn't get the glitter to show up.

By the way, I don't know if you've noticed, but the backgroud I'm using for my photos has changed. My lovely hubby made a photo booth for me, by cutting open a Stampin' Up! delivery box (as you can imagine, we get LOADS of those here!) and spraying the inside black. It's brilliant, but I'm not the best photographer and I can't seem to get the lighting quite right. I'm seriously thinking of going on a digital photography course in the New Year - any of you know any in the Ipswich area you can recommend?

See you in a while, with another of this year's cards. Thanks for visiting!

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Something For Christmas!

Hello again! Here's another of the cards we sent this year. This one uses one of our "A La Carte" stamps, called "Something For Christmas", and I inked up the image using Stampin' Write Markers; it's a great way to inject several colours easily into one stamped image.


The colours are all from our In Colour palette: Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder and Blushing Bride. I think they make the card look really wintry and, although it isn't a combination I'd used before, I'll definitely use it again - I love it!

Thanks for popping in, back soon...

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Friday, 23 December 2011

A Simple Christmas Card

Hello!

How are your preparations for Christmas coming along? We're almost ready, finally, and I've just got five minutes to show you one of the Christmas card designs I've been making this year. I'll show you a few over the next few days - I wanted to wait until we'd delivered all of them before posting photos, so I didn't spoil the surprise for those who will be receiving them. Here's the first one:


We made this in a card class that I ran for a lovely group of ladies, most of whom had never done any crafting before. It's a really simple design, but nonetheless effective for all that. I love the way the bauble folds completely flat for posting, and the fact that you don't need to cut the bauble shape out yourself, 'cause we have a fabby punch that does all that for you!

Pop back for another one soon. Thanks for looking!

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Sunday, 18 December 2011

January Scrapbooking Club - Christmas Memories


Hello! Did you have a good weekend? We had a ball! A whistle-stop visit to several lovely friends, and then a laughter-filled evening eating Chinese food and playing "Taboo" with Laura and Adrian last night, before driving home this afternoon. Well, Alan drove. I slept. Practically all the way home - the only time I can stay awake in a car is if I'm driving!

Anyhow - I promised you a look at January's Scrapbooking Club, so here it is. January is the perfect time to reflect on the Christmas just gone, and to scrapbook those wonderful memories before they fade into those gloomy January days. In our first Scrapbooking Club of the New Year we will create some wonderful layouts to record the many and varied events of the festive season.

We will be using the amazing Holly Berry Bouquet Speciality Designer Series Paper, (you can see it pictured above). Now, if you haven't seen this paper "in the flesh" yet, then you are in for the most wonderful surprise, because even our fabulous catalogue can't do it justice in a photograph - the texture and vibrancy of these glittered sheets has to be seen to be believed. As always, you'll get a materials pack enabling you to create at least three or four scrapbook pages, including half a pack of the Holly Berry Bouquet paper along with assorted, carefully chosen accessories to ensure you can create layouts to be proud of.

For those who haven't been before, let me just remind you that the Scrapbooking Club is perfect for everyone - whatever your level of scrapbooking experience. The cost is just £15, but if it's your first time with us, then for just £33 you will get, in addition to the monthly materials pack, one of our luxury 12" x 12" Linen Scrapbooks, so you can store and display your pagesbeautifully and keep them from harm.

Come and join us at Cedarwood School on Wednesday 18th January, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, and get your 2012 scrapbooking off to a fantastic start. If you are too far away to come, or you're busy that night, don't forget you can take part by post for the same cost, and I'll send your club pack to you (only available to those with UK mailing addresses, I'm afraid).

You can book by calling or emailing me, but the easiest way is simply to click on the appropriate PayPal link in the sidebar and then follow the instructions.

Right. I have several last pressies to make, so I'm off to get crafting. Back soon, and thanks as always for popping by. Do leave me a comment to say hello, I love hearing from you.

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Saturday, 17 December 2011

2012 Class Dates Now Available

Hello! I'm thrilled to bits to be able to tell you that my "Cards and More" class and Scrapbooking Club dates for 2012 are now available on the "Ipswich Class Dates" page of my website. Click on the link and you'll find dates for the whole year, as well as full details of the January classes, for which you can now book your places.

Pop back tomorrow for details of the January Scrapbooking Club, but in the meantime here is the information you need about January's "Cards and More" Class:


In the January "Cards and More" Class we will be making Thank You cards - perfect in the aftermath of Christmas for you to use yourself or to give as a gift. We'll be using the gorgeous "Pocket Silhouettes" stamp set, which is so versatile and perfect for all kinds of occasions. I've loved planning the projects for this class and I know you're going to love making them!

The price for the class is just £30 and includes your very own "Pocket Silhouettes" stamp set to use in the class and then take away with you afterwards. (If you already have "Pocket Silhouettes" - you can substitute any other stamp set up to £17.95: just let me know when you book your place and make sure you bring your own stamp set along with you to use at the class.) You can take the class without the stamp set for £15.

Some really exciting news is that I'm actually offering this class twice: on the afternoon of Saturday 14th January at my usual venue, Cedarwood Primary School, but also a couple of days earlier, on the morning of Thursday 12th January at Pennikkity Pots in the centre of Ipswich. This latter venue is a new venture for me, and I'm so excited that the lovely ladies at this fantastic ceramics cafe have invited me to hold classes in their upstairs studio. If you haven't been to Pennikkity Pots before, then I would really encourage you to pop in and try it - as well as offering all the facilities you would expect from a ceramics painting centre, they also do the most incredible homemade cakes, and delicious Italian coffee and other refreshments. If you choose to take the class at Pennikkity Pots, I will give you a credit of £1.50 towards any refreshments purchased at the cafe during or immediately after the class.

To book, just click on the PayPal link in the sidebar and follow the instructions. It's secure and simple, and you don't have to have a PayPal account in order to be able to pay this way. Alternatively, I can accept payment by cheque, cash or bank transfer; just contact me to arrange this. In order to allow me time to order enough materials and stamp sets for the class, bookings and payments must be made by no later than 10:00pm on 4th January, please.

Back tomorrow with the lowdown on January's Scrapbooking Club. Thanks for popping by!

Hugs

Becki
xx

Monday, 5 December 2011

At Last - Some Convention Photos!

Hello! I am still here, I promise, despite appearances to the contrary! It seems like a century ago that I was at Euro Disney, enjoying this year's Stampin' Up! European Convention, yet this is the first chance I've had to show you any of the pictures I took. I have been SO busy since I got home, which has been fantastic, but since my functioning day is much shorter than most people's (thanks to the M.E. I have to have regular rests during each day in order to keep going) it means that my blogging has really suffered as a result. So, thanks for being patient and sorry for keeping you waiting!

Wow - EuroDisney! I'd never been before, and I deliberately didn't head into the theme park area as I want to go there with Alan at some point. But the hotel we stayed in was just outside the Disney Village, and the hotel that the business bits of Convention were held in was even closer. Here is the latter, the New York Hotel (really posh and SERIOUSLY expensive):


Just LOOK at that weather - it was like this for the whole weekend. Very cold, but somehow that doesn't matter when it's so beautifully sunny. See the lake in front of the hotel? Well, if you turn to the left, you can see this across the other side:

I thought this was brilliant - I'd have loved to go up in it and it's on my "to do" list for whenever I get to go back. Mind you, if you thought it was a hot-air balloon, then think again! In this next photo, you can just about see the cable.


I took several of these photos, at different stages of the balloon's ascent. I have a sneaking suspicion they're going to turn up on a scrapbooking page in the very near future....

The lake was fed by what I'm pretty sure was an artificial river, but nevertheless it looked very pretty. Here is the view from the far side of the bridge, looking along the river:


And on the bridge were several of these lampposts. Is it just me that likes pretty lampposts? I have a real thing about them - why shouldn't something practical be beautiful in its own right?


Here it is in close-up:


I didn't take many pictures of our hotel itself, mainly because most of the time when I was there I was on my way to or from the convention venue, doing a pretty good impression of a pack-horse, thus with no free hands to take photos! However, I did manage to take this one of the gorgeous Native American headdress that was just by the exit to the gardens. Isn't it beautiful!


It must take SO long to make something like this. Truly spectacular!

Right. That's enough photos for one day - I hope you've enjoyed looking at them. I'll be back soon with some more Convention pics. And by "soon", I definitely mean soon. I'm going to try really hard to update this website more regularly. Note to self: must be more organised!

Thanks for dropping in. Leave me a comment if you've visited, I love to hear from people who visit my blog - and if you leave me your web address I can pop by and say hello to you too!

Hugs,

Becki
xx