Friday, 5 September 2014

Jelly's in a bit of limbo right now

Hey - long time no blog!!

This post will stay at the top for a bit - so help yourself to a scroll down to see what's new!

Well, for those that don't already know and I kind of guess most of you do, I resigned my position as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator recently.

So - am I going to stop blogging? No way - I'll still be right here sharing crafty creations, but now more than just Stampin' Up! For Stampin' Up! lovers - fear not I am still buying and using Stampin' Up! and will still share projects and tutorials - I promise!

What else can you expect to see here? Well I plan on some cheeky non Stampin' Up! crafting, some sewing, some organising tips and tutorials, some nice smelling things and general lifestyle stuff - hope to make it lots of fun to visit!



So please hang with me whilst I go through my slight identity crisis and change my blog about a bit over the next few weeks!

Hugs
Victoria
xxx
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Monday, 1 September 2014

Scentsy Packaging and a fun weekend

Oh my word, we have just had the BEST family weekend of the Summer holidays. Before I share that with you I'm going to show you a pretty little package I created:

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Do you like it? I designed it to fit perfectly around a Scentsy fragrance wax bar, I thought it would make a super gift for one of my party hostesses. 
I made it with a circle window to give a sneak peek of the contents, it's nice to tease - although here I'm letting you see the wax bar.

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I adore pretty packaging, I think it makes a gift so much more exciting to receive and adding the sparkle and bling makes it loads more appealing.

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 Did you know you can use your alcohol pens to colour rhinestone gems, pearls and even glimmer card? I coloured my sparkle here to coordinate with the card I used.

If you'd like to know more about Scentsy and you're in the UK - please drop me an email at

bluejellystampin@sky.com

or visit my facebook page

 
We celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary on Friday and following on from our adventures last year we returned as a family to celebrate at Legoland Windsor. I adore these photos of Zac and Blake taken in the car when they realised where they were - we had told them we were travelling to a wedding!


And here we are outside the Legoland hotel - we booked in to a pirate room for the night, ooh aaargh!


I always end up buying some of the photos from the rides, especially now as you can download them too, here we are on the magical Story Brook boat ride.


Waiting in line here to go on the Atlantis submarine adventure:
 

Finally a shocker of a photo but so funny I just had to have it - Zac and I on the Pirate Falls log flume, Zac's hood fell back just as we descended the last flume and he got absolutely soaked, he was not a happy chappy I can tell you. The poor ride attendant gave him a Lego badge to cheer him up. he soon dried off though as we were so fortunate with the weather.


I took over 200 photos so I promise not to bore you with them all but I will be creating lots of scrapbook projects with my favourites.

Hugs
Victoria
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Fabric Make your Own Owl Kits

Ooh it's an exciting feeling being able to blog about all different sorts of topics and not just Stampin' Up! It really makes me think about what to pop in a blog post and what not to. I hope I'm going in the right direction with it - maybe you could tell me what you think as I'd love some feedback.

If you don't know, I've got a bit of a passion for sewing and I do make lots of fabric goodies to sell at fairs and so on. I got asked a LOT if I would make kits. I asked what sort of kits and can share with you today my first one - it's a kit to make your own fabric owl. Here's what the kits look like packaged up:

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The little fella at the front is the one the kit enables you to make either using a sewing machine or sewing by hand. Almost everything you need is provided in the kit:

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They are really good fun and are proving to be very popular too. I sell them at £8.95 plus post and packaging, if you'd like to order one please leave me a comment or email me at  

bluejellystampin@sky.com

I love this next photo, a while back I had a stall at a market in Nottingham's Market Square, it was my first time selling these kits and one of the lovely ladies who bought one later emailed me this:

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Gaynor bought the kit for her son and he called it 'Mr Poochie' and said he loved the crazy eyes! I love how he turned out too. I'm working on some other kits right now too, so watch this space.

hugs
Victoria
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Teacher Thank You Cards and Gifts

With only one week left of the school Summer holidays it seems a bit late to be posting about the end of term Thank You gifts the boys gave to their teachers at the end of the Summer term!
 Thought I'd share anyway so here you go:

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I made five cards, one for each of Zac and Blake's teachers. I wanted to keep it simple as I almost ran out of time (hence the shop bought gift bags - shame on me). So I used white card for the base and added a bright layer. I created the sentiment using the Metro Type alphabet set from Stampin' Up!

Luckily I only needed each letter once so set them out on a clear block and just repeated the stamping process. I've used white embossing powder to give the sentiment a pop out look.

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The stamped stars are out of one of the Project Life sets (I think) and I punched a glimmer paper star over one of them.

Inside the bags were these cute fabric owls I made.

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I hope the teachers liked them. I guess I should start planning ahead now and think about to what to make them for Christmas - oops that's it I said it, CHRISTMAS!!!!

hugs
Victoria
x
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Friday, 22 August 2014

Project Life - my first attempt

Ooh I have been wanting to have a go at Project Life for ages now. True creators of Project Life - please forgive me for not following 'the plan' I'm just going to use photos and create layouts when I feel like it, I can't be doing with feeling pressured into a page a day or a week or whatever, I'm just not that organised and so my pages will come when the mood takes me and I hope you find that OK.

So here we go, drum roll please......


I make no excuses for the amount of pinkness, in a household chock full of boys, I need pink in my life, I crave girlie things and any excuse to create pink, sparkly and feminine is not to be sniffed at!

The photos are all taken from a recent Scentsy event I attended in Manchester with my fabby friends, Jo, Tara, Sandy and Sally.We had an absolute riot of a time (as well as learning and business appropriate stuff too) and took many 'selfies' along the way. Actually Jo wasn't very good at taking selfies and trying to show her the best way was hilarious - maybe I'll share those photos one day too.

I had to include the photo of Dave (the Minion from Despicable Me) as he opened the event dancing away to Happy by Pharrell, perfect start.


 Then there was madness waiting in line for the fun photo booth and even more fun on the sofa with company CEO's Heidi and Orville Thompson. A weekend I will always remember - even without project Life to document it for me.

I hid some details about the event in the pocket cards at the top, even snuck in my ribbons and cards from the day too. If you're wondering what I've used to create it all, it's a mix of Stampin' Up! products and Becky Higgins Kiwi Edition project Life Core kit.

 

I invested in a Cannon Selphy printer - got it up here in the Room of Craft as my large A3 printer lives downstairs - energetic I am not - so having a small compact printer up here suits me just fine. I did struggle however to take photos of my finished layouts - any help or suggestions would be awesome please!!


Righto, it's the school holidays here and my boys need feeding - back soon.

Hugs
Victoria
x
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Monday, 21 July 2014

Stampin' Up! Project Life meets Birthday card

Aw yesterday Blake and Zac went to their friend Sophia's Birthday party. They were so lucky with the weather as it was a garden party with a bouncy castle. It absolutely chucked it down for the first ten minutes and then the sun shone for them all for the rest of the afternoon. So they went with a gift and of course a handmade Birthday card:

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I wasn't really sure what to make, with so many of my stamp sets having retired I don't really have anything girlie, although lots of flowers etc. So I flicked through my Project Life cards and found this cute cloud one. It's 4" square so I layered it up on a 5" square Melon Mambo card and then wondered what the heck to do next! I figured her name would be good and have to say I am LOVING Metro Type Alphabet set, it's one of the new Polymer sets from Stampin' Up! and I was a bit cautious about the whole none rubber thing - but do you know what they are fabulous and really easy to work with too. I stamped the letters on to our Whisper White card and cut them out. Happy so far.

As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator we get the fun job (job - ha!) of pre-ordering stuff when new catalogues come out and I was particularly taken with a couple of the hostess exclusive stamp sets Hello Love and Nuts About You. I've used elements from both sets on here and paper pieced the spotty bird with Melon Mambo Designer Papers.

At a Stampin' Up! training event (see - job my eye) I was lucky enough to win on prize patrol (yep,  we get to win prizes too!) and another stamp set and Project Life accessory kit fell into my mitts. The cute shiny pink heart is from the set and I popped it in place with a little blob of Tombow glue.

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To finish I pierced holes around the card and added faux stitching using the Chalk Marker. Now I really NEED to spend a couple of hours sorting out the Room of craft so I can get in here a bit more often and create, something I know I am going to want to do over the next six weeks in the evenings once the boys are tucked up in bed!

Hugs
Victoria
x
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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Stampin' Up! Blendabilities Spot the Mistake!

Good morning - or evening if you're tuning in late!

It's a gorgeous sunny day here in Nottingham, my chores are done for the day, I've made a card and only when i came to blog it did I have a proper 'doh' moment as I have made a whopper of a mistake on my card. Want to see if you can spot it before I tell you?

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Have you sussed me out? Whilst you're still pondering if you haven't I'll tell you about the card. I KNOW - I'm so irritating aren't I?

I started with a base card in Rich Razzleberry and added a layer in Whisper White with the corners rounded off. The cute lil' birdie is from one of our new Stampin' Up! hostess exclusive sets 'Hello Love'. the dotted line is from Day to Day - I like to mix it up a bit. So all stamped in Black Memento Ink and shaded in with our fabby dabby new Blendabilities pens. 

Feeling pleased with myself, Jelly uploaded the photos and...there's the numpty moment!
 I've shaded the upside down birdie with the light spot from the wrong side!!!! Not so smug now eh Jelly?

Ah well, just goes to show we all make mistakes!

hugs
Victoria
xx


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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Stampin' Up! Blendabilities Video and NEW Catalogue

Woo-hoo it's here = the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue

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Want one? 

Every order of £30 or more placed with me this month will get you a FREE copy of the catalogue with your order. Alternatively, book a Stampin' Up! party with me during July and get one for free that way too, it's packed full of yummy goodness and you can see it all in my Stampin' Up! Shop and download the PDF version of the catalogue whilst you're there - bonus!

So last week I showed you how to make this card with photo steps:

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I promised you a video tutorial when the new Stampin' Up! catalogue launched and so here it is:


I LOVE our new Blendabilities pens.


They have a brush end and a fine end too and they are just awesome. These exclusive, alcohol-based marker sets come in a 3-pack of light, medium and dark shades (of the same colour), and provide your projects a more saturated look with blended colours. I recommend using Stampin' Up! Whisper White Card stock with your Stampin' Up! Blendabilities, but choosing any one of our card stocks will add a unique look to your project.

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Available Products starting July 1:
  • Cherry Cobbler (Item 130995 - 13,95 €/£10.95)
  • Coastal Cabana (Item 131000 - 13,95 €/£10.95)
  • Daffodil Delight (Item 130998 - 13,95 €/£10.95)
  • Old Olive (Item 130999 - 13,95 €/£10.95)
  • Pumpkin Pie (Item 130997 - 13,95 €/£10.95)
  • Rich Razzleberry (Item 131003 - 13,95 €/£10.95)
  • Skin Tone Assortment (Item 129370 - 27,95 €/£20.95)
  • Memento Ink Pad (Item 132708 - 6,95 €/£5.50)
  • Memento Ink Refill (Item 133456 - 5,95 €/£4.50)
  • Colour Lifter (Item 129369 - 5,95 €/£4.50)
 Remaining 6 colours will be available  August 1, 2014
  • Night of Navy (Item 131001 - 13,95 €/£10.95)
  • Wisteria Wonder (Item 131002 - 13,95 €/£10.95)
  • Calypso Coral (Item 130996 - 13,95 €/£10.95)
  • Melon Mambo (Item 130994 - 13,95 €/£10.95)
  • Crumb Cake (Item 131004 - 13,95 €/£10.95)
  • Smokey Slate (Item 131005 - 13,95 €/£10.95)
 What Sets Them Apart:
  • The Stampin' Up! rectangular barrel keeps your markers from rolling away!
  • Flat storage helps to maintain the life of each marker.
  • Each marker comes with a tip on each end: brush and fine.
  • Marker tips are made of nylon, which is superior to polyester which can fray.
  • Colour coded caps.
  • Stampin' Up! markers coordinate wonderfully with our card stock, and can be used with transparent sheets
 hugs
Victoria
x

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Friday, 27 June 2014

Stampin' Up! Blendabilities and ahem Christmas!

Good morning - as predicted it's raining. Still my boys school are the eternal optimists and have said they will make a decision about sports day going ahead or not this afternoon at Midday. I can predict it for them, it's going to be postponed. If I'm wrong I'll be doing a mercy dash at around 1pm to take the boys trainers in and feeling a bit silly.

Right then onto the crafting, again I make no apology for my creation using the same  colours as my last couple of posts. I'm tidying them away today so if you love them - sorry they're taking a break. Here's what I made:

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The card base is Coastal Cabana with a layer of my best friend Crumb Cake. I stamped the pattern from World Treasures in Versamark ink then heat embossed with Pool Party Embossing Powder.

The peacock was stamped with the soon to be available Memento ink and coloured with our fab Blendabilities Pens which you won't have to wait too much longer to get your mitts on! I added a few Candy Dots in matching colours to finish off. 

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Now if you're offended by the mere mention of Christmas as this time of year I don't mind if you finish your reading here. But for those of you who like to get your Christmas crafting done early, I should let you know that some one the carry over products from the last Stampin' Up! Autumn Winter Seasonal catalogue are still available for you to order until 27th of August.

You can see them all by clicking on this link
They are all available to purchase in my Stampin' Up! Shop

Whilst you're there please remember there are literally only a few days left of the Stampin' Up! Retiring products from the current catalogue and they really won't be available to you after the end of the month.

I'm off to clear my desk now, I've been creating so much I can't see my work top - oops!

Hugs
Victoria
xxx

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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Stampin' Up! Technique Tutorial

I can't believe we're already at Thursday, this week is going way too quickly for me, the boys have sports day tomorrow and I need to get their outfits sorted. Seriously, why on earth would you pick the first Friday of the Glastonbury Festival to have a school sports day. It's notorious for poor weather and sure enough the forecast for tomorrow in Nottingham is ....rain and thunder! I think I'll be packing rain macs for the Mini Beasts then!

On to the crafting. As you know I'm not one for tidying my desk very often so when something is left out I kind of want to carry on playing with it. So if the colours look spookily the same as yesterdays card - you got me!

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I saw an amazing card whilst surfing the other day - you can see it HERE. I thought it would be a great technique to try with Stampin' Up! products so I gave it a shot and here's how I did it:

Take the circle stencil out of the retired Build a Banner Kit from the Autumn / Winter Stampin' Up!  Seasonal catalogue. If you don't have it - don't panic, there may be some stencils in the New Stampin' Up! catalogue next month *winks*. Pop a layer of Crumb Cake card under the stencil and hold in place using a little Snail Adhesive. Rub the Whisper White ink pad over the stencil until you're happy there is enough ink on the card.

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Remove the stencil carefully and wash and dry it. Either leave your card until dry or help it along with the heat tool.

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Next reposition the stencil so it's slightly off set from the original and stick down again. Pick your colours, I've used Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana and Wisteria Wonder. I've used Finger Daubers to splodge the ink onto the stencil in colour bands. Ignore the Marker - that's out from another project I'm working on!

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Heat set the ink again and then layer on a card and decorate. I liked the card I CASED this from so much I also used her idea of stamping and heat embossing the sentiment onto vellum, something I've not done in a while. I've of course stamped a cupcake with the RETIRING THIS WEEK stamp set Create a Cupcake. Please don't miss out on the products that are retiring - you can see and order them all HERE.

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Hope you like- and do pop over to see the original technique, cards and video too!

Hugs
Victoria
xxx
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