Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Fabric Owls Attend Jelly Party

On Sunday I held a Christmas party come thank you party for some of my first level downline. It was a great chance for us to catch up and share ideas and experiences and also for me to try and fill them in on what I'd learnt at convention this year. I made them all a little thank you gift, but as they were all the same I had to get them to open the, on a count of three - and then hide them again as Louise arrived just after the grand opening! Here are their gifts:

Yep - I dusted off the sewing machine and got busy making some owls. They're quite big, about 6" tall. Hmm, not recognising any of the products? Ha - you'll have to wait to see what they are in January!! Here's a close up:

Of course I made cards to match:

Next it was time to give out a few rewards. When my team achieve certain targets I give them a bag charm and of course charms to go on it too. It was lovely to give out so many on Sunday:

And then we had some food. I made a chilli and various bits to go with it. Once we'd eaten and had a festive drink or two, I set the team a crafting challenge. Instead of prepping a make and take for them to do, I put a selection of supplies out and challenged them to make a Love themed project. very unusual making love themed projects to Christmas music! The results were fab and I may have given out a few prizes in the form of Stampin' Up! goodies I'd bought at Momento Mall at convention.

Here are a few pics of the day, you can see the convention display and also the inspiration corner.

Next - here are some photos of the girls doing their crafty challenge:

I love how Sandrina uses the Big Shot on her knees!! If you'd like to start off the New Year with a new career, please get in touch by emailing me at and I can tell you why joining our team could be the best decision you'll ever make.

Thanks ladies for such a fabby day.

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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Snowman Soup and a mini preview

It was Zac's last day at nursery until the new year today and I made some cute gifts for his teachers, some snowman soup. Here is one of them all wrapped up and ready:

I found the mugs in the supermarket, you can't really see them but they're nice and big and have shoes and flowers and handbags on them! I popped some hot chocolate sachets, candy canes, a packet of mini marshmallows and a bar of chocolate inside. I made the packaging using Pool Party, Whiser White and Tempting Turquoise card and DSP.  To make the gift tag I simply stamped the snowman from Tags Til Christmas.

Here it is with the matching card:

I used the Button Buddies stamps set and brights buttons along with a sentiment from Delightful Dozen and finished with some Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon. Have you spotted the new product yet? See the scalloped circle punched shape? It's a new larger punch and you'll be able to get your mitts on it in January with the launch of the new Spring Mini catalogue!!!

Here are all the gifts together:

To wrap them up I used an A4 gripseal bag (none SU) and tied together with the Pool Party ribbon and some white organza ribbon. I also made some tags to match the cards with the snowman soup poem inside:

And the inside with the poem:

I printed it out on the PC and used some retired silver elastic thread to attach it to the bag. Finally, just cos I love the pic, here's Zac dressed as Rudolph, just before he went on stage at his first school play:

Hopefully I'll get chance to blog again tomorrow as I have another cheeky look at some projects made using other new products from the upcoming Spring Mini!!

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Friday, 16 December 2011

Last Craft Fair Tomorrow

Just a quick post to say I'm doing my last Craft and Gift Fair of the year tomorrow  (Saturday 17th Dec) at Carlton Digby School in Nottingham. I think it starts at 11am!!

Lots of stocking fillers and last minute gifts.
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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Snow Noel

Cor I know how to leave it without blogging don't I? Sorry about that, no matter how much I wanted to craft my body didn't have the energy. Been back to the Drs and have now been given more than enough medication to get me better so fingers crossed Jelly will be back to normal soon.

Anyway, I did manage to make a couple of simple Christmas cards t'other day so I thought I'd share:

This first one uses the Owl Builder Punch to make the santa owl and the Varsity Alphabet stamps to create the rest of the word. I've used a variety of other punches too including Boho Blossoms and circle punches. My next card is a variation on the same theme:

This time I've made the owl into a penguin. The googley eyes aren't Stampin' Up! Righto, I'm off to do some serious window blind peeking as I'm stalking Mr UPS bringing me a little pre-order parcel, more about that another time!

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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

I'm back!

I've had oodles of messages asking how I am and I can say I am now lots, lots better and am going to get myself back in to the room of craft very soon - tomorrow I hope! Thanks for all your lovely messages.

Most of you know I've just got back from attending Stampin' Up! European Convention, which was held in Disney Land Paris!!!! I have a few photos to share with you. I didn't get chance to go in to the Disney Park itself but I did manage to spot Mickey in a space ship:

On arrival at Convention we were all given our convention bag with goodies inside, it included a gorgeous folder with a copy of the catalogue inside, a pen, our programme of events and a name tag:

Then it was straight to Momento Mall to pic up a few exclusive goodies:

I've not shown all the goodies - far too embarassed to do that. But you can see a gorgeous fabric bag, some shopper bags, an umberella, keyrings, snail leashes, a beautiful silk scarf and I think some pop up bins and book marks may have fallen into my shopping basket too. I was very lucky to be able to get an early visit to Momento Mall along with my fellow convention presenters. It was fab!

After Momento Mall in was in to the main stage and this is how the stage looked:

 Next here are the stamp sets I was given along with the certificates I got on awards night:

I am absolutely thrilled to have walked the stage five times - I didn't get up there at all last year! Most of all I am proud to have been placed in 9th position for demonstrator of the year within the UK. I have an amazing team and all my customers to thank for that one.

Finally for today, a photo of some of the gorgeous gifts I received. The blue tub was filled with edible goodies for the journey down from  Bekka, the Beau Chateaux tin and matching goodies were a gift from Emma, the Survival tin is from my Stampin' Up! grandma Natalie, the cute little box with flowers on from Zoe - who is an absolute star as she drove us all the way there and back - thanks so much Zoe. I also snuck in a box of tissues of Jo, too cute not too!

I hope I am able to find some decent photos of fellow demos and maybe myself too - the ones on my camera are so grainy, so watch this space!

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Saturday, 29 October 2011

Join Team Jelly October Bonus

Oooh Stampin' Up! have done it again giving away more fabulous products if you sign to become a demonstrator during OCTOBER the Starter Kit has already been re-vamped and is still only £119 for over £250 worth of value

To top that when you join during October and choose your customiseable Starter Kit, you'll receive the brand new In Colour bundle for FREE! The bundle includes the 5 new In Colour full size ink pads and a pack of mixed A4 card. Great to kick start your business.

In addition - as a thank you for joining my team during October I will give you a kit containing samples of card, ink and Markers, plus samples of ALL the designer papers too along with dates for our fabulous team training sessions.

So - give me a call on 07748 707845 or email me at and we can talk about how joining Team Jelly will really give you the opportunity to start your own fabulous Stampin' Up! business.

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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

A Door Plaque and Some Cartons

Cor I did not want to get up this morning! Zac got up in the early hours and snuggled in with us, misleading me into thinking it was almost time to get up. So by the time I'd forced myself awake - I looked at the clock and it was 3am. Of course then I couldn't get back to sleep, until the alarm was due to go off anyway. Grrr. Still it's a lovely sunny day, my boys are playing with their Thomas stuff and we're waiting for one of my teamies Louise to arrive with her little baby Grace.

In the meantime, here are some more projects made using the Nursery Nest Product suite:

I made the chipboard door sign using the backing card out of the Quick Accents packet - nothing goes to waste! Covered it with Nursery Nest paper and inked up letters from On Board Alphabet Soup. Just added a strip of numbers from the Quick Accents pack and then added an owl using the Owl Builder Punch and glued on some googley eyes.

Then, three matching Mini Milk Cartons made using the Big Shot die in Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzaz and Marina Mist. The little owl is one of the stamps in the Aviary set - which I have madly fallen in love with!

I have a stall at an outdoor craft market tomorrow in Carlton Hill, Nottingham, wrap up warm and come to visit me please!

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Simple Scrap Pages

I had a bit of fun making some very quick and simple scrap layouts using products from the lovely Nursery Nest product suite. If you're a bit nervous about venturing in to scrapbooking, these show that you don't have to do much to create a page. Here's the 12x12 one:

Sometimes when you look at a piece of 12x12 paper it's difficult to imagine cutting it up or doing much with it. So all I've done is added my photo of Blake smothered in humus and simply used some of the Quick Accents to add the blue ribbon, label and 'boy' sentiment. Finished off with a couple of self adhesive pearls and a little journalling on Whisper White card with a Marker, punched out to make a tag using the Decorative Label Punch. Simples. Next is a 6x6 layout, perfect to go in the new ring bound matching album!

I love this photo, it's of Zac when he used to go to a play session called Wobbly Ones, we were warned to bring spare outfits this day as they'd be playing in foam. Zac wasn't keen though and soon crawled out! I'd like to say that this design was pretty much cased from this design in the Idea book and Catalogue. I didn't have time for lots of stamping and cutting out so simply replaced that with the blue bird from the Quick Accents.

My final layout is also a 6x6 one and is the simplest layout of the three. It's showing a photo of my nieces Georgia and Eliza eight years ago when they were my bridesmaids. They've both grown up into beautiful young ladies now of course!

Here I've used Perfect Plum card and used mainly the photograph with some patterned paper, a length of White Grosgrain ribbon and some Quick Accents.

If you'd like to order any of the Nursery Nest products or if you'd like to come along to one of my scrapbooking classes, please get in touch as I'd love to hear from you.


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Monday, 24 October 2011

Adventures of Jelly and Fluffy

Yesterday I had a stand at the Nottingham Max Paper Craft show and was accmpanied by my buddy Fluffy. Here are a few photos of my stand - before the crowds arrived. We had the make and take and demo areas in the middle, displays at one end and retired stamps for sale at the opposite end.

One of the display areas:

And yes I added the letter 'I' before the show opened. That's what happens when you're making your displays late at night the night before! The other display area:

Here's the make and take, inspired by one a swap that Jules had made. Fluffy ran the make and take for me and was distraught no one knew who she was (more about that in a bit).

And here's the project I demo'd - it's a class by Jenny Moors and uses the gorgeous Mocha Morning papers:

The cards and inside:

Then the fun really started, a couple of crafting ahem 'celebs' (NOT myself and Fluffy I might add) attended the show and their table was set up in front of my stand. We had much fun standing on chairs and sticking up two fingers to make bunny ears whilst folks posed for their photos. Sadly I'm yet to see any successful bunny ears on facebook or twitter! But I did get this shot of our Fluff hyperventilating in shock behind the stand 'cos the crowds weren't asking to have their photo taken with Fluff n Jelly:

When she finally dragged herself up we had a photo taken of us!

I cropped it so you can't see my cake layer! To finish I thought I'd better share a pic of one of the celebs. I've covered up the ladies faces as I didn't get permission off them to blog this. Can you spot the Fluffster in the background holding up a Stampin' Up! sign?

 Thanks to everyone who came to visit the stand - was lovely to see you all.


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Saturday, 22 October 2011

Mocha Morning

Actually it was more of a latte than a mocha morning for me! I've just got home from visiting my lovely downline Tracy. It was her birthday this week so I popped round with her card and a bottle of bubbly and took some breakfast too, didn't make it mind, got it from Maccy D's!!! So here is the card I made for Tracy:

I've used the very delish Mocha Morning papers, like many other demos, I find myself wanting to just sit and stroke these papers, some are flocked and fluffy and others have a lush pearl effect to them. Hmm, must get another pack purely to admire and not use! I've made Tracy's card using Very Vanilla, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake card, teamed up with the yummy new Crumb Cake Taffeta Ribbon. Here's the front:

I've stamped the image from the Hostess Set Happiest Birthday Wishes in Soft Suede and cut out using the Big Shot Lots of tags sizzlets set. Do you lurve the Antique Brad? Next up the middle of the card:

I love the oval embossed frame, it's a set of two called Designer Frames. The Extra Large Oval punch fits perfectly in the centre. I've created the sentiment by combining stamps from For My Family. Finally the third part of the card:

You can see here I've used the Big Shot Stripes Embossing folder - I have on the front too but it didn't show up too well on the photo. The sentiment is again from Happiest Birthday Wishes. Hope you like it. I was very much inspired to make this after some I'd seen on Jenny Moores' blog.

I have to race now to get myself ready for the Max Paper Craft Show in Nottingham tomorrow, so much still to get done...eeek! Don't forget if you come to the show to visit my stand - I have Stampin' Up! goody bags for just £5 plus retired sets and punches for sale as well as a fabulous display, demonstrations and Make and Takes too!

The show is at the Harvey Hadden Stadium in Bilborough and doors open 10am - 3pm. I believe a chap called Nigel off a certain craft channel is also going to be there!

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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Big Top Fun

Blimey, the Indian Summer has well and truely gone hasn't it? I'm first to admit to being a bit nesh and have had the heating on for the last hour! Had to scrape the ice off the car this morning too - shudders!

As I said the other day, I'd been having a bit of a play with new set Under The Big Top and have a couple more cards to share with you:

Excuse the shadow across the photo, I keep dashing into the conservatory when the sun comes out and it clouds over again before I get chance to get a decent photo! I've used patterned papers here from Big Top Birthday and hand cut the bunting and the balloon and layered over more DSP from the same pack and a strip of Old Olive DSP too. The sentiment is stamped from Under The Big Top and punched out using the Decorative Label Punch.

Next up is the strong man, no Big Top would be complete without him!

I got the idea of using the In Colour brads as his weights from a card sample I saw at leadership training. I've combined stamp sets here and used Pennant Parade as I think they go together perfectly. Even better now we have the Petite Pennants Builder Punch to go with! Last year I sat patiently cutting out loads of bunting from another co-ordinating stamp set Party This Way to span across two 12x12 layouts. Humph!

Must dash, lots to get on with this afternoon!
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