Monday, 31 January 2011

Nursery Suite Class and Tutorial

It's Monday and that's normally when I post my Cupcake Craft DT project. I have decided to step down from the fabby team at Cupcake to give me more time to concentrate on Stampin' Up! and family time. Please continue to support the team by joining in each week.

Yesterday I said I'd show you more of the Nursery Suite class pics from Saturday, so grab a cuppa and have a look. But first, I've popped the tutorial in my side bar so if you'd like to make all the projects full photo instructions are here!

Right then, here is the third set of projects which I tried to make less baby themed and more male themed!

And finally the baby themed projects:

A bit of everything:

And of course time to spot yourself if you were there!!

It's such a lovely bright room to craft in with tons of natural light

Mary looks like she's contemplating what to stamp first! Anne is just going for it:

Today is going to be all about my and my boys as tomorrow is Zac's first  morning at his new pre-school which is part of the infact school he will attend when he's older. Watch this space for that fist school uniform pic!

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Sunday, 30 January 2011

Nursery Suite Class

Yesterday along with one of my downline Tracy, we ran a fabby all day class with a bunch of lovely ladies. I'm posting about it today and tomorrow as there is too much to show in just one post! So, here is the first set of projects we made:

Everything at the class was made using the Nursery Suite papers and Quick Accents and we managed to stay away from making everything about babies! These are the pink and girly projects and I think they are my fav from the day. The second collection is the 3-D items and Spring cards:

Last time my all day class was featured in Quick Cards Made Easy magazine (issue 83 and still in the shops!) and some of the gang were able to spot themselves in the article. Here's hoping over the next two days I manage to share photos of you all! Round one.......ooh 'tis me being silly! I don't often get the opportunity to stand on a stage and so this is me doing my impression of a chad (remember them?) behind the display boards.

Here's the stampin station:

This table doesn't half craft fast! They go for it I can tell you.

Here's us posing at the stamping station  (after we'd taken our glasses off!)

The other table - Jan was here to chill out and have a laugh! Hope it worked Jan. Not sure what Margaret lost under there?

Oh and this is the room before everyone arrived:

So thanks to Garaldine, Pauline, Glenis, Margaret, Maggi, Mary, Anne, Lorna, Jo, Dianne, Jan, Janet, Carol, Sue and Tracy for letting me have such a fun day.

Back tomorrow with more and the rest of the projects too!

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Friday, 28 January 2011

All day class tomorrow

Oooh 'citing! Tomorrow is another all day class with the lovely ladies at Somercotes. I'm being mean and not showing you any previews of completed projects, but will give you a small glimpse of what you can expect!

Hmm? Pop back tomorrow and Sunday to see the completed projects and find out when my next all day class takes place so you can book your space ASAP!

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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Nursery Suite Gift Set

Yesterday I said I'd show you what I demonstrated at my Stampin' Up! party at my home on Tuesday evening. I had a chat with a friend yesterday and she impressed me with her photo montage skills, so not to be left out I had to give it a go! So here's my demonstration photo montage!

I've used the Nursery Suite Speciality papers and the Nursery Suite Quick Accents along with the Sale-A-Bration stamp set Punch Bunch. Here's the card:

Quite simple to make with a little bit of paper piecing on the owl and a cute strip of one of the sticky papers from the accents pack. I know you've already seen tons of these little candle cakes but I just love making them!

This one nearly didn't survive long enough for me to take a photo as Blake got hold of it and tried to take it apart, luckily you can't tell from this angle!

I'll have lots more to show you from Saturday if you want ideas with these papers and accents as I'm running a class using them this weekend.

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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Man room and make and takes

This is probably going to make you giggle. Whenever I have a class at home in the evening or a party I have to turf Hubby out of our living / dining room and re-house him to my room of craft. Not something I'm fond of doing, especially when it still looks like this this morning!

So my room of craft has been transformed in to 'The Male Room'! Nice empty tinnies left out for me to clear away as well as the X-Box!!! His excuse was if he brought the empty tins down last night he might have woken the kids up. I think not Hubby with the noise we were making downstairs! So WOYWWers - not the normal desk from me, so if you're a nosey crafter, hop on over to Julia's blog to see what's on everyone else's desks today!

Anyway, whilst Hubby was getting way too comfy in there for my liking, I was hosting my own Stampin' Up! workshop downstairs, showing off the gorgeous Bliss stamp set amongst others and here are some of the Make and Take cards the ladies made, can you guess which one is mine?

Not the best quality pic but there was no natural light at 9.30 last night! Was a great workshop thank ladies. Back tomorrow to show you the demo project I made.

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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Very quick thank you cards

Sometimes, time is something I don't have much of, with two small monkeys ruling the roost and work to do too. So yesterday, I made these customer thank you cards whilst my boys ate their breakfast! I often get asked how I manage to fit in so much crafting - so here's my secret. I usually plan what I'm going to make and fill a box with everything I need and bring it downstairs. Every now and then when I get a minute, I nip in the kitchen and stamp or glue something down - usually to a loud clap and a cry of 'well done Mummy' from Zac. I've got a long while to wait before I can sign him up to join my team but he already loves stamping!

Anyway, here are the cards:

I got my inspiration from the Colour Coach using Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive.

So easy to make in a rush, layer up the card and add a strip of  Elegant Eggplant from the Regals Designer Paper Stack, stamp a heart from I Heart Hearts in Melon Mambo and punch out with the Large Heart Punch, stick all together and add a rhinestone gem for a bit of bling and voila. I also added the cute stamp I got at Convention on the back:

Isn't it gorgeous? See all these little bonuses us demos get to get our mitts on! Remember convention this year is at Disneyland Paris and all demos are invited to attend, so why not take the leap, grab that Starter Kit for just £119 and join Team Jelly! We're a quickly growing team and are having loads of fun at the moment. Drop me a line and we can have a chat about you starting yoru own Stampin' Up! adventure.

Righto, I need to go and make sure I have all my kits etc ready for my party tonight, can't wait to see everyone.

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Monday, 24 January 2011

Cupcake challenge and a free tutorial

Over at Cupcake this week our theme is 'Food for thought' so we want to see food somewhere in your creations. I'm late as usual so mine isn't on the challenge blog yet!

I've made a pizza style box with a yummy slice of chocolate fudge cake inside and a matching card. No prizes for guessing the box in now empty! Here's the card:

I've made punch art chocolates again and used the lovely sentiment stamp I bought at Stampin' Up! European convention last year. And here's the stash that was inside the box:

I've written up a tutorial for this project and this is the first time I've tried to add a document to my blog so this could all go very wrong! Well after some feedback, some of you can see the tutorial, some of you can't. So if you can't and you want it, please email me at and I'll email it to you!

I'd love to see your punch art chocolate creations so if you make some, please add a comment with a link to your creation.


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Sunday, 23 January 2011

A treat for me and a fab day too

I have had the most lovely afternoon with some fab ladies. We had our first get together of Team Jelly and we crafted, we chatted and we laughed. What an inspiring bunch of ladies you are - thanks for a really brilliant afternoon. If you fancy joining Team Jelly and getting yourself the Starter Kit for just £119 plus a FREE stamp set from the catalogue,please get in touch.

Right, on to todays project which I have to confess I'm keeping! When it comes to Valentines, Hubby doesn't really buy me anything pink and I lurve pink. I also love chocolate (which I didn't used to like) so this is for me - and I ain't sharing!

I've made a card and matching treat tub. I've gone for all my favourites colours together, Melon Mambo, Real Red, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette - yum! The hearts are all from I Heart Hearts and the sentiment is from Basic Phrases. Here's the card:

I've made a banner using the small love heart stamp and the co-ordinating small heart punch, I admit to using scissors again for the large heart! A bit of Brights Designer Series Paper and some bling and I'm happy! The ribbon has been ruffled by pulling one thread of the ribbon to pucker it up and then securing it around the back.

The tub is actually an empty buttons tub (always save these things!). I've wrapped the thin Real Red Grosgrain ribbon around the rim - fits perfectly and then cut circles for the base and the lid, punching the other layers and the filling with giant chocolate buttons (sorry Zac I robbed them out of your stash!)

I'm joining in with:
Off for what I hope is a relaxing evening now after being up most of last night with Blake.
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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Cake Recipe

  • Pretty in Pink and Early Espresso A4 card
  • Pretty in Pink and Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon
  • Self Adhesive Pearls
  • Boho Blossoms Punch
  • Scallop Circle Punch
  • Sticky Strip
  • Subtles 12x12 Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Flower brads from the subtles collection
  1. Take card, stroke and admire before cutting out cake slice templates
  2. Fold, score and stick your cake slices together
  3. Fill your cake slices with goodies and surprises
  4. Create your cream filling using your ribbon and tie in cute bows
  5. Create some iced flowers using card and the Boho Blossoms punch and add a few self adhesive pearls for that yummy finishing touch. Not forgetting a nicely scrumpled flower made using the Scallop Circle Punch.
  6. Serve up to your friends with a smile
Here's the view from the top

Wondering what a slice looks like from the side?

I enjoyed serving this up at my party today - hello to everyone who was able to come, hope you had as much fun as me!

I'm joining in with:
Have fun - and enjoy your own low fat cake fest!
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Friday, 21 January 2011

A card and a fridge magnet

Cor it's a bit frosty today, I've had to leave the heating on or we'll go numb, brrrrrr! Well today I have another set to show you, a card and matching acrylic fridge magnet.

I've used Early Espresso and Pink Pirouette card along with some accent stickers from Nursery Suite Quick Accents. At first glance it's a predominantly baby themed kit but I've got so many more uses for it!
Here's the card:

The background has been created by repeat stamping the eat cake image from the hostess level two set Cute By The Inch. Then a simple punched band of Early Espresso Card, a sentiment from the Sale-A-Bration set Happy Moments and some stickers from the Accents pack. I coloured the icing on the cake with a Marker and added a pearl for the cherry!

The fridge magnet is made in the same way. It's one of those acrylic ones with the magnet on the back, you create your design and then click the front cover on. It's about 2.5 inches square. I have a box full of these and intend to start using them now, I think I've had them over a year.

I stamped the background in the same way as the card but on to a scrap of spotty paper from the Subtles Paper Pack. I thought the small spots on the image would go nicely with it.

I'm going to join in with:
After his first dairy free day, Blake seems a lot calmer today. He slept a little better and has been a lot less agitated so far this morning. Here's hoping it continues! Right I'm off to do some prep for my home workshop tomorrow morning, can't wait to see everyone.

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Thursday, 20 January 2011

Recycled Jelly Bean Tub

I don't often alter things but my Hubby got an acrylic paint tin thing for Christmas full of jelly beans. You may have noticed I pilfered many of said jelly beans for some of my previous craft projects and now I've gone a step further and half inched the tin too! Remaining jelly beans have been safely housed in a tub!

I've been admiring the Nursery Suite papers and accents in the new catalogue and decided it was time to have another play, so I decorated the tub and made a card to match:

I haven't even done any stamping on this project, just used the pretty papers and accent stickers! Even popped a couple on the lid of the tub too. Here's the card:

I've used Early Espresso for the base and simply layered up the papers and accents. Isn't the bunny cute? Wondering what's in the tub?

Well being as there are bunnies on the paper and accent stickers I figured I should pop a bunny in the tim too!

If you are coming to my all day class on 29th January - you'll get to have a play with these gorgeous papers and accents too!

I'm going to join in with:
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