Saturday, 17 November 2012

Stampin' Up! Half Price Sale

Yep you read that right! I'm having a half price sale of all my retired Stampin' Up! stock, new and used. It's tomorrow at my place in Arnold, Nottingham.
The sale is on from 1pm to 3pm and all items are on a first come, first served basis, nothing reserved!

Sale items include stamps, punches, Big Shot dies, ribbons, designer papers and accessories too.

I'll also have an inspiration station for you to look at new ideas and of course you are welcome to order from the brand new catalogue too. 

If you can make it please drop me an email at bluejellystampin@sky.com or a text to 07748 707845 and I'll ping you the address

Hugs

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Friday, 9 November 2012

Stampin' Up! Scentsational Season Perfectly Preserved

Wo-hoo made it into the room of craft today, albeit not for very long as the Mini Beasts insisted on a game of hide and seek the minute I stepped foot in there. It's all when and good for them, but there aren't that many places Jelly can hide. Still I did enjoy my 9 minutes of peace and quiet in the wardrobe whilst they sussed out where I was.

So my quick make today combines two stamp sets Perfectly Preserved and Scentsational Season. This is what I came up with. My colour combo is Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Real Red and Whisper White.

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 I cut an aperture using the jar from the Cannery Framelits set then stamped the jar from Perfectly Preserved using StazOn ink onto Vellum Card Stock. I popped this behind the jar and stamped the gingerbread man from Scentsational Season in Soft Suede on Whisper White. He was then cut out using the matching die from the Holiday Collection Framelits dies.

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I used Self Adhesive Pearls for his buttons then stamped the lid in Real Red before die cutting that too. No scissor action for me today The tags are punched withe the Jewellery Tag Punch and stamped with Tiny Tags and Make a Mitten. I'm loving the new Polka Dot Parade Designer Papers - so bright.

Well, cold and dull as it is I'm taking the Mini Beasts to the park now to try and tire them out - they're taking it turns to wake up in the middle of the night and get in bed with us at the moment and we need our sleep!

Hugs
 
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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Stampin' Up! Floral District Project Ideas

Oh dear - I can't get in the room of craft yet again today. Both boys are home today and tomorrow as poor Zac has an upset tummy and has to stay off for 48 hours. He had a very rough night but is very much on the mend today. 

So whilst I haven't been able to smuggle in a spot of crafting I do have some previously made projects that I haven't shared with you just yet and here they are. All created using Stampin' Up! Floral District Product Suite.

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My first project is a decorated tin with pencils in. It started out life as a baked bean tin and after a good wash and dry I covered the outside and the inside with Floral District Designer papers stuck in place with Tombow. I wrapped another layer around the outside and then stamped letters using Letter It alphabet stamp set on Whisper White card in matching inks, cut them out and stuck down adding Self Adhesive Rhinestones between to finish. It actually reads 'stuff' but I couldn't get a photo to show it. The pencils are wrapped in DSP too with 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight around the tips.
 
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Next up is a money tin. Again I've decorated it with Floral District Designer Papers and the same ribbon as before. This time I've added a flower made using Fun Flowers Big Shot die and matching card stock too.
 
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The next projects are really simple to do. Just decorate a note pad cover and make a band to hold it together with a flower added on top of the ribbon. I've used the same ribbon in Daffodil Delight here.

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Finally in the same style a Sticky Note holder and pen. I've used Betsy's Blossoms stamp set here - one I got for free in a bundle from Stampin' Up - one of the perks of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Why not drop me an email at bluejellystampin@sky.com to find out more about joining my team and becoming a demonstrator yourself? Great to make some extra cash just in time for Christmas too.

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Well I had better get back to Major Mayhem and Commander Chaos, it's amazing how quickly them become noisy when I'm not paying them enough attention.

Hugs
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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Stampin' Up! Christmas Holiday Wreath

So exciting, the decorator is almost finished in the hallway and landing. So fingers crossed tonight we can have a good tidy up and put everything back where it should be. Then all we have to do is get the new doors fitted and it will be finished. 

Can't get into the room of craft today, imagine my horror last night when I went upstairs and the decorator had leant his ladders against my desk, popped his newspaper and wallpaper paste brush ON my chair and left bits and bobs of wallpaper over my work top - on top of work in progress and - here's the bit that made my heart stop, piled up all his dust sheets on my floor and on top of my bags and totes. The air was blue I can tell you. We've had words this morning!!

So as I can't create today I'm sharing with you something I made a while back for myself. It's a Christmas Holiday Wreath made using Stampin' Up! Designer paper stacks.

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I'd seen so many of these in  real life and blogland and had to have a go myself, this one is in Melon Mambo, Perfect Plum and Pool Party. I know these colours aren't very festive to most but I want this one in my kitchen as that's the only room in the house where I have my beloved pink adorning the place!
 
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They are so much fun to make it's unbelievable - very therapeutic and pleasing when finished. I actually ended up making 15 of them!! Not all for me of course. I'm umming and aahing as to do this one in a class or not - let me know what you think. Would you like to make one?

Hugs
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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Stampin' Up! Snowflake Cookies

Hello, I've got to type fast today as the Mini Beasts are home from school and I'm trying to keep them out of the way of the decorator and the wet paint!

So here is what I've created to share with you today. Stampin' Up! cookies....

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I've made them before using the wonderful Sweet Pressed Cookie stamps but today I made the cookies and then stamped into fondant icing instead of the cookie mix. I did make a slight error as I'd planned to make pale blue icing - but I forgot to buy any food colouring and whilst I could have used one of my Stampin' Up! re-inkers they'd have made the cookies inedible defeating the object of cooking them in the first place!

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I think they turned out quite well left white and Zac has aready eaten one and said they were yummy. I 'glued' the fondant icing on with a mix of icing sugar and lemon juice. Best not to use Tombow here eh?

I'm off to ake myself a latte and eat one of these.
Hugs
 
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Monday, 5 November 2012

Stampin' Up! Everyday Happenings Calendar Class

It's been a while but I am almost there now with my new class schedule. I'm particularly excited about this class as it uses products that are so new to Stampin' Up! - the Everyday Happenings Designer Calendar and the Desktop Display Calendar Case.

It's brilliant because as a crafter the first thing you're going to want to do is to decorate this yourself - even though it looks prett gorgeous as it is. The Desktop Display measures 19.1 x 11cm so it's a really good size but also comes in a bubble wrap case so it's brilliant for posting for a Christmas gift. Just think - you could buy everyone you know a Stampin' Up! calendar for Christmas, even if they're not crafters themselves this makes a beautiful stand alone gift and if you buy enough you could get yourself some hostess freebies in the process - bargain!

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Anyway - I decided to get my brayer out and have some fun with mine - here is a sneak peek at what I've done:

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The images lift up so you can still write in the space provided on the Stampin' Up! calendar pages too. If you'd like to have a go at this, I'm holding a class on 

Sunday 9th December at 1pm in Arnold, Nottingham. 

The cost of the class is £20 and includes the Everyday Happenings Calender, The Desktop Display Calendar Case and your very own Brayer too plus refreshments. Don't worry if you've not used a brayer before as I'll be teaching you everything you need to know! 

You'll come away with 12 decorated images for your calendar plus a gorgeous box to store it in too or to present it in as a gift. If you already have a brayer, you may substitute this for £10.95 worth of other Stampin' Up! product at time of booking.

PLUS - if you have been to one of my classes before and bring along someone NEW to this class, you will receive a FREE inkpad of your choice too.

Here is a photo showing all the pages that come with the Everyday Happenings Calendar.

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To book your place, please email me at bluejellystampin@sky.com or phone me on 07748 707845. Places need to be booked and paid for by Friday 23rd November please.
 Why not order extra calendar and case bundles at £6.95 to give out as Christmas gifts this year - everyone needs a calendar and this way you can share Stampin' Up! with everyone you know.

If you can't make the class you can still order the Calendar and case as a bundle for £6.95 plus P&P (no P&P if you can collect from me).

Hugs
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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Stampin' Up! Floral District Lamp and Flowers

Blimey it's cold today. We celebrated Bonfire Night last night with the boys as James has a badminton match tonight and all the organised displays are too late for a school night tomorrow. So Spark came home armed with a box of whizz pops and the mini beasts loved watching them go up. Although Zac did give us strict instructions that all fireworks had to be attached to a piece of wood and children must stand behind the tape! Obviously been learning about bonfire night safety at school.

I'm sharing with you some projects made using the Floral District Designer Papers today. Nice warm colours to chase away the cold weather. It's a lamp shade and a pot of flowers. I got the lamp at a charity shop for £1.50, the original shade was pleated cream plastic, covered in dust and stains - yuk!

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The flower pot was already mine, what a perfect colour! I made a template by rolling it on a piece of brown paper (I get a lot of packaging paper as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator) and then drew around it onto the Floral District Designer Paper and stuck it in place with Tombow.

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The flowers have all been die cut using the Fun Flowers Bigz Die in the papers and matching card stock. I stuck them to wooden skewers using a hot glue gun and popped them in the pot using a circle of card with holes pierced in it. No need to weight it down.

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I made the lamp shade in a similar way. Laid out some brown packaging paper. Then I took great pleasure in ripping off the original shade leaving a blank wire base to work with. Again I rolled it on the brown paper and drew around it to create my template. The template was too big for one sheet of 12"x12" paper so I had to line it up across two. Next I covered the wire frame with Sticky Strip and then carefully rolled the frame with Floral District Designer Paper. To finish I stuck 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon in Rich Razzleberry around the top and bottom edges.

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I actually quite like this but I won't tell you what The Spark had to say about it as it's not at all printable. Once he realised it was only for my Stampin' Up! displays he changed his tune and informed me 'it's technically brilliant'. Hmmm. I won't be popping a light bulb in here though as I'm not sure using Stampin' Up! paper alone would be fireproof!

Hugs
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Saturday, 3 November 2012

Stampin' Up! Perfectly Preserved Birthday Card

Whilst oodles of my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators are living it up in Mainz, Germany at Stampin' Up! European Convention - I'm snuggling at home with my mini beasts. It's the first time I haven't been to convention since I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator but I've already been on the incentive trip to Vienna this year and didn't want to abandon my boys again whilst they're so little.

I have of course smuggled in some crafting and today I'm going to share with you a card I made for my Mum in Law to give to my Sister in Law for her Birthday. I've used River Rock as my base and teamed it up with Comfort cafe Designer Papers.

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I like to try and keep things simple so adding a strip of Comfort Cafe Papers down the side to match the jar lid was enough for me. I die cut the jar and the lid using the Cannery  Framelits set. You can buy these together with the Perfectly Preserved stamp set at a bundle price of £35.50 for clear mount saving you 15% if you'd bought them separately.

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I popped two pieces of Window Sheet behind the jar and filled the gap with punched hearts using the Small Heart Punch in Soft Suede, Cajun Craze and Summer Starfruit to match the yummy papers. I added the Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine to the lid too.

The sentiments are from Itty Bitty Banners and For My Family. I can see me making more like this as I love the way it's turned out.

OK - I have to go as I need to construct a ma-hoosive Thomas track around the lounge just for a change and getting out of my PJ's and dressed at some point would be a bonus.

Hugs
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Thursday, 1 November 2012

Stampin' Up! Christmas Gift Box Tutorial

I designed this lunch pail / treasure chest style box at the end of the Summer term to give to my boys teachers as a thank you gift and it's taken me until now to produce the tutorial - Bad Jelly!!!! So the tutorial is now available in my right hand side bar and of course I have made yet another version to share with you today.

This is my very Christmas version and the colour combo is Old Olive, Real Red and Chocolate Chip. I've used the lush new Polka Dot Parade Designer Papers - for the Real Red and also some of the stripe Designer Paper in Chocolate chip from the Neutrals Stack.

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Would have been rude not to make use of the gorgeous Champagne Glimmer Paper (actually it's card) and I've die cut the snowflakes and the tag using the new Apothecary Accents Framelits and Snow Flurry Bigz die (which you can find in the Seasonal Catalogue).

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More use of the Brushed Bronze Buttons - also in the Seasonal Catalogue.

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A view showing the lift out tray
 
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And a shot from the side:

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Here is the first one I ever made with the contents all decorated to match.
 
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I also made a treasure chest and a Santa box too!

Hope you likey.
Hugs
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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Stampin' Up! Christmas Holiday Planner Tutorial

Wow so many requests for this tutorial before I'd even finished it - thank you so much. The tutorial is now available in my right hand side bar. I have of course made one for myself now too:

So my Christmas Holiday Planner is made using elements from the Merry Moments Simply Scrappin' Kit which can be found in the Seasonal Catalogue.

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The colours are Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and Basic Grey. I feel like I cheated Stampin' Up! a little here as the only stamping I have done is the sentiment on the front cover label. Mind you - the Simply Scrappin' kits are so versatile they allow you to get away with it.

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A view showing you how many pages are inside.

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And here shown with some of the inserts taken out. The tutorial includes printable inserts so you don't have to worry about creating your own.
 
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The Christmas planner opens out completely flat so the pages don't get damaged.
 
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I decorated my pages simply with Designer Papers and elements from the kit like this bauble.
 
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I'd love to see yours when you make one so please send me a link or a photo.

Hugs
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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Stampin' Up! Netherlands, Austria and a FREE paper Offer for ALL

Ooh it's so exciting, the day so many crafters have been waiting for is nearly here! Yes Stampin' Up! opens for business in Netherlands (Nederland) and Austria (Osterreich), Monday 8th October.

I'm so excited about this and can't wait to welcome you to Team Jelly. 

Joining our team is so easy - from Monday  8th October, simply click on the photo below and you can sign up online in a matter of minutes.


What's more - as well as enjoying all the benefits of becoming an Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator plus the support and the business starter kit you'll get from me, joining in October or November will also get you one FREE pack of Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers a month for SIX months!!! You'll be pleased to know that you can take advantage of this offer if you live in the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands or Austria - wow!


That's right, get FREE Designer Series Paper for SIX MONTHS when you become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator during October or November.

As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator you'll enjoy exclusive benefits such as:

• A 20 percent product discount!
• A free subscription to Stampin’ Up!’s demonstrator magazine!
• Access to a thriving online community of stampers and
paper crafters from around the world!
• An open invitation to fabulous Stampin’ Up! events!

Don't wait to get started, click HERE to join today.

PLUS - once you sign as a member of Team Jelly, when you recruit yourself during October and November you can take advantage of the demonstrator side of this offer too. Ask me for more information, I can't wait to hear from you.

hugs
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Monday, 29 October 2012

Stampin' Up! Christmas Planner / Organiser

 One of my teamies Louise had organised a crafty weekend for some of her girls and invited me along. I had a wonderful time and we spent all weekend sharing each others new stash - madly stamping and die cutting things each of us didn't have. But more about that in my next post.

I made a gift for Louise for hosting the weekend and for letting me stay over too. I designed my own Christmas / Holiday planner.

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It's a really good size at just over 8" in height and it's so sturdy too. I've made it using Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler and Island Indigo to go with the Festival of Prints Designer Papers. They are a fab pack to get and measure 11.4 c 16.5cm so great if you don't like huge paper stacks.

The numbers on the front are Number It in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White and punched out with the Postage Stamp Punch - so glad it made it back from the mini.

Here you can see the side view with the inserts and decorated holders too.

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Here's how it looks, I can't tell you how sturdy it is. The brads on the front are Designer Printed Brads in Island Indigo.
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Here you can see the front cover opens flat whilst the pages are cleverly scored so that they turn without causing and damage or further creasing. Got to love the Simply Scored Tool.

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A final shot showing the inserts come out. There are all sorts of pages from menu planners, to wish lists and shopping lists and even thank you lists.

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I've made another one which I'll share with you along with the tutorial later this week.

Hugs
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