Thursday, 20 March 2014

My little shelf of love

This isn't so much of a Stampin' Up! post but it's  a crafty post so it serves it's purpose here on my blog. I've been busy doing some sewing recently and thought I'd share with you why. Whilst Stampin' Up! no longer supplies fabric, fabric is one of my favourite things. I studied textile design at university and will always have a relationship and be drawn to patterns and colours and textures, it's probably the reason I love Stampin' Up! too.

So I've had a few days happily sat at my sewing machine, listening to it whir and enjoying feeding fabric through and creating some lovely stuff to sell in our local craft centre.

 
hope you likey
hugs
Victoria
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Stampin' Up! using up the old stash

Ha - bet you thought I'd disappeared didn't you? Nope just being playing nurse Rogers again. This time to Zac who came down with slapped cheek syndrome (Parvo Virus). We first thought he may have scarlet fever as it's doing the rounds here but after a few phone calls over the weekend and then a trip to our GP, his diagnosis was confirmed. I never knew slapped cheek meant a rash over most of the body, but he's doing much better and has returned to school today - hopefully he'll last the day!

So today I'm going to share with you some magnets I made for a shelf I have in our local craft shop. they feature the Owl Builder Punch and the design is courtesy of my friend Jo.

I've used up lots of retired Stampin' Up! papers here as I like to put my stash to good use. 

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I made the tags using our fabulous new Tag Topper Punches, LOVE them.

Fingers crossed I get a bit of me time to do some crafty catching up now.
Hugs
Victoria
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Friday, 7 March 2014

Stampin' Up! Epic Fail Friday #1

Morning crafters.
 I've decided to share something different with you today because in the 5 years I've been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I am constantly (and gratefully) complimented for my creativity. I've been called all manor of things from the Crumb Cake Queen (thanks Vicky) to Jellicious (thanks Louise) and received loads of comments on how my projects always turn out to look so clean and neat.

Well, it's time to man up and admit that actually I make just as many mistakes as the next person, I'm just incredibly selective over what I share on my blog as it's not just a place to inspire and enjoy but also a place I use to advertise my Stampin' Up! business!

It's going to be different on Fridays from now on as I start to share......Stampin' Up! Epic Fails. They are all honest failures, not staged or anything. Some things I'm just not so good at, but when I saw my lovely friend Cal demonstrating a new product at Stampin' Up! convention I was determined to recreate some of the lush projects she shared. My bad. Let me introduce you to my first attempts with the Spiral Flower Die.

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So in my excitement, the first thing I did was tear open the packaging, die cut some flowers and start making. I discovered that me and hot glue guns are not a match made in heaven. Don't you think the top right one would make a good pine cone though?

As you can see below, a previous burn on my wrist from said hot glue gun. MANY die cuts of the flower and yet no real success in putting a flower together. So I took a bit of time out and watched a few videos, but still I continued to fail. I did pretty well at curling the flowers but my real issue came in sticking them together.  Oh and I discovered I am an expert at tearing paper when I don't mean to.

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I always hear in crafting there are no mistakes, just 'happy accidents' so I persevere - I'm no quitter. 

My plan was to create a cute box with one of our Kraft boxes with a beautiful bouquet of paper roses to give as gift to be kept forever. Happy accident or Epic Fail? Let me know what you think .....

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Please be brave, please visit my facebook page and share your Epic Fail Stampin' Up! projects too. Next week I'll share another of mine (no burns this time) where I tried to recreate a project from Pinterest. Ahem. If you're lucky - or unlucky (!) I'll share your Epic Fail here next Friday too.

Hugs
Victoria
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Monday, 3 March 2014

Stampin' Up! Hip Hip Hooray

Wow - when Stampin' Up! do a kit, they really do a perfect kit. I have to say I'm a huge fan of kits now and this one is THE best value for money I have seen so far.

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In the kit you get an amazing:
  1. 20 card blanks
  2. 20 envelopes
  3. Self adhesive die cut embellishments
  4. Clips
  5. Twine
  6. Three piece stamp set Hip Hip Hooray
  7. Basic Gray ink spot
  8. Clear mount block
  9. Stampin' Dimensionals
AND you also get a full colour photo brochure with 20 card designs in so you don't even have to design anything yourself. Loads of stuff, you don't need a single thing to add to this kit, it really is all included. I know - it's going to be expensive right?

 Nope it's £17.95

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Want to see some card designs to inspire you?

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I've a new Virtual Party Club starting this month so this could be your first order! If you can't wait and want it right now, please visit my Stampin' Up! shop.

How exciting - can't wait to get mine now.

Hugs
Victoria
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