Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Freebie Time!!!

Ooooh how much do you just lurve a FREEBIE? Especially an EXCLUSIVE one?

Well then you not going to want to miss out on the August promotion from Stampin' Up! With an order of £75 or a workshop total of £250 in August you will automatically be the lucky winner of this lot of fabulous eye candy:

The gift set includes:

A beautiful, excusively designed cosmetic bag
A 9m roll of Rich Razzleberry 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
    A 24 piece clip assortment
      I've already got my first order ready to go this morning as I don't want to miss out on this gorgeous bag. Mine will be not be used for keeping make up in however. Oh no, mine is going to house craft stash or tools! 

      If you'd like to place an order with me in August or be the hostess of your own home workshop, please email me at
      or phone me on 07748 707845.

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      Friday, 26 August 2011

      Last Chance to Book Christmas All Day Class

      Christmas All Day Class

      Killisick Community / SureStart Centre, Arnold, Nottingham
      Saturday 10th September
      10.30AM - 4.30PM

      This class has been hugely popular but I still have a few places remaining so have decided to keep booking open until Sunday 28th August. 

      We'll be making all the projects above, plus around 15 cards and extra stuff too. Full photo and written instructions are provided and lots of projects around to inspire you. You are welcome to use your kit to make up your own designs - it's your day! I guarantee you'll also have plenty of kit left over to take home with you to make even more projects.

      The cost of the full day is £30 and that includes your goody bag full of supplies, your instructions, a FREE raffle ticket, refreshments, nibbles and of course entertainment from myself and Tracy!

      All you need to bring other than yourself is your basic craft kit (which you can buy from me in advance if you don't have one already) and a packed lunch. The day will be really good fun, and we'll have christmas music playing to get us all in the mood! Did I mention there is plenty of free parking available plus it's right by the number 58 bus stop!

      You can contact me to book your place via email to:
      or phone me on
      07748 707845


      to save time you can book your place NOW by using the paypal button below:

      £30 All Day Christmas Class

      Please don't leave it too late as last year I had to turn people down for my Christmas class as it was fully booked.

      You never know - Santa may be visiting the class and delivering some on the spot prizes!

      Ho, ho, ho!

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      Tuesday, 23 August 2011

      I'm still here

      I've been so busy with various things and also had intermittent tinterweb issues that I haven't blogged in over a week. Shame on me! Still I am back now. I should have posted this last Monday actually - it's my DT project for Die Cut Dreams and our theme this week is Pink, Green and Coffee. Here's mine:

      I've used a colour combo of Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzaz and Early Espresso. The image is from the hostess level one set A Slice of Life. I stamped it on water colour card and painted it with inks and the aqua brush. It's a card and gift set. And the gift?

      Coffee of course! So easy to make and a nice little something to pop in the post to a friend too. I'll be back later with an updated list of classes and events.

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      Thursday, 18 August 2011

      Craft Fair this weekend

      I've been sooo busy this week so just a really quick post to say I've got a stall in the Craft Marquee this Friday and Saturday at Eagle Square in Arnold, Nottingham.

      Lots of handmade goodies for sale and of course lots of Stampin' Up! stuff to see too. If you're thinking about becoming a demonstrator - why not pop along and have a chat and find out how joining Team Jelly could be the best thing you ever do!

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      Saturday, 13 August 2011

      Inky Fingers and the stripey monsta

      It's not often I do two posts in one day but I just had to today! I'd already posted when I saw the challenge this week over at Less is More to create a one layer card using inks (not ink pads!). Well it got me in a proper pickle and I can tell you that the card I'm showing you is number 4. The first 3, well lets just say have been confined to the B1N file!

      Here is the state of my desk as got inky:

      This is the first time I've put my reinkers to use as I haven't even had to use them to freshen up an ink pad yet! Here you can see the inks before they dried:

      I didn't have any glossy white card so instead I used a piece of the 12x12 card that comes in the designer paper packs and cut it down to 5" square card. Next I stamped the large flower from Growing Green in Versamark ink and heat embossed using the white powder. Then I used an aqua brush to 'flood' each area f petal with water then dropped Riding Hood Red and More Mustard inks in - again a petal at a time. I've seen this technique used before where you spray the entire area with water before adding the inks, but I wanted to contain my inks within the stamped area - not let it seep on to the white area of card!

      I heat embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder as didn't want to spoil the card after all my effort with a smudged sentiment!! Here it is finished and dry:

      I've been out with the boys this afternoon to see some crafty friends who had an open house today. They had some older girls and I can't thank them enough for looking after Zac and Blake in the garden - Blake was on a mission to fall in the pond! Anyway, I couldn't resist this cute lil' monsta and had to buy him:

      Now I apologise for the side on view, but no matter what I do, blogger will not put my monsta the right way around!


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      Vintage Man!

      Sprry for my absence the last few days - I'm back to blogland now! I did say that the next card I posted would be one for a chap so as promised here is my vintage man card:

      It's the card I made for James from me. I've used Riding Hood Red, Basic Black and Very Vanilla card. the DSP is from the Love Letters collection and I added a length of Basic Black  1/8" Tafetta ribbon. I created the sentiment using the Vintage Type rub ons in Very Vanilla and Basic Black and stamped the crown from Artisic Etchings on to Very Vanilla card and cut out. I even decorated the inside:

      Now I know the cake reference isn't very vintage at all, but my huby would be one unhappy man if he didn't get a cake on his birthday. When he opene dthe card he asked me if he was going to be king for the day. I just laughed!

      If you like the look of this card and the products I've used, you can get most of them for just £16.50 in my Love Vintage monthly kit. You can find all the details HERE.

      Back tomorrow
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      Wednesday, 10 August 2011

      Monster Birthday

      Tis my wonderful Hubby's Birthday today, he had to go to work with a bit of a hangover this morning bless him so he can't wait to get home and relax. I'm doing tapas for us after the boys have gone to bed, yummy.

      I made a cute card for him from Zac and Blake:

      It's a 7x5 card using Make a Monster which I adore. I stamped the same monster several times on to Whisper White and then again onto various spotty designer papers and cut out. once stuck to my monsters, I added various body parts and then staped 'Daddy' using Just Perfect Alphabet. Matching Markers came in handy to colour the arms and legs etc in. The very simple birthday sentiment is from Occasional Greetings.

      Come back tomorrow to see another male card if you get stuck for ideas for the men in your life too!
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      Tuesday, 9 August 2011

      Love Vintage Kit

      Oooh Jelly's got something new for you! So without further ado, may I introduce you to the first of Jelly's Monthly Kits.

      Love Vintage Kit:

      £16.50 plus postage - or collect from me

      My first kit is packed FULL off goodies. You'll receive:
      • Six 12x12 sheets of Love Letter Designer Papers
      • Three sheets smooth 12x12 card (1 each Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Riding Hood Red)
      • Three sheets textured 12x12 card (1 each Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Riding Hood Red)
      • 1 metre of Black Striped 1 1.4" Grosgrain Ribbon
      • 1 packet of Vintage Type Rub Ons (contains 2 sheets of Basic Black & 2 sheets of Very Vanilla)
      • 1 packet of Basic Pearls or Basic Rhinestones (your choice)

      The photo shows both sides of the patterned papers to give you more of an idea of what you will receive. this kit will be enough for you to make several layouts, cards or other items and you get to try a bit of everything without buying the full packs etc.

      Why not add some coordinating items to your order?

      maybe some vintage style stamps:

      Or some accessories?

      Throughout the month I will be sharing projects I've made using this kit to inspire you. The first is a one page 12x12 layout I created yesterday. Hubby got home from work and I was feeling a bit frayed as the kids had definately dominated Mummy! So he sent me up to the room of craft to recover and this is what I created:

      I'ved used a sheet of 12x12 Testured Basic Black Card and added a strip of the Love Letter Designer Paper down one side. My title uses the Very Vanilla Vintage Type Rub Ons and the huge flourish is cut out from one of the other sheets of DSP. My journalling tag is cut from Riding Hood Red card using the Top Note die and again in the DSP with the edges trimmed to form a top layer. I've used the Stampin' Write Journaller to add my story. To get my pearls evenly spaced I used the mat pack and paper piercing tool to mark dots in the card and then stuck my pearls down.

      The photo was taken a few years ago at my cousins wedding. We asked for something to warm a bottle of baby milk in and they gave us a Moet cooler! My sister in law took this fabulous photo.

      I've been asked to re-start my monthly scrapbook challenge too, so watch this space!

      To order this months kit please email me at or give me a call on 07748 707845

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      Monday, 8 August 2011

      For the new Nan

      My lovely downline Tracy has recently become a Nan for the first time to little Leo. He's such a cutie too. I popped round to see Tracy yesterday to give her a mini album / brag book I'd made for her:

      I went for Pear Pizzaz, Baja Breeze and Marina Mist and used papers and accents from the Nursery Suite collection.

      These photos are of Tracy and Dean getting to cuddle Leo for the first time, don't they look proud?

      Here's the album opened out to show four more pages. I've used the lush Baja Breeze Striped Grosgrain ribbon to close it. Of course I made a matching card:

      I stamped the image on to watercolour card and shaded with the aqua painters and ink from the pad lids.

      Not sure what my plans are for today yet - it looks like the sun might stay out so probably a day in the garden in the sand pit!

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      Sunday, 7 August 2011

      Fabulous at 80

      I got an order for an 80th Birthday card and party guest book and now the party is out of the way I can share the projects:

      The guest book is from my own supplies and I've decorated it with Pretty in Pink, Rose Red and Rich Razzleberry card, designer papers, buttons and ribbon. The sentiments have all been created on the computer and the flowers using the Big Shot Fun Flowers dies along with the Perfect Polka Dots and Vintage Wallpaper embossing folders. A button popped in the centre to finish. I lurve thge Rich Razzleberry satin ribbon, it's such a rich shade.

      The card is made in the same way but as it's 6" square I made a matching box for it. Nancy loved it so I'm told!

      I have most of the day to myself to craft today as hubby has taken the boys to the park and then off to the supermarket. How much fun am I going to have? So on that note - I'm off to the room of craft to creat!

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      Saturday, 6 August 2011

      Some Sparkle and Some Brown Wrapping

      Ah bliss - the jelly household is in unusual quiet today. Hubby has gone to work and en route he deployed the boys at his Mum's for the day as I have a class this afternoon. Done so much already - cleaning, washing, tidying, prepped for class, made a card for this weeks challenge over at Less is More! This week Chrissie and Mandi want us to use colours from our nations flag. I opeted for the Union Jack rather than St Georges flag and erm, made a Christmas card:

      Apologies for my photo, normally I'd use my light box in the conservatoire but this morning is has several wasps buzzing around annoyed that they've been in there all night so I darted outside and had to be so quick as it's just started spitting with rain! It's a 5" square card using Real Red, Whisper White and Pacific Point card and inks. The sentiment is from the Sparkly and Bright set and I coloured the stamp with Markers before stamping. The penguin is from Every Little Bit and I stamped him three times using the Stamp-ma-jig to get them in place. The hat is made up from elements from the hostess level three set Playful Pieces. I added a little detail to the penguins using Markers added a couple of Rhinestone Gems then used a two way glue pen to draw in some snow and sprinked it with Dazzling Diamonds. Quite an easy card to mass produce I think for me this year.

      Yesterday Mr UPS delivered some Stampin' Up! goodies for some of my customers and I always spend ages afterwards folding up the brown packing paper to either recycle or give to Zac's school. The boys decided they wanted to help and had a good 45 minutes running around the living room squeeling and giggling whilst they 'helped'.

      Right - next job, off to the Post Office!

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      Friday, 5 August 2011

      An Exclusive Purse and a Matching Card

      Mr UPS delivered some orders today and look what was inside:

      Yey - the beautiful, exclusively designed cosmetic bag, Rich Razzleberry Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and a tub of Assorted Clips. Actually there were more than one of each on the parcel! The card didn't come from Stampin' Up! however, I used the gift as my inspiration to make it this afternoon. You can see it better here:

      I started off with textured Very Vanilla card and stamped the floral image in Crumb Cake and the Sentiment in Night of Navy. The stamps are both from For Everything. Next it was out with the Mat Pack and Paper Piercing Tool to create holes for my faux stitching - so easy to do straight lines with the guides on there - and drew my stitching in with  Night of Navy marker. The sentiment is coloured with Markers too - Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Crumb Cake. Now the inside of the bag is lovely colourful stripes as is the matching tag but we don't have a patterned paper to match. So I took another piece of Very Vanilla card and created my stripes with coordinating Markers using my ruler as I can't draw straight for anything!

      Do you want to see some more photos of the bag?

      I took this one next to a paper trimmer so you get an idea of the size - it's actually 20cm across so very generous and lots of space to keep your craft tools in too! Here's the gorgeous inside:

      And just look at the pretty embroidered flowers:

      It has a gorgoeous Stampin' Up! enamelled logo on the zipper in the same colour. Want one? Just place an order of £75 or more with me this month or host a workshop totalling £250 or more and the bag is yours for FREE along with the ribbon and clips assortment too!
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      Thursday, 4 August 2011

      Free tutorial

      If you haven't seen that Stampin' Up! have a fabulous offer on for this month only - check out the post at the top of my blog. Whilst waiting impatiently for Mr UPS to deliver an order along with the free gift set I decided to have a play with the Rich Razzleberry Striped Ribbon and Clips assortment to see what I could come up with:

      I've used Pretty in Pink along with Rich Razzleberry for these. A card, a gift carton and a gift box with a matching ribbon brooch / hair clip (has both attachments in the back). I've used plenty but no where near a full roll of ribbon as you get 9.2m on a roll and one of each style of clip. You get 8 each of three designs in the tub.

      Anyway, as I've gone to the trouble to design a matching set I thought I'd offer out the PDF tutorial for FREE this month to anyone who places an order of £75 or more or hosts a £250 party with me! So as well as getting the fabulous gift of the ribbon, clips and exclusive cosmetic bag from Stampin' Up! you'll also get the tutorial for me to help you use your products!

      Please just give me a call on 07748 707845 or email me at to place your order or to book your home workshop.

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      Wednesday, 3 August 2011

      A project finally finished

      Urgh, hubby overslept this morning so when he woke me up it wasn't a gentle shake to say 'time to get up'. No I was awoken by a small child hurtling himself at my tummy from what felt like a great height. 'Mummeeee, Mummmmmeeeeee get up, hungeee'. I don't do well at being launched into the world of the awake! So I'm still feeling a little groggy some three hours later. The boys have had their breakfast and I'm slowly still waking up.

      So, onto the reason I'm posting! Followers may remember a while back I posted this 12x12 page layout:

      Well yesterday evening I felt inspired to create the second page:

      I really enjoyed making this one. I've used my favourite photos of Zac as a newborn and knocked most of the colour out of them before printing. I've used Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze and Whisper White again to link it to the first page and the same stamps etc. Here's a close up of some of the detail:

      I used some Nursery Suite Quick Accents and stuck to Sahara Sand DSP and stamped the baby bottles around and hightlighted with the White Gel pen. Here are the two pages together:

      You'll probably need to click on the photo to see a larger version. I've had a few requests to start up my monthly scrapbook challenge again so I promise I will get this sorted!
      I'm off for another cuppa now to help the wake up process.

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      Tuesday, 2 August 2011

      Holiday Fun

      It's challenge time over at Die Cut Dreams and this fortnight we want to see 'Holiday Fun'. I opted to do a spot of scrapbooking as I've been neglecting my layouts for a while. Here's mine:

      It's a bit hard to see like this so here are the pages on their own:

      And the next page:

      The photos are from our holiday to Cromer earlier this year and everything used on the layout is Stampin' up! with the exception of the larger die cut circles. I made the tags and decorated them using lots of stamps, papers and quick accents and both tag punches. I threaded some linen thread through the eyelets to join them together. The journaling has been printed on the PC on to cardstock vellum and then torn and held in place with brads. The title uses the Timeless Type Big Shot alphabet die set and I cut the photos out using the Big Shot Circles die. Finally I used some Markers to add some doodling.

      I'll share a secret with you - I copied this layout from one I made years ago, ahem......

      I much prefer the new version! Hope you can join in with us at Die Cut Dreams.
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