Thursday, 31 May 2012

Stampin' Up! Jubilee Projects Part 1

Here in the UK we are about to start celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and Jelly has decided to join in the fun with some Jubilee themed projects. The first I am sharing with you today:

I'm a huge fan of all the 'keep calm' stuff and think it's so very British too. I wanted to make a Stampin' Up! card using the phrase and style of the original posters used here in the UK and at first was stumped! My colour combo was the easy part, Poppy Parade, Pacific Point and Whisper White. The card base is simply layered with some Pacific Point Designer Paper with a strip of plain Whisper White Card over the top. I could have used ribbon but decided not to. The letters have been stamped using the Just Perfect Alphabet set with the help of some carefully marked out pencil lines and of course my trusty Stamp-ma-jig. The ampersand is stamped in Poppy Parade and I found it in the For My Family stamp set.

I lurve this crown stamp and it always stamps such a perfect image each time. It's out of the Artistic Etchings set and just the right size to go with the Just Perfect Alphabet. I've finished the crown off with some Self Adhesive Rhinestones. Well it is a Diamond Jubilee after all.

Can't wait for my Jubilee themed class this Saturday - this is one of the cards we'll be making. Back tomorrow with another project from the class.

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Stampin' Up! Summer Mini Catalogue is here

Wooah Nelly - where to start today?A short post to introduce the new Stampin' Up! Summer Mini Catalogue:

It's chock full of new products and great ideas to get your creative juices flowing. STOP PRESS - we have the Simply Scored Scoring Tool with additional Metric and Diagonal plates!! Here's video for you to watch.

 You can view the new Summer Mini catalogue online by clicking on the picture in my left side bar or email me for a copy to be posted out to you. For a free demonstration or to buy any products please call me on 07748 707845 or email me at

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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Oh my flippin' word -  Stampin' Up! have just launched a brand new, lower priced Starter Kit available from TODAY. Now that I've picked my jaw up from the floor I can share it with you. The new Starter Kit is priced at £99 which to start a long term hobby or a business is just so amazing. 

The best bit is you get to choose everything yourself (to the value of £130) PLUS you get a business kit from Stampin' Up! included worth £45. Want FREE shipping with that? You've got it!

Want more? Join our team of Jelly Stampers during May and you will receive a FREE ticket to our Stampin' Up! 2012 Convention in Mainz, Germany in November! Convention tickets are priced at £149 so that's a huge saving, you'll only need to cover the cost of your travel and accommodation.

Joining is so easy, just give me a call on 07748 707845 or email me at for a friendly chat, then take the forms and enjoy customising your new kit from the main and or mini catalogues! That's the sort of form filling we like to do!!

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Clean and Simple Cup of Thanks

Whilst everyone has been out and about enjoying the early British summer, I've been stuck indoors nursing tonsillitis - boo hiss. Anyway, today I am starting to feel better and have ventured in to the room of craft to update my blog with some cards I made a few weeks ago:

I've used River Rock for my card bases, such a gentle neutral shade. I'm very much a Crumb Cake girl so it's good to use something else. Here's a close up of one of the cards:

The cards are 3" square and I've rounded the opening corners off with the Corner Punch. The tea cup and sentiment are both from Tea Shoppe with a flower punched using one of the Itty Bitty punches - fab that we do a set of three punches don't you think? Actually I've used five different punches on this card: Corner, Itty Bitty, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" Circle and Modern Label. The additional colours I've used are Melon Mambo, Always Artichoke and Perfect Plum.

Finally, something sweet. Blake is spending the day at his Grandparents today and I mentioned at breakfast today that he was going to the cemetery to take some flowers to his big brother and Great Grandad. Zac looked really put out and said he wanted to go and when I told him he couldn't as he was going to nursery he asked if he could pick some flowers for his brother. So we grabbed a pair of scissors and went out to the garden and these are the flowers he chose:

Not sure how long they'll last but don't they look pretty wrapped up in the packaging paper we get in our Stampin' Up! delivery boxes along with some Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon and Elegant Eggplant Spotted Dots Ribbon? I think my little guy Flynn will love these from his little brothers.

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Stampin' Up! Tea Shoppe Swaps

Wow it's so hot today, I braved it and went outside to mow the lawn before it takes over the whole garden! I've not done any crafting as Blake has now caught tonsillitis off Zac so Nurse Mummy at the ready! I thought I'd share with you some of the swaps I made for Jules' training back in April. It was before the Summer Mini catalogue went live so I didn't post them at the time.

I did make four different colourways but had a moment and forgot to photograph them before I took them to swap. I got oodles of fab swaps in return and Jules ran a brilliant training day for us all.

My swaps use Twitterpated Designer papers teamed up with Pear Pizazz and Riding Hood Red. I used Markers to colour my images as I used lots of stamps for the Tea Shoppe set and mixed them up a bit.

These were a bit time consuming and not the best idea for making 30 of! The inside holds two tea bags:

More Twitterpated Paper and ahem not the tastiest of tea bags either - sorry Sally-Jo for ruining your morning with a cup of detox tea! I do drink the digestif one myself but it's not everyones cup of tea (pardon the pun - not!).We'll be making one of these in my Crafternoon Tea class at the end of June but the design will be different including the papers!

Thanks to everyone for your kind messages about my Mum. She had her hip replacement surgery yesterday and I've spoken to her today and she seems in good spirits. Just can't wait to get home by the sounds of things. 

Righto, off to tend to my cough drops.

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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Stampin' Up! Apothecary What?

Ooh we have such lovely sunshine today - weather to make Jelly smile. As promised I am back with another project from the new Summer Mini Catalogue. I've used the stamp set Apothecary Art which I'm sure Stampin' Up! introduced to make us all pronounce it wrong - hearing some of the versions at Regional training on Saturday was hilarious.

So here is my project:

It was one of the project I had on my Share Fair table at training, I was showing ways to love your hostess. This is a project I would demonstrate at a party and give to the hostess as a thank you. It's an old DVD case (or in my case an old stamp case). I've replaced the insert with Island Indigo card and decorated the front with Twitterpated Designer Papers, Apothecary Art stamps and an In Colour Printed Brad. I love these new Framelits dies we have as they coordinate perfectly with the stamp set. I quickly coloured my image with the Aqua Brush and coordinating inks:

It's so quick to do but so effective. I stamped the sentiment on Certainly Celery Card and cut the strip before sticking it on top. The box is held shut with matching Certainly Celery Taffeta Ribbon. Want to see what's inside?

It's a set of 4 cards and envelopes to match.

They are made the same way as the case cover, just using another of the stamps out of the set. I'm really hoping someone took some photos of the share fair as I totally forgot by the time I'd set up!

Must say a big Hello to Jess, Helen and to Rebecca who I've had lovely chats with this week about joining Team Jelly. If you'd like to become a demonstrator too, why not drop me an email or give me a call for a no pressure chat about what to expect! We're having a small team gathering this Sunday afternoon so if you are local, let me know and you can come along and meet us.

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Monday, 21 May 2012

Stampin' Up! Mixed Bunch

Ooh how time does fly. We have been away for a short family break and I'd planned to blog in the evenings but we didn't have WIFI connection. Never mind, at least I have lots of projects to share with you this week. Actually, I made this one today:

It's a get well soon card for my Mumi. She fell on Sunday and broke her hip and is undergoing a hip replacement operation tomorrow. I can't pop and see her to give her a hug as she lives in Spain so I've made this card for her and tomorrow I'm going to make a little gift to go with it and pop it in the post. I did manage to speak to her on the phone this morning and she is thoroughly fed up.

Do you like the flowers? It's a beautiful set from the Summer Mini called Mixed Bunch and I've been wanting it for a while now. I knew we were being given a set at Stampin' Up! regional training on Saturday so I had to wait patiently! We have a coordinating punch too - Blossom. I can see it's going to be another firm favourite with me.

My colour combo is Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Island Indigo and Lucky Limeade. All are from this years in colour collection so you can buy a mixed pack with them all in. The Wisteria Wonder designer paper is from the Sweet Shop Product Suite, I'd hoped to show you the lush embossed white spots but the angle of my photo was a bit off. Trust me - it's embossed and oh so 'strokeable' too.

The sentiment stamp is from another favourite set of mine Delightful Dozen. The sentiments are a really good mix of sizes and styles and great to take main stage on a card too.

Right, my time blogging is limited as Zac caught tonsillitis whilst we were away and needs lots of cuddles. 

Back soon.
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Thursday, 10 May 2012

Stampin' Up! Vienna Incentive trip

Picture this....Jelly is sitting on the sofa watching the tellybox with the boys when Mr UPS arrives at the door. I'm not expecting an order so what is it? A small packet? From Stampin' Up! all my deliveries from Stampin' Up! come in boxes big enough for me to move house in. Well when i saw what was inside I started screaming and practically bounced off the walls. Note - Mr UPS is still standing in front of me awaiting my signature!

 How gorgeous is this? Last year I worked hard and was thrilled to earn the Stampin' Up! incentive trip to Vienna in June this year. This is what my tickets and itinerary arrived in. Can't say I've ever received tickets in a clutch bag before! Look at the lovely bronze logo:

I won't apologise for the amount photos I'm about to share, as a first time incentive trip achiever I'm probably a little bit over excited about the whole thing! I took these photos as I opened the bag to so you can imagine the whoops and screams I'm doing now!

Inside the clutch bag is all this:

Gorgeous laminated luggage tags, my flight details, a book with all the itinerary details in and a card to leave at home. That's so Spark knows where I am! As incentive trip achievers we get to take a plus one on this trip with us and as Hubby is staying home to look after Commander Chaos and Major Mayhem I am taking my lovely down line Tracy.

Look at the tags! I'm getting all excited again!

Finally a little snippet of the inside of the book. I wish Spark had been home today to take a photo of me opening this all up! If you'd like to work towards earning a Stampin' Up! incentive trip, why not give me a call or drop me an email to chat about how you could join our team of Jelly Stampers and become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator yourself? You can even get a FREE ticket to our European convention worth £145 if you join during May.

Right I'm off to make myself a coffee and eat a cupcake to celebrate!

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Stampin' Up! Twitterpated Recipe Index Card Box Tutorial

I've been having a play with some goodies from the new Summer Mini Catalogue again. I am so lucky to have most of the products used on this project for FREE from Stampin' Up! - if you'd like to know more about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator yourself and earning freebies too, just give me a shout!

So nothing like freebies to put a smile on Jelly's face, especially with a name like Twitterpated. I couldn't resist using them to make another of my Recipe Index Card Boxes:

I've used the Twitterpated Designer Papers teamed up with Blushing Bride, Whisper White and Riding Hood Red card. My favourite thing about this box is the flip top lid:

The inside is decorated to match with four divider cards too. The decoration on the front is so pretty and simple to make too:

First I die cut a piece of Red Riding Hood Card using the new Framelits Dies (you get 6 dies in the set for just £24.95) then stamped the image from Apothecary Art in Riding Hood Red ink on Whisper White card. I actually cut around this one to get a closer frame. The flowers have been coloured with matching Markers with a strip of the very gorgeous Pleated Satin Ribbon added through the middle and a cute 'lil Twitterpated button too. Finally, I stamped the flowers from Bordering on Romance in Basic Gray and coloured firstly with Markers and then over the top with an Aqua Brush and Basic Gray ink.

If you want to have a got at one of these Recipe Index Card Boxes yourself, the tutorial is now available in my right hand side bar.

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Sunday, 6 May 2012

Stampin' Up! Domestic Goddess Recipe Box

EDITED TO ADD: Doh - how did I not notice I'd spelt recipes wrong? Maybe it's all about my love of pies! Quick re-glue job to do tomorrow then!

I've had a much needed afternoon of crafting today. I designed a recipe index card box a while back and will enjoy making it at my Cupcake Class on 12th May. In the meantime I can show you my Domestic Goddess version:

It's such a sturdy box and holds tons of standard sized cards and envelopes. The tutorial will be available from tomorrow so please pop back for that and the cupcake version too! I've used Crumb Cake card teamed up with the Domestic Goddess Designer papers. Aren't they fun? The letters are stamped from Letter It and cut out with Brights Brads popped between them.

I love these papers, the colours, the patterns and pictures. Can't understand why it's taken me until now to use them. I've punched this mixing bowl out of the patterned papers using the 2" x 1 3/8" Oval Punch and layered it with a frame from Sizzlits Lots of Tags. Here's a side view:

You can see I've decorated the inside with the Designer papers too - do you like the flip top lid?

Here's a better look at the inside. There are four dividers, although you could easily add more and it's got four packets of Stampin' Up! Whisper White C6 envelopes inside to give you an idea of it's size.

I had to make some fun cards to match using cut outs from one of the sheets of patterned paper:

I typed up the sentiments on the PC and printed direct on to sheets of A4 Crumb Cake card. I made two more:

I hope you can read the sentiments OK, if not just click on the pictures to see a bigger view. I wanted to show you that sometimes you don't need sentiment stamps, lots of dies and clever stamps to make fun cards. Just the basics!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
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Saturday, 5 May 2012

Stampin' Up! Tea Shoppe Pop Up

Been a few days - things are a bit up in the air at the house of Jelly at the moment so it's a card I made last week to show you today. It uses a combination of goodies from the new Stampin' Up! Summer Mini Catalogue combined with just as scrummy stash from the main Idea Book and Catalogue. I've created yet another pop up card:

The featured stamp set here is the very gorgeous Tea Shoppe which is in the Summer Mini. It's great value for money - look how many stamps you get in the set:

I don't yet have everything I'd like from the new mini so I took my colour inspiration from one of the designer papers in there called Sweet Shop which I'll show you when I do have them! The colours are Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White and Soft Suede. How lucky that we have another pack of papers in the Idea book and Catalogue using some of these colours: Domestic Goddess:
I love the patterned strips sheet with the tea cups and cutlery. I carefully cut around some of the cutlery to make a border for the top of the pop up card. There is a scallop edge print on the paper which matches up perfectly with our Scallop Border punch - saved me on the cutting out!

I struggled to make some saucers to match the cups and in the end used left over pieces from the centre of a letter 'O' from the Big Shot Alphabet Simple Letters! I've accented my tea cups with hearts from the Owl Builder Punch and flowers from Itty Bitty Punch Set. I left the outside of the card quite simple:

I stamped the large tea cup twice and cut out the Pool Party flowers to layer over the Wisteria Wonder one. The Lucky Limeade strip is punched using the Lace Ribbon Border punch and I've added a strip of the Domestic Goddess Designer Paper.

If you want to have a go at one of these pop up cards, the tutorial is available in my left hand side bar.

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