Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Swaps for Peterboro' Training Session ........

Well, it was a lovely evening in Peterboro' and definitely one of the perks of being an SU demo - lovely to meet everyone, indulge in some crafting, swap some cards and have a good time - I shall hopefully put to good use what I learnt this evening - it certainly reaffirms for me all the positive aspects of joining SU because there truly are no negative ones.

I took a few pictures of my basket of swaps before I left this evening with Chris - please take a peek at her new blog - in the favourites bar at the side - Always about Colour - she would be delighted to have your comments - her work is quite stunning.
Busy few days ahead of me so I shall hopefully find more time over the weekend to say 'Hello' again. I will look forward to sharing a few of the swaps I received this evening with you over the next few days.


Saturday, 20 June 2009

Fete News

Well, it's all done and dusted now - and it was such alot of fun and so relaxing - it was really lovely to sit next to Lou for several hours chatting to people about Stampin' Up, giving out details about the craft classes and the workshop we have planned for August, letting people see the products and more importantly have a play with them if they wanted to.

Everyone was very enthusiastic and loved the mini catalogue and we gave out the techinique booklet and details about the benefits of having a party - it really was all about getting the name known - we will definitely be doing some more events to keep casting the net wider and wider.

Now I have to confess I really do not like having my photograph taken - and I don't think Lou is much better than me - but well, I did say that I would take a photo and I actually took two and this is the better one - lovely of Lou, not so great of me lol.


Friday, 19 June 2009

It's tomorrow .........

...............and I could do with more time - but nevermind - just another very quick fete-make - this is actually the base of a card that we completed at one of the Tuesday Craft Classes - but I have just added a couple of Forest Friends stamps and I was naughty and cheated by using a Sizzix tree trunk - I love my Big Shot I just wish it was in our catalogue but I'm sure it will be in the future ...........I'll just have to be patient.

Well I shall let you know how the fete goes - let's hope the weather holds.


Thursday, 11 June 2009

A beautiful tag card by Lou ......wow!!

Don't you just love this? Me too - it's from my crafty friend Lou - remember the little mini notebook, uh huh, that's the one!!!

Lou is extremely talented and is amazingly supportive of my fledgling SU business, as are all my crafty friends, I can't thank them enough - thank you, thank you, thank you - Lou helps with the Tuesday craft class and, as you know, because I keep mentioning it so much, she and I are at St John's School Fete on 20 June hence the number of fete-makes lol.

I love this tag card using Close to Cocoa, Not Quite Navy and Ruby Red and the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set - for those that know the stamp set, have you noticed the clever use of the string from the balloon stamp ( minus balloon ) - on the envelope and the card - yep, that's what I thought - inspired.

I love the little stitch detailing to the navy square, and the distressed edge to the cupcake image together with the embossing detail - just lovely.

I'm now so excited as this is the stamp set that we shall be using for the July craft class on the 14th - it obviously has so many possibilities for us to explore - I can't wait - there are two places left so if you are tempted to join us please contact me - we are an extremely friendly group of crafters - so if you are a lone crafter please don't be worried about joining, you will be made to feel very welcome.


Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Another Craft Class ......

Hello again - I am just reporting on our craft group which takes place every second Tuesday of the month - there was a male theme to today's class with Father's Day just around the corner - we managed to make a Father's Day card and a lovely little matching 3D item - a simple box which once decorated can house a whole host of small gifts - Monica gave details of it on her gorgeous blog http://www.monicas-passions.blogspot.com/ in metric but I have converted it to imperial measurements as my Scor-Pal is in inches - it's a fast and easy little box to make.

The other project which was inspired by a project in the SU Catalogue for last year allowed us to colour an image using either the Aqua pens or the blender pens and used an image from a retired stamping set called Seaside Sketches - it is by the same artist as our Summer by the Sea stamp set in the current catalogue - line drawings that are just perfect as they are or enhanced with a little colour.

The class is two hours long and the time just flies by - but it is so enjoyable - I'm just glad that coffee was served before we sat down (thank you Chris if you're reading this) as once we were under way there didn't seem to be the opportunity for another one - so the biccies will be there for the next time and I shall put them in the middle of the table straight away - so many apologies I'll make up for it at the July class where we will be playing with Crazy for Cupcakes - and making another 3D item and two more useful cards to send to loved ones.
Imperial Box Measurements:

Cut your A4 sheet to exactly 11 1/2" - so just a tiny bit to cut off.

Score along the longest side first at 1 1/2" - 5" - 6 1/2" and 10".

Turn the cardstock so the shortest side is at the top and score at 1 1/2" from the edge on both the left and right hand side.

Crease along all of these lines.

Make four cuts along the score lines on each of the long sides just as far as the 1 1/2" score line.

The box should start to take on a life of its own and you can see the shape appearing.

At this stage I would decorate the lid and sides whilst it is still flat.

Once happy with my decoration I would glue the short tabs and fold them into place on the inside of the box.

All done - it really is as easy as that.

I'll pull together some photographs to make it easier to understand but once you've done it once there will be no holding you.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

An unusual combination ..........

........well, I thought it was and it certainly is for me lol - it is Sage Shadow and Really Rust with designer papers from a retired set called Fall Flowers - but I got right back in my comfort zone with the stamp - it's from Bloomin' with Beauty, this has to be amongst my favourite set in our catalogue.

I keep playing with the little trick of gently snipping the corners away by using the small 1/2" circle punch - if you turn it over you will see that thro' the opening the metal is divided into four sections - by just gently inserting the paper to just cover one of these four sections and snipping a little concave shape is cut on the corner of the paper - really cute.

As I mentioned the stamp is the one from Bloomin' with Beauty, simply watercoloured, a little white taffeta ribbon tied in an easy little knot - and that's it.

See you tomorrow - Bridgette

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Birds of a Feather ......

Hello there - sorry if you've been popping back looking for today's fete make - I've been trying to finish this since this afternoon - it started off with Mellow Moss but ended up being Pretty in Pink although I think Bashful Blue would look nice and even blue birds.

I used the Confetti White cardstock as the base and as I mentioned used Pretty in Pink and a little Close to Cocoa. Again a background stamp - this time from the retired list while stocks last one called French Flair - it matches the Carte Postale where the little bird comes from - the flowers form part of the Soft Summer stamp set from the mini and are tucked in behind the Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon - I love all of the ribbon - I'm even beginning to warm to the wider ones although I like the slimmer ones for the moment.

Well I shall away - I shall be an evening offering again tomorrow as I volunteer in our local Sue Ryder shop on a Friday and the day soon disappears once the school run begins as well - hopefully you will find a spare minute to see what I've been up to tomorrow - until then......


Please leave a comment if you can - it's lovely to know you've stopped by - I can see from the stats that there are alot of you visiting so I thank you for that - bye

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

They're like No 9 buses ........

......all coming along at the same time lol.

Good morning - I thought I better put this one on now before I retire as I may not have time in the morning - I'm off to do a car boot if the weather holds - still selling on some crafting items that I know I won't be using but others might like to.

Chocolate Chip and Old Olive cardstock with matching inks from the Earth Elements family together with the tree from the Forest Friends stamp set in the mini - button, linen thread and taffeta ribbon all add just a touch of 'something' - also used the corner rounder and scallop edge to give it some softness.

And do you recognise the background? - it's Sanded - it's the large background stamp I used yesterday - as I mentioned it's really versatile - scroll back down and find out how you can get one for FREE.

Thanks for stopping by - see you later maybe - Bridgette

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

A Fete-make from the Mini ......

I know I thought that sounded a bit odd too - but I'm pressed for time and I wanted to upload my offering for today before I started on other jobs.
A little bit of 'decoupage' today using Tea Party designer papers from the mini catalogue - So Saffron cardstock and Always Artichoke ink from the Rich Regals family - and little So Saffron brads - not forgetting the Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon tied in a little knot.
For the background I used the fabulous Sanded background stamp - these are so versatile and for June and July a hostess holding a party that amounts to £250 or more during these months gets to choose one absolutely FREE - yes, FREE - this is in addition, of course, to the other benefits that normally come with a party of that amount: a fabulous Level 1 Stamp Set and £25 towards products from the main or mini catalogues - as the saying goes you know where I live!!! please contact if you are at all interested in hosting a party - they are alot of fun to host and to attend.

Well, I shall replicate this little card a few times this evening for the fete on the 20th June - I'm slowly filling those spinners lol.

See you tomorrow and thanks for stopping by - Bridgette

Monday, 1 June 2009

Happy Anniversary to me .......

Good morning - I thought I would share with you the card that I made for my husband as it is our anniversary today - mmmmmmmmmmmmm, let me see, where have the last 18 years gone?

I used the Mr and Mrs stamp set with the Bashful Blue designer papers and Chocolate Chip cardstock - not too feminine - and I went long and thin on this one not my usual 6 x 4 - I tend to stick to 6 x 4 as it's a good standard size when making for sale.

Anyway if I have time I'll be back this evening with my fete-make for today - I have to keep going I've got two spinners to fill lol.