Sunday, 28 November 2010

I'm Still Here!

Hi All,

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, but things have been quite hectic around here. It's a shame work has to get in the way!!
I have been working on some projects; which I'm afraid I can't show you just yet..........all I can say is.......... my fingers are stained a multitude of colours!!

So I thought I'd show you, a collection of gorgeous handmade birthday cards I received last week. Thanks everyone, it is always more special to receive a handmade card, don't you think?

I'd just like to point out.........that I'm not old enough to need a zimmer frame just yet; but my darling eldest son made the one with the dinosaur on..........he wrote inside......."I saw this and it reminds me of you".........least said the better.......LOL!!

Happy Crafting

Jane x

Sunday, 21 November 2010

November - Thank You's

Hi All,

This is my simple, but straight forward 'thank you' card, for anyone who has placed catalogue orders with me this month. It's using the level one stamp set 'Punch Potpourri'. I stamped it first in StazOn and then coloured in the flowers using marker and blender pens.

The sentiment is from tiny tags and I had to add a rhinestone just to add a bit of 'bling'.
Hope you like what you see
Happy Crafting
Jane x

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Christmas is Coming!

Hi All,

I received an order for Christmas cards from the Craft Fayre last week end, you may recognise them from last year; if you've been following my blog, for that long, that is.

It's using the Sparkly & Bright set. Each design was hand inked using the marker pens before being covered in Versa Mark, heat & stick powder and dazzling diamonds and then reset using the heat's such a useful way to stop the glitter from coming off with the slightest touch. I of course had to make a box to house them in.

I'd enjoyed playing and decided to continue with extra images, making them into little gift tags.

Thanks for dropping by
Happy Crafting
Jane x

Friday, 19 November 2010

Convention 2010 - Team Swaps

Hi All,

Finally, I've got around to photographing our 'Team 'Swaps. We each made a card, tag and 3D item and boy.........who'd have thought we could be so diverse in our creations.

From note books, mini albums, toiletries and chocolates..........even a Christmas wall hanging........I am amazed at the wonderful gifts I've received, I love each and every item.

I belong to such a wonderful and special group of people..........who all have one thing in common; we love to laugh, create (well that's technically 2 reasons!!), but most of all I value the friendship it has created between us, that I know will last and mature..........Thanks 'Team' it's great to have friends like you...........

Happy Crafting

Jane x

Thursday, 11 November 2010

More Convention Goodies

Hi All,

I know I promised to upload pictures of the Team swaps I'd received, but unfortunately the light wasn't any good when I went to take the photos........I'll try over the next few days, but I don't seem to have any free time at the know that feeling, don't you?

So instead.....this is the gift I gave my upliner, we were sharing a's a small boxed scrapbook, so she can have a memory of her time away

It opens like a concertina, so both sides can be decorated.
As it was a personal gift, I didn't worry that a few of the items used are now retired.

Whilst at Convention, I wore these hair bands made out of the extra large fancy flower and
5 petal flower punches. It was a last minute decision and a necessity..........all my clips had either broken or gone missing

This purple one was still in pieces when I first arrived at the's amazing what a bit of double sided sticky tape can do.....LOL!!

Infact, I love them so much, I'm thinking of expanding my collection..............and making them in lots of different colours
Hope you've enjoyed
Happy Crafting
Jane x

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Convention 2010

Hi All,

It had been decided within our 'Team', that we would all make a card, 3D item and a tag for each other. So as promised here are my efforts. I must say.....I got a bit carried away when making 3D no complaints though LOL!!

There were acetate templates to easily identify the size of block required when using the clear mounted stamps sets

My card was using the stamp set 'Growing Green'. I can count, and I know there are more cards here than required for just our team!!

Infact there's over 100; as I produced the same design for my general swaps with other demonstrators
This is my's using the 'Friendly Words' wheel and the gorgeous new colours of Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight along with Crumb Cake

A little extra 3D's an extended pillow box, which can be hung from the door handle.....(I'm thinking of making a Christmas version) as who doesn't like chocolate treats on Christmas morning!
It's using gorgeous Rich Razzleberry cardstock and the Vintage Vogue stamp set, the leaves are made from the bird punch

This was really the 3D item I started off with 1st..........before getting carried away.....LOL!!

I wanted to make something different, that would be individual, useful and be a reminder of Convention, for most of our Team, it was our 1st experience of such an outstanding event.

They are memo holders, (made from Maple), I drilled out the centre, so that their initial and the words 'Convention 2010' could be inserted.

Not many of my friends know that I have dabbled in wood turning, (infact it's been over 2 years since I made anything.....and you know felt good to play again)

I of course, thought it didn't include enough of the SU I made these box bags for them to go in. The bases of a few of the memo holders were too large for a 12" x 12" piece of DSP to go round, so I add an acetate panel to allow enough coverage and then a scalloped piece to cover the join

Hope you've enjoyed popping by to take a look..........I'll be back again tomorrow with the fabulous swaps I received from the rest of our team.

Remember, if you'd like to become a demonstrator and experience some of the friendship, creativity and laughter Stampin' Up can bring, then why not contact me

Jane x

Monday, 8 November 2010

Convention 2010

Hi All,

Yes..........I have returned from my 1st ever Stampin' Up Convention, and 'WOW' what a fabulous few days it's been!! I've never laughed so much, and made some great new friends along the way. It's a lovely way to meet fellow demonstrators; not only from the UK, but France and Germany as well.

These were the flags that lined the driveway to Addlington Palace, where the Convention was held.

The night before it all started, our 'Team' decided we would hide ourselves away and craft. Most of us had never met before, so it was a great way to get to know one another. It didn't take long and our resident comedienne 'Val' (AKA my upliner) soon had us all in stitches...........I'm so sorry for anyone who may have been in the room next door, and hope they were staying up as late as we were (or at least been sensible and brought earplugs!!)

Jenny (my 'Hero' and SU 'Granny'.......she'll hate me for that........sorry Jen, but I've seen you in the scarf!.....sorry......private joke), brought along her camping table and set it up in her room, so we'd be comfortable crafting the night away. We did get caught carrying smuggling all the chairs out of our room though.........I wonder if they've sorted them out yet; as I forgot to replace them all
..........oh well, too late now...LOL!!

They say every picture tells a story........I wish the husbands would take note: all they have to do is show us some craft.........and see how happy we become!
We did do an awful lot of laughing over the 3 days, and we may not have been the largest group by any means, but boy, everyone knew where we were, just from the noise we were making!!
There was the odd occasion, when peace reined.............look at the concentration..........
..........but not for long!

Thank you 'Girls' for such a fabulous time. It's lovely to think, that just by having crafting in common, so many wonderful new friendships have been made.
I'll pop back tomorrow and show you the swaps I made,
'till then,
Happy Crafting,
Jane x

Monday, 1 November 2010

'I Believe'

Hi All,

I'm feeling pleased with myself.........the boys have been off for half-term and I haven't even had a chance to craft! I've completed my team swaps, along with 100 other cards, to swap with other demonstrators at Convention........(it's now only 4 days away, so I better start getting myself into gear, sort the house out and make sure there's plenty of food.......I don't know about you, but the food seems to disappear much quicker if I'm not policing the cupboards.....LOL!!)

Here is something I've planned for my 'Crafting Buddies' next Monday.

I simply adore this stamp set, don't you? It's using colours from the subtles range, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery.

Happy Crafting

Jane x