Saturday, 31 May 2008

June Specials

I have not 1 but 2 June Stampin' Up! specials for you.

The first is an amazing 30% off 2 different products, the promotion is called Two for You and includes a tin with stamps, ink and a punch, the second is a stamp set for more details please see the flyer at the end of the post.

The second amazing offer is called Escape, and the promotion is all about Escaping the electronic age and writing notes instead, it is a bundle of products at 25% off and includes a fantastic stamp set, punch and some love notes ( they are 3" square cards and envelopes) for more details please see the flyer at the end of the post.

Postage will be 5% of your order ( normally postage would be £3.95 or 5% which ever is the greater) and the products come direct to your home so I guess that's 3 offers!!!!!

Happy Stamping





Friday, 30 May 2008

What I did on my birthday


Thank you for the lovely messages about my birthday, I thought you might like to see what I was up to, Disneyland Paris in the rain...........It is absolutely not Stampin' Up! related but I hope you will understand!

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Interested in becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator ?

Join us at the Stampin’ Experience Tour!

Join us for an evening of creativity and fun! When you join us at the Stampin’ Experience Tour, you’ll enjoy making your own handmade cards while you learn about Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive products for card making, scrapbooking, home d├ęcor, and more. And while you’re there, you’ll discover a fun and flexible way to earn additional income—along with the many other amazing benefits of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!

Register for the Stampin’ Experience Tour today and discover all of Stampin’ Up!’s unique opportunities. Don’t miss out!

Edinburgh     3pm - 5pm   28 June, 2008
Leeds           7pm - 9pm   30 June, 2008
Manchester   7pm - 9pm     1 July, 2008


For more details please email me   ajpapercraft@btinternet.com

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Happy 40th Birthday to me!

Yes today is the day, I'm 40 !

Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes I have received, I love to hear from you all.

Only a few days left for my free postage offer, it's valid until 31st May 2008, and remember all orders placed with me this month will be entered into a draw for your choice of stamp set in the catalogue, that is ANY stamp set.

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Penny Spinner Instructions

Penny Spinner Cards

Craft knife and metal ruler
Image to spin
3D Stampin' Dimensionals
2 x 1p coins
Cardstock, paper and embellishments

1. Take your folded card and layer a piece of patterned paper ¼” or 0.5cm smaller onto the front.
2. Cut a piece of strong cardstock for the spinner holder, the size will be determined by how much of the backing paper you wish to see, between ½” or 1cm and 1 ½” or 3cm is about right.
3. Working on the reverse side of the spinner holder find the centre point of the card and draw a cross going to each edge of the card.
4. From the centre point mark a line 0.7cm above and below, stop the line 2cm in from the edge (you can vary this dependant on the size of the item that will spin.)
5. Using a metal ruler and craft knife cut this rectangle out. It is much better to cut inside the line and trim off rather than cut too big in the first place !
6. Sandwich a foam circle in between 2 pennies and attach the item to spin onto the top of one of the pennies, slot into the cut section of the card with a penny on either side. Check to see if it spins. If it gets stuck then trim a little excess off the card. Sometimes it takes a few goes for it to get started.
7. When you are happy it works attach the spinner holder card to your card front using foam pads or tape, make sure you use plenty so the pennies can move freely. Decorate the card further if you wish.

Top Tip

If you make a template for a A5, Square and DL card following the steps 4 – 7 using pieces of scrap card, you can just trace out the image on the back and cut out without having to measure every time!

Variations

Diagonal spinner – Find the centre point from each diagonal corner, mark the slot as before working on the diagonal lines.

Wobbly line – Use a free hand blade to cut the top line on a scrap piece of card and draw a pencil line along it. Then move the scrap piece of card approximately 1.4 cm down and mark a second line and cut out as before.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Penny Spinner card


I love cards that move and this style of card looks so effective but is really easy to make.

To make this card I have used

Certainly Celery card, ink and Designer series paper
Pick a petal stamp set
Simply said stamp set for the greeting in the spinner runner
Stampin' Dimensionals
2 pennies

I will post a series on instructions in a day or 2.

Monday, 19 May 2008

I did it again!

In this months June 2008 Making Cards magazine I am a designer and my cards are on page 12 and 13. You can see the front cover here

Making Cards is a fantastic magazine with some brilliant cards and lots of inspiration make sure you get a copy!

You can visit the website here

Saturday, 17 May 2008

9 cards and a bag


On thursday evening I went to MJ's Crop circle to teach a class, 9 cards and a bag in 2 1/2 hours..........

We had a wonderful is very busy evening and everyone completed the cards but we over ran a little !  Thank you MJ and the lovely ladies for a fab evening, I hope to visit again soon.

Do check out MJ's Crop blog here.

If you would like me to come and teach this class to you and a group of friends please email me.  ajpapercraft@btinternet.com

Thursday, 15 May 2008

Notepads 2



Here is the close ups I promised from yesterdays post.

Rose Red card stock with a 2" strip of Rose Red double sided paper attached to the cardstock and folded over the front of the notepad. A Chocolate Chip scallop punch topped with a Rose Red Circle and a Soft Subtles button tied with linen thread. White grosgrain ribbon.

Certainly Celery Cardstock with a 2" strip of Certainly Celery double sided paper attached to the cardstock and folded over the front of the notepad. A So Saffron scallop punch topped with a Certainly Celery circle and another Soft Subtles button tied with linen thread. Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon.

Bashful Blue cardstock with a 2" strip of Cutie Pie double sided paper as before. The Elephant is from the Year after Year stamp set, stamped in Black Stazon and cut out attached with Stampin' Dimensionals and finished with Blue gingham ribbon.

Pretty in Pink cardstock, the Snail is from Unfrogettable and stamped twice once onto Pretty in PInk and once onto a scarp of Rose Red double sided paper. I cut out the snail shell and mounted it onto the top of the snail with a Stampin' Dimensional, I made the eye pop with some PVA glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter, finished with Black gingham ribbon.

Notepads

Hostess Gifts, I always give the hostess of my home workshops a gift to say thank you for inviting to their home.  It is always a homemade and uses some of our wonderful Stampin' Up! products, this month I've made some note pads, they are similar to the magnetic pads found here on an earlier post.

I've used double sided paper to highlight, the ribbon is a design touch by my daughter which actually serves an important purpose, it holds the top flap down, because our cardstock and paper is such good quality and heavy it kept lifting up, so thank you Kimberley.

I'll post close ups and product details tomorrow.

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

May Specials Continue

Wow May is certainly turning into an amazing month, I've had some wonderful Stampin' Up! workshops hosted by some amazing ladies and met lots of new people crafters and non- crafters alike, we've made lots of projects and have had lots of fun and laughter along the way.

The very best thing about Stampin' Up! is the way it brings people together, home workshops are all about having fun and expressing creativity, it most definitely is the best job in the world!

However, I know that some people aren't able to host a home workshop, (although do email me I am very happy to travel!) so there are a couple of different things you can do to get your hands on Stampin' Up! goodies.

Place an order with me via email and I will get the goodies sent directly to your home via DHL.  Normally the cost of this is £3.95 per order or 5% of the goods total which ever is the greater.  However for the rest of May 2008 if you place an order with me for £20 or more I will pay the cost of your postage.

The second option is to host a catalogue party, I can send you a copy of our current catalogue and order forms, you share this with your friends and family collect orders and again I will pay the postage for this and get the entire order sent to your home.  Please email me for more details.

Just in case you missed the announcement earlier on.......everyone who places an order with me this month will be entered into a prize draw, the prize is a stamp set of their choice from the current catalogue.

One last thing the Stampin' Up! May special is also still continuing see earlier post for details.

Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Frog with Bling.......



Well today's card is very green and very sparkly.........sometimes when you are making a card you are really not sure how it's going to turn out, well I love this one!

It's for a lovely friend called Shelley who lives in the USA, she is certainly Unfrogettable!!

Sunday, 11 May 2008

I'm on the front cover !

I'm so proud, I've just got my copy of Cardmaking & Papercraft issue No53 June 2008 and I'm on the front cover with the caption "I turned my Hobby into a career".

The article is on page 36 and 37 and shows some wonderful pictures of a workshop I attended at Runways End with a bunch of very talented scrapbookers earlier this year, one of the picture was taken by Helen who is one of my downline team, so thank you so much for doing that for me.

The article is all about Stampin' Up! and how much I enjoy being a demonstrator, it is absolutely the best job in the world!

Do email me if you want to find out more about Stampin' Up! as a home business opportunity.

Do go and get a copy, I'll be posting copies of the cards shown later on this month.

In the meantime, my May specials for my birthday continue anyone who places an order with me during my birthday month will go into a prize draw for a free stamp set of their choice from the Catalogue.  Yes that is ANY stamp set.  It does include all orders already placed with me at workshops already this month.

Friday, 2 May 2008

A little Birdie



A quick card with instructions to follow later...........

This is a lovely Stamp set called A touch of nature, as well as this beautiful bird there is a butterfly, flower, fern leaf, Olive branch, an acorn and a lovely sentiment quote by William Shakespeare.

The way Stampin Up! has stamps is sets is just fantastic everything co-ordinates and it is so easy to make beautiful cards.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

And the winner is..........


JOY

Congratulations Joy, and a big thank you to everyone who has visited my blog, please do pop back, I have lots more things to show you and more goodies to give away.

Joy please email me with your name address and postcode and I'll send your goodies to you, including a Bashful Blue ink pad.