February 18th 2009 is the launch of my brand new website, on this website you will find all of your favourite projects from my blog along with lots more, it is much easier to navigate, has the facility for me to post videos.......... and has a password section for my team and so much more.
I wanted to share the design process with you of how a card starts out and where it ends up! Steph one of my lovely downline and I attended a workshop together a couple of weeks ago as it was her first one and she asked me to design a bookmark card as one of the make and takes.
The picture below is my first one, I was just playing around with design ideas, working with bits of card I had on my table. I knew I wanted to have Close to Cocoa in the design and the Mr & Mrs stamp set because of the matching Forever Flowers wheel.
Steph suggested Pretty in Pink and I wanted to add more dimension to the card as it seemed quite flat, the picture below is of the final card. I liked it so much I made 30 of them for the High Wycombe swap, although it was a labour of love to cut out 30 tiny Flowers and paper pierce around the edges of both the mat layer and the scallop circle.
In the picture below you can see the inside of the card, if you click on it you will see a larger version and you will be able to make out the perforated line, this is made using the cutter kit and a metal ruler. That is where you detach the bookmark from the card.
Close to Cocoa Card stock Pretty in Pink Card stock Very Vanilla Card stock Chocolate Chip ink Stampin’ Pastels Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon Dazzling Diamonds Tombow multi purpose glue Stampin’ Dimensionals Snail
Forever Flowers wheel Mr & Mrs Stamp set Cutter kit Scallop circle punch 1 ¼” circle punch Cropodile Crafters tool kit Paper snips
This is a card I'm sending to my hubby, who needs to forgive me for scheduling a class on Valentines day............I'll be spending the day with 14 wonderful ladies who will be making 14 cards each in one of my all day classes. We will be having lots of fun and laughter, making new friends and stamping all day! If that sounds like the sort of class you would like to attend check out my class list here for details of my March and April classes.
I'm sure Brian will forgive me, I'll cook him something special for dinner!
Below are 3 cards that will form part of my classes held on 7th March, Pampered Stamper. I have included them in my week of Love themed cards because they are made from one of Stampin' Up!s Simply Scrappin' kits called Love Stories. The Simply Scrappin' kits are such great fun to work with the colours blend beautifully and the adhesive diecuts are made from cardstock which makes them wonderful for both card making and Scrapbooking.
If you would like more details of my classes you can find them here.
I might be taking the love theme a little too far but who wouldn't love 13 cupcakes?...........
The stamp set is called Crazy for Cupcakes and it is a wonderful set. I have stamped the original image 3 times, once for the main card and then again so I could colour them and cut out lots more individual cupcakes. The original image only has 6 cupcakes on it and I like lots more on my plate so in total I cut out 7 additional cupcakes, 3 I have layered on top of the original image and 1 for the front, the last 3 are on the inside of the card.
I have coloured the cupcakes using my blender pens and Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Close to Cocoa and Bashful Blue for the stand. I have purposely not coloured all of the image, If you enlarge it my clicking on the photo you will see white space, that's not bits I've missed it's so that it gives the look of watercolouring.
This is the inside of the card, I have started adding an extra layer inside some of my cards if I am putting a sentiment inside. I love the little layer of cupcakes at the bottom.
Well we are racing towards Valentines day, So I thought I'd share a few love themed cards this week. This first one looks more complicated than it is. It's one of the stamps from the Level 1 hostess set A little bit of Happiness. It's a wonderful stamp set and exclusive to our hostesses.
I have repeatedly stamped in Black Stazon ink onto Whisper White cardstock moving the stamp along to form a patchwork effect. I then cut the cardstock down to mat onto a standard size card blank in Pink Passion. I have been using my blender pens much more lately and I have coloured in the hearts with 3 different pink inks, Pink Passion, Pretty in Pink and Pixie Pink. To use the blender pens, just squeeze the ink pad lid onto the pad and this will give you a pool of colour in the lid. Pick up that colour with the tip of the blender pen and start colouring. A sentiment finishes the card from Seasonal Wishes.
We are getting a Stampin' Up! conference for Europe to be held in Frankfurt, Germany on the 6th and 7th November 2009. This is going to be a wonderful event for demonstrators and I am hoping that my whole team will be able to attend, we are all saving up!
There has never been a better time to join my team of demonstrators, still running is the Sale-a-bration promotion till the end of February which means you get over £240 of products for £139 and you also can choose a free stamp set of any value from the catalogue ! I would love you to join me and my team of Inspiring Inkees for the friendship, support, inspiration and fun we share and of course the discount on your products and the ability to earn extra income.
You will find a question and answer section of what being a demonstrator means here.
I will of course match special sign up offers given by other Stampin' Up! demonstrators for stamp sets or free products so why not email me or call me 07890 426945 to talk about how you can start your Stampin' Up! journey with me and my team.
As an independent demonstrator for Stampin' Up! I run home workshops, classes and courses and demonstrate the full range of products. If you would like to find out more, place an order or find out about how you can become a demonstrator please email me.