Tuesday 29 January 2013

Fabric Fun - Candlelight Christmas and Beau Chateau

Well I have a couple of projects I have been holding onto and finishing in the last few weeks and I thought I would share these with you today.  These are all projects I made using fabric from Stampin' Up! The first fabric choice is from the Autumn/Winter catalogue which finishes on 31st January.  The fabric is the Candlelight Christmas, I think the red in this could work well for Valentines or Mother's Day gifting too.

 I have been wanting to make the Kilner pin cushion for a long time and finally at Christmas I was inspired by this fabric to make one.   The top of the pin cushion is cut with the Scallop circle Big Shot Die (113468) and the inside circle of fabric and card is cut from the Circles #2 Originals Die (114526).  There are quite a few videos out there showing the method for making this and with the two-part push together lid on the kilner it is so simple!
The best bit is I could make it without picking up a sewing needle! I stuck all the fabric using Sticky Strip (104294) which holds everything together firmly and I found there was no need to sew. For my pin cushion jar, I decorated the jar lid edges with the Crochet Trim (118481)  and then added a flower using the Fun Flowers (121812) die for the Big Shot.  The antique brad (117273) fits in perfectly with the vintage style of the trim and I used a sponge dauber just to ink the edges of the flower too.

All I needed to do to gift this was add some coloured pins, some Stampin' Up! buttons in co-ordinating colours and some ribbon and it was finished. A great gift idea and what better way to gift than to share Stampin' Up! product with friends and family too! 

The hearts were decorations kindly made for me by Catherine Evans, a great, super talented SU demonstrator.  She made a gorgeous garland of these hearts of her own which you can and go see here.  I loved her crochet flowers, as seen on the green heart, but unfortunately crochet is not listed as one of my talents so I made my own centre for the red heart from Crochet Trim and the Scalloped Tulle Ribbon in Crumb Cake from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue.  I finished the red centre with the gorgeous Designer Brushed Bronze buttons (127833) and some linen thread.

My next project, after my first pin cushion was the Beau Chateau Pin Cushion jar.  I love the Beau
Chateau fabric design, as devoted followers of my blog will know. 

This time I decorated the jar using Paper Daisies (119243).  I dyed the daisies using the ink pad refills in Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette and Bashful Blue - they turned out even better than I thought! I could not believe how easy it is, just a couple of drops with some water, submerge the daisies and then dry them off.  I secured the layers of the flowers with a metallic brad and manipulated them before completely dry and then added a pearl over the brad centre.  These are gorgeous and I will definitely be using them on more projects now! 

The flower wreath in the picture was a copy from the catalogue design on page 71 of the annual catalogue.  Again using the Fun Flowers die for the Big Shot.  One of the reasons you have to have the Big Shot is all of the materials you can cut with it, fabric and felt, included.  I sourced some felt elsewhere to match the colours of the fabric and used the Very Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon (120999) from SU to decorate and create the hanging loop. 

Remember the following products from these projects are only available in the Autumn/Winter catalogue and can only be ordered until the end of THIS THURSDAY, 31st January:

Candlelight Christmas Designer Fabric 126905 £8.95
Scalloped Tulle Ribbon - Crumb Cake  127840 £6.25
Designer Buttons - Brushed Bronze       127833 £6.25

To place an order, booking or find out more about these techniques, email me at

Tuesday 22 January 2013

Sale-a-Bration - Let's Party and Shop!

Today is the start of the best time of the year for Stampin' Up! - it's Sale-a-Bration time!  Even better for this year Stampin' Up! is celebrating it's 25th anniversary too!  Sale-a-Bration (or SAB) is all about sharing with customers and rewarding demonstrators as there are FREE products for all on offer. 
There are 3 ways, yes 3 ways of earning the free products.
HOST a party  Like to party then host a party! - Invite some friends over and let's get crafting. For total party sales of £150 you will receive £25 hostess pounds to spend AND in addition you will also get a pack of Silver glimmer paper to celebrate Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary.  Fancy more free products?  Invite a few more friends, neighbours, colleagues, your hairdresser, someone you talk to at playgroup? ....... and with total party sales of £300 you receive £50 hostess pounds to spend and a pack of silver glimmer paper, a free SAB product bundle consisting of designer papers, buttons and ribbons AND… 50% off any full-priced item.
SHOP Love to shop? How about shopping and getting rewarded? Customers may choose any one product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for every £45 they spend. This year’s offering includes exclusive stamp sets and accessories, as well as a selection of catalogue stamp sets, ribbon, buttons, and even an embossing folder! Now, more than ever, there’s something for everyone!

You can view the Sale-A-Bration brochure here.

JOIN in the party It's Sale-A-Bration and Stampin’ Up!’s 25th anniversary which means 25% more Starter Kit products for FREE! when you sign up as a demonstrator. For the joining fee of £99, during Sale-a-Bration you will get 25% extra of products, a total of £162.50 plus £45 of business supplies making a total of £202.50 - all for the £99 starter kit fee you pay.  Once a demonstrator you will get 20% off all orders too along with an opportunity to start your own business and all whilst making new friends.

To discuss the benefits of signing up as a demonstrator, book a party or place your own order, email me at or call me.

Saturday 19 January 2013

Stampin' on Candles

I have been preparing candles for a meeting with fellow crafters in February and have been busy Stampin' onto pillar candles.  I won't be revealing how to go about this until after the meet, but take a look at the designs my creativity came up with. 

I love the 'You Are Loved' stamp set which you have seen on my blog previously on some of my card creations.  Doesn't it just work fantastically on the Cherry Cobbler red candle?  I used the co-ordinating 'Love Blossoms' stamp wheel to create the decorative bands also.

The vintage butterfly candle is stamped with the 'Very Vintage' stamp wheel design.  More of a vintage style, but it really suits the traditional pillar style of the candle.  The candle image is Soft Suede ink. 

The smaller candle is again using the 'You Are Loved' stamp set.  The flower detail was coloured using the In colours 2012-2013 marker pens. 

I could not resist making some gorgeous gift boxes to accompany the candles too.  I used some 12x12 textured card stock I had left over which is now retired, but the colours, River Rock and Very Vanilla, are still available as smooth card in the Neutrals collection. 
For the 'Happy Birthday' on the vintage box I have used the new 'Beautiful Birthday' single stamp - a great addition to any stampers craft room for birthday wishes. 
The smaller blue box is made with A4 Pool Party card stock.  I used some designer paper to wrap around the box from the new 'Afternoon Daydream' Simply Scrappin' Kit. I absolutely loved the colours and the action-ready adhesive designs in this kit and can't wait to try making the Notes holder in the annual catalogue (Pg166).
That's today's creative update complete.  Now what's going on with Stampin' Up! news?

There are just two more days left for the My Little Valentine promotion.  Get the Sealed with Love Simply Sent Kit FREE—a 10,95 €/£8.25 value (Pg 35 Aut/Wint)—when you purchase the brand-new My Little Valentine Set.

This special promotion four-piece set (only available in clear-mount) will not be available again after 21 January .

Clear here for full info

The seasonal Autumn/Winter Catalogue also finishes at the end of this month - Don't forget to order before then if there is something in it on your wish list.

To place an order or book a party for the new year, email me at