Sunday, 25 December 2011

Christmas Cards 2011

Happy Christmas fellow crafters !!!

I thought I would post one of my very quick and simple Christmas cards which was an adaptation of my Convention swap that was themed in to my Black and Vanilla class held in December. Some had pearls added (yes, I got caught out with the postage) and some were spritzed with Stampin' Up! Champagne shimmer paint.

This year I have received so many beautiful handmade cards. These extra special ones usually go on the top shelf of the dresser but this year it was crammed full and couldn't see all of them - it was lovely to see the handmade ones making such a dramatic increase. Thank you all for your festive wishes.

When the season is over, please bring your cards to class before recycling them, even the bought ones. There are many great inspirations to chat through possiblities and creative ideas.

Happy craftin'


Thursday, 24 November 2011


Just wanted to share our Roomie gifts from Convention with you. One of my downline, Emily, Emma and I all shared a room and exchanged gifts.

I made Emily and Emma these boxes using the new Morning Mocha Designer Series Papers. One contains a Terrys chocolate orange and the other contain a mini bottle of Asti.

Emily gave us these lovely wooden decorated gift box and plaque.

Emma made these wonderful gifts. Such a lot of work went in to these, they are simply gorgeous.Thank you once again for some be beautiful gifts. Thanks again for sharing with me.


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

EMILY & SANDRA - Paris Pre-Convention

Neither Emily or I have ever been to Paris so when Stampin' Up! announced their European Convention 2011 would be held at EuroDisney we booked a few extra days to explore a few sights of Paris.

Thanks to Tesco vouchers and Airmiles, we were able to enjoy 2 tickets to Paris via Eurostar and 3 nights in Paris FREE OF CHARGE. I recommend getting a Tesco Visa card as I put as much as I can through here, especially my Stampin' Up! orders. I never use the quarterly vouchers at face value in the store as they are worth much more converted into vouchers.

This is Emily on the first leg of the journey from Downham Market ...... recognise the crafty bits as we begin assembling my swaps.

Our 1st sightseeing day we took a bus tour of Paris, travelling as the only passengers on the top of a double decker bus, with fabulous views, taking in all the popular well known tourist attractions. Just by the Arc De Triomphe look what Emily spotted ......... 'Le French Monsieur Brown'. I wonder if there were any Stampin' Up! parcels in there ??

Next a trip up the Eifel Tower was an absolute 'must' for me. The views from the top were wonderful although a bit cloudy to one side. Once down at the bottom we realised we hadn't had lunch and at 4pm were getting quite peckish. Another absolute 'must' for Emily was a crepe and she recommended the banana and chocolate spread .... delicious. She didn't really eat two but I had to take the photo quickly so she didn't try !

Our 2nd day browsing at leisure, took us to a station on the Metro called 4th September. At the coffee shop enjoying a proper hot chocolate, Emily tried out her French to ask the lady next to us if she spoke English ........ Only Emily could ask an English lady whether she spoke English !! We all had a good giggle and she was flattered that her French was so convincing.

Emily had searched the Internet and discovered there was a craft shop called UltraMod (well truly mad crafters have to find crafting opportunities wherever we go, don't we !!). Well this was more like a haberdashery and was a very old fashioned shop cram packed with buttons, braids and ribbons etc in every nook and cranny. A wonderful shop ..... and they allowed us to take photos !!

Having made an unwise meal choice the previous evening, Emily was keen to have some good quality food and we certainly couldn't complain here at the Royal Opera. A wonderful Croque Monsieur with generous portion of french fries.

The evening brought the 2nd half of our tour, this time an evening cruise along the River. Our guide was very fluent in English and pointed out all the sites (so much better than the taped recording on the bus yesterday)

The Eifel Tower at night

On arrival at EuroDisney and walking round village deciding on where to eat, we visited the many shops and of course the obligatory trying on of silly hats !!!

Well we had arrived and tomorrow Convention starts properly ... next post tomorrow.


Monday, 21 November 2011

Convention Swap & Tutorial

Last year, Stampin' Up! announced their European Convention 2011 would be held at EuroDisney Paris. Here is my swap that I repeated 300 times !!!!! Yes, 300 swaps as I like to swap with as many people as possible to share many, many ideas. I have a lovely big box of swaps to share with customers and give me inspiration for my creations.

Several people asked me how this was made so here are a few pictures showing you step by step, so here is a very simple tutorial to show how it was created.

Firstly, ink up the fir cone from Autumn Days stamp set using Basic Black ink.

There is no need to draw a circle, post-it, mask or anything. My card here was 9cm square. Simply line up the edge of the wooden stamp with the edge of the card, and, with the stalks pointing inwards, stamp in the centre of the bottom of card.

Turn card and repeat at North, South, East and West positions.

Now stamp across the corner - I did mine freehand but if you prefer, use the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. Don't be afraid of it - with a bit of practice, it'll be much quicker without ... trust me, 300 swaps, each one stamped 8 times, I was not going to use the SAMJ !!!! LOL

.... and this is the finished wreath shape. See how it makes a circle without the need for a guide !!

Next I used the berries and just dipped the tip onto the ink pad and stamped the tip randomly round the edge.

Finally punch stamp and punch out greeting using a range of Stampin' Up! circle punches as you prefer. Here I used Cherry Cobbler to bring in the colour of the berries.

A huge thanks to Emily for helping me assemble all the component pieces on the train from Downham Market to London and then on Eurostar to Paris. It was a good way to pass the journey. October and November were such busy months for me but I intend having started much earlier in the year for 2012 Convention.

Well, I hope you like this mini tutorial and enjoy creating yourself. For your Stampin' Up! supplies please contact me.

Regards till next time.


Monday, 7 November 2011

Weekend Retreat in Mablethorpe

WOW, what a fantastic weekend !!!!

Emily and I have just held our first Stampin' Up! Craft Retreat Weekend with a lovely bunch of ladies, including a car load travelling from Suffolk who took a slight detour to a craft shop, some of my Stampers 10 group from Thetford, plus others from Wellingborough and Branston in Lincolnshire.

Using Emily's large house, kept our costs lower which of course benefitted our crafters in keeping the cost low. The 5* guest house next door provided accomodation for some of our guests, plus full English breakfasts and buffet lunches for everyone.

Those sleeping at Emily's were lucky (or not so lucky given they helped with her Convention swaps) to enjoy extra crafting time, being made to feel at home by Emily. I am an early bird but even I was surprised to go to the kitchen at 6:40am to find two of our ladies in their PJs catching up on unfinished projects from the day before.

Everyone had a fantastic time and we were really pleased with the feedback received. I think everyone will be back in October 2012 for another Retreat.

Emily's son Caiden enjoyed all the fuss from the ladies !!
Unfortunately I can't share details of the projects we made as we have a repeat of the Retreat Weekend on 3rd - 5th February 2012 and need to keep the surprise for another group of ladies who we are looking forward to spending a fun-filled weekend with us. I'm sure some of our projects will make it on here later in February.

If you are interested in attending a future Stampin' Up! Craft Retreat Weekend, please get in touch with me - my contact details have been updated on the tab at the top.

Many thanks for popping by and look forward to catching up again soon.


Saturday, 29 October 2011

Guest Demo at local craft group

Last night I was really pleased to have been invited to be a guest demonstrator at a local craft club that meets fortnightly in my 'next door' village, Foulden.

Although I have previously joined them a couple of times as a customer, unfortunately then I was working long hours and travelling so couldn't make it a regular commitment. I was thrilled to be asked to teach a group of 17 ladies of various ages and abilities.

This is the project they made .........

I was keen to create a project that they could reproduce at home on their own. The box lid was created using the width of an A4 sheet of card, making into a 21cm square and scoring at 7cm intervals all the way round. The bottom of the box was made exactly the same using 20.4cm square and scoring at 6.8 intervals all the way round.

We all had a wonderful evening and many of them asking me to go back in the New Year after their winter break.


Sunday, 9 October 2011


David and I have enjoyed a 'chill out' week on The Algarve, Portugal with sister-in-law and her hubby. We were extremely lucky with the weather too. Chatting to the taxi driver on our journey from the airport, he said they had the same heat wave experienced in the UK at the end of September, with the Vilamoura having their usual July and August temperatures.

Vilamoura Marina

We have been to Villamoura a few times now but this was our first time in a self-catering apartment. Mandy and Glyn were in the one below. This gave us more freedom and there was still a pool adjacent if we wanted to use, although with lovely beaches and warm water both sides of the Marina, we didn't bother.

David and I managed to fit in a couple of excursions to see the sights inland.

We also managed a couple of visits to my favourite Thai restaurant, sitting outside on the veranda. This is simply the best Thai food anywhere !!

David, Glyn, Mandy, Sandra enjoying a cocktail @ bar on Marina

Rui's bar is a small bar just off the Marina where Brits tend to hang out. The resident singer is a Scouser and we think he has been there for some 15years !! When he sang The Hole of the Moon by The Waterboys, we were all reminded of the Interpretive Dance artist 'David Armand' and impulse made us do all his interpretive movements !! Yes, OK so we had had a few drinks. For those of you who haven't seen or heard of him, I highly recommend Googling his name and looking at the many You Tube links. He is so talented and has so much energy. For an even greater laugh, play the clips to your friends / family without the sound on and see if they can guess what the record is.

David chatting to Manager of the Champagne bar

Mandy has a bit of a passion for Champagne, so we had to visit the Champagne bar a couple of times.

This is one of those holidays we choose to just chill out although I did take the laptop and fit in some craft planning ......... well it was a really bad time to go away on the day the New Ideas Book and Catalogue launched !!! Well that's what you get travelling with and fitting round other people.

A lovely relaxing break and now back to the grindstone.


Saturday, 1 October 2011


The waiting is now over !!!

It's always so exciting to receive the new Ideas & Catalogue book each year. As an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, we get to see the preview one month early but with so many new items, it's difficult to have to wait until 1st October to be able to order.

Stampin' Up! have introduced many new changes this year. The biggest one being the NEW HOSTESS BENEFITS. There is no longer a 3-tier hostess level gift reward ... I know everyone wants to earn the level 3 and how difficult this can be to achieve.

How fantastic would it be to choose ANY of the exclusive Hostess gifts. Well now you can. You will now recieve Hostess Pounds which you can spend as you choose. If you do not wish for a any of the exclusive Hostess stamp sets, you can simply spend your money on any items in the catalogue. How fantastic is that !!!!

The next HUGE benefit is that for a £300 party, in addition to your £50 FREE SPENDS, you can choose an item from the catalogue at HALF PRICE. Yes, that really does mean, choose the most expensive item you wish and you will only pay half price. (I can tell you my choices are already made and I will have a doctors bag to keep my Big Shot on it's way to me today - I can't wait.


I am really excited to be ordering many new items to share with you at my upcoming classes and I would like to share this with you.

Throughout October I will be placing orders every Sunday evening. For OCTOBER, I am offering all my lovely customers a fantastic offer to help you get your hands on even more new items. For every £30 of product ordered from today, you will receive a raffle ticket number for entry into my FREE PRIZE DRAW to earn fabulous gifts from the New Catalogue. Prizes will be Hostess benefits from that week's orders and you will be able to choose your gifts. If orders are over £300 in any particular week, there will be an additional DRAW for the HALF PRICE ITEM. So make sure I have a telephone number I can contact you on or leave me your wish list in order of preference !!

Please note - this is not a Stampin' Up! offer but my personal offer to you. It does not apply to Stampers 10 commitments as this is a regular commitment where Hostess for that month receives benefits and any individual orders over £150 as you will receive full hostess beenfits for the total of your ordrer.


With such fantastic offers to be earned for FREE, why not contact me to book your own party now ? I would love to hear from you so please contact me on 07806 616704 or email sroberts07@btinternet and I will get back to you ASAP.

If you haven't yet got your hands on a copy of the New Ideas & Catalogue book, click on the image at the top left of this blog until I can get one to you. RRP is £5.95 but I am selling at £5 posted to your door.

Happy craftin' till I see you next.


Saturday, 10 September 2011


Thank you for joining us today and welcome to our LAST CHANCE Blog Hop featuring stamp sets and accessories that are sadly retiring from the current catalogue this month. Hurry though because with several bargains at 25% and 40% it is only while stocks last and already items are selling out. Please feel free to give me a call on 01366 728407 or 07806 616704 to place your orders and enter my draw for free hostess gifts.

Now, you may have just joined from Elaine at where I'm sure you've seen some wonderful projects. If this is your first stop, grab a cuppa and enjoying a short break from the Saturday morning chores whilst browsing through some demonstrators blogs and 'hop' your way back to your starting point.

My first project today is one I made using the charity set 'Strength & Hope' with £1 from every stamp set sold being donated by Stampin' Up! to help raise money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. A very worthwhile cause and beautiful stamp set.

This fancy fold card also featured a greeting from Occasional Greetings which is currently at 40% discount.

Also featured is the Springtime Vintage DSP that appeared in the Mini catalogue on 1st April and will also sadly be waving goodbye by the end of this month.

The card below features Baby Blossoms, again from the Mini catalogue, a delightful set of 18 stamps featuring our two-step stamping technique.

The vase here is made by punching an oval and using the 'hole' to sponge through. I used the punched out image to place in the neck of the vase to give a curved shape.

Lastly, here is a card I have seen lots of times in 'blogland' recently. Use any leftover DSP and punch squares using either the 1-1/4" or 1-3/8" square punches and layer onto card, running through Square Lattice Big shot to give a quilted effect. Here I have used some more of the Springtime Vintage that is retiring this month.

The NEW Stampin' Up Ideas & Catalogue book is released on 1st october and will contain even more pages of exciting craft goodies. Be sure to contact me to reserve your copy and be among the first to receive over the next week or so.

Now, to continue 'hopping' around blogland, click here to join Natalie where I'm sure she will have posted some amazing projects as always.

Happy craftin' and thanks for stopping by today.


Thursday, 8 September 2011

Retirement List - BLOG HOP

In a moment of madness I added my name to the list on our forum IN LOVE WITH STAMPING for a BLOG HOP featuring Stampin' Up's Retirement list items. Little did I realise just how little time I had and when could I fit it all in !!

Sometimes it's good to work under a 'bit' of pressure and as I had problems with Blogger last time, I'll be back tomorrow with a few of my projects using items that are sadly retiring.

Happy craftin'


Thursday, 1 September 2011

Last Chance list

It's that sad time of the year again when we have to say Goodbye to some of the stamp sets and accessories retire from the current catalogue to make space in the warehouse for all the NEW supplies in the Ideas & Catalogue 2011-2012 book available on 1st October 2011.

Many items are reduced with some even 25% and 40% discount but hurry, they are only available while stocks left and will completely disappear on 30th September !!!!

For a copy of the current Retirement list click

As an extra bonus, as soon as order reach £150 I will submit and do a draw from all those customers in that order to earn the FREE hostess level 1 stamp set. So, make sure I have your contact details......

Have fun snapping up those bargains.

Happy craftin'


Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Doesn't time fly .....

As always I can't believe how time is flying past at such a fast rate in my busy life !!

I apologise that since my holiday I've not had the time to devote to the electronics and 'blogging'. Rest assured that behind the scenes I have still been extremely busy planning and prepping classes.

I'm pleased to say that I am still very busy with my classes with many being sold out and September places all full in all locations and even a waiting list.Some classes have not been able to be advertised as they have sold out in advance. So, if you are interested in joining me at one of my forthcoming classes, please call to reserve your space on 01366 728407 or 07806 616704. Bookings being taken right up to the week before Christmas.

Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Happy Craftin'


Wednesday, 6 July 2011

BLOGGER IS BACK ..........

........ and so am I !!!!!!

Hi crafters

Yipee, I have finally got my Blogger back.

Some of you will no doubt be aware I've been on holiday for two and a bit weeks in the South of France with a bunch of Honda Goldwingers.


I had posts scheduled for while I was away which didn't work and sadly I had to withdraw from an ILWS Blog Hop scheduled for Friday 1st July as I couldn't Blogger to save posts without throwing out error messages. It really was a bit silly of me to think I could squash something else in when I got home, in addiiton to catching up from two weeks of work and having two all day classes Saturday and Sunday to prep for, without realising Blogger was going to play up. This is the first opportunity I've had to try and sort it out.


David and I headed for Maidstone Premier Inn the first Friday evening to meet up with 26 other fellow Goldwing traveling companions from all over the UK. A good trip down for us until the M25 - onto the M20 and the heavens looked as if they were going to open. Pulling up under a flyover, waterproofs on .... well at least the weather should be better the other side of the Channel !!

Late snack for lunch in the bar and of course a few drinks (well the holiday hads started), meeting new faces and getting to know each other then a nice relaxing evening meal followed by an early night ready for the long ride the following day.

Bright and early the next morning we were all at the tunel and, heading for our first week in Narbonne, we stopped overnight half way across France in Toures.

Continuing on the following morning to Narbonne, we spent a week touring round some stunning ride outs including Carcasonne, Millau Bridge - the tallest in the world, castles and chateauxs and stunning scenery.

I was pleased that we had CB radio linked into our headsets and intercom. With 14 trikes and solos travelling in convoy, at times we probably stretched over 1/2 mile. Travelling for ride outs when not on the motorway, going through towns and villages it is hard not get seperated at traffic lights, roundabouts etc. CB allowed us to keep smaller groups together until on the open road once again.
Moving on for our second week, we set off for Lourdes on the 'scenic route', which took us over mountains and up in to the clouds. Unfortunately waterproofs on again but it was only the heavy drizzle from being so high up in the clouds and not the great British weather following us.

Arriving in Lourdes and the French/Spanish Pyrennes scenery was even more beautiful. Taking over the top floor of the hotel Dame De La Sarte, we had fabulous views from the balcony overlooking the Pyrennes, with snow still visible on the highest peaks ........... yes, in June.

Our first ride out from here took us on parts of the Tour De France route and included lots of number of hairpin bends as we made our way up and down various mountain passes. David doesn't like heights and with very few barriers to stop accidents, we were so grateful we were on 3 wheels not 2. In total there were 6 trikes and 8 solo bikes travelling.


The next couple of days we travelled up more mountain passes, including taking a cable car from the ski resort to Pic Du Midi to the 'space station in the sky', having stopped at supermarket for picnic lunches.

We experienced some thunder and lightening behind the mountains one evening - sitting in the Irish bar next door to the hotel, we weren't in the least bothered, it was very refreshing after reaching really high temperatures. It was very picturesque watching the white lightening disappearing behind the Pyrennes.

Overall a superb holiday and definitely the best way to tour. So much fresh air, I slept extremely well and wasn't awake at stupid o'clock like I am at home. Just as well really because luggage space for two weeks was very limited and therefore no space for crafting materials. I defnitely suffered withdrawal symptoms. LOL

Having heard about the French toilets, this was not something I was looking forward to. I am so pleased to say I worried unecessarily as I managed to survive the whole of the holiday without having to endure this unbelieveable experience !!! Thanks Helen for the warning though.

Pop back soon - I hope to be back into normal routine soon.



Tuesday, 21 June 2011


For todays, top tip, how would you like to have another punch without spending any extra money ?

Punch a Scallop Circle. Stick on a Post-It note and re-insert into punch.

Line up so that each scallop is the the middle of the next one and punch.

I love the new look punch, hope you do too.

Happy craftin'


Wednesday, 8 June 2011


Today I thought I would share some of the birthday cards I received last week.

When I first started crafting I only had the odd one or two handmade cards. This year I had loads, including some from my Stampin' Up! customers, class members and a small birthday club I joined. It is always lovely to see the different designs from fellow crafters.

Here are just a few of my favourites :-

Parchment is a beautiful craft which takes many, many hours to create masterpeices. This beautiful card was made by Pat, one of my SU downline and also my unofficial 'adopted Mum'.

A close up of the parchment flowers.

This gorgeous card was sent by another one of my SU downline, Emily. Here she used Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake, colouring the white organza ribbon using the same ink.

This lovely card was from Jean from AJs Card Craft in Stamford where I have Stampin' Up! classes alternate months. Jean recently visited family in the USA and brought a few SU goodies home with her !! This stamp set is not one we can get here in the UK (at the moment). The brad in the middle swivels round to point to whatever you like.

This beautiful card was from Cathi, a lovely vintage style using one of the old oak from Lovely As A Tree. This is a really versatile set but this is the stamp I use the least. I need to give this one a go.

This one was from Sarah who is loving her new Owl punch and looking forward to next repeat of OWL EXTRAVAGANZA CLASS in Norwich on Sunday 24th July. If you are interested in joining the group, please get in touch with me.

This one is from Angie, a fellow SU Demonstrator featuring the beautiful butterfly. The effect was so shiny, I thought it was on accetate.

Thank you all once again and to all the others, too many to post.

Happy craftin'


Tuesday, 7 June 2011


Don't you just hate the red sticky tape for being so static and not being able to shake off your hands ?

Well when doing lots of crafting, I make a loop of masking tape or selotape on the corner of my craft mat or desk. Simply stick red backing tape here and it will accumulate without any annoyance - when it is full, just turn over and use other side of loop or replace.

Emily's Top Tip for this is to stick it on your fellow crafters skin as this does the same thing !!! Sorry, should have taken a photo on Saturday.

I will leave that one for you !!!!!

Happy craftin'


Tuesday, 31 May 2011


Today is a very quick 'Tuesday Top Tip'.

I had to laugh this week when a couple of my customers shared that they have adopted one of funny habits :-)

When watching TV (especially the crafting channels) and you see something you like, pause the TV. Then go and grab your camera and take a photo of the TV screen. OK, not everyone has this facility - it works on Sky+. This way, whatever has caught your inspiration can be captured and used later when you are crafting.

I have even taken a photo of a blouse/top that a TV presenter was wearing because of the colour combination. This is not copyright, just colour inspiration. Of course, I take care not to include the person themselves and once the idea is used the photo can be deleted.

OK, so I am addicted to my crafting............ that's not such a bad thing.

Happy craftin'


Sunday, 29 May 2011

Mummy ...... I'm helping .....

It's fatal to leave the craft room chair unattended with the door open !!

Here is my little Princess 'Smudge' trying to help Mummy getting class ready earlier this week.


Saturday, 28 May 2011

Bank Holiday Weekend

Ok, so an unusual post this evening.

We have had an elderly Aunt in hospital in Manchester for the last 3 weeks and whilst David has managed to visit several times, unfortunately this was my first weekend that I could visit too.

I'm pleased to say she is much improved to when she came in very very poorly. We are staying overnight having visited and run shopping errands and back at hospital tomorrow.

For those of you who know, David is a Machester United fan and we are sitting in the hotel bar with a score of 3-1 down. David (and many others) not a happy bunny !!!

Luckily I have brought the laptop with me so sitting here amongst the footy supporters playing online with free Wi-Fi :-)


On a sad note, we have a very good friend in the village who is a Harley Davidson bike rider. He had an unfortunate accident last weekend at Brandon Creek and is still in Addenbrookes Hospital. We heard very sad news Wednesday that he has lost the fight to save his leg. Our love and thoughts go to Steve and his partner Cristel during this difficult time.


Wednesday, 25 May 2011


Today's Top Tip has been suggested by my downline Emily who reminded me of something I do with my Big Shot machine, which you might be interested in.

I am using the Big Shot even more now that SU have introduced lots of Dies and Embossing folders.

Most of us know the BS cracks and groans as it passes through the machine and also leaves cuts in the plates. These are unsightly but accepted as being part of the machines functions.

Sometimes these cuts can actually embed into card when going through embossing folder if you have part of the card outside the embossing folder.

To stop this happening I invested in another set of plates and labelled with permanent marker pen "EMBOSSING FOLDERS ONLY" on each plate. This way, these plates are staying pristine and don't leave unsightly marks, leaving the scratched ones for cutting Dies. I have advised all my classes using the BS and they are respecting why I have done this and so far (!!!!!!) with no accidents.

I know of a couple of other demos who have now done the same and some customers who are also following my Top Tip already.

A small investment but I feel it is worth it.

Happy Craftin'


Monday, 23 May 2011

Daisy, Daisy

Here is a quick sample of a card of some daisies we did on my Big Shot Day last weekend.

When the new Mini was released, I was hesitant as to how many Dies to purchase. However, I'm taken in by all of them and keep gradually adding to them.

The Flower Daisies #2 Die #114520 is so versatile and creates beautiful results.


Wednesday, 11 May 2011

RETREAT WEEKENDS ............ Watch this space ........

Emily is coming to spend this weekend with me in Norfolk to finalise our two Retreat weekends planned for September and November. Lots of ideas are jumping backwards and forwards by text and email already and we're so excited by this new venture and the interest that has been shown already.

Places will be strictly first come, first served and will require a non-refundable deposit.

Pop back on Monday for the finalised details.


Tuesday, 10 May 2011


Welcome back to Tuesday Top Tip - and today there are a few Top Tips in one project !

When the 2011 Mini was announced, SU Demonstrators were given a FREE set of stamps at the launch training Itty Bitty Bits. Several people were cautious as to whether it would be popular or not. I eagerly awaited the matching Itty Bitty Punch Pack and matching Itty Bitty Buttons.

TIP 1 : Yesterdays card firstly used the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. Each of the dimples were punched out using the small flower punch to make small flower heads. Don't forget to think outside the box and use for other purposes.

TIP 2 : For a different way to make a faux layer, cut a piece of scrap card the same size as project you are working on. Punch required shape - here I used the Wide Oval punch, positioning where you wish to make a template. The Whisper White card was placed underneath the template and then gently sponged through from the outside edges inwards.

To make stems, cut thin slithers of Old Olive cardstock free hand with scissors. Nature is not perfectly straight, so you don't have to be either !

TIP 3 : To make the leaves, I then punched one small flower in Old Olive cardstock and cut in half, then into segments as in photo above. OK, so they're fiddly to stick down but using a previous tip for the cocktail stick and blob of Tombow as a pick-up tool, it was easy. Again thinking outside the box.

Pop back again soon for futher Top Tips.

Happy craftin'