Friday, 18 November 2011

Christmas Owl Cards


What a lovely evening I had on Wednesday demonstrating at a Stampin' Up! workshop at my friend Ama's house.  There were three ladies who are already customers, and two who had not been to one of my workshops before, but have heard me on numerous occasions raving about the products at craft club and had seen my creations at the Craft Garden for Light Night.  One of the best bits of being a demonstrator is being able to share my excitement and enthusiasm about all of the products, and seeing other people excited too is amazing (and slightly reassuring it's not just me that wants everything in the catalogue!)  Ama made us all tasty cupcakes and chocolate cake so we were all stuffed by the end of the evening.  I meant to take a picture of them to share, but we started eating them too quickly!

Here's a picture of me in action!

As a thank you to Ama for inviting us all over for an evening of crafty fun, I thought I'd try out my new Mini Milk Carton die, which I bought with some birthday money. Seeing as Ama would be having all the fun, I decided to make a present for her little doggie Ozzie.  I covered the Crumb Cake milk carton with a strip of Designer Paper, and then stamped a dog from the All My Family stamp set (which was sneakily bought from my Stampin' Up! mummy Gemma by my friends as another birthday gift!) onto Crumb Cake and punched it out using the large Oval punch.  I filled the carton with doggie treats, and then used a clip from the Clips Assortment set and finished it off with a bit of Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon.  As you can see on this picture, Ozzie sniffed out that there was a present for him in the box, and he nearly gave the game away as I wanted to wait until everyone was there before giving the gift to the Ama.

Here's the mini milk carton - isn't it cute!

Below are some of the cards we made for the Make and Take, the guests loved it and had a great time making it.  I was really pleased with their cards as they moved things around so they were different to mine.  I'll certainly be using their designs for this card again. The cardstock is Cherry Cobbler, with Crumb Cake cut with the Top Note die.  This was then stamped with Chocolate Chip ink using the Woodgrain background stamp.  I was so pleased when this came into the new catalogue, it's perfect for using with the Owl punch and so much more. The border is Cherry Cobbler from the Regals Collection Designer Paper Stack, with a strip of Old Olive punched with the Scallop Border punch.  The owl itself was punched using Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, and Crumb Cake, with a leaf cut from Old Olive using the Bird Builder Punch.  The sentiment is from Contempo Christmas stamp set, in Chocolate Chip ink.  The belt of the owl is Basic Black 1/8" (3.2mm) Taffeta Ribbon, finished with a Rhinestone Jewel.

Here's a few other Christmas Owl cards I made, when I was deciding what to do for the Make and Take project. The first is a simpler version of the one above, with Old Olive cardstock. The second one uses the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder instead of the wood stamp, and has been inked using the sponge daubers on the raised areas.  Curly Cute has been used on these cards for the sentiment.

If you'd like to make any of these items, and would like to host your own Stampin' Up! workshop from the comfort of your own home, please contact me.

Monday, 7 November 2011

It's Good To Be The Hostess Promotion


In addition to all the benefits of hosting your own Stampin' Up! workshop, between the 1st November to the 15th December 2011, for a short time only, there are even more reasons!  Hold a £300 workshop, and earn the Paisley Petals Stamp Set and the co-ordinating Paisley Petals Designer Paper Series for free, worth £33.90.

Contact me now to book your workshop!