Saturday, 21 April 2018

What A Fun Weekend!

Our Onstage event was only just over a week ago but it seems much longer than that. Partly because our internet provider wasn’t providing but also as I've been busy with classes.
Onstage is always a fun event for us demonstrators. The events are held globally and, provided you can get registered (demand for places is high), then you may attend an event in the country of your choice. It's a chance to meet with each other, share in the fun, swap our creations,  watch crafty presentations by talented colleagues and Stampin' Up! staff, win prizes ... and so much more!
Upon registration we collect our event bag. I just love the bag we received this time round. Its a soft but durable cotton,reversible - YAY!- and, whats more,the inside is blue, the pockets are printed with the latest pretty branding.
Inside the bag we usually get a stamp set from the upcoming catalogue, our lanyard and badges, prize patrol badge,pens and often another item. Last time a mug, this time a super light box!. Below you can see some photos of the goodies.
Bag, Badges and lightbox in pretty, branded box
Bag reversed

Pretty new branding on the pocket

Lightbox,pens and new stamp set

Notebook and pens

The place was buzzing with people swapping and catching up with friends.
I took part in two swaps which I'll share with you on the next post.
In the hall each place was set with a pretty notebook and toning grid paper. Some had a shade that looked like rich razzleberry, some had a yellow/orange. But, of course, I opted for blue!!!
During the day we had a video presentation by satellite from the US plus many live on stage presentations. We all had a picnic lunch and time to wander all the displays for inspiration and to view many of the new products. Of course we had prize patrol too! I won another new stamp set - Birthday Backgrounds.
We were all VERY grateful not to be kept waiting too long into the event before we received our copy of the upcoming annual catalogue which will be launched to customers in June.
By attending the event we get to receive a paper copy on the Saturday before everyone else - they can view online from the Monday.
Knowing how excited we all get, we have a short break to enable us to browse through and get those pages thumbed! We can't show you the inside yet, but the cover is so pretty!
A further gift was a stamp set which everyone was given - an all attendee giveaway - called Pick A Pennant.

During the afternoon, between presentations, we do some Make and Take cards using new product.
At the end of the event we are allowed to share the contents of the Make and Take box that is on each table by passing the box around until it is empty. I was delighted to be able to bring all these home with me -
We're all pretty tired at the end. The day has been buzzing and we're filled with wonderful ideas to take home with us as well as the large bag of goodies - as you've seen above!
What a fabulous event!!!
Next time you could be there too! Simply join us by purchasing a starter kit to become a demo and remain active through to registration in September. Call or email me for more details. In November we will be celebrating Stampin' Up!'s 30th anniversary.

Have a super weekend,
Lesley x

Monday, 9 April 2018

Retirement List

The retirement lists have been posted online this evening.
If there items that you wish to buy then you will need to order online as soon as possible to ensure you don't miss out.
Click on the images below to view each list.
If you are viewing on my website my shop button is on the top toolbar. If you are viewing on my blogger blog you can click on the image in the right hand sidebar.

Happy shopping!

Lesley x

Annual Catalogue list -

Spring/Summer Catalogue list -

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Lots of Lavender.

Saleabration has now ended for another year. I managed to earn quite a few of the freebies which I have shared in class with my ladies. They particularly loved the panda's but my favourites were Amazing You and Eclectic Expressions.
One set that just didn't 'speak' volumes to me was Lots of Lavender.
It's a shame really as I like lavender.
As you can see from the images below, there are several stamps in the set to give multi step stamping, a prefect excuse to use the Stamparatus!

Determined to use the set at a recent Coffee & Card session, I took a look at some of the cards that people were making and I noticed that a few of them had used the stamp upside down to create wisteria. Although I CASED this card, I'm afraid that I can't tell you who made the original as there was more than one example of this style of card. So, I thank them all for their generosity in sharing.
Here is our card -

I really do like the stamp when used in this way. It's quite a traditional looking and pretty card but not frumpy. We added a sentiment and a little bling in the form of rhinestones and it's good to go.
It's funny how we make an initial judgement and then change our mind, isn't it.
I wonder if you have many stamps like that? Maybe try to think outside the box a little.
I'm crazy busy this week as I prepare to go off to Onstage, our convention in Telford. We swap cards and 3D items. I'm taking part in both a team swap and a 3D WOW swap and have decided to make the same item for both. That's 24 of the same thing and I'm seeing 1" and 1 1/4" squares in my sleep, as you can see from the mess here -

Thankfully, I've almost completed the items now. I look forward to sharing them with you in another post.
Have a crafty week,
Lesley x

Friday, 30 March 2018

Final 24 Hours!

We're now into the final 24 hours of Sale-a-bration 2018. Have you got all the freebies you had your eye on? If not then you need to act - the clock is ticking and time is running out.
Don't Let This Be YOU!
Links to the Sale-a-bration leaflets are above if you're reading this on my blogger/blogspot blog. If you're reading this on my website then the shop button is on the top toolbar.
I've got all the goodies FREE! Have you?

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Petal Passion Cards

Have you seen our Memories & More cards? 
Originally an idea for scrapbooking in pockets of variable sizes as opposed to 12" x 12" card and matching pocket pages, these cards can be used for so much more. From scrapbooking, a short note card, right down to writing your shopping list on them.
Whilst I shy away from ready made toppers where you just add a foam pad,  we are sometimes short on time and need a little assistance with a quick card so 
I wanted encourage my ladies to think of them as an aid to their card making.
The pack chosen for this class is Petal Passion and is in shades of powder pink, basic grey, smoky slate and basic black with whisper white. The cards are in two sizes. With around 50 cards in the pack for £9 they're extremely good value!

Our first card is made with one of the larger black and white cards from the pack which has been coloured with Stampin' Write Markers. A touch of Wink of Stella on top and a few pearls. A small sentiment which is cut using a 1 1/2" circle punch layered onto another circle made with a 1 3/4"" circle punch.

The wink of Stella is not so clear to see in the photos so I'll post close up's too -

The second card is made from one of the larger cards with a smaller card matted and layered on top. I added a piece of smoky slate gingham ribbon. I've only just ordered this and it has such a lovely feel to it. The tiny hearts are stickers (oh, did I forget to tell you that there are also stickers and, some die cuts and a couple of overlays in the pack too?), one has been coloured, then both mounted on Stampin' Dimensions.

The third card is a similar layout to the last one - a large card, small card, matting and layering. I've added a stamped sentiments then coloured the flower on a third card which has been fussy cut. I brushed on some Wink of Stella and added a pearl before attaching to the card with Stampin' Dimensions.

Here is a close up of the flower, you can see the twinkle from the Wink of Stella.

The fourth card is not so easy to capture in a photo. I inked up the embossing folder (Layered Leaves Dynamic TIEF) before embossing a piece of whisper white card. This leaves a debossed, ink effect of the leaves. Over this I've added an overlay which, on the bottom right hand corner has the word 'Together' in white. The final touch is two stamped birds from the Best Birds stamp set which have been die cut and attached with Dimensions. Some of the ladies placed a strip of basic grey card behind the word which enables you to view much more clearly. 

Maybe you can just about spot the word 'Together' on the close up below. 

The final card is a large card fro the pack onto which I've stamped 'Celebrate' from the SAB Amazing You stamp set, sadly soon to retire - just 3 days left to get yours! The flowers are stickers, again coloured, with Wink of Stella and pearls added. 

Hopefully, in the picture below, you can see how pretty these stickers are.

I made 5 sample cards, the ladies chose 4 to make or could make their own designs. This week I plan to make some more to share with them.
Have YOU used our Memories & More cards to make some cards? They're such fun to use!
I hope to bring you some more shortly. Have a good week,
Lesley x

Sunday, 18 March 2018

A Very Merry Bokeh Unbirthday!

I make cards So, why do I miss birthdays and other occasions? A variety of reasons but, in this case, I dithered and didn't know what to make. I knew it needed to be something inky. But nothing seemed good enough. Then, in a flash, the date had passed. 
No, matter, I'll send a belated card with an apology..... and so time crept on. I was devoid of inspiration.
Playing around with some ink I created a piece that I liked using the bokeh technique.
According to the internet bokeh is described as 'In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light".' Apparently the word comes from Japanese language, which literally translates as “blur”. 
This is the card I came up with -
The base card is calypso coral and the bokeh, which has been done on watercolour paper, is mounted on black. On top of this I added two die cuts from the Saleabration Celebrate You Thinlets set. The 'amazing' is cut from glimmer card, 'YOU' is cut from black card with a layer of fine tip glue on top over which I've sprinkled dazzling diamonds glitter.
As it's now 6 months since Nikki's birthday, I decided to call this her unbirthday or half birthday card. I'm pleased that she liked it and look forward to sharing the idea with her and some other friends soon.
I also made a bokeh style card a couple of years back, you can see it by clicking on the link below -

I hope you have a rewarding crafty time this week, out of the cold snow.
Lesley x