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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Bulk Making Christmas Cards

Hi and thank you for joining me today. Its full steam ahead in the Christmas card making session, only 7 days left to get them in the post at second class stamp rate!

As well as my personal Christmas cards I have Christmas cards for customers to make as well as some for an event I do at Easter to let them know that they are not just for Easter that we think of them all year!

I wanted to use Stampin Up products of course and I wanted them to be fairly quick and easy. I also wanted them to be pretty flat so that they would go in ordinary letter post to keep costs down. I remembered I had got the 'Better Together' stamps with has a lovely Christmas greeting that when stamped on top of each other gives a triangular she which is perfect for a Christmas tree.

To make the process really quick I wanted to stamp the 2 sentiment together at the same time, I did have to trim the stamps down a bit as there was too much space between the words.  If you are going to do this, and I know lots of people do, please be careful not to cut the sentiment!

I used the small star punch that has retired now but I keep it for Christmas cards as it is perfect for a star on a Christmas tree, I also used a retired stamp for the pot (I really cannot get rid of my old stamp sets!) For the tree trunk I used a crumb cake marker and just did a flick.

To line up the stamp I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig, I could have used my Tim Holtz Platform but that was already set up for another card so I decided to go back to the old school way!

Right now they are done I'd best et to the post office!

Speak soon,

Gez xxx

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Stampin Up Colourful Seasons Card

Watch the tutorial by clicking above :-)

Hi and thank you for joining me today on 'Treat Tuesday' - the treat is it is not a Christmas project lol!

It seems like I have been doing Christmas things forever!

I was lucky enough to get this stamp set as a reward from my Upline Caroline (Crafty Caroline Creates) - I recently promoted in Stampin Up and was allowed to make a choice of a stamp set. I had had my eye on this set ever since the catalogue came out but just like everyone I have a budget and tis set always seemed to fall outside that budget each month. It came as part of a bundle so I was not just looking at the set but the whole bundle.  So I chose the stamps and bought the dies myself.

This set is very versatile, it has stamps to suit all seasons and all occasions, I could see the potential not only in all the cards I could make but also for scrapbooking and gift wrap. Also with the loss of the Petite Petals if give a flower and die to add little flowers to projects easily. I love the branch and have already used this as the snowman arms in another project and plan on using them as antlers for Rudolf. The scallop edge would be lovely in a card or scrapbook edge.

You can see how many amazing stamps you get in this set found on page 147 in the Annual Catalogue.

As you can see there are both matching dies and coordinating dies that add extra embellishments to your card or scrapbook page. 

There is a bundle offer that gives you a 10% discount if both the stamp set and die set are bought together. 

Here are some cards that use the dies and stamps together. 

Click here for the bundle!

Click here for the stamp set!

Click here for the stamp set!

To make this card I cut the layers as below - these are my standard way of cutting layers and they give 1/8th border all round.

I used some Extra Thick Whisper White as my base - A4 cut in half and scored in half, this makes a C6 card 5 7/8th x 4 1/8th
I cut a mat in Powder Pink card stock just 1/4" smaller on each side - 5 5/8th x 3 7/8th
I cut some standard Whisper White 1/4" small on each side again -  5 3/8th x 3 5/8th

I stamped the Thank You from the Daisy Delight stamp set, then I stamped the 2 step branch and flowers from the Colourful Seasons stamp set. Using Soft Sued for the branch and Powder Pink for the flowers. I stamped some of the small flowers onto a scrap of Whisper White card stock and cut them out using the matching dies.  I also cut some flowers in the Powder Pink card stock. There were then stuck onto the card to give dimension and added pop. 

I hope you liked this project, easily changed from this soft subtle card to a bold statement crd by changing the colours. Berry Burst would look lovely as well. 

Until next time, bye!

Gez xxx

Sunday, 10 December 2017

24 hours Free Shipping

Hi everyone, just had to share the exciting news that Stampin Up are offering 24 hours Free P&P starting at 11pm tonight (10th Dec) in the UK and ending 24 hours later (11th Dec at 11pm). Everywhere else it is midnight to midnight.

P&P is normally £4.95 so thats a great saving.

To place an order just visit my shop and don't for get to use the hostess code so that you can receive a share in the hostess rewards as a thank you for shopping with me.

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Hostess Code W2ZQP2JT

Happy shopping!

Gez xxx

Stamping Up Snow Flake card

Thank you for joining me on Simple Sunday. It is another Christmas make, a simple card that can easily be made in bulk.

To see the video tutorial click here.

If I was making several of this card I would stamp an entire sheet of A4 and then cut it into 4 mats for a card front. I used the largest snowflake from the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set.

The mat is a normal mat 1/4 inch shorter and thinner than the card base front. The mat allows a ribbon to be added easily.

I used some Extra Thick Whisper White as my base - A4 cut in half and scored in half, this makes a C6 card 5 7/8th x 4 1/8th
I cut a mat in Whisper White card stock just 1/4" smaller on each side - 5 5/8th x 3 7/8th

The sentiment from Snowflake Sentiments was stamped in Versamark and silver embossing powder was applied and heat embossed. This was then cut using the largest oval from the Stitched Framlits.

I love the elegance of this card.

See you again soon 

Gez xxx

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Stamping Up Statement of the Heart

Hi everyone and thank you for joining me today.

At Stamping Up they have a Moto/tag line what ever you wish to call it, a 'Statement of the heart"

Love - Share - Enjoy

I certainly love what I do, and I love to share what I do and I enjoy watching other people become creative.

Recently my sister asked me to make some gift boxes for some presents, I loved making these for her, I love that me sharing my videos on YouTube promoted her to ask me to make them and I am enjoying sharing my creativity with her and will very soon teach her how to make boxes herself!

I used the Foil Frenzy  speciality paper to give them a Christmassy look with out being traditional Christmas colours.

Of course after me sending her a photo she asked for 3 more lol!

So of course like a dutiful little sister I obeyed! 

Right thats all for today, hope you all love what I do, and enjoy me sharing it!

See you soon,

Gez. xxx

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Friday, 8 December 2017

Bronze Elite

Thank you for joining me today, I am sharing my good news of being promoted. This happened in October but this week I received the certificate. 

I was very excited when I received my certificate from Stampin Up for reaching Bronze elite. I can't wait to frame it and display it in my craft room. It is really nice to be recognised in this way. I find the Stampin Up ‘family’ to be a really supportive community where everyone supports and applauds each other's achievements and helps out when they are struggling. 

It's a community where, in my experience everyone wants you to succeed. People are genuinely pleased when you do well and always encouraging and have useful suggestions. We also have plenty of laughs. 

I have worked in 2 very busy public sectors, I was a nurse for nearly 20 years and a teacher for the last 10 years. The was never any recognition of achievements - certainly in teaching it was always about what you could do better, your best even if outstanding was never good enough. So to have a certificate that is also accompanied by a financial reward and also receiving a gift from my Upline was a real change and one that was greatly appreciated. 

I probably work more hours now than I did in my previous jobs but I am now working for me and have a huge community behind me and I love it. 

I also love the fact that I can get to buy things before they are released and am currently enjoying my pre-order from the Spring catalogue an designing things to share with you in January. I can't wait! 

See you again soon

Gez xxx

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Stampin Up Advent #7 Stocking Garland

Hi and thank you for joining me on the last of my week long advent series, I hope you have enjoyed my projects.  This one is possibly my favourite - I saved the best to last!

When I saw the Trim Your Stocking set in the catalogue this was was what I knew I had to make (plus an advent calendar ... not done that yet!) It really didn't take that long to do, 2 nights in front of the TV really. The colours I used match my Christmas Decoration colour scheme but you can use what ever papers you like.

I got all the Cherry Cobbler stocking bases out of 4 pieces of A4 card stock (with half a piece left over) I used the Warmth and Cheer DSP which was last years stock, was still available on clearance when I made this - you will have to check. I also used Crumb Cake to cut out some of the decretive elements along with more Cherry Cobbler. 

I was able to cut out serval pieces at one time to save time and you can cut 2 layers of DSP at the same time as well. I cut the letters using the Large Letter Dies (love these) then I needed ribbon and twine to hand them up. I used small decorated clothes pegs to hold each stocking on the twine. 

You can see how I constructed this on my YouTube channel here!

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See you on Sunday when I return to my normal schedule of 
Simple Sunday
Treat Tuesday 
Festive Fursday!

Cheers for now 
Gez xxx