Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator based in Nottingham but willing to travel - available for workshops, classes and individual orders. Tel 07891476636 or e-mail

Monday, 5 November 2012

Hello everyone,

Only 8 weeks til Christmas, has anyone completed their shopping yet?  I've got a few presents but not all of them.  I can't believe the year has gone sooooo quickly.  My little man is walking now and looks a lot older than 15 months.

Anyway, I've got a really simple card to show you today.  It was a thank you card for my ladies when they craft on a Saturday.   I try to show my appreciation to them for supporting me and my business.

I just love the new Tulle ribbon, don't you.  It always keeps its shape and is so easy to work with.  I made these cards a while back and the sentiment is from a now retired set, Flight of the Butterfly.

Sometimes the simpler cards are the most effective and I hope you agree that this card fits that category?

Well til next time people stay safe and well.

Tracy -x-

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Wow, where has the month gone, it seemed only yesterday that I was posting about my last class and here.  Mind you, I've done 2 fairs and have been quite poorly with bad tonsillitis, so it must be nearly a

Anyway, today I held my monthly class and a couple of my lovely ladies couldn't make it for one reason or another so I held it at my house instead of the hall I usually have it at.  As last month was a scrapbook month it meant this month was cards.  I asked my ladies at the last class what they would like to cover this month, as I think it is important to go with my ladies views, and they wanted another Christmas Class.

Well I'm all for doing Christmas cards as it helps me get ideas for my cards too, I just need to make sure I don't send my sister and sister-in-law the same one...haha.   So the stamp set we went for this week was Joyous Celebrations from the new Autumn/Winter catalogue.  My ladies also bought the embossing folder and punch that are shown on the same page.

OK so what did we make, well we did a little bag, using the fantastic new Bigz die in the main catalogue, and 6 wonderful cards (well that's what my ladies said).  So here they are in one shot and I'll then show you them individually:

The first thing my ladies did was the lovely little bag you can make with the bigz die.

I used paper from our wonderful 12x12 selection Be of  Good Cheer, you get 2 bags from one sheet.  I can't believe the gorgeous 12x12 papers we have this time.  I have received the wood effect set (sry can't remember the catty name but you will know which ones) and OMG they are just lush, the shine on them is fantastic.  Anyway back to the bag and you will see there is no stamping from the Joyous Celebration but I did use the stamps from Tags til Christmas which I think is a must seeing as Christmas is nearly upon us.  I have also used the Sweater Trim from the Autumn Winter catty and, I hope you agree looks great on this project.

Here are the 6 cards we made today:


You will see that I have used several different techniques and products, some new some old, to make these cards.  For those of you who have the new catalogue you will see that I have "cheated" a little and CASED a card from the catty.  Now its not that I couldn't come up with a 6th idea but I just love this card.  Its so simple yet so effective.  However, instead of using the Itty Bitty Frames dies I have cut the "label" by hand with cutting a "V" either end of the card.

Well, I hope my absence has been worth the wait.  I promise I will be back soon with new projects to show you.  Until then take care of yourself and pop back soon and please leave a comment.

Tracy -x-

Products used:
Stamp sets – Joyous Celebrations, Tags til Christmas

Big Shot – Oval Embossing Folder, Framelits Dies, Bag bigz die
Inks – Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, Early Espresso 
Papers – Be of good cheer, Festival of prints designer series paper stack
Punches – Decorative Label, 1” and 1 ¾” Circle Punch, 1 ¼ and 2 3/8 Scallop punch, Large oval punch, Boarder punch, 2 ½ “ round punch
Accessories –Self Adeshive Rhinestones and Pearls, Round treat cups, BakersTwine, White gel pen, Dazzling details silver sparkle, Big shot long plates, Brads, White Stiched Ribbon, Tulle ribbon (cherry cobbler), Vintage Faceted and Naturals designer buttons, Sweater Trim
Adhesive Paper – Festival of print designer series paper stack
Tools –  Paper trimmer with scoring blades
               Bone folder
               Snail Adhesive
               Tombow Glue
               Stampin’ scrub
               Stampin’ mist cleaner
Ex stampin up – Crop-a-dile

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Scrapbook class

A few weeks ago I teased you with a snippet of a photo of the finished pages for my scrapbook class last month.  Well I held my class last Saturday in which we made the pages and we all had a fabulous time.  Unfortunately my sister wasn't able to make the class due to work commitments but her and my niece came round on Monday to do the pages so they weren't left out.

Here are the pages I made:


The colour choices were Riding Hood Red, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette and Whisper White.  I also used the Designer Series Paper Twitterpated which I am pleased to say have remained in the new catalogue.  You might just be able to see it but I stamped the Mixed Bunch flower as a background on the Pink Pirouette in Pink Pirouette Ink.  One of my ladies used Riding Hood Red ink and stamped on the coordinating paper and it was very effective, much more noticeable.  You will also see that I've used punches, the big shot and the scoreboard to create elements of the page.

I have taken pictures of some of my ladies layouts that show you how they have differed from the original layout but I have not yet uploaded them.  I hope to do so over the next few days so please pop back to have a look, there are some great layouts :)

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will come back soon to have another look and maybe leave a comment on what you see.

Tracy -x-

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Its finally here......

Yes ladies, albeit 3 days late, I have some great news to tell you ..... The NEW 2012 - 2013 CATALOGUE is here.  OMG is it big, there are nearly double the amount of pages with lots of new stamp sets, the new In Colours, Designer Series papers.  Not only does it have all of these fabulous products but wait until you see all of the big shot products that we now have.  We are almost in line with the USA, how cool is that!!!!!

If you would like to view the catalogue there are several ways you can do it.  Firstly, you can click on the picture of the catalogue in the right hand column and you will be taken on a virtual tour of the catalogue.  However, if like me you like to drool over the pages then there are a few options available to  you:

Firstly you can order a copy directly off me for the cost of £5

Secondly, place an order of £45 or more and receive a copy FREE

Thirdly, join my S6 or S10 club, due to renew in November and, with your first order you will receive the catalogue

Finally, host a workshop and get a free catalogue when the booking is confirmed.

If you are interested in hosting a party, placing an order or would just like a catalogue sending out then I would love to hear from you so drop me a line either by phone or e-mail.  You can also get in touch with me via Facebook

I'll be back soon to tell you about my hectic life since my return from my holiday to Turkey last week.


Tracy -x-

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Retiring list - don't delay

Hello Ladies,

Sorry that I've not posted  for a while but the weekend just flew by what with a wedding and entertaining my family on

Anyway, I'm here now and have I got news for you.  Stampin' Up! have announced their retiring list and there's not only one list but two.... how fab is that?  Now, the trouble with a retiring list is that everything goes  so you'd better be quick and look at the list today.

One thing you might notice is that all the ink pads are on the list.... now don't fret there isn't a major colour change just the style of pad that's all, the colours remain the same.

So here are the lists, just click on the link to grab a bargain   Accessories list    Stamp list

I'll be back soon to show you a card I made at the weekend for the bride and groom so remember pop back and take a look.
If you would like to order anything just drop me a line or call me, all my details are in the tab at the top of the page.  I hope to hear from you soon.

Tracy -x-

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Wedding card

Saturday saw me and hubby at a wedding and I always like to do a special card as its a special day for them.  Well I knew that her colour scheme was burgundy and cream so that was an easy start - Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White were my choice in card and ink.

For those of you who me will also know that I like to do a card that is boxed and the shape of a book.. The template for this is not from Stampin' Up! but from my own materials.   I also used Confetti Cream card for the base of the card as this is sturdier than Very Vanilla, although this was used as the top layer to the card as it is smoother to stamp on. Here is the finished card :-

I embossed the image using versamark ink and then Cherry Cobbler and heat set it with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.  The rose buds were made by punching out varying circles and, starting from the outside cut into the circle  to create a spiral effect.  Then from the outer edge roll the card up to make a circle.  Allow the "bud" to relax a little and secure using tombow.  The new glitter from the Autumn/Winter catalogue was used to create the raindrop effect on the flowers

Obviously such a special card required a special box to put it in so I again cut out the book shape and embossed the frames onto the smaller "page".  I then used the Timeless Types Alphabet dies, which are sadly retiring, to cut out the initials of the bride and groom.  I finished the box off with a few adhesive pearls

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my work.  Any order gladly taken.

Til next time

Tracy -x-

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Hey lovely crafters,

Did you have a nice relaxing Bank  Holiday?  I did having entertained guests until 1.40am on Sunday morning  Best of it all I didn't get up with a hangover either !!!!

Anyway my next class at the end of Septembers is a scrapbook class so I thought I would get ahead of myself, for a change, by preparing the layout early, especially as I'm away for a while in September.  So as a little teaser here are little sections of the layout to tempt you into booking a place for the session.

Now here are the tempting pics .......

They are meant to be totally different pages as they are for the back and the front of your scrapbooks.

The venue is Bestwood Village Social club and the class is on the last Saturday of the month starting at 9.30 and finishing at 12.30.  Light refreshments are included in the price.  If you would like to reserve a place just get in touch. A non refundable deposit  of £5 is required at the time of booking either by pay-pal, and mark it as a gift, or bank transfer.  If you would like any further information send me a message or e-mail and I'll reply as soon as I can.

I hope you've liked what you've seen.  If you would like to see the finished pages then book your place and join like minded people in a friendly environment.  All levels of crafter welcome and I am at hand to give assistance where its needed.

See you soon

Tracy -x-

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Today is my 25th wedding anniversary and the weather is so different to what it was 25 years ago.  It was raining on and off all day and I wasn't able to have the train on my dress drag behind me as it was too wet but once I got in church I was able to put it down.   It brightened up just enough so that we could have some photo's taken outside.  Still, to me it was a wonderful day and I got to marry my soul mate and closest friend :)

Anyway, enough about me, you want to know what I've got to show you today, don't you?  You may have guessed that it my be my anniversary card to hubby, well you'd be right.  However, I only made it today as he was cleaning the windows...haha, how romantic is that?  He was a good boy and didn't peek when he came in and out of the conservatory so it was a surprise to him.

I've also used none other than the Confetti  White for the base card and teamed it up with  Whisper White and Basic Black.  I wanted some "silver" on the card and what better card to use than Brushed Silver from the main catalogue.  Now what could I put on the front that would keep the card both masculine  and show how I felt for Dean?  Of course it was easy, love hearts.  So I punched lots of hearts out in all the colours using the Heart to Heart punch and 4 large hearts using the Full Heart punch.  I embossed some Brushed Silver card using the Stripes Embossing Folder and some Whisper White with the Manhattan Flower.  I punched out one large love heart from the Manhattan Flower embossed card to give the look of embroidery on the heart. Here is the finished card:

I was very pleased with the finished result and it looks much better in "real life" if you know what I mean?  Inside I didn't put a veyrse but wrote something to Dean from me.  So all in all it was a very private card.

I have had a lovely day relaxing around the house and basically chilling out.  I can't say that's going to happen tomorrow as we have the gas men here fitting a new boiler, so that should be fun ..... not.

Remember if you want to order anything just get in touch and I'll be happy to oblige.  Also the new autumn/winter catalogue comes out on the 1st of September so that only leaves 9 days to order from the spring/summer mini.  If you want anything don't delay and be disappointed order today !!!

Thanks for stopping by and please leave a message.

Tracy -x-

Big shot
Manhattan Flower and Stripes EF
For My Family stamp set
Punches Heart to Heart, Full Heart

Tuesday, 21 August 2012


Just thought I'd pop on to let you know I'm still  I'm on holiday this week but we haven't gone away as it was soooo expensive just for a flight  so we decided to go in September instead  ohhhh I can't wait as its a delayed Silver Wedding anniversary holiday :)

Anyway, yesterday I had to make a silver wedding anniversary card for our dear friends and neighbours.  Their special day is tomorrow, the same as ours, but they have gone away for a few days so I needed to get it done asap.   I managed to do it but, like a numpty,  in the rush I forgot to take a picture of it.  When they get back I'll ask for it back to take a picture and then post it for you all to see.

On the card I have tried a new technique to me called Faux Patina, its such a lovely technique and I was so pleased with the end result that I might give it another go on hubbys card as I haven't made that yet  So I'll be back soon to hopefully post a picture of the aforesaid card and the one I'm doing for hubby.

Til then take care


Friday, 17 August 2012

Everything Eleanor

The other month I planned my class around the Everything Eleanor stamp set but was pushed for time so I "cheated" and bought a class from the very talented Jenny Moor.   I made sure that my ladies knew that the credit for the design was all down to Jenny and that they couldn't sell them to anyone.

Well time came to prep for my class.  The colours that Jenny has used was Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.  Imagine to my horror that, when I came to prep for class, I didn't have enough of the right card to make all the packs up.  I don't know if you're like me but when I've seen a design in one colour I can't imagine it in another colour.

Anyway, I finally managed to work out a different colour combination that I was satisfied with and luckily my ladies were very understanding and didn't mind making the box set in a different colour.  The colour scheme I went with was Calypso Coral, Pacific Point and Very Vanilla

The first picture is the original design and the second one is my colour combination.  Now I can't make my mind up which I

Here are some photos of my ladies crafting away and having fun.

If you like to join us on the last Saturday of them month then just get in touch and I'll happily talk through the options with you.  Depending on the uptake I would consider an evening class, a Saturday afternoon class or a different Saturday in the month.  Come on what are you waiting for, we don't


Tracy -x- 

Products used:
Stamp sets -  Everything Eleanor, Petite Pairs
Ink Pads Soft Suede, Crumb cake, Calypso Coral or Calypso Coral, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze
Card - Calypso Coral, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla or Very Vanilla, Pacific Point, Calypso Coral
Big Shot - Embossing folder, 
Accessories - Ribbon, Pearls
Punches - 1" circle, Oval and scallop oval, Lace boarder and scallop boarder

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Hello everyone, aren't we having some fabulous weather at the moment?  I'm so glad it stayed nice for the Olympic games, didn't Team GB do well? and the closing ceremony was awesome. I hope the para Olympics have the same good weather.

So what am I going to show you today?  Well its a card I made for my niece's 18 birthday last month.  Just  before this I had attended one of Jules great training days where we did this card as one of the make and takes and I thought it was so unusual that it was perfect for my niece.  Here it is closed:

and this is it open:


You can see that it is a play on folds, similar to Origami, but it gives the wow factor to it as well.  The colour scheme I went for was all the new in colours for 2012/13.  I just love these colours don' t you?  They are so vibrant, its enough to make anyone who receives a card like this smile.   I have teamed the card with the  papers from the Sweet Shop collection... remember ladies you can only order from the Summer Mini Catalogue until the end of August and we don't know what, if anything, is going into the new Catalogue so don't delay in ordering.  The numbers and wording are die cut and the Balloons are from Party This Way.  I've used flowers from the Boho Punch to anchor the balloons down,  

The Band that holds the card together is again Calypso Coral with papers from the Sweet Shop Collection.  Some of you clever people may have spotted that there are different colours on the Party this Way slogan.  To achieve this effect I used the In Colours markers and only coloured in certain areas of the stamp.  I think it gives a lovely effect.

To  make the flower I punched out about 5 shapes using the Fancy Flower punch.  I scrunched the shapes up to break down the fibres and then added a Rhinestone Brad through the centre to secure the flower.  To keep it all together I used Calypso Coral ribbon. 

If you would like any of the products mentioned above please don't be shy, get in touch and I'll happily order the products for you.

Take care until next time

Tracy -x-

Products used:Medium Sizzlits Timeless Alphabet dies and Alphabet Simple Numbers
Big shot with 
Scoreboard plus Diagonal plated
Punches- Boho Blossom, Fancy Flower, Decorative Label
Card- Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Inks - Lucky Limeade, Wild Wisteria, Pool Party
DSP - Sweet Shop
Accessories - Rhinestone Brads, Linen Thread, Adhesive Rhinestones, Piercing tool and Mat Pack
Markers - Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Wild Wisteria, Island Indigo

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Oh dear I've done it again.... lost track of time and not posted for a while.  I don't know what happens to make me not post, must be something to do work, children, grandson and life in general... how dare these things interfere in my  Seriously though you should start so see quite a few posts coming this way in the next few weeks as I've got to start prepping for a craft fair I'm taking part in on the 30 September in Nuthall.  Luckily I've got lots of ideas from my upline, Victoria, so its just a case of knuckling down to do them.  The only trouble with that is I'm not too keen on repeating things so its going to be a challenge for me just to do that....wish me luck!!!!

Anyway, enough about me, here's a card I made for my gorgeous Grandson, Leo, for his first birthday last month.  I knew what I wanted to do so I thought it would be relatively easy but no, I decided to expand on the theme I had in mind.   The card I wanted to make was meant to be similar to one I made at one of Jules training events which was to create train carriages from punches and stamp the animals from Fox and Friends.  Here is the one from Jules training, isn't it just sweet....

How could I go bigger with this I hear you asking?   Well I decided to do a four fold card and make the inside the train carriages.   To do this I used the Top Note die with the Big Shot and cut out 3 shapes, I then cut them down the middle with one side just slightly more than half and embossed them with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  For the animals in the carriages I used stamps from Elebration, Fox and Friends and Easy Events.  The colour combination is from the Subtles collection and is Bashful Blue, So Saffron and Wild Wasabi.  I've also used coordinating paper from the Subtles paper stack and Whisper White.  

So here is the finished card for our little man....

I was soooo pleased with the end result as its both colourful and fun to look at.  As you can see Leo has all his animal friends on board ready to go celebrate his birthday.  But wait a minute, where's Leo?   

Here he is....I thought it would be fun if the front of the card had Leo "looking" through the leaves to find his friends :)  The verse went on the last page to finish the card off.

I think he liked the card but he was so spoilt on his birthday with lots of lovely new toys I think cards were the last thing on his mind !!!!

Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog.  I would like it if you left a comment for me to read if you don't mind?   To purchase any of the items used to make this card please get in touch and I'll happily order them for you or anything else from the catalogue.  Oh and don't forget, if you spend £60 or more you'll get the Reason to Smile stamp set absolutely FREE.

Til next time, take care. 

Tracy -x-

Products used:
Stamp sets : Fox and Friends, Elebration, Easy Events, Petite Pairs
Big Shot with: Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, Alphabet Simple numbers, Top Note Die
Card: So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasibi, Whisper White
Subles Paper Stack
Punches: 2 Step BirdPunch, 1/2" and 3/4" circle punch, Scallop Square, Word Window
Accessories: Snail glue, Bright Brads, Flower Brads. Bakers Twine Island Indigo, Piercing tool and mat pack, Dimensionals

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Everything Eleanor

A few weeks ago I commissioned to create a special wedding card for a friends father in laws wedding. Now when I make anything to order I like to get a feel of what the recipient likes are such as favourite colours, hobbies etc to enable me to make it even more personalised.  So with it being a wedding I asked what the colour theme was.... not a difficult question.  Well I nearly fell off my chair when she said there wasn't one as they were both in their 70's .... bless them.  So I decided to keep the colours neutral and chose to use Confetti Cream card and the Brushed Gold card  from the main catalogue.

You will recognise this card as I've recently done one similar but I do believe that for a special occasion you cannot go wrong with this particular style of card.   To keep in line with the Brushed Gold card I used Crumb Cake ink to stamp the image from Everything Eleanor onto the top layer of Very Vanilla card once the verse had been printed out and the layer cut to shape.   I coloured in the petals by lifting Crumb Cake ink from the lid of the ink pad with the Aqua Painters and then stamped the butterflies onto scraps of Very Vanilla card and cut them out.  The butterflies were added to the card using dimensional with Rhinestone jewels to decorate.  A Vintage Brad and Victoria Crochet Trim was used to secure the layers.

The lid to the box is similar to one I did a few weeks back for my sister in law to give to a friend but on this one I've added more Rhinestones to the centre of the flowers.  I was pleased when I saw my friend at work last week and she told me that everyone at the wedding had commented on my card and that the bride and groom thought it was lovely. There is so much negativity in life that its nice to receive praise every now and then don't you think?  I felt really good for the rest of the day.

Well I hope you've liked what I've shown you today and, if you wish to purchase any products mentioned above, or anything from the catalogue, then please get in touch, my details are at the top of this page.

Tracy -x-

More Freebies from Stampin' Up!

I cannot believe that Stampin' Up! are, once again, offering more freebies to you lucky crafter's.  For the month of July only you can earn yourself the following items;

Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad Pack worth £15.95 but can be yours for FREE with any order of £45

The offer consists of:

  • 1/8" (3mm) Organdy Ribbon
  • 2  Spools: 10 yards each spool
1 Lucky Limeade and 1 Calypso Coral      

  • 3/8" (1cm) Printed Designer Brads
  • 30 Brads: 6 each of 5 designs
  • Coordinating colours: Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
I bet you're all thinking those colours look familiar?  Well you'd be right as they match the gorgeous Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Papers that were available during SAB earlier in the year.  They were so popular that SU have got some more stock in BUT they are only available to purchase for £9.95 and for a limited period or until stock runs out so don't delay in getting your orders in now

Oh and don't forget our other fantastic Hostess offer on during the month of July.  Remember this is an offer that shouldn't hold you back from having a get together with your friends and family.   If you  have a workshop and achieve sales of £325, excluding p&p, you can earn, not only one product at half price, but an extra £30 to spend on products from the catalogue, so that's £80 of freebies!!!!!   The hostess money cannot be used to purchase the half price item.  

 If you would like to place an order or book a party then please get in touch via the e-mail or phone number above.

Tracy -x-

P.S this post will stay at the top until the end of July, newer posts are below so please scroll down further to see them.  

Monday, 30 July 2012

Big shot project

I recently went to Jules training in Leeds and had a fab time.  Whenever we go to training we do swaps with other demo's attending the event.  This time there was a slightly variation on the products that we could use for our swaps.  This was because we are nearing end of our SU year (end September) and we do not know what stamp sets are retiring, so the briefing was to create a project and not use a christmas image but you could use a verse.  

It's funny but for once I didn't have think about this too much.  My idea was to use the Milk Carton Die and big shot to make it look as though "Santa" could be seen going down the chimney.  I then used the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet die to cut out the NOEL that went around the sides of the carton as you can see from the picture below.  I added the "roof" tiles by

The cardstock used was Confetti Cream as its sturdier than the very vanilla.  The holly was used by punching out the small oval and then punching chunks out of it. For those eagle eyed of you out there you may have noticed that Santa's jacket is sparkling.  Now how did she do that I hear you asking?  Well I took my Shimmer Mist spray and mixed it with some Iso-Propyl Alcohol (not SU) then sprayed my Real Red card.  I did this outside so as not to cover everything in shimmer  

Here are all my swaps finished and in the box ready for transit.  Now I have to say that, were it not for the help of Steph, my sister in law, I would not have got these swaps finished, so a big Thank You from me Steph.


If you would like to make projects like this and more then get in touch about my classes that are held on the last Saturday of the month. More classes can be added to suit demand.  My next class is on 25 August 2012 and will be a scrapbooking class.

Thanks for dropping by and looking a at my posts, I do appreciated it, especially if you leave a comment :)

Tracy -x- 

SU materials used:
Timeless Type Junior Alphabet die
Big shot
Shimmer mist
Card Stock - Real Red, Confettie card, Garden Green, Basic Black, More Mustard and Whisper White
Clips Assortment
Punches: Circle from Itty Bitty Buttons, 3/4" Circle punch, Small Tag Punch

None SU products:
Iso Propyl Alcohol

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Brads and Ribbon....

Only a couple of days left ladies to get your hands on the lovely free ribbon and brads above.  All you have to do is place an order with me for £45 or more and they will be sent automatically with your order.  SO don't delay, get your order to me before Tuesday evening if you want to these gorgeous freebies !!!

Tracy -x-

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Love and Laughter

Recently Dean and I received an invitation to a wedding in September and we had to return the RSVP by 1 July 2012.  The initial invitation was a pretty scroll one and the colour combination was burgundy and cream.  Looking closely at the invitation I noted that the colour of the writing was very similar to that of Bravo Burgundy.  Now this is a colour I don't tend to use a lot as I tend to steer towards pastel shade not the dark rich colours so it was a nice change.  This was their invitation:

Luckily I had recently purchased the Love and Laughter stamp set so what a fantastic opportunity to use it.  I didn't want to just stamp the image I wanted to emboss it.  At the present time Stampin' Up! don't do a Bravo Burgundy embossing powder to instead I inked up the dress stamp with Versmark ink and then again with Bravo Burgundy ink.  Once the image was stamped onto the now much loved Cream Confetti card I covered it in a layer of Clear Embossing Powder then set it with my heat gun.

Then I stamped the sentiment "Thank You" from the set Curly Cute in the same way as the main image.  To keep in with the theme of the invitation I punched a little love heart just below the sentiment in the middle.  This was then mounted onto Bravo Burgundy card and, yes you've guessed it, onto more Cream Confetti card.  Now it just needed a little something else and I knew just what that was, Pearls.  It may not be that clear on the picture but I put lots of tiny self adhesive Pearls on the dress and around the love heart and here is the end result....


I didn't want to just put any ordinary typed verse into the card so I searched and finally found the same font as the invitation.  I also carried on the love heart theme using the Heart to Heart punch

When Dean took the card in to his friend not only did he say that if  he had known I did my own cards he would have asked me to do the invitations!!!!, but he noticed an error which I was not happy about.  I told Dean to ask for it back to amend the mistake.  His friend was reluctant to give it back but finally gave it back.   Now, by the time I got the card back I had had to format my laptop and could I find the same font, could I eck.  In the end I took it to work where I found the correct font and had to e-mail the verse to myself at home to print off. 

If I'm honest another reason I needed the card back was because I had forgotten to take a picture of it to I'm so pleased that they liked the card as its always good to received positive feedback don't you think?  All I need to do now is come up with a card for the big day.

Thank you for stopping by and please leave a comment if you want to as I love to read them.  I'll be back soon with some more creations.

Tracy -x-

Products used;
Stamp sets - Love and Laughter, Curly Cute
Inks - Versamark, Bravo Burgundy
Card - Confetti Cream. Bravo Burgudy
Punches - Heat to Heart, Heart punch
Accessories - Self adhesive pearls, clear embossing powder

Monday, 16 July 2012

Yesterday I showed you one of the cards I made for my sisters anniversary last month, well today I'm going to show you the second one I made that was sent from me and hubby.  I decided to use a very reliable and versatile set, Vintage Vogue.  I just love this set as no matter what colour you do it in, it always looks stunning.  For this card my colour theme was Elegant Eggplant, Pink Pirquette and Wild Wasabi.

As you can see some flowers have been cut out and attached to the card using dimentionals.  I've also added some pearls to the centre.  The main  body of the card is the Cream Confetti card, it is the same or similar weight as the coloured card making it nice and sturdy.  I've then layered it with Elegant Eggplant and Very Vanilla which is what has been stamped on.  The sentiment in the corner is from the set Curvy Verse.

Thanks for stopping by, if you wish to purchase any of the items mentioned then please get in touch and I'll happily place an order for you.  Comments are also well received :)

Tracy -x-

Products used:
Stamp set: Vintage Vogue, Curvy Cute
Inks - Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirquette
Cardstock: Cream Confetti, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Very Vanilla satin ribbon, Adhesive Pearls, Flower brads

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Wow, where does the time go, it doesn't seem 5 minutes since I last posted.  I really need to keep on my  Well as you may have gathered its been a busy time for me lately especially at work so I've been coming home and just flaking out.  On top of that I've had cards to make and swaps to do so its a good job I love crafting and especially with SU products, to me there are no other products to work with :)

So, last month it was my sister's wedding anniversary and I had to do 2 cards, one from us and one from my mum.  Not only was it their wedding anniversary but it was also my brother in laws birthday as well, I'll show you that card another day.

So the  first \i made was for mum.  At the last training day with Jules we were given in our pack the Paper Daisies.  It was nice as I didn't have these so I thought I'd use them for this occasion.  The colour combination is Lucky Limeade, Whisper White and Real Red.  I inked around the the edge of the daisies to soften them on the card.  The background was stamped in Lucky Limeade using Bordering on Romance which is available from the Summer mini that is only available until the end of August and we cannot guarantee it being in the new catalogue so if you like it then don't be disappointed and order it today.

Now the shape of the top layer was made using the  Edgelits Dies and Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, again available in the Summer mini only until the end of August.  Other elements also used on this card are, Lucky Limeade ribbon, Modern Label and the sentiment is from the stamp set Just Believe.  As you can see I've used the small Silver brads to attach the sentiment and an Antique Brad for the centre of the flower, I just lovvveeee these brads, don't you?

I'll be back soon to post the second card but for now I'll just say, if you want anything just get in touch.  For those of you who are eagle eyed you'll have spotted I've got a different e-mail addy so, if you've got my old one just change it and send me a order

Take care everyone

Tracy -x-

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Wedding card

Recently my Sister-in-Law attended a wedding of which she had been helping with the invitations with a little help from me. As a result of this she was asked to do a reading at the wedding and wanted to incorporate this in the card she made.  Being fairly new to crafting she wanted me to help her with the card as she had seen some I had done previously in the shape of a book in a box.

So about 2 weeks ago she came round whilst I was on leave to work on the card.  She also brought with her  the card she had made for the office to send but just needed a sentiment on it.  Luckily I had one that fit nicely on it so that was one thing out of the way.

The colour scheme for the wedding was black and white with a hint of red.  We used a well known scoring board to make the different layers of the card.  The biggest layer was Basic Black then Real Red followed by Whisper White.  We wanted to make it look like a veil  so added a layer of Vellum paper that was the same size as the Basic Black layer to cover the whole card.  Underneath the Vellum was Real Red Grosgrain ribbon and the vellum was secured by an antique brad at the top and a small silver brad on the bottom.

The stand was made by tracing around a stand that some small Royal Dalton plates stand on that my Aunt bought me as a wedding present, this will be 25years this it definitely does not seem this long.  Anyway, such a nice card cannot go in just any old envelope so obviously we had to make a box.  For this I used my Score Board from Stampin Up, Basic Black 12x12 cardstock and then layered it with tissue paper.

Around the edge of the lid we attached the black polka dot ribbon and then decorated the lid by applying a layer of Real Red and then Whisper White that had been embossed in two corners with the Elegant Bouquet   embossing folder.  We then die cut the initials of the happy couple in Basic Black with the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet and adhered them to the lid between the embossed area.  To finish it off we attached small pearls to the centre of the embossed flowers.

My sister in law is now on holiday so I don't know what the reaction of the bride was but I do know that she was overwhelmed when she saw just the box so hopefully she wasn't disappointed when she opened it, I'm sure she wasn't.

If you would like to order any of the products used please get in touch as they are all listed below.

Tracy -x-

Products used:
SU Simply scored Board 
Big shot with Elegant Embossing folder and Timeless Type Junior Alphabet set
Card stock: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White
Vellum Paper
Accessories : Real Red grosgrain ribbon, Black Scallop Dot ribbon, Adhesive Pearls, Antique brads, Silver Brads

None SU - Shaped score board, tissue paper.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Everything Eleanor

Hey there,

I don't know if the weather is like it where you are but its very close here despite torrential downpours earlier  today.  In fact I actually enjoyed standing talking to a colleague earlier today as it was raining.... am I weird or what?  Answers on a postcard only!!!!

Anyway, after my epic journey and tale about my trip to Vienna I am actually going to post a card I made earlier this month for my sister in laws birthday.  I love the Everything Eleanor stamp set as its so versatile if you think about it.... you have the stamp that could be a tag, swirls that are good for scrapbook pages as well as cards, not to mention all the different flowers and the little bird.

The colours I used are Confetti Cream card and Rose Red with Wild Wasabi for the "vine" effect and Soft Suede for the bird.  It was the first time I had used the Confetti Cream card and was very pleased to discover that it was sturdy enough to be used as the base card as well as a layer, unlike Whisper White and Very Vanilla.  I have now ordered the Confetti White card so hopefully it will be the same consistency as the Cream.  Its not a bad price either at £8.25 for 40 sheets.

For this card I cut out the flowers and layered them up using dimesionals to give the card a bit of height.  A pearl was then added to the centre of the flowers as a finishing touch.  I'm pleased to say that my sister in law liked the card and has subsequently bought the set, although I think the fact that we were using it last Saturday in my class might have had something to do with it as

I'll be back soon with a different card that I did for my sister in law who is going to a wedding this Friday and wanted a "special" card, but more about that later. 

If you would like to order any of the products used to make this card, or any other items from the catalogue, then please don't hesitate to get in touch.  I can have them delivered directly to your door as long as you live in the UK.

Tracy -x-

Products used:
Stamp sets:- Everything Eleanor and Curly Cute
Card :- Cream Confetti, Rose Red
Inks :- Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede
Accessories :- Self adhesive Pearls, Dimensionals

Nightmare Journey.....

Sorry I'm a little late with the final instalment of my escapades in Vienna but here's how my last day went.  It was a little uneventful to begin with as we weren't due to fly until early evening time,  the bus was due to pick us up at around 5.30 if my memory serves me right so Vic and I had another whole day in Vienna.

We got up early enough to do some packing, have breakfast and say goodbye so some of the wonderful demo's leaving early.  We then finished our packing and had our cases collected and put into storage for the rest of the day and vacated our rooms.  Now unlike most places Vienna does not open its shops on a Sunday so that meant the only time I was able to do some shopping I couldn't....typical.   Anyway we visited the nearest bar and had a cold drink as the sun was starting to get a little hot. We were joined by some more demo's and had a nice bit of quiet time.  It then came time for them to leave so we made our way back to the hotel and this time a majority of demo's were leaving so there were a lot of goodbyes to do then.

As we sat in the lobby just killing time Vic and I were joined by the lovely Irene and we chatted about how wonderful the trip had been etc etc. and then the bus arrived to take us to the airport.   Accompanying us to the airport was Elizabeth, the guide who had taken us around the palace and museum, and she told us that the terminal we were flying from had only been open 10 days.  Anyway, we arrive at the airport and the bus driver decides to park about half a mile away from the terminal!!!!  This is where the nightmare starts......

We all disembark the bus and Elizabeth was kind enough to take my suitcase which left me with my crutches, hand luggage and handbag.  So we all started following her at a marching pace which was not good for me at all.  Not only that but we had to lug our bags etc up about 10 steps to get on the level of the terminal.  At this point we saw a bus parked outside and it did cross our minds why our driver couldn't have done the same!!!!   By this time I was struggling big time with my pain and was finding it very difficult to keep up.  Once inside the terminal we then had to make our way up an escalator, again with all our luggage.  As I got on I felt awful and, luckily for me, Irene from the hotel was stood behind me and put her arm across me to stop my falling backwards.

As we got off the escalator I started to feel very unwell and the next thing I knew I was in a wheelchair and was being given water and fanned down.  I later found out from Vic that I had "collapsed" and the other demo's around me had stopped me from falling.  I am very grateful and overwhelmed by the kindness shown to me by the German demo's who stayed to help me.  Then, it seemed out of nowhere, a nurse and paramedic were there and the nurse was asking all sorts of questions.  Because I was so upset my BP was up and she wanted me to see the doc in the ambulance outside and def didn't want me to fly.  Now that wasn't an option for me so after a lot of persuasion she asked me to sign a disclaimer on the understanding I had something to eat, didn't walk anywhere and def no alcohol .... noooooo  lol

I ended up boarding a FULL aeroplane on a stretcher type chair (how embarrassing) and then Vic had to show the stewardess our connecting flight times in order that they got me off the plane into a wheelchair and off to the right check in gates.  A special bus was laid on for us to get to the connecting flight and we were allowed to sit at the front instead on seat 16....yay VIP treatment.  On the final flight I did have a bottle of wine as I felt fine, in fact both Vic and I got 2 bottles in the end.  Now girls the way to do this it to get on the plane first and start chatting to the steward prior to the rest of the passengers boarding.   I think we got two drinks as he either took pity on us for what we had experienced , or Vic for putting up with me, I'm not sure

On landing at East Midlands we disembarked first and went through a deserted passport control, never known that before, to claim our luggage.  Imaging my despair, having already gone through a horrendous journey, to find that my case was not there!!!! At this point I went into emotional meltdown I think and all I wanted to do was get home but we had forms to fill in (well Vic did bless her) and then out to meet James.  I don't think he expected to see me blubbering away having just had a fabulous visit to Vienna but unfortunately thats what he got :(   The journey home seemed eternal although it's really only 25 mins but I was sooooo glad to finally be home.

sorry I've had to end what has been a truly amazing trip on a downer with the lack of pics.  I'm sure Vic won't go away with me again after this trip but I'd like to thank her for asking me in 2010 to be her companion on this trip.  I'd also like to thank everyone who helped me through some of the tough times and who had the job of pushing me around.

However to end on a high, if ever you want to get through passport control quickly and board a plane first, if you haven't got kids then take someone in a wheelchair, it works a treat ;)

I'll be back soon with some crafting posts but until then take care and happy crafting.

Tracy -x-

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Day 4

Hey, I hope you had a good Sunday.  Before I tell you about day 4 of my fabulous Vienna trip I need to tell you about the day I've had.   Hubby is a keen gardener, good job with the size of our garden, and needed some compost so off we went to a well known DIY store and garden centre.  The car started ok on our journey there but wouldn't on our journey back!!!!  It was playing up starting with me before I went on my trip but had been fine since.  Anyway my B-in-L came to our rescue, on his birthday I might add, and gave us a jump start to get the car going.  All the way home I was on edge that it would stall and not get going.  We managed to get to a well known car shop who tested our battery and it wasn't charged as it should be so we bought a new one.   However, this didn't seem to solve the problem as the car kept cutting out on the rest of the journey home.  I just hope it gets me to and from work

Anyway, day four of the trip was for me my best day health wise.   I woke up and for the first time of the trip was pain free.  I felt soooo much better in myself and was up for going with a few other demos to hopefully ride the oldest big wheel in Europe who's carriages were made of wood, gulp.   Now I haven't got a head for heights but felt quite confident as neither had some of my friends who were with

We got a taxi to where the big wheel was and we were all surprised that it was a full funfair with dodgems, waltzers etc.  So we all made our way to the big wheel and were undecided whether to go on it or not but none of us chickened  We got to have our photo taken through a window before we boarded the carriages and when they were printed it looked as though we were looking out the window of one of the carriages, it was great.  The view from the wheel was just magnificent and breathtaking as the picture below shows.

After the ride we strolled around the park and Vic, Natalie, Jo and Julie all went on a water ride.  I didn't due to my back and neither did Zoe P who was the photographer for the  Next we had a go at winning a horse race, unfortunately I came second and Vic won, I'm sure it was fixed as Vic never wins anything...haha.
As we were walking around we couldn't help but see the tallest carousel wheel ever in the distance.  Now there was no way you'd get me me on such a ride but Vic and Natalie marched off to see it closely followed by Jo and Julie.  Zoe and I decided to sit in the shade and have a rest.  The amount of time they were away led us to believe that they had actually gone on the ride.  After about half an hour they all came back and it turned out that Vic and Natalie had both summoned up the courage to go on the ride.  I thought Vic was very brave as she is normally so scared of heights its unbelievable, maybe this has conquered this, next is spider...ewww.  Below is a distant view of the ride they went on and how high it actually went.

On leaving the fun fair we made our way back to the hotel via the underground system and market.  When we got off the underground we were misled on our way to the market and what could have been a 20 minute walk turned out to be about a 90 minute walk.  Luckily my back held up to it and we got to see a lot of things we otherwise wouldn't have.  The aromas of the market were amazing but the best of it for me was the pint of lager we had once we reached
 As day four was the final day of the convention SU laid on a goodbye and goodies session from 8-10 that night so before we went to this Vic and I had a wander out to find something to eat.  Not long after we had sat down who should come along but Jules, Robin (Jules hubby), Jo and Julie who were looking for somewhere to eat so they joined us.  It was a lovely evening sharing the evening with some others on the trip especially as I had missed out previously.  After eating we made our way back to the hotel, wondering what the goodies might be.... and here they are... a selection of different desserts. 

 It was difficult to say goodbye to  all the friends I had made and what made things nicer was that Hayley, another British demo, had taken the time to make me a swap that was only meant for achievers as she had known I was going and didn't want me to feel left out, so thank you Hayley for thinking about me.

Next time you will hear about my uneventful, not, journey home and hopefully show you some craft items.  So until then  I'll say goodbye and I'll be back soon.

Tracy -x-