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

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Is it a car, is it a plane, no its a pirate ship...

Now I know that when you think of Stampin'Up! you think of cards.  Well I was given a challenge at work the other day by my boss.  To start with I took the "book" card in for everyone to look at and sign.  My manager the said. "can you do a pirate ship?"  At first I thought she was joking and took no notice of the request.

Anyway, on my way home a week last Friday I got to thinking she might not have been joking.  So I got on the internet and searched a well known site for Pirate ship images and patterns and a fair few came up.    I picked one out that I thought was an easy shape and cut it out from the cardboard we get with our 12x12 papers. 

Once I had the basic shape I covered the ship in the wood pattern paper from the Natural Composition Selection of papers.  I then  punched out cannon holes on the side of the ship using the 1" punch.  I must admit I thought I might break my punch but it went through with a little bit of pressure. I then made the cannon hole surrounds by punching out the 1" circle and then went around that with the 1 1/4" punch. From there I designed steps at the rear of the ship, a deck at the front of the ship and a seat (you can just see them in the picture),  Through the seat I made a small hole and put through it a wooden skewer (not SU lol) and secured it to the bottom of the boat with a glue dot.

It looked a bit bare so I punched out some bunting using the Howlstooth and Saringbone DSP from the Autumn/winter catalogue with the Petite Pennants Builder Punch.  I found the flag on the internet and printed that off.

I took it into work last Monday but my manager couldn't get into the office due to the snow so it wasn't until Wednesday that she saw it.  Well to say she was pleased was an understatement. It was for her 5yr old to take into school and she loved it.  Here is the final result:

When she came in the following day she told me her son was amazed by it and wanted to make some cannons, a crows nest and wheel to go on it.   It made my day on a day what turned out to be a very sad one for me.

I hope you like my creation.  I'll be back soon with some more cards as I have lots to make over the next 2 weeks as my daughter turns 21 in a few weeks time and her boyfriends birthday is next week.

Tracy -x-

Products used:
Petite Pennants Bulider punch
1" and 11/4" Circle punch
Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP
Natural Composition Speciality paper

Thursday, 24 January 2013


How are you all doing?  I've got a couple of days off work so am making the most of them. Yesterday was a bad day as I heard that a friend is really poorly and it made me realise how important family and friends are.  I've also realised that if a friend cannot accept you as you are then they aren't your friend so its pointless worrying about it so make the most of the family and friends who do care about you and appreciate life itself.

So, to cheer myself  up, I went to the hairdressers this morning with my youngest daughter and had our hair cut.  I had to laugh at Kirsty, she went too get some money from the cash machine and wouldn't use it as it charged her for the privilege.  She was astounded that she had to pay to get her own money out.  So, guess who ended up paying, yes that's right,   Its funny that even though they have both left  home and have jobs I still end up paying.  From there we went to see my mum so it was a really nice morning.

Anyway, enough about me, I'm now going to show  you something I've made since I was last here.  To be honest, not only have I not blogged for a while I haven't done much crafting.  I know how bad is that?  Well to get me back into swing I made a card for one of my friends at work.  She turned 30 this week so I wanted it to be a special card so decided to do a book card.    Below are the end results:

This is the front of the card.                                         This is the card open                                    

This is the box for the card  

As you will see the end result was pretty good, even though I say so myself as it was my first attempt at one of these cards.  I found the fiddly part was "pleating" the pages together, you really do need 2 pairs of hands.  I just love these colours, quite neutral yet so elegant.

For the outer part of the book I used paper, well its more like card, from the Speciality Designer Paper Natural Composition Speciality.   It is lovely paper and has a fabulous shine to it that isn't really picked up in my photos.   I then used another Designer Series Paper, Comfort Cafe, for the top layer of the card.  Some of you may have noticed that there's something new on my box, well you will have to wait until I'm able to tell you what it is......

We all chipped in and got her some jewellery to put inside the card.   I wasn't there when they gave her the card but I was told she was thrilled with everything, especially the card..... lol

I hope you like it too, til next time

Tracy -x-
Products used:
DSP- Comfort Cafe, Natural Composition Speciality
Very Vanilla card 
Big shot - Labels Collection Framelits
Stamp Set : Bring on the Cake, Delightful Dozen
Ex SU alphabet for the numbers

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Hello everybody,

I wish you a very belated Happy New Year.  I'm sorry that I haven't been around for a while but with Christmas, work and family life, it can get a bit hectic at times and sometimes something has to take the back burner.  But I'm back now and I hope to bring you some lovely creations with all the gorgeous products Stampin' Up! are going to bring us this year.

For those of you who have been buying Stampin'Up! for a while will know all about Sale-a-Bration. For those of you who have never heard about it you're in for a treat.  During Sale-a-Bration you have the chance to earn FREE, EXCLUSIVE stamp sets and products.  Yes you did read it right they are FREE and  EXCLUSIVE, you won't see them in a brochure anywhere.

So how do you earn the stamp sets I hear you cry?  Well it's easy, from the 22 January - 28 March, for every £45 you spend you get the chance to choose a free item from the Sale -a -Bration brochure (if you would like one sending out let me know and I'll get one in the post to you immediately)  Alternatively you can click on the icon on my home page and it will take you to the brochure itself.

Now, I must admit it does look a bit spaghetti junction however, but I have been sent a more easy on the eye  Here it is

Some of you eagle eyed people will have noticed that there are come products from the main catalogue This is not a mistake it just allows you to get something different from the stamp sets.

So what are you waiting for, get in contact to book your workshop, invite a few friends along and lets have some fun earning the FREEBIES 

I'll be back shortly with some creations I've made so don't forget to pop back to see what I've been up too.


Tracy x