Saturday, 25 May 2013

Swap Inspiration

Recently a large group of Demo's met up at Telford for a day of training. As always on these occasions we take along cards that we have designed and made in multiples (I took 80 this time) and we swap them with other demo's. It is a great source of inspiration and a fab way to catch up with old friends and make some new. 
I always manage to find great inspiration in the swaps as well as being able to use them to showcase a wide selection of stamps and products in the catalogue. It is also a good way to demonstrate different styles as we all have our own. Another reason to love the Stampin' UP! way. 
We create what we love and share with others so they may create too.

One of the swaps I received on the day was from the lovely Lynne Fahey of Spiralz and Curlz. I met Lynne at a retreat weekend last year and we soon became friends when we realised not only did we share a love of Stampin' UP! but we also had the same OCD's and love of life. 
Lynne creates the most beautiful cards and demonstrated a FABULOUS technique at Telford. 

Here is Lynne's swap on the day. Isn't it just gorgeous?   

A close up of the stamped detail and some glitter.

I loved this card and when designing for my recent Fancy Fold Class I took inspiration from Lynne's design for this card.
A Four Fold Card which uses the lovely Swallowtail stamp on the front.

Which opens out to reveal more stamping and the centre panel which in this instance I used the design from Lynne's card. I loved the idea of stamping over the Newsprint DSP to give a nice depth to the image without adding bulk to the card.. This means my card stayed post friendy. 

Here is the card fully opened out. 

I'm pleased to say when I sent a version of  this card to Lynne as a Thank You for the inspiration and for being such a good friend she loved it. 

There is no better feeling than making someone smile and what a lovely way to do that. 

If you would like to make some one smile or indeed join in with the swapping then please get in touch and ask about classes or joining the Stampin' UP! family.  

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Floral Frenzy

Those who follow my blog will remember I promised photos of the 3D projects I was working on a while back. At the time of creating it was all quite secretive and here's why.

A while ago I was asked by my lovely upline Monica to create a display for our Team Training. I was sooooooo honoured but scared at the same time. I mean this is a room full of my peers, all people with so much talent. Would it be good enough to inspire? 

A close up of the flowers.. 

Some more delicate blooms and a hint of what's to come.

Here's the finished piece. The birdhouse, plant pot, and flowers were all made using Stampin' UP! cardstock. 

As you can see it was quite a large display and I'm looking forward to including it in my displays this year. 

There was a second part to my display and I will be back to share the photos of that later this week. 

I hope you enjoyed the finished project and it inspires you to think big and create big 

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Stampin' UP! Regional Training...

Saturday was a day of fun and frolics at regional training for Stampin' UP! demos.
I travelled down with the lovely Zoe Tant and some of her team. We left VERY early and after a slight detour courtesy of my sat nav we arrived just as they were starting.

The whole day was full of lovely presentations by fellow demos and some business thrown in for good measure. 
At all of these days we are treated to make and takes to ensure we get inky. After all who could be in a room full of inspiration and not want to get inky!

The project I'm showing today is the note book we got to make. It is full of detail and scrummy texture.

A close up of the scrunched flower and Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons.

Here is the project in full. I love the pop of colour and the happy feeling this little note book seems to ooze. I will be keeping this with me to capture inspiration as it strikes!

Be sure to pop back to see more of the weekends fun and frolics.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Apologies and Anniversaries

Wow, has it really been almost a month since I last posted? 

I apologise for the absence but it has been crazy busy here with lots of renovation going on and I have been making lots of cups of tea and making sure everything is how it should be! 
We have now finished the first of the attic bedrooms and it looks lovely in Island Indigo and Whisper White - You can take the girl out of the craft room but not the Stampin' UP! out of the girl lol.
We are now busy on Caiden's room which will be River Rock and poss Lucky Limeade.

Back in the room of craft, which seems to be my only haven right now, I have been busy with some commission pieces which I will share with you all soon. 
I took time out though to make a card for a lovely couple who just celebrated their 9th Wedding Anniversary.
The lovely June and Andy run Lady B's Cupcakery here in Mablethorpe and keep me in delicious cakes(almost daily lol) as well as a Champagne High tea for my birthday last week!

The card needed to be soft and slightly vintage. As a fellow creator June has a fantastic eye for colour and detail so no pressure lol.  

Close up of the personalised element

Here is the finished card which I hope they both liked. 
The base card is embossed only on the bottom half with the Honeycomb Embossing Folder and then torn strips of Blushing Bride (a colour I am so happy to see returning) and Naturals Ivory. 
The hearts are stamped and die cut using the Hearst a Flutter Bundle.

The sentiment is from a retired hostess set but fitted the couple so well I just had to use it.

I hope you like today's post and I will try and post some of the highlights from Regional Training yesterday soon.