Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Tidy Up Tuesday


Hello.... 

It's getting the to the time of the year when demo's across the world start going through all their stamps, papers and accessories and retiring some much loved items. Fear not though it's all in a good cause as we prepare for all the lovely new goodies about to be revealed when the Annual Stampin' UP! catalogue is released. 
For demos this is on May 2nd and for customers just a short while later on June 1st.

With that in mind and the state of my craft room as I begin the cull I thought it might be nice to share with you how I store all my goodies in a feature called Tidy Up Tuesday!

I'm one of life's tidy crafters although by no means perfect. I aim over the next few weeks on a Tuesday to show you how I do things and sometimes even how I aspire to do things starting with the staple of our craft STAMPS!  


This shelf sits on my desk to the right hand side and holds all my current annual stamps. They are all in alphabetical order and its easy to slide a new set in without too much bother. They are all with in arms reach and I can see exactly what I have.

When it comes to sets from the Seasonal, Occasional and Sale-a-Bration catalogues I keep them on a separate shelf above my current sets. This means I can easily identify which catalogue they came from and if they carry over into  the annual catalogue then I move them to the currents shelves.

 Just to the right of my desk and slightly out of eyeline and on a staggered system are my retired sets. I don't keep all my retired sets but some I just can't part with and I use in my personal crafting.



The back row has sets from previous years which have retired and as you can see have a red dot on them. This is to make them easy to identify as retired when I am using them. 



On the front row are the sets which are about to retire but are current till 31st May. I will go through these over the next few days and decide which will earn a red dot and which will go in my sale box. 

Some years its an easier task than others lol!

Pop back next week when I will show you how I deal with all the beautiful papers we have to play with. 


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Almost time to say goodbye...




Good morning... As I write Stampin' UP! demos across the world are beginning their travels to On Stage. Its the time of year when we all get together in locations across the globe to meet, craft and yes a little business gets thrown in too lol.

In our house we make it a rule not to both be out of the country at the same time so as the Nutty one is currently serving with the RAF in sunny USA I get to stay here and hold the fort.... which sadly means I'm missing all the hugs and fun with my fellow European Demo's In Amsterdam! 

Something else I'm missing, well going to miss are the fabulous 2015-2017 In Colours...
These colours have been my crafting companions for the last 2 years and like when any group breaks up there are some I will miss more than others...

Tip Top Taupe has been my go to when ever I needed a neutral with a little extra!
Watermelon Wonder, a little bit of sassy in the world of orange, although some say pink!
Mint Macaron... Everyone's favourite group member and going to be missed by so many! 
Cucumber Crush... The one that always takes a while to connect to but when you do, boy does it fit right in!
Delightful Dijon... A fabulous cheeky little yellow with so much personality!

I have to say I'm going to miss them all but Delightful Dijon and Mint Macaron are going to leave a big hole in my crafting world.

Which one are you going to miss the most and why???

Post your comments and I will choose a winner to receive a little goody bag of their favourite colour so you don't have to be sad for too long lol.

As always if there is anything you need then I suggest you head on over to my shop but beware these colours will sell out fast and may not be around for much longer


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Swirly Scribbles Poppies...


Helloooooo....

I took some time away from a wedding stationary order this morning to enjoy time scrapping with a friend. We both have very different projects to work on but it was nice to have some company in the studio while we created. 

I have wanted to scrap these pictures for a few months and I'm so pleased I did. 


When I'm not busy with my craft business and prepping for classes I spend some of my time raising funds for our local Poppy Appeal. I have been connected to the RAF my whole life and love being able to give something back. 
These photos were taken during Remembrance last November and are of the display we put up in our local store to raise awareness and funds. 

I love the versatility of our stamps and dies and this is one of those times I'm grateful for that.

I used Swirly Scribbles Dies to create the red part of the poppy, the 3/4 circle punch for the centre and the leaf from the Flower Fair framelits. I'm sure you will agree its a very modern looking poppy but works well with the layout


Here is a close up of the Poppy with the leaf of course in the 11 o'clock position.
Hope you enjoyed today's offering.


Thursday, 23 March 2017

New look blog...



It's finished.... 

My lovely new blog has had a make over and is looking fresh and a little more grown up. It's been about 5 years so it was time to try a little change.

Huge thanks to Angie who has tackled all things technical. I really couldn't put this together without here and if you want a new look for your blog then be sure to click on the banner on the right hand side just above my blog list to ask for her help.

Back later with a creative post that doesn't involve too much technology lol







Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Die Cutting and Classes...

If you are like me you have spent more hours than you care to admit to looking for the one framelit that seems to escape every time you are prepping or in deed holding a class.

Frustrated by the lost crafting hours I decided to create something that would keep the little devils, I mean angels in check.


This is my solution for home. I had a 12 x 12 frame in the cupboard without glass as it had broken and I always meant to do something with it. 
Perfect for keeping my dies together while prepping for classes or mass production. 
I used adhesive magnet sheets and stuck them to the backing board of the frame. I then popped a piece of Designer Series Paper on top, lightly sticking down in the four corners with snail. This means I can easily change the paper if I want. 
Pop the backing board back in to the frame and hey presto!

Then I realised I needed something to help my customers during class. It's all too easy for dies especially the smaller ones to slip under or into the wrong place. 



I have had this frame lying in my craft room for a while as I had intended to turn it into a stamp positioner but you know how it is, easily sidetracked  lol. 
Instead I added some more magnetic sheets the back board and cut some more Designer Series Paper to fit. This time I added a thin acetate sheet over the paper to stop it getting grubby during classes. 



The fab thing about this frame is it closes like a book which means I can pop the frames I need on there for class, close the front and away I go.

While I'm not using my framelits they are stored in their original packaging in a tray which keeps them all together. 

I hope this helps some of you with your framelit storage.



Friday, 17 March 2017

Hellooooo from the other side....


Now you all have that tune running round your head I will leave you with the briefest of posts to say.....





Hopefully soon there will be an update to the look of the blog too. I'm the least technical person I know so I'm engaging a little help with it lol. 

Pop back for a little craft related post tomorrow as well as an update on the offers currently being run by Stampin' UP!

Enjoy your day xx