Thursday, 22 March 2018

A host of golden daffodils

When making Easter cards featuring daffodils, there is little choice but to take my title from  William Wordsworth's poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud".

When I first saw this stamp set in our Spring/Summer Stampin' up! catalogue called "You're Inspiring" I knew I had to buy it.  Not so much for Easter cards, as I don't usually send them, but for the 2 lovely daffodil images.
It was an obvious choice for coffee and card, as it is perfect for stamping and colouring in. I decided to layer it onto some Old Olive cardstock, which I had embossed using some of our embossing folders which fit in the Big Shot die cutting machine.

The 3 folders I chose were:
  • Layered Leaves
  • Basket Weave (free with a £90 order)
  • Quilt Top
Here are the results, details of how the cards were made are underneath. If you wish to order this stamp set and any folders, you can order here.
Basket Weave embossing folder on the left, and Layered Leaves on the right.

Decorated envelope with daffodils
Envelope decorated, and the Quilted Top embossing folder

Daffodil cards can be used for many occasions, not just Easter.

 How we made them

  1. Cut and score card bases in Daffodil Delight card to 99mm x 99mm (gives you 3 cards for A4 sheet)
  2. Cut a layer of Old Olive, 95mm x 95mm and run through your choice of embossing folder
  3. Cut an oval,circle or square die cut from Whisper White cardstock.  I used the stitched shapes framelits.  You get 12 dies for just £27, 4 each of circles, ovals and squares.
  4. Stamp the daffodil image of your choice on the white card
  5. Using Blends pens, colour the image in with yellows and oranges as required. (we used Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Pumpkin Pie)
  6. Stamp the sentiment of choice and punch out using the Classic Label Punch
  7. Layer the embossed card onto the base card
  8. Add the image and the sentiment using dimensionals.

I hope you like these cards we made. My lovely friend Lynda popped me some daffodils during the coffee and card morning - and these are the ones you can see in the photos above - Thanks Lynda.

Thanks for popping by today.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Gluten free, fat free, caffeine free, dairy free cards

Following on from our recent Bird Banter fun cards, I decided to use this fabulous stamp set called Birthday Wit for our coffee and card, card making session this week.

I used the FREE Sale-a-Bration "Bubble Over" 12x12 papers for the backing, to make some great mens themed cards to start with. This great pack of 12 papers can be yours for free with any purchase over £45 before 31st march 2018. Wit stamp set - great for fun cards and teenage cards
Aren't these sentiments great fun - I especially love the gluten free, caffeine free, dairy free, fat free set of words! Mind you, I also love the cheeky one that says "Nothing says Happy Birthday like a piece of paper folded in half".

How did we make them?

For the coffee and card session I took some ready cut background papers - the Tutti Frutti ones and the Bubbles ones, and took the matching ink pads with me for ease of stampingAll our papers list the matching colours on the pack, so I knew I would have sufficient inks for everyone to choose from.  
  • We layered the background paper onto notecards. I cut the papers to 3" x 4 1/2" to fit the notecards with a little border around them.
  • We then stamped the main list image onto 3 different pieces of card, in 3 different ink colours
  • We chose 1 card to be the main focus, then simply cut out selected sentiments in the other 3 colours and layered them on top using our mini dimensionals.
  • Once this was done, the finished image was added to the front of the card with dimensionals
  • Extra accessories were added as required - mostly enamel dots and stars.   You can see these in the centre Happy Birthday image below (stars).
 Teenagers and cards for people of all ages - Birthday Wit

Birthday Wit - some amusing birthday cards for all ages

At the end of the coffee and card session we decided to take a 'selfie' using the fun selfie graphic board from the restaurant (#185WatlingStreet).

Finally, in true football style, we named Gill the 'man of the match' as we all agreed we loved her birthday card design. (Gill is a very keen football supporter!)

If you want to join us for a future coffee and card, just follow us on Facebook, and you will see all our dates/locations. All of the products we use at coffee and card are from Stampin' Up! You can purchase these items through me, either online or in person. If you would like a catalogue, please EMAIL me and request one.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Bird Banter - more puns to play with.

Stampin' Up! often have a few stamp sets that feature puns and amusing text - Bird Banter from the Spring catalogue is one of these! But what you MAY NOT have realised, is that because Stampin' Up! is a global company, many of the text sets are translated into French, German, Dutch and even Japanese. 

Can you imagine the fun (or nightmare) the head office must have trying to translate these types of sentiments. Just one of the many things that Stampin' Up! do behind the scenes.

I really don't think that 'Just a little toucan of my appreciation' translates into other languages. This Bird Banter set is available in both French and German.
(click on the language to see them!).

Did you know that you can order a catalogue from me in French or German? This includes all the stamp sets that are translated - perfect if you have family or friends from Europe. You can even order products to be sent to France, Germany, Netherlands and Austria - and you still only pay £4.95 delivery per order.

So, if this is of interest to you, just EMAIL me and request your catalogue, please let me know which language you need.

So, back to Bird Banter which we used at coffee and card recently.

Bird Banter available in English, French and German
 These fun bird images include a toucan, parrot, cockatoo and budgerigars.

Bird Banter available in English, French and German
We had fun using them in different ways on the cards, making thank you and birthday cards.

Bird Banter available in English, French and German

Below is an image taken from the Spring/Summer catalogue, showing some more stepped up card designs.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Celebrating with my team

One of the lovely aspects of being a team leader with Stampin' Up! is celebrating the successes of my team, whether it is because they have marked an anniversary, or have been one of my top sales people for any given month.

Each month I send out cards to the top 3 sales and recruiters in my direct team, plus additional 'just because' cards and since January I have been recognising all the anniversaries of my team as they come around. I send them a card and a little gift to mark the occasion.

Two of my team celebrated their 6th anniversary recently, so these are my 'longest standing' team members, so they received an extra special gift this time round.

Here are an assortment of cards sent out recently. You can see I made use the fabulous FREE foiled papers from the Sale-a-Bration paper stack.

Anniversary cards for team members of Creative Jems

Anniversary cards for team members of Creative Jems

It is absolutely NO surprise that the majority of my team join between the months of January and March, when our Sale-a-Bration offer is on. Joining the team at ANY time of year is always the best deal, and currently in addition to the usual offer, you can also choose an EXTRA 2 FREE STAMP SETS as well.

That could be a maximum of £220 of products for just £99! In addition, you get 20% minimum net discount for 3 months, free delivery of your starter kit and a chance to join in with all the fun of being a Demonstrator. That includes monthly meetings, opportunities to go to UK and worldwide events with Stampin; Up! and of course, the ultimate.... an all expenses paid holiday for 2 people.

If you would like to find out more, just hop to my team page for more information.

All you need to sign up is your £130 wish list, 2 free stamp set item numbers and your credit/debit card! Simple as that, and for just £99.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Making cards for the men and boys in your life

I am often asked to suggest card designs for male themed cards, including youngsters, so I decided to bite the bullet and run a class which specialised in making male cards. 

Ideas behind the class 

I wanted to incorporate the following into my class:
  • Simple card designs that attendees could easily recreate at home
  • Make sure the class was suitable for both beginners and experienced crafters
  • Cards that are based on designer papers so that other papers can be substituted
  • Very little use of additional products (e.g minimal products required)
  • Share some new Stampin' Up! products as well as ones from the annual catalogue 
So I came up with the following designs, which in fact have evolved since the first class on 8th February in Milton Keynes. That is one of the nice things about running 4 classes - you get to (hopefully) improve on each one!

Card designs for the men and boys in your life. Quick and simple

The cards are all made using Designer paper - so there was plenty of choice, as I selected a range of papers including those like the dinosaurs which would be great for little boys!  The interesting shape which I used to cut out some of the sentiments are made using the Tailored Tag Punch. It's a modern style punch, easy to use and fits plenty of sentiments.

I provided full details of all of the measurements of the card designs, so it was easy for my attendees to go home and recreate similar cards, with whatever papers they have at home. Of course, you can stamp the background paper too to create your own designer paper.

Here are a few of the cards that were made last weekend:

Tailored Tag Punch from Stampin Up

I have just a few spaces left on my class, or you can order my class to go, which includes the cardstock, papers, envelopes and ribbon to make 4 cards, plus the dimensions for all the different cards we made. An optional extra for my class to go is the Tailored Tag Punch at £16.00.

Class times: Tuesday 27th February 1-3pm and Tuesday 27th February 7-9pm
EMAIL me to check availability and book your space now

Order your Men and Boys Class to go for £10.00

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Order your Men and Boys Class + Tailored Tag Punch for £26.00 (no additional postage).

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