Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Onstage Live Swap - Creating The Sky Effect

I made these card this past week not sure 
These were my swaps for Onstage Live. I didn't make many as I'd opted to take part in a WOW! swap too.
The sky was created in the same way that I did on my recent bendy card.
I've been asked by a few people how I did the sky so, when I was making these, I took a few photos along the way. If only I was good at videoing but it was I don't have a stand and it was hard trying to demonstrate and hold the camera in the other hand. I just about dropped the camera and inked the table instead!
So, as a reminder, here is the bendy card....

First, I should mention that I like to work on a craft sheet. They have quite a high shine with their silicone type coating and make it easy to work the ink.
I took a piece of whisper white card, stamped the tree images then used the resist emboss technique with the snowflakes - I stamped the snowflakes in versamark, used clear embossing powder then heated them. You might just be able to spot the snowflakes in the picture below. The pencil mark ws just a guideline for me.
Place the card onto the craft mat. Ink up your dauber or sponge with the lightest colour, in this case, Lost Lagoon. I usually tap the dauber onto the mat first in case there is too much ink, it doesn't get wasted as you use it later. Working in gentle circular motion, apply the ink to the edge of the card, you begin off the edge of the card on the mat and gradually work the ink onto the card. When your dauber or sponge runs out of ink you just use the bit that is on the craft mat as it will stay wet enough to use.
Although the picture below doesn't show ink near the edge of the card, you will get a similar effect. The snowflakes will start to become noticeable. Don't go right up the the trees, leave a small area without ink.
Continue until you have the ink where you want it. Now change to another dauber or sponge and apply the medium shade of in in the same manner. I used Island Indigo. Don't completely cover the first colour, leaving an area around the trees in just the lightest shade so that the further away from the trees you are working the darker the ink is. Ensure there are no hard lines by gently blending the two colours.
You'll get an effect similar to this...
Looks a little 'cloudy', doesn't it. Now it's time to add the third layer of ink, the deepest or darkest colour. I used Night of Navy. Apply in the same manner, leaving the area nearer the trees lighter than the rest. By the time you put this layer of ink on it feels very smooth to work with. You'll get an effect similar to this...

There were a few little hard patches of colour so I blended them in with the lightest ink - lost lagoon - to smooth all the lines out. I then took a piece of kitchen towel and gently rubbed over the sky, this removed any excess ink for the snowflakes.
Finally I completed the card.
I hope you found my instructions to be clear - do leave a comment Then go try it yourself and give me feedback on how you got on.
Happy crafting!

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Team Reception, Brussels

On Friday evening Natalie held a reception in our hotel It was such fun.She treated us to drinks and sweet nibbles, lovely little creme brulee and chocolate mousse desserts.
Here is a photo of us gathered together.

And being daft!

These gifts are from Natalie. Her team is over 200 and around 50 of us went to Brussels. Everyone received the petty little box containing chocolate stars - the team is the Stampin' Stars. All of us in her first level downline received the gift bag.
These are the gifts inside the bag...
We also had Anastasia join us again. We'd met when she joined us in Manchester 2 years ago for convention. She is a US demo living in Italy.
Here is a photo of my lovely ladies, Ana and myself.
I think that's probably enough news for now, back soon!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Onstage Live

Hi, here's a photo of some of the attendees at Onstage Live.

At registration on the Thursday we all received our bags (always get a bag!!!) which had a Stampin' Up! water bottle, notebook, pens, a stamp set, lanyard and our badge for prize patrol. 
You can probably spot the stamp set peeking out from under the corner of the notebook but I can't show it because it's from the new Spring/Summer 2016 catalogue - it has to stay under wraps until the catalogue is released in December.
We'll soon be given a video of the highlights which I'll share with you.
In the meantime, I'd like to share another couple of the gifts I received.
This is from Lesley -

The smart box is handmade on one of our boards.
Inside, a lovely heart, means so much...
I received a gift from Kim too. She always knows exactly what to give...
I still have my swaps, WOW swaps and other things to share with you, but they'll keep for now.
Have fun today! Lesley x

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Onstage Live - Brussels

You may have heard me, or other demos, mention Onstage Live. It is the new event which has replaced our traditional Convention and it took place this past weekend in Brussels. Above is the sign which greeted us on our arrival - all 550 of us passionate crafters from around the world!
There is lots to share with you, I'll be posting on here but not all immediately since I've not even unpacked all my stuff yet!
As part of our crafty sharing, as uplines, we make gifts for our downlines and friends. Pretty much all of us make swaps and 'roomie' gifts too. So, just sharing a little today .
Here is the photo of the roomie gift I received from Cathryn. As always, beautifully packaged. Annoyed with myself as I can't find the photo I took of it wrapped up! Inside, well, inside was something I'd been hankering after with the bonus that I didn't have to decorate it myself!

Finally have my name in lights!
Below is another of my 'fuzzifotos'. It's my gift from Christine. This time I've remembered to take a photo prior to opening, followed by a photo of the contents. You'll notice that she was spot on with the colour!

It's lovely to be appreciated.
I have more to share but that's for another time.
It's miserable outside but I hope you're snug inside today, getting your crafty on!

Monday, 16 November 2015

Retiring List & Stamp Sale!

Lots to share but, as this latest promotion is on for only 4 days, I stopping by with information about this first. Further down you'll also be able to find out more about our retiring products too.
These offers are fairly rare in Stampin' Up! land so you need to grab that bargain. 20% off selected stamp sets - available in my shop.  For those of you viewing my website there is a link to my shop on the toolbar. If you're viewing on my regular blog then you'll find my shop button in the right hand side bar and at the foot of this post.
So, exactly what is on offer? Take a look below at all 17(!) sets...

Can't see everything clearly? Try viewing here on this link:

Now, this is unusual! For the first time Stampin' Up! are giving us advance warning of the products that won't be carried over to the new Spring/Summer catalogue in January. This will enable you to get your hands on the items you've been yearning for rather than waiting for them to fly off the shelves at the end of December and miss out.
Here's the link you need to view the goodies:
There is a lot to choose from!
Don't forget, if you're ordering online and use the current Hostess Code, your name will go into the hat. Who knows, if your name is drawn, there may be a little treat in store for you! The present code is:Y9BUX3N9  -  
enter this into the hostess/reward code box when you check 
out  - box is bottom left on the screen.
So, what are you waiting for?? I'll leave you to grab your bargains!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Stampin' Creative Blog Hop - October - Fancy Folds

It's that time of month again - Stampin' Creative Blog Hop.
If you've hopped here from Mikaela's blog (she always has something good to share!) or simply stopped by - Welcome!
This month we're making a card with a fun or fancy fold. 
I decided to make a small bendy card, you may remember I made a larger one a couple of years back ( which seemed to be popular.
Here's the card, let me know what you think...

I have to be honest - I've just noticed that my trees are listing slightly!
The stamp set is Wonderland. Other supplies are Sleighride edgelits dies, iced rhinestones and snowflakes.
A list of supplies, which are all available from my shop, is at the foot of this post.
A complete list of blogs taking part in the hop is also below.
To hop forward to Louise's blog, just click on her name. She is sure to have something to inspire you!
Stampin' Creative Blog Hop List

  • Pip at Queen Pip Cards

  • Eimear at StampinColour

  • Caroline at Craft with Caro

  • Mikaela at The Crafty Oink Pen

  • Lesley at Lelly Jelly's Stamp N' Scrap

  • Louise at Stampin' Delight

  • Emily at Stampin Mermaid

  • Tuesday, 20 October 2015

    Scrap Retreat

    If you follow facebook then you'll know that I 'lost' a whole weekend. I went to the Scrap Café crop weekend. I enjoyed it but, as usual, didn't get much done. This leaves me chasing my tail this week to prepare the samples for my 'Christmas - It's a Wrap' classes which start on Saturday. Doesn't leave time for much else for a couple of days.
    With that in mind, here are the 2 pages I did actually complete at the weekend. You may have already seen them. 

    I've another couple of pages to complete and will pop them on here when they're finished.

    Off now to finish some more of the Christmas samples.
    Back soon with this week's deals.