Saturday, 26 April 2014

ILWS Spring & Summer Blog Hop

A small  group of demos from ILWS got together and decided it is time for another little blog hop featuring some of the fabulous goodies in the Stampin' Up! Spring and Summer 2014 catalogue collection... 

The hop started with Laura and if you followed all the way along you should have landed here from Lorraine's blog

 So after all the fabulous projects you have already seen, here is mine - which I hope you will like. I  got the inspiration for this project from a friend (who is also a demo) while I was visiting her on holiday in the USA. She was planning something similar for one of her groups but of course I was not going to be there to experience her group or to see the finished projects. When I came home I decided I would  take the basic idea, add  my own twist, change things up a bit and this would be my main blog hop project.


 So for this project I have made a set of six any occasion cards in a range of colours using the Starburst Sayings stamp set   and the matching starburst framelit dies -both featured on page 34 of the Spring/Summer 2014 catalogue.

And  because a set of cards makes a nice gift, I decided to make a matching bag box to hold the cards and envelopes until they are needed. 

The card holder was made from two 8x8 pieces of card and uses the same decorative elements as used on the cards themselves.

             I  chose to make the cards in different colours - matching card base and ink colour while keeping the silver elements the same on each card  and I changed the design arrangement on a couple of the cards..

 I  used the gorgeous designer  printed vellum in both the spots and the stripes designs

To keep the set as versatile as possible I kept the insides of the card plain, with just a single stamped element in the bottom corner. This allows for any personalised message to be added later.

The same stamped details is carried on to the bottom corner and the back flap of the envelope  to give that coordinated effect.

And that is the set.  I was undecided as to how to close the bag - it doesn't actually need a closure, the score lines hold everything in place,  but if it is a gift then I think ribbon would look here is the finished set all tied up with a bow.

 I hope you had fun hopping along with us today. If you would like to know anything about the projects featured, the products used or if you are generally interested to learn more about Stampin' Up! please do not hesitate to contact me

You have now reached the end of the blog hop. In the unlikely event you got lost along the way or if you landed here purely by chance and would like to see all the projects featured in this hop, I have added a complete list of blogs taking part in the hop today below.

1) Laura Mackie -
2) Jo Blackman -
3) Sarah Keerie -
4) Janneke de Jong -
5) Sue - 
6) Lorraine -
7) Christa -  * YOU ARE HERE*

Until next time, take care

Christa   xx

Monday, 21 April 2014

Up and coming....

Exciting news...   delighted to report that Stampin' Up! have announced that they will be

We are so so so excited to let you know we’ve partnered with the amazing Becky Higgins to bring you the real deal—authentic Project Life products, now in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colours and designs. If you’ve somehow missed the Project Life craze and are wondering what it’s all about, we’ll fill you in: it’s a super simple, totally affordable way to get your photos into albums: you just slip your photos into Photo Pocket Pages and add designed cards. It’s a back-to-basics approach to documenting your life. In a nutshell, it’s all about spending more time making memories and less time scrapbooking them.

We’ll offer a complete Project Life product line in the new annual catalogue, available beginning 1 July. You’ll also be able to order a selection of Project Life products a few weeks earlier than that! We’ll let you know more as the date nears. 
Project Life is great and to have a range of exclusive Stampin' Up! Project Life products is the best news. Look out for more information and product news.

Until next time, take care

Christa   xx

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter...

Hope the Easter Bunny paid a visit and left you some chocolate to help ease the rather drab weather we seem to have today.

I find myself in a chocolate free zone -  hmm...there is definitely something wrong with that!

Happy Easter one and all

Until next time, take care

Christa   xx

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Weekly Deals are Coming

I have just returned from my travels (more about that another time)  and Stampin' Up! have just announced that  the very popular Weekly Deals are coming to the UK starting tomorrow.

Every Wednesday throughout April  a new set of  product deals for that week will be posted. We will not know in advance what the weekly deals will be,  but there will be a  variety of products  including some digital downloads.  It is a while stocks last offer so you will need to remember to check the offers on my demonstrator business website every Wednesday to see what bargains are on offer for that week.

                                                                                This week the offers include dies, framelits, embossing folders and a digital download kit all at reduced prices. The dress up framelits (included in the offer) are still among my favourites and I used them to make these cute lolly-frocks.

Hope you will enjoy the deals throughout April.

Until next time, take care

Christa   xx