Hi! My name is Sharon and I am an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator and full time primary teacher. I live in Bonnie Scotland and love paper crafting. I welcome blog readers - thank you for taking the time to visit me .....X
I have just returned from a FANTASTIC few days away at the annual Stampin' Up! European convention which was held at Mainz, Germany. I am feeling highly motivated and very inspired! I promise that I will share pictures of the swaps I gave and received but today I want to tell you about some fantastic offers that Stampin' Up! have in November...
If you order the Ornament Keepsakes Bundle along with the Candelight Christmas Designer Series Paper OR the Ornaments Keepsakes Stamp Set and the Candelight Christmas Designer Series Paper then you get a FREE Festive Piercing Pack! Santa Claus has certainly come early!!
For the Hostess
Host a qualifying party in November and receive an ink pad collection worth £44.50 free!!! This is on top of the usual hostess benefits!
For New Recruits
Are you interested in signing up as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator? Then November is a great month to join as New recruits will get to choose a pack of Designer Series Paper every month for 6 months!
The Stampin' Up! annual convention will soon be here and I thoroughly enjoy getting to take part in "swaps" with other demonstrators from the UK, Germany and France. This year I am taking part in a few organised swaps as well as the customary general swap. I will show photographs of the organised swaps after convention as I do not want to spoil any surprises :-)
I am terrible for not updating my blog after convention so have decided to share my general swap cards beforehand.
This card uses my new favourite stamp set Established Elegance - I just love the shabby chic look it has.
Colours: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede
Stamps: Established Elegance, French Foliage and Affection Collection
Colours: Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede
Would you like to own the versatile Stampin Up double ended Stampin Write Markers??
This set of 38 markers, comes in a really useful carry caddy with a space for each marker and for the additional 'In Color' markers. Each of the colours EXACTLY matches the stampin up stamp pads, cardstock, patterned paper etc.
They are perfect for colouring in stamps in more than one colour or for adding detail to scrapbook pages etc.
Now they normally retail at £89.95 for a full set - or if you buy them in the four colour collections the full set of 38 would cost you £90.10 and but you wouldnt get the carry caddy.
You can get your hands on one of these full kits including the carry caddy for only £80!! and by paying in installments!!
how it works....... I need groups of 4 girls to commit to spend £20 per month between June and September. I buy the full kit, and each month split the set between you - each month you would get one of each of the four colour collections, and over the four months you would also get the pen caddy to keep them in. By the end of September you would have the full set of 38 pens and the pen caddy complete without having to find the full £89.95 in one go!!!
Good Idea? Let me know if you want to join to start on the 28th June 2012,
commit to paying £20 per month on the 28th of each month until the 28th September 2012 and I'll do the rest!! (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
You can see the full collection of pens here on page 112
I made this layout for a class I did at the Tartan Stampers training in September last year, but forgot to show it on my blog - Whoops! It uses retired paper however the layout can still be adapted with other papers. Infact I have scraplifted my own layout a few times (can you tell it's a favourite of mine!) perhaps changing one or two elements. The first time I did it was for a UKS cybercrop with the mystery kit here, then again for a class I designed for the Monopoly UKS cybercrop here and finally for a heritage layour of my grandparents here (it's the 3rd one down).
As I have mentioned in earlier posts this year I just love scrapbooking but unfortunately I haven't done much layouts for a while. As I looked through my album recently I realised just how much I have missed doing it.....fingers crossed that I will find more time this year!!
The photograph is of my two boys taken in November 2010. (For some reason the black and white photograph has turned purplish in the photo below)
Please let me know if you would like a copy of the instructions for creating this layout.
Another scrapbook layout, this time using a photo of my two boys Andrew (11) and Peter (8).
I knew I wanted to create a layout with white space with a touch of colour. To achieve this look I opted to use a plain sheet of Whisper White 12 x 12 cardstock for the background which is perfect for stamping on to. To add some colour I cut strips of Designer Series Paper from the paper packs and stamped with stamps from the French Foliage set. The spot effect was created by inking through a scrap piece of sequin waste.
Card: Whisper White 12" x 12"
Designer Series Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy
......Whoops I've done it again! ..... neglected my blog that is LOL
I've been very busy in the past few months and unfortunately my blog has had to suffer as a result. Anyway I am back today with a scrapbook layout that I made today that is going in to my parents' family scrapbook album. My dad was 60 five years ago and my sisters and I made him a scrabook album that has a whopping 80 odd pages in it! We added to it two years ago when my mum turned 60 and next Friday my dad will be 65 so we are again updating it with more recent photographs. The album has photographs dating as far back as the early 1900s.
When my dad received it he was emotional and blown away by it - he said that it was the BEST present he has EVER received!!
Before I became an independent demonstrator for Stampin' Up! I used to scrapbook more than I made cards however that balance shifted when I discovered how easy it was to create cards. This year however I am determined to get "back in to" scrapbooking!!
The photograph in the layout is of me when I turned 40 in September last year. Everything that I used is Stampin' Up! (the spiral notebook punch is however retired now). I have used two stamp sets both of which really lend themselves to scrapbooking.
The embellishment was made by scoring a strip of DSP every 0.5mm and folding in to an accordian then securing the edges.
The flourish stamp from the Everything Eleanor stamp set is perfect for softening the page and adding a focal feature.
It is hard to see it in the main photograph but I die cut each letter then ran it through the Big Shot with an embossing plate to add texture.
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Marina Mist
Designer Series Paper: Beau Chateau
Ink and Journalling Pen: Soft Suede
Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Creative Elements
Big Shot: Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder