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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Four Feathers Blog Hop!

Amy Fraser

Today I'm doing something a little different and taking part in a blog hop! To all of you who have come from Sam's Crafty Things welcome!

As I have mentioned before I loved the Stampin' Up! European Convention especially meeting new people and making loads of new friends.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Stampin Up! European Convention 2014 Part 3…Ain't no party like an SU Party!

Amy Fraser

Here we are the final day of my Convention roundup! Awards night is an evening of recognition, when all the demonstrators get together and get dressed up to celebrate the achievements of all the European Demonstrators. Everyone who has achieved a major milestone gets to go up on stage to be applauded by all the other demos. The group which I am a member of, the Pinkies is a very large group of demonstrators and there were about 80 of us at convention. There were Pinkies being celebrated in almost every category and it was so inspirational watching my team members go up and be rewarded for their hard work. The top achievers in Sales and Recruiting in the UK were Pinkies and we had to celebrate that! So after stuffing ourselves on the dessert bar and having a bit of a dance  we made our way to get some cocktails! Here I am with my wonderful Upline Katy on our way Via the Manneken Pis to the bar.

We even managed to make friends with the bartender and get table service and drinks off menu!

Saturday morning came far too quickly and we made our way back to the convention centre for an early start. We once again were given loads of great ideas and tips on how to grow our business and how to get more creative in our own crafting. 

At Lunch we made another great crafty item. Its a little card or mini book holder. I think this is a great idea for birthday or even christmas gifts! The mini book is made from envelopes and so its really easy to put a gift card or some money into it as part of the present! 

 Finally we had a few more prizes to be won and then a prize for all the attendees! we finished the day at around 4.30 and all of the Pinkies went out for dinner together.  The next day my upline Katy and I had a bit of a wander and ate some waffles before heading home.

 I really enjoyed my weekend at convention, we were blessed with gorgeous weather and the people I met were absolutely incredible.  I have made loads of new friends and come away with loads of ideas for the next few months! If you want to get involved in Convention next year, or come to any of the other events that are held across the year please get in touch and join my team! Even if you are not interested in running a business the discount alone means if you are thinking of spending more than £99 it's well worth it! 

I will leave you with a picture of all my lovely free things from the weekend. I'm looking forward to sharing a wealth of new creations thanks to these beauties! 

Amy x

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Stampin Up! European Convention 2014 Part 2… Journey to Brussels

Amy Fraser

My Convention weekend was also the start of a 6 day holiday for me and what better way to start the trip then with a bit of bubbly! While we were waiting for the Eurostar at St Pancras my fellow demos and I enjoyed a bottle of Prosecco with our lunch and caught up with all the latest SU gossip!

The Eurostar was such an enjoyable experience, so much less stressful then traveling abroad by plane. Getting through security was quick and easy and the people there were really lovely even when we set of the metal detectors! :) The benefit of have no baggage restrictions was brilliant for an overpacked like me.  I also completely agree with the important message given on the napkins :)

We arrived at around 4.30PM and after dropping our bags off at our hotels we went straight to the convention centre to register. While we walked we enjoyed the lovely weather and some pretty gorgeous views!

A lot of the demonstrators went to an evening card class on Thursday evening, however I used this time to explore the city a bit and get my bearings. I loved walking around in the early evening and the city looked amazing lit up, the Grand Place is full of gold and the atmosphere was just spectacular.

After the classes ended, we all met up and had dinner and drinks at the Grand Place. I was a bit worried I would struggle with drinks as I don't like beer but the second drink of choice in Brussels was Cava and it was served at every bar by the glass (or by the bottle), so I was a very happy demo with my drink of choice for the rest of the Holiday! 

The next day was full of classes and inspiration, we got the opporutiy to get involved with some makes, and even took part in a competition for prizes! I was luck enough to win some lovely stuff from the autumn and winter catalogue and the new seasonal supplement!

At lunch we took our kits and stamp sets given to us at registration and did some creating of our own! Here I am with a fellow demonstrator Cat showing off our lovely cards!

After lunch we explored the demonstrator area where some amazing demonstrators had provided a wealth of inspiration. here are just a few of my favourite photos. then we were back for even more talks and classes before going back to our hotels to get ready for awards night!

Come back for part 3 tomorrow to hear about Awards night and the last day of convention!

Amy x

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Stampin Up! European Convention 2014 Part 1... Swaps!

Amy Fraser

Well I am back and all rested from the excitement that was the Stampin Up! European convention! This was both my first Stamping Up! convention and first visit to Brussels. I had an amazing experience and can't wait to visit again for convention next year! Over the next few days I'm going to share some of my favourite snippets from the weekend! 

Im going to start with my favourite thing about convention…Swaps! Stamping Up! demonstrators swap whenever they meet and European convention is no different. The excitement at the start of the first day with everyone arriving and meeting each other is incredible and is made even better by the lovely demonstrators sharing their creations with each other. As a new demonstrator I felt so welcome and it amazed me that language wasn't a barrier to the demos greeting each other. We have French, German, Austrian and Dutch demos and they were all excitedly swapping with each other and with me! :)

First I would like to share my swap and how I made it. You might recognise this as I took inspiration from my tag using the Sketched Birthday stamps a few weeks ago. Today I will show you how I made the tag in a little more detail. Its really simple!

First I used the scalloped tag topper punch to cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock which I had cut to 5cm wide. Then I stamped a sentiment from the endless wishes stamp set and at the same time stamped a snowflake on another piece of Whisper White in Costal Cabana ink. (This stamp set is one of my favourite from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue- keep an eye out for many more makes using this stamp set!) 

I punched the snowflake using the 11/4" circle punch and used stamping dimensionals to adhere it to a 13/4" scalloped circle I had punched in Coastal Cabana cardstock. I then stuck this on the top half of the tag.

Finally I made the adorable bow using the envelope punch board in the Coastal Cabana DSP which comes in the In-Colour 12"x12"DSP stack.

How to make the bow:

These instructions may sound a little confusing, so I hope that the additional pictures will help explain in greater detail how to make these sweet bows. If you need any help please get in touch and I will happily help you out!

So first you need two pieces of DSP which are 1inch wide. I chose my dimensions as 6 inch and 3inch, because it meant I could use a whole piece of DSP for my shares and so it would fit nicely on my tag, however if you want the flat back piece of your bow to show more then I would recommend increasing your second piece of paper to 4 inch.

First taking the 6 inch piece you cut a notch on both sides in the middle of the strip. Lining the edge of the paper up to the 3 inch mark and pressing down on the punch board button. Once you have done this on both sides you should end up with a grooved strip like this:

Next you need to do the same with the ends of the strip, this time only half of the notch will be cut on each end. The best way is to line up the edge of the strip with the point of the triangle in the centre of the punch. Once you have done both sides you'll have something that looks like this:

The ends are then simply lined up and glued to the centre with glue dots! Then you move on to the back of the bow. This is made by noting the centre of the strip as in the first strip so for my 3 inch strips I made notches at 11/2 inch on both sides. Then I placed the strip in to the punch widthways and notched the ends, this gives the tailed ends to the back of the bow. Simple!

I glued these two pieces together again using glue dots and ended up with the bow below!

On my swaps i cut a strip of Whisper White card 1/4 inch wide to wrap around the centre of the bow to add extra contrast.

I took me a long time to make all my swaps but it was totally worth it!

Of course the best thing about swaps is swapping! I got a lot of wonderful swaps from some very talented ladies and even a few gentlemen! look at all the amazing things i received…I am brimming with inspiration from these wonderful demos.

I hope you enjoyed part 1 of my convention story. Come back tomorrow for part 2!

Amy x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

October Class

Amy Fraser

Octobers Class is now organised!

Our next class will be on 28th October at St Lukes Church Hall in Eardley Road Sevenoaks.

Following on from feedback at the last class the start time will now be 7PM and will finish at 9PM.

We will be focusing on the lovely petite petals stamp set, and a product from the christmas catalogue (gasp! yes its that time again already!) I will be bringing catalogues with me to the class for everyone to have a browse or send me an email with your address and ill pop one in the post for you!

In the meantime look on the right sidebar for a link to the PDF of the catalogue and remember to book your place on this months class.

See you soon

Amy x

Friday, 3 October 2014

Its Friday, lets celebrate... and eat cake!

Amy Fraser
Another week over, another excuse to eat cake! Although I don't have any birthdays this week I feel that every friday should involve cake and so without further ado, todays make:

These are so Simple to make and just add something so cute to any cake. I made them by stamping the happy birthday cupcake stamp in Basic Black and Strawberry Slush then using a 11/4" Circle Punch I punched out only the centre of the stamp. I then used the Larger 13/4" Scalloped Circle Punch to cut out a piece of Strawberry Slush Cardstock to mount the circle on. I used Stampin Dimensionals to mont the circle onto the scalloped circle, making sure that there was one piece at the bottom of the circle so that I could then put a cocktail stick into the foam to be able to mount into onto a cupcake.

Another cute idea for this amazing stamp set. I just love how versatile it is! Have a great Friday everybody, I'm off to eat cake (and maybe have a glass of wine!)

Have a great weekend

Amy x

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Bored of Cards?

Amy Fraser

Its been pretty card focused this week, so today I thought I would show you something a little different. I don't only like giving and receiving cards, I also love presents!

Not needing much more of an excuse to get creative, today I have made an adorable little gift tag to go on your lovely presents! Because its using the Sketched Birthday stamp set it goes together perfectly with all the other items i have made this week.

This tag was really easy to make thanks to the wonderful scalloped Tag Topper punch. I also made a cute little bow out of designer series paper and using the envelope punch board (tutorial to follow).

The things that makes this process so easy is knowing that all the colours match. My Strawberry Slush ink, cardstock and DSP are all exact matches, meaning that making items like this don't require intense thought  about colour. If I ever did want to do an item with multiple colours or shades Stampin up! even has a product to help with that! The colour coach is a great help if you are not sure on how to use different colours together.

Check back tomorrow for another non-card make to celebrate Friday!!!

Amy x

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Watercolour Cupcake

Amy Fraser

Today I was short on time, but thanks to my favourite stamp set and punch I was not short of ideas. My card was super fast to make and is really simple but its my favourite card yet with the Sketched Birthday set.

I love simple cards and this card took me less then 5 minutes to make, what can be bad about that?

I made an adorable 4"x4" card in Whisper White then used the Extra Large Circle Punch to cut out a piece of the amazing Glimmer Paper. I stamped Happy Birthday in Coastal Cabana Used the Banner Punch on either end to make the banner and inked the edges.

Then I used a technique called Watercolour.  On Whisper White I stamped the Happy Birthday Cupcake stamp using Stazon Black ink. This ink is different to normal Stampin up! ink as it is solvent based rather then water based so it doesn't run when we add the water part of watercolouring! Next I coloured in the design using the Coastal Cabana and the Strawberry Slush ink and a Blender Pen. Stampin Up! also do watercolour pens, however I love the blender pens for speed and easy cleanup! (BTW they come in a set of three, and you really only need 1 pen so they make really good presents!) I will share a tutorial on how to Watercolour using the pens soon. For those of you who are cautious to try it, I was completely blown away by how easy it is to do! The last thing I did was cut out the water coloured image using the 1 3/4" Scalloped Circle Punch and then I used Stampin Dimensionals to stick all the elements down!

Less then 5 minutes, and a new technique in the bag! who doesn't love a Tuesday tutorial?

See you Soon

Amy x

Monday, 29 September 2014

Eat Cake!

Amy Fraser

First of all I would like to say a great big thank you to everyone who came to this months card class, it was my first class in Sevenoaks and I hope the first of many. It was a great success and I had a great time.

Now my photography skills are not the best, and a lot of my photos were blurry! but here are a few photos of what was created on the night.

This months card class was focused on two products, the Sketched Birthday stamp set and the Banner Punch.

These two products are my absolute favourite from the Annual catalogue. I love making cakes and I love parties, and these products are just everything about that. The stamp set is so versatile and lends itself to so many different techniques. I felt that this stamp set and punch were a great start to my card making classes, going back to basics but using the products in different ways. For the next week I will be using the Sketched Birthday set and the Banner Punch to create even more, and hopefully provide you with even more inspiration.

The cards also utilises the amazing Moonlight designer series paper stack which is amazing value at only £6.95 and contains 48 sheets of double sided paper. The designs are really varied and can be used to create really different looking cards. In this class I used pages that were quite fun and suited towards celebrations, I kind of think that they have a bit of a circus theme to them! I also picked up the extra colour included in the paper stack of Basic Grey and used staples to attach the ribbon and stamped the cake in Basic grey ink. They match perfectly!

As part of my back to basics plan I will be uploading a tutorial on the cards and also any unusual techniques, which you will be able to find in the tutorial tab at the top of the page. I will also add the links to the bottom of the post.

To join my next class please get in contact.

Amy x

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Cake Disasters

Amy Fraser

I always have trouble explaining to people why I can bake but cooking isn't second nature to me. I often say "baking is a science" and my favourite part about baking is the experiment, although sometimes that experiment can go very wrong!  We are all beginners at some point and today I saw this on the BBC website and it reminded me of the tips that are really useful for beginners.
GBBO has taken off all over the world and its no surprise, the joy of looking at a cake and being able to say "I made that!" is only topped by being able to share it with your friends and family. The same thing can be said for all crafts, a thoughtful and considered handmade card or home decor item can be such a treasure to receive and its the joy that it brings to us and others that makes crafting so much fun!

Now I wouldn't call myself an expert at any craft, more a "Jack of all" craft. I know that my preference is for a less is more style, however even I am guilty of forgetting the basics and fundamental techniques that can make things we create so impressive.

So for the next few weeks and months I am going back to basics, considering the techniques that first impressed me when I started crafting as well as showing just how much versatility you have with just a few items and a little bit of inspiration under your belt. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced crafter I hope you learn something new (I know I will!)

Amy x

Thursday, 11 September 2014

September class

Amy Fraser

September a class is now finalised. Please get in touch if you would like to join me in making 3 beautiful items.

Busy on the 16th? Why not have a workshop at home on another date and get a hostess goody bag and the chance to get more free stuff for your £10?

For more information, or to be kept u to date on upcoming events please contact me.

see you soon

Amy x

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

In colour

Amy Fraser

As promised here is a run down of the techniques and products used to create Sundays cards.

Scroll to the bottom for a full list of supplies used.

I was so excited to get the sketched birthday stamp set, and I was even more excited when I got it free as part of my stampin start rewards. The reward system for new starters is really great and there is no pressure to hit targets that aren't comfortable for you. So laid back I didn't know I had a free stamp set until the ordering system told me!

I am also in love with the Blackberry Bliss In-Colour so I played with that ink first. I stamped ballons on to a piece of Moonlight designer series paper (DSP) then coloured them in with the Hello Honey stamin' write marker. Then I inked the edges of the DSP and stamped the Happy Birthday on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut it out, inked the edges and stuck it down using Stampin Dimensionals.

My second card used the same idea but I used the Petite Petals stamp set, and after i had coloured the stamped images in I used the coordinating Petite Petals punch to cut them out. These coordinating punches make life so easy and give you a great consistent effect . I also stamped the invitation stamp onto Whisper White and inked the edges with Blackberry Bliss before attaching them all to another piece of the DSP using Stampin Dimensionals. 

For my third card i wanted to experiment with the DSP a little more so made a small tag using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. I added a small amount of the Stitched Satin Ribbon in Lost Lagoon and used the same colour along with the Hello Honey to make flowers using the Petite Petals stamp set and punch. What is really great is that all these colours are true matches, I don't need to worry about shades not working. Yet again i stamped a sentiment on Whisper White and attached using Stampin Dimensionals.

These three cards were very easy to make and I love how different they all turned out. I hope you all enjoyed the walkthrough.


Amy x

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