Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator based in Nottingham but willing to travel - available for workshops, classes and individual orders. Tel 07891476636 or e-mail

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Everything Eleanor

A few weeks ago I commissioned to create a special wedding card for a friends father in laws wedding. Now when I make anything to order I like to get a feel of what the recipient likes are such as favourite colours, hobbies etc to enable me to make it even more personalised.  So with it being a wedding I asked what the colour theme was.... not a difficult question.  Well I nearly fell off my chair when she said there wasn't one as they were both in their 70's .... bless them.  So I decided to keep the colours neutral and chose to use Confetti Cream card and the Brushed Gold card  from the main catalogue.

You will recognise this card as I've recently done one similar but I do believe that for a special occasion you cannot go wrong with this particular style of card.   To keep in line with the Brushed Gold card I used Crumb Cake ink to stamp the image from Everything Eleanor onto the top layer of Very Vanilla card once the verse had been printed out and the layer cut to shape.   I coloured in the petals by lifting Crumb Cake ink from the lid of the ink pad with the Aqua Painters and then stamped the butterflies onto scraps of Very Vanilla card and cut them out.  The butterflies were added to the card using dimensional with Rhinestone jewels to decorate.  A Vintage Brad and Victoria Crochet Trim was used to secure the layers.

The lid to the box is similar to one I did a few weeks back for my sister in law to give to a friend but on this one I've added more Rhinestones to the centre of the flowers.  I was pleased when I saw my friend at work last week and she told me that everyone at the wedding had commented on my card and that the bride and groom thought it was lovely. There is so much negativity in life that its nice to receive praise every now and then don't you think?  I felt really good for the rest of the day.

Well I hope you've liked what I've shown you today and, if you wish to purchase any products mentioned above, or anything from the catalogue, then please get in touch, my details are at the top of this page.

Tracy -x-

More Freebies from Stampin' Up!

I cannot believe that Stampin' Up! are, once again, offering more freebies to you lucky crafter's.  For the month of July only you can earn yourself the following items;

Everyday Enchantment Ribbon and Brad Pack worth £15.95 but can be yours for FREE with any order of £45

The offer consists of:

  • 1/8" (3mm) Organdy Ribbon
  • 2  Spools: 10 yards each spool
1 Lucky Limeade and 1 Calypso Coral      

  • 3/8" (1cm) Printed Designer Brads
  • 30 Brads: 6 each of 5 designs
  • Coordinating colours: Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
I bet you're all thinking those colours look familiar?  Well you'd be right as they match the gorgeous Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Papers that were available during SAB earlier in the year.  They were so popular that SU have got some more stock in BUT they are only available to purchase for £9.95 and for a limited period or until stock runs out so don't delay in getting your orders in now

Oh and don't forget our other fantastic Hostess offer on during the month of July.  Remember this is an offer that shouldn't hold you back from having a get together with your friends and family.   If you  have a workshop and achieve sales of £325, excluding p&p, you can earn, not only one product at half price, but an extra £30 to spend on products from the catalogue, so that's £80 of freebies!!!!!   The hostess money cannot be used to purchase the half price item.  

 If you would like to place an order or book a party then please get in touch via the e-mail or phone number above.

Tracy -x-

P.S this post will stay at the top until the end of July, newer posts are below so please scroll down further to see them.  

Monday, 30 July 2012

Big shot project

I recently went to Jules training in Leeds and had a fab time.  Whenever we go to training we do swaps with other demo's attending the event.  This time there was a slightly variation on the products that we could use for our swaps.  This was because we are nearing end of our SU year (end September) and we do not know what stamp sets are retiring, so the briefing was to create a project and not use a christmas image but you could use a verse.  

It's funny but for once I didn't have think about this too much.  My idea was to use the Milk Carton Die and big shot to make it look as though "Santa" could be seen going down the chimney.  I then used the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet die to cut out the NOEL that went around the sides of the carton as you can see from the picture below.  I added the "roof" tiles by

The cardstock used was Confetti Cream as its sturdier than the very vanilla.  The holly was used by punching out the small oval and then punching chunks out of it. For those eagle eyed of you out there you may have noticed that Santa's jacket is sparkling.  Now how did she do that I hear you asking?  Well I took my Shimmer Mist spray and mixed it with some Iso-Propyl Alcohol (not SU) then sprayed my Real Red card.  I did this outside so as not to cover everything in shimmer  

Here are all my swaps finished and in the box ready for transit.  Now I have to say that, were it not for the help of Steph, my sister in law, I would not have got these swaps finished, so a big Thank You from me Steph.


If you would like to make projects like this and more then get in touch about my classes that are held on the last Saturday of the month. More classes can be added to suit demand.  My next class is on 25 August 2012 and will be a scrapbooking class.

Thanks for dropping by and looking a at my posts, I do appreciated it, especially if you leave a comment :)

Tracy -x- 

SU materials used:
Timeless Type Junior Alphabet die
Big shot
Shimmer mist
Card Stock - Real Red, Confettie card, Garden Green, Basic Black, More Mustard and Whisper White
Clips Assortment
Punches: Circle from Itty Bitty Buttons, 3/4" Circle punch, Small Tag Punch

None SU products:
Iso Propyl Alcohol

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Brads and Ribbon....

Only a couple of days left ladies to get your hands on the lovely free ribbon and brads above.  All you have to do is place an order with me for £45 or more and they will be sent automatically with your order.  SO don't delay, get your order to me before Tuesday evening if you want to these gorgeous freebies !!!

Tracy -x-

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Love and Laughter

Recently Dean and I received an invitation to a wedding in September and we had to return the RSVP by 1 July 2012.  The initial invitation was a pretty scroll one and the colour combination was burgundy and cream.  Looking closely at the invitation I noted that the colour of the writing was very similar to that of Bravo Burgundy.  Now this is a colour I don't tend to use a lot as I tend to steer towards pastel shade not the dark rich colours so it was a nice change.  This was their invitation:

Luckily I had recently purchased the Love and Laughter stamp set so what a fantastic opportunity to use it.  I didn't want to just stamp the image I wanted to emboss it.  At the present time Stampin' Up! don't do a Bravo Burgundy embossing powder to instead I inked up the dress stamp with Versmark ink and then again with Bravo Burgundy ink.  Once the image was stamped onto the now much loved Cream Confetti card I covered it in a layer of Clear Embossing Powder then set it with my heat gun.

Then I stamped the sentiment "Thank You" from the set Curly Cute in the same way as the main image.  To keep in with the theme of the invitation I punched a little love heart just below the sentiment in the middle.  This was then mounted onto Bravo Burgundy card and, yes you've guessed it, onto more Cream Confetti card.  Now it just needed a little something else and I knew just what that was, Pearls.  It may not be that clear on the picture but I put lots of tiny self adhesive Pearls on the dress and around the love heart and here is the end result....


I didn't want to just put any ordinary typed verse into the card so I searched and finally found the same font as the invitation.  I also carried on the love heart theme using the Heart to Heart punch

When Dean took the card in to his friend not only did he say that if  he had known I did my own cards he would have asked me to do the invitations!!!!, but he noticed an error which I was not happy about.  I told Dean to ask for it back to amend the mistake.  His friend was reluctant to give it back but finally gave it back.   Now, by the time I got the card back I had had to format my laptop and could I find the same font, could I eck.  In the end I took it to work where I found the correct font and had to e-mail the verse to myself at home to print off. 

If I'm honest another reason I needed the card back was because I had forgotten to take a picture of it to I'm so pleased that they liked the card as its always good to received positive feedback don't you think?  All I need to do now is come up with a card for the big day.

Thank you for stopping by and please leave a comment if you want to as I love to read them.  I'll be back soon with some more creations.

Tracy -x-

Products used;
Stamp sets - Love and Laughter, Curly Cute
Inks - Versamark, Bravo Burgundy
Card - Confetti Cream. Bravo Burgudy
Punches - Heat to Heart, Heart punch
Accessories - Self adhesive pearls, clear embossing powder

Monday, 16 July 2012

Yesterday I showed you one of the cards I made for my sisters anniversary last month, well today I'm going to show you the second one I made that was sent from me and hubby.  I decided to use a very reliable and versatile set, Vintage Vogue.  I just love this set as no matter what colour you do it in, it always looks stunning.  For this card my colour theme was Elegant Eggplant, Pink Pirquette and Wild Wasabi.

As you can see some flowers have been cut out and attached to the card using dimentionals.  I've also added some pearls to the centre.  The main  body of the card is the Cream Confetti card, it is the same or similar weight as the coloured card making it nice and sturdy.  I've then layered it with Elegant Eggplant and Very Vanilla which is what has been stamped on.  The sentiment in the corner is from the set Curvy Verse.

Thanks for stopping by, if you wish to purchase any of the items mentioned then please get in touch and I'll happily place an order for you.  Comments are also well received :)

Tracy -x-

Products used:
Stamp set: Vintage Vogue, Curvy Cute
Inks - Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirquette
Cardstock: Cream Confetti, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Very Vanilla satin ribbon, Adhesive Pearls, Flower brads

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Wow, where does the time go, it doesn't seem 5 minutes since I last posted.  I really need to keep on my  Well as you may have gathered its been a busy time for me lately especially at work so I've been coming home and just flaking out.  On top of that I've had cards to make and swaps to do so its a good job I love crafting and especially with SU products, to me there are no other products to work with :)

So, last month it was my sister's wedding anniversary and I had to do 2 cards, one from us and one from my mum.  Not only was it their wedding anniversary but it was also my brother in laws birthday as well, I'll show you that card another day.

So the  first \i made was for mum.  At the last training day with Jules we were given in our pack the Paper Daisies.  It was nice as I didn't have these so I thought I'd use them for this occasion.  The colour combination is Lucky Limeade, Whisper White and Real Red.  I inked around the the edge of the daisies to soften them on the card.  The background was stamped in Lucky Limeade using Bordering on Romance which is available from the Summer mini that is only available until the end of August and we cannot guarantee it being in the new catalogue so if you like it then don't be disappointed and order it today.

Now the shape of the top layer was made using the  Edgelits Dies and Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, again available in the Summer mini only until the end of August.  Other elements also used on this card are, Lucky Limeade ribbon, Modern Label and the sentiment is from the stamp set Just Believe.  As you can see I've used the small Silver brads to attach the sentiment and an Antique Brad for the centre of the flower, I just lovvveeee these brads, don't you?

I'll be back soon to post the second card but for now I'll just say, if you want anything just get in touch.  For those of you who are eagle eyed you'll have spotted I've got a different e-mail addy so, if you've got my old one just change it and send me a order

Take care everyone

Tracy -x-

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Wedding card

Recently my Sister-in-Law attended a wedding of which she had been helping with the invitations with a little help from me. As a result of this she was asked to do a reading at the wedding and wanted to incorporate this in the card she made.  Being fairly new to crafting she wanted me to help her with the card as she had seen some I had done previously in the shape of a book in a box.

So about 2 weeks ago she came round whilst I was on leave to work on the card.  She also brought with her  the card she had made for the office to send but just needed a sentiment on it.  Luckily I had one that fit nicely on it so that was one thing out of the way.

The colour scheme for the wedding was black and white with a hint of red.  We used a well known scoring board to make the different layers of the card.  The biggest layer was Basic Black then Real Red followed by Whisper White.  We wanted to make it look like a veil  so added a layer of Vellum paper that was the same size as the Basic Black layer to cover the whole card.  Underneath the Vellum was Real Red Grosgrain ribbon and the vellum was secured by an antique brad at the top and a small silver brad on the bottom.

The stand was made by tracing around a stand that some small Royal Dalton plates stand on that my Aunt bought me as a wedding present, this will be 25years this it definitely does not seem this long.  Anyway, such a nice card cannot go in just any old envelope so obviously we had to make a box.  For this I used my Score Board from Stampin Up, Basic Black 12x12 cardstock and then layered it with tissue paper.

Around the edge of the lid we attached the black polka dot ribbon and then decorated the lid by applying a layer of Real Red and then Whisper White that had been embossed in two corners with the Elegant Bouquet   embossing folder.  We then die cut the initials of the happy couple in Basic Black with the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet and adhered them to the lid between the embossed area.  To finish it off we attached small pearls to the centre of the embossed flowers.

My sister in law is now on holiday so I don't know what the reaction of the bride was but I do know that she was overwhelmed when she saw just the box so hopefully she wasn't disappointed when she opened it, I'm sure she wasn't.

If you would like to order any of the products used please get in touch as they are all listed below.

Tracy -x-

Products used:
SU Simply scored Board 
Big shot with Elegant Embossing folder and Timeless Type Junior Alphabet set
Card stock: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White
Vellum Paper
Accessories : Real Red grosgrain ribbon, Black Scallop Dot ribbon, Adhesive Pearls, Antique brads, Silver Brads

None SU - Shaped score board, tissue paper.