Friday, 23 May 2014

More for men....


I am working hard to try and get everything up together as half term starts on Monday and my work schedule isn't the same when Hannah is home.  We are also hoping to spend a few days away next week with friends in Devon. Fingers crossed for good weather as Hannah wants to take her body board with her.

So today I have 3 more cards to share with you.

The first card has a fun element to it I think, and also one that could very easily be adapted for a younger child, and made girly.

This next one is one of my favourite designs.  We have the oak tree from Lovely as a Tree and the stamp was coloured in using the marker pens so that we got a contrast of colour.  I also used the banner punch that was available during Sale-a-bration, it will be available in the new 2014-2015 annual catalogue if you didn't manage to get it earlier in the year.  The centre banner is raised up on a dimensional and has a small mini brad through the centre.
The last card has a racing car on it from the stamp set "Rev up the fun".  This is a fun set with the racing car and also a motorbike, so a good choice for the man in our life.  The picture is not so good as I decided to take the card along to a recent Stampin' UP! event.  The box underneath gives a glimpse of my team gifts which I forgot to photo! duh along with my swaps and name badge.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Need a card for that Man in your life? Look no further


Back on the 10th May I ran a class, to cover all those cards we need for the men in our life.  It's a class that had been asked for by many of my ladies as we all find this design hard.

I was really pleased with my designs and colours for the class, and would love to hear what you think? so please leave me a comment.

We made 15 cards over the morning 5 designs and 3 of each.  I will share the first two with you today and then the others will follow in the next blog post.

Everyone received the Hardwood stamp set as part of their class fee, which made things easier for everyone, I can't believe that I only bought the set in order to design the class what was I thinking!!!!!ladies were talking about making sheds and fences with it.......the ideas were inspiring.

Crumb Cake was a favourite cardbase colour for me in this class and then I teamed it with different shades of browns and a bold dash of Night of Navy.

The above card was designed for Father's day but there was also a birthday greeting for those who wanted one.  The frame was created using the Deco Framlits and some linen thread just adds a focal point.  I loovve this stuff.  The greeting was stamped from Teeny Tiny Wishes and then punched out using the word window punch and layered onto a punch out from the modern label punch.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

From a mess to this..............

On Monday I was working hard to design some projects for team training that same night.  I always work well under pressure...hehe if I tell myself that I just about manage not to go into full blown panic..........

Here is my original mess and a little sneak peak of one of the projects.

Well my mess resulted in these two projects.

The little box was made using the envelope punchboard and holds a bar of chocolate.  The box is held closed with some stretch trim ruffled ribbon, and makes a wonderful little gift for someone.
The card uses the stamp set Happy Watercolour and the splodge is in a new colour called Mossy Meadow which will join us as an In Colour in the new 2014-2015 annual catalogue.  The ribbon is also a new addition as well, called Lost Lagoon, and in the centre of the butterfly is a dash of Blackberry Bliss.  Stampin'Up! have many new treats in store for us in the new catalogue, so do make sure you keep watching my blog and joining me on my facebook page caroonstampin.  I will be sharing new products and my projects via these two sources.  Please share these with your friends and family and spread the word.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Team sales card for March 2014

Every month I recognise the top 3 sales demonstrators in my team, with a hand made card.

I had forgotten to show you this one last month, so here it is now.

It's another card inspired by Mary Fish...........

The stamp set used is called Tag It and we received it last year at convention.  Now I have never used it, so before I could start I had to mount the set. The lovely thing about this set is that Stampin'Up! will donate £2 to the Ronald McDonald charities when you purchase the Tag It stamp set.

My colour theme is Coastal Cabana, So Saffron and Tango Tangerine.  I used the dazzling details to define the centre of the small flowers and the twine is the gold bakers twine.

Well done to you all, I appreciate all the hard work you do in running your businesses your way.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

A thank to my team members

 Good morning

At the end of last month I held a little gathering for my top 3sales people for the last quarter.

We had a lovely evening just chatting and eating of course, and Alice popped in with Kobe as Irene had not seen him.

Trevor, Christine and Donna were my top 3 sales demonstrators for the last quarter and as well as some nibbles I also had some cards and gifts for them.

Here is the card I had made for them.  This was inspired from a very similar card I saw on Mary Fish's blog (stampinpretty).  I love Mary's clean and simple cards and when I am looking for inspiration she is often my first port of call.

I love the contrast of cream and black and our Modern Medley designer series paper work so well here.  I used the arrows embossing folder to add some texture to the base of the card and then the 1" square punch made short work of the DSP pattern.  The butterfly has a large pearl in the centre and the greeting was from the stamp set Lovely Romance.
Continuing with the colour theme I decorated some gifts for them.

I decorated a pot of the Essentials Wooden Elements and in the glassine bag was a pack of subtles candy dots.
Well done guys X

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Class projects for April

Last week I mentioned that I would be using the same projects with a little change.

Several of my mentors (Amanda and Kerry) repeatedly say that you don't have to re-invent the wheel at each and every class.

I was lucky as only one of my team were able to make team training last month, so I was able to use my projects in my classes this month.  I repeated this at 3 classes, and my workload was mighty reduced..hehe

Smokey Slate and Calypso Coral colour theme this time.  I used some organza ribbon around the box and a greeting from the Label Love stamp set, it also has a matching punch.  Some rhinestones just finish off the box and card.

Everyone also had the chocolates to put in the box.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Happy 50th birthday wishes

My good friend Vicky recently celebrated a special birthday and Hannah and I were honhored to attend her surprise birthday party.  Yes she really didn't know, her husband had arranged everything and got in touch with family and friends.  He even catered all the food himself. 

She is a very lucky lady.....

Here is the card I made for her.  As you will see the sketch is the same as I have previously used.

I think this card just shows how easy it is to take a sketch and alter the look by just using a few different things like the colour and embossing folder.

Monday, 5 May 2014



Just a reminder that there is NO CLASS THIS EVENING as it is BANK HOLIDAY

Class is re-scheduled for Wednesday 21st May at St John's Church Hall, Churchdown.

I hope you have had a great long weekend and hope to see as many of you as possible on Wednesday 21st May.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Hannah's little creation

Last Sunday I promised Hannah that she could decorate a frame she had bought for her best friend Lizzy who lives in Devon.

We had seen the frame whilst out shopping in half term and then she choose some felt and decided to make some flowers to put on it.

Hannah die cut the flowers using my big shot and the spiral flower die, this die makes short work of the felt and the flower is then rolled up and glued using a hot glue gun.

Here is the finished result

We really hope she likes her belated birthday gift.......Hannah did make a matching card but we forgot to take a picture before she sealed the envelope.

Thursday, 1 May 2014


Stampin'UP! have more new product for us.

I know some of you have been keen to get your hands on the photopolymer stamps...well now they have arrived

Photopolymer stamp sets are the next big thing and they're here to stay! Today through 31 May, take advantage of this amazing photopolymer promotion: when you purchase at least 75 €/£60 worth of products, you'll receive a free photopolymer stamp set as a gift!

Stampin'UP! have searched long and hard for just the right material to be able to introduce completely clear stamping. And they found it!  With the release of the upcoming 2014-2015 annual catalogue, we will have wood-mount, clear-mount AND photopolymer stamps. Our top-quality photopolymer stamps stick extremely well on our acrylic blocks, are durable, and the transparent nature of these sets makes it easier to line up your images without the need of a guide. This is a feature that is particularly helpful with alphabets, borders, and backgrounds! Photopolymer is clearly a great choice.

I am ordering my set today, as I haven't used these style of stamps before.  If you check the side bar you will be able to click and see all 3 sets that are available to buy.