Thursday, 30 December 2010

SALE-A-BRATION ........ Is Here!!!!

Stampin' Up!s biggest sales event of the year Sale-A-Bration is here! The stamp sets available this year are fantastic!


There are two ways for you to earn these free stamp sets:

• For every £45 you spend in the Idea Book & Catalogue you can choose one Sale-A-Bration set.

• Host a party and for every £300 in sales your party makes you can choose an exclusive Sale-A-Bration set. This is in addition to the already fabulous hostess rewards!

Also during the Sale-a-bration period - if you purchase the Starter Kit and join my team, you can also choose ANY additional stamp set from the Idea Book & Catalogue - this could be up to a value of £44.95. This is in addition to the amazing savings you already get by purchasing this kit. REMEMBER – after buying the kit, you do not have to buy another thing as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you can stop right there if you want to! Or you can take this fabulous business opportunity and build on it to earn some extra cash and/or receive 20% off all future purchases! If you are interested, contact me today.

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(teri.pocock@live.com)

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Teri xxx

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Just Believe - Colour Wash



Just Believe is one of the new additions to Stampin's Up!s latest Idea Book & Catalogue. It's a fabulous set. You can find it on page 57 and is priced at £32.95 for wood mount or £25.95 for clear mount.

This card also uses the new Watercolour Paper (page 87 £5.95). The image has been stamped in Versamark and embossed with Clear Powder. The colours are then painted over the image using the Aqua Painter brush (page 102). If you squeeze the lid of a Classic Ink Pad it will transfer some of the ink to the lid so you can use it like a palette and easily pick up the colour using your Aqua Painter. A really simple technique to try :o)

The colours used are Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait and Marina Mist.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Vintage Vogue



I have loved the Vintage Vogue stamp set ever since it came out. I'm so pleased that Stampin' Up! carried it forward into the main catalogue (page 62). It is now available in both wood mount (£22.95) and clear mount (17.95).

The colours on the above card are Soft Suede, River Rock and Rich Razzleberry together with a little Very Vanilla.

I stamped the background onto our new glossy cardstock using the large En Francais stamp (Page 61 £16.95). I then tried a new technique - Faux Linen. Sand the cardstock vertically and horizontally until all the gloss is removed. Lightly sponge ink (River Rock) all over the cardstock and then sand over the surface again. I used the Sanding Block from the Distressing Essentials kit (page 103 £14.95) to do the sanding and it worked a treat :o) I love the finish it's given me - although hard to see in the photo. It gives a beautiful vintage look to the background.

The flower centre is made up of Very Vanilla 3/8" Taffeta ribbon which I dyed with my River Rock Marker pen. I twisted it into a coil and added one of the Basic Pearls (page 99 £4.50) to finish off.

I used Rich Razzleberry 5/8" Satin ribbon for the ruffles. These were so easy to create and I love the look of them - much easier to produce than the pleating I did on my previous class! I think I'll be giving this to my ladies to try soon :o)

Teri xxx

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Welcome Christmas - December Class



My Techniques class for December used the wonderful Welcome Christmas stamp set. This can be found on page 27 of the current Idea Book & Catalogue and is available in wood mount (£21.95) or clear mount (£26.95).

We covered lots of techniques including : Basic Brayering, Reflection/Shadowing, Cracked Glass, Ribbon Pleating and Faux Lace.

If you would like to purchase the instructions for this set, you will find the details in the right hand column. The instructions will be emailed to you as a PDF document within 48 hours.

Teri xx

Friday, 3 December 2010

Dasher - With Brayer



I spotted a beautiful card over on SCS today and had to have a go at creating it myself! The original (created by Kari Metzger) was created using sponging, but as I'm practising my brayering this month I decided to change the technique :o)

I love how the above card came out. The white ring around the moon really makes it stand out. I used Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Pacific Point and a little Night of Navy to brayer the sky. For the moon itself, I used So Saffron and just a touch of Cajun Craze - and I sponged this on.



I changed the colour scheme for my second attempt. This time the entire card is brayered and I used So Saffron, More Mustard, Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler. I added the moon mask after I had brayered the More Mustard. This time there is no ring around the moon BUT I've managed to get a fuzzy edge to it, which I quite like. It makes it look like there is a bit of a haze around :o)

Both cards are really simple to create. I'm by no means a brayer expert! But with just a little practice you can get a great look with limited skills :o)

You can find Dasher (£7.95) on page 113 of the Idea Book & Catalogue. The Brayer (£9.95) can be found on page 103.

Teri xx

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Beware Pirates - New Technique



More Beware Pirates! I can't seem to ignore this stamp set for very long :o)

The design is very simple and similar to one I have used before. The colour scheme is Sahara Sand and Basic Black. I have embossed the sentiment with Black embossing powder. The edges of the image have been distressed using the Cutter Kit and the corners curled over with my tweezers.

The new technique I have used is STAMPING IN SOOT. I have used some of SU's Glossy White cardstock (page 87). This is not a technique for children to use - because you hold the cardstock glossy side down over a lighted candle. The cardstock must just touch the flame. You slowly keep the cardstock moving across flame so the understide becomes covered with soot - make sure you are holding the card with tweezers!

Stop when you are happy with the coverage - you don't want this to be even, it looks much better when the soot is patchy when used with this stamp set.

Place the cardstock on your table - soot side up and press your chosen stamp into it. You don't need any ink - the stamp with lift off the soot and leave it's image. Be careful not to touch the soot with your fingers as this will also lift off or smudge the soot.

When you have finished stamping, you will need to FIX the image. I used an Artist's Fixative for Pastel, Charcoal and Pencil. Just a quick spray, then leave to dry and your image is ready to place on your project :o)

Teri xxx

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Ornate Flowers - November Class



My classes for November were based on the lovely Ornate Flowers stamp set. This can be found on page 54 of the current Idea Book & Catalogue. It is available in wood mount (£16.95) or clear mount (£13.95).

If you would like to purchase the instructions for this set, you will find the details in the right hand column. The instructions will be emailed to you as a PDF document.

The class consists of a gift bag together with a matching card and it's own box :o)

Teri xx

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Season Of Joy Class



My classes last month were based on the lovely, Scandinavian Season Stamp set. Many of my customers have this set and they wanted me to give them some more inspiration for using it :o)

Because this set is retired, I have now changed the class so that it uses the beautiful Season Of Joy stamp set.

If you would like to purchase the instructions for this set, you will find the details in the right hand column. The instructions will be emailed to you as a PDF document.

The class consists of three cards and a little gift box.

Teri xx

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

More Swaps - Convention 2010

I joined 3 of the organised swaps during Convention. These usually run in groups of 10. Everyone makes 10 of the same item and we exchange them, so everyone comes away with 10 different items.

This is what I made for the Card Candy swap. I loved making these using the Level 1 Silhouette Sentiments stamp set. I love this set :o)



My item for the 3D swap. This was made using the Fancy Flower punch and contains a mini nail care kit.



The Business Tools Swap. These took ages to make, but I loved doing them. The little charms are made using Shrink Plastic. The box contains a punch guide which is a template for all the current Stampin' Up! punches. I used the Artistic Etchings stamp set and the Newsprint Designer Series Paper.



Finally ..... I also took a little gift along for a very special lady .... Eileen. Eileen is one of two wonderful people who look after the UK demos in Demo Support. She is based in Germany and we hadn't met before. It was so good to finally meet her :o)




Teri xxx

Monday, 8 November 2010

Convention 2010

I was so glad to be able to go to the Stampin' Up! convention this year! The event was attended by 300 demos from all over the UK, France and Germany .... and just a few from the USA :o)

As with all of Stampin' Up! events, there was loads of swapping. I took several different ones with me. It's not in me to make too many of the same one. These are all the general swaps that I took .....

Inchy Boxes - These were made using the new Petal Card punch and contained a yummy chocolate. I used the Level 2 hostess set Cute By The Inch to decorate them.



Fast & Fabulous cards - made using the Level 2 Hostess set .....



These were my favourite little cards - created with the beautiful Every Moment stamp set .....



Of course I had to make some using Beware Pirates .... and also the gorgeous Level 1 Hostess set Punch Potpourri ....



And the final cards ..... a few using Dasher and the Medallion stamps .....



I took some more 3D items along too. My beautiful sister Faith helped me make these. Each contains a Drinking Chocolate sachet .....




Teri xx

Monday, 1 November 2010

Bundle Up For Christmas! - SU Promotion!!



Stampin' UP! has another fabulous promotion running for November and December! If you purchase one of the Christmas product bundles listed below you can choose one of the limited edition ribbon spools absolutely free! These ribbons are not available to buy. The only way you can get hold of them is by purchasing one of the bundles.

NOTE : The Promotion runs until 29th December, but products are only available while supplies last!

Christmas Product Bundles Available ......



Ribbons To Choose From ......



The Welcome Christmas Bundle includes a Speciality Designer Series Paper Pack that is not available to buy separately. It contains 12 sheets of 12" x 12" paper - 2 each of 2 single-sided flocked designs and 2 each of 4 double-sided designs.



Click on any of the above pictures to make the details clearer ..... and contact me to place your orders :o)

Teri xx

Monday, 18 October 2010

For The Girls ............. :o)



This card is very closely based on one designed by the wonderful .... and very talented Diana Gibbs :o)

Cardstock .................... Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink .............................. Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery, Basic Black
Stamps ........................ Beware Pirates
Other Products ............ 1 1/4" Basic Black Striped Grosgrain

That's all my pirates for the moment ..... although I don't think it will be too long before I get them out again :o)

Teri xx

Sunday, 17 October 2010

More .... Beware Pirates



I did say that I loved this set :o)

Another fabulous card created with this lovely set. I've teamed it with the new Newsprint DSP (page 91). The map sheets in this pack are a perfect partner for the stamp set.

Cardstock .................... Soft Suede, Basic Black
DSP ................... Newsprint
Ink .............................. Basic Black, Versamark
Stamps ........................ Beware Pirates
Other Products ............ Color Spritzer Tool, Sponge Daubers, Silver Embossing Powder

Teri xx

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Beware Pirates!



Beware Pirates is one of the fabulous new stamp sets available in the latest Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue. You can find it on page 41. I can't begin to tell you how much I love this set! It's perfect for men's and boys cards, but versatile enough for girls cards too :o)

Cardstock .................... Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Ink .............................. Versamark, Basic Black
Stamps ........................ Beware Pirates
Other Products ............ Sponge Daubers, Cutter Kit (Distressing Tool), Silver Embossing Powder

Teri xx

Friday, 15 October 2010

Beware Pirates - Make & Take



The Make & Take from my party last night. This is based on a card by the very talented Joyce Wowczuk. This one is a much simplified version suitable for a quick make at a Stampin' Party :o)

Cardstock .................... Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Naturals Ivory
Ink .............................. Night Of Navy, Early Espresso
Stamps ........................ Beware Pirates, Sanded
Punches ...................... Extra Large Oval, Crop-A-Dile
Other Products ............ 3/8" Twill Tape, Color Spritzer Tool, Foam Daubers, Cutter Kit (Distressing Tool)

More to come from this fabulous stamp set over the next couple of days.

Teri xx

Friday, 8 October 2010

Choo Choo ....... Not Just For Boys ...... :o)




Cardstock .................... Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze
Ink .............................. Versamark, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze
Stampin' Markers ......... Pink Pirouette
Stamps ........................ Choo Choo, Fun & Fast Notes (for sentiment)
Punches ...................... Scallop Oval, Large Oval, Eyelet Border
Other Products ............ Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta, Clear Embossing Powder, Pewter Jumbo Eyelets

I'm loving all the new colours that Stampin' Up! have brought out this month! This is a beautiful combination for a new baby girl and just one of the ones suggested in the Color Coach ...... see page 81 in the Idea Book & Catalogue for details.

The gift bag is a quick and easy one, made just using a single sheet of A4 :o)

Teri xx

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Choo Choo



Inspired by my nephew's birthday :o) A cute little card using the Choo Choo stamp set. It was nice to dig this one out and have a play again - I'll post another project using it tomorrow.

Cardstock .................... Whisper White, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Yellow
Ink .............................. Early Espresso, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Yellow, Basic Grey
Stamps ........................ Choo Choo, Right On Track Wheel

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

More ....... Ornate Flowers



Cardstock .................... Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Ink .............................. Early Espresso
Stampin' Markers ......... Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps ........................ Ornate Flowers
Other Products ............ Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta

Another clean and simple card. I really like this colour combination. I've stamped the base card front using the smaller flower from this set and Early Espresso ink. It's not too clear in this picture as it was getting late when I photographed it last night :o)

Teri xx

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Ornate Flowers .........



Cardstock .................... Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Ink .............................. Versamark, Crumb Cake
Stamps ........................ Ornate Flowers
Punches ....................... 1 3/8" Circle, Scallop Circle
Other Products ............ Clear Embossing Powder, Eary Espresso 1/8" Taffeta

A very simple card using the gorgeous new Ornate Flowers stamps set released this month in Stampin' Up!'s new Idea Book and Catalogue.

The flowers were inked in Versamark and then in Crumb Cake ink before stamping onto the Vanilla cardstock. They were then embossed using clear embossing powder.

The new narrow Taffeta ribbons are beautiful and so easy to tie into perfect bows :o)

Teri xx

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Last Chance List ........ Items SOLD OUT!

The following items have now SOLD OUT and are unavailable .......

103020 Old-Fashioned Christmas
102744 A Tree For All Seasons
113512 Seaside

109983 Close To Cocoa A4 cardstock
110014 Sage Shadow A4 cardstsock
109984 Creamy Caramel A4 cardstock
110009 Blush Blossom A4 cardstock
110007 Pale Plum A4 cardstock

113634 Bold Brights 12x12 Textured cardstock
110037 Very Vanilla 12x12 cardstock
110038 Whisper White 12x12 cardstock
117360 Kraft 12x12 cardstock

116769 Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper
117366 Merry Moments Designer Series Paper
117992 Bridesmaid Speciality Paper
117991 Bride Speciality Paper

116313 Playground Designer Buttons

113377 Chocolate Chip 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon

109973 Spiral Punch
115156 Oval Large Punch
109974 Round Tab Punch
110107 3/4" Circle Punch

110044 Earth Elements Ink Refills
105540 Rich Regals Ink Refills

110763 Chocolate Chip Standard Cartridge
110764 Close To Cocoa Standard Cartridge

Teri xx

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Last Chance List ............



Stampin' Up! have just released their LAST CHANCE LIST for the 2009/2010 Idea Book and Catalogue! Click HERE (or on my sidebar) to download it.

Some of the items on the list are now reduced by 25% or 50%!!!

All the items listed are only available while stocks last ..... or until the 30th September. So if there are items on there that you want, order them as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

As things sell out, I will update my blog to let you know :o)

Some of the items are on the list because they are being reconfigured - e.g. the punches. These will be available in the new Idea Book and Catalogue, but they will be a different style of punch.

Teri xxx

Monday, 30 August 2010

Bird on a Branch - Anniversary



Another card using the beautiful Bird on a Branch stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I have sponged the background on this one again - I love the effect you get with this technique.

Cardstock .................. Basic Black, Soft Suede, So Saffron
Ink ............................ Basic Black, Soft Suede, So Saffron
Stamps ...................... Bird On A Branch, Cheer & Wishes
Other Products .......... White Signo Gel Pen

The 20% offer on selected 2-step stampin' sets expires tomorrow night. See THIS post for details.

Teri xx

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Bird On A Branch .......



More new techniques for me with this card :o)

The Bird On A Branch stamp set is another favourite of mine. It wasn't love at first sight with this one, but boy once I had seen a few fabulous projects using it, it grew on me really quickly!

The way I've stamped the image is a CASE of another card that I'd spotted while blog hopping way back in May. The design is a beautiful night scene created in black and dark blue, with the bird silhouetted against a full moon. Although the card has the creator's name and blog address on it, the image I saved is so tiny that I can't read it - so apologies if this is yours :o)

The background for the main image has been sponged again - firstly all over with So Saffron ink and then just around the edges with Rich Razzleberry.

To create the larger background piece, I used the Rich Razzleberry ink and the Direct To Paper technique first and then followed this by sponging all over with So Saffron :o)

Cardstock .................. Whisper White, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry
Ink ............................ Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, So Saffron
Stamps ...................... Bird On A Branch

Saturday, 14 August 2010

More Distressed .......



I've actually had time to play a little this week and have tried out a few new techniques! Vintage Vogue is a truly beautiful stamp set that is perfect for the two main techniques I have used on this card.

The larger background section has been lightly sponged with the three ink colours and then over stamped with the gorgeous vine image.

The main focal point was created using the versamark / spray mist technique. It produces quite a subtle effect - but I really like the look it gives.

I've also used the distressing tool from the Cutter Kit to distress some of the cardstock edges :o)

Cardstock .................... Whisper White, Taken With Teal, Soft Suede
Ink .............................. Soft Suede, Taken With Teal, So Saffron
Stamps ........................ Vintage Vogue
Other Products ............ Flat Backed Pearl (Pretties Kit), Cutter Kit

Sunday, 1 August 2010

August Promotion From Stampin' Up!



Another fabulous promotion from Stampin' Up! this month! They are offering selected Two-Step stamp sets at 20% off! Don't miss out on this offer - it will only run until 31st August.


Teri xx

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Distressed Beauty ...... :o)



I struggle with anything really other than clean and simple :o) So I don't tend to do any vintage looks or distressing on my projects. I love the look of them though and admire people who seem to be able to create this look effortlessly :o) I've dabbled today with this card.

It's Faye's birthday today. A wonderful lady who was one of my very first customers ..... together with the fabulous Martha, Claire, Anne and Angie :o) Anyway ...... this is the card I made for her :o)

Cardstock ......... Very Vanilla, Brocade Blue, Basic Grey
Ink ............... Basic Grey, Brocade Blue, Always Artichoke, So Saffron
Stamps ............ Bloomin' With Beauty, En Francais
Ribbon ............ 5/8" Very Vanilla Grosgrain

I coloured the image using a Blender Pen and the ink pads. I used one of the tools in the Cutter Kit (page 90) to distress the edges of the Basic Grey mats. This was its first outing out :o) ..... but I love the look it's created for me so I think I will be experimenting again :o)

Teri xx

Thursday, 22 July 2010

A Rose Is A Rose



I saw this card well over a year ago on Carolynne's blog and thought it was absolutely gorgeous. I promised myself that when I got the stamp set I would try something similar ..... and yesterday I finally got the chance to play :o)

A Rose Is A Rose is a such a beautiful 2-Step stamping set from Stampin' Up! It's very easy to stamp the layers using the stamp-a-ma-jig to line everything up .... and it's fabulously easy to cut out!

Cardstock ...................... Whisper White, Rose Red, Regal Rose
Ink ................................. Rose Red, Regal Rose, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke
Stampin' Markers ....... Always Artichoke
Stamps ......................... A Rose Is A Rose, Oval All
Punches ........................ Scallop Oval, Large Oval
Other Products ............ Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Teri xx

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Pretty Butterflies ....... :o)



I made this card for a friend's birthday. She loves butterflies and pink with green, so hopefully she will like it :o) These are my favourite butterflies from the SU catalogue. I have a feeling we will lose this stamp set come October when we get the new catalogue and it will be retired. I will miss this butterfly if it goes :o)

All products used are from Stampin' Up!

Cardstock ......... Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Pretty In Pink
Pattern Paper ..... Tea Party DSP
Ink ............... Certainly Celery
Stampin' Markers .. Certainly Celery, Pretty In Pink, Almost Amethyst
Stamps ............ Touch of Nature, French Filigree, Sweet Birthday (for sentiment)
Punch ............. Eyelet Border
Ribbon ............ 1/2" Pretty In Pink Striped Grosgrain

Teri xx

Friday, 2 July 2010

Live Your Dream - Book Card Holder


Another Book Card Holder, this time using Bella Bleu Designer Series Papers.

I think I'm in love with this stamp set :o) It's just so pretty. I've inked it up using Night of Navy and Sahara Sand Stampin' Markers.

Teri xx

Monday, 7 June 2010

Christmas In July - All Day Crafting Event!!!



Join us for our Christmas In July Crafting Extravaganza!!!
At Kilmersdon Village HallBA3 5TG
On
Saturday 10th July
10am until 4pm

Refreshments and Lunch included

Contact me for more details :o)

Teri xxx

Sunday, 6 June 2010

New Product Blog Hop!!!!

Last month saw the release of 11 new products from Stampin' Up! The cardstock and ink pads will be available in the new catalogue coming in October, but the papers, ribbon and window sheets are only available until the end of September or while stocks last!

Over at In Love With Stamping the Stampin' Up! Demos decided to have another blog hop to welcome these new products and colours!

There are 3 loops of blogs - each containing 15/16 blogs! So we hope to offer you lots and lots of inspirational ideas of what you can do with these new products!

You should have come to me from Sharon's fabulous blog, but round 2 starts off at Clare's if you want to start at the beginning :o)

The 3 loops each start off at the wonderfully talented Debbi's blog. I'm the last blog on round 2, so once you've had a looksie, pop back to Debbi and start round 3!



This first project is a design by Lynda Moss a very talented Australian Demo. It's a box which opens out like a book and I've made 4 cards to go inside using the beautiful Live Your Dream stamp set.




I have used Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and Orchid Opulence cardstock and inks, together with the gorgeous Cottage Wall Designer papers and Rich Razzleberry Dotty Grosgrain ribbon.



This shadow box card uses Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo cardstock and inks, the Cottage Wall DSP and the gorgeous Flower Fantasy Window Sheets .... as well as a little Dazzling Diamonds for a bit of bling! :o) The stamp sets used here are Pocket Silhouettes and the Level 2 Hostess set - Whimsical Wings.



I love this card! The front section opens out to reveal the message. I have used Melon Mambo and Basic Black cardstock and inks. The DSP is Night and Day and I have brayered over the top with Melon Mambo ink ..... truly fabulous! The stamp set is fast becoming a favourite - Bird on a Branch :o)





My final offering is two Father's Day cards. Very simple, using the Lovely as a Tree stamp set. The cardstock and ink is Soft Suede. I have teamed them with Barely Banana for one card and Close To Cocoa for the other. Both use the lovely Soft Suede Dotty Grosgrain ribbon.

Teri xxx