Convention swaps – swap two

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I’m back today with another of the swaps that I made for convention this year. This one was a pretty involved one with a fancy fold card and plenty of stamping and die-cutting.

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The spring card base (it springs up and stands on its own) is Crumb Cake, matted and trimmed with Cherry Cobbler card. After stamping the full wreath from the Wondrous Wreath photopolymer set onto Very Vanilla card with Wild Wasabi ink, the extra leaves were added in Garden Green and the berries in Cherry Cobbler. This was die cut out with the matching Wondrous Wreath framelits and popped up on the card front on dimensionals. A bow from the same stamp set was stamped in Cherry Cobbler and die cut with the matching framelit and popped up at the top of the wreath. Noel was die cut from Brushed Gold card and adhered direct to the wreath. Two of the little flowers were stamped in Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler, die cut out, layered and popped up on the corners of the card. The whole card was made using just the Wondrous Wreath bundle – no need for any extra stamps or framelits.

Stay tuned to find out how I made the Noel do double duty!

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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That’s the Ticket Halloween treat

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Halloween is creeping up on us like a big fat juicy spider – wahahaha!

Too much? Sorry I’ll drop the spookiness levels ;)

But … Halloween will be here a week tomorrow so I’ll be sharing a few more ideas for Halloween treats for family or trick or treaters over the next few days, alternating them with news and projects from convention.

Don’t “do” Halloween? No problem! All these ideas can be adapted for Christmas treats too.

Today’s is an ultra quick and easy one.

halloween ticket

Simply stamp the Halloween ticket from That’s the Ticket onto Pumpkin Pie card with Black Stazon, punch out with the Ticket Duo and tie onto the treat bag with Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon.

To switch the project for Christmas use the Christmas ticket from the same set (third row down)

thats the ticket

Back with more from convention tomorrow :)

Sara xx

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Conventions swaps – swap one

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Can you believe that I only made 32 swaps for convention this year!

Between work commitments and holidays I suddenly found that convention had crept up on me and I ran out of time :(

Luckily for me, I’ve just booked to go to our Leeds Sale-a-bration Tour in November – demos attending will get a sneak peek of Sale-a-bration and it will also give me another opportunity for lots of swapping. (If you’re thinking of making the most of the free DSP offer and joining up then you could come along with me :) )

Think I’d better get started on my swaps this weekend otherwise I’ll get caught out again ;)

Anyhow, although I only made 32 swaps I used three different designs – here’s the first:

small box swap

The box is the dinky version made with the Gift Box Punch Board and a 6″ x 6″ sheet of Soft Sky card. It was decorated with Nordic Noel DSP and then a belly band of the same card and DSP wrapped around. The Envelope Punch Board was used to create a gift bow from matching DSP which was finally topped with a 1/2″ Circle punched from Soft Sky card and then a Basic Pearl.

Different versions using other sheets from the DSP pack were made with Real Red and Garden Green card as the base.

small box swap open

Each dinky box had a little packet of sweeties inside.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Autumn/Winter supplement

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Need more holiday ideas? We have an Autumn/Winter supplement out now with extra goodies for you!! :)

We saw the Many Merry Stars Simply Created Kit while we were in Brussels and they are so cute! I wouldn’t call them boxes myself – to me a box has a base and lid – these are fastened closed as decorations, or you can score the top to create a hinge. Great decorations for the mantelpiece and tree though :) – the kit makes 26!

stars kit

You can order direct, online or by sending me an email.

Just click on the picture at the top of the post or the Autumn/Winter supplement link here to view the pdf version.

Enjoy browsing!

Sara xx

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Convention highlights

I hope that you were able to follow our Convention fun over on Facebook (managed to add the link this time :) ).

Travelling light (needed the extra space for swaps, freebies and chocolates!) meant that I was only using my phone and iPad  – no computer. And as the convention centre didn’t have free wifi I had to pay for an internet package from my provider which then wouldn’t work on day 2 until mid afternoon (just hope that I’ve not got staunch for too many additional charges!). Facebook at least makes it easy to post snippets quickly and easily but I appreciate that not everyone uses it, so here are a few highlights for those who missed them.

Shelli's opening speech and little ring books

Shelli’s opening speech and little ring books

demo of xmas kit

demo of xmas kit

team mate's runner up prize winning design entry

team mate’s runner up prize winning design entry

I won a prize patrol!

I won a prize patrol!

just one of the amazing eateries in Brussels

just one of the amazing eateries in Brussels

We had a fantastic time and its back to the real world with a bump (I’m sharing this on my lunch break at the day job) :(

If you’d like to join us at next year’s convention (which is also in Brussels, slightly later, on 12-14 November) then this week is the ideal time to sign up …  in addition to your starter kit you’ll also get a FREE pack of Designer Series Paper each month for 6 months!*

If you’d like to have a chat before signing up please email me. If you can’t wait, then you can go ahead and sign up now!. You can do it online with just the following information:

  • Personal contact information
  • Credit card payment information

I’d love to have your company next year :)

Sara xx

* Offer ends Friday 24 October. Terms and conditions apply.

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Convention day 1

I’m sharing updates over on my Facebook page as it’s quicker than posting to my blog. Please join me over there :)

If you type craftingandstamping into the FB search you should find me.

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Convention day 1

The hall is filling up.

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We’ve arrived at Convention 2014,

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We’ve arrived at the Convention centre in Brussels and collected our bag, freebie stamp sets and other little goodies.

By that time we starving so we found a restaurant and finished with waffles – well, when in Belgium …

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Will aim to get back with more updates tomorrow :)

Sara xx

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3 more sleeps to go!

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Yay! I’m excited! I’m off to Brussels on Thursday with my crafting buddies to attend the annual Stampin’ Up! convention.

It’s taking place earlier than usual this year which is great – it’s happening well ahead of bonfire night which is the usual timing. Hubbie stays home to look after our dog Bess and she turns into a jelly as soon as the fireworks start, so I’ll be glad to be back home to help soothe her. Guilt free convention for me this year!

I’m busy working on swaps at the moment so I don’t have anything to share just now as I don’t want to spoil the surprise for anyone :)

If I can find free wifi while I’m there then I’ll post updates as we go along.

Sara xx

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November Creative Christmas Class

SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER

1.15PM – 3.45PM

Come join us to make two special Christmas cards, each with a matching gift box.

November class

In our November class we’re really gearing up for the festive season. We’ll be making:

  • a frosty snowflake flip card with matching curvy keepsake box; and
  • a wreath on the door card with your choice size (from 1-3/4″ square up to 4″ square and sizes in between) simple gift box.

Everyone will receive a bottle each of Original and Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details – included in the class price – so you can add a little extra sparkle to all your Christmas projects!

Dazzling details

Location: St Saviour’s Church Hall, Mortomley Lane, High Green, Sheffield

The £15.00 class fee includes:

  • Original Dazzling Details;
  • Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details;
  • all additional materials needed to make the cards;
  • ideas for alternative stamps and embellishments;
  • face-to-face instruction on the day;
  • refreshments.

To book your place at this class, please use the Paypal button below:




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