Love came down at Christmas

So love came down at Christmas and all hearts come home for Christmas. 

I told you about the project class I did on Friday using this set from Stampin’ Up! but I haven’t shared any of the projects with you yet, but I thought I would do that today!


This was one of my favourite, I love the luxury of silver foil and the added WOW of the Tibetan silver snowflake charm. 

Of course Christmas requires glitter so there is a light scattering along the bottom of the buildings. 

For anyone buying the bundle from me this month you will receive a lovely gift from me in the post so click the shop button above! 

Anyway drop by later for a free tutorial, just a little thank you from me to you. 

God bless
Gillian x

Northern Belles 

Yesterday we held our first Northern Belles get together in Belfast #creativityinNorthernIreland.

This was an event organised by Stampin’ Up! demonstrators in Northern Ireland for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.

For our debut event we met at the Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast and we had guest speaker Paula Gorry the Stampin’ Up! UK business development manager who gave a motivating talk about self belief and told us about her personal journey. 

We had groups activities, make and takes, inspiration stations and swaps. I’m honoured to have been part of the organising committee and a demonstrator panel… I even managed to speak in front of a room feel of people! 

It was great to have two of downline with me, Carol and Louise. Carol even brought another friend Carole who isn’t a demonstrator (yet)! 

The lovely Helen who is is in the same downline team as me was also there. 

(L-R Helen, Carol, Me, Carole and Louise)

It really was a fun filled day! My lovely friend Lilian and I co ordinated one of the make and takes and we made a beautiful box using the Christmas Carols suite. It was a real hit! 

(L-R Jeanette, Lilian, Me, Clare and Lyris)

Below is the beautiful box we showcased, full design credit to Lilian @craicandcrafting. 


These events and others like it are such a big part of the Stampin’ Up! Community. If you would like to join the fun and my stampin’ Up family please get in touch. I would love to welcome you and share creativity with you ❤️

Until next time, keep crafting!

Love Gillian x

Friday Crafternoon!!

It’s Friday 13th October, which means it’s my niece Alana’s birthday! It also means it’s Friday crafternoon!

Today’s class theme is Hearts come Home. We are making six cards and six matching tags! There was a lot of prep involved yesterday!

I’ll share the projects later but for now I wanted to remind you that time is running it for our fabulous October offers. Whilst the world card making day offers have expired there is still time buy three get one free on selected Designer series paper (DSP), and don’t forget if you spend £250 or host a class to that value you get a totally free Merry Patterns stamp set in addition to the usual hostess benefits! 
Catch you later!

Gillian x

Hump Day!

Wow doesn’t time fly… hump day already which means the weekend is coming! 

Wednesday is the day I take my mum to parchment craft class at her church. I didn’t think I would enjoy it to be honest but I find it really therapeutic. I started earlier this year and took to it like a duck to water. 

I even managed to work it in with my first craft love… Stampin’ Up! of course. I rarely do any at home just the two and a half hours on a Wednesday with my mum… who goes as a way of getting out with me. She isn’t a natural bless but loves to get out and have a coffee whilst stabbing at parchment!

Today was super busy, with the class and then hairdresser so new do! It’s hard work covering all the greys! 

Sadly no crafting for me today but I thought I’d share a project I made earlier… 


This is a ‘wish I’d bought the orchid builder’ moment! It’s all made from Stampin’ Up! supplies but I had to cut out the orchid shape from a template online. The buds are actually the wings from the retired bird builder punch!

So guess what is now on my must buy list!

It does go to show you though that you don’t need to have everything… it’s OK to want but we don’t always need! Even if we feel we do. 


Anyway I’ll say good night and get on with unpacking a few more boxes!

Happy crafting, until next time…
Gillian x

Lazy Sunday!

Hello again

I’ve missed a couple of days as I’ve been so busy with life getting in the way! But anyway here I am on a lazy Sunday afternoon just chill axing and talking to myself.

Yesterday saw the first of my Christmas project classes, it was a marathon crafting day and as usual a lot of chatter and laughter. Everyone made ten cards using the Carols of Christmas. There was glitter everywhere… absolutely everywhere! But then you can’t do Christmas without glitter!


This first card was so simple, it utilised cherry Cobbler one of my seasonal favourites, I paired it with very vanilla to give a softer look than whisper white. The inside is stamped simply with some Christmas baubles. 


For my second card I went monotone with black and white with a flash of silver glitter. The music sheet die isn’t stamping up but without it there was a white space on the Dsp which I just couldn’t live with! 


The third card took me back to cherry cobbler, matched this time with tranquil Tide and whisper white. 


I added some gold sequin and little tiny pearls for the centres of then poinsettia. I won’t lie the inside of this card was fiddly, it’s stunning and pretty but definitely fiddly, laying in those fiddly bits of green, for me it’s worth it!


Next up I went for night of navy matched with tranquil Tide. Can you tell I’m loving tranquil Tide as a festive green? This was the really messy card… I reckon I’ll be finding glitter much past Christmas! 


I can’t take design credit for this card, it’s adapted from one I found on Pinterest and I simply love it! I used my stampin’ markers to colour the stamp so it’s two tone. Just remember to ‘huff’ on the stamp after colouring to remoistened the ink


Inside I coloured  the hanging baubles Stamp with markers again but if you want a quick make you could just stamp this in night of navy to contrast with the tranquil Tide card.

The final card was also cased from Pinterest. I love the rustic feel of this card. I used crumb cake as the base. 

 

You would never think that the DSP was white. It’s been sponged to give an aged look. Also in crumb cake. Inside I stamped the baubles in cherry cobbler to tie it all in. 


Everyone loved all the cards and I had an added option for this class which they all took… so they went home with fully prepped kits to make another ten.

If you would be interested in a kit for this class ten cards plus the stamp set, dies and a quarter pack of DSP costs only £60 and you will be sent a PDF instruction sheet. The kit comes prepped with all card stock cut to sizes you need. You will need dies for doing squares etc. If you don’t have them let me know and I will do these for you. If you want to add an extra ten cards on to this kit for the special price of £15 please let me know. Again they will be cut and prepped. 

So for the rest of today I’ll be tidying the craft room and putting my feet up with lovely chilled tin of Pepsi Max!

Enjoy the rest of your day whatever you are doing and thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to follow my log by signing up for email updates!

Love Gillian x

Life looks Beautiful…

Happy Thursday 

Also known as throw back Thursday! Today I’m Sharing a project I designed a while back for class. It was a beautiful box containing four cards all using the beautiful you stamp set. 


The box opens up and has a sleeve at each side. To be fair it could probably hold eight cards comfortably. I have created this in so many different colours and it makes a beautiful present. 


I used my favourite colours for this set… well my favourite for that day anyway! Sweet sugar plum and rich razzleberry and as always a generous splattering of rhinestones. 

I’m not sure about you but I am such a particular person when it comes to colouring. For me you shouldn’t see the pen lines, it takes the professional look away (but then I am amloytle OCD when it comes to my crafting). I achieve this look by colouring it twice this seems to work like a blender and makes the colouring smooth and flawless.:: give it a try and let me know what you think. 


The card above also uses a little paper piecing. If you haven’t done this before it’s so simple. Just stamp onto DSP and fussy cut before adhering to the image on your card front. I particularly liked this pattern for the middle ladies dress, classy! 


For the third card I sketched a longer dress and instead of long sleeves I made a strappy dress and gloves just with a few clever lines. I can’t take credit for this idea though I saw it on Pinterest! I used the itty bitty punches bird builder for the floral detail and I know hey are retired but sometimes you just gotta keep old stuff! There are lots of new alternatives you could swap in. 


And the final card… lots of torn edges, ribbon and LOTS of bling! What’s not to love?

If you would like the pdf tutorial for this project simply place an order for Beautiful You through my online shop. I’ll then send you the tutorial free of charge. That’s on top of the free gift I’m already offering this month for all orders! 

If you would like the tutorial and already have the stamp set it is available to purchase for £3. Just click buy now below. 

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That’s all for now. In the words of a famous character… I’ll be back!
Love Gillian 

Twenty-one!

Yesterday I told you it was my step sons 21st birthday today and the card we created last night in Class was based on the card I had made for him! 

It’s safe to share now as his Dad has taken it to give him at lunch time today!

I used the now retired birthday blast bundle for this. I won’t lie cutting the wee silver stars was fiddly probably because I’m frugal with my glitter card and only wanted the stars… in hindsight it would have been a lot easier and quicker just to cut the full panel and remove the stars!

I love the crisp, clean lines of Pacific point with white and that splash of silver. I used the stars from the negative space to decorate the top panel and placed them on dimensionals to add some depth. 


I hope you like my card and more importantly I hope Gareth likes it and has a wonderful day!

Time flies and has a way of making me feel rather old. My son turned seventeen in July, my daughter was fourteen in May and is going on thirty, and now Gareth is 21, he had just turned seven when I met him for the first time. 

If you want the cutting and score guide for this card just leave me a note and I’ll get the straight to you!

For now I’m off for a long overdue catch up with friends, happy stamping!

Love Gillian x