Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Just for You Card made at a Stampin' Up! Party

Today I am going to show you a card we made at a recent Stampin' Up! Party for a lovely group of ladies.  We had a lot of fun and our hostess tells me she is enjoying all her free goodies.  At a party I tend to show two versions of a card, to show the versatility of the design and how you can add to the card we are all making.
Just for you card made at a Stampin' Up! Party with UK Independent Demonstrator Bekka
The card is Coastal Cabanna with some papers from the In Color Designer Stack.  We used both the Chalk Talk and Petite Petals Stamp Sets -  the group wanted to try stamps with matching punches as well as stamps with matching dies!

And here is the card everyone made.
Just for you card made at a Stampin' Up! Party with UK Independent Demonstrator Bekka
If your wish list is long you might want to consider hosting a party, inviting everyone you know, even if they have never crafted before and I will bring the fun and everyone will leave with a project they can be proud of.  To arrange your party (where ever you live in the UK) just email bekka@feeling-crafty.co.uk

Happy Stampin'
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Monday, 28 July 2014

MDS Monday - MDS meets Project Life by Stampin' Up!

I think I may be a little addicted to Project Life by Stampin' Up! - I am loving how quickly pages come together and how easy it is.  For this week's MDS Monday I am going to share a piece I am going to print and put in my Project Life by Stampin' Up! Album.

Digital Insert for Project Life by Stampin' Up!

The page is all about a lovely day I spent in London with one of my French Demonstrator friends and it features lots of elements from the digital Everyday Adventure Kit

If you would like to know more about how MDS can help you keep those memories please get in touch by emailing bekka@feeling-crafty.co.uk

Happy Stampin'
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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Work of Art - A Special Thank You Card

Today I am going to share a special thank you card made using the wonderful Work of Art Stamp Set,  This design could easily be adapted to make an invitation, a menu holder, to present a gift voucher or even a certificate.
A Special Work of Art Thank You Card made using Stampin' Up! Supplies bu UK Independent Demonstrator Bekka Prideaux
The card sits inside a Polka Dot Tag a Bag Gift Bag which has been decorated using the Work of Art Stamp Set in Pool Party and Strawberry Slush.  
A Special Work of Art Thank You Card made using Stampin' Up! Supplies bu UK Independent Demonstrator Bekka Prideaux
The banner which was made using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch and embossed using the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder is finished off with some Lost Lagoon Stitched Ribbon.  
A Special Work of Art Thank You Card made using Stampin' Up! Supplies bu UK Independent Demonstrator Bekka Prideaux
It sits on top of a Tea Lace Doily tied on with Strawberry Slush Twine.  The butterfly sits on a Dazzling Diamonds base punched with the new Sweetheart Punch.  The butterfly itself was stamped with the Work of Art Stamp Set and punched with the Elegant Butterfly Punch.
A Special Work of Art Thank You Card made using Stampin' Up! Supplies bu UK Independent Demonstrator Bekka Prideaux
I kept the inside pretty plain, and just added one of the beautiful In Color Sequins.
A Special Work of Art Thank You Card made using Stampin' Up! Supplies bu UK Independent Demonstrator Bekka Prideaux

What would you make a card like this for?

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Scrapbook Saturday - Making A Christmas Scrapbook Page with Non Christmas Supplies

This week I am going to share the scrapbook page I designed for our quarterly team training in Peterborough last weekend.  We have so much fun when we get together and also spend some time getting ready for the upcoming months, hence the Christmas themed Scrapbook Page!  

I thought it would be fun to show how versatile the Stampin' Up! Supplies are so thought not only would I sit in the sun thinking about Christmas but I would also use non Christmas Supplies and this is what I came up with.
Christmas Scrapbook Page made with non Christmas Stampin' Up! Supplies - check this blog ever week for Scrapbooking Ideas
The papers I used are from the All Abloom Paper Stack and I have used the Work of Art and Pictogram Punches Stamp Sets.  I also used the new Star Framelits (which I am totally in love with!) and the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder.
Christmas Scrapbook Page made with non Christmas Stampin' Up! Supplies - check this blog ever week for Scrapbooking Ideas
I particularly enjoyed playing with the masks - if you have not checked them out yet you can find them here and here.  They are a fantstic way to add some visual interest to the background and were very quick and easy to use.
Christmas Scrapbook Page made with non Christmas Stampin' Up! Supplies - check this blog ever week for Scrapbooking Ideas
And did you spot those beautiful green sparkly stars?  I used my Mellow Moss Marker to colour some of the new Dazling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and punched them with the star from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  You can also see the Glimmer Paper uncoloured on the baubles.
Christmas Scrapbook Page made with non Christmas Stampin' Up! Supplies - check this blog ever week for Scrapbooking Ideas
If you would like to know either more about Scrapbooking or about being able to attend events such as the ones in Peterborough please email bekka@feeling-crafty.co.uk

Happy Stampin'
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Friday, 25 July 2014

Find Out About Friday - A Basic Toolkit for Stampers

One of the questions I get asked most often is what tool should be in a basic toolkit for a new stamper, so for this week's Find Out About Friday I thought I would share the items I would recommend as basics or essentials for every stamper.  

When you are first starting out all the tools and gadgets that we sometimes use, and all the kit that is available can be very daunting and it can be hard to know where to start.  I would hate to think that this stopped people from experiencing the sheer joy that comes with taking a stamp, making an image with it and sharing that image as either a card, gift wrapping or our Memory Keeping & Scrapbooking.

I am going to be focused on the tools used by stampers today, rather than the stamps and inks themselves - they will be the subject of a future post and are must more a question of your personal taste.

I also want to mention before I dive into my list, that there is no need to get everything on this basic toolkit list all at once, if you would rather build your basic toolkit one item at a time that is totally OK, stamping is fun so lets start out in a way that is fun for you!  if you are the type of person who wants it all now make sure you read to the bottom of the post as there is a special offer for you!

So what do I recommend as a good basic toolkit for a Stamper

1. Scissors
Ideally you want a sharp pair of scissors with pointed blades as these will allow you to cut around any stamped image easily.  Personally I recommend the Stampin' Up! Snips - they are by far the best Paper Crafting scissors I have ever used.  You can get them here.

2. Adhesives
Once you have stamped your image you are going to want to stick it to something so almost every project you do will include adhesive.  A basic toolkit should have three types of adhesive a dry tape runner such as the refillable Stampin' Up! Snail which can be used to hold layers of card together and to stick on ribbon; a wet glue, such as this one, which is great for cards, boxes, bags and other fiddly thinks and Dimensional Foam Pads.  I recommend these ones.

3. Cleaner
One you have used your stamps you are going to want to clean them!  The best way to do this is with a scrubbing pad and cleaner mist.  This is better for your stamps than using a baby wipe or wet wipe as it will not only clean but also condition your stamps.  Most people also find it is a lot less messy!  You can find a goood scrubbing pad here and the cleaning mist here.

4. Trimmer
You will end up cutting card for almost every project you do.  You can start out using scissors but very quickly you will find that you want something which makes cutting to an exact size and in a straight line every time really quick and easy.  You may also want to score your card to make it easier to fold.  Since it was launched in 2012 this has been my absolute favourite trimmer, far better for me than others I have tried.  You can read what I said about it when I first had it here and if anything my love for it has grown since then - I never use anything else!  

5. Paper Folder
Using a paper folder when you make your folds will help you get a very professional finish to your card.  I also use mine to help me line up the two ends of something I am folding in half.  I would not be without mine! You can get one here.

6. Clear Blocks
If you are going to be getting a lot of clear mount stamps (and if you have the choice of clear mounted or wood mounted I would go for clear mounted as they take less space!) then you are going to need a set of clear blocks.  This is one area where I would suggest investing in something that feels good and is easy to hold - after all you will use them every time you stamp.  I peronally like the Clear Blocks from Stampin' Up! as they are a nice weight in the hand and have a groove round the sides making them easy for a clumsy person like me to hold!  You can buy them individually or save money when you purchase either the full set or the Starter Bundle.

Once you have all the basics I would suggest you start looking at punches - things like circles in different sizes that you can layer up will give you lots and lots of great options - as well as pretty embelishments like ribbons and rhinestones!

I wanted to close this post with a very special offer for you that is valid until the end of June 2015, it is an offer from me and not from Stampin' Up!.  I want to help as many people as possible get into stamping and to have their basic toolkit ready to go so if you order the following basics from me, I will send you a free pack of either Rhinestones or Pearls - which ever you would rather
1 Starter Pack of Clear Blocks or 1 full set of Clear Blocks

To claim this offer please email bekka@feeling-crafty.co.uk and I will talk you through how to order them and make sure you get your choice of either Rhinestones or Pearls

Happy Stampin'

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Serene Silhouettes with a Work of Art Background - one Card Two Ways

Today I am going to show you a pair of birthday cards using the lovely Serene Silhouettes Stamp Set with backgrounds created with the Work of Art Stamp Set.  The design of the two card is the same but I have used different colours on the two backgrounds to give a very different effect.  
Serene Silhouettes meets Work of Art by Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator Bekka Prideaux
The base of both cards is Bermuda Bay (love that colour!) and each then has a Night of Navy Layer.  For the card on the right I inked the stamp from Work of Art in Bermuda Bay and stamped it 5 times without reinking in between to give the pretty Ombre Look.  The one on the left was stamped with Old Olive and then with Bermuda Bay.  The main image is from Serene Silhouettes and the greeting is from the Four You Stamp Set.

I love how changing the colour of something can totally change the look of a card.  I have shown you these before but I also made some of a very similar design with a Crumb Cake Base.
Serene Silhouettes meets Work of Art by Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator Bekka Prideaux
Which of your cards would you like to remake but in a different colour way?

Happy Stampin'
Bekka Prideaux - Stampin' Up! in UK, Nederlands, Österreich, Deutschland & France.  Top Demonstrator.  Buy Stampin' Up! at www.bekka.stampinup.net Card Making and Scrapbooking Supplies or start your own Stampin' Up! business. Join Stampin' Up! here
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Memory Keeping Monthly Using Project Life by Stampin' Up!

I am really looking forward to tomorrow's Memory Keeping Monthly Class and to introducing two excited groups to the wonderful Project Life By Stampin' Up! Products.  I know they are going to have a lot of fun with it - I know I do!

Today I am going to share a double page about the building work that is currently going on in my house.  I am lucky enough to have a great builder working on it but sometimes when I look around at the mess I feel a bit overwhelmed by it all and in those moments it is fantastic to be able to look back thorough my album and see just how far we have come already!  
House Rennovation PagesUsing Project Life by Stampin' Up! UK
I have used the Everyday Adventure Card Kit for these pages and added a couple of stamped images from the Day to Day and Remember This Stamp Sets.
Memory Keeping Monthly - Classes Using Project Life by Stampin' Up! UK
If you would like to join us for a future Memory Keeping Monthly Class you can find all the detail here and reserve you place by emailing bekka@feeling-crafty.co.uk

Happy Stampin'
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Team Congratulations Gifts using the new Stampin' Up! Kraft Grid Journals

Before the new Stampin' Up! UK Catalogue was launched I ran a little competition with my team and had planned to send out one prize to one winner.  However the team really roe to the challenge and I ended up sending out four!  I challenged the team to take photos of their catalogues in unusual places or doing amusing things.  Their entries often made me really giggle and certainly were a lot of fun to follow.
You're A Star Stampin' Up! Kraft Grid Journal by UK Independent Demonstrator Bekka - Great idea for prizes for her team

I also had a lot of fun making their prizes!  I used the wonderful new Kraft Grid Journals.  I decorated them using the Work Of Art, Something to Say, Pictogram Punches and Everything Eleanor Stamp Sets and some of the delightful Venetian Crochet Trim.
You're A Star Stampin' Up! Kraft Grid Journal by UK Independent Demonstrator Bekka - Great idea for prizes for her team
You may have spotted that I said I made four prizes but that there were 7 books - well the other three were also sent out as welcome gifts to my newest team members.  If you would like to join us, make new crafting friends, have a lot of fun and make money sharing your love of stamping please do get in touch - bekka@feeling-crafty.co.uk for more information or click here to join now.  We have a lot of fun things planned over the summer and we would love to include you.

Happy Stampin'
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Monday, 21 July 2014

MDS Monday - Driving Rain Scrapbook Page

At the risk of playing to the very British Stereotype and talking about the weather, today's scrapbook page is about just that - our weather!  Yesterday was a lot of fun, I spent a boiling hot day with the team at our quarterly team training in Peterborough.  The sun shone outside and we crafted, laughed and melted.  The journey home was however not quite so fun and I was even more glad than normal of my lift home!  The heavens opened and luckily we were able to pull into a lay by.
Digital Scrapbook Page by Stampin' Up! UK Independent Ddemonstrator Bekka Prideaux - check out her digital projects every Monday

This page was made using My Digital Studio from Stampin' Up!  I love being able to put together pages quickly and since most of my craft room is packed away at the moment so digital crafting allows me to be creative in a confined space and without making a mess!

If you would like to try it for yourself check out this free 30 day My Digitial Studio Trial

Happy Stampin'
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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Work of Art Paper Bag Album and a cute trick with your punches

Today I am going to be spending the day with some of the lovely people in my team and I am really looking forward to seeing them.  One of the projects I will be teaching is this cute little mini book.
How to make a Bow from the Flower in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch - check out this blog for lots of cute ideas
It is based on the adorable Polka Dot Tag a Bag Gift Bags.
Work of Art Paper Bag Book with some cute punch tricks - check out this blog for lots of cute ideas
I have decorated it with papers from the All A Bloom Paper Stack.
Work of Art Paper Bag Book with some cute punch tricks - check out this blog for lots of cute ideas
And of course lots of stamping.  I used the Work of Art Stamp Set.
Work of Art Paper Bag Book with some cute punch tricks - check out this blog for lots of cute ideas
Work of Art Paper Bag Book with some cute punch tricks - check out this blog for lots of cute ideas
Work of Art Paper Bag Book with some cute punch tricks - check out this blog for lots of cute ideas

Do you like the little bow?  It is made from the Flower Punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Shapes, let me show you how.
How to make a Bow from the Flower in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch - check out this blog for lots of cute ideas
How to make a Bow from the Flower in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch - check out this blog for lots of cute ideas
If you would like to know more about coming to team events such as today's where you will get lots of creative ideas, tips and tricks then drop me an email, bekka@feeling-crafty.co.uk and lets talk

Happy Stampin'
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