Welcome To My Blog

Hello and welcome to my crafting blog. If you are new to visiting me, thank you for stopping by! This is my personal space where I talk about the latest creations that I've made using various crafting products.

If you are looking for a commission or inspiration on a particular card or occasion, please scroll down and take a look on the left hand side at the "Labels" column where it will list cards by occasion and by Stampin' Up! stamp sets in alphabetical order for easy viewing. Just click on one of the titles to view the various cards and boxes in your chosen category.

If you would like me to make a specific card for a special someone or occasion, please email me for more details.

Enjoy your stay, and if you have time, please leave a message to let me know you've dropped by :)

Alex

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Earn a FREE Tag Punch Worth £12.50!

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Hi all,

Well, I don't know where the time has flown to, but counting down till 1 October for the new Idea Book & Catalogue was exciting enough and couldn't have come any quicker.

Now, I can't believe a whole month has gone by and we've now reached 1st November! With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to stock up on some Christmas goodies than with November's Promotion: Christmas Extravaganza!

*Click on the picture on the left hand side for a better view as a pdf file or below*


From 1 November until 29 December, now's the chance to stock up on some Christmas gifts for your crafting friends, family or even yourself! Take a look at the promotional poster above with the various gift ideas for kids, teens, neighbours, and more, it’s your one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs.

Stamp sets
Spotlight On Christmas - £18.95 (P.22)
Fresh Cuts - £18.95 (P.53)
Circle Circus - £23.95 (P.55)
Starring You - £11.95 (P.77)
Wow Flowers - £10.95 (P.77)

Simply Scrappin’® Kits and Card Elements
Rock Star Simply Sent Card Elements - £12.50 (P.77)
Flower Power Simply Sent Card Elements - £12.50 (P.77)
Sunny Day - £15.50 (P.78)
Christmas Jingle - £15.50 (P.79)
Petal Party - £15.50 (P.79)
Love Stories - £15.50 (p79)

Cardstock
Whisper White A4 Cardstock - £5.50 (P.71)
Real Red A4 Cardstock - £4.50 (P.72)
Old Olive A4 Cardstock - £4.50 (P.72)
Bold Brights A4 Cardstock - £6.75 (P.72)
Fresh-Cut Notes - £6.95 (P.80)

Ribbon
Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - £6.25 (P.87)
Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - £6.25 (P.87)

Miscellaneous
Medium Flat Cellophane Bags - £3.25 (P.80)
On Board 12.7 x 12.7 cm (5”) Art Journal - £5.50 (P.82)

Tools
Bold Brights Stampin’ Write Markers - £24.95 (P.72)
Spiral Punch - £8.50 (P.88)
Cutter Kit - £13.25 (P.90)

Accessories
Latte Designer Buttons - £6.50 (P.83)
Playground Designer Buttons - £6.50 (P.83)

Plus, when you spend £45 on products in the Gift-Giving Guide, you’ll get a FREE Tag or Small Tag punch--a £12.50 value!

There is no limit to the number of free Tag or Small Tag punches you can earn. For every £45 purchased from the Gift-Giving Guide, you will receive a free Tag or Small Tag punch.

Please contact me on alexhau@rocketmail.com
and place your order with me soon.


Thanks for stopping by.

Alex

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Happy Boxing Day!

Hope you all had a lovely day yesterday and Santa was good to you this year!

I received lots of nice presents from friends, family and Santa and some spending money which I'm sure I'll be able to put to good use on some crafting goodies ;)

Have a good day everyone!

Bye for now,

Alex

Friday, 25 December 2009

Christmas Cards Revealed.

Hi all,

Hope you're having a good day so far and the food and drinks are merrily flowing...

Here are the sneak peeks I've been teasing you with, they were made for a friend's nephew and two nieces:

Card One


Stamps: C.C. Designs - Swiss Pixies - Santa Birgitta Digi.
Cardstock:
Old Olive, Real Red and Whisper White. Patterns Designers Series Paper - Old Olive.
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Old Olive, Bone Folder, Copic Markers, Corner Rounder Punch, Linen Thread from stash and Red Button from Mum's Button Tin.
Sentiment: Computer generated.
Card Size: A5.


Card Two


Stamps: C.C. Designs - Swiss Pixies - Nora Digi.
Cardstock:
Bashful Blue, Rose Red and Whisper White. Designer Series Paper - Cutie Pie (Retired).
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Taffeta Ribbon - Bashful Blue, Bone Folder and Copic Markers.
Sentiment: Computer generated.
Card Size:
A5.


Card Three


Stamps: C.C. Designs - Sugarplums - Ornament Trevor Digi.
Cardstock:
Night of Navy, Ballet Blue, Real Red and Whisper White.
Accessories: 5/8" Grograin Ribbon - Brocade Blue, Bone Folder, Nestabilities - Labels Eight, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots and Copic Markers.
Sentiment: Computer generated.
Card Size:
A5.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your day.

Bye for now,

Alex

Merry Christmas!!!

A Very Merry Christmas to you all :)

Hope your day is full of wonderful presents, fun and laughter with friends and family.

Have a great day, be back later to reveal my three sneak peeks...

Alex

Thursday, 24 December 2009

One more sleep...

Hope you're all well and you've finally finished all your Christmas shoppping and all set for tomorrow :)

Been out today to do a few last minute things and I couldn't believe how busy it was! Have a final few cards to make tonight then I'm all ready for the big day tomorrow :)

Bye for now,

Alex

Thursday, 10 December 2009

More Christmas Cards...

Hi all,

Only 15 days till Christmas, are you all spent up, wrapped and placed around the Christmas tree yet? I can't believe where time has gone to, but I'm getting there... I've been making a few more Christmas cards recently and once I know it's been received by the recipients, I hope to upload them up here in full. Until then, here are a few sneak peeks of them:

Card One


Card Two


Card Three



Bye for now,

Alex

Saturday, 5 December 2009

December Workshop...

Hi all,

Hope your weekend is going well. Well, I had my last workshop for this year, and I think the ladies enjoyed making a card with a difference :) We made a stair step card which I cased by Ellen (KEA2004) from SCS, which was originally cased by Julie. Note: I changed the dimensions from the original template, so that it would fit in our UK standard sized envelope. I enjoyed creating this card using most of the stamps from Season of Joy and I look forward to making more of these in the near future.

Stair Step Card - Front View



Stair Step Card - Side View


Stamps: Season of Joy.
Cardstock:
Night of Navy, Real Red and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Old Olive, Real Red, Bashful Blue, Whisper White Craft Ink.
Accessories: Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Bone Folder, Stampin' Write Markers - Night of Navy, Old Olive, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue and 1-1/4" Circle Punch,
Card Size: A6.


Next, the ladies made a Peek A Boo Box using the Love You Much stamp set that I received as Blog Candy in October to celebrate the release of the new Idea Book & Catalogue. We used a wheel to run over five of the six faces of the cube, and used a number of punches to create the peep hole and the topper.

Love You Much Peek A Boo Box


Stamps: Love You Much, Standard Wheel: Hearts O' Plenty.
Cardstock:
Whisper White, Pixie Pink, Bashful Blue and Pretty in Pink.
Ink Pad:
Pixie Pink and Standard Wheel Cartridge - Pixie Pink.
Accessories: Stampin' Around Handle - Standard, Stampin' Around Wheel Guide, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Bone Folder, Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon - Pretty in Pink.
Box Size:
2" x 2" x 2".

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Alex

Stampin' Up! Christmas Wish List Service

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Are you a bit fed up of receiving presents such as chocolates, smellies and slippers for Christmas? Would you like crafty presents instead, but afraid your family/friends will buy you the wrong craft goodies? Well how about a Stampin' Up! Wish List from me?

Fill in my Wish List form and mail it back to me which I will safely store for you. Then give your family/friends my contact details when they ask you what you'd like for Christmas. They can contact me and between us, we can select what Stampin' Up! goodies to purchase off your Wish List according to their budget and can organise to have them delivered either direct to your door or have them sent here for collection. How easy is that? What a happy bunny you'll be knowing that you'll get some craft goodies you've been wishing for!

For a copy of the Wish List form or more information, please email me on alexhau@rocketmail.com.

Please Note:
All Wish List orders must reach me by Saturday 5 December to ensure delivery in time for Christmas.

Alternatively, if a Gift Voucher is more your thing, I can arrange to have these in any denomination for your family/friends to purchase from me. These have no expiry date and can be used at any time. For your Gift Voucher to be received in time for Christmas, please let me know asap so that it catches the last First Class Christmas posting - 21 December.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Alex

Thursday, 3 December 2009

December Already...

Can you believe we're in December already? Well, Christmas is not too far away now, so remember you still have time to take me up on either my Christmas Wish List Service, Gift Vouchers or even the Stampin' Up! promotion of Christmas Extravaganza to earn yourself a free Tag Punch.

It's also the weekend of my next Stampin' Up! Workshop this Saturday, and I've been busy making the samples.

Below are a couple of sneak peeks of what the ladies will be making this week.

Season of Joy Card



Love You Much Box


Be sure to come back on Saturday to see the projects in full :)

Bye for now,

Alex

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Music Fan - 40th Male Birthday Card

Hi all,

Well, it's been a while since I've blogged, so thought I'd share a recent card that I made for someone that's a music fan who celebrated his 40th birthday the other day.

Had fun making this!


Stamps: Non-SU - Happy Birthday Scroll by Hero Arts (background).
Cardstock:
Night of Navy, Ballet Blue, Brilliant Blue and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Versamark Stamp Pad.
Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Allegro, CD for a template. Sentiment - computer generated.
Card Size: A5.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your day.

Alex

Friday, 27 November 2009

Birthday Cards.

Hi all,

Thought I'd ink up my relatively new Level 3 Hostess Stamp Set "Queue Up" today to make a couple of birthday cards for the cupboard.

Enjoyed getting out the Stampin' Markers to colour up the candles! lol.


Birthday Card - Male


Stamps: Queue Up, Seeing Spots and Big Bold Birthday (sentiment).
Cardstock:
Night of Navy, Ballet Blue and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Basic Grey and Whisper White Craft Ink.
Versamark Stamp Pad.
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers and Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
Card Size: A6.

Female Birthday Card

Here's a female version below:


Stamps: Queue Up, Big Bold Birthday and Oval All.
Cardstock:
Rose Red, Regal Rose and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Basic Grey and Regal Rose. Versamark Stamp Pad.

Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers, Scallop Oval Punch, Oval Punch and Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
Card Size: A6.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

Alex

Friday, 20 November 2009

Polka Dot Punches

Hope you're all well and wrapped up nice and warm what with the awful weather we've been having at the moment!

Anyway, wanted to do a bit of blogging before another day passes by too quickly to say that I had another Evening Session on Wednesday, and the ladies had the chance to make a couple of cards using either Polka Dot Punches or Tree Trimmings.

Here are pictures of the sample cards they could choose from:


Kit One - Polka Dot Punches
Inspired and CASEd from the SAB promotion that we had at the beginning of this year.


Stamps: Polka Dot Punches.
Cardstock:
So Saffron, Bashful Blue and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue and So Saffron. Versamark Stamp Pad.

Accessories: 1/2" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - So Saffron (August Promotion - Ribbon Bundle), Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Dimensionals.
Card Size: A6.


Card using one of the stamps from Polka Dot Punches with the matching 5 Petal Punch:


Stamps: Polka Dot Punches and Season of Joy (sentiment).
Cardstock:
Old Olive, Real Red, Garden Green and So Saffron. Patterns Designer Series Paper - Old Olive.
Ink Pad:
Real Red and So Saffron. Whisper White Craft Ink.

Accessories: 5-Petal Flower Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Real Red, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Dimensionals.
Card Size: A6.

Hope you like and has given you ideas that a stamp is not just for one occasion :)

Thanks for stopping by.

Alex

Tree Trimmings

Kit Two - Tree Trimmings
The other kit of Christmas cards the ladies had the choice to make on Wednesday night were the card I posted the other day and a 3D card which was inspired by Crafty Squirrel

Here they are:


Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Season of Joy (sentiment).
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Old Olive, Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Basic Grey.

Accessories: 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Real Red, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
Card Size: A6.



Stamps: Tree Trimmings and Season of Joy (sentiment).
Cardstock:
Old Olive, Real Red and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Real Red and Chocolate Chip. Versamark Stamp Pad.

Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Eyelet Border Punch, Striped Grosgrain Ribbon - Old Olive and Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
Card Size: A6.

Hope you've enjoyed looking at the cards that were available to make on Wednesday night. If you would like to come to my Wednesday Evening sessions, please contact me for more details as space is limited on a first come first served basis.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Alex

Saturday, 14 November 2009

A Rose Is A Rose

Having recently bought an Eyelet Border Punch, I was eager to christen it and put it to good use on the below birthday card. After much online surfing, I was inspired by a card I saw and decided to use my "A Rose Is A Rose" stamp set to create a birthday card for my collection with a sentiment stamp from "Birthday Best".

Hope you like:



Stamps: A Rose Is A Rose, Birthday Best (sentiment).
Cardstock: Old Olive, So Saffron and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
So Saffron, Barely Banana, Old Olive, Certainly Celery and Versamark Stamp Pad.

Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Old Olive, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Dimensionals.
Card Size: A6.

Bye for now,

Alex

Tree Trimmings

Hi all,

WOW: What a miserable rainy day here :( Hope you've got a nice weekend planned out, I for one, think I'll stay in the warm and do some crafting.

Recently played with my "Tree Trimmings" stamp set along with my newly purchased "Season of Joy" stamp set that I've been eyeing up for some time. Here's the card I recently made below:


Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Season of Joy (sentiment).
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Old Olive, Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Basic Grey.

Accessories: 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Real Red, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
Card Size: A6.

All the cardstock and ribbon used for this card has been purchased from the November Christmas Extravaganza Promotion - take advantage of this now and earn a free Tag Punch.

Thanks for looking and be back later with another card.

Alex

Monday, 9 November 2009

Another week...

Hi all,

It's Monday yet again, the weeks are really flying by and it's not too long till it's Christmas!

I recently had a birthday card to make for a special girl and was told that she loved Build A Bear. So with this in mind, and with her favourite colours, the card below is what I came up with:



Stamps: Typeset Numbers (retired).
Cardstock: Lovely Lilac, Pretty In Pink and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Pretty In Pink.

Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon - Pretty In Pink, Sponge Dauber, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and Dimensionals.

NON-SU: Cuttlebug Embossing Folders - Happy Birthday and Swiss Dots. Sentiment is computer generated. Go Kreate Die Cut - Boo Bear.

Card Size: A5.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your day!

Alex

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Today's Workshop

Hi Everyone,

Well what a wonderful morning I've had at my workshop. Ladies, thank you for coming along to share a couple of hours crafting. We used Perfect Presents stamp set as the main set and created two beautiful Christmas cards - one being the new Easel card that I've seen a lot lately and couldn't wait to give it a try.

So, without further ado, here are the cards my ladies created this morning:

Easel Card

Stamps: Perfect Presents, Polka Dot Background stamp.
Cardstock: Real Red, Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Bashful Blue, Whisper White Craft Ink. Versamark Stamp Pad.

Accessories: 3/4" Circle Punch, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and Dimensionals.
Card Size: 4" x 4"
Second Card

Stamps: Perfect Presents, Occasional Greetings and SAB Botantical Blooms.
Cardstock:
Whisper White, Real Red and Garden Green.
Ink Pad:
Garden Green.

Accessories: Stampin' Markers - Real Red and Summer Sun, 1/2" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon - Real Red, Scallop Border Punch, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and Dimensionals.
Card Size: A6.
Thanks for stopping by and visiting today.

Have a good weekend.

Alex

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Christmas Cards...

Here are a few Christmas cards made recently using the much loved Hostess Level 3 Stamp Set: "Window Dressing" teamed up with "Snow Flurries" and a sentiment from "Occasional Greetings".

Card One


Stamps: Window Dressing, Snow Flurries and Occasional Greetings (sentiment).
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Real Red and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Basic Grey and Bashful Blue.

Accessories: Scallop Edge Border Punch, Gingham Ribbon - Light Blue, Stampin' Markers - Yo Yo Yellow, Real Red and Bashful Blue and Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
Card Size: A6.


Card Two

Stamps: Window Dressing and Snow Flurries.
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Bashful Blue and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Basic Grey and Bashful Blue. Versamark Stamp Pad

Accessories: Striped Grosgrain Ribbon - Bashful Blue, Stampin' Markers - Bashful Blue and Real Red and Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
Card Size: A6.


Card Three


Stamps: Window Dressing, Snow Flurries and Occasional Greetings (sentiment).
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Real Red and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Basic Grey and Night of Navy.

Accessories: Scallop Edge Border Punch, Grosgrain Ribbon - Night of Navy, Stampin' Markers - Close To Cocoa, Real Red and Garden Green and Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
Card Size: A6.


Hope you're having a good week.

Bye for now,

Alex

Monday, 2 November 2009

Monday again...

Hi all,

Hope everyone's had a great weekend :) Have been super busy recently making lots of Christmas cards! With a bit of luck, I will be back later with a couple of new pictures.

Bye for now,

Alex

Saturday, 31 October 2009

Next Stampin' Up! Workshop - 7 November

Hi all,

Been having a good weekend so far and have managed to complete a couple more Christmas cards for my collection :)

I have also now finished designing and making my Christmas cards for next week's workshop and I can't wait for my ladies to have a go at these cards.

Here are a few sneak peeks of what's in store for the ladies next Saturday:




Come back next Saturday to see the cards in full :)

Be back a little later with news of Stampin' Up!'s November Promotion soon...

Until then,

Alex

Monday, 26 October 2009

Spiderman Card

At the weekend, I've been a little busy doing a few commissions. I can't post them yet, but I can reveal a card that I made a few weeks back for a lady's grandson as his birthday has now passed.

Using various colours of Stampin' Up! cardstock - Real Red, Night of Navy, Yo Yo Yellow and Ballet Blue, I was able to create a Spiderman card below with the use of some non-SU products:



Card Size:
A5.

Thanks for stopping by.

Alex

Another week...

Hi all,

Hope everyone had a nice weekend and your Monday was a good one. Well, the days are just flying by and I haven't posted in a little while, so here I am, thought I'd catch up with some blogging seeing as I've lost the natural daylight for crafting.

So, last week I had my first Stampin' Up! Evening Session :) I hope I can say on behalf of all the ladies that came, that they had a good time and we managed to get some crafting done in between the tea, biscuits and chatting. It was lovely to meet up with you all and I can't wait to do this again in November.

Be back later with a card or two.

Bye for now,

Alex

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Want to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?

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Have I caught your eye, want to know more about this fantastic offer? (Click on the below picture of what the Starter Kit comprises of):



Well, Stampin' Up! is offering a limited-time 10% discount on the Starter Kit to new recruits. Yes, you heard right, that's over £240 worth of stamping and business supplies for only £125 - 10 per cent off the regular price of £139 - until the promotion ends on Friday 13 November.

The Starter Kit comprises of the following products with the option to choose many of the products to suit your style, i.e. swap out the ink pad colours, cardstock and stamp sets to ones that you prefer. (Click on the below picture):


Remember you can sign up just to get the fabulous discounts, pay for your own stamping addiction without the need to hold demonstrations and workshops if this is what you prefer. Many Demonstrators juggle their day time job and manage this part-time or you can make this into a fully fledged full-time business - the choice is really up to you.

If you're interested to know more or want some questions answered, then get in touch with me.

Bye for now,

Alex

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

SU Blog Candy Has Arrived!

Hi all,

Well what a great day to come home to. I have mail and it's my SU Blog Candy that I won from the promotional Blog Hopping at the beginning of this month to launch the new Idea Book & Catalogue.

I won a stamp set, punch and ink pad and here they are below:


Can't wait to ink up and play now!

Bye for now,

Alex

Wednesday already...

Hi all,

Hope everyone's having a good week so far :) I've been busy making a few cards recently and preparing for my first Evening Craft Session tonight, so I can't wait to meet with some new ladies for some fun and crafting!

Recently got out my Mr & Mrs stamp set, which is a wedding themed set that I haven't used recently and had a lightbulb effect. Decided to have a little play with it and here's what I came up with below:

Mr & Mrs
Thought this would be perfect for either a birthday, thank you or just a "for you" kind of card :)


Stamps: Mr & Mrs and Basic Phrases.
Cardstock: Regal Rose and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Regal Rose.

Accessories: 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Regal Rose, Word Window Punch and Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
Card Size: A6.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a good day.

Alex

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Reaching the big 9-0

A birthday card for a lady who celebrates her 90th birthday!


Stamps: Seeing Spots and Schoolbook Serif Alphabet.
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Pretty In Pink.

Accessories: Taffeta Ribbon - Pretty In Pink.
Card Size: A6.

Thanks for stopping by.

Alex

Christening Card

Hi all,

Hope you're well and glad it's nearly the weekend. Thought I'd upload a couple of cards I've recently been making:

A Christening Card



Stamps: Schoolbook Serif Alphabet. Non-SU: Doodlebug - Baby.
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Bashful Blue and Versamark Stamp Pad.

Accessories: SU Gingham RIbbon - Light Blue. Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots, Nestabilities - Long Rectangles. Sentiment Computer Generated.
Card Size: A6.

Thanks for looking.

Alex

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Cute Magnolia Card

A little while ago I was asked to make a Granddaughter card for a soon to be four year old and so I used a cute Magnolia image along with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder and SU Designer Series Papers to create the card below. Apologies for the slightly blurred image, unfortunately I no longer have the card to take another photo :(


Stamps: Non-SU: Magnolia.
Cardstock: Pretty In Pink and Whisper White. Designer Series Paper - Tea Party.
Ink Pad:
Pretty In Pink. Non-SU: Memento Tuxedo Black.

Accessories: Sponge Daubler, Copics, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Numbers. Sentiment Computer Generated.
Card Size: A5.

Thanks for stopping by.

Alex

Tree Trimmings

Hello all,

Well it's been another busy week as usual and my Workshop on Saturday went well making two Christmas cards using the new stamp set "Tree Trimmings". My ladies got to use new goodies from the newly published Idea Book & Catalogue and they created the two cards below:

Tree Trimmings


Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Basic Phrases.
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Old Olive and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Wersamark Stamp Pad.

Accessories: Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Embossing Buddy, White and Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Striped Grosgrain Ribbon - Real Red, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Corner Rounder Punch.
Card Size: A6.

Spinner Card

The below card is a spinner card with the use of two pennies. These fit in between the Word Window slot and enables the ornament to slide left and right across the card as you tilt it slightly to reveal the sentiment behind.


Stamps: Tree Trimmings, Basic Phrases.
Cardstock: Garden Green, Real Red and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Garden Green and Versamark Stamp Pad.

Accessories: Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Heat & Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, Heat Gun, Word Window Punch.
Card Size: A6.

Hope you like and they inspire you to start making your Christmas cards!

Thanks for stopping by,

Alex

Monday, 5 October 2009

Sneak Peeks of Workshop Cards...

Hi all,

Been a busy bee this weekend and have Workshop Sneak Peeks to show you.

All I can say is that we're going to have a lot of fun with lots of Stampin' Up! goodies - which includes items from the new Idea Book & Catalogue such as "Tree Trimmings" stamp set, Word Window Punch, Embossing Buddy and the lovely Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon along with a few favourites such as embossing powders and a bit of sparkle thrown in!

Here they are:




Hope you like the sneak peeks and be back with full cards at the weekend :)

Bye for now,

Alex

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Evening Sessions Starting This Month.

Hello all,

What an exciting time it is with the start of the new Stampin' Up! year! A new Idea Book & Catalogue to oogle over, new goodies to stroke and lots of crafting time and interest in all things Stampin' Up!

With this in mind, I am delighted to offer Evening Sessions to be held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month starting THIS MONTH This is in addition to my monthly Workshops which are held on the first Saturday of each month.

For any local crafters out there interested, want to know more information or want to come and join in on a couple of hours of socialising, chatting and crafting please let me know by emailing me on: alexhau@rocketmail.com

Bring along your own projects to work on during these two hours and craft in the company of other keen crafters. Bounce ideas off each other, find inspiration and generally have fun. Please bring your own basic tools, i.e. Crop-A-Dile, scissors, craft cutting mat, ruler, craft knife or paper trimmer and your favourite adhesives and craft away. Whilst crafting you are welcome to use my Stampin’ Up! Stamp sets, ink pads, punches to complete any projects you are working on.

As these sessions are held at home, spaces are limited to a maximum of 5 people per session so this will be on a first come first serve basis so booking is necessary to secure your place. Please let me know asap by email if you would like to craft with me and hope to see you on Wednesday 21 October.

Bye for now,

Alex

October Workshop

Next Stampin' Up! Workshop is scheduled for Saturday 10 October.

This will be a Christmas workshop using goodies from the new Idea Book & Catalogue
that is soon to be released on 1st October.

Only one space left, so please book quick to avoid disappointment.

More details and pictures to follow soon.

Friday, 2 October 2009

OMG: I Won SU Blog Candy!

Hi all,

What a great day I've had today... After the Blog Hopping that went on late Wednesday night for the release of the new Idea Book & Catalogue, today I received an email from Suzanne Torr that I have been picked in the "night owl" category for the Stampin' Up! Blog Candy that she was giving away :) How cool is that!

I heard about this Blog Hopping event and blog candy and really wanted to enter, but this meant staying up till past my bedtime, lol. So at midnight I was raring to go to do the blog hopping on the three websites that I had listed earlier to leave my comments. Can you believe that at midnight I was trying to look at all their blogs and when I tried to press "Post Comment" it wouldn't allow me for some strange reason. Well as you can imagine, I was in a flap that I had stayed up late to do the blog hopping and candy especially and with all my computer glitches etc I was still frantically trying at 12.50am with no luck! Anyway, as they say the rest is history really, because at 12.54am I managed, eventually to leave a message.

Now I can say it was all worth it staying up till around 1am after all that! I can't wait to see what I find in the mail in due course... all I know is that it's a stamp set, ink pad and a punch... how exciting is that!

Have a good weekend everyone :)

Alex

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Stampers Club

I am looking to host a new Stampers Club which will commence in time for the start of the new catalogue. Depending on how many people taking part, this could be a:

Stampers 3 (minimum spend of £50 for three months)
Stampers 4 (minimum spend of £37.50 for four months)
Stampers 5 (minimum spend of £30 for five months)
Stampers 6 (minimum spend of £25 for six months)

If you are interested in spreading your spending and purchasing your Stampin' Up! goodies over time and gaining Hostess benefits of a Level 1 Stamp Set or Patterns Designer Series Paper and £15 of free merchandise then please get in touch.

Once I have enough interest, the club will start.

Thanks for reading :)

Alex

It's Official, it's 1 October!!!

Check out the following blogs for sneaks of goodies from the new Idea Book & Catalogue which is available to order from me today at the special price of £3.95.


If you need a Catalogue, give me a shout. I can place orders for you from 11am today :)

Bye for now,

Alex

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

The wait is nearly over...

Hello all,

I have been counting down the days till 1 October for so long I can't even remember when it all began :)

Anyway, only a little while to go and it will officially be Thursday 1 October when the release of the new Idea Book & Catalogue will be available to you all :) I can't wait to start showing off new projects with the goodies and certainly can't wait till my workshop on the 10th!

With the excitment of a new catalogue, Stampin Up! Press Office have selected three online crafting bloggers for a blog hop today!

Three crafting bloggers will preview a selection of never seen before products from the new Idea Book & Catalogue. These bloggers will have received their new products at 6pm this evening and will have six hours to create as many projects as they would like to showcase on their blogs!

I can't wait to see what they create... Please join in the excitement of the newly awaited Idea Book & Catalogue and follow their blogs from midnight tonight where they will be showing off their new creations from goodies from the new Catalogue :) Lots of blog candy up for grabs too!

I shall be back soon with their blog details.

Until then,

Alex

Last Chance...

This will stay at the top till Wednesday 30 September, when the
Last Chance List will end.

Please scroll below for new posts.

***
Edited to say that the following stamp sets are no longer available:

"All Wrapped Up"
"Happy Hearts"
"Be Happy"
"Mixed Bouquet"
"Flaky Friends"
"Unfrogettable"
Hostess Set - "Best Yet"
all sold out
.


Be quick to order any stamp sets and accessories from me before
they're gone for good! ***



Hi all,

It's so exciting right now as the long awaited "Last Chance List" has now been officially published which means certain stamp sets and accessories from the current Idea Book & Catalogue and Mini Catalogue will only be available till the end of this month or while supplies last, whichever comes first :(

If there are any products on the list that you'd like to purchase, please get in touch and email me at alexhau@rocketmail.com and I will place an order for you. Be quick, with so many bargains at 25% and 50% off, they're sure to be snapped up, so here's your last chance!

Don't delay, check out the pdf file here, which lists all that we will be saying goodbye to in preparation for the new Idea Book & Catalogue.

Bye for now,

Alex

Friday, 25 September 2009

Stampin' Up! News...

Guess what came today?

Yes, you guessed it, brand new Idea Book & Catalogues ready for Thursday 1 October! :)

These offers nearly 100 pages of Stampin' Up! stamp sets, accessories and product ideas - all at your fingertips. With dozens of full colour samples, the Idea Book & Catalogue is packed with inspiration you can use again and again!

If you are interested in one of these, please let me know, these retail at £4.95, but for a limited time only, you can purchase a copy for the special price of £3.95 delivered straight to your door.


With only a few days left till the 1st October, please remember if there's anything you like the look of on the Last Chance List which has various stamp sets and accessories up to 50% off, now is the time to buy before it's too late. After 30 September, with the release of the new Idea Book & Catalogue, you will no longer be able to buy the SU goodies so grab yourself a bargain or two.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the below posts.

Alex

New Baby Card

Recently made a new baby boy card to welcome Leon into the world.


SU cardstock and stamps have been used to create this card along with a variety of non-SU products:

Stamps: Schoolbook Serif Alphabet.
Cardstock: Bashful Blue and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Night of Navy and Bashful Blue.

Accessories: SU Write Markers - Blush Blossom and Night of Navy. Aqua Painter to watercolour the image. Sponge Dauber to edge the Nestabilities. Nestabilities - Labels One and Long Classic Scallop Rectangles, Woodware Baby stamp set and Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots.
Card Size: 5" x 5".

Thanks for stopping by.

Alex

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Masculine Cards.

Recently been inspired by Aimes and decided to CASE a card that she made with her PTI goodies. I used Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper, their large star punch and "Basic Phrases" stamp set to create the card along with the ever so popular Kraft cardstock as the base. Here's two colour combos below which I think would make great cards for a male:



Stamps: Basic Phrases.
Cardstock: Kraft, Night of Navy, Real Red and Whisper White. Patterns Designer Series Paper - Bashful Blue.
Ink Pad:
Night of Navy and Real Red.

Accessories: 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon - Night of Navy and Real Red, Large Star Punch. Non-SU: Cuttlebug - Swiss Dots Embossing Folder.
Card Size: A6.


Bye for now,

Alex

Stampin' Up! Demo.

Hi all,

Just a quick post to say "hi" and that I had a fab evening on Monday night demonstrating Stampin' Up! goodies at a local craft club. Thank you ladies and gentleman for being so warm and welcoming, I had a great evening and I can't wait to do it again soon.

I demonstrated a few different techniques to show the possibilities of what Stampin' Up! can do and here's the results:

Using "Snow Flurries", "Loads of Love" stamp set for the sentiment, some lovely Striped Grosgrain ribbon from the Mini Catalogue, and white embossing powder I created the below card in my favourite colour :)


Next, I demonstrated one of my favourite stamp sets and one of the first that I bought called "Big Bold Birthday". I love how cute this stamp set is and the possibilities you can create with the many different colour combinations. Using this stamp set, here's the card I created:


All cards are A6 in size.

Thanks for stopping by, more cards will be added later.

Alex

Friday, 18 September 2009

New Magnolia Stamp

A birthday buy last week, as I couldn't resist this cute Magnolia stamp after seeing so many nice cards on various galleries and blogs. I decided to use my Woodware punch down the side for a different effect and my new Copics:



Stamps: Magnolia Stamp, SU Level 2 Hostess Stamp Set: Cause For Celebration, Occasional Greetings.
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Pretty In Pink, Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark Stamp Pad.

Accessories: SU Gingham Ribbon - Light Pink, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Copics, Corner Rounder Punch and Woodware Lever Border Film Strip Punch.
Card Size: A6.


Bye for now,

Alex

Crazy For Cupcakes Again...

This card was CASED from a card made by Michele Yoos otherwise known as plaid pony which I received for my birthday in a BRAK group over on SCS. I kept everything the same, just changed the sentiment because I didn't have "Happy Everything".


Stamps: Crazy For Cupcakes, Wonderful Words, and Basic Phrases with a little use of the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for creating "Your".
Cardstock: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Chocolate Chip, Versamark Stamp Pad.

Accessories: Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.
Card Size: A6

Have a good weekend everyone.

Alex

Crazy For Cupcakes...

These cards were just too cute, so I CASED these from someone on SCS. I love the wide grosgrain ribbon, so just had to make these cards in Chocolate Chip and Rose Red to match. These cupcakes were stamped onto cardstock, cut out and stuck with dimensionals onto the Whisper White cardstock. Glossy Accents were added to the flames for a 3d effect and a subtle background of birthday balloons were stamped with the Versamark Stamp Pad.


Stamps:
Crazy For Cupcakes.
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue and Whisper White. Rose Red, So Saffron, Regal Rose and Whisper White.
Ink Pad:
Basic Black and Versamark Stamp Pad.

Accessories: 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon - Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, SU Marker Pens for the candle flame and cupcake sprinkles and Glossy Accents.
Card Size: A6.


Thanks for stopping by.

Alex