Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Final post of the year

Today is the last day of the year and what a year it's been for me. I joined Stampin Up back in February and have been on a bit of a rollercoaster ride ever since. I started teaching my craft classes which have been popular with everyone who attends them. I was lucky enough to travel to England several times this year to meet up with my extended team of fellow demos, including several from the Netherlands. I also welcomed three new members onto my own growing team and have learnt so much and have been inspired every step of the way.

I wanted to make a card to celebrate the New Year and the first thing that came to mind was fireworks, so I used the Wetlands set and the gold Encore ink from the winter catalogue but I overstamped the top part of the rushes with the little star which is part of an upcoming Sale-a bration set called Banner Blast and a sneak peek item from the new spring Summer catalogue-which is the lush gold sequin trim which I was lucky enough to get for free at convention. I cut the individual sequins free from the trim before attaching them randomly over the card.
 I want to wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year and I hope 2014 holds good things for all of us.
Until next time

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Advent Countdown Day Five

Today's Project was a make and take at our last team get together. We made six mini cards,two of each design which are the perfect size for Stampin Up's Mini Whisper White Envelopes

The papers are from the Season of Style paper stack and we stamped the ornament from the Christmas Collectables set in Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler before using the matching punch which comes with the stamp set if you buy it as part of a bundle, saving you time and effort as there is no fiddly cutting out to be done. We used some Linen Thread and Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine to finish add a little bow detail as the finishing touch.

Until next time

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Advent Countdown Day Four

Today's Advent project is a gift box perfect for your Christmas gifts and at only £3.75 for three boxes, you can afford to splash out on one for everyone on your list!

I've covered the box with the Seasons of Style paper and created a co-ordinating bow on top with the Gift Bow Die for the Big Shot, finished off with a faceted button and some Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine. The matching gift tag was the same ones that I sold out of at last weeks craft fair, they are quick and easy to put together but proved popular with my customers.

   To buy any of the products featured please visit my online shop

Until next time

Advent Countdown Day Three

Sorry this post is a full 24 hours late but I had a sick little one yesterday who was sent home from school and needed a trip to the doctor who then sent her on to the Childrens A&E where we had a four hour wait to be seen, so it was after 10pm by the time we got home and I settled my little one to bed and called it a night myself.
Today's card features the hostess set Warmth and Wonder. The backround was inked with Soft Sky and Marina Mist using sponge daubers before using the Stamp- a- majig to stamp the tree and deer in Early Expresso . I then masked off the upper section and stamped over the bottom half with Versamark before adding Heat and Stick powder and dazzling Diamonds.

I added a little paper piercing around the image as a final finishing touch although you can't see it very clearly in this photo.
To buy any of the products featured please visit my online shop
Until next time

Monday, 2 December 2013

Advent countdown Day Two

Today's card features the Santa's List stamp which is one of my top five favourite stamps, I just the the vintage feel it gives to any project.

I stamped the Postcard Stamp with Crumb Cake on Whisper White and Santa was stamped with Cherry Cobbler then matted onto Crumb Cake before being added to the Cherry Cobbler card base, although it looks a lot darker in this photo. The postage stamp is from Postage Due and was stamped in Early Expresso as was the sentiment.
To buy any of the products featured please visit my online shop HERE
Until next time

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Advent Countdown Day One

Hello and welcome to the start of my Advent Countdown. Each day between now and Christmas I hope to share a Christmas card or project with you. To start us off is a card we made at our weekly class last week using the O Holy Night stamp, the colours are Midnight Muse and Smokey Slate.

I also used some of Stampin Up's fabulous Glimmer paper which adds the essential bit of sparkle to a card. Hope you like todays card and remember to check back each day for new projects and ideas.
Until next time

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Christmas Wish Lists and Gift Vouchers

Are you fed up getting the same gifts year after year for Christmas? Why not help your loved ones pick the perfect gift for you by registering for my free wish list service?

All you have to do is email me at mapleleafmemories@hotmail.co.uk so I can send you a copy of the wishlist for you to fill in, then pass my details on to your nearest and dearest and sit back and let me do the rest. I will help choose the perfect for you within their budget and then gift wrap it in time for Christmas, no more slippers or toasters for you!! Gift Vouchers are also available in all denominations.

Until next time

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Stampin Up! European Convention Day One

Well it's been a few days since I got back from Stampin Up's European Convention 2013 and I am still on a bit of a high after such an amazing fun weekend in the company of so many wonderfully talented ladies.
The three days that I spent in Manchester were completely crazy with lots of fun and inspiration.  I spent time with old friends and made lots of new ones as well. I flew over to Manchester on Thursday afternoon and checked into the beautiful Midland Hotel, where I was sharing a room with Nicole.
              This is the main lobby and reception area, and below is our bedroom, although we spent very little time in it as there was just so much going on.

After dumping my bags off in our room it was straight over to the Convention Centre which was just across the road to register and collect my convention bag ( pics to follow later) which included lots of freebies.
The first thing on the agenda was the service project where we made some cards in aid of Ronald McDonald House Charity which provides "Home Away From Home" accommodation for families with children in hospital.

We just had time to squeeze in a quick class before heading back to the hotel for a drinks reception hosted by our team leader Michelle, which was probably the only time the whole team of over 80 ladies were together in one spot during convention. It was a great opportunity to catch up with some of the friends I'd met in Birmingham and Telford and exchange swaps(pics to follow later as well).
Nicole and I chatted into the early hours before falling asleep only to be awakened again by the alarm at 6.30am. More details of Convention to follow soon.

Until next time

Sunday, 24 November 2013

I had a wonderful time at Stampin Up's European Convention 2013 in Manchester and will have lots of pictures and ideas to share with you in the weeks to come but the first thing I wanted to share with you is a brand new product that launched while we were at Convention.
It's a brand new stamp carving kit called Undefined which allows you to turn any design you wish into a stamp.
Here's a video to see how it works
The kit is so easy to use that the only hard part will be choosing what design to carve first. This kit would be perfect for making a stamp for the back of your handmade cards or a stamp with your group or team logo, the possibilities are endless. I plan to make a stamp of Scout group logo with mine.
Here's what included in the kit
Undefined Stamp Carving Kit  133402 £17.95
  • 2 carving tools
  • 3" x 4" rubber
  • 3" x 4" foam
  • 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
  • 1 Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker
  • 3 postcards
  • Instruction sheet
  • Stamp image templates 
    There is also a refill kit available:
     Undefined Refill Kit 134808 £8.95

  • 3" x 4" rubber
  • 3" x 4" foam
  • 4 wood blocks (various sizes)
  • Instruction sheet 

    You can get started by ordering your own kit HERE 
    Until next time


    Sunday, 17 November 2013

    Baby Bunny Card

    We made this card at my Tuesday class a few weeks back, the theme for the week was baby cards and I thought the Everybunny stamp set would be perfect.

    The colours scheme is Wisteria Wonder, Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight. We stamped the backround in Wisteria Wonder using the heart from Bundle of Love and then added a strip of dotty paper from the Afternoon picnic papers. We also did a bit of paper piercing using the Occasions paper piercing pack. The sentiment is from A Dozen Thoughts.

    Supplies used:
    Very Vanilla Cardstock 106550
    Wisteria Wonder Cardstock 124389
    Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper 131390
    Wisteria Wonder Stampin Pad 126985
    Coastal Cabana Stampin Pad 131175
    Daffodil Delight Seam Binding 125583
    To purchase these or any other Stampin Up products visit my online store HERE
    Until next time

    Monday, 7 October 2013

    I’m so excited to tell you that from TODAY for 2 weeks only you can join the Stampin Up family for only £25 !! This is a special once in a lifetime offer in conjunction with Stampin Up’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.  I would love to welcome you to our team where you can access our private blog and Facebook groups for inspiration, ideas and support and join us at our monthly craft nights.

    •  You will be able to meet new friends and join a wonderful supportive community
    • benefit from 20% instant discount
    • choose any stamp set from the 2013-2014 annual catalogue(redeemable with your first Demonstrator order in December)
    • 30% discount on your first order of £150 or more placed within 45 days of joining
    • see the new spring catalogue first
    • be able to order new products before they are on general release including new items to be released later this month

     People join Stampin Up for all sorts of reasons and there are many different types of demos:

    Discount demos who want to buy product for themselves at a discount

    Hobby demos  buy mostly for their own needs but sell occasionally to friends and family

    Part Time demos – those who perhaps have a family or a full time job and want to earn some extra cash by hosting parties and/or holding classes when time allows

    Career demos – those who want to build their own business by selling products and hosting regular craft classes and workshops.

     I joined Stampin Up back in February after seeing a catalogue and falling in love with the products and I can say I haven’t looked back since! I have met so many new friends from all over the UK and further afield and have had a lot of fun along the way. If you think this is the opportunity for you I would love to hear from you and answer any questions you might have. You can email me at mapleleafmemories@hotmail.co.uk
    or if you have decided already you can sign up Here Just make sure it says my name in the top right hand corner

     *During this offer, the regular £99 starter kit will not be available. The £25 Starter kit includes
    - £26.95 worth of Stampin Up Products

    -A business pack which includes Annual catalogues, Seasonal Catalogues, Getting Started DVD,Order forms and guest invitation postcard
    Until next time

    Tuesday, 17 September 2013

    Christmas Single Stamps

    Morning everyone. It is still rainy and wet here today although not as windy as yesterday thank goodness!
    Today I wanted to share some single stamps that Stampin' Up have released just in time for Christmas. The stamps will be available to buy until January 2014.

     I'm trying to decide which one is my favourite but I'm torn between #1 Be Merry and #7 Magical Season. Which one is your favourite?
    Until Next time

    Saturday, 14 September 2013

    Pinkies Blog Hop

    Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We're showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin' Up!® Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

    If you have arrived here from Jenny's blog, hello and welcome.

    There are so many gorgeous products in the new catalogue it was hard to single out just one project to focus on for the blog hop.  I absolutely adore Halloween and love to make my own decorations so when I saw the new Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit I knew I had to have it.

    The kit is designed to coordinate with the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit which contains 18 blank canvas pennants, jute twine, alphabet and image stencils and a Stampin' Spritzer which is enough to make two or three banners depending on how long each banner is.
    I started by deciding the order of my banners then used the sponge daubers to add a backround  and lettering to them using Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Basic Black inks and stencils from the kit.
    The rosettes come with the kit and just need glued together.
    I then finished decorating my banners using the glittered accents, ribbons and buttons from the kit. I had so much fun creating this banner and can't wait to make another with a winter theme using the rest of the kit.
    If you would like to make your own banner I will be holding a class on 6th October
    See here for more details
    Supplies used:
    Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit 132698
    Build a Banner Simply Created Kit 133507
    Sponge Daubers 102892
    Daffodil Delight Stamp Pad 126944
    Pumpkin Pie Stamp Pad 126945
    Basic Black Stamp Pad 126980
    Scallop Oval Punch 119856
    Large Oval Punch 119855
    Thanks for visiting, the next blog on our hop is Lizy's, to visit her blog and see what she's been up to just use the Next Blog button below

    Until next time

    Friday, 13 September 2013


    The featured stampset I used at this weeks card class was Wetlands. I absolutely adore this set, I think the images are so beautiful don't need a lot of embellishment so both cards are quite clean and simple.
     This first card was made using a technique I saw one of my teammates, Nicky Dexter use. You can see her card here.

     The backround was created by swiping the edge of the ink pad across the card which gives a lovely watercolour effect. I used Naturals Ivory card as the ink stays wet on it a bit longer, meaning if you're a bit heavy handed with the inkpad there is a bit of time to blend the ink in. The birds were stamped in Basic Black, and the reeds and greeting are Early Expresso.

    Our second card used another image from the set, a goose which was stamped in Early Expresso. The reeds for this card were inked up using Stampin Write markers in So Saffron and Soft Suede. I am giving both these cards away on my Facebook page here, so why not pop over and enter?

    Supplies used:
    Sahara Sand A4 cardstock  121695
    Basic Grey A4 cardstock  121689
    Naturals Ivory A4 cardstock  108630
    Wetlands Stampset  126697
    Basic Black Stamp Pad  126980
    Early Expresso Stamp Pad  126974
    Soft Sky Stamp Pad  131181
    Crumb Cake Stamp pad  126975
    Smoky Slate Stamp Pad  131179
    Whisper White A4 cardstock  106549
    Crumb Cake A4 cardstock  121685
    So Saffron A4 cardstock  108611
    So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker 131264
    Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker 131264
    Until Next Time

    Wednesday, 11 September 2013

    Back to School Stationery Box

    Today I want to share a little present I made for my two youngest girls for starting school last week. They had left their old primary school and all their friends behind and were nervous about making new friends and fitting in so I thought I would make them a gift to help settle those first day nerves.

     Now I don't know about your house, but in my house when it comes to homework time all the pencils, sharpeners and erasers all seem to magically disappear making homework stressful for everyone concerned. So when I saw these little stationery sets in my local supermarket, I thought they would be perfect for homework time.

     I designed a box to hold everything neatly inside using Island Indigo and Melon Mambo cardstock and covered it with the co-ordinating Gingham Gardens Designer Series paper. I also covered the pencil sharpener in a little scrap of DSP.
    The flower is from the Mixed Bunch set and was stamped in Melon Mambo and punched out with the matching punch. I wanted to add the girl's initials to each box so each girl could identify there own set and avoid any arguments over who owned what.
    The sets were a big hit with both girls who enjoyed their first day and made lots of new friends, and are now looking forward to getting some homework so they can use their new supplies.
    Supplies used:
    Island  Indigo A4 cardstock  124390 
    Melon Mambo cardstock  119980 
    Whisper White cardstock 106549 
    Gingham Garden DSP  129310 
    Mixed Bunch Stamp  125537 
    Blossom Punch  125603 
    Melon Mambo Stamp Pad  126948   
    Island Indigo Stamp Pad  126986 
    Artisan Label Punch130920
    Until next time

    Tuesday, 10 September 2013

    Hello and Welcome!

    Hi there and welcome to my blog, thanks for stopping by. My name is Clare and I am a Stampin Up Demonstrator in Northern Ireland, based midway between Belfast and Lisburn. I have been paper crafting for nearly eight years, mainly scrapbooking and joined Stampin Up in February of this year and I'm loving every minute of it! I run regular card making and scrapbooking classes in the Greater Belfast area and love meeting up with other crafters.
    I have started this blog to share ideas and inspiration with whoever would like to take the time to read what I post.