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Merry Christmas

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Spring/Summer Catalogue

Christmas Advent Calendar Workshop

Cherry Cobbler Christmas card

Snowflake Card and Tag set

Butterfly Basics - #GDP009

#GDP008

oops I should be doing something else!

Crafty Friends

World Card-Making Day 2015

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Well today is World-Cardmaking day, and I hope you are all crafting away.  If you particularly like stamping and sniffing new card-stock then I have a deal for you today.

For one day only I am offering a discount on orders placed with me.  £5 off any order of £25 or more or £10 off any order £50 or more, and there will be no P+P.  If I get enough orders, there may be some extra surprises for you in your shopping

Email me on fispapercraft@hotmail.co.uk by 9pm (GMT) to take advantage of this offer. check out my shop at 
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/fis-papercrafts

*Small print
Offer open to UK residents only for one day, Saturday 3rd October 2015 up to 9pm (GMT). Offer only on orders emailed directly to me via fispapercraft@hotmail.co.uk and not to online orders placed through my online shop.

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The Wonder of Classes

Open Day

It's Here

Fi's Papercraft - Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator - Launch

Shhh....Christmas is on its way

Season to Season Wreath Project Kit

Busy Busy Busy!

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Well, we are in the midst of the Summer Holidays and the children are having at least one meltdown a day each.  Izzy - well she's a baby and teething, Sophie - wants to wear her school dress everyday (she might be excited about starting school in September) and Emma - because life is sooo unfair and we are the worst parents evvvver and we are ruining her life (I think we asked her to take her plate to the kitchen).

We had a great week at Butlins, the children really enjoyed it as there is enough for them to do and Ian and I got a chance to relax as well.  After that we spent a few days with the in-laws, which was lovely.  This time last year MIL was too unwell to play with the children, but a year later and she is much better and everyone had a great time.

In between all this, it was our 5 year wedding anniversary.  I'm not the greatest romantic in life, so I am sure I checked with Hubby and we agreed not to get anything, which I assumed included a card - I was wrong.  So at …

Workshop No.2

Hostess with the Most-ess

Summer Workshops

End of Term Madness

1st Workshop

Sneaky Peak - part II

End of term mania

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Well it is as manic as ever, with Emma's birthday celebrations taking over two weekends and trying to finish up all my work commitments by the end of term.  Being busy is at least doing the diet some good, however I can't wait until the summer holidays and enjoying some fun times with my girls.  Here are the two cards I made for Emma, one from Mummy and Daddy and the birthday cake one from Izzy.  Sophie made her own stylish drawing (as only a 4yr old can).

I used the 'Heat and Stick' powder from Stampin' Up on the blue card and the butterfly.  Basically you use an embossing ink - like versamark - to stamp the image, cover in the heat and stick powder and heat with a heat tool.  Be carefully as it doesn't take as long to 'turn' as embossing powders.  Once it is ready, cover the image in ordinary glitter and re-heat briefly to set.  It means you can stamp and glitter an image without ruining your stamp with glue.  I guess it depends on the type of glitter…

A sneaky peak...part 1

A New Role!

This is very exciting! I have joined Stampin' Up as a new independent demonstrator.  Yes, yes, yes I know it's a bit like Avon,  however I am very excited to start this journey and I hope I can make a success of it.  My Stampin' Up website is:  http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/fis-papercrafts

I hope you will have a look around and join me on this adventure.  I have really enjoyed posting here and getting your feedback.  I will still be posting projects that are independent - because lets face it, like you, I have enough supplies to open my own shop even without Stampin' Up!  So I will be trying to manage two blogs, this one and one on my official Stampin' Up website.


Flamingo's!

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I promised I would show you some cards I have made with the new Flamingo Lingo stamp set I got from Stampin' Up.  I have to say I have had enormous fun with them, to be frank I think everyone will be getting a flamingo on their card this year!

Here are a selection of cards I have made recently, some with the Docrafts 'Feeling Fruity' free papers from their website.  So, if you have a birthdays soon, you will have to guess which card could be for you.

On the middle card I used the 'Mustache Framelit' die with the Stampin' Up 'Well Worded' (retired) stamp set.  Again, another love of mine and very easy to make contemporary cards for men with.  Watch out Hubby, with your birthday and Father's day coming up this could be for you!

 Last Saturday I went to the Stampin' Up catalogue launch and these were the 'make and takes', a card, a tag and a chocolate bar wrapper, all with the new colours and products.

The last two cards were made for my D…

Birthdays

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Just a quick post to show you the preparations for Sophie's 4th Birthday.  I made place-mats and thank you bags using craft artist.  I have also prepped pinwheels for the children to make and decorate (along with princess hats) tomorrow - well I had to do something crafty with them.


If we survive the crafty table, party bags and party food there should be another update next month!

Not quite keeping to my New Years Resolutions

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Oh dear....not sure how much of this I should write as I know my husband reads and shares these posts...now.

'Gulps'... my resolution not to spend any money on crafty items has gone since I have been going to the Stampin' Up classes (well to be honest it had gone by the end of January).  I've spent roughly £40 on new stamps and bits and pieces and I have only been to two classes. One of the new stamp sets I have purchased is called 'Flamingo Lingo'. It's a really fun set featuring flamingos, I will show you some card examples with my next blog as I haven't had a chance to play with them yet.

I have also purchased the Midnight Blush capsule collection from Papermania (via Create and Craft), from which I made the following 'Thank you' card and box for a colleague.  I stamped and embossed a free flower stamp set from a magazine onto a off-cut from an A3 piece of centura pearl card-stock. I then layered with a strip of paper and lace from the capsule…

Celebrations!

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I thought I would do a quick post before Easter to show you a couple of things I have been up to recently.  

Last weekend I went to my first craft class with Stampin' Up.  Esther the demonstrator was very nice and even provided cakes and tea.  There were three other ladies, who were all soooo good. We completed three projects - a notelet set, a teeny weeny basket and a birthday card - as well as having a good natter.  Here is a link to her blog, she has some fantastic ideas there:  Esther's Blog

We also received some goodies, including a set of 12x12 'something borrowed' papers from their designer range.  It's a very stylish set of papers for weddings etc.  However we used them on the birthday card and they would probably be very nice for christenings and anniversaries.  However, these papers came in handy almost immediately as on the Monday my next door neighbour looked a bit worse for wear.  Her son had got married the day before!  That night I made the card below,…

A quiet month...

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Well, this month we have had the builders in remodeling our kitchen, dining room and backroom.  Therefore my craft room/spare room is currently the storage room.  Thankfully, I thought ahead slightly and made my Mothers' Day cards before the work started.

However, I have learnt a rather useful (if basic) lesson.  Do not leave your cards on top of the printer, in front of direct sunlight as all your ink fades.  I got inspiration from Issue 136 of Quick Cards (p60) - triple stamping.  It is were you carefully layer three different sized pieces of card on top of each other and stamp across the borders so that the image is on all three pieces of card.  Once happy, the individual cards are matted on to contrasting paper and layered back together.  The effect is very pretty and is a way of producing your own background papers.  Admittedly, it is not so effective after three weeks in direct sunlight.

However, here are the cards I made for Mum and Mum-in-Law, they are 6x6 gate-fold cards:


Projects on my Desk

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I'm not sure about any other crafty or hobbyist person, however I seem to have an awful lot of projects scattered around my craft room (aka the spare bedroom) that are never completed - or even started in same cases!  I think its a crafty thing, we are attracted to all that glitters and flit too and fro but never stay long enough to see things through.

Well, this time I did.  Several months ago I got the Craftwork Cards Wreath Making kit, which was the members gift from Create and Craft.  There were two circle wreaths and one heart wreath and enough flowers to decorate them.  The idea was to make them into door hangings for my three daughters.  With number three on the way I couldn't sit down long enough to even contemplate starting it at the time.

But inspiration struck me soon after Christmas and I sat down and made the wreaths up.  Part of my problem was that I enjoyed making the first 2 pages of flowers, but got a bit impatient with the last two pages.  This is something I…

And one year later......

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I guess you could say I had a break for a little while.  In October 2014 I gave birth at home to our third little girl, Isabel.  Everything went well with the planned home birth, but unfortunately she had to stay for a week in neo-natal for a lung infection,  However, she is doing really well now and is growing fast -as any other baby does. As you can see from the photo of the three girls below, they are all fine and not besotted with Frozen at all - Emma as Elsa, Sophie as Arna and as I couldn't find a baby Olaf costume, Isabel is Sven!

During pregnancy I had to concentrate on the aspects of my life that had to get done, such as looking after my other two girls, the house and paid work, so crafting was put to one side for a little bit.

However.... I am back now and hope to keep this blog up and running.

New Year's Resolutions
I don't normally do New Year's Resolutions as I generally forget about them after a month (as most people do), however this year I thought I would …