December 29, 2013

See Ya Later

Hi All
 I had spent a few hours crafting toddy and have made a few examples which I will either use for classes or for a display table.
They all use stamps from the stampset See Ya Later which is part of sale a bration which you will be able to get FREE when you purchase at least £45 of product from a current catalogue from 28 January until end of March. If you would like to book a party during this period please get in contact either me.






As you can see all the designs are very similar but by using a different stamp and a change of colours they can look very different.

Until next time
Margaret x 


December 27, 2013

Love card SAB

Hi All

 I hope that you all had a good Christmas and looking forward to 2014. Looking back 2013 was quite an eventful year. Our eldest daughter got married in August and more recently our nephew James and his wife Laura had a baby girl Nellie Rose and our son in laws sister Victoria had a baby boy Charlie Joseph. I wonder what 2014 has in store for us.
Today, I am sharing with you another card on the love theme. I have seen something similar on a Pinterest but I have made some alterations to it.


This uses one of the stampsets from sale a bration as well as the current in colours from Stampin up.

I will be introducing two new campaigns for the new year. The first is titled 'New Year New Hobby ' and the second is  'New Year  New Opportunities ' so please come back in a few days time when all will be revealed .

Until next time
Margaret x 

December 26, 2013

Peek at product from SAB

Hi All

I hope that you all had a lovely day yesterday and Santa visited you. I had a video camera from my hubbie which I had a little practice with it today. I got really frustrated as I could not get my practice video to transfer from the camcorder onto my ipad mini. After hours of trying I managed to do it ,I needed to alter the format of the video on the camcorder so that it was compatible with the ipad , but I had almost given up . Technology can sometimes be very annoying !!
So videos will be coming shortly, but need to practice a bit more

Today I am share with you a card using one of the stampsets from sale a bration which starts on 28 January. 


Enjoy the rest of the break
Until next time
Margaret x 

December 23, 2013

Gold card peek from Spring catalogue

Hi All

 A really wet and windy day on the South coast today. I do hope that you all get about safely today. The Spring catalogue will be launched on 28 January and today I am sharing with you a card which uses products from the catalogue.
The trend next year is going to the use of lots of metallics and Stampin up have introduced several gold and silver products.


All the items on this card are gold ,although some of look much darker in this photo.
I am looking forward to planning my classes to use all the new products. For details of my classes for 2014 please go to the classes page

Thank you all for visiting my blog over the last year
I hope you all have a lovely Christmas

Margaret x 

December 22, 2013

Retro card peek

Hi All

 I hope that you are all ready for Christmas. I just have the last bit of shopping to collect tomorrow and I can then think about the good preparation. I think that I will make the dessert tomorrow, Black Forest trifle which we always have on Christmas Day.
Today I a sharing with you a retro card which I have made from products from sale a bration which starts on 28 January. If you would like to receive a sale a bration catalogue please let me know and I will pop one in the post for you.


Please come back tomorrow when I will show you a card which features gold .

Until next time
Margaret x 



December 19, 2013

Sneak Peek of Sale a bration

Hi All
  
  All the Christmas cards have been made and sent so now I have been able to find time to play with some of the products that a Stampin up will be introducing in 2014.
On 28 January Sale a bration starts. This is a special time for Stampin up as you can get products for free, yes for free and we all like to get given something for nothing. For every £45 you spend on products you can choose a free gift. 
Today I am sharing with you a card that uses some of the free products.
This card uses stampsets See Ya Later and Petal Parade as well as free Designer Series Paper Sweet Sorbet.

It also uses a couple of items from the Spring mini catalogue which will also be starting at the end of January, more about that later.
If you would like to hold a party during February or March so that you can get your hands on some of these products please email me on :margaret@margaretjones.net


Until next time
Margaret x 


December 15, 2013

Baby Card

Hi All
A dull and dismal day on the South Coast, but I have some good news. Our nephew James and his wife Laura had a baby girl yesterday . Nellie Rose arrived early yesterday to join little Isla just in time for Christmas. So luckily there will no frantic rush to the hospital over Christmas.

This is the card that I have made for them which has been cased from Zoe Tant. I hope that they don't see it on this blog but it may take several days to arrive with all the Christmas post.



I really enjoyed this as it is different from my usual style. I love the scored lines across the card, I think that I will be using that idea in other projects.
I am going to make some small crackers for table gifts for our Christmad Eve dinner with our family.

Until next time

Margaret x 


December 12, 2013

Final Christmas cards I hope !

Hi All

I do enjoy making Christmas cards but this year I seem to have loads and they keep getting used up by my lovely family and then I have to make another batch and a few spare just in case.

This design ww as inspired by another project that I made for a class, a wine bottle tag. I the adapted it for a card. I have run out of the lovely silver ribbon. I have used 2 rolls on Christmas projects. 


So this was the wine bottle tag which I then CASED for this card.


I do really like the Festive Flurry stampset and matching framelits. This was embossed with the heat and stick powder before adding Dazzling Diamonds so it is all sparkly.
The Clearance Rack continues and there are some really good offers, with some up to 80% off. To take a look please go to : www.margaretjones.stampinup.net and then click SHOP in the top right hand corner

Right I am just going to make 5 more cards......

Until next time

Margaret x 



December 10, 2013

Clearance Rack

Hi All



The Stampin up Clearance Rack has now gone live with lots of products on offer with a massive 80% off. Once they are gone they are gone so don't hesitiate and go to www.margaretjones.stampinup.net to grab some of the offers before they disappear.

Until next time
Margaret x 

December 09, 2013

Clearance Rack Blitz

 Hi All

Just popping by to let you know that a new Clearance Rack Blitz begins 10 December. Retired products—up to 80% off—will only be available while supplies last.
So get your bargains before they go by going to:
Http://Www.margaretjones.stampinup.net




Be back soon with some examples of projects

Until next time

Margaret X 



December 08, 2013

Christmas class

Hi All 
 We held our last all day class for this year yesterday at Valley Park Community Centre. We were joined by our regular group of ladies. We had demonstrations of all the projects, followed by a lovely warming lunch of pasta bake and salad, followed by lemon tart, mince pies, brownie and cream . We had all eaten so much that we felt like a sleep before we did the afternoon projects.


In the morning the ladies made a cracker, a wine bottle tag and a sweet treat.


This is part of our display table to give the ladies some inspiration.
I forgot to take a phot of the afternoon project which was a lovely decoration using Festive Flurry , I will try to get a copy from Aly and post it later in the week.
Our all day classes at Valley Park start in the new year on 11 January and my evening classes start again on the last Thursday in the month on 30 January in  Bishops Waltham and first Thursday of the month on 6th February in Romsey. If you like to join any of my classes please email me on :margaret@margaretjones.net

Until next time
Margaret x 



December 04, 2013

Christmas craft class

Hi All
 I am just finalising my projects for the craft class at Valley Park Community Centre on Saturday. This will be the last class for 2013 and some of our ladies have been enquiring about the dates for 2014 which I have listed below.
This months class includes projects related to Christmas including a cracker made with the great Envelope Punch Board which Stampin up have introduced as well as gifts for your Christmas table and lots of other beautiful handmade projects.


Put this on over a bottle of wine to jazz up your offering for a party.

Dates for 2014

Valley Park Community Centre

All classes are held on Saturdays from 10 - 4 and cost £25 or £20 with early bird booking.

11 January
8 February
15 March
26 April
7 June. tbc
5 July
13 September
11October
8 November
6 December

We would love you to come and join us at some of these events. For further details pleas email me on :margaret@margaretjones.net

Until next time
Margaret x 

December 03, 2013

Christmas card class


Hi All
 Last week I held my last Christmas card class in Bishops Waltham. As with last months class I designed cards which used the same designs , the same stampsets but one design was Christmas based and the other a different occasion card.
This is what we produced : 

These gatefold cards used a linking mechanism where half the design is on one side of the card and the other half on the other side.


These cards both use the stampset Seasonal Sayings, but used different embossing folders and colours.


These both use the lovely stampset Mosaic Madness. Using different colours make them look so different.


Finally, these cards were CASED from a card that was demonstrated at convention. They both used the stampset Gorgeous Grunge, washi tape and part of a doily.

The next class at Jubilee Hall in Bishops Waltham on Thursday 30 January from 7 - 9.30 . If you would like to join us or would like further details please contact me on :margaret@margaretjones.net

Until next time
Margaret x 



December 02, 2013

Stampin up convention

Hi All
 I recently attended my second Stampin up convention. This years convention was held in Manchester and we had a weekend full of fun, good ideas for crafting and some great classes for how to grow your business.
One of the aspects of convention is swaps, where we take a number of swaps we have made and swap with other demonstrators. I made just over 100 swaps and received some lovely ideas for cards and 3D projects. Thank you to all the ladies that I swapped with.Here are just a few of the swaps I received : 

 




And just to finish off here is a photo of some of the ladies I was with in the event booth. We had such fun in there.
I am at the front , on the left with the top hat and glasses.

Until next time

Margaret x 



December 01, 2013

Stampin up offers

Hi All

The first day of December ! Have you opened your advent calendar yet or have you eaten all 24 of the chocolates already ? 
I am really behind with making my Christmas cards this year and as I have previously made all my cards for the last 4 years it is expected now from some of my friends and they often comment on how nice it is to receive a home made card, so I will be up in my craft room later making as many as I can.

Today Stampin up have introduced a new offer " A whole lot of Love " . These are products for Valentines day so that we can be prepared in time. They include some beautiful stampsets, treat bags and note lets. For the little ones there are lovely monster shaped cards for both boys and girls. My favourite is the lovely ornate heart - Flowerfull hearty stamp which I definitely will be using.

The offer lasts from 1 December to 27 January , so get yours whilst stocks last , because once they are gone they are not restocked.



 If you would to purchase any of these items please click on shop now  in the right hand bar on my blog to take you to my shop site.
Until next time

Margaret x 

November 24, 2013

Stampin up convention

Hi All
 
I had a great weekend at convention in Manchester with some lovely ladies. We had such fun, especially in the photo booth.

The classes and the display boards were very inspiring. Now that I am back I have two classes to prepare for, the first on Thursday 28 in Bishops Waltham and the second one on the following Thursday 5 December in Zromsey. If you would like to have fun in a relaxed atmosphere please contact me on :margaret@margaretjones.net
I thought I would share a few photos from this weekends activities.





Until next time

Margaret x 

November 14, 2013

Envelope Punch board

Hi All

I am really enjoying experimenting with the new envelope punch board from Stampin up. As well as making envelopes it is great for making boxes and lots of other projects which I will be showing you .



Last night I finished off some treat holders for a get together at the weekend. I just need to get some chocolates to put inside them. My next task is to make some crackers with the board which I will post soon.

Here are the treat holders which were very quick to do. If I were to do them again I would make them slightly deeper so that I could get more goodies inside them.


I am looking forward to going to convention next week which is being held in Manchester this year. All my swaps and team presents are now finished . I hope we don't get the snow which some have forecast got next week. It's much too early to get snow ! 

Until next time

Margaret x 



 

November 13, 2013

Bags, Tags and a Boxes

Hi All
 Sorry that I haven't blogged for a while , but when I am really busy crafting I don't find time for blogging. And have I been busy!!!!
I have made  my swaps for convention and almost finished my team swaps (just waiting for my order to arrive tomorrow so I can finish them). I have also  made some treat holders for a get together at the weekend and some boxes for a lady who is starting a truffle making business, which I need to photograph but it's always dark when I get home .
Last Saturday Aly and I did our monthly class which was as the title suggest Tags, a Bags and Boxes. In the morning the ladies decorated a box using the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes which are great for easy gifts and were a good seller.


After that they made a treat box which could be filled with some chocolates.

They are good fun and the children would love those.

In the afternoon they made a stunning card in a box which I had cased from Monica Gale, which the ladies really enjoyed and was much easier to make than it looks.

After that they made some very simple tags and a treat holder which very easy, just a paper cup which was decorated and filled with sweets.

Our next class is on December 7th when we will be demonstrating some more Christmas ideas and will be demonstrating the new Envelope Punch Board which is amazing. If you would like to join us please email me on: margaret @margaretjones.net

Until next time
Margaret x 




November 02, 2013

Christmas card class

Hi All
 Last week I held a card class in Bishops Waltham. The ladies made a mixture of Christmas cards and birthday cards. Here is what they produced 

Cards using the stampset Wishing you. Identical designs but they look so different when using different coloured Cardstock and washi tape.
The second design used the stampset Lovely as a tree which is one of the best sellers from a Stampin up. I love the feel of the brushed silver card . The trees were embossed with pewter embossing powder.


One birthday card, one a Christmas card, same design, but a very different result. These cards use the stampset Apothecary Art and matching framelits.


Finally, finally two easel cards using the Pop n Cuts die. Both have sentiments stamped onto them, the yellow card uses the stampsets Feel Goods and Flower shop . The other card uses Festive Flurry and Christmas messages which unfortunately is quite difficult to see from this photo.

The class will be repeated in Romsey, this coming Thursday ,so if you would liked to come along and make these cards please contact me on :margaret@margaretjones.net

There are also spaces for the workshop on Saturday 7 November at Valley Park Community  Centre  where we will be making Bags, Tags and boxes. Again please get in touch for further details

Until next time
Margaret  x 





October 29, 2013

Stampin up offers starting today

Hi All
Stampin up have introduced two special offers today which both run up to the end of November. this is a great chance to stock up on items to make all your Christmas gifts look beautiful. the first is  two Tag it bundles which include tags, ribbon and the boxes to make your own pretty packages .

And that’s not all you can also save 30% of some seasonal MDS goodness. If you haven’t downloaded My Digital Studio yet what are you waiting for? You can either try out the FREE 30 day trial or just jump in straight away and purchase it for only £13.99. Just think of all the lovely cards and projects you can make using your computer.

If you would like any further information on either of these offers please contact me on:margaret@margaretjones.net.

Until next time
Margaret X

October 24, 2013

Festive Flurry

Hi All

 I have been really busy preparing Christmas gifts and cards for my demonstration day at Hobbycraft in Southampton on Saturday.
I thought that I would show you a couple of card in a box projects which I will be taking with me to Hobbycraft. I originally saw them on Monica Gales blog and wanted to do them as soon as I saw them. They look complex but they are quite easy to achieve. Monica has produced a video showing how they were done so please take a look.




Don't they look great, I just need to find a suitable sentiment for the front flap.

Until next time

Margaret x






October 23, 2013

25 Stamps with 25% off



Hi All
A lovely sunny day on the South coast and I am pleased to announce that as part of their 25th anniversary celebrations Stampin up have introduced 25% off of 25 stamps from the current catalogue. This is a great chance to get your hands on the stamp that you were thinking of buying
The offer lasts to 28 October , so hop over to www.stampinup.co.uk and find out which stamps are on offer.
You can purchase online through my blog by going to the Shop Now button in the right hand bar.

Bag yourself a bargain !

Until next time
Margaret  x

October 20, 2013

Christmas card class

Hi All
 A blustery wet day on the South coast.

On Friday one of my ladies from the crop kindly held a private Christmas card class at her home. This was followed by an open house for Charity , a pink bake off for breast charity. We had a lovely plough mans for lunch and a cake sale, book sale , raffle to raise money. The sum of £235 was raised which was great.
During the morning some of the ladies made 4 Christmas cards, here is what they produced.



Some of the ladies were complete beginners, but they made some great cards and said they enjoyed it. If you would like to start a new hobby you would be very welcome at my evening classes. I run one at Bishops Waltham on the last Thursday of each month, and another at Romsey which is on the first Thursday of the month. Both classes run from 7pm to 9.30 pm.

By next public event is next Saturday 26 October at Hobbycraft in Southampton where I will be demonstrating the Big Shot and free Make and Takes will be available . Please drop in to find out more about card making and paper crafting

Until next time
Margaret x 


October 17, 2013

Kraft Boxes

Hi All

Stampin up Kraft boxes are an easy way to dress up a gift . The boxes can be covered and decorated with the designer papers and embellished with ribbons and other beautiful embellishments which are in the current catalogue.
This box could be used for a number of different Christmas gifts and has a window sheet which slides onto the box. They are so easy to decorate ,but look great. Here is another one.
I have used the new Festive Flurry stampset and framelits for both of these boxes and plenty of glitter ! 

All Stampin up items can now be bought directly online. Please go to my shop by clicking the button in the right sidebar.
Until next time
Margaret x