Waiting for the Plumber

SAM_0807I was asked by a friend to wait in for the plumber at their house. this meant a few hours away from my craft pit but also meant I was away from domestic chores and responsibilities!!

So what to pack? ObviouslyI couldn’t take my whole craft room and neither did I pack Brian. But I hit on the idea of a bit of colouring.

I love the “Sweetbriar” Rose stampset from the main catalogue and decided to stamp it with Stazon onto Whisper White, I packed two ink pads, Old Olive and Strawberry Slush, my blending pens and a Pumpkin Pie marker. Job done! I sat for a long time happily colouring.I stamped envelopes to match and some tags.

The plumber wasn’t able to fix the problem..he had to order a part. So there may be a repeat performance on the horizon with more colouring opportunities.

If you would like to order any of the products I have used, please go to my online shop, or contact me on 07881 027800 or rosie@occasionalpapercrafts.co.uk. These cards can also be ordered from me.

Happy crafting until next time.

Rosie x

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

Upcycle or Recycle

SAM_0804Whilst away on a lovely holiday I drank many Tequila Sunrises!! With each drink came a little beer mat, much thinner than ours here in the UK, and according to the different bar locations, they had different designs.

I very much liked the little mats and thought what brilliant cards they would make, upon my return to the UK and my craft room. I wanted to limit the colours to just two (unless you count the blendability pen i used!)

I decided that Daffodil Delight and Smokey Slate set the mat off just the way I had imagined in my head. Although the Little Itty Bitty flower punch is now retired, I still love it and it will never leave my craft room! I punched out flowers from Daffodil Delight and pressed then down in the centres with an old pen to give them a three dimensional quality. I then coloured some pearls with the Cherry Cobbler Blendability pen and stuck the flowers on with glue dots. I cut leaves from Smokey Slate using the Bird Punch and stamped Happy Birthday from Teeny Tiny Wishes. The larger flower was cut with a die, also now retired. I put a dimensional under the flower and the centre, and I punched out the sentiment using Word Window punch As the title of the post says I am not sure if this is refered to as up-cycling or recycling! But thanks to many, many Sunrises I have a little collection of these mats to create more cards in the future.

Happy crafting, until next time.

Rosie x.


In the Name of Friendship

Today is quarterly training for the team. As a demo we meet at monthly and quarterly trainings to swap both ideas and ways of expanding our business.

I like to make sure that I have a swap for everyone attending, especially new demos.It’s not only a good business tool but also a good way of meeting up with old friends and new team members.

The swap must be made from current products, and at the moment it is even more exciting as we have the Autumn Winter catalogue and the supplement to choose from, in addition to the main catalogue. Lots and lots of lovely things to choose from. The swap can be either a card front or a three dimensional project. I have chosen three dimensional projects, and having just returned from a Tequila Sunrise soaked holiday, I had to make sure they were prepped a while ago!!!

The idea for my team swaps came from two You Tube videos by Sam Donald  another demo. Her projects are great and she always gives clear instructions. You can see one of the videos here

SAM_0785 SAM_0787 SAM_0788I would also like to welcome Deborah Hemswoth to my team, the Embosslets. I wish her well in her Stampin Up adventure. if you are interested in joining my team, please contact me on 07881 027800 rosie@occasionalpapercrafts.co.uk.


With Sympathy

SAM_0720This is not the sort of card that I relish making or indeed “enjoy”, but I like to think that a home made card made with love and care, can perhaps say something that words might find awkward.

I wanted to be very careful with the colours and over all presentation. I felt that black was too harsh, very funerial and stark, so I based my design on a choice of two colours, Smokey Slate and very Vanilla.The punch I used to create the border is now retired from the current Stampin Up catalogue, but any border punch would be just as acceptable.

I punched three holes in the front of the card using the Postage Stamp punch and stamped a butterfly from the “Papillon Potpourri” set in Smokey Slate and punched it out with the corresponding punch.

The sentiment came from the “Hopeful Thoughts” stampset. I finished off the butterflies with a row of three tiny pearls, being very careful not to overdo, as I was very aware of the occasion this card was intended for.

From an original idea by Sharon House

Life is much like that of the butterfly, transient, fleeting, yet beautiful. My prayers go with the card.

If you wsh to order any of the materials used, please contact me :rosie@occasionalpapercrafts.co.uk or 07881 027800. You can also order direct from me on the Satmpin Up Website.

Happy crafting. Until next time x

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl – Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

A Special card for a a Special Birthday

SAM_0713I saw a request on facebook to send cards to a special young lady in Australia who is going to be celebrating her 18 birthday very soon. The pleasure of creating a card is matched by the pleasure of giving for me.

Good morning FB family… please do you have a minute?… this beautiful young lady turns 18 on the 19th of September! That is a miracle in itself and she is very excited as always! My favour please is this… I was wondering IF you had a moment to help I’d love it if you and yours could send Hannah a birthday card/ poster/ created or other congratulating her on her 18th and for being such a beautiful… caring… smart… and courageous young lady? All envelopes addressed to Hannah Sullivan 
C/- Bruce Sullivan PO BOX 776 Sandgate QLD Australia 4017! The plan is to present them all to her on her actual birthday and just bless her with an abundance of love and encouragement! Thanking you all in anticipation and wishing you all a most magnificent Sunday! 

This card was inspirsed ,but not cased fromIa card by Amanda Fowler For the base I used pretty in pink and smokey slate. I used the smallest oval framelet though both the grey and the front of the card to ensure it would be positioned correctly. I then cut two more ovals in just the smokey slate layer  and ran it through the   perfect polka dot folder.

Next I stamped the large butterfly image from the ” Papillon Potpouuri” stamspet in Pretty in Pink ink twice and cut them using Elegant Butterfly punch, and then repeated with smaller butterfly in Smokey Grey and the Bitty Butterfly punch.

I tried to stamp the sentiment through the centre aperture and made a complete mess and panicked that it was another candidate for the bin!! But a light bulb moment saved the day. Butterfly pieces were mounted using dimensionals and glue dots.

Centre aperture was finshed off with pearls. A bit of bling for a special birthday girl. Hope it gets to Australia on time!

Happy crafting. Until nrxt time x