I am Brave !

Yes! This is such a big deal for me. I have posted a You Tube video. I’m really not the most techy person. Although I know a four year old could probably do it in their sleep, for non tech old me, it’s a huge deal. I now have 3 posted and one ready to show you on Friday show casing this card.

Please hop over to www.youtube.com and in the search bar add my name gillyhunt and find my videos. Every person who watches to the end and leaves a comment means I get a boost up the system with You Tube. Thanks a million in anticipation of your help. Each video is aimed at total beginners so if you have friends that you think might like to start card making why not link them to my videos. x

Stampin’ Up! event in Germany

I’m just home from Germany…. Phew! I’m exhausted!

What an amazing time I’ve just had in Germany with my Stampin’ Up! pals, old and new.

Once again I’ve had the privilege of joining my fellow team members and crafters from around the world at a Stampin’ Up! event. This year’s European venue was in Dortmund.

Several days with a fun packed daily event program, including crafting, watching stunning demonstrations, business talks, indoor fireworks and drumming entertainment,  along with swapping handcrafted items and cheering each others successes.

Late nights and new friends.

I have chattered about crafting from dawn and on into the early hours most nights. I’ve caught up with many wonderful friends from round the world and made new friends which is such a treat. It’s amazing meeting new people at these events as we all share an instant connection. We share a love or art and crafting. With the new mini catalogue in hand   ” ohhs”  and  “ahhhhs” and lots of pointing brings us together no matter what our native language. Watch this space later in the year because the New Year will start with a huge bang as I introduce you to the new papers, stamps and much more as the mini catalogue goes live. I’m just sorry we are sworn to secrecy till then.

Shopping and socialising at Essen’s Christmas Market.

We even managed time off from crafting one evening to visit the Christmas market in Essen. Plenty of mulled wine and hot chocolate crepes, and some of my favourite ladies for company just perfect.

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I really do urge you to consider joining this wonderful group so you too can come to the next event  email me hi@gillyhunt.com  for details.

Christmas Trees

What are these going to be?

Well I’ve finally managed a simple video tutorial. It’s my first hopefully of many more to come.  I’m a bit unsure about it as I can see so many things I wanted to go back and improve but hey at some point you just have to go for it and post so I have….ahhh!!!  We all have to start somewhere and hopefully it can only get better with time! I hope it’s good enough to show you how to make my wonderful simple Christmas Tree decorations which I made as swaps for the recent Stampin’ Up! event in Germany.

Now for your challenge please go to YouTube and in the search bar type  gillyhunt Christmas Trees 01 and find my video tutorial. It shows you how to make them and also at the end shows several examples in differing colour ways etc.

As this is my first try please give me positive feedback comments if you liked them so that I can see who has found me. Thanks a million. Then come back find me again to my blog when I plan to show you variations on the theme. To be sure not to miss them why not subscribe so I can notify you when the next blog and video is coming out just add your email in the side bar. IMG_5687.jpeg

Stained Glass effects.

These beautiful papers are in the catalogue to buy and are simple black line drawings on velum papers. They are perfect to colour yourself using either Stampin’ Up! alcohol Blenders or the dye based Marvellous Markers.

Fancy doing the same wonderful effect but with a dainty white border. Here’s my take on it . Ink your stamp up with versa mark and use white embossing powder setting it with a heat gun. Then you have your very own velum design to colour. Make a simple card leaving the bird appearing to hang by sticking it with tear tape in just one tiny spot. For a superb mobile hang amongst your pot plants on invisible fishing line or glue dot to individual leaves as I have done above.

Tartan Team Time

Heads down and all concentrating. A rare moment of quiet! Using the wonderful large block stamp Buffalo stamp to create tartan papers during our latest Team event. We created tartans in a wide variety of colour by simply using the Marvellous Markers Stampin’ Up! ‘s dye based pens. Using a simple ruler and adding lines of colour between the Buffalo patterned squares. Single lines are fine but doubles allows for more colour.

Above a few of our tartans pale and pretty for baby cards, bright and cheery suited to any occasion including the red which would be good for Christmas maybe and some darker more macho designs. Below a simple close up of one of my favourite combinations – Pumpkin Pie with lines in Rich Razzleberry and Shaded Spruce. Go on have a go every one will be special and individual to you.

Team Time

This lovely card is to welcome new Team members. It’s designed by Michelle and we made these at our last team time together. It’s so nice it’s staying for a while as my Team Gilly giveaway. Team members are welcomed with a card and a useful colour chart along with a few other goodies too.

I could send you one. YES. Don’t delay join Team Gilly. Click the link at the very top of the page.

Imagine your name inside here? Not 100% sure or just want to know more. Please feel free to email me hi@gillyhunt.com and we can arrange to talk about the opportunities. Go on choose to be a part of something fun. Choose to follow in my footsteps and earn yourself some extra money by becoming a full or part time demonstrator. Your hobby can pay for itself or with a little more work you can earn a living crafting.

The joining offer is amazing all year round but it’s super special right now. Starting from Jan till March we have the extra special deals above. Don’t stop and think just join. So many of my team say they didn’t realise what fun it would be. Many worried that by joining they will be pestered and hassled to buy more or do more. They worried they would have to remember to cancel contracts. I have plenty of team members and ex-team members who have been with Team Gilly and had a fabulous time. Most stay but some chose to step down from the team for their own reasons and are very happy to chat with you by email if you have any concerns about joining.

A Great Get Together.

Notes from a great day out……….at Milton Keynes.

Cocktails and a meal the night before with Liz’s team and the Brilliant Baz.

A great plan but add crafting, crafting, crafting and chatter, chatter, chatter, giggle, giggle giggle and lots of hugs!

Some amazing inspiration stations provided by 5 very talented crafters.

A huge long table of samples sharing all our work with one another . Thanks so much to everyone who took classes and revitalised my crafting. For those who swapped with me allowing me to take these lovely samples home to show my class members.

Lucky Lucy on our table won 4 of the raffle prizes and here is Abby from Team Gilly with a big win taking home a fab die and stamp bundle.

It will not surprise anyone who knows me that as usual I was too busy having a catch up and chat to get all the projects done on the day but I have the kit and will enjoy crafting at home. Here’s on I did complete and what a great card all ready for my lovely mum later in the year. You can’t see here but it has a fantastic fold front which divides the card triangularly and has a pretty single butterfly inside just awaiting my greeting.

Last but not least I just had to include this photo. When you forget your knife to spread your cream cheese at lunch what do you do? Well, use your bone folder of course!! I love you Lexy xx

Let’s Share the Love

I’ve recently returned from a fabulous day out crafting in Milton Keynes. It’s a day especially for team members only and what a fun time we had. Part of the day included a swapping activity. We get together in small groups and exchange cards. There is a set theme or a design idea and we make cards for a selected group.

Featuring a range of Designer Series Papers.

I chose to be in the swap group who had to use Designer Series Papers as the base of their cards. The front of these cards really showcase some amazing Designer Papers. All the papers are lovely and from this years catalogues. All have a floral, leafy or animal theme as I knew I wanted to use the Wild About you text and animal inspired stamp set inside.

Styled with a feature clasp at the front

The front cover is fastened using a lovely interlocking clasp. Made using two of the stitched circle die and fixed to separate sides of the split card front in such a way as they inter connect on closure. Using dies ensure they fit perfectly inside one another. Each circle is unique due to the paper chosen and the different text used. Stampin ‘ Up! designer papers are colour co-ordinated to match the inks, making it easy to ink them in colours to co-ordinate with the papers chosen.

Wild About You

Inside the card I made a landscape picture using the Rhino with the tiny bird and the Kangaroo with the Koala in his pocket. They are such fun and go so well with the sentiment ” wild about you” I am after all “wild about” my team mates they are such a wonderful bunch. Many of them are a little wild too!

Each animal is coloured using the fab blender pens and then cut and layered to give a wonderful 3D picture. I stamped the leaves at the back several times without re-inking to give depth to the greenery. Can you spot the little frog watching from the branch on the right ?

A message for my hubby John ” We Make a Perfect Pair” and ” I’m Wild About You ! ” Happy Valentines Day.

I love this card so much I made one for my hubby too for Valentines day and included the “Together we make a great pair” sentiment on the front and “Wild about you” on the inside. I hope he doesn’t think I picture him as a horny old Rhino! Ha ha….. but really maybe that make me a tiny fantastically pretty bird! Well enough said!

Hotel Special Stamping.

I’m a bit of a night owl and I love to craft late at night. When the house is quiet late at night and everyone else is asleep I love to tiptoe out of bed in my Pj’s and craft. The phones aren’t going to ring and I love the peace and quiet. No background TV or radio just me and my crafting. It’s all a bit zen.

So when I go away and stay in hotels overnight on my own it seems the natural thing to do to take some supplies and my craft tote. These are the result of my Zen time recently crafting into the night at the Hilton Milton Keynes. Simple but smart cards I’m rather pleased with them.

The simplest way to craft. Take a beautiful image and a pre folded notecard and just enjoy simple inking. Calypso Coral and Old Olive the perfect match.

Sadly sympathy cards or cards to say I’m here for you to very sick friends are often needed. My goodness they are often the most appreciated too. The simplest stamping just black ink on whisper white card then mounted on silver foil and black for a stylish finish. Completed with a simple sentiment not too mushy but heartfelt.

I have a family birthday coming up and I wanted a pretty but not fussy card. I’m happy with this simple image and used my dye based Marvellous Markers in Calypso Coral , Real Red and Old Olive to create the coloured image. I love creating multi coloured images this way by colouring the stamp itself before pressing it to the paper. If I had taken a water brush I might have blurred a few of the edges to give an even greater watercolour effect after printing but I like what I managed with the few resources I had taken.

The one thing I didn’t stint on was the blenders I took just over half of my collection so had loads to choose from. I wanted some Noah’s Arcs ready for my Stamping Colouring classes later in the year. Here’s one of many I coloured while away. Thanks Hilton for a great light and a long dressing table ideal for colouring. I love the pool party outline. It’s something I like to do when colouring larger images. It is strange in that you often don’t even notice it but somehow without it the image looks less effective. I hope you agree it gives it a solidity and grounds it rather well.