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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 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.

Ohhhhhh… I want one…..

Well strictly speaking I want one of each so that’s …I want 2 !

The latest fab bags from Stampin’ Up!

The Stamparatus Shoulder bag.

The Stamparatus now has a very trendy shoulder bag to call it’s home. Beautifully cushioned and with pockets and straps to keep everything safe as houses. Laid out to carry your Stamparatus but with spare room for extras too.

If you haven’t seen or heard of the Stamparatus it’s a must have gadget that helps you:

  • Stamp text and designs totally straight.
  • Create circular patterns and wreaths without measuring.
  • Make cards with multiple greetings all lined up and perfectly spaced.
  • Manage two step stamping or even 3 or 4 step stamping easily.
  • Re-stamp those tricky images that refuse to co-operate just ink it again go in again and it lines everything up for a seam free re-stamp.
  • Design complex interlinked images.
  • Create millions of stamped die cuts by just lining up the first.

Stamparatus Masterclass Weekend coming soon….. email me for details.

I love it so much I think everyone should have a Stamparatus. I am running a Stampin’Up! Stamparatus masterclass weekend this year. Date and venue still to be confirmed but if you are interested let me know and I can put you on the contact list for details to be sent out nearer the time. All atendees will need their own Stamparatus but hold on I will help you by offering a special deal kit for the event to include a Stamparatus.

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The Tote is here.

If like me you have looked at Totes before I bet like me you have thought I would like one but the pockets are not quite what I want or it won’t fit my trimmer or I can’t put 12×12 papers in without bending them or I wish I could put my inks in flat etc..etc… In my time as an art and craft teacher I’ve gone through a few totes in search of perfection. They are all very lovely but there is always something that doesn’t fit so has to be carried alongside. Well this is it a tote that’s big enough for all those long and larger items yet not so huge it drags on the floor! Always a problem when like me your under 5 foot tall. This little beauty also has dividers and internals that work with velcro so you can rearrange the layout to suit your individual needs. You can even change the layout for each class or event you attend. Need more room for pens then create a pen size zone, need to take lots of stamp sets or a full set of inks not a problem just rearrange those internal dividers to keep then from flopping about. It’s been created by crafters for crafters and you can tell.

So what’s the catch? Yes there is one ! Oh no!

Well sorry there is a catch. The tote is only available to Stampin’ Up! team members so you will just have to join my team if you want one. Oh dear that’s terrible….. No really it’s wonderful. It means you can have that exclusive bag and you get the fun of joining my team and coming along to events and crafty days out. You also get 20% off all purchases from the catalogue while you are a team member and much more so go on you know you want to Email and ask for details be a part of something wonderful.

A Look Back at 2018

Part 2 Christmas a time to gather together.

I love Christmas. December 2018 was as busy as ever. I enjoyed meeting up with family and friends, handbell ringing carols in church, handcrafting gifts and cards and dressing up in silly jumpers!

Amongst all the fun family stuff I also managed to squeeze in 3 great get togethers with fellow crafters.

Pinkies Christmas Party.

Well just what a good party should be – food, crafting, gifts and a rather silly elf calling the numbers for a silly game. Thanks to Michelle for a fabulous time.

Gilly’s Christmas Annual Award party

I love my classes and to reward everyone for a wonderful year I host a party for all the classes to get together at one venue. We play silly games hand out the “pencil” awards our version of the Oscars! Everyone kindly brings along something for a bring and share food table. I set up a samples table and we all bring along projects to share with one another. What a fabulous night we had with much fun and lots of crafting too.

Here’s to next years already in the diary for 12th dec at Callow End Village hall. Come on you know you want to be there ask me about classes in 2019 for info.

Graduation from “Let’s Grow”

Two years ago I was privileged to be chosen as part of a special training group,The “Let’s Grow”, Group. A selected group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators got together to create a special small co-operative group and with training and inspiration from each other. This has been superb. Two years on those of us in the founding group are now giving way to new group members and continuing in our own alumni supportive forum but without the formal training element. It’s sad to leave but great to continue on with such supportive and inspiring people around for advise and encouragement. Here’s a few photo of our last day together.

Yes we did eat lots and have some very silly moments !