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.

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.

Email : hi@gillyhunt.com

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 :hi@gillyhunt.com 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 hi@gillyhutn.com 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 !

A Look back at 2018 .

Part 1 America

With the passing of the old year and the start of the new it’s a great time to review and reflect. Wow! What a fab life I have and how much my crafting forms a big part of that fun. I’m a little late but here’s my January New Year round up … well it’s only just Feb! Come back over the next few days to see what else I got up to.

November flew by and included an amazing trip to Orlando, Florida all built around attending the Stampin ‘ Up! 30th Birthday Crafting Convention. Hooking up with old friends and making many new ones how fabulous that the simple art of crafting can bring people together so easily in perfect harmony and understanding. If only all world leaders were crafters !

A trip to the Big Apple for the Stampin’ Up! 30th Birthday bash and crafting spectacular.

We started with Family Fun in Florida.

Five times the globe has turned and we missed the photo. Hence we’re not looking our best. The globe looks perfect!

My husband , John, came with me to America. Our daughter Jen and her fiancé Luke went out a week before us and timed their American road trip so they could join us for a week in the theme parks.

Yes that’s my 3 on the front row !!!! Ahhhh!!!

As a family we ran around the big parks of Florida hoping on and off rides with much squealing and giggling, yes the boys too! We ate enormous sticky Cinnabon buns washed down with gallons of coffee, watched late night laser shows, fireworks and stayed in the parks after dark for Halloween terror nights! We even squeezed into our busy schedule a basketball league match Florida Orlando Magics versus the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Park time over, Jen and Luke stayed on to keep John amused while I met up with my crafty mates for the Stampin’ Up! event.

The Brits are here in case you hadn’t noticed.

What fun I had. The 30th Birthday bash is an amazing event with over 6000 Stampin’ Up! team members all gathered at The Orange County Convention centre in Orlando, Florida for a few days of inspiring crafty brilliance. Plenty of fellowship and fun along with inspirational displays of craft work and lots of hands on crafting. We danced the congo with the CEO and playing daft games and ate cookies in the evening with fellow crafters. We celebrated the achievements of others, got a first look at the new 2019 catalogue and won prizes and giveaways galore.

Swapping and making connections.

” Swapping” happens at many Stampin’ Up! events. We all design one or two lovely things and make a quantity of them. We take them to events and swap them for something someone else has made taking home lots of different items all with stories attached. A great way to break the ice and introduce yourself and get talking about your crafting too. ” Are you swapping?” has been the fantastic first words to many a great conversation and some super friendships too. As this was a big event I made 150 note pads with dancing lady covers and over 200 sets of varnished paper beads. Needless to say I came home with a case full of inspiring cards, gifts and more along with the names and contact details of some new friends.

Culture and Romance.

Convention over Jen and Luke returned to London. Hubby and I flew across to New York for a touch of culture and romance. John lived his childhood dream as we watched Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera house and we visited art galleries and saw landmarks from all the films. Finishing our trip flying out during one of the worst blizzards of snow New York had experienced since the 1920’s. America certainly threw a lot at us. What a trip and all because I’m a crafter with Stampin’ Up!

In the Observatory of the Empire state building just before
our ” Sleepless in Seattle” moment out on the top terrace.

Wedding Wonders

Wedding dress shopping day.

My daughter Jenny and I have been in the Shoreditch area of London looking at wedding dresses. It’s the trendy bit of London and is full of art and design studios.

This is our second time viewing dresses. We found two wonderful dresses on our first trip but felt we should take a good look at other options in other studios just to be certain. Those first two set the bar very high as Jen felt wonderful in them and more importantly they made me cry. Soppy old duck!

No peeking!

This is the only photo till July next year. After all it’s bad luck for the groom to see the dress and the lovely Luke might just check in with my blog…. well unlikely but ….. anyway….I’m not risking it…… Today’s dresses were beautifully embroidered and very, very lovely but actually left me tear free. Based on the crying factor we decided to go back to the original shop for a second viewing. Sometimes it’s useful to compare and realise you did really see the best straight away. So back we go and I shall take a box of tissues this time.  I love spending time with Jen and how special it is to be choosing this important dress together.

After our first visit I was designing exploding boxes for my classes and of course I had to include a wedding inspired offering. Today felt like a great day to share it.


White on white is so beautiful for weddings and I love how this single layer box turned out. I used the Delightfully detailed laser cut paper to decorate it both inside and out. Here’s one of the outer panels.

This delicate looking paper has Very Vanilla one side and Whisper White the other. It is really strong and easy to use even though it looks so fragile. I loved cutting some of the flowers and leaves individually as well as using the larger sheets.

The central cake was made using strips of card wound into tubes. I stuck one on top of the other with a circle of card between to stop them collapsing. The white satin ribbon edged with silver made ideal cake bands. This ribbon was also my choice for the box lid decoration.

I made this box a simple single drop down.  Two of the flaps have been formed by cutting diagonally across the adjacent waste area and folding it inwards to form a pocket.

The other two are made into photo frames by adding an extra piece of white card with a circle die cut into it. ideal for a Mr and Mrs photo.


I hope you like this wedding treat box . Why not keep a look out for my other exploding boxes coming soon .