Welcome to the Rubber Stamping Workshops Blog

Here you can find out all the latest RSW news, get details of special offers & view projects made using rubber stamps. Most of the projects shown here will be made from Stampin' Up! products, as I'm an Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator, covering Cheshire & Greater Manchester.

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

I'm Back! Again!!

I'm back from my 2nd visit this year to Cyprus - lovely weather, but I'm glad to be back because I'm soooooo excited about the new Stampin' Up! catalogue launch - tomorrow!!! I've already had a look through it (at 4am when we arrived back in the country!) & I think it's going to be another expensive year for me!! There are some really nice stamp sets & some exciting new punches & accessories, but I don't want to give too much away.

I've had some cancellations for my preview evening on Thursday, so I'll be sending out some more invites. If you want to come but don't hear from me, just email me.


Friday, 19 September 2008

Paperartsy Workshop - ATCs

Here's a pic of the ATCs Mararet made on the Paperartsy workshop - thanks for letting me add these, Margaret!


Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Altrincham Rubber Stamping Group

Here's some pics of our September meeting, held in my craft studio on Tuesday night. We had a good turn out & everyone enjoyed the evening!

I haven't finished organising the studio yet - when I have I'll take some proper pics of it & put them on here.

The next meeting is on 7th October - I've had to extend to a 2nd monthly meeting, as the group's too big for one meeting now!


Monday, 15 September 2008

Website Updated

I've spent some time updating the Rubber Stamping Workshops website. I've added a calendar so you can see at a glance when events are planned for - and when I'm not available! This has also meant that I've been able to add descriptions of each event & an individual email link. Take a peek at the new-look events calendar here.

Details of the Customer Loyalty Scheme are now on the site & there's a new Techniques page. This will be updated on a monthly basis with the techniques that appear in the RSW newsletter.

My next plan is to try & get the events calendar here on the blog!


RSW September Newsletter

The September newsletter is now available - click here to view a copy or click here to subscribe to it.

Happy reading!

Friday, 12 September 2008

Paperartsy Workshop

Here's a pic of what was made at the Paperartsy workshop a couple of weeks ago. The 1st card is just a black card blank embellished with images stamped in SU black ink on Whisper White card plus various sewing embellishments & some German Scrap - a quick make card! The 2nd took a little longer. A background was greated on a cream card blank using 3 colours of Tim Holtz Distress inks & blended with Ranger Cut-n-Dry foam. The image was then stamped with SUs Chocolate Chip ink onto Very Vanilla card. Again, the card was embellished with some German Scrap, buttons, ribbon & a mini clock.

The 3rd item - a tag - was created using the same methods as card 2, just different stamps & ink colours. We didn't have enough time for a full 4th project, so the workshop delegates made a couple of ATCs using Paperartsy products & Distress inks. Unfortunately I don't have any pics of those, but if I'm emailed some, I'll upload them for you all to see.

I love using Paperartsy products - they make it very easy for you to feel all arty & creative!! Plus I've had the added advantage of attending a couple of retreats where Leandra Franich was a guest tutor! I love her work! I've also taken a couple of classes where Tim Holtz was the tutor (what a fab guy) but I think I'm just bragging now!!


Thursday, 11 September 2008

Wedding Favours

Finally!! Here's the pic of the favours that I promised to post about a month ago!! They're made using the SU scallop circle punch, the Circle of Friendship stamp set, a non-SU mini alphabet stamp set & various circle punches. Each favour had an A on one side & a V on the other side (for Andrew & Vicky). The middle of the "sandwhich" was an Elizabeth Shaw mint! The colour theme for the wedding was black & white, so the favours fitted in well!

These are really easy to make - I recently made some for a friend's birthday & put them into a handcrafted box. I can't remember where I first saw them, so I can't give credit to the original designer. If you know who it is, let me know & I'll update the post.


Monday, 1 September 2008

SU Retiring List Announced!

Well, it's here at last - the Stampin' Up! retiring list has finally been announced. There are a few surprises on there! Due to a pricing review for the UK market, all these items appear at a reduced price, but I have to point out that this is not usual practice - retired items are normally full price. So grab some bargains while you can!

This is good news though, as it means the prices in the new catalogue should be lower!

The retiring hostess sets cannot be purchased - they have to be earned in the usual way by hosting a workshop. So if one of your favourites is on the list, this is your last chance to get them!

There are more items retiring than I was expecting but this should mean lots of new goodies from October! The retiring list is also available on the Rubber Stamping Workshop website - click

Get in touch soon if you want to book a workshop to get items from the new catalogue - slots are filling up fast.

Happy reading!