Saturday, 24 April 2010


I've smiled all the way through it! A few weeks ago my good friend Janet and I went on a day course at The Stampman. The lovely Jill was teaching us how to use the meltpot to produce the most wonderful frames by building up layers of stamped UTEE.  

We had the best playday and got to use the new Tim Holtz dies which she had just got in stock. Clever Jill had us cutting out shrink plastic with them to make elements to put on the frame - such a simple idea but I know I would never have thought of it. Have a look see if you can spot the die cuts.

The stamps were all hero arts stamps, the clocks are fabulous stamps but when I saw the flower stamp, it was so simple I wasn't impressed at all - but when I saw Jill use it on the UTEE ............... and since then I've seen it used in craft stamper to make those bright sunny cards with the big flowers on...............It might have to slip into my shopping basket!

It was a great day playing but was even more thrilling when Jill asked me to join The Stampman Design Team. Of course I took it very calmly and said yes the ran out of the shop totally beside myself with smiles.

Today then was my first official job as a member of the DT and I spent the day 'working' at the shop, helping out on their demonstration weekend.  (For working read 'watching the most amazing demo's by Tracy Coates, Vix and Jill, and meeting some lovely fellow crafters')

Pop over to their blogs and say hi or even better, have a trip to The Stampman tomorrow, Leonie from Create and Craft will be there demonstrating along with Jill Bolton who creates the most amazing metal work amongst her many talents.  

There's a massive sale room too at the moment with real bargains to be had, so don't miss out on a great day!

See you there perhaps

x Michelle


georgina said...

WELL, i never did!!! you've stunned me again, you never fail to make something wonderful and i'm so glad you enjoyed your day Michelle, well done you, luv georginaxx

craftimamma said...

This is absolutely gorgeous Michelle and I can just imaginge what a lovely time you had last week and this at The Stampman.

I visited the old shop once not long before they moved and my friend and I went to one of Jill Bolton's workshops last year but I don't get to go often as it's quite a long way from Mansfield. I must admit that I'd love to go again as soon as I can manage it.

Lesley Xx

Zoechaos said...

What an amazing piece of work love those flowers the whole thing is just so exciting. Congratulations on joining the team at Stampman, what a year for you!

The Stamp Man said...

Hi Michelle

Your frame is gorgeous, you did a great job with it, it was a pleasure to watch you working on it, I could see you were in your element making it, your enthusiam was a real joy to watch:)

Thank you again for helping us today, it was much appreciated and I hope we didn't wear you out too much. It's fab to have you on our team and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your first challenge:)

Jill x

Vixykins said...

Great to meet you teamie! Just reading your blog and guess what I have too - the dreaded F!
Gorgeous frame, such lush colours x

Fiona said...

What an amazing piece of work Michelle, there's so much to look at. How lovely to be asked to join ANOTHER design team, well done you!

Fiona x

IsaNorris said...

oh wow !!! that's beautiful !!!!

Sally H said...

Congratulations on joining the Stampman team, Michelle! I bet you were wowing people too with your demo today. Like Lesley, I wish I lived nearer to Skipton, but then again, I'd probably be bankrupt very quickly if I did!!!

Beverly Gotthardt said...

Congrats on your new DT spot. I'm clapping for you. That frame is stunning, but I haven't seen you create anything shabby yet.

Gez said...

Hooray Michelle Congratulations too. Your creations are always fabulous & inspiring. You will be a great asset to the DT. Well Done.
Wish I was nearer. :( Still looking for the shrink plastic!
Have a FAB time on the Team. Looking forward to seeing more of your awesome creations. Hugs, Gez.xx

SP said...

It was lovely to meet you today Michelle - and congratulations! Your creations are amazing!
Susan x

Virginia said...

That frame is absolutely gorgeous Michelle and congratulations on making the design team - mind it doesn't surprise me because your work is absolutely gorgeous - hope you are having a fabulous Sunday !

Anne said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Well deserved Michelle!! Your work is always gorgeous and inspiring and this piece is just amazing!!! You will be a great asset to the team - enjoy your role! Hugs xx

PatR said...

OMG what an absolutely fabulous creation Michelle, you never cease to amaze me! Sounds like you had a fab time with the Stamp Man. Congratulatons on the DT position, you will be a very great asset to Jill and the Team. Oh how I envy you, but I'm nowhere near you league so I'll have to dream on. Well done, I'm honoured to be on the TT team with you.
Hugs, Pat xx

PatR said...

P.S. Forgot to say, hope you are feeling better.

anne bebbington said...

Michelle - I'm not a bit surprised you've been invited to join the Design Team - in all the years I've known you (and it must be heading up to 40 now) I've never not known your amazing creativity shine through in whichever medium you happen to favour at the time - keep creating love, you're an inspiration to all who know you xxx

Sandra said...

Wow! Gorgeous creation, love the theme too. Those cogs are divine (another die to add to my wishlist!)
Congratulations on your new DT spot too. You must be thrilled!
Sandra x