Friday, 31 December 2010
The card is made by Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Heather Collins.
Heather has used The Delightful Decorations stamp set with the matching Ornament Punch in Whisper White & Night of Navy. What the picture doesn’t show you properly is that the top left ornament is 3D!
Thursday, 30 December 2010
Sale-a-Bration (SAB) is here again and this years offerings are just fabulous.
Isn’t this just gorgeous? It’s called Sweet Summer and it’s just one of this years Sale-a-Bration sets. I love it!
The following card was made using the Sweet Summer SAB stamp set and Perfect Punches stamp Set from the main catalogue.
It’s so fresh and cottage garden looking in Early Espresso, Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue and Rose Red.
I used Early Espresso satin ribbon across the middle of the card with the Happy Birthday raised on Stampin’ Dimensionals. The dot on the ‘i’ is accented with one of the fabulous Basic Rhinestones found on page 99 in the Idea Book & Catalogue.
Don’t forget there are 3 easy ways of earning the stunning SAB sets. If you would like to know more on how to earn this and other fabulous sets for free please get in touch.
That’s right, Sale-a-bration is back.
From30th December 2010 through to 28 February 2011 Stampin’ Up! give you 3 opportunities to earn some fabulous Stamp Sets.
Step 1 - for every £45 you spend from the main catalogue you can earn a free Stamp Set.
Step 2 - Host a workshop of at least £300 (product sales before shipping and handling), and earn one free Sale-A-Bration set in addition to the generous hostess benefits.
Step 3 - Join Stampin’ Up!® during Sale-A-Bration and choose a free stamp set (excluding hostess sets) from the Idea Book & Catalogue (valued up to £44.95).
If you would like to earn free stamp sets please do get in touch, I'm happy to help
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Not only do you learn new business ideas and take part in Make ‘n’ Takes, but you get to meet some wonderfully talented Demonstrator's from around the UK, and at Convention, from Europe. Lots of Demonstrators take part in Swaps whether they be General or Organised. The wonderful creations that these people come up with never ceases to astound me.
A while ago I started to share some of these fabulous creations with you. Now the madness of preparing for Christmas is out of the way I plan to carry on sharing. Over several posts I will share more of these swaps that I have received from these fabulous people with you. And wherever possible I will credit those that created them.
This fabulous Christmas Card was made by Sue White. I do not have a website for Sue but will be happy to add it.
Look at the fabulous use of the Two-Step Bird Punch to make the robins. Gorgeous isn’t it?
Thursday, 23 December 2010
We are on the eve of Christmas Eve. All those last minute preparations are being done, and here it is no different.
I have just finished of a small bundle of gift card holders. I know, I know, some people think it's a lazy persons present, but there are some of my family and friends that love having them so they can go and pick up a bargain or two after Christmas.
But yes it does make me feel like I haven't put much effort into the gift. So this year I thought I would make some gift Card holders using yummy Stampin' Up! goodies and here's one of them finished.
My appologies for the quality of the photo's as I took them on my phone but I will try and get a better picture in daylight tomorrow when my camera is charged.
I hope you all have a wonderful Merry Christmas whatever you may do, and I will have some fabulous new projects coming your way very soon.
Oh and some very exciting news too...But that'll have to keep until after Christmas on the 30th as my lips have been sealed on that headline until then.
Take Care and Happy Holidays!
Monday, 29 November 2010
Isn’t amazing what you can do with card, papers and a punch? This is so amazingly simple to make.
It was made from some leftover Lap of Luxury Designer Series Paper and matching cardstock.
I took a piece of spare Pretty in Pink cardstock and a spare piece of Lap of Luxury DSP and attached them onto a Concord Crush card base.
I stamped the Happy Birthday stamp from the Perfect Punches stamp set in Concord Crush (My new favourite Purple) on to Whisper White cardstock and punched it out using the Extra large Oval. Using the Extra Large Oval Punch I also punched out a Pretty in Pink and Concord Crush Ovals. These were attached to the stamped oval with SNAIL, and then onto the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
There you go, simple yet stylish.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
The flowers have been cut out of one of the 12 x 12 inch sheets from the Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Papers (DSP), and adhered to Early Espresso cardstock mat. I used Gold Elastic Thread (Page 96 in the IB&C) to tie around the Early Espresso cardstock.
The greeting is stamped in Early espresso on Whisper White Cardstock, using the Happy Birthday stamp from the Perfect Punches stamp set. I punched this out with the Extra Large Oval punch and mounted it onto the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I then mounted all of this directly onto a Whisper White greeting card.
I think the Gold Elastic Thread just sets this card off. It’s an essential for your craft room and just shows it’s not just for Christmas!
Friday, 12 November 2010
The night before Convention 2010, Monica Gale & Natalie O’Shea had organised a Pre-Convention party with a quiz, time for swaps and make and takes. It was a great pre-event, event. I had so much fun meeting all the other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators there, making my projects and just generally hanging out with some very talented crafters.
The first project was an awesome 6x6” scrapbook page using the Beware Pirates Stamp set.
This was such a great project to make. I’ve ummm’d and arrrr’d (pardon the pun) over the set but now I have used it it’s way up there on my wish list.
I attached the Captain Jack Sparrow picture once I got home. Looks good doesn’t it?
What do you mean that’s not Johnny Depp? Really? Ha Ha, no you are right, it’s not. His name is Sean George. Like me, he’s also a member of the UK Garrison Reel Icons. He’s a great Captain Jack! Arrrr!
Thursday, 11 November 2010
It’s that time of year when our thoughts are turning towards Christmas. And what better way to get those Christmas cards done than with one of Stampin’ Up’s! Fabulous Christmas Bundles. What better way to show off your creativity to family and friends with beautiful handmade cards using your Christmas Bundle sets.
This Christmas season get an exclusive package of ribbon for FREE when you purchase a Christmas gift-giving bundle!
Sunday, 7 November 2010
The morning was spent with a little bit of swapping and then onto the serious stuff....Make & Takes!!! Fabulous and fun projects made with our gorgeous stamp sets we received on Day 1 in our funky retro bag.
I'll post up some pictures for you tomorrow :-)
During the morning myself and a couple of others were called up on to the stage as we were all celebrating birthdays over the 2 days. Mine being on the Saturday.
In the afternoons' sessions of business talks and interactive sessions we had the second of our prize control. This is so cool! If you are one of the lucky people to see your name up on the big screen you have won free Stampin up products!!!
There was my name, I couldn't believe it!!! I rarely win things! Here is what I won....
It is the Artistic Etchings Stamp Set and the Newspaper Prints Designer Series Papers. I am so excited! I hadn't bought either of these yet but have seen so many stunning projects made using them at Convention. I can't wait to use them!
Can you see what's on the tag? The Rhinestones! The really do sparkle! Big time! I am yet to find rhinestones that sparkle as much as these!
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Saturday, 6 November 2010
Aren't they gorgeous?
I will try and add the Demonstrators details who made the cards that I show once I get home and sort throughout my hundred plus swaps.
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Friday, 5 November 2010
Isn't it gorgeous? You know, if you sign up as a Demonstrator you too can have the opportunity to attend Convention next year.... and be able to get hold of fabulous exclusive Stampin Up Demonstrator products like these.
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Once registered, we collected our funky retro bag with our free stamp sets and catalogue.
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There are some very talented Demonstrators around the country & in France and Germany. Watch out for more swaps and convention pictures later.
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Tomorrow is our first day where we will register and then get to see some wonderful SU items only available to Demonstrators in the Momento Mall.
Then it's onto training sessions, make and takes and plenty of swapping.
In the evening we are off to the awards dinner. I can't wait. This is the first time I have been able to come.
I will post up as many photos that I can of the swaps that I receive over the next 2 days for you so you can join me virtually at Convention.
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Sunday, 31 October 2010
This fabulous card was made by my eldest daughter and myself. She made the Pumpkins using the Stampin’ Up! Large Oval Punch (1 ¾ x ⅞”).
They’re a cheeky bunch of Pumpkins. So easy to make and so so effective for Halloween. Their faces are just cut out from Basic Black Cardstock and stuck on using SNAIL Adhesive. Alternatively you can use the Multi Purpose Liquid Glue.
We used the following…
Card Stock – Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie & Concord Crush
Accessories – Large Oval Punch (1 ¾ x ⅞”), Signo White Gel Pen
Friday, 15 October 2010
There so much you can do with it. Little thank you cards, notes to friends just to say hi. With autumn underway it was definitely the inspiration I needed to make this cute little card.
The set incorporates the Two-Step Stamin’ technique. However, you can do as I did, and stamp your tree trunks onto the base card.
The base card is Soft Suede, with Whisper White. The tree trunks are stamped in Soft Suede ink and the tree tops in Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry. I love this colour combo.
The funky tree tops were stamped onto Stampin’ Ups’! vellum and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder just to give it a gleam. The picture doesn’t do it justice. I trimmed round the tree tops using my paper snips, and attached them to the base card using Mini Glue Dots to give it a slight 3D effect.
All the items used making this card can be purchased directly from me. Contact me to place your order.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
The bauble is from Contempo Christmas, and the rest of the card is made up from Big Bold Birthday. Big Bold Birthday has all the elements to make fabulous cupcakes – and cupcakes are so in right now. Have you see some of the fabulous wedding cakes there are that are surrounded by gorgeous cupcakes? Awesome.
Oh yeah, back to the card….
The Balloon basket is from the base of the cupcake stamped in Melon Mambo, the clouds are the top of the cupcake stamped in Pink Pirouette and the balloon is in the new in-color Concord Crush. This has fast become one of my favourite colours!
Up, Up and Away!!
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
During our training we get to make projects too! It’s great fun, this year there were about 70 0f us at the one I attended back in September in High Wycombe.
I couldn’t post up the project we made there before this, as the items were from the new Idea Book & Catalogue (IB&C) but as the new (IB&C) is now here….here is the project.
Isn’t it gorgeous? I might just have to make this my Christmas Card design this year.
I just love the colours Cherry Cobbler & Early Espresso with Whisper White cardstock and Ribbon. We used the brand new stamp set called Contempo Christmas which is just fabulous. You might just be able to see that the bauble is standing out a little. No that’s not the use of Stampin’ Dimensionals, it’s a little bit of 3D!
Clever Huh? There is a fabulous new punch that goes with the Bauble in the new slimline punch design.
If you are interested in any of the items used in this project, you are able to purchase them through me.
Friday, 1 October 2010
Stampin' Up! now offers repositionable, clear-mount rubber stamps, in addition to our award-winning wood-mount rubber stamps! These new clear-mount stamps are designed to maintain the unbeatable image quality you love about traditional Stampin' Up! stamps, while at the same time offering the flexibility, ease of use, and storability inherent in repositionable rubber stamps.
These are not acrylic or polymer stampers. They are they same red rubber stamps that you'll find on Stampin' Up's! wood mounted stamps. So you'll still get that sharp, crisp, clean image that you have come to love with Stampin' Up's! wood mounted stamps, and all with neat storage too.
Not only that Stampin' Up!, have also designed thier very own style of clear mount blocks that are amzing. They are exactly like wood blocks but clear.
But don't take my word for it, see for yourself....
It's got ton's of new products...colours, cardstock, ink pads, stamp sets, punches and so so so much more!
Don't take my word for it, make a cuppa and relax....take a look. Click on the picture to see.
Wednesday, 1 September 2010
Items on the Last Chance List are only available while supplies last. Once they’re gone, they’re gone! Don't delay, get those last chance wish list items while you can.
Plus, in a rare promotion, select retiring products are up to 50 percent off! Wow!!!
Don’t miss this last chance to get them.
See you soon
Thursday, 5 August 2010
The swap theme was punches, and as this was the first time I had ever done this, it seemed like the perfect theme to get into. After all I have a ton of them! So I made up enough card fronts with the “ingredients” on a label on the back for everyone involved in the swap, and sent them off to Pat who organised it all. When everyone had sent theirs in, Pat kindly sorted them all out and sent us all our set of wonderful, varied and inspiring card fronts!
This is my card front:-
Cardstock – Old Olive, Pretty in Pink and Rose Red
Inks – Old Olive, Rose Red
Stamp Set – One of a Kind
Punch – Boho Blossoms
Accessories – Gold Brads, Crystal Effects, SNAIL & Stampin Dimensionals
Here are all the cards I received back including my own.
Who knew you could do so much with Stampin’ Up Punches?
If there are any cards on here that you like the look of and would love to duplicate them, please get in touch and I will be happy toadvise you on what was used to make them and to assist you with your order for any items that you will need.
See you soon
Sunday, 1 August 2010
Two-Step Stampin’ sets allow you to quickly and easily take your creativity to the next level. And from 1-31 August, you can get 20 percent off select Two-Step Stampin’ sets from our current catalogues--no limit, no minimum purchase required!
Click to see the Two Step Stampin Flyer
Choose from the following stamp sets:
Don’t delay, get in touch and order your sets today.
Sunday, 25 July 2010
No I didn’t win it… I donated it. Unfortunately, they lady that won it did so as I was off dealing with my little ones and had left before I got back to meet her.
So if you are the lucky winner of this gorgeous (even if I do say myself) hamper, Congratulations!!! And please do get in touch and let me know what you think of all your new craft goodies.
If anyone is wondering, the “basket” is actually a fabulous “fold down box/drawer like item” that is from IKEA. I remember when I first bought one I rang my friend who was after something similar and described the design as “Striped Grosgrain meets Seeing Spots, in Whisper White and somewhere in between Old Olive and Certainly Celery”! It’s funny how so many items are now described in a Stampin’ Up way.
In the hamper was an Stampin’ Pad, Stampin’ Pastels, Stampin’ Dimensional’s, Circle Punch, Cardstock, Die cuts from the Petal Party Simply Scrappin’ Kit, A catalogue and a stamp set. Needless to say the nursery sold quite a few raffle tickets.
Until Next time….
Saturday, 24 July 2010
First they had sports day, followed by the Graduation Ceremony for all the little ones going off to School Nursery or Reception class. It was such fun to see the children taking part in Sports Day with all the races they did and the medals they each received at the end. And then the Graduation Ceremony where all the leavers got their cap and rolled up certificate. At the end of photo’s they all threw their caps in there air – it was so lovely to see! My little one has one more year there so I will save up the hankies for his Graduation Ceremony before he goes onto “Big School”.
So onto the Summer Fete par of the day. As usual parents were asked for toys, games, unwanted gifts etc. Well after passing on some bottles of sparkling wine and such left over from our daughters Naming Ceremony, I got down to the fun of making some little gifts for the raffle. The inspiration came from Monica Gale's Blog. I just took it a little further and added the notebook and pencil.
And here they are all gift wrapped and tagged.
I hope you like them.
Friday, 23 July 2010
This one is an easel card. Most that I have seen are “Portrait”, but I chose to go Landscape. They are so easy, I have no idea why I haven’t done them before!!!
I have left the greeting off so that when I am searching for just the right card, I can add just the right greeting.
I'm sure you’ll see more easel cards appear on here soon.
I know, I know, I haven’t been on in a while..well since the last class. Time has just run away from me. Not good as there hasn’t been enough time for blogging and crafting.
Well I have a few blogs to catch up on and they will be coming soon. Very soon, I promise.
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Tuesday 29th June 2010 7:30pm
Charge:-£12 per Person, Payable on the evening.
You will be making up to 10 cards using any the Card stock, designer papers and die cuts from the kit plus using the Happy Everything and Thank You Kindly Stamp sets. All supplies to make the cards will be provided in packs for you.
For the lack of posts of late. I have had a manic time since the last workshop, ending with my daughters first birthday on Sunday. Now I have recovered from half term and her birthday I can post up some pictures of some cards that I got to sit and make at the last workshop. Yes I know, I couldn’t believe it too! :-)
The workshop incorporated the New Mini Catalogue and the New colours promotion. I hope you like them.
Don’t forget you can still purchase the new colours cardstocks & Inks until 30 September 2010. Contact me for more details.
Until Next Time
Friday, 4 June 2010
That’s in addition to the already fantastic hostess benefits!
From 1 June-31 July, Stampin’ Up! Hostesses can earn an EXTRA £20 to use toward Stampin’ Up!, products of their choice when they host a workshop totalling £250 or more in product sales!
This extra benefit is in addition to the standard hostess benefits they receive when they host a workshop. The standard hostess benefits include
- A free 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalogue worth £4.95, provided by your demonstrator.
- Free products only available to hostesses (with qualifying orders; select from the products on pages 10-14 of the catalogue).
- Free Stampin’ Up!, products of your choice**
Extra, Extra hostess rewards
Free Stampin’ Up! merchandise with
£250 - £299
£300 - £349
£350 - £399
£400 - £449
£450 - £499
£500 - £549*
* The Extra, Extra Hostess Rewards apply to all workshops above £250; to see hostess benefits for workshops totalling £550 and above, visit the Hostess Benefits web page.
These hostess rewards are only one benefit of hosting a workshop. When you host a workshop, you also get to spend time with friends and family, as well as learn exciting new crafting techniques and project ideas from your personal stamping expert.
Contact your me TODAY to schedule a workshop and take advantage of these limited-time extra hostess benefits!
**Dependent on sales
I look forward to hearing from you
Monday, 17 May 2010
The other day, out of the blue, a small parcel arrived on my doorstep addressed to me. Now I knew I hadn’t ordered anything so wondered what on earth it could be. Inside, carefully wrapped, was a little Hogwarts Gryffindor badge that one of my friends from the UK Garrison Costuming Club (http://www.ukgarrison.co.uk/) that I belong to had sent me. One of my costumes is that of a Gryffindor Student and he thought I might like the badge to but on my UKG jacket.
It’s not often that RAK’s happen, and this was so out of the blue that it really humbled me. Even though I spoke to him after on the phone to say thanks you and tell him how thrilled I was with it, I still felt that it needed a little card to say thanks.
And here it is……
I used the following…
Stamp Sets – Circle Circus & Thank You Kindly
Inks – Basic Black, Basic Grey, Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue & Certainly Celery
Card Stock – Whisper White, Brocade Blue, Basic Black & Basic Grey
Accessories – Silver Brad
I think you’ll agree that this is quite a nice masculine thank you!
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Showcasing – the small heart punch….
My Sweet Pea Stamp Set with Melon Mambo & Rich Razzleberry ink pads…YUMMY!! These new colours are just fab!
Two step bird punch. Isn’t this just fabulous. The words come from the Birthday Cheer & Wishes Stamp Set.
More later…I promise!
This month’s workshop will incorporate items from the Mini Catalogue & some of the new colours in this month’s promotion.
Tuesday 25th May 2010 7:30 pm - Charge £12 per person
We will be making up to 10 cards using items from the Mini Catalogue & some of the new colours in this month’s promotion. All supplies to make the cards will be provided in packs for you.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are also provided for you.
Please let me know by Weds 19th if you would like a place. Places do get snapped up quite quickly. If you have a friend or relative that would like to come with you just let me know their details. The more the merrier.
If you would like to peruse the catalogues before the evening you can find them at the following links or by going to the main UK Stampin Up website.
Sample ideas to follow.
One thing that we have been doing is planning our darling daughters naming ceremony. The venue is booked, caterers are booked, invites went out and replies are coming in.
Now the invites are not Stampin’ Up! apart from the SNAIL Adhesive I'm afraid. They are however, an exact copy of her brothers design from 3 years ago. I could have gone for something different but I just love the design and….well it had to be done. I hope you like it, it’s neat, simple but oh so sweet!