Monday 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas (so very nearly)

Christmas wrapping complete, house clean, and fridge stocked.  All the activities this last couple of weeks has centered around cards, wrapping and tagging and I just haven't had a chance to post all the wonderful projects I have completed.  I didn't want to miss one last opportunity to say Happy Christmas to all my customers and share with you so a quick flurry of photos for you here.

I love the Big Shot Northern Flurry emboss folder and I have used it for as many of my projects as I could so it features here for most of the cards.  The first is based around a design which was shared at our team training.  The DSP paper design fits perfectly in the bauble shape and a quick large pearl finishes it off beautifully.  A tip here is to make sure you cut the bauble first otherwise you will flatten your embossed snowflakes otherwise.

I have had a lot of fun with the emboss powders too this Christmas. I love the excuse at Christmas to use silver and sparkle so I embossed the sentiment and the middle bauble. I was playing around with colours this year, but kept the dark blue background to match the grosgrain ribbon.
I made this third card for a close friend.  I just love the Snow Flurry die for the Big shot.  I have used it for card toppers and for present dressing this year.  I could not resist dressing it with rhinestones and pearls for that extra special affect.

The ribbon bow was actually to cover a mistake as my paper cutter blade was a little old and damaged the edge of the card.  I came up with this ribbon design which can be flattened for posting - brilliant!

The next flurry of cards are all using the Snow Much Fun.  Regulars to my blog will know I have been playing with this set for a while.  Time to make those cards for the special people in my life so I used it again.  Out came the blender pen to colour the friendly little snowmen and all were dressed with ribbons and the Northern Flurry emboss folder again.

Extra sparkle for my son's card to his Daddy. I used crystal effects on the tree, but you cannot see this on the photo.

For the label I used the Decorative Label punch to cut twice and create my own custom label shape.

My favourite, this card is based on a card I had seen by another demonstrator (sorry I don't have the details to hand, but will add later).  I swapped it round slightly and made some design changes to use different papers and die shapes for the frame.  The DSP is the Howlstooth from Halloween and cut with the Top Note die.  The bow is made from small pieces of the tulle and with a piece of scallop ribbon to make it into a bow shape.
Lastly, my Christmas petal cones.  I made these for gifts for a Christmas fayre I had a stall at.  These are fantastic stocking fillers.

Merry Christmas to you all and I look forward to another year ahead crafting and sharing creations with you all.

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Monday 26 November 2012

Chistmas Tree Snow with Snow Much Fun

Well it's been longer than I thought I would be, but here I am back with some more crafting ideas.  I have been playing so much I forgot to come back and show you all the lovely things I have been making so I will try and come back with some more pictures in the next few days.

Now any of you who have poured over the Autumn/Winter and the new Annual catalogues will have seen the tree folded card in the Annual catalogue (P181) to show off the Simply Scored pad.  Well I couldn't resist making my own version since I saw it in the catalogue and I have used my snowman from the 'Snow Much Fun' stamp set (P15) as I just love it. 

The Simply Scored makes this folded tree so easy to make and to replicate for your Christmas stack.  Once complete you can use the Simply Scored to create your own custom envelope to protect the card in the post too! I even had scraps of the Always Artichoke cardstock to use up so I was so pleased to be able to use them.  Remember if you want to fold an accordion folded effect like this, score at 1" intervals and then flip the cardstock up and over to the reverse side keeping it lined up in the same place on the score pad and then score at the 1/2" intervals.

Some of you may think the colouring with the blender pen is time-consuming, but I found it really quite simple as there are just small areas to colour and strangely relaxing.  I loved getting arty and creating the shadowing on the snow mounds and the cute snow friends.  The finished card looks fantastic and will stand proud on any mantelpiece. 

Now I did not need to go find out and fiddle with what size strips and folds I needed to create as another lovely SU demonstrator has already worked all this out, so thank you  to Natasha at Stampin' Enchantment for your instructions.  I just made a slight adjustment to make an 10.5 x 14.5cm card size and then scored the fold to create the spine at 4" and 4.5" (sorry for the metric to imperial measurements flip here!). 

 This is another lovely card created using the 'Snow Much Fun', 'Make a Mitten' (snowflake) and 'Greetings of the Season' stamp sets.  The colours are Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke, Whisper White and Crumb Cake (or Soft Suede for the tree trunk).  Inks were also the Staz On Black, Whisper White craft pad and Brights collection marker pens.  The star was created with the Baby Blossom punch.

I hope you like it, come back soon for more Christmas posts.

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Wednesday 14 November 2012

Snow buddies are Snow Much Fun

I have been enjoying time with my snow buddies whilst I have been away and today's post are a few of the cards I have been making with my snow buddy friends. 

First of all the 'Frosty Friends' single stamp from the Autumn/Winter catalogue.  I love that Stampin' Up! have included more single stamps in the current catalogues and what a delight this one is. I had a couple of customers mention photo cards to me for sending photos of loved ones for their Christmas wishes and this was my first attempt at a card. 

The 'Merry Christmas' is from the 'Greetings of the Season' set.  This is set has already earnt it's place in my must-have stamp sets for Christmas.  As well as this stamp it has 'Noel', 'Peace on Earth' and 'Greetings of the Season' - what more do you need to say?

The second card was a variation of style for a photo card.   I chose the tall snowman from the 'Snow Much Fun' set from the main catalogue.  I just had to buy this set when I saw it as I loved the cute snowmen and the snowball with bird friends - you don't need to have little ones to have an excuse to buy this set, it is perfect for gift tags too! The tall snowman was perfect for the staggered card layout and I was really pleased how well the layout worked with the photo insert for the finished card.

For both cards I stamped with the StazOn Basic Black permanent ink and then used the SU blender pen with inks to colour and accessorise my snow friends. It did not take as long as you think once I had my palette of colours decided on and the blender pen made it so easy to get the right amount of colour. I added paper from the Snow Festival DSP pack to match the Baja Breeze background. A perfect snowy scene for both cards.

'Having played with the blender pens to make my cheery snowmen I tried for a different look using simple stamping and a neutral palette with this lovely little fella from the 'Snow Much Fun' set again.  I teamed him up with the 'Heart of Christmas' stamp - again a lovely single stamp SU have given us for Christmas.  I gave the card an 'aged' look with some daubing and added a tab of the seam binding ribbon for the finished look.  Same stamps, but a different colour and style for a completely different look.

To place an order now for these or any of the other fabulous products, email me at  I am regularly placing orders and can offer share of P&P costs.  If you want to come and play with these products and much more and live locally to me, come and join in one of my workshops.  To read more Click Here

Tuesday 6 November 2012

It's present time! Triple Christmas Offers

It’s a triple Wow! – Stampin’ Up! are delivering Christmas early – it’s only November and there are presents and gifts all round as Stampin’ Up! spoil us on the lead-up to the Christmas festivities. 

Did you love the Ornaments Decoration on the front of the Autumn Winter Catalogue?  Well take a look at the offer Stampin’ Up! has for you:

Get a FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack (127857 Page 30) when you buy an Ornaments Keepsakes Stamp Set and Candelight Christmas Speciality Designer Series Paper Bundle from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue. Choose from the following options:

Ornaments Keepsakes Stamp Set Options

Includes Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set, Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack

Wood Mount          Item No 132260 Normal price £49.70 Special Price £42.45

Clear-mount           Item No 132261 Normal price £43.70 Special Price £36.45

Ornaments Keepsake Bundle Options

Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle – Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set and Ornaments Framelits Dies, Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack

Wood Mount          Item No 132262 Normal price £62.70 Special Price £ 55.45
Clear-mount           Item No 132263 Normal Price £57.70 Special Price £50.45

This special offer only runs until 30 November 2012.

If that is not enough to get you excited for Christmas and jingle your bells, try this……..

From 1 November 2012 to the 16 December 2012, host a minimum of a £325 Stampin’ Up! party and get a FREE collection of ink pads worth £44.50 in value —the choice is yours of either the complete Brights, Subtles or Regals colour collections. That is 10 FREE ink pads!!!! 
This fantastic offer is in addition to your normal hostess benefits for that level of party, which are £50 in free products of your choice from the catalogue and a half price item from the catalogue of your choice - all included when you are having a wonderful time with friends !  Wow, that is an offer, not to be missed!!  With Christmas crafting on it’s way what a great time to get friends together to make cards, gift bags and gift items for your homemade Christmas gifting!

Remember this offer is until 16th December so Book a Party Today!  Email me to book right now!

Finally, saving the best to last - become a demonstrator during November joining my team and you can get a free set of designer series paper every month for 6 months!   Join my team and you will gain benefits of 20% discounted product for you, earnings from the sales you make, advice and techniques newsletters and access to a worldwide community forum of fellow crafters.  It’s up to you how much you want to make from it, whether it be for the discounted products for you or whether you wish to share with others too.

You will be joining an upline of experienced demonstrators and get access to training and sharing projects and ideas with them on a monthly and Quaterly basis.  Just think of all the lovely projects you can complete with a free pack of designer paper every month for six months as well as all these lovely benefits.

To talk to me about becoming a demonstrator, you can contact me via email or call me on 07876 247678.

Thursday 25 October 2012

Jingle Joy and Noel Tags

As promised on yesterday's blog here are some more of my workshop cards.  These 3 designs are based on a simple stamp stick with the Striped emboss folder giving a texture to the background of two of the designs.  The third as the Top Note die shapes layered in two colours for a contrast.
I used the emboss folder for vertical stripes on the Joy card and horizontally on the Noel card. For both I embossed twice leaving a plain flat band in the middle section of the card for effect. 

The lettering for both cards is the Broadsheet Alphabet, this is such a great lettering set.  It is fantastic for initials on stationery or project items or dressed up as I have done for Christmas cheer on cards.  The lettering has perfect places to add jewels or pearls for those extra special touches.                                    

Christmas trees made simple with the little Pennants Parade stamp set finishes off the Joy card with it's Christmas theme and is also used for the three trees again. The set even includes the mini star for the top of the tree and the tree pot, all that's missing is the fairy! All the pieces for the Joy card were easily cut using the Square punch and then mounted again on coloured card as borders. The three trees on the third card were punched with the co-ordinating Pennants Builder Punch - easy cutting - I love it!

For the Noel card too I needed to add to the punched Tags (X-Large Tag Punch) so I used the holly from the 'Make a Mitten' set from this Autumn/Winter's catalogue.  I purposely set the tags at a slight angle from one another as a contrast to the straight lines of the Joy card. 
If you like these cards, why not come along to my next workshops on either Thursday 8th November or Thursday 6th December to make some yourself!
Hope to see you soon


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Wednesday 24 October 2012

Christmas Flurries

I am sure that is the distant sound of jingle bells I hear as I have another flurry of Christmas cards to show you.  Now I am sure you are all excited to see them all, but it would be such a long blog for them all so I will treat you to them over the next few days.  As just a teaser here is a picture of some of the cards I have to show you.  All Christmas, all a simple combination of stamping, punching and embossing with the big shot.

The first, a beautiful card and so simple to make.  I have CASE'd this from a post on a blog from 'Stamping Up North with Laurie'.  She had made the wreath with punched stars, but I used the Boho Blossoms punch. 
The co-ordinating button and scallop ribbon make this card along with the polka dot emboss. See the lovely heart embossing too - this is from the Adorning Accents folders - so cute!  The papers are the Festival of Prints which are in the Autumn/Winter catalogue (Pg 20).  I have already used these papers a number of times and they are such a good buy. They are a smaller format, ideal for cards or smaller projects and with lots more variety to choose from.
Remember to come back again to see some more cards......................
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Monday 22 October 2012

Sending Birthday Love

Well another lovely workshop on Thursday and a lovely set of cards to show you, but first I wanted to blog a card I made over the weekend.  It was my lovely hubby's birthday - the first birthday card I have had to make for my 'Husband'.  The 'For My Family' (pg  138) has a stamp for family members, husbands included so of course this was brought out for my crafting session.

I used the 'You Are Loved' stamp set for the main image. This is a lovely set which was originally in the Spring Mini and I am so glad SU decided to bring it into the annual catalogue too!!  The background print was using the 'Musical Notes' and 'Very Vintage' stamp wheels on Crumb cake card.

You cannot see the gold shimmer as much in the photo, but my other favourite at the moment which I used for this card was the emboss powder. I used the Gold powder for the heart design and additional wording on the front. I am just loving the 'magic' as they turn from their original colour to the lovely shiny metallics as you heat them with the heat tool! 

The new heat tool this catalogue (pg 159) has two heat settings too, one for drying ink and setting and a second setting for embossing.  I love my embossing buddy too - a clever little pillow fellow. Swipe over the page before working with the Versamark pad and emboss powder and it stops any powder sticking anywhere else on the page - so no stray emboss dots and a clearer image!

The designer paper for the heart was the Speciality News DSP (pg 162), I cut the image into strips and shaped them - I wanted varied lengths at the bottom for a less tidy effect.  I added a 'Happy Birthday' from the useful little set 'Made For You' (pg 44) for the birthday wishes on the front and created a tag for the embossed 'Love' element (I cut down an X-Large Tag punch).

An envelope then made to size using the Simply Scored tool and decorated with DSP - I loved the results!

Why not come to one of my workshops to see for yourself how easy it is to make beautiful cards! be!

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Sunday 14 October 2012

Ornament Keepsakes

Wow another team training session yesterday and I feel a flurry of inspired crafting coming along.  Here are the cards I made before the training, the first card was my swap for the day.I love training - I get to come home with a bag full of lovely cards made  by everyone else and see some amazing creations by the lovely talented ladies there.

The two cards are made using the Ornaments Keepsakes bundle from the catalogue.  Stampin' Up! are now offering their customers bundles of co-ordinating stamps and dies with a discount which is great value!   I can't wait to try making the decoration from the front of the Autumn/Winter Catalogue with this set.  Watch this space!

The second card I made I was playing with a 3-D bauble and love this, but then I put my practical head on and thought about how it would go through the postal service.  My idea,  I designed a foldable bauble that you open out and secure behind a half-circle cut (see the last photo). 

I added circles to the left hand side of the bauble in the co-ordinating Elegant Eggplant card so that the bauble when folded in could be tucked behind the circle to the right of the three.

I was quite pleased with myself for this design.  I am sure someone has come up with something similar elsewhere or even better, but I had this idea during a wakeful inspirational moment so I am patting myself on the back for actually remembering it and putting it together in my own way!

Well off to craft for the evening with all my new ideas from training.

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Tuesday 9 October 2012

Snow Festival - So Much Fun

A new flurry of cards from me today using some of the products again from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue. I know you will have seen some of them on previous posts, but I am just loving playing and seeing what else I can do with them.

Here is another card using the very Christmassy Snow Festival papers and some of the new In Colours 2012-2014.  I made the bauble top using the Decorative Label punch and the Mitten Builder punch - sometimes you don't always have the right shape to hand, but with a little imagination...... 

The bauble decoration is the lovely prints from the Make a Mitten set too - I love the tiny little reindeer - so cute.  I am thinking I could have clear embossed the bauble too to give it a lovely glossy finish - ah well, for next time.

The colours are a mix of ones we know already, Cherry Cobbler for the background and Real Red for the bauble top and the new Stitched Grosgrain ribbon.  The inks for the bauble and the green background are the new In Colours 2012-2014.  I am loving the Raspberry Ripple - trust me to love the colours which are food thought provoking!

Another card with the 'Heart of Christmas' stamp for the second card today.  Again framed in the Framelits dies.  A different colour combination and that gorgeous bronze button (Autumn/Winter Catalogue) to finish this card to give it a different look to the last version.

I have been busy making other cards, but you will have to wait to see them as they are for the next workshop on Thursday 18th October.

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Tuesday 2 October 2012


The new catalogue is here!  A full 200 pages of the new 2012-2013 catalogue to browse through spoiling us for crafting goodies and ideas. 

Stampin' Up! have really spoilt us with all the extras now on offer.  There's not just card and papercraft, we have fabric, new tools to add to your kit and also somethings for the kitchen to dress up your homemade offerings over the festive season and in the year ahead.

To see the catalogue online or download a PDF  copy just Click here
- remember to be patient - 200 pages means a little longer to download than previous catalogues!

There are a few differences in the catalogue as Stampin' Up! move into new European markets. One change is that prices in the catalogue are now in both Euros and Pounds. 

If you would like  your own copy of the brand new Stampin’ Up! UK catalogue - just book a party with me and it is absolutely FREE or come to one of my workshops and take away your copy for just £3.00 - To find out more about the classes and dates, click here.  If you would like me to send you a copy in the post, I can do this too for just £4.50. Email me at: to get your copy sent.

A new catalogue and new offers too - join up with me in October or November as a Demonstrator and you will receive a free Designer Series Paper Pack of your choice each month for the first six months as part of the Free Paper Promotion. Click here to find out more. There’s no better time to join a team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, you have a fully customisable starter kit with £130 of products and it include a business supplies pack of over £45 - all for £99 and also the free 6 packs of papers over the first 6 months! I would love to talk to you more about it, please Email me at: for a callback to chat.

Enough talk of catalogues and offers! Here are a couple of cards I have made with the lovely 'Make a Mitten' set from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue with the matching Mitten Builder Punch.  I have used the 'Snow Festival' Papers and the Label Collection Framelits dies to cut the lovely shaped overlays for the sentiments.  The first card uses the 'Heart of Christmas' stamp too which I love - a single stamp which says it all about Christmas! I used the stamp wheel 'nicely knit' with the whispher white craft pad for the design across the bottom.

Want to see the cards close up and have a go at making these (or similar)?  Just book onto one of my classes - the next class on 18th October still has spaces so don't delay!  To find out more, click here.


Monday 24 September 2012


What a fabulous evening of crafting for our first Crafty Ink Buds Card Workshop on Thursday!  The lovely ladies who joined me loved the products and were happily chatting away whilst making their stack of cards to take away at the end of the session.  Just for all of you that could not make it, here is the selection of cards we had.

The Something for Christmas stamp is great and it is retiring at the end of the catalogue which is only a few days away!  It has 3 sentiments on one stamp, 'Merry Christmas', 'Season's Greetings' and 'Peace on Earth' along with the gorgeous string of baubles.  So you can just ink all of the stamp and all the sayings or just pick one and ink it (with markers).

A Simple clean card which we also scored with the Scorepal for an additional emboss style.  Of course, not forgetting a little sparkle on the middle bauble and the ribbons which were a single band of satin ribbon and then we tied small lengths of the other ribbons and the satin again around the centre in a knot. The satin and grosgrain ribbons are retiring so grab your favourite colours now!

For the next card we were using the 'Just Believe' stamp set and the neutrals colour collection.  A layering of card, colour and designer paper.  We used the small 1/2" circle to punch the corners to make it appear like photos corners and daubers with Crumb Cake ink to give it an aged look.  The second version here was to show how an alternative card layout could change the appearance.  The pearls and ribbon give a more feminine touch whereas the first card could be used for a male recipient I think.

Our beautiful colourful bird of a feather is the new 'Tweet Leaves' stamp from the Autumn/Winter catalogue.  To get the beautiful mix of colours we used marks from the colour collections. A lovely autumnal stamp and suitable for a variety of occasions.  The various leaves could even be coloured to be stamped on their own.

I am loving the In Colours 2011-2012 card with stamped images from the Tiny Tags set.  The decorative strips were the scallop and eyelet border punches. The eyelet punch is retiring so order now before end of September, as this is a must!
 The second picture has the stamped images in circle punched windows instead and the jewellery tags added with rhinestones for an extra special touch or two.

It was the Season of Joy set for the next card - another retiring product.  This set has been a fantastic set for Christmas, with the Christmas tree taking centre stage.  We teamed it up with another retiring punch, the lace ribbon border - snap this one up fast!  The paper on this is one of the lovely Christmas designs from the smaller format Festival of Prints stack - perfect for card fronts or smaller projects.
Now, here's another Googly Ghouls card for our last card of the night.  Our little 'Boo's are mounted on a rosette easily made with the Scorepal.

I hope you like all our cards.  Don't forget to get in touch for the next workshop date - 18th October where we will be making even more lovely cards for a variety of occasions.

Monday 10 September 2012

I'm Googly Ghouled

I am just loving the Googly eyes that Stampin' Up! are selling in the new Autumn Winter Catalogue.  You can buy them as a pack separately (£2.25 for 50)  or as part of the Ghostly Ghouls Designer Kit. This kit is great value with 10 pre-cut bags, 20 design labels, 50 googly eyes and baker's twine included for £7.95 - great to just pop your treats in and decorate for Halloween to have the best treat giveaways on your street!

I have made some cute items to show you today with the Googly Ghouls stamp set and of course the googly eyes!

 I love my little 3-D bat on this card and I used Crystal effects on the faces of Frankie and the Witch for super effect.

Don't forget to contact me to book your place on one of the card workshops planned in the diary (see the Monthly Card Club tab for details).

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Saturday 8 September 2012

Retired List - Going, Going and some have Gone!

Wow, what a whirlwind of Stampin' Up! we are in - the New Autumn Winter seasonal catalogue launched this week and the Retired List being released which is going quick!  Before you start on those wish lists from the new catalogue, don't forget to check out what is going from the Retired list.  I have an update here for you on what has already been snapped up and is no longer available. 

Ink Pads
Cajun craze,   Poppy parade,  Red riding hood,  Perfect plum,  Pink pirouette,  Tangerine tango,  Garden Green,  Peach Parfait,  Daffodil delight,  Crumb Cake,  More Mustard,  Elegant Eggplant,
Neutral ink pad set and ink spots set

Remember the 2010-2012 In Colours are retiring for good, but the other colours are due to the reconfiguration of the ink pads (with the new firm foam pads).

Eyelet Border punch
Heart to Heart Punch
5 petal flower punch
Round tab punch
Large Tag punch

Card and Paper Stock
12 x 12 Baja Breeze card
12 x 12 Tempting Turquoise Card
12 x 12 Chocolate Chip card
12 x 12 Subtles card
12 x 12 So Saffron card
A4 concord Crush card
In color 2010 – 2012 designer series paper stack

Deck the Halls
Candy Cane

Tools and Accessories
Timeless alphabet sizzix die
Pillow box die
Spare blades for the Paper Cutter

Stamp Sets
Fox and Friends stamp set clear and wood
A to Z stamp
Medallion stamp
Wheel standard decor

Now off to carry on playing with my Googly Ghouls which I will come back and show you later.........

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Wednesday 5 September 2012

Paper Dash!

Today's post is all about the paper.  I have lots of cards which I have made and just have not had time to show, but as there is the countdown to the new catalogue and the retired list contains some of my favourite papers which will be going I just had to post pictures of those paper creations!  You'll have to excuse my photography though - I have yet to find the perfect spot to perch my creations for the best light.

This cheerful collection is from a hostess party where I demonstrated the lovely little curved top bag and, of course, the Simply Scored Tool.  The papers are the 'Cheerful Treat' from the Hostess products.                                      I love the colours on these papers and the also the great selection of patterns - they work so well too with my first attempts at Pinwheels with the Simply Scored tool.  Just add some Rhinestone brads (which are not photographed so well) to give them that extra special finish.

As hostess products this is definitely your last chance to get these papers - there's still time to book a party in September though to earn your hostess pounds to purchase them!

My lovely summer-feel card with paper daisies was inspired by the sunshine which is staying with us!  I have highlighted the daisies with a Daffodil Delight marker pen and then the centres are made from the Blossoms punch and a small circle which I have folded in on the edges.  I have used the Little Leaves die for the Big Shot, but you can also use the branch from the Bird punch.

I just love this colour combination of Daffodil Delight and Certainly Celery.  The paper at the top is from the Domestic Goddess papers and the bottom paper is from the standard pattern DSP pack (Brights collection).

Last, just a little something I made from the Nursery Nest papers.  It is a perfect small gift idea - just a post-it note pad and some Stampin' Up! product and it is all ready to say a little 'thanks' to someone special.

Make sure you check out the retired list for these papers and other items you need to buy now before they are no longer available.  Some items have already gone out of stock, so don't delay if you have some favourites on your wish lists.
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Saturday 1 September 2012

Product to go - Get it Quick!


The Retiring list has been published today.  These are the items which will no longer be available once the new catalogue arrives and there will be limited stock available as people snap up the last supplies. Make sure you check on which items will no longer be available and make sure you order those items you cannot be without before they go!
To see the the list for the Stamps retiring Click Here
To see the Accessories retiring Click Here
The lists are long as there are some changes on items.  A couple of things to note - the ink pads are changing (the material composition) so these all appear on the retiring list and not all the colours are going to be available in the textured 12"x12" textured cardstock in the new catalogue so all these are appearing on the list.  If you love the textured card, make sure you stock up!
I always feel a pull when there are items retired as we all have our favourite stamp sets and items, but it is just so exciting that it means we will be getting so much new product to play with too!

New Catalogue Launches

It’s all going crazy for Christmas as today is the launch for the first seasonal catalogue from Stampin’ Up!  A lovely catalogue of 40 pages of Christmas and festive goodies  - it is absolutely brimming with gorgeous Christmas ideas! 
To see the NEW Autumn/Winter catalogue online Click Here
For those of you who have been loving SU for a while, there are some changes ahead with the catalogue releases. Firstly, and very exciting it is too, the mini catalogues previously released twice a year will now be seasonal catalogues. These catalogues will be larger in format (A4) and contain more.  
After this, as you will realise as the retiring list has been published, the main catalogue finishes at the end of September and we therefore have a new Annual catalogue coming in October. When I say ‘big’, I mean ‘BIG’ as SU are bringing their global markets closer together which means in the UK we get to have even more of what the US are offered!
New Club Launching!

New from me - Launching next month I'll be running a monthly Card Club evening – a whole night of crafting.  It’s just perfect, come along and sit with friends, have a chat and craft for the evening – tea, coffee and biscuits to hand too.  This is a great chance to see the new catalogues and products as they are released and have hands on with them too.  To find out more just check out the 'Monthly Card Club' tab on the blog.

I can’t wait to see you all and show you all the wonderful new seasonal items and more at the up and coming craft workshops. 

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Saturday 18 August 2012

It's all about the A, B, C's

Well today's post is all about lettering.  Whether it's stamping, sticking or punching, there's plenty of ways of adding lettering to your projects.  The first items to show you are using my new toys, the Big Shot Timless Type Alphabet (115951 Pg 125).  I have wanted this for a long time and as Stampin' Up! treat their demonstrators to extra discount during their birthday month, it was top of the wish list!  It's just the right size for cards, scrapabooking or other projects.

I have had a Baby Boom in July with friends and family all having extra special deliveries so I have had a pretty busy card production line. Here are two cards I created with the simple letters from the set and the Subtles colours.

I simply cut the alphabet in the lowercase letters and then the 'BOY' in the uppercase in the blue colours.  I added Crystal Effects (101055 Pg114)to the uppercase lettering so it stood out more on the card.  A simple sentiment added, designer button and ribbon and it was finished.  The next delivery was a girl so I copied the design again using the cut letters I had already.  The 'GIRL' doesn't stand out as much on this card as I used pink letters for it, but used pink shades for other letters on the card too.  Also the 'GIRL' does not run in order in the alphabet as 'BOY' does, but it still worked I think.  I could not resist adding a little tweetie on this one.  I used a stamp from a retired set, but actually I should have used one from the Aviary Set (116956 Pg41) which co-ordinates with the Nursery Nest collection.

The last project to show is one of my favourites and I can't believe I have not shown you already as I made it some time ago!  This one is a mini scrapbook album.  The album design was shared during our team training - another fantastic part of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator - we have such an amazing upline of demonstrators sharing their time and ideas with us!

I made this to celebrate a first birthday.  The lettering is the On-Board Alphabet Soup (119239 Pg 103).  I think it looks fantastic in the Brights colours Pacific Point and Real Red and then with Crystal Effects  again to give it the lovely glossy finish.  The album is decorated using Patterns Designer Series Papers in Brights (117155 Pg99) and the Big Top Birthday Quick Accents (122368 Pg102).

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