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).

To place an order or book your place, email me at

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.
Remember, you can place an order or get a catalogue by emailing me at

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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