Thursday 29 August 2013

The Autumn/Winter Catalogue has launched!

The new Autumn/Winter Catalogue has launched!!! Here it is online for you to browse through, just click the link below the picture of it here.

Just a quick peek this morning at some of the items I have been making with the new products.  The festive Flurry has definitely hit us here.  Snowflakes when there is sunshine outside it seems wrong somehow, but this year is THE year to get more organised for Christmas early.

To see more make sure you come along to one of my events or classes where you will be using the new products for yourself.

Now, not content with a new catalogue launch for today, Stampin' Up! are also offering a great bundle deal today for Customers too. It's a butterfly offer, who doesn't love a buttefly?!!  A saving of 15% off on the Papillion Potpourri and Bitty Butterfly Punch bought together.

 The bundle offer is running from Aug 29th to Sept 30th.  

If you'd like a copy of the catalogues, to place an order, book a workshop in your home or come to a class just get in touch via email at

Wednesday 28 August 2013

Making Waves By The Sea

We have been on lots of days out this summer holiday in lieu of flying off somewhere sunny and thankfully the weather here has been worth it.  There are lots of lovely photos of our adventures....I really should get scrap booking to record the fabulous times as I am sure my little one is going to grow up so much faster from here on in. One of our trips was to the lovely West Wittering for a day by the sea.  LO loved it!  He just wanted to wander up and down the sea edge dipping his feet in the wet sand for ages.  Gone are the days where I get sit back on a sun lounger with a good book!

It's a coastal theme too for my post today.  I hope today finds you in sunshine as it is here!  I just love the sea and the By The Tide stamp set from the annual catalogue, which you have seen here on my blog before, is one of my favourite sets.  Well, there are just so many gorgeous new shades of blue to play with in the new catalogue we need some seaside theme to use them all.

The first card is based on the Coastal Cabana colour with Baked Brown Sugar, both from the In Colours 2013-2015 collection.  The lovely embossed Honeycomb background on this card is achieved with the Big Shot emboss folder. I have simply created a multiple tag front with one of the tags from the new Chalk Talk die set.  A must set for Christmas and present tags all year through!  I stamped the images across the tags whilst they were line up together and then just set them off line from each other to give the card a more relaxed look.

Baked Brown Sugar was the colour for my next card - it just conjours up an image of yummy cooking smells doesn't it?  This card is made with stamped images and also the same colour spritzed onto Very Vanilla.  I am pleased with the way the spritzing came out - much better than my first attempts at using this tool!  A tip is to try it out on scrap paper first to get comfortable with your spray distance and make sure you are not going to get any wayward spray on anything else around your work area! I stamped inside this card too for a great finishing touch.

A little more seaside with the last card.  I saved the sparkle to last.  This card uses the same colour collection - In Colours 2013-2015 and has the Coastal Cabana as the background card again.  I stamped the images on the Whisper White Square sheet before cutting it into quarters and setting out on glimmer paper frames.  The label is from the Label Love set and punched with the Artisan Label punch.  See the lovely little strips of the designer stack papers in the matching colours popping out of the label.

For more details of all these products and more visit the site and look at the catalogues. To place an order, book a party or come to a workshop email me at

Thursday 22 August 2013

Mad For Mosaic

A new post for you today.  Now you may well remember the Sneak Peek I gave you of the Mosaic Madness set, well it is back again today in the In Colours 2013-2014.

The punched mosaic is a lovely little shape and so versatile.  It can be tiled, layered or just stand out on it's own.  Take a closer look at the background to this card, it is the Mosaic emboss folder, it makes a great template to start with and matches perfectly. 

I have used a mixture of punched Small Hearts and Floral Fusion flowers cut with the Big Shot Sizzlit to layer onto the Mosaics. I have finished off the card with some extras - a Vintage Faceted Button - these are my absolute favourite buttons! - pearls and linen thread.

The 'Hello' is from the Four You set in the new annual catalogue.  The set has four fabulous phrases,  'Hello', 'Thank You', 'Birthday Wishes' and 'Thinking of You'.  I love the different fonts of these four stamps too.   At £9.95 for the clear set (£12.95 for the Wood-mount) they are a great starter set or even just a staple for your stamp collection.  I think they will be appearing a lot on my cards!

Now for a lovely mosaic layout in Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe.  I have a simple background of whisper white for this one and have just used the designs from the Mosaic Madness stamps and a 'Happy Birthday' from the hostess set Express Yourself.

The Butterflies are from the Embosslits Beautiful Wings, but the butterfly punches in the catalogue will work just as well for this layout.  This card, for me, works so well as it is a nice crisp clean and simple card and it is the rhinestones which then just add that extra pizzazz.

Remember, to get the Hostess sets from the catalogue, host a party and if the sales reach just a minimum of £150 you are then entitled to hostess pounds you can spend on hostess products only available to hostesses (or other product in the catalogue if you wish).  This set has 12 sentiments in a lovely handwriting style. 

If you choose to spend on Hostess products you get more for your money, purchased with hostess pounds the Express Yourself set of stamps is only £14!!  You don't fancy a party?  Updating your crafting collection?  If you spend the £150 yourself, you can still get the same benefits!

This last card, my favourite, I have to admit is based on a card I had seen by another demonstrator, Terri Antoniw.  I switched a few things around and used the Mosaic emboss folder for the background, but this card is a fantastic layout.  It uses the Mosaic Madness and Label Love stamps and the new Mosaic and Artisan Label punches.  
I am loving the co-ordinating stamps and punches this cattie and how quickly and easily I can put cards together with them. I hope you love these too.  Come back soon as I have lots more to show you in the coming days! 

Don't forget also to check out my Events and Classes pages for classes using these products.  If you are a customer already, look out for the August Newsletter in your email inbox for my event on Saturday 31st August too!

To place an order, book your own party or come to a workshop email me at

Monday 5 August 2013

It's a Paper Party!!

It has been a while since I blogged here, but there has just been so much excitement with the new catalogue launching and lots of new things that I have been using every little spare moment to have a play with all my new catalogue goodies - obviously to test them all out for you first! 

So back at SU head office they just cannot resist giving us great offers to take advantage of and not only do we have the bundle offers throughout the new catalogue to help save you up to 15% on combined items, they are offering a buy 3 and get 1 FREE on selected designer papers.

The offer is running 1-31 August, 2013 and you can buy three packs of select Designer Series Paper and get one for free! The offer is for the DSP papers in the new annual catalogue only which can be found on pages 151, 153, and 154.  It excludes the DSP stacks and any of the speciality papers, but there are so many other packs to choose from you just won't care!  Make sure you take another look at the catalogue now for the great inspirational ideas for how to use papers and what a difference they can make to your cards/projects.

Another month has passed, I cannot believe it either, but with August now with us it means only one thing, another 'Best of 25 Years' celebration stamp set has been released!  Chosen by Shelli herself, the founder of Stampin' Up!, it includes my favourite bird from the recent retired set 'Elements of Style' - amazing!
Remember, all the sets are in clear-mount only, but are available until March 2014.  Take a look back through the older posts to see the June/July sets which are still available too.

Ok, that's enough offers for today.  I am off to draft up a lovely newsletter for all my customers to let you know about all the exciting events I am planning some time soon, so don't forget to check you emails too.......................

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