Thursday 28 August 2014

Autumn/Winter Catalogue Launch

The Autumn/Winter catalogue launches TODAY! I have been keeping this one quiet since I have had my hands on it, but it is here for you now to browse and enjoy all the lovely stamps, dies, wrappings and accessories that Stampn' Up! are treating us to for this season.  To view the catalogue now, just click here.

Don't forget it is not just about Christmas, although there are plenty of Christmas products to start you on your seasonal crafting, but there is also Autumn projects ideas for Halloween too! I am loving the stamp sets and it has been a real struggle to choose between them all. 

I have not been able to resist some of the dies too to make my projects so much easier to make. Don't forget the Big Shot Bundle promotion ends on 31st August.  There's never been a better time to buy your Big Shot than now, when you are planning your Christmas Card or wrapping projects! You could even treat yourself as an early Christmas present!

We all know that Stampin' Up! is all about sharing what you love so with the launch of the catalogue comes a fantastic offer for Hostessing your own party. We all need a party to cheer ourselves up from the wet weather that has made an unwelcome appearance. A new catalogue, so many new products and yes, it really is time to start thinking about Christmas, so why not invite a few friends round.You could have a chance to earn a FREE stamp set when you party guests fall in love with the products (and they will!).

Host a party between now and 31st October and the exclusive Good Greetings stamp set is yours FREE when you reach £200 of sales.  This set has loads of fantastic sayings for Christmas, valentines and much more.

This is already a mammoth post with so many new exciting events to tell you about, but here's a little something short and sweet to add.  If you have been watching Stampin' Up! news you will already know, but just in case you missed it, until TOMORROW ONLY, there is also a joining deal.  If the new catalogue just sends your wish list into overdrive then talk to me about joining my team and earning a great discount on all your purchases!  Join before tomorrow and you can choose £150 of starter kit for just £99!

Well, that is quite enough excitement for you I am sure.  I will let you go and take a look through the catalogue for yourself.  Remember, if you are local to me here in Fleet, Hampshire and would like to pick up a copy of the catalogue(s) then just get in touch.  If you would like one through the post then please do get in touch also and I can send one on.

To get started on those seasonal projects and place an order, or book a party to earn those extra hostess benefits or take advantage of the fantastic new Starter Kit offer, just drop me an email at or call me on 07876 247678. Remember you can now order online at anytime too, but just clicking on the link on the top of the blog page.

Happy browsing


Friday 15 August 2014

Weekly Deals Reminder

Just a little reminder from me that the Weekly Deals are continuing as Stampin' Up! have decided to carry them on through August.  For those of you that have not been checking by the website to see what gorgeous discounted products are being offered, this week's deals are all here for you to see:

Look what is hiding in there!  It is the Artisan Label Punch which is the one I have used in my previous posts including the folded card I showed in an earlier post this week.  It is beautiful layered and it co-ordinates with the Label Love stamp set which I also used.

If you would like to grab one of these items whilst you can then just get in touch or take a visit to my online shop to browse some more.


Tuesday 12 August 2014

Something (more) To Say!

Well yesterday's card was a special birthday card, today's is a celebration!  This one is the same stamp set, 'Something to Say', but with a congratulations feel.  It could be to celebrate a birthday, exam passes or even another special occasion. I have used another new colour from the In Colours for this one, Lost Lagoon and teamed it up with Night of Navy from the Regals collection for the cardstock pieces.  For the stamping I have used the slightly lighter Coastal Cabana.  The Lost Lagoon is definitely a hit and I have doubled up with the gorgeous Satin Stitched ribbon to show it at it's finest.

This card is inspired by a card from another great SU demo, Michelle Last. Michelle's card was a similar style and sentiment, but used just cut card whereas I have flipped the layout round and used the Banners Framelits for my panels.   
The stamping is similar to yesterday using the Night of Navy and Coastal Cabana with the little star from the stamp set.  Can you see I have also layered some punched stars on the card too, made with the matching punch set.  Of course, I have stamped inside too!

I love that we have more satin ribbon back in this year's catalogue.  It is provides a neat finish if you can carefully use a lighter to seal the ends of the ribbon.  

My Circles for the 'Now Go Change The World' sentiment on the card were cut using another great collection of dies for the Big Shot, the Circles Collection. That is two great reasons in this post alone to take a closer look at the Big Shot promotion this month.  See how easy it is to cut your different layers and shapes with the use of the cutting tool and the ever expanding collections of dies we offer! The Banner Framelits are currently on offer too, so get them at a discounted price whilst you can.

To place an order, book a workshop in your home or come to a class, just drop me an email at Remember you can now order online at anytime too by just clicking the link at the top on the blog page.

Products Used:

Something to Say 134177 (wood)

Monday 11 August 2014

Something To Say Folded Card

With everything that leaves the catalogue that you fear you will never be able to replace, along comes another must-have product or stamp set that fits into the space left behind. Today's post is of a card I made with my lovely group of regular ladies who just loved the new in colours for this one, Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey.

This was a simple folded card with an overlap closure that I secured with a decorated belly band. I used a single sheet of A4 cardstock and cut at 14 cm along the short edge for the full length. I then scored and folded at 9cm , 18cm and 27cm using the whole long length of the card.  I folded the card and rounded all the corners to soften the shape.  I used the corner punch on the back of the Envelope Punch Board for my corners.

Now the stamps for this card are the 'Something to Say' set from the new annual catalogue. This is a set I ordered initially to fill a gap in the general celebration and occasions selection after the recent retirements. It has birthday greetings, friendship, kind words, and celebrations, what more could you need? It also comes with it's own sweet trio of a star, a heart and a mini flower. Now if you know me, you know I love anything small, petite and cute (probably something to do with my own 'compact' size)! Even better, there is a matching punch set for the little trio too!!  

The layers of the card inside were then the lovely Natural Ivory cardstock (108630) which can be found on page 193 of the main catalogue. Sometimes you get so used to the white or cream layers you forget that we have a variety of speciality card an paper too which can be used. I love the speckled neutral shades of this paper as a change to the brilliance of the Whisper white or the smooth creamy Very Vanilla cardstock I usually use.  

Inside my card as there were three spaces for inserts I used three sayings from the set,  'Big Ways, Small Ways', 'Love You Always' and 'Happy Birthday'. For each insert I then used one of the three of the trio, the flower, the hearts and then the star. I stamped each randomly in Blackberry Bliss and then again as a shadow effect to the original stamp placements with the second colour, Hello Honey.

For the Belly Band it was the co-ordinating designer paper band which was then decorated with a collection of punched pieces. I used the Decorative Label layer at the back in Hello Honey, then the 1 3/4" Scallop Circle in Blackberry Bliss to surround the sentiment from the 'Label of Love' stamp set. I stamped the sentiment twice and just used snips to cut the centre out of the Hello Honey version. The petite flower on the belly band are a perfect partner with some of the smallest pearls.

There's so many other ideas for the 'Something to Say' set and I have plenty more to show you.  I am still crafting through the holidays where I can in between some kiddy crafting with my little one to keep him amused, not to mention playing with my new Seasonal pre-order items which have arrived! 



Products used:

Something to Say 134177
Label Love 130619

To place an order, book a workshop in your home or come to a class, just drop me an email at Remember you can now order online at anytime too.

Saturday 2 August 2014

Big Shot August Promotional Offer

The Big Shot for most Stampin' Up! regular customers is what you have your eye on from the very first demo right?  You want it! It can cut multiple materials, the catalogue just has an ever increasing range of dies, thinlits, framelits and emboss folders for it and you are constantly seeing great projects made with all of these.

For most of you the investment of the Big Shot is just too much on the first purchases you make, but now, during August, Stampin' Up! are offering a deal that will set you up with not only the Big Shot, but a completely FREE stamp and die bundle set to immediately start your first Big Shot projects with! Too good to be true, isn't it?  This is THE deal I have been waiting to share with my customers since I first started demonstrating with the Big Shot.  Something that gives them extra value for their investment.

For every purchase of the Big Shot during August you can choose one FREE bundle from the selection above.  You can also choose to purchase the other bundles in the deal with a 15% discount for each. Those of you with Big Shots, don't worry, not to miss out, you can buy any (or as many) of the bundles with a 15% discount too (we are looking after our existing Big Shot owner's as well). The great thing is, there is no limit to how many of the offered bundles you can own!

All of the bundles expect for the 'Bright and Beautiful' are available in the Annual Catalogue which is already out, but the later is a new stamp set from the up and coming Autumn/Winter catalogue which is being offered here as a bundle with the Stars framelits.  So, not only can you bag your Big Shot here, you can get ready for your Christmas making at the same time!  I know the stars framelits was first on my list from the annual catalogue when I saw it.

As you will not have seen the artwork, this is what the Bright and Beautiful set looks like.

August and the summer evenings are perfect for spending some time relaxing and those crafty moments. If you are local to me in Fleet, Hampshire, why not consider hosting a Stampin' Up! party.  You can have a few friends round to be sociable and I can demonstrate the Big Shot for all to see the benefits of this promotion. You haven't got room to host or you have a dispersed social network? You can still party too, talk to me about hosting a virtual hostess party to earn your hostess rewards just by sharing the Stampin' Up! news and product catalogues virtually.
(Note: You cannot use your hostess credits or your 50% off items earnt from party sales to purchase the Big Shot or the bundles for this offer).

To place you order for this incredible offer,  just contact me via the usual means by dropping me an email at or call me on 07876 247678. Remember you can now order online at anytime too.  Delivery for any UK address is £4.95, but if you are local to me and can pick up your order I can discuss combining orders for the opportunity for free delivery (please call or email to order).