Monday, 12 November 2012

Watch this space....

...for updates on all things Stampin' Up! I am still catching up from convention and a bit crazy with other work but I will be back soon to share lots of lovelies with you.

In the mean time I have pinched this picture from my upline of myself and a very dear friend at convention - we had so much FUN!  This picture was actually taken during one of the main stage sessions, we were meant to be paying attention but I think all the excitement was a bit too much :)

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

'The' Ornament

Just a quick post today.  Since the launch of the Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue I've had loads of people comment on the decoration that appears on the front.  It is BEAUTIFUL! Well it took me a while but finally I had a go.

It was actually dead simple to make, I'm thinking of doing a special christmas event in November that will include this ornament - let me know if you'd be interested.

I've been super organised with scheduled posts for a few days, so I'll try and keep it up.  For now I'll just promise to be back soon with more lovlies!

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Christmas Card Club (September part 2)

Today I'm back to share with you the other 3 cards we made at my Christmas Card Club in September.  These sessions are great fun! We make 10 cards (2 each of 5 designs), I try and have atleast 1 non-traditional card and that's the first one I'm sharing today.

The card base is Melon Mambo with a Basic Black Mat. On the Whisper White layer I have stamped the Bauble from Chock-Full of Cheer.  To shape the sentiment I used an oval punch.

This card is on a Crumb Cake base.  The stamp set is Merry Minis and the DSP is from the Festival of Prints stack.

To finish a fun little number based on a design by a demonstrator in the same team as me.  Julie's creations are always beautiful and she often inspires me.  You can see her blog here.  On this card I have teamed Pool Party with Cherry Cobbler and used my blender pens to colours in the penguins from Polar Party.

I hope you like today's cards. I'll be back soon with some more lovlies!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Christmas Stamp a Stack (September)

Hello! Today I want to share with you the first of September's Christmas Cards.  I know.... I'm really late!  Each month from August - November I run a Christmas Card class.  We make 10 cards (2 each of 5 different designs) that are 'post friendly' ie flat-ish without too many heavy or bulky embellishments.  That way when it comes time to write cards you have 40 ready to go and a choice of 20 different designs should you wish to re-create any.  The session costs £10 and all you need to bring is scissors and adhesives. Contact Me if you want to come along to our last one in November.  A lot of my inspiration came from fellow demonstrators, I did a mega surfing session and drew pictures scribbled down notes but I forget to note down web addresses.  If you think one of these may be cased from your work please let me know and I can credit you linking back to your site.


This card is a Real Red base, teamed with Very Vanilla, Lucky Limeade and Early Espresso.  The paper is from the Candlelight Christmas Speciality DSP set and the stamp set is joyous celebrations - I love that little reindeer!

The second card uses the Holiday Collection Framelits and the Festival of Prints Paper Stack.  The card base is Very Vanilla with a Crumb Cake layer

That's all for now the final 3 cards will follow soon.

Monday, 1 October 2012

It's Here!!!!!!

Yay! The eagle eyed among you will have noticed that I have put the brand new catalogue in my side bar, it's now LIVE and you can order from it.

There are loads of beautiful new products, I have so much to share!  For now though, grab a cuppa and have a look!  If you want a hard copy then use the Contact Me tab at the top of the page and I will get one to you ASAP.

And because YOU WILL WANT IT ALL you need to seriously consider the option of getting  it cheaper !!! You can earn a 20% discount on every single thing you buy from the catalogue by simply becoming a demonstrator today!! Join me and my team today and get saving or start earning some spare cash and make your Christmas a bit easier this year. Your starter kit is only £99 and for this you choose £130 of product of your choice from either of the two current catalogues.  But that’s not all you will also receive A PACK OF DESIGNER PAPER (of your choice) for 6 months.

There's even MORE, if you sign up then recruit another demonstrator yourself during October and November you get another Free pack of papers for the next 6 months, so that is 12 free packs of paper of your choice from the current catalogues. I am sure you can see it for what it is, AN AMAZING DEAL!!! If you'd like to find out more about how amazing being a demonstrator is then click the Contact Me tab and we can have a chat about what's innvolved.


The last post was supposed to go up on friday but it seems to have failed and has only just published this afternoon.  Anyhow as you may know today is the first day for the BRAND NEW 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! catalogue.  Keep an eye out for more details in the next day or so.  I have lots coming up!

Friday, 28 September 2012

Last chance birthdays...

Hello! September iss rapidly coming to an end and along with it so is your chance to get hold of the retiring items.

The cards I wanted to share with you are the birthday cards that I make for my brother in law a little while ago.  I've used retiring stamp sets, i particularly like the candle from Party This Way, this set was not just for kids birthdays. 

Apothecary Birthday

Good morning! I know I promised Christmas cards but I'm having problems uploading those pictures so first today I am going to share another birthday card that I made for a friend. I've used up the last of my Blushing Bride cardstock along with the pleated satin ribbon. I'm sad to see them go. The stamp set is Apothecary Art and again I've used the matching framelit dies - LOVE them!

The image was coloured using the blender pens with the inkpads. Finishing touches are the embossed layer using the new Lacy Brocade embossing folder and piercing the large die cut label using the new template that fits perfectly, these two products are from the Autumn/Winter catalogue.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

100th post!

Well it feels like a bit of a milestone, maybe only a little one but still. Today I'd like to share a card that I made for a friend's birthday recently. I 'cased' this from NEW annual catalogue which goes live on Monday!

I've used lots of new product on this card. The card base and large framelit are Primrose Petals - one of the new 2012 -2013 in colours. The dsp is from Patio Party and the stamp set is Memorable Moments, I love that this set coordinates with the framelit dies. Here's a different angle to show some of the dimension, I didn't fully adhere the strips of dsp and I curled them slightly for added interest.

I hope you like todays card, come back soon to see the second batch of my christmas card class.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Christmas Cards

Right, today I'm going to show you the last of my first Christmas Card class.  The first one uses another stamp set that will retire at the end of September, Trendy Trees, get it now while you can!  I've gone for Baja Breeze teamed with Whisper White and Island Indigo, a touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter and finished!

For the final card I gave in and went for my old favourite Christmas colours.  I've used Lucky Limeade and Cherry Cobbler.  The new embossing folder is called Holiday Frame, it co-ordinates beautifully with the Extra large oval punch, and here I've also used the oval frame from the Designer Frames embossing folders set.

So that's it from the first lot of Christmas Cards.  Do you want to get started on your own Christmas cards?  Are you local to Northampton? Why not join us at Septembers Christmas card session on either Wednesday  19th 7.30 - 10pm or Saturday 22nd 10.30 - 1pm.  Use the contact me tab at the top of the page to get in touch.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Something a bit different...

So for today a break form Christmas cards.  I'd like to share this card with you, the colours are More Mustard, Early Espresso, Always artichoke and Cherry Cobbler.

This card uses some of the fab new items from the Autumn/Winter catalogue.  I love the effect you get with the Core'dinations card stock.  I used the new Woodgrain embossing folder and sanded it to highlight the embossed areas.  The leaves are from the Autumn accents die, I've used a ball tool to 'draw' on veins and then crumpled them up and sponged them to give them that autumn look. 

Sunday, 9 September 2012

More of the first Christmas cards

So we used Dasher on the first card and for the second one I wanted to use some new product.  I also wanted to keep clear of the standard reds and greens.  I think this fits the bill :)  I've gone for Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals and a touch of Soft Suede and Summer Starfruit.

So the new products on the above card are the DSP it's called Snow Festival. I love the DSP from Stampin' Up!  It's such great quality and you get 12 double sided sheets (2 each of 6 different designs).  The stamp set  is called Scentsational Season, I can't wait to show you more with this set! 

The third card is nice and simple, Pool Party teamed with Whisper White - it just goes to show a doily isn't always a doily.  This time it's a snowflake.

I'll be back soon with the last of the cards from my first Christmas card making session.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

First Christmas Card Class

I had my first Christmas card class a few weeks ago. sorry it's taken me so long to blog.  So I was able to play with my pre-order goodies from the Autumn/Winter catalogue, as demonstrators we not only get 20% off our personal purchases but we also have the chance to get our sticky mitts on products a month before they are launched ;)

So onto the cards. For the first one I wanted to use one of my favourite stamps - Dasher. He retires at the end of September so if you want one of your own let me know quick, retiring items are only available while stocks last.  I'll add details at the end of this post.

I keep the designs for this series of classes fairly simple as we make 10 cards in a session, 2 each of 5 designs.  I can't remember where I saw this design but I love it.  Dasher's antlers look great as the strip across the middle don't you think?  The colours are Basic Black, Whisper White, and Poppy Parade.  This gorgeous rich red also retires at the end of September, so if you want some let me know.

Now onto the retiring list, click on the links to see details of the items that are leaving us at the end of September.

You can see the retiring Stamps Here 

If you want to look at the retiring accessories the list is Here 

I'll be back soon with more of the cards we made x

Monday, 3 September 2012

Autumn Winter Catalogue

I am so excited! The new Seasonal catalogue is finally here :)  It's packed full of amazing products and I'm really enjoying playing! I especially love the ornament on the front - I think they'll feature in my Christmas decorations at home this year.  I'm also determined to make as many of my Christmas gifts as possible, for an extra special personal touch.

Finally I want to point out that there are some extra special bundles in the catalogue - you save 15% when you buy these co-ordinating items. Grab a bargain! Click on the picture on the left hand side to view the catalogue.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

June and July Offers

Wow! June and July are such fab months whether you are a customer or a host.
Starting today until 31 July 2012, hostesses can get £80 in FREE products for hosting a £325 party! 

With the new Hostess program introduced last October, we've seen many hostesses take advantage of the £300 party amount; receiving £50 in hostess pounds plus 50% OFF a full-priced item when the party totals £300 or more.

During June and July we want to pamper our hostesses even more!

For just bumping that £300 workshop up £25, hostesses will earn an extra £30 in hostess pounds plus you also get 50 % OFF a full-priced item!
Would you like £80 worth of FREE product plus a 50% OFF item?? I know I would.
Book a home party and you could have both of those and more as part of your Hostess Party Benefits.

Contact me to book your party.

And that’s not all, we’re also hosting a fabulous Paper Party.

Buy three packs of designer paper and choose the 4th pack absolutely FREE.

So basically you can choose any papers from the pages 97-99 of the main catalogue and pages 13 and 18 of the new mini catalogue.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Want to join me for some crafting in Germany???

I'm SOOOO excited!!!! I've booked my place at this year's Convention in Germany and can't wait! Convention is an amazing experience. None of the Craft retreats I have attended have ever come close! You spending a whole weekend with hundreds of demonstrators from three different countries; crafting, sharing business ideas, exchanging gifts and product ideas, laughing so much - and that's just the start. I would recommend convention to EVERYONE!

So do you want to join me? How does a FREE ticket to convention sound???

Every new demonstrator that signs up in May will receive FREE registration to this fabulous event, worth £149. You'll only need to cover the cost of your travel and accommodation.

So what's in the starter kit? Whatever you want!!!!

The new starter kit costs £99 and is FULLY customisable! You get to choose what is in your kit - whatever you want from either of the two current catalogues to the value of £130. You also get a business starter pack worth £45 and there are no shipping costs on your starter kit.

Stampin' Up! is an amazing opportunity whether you just want to get a discount on your craft supplies, you want to make a bit of 'pocket money' or you are looking for a business opportunity. Contact me today to find out more.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

In Love With Stampin - Summer Mini Catalogue Blog Hop

Wow! May already! This is a scheduled post so I hope it works!

I've been really busy lately, what with starting back teaching and the new Summer Mini catalogue has been the perfect excuse to get me going again!  I'm taking part in the ILWS blog hop toady and you should have come here from Anthea's blog her work is lovely and I can't wait to see what she's come up with.

For today I'm sharing a project that I've been wanting to try for AGES.  I keep seeing owls everywhere at the moment and I decided that I wanted to make my own.  So some web browsing later I decided to just go for it and designed my own pattern for this little cutie!  I've named her Tallulah.

She is made using the divine new designer fabric called Twitterpated - I love that name :)  The buttons are from the subtles pack and her beak and feet are some scraps of felt I had in my stash.  I had so much fun playing with my sewing machine, can't wait to do some more.

So short and sweet as I have a pile of marking to finish.  To continue the 'hop' head over to Emily's Blog and see what she's done.

I'll be back later with lots of exciting news!

Thursday, 2 February 2012

A progressive Scrapbook Layout – Quarterly team training

 Once a quarter the Lovely Monica (my upline) and Bekka, my SU ‘Sister’ run a fantastic training session.  Unfortunately Monica was really unwell with the dreaded Norovirus, we all missed you Mon! Bekka did a fab job tho, and we all had loads of fun.
January’s session was as always full of some amazing inspiration, and I’d like to share a little with you now.  Bekka did a beautiful Progressive Scrapbook layout.  You may be asking “What’s a Proggressive Layout?” Well basically it starts as a 6x6 page, this is then matted onto a bigger page and then a bigger one.
The layout starts with a 6x6 page.
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Moving onto the next size up which in this case is A4
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Then on to the finished 12x12 page
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Stamp set: My Friend 2012 spring mini catalogue
Card Stock: Crumb Cake and Soft Suede  
DSP: In Colour stack 2011-2013 Island Indigo.
Ink: Soft Suede
Punches: Modern Label, 1-3/4” scallop circle, 2-3/8” scallop circle, 3/4” circle, 1-3/8” circle
Accessories: Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Basics Glimmer Brads

If you’d like to have a go at a similar layout and are local to Northampton then why not come along to the Monthly Scrapbook Club that I run with my downline Georgie.  It’s next Tuesday 7th February at St Crispin’s Village in Northampton.  Check out the Clubs and Classes tab at the top of the page for more information.  It’s great fun, and open to all levels of crafter whether you’ve scrapped before or not.  

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Sale-a-bration 2012 - LOADS OF FREEBIES!!!!

Today is the start of one of my favourite times of year in the Stampin' Up! calendar, it's the start of Sale-a-bration.  There are some amazing offers for customers, hosts and the most exciting one is for anyone who wants to become a demonstrator!

So, what can you do to get your hands on the gorgeous FREEBIES?

Spend £45 and choose your free stamp set or designer paper from the SAB flyer.  You will get one free item for every £45 spent.

Join my team - as well as the starter kit, which you are able to customise, you will get an additional FREE stamp set from the catalogue of  your choice.  That's nearly £300 of product for only £119!!!!

Host a workshop - if your workshop's sales are over £300 you can choose a SAB item of your choice on top of the normal host benefits of £50 to spend in the catalogue and 1 item half price.

This year's choices are just beautiful! I especially like the designer paper, and will be showing you some projects over the next few days, but for now some pictures of the SAB freebies for you.


If you want to see the SAB flyer click on the link in my sidebar.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

NEW Spring 2012 Mini Catalogue

I have some exciting news for you today! It should have been yesterday but I was having problems with Blogger - grrrrr!

The brand new spring Mini Catalogue is now LIVE! There are some gorgeous new products available and I can't wait to play with some of them.  If you'd like your own hard copy of the catalogue then contact me and let me know, it's also available to download from the link on the left hand side of my blog.

In this picture you can just see some of the beautiful new range of Simply Adorned items.  This range allows you to create some truly beautiful items of jewellry that can be personalised and adapted for anyone.

Finally my favourite page in the new Mini catalogue has to be this one....

A brand new cupcake stamp set - YUM! But best of all a co-ordinating builder punch to go with it :)  I've had a bit of a play already as I got this set on pre-order, all I can say is that I LOVE it.

That's all for today.  Have a good one xx

Monday, 2 January 2012

2012 Class Dates added.....

Click on Clubs and Classes for more details.

That's all for now, I'll be back in a day or so with some exciting news.