Wednesday, 4 December 2013

12 Weeks of Christmas – Week 10

Hello! Well it’s just 3 weeks till the big day, are you all ready?  I'm totally NOT! 


Today I want to share with you a gorgeous scrapbook layout designed by my lovely downline Georgie for our monthly class.  If you are local to Northampton and would like to have a go at Scrapbooking then come along and join us.  We are a really friendly group who meet on the first Tuesday of the month in the hall at St Crispin's retirement village.  The session runs from 7.30 – 9.30 pm and costs just £10 which includes all materials and refreshments. (normally cake!)  

All you need to bring along is a basic tool kit.  Contact me if you’d like more information.
Here is the complete layout, a gorgeous forest of trees with glimmering stars!  In the photo above you can see how Georgie has added texture to the snow using an embossing folder and the bigshot.


Here’s a close up of the detail on the second page, I love the use of bakers twine!


I hope you like today's Christmassy offering, thank you Georgie for letting me share!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

12 Weeks of Christmas–week 9

Happy Wednesday Folks!  Well in four weeks time we will be celebrating the big day with lots of food, drink, presents and time with those nearest and dearest to us :)

Today I wanted to share a few more Christmas card ideas with you.  It’ll be a super quick post but if you want to know any more about the products used you can contact me. if you want to buy items for yourself then you can visit my online shop.






Monday, 25 November 2013

Team Gifts

Good morning, today is just a quick post as I am still coming back down to earth after a FABULOUS convention this weekend.  I wanted to share the gifts that I made to share with my team and some very special Stampin' Up! friends.

Here they are in their little packages, I used the new envelope punch board.

Here's what was inside, some little wooden heart decorations decorated with heat embossing.

Friday, 22 November 2013

MDS Postcard

 A very quick post from convention!
I’ve just attended the “Say YES to MDS” class and we made a super quick Christmas postcard.

Say Yes to MDS-002

Come back soon for some more convention updates!

Convention Gift

Hello! It's a very late post today (or early depending on how you look at it) Today is the first day of Stampin' Up! annual convention. For those of you that don't know this year we are in Manchester, last year was Germany, and the year before that was France. 

I already have a huge pile of goodies but before I go to bed I wanted to share the most AMAZING gift that I received from my lovely upline Monica. 

What a darling, an angel for my Christmas tree packaged in one of our Tag a Bag gift boxes. Here she is out of her box

Wow! Fringed burlap ribbon on the bottom of her dress and for her hair and a gorgeous champagne glimmer paper crown, finished with a doily and a glimmer 'love'. Thank you Monica, I love her!

Come back soon or visit my Stampin' with Vicky Facebook page for lots more convention updates over the next few days.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

12 Weeks of Christmas–week 8

Eeek it’s only 4 weeks till the big day!  I have done a fair chunk of shopping but still need to get for hubby and some of my nephews plus al of the in-laws, I’m sure I’ll find the time – somewhere!

Anyway on to today’s project it’s actually two cute little boxes, here they are


This first one is one of the cute little window boxes from the Christmas catalogue and I actually made it a while ago at a training event run by my upline – Monica.


I loved the spots and the bow on top so decided to make this one for a recent event I did with my downline Georgie, this time I’ve used the DSP stack to create the bow.


This is what the front looks like, whisper white ink, stamped onto a kraft box :)

Monday, 18 November 2013


3 weeks ago I got a phone call from Paula Gorry the UK manager for Stampin’ Up! asking me if I would like to go to the European offices in Frankfurt and shoot a video.  YES! Was my response. (well actually I think it was more like eeeeeeeek!!!)  The brief was to design a project (card set, scrapbbok layout etc) that used items from the main Annual Catalogue.  I was also asked to make it fairly generic so not Christmas, valentines etc and also not to use too many different products.  Oh and it was only a week until the shoot was booked!  All I can say is thank goodness it was half term and hubby would be home to free me up a little to do some design work :)

So the day before the shoot I flew out to Frankfurt, and spent a lovely relaxing evening at the hotel.  I had an amazing meal in the restaurant and even treated myself to a glass of wine before having an early night.  On the day of the shoot I woke up and my voice had gone, well not quite gone but it was very hoarse, I could have cried!  With lots of lemsip and throat lozenges as well as help from Charlotte and the team shooting the video I got through it.  Here’s a shot of Stefan taking a picture of Charlotte and I.

I had lots of fun, and it was great to meet the staff in the office too and put names to faces.  Here’s me with Andre and Chris, the support staff for the UK demonstrators.


And finally, here is the link to the video on you tube.  I’d love it if you could leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Testing testing....

I am just doing a quick test post from my phone to see if I can blog whilst at Stampin' Up! Convention later this week! I am very excited and sure that there will be lots to share :) 

So just to test pics too here is a new baby card I made recently for a very good friend.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Catching up! 12 weeks of Christmas–weeks 6 AND 7

Hello! Sorry for my absence, I have been unwell for a while and I have been doing my best to recover.  I do have some very exciting things to share in a couple of weeks but today I am getting caught up on my 12 weeks of Christmas posts.  Huge thanks to my downline Georgie for allowing me to share these pictures, I hope you like them as much as I do.


Firstly a lovely pair of cards, I love the colour combo! Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Island Indigo nad a touch of silver.  A pair of beautifully elegant cards.


Secondly a scrapbook layout featuring the fab Festive Flurry set and the coordinating framelits.  I really like the stripes, these were created using masking tape!  More on that soon. 

Friday, 1 November 2013

News for November

I’m back again!  This time with lots of exciting updates, offers and a NEW product.  So I will start with the offer that links in with today’s earlier post.  I love making gifts look that bit more special by packaging them prettily and this will help you do just that.

The Tag It Bundles are 20% off until November 30th – perhaps I should tell hubby so I get a pretty birthday present!  If you want to make your gift giving extra special this year here are the details
Bundle 1 - Holiday Tag It Decorative Box Bundle £17.95
  • Stamp a Tag Kit
  • Cherry Cobbler 1" Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon (10 yards)
  • Decorative Window Gift Boxes (6 boxes)

Bundle 2 - Holiday Tag It Extra-Large Box Bundle £16.95
  • Stamp a Tag Kit
  • Cherry Cobbler 1" Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon (10 yards)
  • Extra-Large Gift Boxes (3 boxes)

You can see the items included in this offer on pages 22, 35, 36 & 37 of the Seasonal Catalogue, just click on the link in the left side bar.

Did you know that the official Digital Scrapbooking Day is Saturday, November 2.  But one day just isn't enough, so we're celebrating for eight!
Here's what Stampin’ Up! have lined up: 
  1. Guest bloggers: A talented group of demonstrators, customers, and designers from around the industry will share project inspiration on the blog. 
  2. FREE download: Be sure to check in on Saturday, November 2 to get your freebie.
  3. Videos: We'll share some more ideas with training videos to help you get started. 
  4. Daily deals: Every day, we'll feature a new download for 50% off! 
  5. Challenges: Use the daily deal download to create a project for your chance to win free downloads. (Upload your samples to the gallery with the matching tag to enter.)
Here's the list of daily deal downloads: 
  • 1/11 Amped Up Ampersands Kit
  • 2 /11Hello There Kit + FREE Moments Ago Stamp Brush Set
  • 3/11 All Time Fave Photobook Template
  • 4/11 Modern Medley Overlays Kit
  • 5/11 Be Brave Pocket Cards
  • 6 /11Nobody’s Business Photobook Template
  • 7/11 Autumn Traditions Kit
  • 8/11 Afternoon Daydream Kit
It's all happening at!  Join us every day for all the fun.  If you haven’t yet downloaded the FREE trial of MDS then click here

Finally for today – a NEW product!  The envelope punch board!

It actually does so much more than just envelopes but here is a little video to whet your appetite

I have had mine a little while (one of the perks of being a demonstrator) and am having loads of fun playing, keep an eye out for some fun projects!

12 Weeks of Christmas–week 5

Hello! I am sorry this weeks post is a little late!  It’s half term so things have been really busy at home.  Today I wanted to share a gift wrapping idea for you, and coincidentally Stampin’ Up! have an offer running that ties in with my project.  I will be back later this evening with the offer.

So I've taken one of the extra large gift boxes from the Seasonal catalogue and made it a bit more special!  I used the chevron punch to create the ‘ribbon’ around the outside.  I then created a special bow using the Pretty Presents Designer Bows – a great value kit with 2 different sizes of die cut bows.


For this project I have used two of each size bow and snipped into them before building them up to create a fancy bow for the box.


Can you believe it’s less than 8 weeks till Christmas!  Eeek!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Betsy’s Thank You Notes

I promised to share something a bit different with you today so no Christmas nut instead something bright and cheery!

Some customer Thank You cards I made using Betsy’s Blossoms and Bitty Banners, 2 of the 25 stamp sets that have 25% off until October 28th.  I kept it a very simple one layer card and took inspiration from a quick google images search, my colours are Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Gumball Green and Strawberry Slush.


Here’s a closer look, Bitty Banners also has a matching framelits set which makes them so easy to cut out and add depth to a project.  If you missed my post with about the 25% off sale you can check it out here.


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

12 Weeks of Christmas – week 4

Hello, it’s a late post but atleast by UK time it’s still Wednesday :)  I’m back with todays project, it actually wasn’t designed by me but by my upline Monica for a team training session.  I really enjoy these chances to get together and share inspiration, business ideas and have fun!  I got my thinlit die today and can’t wait to start playing with it.

The sentiment on this card is from a set that is on the carry over list, it’s called Greetings of the Season
greetings of the season
Right, that’s me for now I'm afraid but I will be back tomorrow with something a bit different.

Exciting News! New Product and a SALE!

Hello! lots of very exciting things are happening as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Stampin’ Up!  Today I want to share some new product with you but first….

Who LOVES a bargain?  Here are the details…

For one week, Oct 22nd to Oct 28th 25 stamp sets will be available at an amazing 25% off!

25% off 25

If you want to see a list click here

Or, if you prefer you can view the sale sets directly in my store.  Click here 

I have a list of sets that may be heading my way!  If you want any of them I will be placing an order at 4pm on Monday 28th October so let me know, if you are local to Northampton then postage is FREE.  Why not treat yourself or even make a start on the Christmas shopping.

At the start of this post I mentioned NEW PRODUCTS.  All you BigShot fans out there will LOVE this one


The thinlits card dies are fantastic! You have a choice of either circle or label, view the flyer here or for a look at them in action take a look at this video

I will be back later with my 4th week in the countdown to Christmas!

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

12 Weeks of Christmas–week 3

Good evening! I’m sorry that this post is late, it has just been one of those days.
Today I am going to share my first 5 designs for my monthly Christmas card club.  I really enjoy making these cards!  I keep them fairly simple as they need to be wast to reproduce and also 'post friendly' too so I don't use any big embellishments.  I do a lot of web browsing and sketching when planning these cards, but don't always note down the details, if you think any of my cards may be based on one of yours please let me know so I can give you credit.


 The colours for this first card are Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White and Soft Suede.  I have used the Ornament Keepsakes set which is on carryover from last year.


Colours in the second card are Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White and Chocolate Chip with a touch of Silver Glimmer paper.  The tree is stamped using Pennant Parade.


Another pennant card but this time using the punch and some lovely Coastal Cabana dsp teamed with Raspberry Ripple.  Super quick and easy!


 Apologies for this picture!  This card is based on a swap I received at a team training session in August, I think from a lady called Claire.  I've used the 'splodge' from Gorgeous Grunge and the Mosaic Madness set with it's coordinating punch.  Colours are Real Red, Gumball Green and Whisper White.


Finally a card using a super fun set called 'Happy Hour'  We used markers to colour in the individual parts then built the image up.  Texture from the Northern Flurries embossing folder finishes it off.