Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Merry Christmas!

It's been a while but I'm sure you all know how the build up to Christmas escalates out of control and before you know it, it's Christmas Eve!?*%& Yikes!!! And there was me thinking I was on track but nope, it's just wasn't to be. I've still ALL my wrapping to do plus loads of other stuff and I'm not sure how to fit it all in. Still, what the heck, as long as Father Christmas arrives on time and leaves a little somthing for Jake, that's all that really matters. And talking of Father Christmas, I managed to take a wonderful Photo when we went to see him a few weeks ago. He has to be the real one don't you think? Jake had an imposter visit at his school last week and he knew he wasn't real. When I asked how he knew, he replied that he looked just like the lollypop man! ha! You can't kid a So I shall be back real soon with more creations and details of the new offer from Stampin'Up! which starts Jan 1st - it involves FREE exclusive stamps sets, how fantastic is that! Anyway, to everyone who may visit my blog I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas. Hope Father Christmas brings you everthing you've wished for, have a great holiday and see you in the New Year. Jo :)

Thursday, 4 December 2008

A creative splurge

Last night I had a creative splurge and made a few cards for some upcoming birthdays. I've got six over the next few weeks and what with Christmas as well... Anway here's what I've made and *yippee* for some sun today so I could take some decent photos. This first one is the same as yesterdays. I've changed the colours to Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Real Red and So Saffron. It's for a teenager and I thought these colours were more suited for a boy. This next one is for Jake's teachers. I've used a Hero Arts stamp called 'Three Owls' and it has to be my most favourite ever at the moment - very cute and great for colouring. The colours are Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Real Red and Very Vanilla, finished off with some gold elastic.

And for my last card I used Crazy for Cupcakes with Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, Whisper White and a hint of Real Red. The mount was cut with my Labels One Nestabilities - love 'em!

Hope you like....

Jo :)

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Kristina's Color Inspiration #33

All I seem to be posting lately is Kristina's Color Challenge, but I promise to post some of my own projects soon. Snowman Poop has been made and my Christmas Tree Decs are all ready for the Christmas Fair on Friday, infact we're taking them into the school this afternoon so I'll take a photo in a minute while the sun is still shining and show you what I've produced. Anyway, here's my card for Kristina's challenge. Chocolate Birthday cake sprang to mind when I first saw it but I just couldn't get to grips with what I wanted to do so I went for more stars from the 'In the Stars' set. Actually I only used the teeny tiny star stamp, the big one was a Punch. As usual I sneaked in a non SU! item which is the pearly gems from Papermania and also the button from my button bag.
Hope you like and tfl,
Jo :)

Friday, 28 November 2008

Kristina's Color Inspiration #32

I've been a little quiet of late with blogging due to mass production for Jake's school Christmas Fair next week. Snowman poop is in full flow (ahem!) and the bags of Christmas Tree decs are filling my room up daily. I've run out of 'poop' at the moment so I shall be scouring the county for more over the weekend.

Anyway, a little late but I made it for Kristina's Color Inspiration #32. I've had to take the photo indoors with no daylight at all and the embossing looks gold, but I can assure you it's actually silver. No matter what I did with the White Balance I just couldn't get it to look like it actually is and I'm not that good with PSE - I just can't get my head round it. Still, here's this weeks card, a little plain and much better in real life but hey ho - or should that be Ho! Ho! as we are in countdown mode for Christmas?!?! LOL

Thanks for looking.....

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Would you like to become a Stampin'Up! Demonstrator?

Wouldn't you love to make money while stamping? How about the convenience of setting your own hours? Or supplementing your income with a successful home business? With Stampin' Up!, being a demonstrator means you'll enjoy all of this and more. Whether you want to earn additional household income, create a full - or part-time career, or simply get a discount on your stamping supplies, being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator can help you achieve your goals. For £139 you will receive the Starter Kit packed with tools and products valued at £240 designed to help you get your new business up and running almost from the day the kit arrives. I am looking for fun, enthusiastic, crafty people who would like to become part of my team running their own business selling these beautiful products. There's no previous experience of selling necessary as the products sell themselves, all that's required is a love of crafting and a passion to create. I will give FULL support plus tips, card samples, projects and ideas for workshops and, if you are local, monthly get togethers for make 'n takes and future planning. Here's a few benefits of becoming a demonstrator....
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If you're interested in becoming a Demonstrator, or even as a Hobby Demo just for the discounts, please email me at for futher information.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Kristina's Color Inspiration #31

I really enjoy doing Kristina's challenge each week, the colours she picks are always such a great mix. I'd like to think I have an eye for colour myself but it's so much easier to design a card when the colour combo is done for you, I guess that's why I like doing them. Last weeks didn't get uploaded in time for the deadline as the weather was pretty rubbish and I couldn't get a decent photo being it was in fairly muted colours. Still, here's this weeks... back to the brighter colours and I DO, *do bright* so I don't find it too difficult.
It's a tri-fold card (I think that's what they call them) and I've used the gorgeous large swirly stamp from 'Baroque Motifs' in versamark on the inside, and the white embossed sentiment from 'A Bit of Birthday Cheer' on the front. I'm back to using the felt 'Accents & Elements' with non SU! brads again....eek! The brads by the way are made by Papermania and you can find the small one's here and the larger one here.
Everything else I've made this week is for either a workshop on Thursday or for Jake's school Christmas Fair which isn't until the 5th December, but time is flying and I know it'll be here before I know it. I did think I was pretty organised but I've just realised I've forgotten to make my own cards to send....oops! I will make a start next week, along with 30 bags of Snowman Poop....oh and some teachers gifts... OH CRUMBS! I'd better get cracking......!!!
Be back soon,
Jo :)

Friday, 14 November 2008

Silent Night

On Tuesday I popped over to Jen's with Val & Jane who are also Demonstrators - hi girls! We made this little gift card holder... isn't it cute? Jen also gave us some instructions out how to make a little box that's big enough to hold eight of the scalloped chocolate patties (Elizabeth Shaw chocs to us in the UK). The lid is made of 250 micron acetate (I think that what it is anyway) but next time I shall use some thinner stuff as it was quite hard to score, so off to Staples tomorrow... Wednesday afternoon I had an order delivered with some Heat & Stick in it, so I used it to stamp the snowflakes on the scalloped circles. It's not that clear on blogger, but in real life the snowflakes are really sparkly. Basically the heat & stick is like clear embossing powder except it stays tacky for longer once it's melted. This is great for adding Dazzling Diamonds to your images and for me it's a must at Christmas. Once you put the dazzling diamonds on and with a quick blast of the heat gun, the glitter is set - very clever stuff! For this box I used Night of Navy, Bashful Blue and Whisper White Cardstock, along with a Ballet Blue Ink pad. The dotted paper on the belly band is from the new Bashful Blue Designer Series Papers and the stamped snowflakes are from Season of Joy. Something else I received in my delivery was the Silent Night Stamp Set. I fell in love with this when I was at the Ringwood Show with Jen. She did some amazing samples - this one I've lifted (CASED) but I know she won't mind. If you have a look at this post here and click on the main photo, amongst the many of Jen's fabulous creations hopefully you can spot some of the Silent Night ones. Again blogger doesn't seem to give as crisp an image as it does on the 'puter but I have added some dazzling diamonds to the trees. It's such an easy and beautiful stamp set - I love it! There is a sentiment in the set which I've stamped on the inside - sorry I didn't show a photo but you can find it on page 22 of the Idea Book & Catalogue. Have a great weekend! Jo :)

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Maze Book with 'I Wish' Scrappin' Kit

I'm actually a scrapbooker more than a cardmaker even though cardmaking was where I started five years ago. So today I thought I'd show you that Stampin'Up! is not just cardmaking and they also have some very beautiful scrappin' kits. Over at In Love With Stamping (ILWS) Jo (scrapbookparty) posted that she'd made a maze book using the 'I Wish' scrappin'kit. I haven't made a maze book in simply ages so after seeing hers (which is beautiful) I had a go. From the kit I used 1 piece of 12x12 cardstock, 1 12x12 double sided patterend paper, and some of the die cut stickers. In fact I hardly used any of the kit to make it. Like Jo's I made little slots with the circle punch so I could add tags with journalling on ,and also punched holes for a 3D effect as you flick through the book. The cover and belly band is a very neat idea too protecting and keeping everything together.

This Maze Book would make a great Christmas Gift for grandparents, but this one I'm keeping for myself.


Jo :)

Sunday, 9 November 2008


I don't know about you but the one card I send alot of is a Thank You. It only has to be a little card of acknowledgement, but it's just nice....
I recently bought a few clear pillow boxes after seeing them on several US blogs which I thought would be a lovely gift to go with a card. I've sourced some from a wedding favour company and thought I'd have a go at decorating. This was my first attempt. I would have to say if you are going to have a go, cardstock is a little too thick to wrap around the pillow box - I've had to resort to super glue to seal it down...! Not really, but designer papers would do a much better job. I'm going to make some christmassy ones next.....

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Scallop overload...

It's Kristina's Colour Inspiration again and look at those colours... aren't they fab?! I like bright colours and unusual mixes too, so I whisked this scalloped beauty up last night. The card shape was actually made using my Nestabilities which I've had for yonks and really don't use as much as I should. And as I can't seem to stop using scallops on everything I went with the flow and scalloped a white border strip along with a punched scallop circle. Even the tiny flowers have that *scallopy* look about them. I'm still out of pumpkin pie so I found a print from the Haiku Designer Series Papers which saved me from disaster, and the only colour I didn't have was Pacific Point. Sadly no In Colours for us in the UK, maybe one day... instead I used Tempting Turquiose. The stamp set was 'Wow Flowers' and the flower centres are Kaiser Rhinestones (oops! non SU! again).
Hope you like.
Jo :)

Monday, 3 November 2008

The Ringwood Craft Show

Yesterday was the Ringwood Craft Show and Jenny had a stand there so I offered my services and went along for most of the day. If you've seen Jenny's blog you will know from all her wonderful creations how very talented she is, and yesterday she didn't disappoint. The stand was full of her gorgeous creations and very busy. Jenny had her head down all day demo'ing lots of techniques and I helped, where I could, with answering question and providing information. I was wearing my Hilda Ogden Tabard! That's what my husband said anyway. It's the 20th Birthday Stampin'Up! Pinny that Demonstrators have been given as part of the SU! celebrations. I have to say I wasn't sure at first but once I got chatting to lots of people, I soon forgot I was wearing it, and at least the pockets were handy for business cards. (I'll model it and show a piccie real soon.) It was a fantastic show and I loved talking to so many lovely people. Thank you to everyone that came and said hello. There was such a buzz around the stand and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. So if you are thinking of being a Hostess for a workshop, remember (I'm sure I would of said) for every order total of £150, from now until the end of December you'll qualify for not just one, but TWO FREE sets as well as the £15 to spend. If you would like to book a workshop, please contact Jenny at or myself at I'll be back with some more creations real soon - got that pesky thing called work to do for a few days - Pfff! TTFN. Jo :)

Thursday, 30 October 2008


I'm not really one for doing challenges, I like to look but never take take part, but on my usual rounds of blog hopping I came across Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration #28. Kristina's blog is a fave of mine, I love her simple style and flare for colours and when I saw the colours for this week - well I had to have a go. I didn't have very much Pumpkin Pie cardstock but found a piece in my 'scrapbox' that was just enough to use as a teeny 3x3. I made the scalloped square from the border punch (see this post for tutorial), heat embossed the square frame (Frames with a Flourish) with white embossing powder and broke open the every so cute tin of felt Accents and Elements for the flowers. I have to hold my hands up and admit that the white flower brads aren't Stampin'Up (I generally only use SU! stuff on my blog) but they went so well with this dinky card I thought, oh well.

These colours are fab, love 'em, so I'm going to do another of the 3x3 box sets using them. Just need to get some more pumpkin pie....

Ta for looking,

Jo :)

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Tags for All

If you're into making crafty projects to sell at Christmas Craft Fairs then the 'Tags for All' set is ideal. I made these tag sets up really quickly last week, bagged them and made the very simple bag topper with just a few pieces of card. I hate buying tags at Christmas time so all my tags will be made this way from now on. And the spotty one can be used for any occasion. Love the NEW elastic cord too - it comes in Gold or Silver and at £3.50 for 23 metres (15p metre), it's a bargain!
Hope you like,
Jo :)

Monday, 27 October 2008

Another from 'a Rose is a Rose'

Last week whilst pondering a technique I could show at Linda's workshop, I saw the most gorgeous card made by Julie over at In Love With Stamping. Isn't it beautiful?! So I 'cased' the idea and came up with this.
A Rose is a Rose is a 'Two Step' stamping set and is aided with the Stamp-a-ma-jig (SAMJ). It's a very clever little gadget that will enable you to stamp on stamp with precision. Once you've cut out those beautiful roses and leaves, they look fantastic 3D'd onto a card. I was going to add some Dazzling fact I think I'll go back and do that now - love a bit of bling.
The colours for the card are, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Old Olive and the sentiment was stamped in Basic Grey.
Ta for looking,
Jo :)

Friday, 24 October 2008

Scallop Edge Square Tutorial

I've finally done the tutorial I've been harping on about over the last few days. It came to me in a *light bulb* moment last week when I was doing the lid for this 3x3 mini box. I've perfected the technique now so I thought I'd share how it's done. Fingers crossed you understand my instructions..... All you need, besides your Stampin'Up! Scallop Edge Border Punch, is a pencil and ruler.
Cut your cardstock to whatever size you want. It doesn't have to be square, it works just the same on a rectangular piece.
All the edges will be punched whilst viewing from the underside so you can see where you are punching. Line up the first edge of c/s so the corner meets the start of the scalloped area in view. Continue the rest of that edge punching as you usually would. On the next side, draw a line all the way down from the bottom point of you last full scallop. I use the grid paper to make sure my pencil line is dead straight, if it's not you will end up with a wonky square. Place your cardstock back into the punch but so it doesn't hit the back guard. You will be using the pencil line as your guide. Make sure the pencil line is at the top of the scallops. (This photo is not that clear so hope you get what I mean.) And most importantly, as this is what we are trying to achieve, the corner scallop on the cardstock must be lined up with the first full scallop on the punch. And this is what you should have. Continue to do the same as above, pencilling in a very straight line down the side of your card.... ... lining the corner scallop with a full one and using the pencil line as your guide... ...and again for your last one.....
..... and TA DA!!! One beautifully perfect scalloped square... or rectangle in my case.

So there you have it! I hope this can be of some use and I'd love to hear if it works for you.

I'll be quiet for a few days as I've got some DT work to do but I hope to post a few more bits from last nights workshop real soon.

Don't forget, let me know how you get on with the above....


Jo :)

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Tea & Crumpets

It's been a mad few days but I've managed to squeeze in a bit of photography today. I've done the photos for the scallop border square/rectangle tutorial and I'll do my best to get it posted for tomorrow. Right now I need to do some serious tidying up in my craft room. There's bits of paper everywhere, and I can't even see my desk for clutter!
But for now, here's a decorated candle I made using some of the odd bits left over from last Sunday's post - The Pocket Silhouette Purse and Card Set here.
Be back tomorrow.
Jo :)

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Nothing to to post today I'm afraid. I'm frantically getting everything together for the workshop tonight. I'll be back tomorrow. And don't forget that tutorial on creating a scalloped square with your Scallop Border Punch.... coming real soon! Jo :)

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Cute little Batty's!

As it's Halloween next week I thought I'd have a go at making these very cute sour cream containers for the occasion. They really caught my eye when I saw the tutorial by Beate over at Splitcoast and since then I've made loads. They're really quick and easy to do and the kids will love them!
Unfortunatley we don't have any Halloween stamps in the new catalogue so after seeing a really clever idea here on how to make this adorable litte Batty using the square scallop punch, I had to have a go. I shall be showing my ladies tomorrow night - hope they like M&M's!
A very quick post today as I really need to walk my pup, but I just wanted to thank everyone for stopping by my blog. I've received so many lovely emails over the last couple of days and I only thought it right I should show my gratitude. One lady, Charmaine, emailed me yesterday to ask how I managed to make neat scalloped corners on a random piece of square cardstock. I tried to explain but it all sounded a bit complicated, which it isn't, so I've going to show a tutorial on how it's done over the next week. So if you'd like to know how to do it, staaaaayed tuned!
Tfl and have a great day!
Jo :)

Monday, 20 October 2008

A Rose is a Rose

I really should be doing the dreaded *H* word today but I wanted to show you a set that if you're an SU! blog hopper, you will no doubt start to see a lot of. It's called 'a Rose is a Rose'. For those that like to do the cutting out thing, which I do although I'm not a *decoupage* person, then this is ideal. The stamps are a '2 Step' set which basically means you build the image with 2 stamps and 2 colours - also helped with that clever gadget the 'stamp-a-ma-jig'.
I can't help but stick to these gorgeous colours of red and green, but I did try to change it slightly by using Real Red instead of Ruby Red and Certainly Celery instead of Old Olive. I also used some scraps from the Holiday Treasures Designer papers (again) - I can't bare to throw even the smallest of scraps of theses gorgeous papers away! The sentiment is from the Level 1 Hostess set - Best Yet and it's stamped in one of the Frames with a Flourish set.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.
Jo :)

Sunday, 19 October 2008

More Pocket Silhouettes

How about some Tea and Crumpets? Perfect for a Sunday afternoon don't you think? That's what the Designer Papers are called on this purse and card set. Yum! Such pretty colours which go so well with the delicate Pocket Silhouette stamp set. The colours are Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Always Artichoke and Barely Banana, although it's supposed to be So Saffron but I didn't have it in my stash. It's very close to So Saffron though and still looks beautiful. The images are stamped in Choc Chip.
The Purse and Cards set were one of the classes on UStamp last round. I've had to modify the purse to fit envelopes and I've also added ribbon for the handles instead of the circle punches but its a great project. I haven't yet signed up for the Christmas UStamp but I think I will now I've started creating these adorable projects.
Jo :)

Friday, 17 October 2008

Pocket Silhouettes

I'm busy preparing for a workshop next week and there are so many wonderful products in the New catalogue that I've been making lots of things to show everyone. There's some very nice new stamp sets in this catalogue and what I love is the majority of them are already die-cut. It's really easy and tons quicker. By the way if you wish to purchase the new catalogue, details are on the left hand sidebar.
I love making these cute little 3x3 boxes - the instructions can be found over at Splitcoast. I'm being very lazy and haven't linked direct to the instructions and the person to credit, so sorry about that. This set is made using the gorgeous Holiday Treasures Designer papers along with the Pocket Silhouettes stamp set. I've also incorporated the scallop square punch... oh ,and of course the Scallop Border Punch! ha ha! I told you I'd be using it all the time now. :) The colours for the box and cards are Old Olive, Ruby Red and Chocolate chip with a touch of Very Vanilla cardstock and Pretty in Pink ribbon.
'Scuse the junk in the background, I didn't have the energy to go downstairs to take the photo so it's taken in my craft room.
Anyway, hope you like.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

The So Swirly wheel is beautiful

My friend Marian became a granny for the first time over the weekend. Grace was born on Saturday morning weighing only 6lb 5ozs. Congratulations Belinda and Tim! And of course congrats to Marian too who has been desperate for a grandchild for many years. In fact she has been surrogate Nanna to Jake for a few years now - she loves him to bits and vice versa. I have some new arrivals too..... oh yes, some of the sets from the 2008-2009 Idea Book and Catalogue landed on my doorstep on Friday afternoon. With a special occasion to celebrate I created this card for the proud parents. I absolutely love the new So Swirly Jumbo wheel, it's gorgeous! I can see me using this on lots more projects, especially as it goes so well with the Season of Joy set and with Christmas not too far away I'd better get going. I have an idea to use it with the Stampin'Up! gold embossing powder too - very classy so watch this space. The other stamps I used for this card are 'In the Stars'. A very versatile set which is great for boys/men as well as us girlies. And have you noticed the scalloped edges? I don't think I've mentioned it before (ahem!) but it's the fantastic Scallop Border Punch. All I will say is 'it's the best' and at only £10.95 it's a bargain! lol The colours on the card are Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, and Bashful Blue. I haven't got any alphas yet so I used American Crafts Daquiri Thickers. At least I've made a little dent in my Thickers stash!
I've also played at making these little boxes. Aren't they adorable? Monica posted the instructions on the forum at In Love With Stamping They'll look even better when I've added some treats, ribbon and tags. Perfect as a small 'thank you' gift or favour.
Right, must get on. So much to do in so little time.....

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

A True Friend

One of the pre-order sets from the new catalogue was a True Friend. It's so very different to what I would usually buy but I love them. So last night I had half hour to spare and made this card. The colours I used (Tempting Turquiose, Green Galore, Apricot Appeal and Gable Green) were inspired from the new 'Rainbow Sherbet' designer papers on p70 -really fresh and zingy. They're definately on my wishlist but for now I'll just have to play with the carstock and inks.
Thanks for looking,
Jo :)

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Happy Birthday Stampin' Up!

It's Stampin'Up! 20th Birthday this year and from 1-31st October they have some Birthday Sets on offer with 20% off. Spend £20 plus p&p and you'll be able to purchase as many of the promotional sets below at the reduced rate. You only have to spend the £20 once so if you fancy all the sets on offer, you can purchase all of them at the reduced price.
page 32 Crazy for Cupcakes 20% off price £16.76
page 33 Birthday Best 20% off price £8.76
page 58 Cheer & Wishes 20% off price £11.96

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

And the winner is........

Jake has picked the winner of the Scallop Border and here's a little video of the draw.....

Congratulations Maureen and thank you to everyone who entered the draw!

The new Idea Book & Catalogue goes live tomorrow at 12 noon and if you haven't got a catalogue and would like one they are now priced at £2.50 plus p&p - just send me an email. You will be able to view all the new products on the Stampin'Up! homepage so if you see anything you like, you can always place an order through myself. (Stampin'Up! cannot be bought online or through any retail outlets.)

I'll be back soon with another Special Offer from Stampin' Up!

Happy Stampin!

Jo :)

Sunday, 28 September 2008


I'm sure you're all sick of me talking about this SCALLOP BORDER PUNCH but I'm on an important mission to tell as many people as possible about this MUST HAVE tool - well in my opinion Scallop borders first started appearing last summer and I fell in love with this type of decorative edging immediately. Anita had a pair of the Fiskars Cloud Scissors and after using them I rushed to find a pair for myself. I've taken these scissors everywhere with me - crops that is, not like in my handbag shopping round Tesco's or anything, but you know what I mean. Anyway, I've loved and cared for these scissors until recently when I saw the Fiskars Threading Water Punch. Steph from Homegrown Scrapbooks in the US had bought one along to the Scrapajack Retreat back in May. After seeing it in action I had to have one - as you do. It's been like pulling hens teeth trying to get one but I eventually got one on a pre-order a couple of months back. Little did I know that Stampin' Up! were about to release their own version without the holes! So now I HAVE to have the SU! one and at £10.95 it's less than the Fiskars one and there's no holes so I get more for my money!!! Right?? Now where was I.....oh yer, back to my FREE DRAW. If you would like to purchase one of these Stampin'Up! punches and be entered into the DRAW for one lucky person to receive theirs for FREE, email me at by Monday 29th September. There's only two days to go so be quick!! Have a great weekend! Jo :)

Thursday, 25 September 2008

What a Bargain!

You know when you find a bargain and feel the need to tell everyone? Well I've got one you might want to know about ......(this maybe a longish post by the way)...
In the old catalogue (p75) there are two card making kits called Simply Sent. One is 'Happy Day and the other is 'Sending Happy Thoughts' priced at £49.95 Well, on the retired list it has been reduced to £39.95 but for World Card Making Day starting 4th - 11th October, Stampin'Up! have reduced this by another 20%!!! The price will be......just getting my calculator out...... £31.96! Crumbs that's..... £18 off the original price!!
This is what's in the ' Sending Happy Thoughts' kit . Firstly it comes in a pretty box with a band around the middle and inside you will find.....
6 Piece Die-Cut Stamp Set
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Spot
Old Olive Classic Stampin'Spot
Real Red Classic Stampin' Spot
Card Stock Assortment
Zig Zag Twill Tape
Pewter Brads
2-way Glue Pen
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter
Stampin' Dimensionals
Mini Glue Dots
12 Very Vanilla Envelopes
The kit will create 10 cards, 5 each of 2 styles, with instructions on how to make both of them. I bought this kit ages ago at the much, much higher price but now at £31.96 it's VERY good value. When you've made the 10 cards, there is loads left over. There's lots of the Zig Zag ribbon, the Dazzling Diamonds comes in a little pot and will go on forever, the glue pen is fantastic (it's not sold seperately in the catalogue), the Ink Spots will last you ages and these can't be bought seperately either, there's more than enough glue dots and dimensionals and most importantly - you will have a very cute set of 6 stamps. All Die-Cut as well!
It would make a great Christmas Pressie and because these sets are on the Retired List, once they're gone they won't be seen again.
Here's the 2 designs that are in the 'Sending Happy Thoughts' kit..
.... and here's a few other designs I created with the stamps....

And do you remember this?All those flowers were stamped with this set, glittered with the Dazzling Diamonds and handcut. It took me an age but it's very pretty.

Anyway, these sets don't have to be ordered on their own, but the price of £31.96 is only valid between 4th-11th October.

Make a note of this one as there will be another Special Offer coming up soon. It's another bargain but I won't tell you about it just yet however the clue is..... it's someone's Birthday! No, it's not mine, that was last week, but they will be 20 years old.

Happy Stampin' and keep coming back as I've more things to share with you.


Jo :)

They're here....

Oh-My-Gosh! The New Idea Book & Catalogue is wonderful! It's jam packed with new products and ideas! I'm not going to spoil the surprise of what's in there but to give you an indication of how fab it is, my wishlist is up to £600 already!
Orders can be placed through myself for ordering from 1st October and if you're now tempted and would like to see what all the hype is about, email me for a catalogue - I only have a few left. (£5 inc. p&p but deducted off your first order.)
For all those that have requested and paid for the New Idea Book & Catalogue 2008-2009, they will be posted today.
And don't forget my post below about the Scallop Border Punch.... they're hot! hot! HOT!!!

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Win a Free Scallop Border Punch

It's official!!! The SCALLOP BORDER PUNCH is in the new catalogue priced at £10.95. It's a MUST HAVE tool for every cardmaker and scrapbooker and with scallops still a very hot trend in the crafting world, don't pass on this opportunity of getting your crafty mitts on one for FREE. Another bonus is it's slightly lower in price than the Fiskars Threading Water Punch, so an absolute bargain! I can't wait to get mine!! If you pre-order now, you will be entered into a draw for one lucky person to receive theirs FREE!! Email me at before the 29th September to be in with a chance.

Stampin' Up! Scallop Edge Punch Tutorial

I've found this on YouTube...

Monday, 22 September 2008

It's on it's way

Yes the new catalogue is on it's way e.t.a. Wednesday and I've only a few of the new catalogues, that are on route, left so if you'd like to get your crafty hands on one, email me at It's £5 including p&p but this amount will be deducted off your first order.
Now I really should be doing the dreaded 'H' word this morning so this is a quick post with two more cards I've made. The first is 'Season of Joy' from the new catalogue using Kraft Card, Old Olive and Real Red, I used the white embossing powder on the Christmas Tree again and also the sentiment down the side. Loving that Linen Thread too (it's in the catalogue) and I used a white signio pen to dot the centre of each of the smaller flowers on the Kraft card.
The second card is the one I made for the Make 'n Take at Julie's workshop the other week. It was modified from one I'd seen on Monica's blog a while back. I wanted to incorporate the wheels and with a bit of bling (oh yes that Dazzling Diamonds again) and it was a pretty quick and cute card to make. The colours are Pretty in Pink and Bashful Blue with Brocade Blue ribbon and the set was Big Bold Birthdays.
Another reminder of the draw for the Scallop Border Punch. All pre-orders buy the 29th September will be entered for the chance to get theirs FREE!!
I'll be back with more details of what's in the NEW IDEA BOOK AND CATALOGUE very soon!