Monday, 15 October 2012

'Be of Good Cheer' Christmas Wreath


Every year for the past 3 years now I've made a Christmas Wreath in the current Christmas Designer Papers from Stampin' Up!
I was away last week with my crafting buddies, which we do twice a year now, and it was the perfect project to take with me to complete.
This year I've used the 'Be of Good Cheer' Designer papers which are on page 9 of the NEW Annual Catalogue. Love the rich colour combination of Cherry Cobbler & Gumball Green together.
The bow is made from the Cherry Cobbler Scalloped Tulle ribbon from page 4 of the Autumn/Winter catalogue. It's pretty wide and so easy to tie bows with, plus it stays in place as you can see from the picture below.
Now if you wish to make one of these yourself, please contact Fiona Duthie to purchase her instructions here.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Stampin' Up! in Austria, Netherlands, France, Germany and UK

It's been a VERY busy few weeks for me since the launch of the new Annual Catalogue, with lots of classes, a weekend away with my crafting buddies last weekend and lots more classes and events happening over the next few weeks too. I will get to post more projects soon, they're stacking up at the moment with not much time to sleep let alone
Anyway, have you seen the new 2012/13 Annual Catalogue? OMGosh, it's our biggest ever, I can't seem to put it down!
You can have a flick through the 208 pages of products by clicking on the catalogue on the right.
There's also been quite a few new and exciting things happening in the world of SU! recently. 
As well as the fantastic promotion of FREE packs of Designer Papers for 6 months when you purchase the Starter Kit (see my previous post here), Stampin' Up! have now ventured into Austria and the Netherlands, PLUS if you'd like to purchase any products or become a Demonstrator and you live in France, Germany, Austria, Netherlands or UK, we can now accept across border sales and team members too!
And the FREE Paper Promotion applies to everyone during October and November whichever country you are in.
For purchases the shipping is a flat £4.95/5,95 euros but if you'd prefer to buy the Starter Kit (which is shipped FREE) and receive all the benefits of being a Demonstrator, it's just £99/129 Euros for £175/235 Euros worth of product!
If you'd like to know more about the Business Opportunity with Stampin' Up! or you'd just like a discount on all your purchases, please drop me an email at
Back tomorrow with a Christmas project...

Friday, 5 October 2012

NEW Annual Catalogue, NEW Promotion, NEW CAREER?

Well Stampin' Up! certainly know how to start the new year off with a bang!

Not only do we now have the BIGGEST and most amazing
with 208 pages of stamps, papers, punches, dies and everything you could think of, plus the
that was released last month, they also have a fantastic PROMOTION for JOINING STAMPIN' UP! over the next two months.
FREE Designer Series Paper for SIX MONTHS when you become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during October or November. As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, you’ll enjoy exclusive benefits such as
  • A 20 percent product discount!
  • A free subscription to Stampin’ Up!’s demonstrator magazine!
  • Access to a thriving online community of stampers and paper crafters from around the world!
  • An open invitation to fabulous Stampin’ Up! events

And that's just for starters!
The Starter Kit is just £99 and you choose everything that goes into your kit up to the value of £130. You'll also receive all the business supplies including catalogues to start you off on your new venture.
If you have a wishlist as long as your arm, would like to earn extra income or would just love to be part of a HUGE crafting family, then this is the perfect opportunity for you. With the additional Designer Papers adding another £60 of FREE product to your kit, you'll wonder why you never did it before!
 EVERYONE can purchase the STARTER KIT for just £99.
Email or Tel: 01202 880929 for more info.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Ornament Keepsake Bundle Class Cards

Have you bought the new Ornament Keepsake Bundle yet?
It's definitely a hot favourite since the Autumn/Winter Catalogue came out on 1st September.
These were the cards made at last weeks card class.
We used a few new products, along with the Ornament Keepsake BundleCandlelight Christmas Speciality Papers, the Lacy Brocade embossing folder, the Window Frames Framelit Dies and the Festive Paper Piercing Pack.
And check at the beautiful flocked window sheet which comes in the Candlelight Christmas Speciality Papers. It's to die for. You get 2 sheets in a pack too!
Right, I must get this Tutorial finished on the Candlelight Fabric Bauble & Box and ticked off my list....

Friday, 14 September 2012

Mocha Morning Speciality Papers

The Retirement List is still going strong!
There's still some bargains to be had if you're quick, like the Mocha Morning Speciality Papers with 40% Off, down from £11.50 to £6.90. Two of the sheets of 12x12 are flocked. They were definitely a popular choice with my customers.
You know how I like my boxes, here's one I made with the Mocha Morning Speciality Papers.
The stamp set for the cards was 'Charming'. Sadly it retired from the Spring Mini back in April. Cute little set, it's a keeper for me.
So if you didn't get these papers and wish you had, be quick, you know you want to...

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Candlelight Christmas Stars

My husband has been asking why I've got the Christmas Tree up in September. I've been in the Christmas mode for a few weeks now (I wonder why??) so I'm suprised it's only taken him till now to notice! Men eh?
So, the last class on Sunday was these beautiful Christmas Stars.
I absolutely love making these. If you could see how gorgeous the Snowflakes, die cut from the Snow Flurries Die in Chamagne Glitter paper sparkle in real life, you'd be blown away. My photography just doesn't do them justice.
The glass faceted buttons you see on some of the stars are a little sneak of what's coming in the Annual Catalogue. I was lucky enough to receive some whilst in Vienna. They're really gorgeous.
All the projects created at the 'Christmas is Coming' Event were made using the Candlelight Christmas collection which can be found on page 4 of the NEW Autumn/Winter catalogue.
I'm still working on the tutorials which should be up next week. Bear with me though, I've a few classes over the next 2 days and next week but as soon as I've done them, I'll have them up.
Hope you've enjoyed seeing the projects that everyone made at the 'Christmas is Coming' All Day Event. There is just one more thing I've not yet shown you, you'll have to wait for that as part of the 12 weeks of Christmas Newsletter starting in October.
If you'd like to receive information about my Classes, Events, Promotions and Special Offers, subscribe to my monthly email newsletter on the left hand side of my sidebar.
See you soon,

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Candlelight Christmas Card Box

The main project for the 'Christmas is Coming' All Day Event last Sunday was this very luxurious card box.
The flocked window sheet from the Candlelight Christmas Speciality Papers is absolutely stunning used as the lid and really shows it off beautifully. The Scalloped Tulle Ribbon bow adds that finishing touch. Reminds me of a box of chocolates don't you think? 
Unfortunately no chocs inside but 4 cards, 4 tags and a decorated pen.
The cards and tags are stamped with the Joyous Celebrations stamp set and were embossed with the Holiday Frame Embossing Folder. Each one slightly different.
Again there will be a tutorial for this plus an optional kit to purchase if you so wish. More details coming very soon.
See you tomorrow with the last project.

Monday, 10 September 2012

'Christmas is Coming' Event Project #1

I know it's only September but Christmas is only 3 months away and we do like to be prepared, right?
 Yesterday was my 'Christmas is Coming' Event and omg, how busy did I keep everyone!
. The projects were designed using NEW products from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue which has lots of gorgeous Christmas stamp sets, Designer Papers, Accessories and much more. Have you seen it yet?
So would you lke to see what everyone made?
There were 3 beautiful projects to make over the day - 1 main project and 2 smaller classes.
This luxurious fabric bauble was one of the smaller classes...
Made with the NEW Candlelight Christmas Fabric. And because I can't do things in half measures, everyone made a box for it to go in too.
This box is made from 1 sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock and the matching Candelight Christmas Speciality Papers.
A tutorial will be going up in the week if you'd like to make this too.
Not many photos were taken during the day in fact there were only two! lol
My Mum's very tasty buffet ready to devour...
And everyone busy beavering away....
Back tomorrow with the main project.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Ornament Keepsake Bundle

Have you had that 'wow' moment when you saw the front cover of the NEW Autumn/Winter catalogue? I know I did and me amongst many couldn't wait to get started in recreating it.
So when my order arrived yesterday (after the boys were fed, watered, and put to bed I must add) I was ready for a bit of crafting and here's my attempt....
The main items you'll need for this are the Ornament Keepsake stamp set and the Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies.
These products can be purchased individually BUT you can now buy them both in a BUNDLE and  SAVE 15% off the full price!
Wood Mount Bundle      £43.95        129949
Clear Mount Bundle       £38.95        129950
I will be doing classes to make this gorgeous decoration so if you'd like to hear about when they're scheduled for and all my classes, please sign up for my monthly newsletter which can be found at the top of my blog on the left hand sidebar.
Starting in October I will also be sending out a '12 weeks of Christmas' newsletter for all my subscribers. So be the first to hear about Promotions, Classes, Events and much more and sign up today!
Right, onward with the prep for my 'Christmas is Coming' Event on Sunday.
See you soon!

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Grab yourself a bargain from the Retired List!

To make space for lots of NEW Stamp sets and accessories coming in the NEW Annual Catalogue, grab yourself a bargain with some reduced products from the 2011/12 Idea Book & Catalogue on the Retired List
Products are only available until the end of September or while stocks last!
Don't miss out if there's something you've had your eye on for awhile, products do sell out fast.
Here's the Retiring Stamp set List
and the Accessories List
Please email me at to place an order which can be combined with the NEW Autumn/Winter  catalogue now available to order from.
If you'd like your own paper copy of the Autumn/Winter catalogue please drop me an email and I'll pop one in the post.

With orders of £45 during September you'll also receive the
NEW Annual Catalogue FREE!
Be the first to receive your copy!
208 pages of fabulous NEW Stamp sets and Accessories.
You're going to love it ALL
(offer only available through myself, not from Stampin' Up!)

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Bordering on Romance

Do you remember the Retreat I did back in May? Here's one of the projects I've at long last got round to photographing. It's a pretty A6 tin decorated in the Twitterpated Designer Papers and using the Bordering on Romance stamp set.
If you like to colour, then this set is for you.
When the belly band is removed there's a pretty design underneath.
And inside there's 3 little notecards with stamped envelopes
I love to colour using my blender pens which are great because you can use them on Whisper White cardstock and with our matching inkpads. There are a few rules to using the blender pens so you get the best coverage without the paper fluffing up - light pressure and circular colouring on small areas reloading your pen often and I always stamp the main image in Basic Gray. Black is just too harsh I think. Stampin' Up!'s Basic Grey inkpad is spot on too as it dries real quick and doesn't seem to bleed when using the blender pen.
With just a little piece of the Pleated Satin Ribbon and a few rhinestones, this is a perfect little notecard set to give as a gift.
Bordering on Romance and the Pleated Satin Ribbon is also in the Summer Mini ending 31st August.
Bordering on Romance in Wood Mount    125480     £24.95
Bordering on Romance in Clear Mount     125482     £19.95
Pleated Satin in 5 Colours £5.95 per roll
or see my bundle offer at the top right hand side of my sidebar.

Goodbye Summer Mini

We’re into the last few days of ordering from the Summer Mini so if there’s anything you’ve been umming and ahhing about, now’s the time to order. You can click on the above link to take you to the pdf if you haven’t got you own hard copy.
I have to say my favourite was the Mixed Bunch stamp set with matching Blossom Punch. So versatile and we all love a matching punch don’t we?!
This card was CaSE’d from Teri Pocock. Teri had this on show when we were exhibiting at the Newbury Artstamps Show back in July. I fell in love with this and was blown away at how detailed and beautiful the image became when heat embossed with white embossing powder. It’s absolutely stunning don’t you think?
I loved this class too from back in May...

And this was the class at the Newbury Artstamps Show.
The Summer Mini ends on Friday 31st August, order it while you can!
Mixed Bunch stamp set in wood      125535   £24.95
Mixed Bunch stamp set in clear       125537   £19.95
Blossom Punch                                125603   £15.50

Sunday, 26 August 2012

'Christmas is Coming' All Day Event

All Day Event
Sunday 9th September 2012
10.30am to 4.30pm
Holt Village Hall
Holt, Wimborne,
Cost - £35
Including lunch, unlimited refreshments
PLUS all the products to create your projects.
Join us for a full days crafting and learn how to make Christmas Ornaments, Gift Boxes and beautiful cards using the Candlelight Christmas Speciality Papers from the NEW Autumn/Winter Catalogue!
To book your place, please email
or Tel: 01202 880929

Friday, 24 August 2012

Stampin' Up! Wheels

It's my husbands godaughters wedding day today. I don't know what the colour scheme for her wedding is so I chose Blushing Bride for her card, a lovely dusty pink perfect for her as she's very girly. Shame it will be retiring at the end of September.  
I wanted to keep the card quite simple so went with the Decor standard wheel - very elegant. 
I think I got the balance right don't you?
Here's a similar one I've been demonstrating at workshops recently, in Old Olive & Elegant Eggplant.
Very quick and very simple!
This wheel is perfect for weddings invites if you're on a budget and thinking of making your own. Especially when you've got to make a whole batch of them along with co-ordinating order of service, thank you cards etc. I've never actually done a wedding commission but if I did then this wheel would be the one I'd go for.
If you'd like a workshop or private class on wheels and how to get the most out of them, drop me an email at to arrange a date. They're fantastic!

Monday, 13 August 2012

Aviary and Nursery Nest

More cards from classes held this time in June to show you today.

'Aviary' is a set I've been drawn to quite a few times recently. They match the Nursery Nest papers, which aren't necessarily new baby papers, and this is what I came up with.

This first card is my first time at making a stepper card. The card itself is A5 in size so fits in a standard envelope no problem, although they can be made to all sorts of sizes too. I'll be making more of these stepper cards, they're so easy to make once you've grasped the concept of how they fold.

If you'd like a quickie tutorial/template, leave a comment below and I'll see what I can russle up.

This last card also uses the flower branch from 'Hopeful Thoughts'.

Colour Combo:-
Blushing Bride
Pear Pizazz
Perfect Plum
Marina Mist

Right, another flying visit. I'm currently organising my next All Day Event on 9th September.

Christmas is Coming!

More details coming very soon.....

Friday, 10 August 2012

The Open Sea

Back in May I did a class using 'The Open Sea'. Masculine cards are always a difficult one but when you've got the right set, like this one, it makes life so much easier.

We made a little tag pocket too which is just perfect to pop in a gift card.

The colour combo for these cards is Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, Cherry Cobbler and Bashful Blue.

'The Open Sea' is in the current Summer Mini catalogue which ends on the 31st August.

Priced at £23.95 for wood mount & £18.95 for clear mount.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Reason to Smile

Ok, don't fall off your chair...yes it's me again with another post inside 24 hours. Get me!

Just a quickie to let you know about the August Promotion from Stampin' Up! and share a few cards.
This month there's an exclusive stamp set called 'Reason to Smile' available to everyone.
There's 2 ways which you can obtain this stamp set.

FREE with a £60 Order
you can purchase it in Clear or Wood.

At the end of last week I held a Stamp-a-Stack event and many of my customers took advantage of this pretty set. It's a 2 step Stamp Set but I really like using it with my Stampin' Write Markers and have made lots of Thank You cards for my customers.
This one is in Pretty in Pink, Pear Pizzazz and Crumb Cake.
And this one is in Pool Party, Lucky Limeade and Crumb Cake.

I've done quite a few colour combos but most of them have been sent out and I didn't get chance to take photos but they're basically the same design which is really quick and very simple to make. Loved making these and I was on a roll the other night so just kept going.

I've lots more cards to show you - I'm spoilt for choice!

See ya soon and if you'd like to place an order you know where I am.
I'll send you a handmade card too.