Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Another offer from Stampin' Up!

There is so much that is going on this month I forgot to tell you about ANOTHER offer that Stampin' Up! have at the moment.

Stampin’ Up! Celebrates World Card Making Day

Stampin’ Up! is excited to celebrate this holiday with you and your customers the week of 4-11 October. During this week, we are offering 20 percent off Simply Sent Card Kits and Simply Sent Card Elements.

Click on the image to see a larger version

And don't forget the other offers available at the moment:

Ribbon share
20th Birthday offer - 20% off selected Birthday stamp sets if you spend over £20.

Monday, 29 September 2008

Sweet Favours

I made these little favour bags and filled them with tablet as a thank you for the Stampin' Up!® peeps who travelled to Glasgow for the recent training event. I hope they enjoyed them.

Stamps: Circle of friendship; Paisley background stamp
Cardstock: Very Vanilla; Pretty in Pink; Bashful Blue; Basic Grey;
Ink: Basic Grey
Ribbon: Pretty in Pink; Bashful Blue;
Accessories: Cello bags

There are only a couple of places left on the Ribbon share so if you are interested please let me know as soon as possible.

And don't forget about the October offer - 20% off selected Birthday stamp sets if you spend over £20.

Finally I have had a couple of enquiries about my Stampers 10 club. If you are interested in receiving a level one hostess set AND free products from the catalogue worth at least £15, and are willing to commit to spending at least £15 for 10 months or £25 for 6 months please let me know.

As usual you can contact me by phone on
01475 689958, email me or leave a comment on my latest blog post with your contact details and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Friday, 26 September 2008

Stampin' Up! ® Ribbons Galore

One of my favourite things about Stampin' Up! is how everything is co-ordinated. I love how the punches match the stamp sets and how the ink, card and ribbons all match.

So in order to achieve that co-ordinated look how would you like 40 metres of Stampin' Up! ribbon and cord for £20 (inclusive of P&P).

That's one metre of each ribbon featured in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue plus two metres each of the silver and gold cord. You will never struggle again to find that exact match for your project.

Look here's what you will receive:

One metre of each of the following:

1/4" Grosgrain

Whisper White

Very Vanilla

Pumpkin Pie

More Mustard

Real Red

Elegant Eggplant

Night of Navy

Tempting turquoise

Certainly Celery

Always Artichoke

Chocolate Chip

5/8" Grosgrain

Very Vanilla

Chocolate Chip

Bravo Burgandy

Real Red

Regal Rose

Brocade Blue

Certainly Celery

Old Olive

1" Double Stitched Gros Grain

Rose Red

Bashful Blue

Chocolate Chip


Whisper White

Very Vanilla


Chocolate Chip

Basic Gray

Mellow Moss

Bashful Blue

Pretty In Pink

Gingham Ribbon



Light Blue

Light Pink



Elastic Cord

Silver (2 metres)

Gold (2 metres)

If you would like to join in the ribbon share please phone me (01475 689958), email me or leave a comment on my latest blog post with your contact details.

There are limited spaces (and a couple have gone already) so please let me know as soon as possible so you don't miss out.

Payment by either cheque or via Paypal (there will be a small additional charge of 98p if paying by Paypal to cover their fees)

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Thank U bag

This was my entry for the demonstrator's choice challenge at our field training.

The original idea came from a US demo called Brenda Quintana - thank you for sharing your instructions Brenda :)

Stamps: True Friend
Card/paper: pretty in pink; rose red designer series paper;
Ink: Pretty In Pink; Regal Rose; Rose Red;
Ribbon: Pretty In Pink teffeta
Accessories: Flowers from the Pretties Kit coloured in using Regal Rose and Rose Red markers

Monday, 22 September 2008

Countdown to Christmas

I know, I know its still a while away yet but its never too early to start on your Christmas cards. :D

Hear are a couple of cards I have been working on recently. The first uses the Season of Joy set from the new catalogue out on 1 October.

Stamps: Season of Joy
Card: Real Red; Whisper White; Dashing Designer Series Paper (now retired - get yours while there are still stocks available)
Ink: Real Red, Versamark
Accessories: Real Red Ribbon ( I pulled a thread on this to give it a ruched effect); White embossing power (this is my favourite embossing powder - it is so finely ground it gives beautiful results every time!)

This card was the swap card I made for the Training event - I will post a picture later of all the other cards I received - they are fabulous each and every one of them.

Stamps: Perfect Presents
Card: Real Red; Whisper White; Old Olive
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive; Versamark
Accessories: Real Red Ribbon; Dazzling Diamonds
; Dimensionals

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Little baby gift boxes

This was the project I demonstrated at the Glasgow training event for Stampin' Up! demonstrators and guests. It's a little origami fold box with a plaited (*platted/braided - delete as appropriate according to nationality!LOL ) handle. I first saw this handle used on a paper craft project when I took a class in Holland with the wonderfully talented Lida de Witt - she made us laugh when she told us it was so easy that kids at kindergarten in Holland do this! Hmmm cue a classful of grown woman struggling to make it!!

Stamps:Seeing Spots wheel; Wild About You
Card: Whisper White; Regal Rose; Pretty In Pink
Ink: Pretty In Pink
Tools: Scallop Punch; 1 3/8" Circle punch; Wheel Guide
Accessories: Soft Subtles brads (to attach handle)

Close up of handle
A quick word about the wheel guide - this is one of those items I flicked past in the catalogue. Then I saw one in action and it makes using the wheels so much easier and you get such a neat finish. If you have wheels at all then I highly recommend you get yourself a wheel guide.

These boxes would also be great for Christmas decorations to hang on the tree, for Halloween, for mini easter eggs or even as wedding, birthday or christening party favours.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Birthday Celebrations

Stampin' Up! is 20 years old this year and to celebrate there is 20% off selected stamp sets in October when your spend £20. Click on the image to see a bigger version.

And hello to my visitors from Germany ;)

Monday, 15 September 2008

Stampin' Up! UK New Catalogue

Here of some sneak peeks of some new sets that are coming soon!

Crazy for cupcakes

Picture to follow soon :)

In the Stars

Pocket Silhouettes

Holiday Treasures Designer Series Paper

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Sneak Peeks

Looks like we might be getting the scallop edge punch in the new catalogue, along with some more fab new sets like possibly Crazy About Cupcakes and In the Stars :)

The following items may be pre-ordered between now and 30 September and I will make sure the order goes in on 1 October to ensure the earliest possible delivery


All prices are subject to confirmation. If they turn out to be lower I'll refund the difference but if they are more then there will be nothing further to pay.
£3.95 P&P charge applies as usual

New Stamps

Stampin' Up! are such a great company to be involved with. As a demonstrator I had the opportunity to pre-order some of the new stamp sets from the new catalogue due out on 1 October (all Stampers 10 club members will receive a complimentary copy of the new catalogue just as soon as they arrive with me towards the end of the month I hope).

I chose three sets:

Season of Joy
True Friends
Totally Tabs

And what's more they come die-cut - no more trimming the stamps from the red rubber before you mount them. Apparently all new sets in the new catalogue will be die cut but existing sets will still have to be cut while stocks last and then they will be replaced with a die cut version - don't worry we are told the die cut sets will be clearly marked in the new catalogue.

So this was the first card I made with my new stamps - I used Versamark and white embossing powder to get a really strong white image. I then distressed the edges of the Old Olive cardstock with my scissors, added some Kraft taffeta ribbon and some bits from the Pretties kit.

The next card I "cased" from a US blog I saw. Unfortunately it was a while ago and although the idea of making little handbags with the Round Tab punch stuck in my head, I forget where I saw the idea - if anyone knows please let me know so I can give credit :)

The sentiment comes from the True Friends set. I decided I wanted to have two different colours on my sentiment but I don't have the marker set that contains Close to Cocoa. So what I did was use a blender pen to pick up some ink from the inkpad and then coloured the stamp that way.
And finally I was very flattered to be ask to demo at the upcoming training event for demonstrators in Glasgow next weekend. I have my project for that all organised but under wraps for the time being :)
However I can show you a sneak peek of the swaps I have been busy making for that event.


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