Thursday, 2 October 2014

A gift idea using designer paper - Stampin' Up Artisan blog hop

It's that exciting time of the week again... the Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team blog hop day! Every Thursday each member of the team showcases a project we've made using supplies that Stampin' Up have kindly sent us. Are you ready to be inspired?!

My own project this week came about while I was swooning over the Color Me Autumn designer series paper and coordinating designer washi tape. Oh the colours! the patterns! Come and see how I used them:

I turned them into a pack of thank you cards! All the designs in the Color Me Autumn paper pack are gorgeous but that leafy paper is so beautiful it deserves to have a whole project to itself in my opinion!

I used it to make this slim box which closes by tucking the flap under the lush Blackberry Bliss ribbon. Everything fits snugly inside...

... envelopes, thank you cards and a coordinating pen. Let me take the cards out to show you:

This paper was just asking to have some of its leaves cut out and used to decorate the cards - and it's a good way to use up the snippets left over from making the box too! If fussy cutting isn't your thing, you could stamp leaves and cut them out with the Fall Fest bundle or simply use the Autumn Wooden Elements to decorate.

Washi tape is one of my favourite embellishments ever and not only makes quick, easy backgrounds for cards but also effortlessly covers a pen to match a project!

I hope you enjoyed my box of cards gift set. Are you ready to see what the rest of the team has been up to?  Click the button below and hop on over to visit the amazing Allison Okamitsu:

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If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

I remember when my youngest son was reading the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, he nearly burst laughing about the formula the character Greg came up with for writing thank you notes:

Dear ____
Thank you so much for the awesome _____
I  love the way the _____ look on my_____
All my friends will be jealous that I have my very own _____

You just had to fill in the blanks. The only problem was that Greg's aunt had given him pants!

See you tomorrow,

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Want free or reduced price Stampin' Up products?

WOW, WOW, WOW! Hold onto your ears because it's special offer time at Stampin' Up - and oh my goodness, what a lot of very special offers there are!


When you join Stampin' Up you get an amazing deal already - your starter kit costs £99 and you get to choose whatever Stampin' Up products you want to go in it worth up to £130, PLUS you get free stationery, catalogues and delivery, On top of all that, between now and 24th October, you'll get a free pack of designer paper EVERY month for 6 months! How's that for the gift that keeps giving?!
(Speciality papers and stacks are not included.)

• If you've decided to start a Stampin' Up direct sales business, it couldn't be a better time as you'll have a full twelve months to earn Stampin' Up's generous cash and product bonuses and will be launching your business at a busy time when everyone is thinking about Christmas cards and gift wrapping.

• If you prefer to be a hobby demonstrator, you'll enjoy free and discounted goodies as well as the social benefits - and if you join now you'll have until March/April to make your first minimums.

Curvy Keepsake Box made with Color Me Autumn designer papers from Stampin' Up

I am always here to answer any questions you have about joining Stampin' Up and would never pressurise you into joining if you don't feel it's right for you. Give me a call on 01280 820593 if you want to chat, or ask your questions via email if you prefer, or click here to read more information.


To tie in with World Cardmaking Day on Saturday 4th October, Stampin' Up is cutting the cost of basic supplies like A4 card stock, full-size ink pads, envelopes and adhesive. You'll get selected items at 15% discount this week from 1-6 Oct.

Not content with that, selected stamp sets will be available at a whopping 20% discount too - including one of my own favourites, Choose Happiness!

Card made with Choose Happiness and the fab Stampin' Up blendabilities

Don't miss out! These discounts are only available for one week, between 1-6 October 2014!


Don't forget that until the end of October, you can earn the Good Greetings sentiment stamp set free with orders of £200 or more!

This offer applies to individual OR group orders so why not show your catalogue to your friends and family? Even if they're not crafters, they'd probably be keen to order Christmas wrapping paper and tags from the Stampin' Up autumn/winter catalogue and there are lots of gift wrapping ideas to inspire them too!

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If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

Phew! So many offers and so much excitement in one day - you may need a lie down (with your Stampin' Up catalogues and a glass of champagne er... I mean a nice cup of tea!)

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Make a card to celebrate an Amazing Birthday with Stampin' Up

When I want to make a quick male birthday card, I often reach for one of my favourite Stampin' Up stamp sets, Amazing Birthday. Today though I decided to give it a more feminine twist! Come and see:

This is just one stamp! It's so easy to get the multi-coloured image by colouring the rubber with Stampin' Write markers and huffing on it to remoisten the ink before stamping. This mixture of Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe and Mossy Meadow reminds me of a vintage boudoir, especially with that touch of champagne sparkle!

I'll be linking this card up with Less is More where the challenge is Mostly Words and ATCAS where there's a CAS challenge going on.

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My shop is open 24/7 so you can buy Stampin' Up products from me any time, day or night.
If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

I promised to show you some of my Somerset photos today but I've not managed to sort through them yet. I had to retire to my own boudoir very early last night - I think I may be suffering from car lag!

See you tomorrow,

Monday, 29 September 2014

Going autumnal with White Christmas from Stampin' Up

I knew at once that Stampin' Up's new White Christmas stamp set was going to be one of those sets that would set my imagination going - and it most certainly has! I made my first Christmas card with it on Friday (see it here) and today, I've used the same design to make a card to send right now in the autumn! Come and see:

This time, instead of a snowy scene, I've stamped brown trees, sponged in some grass and added the glowing leaves of autumn with markers.

You may think I've gone all arty on you but these leaves are seriously easy! You simply dab small splodges around the branches with the brush end of a Stampin' Write marker, adding a few dabs underneath to represent falling leaves. Do have a go at this yourself, it's really good fun and you'll be amazed at how leafish those blobs look!

I stamped the sentiment onto a banner and attached it to the scene with a double staple before mounting onto the card base with dimensionals.

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Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad

My shop is open 24/7 so you can buy your Stampin' Up products any time, day or night.
If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

We've been away in Somerset this weekend, visiting family, and with the gorgeous, warm weather were able to get some good walking in. All those hills always give us a good appetite - well most of us anyway... My husband, having done full justice to a breakfast of bacon, eggs, sausages, mushrooms, beans, grilled tomatoes and several slices of toast and a lunch of roast lamb with roast potatoes, piles of vegetables and plenty of gravy, confessed that he wasn't particularly hungry for dinner. He was regarded pityingly by my youngest son. "You really do need to build your appetite up!" he said.

I'll be back tomorrow with more crafty inspiration and perhaps the odd photo of the weekend too! Hope to see you then,

Friday, 26 September 2014

It's going to be a White Christmas from Stampin' Up

The moment I saw the adorable White Christmas stamp set in the autumn/winter Stampin' Up catalogue, I started thinking of all the wonderful things I could do with it. So many different creatures and other elements to add to a snowy scene...! Here's the first of many, many makes:

Naturals White card stock is perfect for any sponged scene because it's soft speckled surface gives a nice feeling of movement. I heat embossed the trees in white before masking off the ground and sponging the sky. Hmm, red sky in the morning... Get all those sheep in the barns you shepherds!

Can you see the speckled card stock really adds to that frosty feel? I used a mix of the Frosted Sequins and Basic Rhinestones to get the sparkle in my trees and I love how glittery they are!

The sentiment was stamped on a banner, heat embossed in silver and stapled onto the scene with my new favourite toy the Handheld Stapler - I love the size of the staples and have been using them on everything!

It was the 25th of the month yesterday and so I'll be joining Sarn at her Rudolph Day challenge with not one but two of my shiny cards as per the rules!

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If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

You know the saying Red sky at night, shepherds' delight? We have a different version in our house: Red sky at night, Turkish delight! And frankly we're not really fussy about the time of day or what colour the sky is!

I'll have something quite different to show you on Monday using the White Christmas set I used today. Until then, have a great weekend and remember that crafting is really good for your health!