Tuesday, 13 August 2013


Morning crafters

Today I'm sharing with you another project using the beautiful Flower Shop stamp set and Pansy Punch.

I have joined up with fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrators on 'In Love With Stamping' once again, this time for a New Catty Card Kit in a 'play from home' shoe-box style swap.

I've made this as a tent style card in Basic Black card.  The Whisper White layer has been processed through the Perfect Polka Dot Textured Embossing fodder using Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine. 

A strip of Primrose Petals DSP has been matted onto a Basic Black card layer. 

Three flowers from Flower Shop stamp set were stamped in Basic Black ink and punched out using Pansy Punch.   Here I have coloured centre by tapping co-ordinating marker pen and then using a blending tool or water brush.  Flower petals were curled upwards using a Bone Folder. 

The sentiment is from another new favourite of mine 'Simply Sketched' which can be earned for FREE by having a party.   Sentiment was stamped in Basic Black ink onto scrap of Whisper White card and punched out using the large oval.   This was then matted onto a Basic Black scallop oval punch. 

A small piece if co-ordating stitched satin ribbon has been tucked behind greeting. 

Hope you have enjoyed this little project today and I'm really looking forward to receiving 14 different card kits from otter Demonstrators.  I will share these with you once I've received and had time to make up projects. 

Thanks for popping by today.   Catch up again soon. 

Happy craftin'


Morning crafters

Last Sunday I was back once again at the Suffolk Papercraft show in Bury St Edmunds. 

We had another fantastic day talking to fellow crafters, catching up with many of my regulars and also chatting with some new ladies who had not yet heard of Stampin' Up!

My 'retired stamp sale' table brought a lot of interest, snapping up some bargains. 

Today I'm sharing with you the Make & Take that visitors to my stand made.  When I first made this, I thought it looked like a Christmas Rose, although many preferred to use the 'Happy Birthday' greeting choice available. 

The stamp set used is the beautiful Flower Shop and when purchased together with the co-ordinating Pansy Punch, you can save 15%.  Please contact me if you would like to place an order.  

The show is so busy, it is not practical to have glitter !!!  However, here is a flower centre I made by using Tombow Multipurpose adhesive and covering with Stampin' Up! Gold Glass Glitter. I left this to dry thoroughly overnight and gently tapped of the excess glitter in the morning.  This looks lovely for the Christmas Rose centre.  

Many thanks to my show helpers Val & Elaina - much appreciated.  It was a very warm day and we all enjoyed your company. 

Thanks for popping by today.  Pop back soon to see the variation I have used for a share project. 

Happy craftin'

Saturday, 3 August 2013


Slightly earlier this year, but with the launch of the NEW Annual Stampin' Up! Catalogue 2013/14 last month, I'm joining fellow Demonstrators at In Love With Stamping, to bring you a 'blog hop' of some of our favourite products from the NEW catalogue.  Providing everybodys links and scheduled posts work, from 10am this morning you should be able to enjoy your hop round about 15 Stampin' Up! Demonstator blogs, each showcasing new products.
So, grab yourself a cuppa, notepad and pen to jot down products you might simply 'have' to have ready to place an order with your local/regular Demonstrator.  

You may have just joined me from Christa at http://serendipity-stamping.blogspot.co.uk/ with some lovely projects. 

My first project today shows you the five NEW In-Colours 2013/15,  Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar and Strawberry Slush.  

The Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die is not a new product although its new to me.  I thought I had missed it on the retirement list but was so relieved to see I could still order :-). Here I have used some tiny seed beads I had in my craft stash that were crying out to be used.  They were threaded onto a piece of silver wire and wrapped round the butterfly body, twisted to hold and then the ends trimmed for antenna. I thought this was a lovely way to showcase the new colours
When I started playing with this Big Shot Die, I thought these would make wonderful wedding place cards.  Last weekend one of my ladies attending one of my 12-hr 'Fun Days of Crafting' borrowed a couple to show her niece and now has an order for all of her wedding stationery, based around these little creations :-)
 With all this hot weather we've been having recently, it's strange thinking about the 'C' word.  Lots of crafters I know have already started thinking about Christmas, as its the time of year we send the most cards in one go !!

I've been busy recently making samples of Christmas cards for my local monthly Christmas Clubs.  Each month we make 8 'quick and easy' Christmas cards in a 2-hr session.  All of the Stampin' Up! Festive products are being released on 1st September in the Autumn / Winter catalogue so for my July club I made this card using the gorgeous hostess set Simply Sketched contains 3 images and 3 greetings.  The bird was simply water-coloured with a red breast to make into a robin and the leaves in the background will feature as mistletoe for next months club.   Please contact me if you are interested in earning this stamp set and other products for FREE :-)
These next two cards feature the Mosaic Madness suite. This has been a very popular set and is very versatile, adapting to all occasions.  Again, fitted in well for my Christmas clubs 'quick and easy' designs but is not just for Christmas and buying as a bundle is 15% cheaper. 

Lastly, I played with some Designer Series Paper 'Modern Medley' in Basic Black and Very Vanilla.  Don't forget my earlier post detailing the special offer for August, buy 3 packs of Designer Series Paper and get 4th for free (from standard £9.95 packs, not speciality or paper stacks, sorry).
These little flags or banners seem to be a very popular trend at the moment.  Here I cut strips of different widths and used the NEW Hexagon punch to trim the ends. 
If like me, you cut your pieces to size before trimming the ends, or using as a way to use up lots of scraps, just attach to sticky end of a Post-It Note to give you something to hold it with in the punch :-)
The greetings here are from one of my favourite Christmas sentiment sets called 'More Merry Messages' which has held over from last years catalogue and is still available to purchase.

I hope you have enjoyed my little contribution today and enjoy the rest of your 'hop' moving on to Sarah at http://www.esellek.com/.  

Happy crafting :-)

Thursday, 1 August 2013


If you love Stampin' Up!s Designer Series Paper and the way all the colours co-ordinate with cardstock, ribbon and other accessories, then here is a fantastic offer to help you collect the NEW products from the Annual catalogue 2013/14 that released just last month.
Offer Dates: 1-31 August, 2013
Offer Details: Buy three packs of select Designer Series Paper and get one for FREE!
The Fine Print:
  • These items don’t qualify for the offer:
    • Designer Series Paper Stack
    • Specialty Designer Series Paper
    • Designer Series Paper from the autumn-winter catalogue
    • Designer Series Paper ordered through hostess benefits
Simply choose your favourite FOUR sets from the 11 Designer Series Paper in the Annual 2013/14 catalogue priced at £9.95 to qualify for this offer, and pay for just THREE.  There's nothing stopping you from having all four of one design !! 
So, if you fancy grabbing a bargain, then get in touch and I will be happy to place an order for you.
Happy Craftin'

BEST OF 25 YEARS ...... August 2013

Another month gone, another month nearer to Christmas !!  Where is the year disappearing ?

In case you hadn't heard, for Stampin' Up!s 25-year anniversary, they are bringing back some of their favourite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 5 sets, which will release one set per month—until October 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each “Best of” set will also include a never-before-seen image!

All sets will be available until 31st March 2014 or until stocks last and will be priced at £13.95 in Clear Mount only.  
This month is 'Best of ........ Shelli, the co-founder of Stampin' Up!

Feel free to contact me for more information or to place an order.
Happy Craftin'