Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Love Stampin' Up? Join for just £75!

Have you ever had your breath taken away by Stampin' Up designer paper and felt the need to bring it out and stroke it for a week before cutting into it? Have you ever punched the air and cried yes, yes, YES! when placing the designer paper next to card stock that matches perfectly? Have you ever sighed with pleasure when another stamp set is released which coordinates with one of your punches? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, you really do need to join Stampin' Up right away!

Stampin' Up is the perfect, low-cost way to start up a craft business that fits around your lifestyle but it isn't just for business people. The benefits for fans of Stampin' Up products are enormous - 20% off all your orders, free products, invitations to demonstrator-only events, the chance to see and order new products before anyone else, the wonderful friendships you make... The list goes on!

I bet you want to join right this minute - and you couldn't have chosen a better time! Between 25th November and 2nd December, you'll get your Stampin' Up starter kit for just £75, that's 25% off the usual price, AND you'll get to choose whatever Stampin' Up products you like to put in it worth up to £130 AND it will be delivered free of charge to your door!

I know what you're thinking. You think that after you've joined you'd have to spend loads of money to keep up with being a demonstrator. But the truth is that if you join now, you will only need to place orders worth £275 catalogue price between now and the end of March 2015 to remain a part of Stampin' Up. You can be your own customer, or take orders from friends and family, or a mixture of both. Stampin' Up has also announced that demonstrators joining during this promotion will get a 5% cash back on all orders placed in December!

It does sound a bit too good to be true doesn't it, but I assure you there are no catches. Stampin' Up welcomes hobby demonstrators as well as people wanting to start a business - it's the company's way of rewarding your loyalty to its products.

Oh my goodness, and how about asking for a starter kit as an early Christmas prezzie? Imagine opening a box of £130 worth of fabulous Stampin' Up goodies on Christmas morning! (But don't forget this offer is only on for one week, starting 25th November.)

I'm here to answer all your questions so email me here or give me a call on 01280 820593 for a friendly, no obligation chat. Or click here for more information about joining Stampin' Up.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Monday, 24 November 2014

Using my Stampin' Up stash to make a coordinated birthday gift set

It was my darling daughter's birthday the weekend before last - and her first one away from home. I wrapped her little gifts with a great deal of love and care - and of course my Stampin' Up craft supplies helped me to match everything. Come and see:

My daughter is at Manchester University and, since the symbol of Manchester is the bee, I chose that as my theme using the bee from the retired Natures Walk stamp set. The card is a simple design that relies on its bold yellow and black colour scheme for effect. The sentiment is from the oh so useful Amazing Birthday stamp set and I used the Simply Scored tool to create a frame for the panel to sit in.

As a student, my daughter is naturally impoverished now so we gave her some money to help out. Stampin' Up's gift card framelits die is brilliant for dressing up money as well as gift cards. The papers are from the tone-on-tone Designer Paper Stacks - these come in every single Stampin' Up colour and are so useful!

Regular readers of my blog may recognise this little treat box. It holds two mini bars of delicious Green & Blacks chocolate - yes, my daughter is as much of a fan as I am! You'll find my video tutorial here.

I popped up to Manchester last week to visit my daughter and deliver her gifts in person. Being on the west side of England, it does sometimes rain in Manchester (!) so I thought a bright plant would cheer things up in her room (and these Kalanchoes are indestructible just in case she should forget to look after it!)

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When I gave my daughter her card I wondered if she'd get the Manchester connection. "Do you know why there are bees all over the card?" I asked. She giggled. "Because... bees!" she said.

Life has got rather challenging for me all of a sudden. Not only am I looking after our adorable little Golden Retriever puppy Eva but my beloved Apple Mac has died a death and is having to be examined by the lads at the Apple Store. Honestly - life! Am I right?!

See you tomorrow (hopefully!)

Friday, 21 November 2014

Celebrating success in my Stampin' Up team

When I first joined Stampin' Up as an independent demonstrator, I didn't think about building a team. Once I started though, I found helping, motivating and encouraging my team members incredibly rewarding. I would love to help you get off to a great start too so, if you've been thinking of starting a Stampin' Up business or would like to enjoy your hobby as part of the Stampin' Up family, why not give me a call for an informal chat on 01280 820593? Or click here to find out more.

WOW! I've just heard that there's going to be an amazing offer on for one week only! Between 25th November - 2nd December, you'll be able to get 25% off your starter kit when you join Stampin' Up AND you'll get 5% back on all your sales in December! That's on top of the usual considerable benefits too!

I'm always delighted when members of my team achieve their Stampin' Up goals and I like to mark the occasion with little cards and gifts. Today's bright card was made to celebrate a promotion. Come and see:

There's a real party feel about this stamp I think! It's from the Today and Everyday set on p.168 of the annual Stampin' Up catalogue and it's designed for colouring, so out came my blendabilities markers! Blending and shading is effortless with these beauties! Have you spotted the candy dots at the bottom of the card? I love having these in all the Stampin' Up colour families!

A Tangerine Tango panel brings out the zingy colours of the lanterns. I cut an aperture in it with one of the Deco Labels framelits - LOVE that embossed edge you get with the framelits!

I'll be linking this card up with CAS(E) this Sketch where this is the sketch:

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Naturally I've been keeping my daughter up to date with all the puppy news. "If she woofs that she'd like to go to Manchester, do bring her up to visit me," said my daughter. I heard from her again yesterday. "Eva is such a clever puppy," she texted. "I can't believe she already knows how to sit, go to her bed AND run a chickpeas company!" This picture accompanied the text:

Have a wonderful weekend won't you. I don't know how much crafting will get done here but there'll certainly be a whole lot of puppy training! See you very soon,

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Christmas gift card/money envelopes - Stampin Up Artisan blog hop

It's Thursday and it's time for another round of inspiration from the Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team. Every week I look forward to seeing what my friends from around the world have been up to - and they always amaze me with their talent. Are you ready to hop with me?

My own project this week came to me as I was stroking the Trim The Tree designer paper stack! It's so handy to have a quick way to dress up those last minute gift cards but, if you don't yet have the fabulous Stampin' Up Gift Card framelits die, what is a girl to do?! Well, how about these cute little envelopes:

You can rustle up a few of these fun little envelopes quite quickly and it takes seconds to dress them up with decorative twine, pegs and tags from the Under The Tree Tag a Bag accessory kit.

Each envelope is made from a sheet of the Trim the Tree designer paper stack from the autumn/winter catalogue. There are some stunning papers to choose from!

This one has a Boots gift card in it but wouldn't it be great to open one of these and find a voucher for a Stampin' Up shopping spree with me?! (Start dropping hints now ladies!)

Fancy making some of these little envelopes yourself? Here's a video to show you how:

I hope you've enjoyed my project today. Now the rest of the Artisan Design Team are waiting to inspire you and next up, it's the fabulous Allison Okamitsu! Click the button below to visit her:

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Paper Snips

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The dust is still settling here from the arrival of our gorgeous new Golden Retriever puppy Eva. For those of you that are curious to know how our lovely puss Tuppence is dealing with the new arrival, I think this just about sums it up:

She is just speechless but please don't be worried for her - we are giving her lots of extra cuddles and treats!

See  you tomorrow,

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Tea light gifts using Holiday Home from Stampin' Up

One of the pleasures of the chillier, darker days is to toast your toes by a real fire, with a book on your knee (the Stampin' Up catalogue perhaps!) and a steaming cup of hot chocolate at your elbow. I've tried to capture that comforting firelight in the little gift I'm going to show you today. Come and see:

This little decoration holds an electric tea light which flickers just like firelight. It's made of vellum and stamped with one of the beautiful little houses from the Holiday Home stamp set.

This is what it looks like in the daylight when the tea light is turned off. It's very easy to make! I cut a strip of vellum 17cm (6 5/8") x 7 cm (3") and scored at 4 cm (1 5/8"), 8 cm (31/8"), 12 cm (4 6/8") and 16cm (6 2/8") The house was stamped in each scored 'frame' using Stazon ink.

Once the vellum was scored and stamped, I coloured the reverse side with Blendabilities markers, trimmed the top, and assembled it into a square shape. TIP: Stazon ink is perfect for stamping onto shiny surfaces like vellum but because it's an alcohol-based ink, like the Blendabilities, it would result in 'dirty' colouring if you tried to colour on the same side.

These pretty decorations would make great presents but are you wondering how you'd gift wrap them? Well that's easy! The Stampin' Up Gift Box Punch Board makes a box the perfect size - 4.9 x 4.9 x 8.3 cm (1.75 x 1.75 x 3.25")

I used rich Cherry Cobbler card stock for mine and I think they look gorgeous tied up with lush Real Red satin woven ribbon with some pretty tags. How would you decorate yours?

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Back in the 70s Donny Osmond sang about Puppy Love and now I understand exactly what he meant! We have all fallen in love with our new bundle of golden fluffiness and she seems to be settling in pretty well.

Here she is enjoying a romp in the garden!

Don't think in all the excitement that I've forgotten about my Artisan Design Team duties! I'll be back tomorrow with my team pals when we bring you another fabulous blog hop. See you then!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Another of the Endless ways to use Endless Wishes from Stampin' Up

I have mentioned that I LOVE Stampin' Up's Endless Wishes stamp set haven't I? Thought so! Here's another fun way to use this wonderful photopolymer set:

Stamping the snowflakes at the bottom of the front panel so that they rise up into a pointy pile means that you can stamp your greeting at a jaunty angle! There's nothing like a spot of jaunty on a Tuesday morning!

What do you think of the dreamy grey and purple colour scheme? As always, I love the way I don't have to scramble about hunting for card stock to match - Stampin' Up makes card stock, inks, designer papers, embellishments etc in the same delicious colours!

I used Chrissy's sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch for this card. Isn't it fabulous? The ladies are celebrating 100 sketches over there so do go and join the fun!

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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.

Are you wondering how it's going on the puppy front? One thing that may not go so well is introducing Eva to the cross old lady that runs our house - no, not me you cheeky lot - Tuppence, our cat! I have tried talking it through gently with her...

... and she has promised to think it over!

See you tomorrow,