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Thursday, 13 December 2018

Last Call for Christmas Delivery!

Last Day To Order For Christmas Delivery!

Would you like something crafty under the tree for you this Christmas?
Let your loved ones know that today is the last day to place orders for delivery by Christmas.
Order HERE

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

More Faceted Baubles!

Some of you may remember the faceted baubles I made this time last year for our Onstage event. I showed them to my ladies at the time and they were well received. With this in mind I thought it  would be a god idea to have them make them for this month's Just For Fun.
Not knowing how much time they'd need, I designed just one card too in case they had time on their hands!
In the event, some of the ladies managed both and others only managed to complete the bauble. I forgot to take photos so will show you my own, once again.

The original one was made by a lady called Samantha Clayton who is a UK demonstrator. She sealed hers closed and hung it from a tree. The instructions I followed were by Julie DiMatteo, a US demonstrator, who left the top unsealed so that it could be used as a gift box.
The ladies made theirs in cherry cobbler and mossy meadow card. They chose their decorative DSP from a couple of Christmas packs so that each was slightly different.
Here is the card I prepared for them.

The white panel is embossed with the woodland folder, the embellishments are die cut using the Pretty Pines thinlits with mossy green and lovely lipstick card and vellum punched with the sprigs punch. The centre is die cut with a stitched shapes thinlit and stamped with a an image from the Swirly Frames stamp set and a sentiment from the Merry Christmas To All stamp set. Finished off with a rhinestone.
As usual, I'm way behind with my own Christmas cards so this one will sure come in handy.
I hope your preparations are more organised than mine! Have a good week,

Saturday, 8 December 2018

A Few Onstage Treats!

I recently shared our Onstage event with you. We received so many gifts on the day but what I haven't shared is the personal gifts that I received from friends.
I hadn't taken part in any swaps so hadn't expected to bring items home with me but I was so fortunate to be gifted with some anyway!

This perfectly formed handbag was filled with goodies and was created and gifted to me by Yvonne Bevan.

Prettily decorated, this gable box contained handmade, delicious viennese biscuits from a lady who bakes super yummies! Anne Yates.

What a chic little box from Louise Sims, but check inside...

Not only is it decorated so smartly inside but it also contains chocolate!

This sweet little notebook on a clipboard is from Sue Bridge.

Look at this from Kim Fee! Aha! You might say, a pen. Yes, but take a look...

It's blue, it's sparkly...but can you spot what's on the side of the barrel?
Here's a close up -

Inscribed, just for me!
This then followed -

Full of chocolate (though I'd already tucked in by the time this photo was taken!). How lucky am I!
I think I was well and truly spoilt, don't you!
How lovely to receive gifts and cards which have been hand decorated, don't you think.
Perhaps you could hand decorate some of your Christmas gifts, they don't need to be expensive to be beautifully presented!
Happy crafting!

Lesley x

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Country Road

I really liked the look of the stamps in the Country Road Stamp set. I thought they’d be perfect for masculine cards, though I had completely overlooked the set when I first glanced through the catalogue.
I gave myself the task of using it for October’s Just For Fun classes.
The four cards are all different and certainly weren’t to everyone’s taste but my lovely ladies threw themselves into the projects and had a go at each of the techniques.
Our first was a simple star card. Change up the colours to something bright and it could also then be used for a child's birthday. How about using a number stamp for the child's age on the 'seal'?

The card was simply stamped in crumb cake and merry merlot and then had braided linen trim wrapped around it. We made a ‘wax seal’ by covering a circle of card in Versamark, sprinkling embossing powder on top and heating it. We then repeated this and, immediately the heat gun was switched off and powder still wet, pressed a rubber stamp into it the wet powder. Leave it alone until completely cold then gently remove the stamp to view the impression left behind. This was added to the card along with a piece of the beautiful merry merlot and copper reversible ribbon.

The second card was in more earthy tones.

The base card being early espresso. The soft suede layer was stamped with the tall plant stamp and run through the bigshot in a 'woodgrain' embossing folder (retired but you could use pinewood planks TIEF) then ink was lightly dragged over it to reveal the bark in more detail. We gave the gold foil strip of card a tarnished appearance by dragging a Staz-On ink pad across it. The cartwheel was stamped over this in Staz-On. The whole strip was the inked up completely in Versamark and was heat embossed with clear powder. People have recently started calling this the black ice technique, especially when done on silver foil card, However, it’s a tarnishing technique which has been out for many years.
The foil strip was added to the card front along with striped burlap trim and a galvanised button which has also been aged with some ink.

Our weather vane card has a much ‘cleaner’ look.

The base is Cajun craze. The crumb cake layer has been stamped with the tall plant then run through the Bigshot in a 'brick' embossing folder (retired, but Simple Stripes TIEF would make a good alternative). Cajun craze ink has been lightly swiped over the top with a dauber. The weather vane has been stamped and heat embossed in black to give a glossy, black iron finish, onto a circle cut using the stitched shapes frame kits. A sentiment was added and cut out using the tailored tag punch.

The last one, a moonlight card, has a very ‘clean’ appearance, with plenty of white to be seen.

We die cut a mask from scrap paper and punch out a circle from a post it note. The mask was placed over white card and the circle stuck inside. Various blue inks were sponges and daubed through the mask, leaving a little white below the circle. The mask and circle were both removed and the large plant and a sentiment were stamped before using the negative from the post it it note over the moon. This protected the ‘sky’ whilst adding Wink Of Stella to the moon.

Four different cards ant the techniques certainly kept my ladies busy.
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you've got an idea or two to go off and create something today!


Friday, 30 November 2018

What A Fun Weekend!

A few weekends ago were spent with 700+ other Stampin' Up! demonstrators, mainly from the UK and elsewhere in Europe at our Onstage Event in Birmingham. Quite often there are more of us gathered together but this, being our 30th anniversary enticed quite a number of my colleagues to travel to the live event in Orlando. Whilst not all of us can afford and/or justify the expense or time to attend Onstage Live, we still had a super time at the local events.

WARNING - Photo heavy post! 

The Friday evening kicked off with a dinner and training for the leaders at Centrestage. We were asked to dress in black and white, dress up or dress down. Out table centres were decorated to match!
My photos of the event aren't brilliant but here's are some of the table centrepiece.

Here is the smart loojing envelope we received upon registering for Centrestage.
Inside was a brand new 'cling; business style stamps set, I really like this! Also, a Centrestage branded bone folder. Very welcome, my own is looking a tad tatty!

My Upline Natalie spoilt us with gifts, I didn't open  them until I got home. 
Inside we’re pampering Tropics products. What lovely gifts! As you can see, even the packaging is really nice too.

Of all the things we receive at Onstage the one that most of us get so excited about is the new upcoming catalogue and, at this time of year we also get to see the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) leaflet too.
Another perk of attending Centrestage is that we receive our catalogues on the Friday evening and don't have to wait until Onstage on the Saturday.

Here we go - a close up shot...

Whilst I was at Centrestage, the two buddies I'd travelled with went off to enjoy an evening meal with the fairies team. But we caught up upon my return to the hotel. Here I am with Lydia and Yvonne.

For those demos who weren't able to register on Friday evening, the doors opened early on Saturday - many of you know that I'm just not an early bird!!!
The tables were all decorated and here is one of the photo collages from ours.

The '30' held the photo collage and the box underneath held all the supplies for us to use with our make n' takes.

Another gift. We all received this on the Saturday. I love the box with our new branding, made us feel so special!

I wanted to show you the pretty branding up close. love the colours!

Although I didn't open my box until I returned home, I want to show you what was inside.
A reversible canvas tote bag, A holder for out badge and ribbons (you can see me wearing these further down the page), a new stamp set, 3 pretty notebooks, 3 pens,. We also had our lunch ticket and prize patrol badge in the bag too.

This was our first all attendee give away - a tool bag with the new branding. 
This perfectly matches another couple of new products which I shared with you in my last post - the demonstrator tote (you can get this too by choosing options 2 when you join us between January - March, while stocks last!) and the stamparatus bag which will go on sale to customers shortly.

After taking a quick look through the catalogue I decided that I just 'needed' to have the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set - well, what do you know? I won it in prize patrol - YAY!!! I was delighted!

Another all attendee give away - a smart navy/white striped nylon pack away bag which zips inside itself.

We enjoyed live demonstrations, product and sample displays. We made our make n' takes (though I've still to finish mine - slap on the wrist!). People swapped and made new friends as well as catching up with our existing ones. It's a real social event!
We learnt all about the new cling stamps!

So much information! 
All in all, we had a super, though full on, time.
I've already mentioned how excited we all get about the new catalogue. It was Lydia's first Onstage event and  before I leave today's post I'll share a video with you. We had a fun time and I hope it brings a smile to your face.

If you'd like to share in the next Onstage in April, it's ALWAYS a good time to join my team! Contact me for details....
Lesley x

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Craft And Carry - Craft On The Move!

Excited, excited, excited!!!
I'm a tad excited. My PPP order (Product Purchase Premiere order - kind of like a pre pre order) has arrived. PPP is exclusive to those who attended Onstage and is a selection of goods from the new Spring and Summer 2019 catalogue which we get to purchase early. We also have some of the SaleA-Bration goodies too!
The two items I'm most excited about are our new exclusive, limited time availability tote and the super new Stamparatus bag.
I couldn't wait to take them from the box, as you will see!


As mentioned in the video, the tote is only available to demonstrators at present - if you're thinking of getting a starter kit you could include it in your kit! It will be part of our SaleABration celebration from January! And that is just 1 reason to join my team! Speak to me to find out more.
For a more professional (but certainly not more excited!) video, watch below.


The Stamaparatus bag is available for customers to purchase from 5th December.
It's designed to protect your Stamparatus when on the move, or even when storing at home!

Phew! I can have my cup of tea now!!!

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Online Extravaganza!

Stampin' Up! are having their own Black Friday Event!
But not just one day - 6 whole days!

Black Friday may not be enshrined in our UK customs as it is in the US but it is becoming more popular each year
For savvy shoppers everywhere, this time of year is a dream come true. Some of the biggest sales of the year are happening, which means some of the biggest savings are, too!
 We hope you're ready to save big, because we’re throwing a spectacular six-day promotion with exclusive, limited-time deals.
Get ready for Online Extravaganza! 


Online Extravaganza will run for six days. During this time, we’ll be throwing three, 48-hour sales featuring a selection of products from the 2018–2019 annual catalogue—all at 10% off! Each 48-hour sale will feature two product categories (e.g., paper, stamps, ink, etc.). When one sale ends, the next sale begins; this cycle will continue until Online Extravaganza is over. By the end, nearly every item from the annual catalogue will have been on sale!
23–24 November
  • Bags
  • Brads and Buttons
  • Cards and Envelopes
  • Cardstock
  • Designer Series Paper
  • Embossing material
  • Glitter
  • Ribbons
  • Twine
  • Specialty Paper
  • Tags
  • Washi Tape
Ordering Deadlines
  • Phone: 23 November, 15:00 (CET)/14:00 (GMT)
  • OEX/Online: 24 November, 23:50 (CET)/22:50 (GMT)
25–26 November
  • Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount, and photopolymer)
  • Project kits
  • Card kits
  • Kit refills
  • Memories & More
  • Punch box kits
Ordering Deadlines
  • Phone: 26 November, 17:30 (CET)/16:30 (GMT)
  • OEX/Online: 26 November, 23:50 (CET)/22:50 (GMT)
27–28 November
  • Adhesives
  • Applicators
  • Cleaners
  • Cutting tools
  • Embossing folders
  • Framelits and Thinlits
  • Ink Pads
  • Ink refills
  • Markers
  • Punches
  • Scoring Tools
  • Stamp blocks and cases
Ordering Deadlines
  • Phone: 28 November, 17:30 (CET)/16:30 (GMT)
  • OEX/Online: 28 November, 23:50 (CET)/22:50 (GMT)

  • While discounts will be available for most items, some exclusions apply. These non-discounted items include—but are not limited to—the following products:
    • Host stamp sets
    • Big Shot
    • Stamparatus
  • Bundles will not receive additional discounts during this promotion.
  • Item quantities are limited.
  • Depending on inventory levels, discounted pricing may or may not be available for items featured in the promotion throughout the entirety of each 48-hour sale.
  • Discounted items may be turned off if their supply reaches a pre-determined threshold.
  • If an item is turned off during a 48-hour sale, it will be made available again at its regular price within 36-hours of its 48-hour sale ending.
  • Discounted pricing for items featured in this promotion will be available only during each allotted 48-hour sales period. (e.g., discounted cardstock will available only during Paper & Embellishments sale; discounted ink pads will be available only during Tools & Ink sale.) No exceptions.

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