Annual Catalogue

Monday, 31 December 2012

Christmas cards 2012

Hi everyone,
Well, Christmas is over and, as we're just about to go into a new year and take all the decorations down, I thought I'd take the opportunity to show you the seasonal handmade cards I received.
I've scanned them all but those with bulkier embellishments or with a pale/all white background haven't shown up so well.
Some are made with SU products, some from existing stash, others are a mix of the two. All different, all gratefully received! 
So here we go:

Lesley Gillett - using Merry Minis

Wanda - using our ornament punch






Fiona - decorative label punch

Lesley Boyle - scallop trim border modern label & word window punches


Jane - stamp from Christmas Wishes

Cathryn - my no.1 DTL - ornament punch

Natalie - my upline - Merry Minis & Snow Festival Tags

Finally, you've seen it before but I think it deserves another appearance:

Sherrill - stamp from Scentsational Season
It's amazing that everyone comes up with something different to celebrate the season, I hope you've enjoyed looking at the cards.
Enjoy this evening. I can't wait to share some samples with you over the next three weeks as we approach Sale-a-bration. Don't know what Sale-a-bration is?? Then you need to check in again soon and find out what all the fuss is about - look forward to your company!

Monday, 17 December 2012

Festive Milk Carton

I wanted to do something different with the flocked window sheet that came as part of the Candlelight Christmas Speciality DSP. I have a small gift for someone, round, not easy to package, and so the Bigz Milk Carton die sprang to mind. With it's steel rule die this die cut through the acetate as clean as a whistle. Fold and stick, two holes in the top and the addition of a piece of very vanilla ribbon, all done!

Festive Milk Carton

I like the fact that it's transparent and you can see right through the carton. Just need to wrap a piece of tissue around the gift and it's ready to give.
Perfect for a happy holiday gift.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

30th Anniversary

This Tuesday my friend Bernie and her husband will be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. I wanted to use our luxurious flocked acetate and the Memorable Moments stamp set on their card and this is what I came up with.:

Originally I'd die cut, mounted and paper pierced '30th' to go on the front but my inky fingers left me having to either re-do the piece or have a re-think. Despite the flock being in real red, I managed to use it along with raspberry ripple, white, and a little grey to tone it down. The original piece went inside, along with some pearls. Few more pearls outside, it being her pearl anniversary, and into tomorrow's post. Hoping she like this as I didn't want the card to be too frothy.
I wish them both many more happy years together!

Friday, 14 December 2012

Merry Stampin' Up! Christmas

Those of you who know me well realise that my singing is dreadful and no, this isn't me warbling on the video. Just wanted to bring you all a 'Happy Holidays' greeting from Stampin' Up!.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Dear Santa..........

Don't you just love our latest ad campaign?

Seasonal and all in our luscious colours!
Hope you've already placed your Chirstmas order, if not, then you need to contact me NOW!
Phone 07725 217695 or email

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Christmas Orders

Is someone treating you to Stampin' Up! goodies for Christmas? Are you treating yourself???
Avoid paying full p+p, I've got a couple of customers who are happy to split the postage with you. I intend to place their order this evening so if you want to save some money you need to contact me today.
Phone 07725 217695

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

First to arrive

Last week I got my first Christmas card of the year from Sherrill and thought you might like to see it.

Sherrill's card

It survived being in my suitcase and didn't get damaged at all. I really love the bright red and clean look of this card, the candy canes are from the Scentsational Season stamp set which is available from the Autumn/Winter catalogue until 31st January. It has a matching set of dies - order them together and you save money.
Every time I look at this card I think 'I really do need to get mine made and posted'. Where does the time go?

Scentsational Season stamp set
wood mount item 121026 £16.95
clear mount item 121190 £13.95

Holiday Collection framelits dies
item 127814 £20.95

Scentsational Bundle
(order stamps and dies together and save £5)
wood mount item 129945 £31.95
clear mount item 129946 £28.95


Monday, 3 December 2012

The Stampin’ Trimmer has Arrived!

Recently I posted all about our new Stampin' Trimmer, well, it's arrived. I've already got my hands on one, yippee!

Stampin' Trimmer
item 129722 £25.95

Here is a recap of the features of this fab new tool:
  • Full 30.5 cm cutting and scoring track (You don't have to remove the blades to get a full 30.5 cm cut!)
  • Extended 15.9 cm wide cutting base and 36.5 cm extender ruler
  • Storage compartment under base to hold additional cutting/scoring blades
  • Cutting track that locks into place
  • Specially designed cutting track and handles for stable and straight cuts
  • Full ruler, with additional printed grid lines under a plastic cover so measurements won't wear off
  • And so much more 
Want another chance to see the video? Well here it is. This was made for the US market and talks just about inches but we're getting inches and cm's on ours, how great is that! See what all the fuss is about, take another look:

If you'd like to get your hands on one of these then contact me:
email or phone 07725 217695.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Team Training Swaps - December 2012

Well, it's that time again. Thanks to help from Lesley I was just about able to get my swaps made in time for training, having been on holiday until last Thursday. At our last training session I won 2 packs from our new Flawless Fabric range. I loved the colours but, not being much of a seamstress, couldn't think what I could use it for. A quick look on the internet and I came up with these: Microwave Heat Pads.
So easy to make, but then came problem number 2 - I don't have a sewing machine. This is where Lesley comes in. She bravely offered to sew all the pouches, leaving me to mix the rice, fill the pouches and hand stitch to finish them. After that, they were bagged and labelled. You can see the results below.

21 microwave Heat Pads, ready to go

The fabric is cut  to 45.7cm  x 68.6cm , each piece a very generous 'fat quarter'. Three different designs to each pack, all colour and design co-ordinated to the rest of our range. The pack shown below is Floral District (item 126893 £8.95).

Floral District Flawless Fabric

Here are the designs in the second pack I used - Summer Smooches (item 125411 £8.95).

Summer Smooches Flawless Fabric
These are just 2 packs from a choice of 8 for you to choose from. Prefer something bolder? Then our Essential Designer Fabric could be for you, a mixture of spots, trellis, chevron and stipes in strong colours.
My little heatpads seemed to go down very well. What a great stocking filler!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Another birthday card

What is it with birthdays??? They seem like buses at the moment. Tomorrow is Karen's birthday, thought it was today which is why I appear so organised. Had an idea in my head which ended up looking like this:

Karen's card

Okay, so it's not what I planned at all. At least I know she'll like the colours. I used 2 stamps from the Clockworks stamp set. the large one was stamped onto a white background in lucky limeade, wiseria wonder, old olice and perfect plum. The smaller stamp in rich razzleberry. Over that is a white piece of card die cut with one of the Apothecary Accent dies. On top of all this is vellum stamped with 2 stamps from (so glad this set has appeared in the main catalogue after disappearing at the end on the summer mini!), The words have been embossed with and the vellum attached with lucky limeade designer brads. the base card is wisteria wonder which has 2 lines scored above and below the stamped area, so easy with the simply scored board. The vellum softems the bright colours a little.

For this card I used:
Clockworks stamp set  
wood mount item no.127290 £21.95
clear mount item no. 127292 £17.95

Clockworks Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies
item no.127003 £20.95

Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies

In Colour 2011 Designer Brads 
item no. 122940 £7.25

Printed 2011 In Color Designer Brads - by Stampin' Up!

Simply Scored Scoring Tool
item no.122334 £25.95

Simply Scored - by Stampin' Up!

Other supplies:
Cardstock in Wisteria Wonder and Whisper White. Vellum and ink.

Despite being organised, I then lost the card so Karen is the proud owner of an empty envelope! It's now turned up and in the post.
Better late than never???

Monday, 19 November 2012

A card for Eleanor

It's my friend Eleanor's birthday and, just for a change, I've made a card for her ready.

Eleanor's card.

Luscious melon mambo, whisper white and a lovely sentiment from our Tea Shoppe stamp set, trimmed with the scallop edge border punch. The design at the bottom is a retired product - the Baroque stampin' wheel stamp.

If you'd like to make a similar card, here are some of the products I use:
Tea Shoppe

Scallop edge border punch
Item details:
Tea shoppe stamp set
wood mount item no. 125545 £ 30.95
clear mount item no. 125547 £ 24.95
Scallop edge border punch
item no. 119882 £ 14.25

Contact me to place your order - 
email  or 
phone     07725 217695.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Look what's coming soon.....

The brand NEW Stampin' Trimmer. Woo hoo!!! Not much longer to wait! I've been trying to be patient, after all, I do have 2 trimmers already. But, having seen videos of this new tool I'm SURE that I NEED it!

The Stampin' Trimmer (item 129722)

Here are some of the features that make it so great:
  • Full 30.5 cm cutting and scoring track (You don't have to remove the blades to get a full 30.5 cm cut!)
  • Extended 15.9 cm wide cutting base and 36.5 cm extender ruler
  • Storage compartment under base to hold additional cutting/scoring blades
  • Cutting track that locks into place
  • Specially designed cutting track and handles for stable and straight cuts
  • Full ruler, with additional printed grid lines under a plastic cover so measurements won't wear off
  • And so much more
Take a look at the video and see for yourself......
PLEASE NOTE that our trimmer is in cemtimetres and not inches as per the video. For UK measurements see above paragraph.

This exclusive trimmer will be available starting in early December, it can be found on page 180 of the catalogue, item 129722  £25.95.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

FREE Stampin' Up! Simply Sent App Has Arrived.

Simply Sent

Send a quick e-card or a birthday wish using Stampin' Up!'s FREE Simply Sent iPhone app!  Create an e-card-from a template, add a photo or customize.  Then send it via e-mail or post it on Facebook. 
Word has it that you can download the app to an ipad too! 


Wednesday, 14 November 2012

A Christmas Fair Winner

Sands ran a raffle at their Christmas fair last week to which all stallholders donated a prize - I've yet to be contacted by the winner of the stamping class that I donated. I did, however, run a little draw of my own for those visitors who took part in our 'Make & Take'. The first name out of the hat was Kati. i managed to contact her this evening, I'm delighted that she seemed surprised and pleased to have won. We'll be getting together after the holiday season and I look forward to sharing our craft with her.
Over the next few days I'll be contacting the entrants of our draw to update them with all things Stampin' Up!

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Calm before the storm

Here are some photos taken at Thursday's Christmas Fair as everyone was prepping their stand. None of ours - felt a bit conceited at the time and now kicking myself for not being able to post any.

This is the 'Make and Take' CASE'd from a card made by Meg Loven which can be seen on her blog Lovenstamps. Her card is in pretty shades of navy, pink and wisteria. Click on the link to see her original and other work:  My card is in bolder shades of lucky limeade, cherry cobbler and new midnight muse.

Looks as if I've used stripey ribbon but that's just the way the light catches on the cherry cobbler seam binding in the photo
This last photo shows a young lady by the name of Sophie who did her own version of our 'Make and Take'. And a super card it is too!

Friday, 9 November 2012

Thank you!

Thanks to all of you who came along to support the Christmas Fair at Sands yesterday evening. Cathryn and Pat assisted and worked hard to make a visit to our stand an enjoyable one. Thank you to both of you, your help was vital in the smooth running of our Make and Take which was quite busy. It was lovely to meet new people as well as our friends..
I still haven't heard who won the free stamping class in the raffle but will shortly list our draw prize winner.  So pop back back to check it out.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Christmas Fair Preparation

Remember this?

Christmas Fair - Sands at Bleak House

This will be my first time at the fair, also as a demonstrator and I'm not at all sure what I should be planning/doing in preparation. I'm aiming to provide a simple free Make & Take and have already started cutting up the card. But what else??? I don't know if there will be room for display boards (which I have ready) but still feel I should I need to make stuff, not for sale but to show that Stampin' Up! isn't just cards or for card makers. So, I've made a few bits and here is one I have to show you....

My Snow Flurry Box
...a 6inch square box in baja breeze and very vanilla with just a touch of bling in the form of our latest champagne glimmer card.
This, slightly fuzzy shot, is a close up of the top. The 'bellyband' has been trimmed using a scallop edge punch, layered with baja breeze card and very vanilla seam binding. This is all topped with snowflakes in very vanilla cardstock and champagne glimmer paper (make no mistake, this is no flimsy paper, more  the thickness of card) using our latest Snow Flurry Bigz Die. At the centre is a 'pearl' accent.
Close up of the top of my Snow Flurry Box

The box was quick and simple to make using our fab Simply Scored Scoring Tool - item no.122334 £25.95, Metric and diagonal scoring plates are also available to fit the tool. 
Both the Champagne Glimmer Paper - item no. 127885 £4.50 for two 12"x12" sheets - and the Snow Flurry Bigz die - item no. 127813 £18.95, are available to order from our Autumn/Winter 2012 until the end of January.

You, too, could be giving your gifts in personalised, handmade boxes this Christmas. If you're interested then contact me on 07725 217695 or email

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Seasonal November Promotion from Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! bring us their latest promotion as we celebrate 5 years in Europe:

Purchase either the Ornament Keepsake Stamp set (clear or wood mount)  and the Candlelight Christmas Speciality DSP and you get the Festive Paper Piercing Pack absolutely FREE! This offer also applies if you prefer to buy the Ornament Keepsakes Bundle and the Candlelight Christmas Speciality DSP. All the tools you need to make the ornament on the cover of the Autumn/Winter Catalogue, just add card, ink and a little tulle. Not only that, you can also make the other decorations shown inside the catalogue
This offer only lasts for the month of November. What better time to treat yourself!

Celebrating Five Years

Stampin’ Up! opened its doors in Europe five years ago and people here have been enjoying our quality products, and the exceptional service of our Stampin’ Up! demonstrators ever since! We celebrate this wonderful achievement, and look forward to the many years ahead. Since 1988, we’ve cultivated a positive reputation with our wide assortment of stamps and accessories that have been helping crafters discover and express their creativity. 
Stampin’ Up!  is a 24-year-old, reputable company that:

  • Offers high-quality product and exclusive artwork and designs.
  • Provides unparalleled customer service.
  • Regularly receives top business and artistic awards.
Join the Fun
As a Stampin’ Up! customer, you can feel great knowing you’re part of a long-standing company that’s in business for the long haul! Stampin’ Up! has been changing crafters’ lives everywhere and will continue to do so for years to come.
The best way to enjoy all that Stampin’ Up! offers is to become a demonstrator yourself! By joining Stampin’ Up! you’re investing in a  secure business opportunity and experience. In addition, being a demonstrator gives you a chance to explore creativity, make friends, and supplement your income--all while doing what you love. Join us, and experience the joy of being a demonstrator; start discovering how it can transform your life today!

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Christmas Fair

Hello everyone, I've got some seasonal news for you today. Next week I will be at the annual Christmas Fair which is being held, in aid of Woking Hospice, in Sands at Bleak House, Chertsey Road, Woking, between 5pm-9pm.

I'll be inviting everyone to join me in a simple 'Make and Take' - FREE, of course. The fair will have other local, independent stall holders, each bringing something different to the evening. Why not join us? Start the evening off with a seasonal glass of mulled wine FREE if you download the voucher at just click on the link and go straight to the site.
It should be a fun evening and I'd love you to join us - see you there!

Friday, 26 October 2012

Happy Birthday Pat

Okay, so I make cards. But when it comes to friends and family you can bet your bottom dollar that I'll be making their card at best the night before, but more often than not, on the day of the event. What is it with me??? It's nothing to do with not planning, I plan and write lists, then I have lists of lists. Then lists of lists of get the picture.
Here's what I made this morning for Pat:

I know she loves this new 'Postage Due' stamp set so thought I'd stamp using re-inkers from our Regals range. It's a while since I used the re-inker technique and I'm pleased with the result.This produces lovely, vibrant colour. Why not try our re-inkers for yourself? They're available individually for £2.75 each in all the colours in our range. A lovely inky little treat to play with.
For those of you not acquainted with this simple, effective technique then here's a little heads up - in January I'll be running a class to show you how.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Current Classes

It's drab and miserable outside but I've got some bright, colourful cards to cheer your day. Below you'll see  some photos of the current classes available - do excuse the background!. At all the classes you'll make 8 cards, 2 each of 4 designs. Please note: some of these cards have been CASE'd  but I don't have a clue where I saw them, so they're not all my original design.

The first is from the lovely Jenny Moors. Making use of one of our latest embossing folders - holiday frame - and the fabulous snow flurry die, along with champagne glimmer paper. All featured in the Autumn/Winter 2012 Catalogue. Simple, yes. But I think that you'll agree -they're classy.

Jenny Moors class

This next photo (not one of my best, try to ignore the cars) showcases our Snowflake Soiree stamp set in a departure from the traditional red/green combination. Here we have shades of very vanilla and soft suede. We will also use the brand new Illuminate stamp pad and yes, just a touch of that glimmer paper again. Can you guess that I like it????

Snowflake Soiree

In this third photo I've used one of my favourite Christmas stamps this year - Heart of Christmas, again from the Autumn Winter Catalogue. Teamed with naturals ivory and cherry cobbler this set makes good use of a single stamp.

'Heart of Christmas'

Finally, for those of you trying to hang onto the remnants of autumn and not think of the impending season, here is a class based on the super 'Wonderfall' stamps and matching die. I'm afraid to say that this set was on my list of 'must-haves' as soon as I saw them.

If you're interested in doing any of these classes then contact me as soon as possible by email: or by phone 07725 217695. I have a few dates available but spaces are limited on a first come/first served basis.