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Thursday, 31 May 2012

A Sunny Hello

A Sunny Hello

A very sunny 'Hello' to you all! It seems ages since I last posted a card. I was just trawling through my stuff from the Regional Training event and found one of the make and takes we did on the day. Since everything in the bag is now becoming slightly crumpled I remade this one along with a matching envelope, it's enough to brighten anyones day. I stamped the centre of the punched flower, adding a little bit of bling, instead of using a button on it, then chose a different sentiment. The stamp set is Mixed Bunch from the Summer Mini, teamed here with Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzaz cardstock with matching inks. A little dimension by using the Blossom and Scallop Edge Punches then mounting on Stampin' Dimension pads. A spot of summer crafting to match a summery week.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Try Before You Buy

On Thursday night I held a 'Try Before You Buy' for my merry band. They seemed to enjoy trying out some of the new Summer Mini products and got to see nearly 60 new samples (which I'd got from the recent Regional Training & Team Training events I'd attended). Some are made with stamps and DSP from the Idea Book but most are using the new stamps from the Summer Mini. Hopefully they saw work to inspire them. We were talking about the different things we were using when Wanda asked "Who's Di Ink?" . She did make us laugh! Why did I spend so much time, 2 months ago. talking about different inks?
Another group of friends came over yesterday evening for a similar session, that was fun too. They made some super cards for me to use as samples, how kind! You can see them below, notice how often the new Bakers Twine makes and appearance.
The first two were made by Pat: 

The Open Sea mounted on Paisley Petals DSP






Tea Shoppe with Paisley Petals DSP






These were made by Marilyn:

Framelits & Four Frames
 
Paisley Petals DSP/Brights DSP
Fiona created this card:

Mixed Bunch


Now we come to Margaret's cards. Margaret always claims she's no good at craft, those of us who know her beg to differ. I leave you to decide, but I think you'll agree with us!

Paisley Petals DSP
Paisley Petals DSP, Little Leaves Sizzlits
Thanks to the ladies for two fun evenings! Looking forward to next time, I may even invite Di Ink to join us!


Thursday, 10 May 2012

Paisley Petal Pat

Hello everyone!  Just a quick post this morning. Last month I told my merry band that, as they'd supported me to get to Bronze2 in Stampin' Up! world, one of them would be receiving a pack of the Paisley Petals DSP as a thank you. Last night most of us got together at Wanda's house (thank you Wanda!) where we drew the name. Pat was the lucky winner. Not that she needed any more paper, she's got enough 12 x 12 to wallpaper her lounge! It was nice to be able to get together as a group, we'll try to do it more often.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Join Us - New Starter Kit only £99!

With all the excitement about the Summer Mini Catalogue and the new Diagonal Plate for the Simply Scored Scoring Board I almost missed telling you about the other breaking news from Stampin' Up! - our NEW Starter Kit. What's new about it? First the price, the kit is now only £99. Now that's not an amount to be sneezed at and not exactly pocket money but let me tell you more. For your money you get £130 worth of products and £45 in business supplies. It gets even better though. The kit is now FULLY CUSTOMISABLE, yes, you read that right. Nobody telling you that you must have something that you've already got in your stash. You can choose exactly what you want. So, that's a fully customisable kit plus business supplies worth a total of £175 for £99. What's more, if you decide at some later date that being a demo isn't for you, then you just resign. Nothing to pay back - NO STRINGS ATTACHED! So, if you're quibbling over it and already covet over £99 in products from our fabulous catalogues, then this could be for YOU!

Joining Stampin’ Up! Is Easy and Fun!

   


Join Stampin’ Up! in your way . . . with our completely customisable Starter Kit for just £99!
Build your own personal kit by picking £130 worth of any of our high-quality products. We’ll add in a business supplies pack valued at £45 (to help you get your business up and running), and you’ve got a customisable kit worth up to £175 for just £99!
It’s that easy.


Want some more good news? - anyone signing up before the end of May 2012 gets their registration fee to the 2012 Convention paid. This year the Convention is being held in Mainz, Germany. The registration fee is £149 but by signing up this month you'd get it paid for you. Like the sound of this? Contact me by email or phone, my details are in the righthand column.

Earlier today one of my merry band, Lesley, popped in to show me her latest creation. She used both SU and non SU products (it can take a little while to build up a stash), I thought it would be good to show her card here as inspiration to others and highlight the fact that Stampin' Up! products blend seemlessly into your kit, making them a good buy even if you've got lots of products already.
Lesley's card

Here Lesley has used the Scallop Edge Border Punch, 5 Petal Flower Punch and some of the Everyday Enchantment DSP (now retired), going to prove that you don't need a whole arsenal of Stampin' Up! products to get started. You can buy them gradually and ease them into your kit. Soon you'll wonder how you ever lived without them!!!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

A Mixed Bunch for Gemma

Today is our girlie, Gemma's, birthday. None of the cards I made seemed to 'come together'. My crafty hands were on strike! This is the card that she'll be receiving as there is no more time to make yet another. It's using the Mixed Bunch stamp set from the Summer Mini. Stamped with Versamark and rubbed over with chalk. One image has a mixture of embossing powders on it. I've used the Marine Mist marker pen around the edge of the stamped piece. The inside greeting reads 'Happy birthday to someone who makes others so happy' which is part of the Petite Pairs stamp set. I like the greetings in that set as each greeting can easily be split into two so that part of the greeting can be stamped on the front of the card and part inside. I've opted to stamp the whole greeting inside. There's also a fab new punch to match this set but I ran out of space on this card to use it.
Happy Birthday to you, Gemma. Have a wonderful day!

Happy Birthday Gemma

You will have had a chance to browse our new Summer Mini by now, did you notice the Simply Scored Scoring Board???  It comes with a imperial (inches!) measurement base, there's an optional metric plate if you'd also like that. I bet you didn't know that you can get a diagonal scoring plate for it too! Priced at £10.95. We weren't supposed to be getting that plate until October when the new catalogue appears but such is the demand of your Stampin' Up! demonstrators, the powers that be have caved in and let us have it now! I saw this in action last Saturday at the Regional Training I attended and was pretty impressed. I was so sure that I didn't need one until I watched the demo. Oh, my aching purse!!! Take a look at the scoreboard in the Summer Mini, then check out the diagonal plate below.

Simply Scored Diagonal Plate


Introducing…the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate!
Easily and quickly create distinctive envelopes, boxes, and more using the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, created by and exclusively for Stampin’ Up!
Features
  • Sits on top of the Simply Scored base*
  • Held securely in place by rubber pads on the back of the plate
  • Has etched grooves every 1/8" (3.2 mm)
  • Can score any size card stock up to 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
  • Includes instructions for creating common envelope sizes
Item
Description
Price
125586
Simply Scored Diagonal Plate
£10.95
*Simply Scored Scoring Tool sold separately.

Want one? Need one? Contact me - my details are above, in the righthand column.
I'll be back soon with some fab samples and a brill offer for those of you thinking of becoming a demonstrator.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The Summer Mini is here!!

Spring may have sprung but in Stampin' Up! land summer is here in the form of our new Summer Mini Catalogue. Woohoo!!! 

Summer Mini
                                                             
Kicking off with new stamp sets and LOADS of other new things, It's chock full of goodies. All my lovely merry band should now have received their copy but if you'd like to get one for yourself then let me know. Contact details are on the right hand of this post. Click the link on the left to view online my lovelies......