Tuesday, 31 January 2012

January Thank You Cards

Hello! Another month gone, can you believe it!! As always, I’ve had lots of thank you cards to send out, so here is a pic of what I’ve been sending to my customers this month.

I absolutely LOVE this Spice Cake paper, and its matching stamps. And look how well the new Extra-Large Oval punch sits inside the Decorative Label punch - I was so excited when I realised this! A little bit of sponging around the edges to make the Very Vanilla oval "pop", a bit more round the edges of the Decorative Label to tie everything together, one little stamp for extra details and done!

Thanks for looking, back with more tomorrow.


Monday, 30 January 2012

Useful AND Pretty – Peg Memo Holders

Hello! I was having a bit of a tidy-up the other day and came across a couple of stray wooden pegs. I was about to toss them into my peg bag when I thought maybe I could put them to better use. Ten minutes and a rummage through my scrap boxes later, this is what they had become:

I stuck a piece of magnetic strip from my “will come in useful one day” drawer to the back of them, and now they give a spot of much-needed colour to the side of the black filing cabinet that houses all my A4 cardstock. Perfect for holding those little notes that I need to keep but have scribbled on scraps of paper too small to stand out on a desk that – let’s face it – is COVERED in bits of paper and cardstock all the time! This way I can find them and they look pretty too. 

It's a great way to use up teeny, tiny scraps of paper. The only thing I would change is that the magnetic strip isn’t hugely strong, so if the note is heavy, the pegs slither gradually and gracefully down to floor-level… But hey! I think I did only pay about £0.99 for a whole bag of the stuff, so I’m happy!

Thanks for looking – back tomorrow.



Saturday, 28 January 2012

Fancy An Adventure?

Hello! One of the things I love best about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is the people I get to meet. I love hearing the stories my customers and hostesses have to tell, and sharing the love of crafting is always a joy. But did you know that you can be part of Stampin’ Up! too? From the crafter who wants to get a real bargain when buying those essential crafting supplies, to the entrepreneur who is looking for an enjoyable way to build a great business, Stampin’ Up! could be just what you’re looking for – and right now, during Sale-A-Bration, you can get even more when you sign up as an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator…

Until the end of March, when you join Stampin’ Up! for just £119, you get to choose ANY stamp set from our Catalogues absolutely free! That could be worth up to almost £45 to you, and that’s on top of the usual £250 worth contained within the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit. Up to almost £300 worth of products, including all the business materials you need, for just £119! You can’t say fairer than that!
There is no obligation to order more products when you’ve joined if you don’t want to (though, when your friends find out you’re a Demonstrator, they’ll be clamouring to get hold of Stampin’ Up!’s gorgeous goodies through you) and, if you wish to remain a Demonstrator, the ongoing ordering requirements are incredibly low. And best of all, you aren’t on your own; you’ll be part of a team of people who are all committed to helping you achieve whatever you set out to.

Click here to find out a little more.

It is always a huge privilege when someone approaches me to join the Stampin’ Up! family as a member of Team Sunshine, and an even greater one to be able to help them achieve the goals they have set for themselves – however great, or small. If you think that you might be interested in what being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator could mean for you, then I’d love to hear from you. Email me, or give me a call, and we’ll chat about the opportunities that are available. You could be about to start the adventure of your life!

Thanks for visiting, back tomorrow..



Friday, 27 January 2012

Paisley Petals Thank You


Here’s another of the cards I designed for the Ladies’ Club meeting this week. This one uses the Paisley Petals stamp set and matching Designer Series Paper. I hope you like it!

Did you notice the little scalloped border peeking out behind the decorated strip of card? It’s made using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch which, as its name suggests, punches out the sweetest little paper ribbon. Here, I've hidden a little over half the ribbon behind the layer, giving a totally different look. Just goes to show that you don’t have to use punches in the way that was originally intended – experiment with your craft supplies, you may surprise yourself with the things you can come up with!

Thanks for visiting. Back tomorrow.



Thursday, 26 January 2012

Fresh Vintage Card


Yesterday, I shared some sneak peeks of the projects we’ll be making at February’s “Cards and More” Class, using the gorgeous “Fresh Vintage” stamp set. I thought it would be nice to show you something else that uses this stamp set, so here’s a little card I designed for a Ladies’ Club class this week.

If you run a club and think you'd like me to come along and do some crafting with you, then I'd love to hear from you. Just drop me an email or give me a call and we'll chat about what I can offer.

Don’t forget, today is the last date for booking onto my February “Cards and More” Class, in which we’ll be using this beautiful stamp set. Just click on the link in the sidebar to secure your place quickly and easily. If you want to get hold of the stamps themselves, click here to find out how you can get them for FREE.

Thanks for dropping in, and I’ll see you tomorrow.



Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Last Call For February “Cards and More” Class…

Hello! Just a quick reminder that booking closes for February’s “Cards and More” Class tomorrow (26th February) at 10:00pm. You can book through the link in the sidebar (no PayPal account needed) or by emailing or calling me. If you want to book by phone after this evening though, please DON’T call me on my landline number; you’ll get the message service and I won’t be able to pick your message up until after I’ve placed the class order. MOBILE PHONE ONLY, PLEASE.

Here, at last, is a sneak peek at some of the projects we’ll be making:

I’m really looking forward to sharing these and other projects with you, all using the gorgeous Fresh Vintage stamp set and Everyday Enchantment – available only during Sale-A-Bration. Don’t miss them!

(By the way, apologies for the delay in putting these up. If you read my blog a few days ago you’ll know I’ve been poorly. Gastroenteritis, according to the doctor! Not a bad dose, thank goodness, but enough to slow me down hugely, so thanks for bearing with me.)

Back tomorrow with another Fresh Vintage project to share with you. Thanks for dropping in!



Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Sale-A-Bration Is Here!!!!

Hello! Finally, the best time in the Stampin’ Up! year is here, and I’m so excited to be able to tell you all about it. Those of you who have experienced Sale-A-Bration before will know exactly why I’ve been jumping up and down for ages, and those of you who haven’t the faintest idea what I’m talking about won’t know what’s hit you by the time you’ve got to the end of this post. It’s just amazing!!!

This year's Sale-A-Bration will continue until 31st March and there is so much on offer, whether you want to buy beautiful products to enhance your crafting, host a Stampin' Up! party to enjoy some fun crafting time with your friends, or join the Stampin' Up! family as a Demonstrator. Just look at these gorgeous stamp sets, and the papers are EXQUISITE! 
Fresh Vintage

Outlined Occasions

Elementary Elegance

Sprinkled Expressions
Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper
Can you see why I'm so excited about it??! Aren't they all just BEAUTIFUL!!!

The leaflet gives you full details, but in brief Sale-A-Bration offers you:
  •     A free stamp set or paper pack for every £45 you spend (excluding shipping)
  •     Extra free stamp sets or paper packs for Stampin' Up! hostesses
  •     A free stamp set of any value from our catalogues when you sign up as a Demonstrator
If you have been thinking of hosting a Stampin' Up! party but haven't quite got round to it yet, then Sale-A-Bration is the ideal time to put that date in the diary. I would love to come and share some fun crafting time with you and your friends, and both you and they can enjoy additional benefits from hosting and attending a party during this special time of year. For every £45 they spend (excluding shipping), they can choose a free stamp set or paper pack from the gorgeous range in the Sale-A-Bration brochure and, as hostess, - in addition to any stamp sets earned from your own purchases - you will be entitled to additional Sale-A-Bration items once your party sales reach £300.

As well as offering fantastic choices for hostesses and customers, if you or any of your friends decides to join Stampin' Up! as a Demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, they can choose any stamp set from either of the current catalogues absolutely FREE - whatever its value - in addition to the already fantastic value that they will be getting from the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit. 

Sale-A-Bration continues until 31st March, so you have lots of time to build up your collection of these exclusive stamp sets and papers.Get your list started right away and call or email your order through to me, so I can make sure you don't miss out on these fabulous freebies!

If you've never ordered before, and aren't sure what to do, then call me or email me and I'll be happy to help. It's easy - and the sooner you order, the sooner you'll be enjoying your free stamps and / or papers. And if there's anything better than new stamps and papers, it's FREE new stamps and papers! 

Back tomorrow, thanks for looking!



Monday, 23 January 2012

Scrapbooking Taster Session – Make A Mini-Album


Well, the New Year is well under way now, and the “back to work” scramble is over. So now you can think about doing something just for yourself, rather than running around after everyone else. How about taking up a new hobby? Ever thought of Scrapbooking?

In February, in place of my usual Scrapbooking Club, I’ll be offering a Scrapbooking Taster Session, to give those of you who have never tried scrapbooking before a chance to have a go at something new. We’ll be making a beautiful Mini-Album, in which you’ll be able to display some of your favourite photographs so you, your friends and family can continue to enjoy them for ages to come.

Everyone is welcome, whatever your level of experience, and you don’t even have to bring any photographs with you – you can sort those out in your own time once you have enjoyed creating your album. I’ll provide all the materials needed for the project, as well as light refreshments and as much or as little tuition as you need. All you have to do is come along and enjoy a fun evening, creating something that you can be proud of, in the company of like-minded people. 

I'm offering this Taster Session at the special price of £10, and I’ll even give you £5 towards any orders of £35 or more placed on the evening, so you could end up paying as little as a fiver for the class! There is a PayPal link in the sidebar so you can book your place quickly and easily – you don’t need a PayPal account to pay in this way, and the system is totally secure. I’m really looking forward to spending an evening crafting with you, but places are limited so book your slot now to avoid disappointment.
Lastly, and on a completely different tack – did you remember that Sale-A-Bration starts tomorrow? This is absolutely the best time in the Stampin’ Up! year, so make sure you pop back for full details of all the special offers. I know they’re going to knock your socks off – they did mine!

By the way, huge apologies for not posting yesterday! I had got something lined up for you but was feeling a little ropey, so didn’t schedule it in advance on Saturday as I had meant to. I then spent most of Sunday in bed with some rotten tummy bug and it wasn’t until rather too late in the day that I was “with it” enough to realise I’d forgotten to put the post up. I’m typing this late on Sunday, in bed, muffled up and shivering, but feeling better enough to at least get something done. Good job computer screens can’t transmit bugs (well, not of the physical kind anyway), as you really don’t want whatever this is I’ve picked up. I ache EVERYWHERE!

Thanks for dropping in, I’ll be back with more tomorrow. Crafting, that is. Not tummy bugs.... I hope.



Saturday, 21 January 2012

Useful AND Pretty - Ring Binders

Hello! Paperwork is a lot on my mind at the moment, what with the deadline for submitting my Tax Return fast approaching (and no, I've not finished it yet..). I have LOADS of ring binders holding different categories of papers, many of them dating back twenty-odd years to when I was at university, and when lined up next to each other they made a bit of an odd-looking collection. Now because our office is also our craftroom, I want everything to be as inspirational as possible, and boring old ring binders really weren't helping my mojo!

My solution - to dig out the retired Designer Series Paper that I haven't been able to part with yet (but can't use any more in my workshops and demonstrations) and stick a strip along the spine of each of the ring binders. Quick and easy, and I get to look at pretty papers all day, which in my book (yuk, horrible pun, sorry!) is a Good Thing. Here's a photo:

Most of my binders have rivets in the spine, where the rings inside are attached, and I found the paper looked weird if I glued it over the top. I punched holes to accommdate them, using our half-inch punch, before I stuck the paper down. I'm really pleased with how they look, and they're SO much prettier than before, and so much less... office-y, if you know what I mean.

Oh yes! If you spotted the binder that isn't covered with paper, I'll show you that one more clearly. It's the fabby binder we were given at Convention. Here it is:

And here is what's inside it: A loose-leaf copy of the current Idea Book and Catalogue - so useful!

Around the edges of the first photo, you can just see the other cubbyholes in our Expedit shelving unit, with some of my Big Shot dies. Honestly, I don't know what I'd do without this shelving, it is like a Tardis! Trouble is, I need another one! And to the left is where I keep my 12" x 12" papers, in hanging slings. So much easier than ferretting through huge stacks, which is what I had to do for ages.

Thanks for looking. I'll be back tomorrow with more for you. Have a lovely day!



Friday, 20 January 2012

Punched Bird Card


Yesterday I was invited to do a mini-class for an “Over-60s” club that’s run by Pauline, one of the lovely ladies who comes to my classes. This is what we made:

This card was inspired by one that Monica designed for our training day the other week, and I love the simplicity of the style. It’s very effective, yet very easy to put together. Unusually for me, there’s only one stamp used – I had been warned that many of the club members have dexterity challenges and that too much lining up of stamps would be a problem, so I decided to concentrate on the punches, which I had been told they would be fine with. The little punched-out bird sits beautifully on the shape punched out by the new 2” Scallop Circle punch, and I’ve given him just a little knotted piece of Lucky Limeade ribbon to stand on. I took a selection of sentiment stamps with me, so that people can choose the wording they want to use, but the one shown is from the little “It's Your Day” set. 

Because both elements of the bird are punched out at once, some people punched him out in Pool Party, and some in Calypso Coral, then they “mix and matched” wings and bodies. This meant that not everyone’s card was exactly the same, as some had the bird in the opposite colourway. Here’s the alternative version of the card they made – just ringing the changes a little.

I’m happy to say that everyone had a lovely time and I was made to feel very welcome, so a huge thank you to Pauline and the lovely members of the St Peter’s 60 Plus Club in Claydon. I think you can all be very proud of yourselves – your cards turned out beautifully!
If you run a club or group, and you think the members would be interested in doing some crafting with me, then just email me or give me a call and I’d be delighted to discuss putting a package together for you. Or, if you’d be interested in hosting a home party and earning free Stampin’ Up! products for you or your group, click here for more information and then get in touch and we’ll book a date.

Thanks for visiting. Back tomorrow with more.