Tuesday, 31 July 2012

The Best Job In The World!

Hello! I'm still buzzing after an amazing weekend, and a superb day yesterday spent with two lovely ladies who wanted to find out more about the opportunity that Stampin' Up! offers to run your own business. I love that this business suits all kinds of different people, with all kinds of different dreams, needs and goals, and that it is flexible enough to be able to fit in around your existing commitments, be they to your family, your employer or whatever.. Best job in the world! If you want to find out more, click here - or better still, call me or drop me an email. I'd love to hear from you!

One of the cards that generated a lot of interest at the Craft Fairs I was at this weekend was this one.

It's a really simple Christmas card, incredibly effective but very economical to make, and easy to make in a "production line" fashion for when you need to make lots in a hurry.

This lovely card is an example of one of the projects you'll be making if you join my "Countdown to Christmas" classes, starting in August. The classes are aimed at helping you to enjoy that creative Christmas you've always promised yourself, without any stress or last minute rush. The first few classes will focus on making quick and easy - but impressive - cards; each of these classes will include more than one design of card, and you will make several of each design, thus building up your collection of cards quickly and easily. You can even write them at the class if you like - and save yourself even more time!

Full details of this class will be announced soon, so watch this space!

Thanks for dropping in, and I'll be back tomorrow with some really exciting news for you all!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Craft Fair Hellos!

Hello! Wow - what a fantastic weekend I've had!! I've done two craft fairs this weekend, one down at Ipswich Library and the other just a stone's throw from home at Keagrave Scout Hall, and I had an absolute ball at each one! I'm totally shattered and really ought to be asleep by now (I'm typing this with the laptop perched on my knee in bed) but I wanted to just pop a quick post on here before I bid the weekend farewell.

I wanted to say a huge "Hello!" to all the lovely people I had the chance to talk to over the last couple of days. You really are the reason I love this job so much, I'll never get tired of meeting new friends and sharing my passion for all things crafting and Stampin' Up! related. If this is your first visit to my website please do have a good look around, click on as many links as you want to and if you have any questions then please don't hesitate to call or email me, and I'll do all that I can to help.

Don't forget, you can still book onto my August classes by clicking on the links in the sidebar. And there are still a couple of days to get your hands on our gorgeous Enchanted embellishment bundle, free with every £45 order. Click here for more information.

Thanks again to all of you for making my job so enjoyable, and here's wishing you a very happy and successful week to come...

Back soon!

Friday, 27 July 2012

Enchanted Congratulations!

Hello! One of the lovely ladies in Team Sunshine, my team of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, achieved a very significant milestone a little while ago, and I wanted to send her a card to mark the occasion and to let her know how proud I am of her. Here's the card (I should be safe in assuming that the Post Office has delivered it to her by now, I think):

I loved making this card, which I CASE'd from Shelli Gardner's blog, so I made a few along similar lines. Unfortunately, only the first one of them was to mark a happy occasion; the others were get well cards. I hope at least they cheered the recipients up. Here they are, all together:

And here's a closer look at the last two cards.

All of these use our In Colour Printed Brads and the Everyday Enchantment DSP (not available for much longer, folks!), along with a co-ordinating ribbon. It's so easy when you know all the colours are designed to work together so well!


Back soon, thanks for visiting.


Thursday, 26 July 2012

A Little Smug.... (Oh - And An Enchanting Card Too)

Hello! Well, I'm feeling very pleased with myself this week - I've managed to get over to our allotment TWICE each day so far! I'm trying to get into a habit of heading over there every morning just as Alan leaves for work, so I can get some hoeing done (lots needed!) and spend a little time watering the seeds that we finally got planted at the weekend. I've neeeded a rest in the afternoons to recover, but so far I've managed to do my morning stint AND get over there with Alan again in the evening. I hope my stamina doesn't let me down!

I have still been crafting as well though. Here's a little card I sent out to a lovely lady a few days ago, using the free Enchanted brads and ribbon:

 I hope she liked it! You can still get hold of this pack for a few more days. It's well worth doing, as it's not available to buy and, even if it were, it'd cost you almost £16. All you need to do is place an order for £45 worth of Stampin' Up! products with me before the end of July, and those gorgeous embellishments will be yours! While you're putting your order together, don't forget the emnd of July is the deadline for ordering your Everyday Enchantment DSP too - after the end of this month it disappears FOR EVER...

(And to those lovely WOYWW ladies who visited me last week, apologies for not posting yesterday! We had a four hour round trip to sort out a problem for our tenants, so the day sort of vanished. We got back at around ten and were over at the allotment watering in the dark - there's dedication for you!)

Back with more for you soon. Thanks for dropping in!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

August "Cards ...and More!" Sneak Peek


I'm so excited to show you a sneak peek of the projects we'll be making in August's "Cards ...and More!" classes - they are so adorable!

Continuing our exploration of how the fantastic Simply Scored Scoring Tool can help you to add that extra dimension to your crafting, we will be making a gorgeous set of mini-notelets, in their very own matching gift box - and you'll be making the envelopes to go with them, too. I had loads of fun designing these projects, and I know you're going to love making them - I hope you can join us!

You can find more information about these and the other classes I offer, by clicking here, and if you want to join us (and I hope you will!), then you can book by clicking on the PayPal link in the sidebar. The class itself is just £10 per person, but you can get even more for your money if you take advantage when booking, of the exclusive Class Bundles I've put together. Again, more details if you click here.

Just one last thing to tell you, which is that if you prefer a mid-week class, but haven't been able to make it to my classes at Pennikkity Pots because they're in the mornings, they are moving to the afternoon, with effect from the August class. This is in response to the survey I carried out a little while ago, and I hope it makes things easier for you. I for one am quite excited about not having to fight my way into town on the bus in the early morning any more!

And, if you've read right through to here, I'm going to reward you by giving you another sneak peek at August's projects. I hope you like them!

I'll be back soon with more for you, and huge thanks to those lovely people who have been in touch with me to ask if I'm okay, given my relative silence. I'm fine, just been very busy, and I'm working my way back to posting on here every day for you. Just bear with me a little while longer while I sort one or two last things out...

******EDITED TO ADD: For those of you who have received my July newsletter, I've just realised that one of the weblinks was broken (everything worked perfectly when I checked it just before sending, but somehow Blogger appears to have "updated" the address of some of my pages. Really sorry for this - you should have received a corrected newsletter by now, but please email me if you haven't done so. *********

See you soon!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Stampin' Up! Rocks! (Well, Lip-Syncs, Anyway...)

Hello! Just a very quick post today, and rather late, but I wanted to pop up a link to this fab video that Stampin' Up! have put on YouTube. It's the theme song for this year's Convention, and I bet it'll have you singing along in no time. I love how everyone is obviously having a ball making the video - working at Stampin' Up!'s Home Office always looks so much fun!

I LOVE being involved with this company!!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

WOYWW For The First Time..

Something a little different today: I've often seen posts on some of my favourite blogs labelled "WOYWW" and they always intrigue me. "What does "WOYWW" stand for?" I imagine you asking (or, at least, that's what I wondered the first time I saw it). Well, it stands for "What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday" - and it's given me a fascinating insight into what many other crafters get up to, so I thought I'd try joining in. Here's what's on my workdesk today:
The picture frame and buttons are for a project I'm working on at the moment, inspired by a lovely lady I met at a craft fair at the weekend; if you pop back in a day or two you'll see the end result, hopefully. I'd just finished painting the frame when I took this, and you can see my foam "paintbrush" sitting just behind the frame, wrapped in a plastic bag to keep it damp so I can do the next coat without having to wash out the brush. The papers are, of course, from the beautiful Everyday Enchantment pack. I've been making some quick and pretty cards with them, and really ought to have put them away before getting the paint out but, well, you know what it's like... The inkpads and stamps are left out from those cards, too, and I went straight back to using them once I'd moved the frame out of the way. In the top right-hand corner you can just see a couple of craft magazines - I'm addicted to these and had actually just subscribed to this particular one when I decided to take the picture. Underneath it all is the ubiquitous (well, when I'm crafting anyway) Stampin' Up! grid paper. I can't work without it; I plan layouts on it, draw templates on it, test ideas on it and you can see I've used this particular piece to wipe my paintbrush on, as well as having at some point punched out a circle from it for something or other.

So there you go. Something a little different for you. I've enjoyed giving you this little peek into my craftroom, and I might even try to join in for another WOYWW next week.

Thanks for visiting, I'll be back soon!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Simply Scored - July "Cards ...and More!" Projects


I don't know about you, but I always love getting together with friends to share in something we all enjoy. It's one of the best things about my job as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator: having the opportunity to indulge my love of crafting with other, like-minded individuals. That's why I enjoy running classes so much - as the daughter of two teachers I swore I'd never teach, but my classes feel more like sharing what I love, rather than actually teaching. The learning comes hand in hand with what is, I hope, a really enjoyable couple of hours.

I'm a bit later sharing my class projects than I normally would be, but I still want to show you what we got up to this month. We're focussing on the new Simply Scored Scoring Tool at the moment, and for one of the projects I shared how to make this beautiful stepper box:


Here's another example, this time using the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper. Everyone had the chance to choose their own paper and co-ordinating cardstock for this class, so everyone who attended went away with something that was unique to them. (I didn't cover the inside of this box, so everyone could see how much of a difference it made, leaving it blank.)

As well as the box, we made a matching card, here shown in the Twitterpated DSP again.


These fancy folds are so easy to do with the Simply Scored, no more worrying about getting your scorelines parallel or in exactly the right place. It makes life so simple and has rapidly become one of the must-have pieces of equipment on my craft desk.

The embellishment is stamped from the Apothecary Art set, and coloured on using my beloved inkpad-and-blending-pen technique. So simple, yet very effective!

We added a Framelits-cut mat on the back of the card, too, to give a handy place to write a message to the recipient.

If you've always wanted to try your hand at papercrafting but never really known where to start, and you're able to get to the outskirts of Ipswich, why not come and join in my "Cards ...and More!" classes? You'd be very welcome, whatever your level of experience.

Do you know anyone who might be interested in joining in? Well, if when you come along, you bring someone who's never come to one of my classes or parties before, then I'll give you a £5 voucher as a thank-you gift, redeemable against any Stampin' Up! products ordered from me!

Starting in August, I'll be running a series of monthly classes aimed at helping you get ready for Christmas. Yes, I know it's early yet, but how many times have you said you'll be more organised with making your Christmas cards, and how many times have you ended up having to buy some because you haven't been quite as organised as you'd meant to be? Be honest, now! Watch this space for more details coming soon....

Thanks for dropping by, and I'll be back again shortly. Enjoy your day!

Monday, 16 July 2012

And The Winner Is.......

Hello! It's been a busy month so far, so huge apologies for the delay in getting this post up, but this morning I finally had time to draw the winner of my June Subscribers' Prize Draw.

Every month, one lucky subscriber to my e-newsletter mailing list wins some fabulous Stampin' Up! products. June's prize was this gorgeous stamp set, along with a Stampin' Spot mini-inkpad and some cardstock:

I'm delighted to announce that the lucky lady who will be getting this stamp set is:
Cherry Krupa, of Manchester

Congratulations Cherry! Your stamp set will be winging its way on to you in the next few days, and I hope you have a fantastic time creating lots of beautiful projects with it.

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a prize in my monthly prize draw, all you need to do is subscribe to my email newsletter. You can do this by clicking on the link in the sidebar, or simply by emailing your details to me. Don't forget to fill in your postal address details, or I won't be able to send your prize to you!

Back soon, and thanks for visiting...

Monday, 2 July 2012

Enchanting News About Free Ribbons and Brads

Hello! Do you remember the oh-so-beautiful Designer Series Paper that Stampin' Up! brought to you during this year's Sale-A-Bration?

It was one of our most popular SAB offerings ever and I have some amazing news for you: it's BACK!!! 

Yes! By popular demand, and only while stocks last, you can now buy the gorgeous "Everyday Enchantment" Designer Series Paper for just £9.95 for a pack of twelve, double-sided, 12" x 12" sheets.

Now, what would be the perfect thing to go with all that lovely paper? How about some brand new brads and ribbon? Yes? How about if those brand new brads and ribbon were available absolutely free? Even better, yes?

Well, during July, that's exactly what you can get. These beautiful, exclusive brads and ribbons completely free!

All you need to do to take advantage of this fabulous offer is to call or email me with your order. For every £45 worth (excluding shipping) of Stampin' Up! products you order, you'll get one of these gorgeous embellishment packs. So, if you order £90 worth of products, you'll get two packs, and so on..

For more information about your free embellishment pack, and full details about what it comtains, click here to go to my Special Offers page. But don't forget - the offer only lasts until the end of July!