Friday, 31 May 2013

Get It Before It's Gone...

The 2013 Retired Lists are out now!

Every year, a few weeks before the new Annual Catalogue is launched, Stampin' Up! has to make room in its warehouses for all those lovely new products that will be on their way soon. This means that, sadly, some of the gorgeous things in our current catalogues will be retiring soon, never to be seen again.

Don't get caught out - if your favourites are about to retire you need to order them NOW as everything on the Retired List is only available while stocks last.

You can see the Retired Lists by clicking on the links below:

If there's anything on the Retired Lists that you want to order, then don't spend time thinking about it - you need to get in touch with me NOW. You can call me on 07799 011072 or email me by clicking on this link.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

£25 Extra FREE - Last Day...

Today is the last day for you to choose an additional £25 in your Starter Kit when you decide to join my team. It's an amazing offer:

£155 worth of crafting products (usually £130 worth), 
PLUS a business starter pack (worth £45!)
That's a Starter Kit worth up to £200
for JUST £99!

So, I thought you might like to have a look at some of the fun things we Stampin' Up! Demonstrators get up to. Here's a video made by our UK Head Office, showing you around our fabulous UK Regional Training Event, which took place a couple of weeks ago. It was a fantastic weekend, and I hope this gives you a bit of a taste of what we do.

If this looks like fun to you, and you'd like to get involved, then you can find out more by clicking here. Or, if you've made up your mind and there's no time to waste, then just

I can't wait to welcome you!

Monday, 27 May 2013

Patchwork Birthday Card

Last week saw birthdays for two of my team members. The first was last Monday, and here is the card that I made for the lovely Sharon.

This design was CASEd from a swap I received at the UK Regional Training a couple of weekends ago - but I can't give credit to the designer as there was no label on it! So if you recognise your swap's genes in this card, please do let me know who you are, so that I can add your name to this post and give credit where it was due. I have to say that I'm impressed this was done as a swap because, although the design looks neat and simple, it took me AGES to line all the punched out pieces of DSP!!!!! I would NOT have wanted to make dozens of these!

The paper squares are all punched out using our fab Postage Stamp punch, and all the patterns come from the Floral District Designer Series Paper Pack. I love the bright colours on this one, and I really hope that Sharon did too!

Thanks for dropping by - see you again soon!

Thursday, 23 May 2013

How to Create Tinted Images Using Shimmer Paint

I loved designing the projects for May's Tantalising Techniques class, but I always face a dilemma when deciding what to include - there simply isn't time in the class to do everything I'd like to. Here is one of the projects that didn't make it to the class, but I really love this technique and wanted to tell you about it anyway.

I'm not sure how well you can see it in the picture, but the flowers are beautifully shimmery - they look as if they've been cut from satin cardstock. In fact, they're made from our Whisper White cardstock, but it has been so far transformed that you really wouldn't recognise it!

Because our Classic Stampin' Pads contain water-based dye inks, images stamped in them will smudge if they're moistened with water. This technique takes advantage of this trait beautifully. The flowers were stamped in either Riding Hood Red or More Mustard ink, and then I stippled across the whole image using a sponge dauber dipped into Frost White Shimmer Paint. The Shimmer Paint is water based too, and so a tiny amount of the ink is transferred to the paint and spread across the image on the sponge. The end result is this gorgeous shimmer effect, and a self-tinted image, with detailing that remains perfectly clear. Once dry, the images were cut out using the Secret Garden framelits dies and the card was assembled.

I love trying out new techniques - they're what keeps my crafting time fresh. I hope you like this one, and that you enjoy trying it out on your own projects.

Class Reminder

Don't forget: if you want to come along to my Fabric Fun class on 1st June, time is running out for you to
secure your place. Booking for this date is only open until 10pm tomorrow (Friday) night, so do book NOW to make sure you don't miss out. You can find more details, and the booking link, by clicking here.

Thanks for dropping by - see you again soon!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Change The Colour Around..

Today, I wanted to show you an alternative colourway I used for one of this month's class projects. You can see the original one here.

I decided against using this one in class, as I think the pastel colours are much more springlike (I keep hoping Spring will arrive some time before Midsummer's Day!), but I really love this combination - so striking. What do you reckon?

Basic Gray will be staying with us after the end of June, but the other two colours (Riding Hood Red and More Mustard) will be retiring, so if you want them, you need to be QUICK!

Finally, (drumroll please....) all the links seem to be working now, so.... you can now access my virtual shop and place your order online. I'm SO excited about this - do go and have a look - it's FAB!!!!

Thanks for dropping in - I hope you'll come back soon!

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Say Hello To Online Ordering!!

Ever since I started my Stampin' Up! business three years ago, one of the questions I've been asked regularly is: "Can I order products online?" Up until now, the answer to that question has been: "No", and I've eyed up the USA demonstrators' online stores with a touch of envy.

As of today, you can now order Stampin' Up! products from me ONLINE!!!!!!

I'm so excited about this addition to the service that I can offer to you, but I can imagine that you might have a few questions. I'll try to answer those here, and if you have a question I haven't dealt with then please let me know and I'll let you have an answer as soon as possible.

Where do I go to order online from you?
You can find my online shop here (the link will take you straight there). You will be asked to set up an account, and when you order through my own online shop your order will automatically come through to me.

Alternatively, you can access my online shop through the Stampin' Up! UK website. Again, you will be asked to create an account, but you will need to make sure you select me (Becki Ritson) as your Demonstrator.

Will it cost me any more to order online?
Absolutely not! Prices will be exactly the same online as they are in our catalogues, so you will pay the same amount for your products whether you order through my online shop or from me in person.

Where will my order be delivered?
You can choose to have your order delivered to you direct, or to have it delivered to me, so you can collect it.

What will the shipping cost be?
If you choose to have your order delivered to you direct, then shipping will be charged at a flat rate of £4.95, regardless of the value of your order.

If you wish to collect your order from me, then I can let you have a code to use. This way, your items will be added to an order that is already coming to me, and I will be able to share the shipping cost with you. My intention is to display the current order code on my Facebook business page - please contact me if you need the code but don't use Facebook.

Doesn't online mean impersonal?
Not at all! I will continue to offer Stampin' Up! parties and my class programme will continue exactly as before. I love these far too much to ever give up doing them! You will still get the same level of personal service that you have always received from me, whether you deal with me online or in person.

What if I don't want to order online?
You don't have to! You will still be able to place your order by telephone, by email or in person - all the ways that you use at the moment. The online ordering service isn't meant to replace current ways of ordering, it is intended to give you an extra choice.

I have another question...
I would be happy to try to answer any questions you may have. Please call me on 07799 011072 or email me at, and I will be delighted to help.


You can expect to see ongoing changes to my website over the next few days and weeks, as I continue to work on improving the experience you have when you come to me for Stampin' Up! products, classes and parties. Do let me know what you think - I always love to hear from you!

I hope you will be as excited as I am about this new addition to the services I can offer you. I hope you will decide to create an online account with me, and I look forward to continuing to provide you with the excellent service you deserve.

Monday, 20 May 2013

New Catalogue Links

Hello! If you've tried to access our current catalogues through the links on my site over the last couple of days, you'll probably have been given an error message. I've just realised that Stampin' Up! updated the links a couple of days ago, so HUGE apologies for not changing the links over until now.

If you click here, you'll be taken directly to my catalogues page, and then you can click on the links to look at our catalogues - I promise you the links work now. You can choose to look at a pretty "flip-book" version, or at the PDF version; choose whichever one works for you.

On a sad note, the reason I'm late in updating the links is that we lost our beautiful little cat, Rosie, this morning. Those of you who read my blog regularly might remember that she was suffering from hyperthyroidism and chronic renal failure, but was responding well to medication and had been pretty much back to normal. Last week, she picked up an infection that led to a bout of colitis, and that weakened her to the extent that she could keep neither food nor medication down. From there, it was only a matter of time and this morning we took the heartbreaking decision to end her struggle. It was all very peaceful at the end, but Alan and I are pretty much in bits at the moment. If you didn't know her, you can click here to read her story and look at a video I took of her a few months ago. We'll miss you, Rosebud...

Thursday, 16 May 2013

All That Glitters - Another Class Project

Yesterday, I showed you the card we made at this month's classes, using various techniques for colouring Glimmer Paper. Today, I want to share with you the other project we made at the class.

This picture demonstrates several fun techniques - lots of inkiness and sparkling (I'm sure everyone had glittery skin for at least the rest of the day!). We coloured Shimmer Paint and Dazzling Details, stamped with Smooch Spritz and Shimmer Paint and watercoloured with tinted Dazzling Details - great fun!

My "Tantalising Techniques" classes run every two months, in Kesgrave and in the centre of Ipswich, and are proving very popular. The next one will be in July and will be all about creating beautiful backgrounds. Keep your eyes peeled for more details.

I also run a more general papercrafting class series ("Cards ...and More!") in the months in between, where we make all kinds of projects, from cards to gifts to home decor. The next classes in this series are all about "Fabric Fun", and I'll be showing how to combine your papercrafting hobby with beautiful fabrics to great effect. Here are the dates you can choose from:

Saturday 1st June
Cedarwood Primary School, Kesgrave
Thursday 6th June
Pennikkity Pots Ceramics Cafe, Ipswich

You can find more information about my "Fabric Fun" classes by clicking here, and you'll also find a booking link on that page. I'd love to see you there!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

All That Glitters - Class Project

I loved this month's classes! I'm not usually a "bling" kind of a girl, but really enjoyed putting the projects together for my "Tantalising Techniques - All That Glitters" class. I thought it would be fun to have a look at different ways of using some of the sparkly things we have in our catalogues. Here is the first project we made:

All the Glimmer Paper here started off life as the same silver as the large hearts. The lovely ladies at the class couldn't believe how easy it was to colour it, and loved the fact that there is absolutely no loss of shine when you do so.

Did you see the ribbon? No, we don't do Certainly Celery Organza Ribbon now - I showed how easy it is to colour this too (well, it does shine beautifully so I had to include it!). I always make sure that I have white ribbon in every type we do. That way, I can colour it up to match my projects if I don't have the matching reel. If you'd like to add to your collection, don't forget my "Ribbon by the Metre" service.

Thanks for looking. I'll put another project up tomorrow, so I hope you can pop back then.

If you're interested in finding out about my classes, I'll be sending my email newsletter today with details of the June ones. You can subscribe by clicking on the link, or just drop me an email with your details and I'll add you to my mailing list

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Team Sunshine on Tour!

It was wonderful to spend time this weekend with some of my fantastic team of demonstrators. Here we are, standing in front of one of the display boards - a little bit blurry, I'm afraid, but the smiles are clear - that's me, in the centre. The picture was taken at the end of Saturday when we were all a little tired, so blurry is probably good...

If you'd like to join me and my team at these amazing events in future, don't forget that there is a brilliant offer on at the moment. If you become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator by 30th May, you will get an additional £25 (that's 35 Euros) worth of crafting goodies in your Starter Kit - giving you a massive £155 worth, for just £99 - PLUS you get everything you need to start your own business too.

Click here for more information, or just drop me a line. I'd love to talk to you about whether joining Stampin' Up! could be the right decision for you.

Monday, 13 May 2013

UK Regional Training - Team Gifts

What a fantastic weekend! I got back yesterday from Stampin' Up!'s first UK-wide Regional Training event, and am so excited! It was a wonderful chance to spend time with some of my lovely team of Demonstrators, and I loved having the opportunity to make something for them all. All the girls got one of these (with their own name on, obviously):

This was Alan's first event since becoming my official Supporting Demonstrator, and I loved that he was able to join in with all the fun, rather than just acting as chauffeur and spending a lot of time mooching around in the hotel, which has been the case for so many official SU events. I made him a gift bag too, but changed it about a bit so it was somewhat less girly (I hope!).

Inside each bag, I put a bottle of water and some snacks. Some of my team have quite restrictive dietary requirements so I thought it would be nice for them to have something they could nibble on during the day - all that excitement makes you really hungry! Or is it just me? I could eat for England, I'm sure one day it'll catch up with me...

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Pop n Cuts Card Base - Dress Card

I've been enjoying playing with the Dress Up Framelits dies and the Pop 'n' Cuts Card Base die, which you can use either with or without the Dress Form Pop 'n' Cuts die that slots inside it. I made this card last weekend, but haven't had time to show it to you yet.

What do you think?

Friday, 3 May 2013

A Little Bit Of "This And That"...

Hello again! After an absence that was more prolonged than I'd like (sorry for the silence!) I'm delighted to share something really exciting with you all.

If you're anything like me, your life is:
Fabulous. Quirky. Exciting. Perfectly messy. And happening REALLY fast! 

And you don't want to miss ANY of it. Not a thing. Well, have a look at this:

In our forthcoming 2013 - 2014 Annual Catalogue, Stampin' Up! is bringing in a fab new product line called "This and That". It's aimed at letting you capture your wonderful life on-the-go, and you are going to LOVE IT! 

And you know the best thing about "This and That"? You don't have to wait for it!

That's right, even though the range is making its formal debut in July, with our new Annual Catalogue, Stampin' Up! is giving you the opportunity to get your hands on it RIGHT NOW!

Don't worry if you can't make up your mind what to get first. Up to 31 May you can get our five This and That products in a bundle for 15 percent off! Or, you can buy them separately through June and into the new catalogue (but why would you do that when you can get them all for at a discount?).

How exciting is (This and) That?! Watch for more This and That products added to our line in the coming months!...

If you want to get your hands on your very own "This and That" collection, then here's what to do:

Email me by clicking here, or call me - my number's in the sidebar. 

As long as you're in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands or Austria, I can have your order delivered direct to your door - how's that for service?

Don't forget - you can get a huge 15% off if you order the bundle by the end of May...