Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The New Chat Show

Stampin' Up! Uk have produced a series of YouTube posts where demonstrators talk about their job as a demonstrator and product information.

Click below for the first part.

If you are interested in becoming a demo, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Be the Star!

Sometimes you need a little bit of inspiration on a card, and that is where other Stampin' Up! demonstrators come in.

I did this card as I wanted to use the new set I had, called Be the Star - but I thought it was a bit too plain. I wasn't looking for lots of bling or sentiments or that as I did want to keep it relatively simple but it was just too simple when I looked at it. 

So, I posted it on the demonstrator website I belong to (you could too if you join with me, only £99 for £130 worth of products so worth considering) and some great advise came flooding in.

The final result

Now, not much different really, but that added star in the middle (cut with the matching dies) makes all the difference I think.

Would love to know your thoughts on which one you would prefer or if you have comments on what you would have done differently that would be great too!

Happy crafting

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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Rounded Corners using envelope punch board

I often forget that you can do really simple bits to a card to give it a whole different look.  Here I have rounded all the corners - and I think it makes a huge difference to a card compared to square corners.

How did I round the corners I hear you ask?  With the envelope punch board of course!  Not just for envelopes!  The top of the board is where you can punch a rounded corner - nifty!

Here in the not so focused picture (sorry, need to get better at photo taking) you can see the faintly stamped honey comb from the Butterfly Basic set, and I thought it nicely tied in with the black and white background paper which is from the Pretty Petals DSP stack - a great value pack.

The flowers are from the Wild About Flowers stamp set. I am loving that set at the moment and finding it extremely versatile.

 The sentiment is from the Butterfly Basics set as well.  I like the size and also the font of it.

I'd love to hear what you think so please leave a comment if you are able.

Happy crafting.


Friday, 25 September 2015

Fun Fold card..

I love fun fold cards!  They are not only fun to make but also fun to give....always nice to give something a little different.

This fold was cased from Dawn Olchefske, she has great videos and they are so easy to follow. It also uses Designer Series Paper for the main card base - something that I've not done often.

I do often try different folds out first on printer paper or paper I'm not too fond of, mainly because sometimes they can be a little tricky and I really don't like wasting beautiful paper. This fold however, wasn't tricky and was very easy and simple to make.

I love the matching flower punch and stamp set - and it comes in a bundle which saves you pennies (Flower Shop bundle).  The solid green background behind the flower uses the Decorative Label punch - a very versatile punch.

I often forget about this punch, the Cupcake Builder Punch, and I'm not too sure why, because goodness it's cute!  The candles inside the card are also punched from the same punch, so a great punch to have!  I've used the top of the cupcake for clouds, popcorn and even tree tops!  So much you can do.

The solid green behind the cupcake if a square piece, with the corners rounded using the top of the envelope punch board - something else I forget to use a lot!  Makes a nice change from square corners.  And for that touch of elegance, don't forget the gold thread! and the rhinestones!

Both cards were made with paper is from a retired paper stack - check out this years though because they are even prettier!


I love the smaller card, is a 3 x 3 card and great to have on hand, and I'll be making a few of these to have on hand for Christmas.

Once again this was made with retired paper,  but the new Autumn/winter catalogue has some beautiful papers as does the annual catalogue - so don't forget to check them out.

The sentiment is also from a retired set, but check out the new catalogue for lots more fun ones.  The oval punch and scalloped oval made a great addition to your punch collection, and so easy to use.

I loved these cards and found them lots of fun to make. I hope you do to. 

Any queries please don't hesitate to contact me.

Happy Crafting


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Wednesday, 23 September 2015


If you love dinosaurs then this set is for you.  The set is called No Bones About It and as a photopolymer set is so simple to use.

I love all the dinosaurs in the set and wow what a quick and simple way to make a birthday card. 

Don't forget the footprints!

Kids and adults alike will love it!

A quick post today, but it really is a quick and simple card to make.

Happy Crafting


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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Wild About Flowers tone on tone

Using the same colour card and ink gives a lovely effect, and also you don't have to really think about it- which is always nice sometimes.

These cards were quick and simple to make using a new incolour, Tip Top Taupe. 

The main picture uses a very easy stamp set to use, Wild About Flowers, and as a two-step stamp set, really easy to line up the stems and flower heads.  The honey comb background comes from the Butterfly Basics set and just adds a little something I think.

The colour additions come from blackberry bliss and a new incolour watermelon wonder, as well as the delightful gold thread.  I love that and have just ordered the same in silver!

The card size is 3 x 3 and a lovely size to give as little thank you cards.  The banners are made with the Triple banner punch, and that is so quick and simple to use, as are the matching butterfly stamps and punches.

One thing I love about Stampin' Up! is the matching stamps and punches- makes life so easy.

Happy crafting


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Thursday, 17 September 2015

A new addition to the family - The Fine Tip Glue pen

Stampin' Up! have a fantastic range of adhesives; from wet glue through to fast fuse.  My favourite has to be Tombow or the green lidded glue.  This is one of Stampin' Up!s wet glues and it is amazing.  Gives you enough time to wiggle objects or pages about is you need to, but one stuck they are stuck!

I often buy cheaper glues, mainly because I often run out of Stampin' Up ones!  However everytime I do it, I am disappointed. They seem to work fine at first, but after a few days I realise that my cards look a bit different, and then I realise something has dropped off or moved!

Well, in the new Autumn/Winter catalogue Stampin' Up! have added a new addition to the family- the fine tip glue pen!

Here's a little video from Stampin' Up! to show you how it works.


Isn't that amazing. It works wonderfully on those smaller items and with the needle in the lid it doesn't close up!

What adhesives do you like to use? 

To purchase any of the Stampin' Up! adhesives just follow the links to my shop and you will even see a section just for adhesives - it is that easy.

Any queries just get in touch!


Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Jingle All the Way Bundle - video

I love this set!  I think that it makes really elegant cards and wow, so simple but effective.

Check out another Stampin' Up! video showcasing this wonderful set.

Happy Watching!


Here's the bundle link for both the wood and clear stamp sets + dies

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Monday, 14 September 2015

Parties or Classes....

Would you rather a free party to learn about Stapmin' Up! or a class in your own home - which would suit you best?


You have probably heard of Avon Parties or even Tupperware Parties but did you know that you can also have a Stampin' Up! Party?

What other way then to get a group of friends together and have a party to learn all about the wonderful products that Stampin' Up! have as well as making a creation of your own...I know I'd like to go to one!

If you live within the Reading area or close surrounds contact me to arrange for a  party in your own home - you provide the friends (and perhaps a refreshment for your guests) and I provide all the crafting supplies. 

As the host if you get sufficient sales you will be able to choose free items up to a certain value.  The value depends on how much you sell. 

Parties cost you nothing, except those refreshments of course!   So get a group of friends together and contact me today.


If you would rather have a class with your friends in your own home, I too am happy to provide this. 

Normally this would be a 2 hour class making 2 cards and 1 3D project for a cost of £10 per person, minimum of 4 people.

I will provide all the materials for you and your other classmates, you just need to provide the venue, classmates and perhaps a light refreshment.

What better way to extend your papercrafting skills than having a class in the comfort of your own home?

Get in touch to book a class before the Christmas rush!

Happy Crafting


Sunday, 13 September 2015

To You and Yours Shaker Cards

Did you know that Stampin' Up! have videos on Youtube.  This is a great place to visually see how to do techniques and to also see the great products that they have.

Check out this video on the Shaker Card kit...let me know what you think! Just click on the picture below.


Happy watching, and if you like to order the kit click on the picture below.

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Autumnal Colours

I participate in a monthly challenge and this weekends challenge was to create a card using autumnal colours - what do you think?

I love the fact that you can colour stamps using the Stampin' Markers - makes the stamp extremely versatile.  Here I used the leaves from the Perpetual Birthday stamp set and coloured individual leaves different colours and then just stamped after remembering to "huff" before stamping.

I also love the gold metallic thread on the top, a little bit of shine.  The picture doesn't really do it justice sorry.

A quick sentiment with the ends cut out using the triple banner punch and then raised on dimensionals and there you have it - a quick simple autumnal card.

Happy Crafting


Thursday, 3 September 2015

A simple birthday card

Sometimes I like to make and quick and simple card, and I think this one fits the bill.  It was really simple to make, especially with the new triple banner punch. No more trying to cut fish tails evenly the punch does it all for you.  It even does a lot more than the 3 sizes indicated in the catalogue.

I also love the new Mint macaron colour, especially against the very vanilla card stock.  The pretty paper is from the Pretty Petals Designer series pack, a great little pack of paper and very reasonably priced.

I finished off with a Happy Birthday sentiment, which was highlighted around the edges by using a sponge.

To finish it off a bit of bling was added at the bottom of each banner. Stampin' Up! rhinestones are great and even better they are currently on the Weekly Deals..so a bargain to be had!

Hope you like this quick and easy card and you can see the main supplies used below. Any questions please just ask.

Happy Crafting


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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Stampin' Up! Kits

I love that Stampin' Up! have realised that we often lead very busy lives and don't have time to fluff around and choose bits and pieces for a project. 

If you know that feeling than the Stampin' Up! kits are for you....

Stampin' Up! have wonderful kits and wow the new kits in the Autumn/Winter catalogue are gorgeous.

These Shaker cards are so sweet and also so simple to make - and the best part everything you need is in the kit!  Although you can always add a few extra touches with a stamp set and some ink.

Who couldn't resist these beautiful tags, wouldn't they look great on Christmas morning on that stack of presents under the tree.  The kit has almost all you need, just a few inks and stamps are needed to get this finished look, and best of all on Pg 5 is shows the stamp set that would be a perfect match!

If you'd like to order these kits. or any the other fabulous kits that Stampin' Up! have please pop over the my shop, and best of all there is even a section in the store that just for kits (and the extras!)

Happy crafting


Or click on the links below to buy these items directly from my shop!
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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Here it is...

Well the wait is over.  The new autumn/winter catalogue is now live and you can order to your hearts content!

Have you got your cuppa ready to sit down and devour the wonders that are in the catalogue?

Autumn/winter catalogue

Tell me your thoughts on the new catalogue - what is your favourite item? what is on your must have list?

I love hearing your crafty adventures and seeing your makes on my Facebook page.

Happy crafting