Friday, 2 December 2016

Global Stamping Friends- Bloghop 4 " All Wrapped Up!"

Welcome to the 4th Bloghop of Global Stamping Friends.  For this hop we decided on the theme "All Wrapped Up" - something that a lot of us are thinking about at this time of year with Christmas around the corner! Or if you're in our house a few birthdays as well!
It would be great if you could hop along through all the blogs to see some amazing projects - and hopefully find some inspiration for your own wrapping needs. 
I am a bit obsessed with the Cookie Cutter bundle at the moment so decided to use it to upcycle some brown paper.   Stampin' Up! UK used to deliver our packages full of brown paper, but unfortunately they have swapped to plastic pockets now so I had to find an alternative supplier - wasn't hard and a lot of you may know who I mean, yes Amazon still use brown paper!  Sometimes you need to iron it to make it smoother but it's also not bad with a bit of texture for the more rustic look.


As you'll see I stamped one with the Reindeer stamp and then just had to have one a different colour for a bit of contrast. The matching tag was also really simple to make with using Designer Series Paper from the annual catalogue with a bit of silver thread -always need some bling!

I have to say I was quite pleased when my boys came home and said "Wow, that's pretty neat" - a real complement from them!

The second wrapping paper I made used the same set; but the Teddy Bear stamp. I love the bright colours of the Teddy (the photo doesn't do it justice) and I can see this being used for all sorts of different occasions.

The tag just has a Teddy peeking out and the To and From stamps are from the same set!  See isn't it a great set!  The tag uses the Scalloped Tag Topper punch; an extremely useful punch.  It's finished off with a bit of the Pompom ribbon - what child wouldn't be delighted to see this under the tree on Christmas day or as part of their birthday presents?

I hope you've enjoyed my project.

Hop on over to Lisa to see her fantastic take on the theme by clicking the link below.

To hop back to Marieke's just use the link below.

I really hope that you're enjoying our bloghops as much as we are creating them and if you'd like to join us or request a theme just get in touch!

Happy hopping!


Monday, 21 November 2016

Hostess Code

Hostess Code
I'm trying something new today! A hostess code
If you order from my online shop please use the above code and it will go towards building rewards for all my customers, yes you will get goodies from me that don't cost you anything!
If you spend £150 (excl pp) please don't use as you will get your own goodies to choose.
Happy crafting

Friday, 18 November 2016

Online Extravaganza and Two Flash Sales- what more could you want!




Everyone loves a bargain and Stampin' Up! are going to give you one or two in the coming week.

The Sale is on all week and to make it even better- flash sales on the first and last days. WOW is all I can say.

The sale on the first day includes a unique bundle of enamel shapes at an amazing 35% off, 30% off a unique ombre inks bundle, 20% off a beautiful stamp and die bundle and 30% of the envelope punch board and gift box punch board - WHAT a first day sale!

The final day sale has the beautiful stamp and punch bundle, magnetic platform at an amazing 35% off, Designer Series Paper and another punch.....what a way to finish!

And the whole week is a sale week!  Here is a PDF to see all the sale items as there are just too many to list!

Remember however that this is a "while stocks last" sale - some of the items are on the retiring Autumn/Winter list so once they have gone, they've gone.  So don't be disappointed remember to get shopping at the start and get what you love!

Friday, 4 November 2016

Global Stamping Friends - Festive Projects

It's hard to believe that it is the start of November. I do wonder where the year goes sometimes and goodness before you know it, Christmas will be here.

So welcome to the 3rd bloghop of Global Stamping Friends- this hop will focus on Festive Projects, it may be Christmas or it may be another Festive occasion.

I hope that you have time to hop through all the blogs, so grab a cup of coffee or wine, depending where you are, and enjoy all the wonderful projects that you will see.

My project uses the Santa's Sleigh stamp set and matching bundle- an absolutely amazingly festive set. I do apologise for the photo quality as our camera has gone on the blink and my phone doesn't like night time photos- but hope you get the gist!

When I first saw this set I thought it would make great cards, but then I saw a fellow demo had made a 3D project with it and I fell in love again. Thanks Tracy!

Imagine this at your Christmas day place settings, either filled with a few sweeties or even notes of thanks/kind wishes, wouldn't it look fantastic?  A note of warning however if you are using sweeties, they need to be not too heavy as the sleigh runners are delicate, or use a heavier card, such as Stampin'Up! kraft card to make sure it withholds the weight. I also thought it would make a great way to present a special piece of jewellery to someone - I'm sure few engagements happen over the festive season!

The set includes lots of decorative pieces and I love this little wreath and bow.

Adds a little bit extra to Santa's sleigh I think.

Hope you like this little 3D festive project and if you'd like to know how I made it just like my Facebook page and I'll post the directions soon!

Click on the links below to hop through all the wonderful Festive Projects from Global Stamping Friends.
Click above to go to Anja's project

Click above to go back to Angelique's project

Happy Blog hopping - and if you've time please leave any comments on the blogs, cheers and happy crafting.


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Tin of Tags

I love having lovely tags on gifts and this tin is great not only great for Christmas but the stamp set is also great for other times.

The video below shows how easy the kit is to use and it makes 30 tags, more than enough for those gifts under the tree.

Click on the picture to go to the video.

Look at all the amazing pieces it comes with.

You can either use stamp sets that you already have, but the matching stamp set has such great sentiments that I think it is a keeper!

If you like either the stamp set or Tin of Tags kit, then just hop over to my shop.

Happy Crafting


Friday, 7 October 2016

Global Stamping Friends Bloghop - Colour Challenge

Welcome to the second Global Stamping Friends bloghop. If you've joined me from Carole's blog welcome or if you've found me by some other route, also welcome. I hope that you enjoy the bloghop and don't worry if you get lost along the way as I've listed all the participants at the bottom.
This month's Global Stamping Friends is a colour challenge! I was quite excited when we decided what the topic would be but then came the dilemma of deciding what colours I was to use, you didn't need to use them all, and what project to complete.

The Colours
I had seen this project on a New Zealand Demonstrators page, Jacque Williams, and I thought it was not only super cute but also something that I would like to have a go at.
Well I have to say that I am delighted with my final result. It wasn't so hard to make, the hardest part was deciding on the embellishments. I chose to use the Botanical Builder set as I am so in love with it.  I also decided to use some stamp sets that I've not used very often to move me away from my favourites.  This time I used The Designer Tin of Cards Stamp Set, great for sentiments; Perpetual Birthday Calendar for the hearts and Timeless Textures for the frame.
The colours I chose were Cajun Craze, Delightful Djion and Early Espresso, I think that those colours work really well together. I also love the touch of vanilla from the flower centres as well as the gorgeous ribbon. Also, who can resist a bit of sparkle? Love, love, love the gold thread!
I stamped on the acetate in the window with Archival Black Ink, but suspect that a better choice would be Stazon; unfortunately I don't have that, oops, might need to go shopping!

And the best thing about the project is that it folds up for posting! 

I hope that you like my little bit of  crafting today and please use the buttons to hop through all the blogs in the bloghop.

If you have time I would also love to hear your comments and if you'd like to know how I made it just let me know and I'll get some instructions done!

Hop over to see Miriam's project
Hope forward to see Miriam's project
Hope back to see Carole's project

Happy Crafting



1. Miriam Biegun Permut
2. Jenn Curtis Charles
3. Kimberley Anne Morris
4 Christine Wrede
5. Marieke Bart 
6. Cary Buckham
7.. Anja Reuss 
8.. Kristie Neal Walthall 
9. Angélique Stempelkeuken
10. Carole Anne Currie Patterson
11.Sarah McDermott - YOU ARE HERE

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

World Card Making Day!

Did you know that this coming Saturday, 1st October, is World Card Making Day?  Well to help you get going Stampin' Up! is offering some great products at discounted rates!

The following products are being discounted:  Which ones interest you?  Go to my online shop to shop for crafty goods 24/7! 

ItemDescriptionDiscountRetail PriceSale Price
1383462015-2017 In Color A4 Card stock15%9,75 €/£7.258,29 €/£6.16
1414342016-2018 In Color A4 Card stock15%9,75 €/£7.258,29 €/£6.16
1416972015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper25%13,50 €/£10.0010,13 €/£7.50
1416982016-2018 In Color Envelope Paper25%13,50 €/£10.0010,13 €/£7.50
133774Envelope Punch Board25%23,00 €/£18.0017,25 €/£13.50
141651Designer Tin of Cards Project Kit25%32,75 €/£24.5024,56 €/£18.38
129027Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill – Buy a Fast Fuse Adhesive (item 129026) and get a Refill for FREE!9,00 €/£7.00FREE with purchase of Fast Fuse Adhesive

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Birthday Card; Botanical Builder framelits

Well I am safe to share this now as the recipient has received it on time!  And for me, that was a great achievement as I had to send it to New Zealand and I am always forgetting how long cards take to get there.

I just love this card. I did CASE it from someone who created a wedding card using the same idea however I cannot recall who it was. If you know I'd love to give them credit!

Isn't it just beautiful? It is also very simple to make; Stampin' Up! have amazing products that let you create beautiful items. 

I've used a couple of stamp sets; gorgeous grunge for the background (a must have set) and Butterfly Basics for the sentiment.  The flowers are made with the Botanical Builder Framelits - another must have set.

Hope you like it; I know that the recipient did and that's what is important.

If you'd like any of the products just head over the my online shop; open 24/7 and if you'd like to buy the card just get in touch as I can create in any colour combinations with different sentiments.

Happy Crafting


Thursday, 8 September 2016


Stampin' Up! is offering Special Offers throughout September and this weeks offers are;

Now £12 - I think this is a great bargain!

Now £18

Now £4.88

Now £4.88

NOW £4.13
 What a lovely selection of goodies!  What's your favourite?  I think mine has to be the punch as these cute little cutouts would look great in a shaker card!

If you'd like any of these products at their discounted prices you need to order before 14th September

Happy Crafting


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Colour Challenge

One of the great things about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is that you get to be part of a bigger family of demonstrators. I am so luckily to be part of a group called Stampin' Twinklets; a group of local demonstrators.

Recently a colour challenge was set for the Stampin' Twinklets by one of the members and the colours were these;

Not exactly colours I normally work with but I thought why not give it a go as I love any opportunity to craft.

So I came up with this;

I actually love it!  The flower and leaves are from the Botanical Builder Framelits set; an amazing set! and the dots are from the Polka Dot embossing folder.  I often forget about my embossing folders and was really pleased that I remembered that I had this one as I think it makes a lovely background.

A bit of gold thread to finish it off and there it is!

I purposefully left it without a sentiment as I decided that I liked it as it was.

Oh, in case you're wondering the colours I used were Early Espresso and Delightful Djion; glad I didn't have to use them all!  The background is Very Vanilla; one of my favourite colours at the moment and within the rules in case you were wondering.

Hope you like the simplicity of the card like I do and Happy Crafting!


Friday, 2 September 2016

Global Stamping Friends Bloghop - The New Seasonal Autumn/Winter Catalogue with a Twist!

 I am so glad that you are joining all of us on this first Global Stamping Friends bloghop to show off the new Seasonal Autumn/Winter Catalogue. However, this hop is one with a difference; we're showing you how to use the products in different ways than you may have originally thought!

Hope you're excited, I know I am as I love to see products being used in different ways as then you really feel that you are getting your monies worth!

If you have arrived here from Marieke's blog after seeing her fantastic creations, Welcome, if you have found your way here by some other route, also Welcome.

Make sure to use the buttons at the bottom of the page to hop through all the blogs, the journey will amaze you and hopefully inspire you to realise that sometimes products aren't what they first seem!

If you get a bit lost during your journey don't fret as all the links are at the bottom of the page so you'll always find a path.

Right, got your coffee? Got a danish or biscuit to keep you going?  Then sit back and enjoy your journey looking at lots of new products with a twist from the Seasonal Catalogue!
I fell in love with this set when I first saw the catalogue a few months ago; one of the many perks of being a demonstrator!  Aren't they adorable? Of course I've made lots of Christmas goodies with this set and I'll share those at a later date, but for this bloghop I thought I'm sure I can do something different with them and I did!

Look, they also make fantastic Birthday and Celebration cards, or in fact any other occasion that you'd like really.

The card below uses one of the mice from the set of three. I'm not going to go into detail here as to how I stamped her but I will post more indepth details later in the week for those interested.

I think any little girl would be delighted to receive this card, and in fact I know that I would too!

The next card uses the single image stamp and doesn't he look a happy chap holding the balloon?  I know my little boy would love this, especially because his favourite colour is red!

My final card also uses this little chap again, but this time he is fussy wasn't as hard as I thought. 

I hope that you enjoyed my creations, I know that I enjoyed making them!  Oh, the other set I used is from the Annual Catalogue the amazingly versatile Balloon Celebration stamp set that also has a matching punch!

Now, hop on over to Kimberley's blog to see her take on the Seasonal items with a Twist!

Or to hop back and see Marieke's blog again use the button below.
List of all blog posts;
1. Sarah McDermott  -- you are here!
If you'd like to purchase any of the items used please pop on over to my shop; open 24/7

Thursday, 1 September 2016

New Seasonal Catalogue

Well the new catalogue is now live!  What an amazing catalogue it is full of delightful products covering from Halloween to Christmas, to Autumn and lots in between!

I'm in love with so much and my wish list is huge...but I've made a small dent in the list so look at for some new products over the coming blog posts!

Once you'd looked at the catalogue I'd love to see your favourite crafty item.

Happy Crafting


Saturday, 20 August 2016

The bats find a home..

For those that follow me on Facebook you may wonder where did those bats go?  Well they found a delightful home all ready for Halloween. I know it's a way a way but I just wanted to give this delightful new set a go!

This has to be one of my favourites sets from the new Seasonal Catalogue - The Home sweet Home famelits - 22 of them and the matching stamp set, Sweet Home - 25 stamps!  And if you are wondering. yes it does come as a bundle!

Can't wait to try lots of other designs. Keep a look out over the next few weeks.

Also if you would still like a copy of the Seasonal Catalogue, which goes live 1st September 2016 just get in touch. 

If you can't wait to order the new goodies, why not join to become a demo - £99 for £130 of product of your choice + free PP and a business pack - what are you waiting for?

Happy Crafting


Sunday, 14 August 2016

New kittens in the house

Well, a very quick post today. I really had hoped to get some crafting done today as my big boys are away and I have my pre-order!  Yes, I have new goodies from the seasonal catalogue in my very hands!!!  But, we have two new kittens in the house and for today they took priority over crafting....

Maybe tomorrow I'll get some done, fingers crossed.

Hope you had a lovely weekend and did something you enjoyed.

Happy crafting


Friday, 12 August 2016

A little Birthday Present

Well I can finally share this as the present and card have finally been given to the Birthday Girl, albeit a bit belated!

This box and card were so simple to make but I think that they look so pretty.

The box is one I've made a few times and the idea came from Sam Hammond, but the measurements are different on the height. In fact I also made one for a end of year present for the teachers that was a lot taller.  The flowers are from the Wild About Flowers stamp set and the dots, as I call them, are from Gorgeous Grunge - a must have stamp set in my opinion.  The bow is made using the Bow Builder Punch and it makes lovely bows as you can see.

The card is using Very Vanilla for the cardbase, currently vanilla is my favourite crafting colour!  The first mat is using a retired cardstock of Lost Lagoon and the top one is very vanilla again.  The flowers are from the Wild about Flowers set, a great set as you stamp the flowers separately from the stems making it easy to have different colours.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set, another great set.  It's all finished off with some sparkly ribbon in Pool party, sadly that is retired.....BUT there are two new colours in the Seasonal Catalogue....check back soon for a peek at them!

If you'd like to know how the box is made just comment below, or if I can get the new kittens to settle down I might in fact try a video.....but don't hold you breath on that one!

Happy Crafting


Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Butterfly Basics

I love the Butterfly Basics stampset and enjoy the simplicity of the set. 

This is a card I made sometime ago and have keep looking add it to see if it needs something else, but then I decided that I liked it just as it is!
The main image is the flower from the Butterfly Basics set stamped and then coloured in using.  I then used scissors to gently ruffle the edges to give it a bit of grunge like look. I folded down one corner as well..not sure on that yet.
Finally the background mat is from the Brights Designer Series Paper stack - a paperstack that I think if often over looked but is a fantastic set to have.  You can buy it in each of the colour families, including the incolours, and you get 40 sheets in each stack, 2 of each double sided design in each of the colours in the family! or 4 sheets of each design in the incolours. A great pack to share with friends.
A little bow in the Organza Ribbon to finish it off - my favourite ribbon if I'm honest!
Happy crafting

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Update on what's been happening...

Well the world never stands still, and definitely not in the land of Stampin' Up!

A quick upate on what's happened recently:
Bonus Coupons

The coupon codes that you’ve been collecting during you shopping in July are now redeemable! Use them during August or you will loose them; any problems entering them just let me know!

Thoughtful Blossoms

A brand new stamp set is available during August only! The Thoughful Branches stamp set or framelits or even a bundle are now available to order and are only whilst stocks last. So if you like it, and who wouldn't don't forget to order it today. It is amazing and makes a great addition to your crafting supplies.

I stamped This
Another new stamp set available from this month!  This is an adorable set for anyone who makes and gifts their own items. For those who sell items using Stampin' Up! products it really is an essential stamp as it covers you under the Stampin' Up! Angel policy as there are 2 stamps with the copyright little c - if you're selling you need to have this on your products!
To buy either of these stamp sets please go to my online shop via my blog front page!

Create and Chat

Have you checked out the new video by Stampin' Up!?  If not check it out at the link below it shows real life crafting taking place! 

Create and Chat Episode 1:

Hope this keeps you busy for a while and don't forget to keep popping back as yes the new Seasonal Catalogue is out soon!!!

Happy Crafting


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Designer Tin of Cards - Class

Had a great class last week!  It was so much fun as I met up with another demonstrator and we both had customers come; crafting with others is extra fun in my mind.

Charley, the other demo, has a fantastic crafting space and to say that I was a little bit envious would probably be an understatement!  A big shout out to her for letting us hold the class at her house and welcoming us into her home.  The link to her blog is here, so don't forget to check it out!

This is the Designer Tin of cards set, and it really is amazing. Unfortunately I don't have any photos of the evening as my phone went flat, and luckily I was able to be directed home by a class member, as I suspect I would have been a little bit lost otherwise; big thanks to Caroline!

Everyone managed to get their tin started but with lots of chatting going on there was a bit left over to do, so I have lent the stamp set out to someone to finish it and will go a meet with the others at a later date to finish theirs and mine off - yeah more crafting!

I have to say it is a great set, and the tin is beautiful. The cards aren't our normal sized A6 cards but YES our cards do fit in the tin, so a great place to store all your carefully crafted cards.  I made sure that everyone attending received a handmade card by myself just to prove the fact.

If you are interested in having a group of friends over and completing this tin, just get in touch- you arrange the friends, I'll bring your tins and all the necessary supplies - Cost of £24.50; a bargain as that is the cost of the tin!  so you get the class for free!

Happy crafting


Thursday, 7 July 2016

Bonus Days to get Coupons; exciting!

Bonus Days Are Here

For every 60.00 €/£45.00 you spend** between 7 and 31 July, you’ll get a 6.00 €/£4.50 Bonus Days coupon that you can use 2–31 August.

So lots of lovely coupons to spend in August!!

That's super exciting news for customers but extra super exciting for demonstrators as we will get to see the new Autumn/Winter and preorder in August!  One of the perks of being a demo, if you're interesting get in touch.  Stampin' Up!'s actually behind a bit with Christmas actually as I was just in Hobbycraft and they've got shelves of Christmas goodies up, so I can't wait to see the new Stampin' Up! catalogue!

VERY VERY Important message from Stampin' Up! regarding Coupons

 Bonus Days coupon codes will be delivered via email, so an email address is required to participate in this promotion. We cannot resend emails with coupon codes, so make sure you save the email and write down the codes in a safe place so you don’t miss out on the coupons you earn.

**Participants will receive a Bonus Days coupon code via email for every 60.00 €/£45.00 (catalogue price before shipping and handling) they spend in a single order.

  • Promotion period: 7–31 July 2016
  • Redemption period: 2–31 August 2016
  • An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered to participants via email.
  • We strongly recommend that participants save emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place—the codes cannot be resent if the participant loses the email, and Demonstrator Support cannot recover lost codes.
  • Participants will receive a 6.00 €/£4.50 Bonus Days coupon code via email for every 60.00 €/£45.00 they spend in a single order. There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons participants can use on an order during redemption.
  • Bonus Days coupons codes can be used in the checkout process during the redemption period
So time for me to get shopping! 

Happy Crafting


Sunday, 26 June 2016

Paper Shares are Open - would you like lovely papers?

I absolutely adore Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers and the ones in this catalogue are particulary beautiful.....however if you wanted them all, like I do, the cost can seem a bit much £134 all up!

Well how about if you just had to pay a small fraction of that and still get and amazing amount of Designer Series Papers?

I know I'd like to......

How it works:

The Designer Series Paper packs come with paper that is 12" x 12" and most paper shares cut all the paper into 6" x 6"; I've decided however to leave the sheets as large as I can to enable you to make the most out of your paper.  Some will be 6" x 6", some will be 12" x 6" and some will remain 12" x 12"!  The Designer Series Paper Stacks come in 6" x 6" only.

The Breakdown

The Speciality Papers

Speciality Paper packs are a bit different in that they include 2 sheets of speciality paper; of this speciality paper the size will be cut to 6"x6"; everything else will be 12" x 6"

Pop of Pink Speciality Paper;
What you get: 5 sheets; 12" x 6"  and 2 sheets 6" x 6"

Irresistibly Floral Speciality Paper;
 What you get: 5 sheets; 12" x 6"  and 2 sheets 6" x 6"

Affectionately Yours Speciality Paper;
What you get: 5 sheets; 12" x 6"  and 2 sheets 6" x 6"

Christmas Papers
There are 24 sheets in the Christmas pack; 4 of 6 designs so you get one whole sheet of each design; the crafting possibilities are endless!

The Christmas Speciality Paper;
What you get: 6 sheets; 12" x 12"

The DSP packs contain 12 sheets; 2 sheets of 6 double sided designs

Floral Boutique DSP;
What you get: 6 sheets; 12" x 6"

Moroccan DSP;
What you get: 6 sheets; 12" x 6"

Fruit Salad DSP;
What you get: 6 sheets; 12" x 6"

Blooms and Bliss DSP;
What you get:  6 sheets; 12" x 6"

By the Shore DSP; 
What you get: 6 sheets; 12" x 6"

Festive Birthday DSP; 6 sheets; 12" x 6"

The Designer Series Paper stacks are all 6" x 6"

A Little Foxy DSP Stack; 
What you get: 12 sheets

Serene Scenery DSP Stack; 
What you get: 12 sheets

Playful Palette DSP Stack; 
What you get: 12 sheets

By Stampin' Up! rules I am not able to stock pile this paper, so when I have enough people interested I'll put the order in, cut it all up, package it safely and then post it off!

TOTAL Cost to you in UK;  £35 including packaging and postage

TOTAL Cost to those in France, Germany, Netherlands and Austria;
£40 including postage&packaging

 If you're interested just email me and I'll send you details of how to pay;

Happy Crafting