Sunday, 30 November 2008

Dazzling December Offers

Hello – were you starting to wonder if I had stayed at Centre Parcs? We had a wonderful time there, it even snowed and I could quite happily have stayed but life called and has been keeping me rather busy. I did manage to finish knitting a scarf while I was away (no picture for you as it’s a Christmas Pressie for someone who has been known to read this blog).

Anyway I have finally made it back here in time to tell you about some very special offers I have for you. When I think about December I think about friends, about giving, about Christmas and of course parties, so the offers I have for you this month are designed to reflect all those things – they are my gifts to you.

This is quite a long post so you may want to grab a nice warm cup of coffee, sit down, relax and read – think of it as Christmas planning / shopping the easy way!

Would you like to win some amazing craft goodies? Would you like to get fantastic value for money when you shop (for yourself or for others)? Would you like to spend time with friends doing something fun? Would you like to know how?

December Prize Draw

During December if you place an order with me you will earn entries into an amazing prize draw – for every £10 you spend (excluding post and packing) you will get one entry. I will let you know more about the prize as we go through December but it will include a set of stamps, ink, card, ribbon and some other goodies for you. On 31 December all the entries will be put into a hat and one lucky winner will be drawn out. The more you spend the more chances you will have to win this prize.

Now while that looks good it’s not all that is on offer for you ...

Dazzling December Special Offer*

Everyone who places an order with me could get something for nothing ...
All orders placed with me will receive handmade gift tags. You will get at least one tag, with an additional tag for each £10 spent before post and packing. You will have the choice of Christmas or non Christmas themed tags.

If you place and order for more than £50 before post and packing you will get £5 worth of goods of your choice FREE (and of course at least 5 entries into the December Draw and at least five handmade gift tags)

If you place and order for more than £100 before post and packing you will get £10 worth of goods of your choice FREE (and at least 10 entries into the prize draw and at least 10 handmade gift tags)

If you place and order for more than £150 before post and packing you will get £15 worth of goods of your choice FREE plus your normal hostess benefits – so that is at least another £15 worth of goods of your choice and a set of hostess exclusive stamps. You can find details of these on pages of the catalogue. But that is not all – the Hostess promotion is still running so you get another selected stamp set free – click here for details. Yes you did read that right - £30 worth of free goods, and two stamp sets and at least 15 entries into the prize draw and at least 15 handmade gift tags.

Now this is a great chance to sit back, relax, get your gift list and your wish lists out and get some Christmas shopping done. When you place your order you can choose if you would like the gifts delivered direct to your door or if you would like to take advantage of my gift service you will need to place your order by 5 December to ensure delivery in time for Christmas.

You may also want to start planning how you are going to spend any Christmas Money that Santa brings your way – don’t forget this offer runs until the end of December.

Party Time

If you are looking for something fun to do with your friends why not host a Stampin’ Up! Party (the Dazzling December Special Offers all still apply). Spend a few hours with your friends, chatting, laughing and doing something creative. I have some dates available during December, both before Christmas and between Christmas and New Year. So if you are looking for something fun to do why not contact me and book a party.

You are not however limited to my availability! If you would like to arrange a crafty session with friends and family contact me to discuss what you would like to do and how much you would like to spend. I will design some projects for you with easy to follow instructions and put together an order with you containing all the things you will need. This will also mean any Stamp Sets you get and items you and your friends and family don’t use are yours to keep! If you are looking for something fun to do as a family this could be just the thing – it’s flexible, it’s fun, it’s suitable for all ages, it’s not dependent on the weather and is a great way to spend time together.

So how was your coffee? I will be back with more projects to share in the next few days.

In other news I also wanted to share that this blog has been nominated for an award! Not once but twice - I am really very flattered. The lovely and very talented Kate and the equally inspirational Carole both sent me this award. Thank you both. As part of this award I get to nominate 7 blogs for you to enjoy so hard to get to only 7 but here goes:
Ali – simply stylish
Suzan – amazing creations
Maryanne – love her photos
Monica – inspirational in so many ways
Jules – fabulous cards from a fabulous lady
Sally – scrummy use of colour from someone who always makes me smile
Jo – one amazing, creative and lovely lady

I am sure you will enjoy looking at these blogs – I know I do. I look forward to catching up with you all soon

Happy Crafting and Shopping


* Please note that these offers are made by me and not Stampin’ Up. Unfortunately they are only available to those who are resident in the UK
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Wednesday, 19 November 2008

A Huge Thank You ...

Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to my Christmas Cards for Children In Need Event. In the end I ran three sessions, the final one of which was last night and I am thrilled to tell you that we have raised £276 for Children In Need and we are still counting!
Thank you all so much. On top of this almost all the people who came had never made cards before so a special well done goes out to them. Oh and I have some cards left over which I am going to send to the lovely Kate who is organising a collection of Christmas Cards for Great Ormand Street Hospital. You can find out all about it here.

Things here have been really busy and there has been not time for any other crafting – so I thought I would share the cards we all made for Children in Need. I have dotted them through this post for you.

This weekend we are going to centre parcs with some friends – I am looking forward to a few days away. I may even try some knitting with the scrummy wool that jumped into my bag while I was at the NEC last week.

While I am gone I wanted to leave you with a thought ... its only 36 days until Christmas! I know – very scary (why do you think I am running away and hiding this weekend!)

Now that your panic attack is over I would like to offer you some help ...

It’s never too late to plan – if you want a copy of the directions for my Christmas Planner send me an email and I will email them to you.

Christmas Cards – its not too late to order what you need to make your own Christmas Cards – with every set of Christmas Stamps ordered from me I will send you an idea sheet of possible projects (complete with measurements).

My Wish List Service – a way to make sure you get what you want under the tree, without having to do the shopping and wrapping yourself. All you need to do is email me the list of Stampin’ Up! goodies you would like and then either ask your friends and loved ones to contact me to purchase something from it, or send me their details and I will contact them. Then you just sit back, relax and dream about what you will make with your goodies. I can even arrange for the gifts to be wrapped.

My Gift Service – why not buy people something creative for Christmas – there are lots of gift ideas in the Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalogue. If you need some inspiration check out this link. If you place your order with me I will provide you with some handmade gift tags to go with these gifts, and if you have them delivered to me I will even wrap them for you before posting them on to you or the lucky recipient. Now you can make your money go even further – if you place an order for £150 or more you will also earn hostess benefits and at the moment in addition to the £15 of free products and the exclusive hostess stamps you can choose an additional stamp set free – the details are here.

Christmas Gifts and Decorations – if you look back over the last few weeks I have shared some ideas with you – and will share more over the next few weeks. Don’t forget if you want to use Rub On’s or Textured Card Stock for your projects now is the time to order them – if you place an order of £20 or more they are 20% off – amazing value – it makes the textured card stock cheaper than Bazzil and will coordinate beautifully - the details are here .

So have fun and Happy Crafting


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Wednesday, 12 November 2008

What time of year is it?

The November issue of the Feeling Crafty Newsletter has been sent out. If you are on our mailing list and have not received it please check in your spam folder and if it is still hiding from you please email me ( and I will send you another copy. If you are not on the mailing list yet just drop me a note and I will add you and send you a copy of the November Issue.

I could not leave you without a card so here, as a relief from all the Christmas Cards, is the one I made for the beach party we went to at the weekend – yes the friend concerned knew it was November and that we were in the UK! It certainly felt odd going out with a sun hat on in the pouring rain but it was a good party!

The card was made using the Summer By The Sea Stamp Set. It was stamped on Kraft Card using Chocolate Chip Ink - I love Kraft card and the 60 was hand cut from the coordinating papers that are available as a level 1 hostess set. I watercoloured the image with assorted colours from the soft subtles and neutrals sets and then used the Stampin' Pastels to shade the card a small amount of Mellow Moss Taffeta ribbon and the card was done. It was fun bringing a little summer to my craft space!

Thank you for stopping by

Happy Crafting


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Monday, 10 November 2008

Rub On some Happiness

Today is the first day of another very special offer from Stampin’ Up! to celebrate their 20th Birthday and their first year in Europe.

If you place an order with me for £20 or more between now and the 30th November you will qualify to purchase the Rub Ons and the Textured Card stock at a massive 20% off.
The rub ons can be found on page 77 of the current idea book and catalogue and the textured card can be found on pages 67-69. Here are the details along with the amazing discounted prices.
These products are new in the UK and this is the ideal time to try them ... but what on? The rub ons are easy to apply to paper, card, ribbon and any other non porous surface so the possibilities are endless. I have made some samples to show you some ideas – decorating notebooks, candles, mirrors, tea light holders, flower vases, ribbons.
Then there are things like picture frames, Christmas baubles, bottles of toiletries, jars of homemade jam and oh so many more things that would make lovely Christmas gifts.

Oh and of course cards and scrapbook pages! Here is a card I made using them – the large flower, the greeting and the dots on the ribbon were all done with rub ons.
Now if you look closely at this card you will see I have used the textured card – it is a wonderful and quick way of adding depth to your creations and if you have not tried it before it is currently at an amazing price of £7.40 on this offer making it cheaper than the non textured card stock but hurry – this offer only lasts 20 days ...

As if this offer was not already amazing, if you place an order with me on or before Friday 14th November I will make a donation to Children In Need on your behalf and enter you into one of the BBC’s Pudsey Scratch Card Games that I am running giving you the chance to win a small handmade gift from me. You can find out more about what Feeling Crafty is doing for Children In Need here.

So to summarise – for the next 20 days spend £20 on products, get 20% off Rub Ons and Textured Card Stock.
So what will you do with yours – I would love to hear your ideas and to see what you come up with.
Happy Crafting

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Friday, 7 November 2008


No, its not snowing here again, and actually for the first time in what feels like ages it has not been raining! Despite the sunshine today I made lots of cards – there seem to be a lot of birthdays amongst my friends and families at this time of year so I will share those once they are with the people who will be celebrating over the next week or so.

I can share another Christmas Card with you – well one card and three colour ways. These cards were quick to make and ideal for this busy time of year. We will be making a card very similar to this at the Christmas Cards for Children In Need next week. There are still places available so if you would like to join us so please let me know as soon as possible. Don’t forget that there are other ways you can join in even if you can’t join us – read all about it here.

These cards were made with the Snow Burst stamp set from Stampin’ Up!. The images were stamped randomly on the top half of a piece of Whisper White card, the celebrate greeting comes from the welcome words stamp set.

All that was needed after that was a strip of coordinating ribbon before the panel was mounted on matching card.

I have also made a Christmas Decoration this afternoon. It was made from 12 scalloped squares rolled up to make the cones, these were mounted facing alternate ways onto a scalloped circle which was then decorated with a stamped circle. Another scalloped circle with decorated circle were added to the other side. Dazzling Diamonds were then stuck inside each cone and in the centre of the snowflake . It was fun to make and if you would like more detailed instructions drop me an email and I will send them to you.
I will be back with more cards over the weekend
Happy Crafting

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Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Christmas Cards

How are your Christmas preparations going? I am feeling a little concerned with the length of my Christmas Card List and last night my Christmas Stamps were calling. Here is what I came up with using the Season Of Joy Stamp Set. What do you think?

The colours used are Rose Red and Old Olive. The flower was made by stamping the image on Whisper White and then onto Vellum card. Each was then cut out, the petals pinched to give them some shape and then they were joined together with a jewelled brad from the pretties kit – now there is a box full of loveliness if ever I saw one! The stamps are all from the Season of Joy set. The tree was layered onto Rose Red and the corners shaped with a small circle punch before it was layered onto Old Olive.

I enjoyed making this card and its one done from the list - still lots more to go!
If you would like to learn to make your own Christmas Cards now is a great time to book a place at my Christmas Cards for Children in Need event on November 14th or book a party and take advantage of the latest special offer from Stampin’ Up!

Happy Crafting


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Monday, 3 November 2008

Christmas Parties

One of the things that many people enjoy about Christmas is the chance to get together with friends. Its also a time when we have a lot to get ready so why not combine the two and get yourself some lovely free gifts?

During November and December Stampin’ Up! Have a wonderful promotion for you. If you host a qualifying workshop you will not only get the usual hostess benefits of free products and exclusive stamps (you can find out all about them on pages 7 to 14 of the catalogue – click here for an online copy) you can also select another one of six sets worth up to £24.95 for Free – Yes Free. At this workshop you and your friends will have a great time making a project or two.

Check out this leaflet!

So let’s just recap – that’s fun with your friends, getting ready for Christmas, being shown how you can make cards and gifts for Christmas, and lots of free gifts for you! What are you waiting for – book a workshop with me today.

There are other ways you can take advantage of this offer . If you place a qualifying order with me (that is an order for £150 or more before post and packing) as well as arranging for your products to be shipped straight to your door I will send you a project sheet with instructions on how to make a selection of Christmas cards and gifts. This offer makes it a great time to order the things on your wish list – or you could get together with a group of friends and share the free stamps and products between you.

If you don’t live near me and would like to find a demonstrator nearer to you let me know and I will help you locate someone.

Why not order all the products you need to get your Christmas Cards and gifts made now and benefit from this offer.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be sharing lots more Christmas Card ideas with you so check back soon for more ideas

Happy Crafting and hostessing!


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Saturday, 1 November 2008

Children in Need

Its time to reveal the second project I have been working on. Children In Need has been raising money to positively change the lives of disadvantaged children for longer than I care to remember and since my student days I have tried to get involved in some way. This year I am taking it one step further and actually organising a fund raising event – Christmas Cards for Children In Need.
If you would like to know more about Children in Need check their website here

As well as raising funds for Children In Need this fun event will help you get ready for Christmas. In addition to learning how to make five different Christmas Cards and a Christmas decoration we will play some fun games together to support our fund raising activities.
Children In Need is on November 14th and that day there will be two chances to attend a Christmas Cards for Children In Need Event, one at 2.30pm and one at 7.30pm. Each event will last between two and two and a half hours and will be held at the Little Theatre in Dunstable Bedfordshire.

If you would like to attend and support this wonderful cause you will need to reserve a place in advance. The minimum donation for each session will be £10.00 and all profits will go to Children In Need. If you have any questions or would like to reserve your place contact me as soon as possible –

If you are in the UK and would like to play along but can’t make the sessions in Dunstable the good news is that you can! I am also offering you a Pudsey Party in a Box – contact me for the details.

I know a lot of crafters love the chance to give something to someone else or to a good cause so it would be great to know what you are doing for Children In Need or to raise money for a charity that is important to you.

I look forward to hearing from you

Happy Crafting and giving

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