Friday, 31 December 2010

Sale-A-Bration Christmas Gifts!

This year’s Sale-a-Bration sets are so lovely it was hard to decide which to use first! Today I am going to share some Christmas Presents I made using the wonderful Bliss set.

These coasters were a lot of fun to make. The design is the same for each set but I varied the colours to suit people’s homes. My family loved them.

In fact even my partner liked them – so much so he asked me to make some for us!

To make these coasters I started by stamping the swirl all over the base, carefully inking it unevenly. Next I stamped on the flowers, mostly having stamped off some of the ink before stamping on my project. The beautiful butterfly was added using a contrast colour and some shimmer paint, then this colour was used with the spritzing tool to create a splatter effect on the background. I then inked the edges of the card using a dauber. This finished pieces were then put into a coaster which was sold to make photo coasters.

This technique of layering your stamping is ideal for cards as well since your finished project looks very dimensional, but is very flat to post.

If you were to purchase the card, inks, shimmer paints, spritzing tool, Stampin’ Write Marker and the daubers you would get the stamp set for free! How brilliant is Sale-A-Bration! To place your order email

Happy Stampin’


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Thursday, 30 December 2010

Sale-A-Bration 2011

Welcome Back!  I am so excited about this year’s Sale-A-Bration! It is such a generous promotion and the stamp sets you can earn for free are just amazing and I know you will love them too.

Want to see?

Well there are four sets that you can earn for free

The first is Bliss – what a suitably well named set! I love the butterfly and the amazing swirly flourish, the other stamps are beautiful too and I know this set is going to become a firm favourite of mine.

Next we have the beautiful Sweet Summer – this huge collection of 9 scrummy floral stamps is so versatile and will allow you to make beautiful cards for all occasions.

Thirdly we have So Happy for You – a collection of 5 really useful phrases in a fun font and 5 fun images – this set is going to be such a great one to use and its sure to get inked up a lot!

And last but by no means least we have the gorgeous Punch Bunch. A set of 5 stamps all of which coordinate beautifully with our punches – and you all know how much I love my stamps that coordinate with my punches! And yes that is ‘the’ owl you see before you, and yes I can confirm we will be getting the Owl Punch in April! Once you are ready to look at the other four stamps you will see they are equally as wonderful.

So how can you get your hands on these free stamps? Well there are two ways.

Firstly you get to choose one for every £45 you spend between now and 28th February 2011. That means that if you spend £90 you can choose two sets etc. Email to place your order.

Secondly if you host a Stampin’ Up! Party between now and 28th February 2011 with product sales of at least £300 you will get a Sale-a-bration set in addition to the already generous hostess benefits. I do have availability to do parties during this time so contact me today to arrange your party.

I mentioned earlier that Sale-a-bration is a generous promotion ... there is more! Not only can you get free stamp sets when you spend £45 or when you host a party, you can also get two free stamp sets when you join Stampin’ Up! If you join Stampin’ Up! between now and 28th February Stampin’ Up! will give you one free stamp set of any value from the Idea Book and Catalogue. If you join my team, I will also do the same and you will get three additional gifts from me! This means you could get yourself goodies worth over £330 for just £119. Find out more about this here or email me

You can download a copy of the Sale-a-Bration leaflet here.
Check back tomorrow to see some projects made using these Free Stamps

Happy Stampin’ (made even happier with free stamps!)

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Wednesday, 29 December 2010

One More Sleep!

I am so excited about tomorrow – I have something wonderful to share with you all, I can hardly wait!

As promised here are some more of this year’s Christmas Cards, these feature Contempo Christmas, Sparkly and Bright as well as the lovely Dasher. I hope you enjoy looking at them.

Until tomorrow ...

Happy Stampin

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Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Christmas Cards

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that Santa spoilt you lots and lots. I have had a lovely few days with family and then with some friends who we don’t seen nearly often enough!

On Thursday I have something very very exciting to share with you all – something I am really looking forward to and which I am sure you will love! However to keep you entertained between now and then, today and tomorrow I am going to share some of the Christmas Cards I sent this year. I know a few have yet to reach their destinations so I am not going to tell you too much about them, but I hope you enjoy looking at them.

Today’s cards have all been made using the wonderful Welcome Christmas Stamp Sets. Its one of the sets which is available as part of a bundle which means you can get some free ribbon, but only if you order it before tomorrow – check here – and if this stamp set is on your wish list and you want to order it please let me know by lunchtime on tomorrow (the 29th).

Colours used include Pacific Point, Pear Pizzaz, Concord Crush, Rich Razzleberry, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, and some of the wonderful shimmer cardstock!

Happy Stampin’

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Friday, 24 December 2010

Its the night before Christmas

Just a quick post to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

We are well into the last moment preparations here now – Craft projects done, presents wrapped and I have even spent time in the kitchen! I won’t be giving anyone the planned macaroons, or winning any domestic goddess awards, but I am really pleased with how the festive pate is looking and tasting!

Whatever you are doing tomorrow have a fantastic time.

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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

An Ornament Punch is not just for Christmas - Part 2

Are you ready for some more non Christmas cards made using the Stampin’ Up! Ornament Punch?

I hope so but if not please look away now!

Today’s cards have a flowery theme. Firstly I have used the Ornament Punch to create a vase for my flowers.

The vase has been made using the dotty stamp from Delightful Decorations and I used the rock and roll technique to get the two tone effect – its a wonderful technique and one I often teach at classes and parties. You can find out more about classes and parties here. The flowers are also from the Delightful Decorations stamp set – they have been punched out using the Boho Blossom Punch.

For this next card I have used punched out ornament shapes as petals for this flower. I punched the petals out from Naturals Ivory card stock and edged them with Soft Suede Ink, and then with Champaign Mist Shimmer Paint. I think the finished flower is a bit like a water Lilly, what do you think?

It will be back to Christmas Projects for my next project – I have an idea that if it works I am sure you will love and if it does not you will never know about!!!!

Happy Stampin’

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Sunday, 19 December 2010

An Ornament Punch is not just for Christmas!

Well we have snow again so I am getting some bonus time with my stamps! Just as well really as I have lots of cards I want to make!

Over the next couple of posts I am going to show you some non Christmas projects you can make using your Ornament Punch from Stampin’ Up! I love the shape of this punch and I love that there are stamp specially designed to go with it, they make putting ideas together so fun.

Now today would really not be the weather for it, but sometimes I dream of floating around in a hot air balloon, beautiful blue skies ... and how fun would it be in a balloon that was this pretty?

The balloon was stamped from Delightful Decorations and the lines to the basket are drawn with a Stampin’ Write Marker. The background clouds were made by swirling ink on a dauber around the edges of a punched out scallop oval.

Next I am going to share a card inspired by one my wonderful friend Jules showed at Convention – the kissing fishes! How adorable are these two!

I have also used a punched out small heart for their lips, small circles and a five petal flower for their fins and tails.

I will be back with more ideas to show you that your ornament punch is not just for Christmas soon. In the mean time keep warm and happy stampin’

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Friday, 17 December 2010

Is it Party Time?

Today I am going to show you a card we made at a recent Stampin’ Up! Party. Having a party is a lot of fun and I really enjoyed spending some time with this hostess and her friends, none of whom had stamped before.

If you would like to book a party for you and your friends please get in touch – as well as being a lot of fun as the hostess you can even get some goodies for free! If you would rather I can also bring a mini class to your home, you gather at least 5 friends and for £5 each I will bring everything you need to make a collection of cards and to have a lot of fun. I do have some availability over the Christmas period so if you are looking for something fun to do together please get in touch –

I also wanted to remind you that there are just two weeks left to get yourself some free ribbon – you can find the details here. I know how busy everyone is at this time of year so please don’t put placing your order too far down your list as I would not like you to miss out! You still have time to order vouchers and class passes as gifts too, you can find the details here. Just email me, to place your orders

Happy Stampin’

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Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Today it is time for me to share the last gift idea in this series of Christmas Gift Ideas. And today’s idea is all about time.

This clock has been made using a the mechanism from an clock from the local pound shop and papers from the scrummy Nursery Suite Speciality Pack.

Butterflies with a suitable amount of bling mark the hour points. The hardest part of making this project was actually popping out all the bits from the pretty die cut edges!

I hope this series has helped you get ready for Christmas and has inspired you to get crafting for Christmas. If you need any supplies to help you please just get in touch.

I do have some more Christmas Projects to share with you and will be back in a couple of days with the first of them.

Happy Stampin’

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Tuesday, 14 December 2010

12 Gifts for Christmas - Gift 11

Can you believe we are on our penultimate gift for Christmas already? How are your preparations going? I still have loads and loads to do and hope to finish making my Christmas Cards this afternoon!

So to today’s gift ideas ... Calendars, always popular to give and always useful to receive. I have two ideas to share with you.

First there is this wall hanging version.

As you can see I have used a stamped image for mine but you could easily swap this for a photo.

The second version is a pocket version, designed to be carried around or kept on your desk.

Quick and fun to make these calendars would give the recipient a whole year’s worth of pleasure.

Don’t forget to check back for the last gift idea tomorrow.

Happy Stampin’

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Monday, 13 December 2010

12 Gifts for Christmas - Gift 10

When I was growing up one of the things my grandparents always wanted for Christmas was photos of us. Now when you are a teenager this is really really embarrassing but every year we were made to have our photo taken so we could send them to our Grandparents.

Maybe it’s the same in your family and there are people who you either want or need to send photo’s to. Why not send them in a beautiful mini album or brag book so the recipient can carry them around and show them off.

These mini albums were made the same way as the Christmas Organisers here, but this time using the beautiful Lap of Luxuary Papers and the Vintage Vogue Stamp Set.

If you would like the instructions for this project please email me,

Have fun making this pretty way to give photos!

Happy Stampin

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Sunday, 12 December 2010

12 Gifts for Christmas - Gift 9

Can you believe that its day 9 of this series already – Christmas is getting close really quickly!

Today I am going to share another gift of some cards. This is a project that the ladies all made at last month’s card class. If you would like to join them details of my upcoming classes can be found here, we all love welcoming new faces to the group.

This box of notelets features the gorgeous Growing Green Stamp Set and the coordinating Woodland Walk papers.

Presenting cards in a decorated clear box makes them look very professional.

So here are the cards, lots of pictures so not many words!

Who on your present list would like to receive a box of cards?

Happy Stampin’

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Saturday, 11 December 2010

12 Gifts for Christmas - Gift 8

How do you stay organised? I find it a continual battle and I would be totally lost without my lists! Everything has a list, lists of cards to make, lists of things to do and even a list of projects to show you here.

Today’s gift idea is aimed at people who love lists. Designed to sit on a desk or hang on the wall this little gift will help keep your list where you can easily see it. What is even better is that you can always keep it up to date – it wipes clean!

It is constructed from a frame I got at my local discount store and I have used the same Elegant Soiree Papers as I used for yesterday’s Memo Board.

I hope you like today’s gift idea and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow when I will share another with you.

Happy Stampin

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Friday, 10 December 2010

12 Gifts for Christmas - Gift 7

Today I have another gift idea for those who love to be organised, or who would like to be!

I often find I have lots of bits of paper that I want to keep to hand, but which don’t really have a home – those notes & letters, numbers for people I want to call – you know the kind of thing. A memo board like this is ideal for keeping them all to hand and having something pretty in the room as well!

It was made using papers from the Elegant Soiree papers, ribbons and flower brads, backed onto the card that comes into the back of a pack of Designer Series Papers! It feels good to find a use for what otherwise would be waste card.

I will be back tomorrow with another gift that would look lovely next to this!

Happy Stampin’

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Thursday, 9 December 2010

12 Gifts for Christmas - Gift 6

Can you believe we are already half way through this series of gift ideas!

Today’s gift idea is another idea that would be lovely for those who love to send cards. A card organiser.

We made this particular card organise at our last Stampfest events – and I am thrilled to be able to tell you that Stampfest will be back and even better in February!

We have events in Liverpool, Ipswich and Dunstable. If you would like to join us for one of these fun filled stamping days please let me know and book your place as soon as possible. The day’s cost £55 per person and gift tickets are available making this a bonus Christmas gift idea for you! To book email me,

I will be back tomorrow with more gift ideas for you.

Happy Stampin

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Wednesday, 8 December 2010

12 Gifts for Christmas - Gift 5

I hope you are having as much fun reading about these gift ideas for Christmas as I have had making them!

Today I went back to something I really enjoy as the basis of a gift – making cards! Most people I know send cards during the year and love to have something special to send out, so love to receive hand made cards.

So how about these little wallets are full of cards.

The wallet is made from a cut down 6x6 inch page protector and a piece of Designer Series Paper. The stamp set is Funky Four.

I had such fun making the first one that I had to make another one with my Growing Green Stamps!

And finally got my team to make them at our recent team training and fill them with gift tags! I love sharing projects with my team – if you want to find out more about being in my team let me know ( and lets arrange a time to talk.

Back tomorrow with another gift idea

Happy Stampin’

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