Thursday, 30 June 2011

Top Note Thursday - Wallet Style Card

Today’s card combines two of my current favourite and most used things – the Top Note Die and the Owl Punch!

Top Note and Owl Wallet Card
There is one thing, looking at this card now, which I wish I had done differently – can you guess what it is?

When you open up the wallet it sits flat and there is a stamped panel for your greeting. You could also make this a pocket and include either some money or a gift card.

Top Note and Owl Punch Wallet Card
This cute little wallet style card is one that we made at last weekend’s Card Making Class. Details of next month’s class and how to book can be found here and new people are always welcome.

The thing I wish I had done differently - I wish I had stamped on the Owl’s belly before I stuck it all together.

Happy Stampin’
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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Problem Solved - Plane and Simple!

You know when you find a stamp set that you love and which is great for cards that you don’t usually find easy to make, you have to keep using it, right? Well today I have one more Plane and Simple Card for you. I mentioned yesterday that I love how different this stamp set looks when used with different colours and I have another very different look for you today. This versatility means you can make cards for boys of all ages.

For this card I have stamped images from the set onto River Rock Card using River Rock, Baja Breeze and Always Artichoke Ink. Wrapped round some linen thread suspending the greeting and mounted it all onto Baja Breeze. This is a colour combination I am sure I will be visiting again!

Plane & Simple Card
So are you ready to order this wonderful, versatile stamp set yet? Email

Happy Stampin’

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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Blue Skies Plane and Simple Card

Today I am going to share another Plane and Simple Card with you – again featuring the lovely Vintage Plane Image.

Plane and Simple Blue Skies Card
I love how different the stamp looks in different colours and today’s card uses Real Red, Pacific Point and a touch of Whisper White and Bashful Blue.

To order this wonderful Stamp Set and the other goodies used on this card, or for that matter any other Stampin’ Up! Products please email

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Monday, 27 June 2011

Plane & Simple for a Monday Morning

The beautiful sunny weather seems to be continuing here – so I thought I would share a sunny coloured card with you.

Plane & Simple Card in More Mustard
The striking plane has been stamped on Very Vanilla card with More Mustard Ink and all the layers were edged with Early Espresso Ink. The background was created using other stamps from the Plane and Simple Set – I love the effect of the tone on tone images. The card was then finished off with some Early Espresso Wide Striped Grosgrain Ribbon.

This card was one of the cards we made at this month’s card making class. Our next class is on Saturday 23 July. We will be making a collection of Summer Flowers Inspired Cards. The class costs £22.50 which includes the choice of either the 5 Petal Flower Punch, the Fancy Flower Punch, or the Boho Blossoms Flower Punch. To book your place email
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Sunday, 26 June 2011

Four Frames Cards inspired by Shelli

A beautiful Sunday here and I am looking forward to watching the Grand Prix later today – its one of the first Sunday’s I have been home this season so able to watch live!

Before I do I thought I would share some cards with you all. When we were in Prague we received a beautiful welcome card from Shelli.

Shelli's Welcome Card
How delicious is that! I decided to re make it with product that we have available in the UK and this is what I came up with.

Four Frames Vintage Wallpaper Card
This is the card that could be making with me if they book a party with me in the next few weeks. Stampin’ Up! have a special offer for hostesses at the moment, extra free spends in the catalogues when party sales reach £250 before post and packing – all the details are here. So email to get your party booked.

And then I thought how about adding a few more touches of luxury to the card...

Four Frames Vintage Wallpaper Card
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Saturday, 25 June 2011

Scrapbook Saturday

Today I am going to share a scrapbook page with you that includes one of my favourite quotes, and a quote I was reminded of while I was in Prague with the amazing bunch of ladies. At the last night dinner the incredible Julie sang ‘For Good’ for us from the musical Wicked, so emotional and so appropriate, and reminded me of this quote.

‘We shape our lives with our circle of friends’

Stampin' Up! Scrapbooking Pages
The photo is from last year’s Stampin’ Up! Convention and features many people I am now privileged to call my friends. The papers are from the Blueberry Crisp Collection and other items that were in this month’s Scrapbook Club Kit.

If you would like to know more about Scrapbook Club check this link.

Happy Stampin’
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PS: Newsletter Subscribers - watch out for exciting news about a new club which will be in your inboxes later this weekend

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Friday, 24 June 2011

Find Out About Friday - How to earn a trip of a lifetime

Over the last few days I have shared with you just some of the wonderful experience I had in Prague thanks to Stampin’ Up!, my wonderful team of Stampin’ Super Stars and of course my fantastic customers.

When I joined Stampin’ Up! to get my goodies at a reduced price I never would have believed such rewards were possible for an ordinary crafter like me – but trips like this and so much more is available to everyone who joins.

Now admittedly they don’t just give trips like this away – you do have to work to earn them but sharing my love of stamping with others does not really feel like work! With focus it is possible to earn trips like these in your first year with Stampin’ Up! and without a huge team.

Many other rewards are available too, some crafting, some financial and some far less tangible. I have made some amazing friends, learnt a lot about myself, others, business and of course stamping. I have experienced some incredible things and grown my confidence.

I would love to share these benefits with you and welcome you into my team of Stampin’ Super Stars. So if you want to earn a trip of a life time and experience some of the wonderful things I have experienced with Stampin’ Up! email me and let’s talk about how we can make it happen for you.

Happy Stampin’

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Thursday, 23 June 2011

Perfect in Prague - People, Puppets and Palaces - Day 3 of the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip

After all the excitement of the Pyjama party I was pleased that we had a leisurely day to ourselves on Saturday. After another wonderful breakfast (I don’t usually do breakfast!) and a bit of a photo call in the hotel,

we went and explored Prague some more.

One of the things you see a lot of in Prague is Marionettes

And in the main market square there was a local food festival (my friend Zoe has been asking where the pictures of food are so this one is for you Zoe!)

Our guide told us that you are not allowed to drink and drive at all in Prague but this obviously does not apply to horses!

Then all too soon it was time to stop exploring and get ready for our farewell dinner. Exciteldy we all got on the bus to discover we were going to the Archbishops Palace in Prague Castle (a building which is not open to the public) and would be eating in the state banqueting hall! This took being treated like royalty to a whole other level – totally unbelievable!

We took some group photos – some serious and some not so!

This one was inspired by the French group who all blew kisses at their country manager Jerome, Frank our mascot seemed pleased to be included.

Here are Monica, Julie and I

The company excellent (I sat next to Sterling for Dinner – what a thoroughly charming and lovely man, it was wonderful to chat with him and Shelli)

Do you see that beautiful fabric on the back of the chairs? Well it was actually scarves for us to take home – they are so soft and lovely to wear – and even match my coat.

When we had to go our fantastic night was not however over – when we got back to our rooms look what we found

This trip was beyond belief and so very special. I feel so privileged to have earned it by sharing what I love. What for me makes it even better is that it is possible for everyone to earn a trip like this – come back tomorrow and find out how.

Happy Stampin’

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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Perfect in Prague – Picture & Pyjamas – Day 2 of the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip

I am still struggling to believe all the amazing things that I was lucky enough to experience in Prague, but I have the pictures so they must have happened!

I woke up to beautiful sunshine on the second day of our trip and was able to enjoy a leisurely breakfast. I could get used to such a delicious start to the day and having someone just refill my coffee cup before I even really knew I wanted more!

We then all met in the hotel foyer for a morning trip to Prague Castle, least that is what we thought ... but Stampin’ Up! had an additional treat planned for us first. A ride in a vintage tram. Prague has a lot of trams but this one was special and normally lives in a museum – other tram drivers we passed looked at it admiringly! The tram took us for a tour of the town on our way to the castle.

This is Ivana our guide for the day – she was very passionate and knowledgable about Prague and shared lots of great information. On the tram ridge however I ended up in the carriage with the German speaking guide, Karel and I am not sure the others have forgiven me yet as he was rather good looking!

Prague Castle was stunning.

Here are Shelli and Sterling in the Castle Gardens.

Lunch was at a beautiful restaurant overlooking the town. The room was stunning with gorgeous crystal vines around the roof. We were all very excited to see the adorable menus!

We had some free time in the afternoon which I spent enjoying the sunshine with these lovely ladies and then exploring Prague some more.

The excitement for the day was not however over. Having changed into our Pyjamas we all met up to do some swapping. The swaps I received are amazing and I will show them to you soon. Then it was time for some stamping! As we entered the room there were squeals of delight – goodness knows what the hotel staff (who were fantastic) must have thought - our places were marked with personalised aprons! Here is Jules modelling hers.

The projects we made were adorable, but you are going to have to wait until October to see them. Trust me they will be well worth the wait!  If you had told me a couple of years ago that I would be this excited about an apron while wearing PJ's I would never have believed you!

Paula and I – I seemed to spend the whole evening with my mouth open in amazement

More tomorrow

Happy Stampin’

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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Perfect in Prague - Day 1 of the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip

Oh My! Prague was A-MAZE-ZING! Looking back on the trip I am still can’t really believe it. The city is beautiful and we were so well looked after, every little detail was just perfect. I am not sure I have the words to explain how fantastic the whole experience was but you know me and I am going to try! I should warn you there are a lot of photos too ...

The trip for me actually started the day before as we decided to spend the night at Heathrow since I had to be at the airport very early! I met the others who were on my flight at Starbucks and the rest of the journey passed in a blur of excited chatter. My travel companions, Michelle, Amanda, Natalie and our country manager Paula had all been on the last incentive trip to Monaco and entertained me with stories about it, building both my nerves and expectations further.

I should not have worried however, as soon as we checked in we went to the Hospitality Suite and were greeted with an amazing hug by Shelli. I already felt like the luckiest girl in the world. We were also joined by Pam Morgan who is just the most amazing lady and who I was so excited to get to know. We all sat and chatted for a while before we headed out to explore a little.

Our hotel was in a beautiful area and really close to the Charles Bridge, we wandered across trying to take everything in and then decided to stop for a drink, in a street cafe. London and the rain felt a life time away.

Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Prague

Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Prague
When we got back to the hotel our rooms were ready – mine was bigger than my first flat!

Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Prague

With lots of wonderful little details - the note from the manager,
Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Prague

not to mention the beautiful flowers.
Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Prague

And the view onto the pretty courtyard.
Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Prague

Now those of you who looked the photos everyone took last year commented that everyone took pictures of the food – this year it seems to be our bathrooms – huge, luxurious and just stunning.

Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Prague

Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Prague

Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Prague
A short while later it was time for our welcome dinner – here are all the UK girls. It was great to see Monica (my upline) and Julie (my friend and Stampin’ Up! Sister) who had a difficult journey.

Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Prague

In the photo from left to right we have Amanda, Michelle, Julie, Natalie, me, Jo, Monica and Paula.

Dinner was amazing and even after hanging out with the girls for a while after I did not want the night to end – but when we got back to our rooms there was an extra treat ...

Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Prague
More tomorrow!

Happy Stampin'
Bekka Prideaux Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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