Tuesday, 31 August 2010

The Countdown is ON!!!!!

Well its the 31st August and that means only one thing if you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!!


Unfortunately for you, the customers - there is another month to wait before you can get your sticky paws on the new goodies, but in the meantime there is always the last chance list which comes out tomorrow.

Last year, SU offered some retiring sets at a discount, but we haven't heard if that is going to happen again, but if there is a set that you have been umming and ahhhing over but havent yet bought, if its on the retirement list - that means that its not going to be available after the 1st Octber.When SU retire a set - that really is it - any remaining sets are broken up and destroyed so after this September - your only hope of getting hold of retired sets you love is eBay!

Watch this space tomorrow  for details of the retired list, and don't forget to book your space at the new catalogue launch in Horsmonden on Friday the 1st October.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu.......

You may remember back in May I told you about the colour renovation happening in SU with the the launch of the new catalogue on the 1st October. We are losing no less than 30 of the existing colours to make way for the four new colour families which will contain just 10 colours each, and the 5 new "In Colours" which will only be around for 2 years.

Well, we now have just 6 weeks left to stock up on the retiring colour products such as inkpads, cardstock, and markers. I am sending off an order for several packs of cardstock in my favourite "Taken with Teal" (I just cannot believe its going.... its gorgeous - SOB! SOB!), and I urge any of you who want products in any of the following colours to get your orders in fast! All orders of retiring stock must be received by SU by 11:50pm on the 30th September - and then that's it!!

Fans of the purple and mauve colours in particular will definitely need to do so as nearly all those shades are retiring. My fellow Demos and I are also pretty sure that all the current Designer Paper packs will be discontinued as well. We find out what stamps and other items from the catalogue are retiring on the 1st September so check back then for the retirement list.

I will be offering retiring colour packs of my supplies for £7.50 each after the 1st October. These will contain the inkpad (barely used in most cases), the mini ink spot, the double ended marker pen and the reinker. I will also throw in any cardstock I may have lying around in that particular colour as a free gift - some colours I have nearly full packs of while others I don't have any. You will be able to purchase these at the launch party on Friday 1st October, then they will go on offer to all. With the reinker included, you will be able to keep your colours going for quite a while as you can use it to refill both inkpads AND the marker pen! when they start to run out.

Let me know if you would like to stock up by giving me a ring on 07973 969153 or by email on ExStitch@aol

Customers local(ish) to Horsmonden are welcome to pop round anytime - just ring to check that I am actually in first though!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Another Scrapbook Page!

I have been having a sort out of my SU Patterned papers and rediscovered the wonderful Nouveau Chic set. This is based around black, grey, sage shadow and apricot appeal, and as the sage and apricot are vanishing soon, I thought I would set to and produce a scrapbook page or two using them, and the first one is above!

One sheet of basic black, a 10x8 rectangle of sage shadow, a large photo, a piece of DSP some ribbon - a couple of flowers and some pretties from the pretties kit and - voila! 

This photo was 8x6, but I trimmed it down to 7 3/4 x 6, and attached it to the top of my rectangle with a narrow border top and sides. The rest of the sage block was filled in with a piece of DSP, and the join hidden with a piece of striped ribbon tied in a bow. Dye a couple of the small flowers from the Pretties kit by squodging a sage shadow inkpad down on them until they are covered, then layer them up onto larger flowers and attach to the page with crystal brads....... spear a couple of pearls and crystals from the pretties kit with a hatpin and stab it through the knot on the bow before putting the clutch on the end for safety!

Finally, cut a title from a scrap of whisper white card (shadowed on an off cut of sage if you have the machine)

Took about 15 minutes tops!

Let me know if I can help you with any supplies!

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Anyone interested in a scrapbook class by mail?

Following the blog hop at the weekend I have been asked if I would offer a class for the 2 scrapbook layouts I produced for it.

Just so I can gauge interest levels if anyone is interested could you please drop me a line either in the comments on here or by email to As the papers and at least one of the ribbon I used will be retiring at the end of September, this would need to happen before then!

Kits would probably include half a pack of the Night and Day papers, a tub of crystal brads, cardstock, ribbon, small brads and templates along with printed instructions. You would need to provide your own stamp sets, ink pads and bird punch (or order them from me with a class discount!)

Let me know if you would be interested.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

The 2-Step Stampin Blog Hop is here!

Hello and Good Morning to all of my visitors today!

Todays entry is a contribution to the blog hop to publicise the new August Stampin' Up! promotion, and has been organised by the lovely Sarah on In Love with Stamping who has the first blog on the hop today.

If you have just arrived here from Karin's blog, welcome, and at the end of this post, I will be sending you on to see what the uber-talented Bekka has for you. If you are starting with me, I invite you go round and look at the lovely things the other 9 demos have produced using the stamps which are on offer this month at a whopping 20% off the usual prices - when you get back here - you are done for the moment - but you won't have to wait too long to see more  as there is another hop on the 16th August featuring 10 more lovely ladies.

Anyway - enough of the blether - let's get on with the pics of the projects I am sharing today!

Unusually for ILWS, the hop today is featuring SCRAPBOOKING, something I really love doing, but with a roomful of stash large enough to start my own shop - I must admit I have never really thought about using my Stampin' Up! goodies on my layouts - until today!!

Here is the first page I created.......

On this one, I used a 12 x 12 sheet of Basic Black cardstock (110031 - £5.95) as my base, and added various pieces of black and white designer papers from the gorgeous limited edition Night and Day speciality paper set (116768 - £8.75), with my photo mounted on the largest piece. I added a length of 1 1/4" Striped grosgrain ribbon in Old Olive (117385 - £8.95) tied in a big bow - then I got stamping using the beautiful Greenhouse Garden stamp set (113824 - £22.95. This set is absolutely gorgeous as it features FOUR beautiful flowers which are given dimension by adding details using a second stamp - aligned over the first impression using the Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049 - £9.50).I have used all 4 flowers on this page, using pale and dark inks from the colour families to produce them. These were then cut out and sprinkled around the photograph, interspersed with leaves punched using the extra large 2 step bird punch (117191 - £13.50) from Old Olive Cardstock (109991 - £4.50). Some are raised on Stampin' Dimensionals (109923 - £2.75) and they are finished off with Clear Rhinestone Brads (113144 - £7.75) for the centres. The title was cut on the Cricut in Pink Passion cardstock (109970 - £4.50).

Now for the second page.....

This romantic page features the lovely spotty acetate sheet from the Night and Day paper pack, mounted on a sheet of whisper white cardstock (110038 - £5.95) using 4 small gold brads(110023 - £4.95) . I used an offcut of paper from the last page , and cut a large heart from Rich Razzleberry (one of the new colours) cardstock (119981 - ££4.50). These were glued down, and then I mounted my photograph on a piece of Basic black card, but I left the margin slightly wider on the bottom and left to allow me to add some of the lush Rich Razzleberry polka dot grosgrain ribbon (115613 - £8.95) . I punched leaves with the bird punch, and cut my title from Old Olive cardstock. I lightly drew a circle on the page (around 8" diameter) and  attached the leaves and the large and medium sized flowers stamped using Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry inkpads ( 115656 and 115658 respectively - £4.25), again raising some on dimensionals and finishing off with crystal brads.

I used a lot of classic inkpads (Pixie Pink. Pink Passion, Pale Plum, Dark Plum, Blush Blossom, Apricot Appeal, So Saffron and More Mustard)  for the stamping - these are all £4.25 each, and you can find their order numbers  in the online catalogue linked to the right! If you fancy mini versions which are easy to tote around - you can get these as 1" square Stampin Spots available in colour family sets for £17.50 for 12 (but you will need all 4 sets to copy my page exactly! LOL!!)

Now - for my final offering - I give you - a trifold shutter mini album - the basic design comes from a template by Andrea Walford - but I have done in it my own favourite colourway - yes the red black and white combo strikes again!! Seriously though - the reason I use this a lot is that at the moment we can only buy SU 12x12 cardstock in single colour packs as long as we want black, white, vanilla or kraft so that is why I use these colours a lot in my projects!! I buy the A4 packs to use for accent colours.

Here is the front of the album.....

Again it uses the Night and Day papers and acetate, but this time I have added Real Red cardstock (109968 - £4.50) and ribbon (110130 - £6.25) to the black and white card and crystal brads used on the two scrapbook pages. The flowers and swirls were cut using the Cricut as was the title.

Untie the ribbon and the book opens up to the left and right giving you a gorgeous way of showcasing 3 large and 4 small photos. If you look carefully, you will see that I have used three of the stamps from the Tiny Tags stamp set (118091 - £18.95) along with the matching Medium Jewellery Tag punch (117190 - £ £8.50) on this one.

If you like what you see here and want to order any of the products I used please get in touch on 07973 969153 or via email on Any orders placed during August which include either of the stamp sets I used will get free postage from me (worth a minimum of £3.95) in addition to the 20% discount offered by Stampin' Up!

I hope you have enjoyed your visit here today, now if you are playing along in the hop - you are now off to visit Bekka at Feeling Crafty.

Goodbye for now and hope to see you again soon - feel free to leave a comment before you leave - thanks!