Thursday, 20 October 2011

Swapping again - scrapbook pages this time!!

One of the things I love about being a Stampin Up Demo is the way other demos around the country - and even in Europe - are happy to help each other create stunning displays. Every time we meet - whether it be for a training session or even the annual Convention - we swap cards fronts and small 3D items, and when there isn't a meet up on the horizon we organise swaps on the In Love with Stamping forum.

I was in a swap for samples made with goodies from the new catalogue last month - and this month - I signed up to another one for 6x6 scrapbook pages! There are 12 of us in the swap, so I will get 11 pages back from the other girls - all guaranteed to be different. Why 12 in the group? Simple - you get four 6x6 page bases out of one sheet of 12x12 cardstock LOL!!

Anyway - here is the page I made for the swap....... a romantic page of cousin Charlotte's wedding in the summer!

I decided to turn the photo sepia as I wanted to create an "antique" page with the lush new Mocha Morning papers. For the base I used Crumb Cake cardstock, and I teamed this with  Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, and Early Espresso cardstock (you could do with just one of the dark browns if you wanted to). As you can see - I made good use of the Scallop Edge Border Punch and the Decorative Label punches before embellishing the page with Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon and a couple of basic pearls!

If you would like to purchase any supplies to recreate this page (in both 6x6 and 12x12 versions - this design scales up and down beautifully as you can see on a non SU 12x12 version on my other blog!) please do get in touch on or 07973 969153.

Don't forget the current signing up offer for potential new demonstrators - check out the Join my Team tab at the top of the page for details!

Until next time


Wednesday, 12 October 2011

New Year - Lots of New Stuff!

Well I am just about getting familiar with the new Stampin' Up! 2011-12 Idea Book and Catalogue and today I'm going to share the gorgeous new papers we have for your delectation and delight. Every year,all of the Designer Series Papers retire to be replaced by new ones and this year's selection is one of the best I have seen since I became a demo!

We have no less than fourteen new sets of papers most of which are double sided (the exceptions are the two flocked papers in the Mocha Morning set, and the die cut doilies in the Flirtatious set which are single sided) and a stack of papers in the new 2011-13 In Colours of Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party and Island Indigo. The designer paper stacks in Regals, Subtles, Brights and Neutrals have stayed the same along with the 5 In Colours from last year.

Here's a sneak peek of all of the new papers in the "sampler" I made this morning. Flip these individual sample booklets and see the papers up close and personal - much better than the tiny pictures in the catalogue!

We also have a fabulous new Hostess only set which can only be bought by hostesses using the "Hostess Pounds" they earn by having a home workshop for their friends where sales reach £150 or more.

Did you notice the "Hostess pounds" phrase in the last paragraph??

That is the name for the new Hostess Rewards scheme which came in with the new catty. In the old days hostesses earned a free stamp set (or 6x6 paper pad) depending on the level of sales at their parties. These were Level 1 gift for parties of £150- £299.99, Level 2 gift for parties of £300 - £499.99 and a Level 3 gift if they got sales of £500 or more. This was a bummer for lots of hostesses who could only dream of having a £500 party - but that has all been changed!!

Now - hostesses (or even single customers) who meet the threshold  sales of £150 get £25 in "Hostess Pounds" to spend ANYWHERE in the catalogue. There are still some "hostess only" sets available, and should you choose these items - your hostess pounds will go further than in the rest of the catalogue as they are offered only to hostesses at a significantly reduced price. Better yet, hostesses get enough to buy even the most expensive hostess set and they will STILL have money left to spend in the rest of the catalogue.

Are you feeling tempted yet? Fancy a spending spree on the new goodies you have been eyeing up?

Well why not get in touch with me to see if we can arrange a party/ workshop for YOU and your friends - I still have dates available in November and December - and my demonstrations and make and takes over the next few weeks will be Christmas cards, gifts and decorations!

Go - on - have a crafty Christmas this year and give me a ring or drop me an email to see what we can create together!

07973 969153

Monday, 3 October 2011

October's Offer - Now's the time to sign up!!

Well after all the excitement of the launch weekend - today seems a bit of a damp squib in comparison to the fun of the last couple of days. I was running not one but TWO open houses to launch the new Idea Book and Catalogue - as well as dealing with an excited Stampers 6 and my own goodies! Its not until today that I have finally sat down and looked at anything but the ordering pages on the Stampin' Up (UK) website.

With all the new goodies being available - I can't remember the company running any other promotion in October before now so you can imagine how delighted i am to see that this month they are offering all new demo's a free gift on signing up! Yes - you read that right! Not only do you get the fantastic new starter kit when you sign up - and that contains more than £250 worth  of goodies for just £119 (post free) - but if you sign on before the 31st October you get an In Colour pack of the five new inkpads (worth £4.95 each) and a pack of A4 cardstock in the new in colours to match (worth £6.26)- altogether that's worth an extra £31!!

Check out the pic below to see the suggested contents of the new Starter kit - click on the "Join my Team" tab up at the top to get further details of what exactly is in it!!!

Saturday, 1 October 2011

ILWS New catalogue Blog Hop

Hello - and a warm welcome to my part of the In Love with Stamping Blog Hop which we are doing to mark the fabulous new 2011-12 Idea Book and Catalogue which launches today.

You may be starting with me - or you may have hopped here from Sally's blog. However you got here - please check out my samples before moving on to Tina for even more ideas.

OK let's cut the cackle and get on with what you have come for

First up is this card made using the new Triple Treat Flower stamp and one of the new Hostess stamp sets called Precious Butterflies (priceless as you can only get this one by having a workshop for me!). I have also used two of the fab new In Colours (Island Indigo and Pool Party) for the card and also check out that brand new spotty ribbon with scalloped edges!

Second up is another card featuring one of the A La Carte stamps - this one is called Elizabeth - and I couldn't wait to get this one - its just beautiful! I added some of the new Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding ribbon to finish off!

This is one of the make and takes for the new catty launch party I am throwing today and tomorrow!

 Here is the second and third M&T we will be doing!

This card and mini milk carton are made with the new Halloween Paper - Frightful Sight, and the new Jack of All Trades stamp set - the black spotty ribbon is gorgeous with this type of project!

If you would like to come along - there are still a few slots available - just give me a ring on 01892 724030 to check when to pop in!

Now as most people know - I am a scrapbooker rather than a cardmaker - so here are a couple of pages I made with one of the new Designer Series Papers! This one is called Paisley Petals - and I can't wait to get my paws on the matching stamp set later today!

I am doing a scrapbbok about my late brother in law for my sister and these are two of the pages from it - this first one is of Nigel the day he became a Dad - on the 23rd September 1978 - that tiny scrap in his arms grew up to become one of his best friends as well as his daughter!

This second page is a rush finish just this morning. As I have been sorting through photos of Nigel - the one thing I have noticed in almost all of them is his wonderful smile - RIP Nige - we all miss you very much!

Anyway - I had better go - I have people arriving shortly to start creating! I hope you have enjoyed your visit - and if I can place an order for you for any of the lovely new products - please get in touch.

Tel 07973 969153 or email on

In the meantime I will hand you on to the lovely Tina for her offerings today!