Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Convention Card Candy swaps

Well I got so many swaps at Convention that I decided to split them up into the various types rather than  try and fit them all into one post!.

Card Candy was introduced to us UK Demos by the lovely Kirsteen (our US based Tartan Stamper) when she was briefly back in the UK and one of my SU sisters under Dawn. It is basically little card toppers made using SU products and particularly the punches. I originally signed up for one group using the beautiful new Everything Eleanor stamp set (a European exclusive!!) - but later signed up for a second using my favourite Winter Post - then finally ended up doing a smaller group to help that one get some more sets.

Here is a pic of my Everything Eleanor set - I chose to use the gorgeous new 2011-13 In Colours - Pool Party and Island Indigo with Whisper White and Rose Red. You will also spot some pearls and crystals along with the lush organza ribbon.

Stamp sets - Everything Eleanor, Petite Pairs, Tagtastic
Cardstock - Pool party, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Inkpads - Pool Party, Island Indigo, Rose Red
Punches - Scallop Edge Border, Eyelet Border, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Large Oval, Scallop Oval, 1 3/8 Scallop Circle, 2 3/8 Scallop Circle (in Spring mini catty), 3/4" circle, 1 1/4" circle.
Other - Pearls and crystals, Whisper White organza ribbon, Rose Red marker, Cello bag

My second and third groups got this set made using the lovely Winter Post stamp set. I will never know why SU felt the need to discontinue the beautiful label punch which matched this set - I had to cut it out by hand!!!! (not - LOL!)  I used Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive and Whisper White  with Early Espresso ink and ribbon

Stamp sets - Winter Post, Petite Pairs
Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White
Inkpads - Cherrry Cobbler, Old Olive, Early Espresso
Punches - Decorative Label, Large Oval, Large Tag, Extra Large Tag, Scallop Edge Border, Eyelet Border, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, 1 14" circle, 1 3/8 scallop circle
Other - Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, crystals, cello bag

And here are the sets I got in return ..... aren't they lovely??  I have put their In Love with Stamping forum names on here as well so you can find more of their work!

Letter It by Valerie (val moody)

Everything Eleanor by Lindsey (linzi_m)

Its a Wrap by Alison (Alison P) a French demo who is actually Scottish!

Tags 'til Christmas by Jeannie (Jeannie) one of our US colleagues based in Italy.

Button Buddies by Sarah (IOW Sarah)

Easy Events by Sara (sarastamper) the swap organiser

Beautiful Season by Elaine (Sassy Stamper)

Forever Young by Theresa (TheresaM)

A set using Delightful Dozen by Sandra (sarnie)

 A set by Emily (nuttysgirl) using Tagtastic (hostess set)

Vintage Vogue by Nicky (craftynicky)

Another  set by Sara (sarastamper) using Polar Party 

Clearly for You by Joanne (Frenchiejo) 

Un named set using Array of Sunshine ( let me know who you are so I can credit you please!)

Another lovely set by Joanne (Frenchiejo)

Pennant Parade by Sandra (Sarnie)

Under the big top by Emma (daisydaye)

A beatiful punch art set by Monica (passionflower) using the owl punch

Another Everything Eleanor set by Jayne

A stunning set by Hazel using Faith in Nature

A cute set by Abi (stampinabi) using  Every Little Bit

I {Heart} Hearts by Hayley (craftydevils)

a second set by Emily (nuttysgirl) using Simply Soft hostess set.

A gorgeous set using Forever Young by Jan ( JJ66)

I'll be back with the 3D swaps shortly - watch this space!!

Monday, 21 November 2011

Convention Woo! Hoo!

Well I'm back from one of the most fabulous weekends ever!

This weekend just gone was the 2011 Stampin' Up! Convention at Disneyland Paris, and along with over 300 other Demos from the UK, France and Germany we descended on Disney for 2 days of fun and freebies - and a trip up the Eiffel tower!

Convention is a great time to catch up with far flung friends, make some fabulous swaps and find out what is coming up in terms of new products - and this one didn't disappoint.

Registration opened at 8am on Friday morning - and we were given one of the most gorgeous Convention bags we have ever seen - an embrodered one in navy blue with a million pockets for all the bits and pieces needed for a workshop. Inside we had two stamp sets, Creative Elements and Just Because, and instead of a normal catalogue, we had a version presented to us in a lovely sturdy ring binder. All the way through the event we have "Prize Patrols where we can win free products - and this year the prizes were HUGE! I was lucky enough to win one on the last day - and I am now the proud owner of one of the new punches and a new stamp which will be featured in the new Spring Mini Catalogue!

Yes - you heard that right - the new Spring Mini Catalogue!!!!!!!!

As of next year we will be having not one but TWO mini catalogues to tempt you - the Spring Mini which runs from January 1 2012 to March 31 2012 and the Summer Mini which runs from April to September. From the Advance copy we were given at Convention - there are some lovely new stamp sets, new fabrics and accessories like the postage stamp punch, a big scallop circle punch, the CUPCAKE punch (and its matching stamp set - at last!!!) - and  and.... well you will just have to watch this space. Suffice to say - my advice to you when anyone asks you what you want for Christmas - all you need to ask for is lots of money to spend in this little beauty!!!

Watch this space for projects with the new stuff as the pre-order for us Demos starts on the 1st December - Santa is going to have to come early for me this year!!

With the Mini Catalogue coming on 1st Jan - Sale-a-Bration has moved back to the end of January in line with the same promotion running in the other markets. For those who don't know what Sale-a-Bration is - its your chance to pick up free gifts in the two months it runs. For every £45 spent - you can choose one of four free stamp sets - and new this year a pack of designer series paper which is absolutely gorgeous!

That's it - there's no catch - and the more you spend - the more you get!!

Spend £45 - get one free set/ paper pack
Spend £90 - get two free sets
Spend £135 - get three free sets
spend £180 - get four free sets
spend £225 - get all five items.....

AAAAAAANNNDDDD!!! as that Irish comedian says - there's more!!!

If you sign up as demo during the sale-a-bration period - you can choose an extra stamp set (any price - even the most expensive one) from the catalogue - there's another way to spend your Christmas money - well over £300 worth of product for just £119 and that before you add on my incentives!

Anyway - must rush - as reality beckons will be back later with more pics and maybe even some blog candy!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Fabulous Freebies!

How do you fancy getting your hands on not only a free set of stamps - but also a whole pack of co-ordinating designer series paper?

Well from today until 15th December - that is exactly what you CAN do with this fabulous offer from Stampin' Up!

Simply hold a workshop for me within the period - and if the orders get to £300 from yourself and your guests - not only do you get £40 Hostess Pounds to spend on anything you like in the catalogue - you also get  the Paisley Petals stamp set (worth up to £23.95) absolutely free - you also get the co-ordinating Designer Series Paper worth another £9.95 included in your order absolutely FREE.

Get in touch soon as my diary is filling up in the run up to Christmas. All workshops this month feature demonstrations of Christmas cards, decorations, gifts and packaging so why not send out a beatiful hand stamped card this year? / 07973 969153