Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Welcome to the ILWS Spring Mini Blog Hop!

Good morning everyone - and welcome to the  ILWS Spring Mini  Catalogue Blog Hop!

As has become the custom, a gang of SU Demos on the Forum get together to showcase all the new product every time we get a new catalogue, and this one is a very special one as it is the very first Spring Mini SU Europe have produced! It contains lots of lovely new product, and there are some very clever ladies taking part in this one so I hope you enjoy all that we have to show you today!

You may have joined me from Sandra's blog (hasn't she got some lovely stuff on there??) and at the end of this post I will hand you on to the lovely Tracey - but in the meantime - here are my offerings!

At Convention in Paris last November, we were all so excited to hear about the new Mini catalogue - and even more excited to find that we were getting the lovely Simply Adorned range of jewellery. This features a necklace, a bracelet and a selection of scrummy charms which can be changed around whenever you like. Shelli (SU founder) and her daughter had made a dozen necklaces for a draw  on the Saturday morning, and although I wasn't one of the lucky winners - I have made myself a similar necklace (#116800 - ££9.95) using the large rectangular charm (1167989 - £14.95), the black bauble (#121011 - £3.50) and some black grosgrain ribbon. Here is the whole necklace showing the mini artwork inside the case.

as you can see - it features the Eiffel Tower from the Artistic Etchings stamp set, and the front face of the charm is bevelled..... Turn over, and you have another space to showcase your work, or a photograph or a tiny memento - mine just has a script stamp from the new Charming stamp set (#116519(w) - £17.95/ 125829(c) - £13.95) as I want people to look at the front - but with these - the world is your oyster - and you can swap the inserts whenever you like!

Now - on to some of the other products new in this catalogue! I just LOVE the new Spice Cake Designer papers (# 124003 - £9.95). These are in gorgeous shades of brown, blue green and cream and are a really lovely addition to the range. They go with absolutely anything and to prove it - here are a couple of scrapbook pages showing their versatility.... first with a modern photograph......

and secondly with a heritage one.... the papers work brilliantly with both photos (well I think they do anyway!)

Now onto a couple of cards featuring some of the new stamps sets and punches!

This card is a valentine for my my hubby (shh! don't tell him you have seen it!) made using the new Perfect Postage stamp set (#126111(w) - £10.95/ 126113(c) - £8.95) and the fabulous new postage stamp punch (#122344 - £14.25). I had the cardstock I used for the pages out and continued the Spice Cake colour scheme with this one and used Pool Party, More Mustard and Very Vanilla cardstockand inks to make both cards! The greeting on this one comes from the Delightful  Dozen set!

This second card is made using some of the Spice Cake paper as well as the card and features the new Liebe Love Amour a la carte stamp (#126129 - £7.95) and the fabulous new large scallop circle punch )#118874 - £15.50). I have stamped two images in Pool party and another two un More Mustard and have punched and cout out the various elements to create a card with lots of texture on it! I think this is going to be one of my new favourite colour combos from here on in!

As always, if you would like to buy any of the items I have featured please get in touch - I'd be happy to drop a copy of the new catalogue in the post to you if you either drop me an email at or give me a ring on 07973 969153. I hope to hear from you soon!

Now - please follow the hop round by going to Tracey's blog which is the next stop!


  1. What wonderful projects Carolyn, I especially love your scrapbook pages. Alison xx

  2. Wow! You have been busy. Lovely projects.x

  3. Love your pages and cards. :0)
    Kate x

  4. As always, I love your scrapbook pages Carolyn. Beautiful projects.

  5. Your projects are lovely, really like the scrapbook pages. Fiona x

  6. Really like the scrapbook pages, must dabble into that Jayne x

  7. Fabulous projects Carolyn, love your scrapbook pages.

  8. That was quick Carolyn ;-) Love the collage effect on the charm and the Valentine is clean and simple. Nice to see non-traditional colours for a valentine, it certainly makes it a great card for a man.

    Sara xx

  9. Lovely projects, especially the Perfect Postage card.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Alex x

  10. You've inspired me to sit down and use some of the Stampin' Up! scrapbooking stuff I have. Thanks for sharing some wonderful projects.


  11. beautiful pages, i love the cut out embellies

  12. Wow!!! So many lovely projects! Your necklace is amazing!

  13. I really love the colour combo on the valentine card and that necklace is stunning!

  14. Lots and lots of things to look through, you have been busy. Everything is wonderful Tracey x