Sunday, 30 June 2013

Flowering Flourishes Technique Club

Good afternoon! Another late post but we were off at 8.30 this morning to go and do our dancing exams!!! They all went really well. My Evan danced beautifully, he is really growing up and he did an exam in the next level up! I had 6 dances to dance for my exams and then 6 to dance with my partner Paul for his! Had a slight hitch though whilst dancing Paul's Foxtrot! My heel got caught in a nick in the floor and my shoe flew off! I ended up dancing half the routine in just one shoe!!!!

Yesterday I held my monthly Technique Club and we used the Flowering Flourishes stamp set. This is a gorgeous stamp set and it is exactly as the name of it suggests, Flowering Flourishes!!!!

This was our first card - the "warm up" card. We used a colour combination of Elegant Eggplant, Crumb Cake, Perfect Plum and Baked Brown Sugar for the afternoons projects.

I showed the ladies how to colour the stamps with the marker pens, there was a lot of huffing (on the stamp after we had coloured it!). We stamped some butterflies and then used an aquabrush to take some of the ink from the edges to colour them in! The sentiment is from Label Love - 3 weeks of owning this stamp and punch and I think I have Label Love!!!!

I have one tired little boy on the sofa now under his duvet! I think I may go and join him! See you tomorrow!


Card – Crumb Cake, Elegant Eggplant, Naturals White, Perfect Plum
Papers – Elegant Eggplant DSP (New Designs from 2013/2014 catalogue)
Stamps – Flowering Flourishes - £21.95 (wood), £17.95 (clear), Label Love £21.95 (wood), £17.95 (clear)
Embellishments – Crumb Cake Seam Binding
Tools – Artisan Label punch - £14.25
Mediums – Soft Suede marker, Elegant Eggplant marker, Elegant Eggplant ink

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Stamp a Stacker!

Good Afternoon! I am late posting today as Evan and I had a dance lesson at 8.30 this morning!! Had to be up and off in our dancing gear for 8am, which was quite a task!

Last night I held a lovely Stamp a Stack event and we made cards using all new things and colours from the new catalogue - it's out on Tuesday!!

So here is the first one to share with you. I think this was the hardest card of the evening!.

I have been enjoying making cards with the Mosaic Madness set, embossing folder and punch. Love the co-ordination and also the new colours of Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay and Baked Brown Sugar that I have used on here.

The sentiment is from Delightful Dozen.

It's a busy time of year and I have LOTS of events coming up. As well as my craft retreat -

Please take a couple of minutes to have a look at my upcoming events and mail me to book your place!

 The above event has been popular with 20 people already booked on. Please contact me to reserve your place.

Card – Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
Stamps – Mosaic Madness, Delightful Dozen
Embellishments – Crumb Cake Seam Binding
Tools – 1 3.8 Circle punch, Scallop Circle punch, Mosaic Folder, Mosaic punch
Mediums – Baked Brown Sugar ink, Crushed Curry ink, Bermuda Bay ink

Friday, 28 June 2013

A fab workshop!

Good morning! Well, what a miserable day (weather wise) it is here in West Yorkshire! No walking to school for us today!

Last night I demonstrated at lovely Lucy's workshop! What a superstar she is, the perfect hostess! We made a project with items from the new catalogue and I shared lots of new samples.

Here is the card that all the lovely ladies made. I have to say they all managed perfectly with the "big" background stamp Wildflower Meadow. We stamped in one of my new faves, Coastal Cabana.

This background stamp helps you create lovely cards in minutes, all I added was the sentiment from Label Love, some Organza ribbon and some Bitty Butterflies!

This was the "stepped up" version I showed the ladies. I have run the stamped piece through the Wildflower matching embossing folder (you can buy both in a bundle price to save money!). I also added some trusty rhinestones and then mounted some extra card behind the Artisan Label.

Both cards together.

A huge thank you, as ever, to the lovely Lucy and guests!! Lucy is delighted to be getting her very own Mr Big (Shot) for half price!!! Check out our wonderful hostess table in the catalogue and lets get a party booked in!

Right thats me done for today, final preps for Stamp a Stack and Technique Club to be done!

Card – Coastal Cabana
Stamps – Wildflower Meadow, Label Love
Embellishments – White Organza ribbon, Rhinestones
Tools – Wildflower embossing folder, Artisan Label punch, Bitty Butterfly punch
Mediums – Coastal Cabana ink

Thursday, 27 June 2013

More Mosaic Madness

Hello there! I'm busy busy today. I have Lucy's workshop tonight - she has 18 ladies attending! Surprisingly I am all packed and ready to go for tonight so I am working on my projects for tomorrow nights Stamp a Stack and Saturdays Technique Club - it's all go!

Another Mosaic Madness card for you today. Again I have used some of the new In Colours for 2013-2015. The card base is Crisp Cataloupe which I have embossed with the Mosaic embossing folder. I then got very friendly with the Stamp a ma Jig and created a background pattern with the mosaic stamp. The colours used for this were Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar and Strawberry Slush.

Again the sentiment is from Label Love with the matching Artisan Label punch (which I am loving!)

I layered up the punch by punching a couple more out and then added some flowers from the Itty Bitty punches.

Right thats me off for the day, have a fun day all!

Card – Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Stamps – Mosaic Madness, Label Love
Embellishments – Rhinestones, Calypso Coral Bakers Twine
Tools – Artisan Label punch, Mosaic embossing folder
Mediums – Baked Brown Sugar ink, Strawberry Slush ink, Coastal Cabana ink

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Mosaic Madness

Hi there folks and welcome to my blog today! I am going to be sharing new Sneak Peeks from the new catalogue now that we are less than a week away!! If you would like a copy of the catalogue for £5 which includes postage please do contact me as I have them ready to go!

One of the exciting things about the new catalogue, as well as all the new lovely punches and stamps, are the new colours that we have this time! I have fallen for them hook, line and sinker!

On this card I have used Coastal Cabana for the card blank and then Strawberry Slush and Baked Brown Sugar. The stamp sets are Mosaic Madness and Label Love.

I have embossed the white piece with the Mosaic folder and then I have stamped onto it with the aid of the Stamp a ma Jig!

The lovely new sentiment is from Label Love and is punched out with the matching Artisan Label punch! I love this new punch!

If you would like to get your hands on the products in person I am holding a Launch Event as follows

8pm - 10pm

  • Come and make a card

  • Buy my old stock (cash only)

  • Buy new items from the brand new catalogue

  • Chance to earn some hostess spends on my draw!

  • Have a cuppa and homemade cakes

  • See all my new samples

Cost includes a new catalogue. Please contact me to book a place!

Card – Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Stamps – Mosaic Madness, Label Love
Embellishments – Crumb Cake Seam Binding ribbon
Tools – Mosaic folder
Mediums – Strawberry Slush ink, Baked Brown Sugar ink, Coastal Cabana ink

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

5 year Anniversary!

Morning! Life is pretty much full on at the moment! What with the new catalogue next week and also a "big" birthday for me, it's all go!!! Last week I hit my 5 year Anniversary with Stampin' Up!!! 

There are not enough words for me to describe how glad I am that I joined Stampin' Up! back in June 2008! It all began at a workshop at Anna's house in March when I made my first ever Stampin Up card - and here it is!! It was with a stamp set called Simply Said.

After hosting my own successful workshop (I was a good hostess!!) I decided to join up! I recently found a copy of the first ever UK catalogue whilst sorting out my craft room. I like to keep a copy of every catalogue from over the years. Just take a look at the punch offering!! We didn't have much choice back then but we still loved it!! "We've come a long way" - as the famous Take That song says!

One of the reasons I love working for this company is they really value their demonstrators and the rewards are fantastic. I have been lucky to receive many of these certificates over the years.

I've been to places that I wouldn't have dreamed of visiting and had the opportunity to meet lots of the Stampin Up corporate team as well as sharing a holiday with my husband last year in Vienna. We had an amazing time and there was a light bulb moment for Robin when he realised just how good this company is! He never really showed much interest until the trip but it's a different story now! He wants more holidays!!!! LOL!

My team - what can I say! I have some of the funniest, loveliest, craziest team members and without them I would not be where I am today. We laugh, we cry (with laughter), we share and we love what we do! We even sometimes make lovely projects!

My loyal and lovely customers! You are the best! Supporting me at my events and taking a genuine interest in my business! I thank you all.

So thats all from me today - quite a self indulgent post but I wanted to recognise my 5th Year Anniversary!

Here's to the many many more Stampin Up years!


Sunday, 23 June 2013

Busy weekend

Good morning on this fine Sunday (well it's not really that fine but it sounded good!). 

On Friday evening I did a lovely workshop for my new hostess and stamping friend Denise so I thought I would share the card that her lovely ladies made. This is the card the ladies made on the night.

All of the ladies were new to Stampin Up so I used the trusty Papillon Potpourri stamp set and the matching Elegant Butterfly punch. It was very popular with the ladies and they were pleased with the card they made. Below is another card I shared with a couple of added extras to make it extra special!

And both cards together along with a stamped envelope as "no one likes a naked envelope!"

Thank you to Denise for welcoming me into your home and enjoy your freebies! I do have some dates available for in home parties, please check my Host a Party page for more details.

Card – Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla
Papers – Tea for Two
Stamps – Petite Pairs, Papillon Potpourri
Embellishments – Crumb Cake Seam Binding ribbon, Rhinestones
Tools – 2 1/2 inch circle punch, Elegant Butterfly punch
Mediums – Calypson Coral ink, Crumb Cake ink

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Retirement List 2013!

It's here folks the Retirement List for 2013 - please remember once the items are gone THEY ARE GONE!!!!

I will be placing regular orders, my first one on Friday 31st May so please call me or email me with your requirements.

You can view the retiring stamps HERE
Items with a RED DOT have 40% off
Items with an ORANGE DOT have 25% off

You can view the retiring accessories, papers, punches, dies, fabric etc HERE
Some items are discounted up to 50%

Here is an updated list of the items gone already


52 120507 Hand Knit (Clear)
53 120558 Every Little Bit (Clear)
64 120606 Make a Monster (Clear)
76 123536 Best of Everything (Clear)
79 121997 Nature Walk (Clear)
85 120495 Countryside (Clear)
86 121166 French Foliage (Clear)
99 127784 Circle Circus (Clear)
100 120060 Itty Bitty Bits (Clear)
113 120045 Elements of Style (Clear)
124 120573 Artistic Etchings (Clear)
144 120528 A Word for You (Clear)
144 126151 Friendly Phrases (Clear)


119710 Brights 12" x 12" Cardstock  
154 124271 Certainly Celery 12" x 12" Cardstock
154 108619 Certainly Celery A4 Cardstock  
156 119711 Neutrals 12" x 12" Cardstock
154 124288 Pretty in Pink 12" x 12" Cardstock
153 108612 Regal Rose A4 Cardstock  
154 119708 Subtles 12" x 12" Cardstock
154 111844 Baja Breeze Classic Stampin' Ink Refill 
154 105221 Bashful Blue Classic Stampin' Ink Refill
154 126961 Bashful Blue Classic Stampin' Pad 
155 105226 Bravo Burgandy Classic Stampin' Ink Refill 
153 119698 Brights Classic Stampin' Ink Refills 
153 119702 Brights Stampin' Write Markers 
153 119804 Brights Watercolor Wonder Crayons 
154 105230 Certainly Celery Classic Stampin' Ink Refill 
154 126958 Certainly Celery Classic Stampin' Pad 
158 116806 Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint 
152 122930 Lucky Limeade Classic Stampin' Ink Refill 
152 126984 Lucky Limeade Classic Stampin' Pad 
155 101962 More Mustard Classic Stampin' Ink Refill 
156 119699 Neutrals Classic Stampin' Ink Refills 
156 119805 Neutrals Watercolor Wonder Crayons 
154 102295 Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin' Ink Refill 
153 126947 Regal Rose Classic Stampin' Pad 
155 119697 Regals Classic Stampin' Ink Refills  
155 119803 Regals Watercolor Wonder Crayons 

155 111839 Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin' Ink Refill 
156 109016 River Rock Classic Stampin' Ink Refill 
156 126977 River Rock Classic Stampin' Pad 
154 119696 Subtles Classic Stampin' Ink Refills 
154 119700 Subtles Stampin' Write Markers 
157 101879 Watercolor Pencils
169 127690 Divided Page Protectors 12" x 12"   
169 127685 Early Espresso 12" x 12" Linen Ring Albums
169 104522 Page Protectors 12" x 12" 
172 122964 Baja Breeze 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon 
173 119963 Certainly Celery 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon 
183 119273 Petal Card Double Punch  
194 120890 Candy Wrapper Bigz L Die 
194 123131 Petite Pocket Bigz XL Die
194 113462 Scallop Envelope Bigz Die
45 123851 Pennant Stampin' Around Builder Wheel  
I look forward to processing your orders!