Friday, 1 December 2017

Global Stamping Friends Bloghop - Festive Celebrations

It's that time again for the Global Stamping Friends bloghop - Welcome.

This hop will feature lots of festive celebration projects, so hopefully you will find something that meets your festive needs whatever they may be.

I chose to do two types of crackers, a large one to hold a gift and some smaller ones to hold sweeties or small toys perhaps.

This first cracker is simple to make and uses the Envelope Punch Board, an invaluable tool that you'll want to get if you don't have one.

These are really simple to make. It's matter of scoring, punching with the EPB and a bit of glueing and decorating as you with.

The second is based on a project by Kim Fee, a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I loved this cracker last year and adore it this year with the Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper - it's a retiring product so get yourself some before it sells out.  I also love the Pretty Pines Thinlits, they are been around for a while but new for me and I just wish I'd gotten them sooner!

It opens up to reveal a small compartment which think would be ideal for a little piece of jewellery!  I heat embossed the sentiment with Fresh Fig and clear embossing powder - the photo doesn't do it justice,

It is simple to make and Kim has a video on her page here.

I'll post written dimensions shortly, but want you to be able to enjoy all the other amazing creations on the hop first.

Please hop over to see Anita's amazing project.
Happy Crafting

If you get a little bit lost along the way please use the list below:

18. Sarah McDermott  YOU ARE HERE

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Stamparatus is coming soon! RESERVE YOURS FROM 16th Nov

The time has finally arrived!  Yes, tonight is when you can reserve your amazing new stamping tool from Stampin' Up!

It is sooooo much more than other tools on the market and it is a definite must for all crafters!

Need more product details - here you are
  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas

Check out the video link to see how it works - want one? Just get in touch!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Global Stamping Friends Bloghop - Anything but cards

Welcome to the monthly blog hop of Stamping Global Friends, a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world.

This month's theme is Anything But Cards - so with lots of Birthdays and Christmas around the corner, I thought I'd focus on a very simple package.

I like to call this my 2,4,6,8 box - a very simple box to make.

Usually, I have a lid on the box, but having made one as a thank you gift, the sweeties bought to fit in didn't quite fill it.  No panic, put the lid went on the bottom a staple with ribbon to hold the top together and a happy accident is born!

The stamp set used is the Magical Mermaid set and I am in love with it.  I used a cut out of the mermaid as a mask and this allowed the mermaid to look as though it is in front of the plants. I also gently pulled the colour from the mermaid stamp with an aqua painter. Another happy accident as I was crafting at the library and forgot to take my Archival Black ink.

The box height is easily changed, just by altering the paper size on the long side.  The basis is still the same, one score at 2" on the long side, creates the base and then on the short side 2, 4, 6, 8 - simple!
Above you can see different height boxes and one with a lid.

TOP TIP: Score the 2" on the long side for the base first and then stamp and then score the 2,4,6,8 lines on the short side. Just helps with the stamping as no defined breaks.

I hope you liked my project and please hop along to see Georgia's project using the next arrow below.

Happy crafting

If for some reason you get a little lost please use the links below.

Roll Call

Friday, 6 October 2017

Global Stamping Friends Bloghop - Spooky

Welcome to the Global Stamping Friends Bloghop.  This month we are going spooky!  Yes we are looking at Halloween and Stampin' Up! has great Halloween products I'm sure you'll see something you like.

My project uses the Test Tubes from the Autumn/Winter catalogue.  I love these and so do my children who have taken a pack to use and make their potions!  I wasn't too keen on loosing a whole pack but the fun they had was well worth it.

A quick and simple project that you can decorate as you want. I've filled them with M&Ms - yummy.

I love the Spooky Cat stamp set, it has a great variety of stamps, but what I love even more is the matching cat punch!   LOVE IT!

I hope you enjoy this spooky little project and the test tubes aren't just to Halloween!  Christmas projects coming soon.....

To see another spooky project hop over to Stephanie's page using the button below.

Happy Hopping


If things go a little haywire just use the links below.

BLOG HOP 14 Halloween

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Smitten Mitten Bundle

As I sit here listening to nursery rhymes with my youngest thought it a great time to share this bundle in the new catalogue.   I'm just waiting for the Kittens that lost their mittens song to come on now!

To see the video just click the picture above.   Aren't they adorable?  So cute and festive. And did you see those small boxes - yes they are in the catalogue too and I can't wait to get my hands on some!

Keep an eye out for more videos from Stampin' Up! over the following week.

Happy crafting


Friday, 1 September 2017

Global Stamping Friends Bloghop 13 - Colour Challenge

Welcome to our 13th Global Stamping Friends bloghop.  We decided a colour challenge was over due so here we are! 
The colours chosen were Whisper White, Smokey Slate, Pool Party and Night of Navy - all gorgeous colours.

My project was inspired by a visit to a relative who I never knew crafted so it was wonderful to see her creations. She had made a card with a fold I fell in love with so out came a ruler and measurements were taken and viola here it is.

I used all the colours in the challenge and stamped the pretty paper with the gorgeous Paisleys and Poises stamp set- even my husband was amazed. It was super simple and the colours work so well together.
The paisley swirls (yes there are matching framelits) hold the card closed and next time think I'll try a belly band. Love it when I find a new fold to play with.
Here it is open; and there is lots of space to use as you please.
 I decided to add a bookmark, slightly camouflaged in the photo below but I am sure you get the idea.

I also stamped a plain piece of paper and added it to the back. This would be a great place to write the message.
Love the colours together and love the fold!  In fact might make a few as there is space for each of the kids to write their own message - a great way to encourage their writing!
Hope you enjoyed this Colour Challenge Project and please use the next arrow to hop along to the amazing Amanda's project.
Happy Hopping

If for any reason you get slightly lost please use the roll call to help with navigation.

New Catalogue LIVE

Just a quick note to let you know that the NEW Autumn/Winter catalogue is now Live!! You can view it online by clicking the link on my blog or if you prefer please contact me for a copy.

Lots of exciting new goodies. Can't wait to get crafting.


Friday, 18 August 2017

Global Stamping Friends - Special Anniversary Hop

Wow, it is hard to believe that it was a year ago that I thought of joining with other Stampin' Up! Demonstrators to share our projects in an international bloghop!

This hop is a special one to celebrate our anniversary - and I hope there are many more to come.

For this hop I decided to keep my card simple.

I love this heart die, and decided to cut it in two different colours Island Indigo and Pool Party and slightly offset them. To give more dimension I used lots of mats (they really do make a card) and the hearts are raised on dimensionals (the new mini dimensionals came into their own here).

The sentiment is one you may not immediately recognise. It's from the Bookcase Builder set. I masked off some words and was left with the I Love You and isn't it a gorgeous font?

Of course you need to stamp the inside to finish it off and what better than a few hearts. These are from the Ronald McDonald Stamp set Sharing Sweet Thoughts - a great set and also Stampin' Up! donate monies from each sale to the Ronald McDonald Houses another great reason to get one.

So a simple, quick and just gorgeous card for this special Anniversary Hop.

Please hop along and see the other projects in the hop and I'm sure you'll get some great anniversary project ideas.

Just click the next arrow to head on over to Sharleen's project and if for any reason you get a little bit waylaid the full list of participants is at the bottom.

Happy crafting



Friday, 4 August 2017

Bloghop 12; Kids Cards

Welcome to the 12th blog hop of Global Stamping Friends.  I have to say never did I imagine that the group I created a year ago would explode like it has. So sit down, get a drink and maybe some chocolate or biscuit and enjoy the hop of 29 demos!  Yes there are 29 of us taking part around the world- be prepared to find amazing new ideas for your crafting. 

This month's topic is Kids Cards. I love making cards for kids but seem to have made so many with dinosaurs, trains and aliens that I decided to go with butterflies!

I love this card and am sure that some little child would too!

The inside is also stamped with the Butterfly Basics gorgeous butterfly stamp.

For something a bit different the card front actually comes off to create a hanging. I would have loved this in my room as a little girl.

I just added two bits of tape to the back and didn't only stuck down one piece. This picture shows one of the ribbon pieces stuck down already - hope it makes sense.

I thought it was too pretty to leave it on the card, but also wanted the card not to be naked when removed so I had added the second panel stamped with the Stylized Happy Birthday stamp - a very versatile stamp to have. The panel can't be seen until you take the front piece off.

And what card would complete without a present?  I decided to create a coordinating treat bag that holds the gift.

I love how the butterfly holds to giftcard in place.

I hope that you enjoyed my project and please hop on to see what Lisa has created for you by clicking the next button.

Happy Hopping

PS: Please excuse the photo phone decided to find the floor just before I was taking the pictures!!!! Time for a new phone maybe...

If for some reason you need to move around the hop not using the arrows please find all the links here! Just click on a name to go to their post.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Holidays in July - with a Twist

Welcome to the 11th Bloghop of Global Stamping Friends - a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world. 

This month the theme was not the easiest for me. I love Christmas but generally just reach for one of the wonderful Stampin' Up! seasonal stamps. This time though I had to think a bit more and think outside the box! Our theme was to make a holiday card, and it could have been any holiday, whilst using a non-traditional stamp set...not the easiest when Stampin' Up! have wonderful sets for all of the holidays over the year.

I came up with this!

They were so much fun and really easy to stamp - think you may have already guessed it uses the Swirly Birds stamp set.  A great set with swirls and dots and lots else as well.

Really simple to do as well, a couple of bits of card angled to make a triangle top and a couple of post it notes to hold them in place with one flat across the bottom for the base- easy!

 This one used the clear facet gems; they are lovely and shiny and the picture doesn't do them justice at all.

A few rhinestones for a bit of bling; I have to admit that these are the old rhinestones but the new ones are just as pretty and shiny.

I cannot get enough of the Finely woven ribbon and love it in Fresh Fig, one of the new incolours.

Finally one of the Metallic Foil Doilies- they come in a set with both gold and silver of varying sizes so a great product to have on hand.

The kids even had a go, and the various colour combinations are never ending! Add a few embellishments and they're done.  Think this might even be one of my Christmas card designs this year and not a Seasonal stamp set in sight, except for a sentiment.  

Which one is your favourite?

Hope you enjoyed my little project and next up is the amazing Kristie - check out her Seasonal Project with a twist by clicking on the next button

Roll call- if for any reason the sequence goes a little haywire don't fret as here is the full list; happy hopping!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Oh what a wonderful time of the year.....

July is a fantastic month for Stampin' Up! 
There are 2, yes 2 amazing specials on at the moment!

Yes!  Bonus days are here for all of July. So for all order of £45 (excl pp) you get a coupon worth £4.50 to spend in August!  How fantastic is that?  So for a purchase of £90 (excl pp) you get two vouchers and so on and so on.....
I am more than sure you'll found products you love in the new catalogue so why not take a look at my online shop OR if you'd like your own catalogue just get in touch!
OR it's a great time to join my Team and get lots of feebies!

A fantastic way to get crafting goodies for free is to join my team.  If you're in the UK, France, Germany, Austria or The Netherlands you can sign up under me!
Not only do you get the usual wonderful joining offer of £99 gets you £130 of product of your choice + free business pack + free postage and packing
Santa included the The Essentials Pack worth £47 and includes
Item NumberDescription
118485D Block (X2)
130148Grid Paper
103579Paper Snips
104332SNAIL Adhesive
102300Bone Folder

           The Carols of Christmas Stamp Set worth £18

 It is available in both French and German - so just get in touch if you'd like to see those versions.

So an EXTRA £65 worth of Stampin' Up! products for FREE!

So for £99 you get £195 worth of goodies + the business pack + free postage and packing - wish I could join again just for this!!

It's an amazing joining deal and if you'd like to discuss it more please just get in touch! There really are no catches!

Happy Crafting