Sunday, 30 September 2012

Harvest time shopping bags

I'm out and about today... squeezing in some walking (hopefully) before the winter is upon us!
Tomorrow the new Stampin' Up! main catalogue will be released, so check back then to check out the new products.
With the end of September almost here, the harvest season is almost over too.  The Orchard Harvest range of DSP and fabrics in the Stampin' Up! Autumn/Winter catalogue are great for this time of year, but I actually think they could be popular well into the winter and next year as they include a lovely selection of colours.
My mum has been busying herself with these fabrics creating some gorgeous shopping bags which I think show off the potential with these great products...

The pear is actually a pocket on one side with the stalk embroidered using a chain stitch.  Here's a close up which shows this a little better...

Continuing the fruit theme, here's the other 'stripey' fabric from the pack.

The apple stalk and leaf is more embroidery with the apple itself creating a sizable pocket too.
If this doesn't encourage you to make a purchase of these lovely fabrics retailing at just £8.95 per pack (3 different patterned pieces measuring 68.6 x 45.7cm each), then I would be very surprised... I'm just hoping there's enough fabric left over to create me something else to share with you another day :).
If you would like to order these fabrics or anything else from the Stampin' Up! catalogues then just contact me at

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Finished table plan

Yay, it's the weekend at last!
For those that are regular followers of my blog you will no doubt recall that I have been helping my good friend Tori with her wedding stationery.
To date we have designed and made:

Save the date fridge magnets
Table wine glass charms/numbers

I've even managed to squeeze in an RSVP that matches the wedding colours of Pear Pizzazz and Peach Parfait!
Finally it's all finished... at least until after the big day; here is the finished table plan...

Using the Top Note for the tables, cut from mirror card (non Stampin' Up!), with Whisper White inserts, the numbers are scraps of Peach Parfait card stock cut with the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies that will retire this month :(.
The wedding stamp set Wedding Sweet also retires this month and I can highly recommend it as there are sentiments and decorative patterns which we have used all of at least once... finishing with the larger leafy/decorative image around the 'top table' on the table plan.
You can see it a little better below, along with the V&A stamped with the Monogram Sweet Alphabet stamp set, which has been scanned in and reduced to fit...

Just the thank you cards left, although those will be after the wedding next week and Tori is back from her honeymoon :).
Don't forget the last chance to order the retiring products will be tomorrow... after that you won't be able to get any of these items, even if they haven't sold out.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Three more sleeps...

...That is until the new catalogue is released on Monday. 
I'm off to catch up with the other demonstrators in the Blue Angels Team tonight so hope to get some ideas with some of the new products.
So in the meantime I have a couple of reminders about upcoming events...
New catalogue launch - next Saturday from 2pm, at my home (GU16).  It's FREE, you just need to contact me to book your place.
  • Come along and take a look at the new catalogue and get some ideas/inspiration. There will be a number of special offers available.
  • If you are new to crafting, why not come along and give it a go as there will be a make and take project using some of the new products.
Christmas card club - starts on Thursday 18th October at 7pm, and is just £12 per class.  Each week you will be provided with all the materials to make 12 post friendly Christmas cards (4 each of 3 different designs), including envelopes.  More details can be found on my classes page.
If you book to attend all 3 classes by 7th October, you will get the Christmas accessories class on 27th October for FREE!
Christmas accessories class - Saturday 27th October at 10.20am.  We will be making Christmas themed gift tags, decorating a gift bag and creating a gift box. Price for just this class is £8.
If you would like to book to attend any of these events/classes I can be contacted on 01252 834132 / 07968 951957 or via email at

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Happy Birthday Bridget

Today I have a card to share with you that I made for a friend/colleague... Happy Birthday Bridget!

She loves the colour purple... and several other things, but as I can't share any of the products from the new catalogue that is released on 1st October, with you just yet I had to create a card with some of the current products.
The Every Little Bit stamp set is ideal for so many occasions, so I have picked the girly perfume and handbag and added the butterfly from the For Everything stamp set (retiring).
The 1 3/8 Circle punch and Scallop Circle punch work well for so many things... and made this card very simple.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Elmo and cookie monster

The cards I have to share with you today were quite fun to make...
There are endless ideas for Sesame Street characters all over the web and most of them can be created using the Scallop Circle punch.
I've created Elmo/Cookie Monster using the Scallop Circle punch from Real Red and Pacific Point card stock and then the features were punched using the Owl punch (the mouth is the base of the owl).
Hopefully you can see that the square panel is embossed using the Square Lattice embossing folder and raised up with dimensionals over the strip punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch, from Calypso Coral card (above) and Crumbcake card (below).
The sentiment is from the Petite Pairs stamp set, inked in co-ordinating Real Red and Pacific Point ink on each card respectively, then punch out with the 1 3/8 Circle punch with a co-ordinating circle behind to create a 'shadow' effect. 
Just 3 more days until the weekend and I can go home :(...

Tuesday, 25 September 2012


Work seems to have taken over a bit so my blog posts may be a bit erratic this week...
Here's a reasonably simple card, which uses the idea featured on a wedding card that I made sometime ago (see here), but instead to create a RSVP.  It was quite quick to create at the last minute for a commission as it just uses the Heart punch and some embossing folders.

The colours are Regal Rose and Whisper White (base and satin ribbon) with the 'groom' punched from Basic Black.  I couldn't find my RSVP stamp quickly so went for printing this out on my pc and then used the Word Window punch to create a smaller sentiment than usual.
Back to the grindstone...

Monday, 24 September 2012

More bikes

Today I have to give the Motorcycle individual stamp set one last push... because I've just had to make 2 more commissions using this stamp, I can honestly say it will be one that is missed!

I've used the sponge dauber effect on both cards to give them a vintage feel, which I often neglect, as it's so simply and yet very effective.

The first card uses Very Vanilla, Marina Mist and Chocolate Chip card stock and the lovely En Francaise background stamp.  There is also a sneek peak of one of the new sentiments from the new catalogue :). 
The other card is very similar to a few I have made in the past, using foil as the background, against some 'striped' DSP.  The colours are Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive.

If you would like to place an order just contact me.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

A day of crafting

Well, after a few hours spent at the craft show at Sandown Park today I've been busily crafting away, although it did take me the best part of a couple of hours to make 17 swaps for an upcoming demonstrator get together! Unfortunately I can't share these with you until next month as they use one of the new stamp sets.
So instead, here is the make and take project from the Stampin' Up! stand at the show...
The card uses the Delightful Decorations stamp set which is in the current main catalogue and will also continue to be available when the new catalogue is released next month.  The colours are Marina Mist and Chocolate Chip, with the background being created with Versamark ink using one of the small images from the stamp set, stamped onto Bashful Blue card stock.
The Marina Mist 3 1/8 Tafetta ribbon is also in both catalogues and there are lots of other colour choices on this product too. 
Remember, just a week until the retiring products will be no longer available so check them out here and contact me to place your order.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Christmas card club starts next month

Just to let you know that my Christmas card club starts next month and I still have a few places left.
The club will run on a Thursday night from the 18th October for 3 weeks, commencing at 7pm.  You will be able to make 12 cards during each session (4 each of 3 designs).  Check out my classes page for more details. 
So by the first week of November you could have 36 handmade cards, and also there will be more pre-cut cards available to purchase if you need them. 

I also have a Christmas accessories class planned for Saturday 27th October at 10.30am, and if you book all 3 sessions of the Christmas card club you will get the accessories class for FREE.  Booking deadline is 7th October and subject to availability, so contact me to day to book you place.

Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to design the cards yet so do not have a sneak peak to share with you... but instead here is a Christmassy themed card using the Joyous Celebrations stamp set from the Autumn/Winter mini catalogue.


The base is Old Olive and I've adhered a piece of one of the papers form the Festival of Prints DSP pack to the front and then added a strip of Whisper White, stamped with one of the sentiments from the Joyous Celebrations stamp set before adding a Real Red Decorative Label punch with dimensionals.

Finally I have stamped the 'reindeer' image from the set with Chocolate Chip ink onto Whisper White and then using my Stamp-a-ma-jig, lined up the frame and stamped this in Real Red ink before cutting out.

Very quick and simple... and perfect building up your stack of Christmas cards.

If you would like to book to attend one of my Christmas Card Club sessions, please email me at , bearing in mind places are limited.

Friday, 21 September 2012


It says Motorcycle in the catalogue but how does that differ to a motorbike?  Well, the bad news it's retiring and as my most used individual stamp and ideal for men it will be sadly missed from my stash.
There are items dropping off the retiring products list every day and more discounts being added - so if you haven't already checked it out I encourage you to do so (see it here).  More importantly I am offering FREE postage on orders of £45 or more until the end of the month so contact me to place your order and take advantage of these great offers.

Here's a card using the Motorcycle stamp to bid it farewell, although I may just squeeze in a few more ideas with this one ;)!

I've teamed a Old Olive card base with Marina Mist and then added strips of DSP from the Subtles collection and the new Festival of Prints DSP, which is fast become my new favourite paper pack.
I've inked the Motorcycle in Early Espresso and then coloured with a blender pen using a Marina Mist Stampin' Write marker.
Quite a quick card in the end.
I was supposed to be having a day off today at at the craft show in Esher... but sadly I have had to work (extremely frustrating, but unavoidable), and after getting back home very late last night from Cambridge I'm anticipating my plans for tonight are going to leave me exhausted, so hopefully I can squeeze some crafting in over the weekend at some point and get some more ideas created to share with you :).

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Cambridge crafting with Joyous Celebrations

With 3 days in Cambridge this week, I made sure I had planned ahead and organised a crafting session with my friend Donna. 
We had great fun coming up with ideas using the Joyous Celebrations stamp set from the Autumn/Winter mini catalogue, so I thought I would share one of them with you today... but I can't take credit for the creation as this is all Donna's handy work, with a little help from one she saw on the web.

Using the lovely Snow Festival DSP created a great background and Donna has then matted a variety of Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler card with these papers.
The stamp set has so much to choose from  with a variety of images and sentiments, adequate to make all your Christmas cards with basically :).
If you would like to order this set or any other Stampin' Up! products just contact me at, and don't forget I am offering FREE postage until the end of the month on orders of £45 or more.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Retired letter dies

I saw this card and I had to CASE it.  Such a great idea for using the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies, yet another retiring product this month - and which has also sold out :(.
I really am devastated that these are going as I love to used them for both my scrapbooking and card making, as they always save the day when I need a quick card for a particular occasion where a word can say it all!

With the upcoming new catalogue which will be released in just over 10 days (on the 1st October) there are some new letter dies, which are very very similar so don't worry too much, in fact I reckon you would hardly notice the difference if you made this card with those instead... you just have to wait until next month to get your paws on them though!
I'm looking forward to going home tomorrow... 3 days in Cambridge this week is no doubt going to take it's toll.  I hopefully have a day off Friday to go along to the Sandown Craft show to make up for the lack of crafting this week... so watch out for some new catalogue ideas which I will be posting soon.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Cupcake news

If you haven't already seen that the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set retires this month, then with that sad news hopefully you will be glad to hear that the Create a Cupcake stamp set that featured in the Spring mini catalogue earlier this year will be back in the new main catalogue which is released on 1st October.
I can't quite decide which is my favourtie, as the images in the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set are fabulous for colouring in with blender pens.
For this card I've used some remains of DSP (papers) to create the icing, by stamping the image onto the paper and then cutting it out and fixing it onto a stamped image.  This is agreat way to use up leftover scraps and also add a different technique to a card. 

Sadly the Eyelet Border punch that I have used here has already sold out, but there are plenty of other border punches in the new catalogue.
The colours on this card are So Saffron and Rich Razzlebery, which are a new combo for me, but I really like the overall effect, with some retiring Rich Razzleberry grosgrain to finish, this alternatively folder card would be ideal for a male or female.
I've on my last few cards using the retiring products, so if there is anything you would like to see ideas for from the retirement list please let me know.  Otherwise prepare yourself for a few more ideas later this week and then I will be trying to create some projects using more of the Autumn/Winter mini catalogue items with you soon.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Clearly for you is going

I have another card from my last chance class at the weekend, which features the retiring Clearly for You stamp set and the lovely Holly Berry DSP which is also going at the end of the month.

I've tried to keep the card appropriate for a male or a female by using Basic Black and Real Red with Very Vanilla.  The brads add a masculine feel as do the striped papers.
The frame is from the Designer Frames, embossed using the Big Shot machine, and then I have carefully stamped the 'birdy' image and sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set inside the frame using my Stamp-a-ma-jig.
There are lots of other lovely images in the Clearly for You stamp set... 

Just contact me at to place your order, and save on postage as I'm offering it FREE until the end of the month on orders of £45.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Contempo hot air balloon

This is the first chance I've had to sit down for 5 minutes all weekend... my own fault for trying to cram so much in of course!

After a lovely day of crafting yesterday, followed by some walking and dinner with a friend, today was more of the latter and now I'm exhausted. 

So here is a quick card which is appropriate for this time of year and the still reasonable weather we have been having.

Do you remember the fabulous Christmas themed stamp set Contempo Christmas... well, sadly it's also retiring this month from the main catalogue, which is a great shame as it can also be used for non-Christmas themed cards.
Here's one of the cards we made at my class yesterday, using the lovely Brights collection Melon Mambo and Tempting Turquoise colour theme.

The base is Tempting Turquoise and I have cut a piece of Melon Mambo card stock which has then been run through the Stripes embossing folder for the background.  The image is of course the 'Christmas bauble' stamped upside down in Tempting Turquoise ink to march and the little basket was created with the 'flower pot' part of the Christmas tree stamp and then cut out and raised up with dimensional sticky pads.

To finish the 'strings' of the hot air balloon have been drawn in with a Sahara Sand Stampin' Write marker pen and the sentiment is from the Easy Events stamp set, punched out with the Word Window punch.

Don't forget I'm offering FREE postage on orders of £45 until the end of the month and the retiring products list is updated daily here, and these products will only be available until the end of September.

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend...


Saturday, 15 September 2012

Last chance cards class and mini catalogue launch

Today I have my last chance cards class where we will be using products that retire this month.  Sadly, in the time between when I prepped for the class and the drafting of this post, the stamp set featured on one of the cards we are making is no longer available :(.  I hope the ladies won't be too disappointed, as it is an adaptable card layout.
It's the Fox and Friends stamp set, which I am so sad to see go from the main catalogue.  Here is the card we will be making...
I was going to make an alternative card with this layout, using the Bird Builder punch to create little birds in place of the monkeys, but I have got completely distrated this morning dealing with an unexpected delivery (!), more about that another time.  So, apologies that I haven't got another card to share with you instead.
Thankfully most of the other products we are using today, still (currently) remain on the retiring products list which you can see here.  If you haven't already looked and want to order something please don't leave it too late, as these products are only available whilst stocks last.
I'll be sharing the other cards with you over the next few days so check back soon.
As well as the class I have my Autumn/Winter mini catalogue launch event this afternoon from 1pm.  I can probably still accommodate a few more crafty people if you fancy coming along, just give me a call on my mobile on 07968 951957 to let me know.
Here is the very quick make and take project that we will be doing using some of the new products from the mini catalogue...

This card features the lovely 'gingerbread man' from the Scentsational stamp set.  The great thing about this set is that there are co-ordinating dies for cutting out each image so you can create a batch of card very quickly.
I have also used some of the papers from the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper pack on page 20 of the Autumn/Winter mini catalogue.  And as I keep saying... these papers are great for other occassions, not just Christmas so well worth including on your wish list :).  You will see that I have also added a strip of Old Olive card stock embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and then added a sentiment in co-ordinating ink from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set...

Friday, 14 September 2012

Vellum dress

Tomorrow I have my last chance class - where we will be using products that are retiring this month.  Check out the retiring list here if you haven't done already... as I write this most of the items were are using in the class still remain on the lis,t but don't leave it too late or you will miss out.
Here is one of the cards we made at last months punch art class... apologies that the photo isn't great.

The card base was created from a piece of Crumbcake cardstock and then I attached a length of Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon (tied in a simple knot) across a piece of DSP and then adhered this to the card base.
The panel is a piece of Very Vanilla card stock matted behind a piece of Crumbcake card and then the dress has been created from shapes cut from the Scallop Circle punch, 3 layers of vellum embossed with the Beautiful Bouquet embossing folder over a carefully cut DSP Scallop Circle, to create a bodice.
After the class I have my Autumn/Winter mini catalogue launch event from 1pm... so why not stop by and take a look at some of the products.  It's a FREE event at my home (GU16) and there will be a project for you to make and take away, just contact me at to book your place before the end of the today.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Gift card for a voucher

Following my invitation along to the Camberley WI in July (check out the photos here), I donated a voucher to the raffle at last nights monthly meeting.  Hopefully the lucky winner will be coming along to my Autumn/Winter mini catalogue launch on Saturday from 1pm and make use of it.
If you would like to come along on Saturday too, it's FREE and we will be doing a festive make and take project so you can some of the new products a try yourself.  Please contact me at or telephone 01252 834132 / 07968 951957 to book your place.
For the voucher I created this little gift card...

It's so simple to make, but you do need a Big Shot machine to emboss the card and die cut the lettering.
I've used Bashful Blue card stock for the base and run this through the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and then run a piece of Blushing Bride through the Manhattan Rose embossing folder and cut the flowers out by hand.
The lettering is the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies that retire this month, cut into Bashful Blue card scraps and then adhered to the front of the card with glue.  To finish a few Basic Rhinestones and it's ready to insert your gift voucher or use as just a card.
If you would like to order gift vouchers for friends or family, or perhaps have a wish list of your own and would like vouchers for an upcoming birthday or Christmas, then do get in touch or see my wish list page for more details.
Remember the retiring products list is updated daily and if you would like to place an order contact me at, and remember I am offering FREE postage in September for orders of £45.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Birthday beers and new ink pads

Today's card includes, ribbon and DSP that is retiring at the end of the month, plus the lovely Happiest Birthday Wishes sentiment stamp set.

Just a couple of weeks left to get your hands on the retiring products, whilst stocks last.  Check out the latest up to date list here.
The card based in More Mustard from the Regals collection, with Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon around the centre, and a Curly Label punch border punched from some scraps of Well Worn DSP.  I've created a little collection of beer mugs using the 'coffee mug' stamp from the Every Little Bit stamp set, by masking each image to make them look like they are behind the front image.  and then finally the sentiment, inked in Chocolate Chip ink.
You may have already seen that the ink pads are all retiring.  This is due to being reconfigured - what does that mean exactly?
Well, With the introduction of the 2012-2013 annual catalogue, Stampin' Up! have made a very big change to their Stampin’ Pads by ...

introducing firm foam pads!
  • Create wonderfully solid images. The Firm Foam releases more ink onto your rubber stamp than the felt pads. When using the Firm Foam pad, your stamp will get an even, solid covering of ink that you may not have been able to achieve with the felt pads. Please note: if you are using the ink pad frequently you may need to re-ink your Firm Foam pad more often. We recommend that you purchase a refill at the time of your ink pad purchase.
  •  Have a crisply printed, glossy label on the top of the pad that is easier to read and that will not fade or chip off!
  •  Come with colour name labels in all four languages (English, Spanish, French, and German)—just choose your language, peel it off the back, and add it to the side of the pad for easy identification!
  •  Use the same patented flip-top case design that stores the inking surface upside down, so the pad surface stays moist!
  •  Are available in all colours, including our exclusive In Colors!

Please note: Five ink colours have undergone formula changes to improve functionality and colour stability with the new firm foam pads. These colours are
  • Basic Black
  • Basic Gray
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Tempting Turquoise
 All five colours of the reformulated inks have been fully tested and approved. While using the new ink formula in the old Stampin’ Pads is fine, we do not recommend using the old ink formula in these five colours in the new firm foam pads.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Smashing GBWR

It's so sad that London 2012 is now over!  I didn't really get into the Olympics quite as much as the Paralympics and specifically the Wheelchair Rugby... of course it helps that my sister is part of the team!
So, I have been watching the GBWR team play throughout the event and was at the games live on Friday and Saturday; to sadly see GB lose their fight for a medal to Japan, but then to go on and win in the classifications against Sweden, to finish 5th.
The atmosphere at the Olympic Park and the support that GB had at the wheelchair rugby was totally amazing and I am now happily on the band waggon with everyone else who thinks London 2012 was the best games yet!
There is a crafty link coming I promise...
I've been trying to make use of all the remaining Designer Series Papers (DSP) that are retiring from the main catalogue at the end of the month, and as my Smash Book didn't have quite the right background papers for a couple of newspaper clippings... the perfect opportunity arose for my leftover Cheerful Treat (hostess only) DSP.
I also created a couple of pages to keep some of the bits and pieces I have collected over the 2 days I was there and a photo of the team.
If you haven't seen a Smash book before (?!), check out this link to see what it's all about. 

Don't forget that the retiring products list is updated daily - so if you want to get your hands on discounted products, including the Cheerful Treat DSP (hostess only), hurry whilst stocks last.
The good news is that the new Stampin' Up! catalogue which will be released on 1st October, has lots of great new Designer Series Papers and of course stamp sets.  Watch this space for details on release day or email me at to find out more.
In the meantime, just a reminder that I have my Autumn/Winter mini catalogue launch on Saturday from 1pm at my home (GU16), so why not come along and have a look.  It's FREE - you just need to contact me to book your place.

Monday, 10 September 2012

Birthday thank you cards

My good friend Vicki wanted some thank you cards to send to family and friends following her sons 1st birthday.  With such lovely photo's of baby Jamie to include on the front it was just a case of making the card itself as simple as possible.  So here is what I came up with, and Vicki busied herself with making a batch load of.  Of course I was on hand to help, but she is starting to get the crafting bug I am sure ;)!

Sorry - it's upside down!
Strips of Real Red, Marina Mist and Old Olive, punched withe the Scallop Trim Border punch and a matching sentiment from the Just Believe stamp set... job done!
If you are trying to come up with ideas of your own for cards, invites or anything else that needs some crafty input, please do not hesitate to contact me for advice on products or designs as I am always happy to help (no hard sell I promise, I just love the opportunity to get creative :) !).

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Star Wars punch art

When I'm struggling for ideas for a particular theme I always turn to the Web for inspiration.  And for a Star Wars theme Ruthie Nixon-Oneal's card was just what I needed for a CASE.

I've had to improvise a bit with the punches but got there in the end.  A little sponge daubering around the edges and a sentiment from the Happiest Birthday Wishes (retiring item) and then a length of Bakers Twine and it's good to go :)!

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Gift tags with box

It's always handy to have a few gift cards around for when you have a last minute present or just want to leave someone a little note.
These gift cards fit inside a box created with the Scalloped Envelope die and are so quick to make, and also make great gifts too.
You will see the box is made with Marina Mist card stock, from 2 die cuts and I've added a piece of one of the papers from the Festival of Prints DSP pack to the front, along with some Very Vanilla Seam binding ribbon.

Sorry about the above photo being so dark!  Here are the little gift cards, embossed at the bottom with the Stripes embossing folder and then embellished with a variety of images from the Clearly for You stamp set (retiring this month).

 Clearly for You stamp set;
Scallop Circle punch;
1 3/8 Circle punch;
Eyelet Border punch (retiring this month);
Boho Blossoms punch;
Stripes embossing folder;
Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon;
Basic Rhinestones;
Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon;

Friday, 7 September 2012

Festival of prints patchwork

I have to show you some more of the new papers in the Autumn/Winter mini catalogue! 
Festival of Prints DSP, which comes in packs of 48 sheets measuring 11.4 x 16.5cm has so much variety, as they will work for non Christmas cards too :).
I've created a little patchwork card here, CASE'd from Saffire, as I was struggling to come up with something suitable for a 'quilting' themed commission.

I've used different products than Saffire and the Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set which is going to be gone after this month.  Yes my favourite sentiment stamp set :(
Festival of Prints DSP - current Autumn/Winter mini catalogue;
Top Note die;
Curly Label punch;
Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set;
Designer Buttons;
Cardstock - Rich Razzleberry and Chocolate Chip;
Early Espresso grosgrain ribbon
Don't forget GBWR (Wheelchair Rugby) in the paralympics today - I'll be at the game at 3pm so look out for me... if not my sister is one of the support team on the sideline :)!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Daisy daisy daisy

Today I have yet another retiring product to share with you!  OMG so much is retiring, but don't worry because the new Autumn/Winter mini catalogue has lots of new products for you and the new main catalgoue will be released in October. 
Remember if you want to order anything from the retiring list - it is updated daily, here, so just contact me to place your order.
So here is the card I wanted to share with you... using the Flower, Daisies #2 die...

I've used a Rose Red card base and then matted a piece of Basic Black card stock, followed by some Shimmery White card (run through the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder using the Big Shot machine).  I've then added a strip of Basic Black card stock and the flowers cut with the die from Rose Red, along with some leaves punched form Basic Black scraps using the Bird Builder punch.  The flower centres are Tempting Turquoise which I have run through the Square Lattice embossing folder before fixing with dimensional sticky pads.
Finally the sentiment is from the Happiest Birthday Wishes stamp set which you can now get from the retiring list, as previously was only available to hostesses.  I've stamped this in co-ordinating Rose Red ink and then punched out with the Decorative Label punch and created a border with Basic Black punches of the same.
I'm off to see GBWR in the paralympics tomorrow, against Japan in the last of their group games.  Sadly GB lost yesterday to the USA, the Beijing Olympic gold medallists, so not really a surprise... and we are playing France tonight at 7pm.  It's live on TV so what better way to spend the evening :).

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

No more pillow box die :(

Apologies for the late post today... I have got a bit behind with scheduling posts this week as work slowly catches up with me.  If fact I'm a bit behind on the crafting too, but still have a few things to share with you to make sure you're making the most of the retiring products list!
More items dropped off today so make sure you check out the lists soon, here.
Another of my favourites is going... the pillow box die :(!  I'm not sure how life will be after it's gone, but I have seen the replacement product in the upcoming new catalogue which will be released in October and I don't think you will be too disappointed.
However if you don't want to miss out, contact me now to place your order and remember I'm offering FREE postage on orders of £45 or more for the rest of the month.
Here's a quick project created with the pillow box die from some Blushing Bride card stock (also retiring) and some of the lovely Timeless Portrait DSP papers which will also be gone after September, if not before.

I've also used the following products:
- Decorative Label punch
- Bird Builder punch (for the leaves)
- Boho Blossoms punch
- Basic Rhinestones
- Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Retiring fabric at bargain prices

Oh my gosh some of the retiring products have already sold out! 
The lists are updated each day, and you can see things dropping off as they are marked with an X in the availability column... so contact me now to place your order and avoid disappointment.
And don't forget I am offering FREE postage on orders of £45 or more during the month of September.
As well as the stamp sets and card stock which seems to be selling fast, some of the fabrics are also retiring and they are a complete bargain at less than 3 quid a pack compared to the original RRP of £8.95...
Remember the lavender bags made from the Flirtatious fabric that I posted here last month.  Where here are some more, made using the Deck the Halls fabric ...

I actually think this fabric works well for a non Christmas project (such as this door stop) as well as a Christmas one. And at the price of a pack of just £2.69 - that's 70% off you can't possibly go wrong, even with postage (normally £4.95) that is less than the original RRP!
Why not check out the new Autumn/Winter mini catalogue for some more festive products.  I'm hosting my FREE catalogue launch event on Saturday 15th September form 1pm so why not come along and take a look in person and chat to some other like minded crafters.  There will be a make and take project for you to give it a try, so why not bring a friend.  Just contact me to book your place.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Another favourite retiring stamp set...

I just don't know what to share with you next, what with the new Autumn/Winter mini catalogue items and the retiring products list there is so much to mention!
So, here is a card using one of my other favourite retiring stamp sets and one of the retiring 2010-12 In Colours card stock...

I've used the lovely Clearly for You stamp set, which was one of the first set's I purchased, even before I became a demonstrator so I will be very sad to see it go.
The base is Poppy Parade, from the 2010-12 In Colours that will also be retiring this month.  I've layered the based with a strip of Chocolate Chip card stock and then a piece of DSP from the Beau Chateau paper pack.  Across this I adhered a length of Early Espresso and then punched out the image with the Decorative Label punch and then trimmed the edges off before fixing to a Chocolate Chip Decorate Label punch shape.
The retired list is updated daily and can be found via the link on my site, and why not check out the new Autumn/Winter mini catalogue too...
Remember the retiring products are only available until the end of September and whilst stocks last so contact me to place your order today.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Bye bye ...

As announced yesterday the retiring products list has now been released. 

To make room for the new stamp sets in the new catalogue which will be released on 1st October it's time to say goodbye to some of our favourites - just click on the link above for details.

Sadly quite a few of my favourites are leaving us, for example the the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set... it's going to be one of those that will sell out fast so get your order in now if you don't want to miss out.  Just email me at

Remember I am offering FREE postage (normally £4.95) during September on orders of £45.  Alternatively if you live close to me (GU16) and can collect your products I can combine your order with other products and save on postage.

So just to remind you how lovely the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set is, here is a card using one of the stamps...

I've used a Blushing Bride card base and matted the image panel onto Peach Parfait - both these colours are retiring this month too!  I've coloured the cakes with a blender pen using Stampin' Write Markers.  I find it very therapeutic colouring in :).  Finishing off with a length of Whisper White Satin ribbon, all it needs is a sentiment.

Saturday, 1 September 2012

New Autumn/Winter mini catalogue

Yes, it is finally here and you can order products from today!  Just contact me to place your order and during September, if your order is £45 or more I am offering FREE postage.  Alternatively if you live close to me and can collect your products I can combine with other orders and save on postage (normally £4.95).
There are lots of festive stamps and designer papers... so I thought I'd share a card with you using some of these items. 
The base is Rich Razzleberry (an old favourite) which I have combined with some of the new papers from the Autumn/Winter mini catalogue - 'Festival of Prints' on page 20.  What is great about these papers is that although they have a Christmas theme there are lots of sheets you can use for other occasions.  What's even better is that they come in 11.4 x 16.5cm sheets and you get 4 each of 12 double sided designs...
For this card I've used a strip cut at 5cm and then snipped into it.  I have then adhered a piece cut with the Labels Collection Framelits dies onto a larger framelit cut from Daffodil Delight card stock and placed this over the paper strip.
The 'mug' image is from the new Scentsational Season stamp set on page 16 of the catalogue.  I have inked it in Rich Razzle berry and then die cut a star from Daffodil Delight and run this through the Square Lattice embossing folder.
The stamp set has 6 stamps which are of a Christmas theme and they have co-ordinating framelits dies so you don't have to cut them out:
Absolutely adorable!  And as you can see they could work on non Christmas cards too :).
As well as the new mini catalogue products the retiring products from the current main catalogue were announced today.  I'll have more details tomorrow but if you can't wait until then here's the link to the list.
You can contact me today to place an order for any of these items, and remember they are first come first served.