Thursday 5 January 2023

New Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration time!

 Happy New Year to you all! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed lots of delicious food and had a great time with family. Did you get any fun crafty presents?

Starting today the brand new mini catalogue is live and it is full to the brim with lots of amazing new and gorgeous products.  But we don't just had one catalogue, we also have the Sale-A-Bration catalogue too! This catalogue shows you all the free products you can choose from when you place an order for £45, there are some really lovely ones to choose from, lots of Designer Series Papers, which are always my favourites.

If you are a previous customers of mine then I will be getting a paper copy of both catalogues to you either by post or in person.  But if you haven't ordered from me before please drop me a line if you would like a copy and I will send one to you.  Until then though, you can click on the images of the catalogues, which are on the right hand side of this website and have a look through it that way. 

Please let me know if you have any questions and also please comment what is your favourite new product.

Saturday 21 May 2022

Jubilee Visit to London

 One of my favourite places to be is London, I love the hustle and bustle, all the amazing things to look at, the beautiful sights and loads of incredible places to eat! I went up on my own this week for a little shopping trip and a quick scout round to see the preparations for the Queen's Jubilee.  It was very exciting! I had a plan of where I wanted to go and to see and, most importantly, to eat. The only downside of being on my own is that I have a pretty poor sense of direction, I think I know where I am going and invariably I will end up somewhere totally different.  My hubby is the one who knows how to get to places, especially in London as he grew up there, so I usually let him lead me around.  But with the help of Citymapper, which is a fantastic app so not to get lost in cities, I didn't do too badly. I did end up going round in a big circle at one point and couldn't quite work out why I was walking past Hamleys...again! Anyhow, I wouldn't say I was lost, just a little disorientated and exploring new places! 

London was looking very beautiful adorned in a million Union Jacks! Oxford and Regents Street were decorated, as was Covent Garden and the Mall.  Sooooo many flags! It was great to be there so close to the Jubilee weekend and seeing them getting ready for the celebrations. 

I couldn't go any further down The Mall as they had closed it all off due to them putting the seating together for the big Jubilee concert that is to take place outside of Buckingham Palace. Can you see on top of the flag poles there are crowns?  They don't look very big in the photo, but they were huge, I saw them being manoeuvring with a crane! It was fun to be able to walk and stand in the middle of The Mall, which doesn't usually happen without causing a bit of an incident! 

The other thing taking place on the day I was there, was the Top Gun Royal Premier in Leicester Square! This may be a lesser known fact about myself, but Top Gun is one of the absolute favourite films and I did have a huge crush on Tom Cruise when I was younger! I had to go to Leicester Square and see what was happening and and it was lots of fun to see them preparing for the big night.  Most of it was cordoned off but I could see the red carpet and lots of images of planes and Tom, be still my beating heart!! 

Watching the people lugging big photos of planes and Tom around really amused me, I'm not sure why, but it made me chuckle.  I think it is just seeing how messy the preparations were, but knowing that tonight it would be seen as a mega million pound event that only a select few will be able to see, but yet they are just images that two young lads are lugging around on their shoulders. 

Little did I know that behind the cordons was a huge jet fighter!! I would love to have seen that.  This is an even lesser known fact about me, but I love loud and fast planes, the louder and the faster the better! I love an Air Show and hearing and feeling the incredible noise the jets make.  This is probably why I love Top Gun as well.

Anyhow, this is slightly getting off the point!

It is often joked about by my ladies in my Scrapbooking club that I coordinate my families clothes for layouts, or they ask me how do I have the perfect photos for a layout, I must plan it.  Well the truth is, that no, I don't do this....well not usually! But this visit was different and I did dress to coordinate with some up and coming layouts, that I have got planned.  I purposely wore red and blue and my disco bead necklace as I wanted lots of photos to go with my next Stampin Up Scrapbooking class I am running (details below). I am hoping lots of these photos will work really well with the Lovely In Linen papers and the Cup Of Tea stamps and dies I will be using.

You won't need to have gone to London to be able to do this class, I think lots of us will be doing some fun Street Parties or a garden parties for the Jubilee or maybe just enjoying going out in the sunshine to see some bunting hung around your town. If you would like to order the kit and have access to the video to make the layouts then please let me know and I would love to take your details and add you to my order.

The basic kit will consist of :-

Half pack of Lovely Linen DSP, 3 sheets of 12x12 card, 5 sheets of coordinating A4 card, length of rose gold and white ribbon, part pack of pearl jewels and 1 sheet of 12x12 pearlescent card. The kit is £25 which which includes p&p.

You can add the Cup of Tea stamp set to the basic kit for £35 (basic kit and stamp set) inc p&p

You can add the Cup Of Tea bundle (stamps and dies) to the basic kit for £55 plus p&p.

If you would like to have the kit and video access please let me know which kit option you would like.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sunday 15 May 2022

Hearts & Home Scrapbooking Class

 After some problems with deliveries this class finally went live and the layouts were completed and I am really pleased with how they turned out.  I will take you through a bit of the thinking that went into them.

I think when you first look at the Heart & Home pack of paper it is difficult to see how it would work as all the backs are white woodgrain in 6 different designs, but I saw these as fantastic background papers and was really excited to use them.  I had seen a layout using very different paper from the Heart & Home papers, where the designer had folded the corner over and it looked like you could see behind the paper and see the back and front of the paper at the same time, I knew this would look great with the woodgrain paper, so I stored that image away till I could decide what photos to use and how to make it work for me.

   I was surprised with what photos went with the papers, and I think that was another reason that people might have been hesitant about these papers for scrapbooking, as there wasn't one clear colour theme.  I found that photos I had taken of my Hubby and I at Kensington Palace went so well with the papers, the Palace was the exact same colour as the papers with the bees on it! Who knew that Kensington Palace was Cinnamon Cider! 

I then began to realise that the papers were great for garden photos as the Garden Green was crying out for parks and lawn photos, so Kensington Park and Palace was a perfect topic for this layout.  I had included some of the doilies in the kit without being too sure how I was going to use them.  But I tend to see shapes within shapes and I could see that the doilies had lots of levels of patterns in itself so I got out my Layered Circle dies and found that one of them was the exact right size to cut out the central part of the doily whilst leaving the tiny dot pattern around the inner edge of the circle, and then leaving the outside bit fully intact and able to be used elsewhere in the layout.  You can see the inner part of the doily under the flowers, bottom left of the layout, and the outer part is to the right of the photos with other flowers over the top. I felt they lent themselves really well to a lovely English country garden feel. 

The other thing I did different for this layout, and had come as a flash of inspiration, was the Basic Grey 12x12 piece of card which you can see sits behind the whole layout, it borders the white woodgrain background paper.  Well that's not a 12x12 piece of Basic Grey card, it is white card with an inked border and the messy edges covered by the woodgrain paper! I was so pleased to have worked out that I could do this, as I don't always have all the different coloured 12x12 card, which I can find quite restrictive, but with this technique, I can change the colour of the white card to match any colour background I need, it didn't take long and wasn't too messy either... I don't like messy craft!

After realising that the Palace was the right colour I then remembered that buildings in Italy were also a similar colour so then I started looking for photos from Florence as I thought these would work really well.  They did, but I didn't have the sorts of photos that I was looking for, but then I stumbled upon some really old photos from our families first trip to Disney World.  In Epcot, at Disney World, there is an area called The World Showcase.  It is one of my favourite parts of the park to visit as you can walk around the world in one day, and experience the cultures, buy things from those countries and eat in restaurants, as well as rides and shows. There are lots of pavilions, as they are called, and each one is a different country. If you ever get a chance to visit, it is a lot of fun.  There is an Italian Pavilion and I found just the right photos from the Italian Pavilion for the layout I had in mind.

For this layout I used the idea of folding the corner of the front piece of paper over and being able to see behind the paper and the back and front of the paper at the same time as well. I really loved the effect! Even my Hubby commentated on it and said that he liked it to, high praise indeed! 

I am always excited when Stampin Up include Memories & More cards in their suites as they can bring in so many other coordinating elements into a layout.  In my case, for this layout, I used the wording from one of the 6x4 Memory & More cards and cut them out to make title blocks which are sitting on top of the doily on the green paper to the right of the layout. I love the way they match the papers perfectly and bring in a different font and feel.  I also like the Memories & More cards as they have variations on the paper patterns in the DSP which is great for scrapbooking as you can use smaller pieces of cards for layering and it gives you more variety in what you can use. Also the card packs have sheets of stickers, not all of them are good for scrapbooking but some definitely are.

As I said, I enjoyed making these layouts and was so pleased with how the photos and papers worked together.  I hope you enjoyed reading about some of the thinking that goes into putting these layouts together and if you would like to have a go at doing these layouts yourself then the papers are only available till the end of May, so follow the link below to get your hands on them. If you would like to have access to my class video, please let me know and I can send you a link.

Thank you for reading this post.

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Wednesday 4 May 2022

New Annual Catalogue

 It's that wonderful time of the year when we get a lovely brand new catalogue to look through and stroke the pages of and droll over the beautiful new products! I have been able to do this for a little while now as I got my hands on the catalogue about a month ago and I am really excited about it and also excited to be able to share it with you all now.

If you have signed up for my Catalogue Launch Event then you will receive your catalogue along with your pack of card kits and other things for the evening.  If you haven't signed up, there is still time and I would love to have you join me for this online event.  Please contact me for more details.  It is always a fun time and you will get a chance to win some prizes and to play with some of the new products.

If you would like me to send you a copy, then please let me know and I shall drop one in the post to you, or if you look to the right hand side of this blog you will see a Catalogue link, if you click on that it will take you to be able to look at it on line.

Any problems please do let me know and I look forward to hearing what you think of all the lovely new things and if you need any help placing an order please let me know and I shall do what I can do to help.

Saturday 30 April 2022

Joining Up Offer for May 2022

 The new catalogue will go live and be available for customers to order from 3rd May and at that time there will be a new Joining Up offer from Stampin Up! For the whole of May if you sign up as a Demonstrator you will not only get the usual offer of £130 worth of product of your choice for £99 you will also get this amazing In Colour offer too, which is the In Colour ink pads, A4 card, the Designer Series Paper and the Grid Paper for free! That's £62.50 worth of product for free! 

You might want to join Stampin Up for many different reasons, you can join just because the offer is too good to miss out on, or maybe you want to be your own best customer and enjoy the discounts of being a Demonstrator for yourself, or you might like to make a little pocket money for yourself and sell these amazing products to your crafty friends or maybe even run a class or two!

Whatever your reason for joining up is, this offer is fantastic and definitely worth £99!

If you have any questions please let me know, I would love to hear from you and to help you in any way I can.

If you know you want to enjoy this offer then please go to the Joining Up page, if you need any help please let me know.

Wednesday 27 April 2022

Catalogue Launch Evening

 The new catalogue is due to go live 3rd May and to celebrate this event I am having a Catalogue Launch evening online on the 13th May at 7.30pm, and I would love you to join me. 

The evening will be lots of fun, we will make a couple of cards using some new products, play some games, maybe win some prizes in the raffle and even do some shopping in the new catalogue.

All you need to do is let me know that you would like to take part and I will send you a catalogue and a couple of card kits to use on the night, one free entry into the raffle and a link to the online event. This will cost £7 which includes the p&p.

The last date to book into this event is 7th May and the packs will be sent out 9th May.

Saturday 9 April 2022

Last Chance Products

It is that bitter sweet time of year when the current catalogue is coming to an end which means a lot of our favourite craft products will no longer be available, but it also means that there is a brand new sparkly catalogue just around the corner which is always very exciting! 

But between then and now there are bargains to be had! All the items that are being retired will no longer be available after 2nd May but some of them are hugely discounted at the moment, so it is the best time to do a little shopping. 

Whilst you are looking for some bargains in the Last Chance Sale, don't forget to pop to the Clearance Rack as well, there are some great kits and products in there for very small prices.

I have added some of my favourite items from the Last Chance Products sale, all of them are reduced apart from Playful Alphabets, but I love them and didn't want you to miss out on them before they retire. The prices on the images are the original prices and not the reduced price.

If I can help with anything please let me know, but until then, happy shopping!

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