Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Holiday Home for a New Home

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Following on from the Christmas version I posted yesterday…here is a New Home version that I needed to quickly make for good friends just settling into a New Home. Delighted to say that this accompanied some SU! crafting goodies – so yes Alison… I will quickly move onto some cards using the Wonderful & Wondrous Wreath very soon!!!

As it was SO important that I got Alison’s crafting goodies off in the post quickly….. I made myself keep it very Clean & Simple – but I did get the chance to use my new FAVOURITE background stamp….. I Love Lace…oh yes I do!!! It is SO beautiful stamped in Whisper White craft ink on any cardstock colour – albeit very subtle when stamped on the more subtle colour ways…. I think everyone has picked up my display cards using it…there is almost a texture to feel….

I Love Lace Wood Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Holiday Home for Christmas & Quarterly Team Training Swap

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Hello! I’m back… ready to share lots of projects for Christmas…and not for Christmas too!! Didn’t really know where to start today as (gulp!) I have nearly 3 months worth of projects to share with you… so decided I would start with something for Christmas.

This was my team training swap card from last Saturday… I had a fabulous day amongst such a great group of girls … great training projects, inspiration stations and presentations… so I learnt lots…was inspired lots…and laughed lots!!! And the rendition of Happy Birthday to me was like a choir in a cathedral!!! A really tuneful bunch…. yes seriously…. But I am SO SO  glad that the “threatened bumps” didn’t materialise!!!!

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I  first have to do a shout out for my helpers Moya & Hilda for the production of these swaps. It is so much more fun producing bulk cards when you have good company… and so much quicker too!! You will never know how much it is appreciated!!

And then… I have to apologise to my fellow swappers for 2 things. Firstly that I was SO slow in the swap line – but I really did have to pass my swap on with an open door!!! You don’t snip all those little doors so that they will open and then pass them on shut so no-one realises!!!! And secondly that I used a retired punch to punch my wreath out!! Yes it is the 3/8” punch from the retired Itty Bitty punch trio…oops…did that without realising….

My favourite stamp set in the Autumn Winter catalogue has to be the Holiday Home stamps and matching Home made Holidays Framelits. Not only do I “have a thing about houses”… but these can be used all year round and  I have a definite lack of crafting goodies for New Home cards! As well as having wanted a Reindeer & Sleigh image for ages!!! So I was a happy “camper” when I saw these….

Photopolymer stamps – so such great value… as well as being bundled up together with 15% off too… Just look at how many stamps you get…. lots of play factor…..

And I have since realised that these Framelits make great Tags too – either as house shapes  - or just snip the chimneys off for a fabulous tag shape – 3 of them…. 

And here is the open door!!! Come back tomorrow for a New Home version…..

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

New Winter Catalogue now Live & Free Exclusive Good Greetings Stamp Set 28 August to 31 October


Oh it is my favourite time of year…. as it is time to say that the 2014 Autumn/Winter Catalogue is now live. Just click on the picture above to see the online copy – or contact me to arrange your printed copy. Lots of wonderful-ness in there for us!! I will be back very soon with lots of projects for you…..

And…. also…

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This Good Greetings Stamp Set is absolutely FREE when you reach £200 when hosting a party  - or alternatively - placing an order just for you!

That's right, this FREE stamp set is in addition to the £30 of free product for a £200+ order you get when you host a party from 28 August to 31 October!This versatile stamp set covers festive events from Halloween to Valentine’s. Don’t miss out on this stamp set…

And…don’t forget… the August Big Shot Bundle & Save Promotion… still live until 10.30pm tonight… so just a few hours left…. 2014_08_Big Shot Promo_FlyerTH_BS_Demo_8_1-31_2014_UK

As predicted the Bright & Beautiful Stars & Framelits has been a very successful bundle….

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And just to round things off… here are this week’s Weekly Deals…. live until Tues 2nd September.

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Back to School tomorrow…. so I will be back to my more normal routine…with lots of projects made & ready to share….

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Get an extra £20 of product - £150 Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit for £99

Beginning this Friday, 22 August, new Stampin' Up! recruits will receive £150 worth of product in their Starter Kits for just £99!  That is an extra £20 in the demo starter kit....

But act soon, because this deal only lasts from Fri 22nd August until Fri 29 August! 

So to sign up on Friday, 22 August on-line with Stampin! Up. Just go here

For more details about joining my team, go here.


And whilst I am on…. here are this weeks Weekly Deals…. Squares Collection Framelits Dies– what can I say!!! Reduced 25% to £17.21…. You can’t be without a Scallop Square in my opinion!!!! Just search around this blog for lots of inspiration…..

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But also  - while you are there - don’t forget the wonderful Big Shot Promotion that is on this month……

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Flashback 8” Flip n Fold Album with TUTORIAL

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And finally here is the 4th and last project we did at my All Day Session the other Saturday…. they were all certainly kept busy with their Handled Cantilever Box & 3 mini books! And...yes… for those of you in the know… even – and particularly - Ginette!!!!

This is another all-time favourite project of both my class regulars -  and my fellow Jems Team members when I have shared at a Quarterly Team Training Inspiration Station…. And new papers & new classmates meant I could make up another…..

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This is a project that I designed years ago… though if I remember rightly it was an amalgam of a similar 6” version of the book plus my trusty belly band closure…. but the 8” Square size gives it more presence  if you know what I mean (and larger photos!!!) ….. And it is another project that has been used as a Mini Book as well as being sent as a Special Card too…..

And seeing as it is really such a simple project … I thought it was about time I shared the instructions with you…..

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  1. Cut  2 pieces of Real Red 12x12 card to 12” x 8”
  2. Score both LANDSCAPE at 4”
  3. Trim 3mm (or 1/8”) off 8” Square section on one panel
  4. Bone Fold (Valleys)
  5. Adhere “trimmed Square section” on top of the untrimmed 8” Square section to form the back of the book
  6. Add a 7 3/4” Pool Party Square card panel on top

Back Panel Pages

  1. Cut 2 double sided patterned papers  to two each of 3 5/8” x 7 1/4” ( ie you need 4 in total!)
  2. Score LANDSCAPE at 3 5/8”

Front Cover & Inside Side Pages

  1. Cut Pool Party Card Mats 3 ¾”x 7 ¾” (x4)
  2. Cut 2 double sided patterned papers  to 7” wide x7 ½ H”
  3. Trim those 2 papers in half to 3 1/2”W x 7 1/2” H

Belly Band

  1. Cut Real Red card to 2 ½”x12” and 2 ½”x 8 1/16” (or metric 20.5cm)
  2. Cut Paper 2 ¼” x 12”and 2 ¼” x 8 1/16”
  3. Stick papers to card panels
  4. Place the 12” panel over the front of the closed decorated book
  5. Fold 12” panel over the sides of the decorated book
  6. Cover back of book/belly band with 8 1/16” wide panel

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And there you have it….. Then it is ready to decorate as you desire….