Saturday, 24 January 2015

White Christmas & Holiday Home in January!

White Christmas & Wonderful Wreath Large Square Double Display card by Sam Wilson

Told you I had another Sam Wilson Large Square Double Display Card treat to share with you…. what can I say…but WOW!! So stunning Sam…. we really want you blogging again…… !!! In the meantime though I am very happy to share your work….. anytime!!

Go here for Sam’s Painted Petals summery card and the links to my tutorials for the Large Square Double Display card.

And sorry to have to say…. both these stamp sets are now retired and unavailable…. sniff!!!

Right I am just off to All Day Team Training now…. always look forward to my time with everyone in the team. There are usually quite a few laughs to be had… and of course lots of crafting….. And hope my little Inspiration table does the job … more projects to share soon…..

Friday, 23 January 2015

Painted Petals Large Square Double Display Card

Painted Blooms Large Square Double Display card by Sam Wilson

I have a real treat for you today…

This is a stunning card made by my incredibly talented friend and fellow Jems team member, Sam Wilson using my Large Square Double Display Card tutorial. Imperial version here. Metric version here.

It is just too good not to share more widely… so I was delighted when Sam agreed that I could share with you all….

Spot that centre panel…no, not the Painted Blooms papers. Sam meticulously re-created the large paper panel effect using the co-ordinating stamps. But Sam’s tip for you….. that took  a while!!!!

And I will have another Double Display card treat to share with you shortly…. Sam has sent me a photo of her gorgeous Christmas Large Square Double Display card…all I can say is double WOW!!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Sorry I am still AWOL… and … Weekly Deals

Just quickly popping on to share this weeks’ Weekly Deals… see here for further details

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And just to say normal blog service will resume fairly shortly! I am still struggling with only being able to cope with much shorter bouts of crafting & PC time…. with 3 classes to design & prep for within this fortnight…so something just had to give!!

Particular apologies to all of you to whom  I have promised to write up and post tutorials…. sorry but the delay will be for at least another 10 days….. but I WILL get there….

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Weekly Deals– loving all these punches with 25% off

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Firstly – a quick apology… Hope to be back to blogging normally & tutorial writing  again soon… long story but I can’t bear to sit at the PC or at my craft desk for very long...so everything is taking forever… Bear with me…it should soon be over… I hope….!

But WOW! 4 punches discounted on Weekly Deals this  week… And 3 interesting facts for you…

Buy all 4 of these discounted punches before next Tuesday – and get a free Sale A Bration (SAB) promotional item…! (one free for EVERY £45 you spend) – or you can of course combine 2 or 3 of these with something else from the NEW Spring Summer catalogue or the Annual catalogue… choice is yours!!!

Two of the punches (Note Tag & What’s Up!) co-ordinate with the SAB You Brighten My Day stamp set (pg 11) – free with a £45 order…. That house is SO cute! And how often do I type yay!

Two of my favourite ribbons on there too! The 2 cheaper ones for a change….

Go here for more information on Weekly Deals and the link to my Online Store… Remember to enter Hostess code CX7PUMYE for your little gift from me…

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Something old, something new, something borrowed & something blue

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But this blog post has nothing to do with weddings…

So really I should have said …hi Something Lacy. This is a new background stamp in the new Spring & Summer catalogue just released ( see Page 43). And it is definitely a favourite of mine…. LOVE LOVE LOVE. SO I had to quickly share…. then I will go back to plotting my SAB Clubs & Spring Summer Catalogue product shares. More on those very soon…..

But I thought I would do something a bit different to the normal white background… so it is stamped in Memento Black on Sahara Sand…with colouring of accents of blues (Soft Sky, Pool Party & Lost Lagoon), greys (Smoky Slate, Basic Grey) , browns (Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake) & a dash of white gel pen thrown in to highlight….

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For the hi… I used my old Larger Than Life alphabet (an all time favourite!) – inked up the letters in Sahara Sand then “kissed” the letters on the Something Lacy stamp inked up with Memento Black – so as to borrow the ink! And then I stamped onto the Sahara Sand panel. Colouring done the same way as on the main panel

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A bit more of the blues -  Lost Lagoon ribbon and matting onto Soft Sky then Lost Lagoon – and there you have it. Something Lacy with Something old, something new, something borrowed & something blue…..

I am not sure that the photo does the card justice.. but I am sure that you will get the idea….

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Sale A Bration Promotion Starts Today. And NEW Spring Summer Catalogue too…

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Today is the launch of this years Sale A Bration promotion. Love this promotion as I love to see you all so happy at getting freebies! And there are lots of them to go at this year!! Including stamp sets, papers, buttons & ribbons and Project Life. And even sets of Blendabilities markers for free too...

To see the 2015 SAB products & download a copy  - just click on the picture of the front cover below.

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Choose a free exclusive item from the SAB brochure for every £45 you spend. There are lots of free SAB items including stamp sets, papers, buttons & ribbons and Project Life. And even sets of Blendabilities markers for free too... clip_image008

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Host a Party. Get an extra £20 in Hostess Benefits when your party or order total hits £200 or more. Stock up for yourself or combine with a friend(s). Applies to on-line orders too...

Note that this is in addition to the free SAB item(s) for every £45 you spend.

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Join our team and get an extra bonus in your Starter Kit.

For just £99 you can choose £130 worth of product from the catalogues PLUS you also get to choose EITHER one of the Spring Summer Simply Created kits shown on OPTION 1 or 2 FREE SAB ITEMS shown on Option 2. I know some of you will be VERY excited about those 2 free SAB products! You also get a business pack worth £45.

Want to join straightaway – choose your products & go here to sign up

OR contact me at thecraftspa@gmail.com for an informal chat and/or more information...

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And that is not all! The brand new Spring & Summer catalogue also launched today! Lots of exciting new products.

Please click the picture of the front cover below to view & download the brochure online . Otherwise please contact me for your own paper copy - see my earlier blog post for more details

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Alternatively – go to my Online Shop here to view & shop… Remember to enter HOSTESS CODE CX7PUMYE if you are shopping & your order is less than £150… I can then send you a little gift! But please allow me to contact you...

Right…that’s enough excitement for today…back to crafting with my new stash of products!! Back to share some very soon…..

Spring & Summer Catalogue Now Live!

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Delighted to now be able to share the NEW Stampin’ Up! Spring Summer Catalogue with you. Live from today until 2nd June 2015. Lots & Lots of exciting new products for you…

Just click on the picture above to download your own copy.

Or contact me today on thecraftspa@gmail.com to arrange to collect a copy if you are local – or for a copy to be posted out to you (UK only).

Copies are already on their way if you are not local & have purchased from me during the last year. But if you have not received yours by the weekend – please just email me for a copy with your address… you may have selected “No Contact” when you placed your online order – in which case I can’t see your details…..

Alternatively – go to my Online Shop here to view & shop… Remember to enter HOSTESS CODE CX7PUMYE if you are shopping & your order is less than £150… I can then send you a little gift! But please allow me to contact you...

Or want to come to a Catalogue Launch Party… just contact me on thecraftspa@gmail.com

Monday, 5 January 2015

Keeping it REALLY Simple–Part 2–Painted Blooms

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Told you I am starting off the New Year REALLY simple… As explained in yesterday’s post -  grab a few note cards, a NEW Stamp set from the 2015 Spring Summer Catalogue and a few inkpads – PLAY… and CREATE!

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Today it is the NEW stamp set… Painted Petals..

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Which has a gorgeous set of co-ordinating papers… called Painted Blooms… but more of those on another day… For today … I am just keeping it REALLY simple ….

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Oh did I say NEW…. yes these projects use new stamp sets that are to be found in the 2015 Spring Summer Occasion Catalogue. Releasing 6th January…only 1 day left now….

Not got your Spring Summer Catalogue or Sale A Bration promotion leaflet yet… Just call & collect if you are local… or Email me to arrange a copy in the post … or come back here tomorrow, Tuesday 6 January to download for yourself…

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Starting off the New Year…SIMPLY…

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A very Happy New Year to You… I hope that you had a wonderful festive period. I certainly did…though it did feel very strange to have all my crafting goods packed away and to not craft for nearly 3 weeks…

So I am starting off the New Year with a few projects that are as simple as simple can be! Grab a few notecards, a NEW stamp set, a few inkpads and go for it…

There are many valid reasons for this simplicity though…. Firstly I had one hour to make 30 Thank You cards for my bestie!! Secondly, everything was still packed away – so 30+ minutes would have been used up finding  other stuff ( the notecards and new stamps were in a box delivered on New Years Eve) And well.. NEW stamps…I just had to didn’t I…!?

Oh did I say NEW…. yes these projects use new stamp sets that are to be found in the 2015 Spring Summer Occasion Catalogue. Releasing 6th January…only 2 days left now….

Not got your Spring Summer Catalogue or Sale A Bration promotion leaflet yet… Just call & collect if you are local… or Email me to arrange a copy in the post … or come back here on Tuesday 6 January to download for yourself…

This stamp set is probably my favourite! I give you… Sheltering Tree… I think you will be seeing a lot of this one over the next 6 months…

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