Wednesday, 3 June 2020

The New 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue is now Live - and a round up!

Click on the images below to download your own copies of the 2 new catalogues...
NEW Annual Catalogue 2020- 2021 live 3rd June 2020 -31 May 2021.
Live in the UK? Please do not hesitate to contact me for a hard copy if you would like me be your demonstrator...
NEW Beginner Brochure 2020- 2021 live 3rd June 2020 -31 May 2021. A simple product range perfect for those new to stamping and papercrafting...

Couple of Stampin' Up! promotions for you...
Kicking off with an extra £20 free Stampin Rewards for orders above £200....

Or a free bundle when you sign up with Stampin' Up! so now really is the perfect time to join our Stampin' Up! family.  Just click here to join us now.  Not only do you get a Starter Kit—already a great value at £99 for £130 worth of products— but for a limited time (3-30 June 2020), you can select any stamp/tool bundle from the new 2020–2021 Annual Catalogue for FREE.  

Quick pictorial below showing the relevant bundles OR Click here to see all the Stamp & Die bundles or here to see all the Stamp & Punch bundles that you can choose from with more detail....
And a few Special Offers from myself at The Craft Spa....
(1) Buy my newly Retired Products at discount or for free with orders. Click here for all the details and The List! 


(2) Join my new In Color Club(s). Click on the images below for the details... and/or email me for more details/sign up...


(3) Starting my new series of Craft Therapy at Home (aka Classes in the Mail!) with the brilliant Field of Flowers stamp & punch bundle... starting from about £35. Click here for more details... which I am finalising ( as it has been a long few days on here!!) though a couple of projects have already been shared if you like to scroll down a few posts...

Here is the link to my Online Store  - but remember to add current Host Code TW6BW37N (for a gift with orders above £25) 
I will be placing my
next order  late on Friday, 5th June... so current Host 
Code TW6BW37N only applies till then . After that the next current code can be found at the top right hand side of this blog... look for the flash!
Oh and before I finish... here is a list of new items in the new Annual Catalogue that have not yet reached our shores! I will be sure to keep you updated...

  • Playful Pets Suite Collection (item 154136)
  • Four Seasons Floral Cards (item 155422) (Beginner Brochure)
  • Stampin’ Blends Old Olive Combo Pack (item 154892)
  • Stampin’ Blends Crumb Cake Combo Pack (item 154882)
  • Stampin’ Seal+ (item 149699)
  • Stampin’ Seal+ Refill (item 152812)
  • Stampin’ Seal (item 152813)
  • Stampin’ Seal Refill (item 152814)
  • Playful Pets Trinkets (item 152465)
  • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (item 149653)
  • Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (item 150673)
  • Base Plate & Die Plate Pack (item 149657)
  • Specialty Plate (item 154711)
  • Mini Base Plate & Mini Embossing Plates Pack (item 151003)
  • Mini Cutting Plates (item 151004)
  • Magnetic Cutting Plate (item 149656)
  • Mini Magnetic Cutting Plate (item 151005)
  • Impression Mats (item 149660)
Phew! You still with me!!? Happy 2020-2021 Catalogue Day!

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Coming very soon...

The new 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue is live tomorrow... So lots more information for you tomorrow...

But in the meantime ... 


(1) Today is the last day to buy those retiring products... many of which are reduced... Click here for the Retiring Items section in the Online Store

(2) The Stampin' Up! system closes from 12 midnight tonight to 9 am Wednesday, 3rd June while the system updates to all the new items!

(3) Here are a couple of visuals of 2 promotions running in June...
Kicking off with an extra £20 Stampin Rewards for orders above £200.... Click here to see the updated Host Rewards table
Ooh... All those new bundles to choose from!  Click here to see all the bundles you can choose from.

And (4) for those of you already clutching your catalogue... and wanting to get your online order in straightaway at 9am launch to avoid those early door stock outs... Here is the link to my Online Store and remember to add Host Code TW6BW73N where prompted (for orders over £25 up to £150)... as I will then be sending you a gift! 
Note that this Host Code will change on 5th June as I will be closing off my order on that date... but that the current code can always be found at the top right hand side of this blog... look for the flash!

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Saturday Sneak Peak - Field of Flowers sunset

Quickly sharing of another simple card with the Field Of Flowers bundle... featuring silhouettes and a colourful sponged sunset background... and another new bundle called Lovely You...

Can't tell you how much fun I have been having with these sets!
More information on Field of Flowers here...

And I will be offering a Class in the Mail Kit for the Field of Flowers bundle... more details to follow but it will be about £35 for the Base Kit ... so please email me by clicking here if you are interested... No obligation at this time...

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Sneak peak - Field of Flowers Thank Yous...

So first play with my favourite bundle, Field of Flowers that I could pre-order from the new 2020-2021 Catalogue... along with the new Tasteful Textiles embossing folder...

With a simple little card for popping in with the catalogues as I posted them out... though sadly none of the new In Colors could be played with as usual ... as the ink pads got "stuck" in the system... but  I got to use some of my favourite calming colours instead...
Catalogues have been sent automatically to those ordering over £50 in the last year... and to those of you that requested one recently... but it is not too late to contact me now for your copy if you would like to be your UK demonstrator... It would really be appreciated in these times as I still cannot run my face to face classes for the foreseeable future...

The Field of Flowers bundle is a lovely stamp set along with a co-ordinating Confetti Flowers Border Punch... look for my Coastal Cabana (bluey!) flowers to see the punched images... such useful sized flowers for lots of projects using this stamp set - or not! For stamped images - or not!
Love this new embossing folder... it is called Tasteful Textiles as it has a fabric texture and feel... but I also think it is the texture of many a watercolour paper so it will be very useful for Faux Watercolour effects too...

I will be offering a Class in the Mail Kit for this bundle... more details to follow but it will be about £35 for the Base Kit ... so please email me by clicking here if you are interested... No obligations at this time...
Colours Used - Balmy Blue, Mint Macaron, Pretty Peacock, Highland Heather, Coastal Cabana

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

More Tuesday Thank Yous... featuring Varied Vases & Ornate Thanks

Another design for another batch of bulk thank you cards... these being sent to food industry workers to thank them for what they do...

I was inspired by 2 fellow demonstrators sharing their makes on the same day... using the soon to be retired, Varied Vases... and the greetings set, Ornate Thanks
Firstly this card by Mary Fish in the US - who actually helped to design this stamp set! Great job Mary...

I loved Mary's use of the stitched "table top" using one of the Stitched Labels dies... which I don't have... but I do have a serrated fabric tracing wheel which does the job in a flash! I just placed my card blank onto my trusty Simply Scored score board and away it rolled!
And secondly AN Other card... that I now can't find! This time I loved the simple use of just the vase outlines and had to use the idea straightaway...
And I have to admit that the Stamparatus worked its magic on me in the making of this card... can't tell you how quick these were to make once I had everything set up... so I have made 2 batches of 40 so far!

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Thursday Thank yous


Following on from the batch I shared on Tuesday... the next batch were even cleaner and simpler... as I made 30 of these for the admins of the Supplies for Key Workers (Harrogate) Facebook Group to hand out to their key donators and delivery personnel. "Thanking it on" as I call it!

This group are amazing at co-ordinating the efforts of people, donations, fundraising, sourcing materials and the logistical arrangements (made even more difficult in the non-essential travel arena)... and I feel blessed to be a small part of the cumulative efforts it is achieving... as the old saying goes "Together we can achieve anything!" Well pretty much!
And the crafters, bakers & donators in us are certainly being able to play our part - be it sewing, papercrafts, knitting, crocheting, jewellery etc etc etc. Be it scrubs, laundry bags, masks & holders, cards, sweet treats, cakes, handwash or moisturising cream to name but a few items... all to make key workers lives that bit easier... and to help fill in some key resource gaps that are occurring...

But the tears also keep coming... not only do I find it overwhelming at what has been achieved so far ... but especially when staff at the hospital who cared for my mum last year (and that I saw day in day out for months) pop onto the group page to say thanks for the donations they have received... important all round I reckon...

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Tuesday Thank Yous

Well hello! So I have still been busy creating during lockdown... mostly thank you cards to express my wishes of gratitude to many a Keyworker...

But before I start... I have just received the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalogues which will be sent out automatically to those of you ordering over £50 in the last year... but otherwise please feel free to contact me if you would like to arrange your own copy...
These were the first batch I made... which were sent to the Government cabinet ministers, our local village shop & Post Office workers, our village delivery volunteers and a Supplies for Key Workers Facebook (Harrogate Area) group I donate too... all just to thank them for the job that they do... especially in these difficult times...
I have also donated 100 cards for all occasions to the Supplies for Key Workers pop up shop at Harrogate Hospital... and the next 100 are being sorted out as we speak!
But gosh...10 days since I last blogged!!  And LOL... that sentence does sound like something you would say in a confessional!

I have to admit that things have changed during our total shielding lockdown... and lots of things are taking up a disproportionate part of my days... I am slowly getting back to a new routine... and hope to be back creating & blogging again on a more regular basis sometime soon...

SU! Supplies used
Stamps - So Sentimental (also a bundle with 10% off)
Embossing Folder - Parisian Flourish
Cardstock - Thick Whisper White, Night of Navy
Ink - Night of Navy

Friday, 8 May 2020

Triple Pop Up Cube card to say Happy 21st Birthday Joe

A special Triple Pop Up Cube card for a special young man on a special day!

And isn't it lovely that the whole nation has a special day's holiday to celebrate his 21st!!
Though he's busy finishing his final year dissertation off to "hand in" today... so not sure he's feeling the love for the event yet!

And for us... on the one hand we are celebrating Joe's birthday with special food and drinks planned throughout the day for him (and tomorrow too)... and on the other hand we are celebrating the 75th Anniversary of VE Day ... so I made a banner! Care of this and this downloads


Card made using Noble Peacock Speciality Papers and Foil Sheets... gorgeous So Sentimental greeting, co-ordinating Stitched So Sweetly dies and retired Large Numbers dies...

I was inspired by the card shared here by Laurence Mirman at Lolascrap et Compagnie... and (for the first time in ages!) I had to immediately make one... Luckily she shared a tutorial too... thank you so much Laurence... I love this card!
Though I did make up my own pop up mechanism for the greetings... so on the front and the back...
By punching 2 shapes (I used the Tailored Tag punch)... scoring centrally... bone folding... sticking either side of the central crease (with the folded edges face forward/to the centre crease/line) and then sticking the stamped die cut label to them... Bit fiddly in places... but worth it...

And yes it does fold flat...
Though it did confuse Joe!! It took a little while for him to fathom it out! But it was worth it... Happy 21st Birthday Joe...

Monday, 4 May 2020

Birthday Bonanza #10


A Birthday Bonanza birthday card for right now-right here for you... 

The masked one...

The socially distanced one...
And note that this would be even better with one of the sentiments from the Help to Share Sunshine Covid-19 pdf as detailed here... but I made this a few weeks ago so that wasn't around then...

Masks care of the bunting dies in the Birthday Bonanza bundle... and greetings care of snipped down Label Me Bold greetings... both of which are on the Retiring List and so will be gone soon!
So... another week of lockdown for us all... and we're still all good in our "shielding bubble"... feels like a very safe place to be... albeit Groundhog Days mode!

But I definitely don't like...
(a) not being able to go see my father
(b) not being able to get out of my garden for a walk!
Oh and of course (c) having to do cleaning!!

But everything else OK in the circumstances... Though cooking, shopping and cleaning seem to have taken over pretty much all of my life!! So working on that!! And then I can be back with you a bit more again...

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Help to Share Sunshine through these COVID19 days...

Oh this is something completely new...  And so for now!

You can purchase the Share Sunshine PDF Download and Stampin' Up! will donate 100% of the proceeds to COVID-19 efforts.
Stampin’ Up! is committed to making a difference in their global communities and caring about people first. 

As part of their Making a Difference programme they are offering a product giveback opportunity to support organisations that are helping COVID-19 frontline responders and communities vulnerable to the pandemic.

The Share Sunshine PDF Download is a digital stamp set that’s packed with both light-hearted and thoughtful sentiments and imagery relevant to the unique COVID-19 and social distancing times we're in... 
You can use the download in your cardmaking and all papercrafting projects. Simply print the imagery on cardstock and cut it out using our Paper Trimmer, punches, or dies. Since we are physically distanced from each other, now is a perfect time to share sunshine with our friends, family and front line and key-workers by sending cards!
Help us make a difference today! Click here (or on the BUY NOW image below)to go straight to the Share Sunshine page to purchase and download... and have some fun with some sentiments appropriate for the current situation we find ourselves in... you won't be disappointed!
The download will be charged in US dollars($12) but your financial institution will convert the charge into your currency based on current exchange rates. Which will be approx £10

Stampin’ Up! will donate all proceeds to the following global organizations to help vulnerable communities and frontline responders. 

The World Health Organization’s COVID-Solidarity Response Fund
This fund supports the Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan, which includes:
  • Tracking and understanding the spread of the virus.
  • Ensuring patients get the care they need.
  • Buying and shipping essential protective gear for frontline workers.
  • Generating awareness for the general public on ways to prevent the spread of the disease.
  • Accelerating efforts to develop vaccines, tests and treatments.
Learn more about WHO here.
United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund
This fund supports communities across the world struggling to cope with COVID-19. United Way is working to protect the most vulnerable by helping them access food, shelter, vital information, and more through United Way’s global network.
Learn more about United Way here.