Friday, 5 October 2012

New Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue – Some Products to Highlight - PART ONE…. Embossing Folders

For those of you hopping on the ILWS blog hop – go here…..

And for the rest of you – just a first post of a series to highlight some of my favourite new items in the new 2012-13 Annual Catalogue that has been released.  Today it is the turn of the Embossing Folders…  which I know are a big favourite of many of you too!!

If there is anything that you fancy – please do not hesitate to contact me to order. For those of you that are local and can collect to save yourself the £4.95 postage …. I have an order going on next Thursday 11th October.

Today’s Product Feature - Embossing Folders

Oh we have lots and lots now….. difficult to pick just one out of the 19 or so we have in the Annual & Autumn/Winter catalogues ... so I won’t…. I’ll show you 4 instead… One for Christmas, one perfect for Christmas and all year and two for anytime!!

Now if you like these – go and check out my Special Offers page – Buy 3 and Get a 4th for Half Price. Note that this offer is not just for embossing folders…!

SU, Amanda Bates, The Craft Spa,Northern Flurry Emboss Folder  (2)Northern Flurry 120902 for Christmas used in the project to the left….





SU! Northern Flurry Embossing FolderOh how I love thee!! And how long have I wanted you to travel across the miles….

Don’t you just love that script greeting  I have used too – it is hidden in the Delightful Dozen stamp set…..


SU! Chevron Embossing FolderChevron  Folder 127749. As most of us crafters know… chevrons are the pattern of the moment… they are in use everywhere… so I am SO happy to see a brand new embossing folder to satisfy my every chevron whim!! Check out the larger size too – this one is 10.8 x 16.2cm – so covers all that A6 card  blank….

SU! Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder


Petals A Plenty Folder 116824 Beautiful for Christmas – especially with those Poinsettia images – but can be used all year round as we all love flowers don’t we…..

SU, Amanda Bates, The Craft Spa, Watercolor Winter,Petals A Plenty Emboss Folder 001 (2)Used in the Watercolor Winter card here with white or with the sanded Cherry Cobbler CoreDinations cardstock – makes a stunning background

SU! Elegant Lines Embossing FolderElegant Lines Folder 119277 Just simply beautiful!! Don’t know what else to say…..

It just adds so much to  a project – particularly anything for a wedding…..



SU, Amanda Bates, The Craft Spa, Watercolor Winter, Timber Emboss Folder 01And here I am going to be a bit naughty…. I am showing you yet another embossing folder…. my excuse is that I can then show the full set of my embossed Watercolor Winter cards in the same post!!

This folder is the Woodgrain 127821 one which was released last month in the Autumn/Winter catalogue – isn’t it just stunning using the sanded Early Espresso Core’Dinations…. and that is from someone that doesn’t do grungy….. well not very often……

And finally…. I have to thank Dawn Olchefske for her beautiful Watercolor Winter card that I CASED here for my set of 4 - and Jen Sannes for the gorgeous tall Northern Flurry card that I CASED here.

Monday, 1 October 2012

New Catalogue Blog Hop – Snow Festival Papers - aka Scallop Square Die #20-22

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Welcome to The Craft Spa for you that have come from the beautiful projects on Carolyn’s blog - and for you starting here..... just a few words to explain!!  A group of nearly 40 extremely talented Stampin' Up! UK demonstrators have got ourselves organised (via the forum In Love with Stamping) in the form of a blog hop to show you some projects using products from the new Stampin' Up! Annual & Autumn/Winter catalogues. These products are all available from today….. 1st October.

I have used quite a lot of products in the Autumn & Winter catalogue as I LOVE these Snow Festival papers – so it seemed rude not to…. see my Special Offers page to see how you can pick up a Snow Festival kit to make these projects for yourself….. or just the tutorial if you already have lots of these papers!!

So I have 3 projects to show you today…..

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Firstly my Gingerbread House – complete with gingerbread men and candy canes from the new Scentsational Season stamp & Framelit bundle. As well as a Scallop Square die cut roof and base - of course!

This is based on the House Mini Book that Michelle Last demoed at Stampin’ Up! Convention 2 years ago… I made one earlier in the year but couldn’t get my ribbon to lay flat at the side – which resulted in my sides “gaping”  when closed… so … The Craft Spa, SU, Stampin Up, Demonstrator, Snow Festival New 2012-13 Catalogue Blog Hop 01 (3)a die cut scallop square came to the rescue…. to make a base that the book/house fits into nicely!! So it ends up as a box come mini book I suppose.

And here is the inside of the “book” – all ready for some photos to be added…..

And don’t you just love those felt snowmen!! Big thanks to my good friend Alison for these – I just wish I was SO clever!!! They are just SO cute!!

The Craft Spa, SU, Stampin Up, Demonstrator, Snow Festival New 2012-13 Catalogue Blog Hop 01 (6)Secondly, my After Eight Dispenser Box. 

I have seen lots of similar tea caddies around the Web – but we don’t have a tea drinker at Christmas – so with a quick tweak to the dimensions and a Scallop Square Base and lid – my dispenser box for After Eights was born. This will get a lot of use in my house at Christmas…… And quite a few friends will be getting these as gifts… so there will be more versions to show here later…..

The Craft Spa, SU, Stampin Up, Demonstrator, Snow Festival New 2012-13 Catalogue Blog Hop 01 (7)And last but – but very definitely not least – my Chocolate Smarties Penguin Exploding Box.

This is a CASE of my own Easter Lindt Chocolate Bunny project . I have been desperately wanting to find chocolate penguins ever since – and voila – Smarties have done me proud!!   I just needed to tweak the dimensions again as the penguin is taller. I love that it is “mature” on the outside of the box… and then so cute on the inside…..

The Craft Spa, SU, Stampin Up, Demonstrator, Snow Festival New 2012-13 Catalogue Blog Hop 01 (8)The Polar Party stamp set was superb for this project – though you could use Owl Punch Art Penguins instead….

And how perfect is the new Sweater Trim ribbon for a little scarf!!!

Both of the catalogues are linked to the top left of my blog – but go here to go straight  to the BIG Annual Catalogue released today!!

If you would like to make up these projects for yourself – I have the tutorials available for purchase – or if you need the products as well – I have put together a special Snow Festival kit  - shown here on my Snow Festival Kit Offer page - which includes all the card, paper & ribbon etc that you need to be able to make these…. and the tutorial for free.

And now it is time to pass you onto Pat's wonderful creations . EDITED TO ADD…. there appears to be a glitch with this link – please come back and press the link again if you get passed into a webring the first time!!

New Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue Released Today

20121001_AnnualCatalogue_EUHere it is… the 2012-13 Annual Catalogue - which is released today.

Just click the image or go here to the on-line Catalogue. Or it is also linked at the top left of my blog….

If you want your own hard copy – for just £3 collected or £5.20 posted - just email/contact me via the box on the top right hand side. I will also include a voucher for you to get the £3 back in free product on your first order of £30+ during October/November - or £7 free product for an order over £60.

And - if relevant – to save yourself some postage costs ( £4.95 direct from SU!) – my next 2 monthly orders will be going in on Wednesday 3rd October and 1st November. Note that - even if you can’t collect - I can often post you goods on for cheaper than that £4.95….

The catalogue has grown enormously this year – by over 70pages - now 205 pages of stamps, dies & embossing folders, wheels, tools and storage along with colour-co-ordinated papers, accessories, card & inks….. And there is our Autumn/Winter Catalogue too – another 39 pages – so 244 pages in total – that is 50% more pages of product to choose from since last October!!!!

Too much to summarise here….. but come back after 10 am today 1st October for a blog hop to show you lots of new products – or on Thursday 4th October for a post highlighting some new key products….. though I will be posting some quick project posts in the meantime…..

I am blown away… we now have everything that Stampin’ Up! are selling worldwide…….. Yay!!! My only difficulty now is choosing what I can afford to order for “myself”….. good job I have learnt lots and lots of free stamp sets this year…. great year to be in this position!!