Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Stampin’ UP! Sale A Bration– Patterned Occasions meets Lattice Die or Honeycomb Embossing to make Baby Quilts!

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So here is Part 7 of my Sale A Bration project share!! These cards were ones that prompted  huge amounts reaction and comment at Team Training… a bit of a  “different” colour combo for me… particularly for  a Baby card….. but everyone else loved it!!!

You may spot the new Amanda die-fetish here too….. I am really loving the Lattice die… wouldn’t be without it!! More uses of this die definitely coming this way….. Can’t wait to use it on some real material…. can you imagine the “real” patchwork quilt you can make…. And spot the Essentials Paper Piercing pack used on this card to add the pierced circle around the white base circle – you can also get this for free with a £45 order during SAB….

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And of course the new Honeycomb Embossing Folder – a definite must have!! Loving the look… very now & happening…. The honeycomb paper pieces are just made by embossing Designer Series papers and then cutting the shapes out by hand…. great value for people on a budget… ( but I still await the punch Stampin’ Up! – Fingers crossed!!)

2013_01 Jems Training ,Amanda Bates, The Craft Spa, SAB, SU 011And here is a close up the textured face of both of these cards – still loving the Square Lattice Embossing Folder to add this effect.  A little extra that makes the biggest of difference!!



Stampin’ Up! Supplies

Stamps – SAB Patterned Occasions; Sweet Essentials; Petite Pairs; That’s The Ticket; Ciao Baby; Hearts A Flutter

Dies – Lattice; Window Frames Framelits; Circles #2

Embossing Folder – Honeycomb

Punches – Scallop Circle 2 3/8”; Circle 1 3/4”; Ticket; Scallop Circle 7/8”(NEW) ; Circle 3/4”

Paper Piercing Pack – Essentials

Papers & Ribbon – SAB Sycamore Street

Monday, 11 February 2013

Stampin’ Up! Sale A Bration– Madison Avenue for an Easter Cross?

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So are you ready for Part 6 of my Sale A Bration project share!! This card was one that prompted lots of reaction and comment at Team Training… simple but effective… and for many people not so obvious! Every year I am asked to do an Easter card featuring a cross….so here is one option… another one to come….. And I have to admit that this was one of my so –called “ concept” cards but once complete… I loved it too!!

imageI also have to add that the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack is such a must have of mine… I wouldn’t use Madison Avenue without them! I think this little set of 3 punches has definitely climbed to the top of my most used punches over the last 6 months …. A quick photo of what you get in the pack here…..

And I wonder if you eagle eyed girls at Team Training spotted my not-so-deliberate mistake with this card!! Why did I put it on the board with the Pretty Petites samples!!?? Must have been a good senior moment… Those of you looking at the display boards on yesterday’s post won’t be able to spot that…. as those photos could be clearer generally and the Pretty Petites (plus this card!) were all over to the right hand side so you can’t see that area on the photo!! For those of you that have asked me for clearer photos… I have taken some more of the boards and they will be posted here in due course!!

Now which project shall I share tomorrow…. add any particular requests to comments and I will duly re-shuffle as necessary!


SU! Supplies

Stamps – SAB Madison Avenue; Delightful Dozen

Punches – Itty Bitty Blossoms

Card – Sahara Sand; Island Indigo; Whisper White; Pool Party

Inks – Island Indigo; Pool Party

Embellishment – Gemstone

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Jules Jems Training Swap & Sale A Bration Inspiration Station

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Yesterday was the re-scheduled Jules Jems Training Day, the original date being postponed because of lots and lots of the white stuff!! Julie had asked me to do an Inspiration Station with projects produced using the Sale A Bration free products ( one free for every £45 ordered!!!) So I had a ball!!!  Though with 11 SAB exclusive items to go at… it took quite a while… but hey ho … a girl has to have a play from time to time….  Great Fun!!

2013_01 Jems Training ,Amanda Bates, The Craft Spa, SAB, SU 075Here are a few shots of my Inspiration Table… some of the projects you have seen on here… and as you can see there are many more to come!! I tried to vary the level of projects – from the simplest of simples, through Classic CAS ( Clean & Simple), the Fancy Folds and some … well just concepts really!! And even a few “Sillies!”


2013_01 Jems Training ,Amanda Bates, The Craft Spa, SAB, SU 076The Training Day itself was super! I really enjoy these days…. both socially and creatively….. Great bunch of ladies, some new friends, some long-time-no-see friends, many laughs, fantastic projects made, superb swaps, inspiring “talks” from Julie, 2 other fabulous Inspiration Stations from the incredibly talented Yvonne and Anne Marie (and Julies of course) … great food and … of course, fantastic Silver Anniversary cupcakes!! Thanks again Mell!  Want to see the projects and the cupcakes….. then go to Julie’s blog here…. They are definitely worth a look!

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Talking of swaps… this was mine…. I found it so hard deciding on a project that could be quickly reproduced 44 times! CAS was obviously the way , it had to be A SAB project to link in with my Station and I challenged myself to use the stamp set that initially didn’t “swing it” for me… Madison Avenue… which I now absolutely LOVE!!!

The inspiration for the colour and the flower came from this card by fellow US demo Sandi MacIver (which I had also CASED  for my Inspiration Table – thanks to Sandi for being so willing to share her creation and for such a lovely e-chat!) The detail I had to add  - and share - was just in the little flower… the Itty Bitty Flower Punch is just perfect for punching out that little image in the stamp set… simples!

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And here is my CASED sample of Sandi’s card … I am definitely a big fan of this Pool Party and Sahara Sand colour combination… on its own or with any other colour as a 3rd colour …. so it allows for great flexibility for my class ladies who all have their favourite, but different, colour.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Stampin’ Up! Sale A Bration– Blooming Marvellous meets the Scallop Square die! With a Mini Tutorial as well!

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So here is Part 4 of my Sale A Bration Projects share… a Fancy Fold card this time…  using the gorgeous Blooming Marvellous stamp set – yes this is another set that you can get for free with an order of over £45 until 22 March…..

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This card showcases my new favourite die for this month!! The Lattice Die…. lot of detail but a simple look… just like its owner!!! And loads of ways to use it…. more coming at some point!!

And yet another Scallop Square Die project has slipped in… this must be about no 30 shared on this blog…. time to move on me thinks… though I do have some tutorials yet to post with the how tos…. I took a lot of step by step photos… and then misplaced them!! But I found them all this week…..

As the How-To-Do-That (Aka Mini Tutorial) for this one – you need to take a 12” x 4 3/4” piece of card. Blooming Marvellous, The Craft Spa, SAB 2013, Stampin Up, SU   (3)

Score Landscape at 4 1/4” and 7 5/8” and bone fold ( one as a mountain and the other as a valley)

Place the folded panel on your Scallop Square die with the folds placed one scallop in from either side (piccys below.. may help.. may not!!) The elevated fold to the LHS is placed one scallop in from the LHS.. trust me!!

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Die cut. You end up with a concertina fold card base

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So here is an image of what else you get in the Blooming Marvellous stamp set.


SU! Supplies Used

Stamps – SAB Blooming Marvellous

Dies – Scallop Square; Lattice

Punches – Large Oval; Scallop Oval; Bitty Butterfly** 

Embellishments – Basic Rhinestone Jewels; Large Rhinestone Jewels**

Card & Inks – Sahara Sand; Pool Party; Summer Starfruit; Whisper White

Papers – SAB Sycamore Street

** new in the 2013 Spring/Summer catalogue

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Stampin’ Up! Sale A Bration– Pretty Petites and Petite Curly Label Punch –2 very different looks and a different use for the Simply Scored Border Plate

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So here is Part 3 of my Sale A Bration projects share…. this time I am focusing on the Pretty Petites stamp set and the matching Petite Curly Label Punch. Both the stamp set and the punch are free with a £45 order until 22 March – but you need to spend £90 to get them both for free!! However we have it on good authority that the punch will still  be available after Sale A Bration finishes on 22nd March… phew! It is proving very popular…

Thought I had better share this “moustache” card early in the series…. as we are only a week away from St Valentines Day on 14th Feb….. and how simple can a card be!! The Petite Curly Label Punch is just perfect for the job of creating a little moustache…. just punch the top of the shape at the edge of a piece of cardstock … then move the punch up slightly above your punched shape and punch again… eh voila! Out pops the little moustache…..

And as a second share today , also using the Petite Curly Label punch – but this time with the SAB Pretty Petites Stamp set…..

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This card also uses the new Borders Scoring Plate for the Simply Scored Board as available in the brand new Spring/Summer Catalogue … but in a whole new way!!! Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate, The Craft Spa, Amanda Bates

No embossing tool or Bone Folder used here…..I got the dauber out on it!!! Inked up my dauber and just daubed along the cut out shape in the overlay for the  length required for my card, then moved the overlay and repeated for the other colours. I used the second shape down for my card…….  For those of you that haven’t see the plate… there is a plastic overlay that you can place over your piece of card or paper to ( very significantly ) help you line up your scoring tool to score the lines – this is what I laid over my card blank and used…..

So here are a couple of product pictures to help you see what shapes you can “daub”…… or even emboss as originally intended of course…..  A very very popular item at the moment….



Stampin’ Up! Supplies 

Valentine Card

Stamps – Delightful Dozen

Punches – Petite Curly Label, Small Heart

Card – Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White

Ink  - Staz On Black

Daubed Border Card

Stamps – SAB Pretty Petites

Punches – SAB Petite Curly Label; Curly Label; Itty Bitty Blossom

Embellishments – Gem

Card & Inks – Summer Starfruit; Tangerine Tango; Pool Party


Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Stampin’ Up! Sale A Bration–Patterned Occasions

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Part 2 of my Sale A Bration (SAB) projects shares. This time using the ever so cute but simple Patterned Occasions stamp set – again free with any order of £45…….

Patterned Occasions, The Craft Spa, SAB 2013, Stampin Up, SU (15)Again another of the favourites of my ladies… and I have to admit that I have gone elephant mad since…. I just love this image ( even though I don’t normally do animal images… at all!)


Patterned Occasions, The Craft Spa, SAB 2013, Stampin Up, SU (18)Also had to immediately put my latest wording set to good use too… I love the “hello, baby” wording from the Sweet Essentials set .. so here are a couple more Baby versions to share….. much much more of this wording set to come!!

And here are a few more cards with other images to make up a set, plasters  and cups care of Patterned Occasions too. The flowers care of Sale A Bration  set Blooming Marvellous… much more of that set coming very soon!!! As well as a quick preview of the Sale A Bration set, Vintage Verses…. again more to come….

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Quick view of the full sets too…..






Stampin’ Up! Supplies

Stamps – SAB Patterned Occasion; SAB Blooming Marvellous; Sweet Essentials; SAB Vintage Verses

Card & Inks – Pool Party; Sahara Sand; Summer Starfruit; Tangerine Tango; Pink Pirouette

Punches – Itty Bitty Blossom

Embellishments – SAB Sycamore Street Button; Tiny Pearls

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Stampin Up Sale A Bration – Madison Avenue–Christmas in January!??

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So to start my series of Sale A Bration (SAB) product projects.  Here is a simple one for Christmas!!!! With the all year alternative below ( Thank You Anne) …….. This was one of the favourites of all of my ladies!!

Don’t those flower images just make the most beautiful snowflakes.

And spot the detail on those tiny snowflakes (flowers!) – I have used the Itty Bitty Flower Punch which appears to be the perfect size and shape for the job!! I just love it when that happens!! Life sometime gets easier……

 Madison Avenue, The Craft Spa, Sale A Bration, SAB, Stampin Up, SU  (17)And there is another new Spring & Summer Catalogue product here – the lovely Natural Trim 7/16” Ribbon – beautiful to use……

This is using the Madison Avenue stamp set you can can get free with a £45 order.  Lots more to share using this set over the next 2 weeks….

More product pictures for you below. Supply List at the bottom of my post.









SU! Products used

Stamps – SAB Madison Avenue; Delightful Dozen/ Word Play

Punches – Itty Bitty Flower Punch

Papers – SAB Sycamore Street

Ribbon – Natural Trim Ribbon 7/16”

Embellishments - SAB Sycamore Street Button Pool Party

Inks & Cardstock – Pool Party; Sahara Sand; Whisper White

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Blog Hop to celebrate the new Stampin’ Up! Spring & Summer Catalogue

The Craft Spa, SSC2013_SAB 2013, Stampin Up, SU 212 (2)Welcome to The Craft Spa for you that have come from the beautiful Valentine card project on Yvonnes’blog and for those of you starting here..... just a few words to explain!!

A group of 17 extremely talented Stampin' Up! UK demonstrators in the Jules Jems team have set up a blog hop to show you projects using brand new products from the new Stampin' Up! Spring & Summer catalogue and the Sale A Bration freebies too……. Just press on the Prev… or Next… icons at the end of my post to travel round in whichever direction you prefer!! There is also a full listing of all the participants blogs right at the end!!

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So my share for today is a card for Valentines Day….. I have used lots & lots of new products on this card as well as finally making the Scallop Square Card Easel card to add to my Scallop Square Die project collection!! I hope that you like the card… my ladies have thoroughly enjoyed making this card – not only is it a great card to reproduce in your own style – but it is one that can be easily adapted for any occasion – and as - they like grids!!  But they did not see the easy grid in the Bingo background stamp that I used! Sorry ladies for making you pierce it before!!!!

So what new products have I used…. and what else do you get in the pack!! Scroll down below the Hop icons to see the full listing of products used.

That’s The Ticket. Something for all occasions… gorgeous to use with (or without) the co-ordinating Ticket Duo Builder punch!! I feel that I have been waiting for this stamp set for a very long time! And now it is here…. It is fantastic!
Hearts A Flutter These also come with matching Framelit dies as a bundle!! We like bundles….. great value….
Ciao Baby! Two co-ordinating punches used here… the new 7/8” Scallop Circle  - and the Petite Curly Label - which is free with then SAB promotion until 22 March when you choose over £45 of product (and that will be available afterwards for £11.50)
And some of the free (with a £45 order) SAB Sycamore Street papers and Pool Party ribbon from the Sale A Bration promotion…..

Do feel free to contact me if you would like to order any products or come to a cardmaking or scrapbooking class located between York and Harrogate. I run fortnightly Monday night and Tuesday morning classes and some Saturdays too! See schedule here.

Want to see more projects – lots and lots of Sale A Bration projects made and ready to be shared with you all over the next 2 weeks– just follow my blog and/or I’ll see some of you at the next Jems training…. Also some Spring/Summer Catalogue projects too… but most of them will come a bit later!!

So Bye for Now…… just press on the Next icon to the right below to go to the next blog on the hop – the lovely Mel’s stunning chalkboard card….
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SU Supplies Used (AC for items that aren’t brand new and in the Spring & Summer Catty!! They are to be found in the Annual Catalogue 2012-13)

Stamps – Ciao Baby!; Hearts A Flutter; That’s The Ticket; Bingo Card(AC)

Punches – Petite Curly Label *SAB ; 7/8” Scallop Circle; Ticket Duo Builder (AC); 3/4” Circle (AC); 1/2” Circle(AC)

Papers & Ribbons – Sycamore Street *SAB

Dies – Hearts A Flutter; Scallop Square(AC)

Embellishments – Gemstones(AC) *SAB -  Free with Sale A Bration order over £45 until 22 March 2013 . See full details of the SAB promotion here.

Full List of BLOG HOP Participants
Debbi Taylor  -
Karyn Davies - http://kdcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/jems-bloghop.html
Elizabeth Youd -  http://stampinandcreatin.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/the-julies-jems-blog-hop.html
Rebekah Cornford -  http://craftingbecky.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/julies-jems-spring-blog-hop.html
Angela Dawes - http://sparklycards.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/jems-blog-hop.html
Nicola Worrillow - http://nicolaworrillow.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/jems-blog-hop.html
Alex Spence - http://mycardsandcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/blog-hop.html
Yvonne Hunt - http://www.vonniesworld.co.uk/blog/2013/02/julies-jems-blog-hop/
Amanda Bates - http://thecraftspa.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/blog-hop-to-celebrate-new-stampin-up.html ( THIS IS ME - YOU ARE HERE!!)
Mel Hughes - 
Kate Martin - http://kraftsbykatemartin.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/julies-jems-blog-hop-now-on.html
Jane Bisby - http://stampsandpawprints.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/julies-jems-blog-hop.html
Kylie Henshaw - http://hellostamper.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/julies-jems-blog-hop.html
Sharon Glynn - http://shari-anne-happycrafter.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/lets-go-to-hop-oh-baby.html
Angie Hutton - http://feathertassel.blogspot.co.uk
Emma Williams - http://www.ditsydaisystamper.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/my-blog-hop-creation-using-spring.html
Julie Kettlewell - http://juliesjapes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/julies-jems-blog-hop.html

Friday, 1 February 2013

The Stampin’ Up! Spring & Summer Catalogue is here


Here it is! These products are available from today, 1st February through to 30 June 2013.

Just click on the picture above(or to the top of the left hand bar) to go to the page turning version on the web.


Or GO HERE to find the pdf version. Or just contact me for your copy….. in the flesh….

Combine your need for these gorgeous new products with the Sale A Bration promotion which runs through to 22nd March. 1 free item for every £45 you spend. See my SAB Special Offers on the tab above for all the details!!

Some of my projects to share coming very soon….. but in the meantime,4 of my Top Picks ( which was VERY hard as I love so many!!)


Paper Doilies and Flowers Trim Tulle. Use the Tulle as a ribbon or cut off individual flowers. Colour the flowers or leave white… Your choice!!


Tea For Two Designer Paper – papers that rock my world!! So pretty….. Fabric and stamps to co-ordinate too!!


And the Honeycomb Embossing Folder. A have to have girls!!

Put them all together…. and you get projects like these….. spot the trinkets here too!!! Gorgeous….