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 2mm (or skinny 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….

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Here are this Weeks’ Weekly Deals – I know the Artisan Label Punch and the Rosettes die at 25% off will please a few of you….!


More information on Weekly Deals here

And next….. oh a creative share with Tutorial coming very very soon…….

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Flashback Around The World One Sheet Mini Photo Album

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And here is another project from my All Day July Workshop. Again a repeat of an earlier project – but the Flashback papers just screamed at me to repeat this project with them!!! This project was CASED from this fantastic Mini Travel Album project by Claudia at Scundy Scrap.

Again I used the Around the World stamp set which is perfect for this type of project… and I also used the fantastic Project Life Remember This stamp set. Again perfect for this type of project… and the SU! photo-polymer stamps are fabulous…. none of those “inks not stamping properly” problem with these…..

Fully Open ( Tag back in pocket!)

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Partially open

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Closed/Front Cover

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Monday, 4 August 2014

Lullaby Tiny Mini Book

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Following on from the Cantilever Box posted yesterday. Here is another project made in my All Day July Class using the new Lullaby papers…..

Now this class was such a great day for me…

Firstly I dubbed it my Jems On Tour Class! As most of the ladies that came to create are fellow Jems & SU! demos so I had a group of great girls over – waves to Ginette, Caroline, Elaine & Allison (and we really missed you Jane!) We had such a great time…. and all wanted a re-visit…. so I am organising a Christmas All Day Session  next….

But secondly – as I have had a 9 month gap from running an All Day Saturday Class – and I hadn’t realised how much I missed creating for them! I loved creating some non-card projects for a change! So watch this space….

This must be one of the smallest mini books I have made..standing in at just 7cm square… but it is perfectly shaped in its tiny-form!!! Thank you to fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrator Kirsten Andresen in Germany who posted her Mini Pocket Page Book directions here – which made my make rather easy!! ( Yes CASEing Kirsten again!! I really do love Kirsten’s work…)

There were 2 versions on offer… as the papers are double sided so easy to offer an alternative!

Here are the 2 versions closed up…

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And this is the inside of the alternative

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And here is yet another version for a Baby themed version on the inside….

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And here is a link to a previous version using the I Am Me papers from last years Catalogue – told you then it wouldn’t be long before I repeated the project!!