Friday, 20 July 2018


They say time flies when you're having fun, I can confirm that saying!
Where is July flying off to?  I actually thought we were half way through the month then I checked the date and realised we're three quarters of the way through... gosh!
So, what have you been up to during the amazingly hot summer so far?  Those of you who do know me personally know that I have what is hilariously termed a 'portfolio' career :-)
To me this just means that I whizz about doing lots of different things and having fun with all of them.  Lots of officiating at weddings, working a couple of days in a small business running their office, during term time teaching primary school children that crafting is about developing life skills (yay!) and, of course, I run my Stampin' Up! business when time allows.  Regular classes in two local towns with all the planning, prep and delivery keeps me on my toes.
Just add to this mix running (loosely) the home and trying to spend time in my garden (another passion)... phew!

This month so far I have been focusing on our amazing special offer for DSP (Designer Series Paper). If you buy 3 packs you can receive a 4th one totally FREE!  I've featured it in class making this glorious card.

As you can see it uses three pieces of DSP on the base then is decorated using fussy-cut watercoloured flowers.  I've used the Botanical Bliss stamp set which is available in clear or wood mount and comes with a fabulous matching thinlits dies set. I stamped the Mint Macaron DSP using a pretty leaf vine stamp from the set. The fancy fold makes it a special card but in essence it was very simple to make.

Every month I attend a Demonstrator Team training event hosted by my upline and we make swaps.  I love swap making and it's really easy to make multiples of either cards or boxes using Stampin' Up! products.  I made these sweet little treat boxes to swap with my team mates.

I used the Clear Tiny Treat boxes which come in a pack of 16 for only £7.00!  All I had to do was trim some DSP to the right size, fold it and slot it inside.  I did stamp that pretty vine image again and a sentiment before sliding the paper inside.  Have you seen the top though?! The matching dies are really designed to make tags but I am crazy about birds and just fell in love with this particular die.  When I adhered it to the top of the box and bent it over slightly the little birds stood up (they remind me a bit of weather vanes.. no weather vane necessary at the moment, it's just flipping HOT!).
Here's a closer look at the top:
Tied together with some twine, simple and very effective.  It took me no longer than an hour to make all of my swaps. These would be great for wedding favours if you used foil card stock for the die cut tops - oooo!

My husband's best friend turned 50 earlier this week and I used DSP again in abundance to make this shaker card for him.
This DSP came from the Twinkle Twinkle 12" x 12" pack and I think it looks great for a masculine card.  It was easy to include the constellation for his birth sign using sequins and a white chalk marker.  I'm so sad that the Large Numbers dies retired last year as they are so amazing for these milestone birthdays.  I'm going to start a campaign to bring them back...LOL!

So, don't miss out on getting a great deal on your DSP during what is left of JULY!  Buy three packs and get a 4th FREE. Just click Shop Now and place your order today.

Don't forget, there's still time to join my team and receive FREE ink pads too.  Join during July and receive a FREE set of ink pads (one colour family of your choice) in addition to your starter kit.  Call me for details and an informal chat.

Whatever you do for the rest of the month, have fun!

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Free DSP

Oh my goodness, there is so much to love about Stampin' Up! right now I don't seriously know what to shout loudest about!!

Ok, you love all our pretty patterned papers right?  Well, during July you can get a whole pack for FREE when you buy 3 others.  Here's which DSP selections are included in the deal:

Not sure what you would do with 4 packs of DSP (really?!!....), well anyway, why not share with a friend?  Did you know that all the packs of DSP contain multiple sheets of each design.  For example; Nature's Poem has 12 sheets (2 sheets of each of the 6 double sided designs).  So you can easily share with a friend and get half a pack of each of the 12" x 12" papers. Or, the last three designs on the list are 6" x 6" stacks and these contain 48 sheets (4 each of 12 double sided designs).

Want to see more of these to help you choose?  Watch this fab video to see all the papers in the deal flipped through.

Remember, this offer is only on during JULY, so shop now and get stocked up on these gorgeous papers.

Don't forget, if you are a local customer and attend my classes in either Retford or Bawtry you can get double freebies... Classes are free with an order of £20 or more!  

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Do you love colour? Do you love free stuff?  Thought so... how about a whole set of FREE ink pads when you join my team during July.

This is a fantastic promotion that will only be running for the month of JULY 2018.
Here's the deal:
For £99 you can select £130 worth of products from the current Annual Catalogue as your starter kit when you join my team.  Add to this one of the colour families set of ink pads worth £63 totally FREE!  That's £94 worth of stuff FREE!

Don't want to 'Demonstrate'? No problem, you can still benefit from a generous discount on products once you join so long as you make a quarterly minimum spend (currently c£275).  Of course if you do want to be more active that's great too, it just means that you earn more commission and potentially get more discount.  There are so many positive reasons to becoming a Demonstrator that I could write a whole blog post ... one day ;-)

There is never any pressure only positive help and encouragement, if you don't or can't make your sales you're not hassled, you can leave at any time.  Believe me, once you join you'll have so much fun!

Here are the colour families to choose from that are included in the deal during July when you join my team.
Contact me now to ask any questions you might have.  Just want to get the deal, then click this link now!

I'm really excited and hope you will want to join me in my crafty hive and become one of Issy's Crafty Bees!

Friday, 15 June 2018

I'm having my annual BOGOF sale... if you want to take part it's really easy:
UK participants only please - Until the end of July 2018

Step1) peruse the BOGOF list and see what you might like, look at the price listed (check with me it's still available I intend to update the list regularly but hey real life also happens so best to check)

Step 2) find something in the new catalogue - just click the 'Shop Now' button on this page and it will take you to my online shop, place your order (or if you're local let me know and I may be able to add orders together saving you p&p)

Step 3) Contact me and I will let you know how to pay me via PayPal for your postage of the freebie or if you're local you can collect.

Here is the link to the list of freebies:

Buy One, Get One FREE!

Friday, 1 June 2018

 click for PDF version

Yes!  The moment we all wait for is here... If you would like a copy of the new Annual Catalogue then please contact me and I'll post one to you.  The catalogue is FREE but I will need £3 for P&P.  
You can see all the new products online by visiting my shop, just click 'shop with me'. YAY!
Click HERE for a PDF link to the catalogue

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Coming Soon!

I can't tell you how excited I am to let you know of a whole suite of brand new products which are coming in the new catalogue... but are available to you a whole month early!

Not only are these beautiful products available to order and receive early, there are some FREE items included in every bundle. All you need to do is decide whether you are going to get started, have a little bit more or have it all!

Here are the details of each bundle:

Bundle 1 - Just Getting Started = £53.25, item code 129804  Free items worth £6.00

Bundle 2: A Little More, Please = £85.50 product code: 149808
Free items worth £16.75

Bundle 3: Gotta Have It All = £118.75 product code: 149812
Free items worth £27.75

You will notice that in this bundle there is a third stamp set that you receive for FREE, the Statement of My Heart single stamp - this is not going to be available in the new catalogue and is an exclusive timed offer only available during May 2018 - £11.00 item number: 148108.  The stamp image is shown more closely here:
Also available as an early release are the new In Colour ink pads, you can be among the first to own these before the catalogue launches on 1st June.  These are the new style ink pads with easier to open lids.
item number 147153 for all 5 pads £31.50 - save 10% on single item purchase

Still need a little convincing?  Why not watch this short video and let the gorgeous Brandy show you the whole deal.  Don't forget this offer of early release is only on during May and although you will be able to purchase everything except the Statement of My Heart stamp from the new catalogue you won't get the free items.

To place your order from me you can either shop direct at my online store from 1st May - just click the link at the top of my home page. You can call me, text me, Facebook message me or just send a smoke signal!! LOL, just order a bundle, you will love these products. 

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Colour Revamp!

Too much exciting news to tell you about in one week!  So, you all saw the retiring products lists?  Well, if you haven't quite managed to take it all in I've created an easy to click link over there
I'm leaving it there until 1st June so come back and visit lots but remember once products have sold out they're gone, gone, gone!

To the main act today; for the first time since 2013 Stampin' Up! have totally revamped our colours, I mean not just retired some and introduced some but shuffled the 'families' and shaken it all up!  It's so exciting, I just love it!

First the sad stuff... bye bye to all these colours after 31st May 2018 *except for Flirty Flamingo which is moving to become a 'core colour'

Now time for a happy dance and a drum roll please as I introduce you to the new IN COLOURS for 2018 - 2020 alongside the 2017 - 2019 In-Colours:

So, how does it all look when you put the colour families out in a row....  

Who spotted the NEW colours that have joined?

And those shuffles? And old friend colours returning from past years:
  • Mossy Meadow (joining the neutrals)
  • Poppy Parade (joining the brights)
  • Flirty Flamingo (joining the brights)
  • Coastal Cabana (joining the brights)
  • Mint Macaron (joining the subtles)
  • Blackberry Bliss (joining the regals)
OMG!  Coastal Cabana... I'm in heaven with this colour, it made me do a happy dance right around my craft room!

There is more news about inks but for now, let's just look at all those lush colours and dream of new projects to create.