Tuesday, 19 November 2019


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Saturday, 9 November 2019

Busy Crafty Bee!

I'm sending some smiles! I've been extremely busy in my crafty shenanigans this week. First stop was a group making day with two of my other Demonstrator friends where we got cracking making our swaps for our trip to Germany next week.

I'm so excited to be travelling to Dortmund next Wednesday for our 'On Stage Live' event. This is a fabulous event held by Stampin' Up! for demonstrators and this one will be all about seeing brand new products coming your way in the Spring/Summer catalogue and during our Sale-a-Bration annual promotion event.

I cannot wait to be gathering with my fellow demonstrators, some of whom I have met previously and others who I have yet to meet. It's a massive event and extremely exciting. Swapping is one of the activities that always takes place at these events and this time I've joined a couple of organised groups where each person in the group will make a card that is a little bit more detailed than a 'regular' swap. The benefit for me is that the groups I've joined are specifically NOT Christmas themed as I really want to come home with cards that are not to do with the Christmas season - I'm so over that! LOL

On Wednesday evening this week I had a 'Home Decor' class in Retford and the ladies who attended made two baubles, decorated a tin and filled it with tags and then had a chance to make a paper star ornament. It was great fun and they all enjoyed their makes.


















I've just spent the afternoon doing a load of admin and then finished off my swaps, this gives me a huge sense of achievement and my excitement is getting slightly out of control... I still need to finish off some general swaps and make some gifts for my besties. Keep Calm and Carry On Stampin'!



Friday, 1 November 2019

So long Halloween.... Christmastime is HERE!

I'm so excited to share with you this all new suite of products which is launching on 1st November and until stocks last.

So, what's available? Well it's an entire suite which means that there are lots of different co-coordinating products which are also available individually or 'a la carte'.  If you haven't already been spoilt for choice with our amazing seasonal catalogue this year then this suite might well just blow your mind.  The main imagery is floral yet perfectly festive with lots of boughs of fir and pine cones and I love the sentiments which are included in the stamp set.  AND, if you are looking for a gift piece then this suite also includes a sweet gold tone (bang on trend) bangle, perfect for you to buy for a girlfriend, sister, aunty ... and you could make a gift package to pop it in using the DSP!

Let's watch Tiffany from Stampin' Up! as she takes us through the entire suite and shares with us some cute cards. 

Of course, if you want to purchase any of the items in the suite or the entire suite then you can purchase direct from my online shop, or if you are local to me then you can contact me to place your order and get a discounted postage rate.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019


Hi everyone!  it's definitely a WOO HOO Wednesday this week.  Don't you just love a 'flash sale'?  

This one contains a brilliant selection of stamp sets all from the main annual catalogue and includes some of my absolute favourites.

Recently featured in card class: Leave a Little Sparkle(149292), I just love this magical unicorn stamp set and it really is stunning when you create easy rainbow colours using our Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.
Also included is the beautiful Birch background stamp (149246), here it is giving a gorgeous backdrop for that sweet little deer.

I'm also thrilled to see Rooted in Nature (148217) on the list as it's a larger ticket stamp set but one that I've used so much in both floral feminine cards and recently in card class for a masculine card - they're always trickier! Grab it now with 15% off you won't regret having this versatile set in your collection.

Here's the offer and list of all the stamps.. you can also nip over to my shop all day Wednesday to place your order.






Thursday, 10 October 2019

How are you?

It's a simple question.  One that we can all ask, ask our friends, family and even strangers. 

Thursday 10th October 2019 is World Mental Health Day and this year the focus is on suicide prevention. 

In our seasonal catalogue this year we have included a beautiful stamp set called Nature's Beauty and £2.50 of every sale of this stamp set goes towards mental health organisations and in the European market we have chosen to support Mental Health Europe.  Here is their short video highlighting their thoughts about World Mental Health Day.


I'm proud to be part of Stampin' Up! and I was delighted when I learned that Mental Health Europe was the organisation that would benefit from a donation from the sales of this stamp set.  

We all need to take care of our own mental health but it goes so much further and it is so important that organisations like MHE use their power to influence strategy and policy to ensure that we can also reach out and receive further support when it's needed.
I truly hope that you answered my question; 'how are you?' with a positive reply, but if you didn't please look after yourself and find a friend to share your troubles with.  

Hugs
Issy x

Saturday, 5 October 2019


How will you be celebrating or creating on World Card Making Day?  I will actually be celebrating in my second job as Registrar and will be with 3 different happy couples on Saturday 5th October but I will be in my craft room later in the day.

Before I go to work I want to share with you a very special card that I have made.  It's my awesome niece Alice's 8th birthday which was on Friday 4th October.  I will be celebrating with her and her amazing big sister, who turns 10 next month, on Sunday.
Alice has decided that this year she is having a 'Unicorn' themed party - WOW! What better theme for me to create her a special card! Our fabulous Leave a Little Sparkle stamp set is perfect.  Then I realised that it just gets better... wait, the new Snow Globe Scenes dies in the Autumn/Winter catalogue and a snow globe shaker dome have allowed me to create a super duper card that I know will make Alice utterly giddy.
Here is a close up of that shaker dome, you can see I filled it with glitter and sequins and the domes are very generous so will take a good quantity of sparkly bling.  They come with double sided tape already in place so they are child's play to use. The dies are designed to be used specifically with the shaker domes so the hole they cut fits exactly.  The base of the shaker was cut in two parts; a detailed piece in foil with a glitter layer underneath, I think it's a bit wow, what do you think?  


Of course no special card is totally complete without a matching envelope so I quickly made a plain envelope and decorated it with a 'belly band' using the large unicorn in the stamp set.  I found it easy peesy to add rainbow colours to the images using our watercolour pencils and a slick of 'Wink of Stella' over the top just shimmered it all together.  I have used up some retired ribbon (well, you must use your stash I'm only human!)

I hope you've enjoyed my card for World Card Making Day and more importantly for Alice.  Please nip over to my Facebook page and share your makes on my feed, I'd love to see what you've created today.  Of course, if I've inspired you to make believe with unicorns then you can buy all the ingredients I've shared here (except the retired ribbon) from my online shop, here are some details:


Leave A Little Sparkle Cling Stamp Set149292
Price£20.00

Leave a lot of sparkle with these dashing unicorns. Transport someone to another world with projects made using the Leave a Little Sparkle Stamp Set.

Stampin' Up!'s cling stamps
* Are premium rubber stamps.
* Have deeply etched images so you get a superior stamped impression each time.
* Are precut so you don't have to trim.
* Are repositionable; temporarily mount them on clear blocks for stamping, then remove them for storage.
* Save space—you need only one set of blocks for all your cling stamps (blocks sold separately).
* Come packaged in cases with images on the spine for easy storage and quick reference.

Quantity: 7 cling stamps
Suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, c, d, e

Snow Globe Scenes Dies150655
Price£29.00

Create custom winter and Christmas die-cut shapes to build your own snow globe in record time using the Snow Globe Scenes Dies.

Dies help you create unique die-cut shapes with just a quick run through your die-cutting and embossing machine. Detailed dies include ejection holes so you can remove the paper easily.

* 10 dies
* Largest die: 2-1/2" x 2-1/4" (6.4 x 5.7 cm)
* Use with a die-cutting and embossing machine










Snow Globe Shaker Dome150442
Price: £6.00
Fill a Snow Globe Shaker Dome with glitter or sequins to create a snow globe effect on shaker cards and other shaker dome projects. Adhesive strip border for easy application.

* 10 domes
* 3" x 2-5/8" (7.6 x 6.7 cm)
* 1/4" (6.4 mm) deep


Sunday, 29 September 2019

Flitting and Fluttering...


I've been so busy since I returned from my holiday in Norfolk on Monday.  Tuesday was spent doing domestic chores including cleaning the caravan grocery shopping and washing! I was back to work on Wednesday and ran one of my card making classes on Thursday evening.  Saturday was also busy with three wonderful weddings that I officiated, so by the time Saturday evening arrived I was ready for a glass of wine and an indulgent evening on the sofa watching Strictly!  Are you watching this season?  I think it's going to be fab, some excellent talent so far and it's only week 2.

I got up especially early this morning to finish off making this project for Home Decor class on Wednesday 2nd October and I apologise to my regulars that this hasn't been posted until now - I know that a lot of you want to see the projects before you book class.  

I picked up these fabulous plain wood hearts in town and I knew immediately that I wanted to decorate one for my own home.  I've had the butterfly punch in mind to make a 'spectrum' project since it came out in the spring and this seemed to be a perfect time to go for it.  I'm really happy with the result.  In class I will be offering a selection of papers for different spectrum combos and the background can also be customised.

I started by giving the whole piece a coat of white acrylic gesso to give a lovely pale background.  Next I used texture paste and a mask along with die cut pieces to add texture and I've lightly stamped using a large background stamp to add visual interest. Each butterfly was given a 3D effect using embossing tools and a bone folder - it's a really simple and easy technique but it really makes a difference.  

All products (with the exception of the wooden heart and gesso) can be purchased from my online shop; just click the link above and you'll be there.

If you would like to book on this class I have a couple of places left - so contact me quickly and I'll reserve one for you.  Full details are on my classes and events page on this blog or over on Facebook @issyscraftybees.  Contacting me is simple, all details are on my contact page.


Butterfly Duet Punch148523
Price£17.00

Quickly punch out butterflies for your projects.

Punches are a quick and easy way to add interest and depth to your projects. And there’s no better way to cut out stamped images—many of our stamp sets have coordinating punches. Our punches are high quality, affordable, and easy to use.

* Largest punched image: 1-7/8" x 1-3/8" (4.8 x 3.5 cm)
* Sleek body style
* Large surface area offers precise cutting and leverage
* Locks to store
* Slim and stackable
Springtime Impressions Dies146326
Price£27.00

Create custom die-cut patterns and shapes like a butterfly, a flower, or an intricate flower cluster in record time using the Springtime Impressions Dies.

Dies help you create unique die cuts with just a quick run through your die-cutting and embossing machine. Detailed dies include ejection holes so you can remove the paper easily.

* 3 dies
* Largest die: 3-3/4" x 5-1/4" (9.5 x 13.3 cm)
* Use with a die-cutting and embossing machine
Pattern Party Decorative Masks144103
Price£5.50

Create textured backgrounds for scrapbook pages, cards, and more.

* Use with Embossing Paste and Palette Knives.
* May add colour with Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Spritzers, etc.
* 4 masks.
* 6” x 6” (15.2 cm x 15.2 cm).
Embossing Paste141979
Price£7.50

Texture has been made even easier:

* Mix a few drops of Classic Stampin’ Ink to Embossing Paste
* Apply over decorative masks, let dry
* May use without ink for white texture
* Matte finish

* 118 ml