Monday, 18 April 2016

It's the time of year when we get ready to say goodbye to products that will retire when the new annual catalogue is launched (1st June).

Click HERE for the full list

Place your orders for items via my SHOP or direct with me if you are local - you can save on postage this way as I will put in a joint order weekly.  (retiring items are available while stocks last). Don't forget that you can attend one of my classes for FREE if you place an order for £30 or more and retired list orders count.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Oooo, I don't know about you but was so ready for putting Christmas back in its box. So now all the baubles are wrapped in tissue and the lights are twinkling no more it's time for fresh spring and summer goodness.

So, please welcome *drum roll* Stampin' Up! Spring/Summer seasonal catalogue which runs from 5th January until 31st May, it's full of gorgeous new stamp sets and accessories, Designer Series Paper and loads of project ideas.  All my classes through these spring months will be featuring new products as well as old favourites.
As if a new catalogue isn't exciting enough every year from January to end of March it's Sale-A-Bration time!! SAB = FREE stuff! What? How? Every time you spend £45 on items from either the new seasonal or the main catalogue you can have one free item from the SAB brochure.  There are so many fantabulous goodies to choose from this year, so you really need to get your wish list sorted pronto!  I totally love a bargain and so how's this to get you going... if you attend a class during SAB time and place an order for £45 you will get your free item from the SAB brochure and you will get your class free too!!  
If you don't live locally to me but would still like to shop and get your freebies then please visit my on-line shop by clicking the 'shop with me' button on the top left of this page.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Crafty New Year!

Stampin' Up! spiral flower Bigz die
Hi, did you all have a great Christmas?  I've been 'home sweet home' most of the holiday and took the time to rest and relax and also to do a little crafting too, of course!  I've been trying out some of the new products from the Stampin' Up! Spring/Summer seasonal catalogue and playing with some of my old favourite stamp sets too.
Those of you who know me personally know that I am not a full-time Demonstrator as I also run my own consultancy business which keeps me pretty busy but at this time of year I like to spend time pulling together my thoughts and planning activities for the year ahead.  So, I needed to make sure I had a new diary ready to help me plan.  I'm really fussy when it comes to using a diary - I always like to use a paper diary and just can't stand using the electronic one on my phone... there's something nice about the feel of paper and writing things down.  I also like a 'week to view' so I can see the full week ahead.  For the past few years I've had a personalised diary from PhotoBox with my own photos printed right through the year but this time I decided to buy an off the shelf pocket version and customise it myself.  I wish I'd taken a before picture (it was plain blue and really boring) but here is the after..with a matching bookmark. The photo of the diary looks a bit washed  out because I decoupaged the DSP in pieces and then finished the whole thing with a sponge of Mod Podge to make it a little more durable.  In a class before Christmas I taught how to stamp onto a cork surface and everyone did a pocket diary.  I had two left over so I added some alternative designs to these too!  Anyone want a diary?!!

I am so lucky to have great Stampin' Up! customers who are always giving me ideas of what they want to make in classes throughout the year and I love to learn what style of crafting everyone likes.  Needless to say, I can't please all the people all the time but if I can please the majority of you at some point then that's what I'm aiming for!

So, for 2016 my planning so far has concluded a full calendar of classes across a variety of venues and two full day retreat or deluxe classes.  I have so many ideas for projects whizzing through my head and I'm really excited to get this year off the ground starting with my first class of the year this coming Monday. Check out my Facebook page too if you haven't already - you can book your place at classes there as well as the usual ways. Crafty New Year everyone!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Shizzer Sisters On Tour!

I'm so excited to be setting off to Brussels today to attend the Stampin' Up! 'On Stage Live' event 2015.
This event is for all the European Demonstrators to meet, share and learn and it's just about the most exciting time of any Independent Demonstrator's life.  This will be the fourth international event I've attended and each time it just gets better each time and I'm hoping this will be no exception.
So, who are the Shizzer Sisters?  Well, last year there was a little group of Demos who are friends staying in the same hotel.  One of us,  Alison, always calls me Issy Shizzy and the  name Shizzer Sisters just popped out and it stuck!!  The sisters are:  Alison, Beth, Vicky, Nicola, Helen and me (of course!).  We even got T-shirts printed this year so watch out for photos of the 'tour' later.

A huge part of any Stampin' Up! event is swapping.  Swapping consists of making a whole load of 'swaps' which can be a card front or a small 3D item.  This year I made a 'dream in a bottle'.  I've been obsessed by butterflies in bottles or jars recently and it all stems from  my love of taxidermy (don't think I'm weird, it's just that I've loved it since I was a child when I used to visit an amazing museum regularly and they had a natural history room which was stuffed (ha ha) with taxidermy including butterflies in cases). Anyway, enough of my rambling.. here are my swaps:
Firstly I bought 100 of these sweet little glass bottles with cork stoppers, each one stands just 5cm high.  I used white Stayz-On ink to stamp the sentiment 'There is nothing in the caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly' from the Butterfly Basics stamp set, it worked really well. Next I stamped a butterfly from Papillon Pot-pourri stamp set in Basic Grey then coloured each one using Bermuda Bay ink and sponging on Watermelon Wonder to the tips of each wing, I used a marker to give the butterfly a body.
Each one was punched out using the Bitty Butterfly punch. Each bottle got one butterfly and a few sequins from the sequin trim.  I made a cute little layered tag for each bottle. The base layer was simply a stamp of my details, the next layer was Bermuda Bay lightly stamped with the netting from Butterfly Basics and the final layer was Vellum stamped with 'hello, my friend' from Tap Tap Tap stamp set, I thought this was a nice greeting as many of the Demonstrators I swap with I won't have met before.  I can tell you that after punching little holes, threading bakers twine and tying teeny bows in each one of these swaps my fingers are aching! I'm still obsessed with butterflies in jars :-)

As well as swaps for the masses I made some special gifts for the Shizzer Sisters.  I bought some lovely wooden hearts from a fab company called Craft Shapes (find them here)  I painted each one grey with regular emulsion paint, next I used the flower sprig stamp from Awesomely Artistic to make a background, I used a wet brush and added a little Melon Mambo and Basic Grey ink to the sprig.  Next I used Craft White ink to stamp the sentiment from Garden in Bloom set.  I had some flower trim left from a kit which was from the summer seasonal catalogue which just finished off each heart nicely.  Next for some packaging.. quick and easy with the Treat Bag thinlets set, stamped to match the heart I think you'll agree it's a sweet little gift!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Project Life® by Stampin' Up!

Just a very quick post today as I realised that I haven't blogged for quite a while!  No rubbish excuses only great ones, I've been busy having fun ;-)

I've had a holiday with lots of great fun activities and lovely memories, I've been getting together with my friends creating lots of great projects and I've had a couple of super classes with three more to come in the very near future. Oh, how could I forget... I also had my autumn full day retreat which was gorgeous.

So, with all these fun times and happy memories to keep I thought it would be timely to share a quick video by Stampin' Up! all about our wonderful Project Life memory keeping system.  I'll be sure to come back and post up some of my own Project Life layouts with you.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Happy new season!

Stampin' Up! Autumn Winter catalogue 2015
Winter Wishes stamp set p13
It's that exciting time of year when we start to really look forward to Christmas.  That is something I NEVER thought I'd say as previously it hasn't been the season of good cheer for me and I was more inclined to liken myself to The Grinch!!  LOL ;-)

Embellished Ornaments
(background stamping) P15
Jolly Christmas (sentiment) p27
All that changed when I clapped my eyes on this years' seasonal catalogue for Autumn/Winter.  I honestly can't tell you what I like most, there are so many gorgeous products in this catalogue and I'll be bringing them to you during the run up to the end of the year.  I've got so many
Jolly Christmas p27
Square Pillow Box Thinlits p41
classes lined up in Retford, so check out my classes/events page to make sure you don't miss out if you are local to me.  If you would like a private class or event just for you and your friends I can make this happen too.  In the meantime I'll just share a couple of projects that were made during a lovely crafty get together with my fellow demonstrators Monica Gale and Beth Ferrey last week, always fun to get together with friends to be creative.

Well, enough of me waffling on... click the link and open up a PDF version of the catalogue and if you want to get your mitts on a paper copy then let me know and I'll pop one in the post to you.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Card in a box class

Just a quick, late blog to highlight the projects for next week's class in Retford.
If you would like to join me and make this card in a box please book your place now.