Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Off To Convention!!!

Hello! This afternoon, I'm heading down to Folkestone for the night, before driving down to Mainz tomorrow morning for this year's Stampin' Up! European Convention. Yaaayyyyy!!!!

This is just a very quick post, 'cause I really ought to be packing, but I wanted to show you my basket of swaps, all done and ready for the off.... My swaps basket is filled, two layers deep! Big thanks to my lovely downline Jane for all her help with the punching on these.


I'll be taking my laptop with me, so hopefully I'll beable to post updates while I'm away. If for some reason the Wi-Fi doesn't play ball, I'll be back again on Monday, so I'll see you all then. Now behave yourselves while I'm away.....


Monday, 29 October 2012

Let's Get Ready To Decorate!!

Hello! I can't believe there are only a couple more days before I head off to Germany for this year's Stampin' Up! European Convention - how excited am I???!!!!

Before I go, though, I wanted to make sure I told you about November's "Cards ...and More!" classes. The booking links can be found in the sidebar, and you can find full details of the classes by clicking here to go to my Class Dates and Details page. We'll be making these fun and fabulous little characters:


I love them! They'd make beautiful decorations for a mantlepiece or windowsill (or I think the angel would look beautiful at the top of your Christmas tree) but, if you would prefer, they can also double up as gift boxes for a special person. They fold flat for storage, so you'll be able to use them for years to come, too..

The classes cost just £10 per person and, for that, you'll get a Stampin' Up! goody bag containing over £5 worth of products, step-by-step instruction sheets and all the tuition you need, as well as light refreshments. As always, you have two dates and venues to choose from:

Saturday 10th November 
2:15pm - 4:45pm at Cedarwood Primary School
Thursday 15th November 
2:00pm - 4:30pm at Pennikkity Pots Ceramics Cafe, Ipswich

If you want to get even more value for money, then why not order the specially selected Class Bundle when you book your place? You'll save on the catalogue price, and if you order yours before 10:00pm on 31st October, you'll even get FREE SHIPPING, saving you a further £4.95. You can find more details by clicking here.

November is the perfect time to make your Christmas decorations - enough time left for it not to be stressful, but not so far in advance that you don't want to be thinking about it. My November "Create Your Own Christmas" class on 21st November will also involve making something to decorate your home - a beautiful, elegant Christmas Garland. Watch this space for more details coming soon...

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Swaps!

Hello! I've just downloaded a load of photos from my phone and spotted these ones that I hadn't blogged yet. Swaps are an integral part of any meet-up of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, and last weekend was no exception. These are the ones that Alan and I made to take along with us (well, some of them, anyway):


And a closer look....


The design was Alan's, and we both pitched in to make just short of forty of these little card fronts - amazing how much quicker it was and for once we weren't finishing off at two in the morning of the training day itself. These were actually finished on Friday! (Mind you, I did forget to put my details on the back, so I was busy sticking labels on in the car on Sunday morning, as Alan did his chauffeur bit.)

The image stamp is from one of the gorgeous hostess sets in the new Annual Catalogue, calles "Four Seasons". This one is obviously the winter image, but there is an image for each season, each showing the bird in the middle. Let me see if I can upload a picture of the set so you can see it....


Yes - there it is - don't you love it?! I have to say that since Stampin' Up! changed the Hostess Benefits system so you can put your money towards anything in the catalogue, I haven't tended to order as many of the hostess stamp sets, as I've tended to stock up on the basics of my business - card stock, glues and the like. But this one was a definite MUST HAVE! The main images co-ordinate with punches as well, so we didn't even have to worry about cutting out - Alan did all the punching and it saves SO much time!

I haven't taken photos yet of the swaps I got in return, but I'll try to remember to get that done, and let you have a look at them. Do come back soon and have a look.
 

Friday, 26 October 2012

Betsy Says Thank You!

Hello! I told you a little while I'd been making a few things in bulk recently, and today's photo shows you a few of the lovely little thank you cards I made earlier in the month, to send out to customers with their orders. I have to send out LOADS of thank you cards each month so, as you can imagine, I need to make something that is quick and easy to mass-produce, as well as pretty. This card fitted the bill perfectly, and I hope the recipients loved them as much as I do.


The gorgeous flower is from "Betsy's Blossoms". I got this stamp set at a bargain price as part of my new catalogue "bundle" in September - as demonstrators we not only get the opportunity to order stamps sets before they become available to the public but we have the chance of getting whole bundles of products at huge discounts off even the normal demonstrator price, maybe even completely FREE! The sentiment is from "Curly Cute", and the envelopes you can see in front of the cards have been decorated with the wheel that matches "Betsy's Blossoms", called - appropriately enough - "Betsy's Blooms".

I can't remember where I first saw this card design, but I came across it on the web weeks and weeks ago, fell in love with it and knew that I'd want to make my own. Stupidly, I forgot to note down whose design it was, so if it's yours, please let me know so I can give you credit on here.  

If you fancy the idea of earning stamp sets at a discount or even free, then I'd love to talk to you about the opportunities available to you as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. Click here for more information, or just call or email me. You can find my phone number in the sidebar.

Thanks for visiting, I'll be back again with more soon...

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Patio Party Birthday

Hello! Yesterday, I showed you a welcome pack I'd made for one of my team, using the fabulous "Patio Party" Designer Series Paper. I thought you might like to see another card I made recently using this paper, this time a birthday card for Emma, another of the lovely ladies in my team.


The stamp set that you can see here co-ordinates with the papers, and it's great fun to use. It's called "Make A Cake" and, as you can see, it's a two-step set (and you know how much I LOVE this kind of stamp set - so versatile!). On the front of the card, I used two of the elements, stamped out separately and punched out. Then, on the inside, I used the same two stamps together, to show a beautiful birthday cake with a cheery pennant topper. Unfortunately, I had already written the card by the time I thought to take photos, so I didn't take a picture of the inside. Doh! (Oh - and the sentiment is from "Teeny Tiny Sentiments", in case you wondered..)

I've been making a number of projects in quite large batches recently, so next time I'll show you some of the thank you cards I've been making to send to my customers, using yet another stamp set that I got as a Stampin' Up! reward. I hope you'll be able to join me for a look!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Patio Party Welcome

Hello! I promised I'd show you another use of the gorgeous "Broadsheet Alphabet" stamp set, so here it is, used as a monogram in the welcome pack I created for one of the ladies who joined my team of demonstrators recently.


I think the monogram really adds that finishing touch, don't you? Here's a close-up picture of the notebook, so you can see it in more detail.


This is the card I made to go with the notebook:


Lastly, here is the colour swatch folder, which contains a swatch of every single one of the current Stampin' Up! colours, as well as some useful information for those starting out on their Stampin' Up! journey.


The paper pack is one that I know Jane loves - the bright and cheerful "Patio Party" Designer Series Paper, and the stamp set is the co-ordinating "Make A Cake". It makes me smile every time I see it!

If you'd like to get your hands on a welcome pack like this one, then why not pop over to this page, where you'll find some more information about joining my team of demonstrators. There are details there, too, of an amazing offer that's in place at the moment if you sign up during October or November - you won't want to miss it!

Thanks for dropping in. I love to read your comments, so please do say hello if you have the time...

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Congratulations Bekka!

Hello! A few weeks ago, I told you how excited I was about my recent promotion with Stampin' Up! Well, now I want to show you the card I made to congratulate my upline, Bekka, on her very recent promotion to the amazing Gold 1 level.


Bekka works tirelessly with her team and always has the time to offer advice, support and help, and has been an incredible inspiration to me as I build my own Stampin' Up! business - I model how I treat my own team  on how Bekka has been with me, and working to do this really keeps me on my toes. 

The card is a simple one, and really makes use of the brilliant Broadsheet Alphabet stamp set. I got this set as a free one a while ago for achieving a Stampin' Up! target and am LOVING using it. It works beautifully for adding monograms, but this card shows how you can use it for whole names too. Mind you - originally I'd intended to make a standard C6 size card, but had to expand to a DL (which is two-thirds of a sheet of A4, scored down the middle) in order to fit Bekka's name on it! The "congratulations" sentiment is from "Curly Cute", another of my indispensable sentiment sets.

Next time, I'll show you another way I've used this alphabet set, and I'll share with you the welcome pack I made for one of the ladies who joined my own team recently. I hope you'll be able to pop back and join me then!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Create Your Own Christmas Gifts!

Hello! One of my favourite crafting things to do, is to make beautiful gifts for loved ones. It was with this in mind that I designed last night's "Create Your Own Christmas" class, and I was so pleased with how the projects turned out. Here they are, all together:


Inside the acetate box below is a little stack of tealights, each one covered with a strip of Designer Series Paper - so cute, and really easy to do! I completely forgot to take a photo of the tealights separately, but they're just standard ones from a certain Swedish homestore.


Don't they look gorgeous presented like that?


This pretty hexagonal box isn't as difficult to make as you may think, and is another example of something I'm passionate about. You don't have to use your Big Shot dies only to make the things they were originally designed to do, play around with them a little and see what you can come up with. This box is made using the Mini Milk Carton die, just tweaked a little bit. I can't remember where I first saw a box like this, but I think they're so effective.

Finally, as a bonus project I designed this little gift card presentation folder. 

Most people, I think, know someone who insists on being given vouchers as a present, and I can't help thinking that - even if it's what the recipient wants - giving a bit of plastic as a gift looks like you really haven't put any thought into it. So I like to dress them up prettily, to make them a bit more personal - and this is my most recent way of doing it. Here's what it looks like once you open it up. I've used Alan's blood donor card to show where the gift card would go, and the other card insert is for you to add a message to the lucky recipient.


It's funny, but I wouldn't normally think of putting red, blue and green all together in a project like I have here, but somehow the colour combination really works. I took my lead from the gorgeous Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper, that we used throughout this class. I don't know if you've noticed this pack in the Autumn Winter Catalogue, but the papers are in a much smaller format than the usual 12" x 12", at just 11.4cm x 16.5cm per sheet - perfect for the cardmakers among you. You get a massive forty-eight sheets for just £6.25 too, so a real bargain!

Right. I'm off to a team training day on Sunday, so loads of swaps to make before then, so I'm off to make a (rather later than I wanted!) start on them. Back soon...

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

A Gaggle Of Ghouls....

Hello! Sorry to be so quiet for the last few days. One of the frustrating things about M.E. is that as soon as the evenings start drawing in, things start getting difficult, and I've spent a lot of the last few weeks trying to fight off a virus that doesn't seem to want to leave me be. I think I'm back on the up now, so hopefully you'll hear from me more regularly - well, that's the plan, at least!

I wanted to show you the things we made at my October "Cards ...and More!" class. It's not long till Hallowe'en now, and I LOVED sharing these cute projects.

Here's a closer look at each of them:

 
 

Tomorrow night sees the next in my "Create Your Own Christmas" classes, and I can't wait to show you the projects I've got planned for that one! I'll post pictures in a couple of days, if you want to pop back and see.

Back soon!

Monday, 8 October 2012

Hello To Austria and The Netherlands!!!

Great news!! Stampin' Up! is now open for business in Austria and the Netherlands!

I'm so excited! Why? Well, it is good to know that I'm part of a fantastic company that is still expanding even in these trying economic times, but that's only part of the reason. Mostly, I'm excited for all those keen crafters in these two countries who now have access to all of the incredible products that Stampin' Up! has to offer.

Since I've been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I've had lots of enquiries from people lliving outside the UK, asking if they can buy Stampin' Up! goodies from me, and until now, I've always had to say, "Unfortunately not". Now though, if you live in any of the European countries in which Stampin' Up! operates (UK, France, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands) you will be able to order all your Stampin' Up! products from me, and have them delivered direct to your door. And it doesn't matter how much you order, you will still only pay a flat shipping fee of £4.95 (5.95 Euros if you're in mainland Europe). You can even pay in your own currency - Euros in Mainland Europe, Pounds Sterling if you're in the UK.

Even better news for those of you of an entrepreneurial disposition, from today if you live in ANY of the countries listed above, you can join my team as an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and begin to build your own business, earning money from your crafting hobby. Click here to find out more information about the amazing benefits of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, but let me tell you something more! There is an amazing offer in place for all of you who join my team during October and November: you will get a FREE pack of Designer Series Paper every month for SIX MONTHS. That's worth an incredible £59.70! Click here for more details.

If you'd like to order Stampin' Up! products from me, or if you'd like to talk about the benefits of joining my team as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, then I'd love to hear from you. Just email me by clicking on this link, or call me. My numbers are in the sidebar, and I look forward to chatting with you.

Monday, 1 October 2012

The Best Yet - The 2012 - 2013 Annual Catalogue Is Here!!

Finally – it’s been SO DIFFICULT keeping this under wraps since I got my preview copy a month ago! – the brand new 2012 – 2013 Annual Catalogue is finally here!!!!! Just have a look at this:


When I first got my hands on my copy I couldn’t believe how much BIGGER this new catalogue is than anything we’ve ever had before – it’s a massive 204 pages long! And although the name has been changed (it’s now called an “Annual Catalogue”, rather than the “Idea Book and Catalogue” that we’ve been used to until now), it is still jam-packed with loads of ideas and inspiration to get you running to your crafting space.

So. How do you get your own copy of this fabulous new Annual Catalogue? If you’ve hosted a party for me in the last six months, or if you’ve ordered more than £50 worth of products from me in the same period, then I’ll be popping a copy of this amazing book in the post to you with my compliments – keep your eye out for the postman in the next few weeks. Members of my Stampers’ Ten clubs will also be sent their own complimentary copy, and of course if you agree to host a party for me then you’ll be given a copy when you confirm your booking.

If you’re not in any of these groups but you’d still like your own copy of the new book (and who wouldn’t?), then all you need to do is drop me an email and let me know. For just £4.50 - to cover my costs - I’ll post one out to you, along with a £5 voucher towards your first order worth £30 or more (excluding shipping).

I've popped a link in the sidebar that will take you direct to the online copy of the new Annual Catalogue or, if you’d rather, you can just


and you’ll be taken to the online catalogue that way. But be warned: once you look you’ll be hooked, so don’t expect to come up for air for a good long while!

Over the next few days, I’ll be posting some of the projects I’ve been making with some of the new products that you can now order, so do come back for a look. In the meantime, I’ll leave you to browse through the new catalogue at your leisure. Have fun!

Back soon….