Thursday, 10 December 2009

Christmas Cards

It's Christmas Card time again and this year I'm actually organised.

I have a pile of cards left from an Anna Griffin Kit last year to give to friends at church.

I found a small box of cards I bought in Woolies closing down sale last year in amongst my decorations to give the girls at work.

I found a some ideas through Splitcoaststampers that used half a SU scrapping kit to make a great selection of cards so I've used the Christmas Jingle kit with the Tree Trimming Stamp set from Stampin' Up! to make some family cards.

I've used the Winter Post stamp set and a new technique I found on youtube to make a spinner card for a fellow card maker.

I've still to make a reindeer mobile/card for my brother and sister-in-law. cos its fun :)

And for my Mum & Peter and Dad & Katy I'll be trying a Tri-Shutter card. Will let you know how it goes.

If your still wanting to order anything before Christmas or if you want ideas of what to buy for a crafting friend or family member just get in touch and I'll be happy to help.

So, how's your card making going this year?

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Stampin' Up! Christmas Extravaganza!

Dates: 1 November-29 December 2009

You’ll love the convenience of our Christmas Gift-Giving Guide! With gift ideas for kids, teens, neighbours, and more, it’s your one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs.

Plus, when you spend £45 on products in the guide, you’ll get a FREE Tag or Small Tag punch--a £12.50 value!

Why not hold a party, it’s a fun way to get together with your friends during the busy Christmas season all while getting a big part of your gift list or Christmas card making underway! Contact me for more details.

To download your gift guide, click here

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Started my cruise scrapbook!!!!

Ok I know I came back from holiday two months ago but its taken me this long to get started :)

I saw a challenge on UKScrappers and decided to get off my behind and do it! So here is my first layout for my Cruise Scrapbook.

This is me on the Helipad just out side my window on the Celebrity Summit.

I used the Petal Party kit from Stampin' Up! and extra sticker from a set I got onboard and the announcement from the ships daily paper that hasn't scanned very well. I also used a journal block from the Christmas Jingle set that I had left over from making cards and just put punches over the snowflakes. (I'll show you the cards later :D )

Helipad Sailaway, 5;00pm, Helipad, Deck 5 Fwd, Port.
Join the ships Officers and get the best view of the Dalmation Coast as we sail away from beautiful Dubrovnick. Bring your cameras. Steps involved, weather permitting.

The weather was 27 and sunny incase you wondered :)

Thursday, 8 October 2009


Oh My, its here, the new Stampin' Up! catalogue and idea book and my wish list is getting longer every day :)

So we didnt get everything we hoped for but we did get new stamps, new white craft ink, new storage, new papers, new tools, new ribbons, new embelishments and lots of new ideas. Can you tell I like the new stuff :)

I'm already playing with some of the new stamp sets and will post some piccys soon.
To get your hands on the new catalogue contact me about booking a Stampin' Up! party or workshop and you could get your copy FREE!!

In case you can't wait that long :) click the picture of the catalogue on the left and you will get an online version which is not bad, but not quite as nice as the real thing!

Happy Crafting x

Thursday, 10 September 2009

September Last Chance

Its September and the new Catalogue and Idea Book launch is just around the corner on 1st October.
This means having to say goodbye to some of my favourite Stampin' Up! products to make room of all the new items they're bringing us :)

The Last Chance list gives details of those products which will no longer be available after the end of September and for this time only some of them are at discounted prices upto 50% off.

To get your copy of the Last Chance List download the flyer and if you want to order anything be sure to get you order to me before the end of September.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Card Making

I had a play about on Friday with some stamp sets and other bits and came up with two very different cards.
The first is pink and all fun for my mums birthday using a free stamp from Feb's Craft Stamper, some pink and red ink, white and black card and a little piece of pink fiber.

The second is monochome and elegant for a thank you card to give my mum at the end of our cruise. I've used Stampin' Up! stamps baroque motifs and oval all and the scalloped oval punch with some chiffon and satin ribbon that I already had.

Having a couple of weeks off see you in September with news of the new Stampin' Up catalogue due in October!

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Brayer techniques

I had a play with my Stampin' Up! brayer and versamark inks tonight using a video tutorial from thepinkstamper

I stamped elements from the One of a Kind stamp set in versamark ink on glossy card then brayered various colours over the top and used the scalloped edge on the bottom

I made some matching gloss card using the brayer with plain gloss card and with versamark stamped background stamp and then punched scallop circle and layered tags from these, stamping the one of a kind sentiment on the smaller tag.

The dragonfly from Organic Grace set was stamped on whisper white, coloured in with distress ink and pixie pink then punched out with 1 3/8 circle and layered on the pink scalloped circle.

The White grosgrain ribbon was coloured with pixie pink ink again to match and the the green glitter card was an off cut from my scraps bin. All adhered to a pixie pink base card.

Inks used - Stampin' Up! Green Galore, Brilliant Blue, Pixie Pink, and a spiced marmalade orange distress ink from Tim Holtz.

Stamp sets used - One of a kind, Organic Grace.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the Stampin' Up! items used to make this card or would like more information on Stampin' Up! contact me at

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Stampin’ Up! Summer Design Challenge

This summer both you and me can win free stamp sets when you participate in the Summer Design Challenge. Simply create a summer-inspired project using Stampin' Up! products from the current UK Idea Book & Catalogue 2008-2009, and submit it no later than 30 August 2009 for your chance to win!

The Summer Design Challenge is more than just a chance to show your crafting skills, it is also a perfect opportunity to inspire others to use their Stampin' Up! products.


Four prizes will be awarded to demonstrators and customers:

Demonstrator First Place: £150 worth of stamps sets

Customer First Place: £150 worth of stamps sets
Customer Second and Third Place: £50 worth of stamps sets

Summer Design Challenge Rules

- Projects must be created using only Stampin' Up! products from the current UK Idea Book & Catalogue 2008-2009.

- Only one project per participant will be accepted.

- Projects can be cards, home decor, scrapbook pages, or 3D items.

- All projects must be summer-themed.

- Projects must be unique, and created for the Summer Design Challenge. Do not just recycle your old projects.

- A list of products used must be included with the project submission.

- Full contact information, including your full name, demonstrator ID (if you are a demonstrator), address, phone number, and e-mail address must be included with the project submission.

- Projects will not be returned as they may be displayed at future Stampin' Up! events or on the Stampin' Up! web site.

Download a printable version of the Summer Design Challenge Rules.
If you want anyfurther information on this or any other Stampin' Up! products let me know.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Just for you

Had a play with the soft summer double stamping set from the mini catalogue today to make a birthday card for a lady at church. I used old olive and rose red inks, garden green, pumkin pie and close to cocoa card stock, rose red design paper and the oval punches and matching stamps.

I didnt have any pumpkin pie ribbon so coloured some white ribbon with the pumpkin pie stamin spot.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Spread the Cost!

Well, so much for once a week :) where did June go . I must try harder as my school reports used to say!

For July I'm launching a couple of new clubs that both include ways to build up your stamp and tools collection with out breaking the bank.

Firstly the Marker Share

The Marker share is a great way to get all 48 Stampin' Write Markers from Stampin' Up! and the storage caddy but split the cost into affordable payments over 4 months - £26.20 each per month (including postage)

The Stampin Write markers come in a fabulous range of 48 colours covering all 4 colour families in the Stampin' Up! range.
  • They contain the same inks as the ink pads.
  • They can be refilled with the reinkers.
  • They match the cardstock and designer paper perfectly to help co-ordination
  • They have a broad tip for inking and a fine tip for journalling.
I need four people to run the Marker share at a cost of £26.20 each per month (including postage) Contact me for more details please put marker share in the title of your email.

Secondly the Stampers 6

The Stampers 6 is a really good way to build up your collection of Stampin' Up! goodies with out actually having a workshop.

All you need to do is agree to place an order of £25 or more per month for six months. During these six months you will become a virtual hostess for one month. You will then earn hostess benefits starting at £150 in sales. So when each of the six perople place their order for £25 or more you will not only get to choose a hostess gift set but also £15 in FREE merchandise. The amount of free merchandise goes up if the total virtual workshop amount goes up.

Just think... you can earn hostess benefits just by spending £25 a month. That's approximately £6.25 per week.

I need six people to run the Stampers 6 at a cost of £25 each per month. Contact me for more details please put stampers 6 in the title of your email.

Monday, 8 June 2009

June Update

I've been really bad about updating my blog recently and so I'm going to make a real effort to post at least weekly from now on :)

I signed up with Stampin' Up! originally to get the discount on the punches I wanted after seeing the scallop punch in use on youtube. Since then I've discovered I love the rest of their products as well and I've still not finished buying up my wish list.

So if you would like to have a workshop or party in your own home having fun with your friends and family, or learn more about stamping or just get some more information please email me.

Just to tempt you here is a special Hostess Bonus Promotion from 1 June – 31 July 2009
Free Fun (Background Stamp Included)
What’s more fun that free? Host a £250 workshop during June and July, and Stampin’ Up! will give you a FREE background stamp--a £14.95 value!

If like me you'd like to get a discount on your purchases as well contact me about becoming an Independant Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - you'll love it.

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Mini Catalogue

I'm quite excited as we have our first Mini Catalogue!!

This exciting catalogue is filled with brand-new stamp sets and accessories for us to enjoy and complements whats already available in the main Idea Book and Catalogue.

The mini will be available to order from on the 1 April (no joke) and run right through to the 30 September 2009. You can have a sneaky peek by clicking the link on the left or email me for more info.

Monday, 30 March 2009

Sneaky Peek

I got my preordered items from the Stampin' Up! Mini just in time to make my mum a mothers day card.

I used one of the stamps from the Greetings Eight set using markers to colour the flowers and chocolate chip for the text on whisper white, layered on chocolate chip and pink passion with part of the sentiment stamped on a pretty in pink oval layered on a green galore scalloped oval.

Have I mentioned I love Stampin' Up! punches :)

You can place your from the 1st of April (still no joke :) )

Monday, 2 March 2009


Ok this time I remembered to take pictures :)
The German packing label gives it away as a Stampin' Up! parcel

The Papers, cardstock and booklets were right on the top

and then under the packaging all the rest really well packed.

and after unpacking and bagging my customers orders
this was just my stuff!!

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Where did the month go!!!

Ok My starter kit arrived ages ago and I was so excited I didnt take a photo of me ransacking the box. :)

So apart from drooling over my new stamps and re working my wish list every time I see another sample I've been working on some cards and even used the stamps in a layout at the weekend.

Monday, 12 January 2009


Ok, so I never was very patient but waiting for my Stampin' Up! starter kit has me pacing the floor therefore to keep me occupied I decided I should post some of the crafts I've worked on upto Christmas.

I found inspiration for my hand made christmas pressies in the Gallery of the forum and a link to the pattern and tutorial here on danniesdesigns blog. I loved these and made 7 in total.

I was also busy finishing 150 wedding invites for my brothers wedding in March and this weekend did the thank you cards so they can send them as soon as gifts come in.
Off to browse the Stampin' Up! catalogue again to work on my wish list. :)

Sunday, 4 January 2009

A New Start

A new start for a new year. Just waiting for my starter kit to arrive.