Wednesday, 19 April 2017

To Share What You Love!

I love paper crafting. It all started quite a few years ago when my sister shared with me that she had a new hobby. Scrapbooking she said.  Cutting up magazines and catalogues and sticking them in  one of those old fashioned scrapbooks for children came to mind. No that's not it she said, its like a photo album with embellishments.  I was none the wiser really. Then we went on holiday together to the States and whilst there she took me to a scrapbook store. That was it! That was the moment I fell in love paper,colour, ink and all that goes with it. It was this huge space full of all the scrapbooking supplies you could wish for. I could see exactly what this hobby was and how it was exactly what I had been missing. I loved it!  So I really have my sister to thank for all of this!

On our return from our holiday my sister and I set about creating an album for our grandmas 90th birthday. An album of her life. Full of her life history and also space to continue documenting memories to come. It was quite a journey for the whole family I think looking back at all those memories. It was a surprise present and at her party when she opened it , the look on her face was priceless. I knew then that this hobby was more than just ink and paper. 

I continued to scrapbook . Creating pages of our family and our three children as they've grown and it was catching. I introduced a few of my friends to scrapbooking and with myself, my sister and these friends we outgrew my dining table. So a local venue was found and it was there that we continued our monthly craft meetings . Our group has grown. We can't remember how many years we have been meeting but we are still going strong!  

A couple of pics of a few of us back in 2011!

It's an any craft you like group and we are constantly sharing ideas and inspiration and teaching each other new things. As well as forging friendships and supporting each other through whatever life throws at us. It was at our monthly meeting that I was introduced to Stampin Up. Michelle came and showed us how to make a card. She shared her skills and passion for paper crafting with us and we all took home a beautiful hand made card. I still have it years later! 

About a year ago I decided to join Stampin Up. My reason to do so at the time was simple. It was to make me commit to making the time to craft. With three lovely children, a hard working husband, a house to keep and a demanding job , apart from our monthly group my crafting moments were few and far between. I had no idea of the huge crafting community/family that is Stampin Up!  It really is like a big family. We run in teams, we have dedicated social media pages for our teams, there are many events and I have made some fabulous friends. It's a sharing and supportive culture. There is always someone to ask, share ideas, have a laugh with and cheer you on. We have our own dedicated demonstrator web site with lots of training offered. We have our own quarterly craft magazine and a dedicated demonstrator support service too.    I'm now growing my business thanks to my lovely customers and I now have my own team. I hold card classes and a monthly scrapbooking crop and weekly coffee and cards. I was told by one of my lovely Coffee and Cards ladies at Christmas that coming has made a real difference to her week! I was truly touched to think that ink and paper can do this and her comment stays with me. I do stamping parties and girls nights in too. Apart from the friendships made, being a Stampin Up Demonstrator gives you loads of opportunities. Like seeing the new product range before everyone else,  getting to pre order before product ranges are launched, at least a 20% discount, freebies, recognition for milestones achieved and even fabulous incentive trips abroad! This has got to be the best job in the world! Playing with paper and ink, sharing creativity and inspiration and having a blast along the way. I'm still crafting for pleasure and loving every minute of it!

This is a pic of some our Stampin Up team at an event last year. What fun we all had!

There is a common thread in my experiences of crafting from the very beginning. Sharing creativity and inspiration and making a difference. All things that are a natural by product of gathering together to craft and if you look at the top of the page, all in Stampin Up's Statement of The Heart!

And some of us at a Stampin Up event in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago.

I am growing my business ,looking for people to join my team and come with me on my Stampin Up adventure. I want to continue to craft, share inspiration and ideas and see how far I can take my paper craft journey. Would you like to join me?!  Stampin Up's next big event is in November and my team and I are already planning to go together. We are going to have so much fun. If you love paper craft its definitely a consideration to make. If you have never stamped before but are keen to try it out , have a go! If you love it and you are looking for an opportunity I would say it is too good to miss and you have nothing to lose!  It's a great business opportunity and a way to work from home . It's also perfect if you want to keep it as a hobby  rather than as a business. You can do as much or as little as you like. Not everyone wants to demonstrate or sell the products to others. Stampin Up recognise this and the perks and benefits are the same for everyone! The starter kit as always is a fabulous deal! And there is no obligation. This is a fabulous time to join too. The new Catalogue and "In Colours" are launched in June but you can make up your starter kit from it from May 2nd and be one of the first to see and play with all the lovely new products that are coming out. If you are tempted or would just like to know more about joining my team and the Stampin Up community, do get in touch as I would love to hear from you. I'm off now, I have a delivery of lovely new goodies that I have pre ordered. There is a fabulous new product range that has been released early and I'm going to have a play, make some samples and post on You Tube. Keep your eye out for that if you'd like to see it. Thanks for stopping by! X

Friday, 14 April 2017

Better Together!

 I'm just about coming back down to earth from the fabulous time we all had in Amsterdam at On Stage Live.
The Onstage Live event is bigger than the local ones held in the U K that I have attended before. Stampin Up move the Live event around the world every 18 months and this time it was Europe's turn to have it. 

 It was AMAZING! Stampin Up's conventions are so much fun. Its done very well and we are so well looked after. 830 demonstrators from across Europe attended this event at the RAI centre in Amsterdam. With a few from Australia, Canada and the States too. It was a three day event and was fun filled.

On checking in to the event you are given your badge with your name and where you are from etc. You also receive your convention bag. It contained a coloured badge with a symbol on - this came in handy later on for prize patrol! It also had a planner inside, an itinerary for the three day event, two Stampin Up pens and a cute little case of post its for the planner. We also got a fabulous stamp set from the brand new Annual Catalogue!

There are lots of reasons to attend an event like this. We get to see and take home a copy of the upcoming Annual Catalogue, we get to see the products in it showcased and we get to play with them too. We also see and play with the new 2017-2019 Stampin Up In Colours. I love, love love them!  We also get a Pre Order perk. We get to order some of the items before any one else which gives us more time to play and prepare before the catalogue is launched to the public in June. Onstage is also all about recognition. So Demonstrators who have reached milestones are celebrated and recognition is given. Everyone cheers for accomplishments small or large. We run in teams and there is always a lot of team spirit! Thanks to my lovely customers and those who come to my classes I reached Silver in January!
Freebies are of course not guaranteed but at the On Stage events I have been to they have run Prize Patrol  randomly throughout. You "win" a free stamp set if your badge icon is displayed. Everyone loves to get brand new goodies that have not been seen before and its always fun to see what you will get. We were also treated to an all attendee give away at the end of day 3. A fabulous stamp set. I love it! Demonstrators from all of the countries attending were chosen prior to the event to show case and demonstrate products. The ideas were amazing and it was great to hear about what had brought each of them to Stampin Up.

Going to events like these means we get to get together. Stampin Up is a huge community of like minded crafters. Social media makes the world a much smaller place and we talk all the time and share ideas and creativity but its fabulous when you get the opportunity to get together and have fun. I've made so many like minded friends through Stampin Up its great to catch up with them and make new ones. We all booked our own hotels, most of us shared with friends and we congregated together walking to the conference centre, at meal times and in the evenings. My friend and I even made friends with  a couple of demo's on the plane! I am not sure how many photographs I took. Hundreds possibly. I've been very careful not to have any of the new products or the catalogue on show in my pics. Wouldn't want to spoil any surprises!

This video shows some of the awesome swaps I received at the event!

I am part of a lovely team of demonstrators and some of us went out to dinner on Friday evening. we had an amazing time. Our team leader had invited some very special demonstrators from the States and it was just lovely to meet them and to get to know them. She had also prepared us table gifts too. She is just so generous and thoughtful. Pop back to my blog over the next few days as I will be sharing more about the swaps I received and the lovely swap and gifts from my team leader. You can click the subscribe button if you don't want to miss anything.

Fun photos with Stampin Up friends and Stampin Up CEO Sara Douglass and Training and Curriculum Developer Brandi Bernard.

The new Annual Stampin Up catalogue is awesome. I cannot wait to share it with you. It goes live on June 1st.  My pre order arrived today and I will be very busy making samples for my catalogue launch party on June 2nd. The pre order period for the demonstrators who couldn't attend the On Stage event starts very soon . I imagine by then I will be adding in another order of my own. Its a great job to have!! And of course I get a great discount too.

You can of course join Stampin Up too. You can use it as a business opportunity, Its a great working form home job or you can be a hobbyist. you don't have to sell or demonstrate to anyone! But you still get all the perks and the discount! It is a great deal. Choose £130 of any products you like and only pay £99 and P and P is free too! Not much money for a lot of products, discount and perks.  You get to join this amazing crafting community too.  This is a great time to join. you know why? You can choose all your items from the new Annual Catalogue right now! Way before anyone else in the general public can!. How cool is that!  If you are interested, please get in touch. I have both business and hobbyists in my team and I would love to have you!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Easy Easter table favours using Basket Bunch!

I can't seem to stop playing with this cute set. So many lovely images in it. I have some of those netted bags of mini chocolate eggs and wanted to dress them up to use as table gifts at our Easter dinner table. Using the cello bags that Stampin Up supply is a quick and easy option. They are food grade safe and easy to make look more special.

The Tag Topper punch makes it so easy. I used card stock at 2 inches by 4 inches and just punched the top. The yellow, flowery tag is made from the Irresistibly Floral Papers which come embossed and are white. You can change the colour to any you like with a little simple sponging. They are beautiful. I think they get missed in the catalogue because they don't stand out but they are a hidden gem!

I filled the cello bag with the treats and tied the tags on with  coordinating ribbon. The Basket Bunch dies which match the stamps are full of lovely Easter images and are great for using up small scraps of cardstock to create Easter themed cards, boxes and tags. I stamped the sentiment on the tag "An Easter treat for some bunny sweet"

Materials Used

Small Cello Bags
Ribbon in Blushing Bride/Pool Party
Cardstock in Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizazz, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Blushing Bride.
Ink Pads in Soft Suede and Blushing Bride.
Water Colour Pencils
Basket Bunch Stamps
Basket Builder Dies

This is how I made it.

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The Retiring List for the current Stampin Up catalogue has been released. Products are retired to make way for new ones in the new catalogue that launches in June. There are lots of lovely products in the Retiring List and lots are discounted. I am happy to say that the Basket Bunch Stamps and the Basket Builder Dies are ON SALE right now. As are the Irresistibly Floral Papers used in this project. Items are selling out fast and are not replenished so if you would like them or any of the other products used in this project go to and have a browse. I would love to earn your custom. All customers  who place orders with me will receive a complimentary issue of the brand new catalogue when it launches in June. Thanks for stopping by. X

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Easter egg cartons any colour you like!

So I am back from Onstage convention and still have so much to share with you but it is Easter this weekend and I couldn't wait to show you this fun project using the cute Egg cartons from Stampin Up! When I spied them in the Spring /Summer catalogue I knew they would be great coloured and dressed up with chocolate inside!
They come in a pack and are a lovely cream colour so perfect as they are or for colouring. Stampin Up are amazing at matching their inks, cardstock and ribbon etc. and I wanted to see what the boxes would look like in these yummy colours. I have seen Sally from Sallys Stampers and Sam from Pootles successfully use this technique to colour the boxes and I couldn't wait to have a go myself.

The Stampin Up ink pads have matching re inkers you can inexpensively purchase so that your inkpads have a very long life. They are also used to refill the Stampin Write Markers and as I found out today can be used for more inky projects too.  I have used the Stampin Up spritzer bottle and filled it almost to the top with rubbing alcohol. (I got mine from Amazon but pharmacies stock it too). I added 12-14 drops of the re inker. I chose Daffodil Delight and Pool Party colours. I then liberally sprayed the egg carton. The more you spray, the more intense the colour you get. Let it dry for a little while. the alcohol evaporates easily so it's not too wet but ensure you are in a ventilated room and your table is protected with paper.

To decorate the top of my egg carton I have used the Basket Bunch Stamp set and Basket Builder dies. Can you see the bunny peeping out of the basket?  I added some of Stampin Up's lovely ribbon and filled them with chocolate. I think my children will love these. This is how I made them.

I hope you like seeing how I made these cute Easter treat boxes. If you like the video please give me a thumbs up.

Materials Used
Egg Cartons
Rubbing Alcohol
Re inker Daffodil Delight
Re inker Pool Party
Ribbon Soft Sky
Ribbon Blushing Bride
Scraps of cardstock in :
Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz, Crumb Cake, Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight.
Water colour Pencils
Basket Bunch Stamp set
Basket Builder Dies.

Stampin Up has its brand new Annual Catalogue coming in June and yesterday announced the products from the current range that will be 'retiring' to make room for lots of exciting new things. Lots of items are discounted and there are bargains to be had. But be quick because popular items may sell out fast and wont be replenished. Take note especially if you have any of the ink pads from the 2015- 2017 In Colour range as you may want the re inkers or matching card stock. These items often sell out first. You can see the products I used and  the retiring list at so have a browse. I would love to earn your custom. Thanks for stopping by X

Monday, 10 April 2017

Swaps from Onstage Live Stampin Up Convention in Amsterdam.

Better Together

So, I have just come back from my first trip abroad with Stampin Up. I have just spent a fabulous three days away at Stampin Up's bi annual demonstrator convention. This one was a bigger event than the local Onstage I have previously attended  and had around 830 demonstrators attending from all across Europe. I really have had the most amazing time and I am looking forward to sharing with you just some of what happens at these events and what we all get up to.  Today I would like to share with you all the fantastic swaps I received whilst there. Stampin Up demonstrators are a very sociable bunch. We love to inspire, create and most of all, share. so at events we swap.

This means that we make a little something. Something we feel may give ideas and inspiration. We then replicate it as many times as we want and take them with us to swap with other demo's. Its not obligatory but many, many do. We chose how many to make too.

I made little gift envelopes using the envelope punch board and the Bright's DSP Paper Stack. I then added a label using the Stitched Shape Framelits and stamped my sentiment from the Suite Sentiments stamp set. I used matching paper, ink and enamel shape to embellish. Inside I added a posh teabag. Manuka honey. So of course that little bee had to make as appearance! I stamped him and cut him out using the Dragonfly Dreams stamps and Detailed Dragonfly Framelit dies and added Wink of Stella to his wings for added sparkle.

Fifty little bees! Here they all are assembled and ready to go.

I had lots of fun handing out my swaps and meeting demonstrators from across Europe. I replaced the swaps in my bag with the swaps I received in return. Have a look at  all the swaps I received in my You Tube video here.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at all the swaps I received at Onstage Live in Amsterdam. Please give me a thumbs up if you enjoyed the video. I will post more later in the week , showing more about what goes on at an event like this and all the fun we have.

All the products used in the swaps are found at Thanks for stopping by.x

Monday, 3 April 2017

Easter fun and an exciting blog update.

Helloooo everyone. Welcome to my little corner of the crafty world. I have been sharing my love of colour, ink and paper through my blog for around six months or so now. I hope you like some of the projects I post. I have made an exciting change to my blog this week.  I have added a subscribe button.  You can see it at the top there. This means that if you like to read it but miss it in the Face Book or Twitter news feed you can follow it by having it sent into your e mail in box!
To do this I have had to change blog platform so my blog archive with my old posts is not currently here but I will be adding a link to those soon. My blog address has not changed. It remains

We don't seem to send as many Easter cards nowadays do we. I do love to receive them though don't you?  Today I have been playing around with the Easter themed Stamp Set from Stampin Up called Basket Bunch, and the matching dies. Its a really fun set with lots of generic images such as bunnies, Easter eggs, flowers, daffodils and all sorts.  Perfect for Easter. I decided to make a quick, fun card using fresh pastel colours.
Have a look at my You Tube tutorial to see how I made it. If you like it please give it a thumbs up and subscribe.

Basket Bunch  Bundle. Stamps and Dies
Playful Palette Stamp Set
Big Shot
Card Base: Blushing Bride. A4 card cut at 14.8 cm and scored at 10.5 cm.
Front Panel: Whisper White card cur at 14.3cm x 10 cm.
Ink Pads: Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Wisteria Wonder and Daffodil Delight.

I really hope you like this fun, easy card and may be inspired to make some of your own too. If you live locally to me and would like to come to one of my classes, whether you are experienced or would like to learn, I would love to have you. Its a great hobby. Do get in touch. at Thank you so much for stopping by, oh and don't forget to click subscribe at the top of the page if you want to follow my blog and see what more I get up to in my little corner of the crafty world.

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

Exciting week ahead!

I have such an exciting week ahead planned with Stampin Up!  Early Thursday morning will see me travelling to the airport to meet a fellow demo and friend where we will be catching our flight to Amsterdam for the three day event On Stage,  Stampin Up's bi annual convention.Its always so exciting going to these big events. They are amazing and so well done. However, this spring its even more exciting. On Stage local is held in each respective country. The local event for the UK being usually held in Telford. The On Stage Live event often held in Utah is much bigger, it spans two and a half days and moves. This spring it is coming to Europe and for European demonstrators replaces our local events. I know its going to be amazing. 

Its my first trip abroad with Stampin Up! Flying out very early Thursday morning and back late Saturday night. The spring On stage event heralds the reveal to Stampin Up demonstrators of the new product range for 2017 launched in the new catalogue in June.
We get to see it way ahead, see the products demonstrated, the new "in colour" range, inspirational display boards, get to play with and pre order the new products in advance. We get a copy of the new catalogue and freebies too! All demonstrator perks.We keep the contents under wraps of course. Wouldn't want to spoil the surprise!

I will be taking lots of photographs of course and will share those I am allowed.
One of the fun things we so at these events is to take swaps. We create a card or 3D item and replicate it as many times as we like, we take them with us and swap with other demonstrators. This means we come back with a bag full of inspiration and goodies! I am currently in the middle of making my swaps and will post my progress over the next couple of days.

Here is a sneak peek of what I am making. Look at all those colours! Love, love, love those Brights!

This is a pic of my first ever On stage event. It was so much fun. I was fairly new to Stampin up then but I have made so many friends . We have dedicated social media groups that we use to connect, support and share ideas . I cant wait to catch up with lots of them at On stage.
This is a pic of some of my wider team who attended On Stage last spring and gathered together for a craft event the day before. Stampin Up is so sociable and friendly and I love being a part of it. On Stage events are held every six months in April and November and there are other many events in the Stampin Up calendar in between to take part in . There is always something fun to look forward to. I will be back tomorrow to show you how my swaps are coming on! Thanks for stopping by.

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