Sale-a-bration continues

Its now the second and final month of Sale-a-bration, and as is usual with Stampin’ Up, more products have been added to the offering.

Take a look below at the new products that are from either the annual catalogue or the January to June mini catalogue that you can now get FREE with a £45(or £90) spend!

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If you would like to find out more, then please drop me a message

You can also choose from the original Sale-a-bration catalogue… here to view it

Sale-a-bration ends on February 28th, so don’t miss out!

Don’t have a catalogue..let me know and I’ll get one out to you asap (UK only)

Happy crafting

Mask Techniques with Stampin’ Up! masks

Mask Techniques with Stampin’ Up! masks

Today, I was due to hold a workshop demonstrating the different ways to use the new Butterflies and Flowers layering masks (from the January to June mini catalogue)., but unfortunately this had to be postponed due to storm Eunice! I wanted to show several different mask techniques.

All the sets of masks available from Stampin’ Up! are shown below and all of the techniques I was going to demonstrate (and will when I reschedule the event) can be used with any of the masks.

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Sponge daubers…..

These were my first play with the masks. Its very much trial and error, working out colour combinations and which tools to use, but lots of fun!!

Blending brushes…

Simply using one, two or three coloured inks to make some stunning backgrounds, and then embellish as needed.

Die cutting machine…..

Butterflies and Flowers layering masks
Embossed through die cutting machine…the image on the right was spritzed with alcohol and gives a deeper impression. Check your machine for which plate combination you need….and remember, if its very tight, then don’t force it…you have the wrong combination!!

Heat embossing……..

Butterflies and flowers layering masks
Gold heat embossing on black background, Black embossed sentiment on gold background

Embossing paste and re inkers……

Layering two masks at the same time and applying embossing paste that is coloured with a reinker. Don’t forget to mask off around the image you are using. You can see from my photo that I didn’t on my first attempt! I used an acetate card box for the design on the right.

Rubbing alcohol, shimmer paste and a spritzer…..

I pulled out my old retired Shimmer Paint for this. After fastening the mask down I sprayed a mix of alcohol and shimmer paint onto Night of Navy card. Love the effect I got!

Then after lots of playing, this is my favourite!

The ‘leaves’ mask was put through the embossing folder and leaving the mask in place I used a sponge dauber to carefully put ink onto the raised leaves. TIP; hold the mask carefully and dab the sponge dauber onto the leaves going along each tendril one at a time – they bend quite easily.

The masks are cleverly designed so that the leaves that are on a separate mask fit perfectly around the flowers. I used Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen for my leaves giving a subtle difference.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed this brief glimpse at what can be done with masks. If you would like to find out more then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Fancy Fold Christmas Card

Fancy Fold Christmas Card

During the past week, I have run a workshop demonstrating four fancy fold Christmas cards. In fact, the workshop extended into another session, as I didn’t take into account how much work we actually had to do! (Note to self, 2 fancy folds is enough in one session!)

This card is one of the ones we made. Probably the most technical and certainly a challenge to follow my own hand written instructions!

Lots of the materials were from the Whimsy and Wonder suite. I used 12 x 12 basic card stock for the base, but because it is not very stiff, I used lots of layers to help support it.

I wanted a cracker like feel to the card. The Basic edge dies were perfect to achieve this effect, and this is what took a lot of time….12 edges to die cut for each card!

I didn’t use Stampin’ Up! dies for the central aperture, as they were not big enough for it.

The gorgeous Whimsy and Wonder specialty designer series papers were used to decorate this fancy fold card. They are foiled on one side and so pretty. In fact they are so beautiful that its hard to decide which side to use, and in fact, some of the workshop attendees used the opposite side to what I used in my sample card. I stamped some of the Whimsical trees and the coloured baubles on to the central panel. To finish I added some Crystal Shimmery effects to make those pretty baubles shimmer.

To order any of the products used to make this fancy fold card, click on the images below.

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To find out more about upcoming workshops, take a look at the events and classes tab.


Autumn/Winter Catalogue launch Party

September 7th, 2 til 4pm

Holy Trinity Church Lounge, Spilsby Road, Boston

Join me to grab your copy of the autumn/winter catalogue and see some of the products from it along with ideas of things to make. Tea/coffee provided and CAKE!!

-New Christmas Products

-Table of Sale items

-Annual Catalogue products

-Make and Take

-Lots of fun!

Bonus Days are here!

For the month of July…spend £45 and get £4.50 voucher to spend in August.

What better excuse do you need to buy something from the new catalogue!

Contact me for details


Fed up of your craft room being untidy? Me too!

Check out the fabulous storage options now available from Stampin’ Up!

Contact me for more info

More from OnStage

So, as I said on my last blog, I had a brilliant time at the Onstage event in Telford last weekend and as well as my ‘team’ swaps I also was given a few other general swaps (even tho I didn’t make any myself to give out).

The blue Gingham card is stunning! I need to work out what the card design is called and see if I can make my own version! This one was made by Gill Moore

I was also given this lovely notebook and pen holder from Zoe as a thank you gift. Thank you Zoe!!

Team Swaps

So, what a lovely weekend I’ve just had. Two nights in a lovely B&B just outside Telford, a fleeting visit to Ironbridge (never been before but must go back again!) and to top it off a day with almost 600 like minded Stampers at the Stampin’ Up convention at the International centre in Telford.

It was a great day involving networking with people from all over the country (and some from abroad), looking at the next catalogue (due out June 4th) and seeing demonstrations using of several of the new stamp sets that will feature. It was a fun packed day and it was great to be able to put faces and names to people I usually only see on social media sites!

The Tantalizing Stampers

I am part of Zoe Tant’s Tantalizing stampers team, and 10 of us who attended the On Stage event made cards to swap between us. It is a fab way of seeing someone else’s card ideas!

Thought you might like to look at some of the team swaps I received this weekend.

Over the next few days I will show you a few other bits and pieces I got at the event.

For now, Happy Stamping!

April 2019 Team swaps

The twice yearly Stampin Up! convention was on, on April 13th and as usual I took part in the Tantalizing Stampers group swap.

This is where we make a card for everyone participating, swap cards whilst there and bring home lots of cards with other peoples ideas! Great for those days when your mind goes blank!

So for my swap, I used the fabulous Flamingo Stampset and made a ‘pocket card, with a little message on. Hope everyone liked it!

And this was the what my swap looked like…….

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In the next few days, I will show you the swaps I recieved….

Sale-a-bration and Occasion Time

Yes, From today, the Sale-a-bration and Spring Summer Occasion catalogue is ready to view and purchase from.

So what is the  ‘Occasion’s’ catalogue?  Its a range of new products available from January 3rd and complements many items in the Annual catalogue.  Now that Halloween and Christmas are over, its time for some new papers, stamps sets, dies and embellishments with a more spring like feel to them.


To get you copy,  contact me and I will get one sent to you asap!


And then there is Sale-a-bration!   During Sale-a-bration, (January 3rd until March 31st) for every £45 you spend, you can choose a free gift from the Sale-a-bration catalogues, or spend £90 and there are additional free products.   Host a party and there are even more goodies to have!

Ever thought of becoming a demonstrator?  Or a hobby demonstrator?  Join during Sale-a-bration and gets more than usual for your starter kit.  This gorgeous craft tote could be yours!

It is such a fabulous time of year to host a party or simply stock up on some gorgeous new products…don’t forget… arrange for your copies of both Occasions and Sale-a-bration now