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Friday, 31 August 2012

Sleepy Night Owl

Our new catalogue will be released during the early hours tomorrow. Even demonstrators can't access the link, enabling us to post, until then.
Despite being a night-owl I do need to get some sleep so....all being well, I intend to get the links to to our 'autumnal/spooky/Christmas-ness special' up and running before midday tomorrow, Saturday 1st September. Go rest your weary head and I'll meet with you then. Goodnight!

Last Day for Summer Orders

Today is the last day to place orders for items in the Summer Mini Catalogue.  

We'll wave goodbye this evening, but the good news is - tomorrow brings our very first Autumn/Winter Catalogue, our very own Holiday Mini!!! Whoohoo!
Finally, we're getting a seasonal catalogue of our own which has previously been released only in the US and Canada.
Choc full of autumnal/spooky/Christmas-ness (okay, so that's not a real word, but who cares?!). Exciting stuff.
Add to all this the Stampin' Up! retirement list, again, released tomorrow. Items sell swiftly so you will need to be quick to place orders for the listed products.
Don't forget - you need to call me quickly if you want any item featured in the Summer Mini.
Pop back tomorrow - Saturday 1st September to see it for the first time.
I look forward to your company!

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Only 5 Days Left!

Reminding you that there are just 5 days left to place an order from the Summer Mini Catalogue which finishes 31st August 2012.
Soon we'll say goodbye to the goodies in this catalogue and, if they don't carry forward into the main catalogue in October, you'll have lost the chance to get some of the items on you may have on your wish list.
Take another look, see if you'd like any of the stamps or other products in the mini and get back to me quickly if you do. If you haven't got a copy then click the link to the left of this post and all will be revealed!
Summer Mini Catalogue
Summer Mini Catalogue
I'll be sad to see these lovely things go but, the good news is - the Autumn/ Winter Catalogue - our new holiday mini, is almost here! Yes, for the first time we'll get a holiday themed mini catalogue in the UK - whoopee!!!!
Don't forget to get back to me if you'd like to order any item from the current Summer Mini, I look forward to hearing from you.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Stamp Camp Cards 16 - 20

Today's post shows the final cards from Stamp Camp. Please remember - If you do like any of these cards and wish to CASE them please give the original designers credit and don't publish or claim them as your own. Thanks!

The first is CASE'd from Lousette Ashton,(http://andthenicraft.blogspot.com ) I don't think that Lousette is a demo but have found that she often seems to use SU products. I really like her style and was keen to make this when I saw it on the internet. Now, this is not only crooked, you can't even see the white base card. No matter, her simple use of small pieces of DSP, card and a corner rounder punch are really effective.

CASE'd from Lousette Ashton.

Okay, you can stand up straight again now. The next pictures should be a little straighter. I've got a feeling that the next card is taken from one of Lousette's designs too, so for now, unless I'm told otherwise, I'm giving her the credit for it. Her blog address is shown above the previous card. On this card I've used the Triple Treat Flower stamp. I really like the pink, black and grey on the white base card. The woodgrain stamp gives a little interest,


from and idea by Lousette Ashton (?)


On this next card I used the Tea Shoppe stamp set, masking off a band at the bottom, stamping, then using the same stamp to create corners around the sentiment.


The bright colours of our circus style DSP - Big Top Birthday - and stamps to match - Under the Big Top - make this a fun card. I masked off the sentiment and balanced the elephant n a ball.



The final card was definitely CASE'd though I can't tell you where I saw it - possibly on Jenni Pauli's blog (?), http://paulinespapier.de/ . Jenni is another of those clever demo's who could probably take a plaster and turn it into something wonderful. This card came about as I'd been asked if the day could consist of making a variety of cards for different occasions and I felt that this could easily be sent as a sympathy card. The soft crumb cake with clean white works well, I think.

(CASE'd - Jenni Pauli ?)

I hope that you've enjoyed the ideas that all these clever, crafty people have come up with. Do take time to drop by their blogs and websites, I dare say you'll pick up a tip or two. I know I did!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Stamp Camp Cards 11 - 15

Today  takes me onto showing you the third batch of Stamp Camp cards. As always - If you do like any of these cards and wish to CASE them please give the original designers credit and don't publish or claim them as your own. Thanks!
The first card today was CASE'd from Linny, http://lindylousmeetingplace.blogspot.co.uk/ 
I thought it looked so fresh and clean, love the daisies which are the smallest of three on our Sizzix Bigz die. I think Linny used buttons on her original but we used the Sweet Button Embosslit instead.

original by Linny

Our next is another nautical/male card. I always seem so short on these and get stumped when trying to think of an idea, despite loving the stamp set! It also uses up more of those DSP scraps we all seem to accrue.


The third card is yet another by the fab Dawn Olchefske, http://dostamping.typepad.com/ ,  who always comes up with something different. On this occasion - plaid stamping. I CASE'd this pure and simple, I loved it so much, only the scallop edge is slightly different as mine is smaller. My ladies and I enjoyed trying this stamping technique  - so simple yet effective.

original by Dawn Olchefske

This card is CASE'd from Mandy Sheddon,  http://stampamandy.blogspot.co.uk/ The original is in pink and uses real buttons, we used the Sweet Buttons Embosslit again and wisteria wonder card. 

original by Mandy Sheddon
The last card today is from an idea which comes in handy when I need to use up even more of those scraps. I saw a card by someone who was obviously thinking along the same lines - got a feeling her name is Susan Creer., the only blog I can find for her is here: 
We punched the shapes from the Big Top Birthday DSP using the Postage Stamp punch which I still have in my stash - my Ladies still love this punch although it only appeared for a short while in our mini catalogue earlier this year.


Nice to finish this post on a bright cheery card. One more post to come showcasing the final Stamp camp cards.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Stamp Camp Cards 6 - 10

Here's the second batch of cards from Saturday's Stamp Camp.
The first card is CASE'd from Dawn Olchefske http://dostamping.typepad.com/  If you haven't visited this blog then you really should take a look:

by Dawn Olchefske




The next two make good use of our paper, this time Well Worn and First Edition Speciality DSP. Just add your choice of initial:


and now Brights Patterns DSP Paper Stack:

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Now I really can't remember where I saw the following card designs - sorry! If you know the originators then please let me know so that I can give credit. This card uses the Triple Treat Flower stamp:

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This uses the Mixed Bunch stamp set:

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If you do like any of these cards and wish to CASE them please give the original designers credit and don't publish or claim them as your own. Thanks!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Stamp Camp Cards 1 - 5

Over the next few days I'll be showcasing the cards that we made during Stamp Camp. The reason I'm posting these gradually is that many have been CASE'd, some just using the originators idea and adding or changing elements, others a straight copy - but all super cards and I want to give credit for each card where possible and a link to their website/blog. If you do like any of these cards and wish to CASE them please give the original designers credit and don't publish or claim them as your own. Thanks!

We're starting out with with this card by Monika Davis http://monikastamp.wordpress.com/  which is simple, suitable for men and great for using up scraps too:

original by Monika Davis

The next card has a lovely summery colour and feel, CASE'd from Lindsey Bowe  http://lindsey-doodlings.blogspot.co.uk/, :

original by Lindsey Bowe


 The third card makes use of our fabulous designer series paper. Especially useful where you want to use a strong design but not overpower the card.



Number four is another from Monika Davis http://monikastamp.wordpress.com/ featuring the Mixed Bunch stamp set and super Everyday Enchantment brads (sadly now retired) and victoria crochet ribbon.

original by Monika Davis

The last card for today is CASE'd from Deb Fearns http://debfearns.wordpress.com/ , showcasing the Open Sea stamp set.

original by Deb Fearns


I hope that you've enjoyed viewing the work of these talented people and take time to check out their blogs.


Sunday, 19 August 2012

Stamp Camp 2012

What a busy day Saturday was. Between 10am - 4pm I held a Stamp Camp. 14 people making 20 cards each. Gosh, it was so hot! Fortunately we had the double doors open but even so we were more than slightly warm. We were openly welcomed by the Salvation Army whose room I hired. I took a dozen 'fuzzifotos' to share with you. Some of the Ladies worked 'as a team'.

Dee & Lesley
 A mini team of their own.

Wendy, Steff & Marilyn
 Heads down, lots to do. Marilyn & Steff 'hit it off'.

Janet, Pam & Fiona, Sue & Jane

Pam, Fiona, Sue

 Pam looks happy! Fiona toils away.

Sylvia & Janet


 Deep in thought but working well together

Margaret & Lesley
 Not a moment wasted, not a moment to spare!

Wendy
 Some people almost forgot to have lunch - including me (I'm hiding).


Jane and Sue are 'absent'. It's Jane's birthday and they're in the kitchen preparing a lovely cream tea for us all. With delicious homemade scones (thanks Sue!) cream and jam. Yummy!


Wanda.    Cathryn
 The cavalry arrived. Wanda came in the afternoon to lend a hand to those in need.

Cathryn - my super friend and DTL
Voila!
I haven't posted the samples yet as they were mostly CASE'd and I want to give the originators credit.
It was a big task to complete, some ladies had a lot less experience than others but all coped admirably. Some surprised me by asking when I plan to hold another crafty day.
My lovely ladies all supported me. Some mentored others with less experience - thank you - you know who you are! Thanks too for help with setting up, loan of tools and clearing up at the end. I couldn't have done it without you all!!!
All the prep work was worth it - I enjoyed the day and hope the ladies did too!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Last of the Swaps

Today I'm posting the last of our team training swaps, well almost! I'm holding just one back which I'm hoping to do as a class. Below you'll see the first of three items, a cute bookmark in bright colours made by Kate Collier.

by Kate Collier


The bookmark is stamped with images from the Tea Shoppe stamp set onto a whisper white background.

Next is another bookmark. This is pretty and in more subtle tones, made by Karen Taft (karentaft.blogspot).

by Karen Taft

The last photo today is a mini card by Steph Mayne.

by Steph Mayne.
Thanks to all the crafty demos who swapped their cards with me.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Happy Birthday Deb!

Here we go again - a wedding reception this weekend,a birthday today and not a card in sight. This photo (don't look to closely) is made up of components that I'd already prepared when I was deciding what to do for next week's Stamp Camp. I used other designs due to time constraints and popped these into a bag. Today I pulled out all the bits n' bobs to see what I could come up with. The cup stamp is from Tea Shoppe which has been inked using our marker pens ( softening the colours with an aqua painter), run through the bigshot with the top note die and then again using the perfect polka dots embossing folder. The background is lucky limeade cardstock (oooh, I do love this and the other In Colour shades) which has been stamped with Mixed Bunch in white Staz-On. The verse is from the Precious Butterflies set - do hope this doesn't retire when the new catalogue arrives - this has been cut to shape with the framelits labels die. A white ribbon to finish. Voila!

To be fair, the ink on the cup does look better in real life, not so patchy as in the photo. Too late to change, it's in the mail!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Two More!

A very short post to show you two more of the Team swaps I received. The second photo - which is extremely blurred - is the reverse of the little tea bag gift.

The tea bag holder has a pocket for a tea bag on one side (see the 'fuzzifoto' below) and a pocket for a tag on the other, as seen above. It was made by Sarah Piggott. The lollipop cup was made by Cary Buckham.


I've still got another few to post so will be back shortly!

Monday, 6 August 2012

More Swaps

I've a few more swap from our team training to show you today.
The first is from Josie Levy:

By Josie Levy




This next one doesn't show up too well. By Joanne Penney it's a tag which has been stamped on acetate and is very effective up close:

by Joanne Penney
This card is by Caroline (carolinesretreat.blogspot.co.uk):


Sunday, 5 August 2012

Team Training Swaps

Yesterday I said that I'd be bringing you more swaps from our Team Training Day. Here are today's lovely cards. The demos are happy for you to CASE these cards but please don't publish these as your own work. Thanks!
The first is from Sally Heasman:

by Sally Heasman


This second is from Lynn Clifford (www.heavenlycrafts.com/stampinheaven). It looks as if the base card is black but it's actually blue:

by Lynn Clifford

And the last one for today is from Pip Todman (www.queenpipcards.co.uk):

by Pip Todman

Once again all the cards are very different,great for inspiration and look so much better in real life..

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Team Training

Last month we had one of our bi-monthly Team Training events. I recently posted photos of my swaps and thought you might like to see some of the super cards I received in return. So over the next few days I plan to post them on here. The cards are sooo much nicer in the flesh as my scanning is a little skewiff, if you know what I mean!
BTW - these cards are for your inspiration but please don't publish them as your own. Thanks!

The first today is by Natalie O'Shea, my upline.(www.natalieoshea.co.uk)

  
The next is by Carolyn Exwood (http://scrapaholicatlarge.blogspot.co.uk/):


This one is by Gill Moore 
(gill21moore@blueyonder.co.uk)

All so very different in style and content but I'm sure you'll see something to like on each card.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Need a reason to smile?



Then take a look at the latest Stampin' Up! promotion,
Get the Reason to Smile Set FREE when you spend £60 on any Stampin’ Up! products or purchase it at the regular retail price.

Reason to Smile Wood-Mount Set                £18.95
Reason to Smile Clear-Mount Set                 £14.95

This promotion is only available during August
limit of 1(one) free set per customer per order.

Want a closer look at these stamps..................

Think of all the things you could use these beautiful stamps on....cards, scrapbooks, boxes, gift bags, home decor....the list is only limited by your imagination.
Don't forget - you can get this super set FREE with a purchase of £60 or more only during August.