Monday, 18 April 2016

All change!

Lots of news to tell you about at the moment .... so make sure you read to the bottom!

Firstly, Weekly Deals are changing.  There will be no more weekly deals, but in it's place will be Special Offers.  These special offers will be less frequent, but more amazing!

The Weekly Deals will finish tomorrow - so make sure you get your orders in NOW for this weeks deals ....One of the offers is one of my most favourite, and used greeting stamp sets - Crazy about You - there's something in the set for everyone, and at only £17.25 - it's a bargain!

In other news - The Retiring List is being launched today - so keep popping back for the link - lots of stock is retiring including stamps, punches, dies, colours etc.... but you have to be quick - once its gone, its gone!  Fastest finger first!  Any order valued at £45 or over and placed via my online shop will receive the postage refunded - that's a whoppin g £4.95 saving!  The link to the shop is on the right, and the Retiring List will also be available via the shop - so two places to keep popping back to.

I'll be back later or tomorrow with more exciting news!

If you have any questions or queries, please email me at or call/text me on 07747 465186

Take care - Cal xxxxx

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Join The Team!

You don't have to be mad to join our team, but it sure does help!  

The lovely Alisha
You don't have to want to run your own business to become part of the Hearts team, as you can join up to receive the amazing 20% discount (leading to 25% discount) .. or, you can sign up for just the kit - However ... if you want to run your own crafting business, then during Sale-a-Bration is the best time to join.  You will receive an EXTRA £61 worth of products, which is an amazing offer to get you started.  If you choose bundles as part of your starter kit (that have a 15% discount already), then you will give yourself a great head start in your business.  You will also have access to thousands of products via the Stampin Up! catalogue and oif you want, your own online  store - seriously, it's never been easier!

I run regular FREE trainings - both online and in person, so it doesn't matter where you are in the UK or Europe.  I have a busy Team Facebook page, where we all share ideas for classes, projects etc., and I am contactable 24/7 - what have you got to lose - come and join us!!!!!!!

Limited time Sale-a-Bration offer when you join between January 6 - March 31, 2016
  • The £99 Starter Kit can be ordered through me HERE
  • You decide!  Choose £160 worth of Stampin' Up! products for your kit (includes the 15% off bundles).  
  • Free P&P!  The kit is mailed to you for FREE for even more savings.
  • Up to 25% discount!  Enjoy a minimum of a 20% demonstrator discount every day.   
  • No penalty!  If you reach £270 in sales by the end of the first FULL quarter, you will remain active for another quarter. If you don’t reach those sales, you can “drop” with no penalty.
  • No catch!  There’s no obligation to hold workshops or parties, sell products to others or personally purchase anything beyond the kit. 
  • You will also receive £45 worth of business products for FREE to get your Stampin Upbusiness started, if you choose to.  
If you would like to join my fun team, then either click this link HERE or contact me on or text/call me on 07747 465186 and I will call you back.

Monday, 29 February 2016

Just for You....

Good morning!

I'm not sure if you have noticed, but the last year or so, watercolouring has become huge.  There are so many ways to watercolour from watercolouring images, to using watercolour for background designs etc. etc...   I love that I can get down and dirty using lots of different techniques.

These two cards below were made using one of my most favourite techniques, which is literally saturate a piece of watercolour paper with water, and then add droplets of ink and spread it around with a clean brush.  I then add other colours and encourage them to blend using my brush.  If the paper is wet enough, then this is achievable.  On each of the cards below, I've used three different colours.  I dried off each layer with a blast from my heat gun, then saturated again until I was happy with the colour and consistency of the background.  I then left the piece to air-dry.  I literally then just cut the mat to size, stamped over the dried background with Memento ink and added some candy dots and sequins.

These were really quick and easy cards to make, and I would say for someone who is just starting to play with watercolouring, then this is the easiest it gets!

The amazing 'Just for you' stamp, is a Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Botanicals for You, and has four sentiments, and 5 images ... you can earn this for FREE by placing a £45 order (plus you will earn free postage from me - The free postage is not available if it is included as a stampers group order).

For further details, or to place your order, you can either:-
*Email me your order at
*Order direct from my website (click on the shopping trolley card)
*Message me via Facebook (Carole Bryson Wood)
*Call/text me on 07747 465186

Pop back tomorrow for a lovely selection of Notelets made using another Sale-a-Bration stamp set using a different technique.

Have a great week folks - Cal xxxxx

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Love You - Mini Album Instructions

As promised, below are the instructions for the mini album above.

1. Cut your chipboard pages.  I've used 2mm thickness chipboard, but you can use any thickness you have available.  If you only have thin chipboard, then glue two together.

Page 1 - 3 1/2" x 5"
Page 2 - 4" x 5"
Page 3 - 5 1/2" x 5"
Page 4 - 6" x 5"
Page 5 - 7" x 5"

NOTE: I only used 5 pages, as I've left a gap between the 2nd to 3rd page and then the 4th to 5th page.  If you want to add an extra page 3 and an extra page 5, you will need to cut 1@ 41/2" x 5" (page 3) and 61/2" x 5" (page 5) making a total of 7 pages.

2.  Cover your chipboard.  I used the Love Blossoms Paper Stack which is approx 6" x 6" and paper pieced the inner edge of the larger papers with a strip of alternating paper.  I used a wet glue to stick the paper, as it allows you a bit of 'give' until you're happy with the placement.  Once all the pages have been covered, allow a bit of time for them to start drying, then trim the edges.  Or leave to dry completely, and then trim the papers down. Don't worry if you don't get it perfect, you can file the edges with a piece of smooth sandpaper or a Basic Grey file.

3.   Punch your pages.  Once your pages are completely dry, I used a crop-a-dile to punch the holes in each page.  I punch the holes from the top inwards, approx 1/2" from the top of the page, then punched the second hole 1/2" apart.  I then punched the bottom hole 1/2" up from the bottom, and punched the last hole 1/2" in.  If you prefer, you need only punch 3 holes - the top and bottom and then a third hole in the middle of the pages.

4.  Distress your pages.  I use three shades of brown ink to distress the edges.  I used Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Tip Top Taupe.  If you're not sure how to distress, then leave me a comment, and I'll video a quick 'how to' tutorial.

5.  Collate all your pages together, and thread through the book rings to hold the album together.  I used 11/2" rings, but you could certainly use 1" rings if you preferred.  Remember, to check the thickness of the album - if your album is a finished thickness of say 2" then a 1" book ring won't fit.

6.  Decorate!  YAY!!!  The best part of the album - I used a few different SU embellishments. I used the Bloomin Heart thinlet die on the front cover, and although you can barely see it, I die-cut the words 'love you' from two different 'word' framelit sets.  I also used a combination of ribbons that I tied around the book rings - some of these ribbons are retired, so use any ribbons you wish to decorate the rings.

Voila - your album is complete!

If you do make this album, then please drop a link in the comments section so that we can all see it, or email me at so that I can share with other readers of this blog.

I hope you have an enjoyable Sunday - catch ya soon!   For a list of my supplies, please see below.

Have fun! xxx

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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Hostess with the Mostest!

Well I think so anyway ... isn't this hostess amazing!  This set appeals to crafters of all genre - from fabric to paper, this set is a sure winner and its possibilities are endless!

This set is only £13 to buy BUT, you can only buy it if you place a £150 order, or if you are a hostess of a party, and the combined orders amount to £150 - it's exclusive, and you will want it!

Why not have a catalogue party, and gather your friends for a 'crafty' night - you don't have to be 'arty' as all of our stamps do the work for you!  Decide on a project for the evening (I can even design a project for you), and craft away .... then, if your orders amount to £150, you can purchase this amazing stamp set for only £13, plus you get free Sale-a-Bration products and other hostess benefits.  I can even come and do the party for you - the choice is yours.

Another way of earning this set, is by joining one of my stampers groups.  You commit to spending at least £15 per month (plus postage) for 10 months with me, and during one of those months, you are the 'virtual' hostess, and earn at least £15 to spend on anything you wish from the current catalogues.  There are other benefits to joining one of my groups, so if you are interested, then please drop me an email at

As you can see, all I really added to these cards was the ink and on the secopnd card, a little offcut of designer paper!

These cards were so quick and easy to make as all 18 stamps are included in the set!  

To place an order you can :- 
Shop direct HERE 
Email me on 
Call/text me on 07747 465186 
(if you place a £45 order via my website, then be sure to email me your bank details/paypal details so that I can reimburse your postage)

Thanks for visiting - have an amazing day!     Cal xxxxxxxx

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Monday, 18 January 2016

I'm not in love .....

Well I wasn't ... until I got my mucky mawlers on this stamp set.   I had passed it by and hadn't even noticed it in the new spring/summer catalogue.

Thank goodness one of my teamies brought it with her to our team meeting, and allowed me to have a play with the set. The following samples are all made using the beautiful Birthday Blooms stamp set.  

The first card was made by stamping the image onto white cardstock, then colouring in the image, and then fussy-cutting the whole lot out.  I attached the image to an oversized tag (cut tails into the end) that I stapled to the front of the card.  I stamped and cut out the sentiment, and then tucked it under the flower.  Finally, I added a wink of stella (clear), to give it a sparkle, and finished off by adhering rhinestones.

The second card was made by adding a strip of Blushing Bride cardstock to the front of the card, that had been torn on an angle at the bottom.  I then added a strip of Burlap and a small strip of retired old olive ribbon towards the top of the card over the tag.  I then stamped the image onto a 2 1/2" die-cut circle, coloured it in, added a small bow and some pearls, and then adhered it over the ribbon.  Easy! You can easily make lots of these cards very quickly!  Why not make half a dozen of them, tie a ribbon around,them all, and give them as a gift?

This stamp set is only £17 unmounted - it contains three sentiments and five images, and I really think that this set is a bargain!

All I have done on the above card, is exchange the card layer for a patterned paper layer - It is similar to the card above, but I changed slightly by not colouring it in - so so easy!

On this last card, I have added paper from the Love Blossoms paper stack (£7.25), and I have also used the highly adaptable Timeless Textures stamp set over the stamped flower .... by doing this, I have added texture and colour to the flower.  I finished off with a touch of twine under the sentiment, and tucked under the image.

I love it when you find something that otherwise would have passed you by!

If you would like to place an order, then please either click on the 'shop' button on the right hand toolbar, or email me at


I have four places left for my latest paper share

You will receive 78 6x6 sheets of all the papers in the Spring/Summer Catalogue
 Paper shares are a great way to try out samples of ALL the paper packs and be ready to order just the paper that you particularly love.

You will receive 78 sheets of 6x6 paper in total, with an extra bonus of a sample of the NEW glimmer paper.

The following is just a sample of the papers that you will receive :-

To reserve your share:-
  • email me at or message me via Facebook, to tell me you'd like to join this paper share
  • include your name, address, contact phone number and the email address you use for Paypal
  • I will begin sending Paypal invoices to participants as soon as the group is full.
  • Paper will be ordered emailed out within 10 days.
  • Paper shares paid for will be filled as groups of 8 people join.  The shares will continue in groups of 8 whenever you are ready to order.

The cost is £15 per bundle INCLUDING postage, a discount AND a free glimmer paper sample.

Have fun!   Cal xxxxxxx

Friday, 15 January 2016

Loving You is Easy

... with the amazing Bloomin' Love stamp set and Bloomin' Heart thinlit dies.

I seriously cannot get enough of this bundle.  At only £31.25 for the complete bundle, I think its a winner.  Thinking beyond Valentine's Day, this bundle can be used for many other occasions ... by die-cutting a shape out of the front of your card, and then adhering the 'heart' behind the apperture, you can create lots of different effects.

In the sample below, I die-cut the shape from the medium Deco Label thinlits, and then adhered the 'heart' behind it.  Although I've made this into a Valentine's card, this equally have been a Get Well sentiment, or a Happy Birthday/Anniversary sentiment.  The background was created using tone on tone and then a deeper colour for matching to the sentiment.

I am absolutely loving the tone on tone effect at the moment, as you can see in the card below.

I didn't want to waste the deco label shape that I cut out, so while I had the stamps and inkpads out, I knocked up this little beauty in less than a couple of minutes.

The thing I really like about this years Spring/Summer catalogue, is the thought process that has gone into this years selection.  Although 'themed' a lot of the products have mutliple uses, and therefore are more cost effective.  As we're all watching the pennies at this time of year, it's a win-win for me!

To order any of the products, please either shop direct via the link to the right, or email me on or call/text me on 07747 465186.

Don't forget - If you have ever thought of becoming a demonstrator, or if you are considering spending at least £100, then during Sale-a-Bration, the starter kit is £99 and you get to select £160 worth of products OF YOUR CHOICE!  Even if you sign up for the kit alone, you don't have to meet any minumums until June .. and by then, you will have had a sneaky peak of the 2016 main catalogue.  

If you want to start your own crafting business, then this is the ideal time to sign up - £99 to start a business!  It's madness!  As I say, you get to choose £160 worth of products of your choice ... and you will receive all the help, assistance and training to help you get your business of the ground.  Another win-win.   I joined Stampin' Up! five years ago this month, during Sale-a-Bration, and it was a great boost to receive the extra products.

Again, contact me on any of the above media if you would like more details!

Don't forget 2 - It's Sale-a-Bration, so if you add the Love Blossoms designer paper, the Love Blossoms Cardstock Pack and the Blushing Bride NEW glimmer paper, then you will also earn a FREE sale-a-bration product (of your choice), and FREE postage.  

What can be better than crafting freebies?  Answers on a postcard!

I hope you all get some crafting fun this weekend - Cal xxxxxx

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