Tuesday, 21 April 2015

So long ... farewell .....

It's almost time for the 2016 NEW Main Catalogue ! YAY !!!  

So in preparation for the new catalogue - the 2015 Retirement List is now online.  Those of you who have experienced ordering from previous lists of retired products will know just how quickly these items fly out of the warehouse - one blink, and they're gone ! Not only that, but when it's gone, it's GONE!

There are links below for both catalogue and digital retiring products.

The fastest way to order and ensure you get the products you choose is to order from my online store HERE

The Retirements Lists are here :-

Catalogue products are HERE

My Digital Studio products are HERE

Go Go Go !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can also order via my email addy carole.bryson@gmail.com or call/text me on 07747 465186

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Supersize Weekly Deals

Wow - have you seen all the Weekly Deals this week ... there is not only some great deals, but there's more of them !

To place your orders you can either shop HERE at my online shop 24/7, or you can email me on carole.bryson@gmail.com (or call/text me on 07747 465186)

Don't forget, that if you spend over £45 you will get FREE P&P


I'm sorry that I will be a bit quiet this week, but this weekend is our Spring into Summer 2 Day Crop, so I am busy preparing surprises, kits etc. etc....   I'll be back posting as normal next week !

10 CLUB 

I have two places available in a new 10 Club starting this month.  You commit to spending £15 per month (plus postage) for 10 months, and during ONE of those 10 months, you are the hostess and will earn at least £20 to spend on whatever you like from the current catalogues.

To reserve your place, and to receive all the current catalogues, please contact me on carole.bryson@gmail.com

Scrapbooking/Mixed Media

Just thought that I would show you one of the layouts that I have been experimenting with using mixed media - I'm trying to use up old papers/kits etc., and this is a great way of doing it !


To create this layout, I simply chose colours that I felt would compliment each other, and cut them into various sized strips.   I played around with the paper cluster until I felt happy with the compilation.

I distressed both of the background papers by snipping into the patterned background, and 'rolling back' the papers with my fingers - if this is difficult, then spray the paper with water, and you should be able to 'roll' the paper more easily.  On the top 'tear', I added a small piece of matching patterned paper, to show it peeking out of the tear.

Before adding the paper cluster, I spritzed Mr Huey ink sprays over the patterned paper.

I used a bubbles stencil and texture paste, to give more texture to the layout.  After the texture paste had dried, I drew around some of the bubbles to help them pop off the page.

I fussy cut some of the flowers, and started building up the page using a selection of embellishments, and tucked them under the layers of the paper cluster.  (I attached the paper cluster using foam pads, so that I could add even more texture, and to allow me to tuck in embellishments).

Lastly, I added the title.

Notes:  Multi-media projects, are literally all about playing around with inks, paints and multi-mediums.  I have as many disasters as I have successes, but each time I have a play around, I learn something new.   I also add different textures by using fabrics, plastics, pages from books, tissue paper, napkins etc.. and then painting over with gesso, so that they disappear into the background, but are still semi-visible underneath.   Why not give it a go ... and let me see your results !

Have a great day folks - it's looking as if it's going to be glorious !

Thursday, 26 March 2015

5 more days & HUGE, MASSIVE charity raffle !

Get more for your £1 (or Euro) !

Get massive reductions on the Clearance Rack and the Weekly Deals - These are Stampin' Up! products that are discounted up to 70% !  

If you make your order up to £45, then you will also be eligible to select a FREE gift from Sale-a-Bration !  (Or you can order from either the main catalogue or the Spring/Summer catalogue)

The first Sale-a-Bration offerings are HERE

The second Sale-a-Bration offerings are below :-

Lastly, the third selection of Sale-a-Bration products :-

You can select ANY free product that you would like for every £45 spent!

PLUS you will receive FREE postage if your order is over £45, an offer from me, not Stampin' Up!

You can place your orders HERE at my 24/7 online shop, or you can email me at carole.bryson@gmail.com OR you can call/text me on 07747 465186


Once again it is my yearly Charity Raffle that benefits multiple charities.  This year, there is just ONE HUMONGOUS prize valued at almost £60.   The prize includes :-

12 x 12 Black Project Life Album
Pack of 12 x 12 Project Life pockets
Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection (or you can select a different collection)
Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack (or you can select a different collection)

Tickets are £2 each or 3 for £5 

To purchase your raffle ticket(s) simply pay via my Paypal address carolebryson@hotmail.com and I will email you with your raffle ticket number(s)  Please add your preferred email address to the 'notes' section of your Paypal payment. 

The draw will take place at the Spring into Summer 2 day retreat on the 11th April, and I will announce the winner on my blog that evening.  The prize will be posted out on Monday 13th April.  I will video the drawing, and try and load it onto my blog (I've not been successful at loading videos so far, so if anyone has any hints or tips, please drop me an email) !

Good luck everyone and thank you in advance !

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

It's a DEAL ... and DEFINITELY only 6 Days Left !

Can you believe how fast this past three months have gone ?

I can't believe that I'm saying that there's only 6 days left of Sale-a-Bration!  How fast has that gone?

I'm going to do a spotlight over the next few days of some of my favourite Sale-a-Bration products for 'old times sake'.  I really wish that some of the products would follow into the new Main Catalogues, but sadly, they never do - which is all the more reason why you MUST get your Sale-a-Bration orders in within the next SIX days!

I'm starting with Best Day Ever stamp set and Best Year Ever designer papers and accessories.  I love how easy it is to use this stamp set on so many different things!  I've used it to edge scrapbook pages, and to add splodges and patterns on cards, tags etc.,

Try using your Stampin Up markers to 'colour' the stamp set and achieve multi-coloured backgrounds!

Best Day Ever stamp set

Best Year Ever designer papers

Best Year Ever accessories - full reels !
Here are some samples using the Best Day Ever stamped around the outsides of a scrapbook layout, and which shows off the matching Best Year Ever designer series papers.

And here are some cards and tags using the Best Day Ever stamp set and matching papers.

To earn your FREE Sale-a-Bration goodies, then just browse any of the two current catalogues (the main catalogue and the Spring/Summer catalogue), select £45 worth of craft supplies, and pick which of your FREE sale-a-bration goodies you would like.  How easy is that ?  Oh, and to sweeten the deal even more, how about FREE postage as well ?

You can place you orders via my online shop HERE or by emailing me at carole.bryson@gmail.com.


Look at this weeks weekly deals .... Oh my days .. how fabulous are this weeks offerings?

THe envelope punch board only £13.46 ... seriously ? wow !  I must also grab me some of those Gold Soiree papers - I think they would be a perfect alternative for Christmas papers!

As above, to place your orders, or if you have any questions or queries, then please contact me by emailing me at carole.bryson@gmail.com or call/text me on -07747 465186

Much Love – Cal x

Monday, 23 March 2015

My Digitial Studio News and more news !

Wow! If you've been on my blog for more than thirty seconds today, I bet you're really excited about all the fun things going on in the papercrafting world right now. Lots of exciting new products and techniques, tons of great specials, fun events coming our way-there's plenty to distract us from the sad news that a couple of our product lines are going away.
Blendabilities Markers

Unfortunately, an issue with manufacturing these markers has caused a failure rate of 30-40% totally unacceptable, of course... and Stampin' Up was unable to find a workable solution to continue their relationship with that manufacturer. So, in order to maintain the high quality standards you have come to expect through Stampin' Up's 27-year history, the product line has been discontinued, effective immediately. No further Blendabilities will be shipped as merchandise or as Sale A Bration rewards.

I know, I'm sad too! I loved colouring with these fun new tools and it's a bummer that I won't be able to get them in more colours. But you can continue to use the Blendies you already own.
There are lots of alternatives to the Blendabilites, so look at some of my previous posts, and keep an eye out for new posts, with new ideas !

 My Digital Studio
Due to the continuously-evolving nature of scrapbooking as a modern art form, and an upsurge in the technological capability to preserve memories in less traditional ways, Stampin' Up is retiring the My Digital Studio software and product line. New options and partnerships are being explored that will continue to combine the colour coordination and stamp images we know and love from Stampin' Up with the ease and convenience of the digital age.
While you can continue to use the software and downloads as long as you like (I use mine for all kinds of projects) the product line will be discontinued on May 31st, 2015, so purchase what you want/need before then.  www.mydigitalstudio.net will be taken down, and you should save and back up all your downloads as they will no longer be cached on the Stampin' Up site after May 31st. I will try to send regular reminders to get those downloads permanently transferred to a safe spot before the deadline.
"If you are brave enough to say goodbye,
life will reward you with a new hello."
--Paula Coehlo

Of course, every time product lines depart, new ones take their place! I'm excited to see what new "hellos" are just around the corner for Stampin' Up. Bottom line - I'm proud to represent a company that refuses to put junk on the market, and is willing to make tough decisions like this one, even when the easy thing to do would be to ignore it. Pulling the plug on a promising software that quite a few people loved dearly was also a difficult choice, not easily made. It's just another reinforcement in five years of realizing that Stampin' Up is a quality company to work for. If you'd like more information on becoming a demonstrator yourself, I'd be so honoured to walk you through it and answer your questions. Let's chat!

Spring into Summer 2 Day Retreat - Rochdale - 11th & 12th April
There are still a couple of places left for our fun Spring into Summer 2 Day Retreat.  Due to unforseen circumstances, four places have become available, and the products for the classes have already been purchased.   If you would like to reserve a place for either ONE day or TWO, then please contact me immediately.  The cost is £70 per day and INCLUDES all the class kits, refreshments, meals, use of tools etc. etc. etc.
Contact me on carole.bryson@gmail.com as soon as possible !
If you would like to pre-order the scrapbook kits from the retreat, then please contact me on the above email address.  Samples of kits, below :-

There are only 5 days left of Sale-a-Bration, so only five days left to earn free goodies AND free postage (orders over £45 only).
Why don't you put an order together with your friends, and earn the freebies ?
You can either place your orders direct from my online shop HERE or contact me on carole.bryson@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Chat to you soon !  Cal xxx

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Irresistibly Yours, Instructions and Something New ...

Have you seen the gorgeous Irresistibly Yours papers in the Sale-a-Bration leaflet ?

These are 12x12 white papers covered in glossy white patterns, and they are perfect for colouring using a variety of techniques.

On my samples below, I stamped over the leaf pattern using the amazing Flower Patch stamp set in Strawberry Slush, Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight.

This is the Flower Patch stamp set, and if you look HERE you will see lots and lots of stunning samples using the stamp set.   This stamp is only £22.95 and you can create the most amazing backgrounds, one sheet wonders, focal points, embellishments etc.  I really think for the amount of stamps that's in it, that its an absolute bargain !

Here are my cards, with instructions on how to complete each card.

Card 1.

1. Cut a piece of Strawberry Slush cardstock into a standard cardbase. 4 1/8" x 5 7/8"
2. Cut one piece of whisper white cardstock to measure 4" x 5 5/8"
3. Cut a piece of Irresistibly Yours paper to measure 3 3/4" x 5 3/8"
4. Choose three flower stamps from Flower Patch (one large, one medium, one small)
6. Stamp the large flower image using Strawberry Slush, three times over the Irresistibly Yours mat.  I stamped off the mat (top left, middle right, bottom left)
7. Take the medium flower image and stamp in Tangerine Tango in some of the spaces that you have just stamped.
8. Take the smaller flower image and stamp in Daffodil Delight in all of the remaining spaces.
9. Take a baby wipe or kitchen towel and wipe over the whole of the mat.  Because the embossed 'leaf' paper is glossy, it will resist the ink, and will show a halo effect around the areas that you have just stamped.
10. Layer up your card.  Adhere the white mat first onto the Strawberry Slush cardbase.  Then using dimensionals, attach the top stamped layer.
11. You can now decorate your card as desired.  I used the Deco label framelits and the flower from the Itty Bitty Shape punch set.

Card 2.

1. Cut a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock into a standard cardbase.  4 1/8" x 5 7/8"
2. Cut a piece of Irresistibly Yours paper to measure 4" x 5 5/8"
3. Stamp one flower image using Daffodil Delight all over the card.
4. Take a baby wipe or kitchen towel and wipe over the whole of the mat.
5. Adhere the stamped mat to your cardbase.
6. Decorate as desired.  Again, I used the Deco label framelit set and the flower from the Itty Bitty Shape punch set.

Why not put a kit together with the Flower Patch stamp set, Deco Label's (£20.95) and a couple of inkpads, and earn the Irresistibly Yours papers for FREE !  If your order is £45 or over, you can earn the papers for free AND earn free postage!  What a deal !

Please either place your orders direct HERE at my online shop which is open 24/7, or email me on carole.bryson@gmail.com

SOMETHING NEW ... I'd like to introduce to you 
the Sizzling Scrapbook Kit !

I  am going to be selling a Monthly Sizzling Scrapbook Kit starting in April.  Each month will be very different and will includes lots of new techniques for you to learn.  The kits will not always include Stampin Up! exclusive products, although the majority of the kit will be - for example, one month there may be some non-Stampin Up! papers, or it may contain some mixed media materials. There will be a limited number of kits available, so you will need to pay and notify me by the 2nd day of every month if you wish to purchase one.  The kits will then be posted out on the 9th/10th of each month approximately. (Dependent upon if the order period includes a weekend).

You will receive instructions and enough supplies to complete AT LEAST 2 scrapbook layouts. The cost of the kit will be £12 per month plus £3 postage (pizza box).

You are NOT committing to purchase a kit each month.

(photo to be added shortly)

To order your kits, please contact me on carole.bryson@gmail.com

REMEMBER:  There are only 9 days left to earn free Sale-a-Bration goodies !  (link goes to the Sale-a-Bration leaflet) ... plus these products have been added to the products that you can earn.

I hope you have fun playing with the cards above!

Much Love – Cal x

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Sale-a-Bration - More Products Added

As you have previously read, Stampin' Up! have had a lot of issues with the Blendabilities and they are no longer available.  However, to sweeten the deal, the following products have been added to the Sale-a-Bration offerings - while stocks last!

In order to earn one of the Sale-a-Bration free products, you will have to place a £45 order, which will also earn you free postage from me.

To place your order - which can be any products from the main catalogue and the Spring/Summer catalogue, please contact me on carole.bryson@gmail.com or call/text me on 07747 465186

You can also place your order online HERE 24/7

Happy Shopping !    Cal xxxxxxx


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