Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Quick and Easy … just how I like it !

How quick and easy were these cards to make ?  Well seeing as you weren’t with me when I made them, I’ll tell you – 20 cards in one evening !

This set was made using:-

Festival of Prints papers from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue (£6.25 for a book of 48 sheets), Greetings of the Season stamp set (£13.95 mounted, £10.95 unmounted), and Apothecary Accents Framelits (£20.95) … this framelit set has become an absolute favourite with me, and it is fabulous for both scrapbooking and card making !


This second set has (again) been made using the fabulous Apothecary framelits, the Greetings of the Season stamp set, but I’ve added some grosgrain ribbon, and I have embossed the largest frame using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder (£7.50).  I have used Real Red and Island Indigo NEW ink pads.


These cards were so easy to make, and so thankfully quick to make up !

If you would like to place an order, then please contact me on or text me on 07747 465186.

Why not Spread the Cost  whilst earning FREE stash ?

My next Stampers Group (Virtual Hostess Club) is due to begin in December.  Just in time to coincide with Sale-a-Bration which starts in January.
The last round is now coming to an end and it's proved extremely popular with particpants, most of whom have already signed up again.
The exciting thing about a Virtual Hostess Club  is that every member gets to receive at least £25 of hostess benefits at some point during the club period.

Places are limited, so please read the following carefully and let me know as soon as possible if you’d like to reserve a slot.

How it works

Each member agrees to spend a minimum of £15 on Stampin’ Up!® products per month for the 10-month duration of the club OR £25 per month for 6 months for the Stampers 6 Group. Having 10 members (or 6 members for the Stampers 6 group) means that the club’s monthly orders qualify for hostess benefits. On joining the club, you will be allocated at random a month to be hostess. By the end of the club, everyone will have taken a turn at getting the freebies!

There are other exciting benefits, too. Here’s the full list:

  1. Guaranteed hostess benefits for your allocated month – these can be increased if you choose to hold a party during your host month
  2. FREE catalogues! Specifically, an Autumn/Winter Catalogue; Annual Catalogue (released in October) and Spring/Summer catalogue (released February). Obviously, you will get these early - another privilege of being part of the club.
  3. £5 discount to classes charged at £25 or over.
  4. FREE shipping (from SU to me – if you need your goods to be posted to your house, this will be charged at cost)

All this for the price of a couple of bottles of wine a month - and lasts longer, too!

Joining the club is great way to build up your stamping supplies while spreading the cost. One month you could purchase a large punch, a stamp set another month, or simply stock up on cardstock or adhesives.

And, by holding an actual party during your hostess month you’ll know your total will be at least £150 before anyone even walks through the door, giving you even more hostess benefits.

If you’d like to join the club, please let me know as soon as possible. I will keep the number of slots available updated on my blog so you can check progress. Don't live nearby? Don't worry, you can still join - just pay the actual cost of me posting your products to your UK address.

Frequently asked questions

What will it cost me?

You will buy £15 minimum of products each month. There is no obligation to spend more than this, ever. Your products will be delivered to me (so that the order will qualify for hostess benefits) and I will post them out to you. Postage for this will be charged at cost.  If you live nearby, of course, you can collect your purchases from my house or from one of my events.

I enjoy holding or attending real workshops, so why should I join a Virtual Club?

Don’t worry – you can still do both! If you live within reasonable driving distance for me, why not book a workshop in your host month? The benefit of being a club member is that your workshop is guaranteed to reach hostess benefit level (ie £150) before the first guest even walks through the door! Any sales achieved at your workshop can be added to the club order to give you even more hostess benefits, as well as a fun evening with friends.

Who is the club for?

The club is for crafters who want to spread their costs... it’s for stampers who want hostess benefits but may not be able to host a party for various reasons... it’s for people who want to boost their workshop totals and get more hostess benefits... it’s for those who have a big wish list... it’s for people who love Stampin’ Up!® products so much that they need a regular fix! And, of course, the club is for anyone in the UK (unfortunately, I’m unable to ship products outside of the UK).

Can I choose my host month?

The months will be allocated at random but if you would prefer a different month and can arrange a swap with another member, that is fine.

What to do next...

Send me an email and I’ll be in touch! The club will start when there are 10 people willing to commit, preferably in September to coincide with the new Autumn/Winter catalogue (a new-style, bigger "mini").  Be quick – if I get more than 10 people, latecomers will have to go on a waiting list for a second club and this could take some time to fill.

To reserve your place in one of the groups, please contact me on or text/call me on 07747 465186

Happy Crafting !   Cal xxxxxx

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Give the gift of love ……

Stampin’ Up! Gift Certificates

Looking for the perfect gift for your favourite crafter in your life?

A Stampin’ Up! gift certificate offers a great way to give them exactly what they want in a cute package. I offer gift certificates that can be sent right away in an email or delivered via a cute handmade card in the mail.  Either way, they are sure to put a smile on the recipients face.

Better yet, suggest a Stampin’ Up! gift certificate to your friends, family, spouse or significant other. They can give YOU something you’re guaranteed to love on your next Birthday, Christmas or anniversary.

Choose your preferred method:-

1.  Send a virtual gift certificate

These gift certificates can be sent right away.  Perfect for the last minute gift!

  • You may select any gift amount for this type of certificate.
  • When ordering this gift, let me know how you would like it to be addressed (e.g. – “from: your best friend Jacky” to: “DebbieD”)
  • Virtual gift certificates will be sent as a beautiful e-card with the gift certificate attached.
  • Your gift will be sent out within a couple of hours of purchase.
2.  Send a custom card with gift certificate

These gift certificates have that extra personal touch because they are mailed in a beautifully wrapped gift envelope created especially for your recipient.

  • Select any denomination beginning at £10
  • When ordering this gift, let me know how you would like it to be addressed (e.g. – “from: your best friend Jacky” to: “DebbieD”
  • Please include any special requests for the accompanying gift envelope when you order this gift.
  • All costs needed for mailing this gift certificate to your recipient is included (envelope, postage, etc)



Leave your wish list ‘conveniently’ lying around with my contact details attached, and ask your loved one to contact me - I will do the rest !   You will receive your ‘surprise’ gift beautifully gift wrapped STAMPIN UP! style !!!  OR, if you prefer, email me with your wish list, and ask your loved one to contact me with a budget, and I will choose for you.  Again, you will receive your gift,  beautifully wrapped STAMPIN UP! style !

I reckon that is a win-win situation !!!

If you would like to order a gift certificate, then please email me on or call me on either 01706 351299 0r 07747 465186.

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As always, if you have any questions or queries, then please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Cal xxxxxxxxx

Saturday, 17 November 2012

WINNERS of Mini Albums ….

Wow – The Mini-Album raffle has raised £92 towards Breast Cancer Awareness and St John’s Hospice on the Wirral !!!! Whoop whoop !  Thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets. 

The winners (selected by random generator are)are :-

No. 40 – Tina Thomas who wins the Vintage album

No. 66 – Lesley Graffham (cheekymole) who wins the Memories album

I will be in touch with you both shortly.

I have got the link to the results from random generator, but for some reason, they have saved as .htm and I can’t post the pictures Sad smile  I will also post a photo of the receipts in due course.

Once again, many thanks to all of you who bought tickets !



Here are a few Christmas stocking fillers that I have been working on – I am selling them via facebook and school, and if you would like to put in an order for any of them, please contact me via email

As always, if you would like to place an order, or if you have any questions or queries, please contact me on or 07747 465186

Happy Crafting – Cal xx

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Giving ….. (includes tutorial)

My FIRST gift to you - Christmas Gift – No 1

Are you giving cash or a gift card this Christmas ?  If so, then why not give it “Stampin Up” style ?  Below is a holder that I made, that you can make for giving either cash or a gift card.  I’m sure all the recipients will be delighted with it !

money holder gift card

Instructions :-

Cut your crumb cake cardstock into a 3 1/2” x 8 1/4” strip.

Lay the long side on your score board, and score on the left hand side at 2 1/2”, flip your cardstock around, and score on the left hand side again at 2 3/4”.

You now need 3 pieces of patterned paper for matting.

For the 2 1/2” bottom piece, you need a piece of patterned paper measuring 3 1/4” x 2 1/4”.  For the top piece (with the reindeer) you need a piece of patterned paper measuring 3 1/4” x 2 1/2”.  For the back of the wallet you need a piece of patterned paper measuring 3 1/4” x 2 3/4”.

I then inked all the mats with a sponge dauber and chocolate chip inkpad.

Mat the patterned paper onto the bottom layer of the holder, and the top layer.  The bottom layer will fold up to become the section that holds the money or card.  You therefore need to punch a semi circle out of the top flap with a 1” circle punch to make it easier for the recipient to get out the card or money.  You can now put strong red double sided tape down the left hand side and right hand side of this section, and adhere to the middle section.  The top flap then folds over.

For the back, you will need to adhere 12” strip of ribbon (to tie around the front), and then adhere the patterned paper OVER the ribbon.

Flip back over to the front.   Using the decorative label punch and crumb cake c/s punch out the shape.  Ink the edges and stamp the sentiment using.Teeny Tiny Sentiments.  Add to the wallet using dimensionals, but make sure the ribbon can move underneath. 


Die cut a snowflake using the new Stampin Up! bigz snowflake and chocolate chip cardstock. You will only need the larger snowflake.  Cut out two 'antlers’ from the snowflake.   Now punch out the body of the reindeer using the owl punch. (you might need to trim off the owls feet).  Adhere the antlers to the back of the body.  Punch out a 1/2” circle using real red cardstock, and add to the reindeer.  I then used two googly eyes from the autumn/winter catalogue,  which I added to the top of rudolphs nose, and then using a white journalling pen, added some extra detail.

Voila !

DON’T FORGET – The Vintage Mini-Album raffle and Memories Mini album raffle – You have the chance to win one of the mini-albums that I have made, just by purchasing a raffle ticket – you can view the albums HERE  I am raising funds for both Breast Cancer Awareness and St Johns Hospice.  To date, you have helped me raise £80 !  Thank you to everyone !!!!

As always, if you would like to place an order, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on or 07765 847062 or 01706 351299


Monday, 5 November 2012

There’s a Star … a Rising Star

I just have to thank every single one of you who are either a customer, in one of my Stampers Groups, attend my classes, hold parties, or a combination of all of them ….  for being there for me this past year, and helping me to achieve the Stampin Up!  Rising Star Award.

I am the first person in the UK to achieve this award, and the only (applicable) Stampin Up Demonstrator in the whole of the UK who achieved the title !!  Whoop Whoop !

Sadly though, I was unable to attend Convention this year, and even if I could have gone, due to the injury to my head (I split my skull – long story), I would still have been unable to attend.  HOWEVER  -  some of my SU Demo friends who were there, managed to capture this shot of the screen on Awards Evening !  Thanks to Julie Kettlewell and my fabby up-upline Bekka Prideaux for emailing these photos  xxxx

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rising star

Again, thank you all so very, very much – every one of you helped me to achieve this ! xxxxxx

RAFFLE – still lots of time to enter the raffle to win one of these Mini-Albums that I have made.   First Prize will be the Vintage Mini Album (Stampin Up! Storytime papers), and Second Prize will be the Memories Album (My Minds Eye papers).  These albums are being raffled in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness and St John’s Hospice/Springhill Hospice.

To buy a raffle ticket, simply click on the BUY IT NOW ‘raffle’ ticket button on the left hand side of my blog.  I will be drawing the raffle on the 16th November – tea time !

Vintage Album

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Memories Album

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DON’T FORGET :  The THREE CURRENT offers from Stampin Up!  SEE HERE for more details.

As always, if you would like to place an order, or if you have any questions or queries, then please contact me on or 07765 847062

Happy Crafting !

Friday, 2 November 2012

Vintage Mini Album Raffle !!!

I am raffling off the following TWO albums - Vintage Mini Album & Memories Mini Album - in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness and for the Hospice where my father passed away.

The FIRST PRIZE is the Vintage Mini Album that has been made with Stampin Up! Storytime designer papers, and lots of extra embellishments.  I will personalise this album for the winner.  Within the album itself, are lots of tags and extra little mini-albums which can hold shed loads of extra photographs !

This album took over 12 hours of work on it, and is a one-off heirloom piece of work.  How fabulous would this be for a Christmas gift for someone, or a gift to yourself to house all your special photographs ?

The SECOND PRIZE is the Memories Mini Album that has been made with My Minds Eye papers and embellishments.  Again, I will personalise this album for the winner.  This album also holds lots of tags and hidden places for extra photographs.

This album is more generic, and is a one-off heirloom piece of work.

The raffle itself will run from today until Friday the 16th November 5pm.  I will post the winners by 6pm and ask for you to email me at with your address.  I am happy to post outside the UK.

TO PURCHASE:  Please click on the 'Vintage' Raffle Buy Now Button, on the left hand side of this blog.  There are four options:-  £1 will buy 1 Raffle ticket, £5 will buy 5 tickets etc. etc... £1 per ticket.

Vintage Mini Album



Memories Album



Many thanks for your donations - Cal xxxxxx

Thursday, 1 November 2012

It’s STAMPIN' CLAUS time !!!

Stampin Up! has THREE special promotions for you this month – yes THREE ! Surprised smile

1)  Dates: 1-30 November 2012 - FREE

Promotion Details:  It’s only November, but Stampin’ Claus is coming to town! Get a FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack when you purchase the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper Bundle.

Full details can be found HERE

2) Dates: 1 November  – 16 December 2012 - FREE

Promotion Details: Hostesses who hold a minimum £325 party during the promotion period will receive a FREE collection of Classic Stampin Pads—they can choose from Brights, Subtles, or Regals — £44.50 value!  Plus, the free ink is in addition to the regular hostess benefits—INK-redible!

Full details can be found HERE

3) Dates: 1 October – 30 November 2012 - FREE

Details: We’ve got an unbelievable offer for new demonstrators !

Promotion Details: New demonstrators who join during October and November, will get a FREE package of Designer Series paper every month for SIX MONTHS! Valued at almost £60 !

Full details can be found HERE


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This Vintage Album was made using the beautiful NEW Storytime designer series papers from the Annual Catalogue, and I will be posting more photographs of this album shortly. 

I will also be offering one lucky person the opportunity to WIN it through a raffle in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness – so make sure you come back and buy a raffle ticket, or two !  What a beautiful gift this would make for someone !

As always, if you would like to place an order, or if you have any questions or queries regarding becoming a Demonstrator, then please contact me on or call me on 01706 351299/07765 847062.

Happy Crafting !


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