Sunday, 30 September 2012

Oh no ….. no snow …..

… nope.  No snow whatsoever - and has absolutely nothing to do with this post  Smile  However, it is the very last day that you can order products from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue.

So if there is anything that you particularly have on your Wish List from this catalogue, then NOW is the time to order it – today – before 5pm.  I will be placing last minute orders just after this time.

WHOOP WHOOP !!!!!!!!!

Which means …….. that it will only be a few more hours until the NEW Annual Catalogue is launched – yay !!!!!  Keep your eyes peeled during the early hours of the morning, for the link (on the right) to the NEW catalogue !

You will definitely need a brew and a piece of toast with you to read through this NEW catty – there are over 200 pages of NEW products and NEW ideas.

As these new catalogues are HUMONGOUS, then I am charging £5 towards the cost of the catalogue and the postage – BUT ….. I will discount this amount off your first order, so that in effect, the catalogue will actually be FREE to you – yay !  we like free !

Also keep your eyes peeled for LOTS of products shares, which will be available to Demo’s and customers.



If you would like to place an order from the current Autumn/Winter catalogue, then please email me or call me on 01706 351299/07765 847062

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Awesome Autumn !

Don’t you just love the Autumn ….. all the colours of the season continually changing, the cold nights snuggled up under a blanket and sipping hot chocolate …. well hot coffee in my case as I hate hot chocolate – yeuch yeuch !

Orchard harvest 2

This layout was again (sorry) made using the fantastic Orchard Harvest designer papers.  These papers are just tooooooo useable !  I’m on my second packet of these papers already !!!

This is a really easy layout to make, and I’ve kept it pretty simple so that it can be used for both new scrappers and old alike.    More experienced scrappers could add spritzing, painting and more embellishments to ‘dress it up’ even more.


  1. Cut strips of paper measuring 1” x 10” and 11/4” x 10”
  2. Distress all the edges of the strips of paper using either the distressing tool on the Stampin Up! cutter kit, or using a pair of scissors.  Then ink all the edges using Early Espresso inkpad and dauber.
  3. Distress the edges of the background paper using the same technique as above.
  4. Adhere the strips of paper as shown
  5. Adhere the photo to a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock leaving a 1/14” edge all around the photograph
  6. Using one of the NEW large jumbo sticky rounds (only available in the Autumn/Winter catty) and some Crumb Cake tulle, tie a knot in the end o f the tulle and keep wrapping the tulle around the knot – twisting the tulle as you keep turning.
  7. Adhere the tulle circle as shown, and then add a tulle bow (finished with an antique brad)
  8. Add title and journalling as shown

Voila ! How easy ?!!!!!

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


Sunday, 23 September 2012

Scrapbooking … oh, how I love thee …

Yesterday, I spent a lovely day scrapbooking with my friend Marlene.  For those who come to the Rochdale Crop, you know who Marlene is – for those who don’t come to the Rochdale Crop … why not ?!!!!  Anyway, Marlene helps me run the Rochdale Crop, and helps me prepare for parties, classes, kits and most of the time, my life ! She is the type of friend who just knows how I work, and what is going through my head.  I’m really fortunate that I have a couple of friends who know me this well, and I just wanted to take the time to thank you all xx

Anyway, back to the scrapbooking.  Marlene and I spent approximately 8 hours scrapbooking yesterday and putting the world to rights.  Sometimes we talk.  Sometimes we don’t.  With our friendship, the silences don’t matter because that is when we are creating.  I don’t really like ‘scrapping’ on my own, I need companionship, but likewise I need the silence to keep the thought process going ….. for me, Marlene is the best scrapping companion, and my best critic – until it comes to white space …. jeez, she hates white space, whereas I really love it  ….  keep your eyes peeled over the next few days for my white space projects …. how do you feel about white space ? Love it or loathe it ?  Let me know !  Why not share your white space projects and link them to this blog – there could be a small prize for the best one ……. Winking smile

So, to keep Marlene happy, here is a non-white-space project !

Orchard harvest 1

This layout uses :-

  • First Edition speciality designer papers for the base
  • Orchard Harvest designer papers
  • Crumb Cake cardstock
  • Very vanilla cardstock
  • Rich razzleberry cardstock
  • Perfectly Preserved stamp and die set
  • NEW ‘secret’ stamp set from the NEW Annual Catalogue
  • Ink Pads – rich razzleberry, pumpkin orange, lucky limeade, early espresso
  • Two tags die
  • Scallop border punch
  • Onboard alphabet
  • Linen thread


  1. Trim 1/4” from all sides of the First Edition papers, and attach to crumb cake cardstock base.  Fold up the bottom left hand corner and secure with a glue dot.
  2. Trim ‘tartan’ paper to 9” x 6.5”
  3. Trim ‘orange’ paper to 2.75” x 6.5”
  4. Attach the papers as shown – DO NOT ADHERE permanently, as you are going to tuck the scallop border underneath in the next step).  Also, do not adhere the top right hand corner of this layer as you are going to tuck the tags in there.
  5. Cut a strip of rich razzleberry cardstock 1”x12” and punch the strip using the scallop border punch.  Attach to patterned papers as shown.
  6. Cut out two tags using very vanilla cardstock using the two-tags die.  Ink the edges in early espresso.  Using a darning needle and some linen thread, blanket stitch around the scalloped tag as shown.  Tuck these two tags under the top right hand layer.
  7. Stamp out the apples using rich razzleberry ink and lucky limeade ink, and then die cut.
  8. Tie a bow in a piece of linen thread and lay over the layout as shown above.  Attach apples over the linen thread by using dimensionals.
  9. Stamp flowers and leaves and cut out.  Tuck these under the turn up on the bottom left hand side of the first edition papers.
  10. Using rich razzleberry ink, ink the onboard alphabet title, and attach.
  11. Add your journalling using strips of very vanilla cardstock
  12. Finally, distress the edges of the complete layout using either a distressing tool, or by running a pair of sharp scissors along the edges of the layout.  Finish the distressing by inking the edges.

Voila !  I hope you like this tutorial and will have fun creating your own Smile


I only have TWO places left for a new Stampers Group starting in October.  What a great time to start spreading the cost of buying stash with the launch of a new Annual Catalogue !  You commit to spending £15 ore more (plus postage) for 10 months.  During the course of the 10 months, you are the ‘virtual’ hostess for one of those months, and you will earn AT LEAST £25 to spend on anything that you like from any of the current catalogues. 

All you have to do, is make a brew, grab a chocolate biscuit … and browse the catalogues.  You then email me and pay me – and voila ! a few days later, your new stash will be plopping through your door – what could be easier !!!

Contact me on or 01706 351299 to secure your place.   Please let me have your home address, email address and a phone number that I can contact you on if I need to.


As I’m sure you all know by now, the new Annual Catalogue is launching on the 1st October !  Believe me, it is absolutely MASSIVE !!!!!  We will then be inline with the catalogues that our Stampin Up! sisters receive in the United States – everything  … lock, stock and smoking barrel.   This catalogue is NOT to be missed !   It is jam-packed full of ideas, inspiration and of course, shed loads of new goodies !!

Sadly, due to the size of the new catalogue, they are extremely expensive to buy and post.  I do not like, and do not believe in charging for catalogues.  Do Asda or Tesco’s charge for you to browse through their shops … nope ….  So, the compromise is …. I will be charging £5 for the catalogue, HOWEVER, I will deduct this £5 from the first order that you place.  Win-win !

As always, if you wish to place an order, or if you have any questions or queries, then please contact me on or 01706 351299/07765 847062

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Back to work …. MORE sneak peaks !

…. after all the Rising Star celebrations !  Thank you to everyone who sent cards, gifts and messages.  I truly am so thankful to you all!

Well back to work again, as I’ve got a couple more really important challenges to achieve this year – and of course, my loyal customers will also benefit !  Win-win !

These are some cards that I have made using the amazing Ornament Keepsake set.  They’re not just for making ornaments you know !  I’ve also used the sentiments from Contempo Christmas, and the ‘branches’ on the red and green card were made using one of the ‘trees’ from Lovely as a Tree. The stunning designer papers are from the gorgeous Candlelight Christmas designer papers in the new Autumn/Winter catalogue.  These are now my absolute favourite Christmas papers of ALL TIME – I love em !

card 1 card 2

card 3  card 4  card 5 

Here are a couple of Thank You Notelets that I have made using …. well, lets just say that you DO NOT want to miss out on this stamp set and roller from a certain NEW catalogue that will be launching very, very soon ……

Thank you 1  Thank you 2

DON’T FORGET – for September ONLY, I am offering FREE postage on orders over £50 … AND …. for every £50 spent, you will earn a raffle ticket with the opportunity to win a BIG SHOT.  THREE lucky runners-up will also win a £10 gift voucher.


I have 3 places left in my next Stampers Group starting in October.  What is a stampers group ?  Well, you commit to spending £15 (or more, plus postage) every month for 10 months.  During the 10 months, YOU will be the ‘virtual’ hostess for one of those months, and you will have AT LEAST £25 to spend on anything that you want from the current catalogues.  You will receive all the new catalogues FOR FREE and any catalogues that are launched during your time in the group.  If you show your catalogue to other crafting friends who place an order during your hostess month, then the amount you have to spend on FREE products, will increase !

Now has never been a better time to join a Stampers Group.  We have just had the launch of the new Seasonal Catalogue, and on the 1st October, we have the launch of the new Annual Catalogue !

If you wish to place an order, or if you have any queries or questions, then please contact me on or 01706 351299/07765 847062.

Happy Crafting !

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Rising Star and Thank You

Yes, there’s a Rising Star in your midst.  Stampin Up! have lots of incentives and rewards for their Demonstrators.  One of them is called the Rising Star award.  To achieve it, you have to work towards a sales target, and you also have to help and encourage your downline to achieve particular targets.  The really hard part of earning this award, is that you only have one year to achieve both of these targets, and that is in your first full year as a demonstrator.

Well, the good news is – is that I achieved it !  I AM a Rising Star !!

There are lots of people who helped and encouraged me along the way, and I can never thank them enough.  However, I would NEVER have achieved this award without my loyal Customers – a lot of whom have become friends.  Thank you doesn’t seem enough, but I really do want to thank each and every one of you who have purchased products from me in the last year.  I want to thank my Stampers Groups for your loyalty in staying with me, and lastly, I would like to thank my wonderful team.  Our team is called The H[eart]s, and I consider myself to be extremely lucky to have the team that I do.  You are all unique in your own ways.  You care, you share and inspire.  All of you.  I sincerely could not ask for more from you.  You are my friends, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support.

Anyway …. enough babbling … I want to go and jump from rooftops and celebrate !

I’ll leave you with this cute little project that I made the other day ….

Money holder and box 1

This cute little project is a money holder.  The bauble that holds the money is made using the large scallop punch, a 2” circle punch, and the soon to be retired round tab punch.   The box is made using chocolate cardstock, very vanilla cardstock and the papers are from Candlelight Christmas designer papers.  The reindeer is made using the owl punch, 1/2” circle punch, googly eyes and the ‘horns’ are made from the new Snowflake die.

Once again, thank you !    Cal xxxxxxx

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Trip down memory lane … and tadpoles

When my twin brother and I were much much younger, my Dad used to take us on the most amazing ‘adventures’ … in other words, Mum wanted to do housework or washing, and we were under her feet …. We would go ‘big bear hunting’ on Bidston Hill in Birkenhead,  ‘shark hunting’ down to New Brighton, ‘treasure hunting’ around fields where we lived, or ‘frog hunting’ on Bidston Marshes.  These trips although filled with much hilarity at the time, also scared the living daylights out of me, as I never knew what I would actually do if I DID come across a ‘big bear’ or a real ‘shark’ …… Winking smile

I am so lucky to have such amazing memories, and to have had such a wonderful father with such an imagination – that’s a musician for you !!!

Anyway, when I saw the Perfectly Preserved stamp set in the new Autumn/Winter catalogue, an idea started forming …. then when I saw the teeny tiny frog stamp in the Toxic Treats stamp set – the idea was sealed !

As I was making this project, lots of memories came flooding back, and rather than feeling sad, I was actually laughing out loud … I was remembering the time that my brother and I brought back jars of tadpoles each– hundreds of the boogers – I put mine in an old bath tub in the back yard that my dad had found (he was a prolific hoarder), and how my brother kept his in an empty fish tank in his bedroom.  We watched these little ‘dots’ over the days and weeks develop their ‘tails’ and then start forming their legs …  I also remember my Mum screaming at my brother and dad to get them out of the house … yup, not for one moment did we think those little ‘dots’ would start hopping about as quick as they did … thankfully, it was mine that hopped off first, and we managed to get my brothers outside before they started hopping around his bedroom, and god forbid the house !  However, its the ‘what if' ….’ thought that is making me chuckle more !  My Mum would have had the screaming abdabs if those frogs had managed to hop around our house !!

Anyway, this is my project ……  I thought it would be great as a baby’s congratulations card, but no-one seems to ‘get it’ ….. do you ?

congrats card 1

Made using the Perfectly Preserved stamp and die bundle, Toxic Treats stamp set and Orchard Harvest designer papers.

DON’T FORGET – for this month only, spend £50 and earn the chance to win a £10 gift voucher to spend on Stampin Up products, or, earn the chance to be the winner of a BIG SHOT !  ALSO … for this month only, spend £50 on one order, and earn FREE postage.

As always, if you would like to place an order, or if you have any questions, then please contact me on or 01706 351299/07765 847062

Hoppy Crafting !

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Loads going on ….

So, I am back at school, and the Son & Heir is now a College Student !  Life at the moment, just seems to be whizzing by, and I sometimes wish that I could stop the world, get off for a breather, and then get back on again …

Its the same thing with all things Stampin Up!  We’ve had the launch of the new Autumn/Winter catalogue this Saturday, and also the launch of the Retired List.  We’ve opened up the European boundaries – well, we are doing on the 8th October which means that we can sell SU! products across Europe or sign up European Demo’s to our downline …. there’s so much for US to take in, and I’m sure you, my lovely blog readers must feel as if you’ve been put through a dishwasher too with all the information, links and products that I’ve been showing !!

However, I really would hate for you to miss out on the amazing offers that I’ve posted.  So although I keep repeating my posts as in “Don’t forget …..” there is a good reason – I really want you to earn FREE products, I want you to ENJOY using those products, and I want you to really enjoy being a part of the Stampin UP!  regeneration.   I know we all hate change, but sometimes, its just nice to sit back and embrace it !

Soooo onto the Don’t forgets …… :-

* Retired List – lots of products are already out of stock, so if there is something on your wish list, and it is on the Retired List, and it is reduced – then please place your orders as soon as you can – I would hate you to be disappointed.

* Autumn/Winter Catalogue – please take the time to make a brew, grab a piece of cake or chocolate biscuit, relax and enjoy browsing through the pages and pages of new products.  There is truly something for everyone !

* For every £50 spent during the month of September, THREE lucky people have the chance to win a £10 gift voucher.  ALSO ONE lucky person has the opportunity to win a BIG SHOT !  Remember, for EVERY £50 spent, you will gain one raffle ticket.

* SHARE OFFER – please see my previous post - £42.50 (collected), for a ‘bit of everything’ in the catalogue … papers, ribbons, embellishments … it really is a fun SHARE !   As soon as I have four people order the share, I will place the orders and invoice you.   All details are on a previous post.


Hazel 1

These amazing cards have been made by one of my lovely customers Hazel Parr.  Hazel attended one of my stamp-a-stack christmas classes, and has continued to make even MORE christmas cards with the remainder of the class kit.  I’m sure you’ll agree, that these are stunning !


And these gorgeous cards have been made by Donna Walker using the Contempo Christmas stamp set in different colours combined with the Decoration punch.  Donna wanted to make some quick and easy cards for her work colleagues, and I think you’ll agree that these certainly fill the requirement.  I think i’ll have to CASE these myself !



This project was made by me using the Candlelight Christmas papers from the new Autumn/Winter catalogue, together with Everything Eleanor stamp set, woodgrain background stamp, little leaves SU die, five petal punch, boho blossom punch, real red cardstock, daffodil delight cardstock, and ribbons.

To place an order, or if you have any questions whatsoever, please contact me on or 01706 351299/07765 847062

Happy Crafting !

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Scrapbooking Samples …

crop sample 6 Calcrop sample 9 Cal

Both of these layouts were made using the gorgeous Orchard Harvest designer series paper (Item no. 126895 £9.95)  You will see on the layout with the green background, that I have also used the adaptable Perfectly Preserved stamp set and matching framelit dies. 

The layout on the left uses the reverse side of one of the papers, and different patterned papers from the set.  The layout on the right, uses a Crumb Cake background sprayed with reinker before adding papers etc.  The leaves were made using various colours of cardstock with the Build-a-Blossom punch (£15.50)

You can buy these items separately, HOWEVER, Stampin Up! have caught onto the bundle idea, and have combined both this stamp set and framelit set, and offered them with a 15% discount off the original price.  Yes, you can buy both of these items for :-

£39.50 wood Item No. 129943 or £35.50 unmounted Item No. 129944 – bargain !

Don’t forget to check out both the Retired List (see yesterday’s post for the links), and the NEW Autumn/Winter Catalogue (link to the right of this post).

REMEMBER – if you spend £50 this month, you will be eligible to enter the draw to win one of 3 £10 gift vouchers OR the chance to win a BIG SHOT !

To place an order, or if you have any queries/questions etc., then please contact me on or 01706 351299/07765 847062

Happy Crafting !

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Retired List, NEW Autumn/Winter Catalogue & CHANCE TO WIN !

As today is the launch of the new Autumn/Winter Catalogue, and the new Annual Catalogue is just a month away, Stampin Up! have announced the retiring list for this year.  BE WARNED – EVERYTHING SELLS QUICKLY – so if there is something on the list that you want, please order it IMMEDIATELY to avoid disappointment


Retired List STAMPS – updated daily

Retired List ACCESSORIES – updated daily

NEW Autumn/Winter Catalogue

This can be viewed on the right hand side of the toolbar – or HERE

NEW Catalogue SHARE

If you LOVE everything in the new Holiday Mini Catalogue and Want IT ALL – then have I got a Deal for YOU !

clip_image002 (photo courtesy of Sandi McIver)

Each time I have a group of 4 people, I will place an order and complete your share.  You will know this happens because I will send you a Paypal request for payment. Here is what I need from you in your sign up e-mail: 

E-MAIL me at



2) – Full mailing address – please double check before hitting enter !

3) – Your phone number

4) – The e-mail address your Paypal is linked to

I will place these orders, cut and repackage, and mail out to you by Royal Mail.  Turn around time will be no more than 7-10 days!.



  • · SIX – 6 x 6 inch pieces – Candlelight Christmas – page 4
  • · SIX – 6 x 6 inch pieces – Snow Festival – page 10
  • · TWO – 6 x 6 Champagne Glimmer – page 18
  • · TWELVE – 4-1/2 x 6-1/2 Festival of Prints – page 20
  • · SIX – 6 x 6 inch pieces – Howlstooth & Scaringbone – page 24
  • · SIX – 6 x 6 inch pieces Orchard Harvest – page 28
  • · SIX – 4 x 6 inch pieces of Core'dinations Card Stock (two of each of 3 colours) Page 6


  • · TWO metres (approx) each colour  Tulle Ribbon – page 4
  • ·         (Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso)
  • · TWO metres (approx) each colour  Sweater Trim – page 11
  • ·          (Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Whisper White)
  • · TWO metres (approx) – Cotton Ribbon – page 20
  • · TWO metres (approx) – 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon page 26


  • · TWO – Flourish Design Frames – page 8
  • · FIVE – Snow Festival Double Sided Tags – page 12
  • · TWO – Stitched Felt Ornaments – page 12
  • ·        ( 4 tags, 2 bags, 10 googly eyes, 2 pieces twine)
  • · FOUR – Ribbon Sliders – page 31
  • · SIX - Jumbo Sticky Rounds – page 31
  • · FOUR – Bronze Designer Buttons – page 32
  • · FIVE – Gusseted Cello Bags – page 34

COST: £42.50 collected or £45 posted – it would cost you £164.85 to order these items individually.


For every £50 order placed during the month of September, THREE lucky people will have the chance of winning a £10 gift voucher and ONE lucky person will have the chance of winning a BIG SHOT !

Spend £100 – receive 2 chances, Spend £150 – receive 3 chances etc etc!

On the 30th September, I will randomly select THREE people to win a £10 gift voucher and ONE lucky person will win a BIG SHOT !!!!!

If you would like to place an order, then please contact me on either or 01706 351299 or 07765 847062


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