Tuesday, 30 July 2013

More MDS Magic

As promised, here is another sample of my MDS creations – I’ve had a few enquiries since my post yesterday, so just to reiterate, this programme is not available yet, but we’re hoping it will be very soon.

I promise to keep you updated Smile

Colin Business Card-001 

Business card for my twin brother

Layout 3a-001 

Layout from Majorca of my twin bro and his wife

Scrapbook layout 1-001

My Dad with my twin brother and I – don’t you just dig that Silver Cross twin Coach Built pram ?

Don’t forget, that most of these images, stamps, embellishments, backgrounds, papers etc., can be found in hard copy format in the new Main Catalogue. (link on the right).

Reminder 1: Rochdale Crop this Saturday 10am – 4pm at Turf Hill Community Centre, Neston Road, off Turf Hill Road, Rochdale, OL16.  Contact me at carole.bryson@gmail.com for more details.

Reminder 2: The 2 Day Retreat/Crop on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August – there are only 4 places left for day delegates on the Sunday.

Here’s some sneaky peaks of the classes – all of these are available in kit format (including instructions) for anyone who wants to purchase one (or more). 

In Laws Sneaky Peak 1In Laws Sneaky Peak 2In laws Sneaky Peak 3

In Laws Layout 1

Cat Girl Sneaky Peak 1 Cat Girl Layout 2

Ooops sneaky peak 1Ooops sneaky peak 2 Oops Layout 3

chillin Chillin Layout 4

piggy back travel album 

Piggy Back Travel Album (undecorated) Holds shed loads of photographs and opportunities for journalling or saving mementos.

There is one more AMAZING album to follow and two more layouts – so watch out for more details.  As always, to order a kit, please contact me on carole.bryson@gmail.com for more details. x

Will be back soon !  Take Care – Cal xx

Monday, 29 July 2013

Li-vin in a Digital World

Well, I never thought it would happen, but its happened.

Stampin’ Up! are releasing MDS (My Digital Studio) to the UK market ! Surprised smile

Christmas layout-001 My first Project

Layout 1a-001 My second project

One of the benefits of being a Demonstrator, is that we get to try out products and we get pre-orders – hence why I have managed to purchase a full copy of the MDS software with tons and tons of extras (punches, stamps, papers, embellishments etc.( PLUS, the software is compatible with E-Cutters – so you can cut whatever you want digitally as well !!!!!! Surprised smile

Now I am NOT a digi scrapper, or digital anything – I am truly, truly technophobic – but this programme, makes it all really easy, and its uses are limitless !  I’m already using it for hybrid projects, business cards, flyers etc. etc.  So even if you are not a crafter, you can still make great use of this programme and its software.

It is beyond easy to use (and I sincerely mean that) and I really enjoyed playing around with the programme, and finding all its different stamps, punches, embellishments and papers. I love that you can re-colour, re-size, rotate and create different layers quickly and easily.

Its not ready for general release yet, but I promise to keep you updated on its progress.

Oh, and I’ll tease you some more in the following days with more of my projects !

Take care – Cal xxx

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Flourishing Flowers

Good morning everybody, and what a glorious morning it is.  The house is in total silence as it is only 6:30am, and I couldn’t sleep because of the bright sunshine streaming into our bedroom, so I’m having the first coffee of the day in the garden !

I am so lucky to have gardens at the front and the back of our house.  Despite the fact that sadly, neither Stewart or I are gardeners, we do appreciate the garden and try to keep it looking neat and tidy by mowing the lawns and keeping the other areas as weed free as we can ! 

I particularly adore the roses that the previous owners had planted, as some of them are absolute beauties which I try each year to cultivate.  As I said, I am NOT a gardener by any means, and I really should start reading up on how to care for them, particularly as last years roses were a little disappointing, and I feared that I had killed them all off Surprised smile  

However, look at this beauty this year, isnt’ she stunning !


I also have some beautiful flourishing white, coral and deep red rose bushes, but their heads get HUGE and they droop !  I’ll take some more photographs and show you them over the summer.

Anyway, continuing with my flower theme – the following card was CASEd from a card I found on Pinterest and uses the much loved Tape It Stamp set from the new annual catalogue, together with  another new stamp and punch set called Flower Shop (details below).The colour scheme is  Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Coastal Cabana.

Tape It and Flower Shop 3 

Tape it stamp set :  £18.95 unmounted & £23.95 wood mounted

Flower Shop stamp set & punch bundle: £28.95 unmounted and £31.75 wood mounted – this includes a 15% discount for purchasing the bundle.

As always, if you would like to place an order, or if you have any questions or queries, then please contact me on carole.bryson@gmail.com or call/text me on 07747 465186

Have a flourishing weekend whatever you are doing !

Cal xxxxxxx

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Background Fun !

It suddenly hit me, that I haven’t been sharing our Scrapbook Club’s creations … d’oh !  Honestly, if I had brains, I’d be dangerous !

At the moment, we’re concentrating on creating backgrounds, using different dies, punches, paints, inks, stamping, cutting, masking etc. etc..

Here are my samples :-

background 1 MINEhexagon MINE

On the first layout, we created the background using a credit-card sized piece of cardstock and white acrylic paint.  We also used the top of the paint container to create ‘coffee stains’.  We finally added patterned paper and die-cut embellishments. My group prefer to add their titles once they have decided on the photographs they are using. As you can see below – everyone created a different background !

On the second layout, we used the NEW hexagon punch.  On my sample, I also used the punch to punch out the pictures that I wanted to use.  I did this, so that I could maintain the ‘flow’ of the hexagons.  Again, as you can see, the whole group made amazingly different layouts … cool eh ?!!

And here is what the group created – aren’t they fabulous ?!!

background 1 CLUBhexagons CLUB

I run a twice- monthly scrapbook club on a Thursday evening and based in Rochdale.  If you would like to attend, then please contact me on carole.bryson@gmail.com or call/text me on 07747 465186 for more details.

If you would like to order any of the products that we have used, then again, please contact me on carole.bryson@gmail.com or call/text me on 07747 465186.

Thanks for popping by … have a great week – Cal xxx

Thursday, 18 July 2013

The Shares are in da house !

Just to let everyone know that all the shares have arrived, and are ready for posting. Smile

For those who DON’T know about the shares … then here’s the low down.

Paper Share

Paper Share image

There are 13 NEW prints in the 2013-2014 catalogue. Pick the size of your choice, and in each pack you will receive one of each double sided patterned papers in size of choice.

  1. 6x6 (78 squares) - £16.55 plus £2 postage
  2. 6 x 12 (78 squares) - £33.10 plus £2.95 postage
  3. 12 x 12 (78 squares) - £66.20 plus £3.50 postage

100 Button Share

Button Share

There are 9 AMAZING sets of buttons in the 2013-2014 catalogue (4 sets the same, in different colour families). This is a share for all of the buttons and acrylic embellishments and you will receive :-

  1. NEW Designer Buttons – 72 buttons (1 each of 3 designs in 24 colours)
  2. Naturals Designer Buttons – 6 buttons (2 each of 3 designs)
  3. In Colour Boutique Details – 5 ‘details’ (1 each of 5 colours)
  4. Very Vintage Buttons – 6 buttons (2 each of 3 designs)
  5. Vintage Faceted Buttons – 6 buttons (2 each of 3 designs)
  6. In Colour Dahlias – 5 buttons – (1 each of 5 colours)

That’s a TOTAL of 100 buttons/’details

The cost of the button share is £16.75 including postage

Ribbon Share

Ribbon Share ALLRibbon Share CHEVRONRibbon Share RUFFLEDRibbon share TAFFETA

There are 3 BRAND NEW styles of ribbon in the 2013-2014 catalogue. This is a share for EACH style of ribbon, OR, you can have a share of all 3 if you ‘NEED’ a bit of everything !

  1. NEW Chevron Ribbon ¾” (1.9cm) – 12m (1m of 12 colours) £12.50 incl. p&p
  2. NEW Ruffle Stretch Trim 3/8” (1cm) – 5m (1m of 5 In Colours) £6 incl. postage
  3. Taffeta Ribbon 3/8” (1cm) – 7.5m (1.5m of 5 colours) £4.95 incl. postage

Buy all THREE bundles and receive a discount - TOTAL = £22.50 incl. postage

To order any of the above please contact me on carole.bryson@gmail.com or call/text me on 07747 465186

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Absolutely Delighted …

It is with absolute joy that I can announce that I have earned the Stampin’ Up! Caribbean Cruise Incentive Trip for 2014 !!!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my wonderful customers over the past 2 years, who have placed Stampin' Up! orders with me, those who have become members of my stampers groups, and also those people who have attended my classes/retreats/workshops. I couldn't have done it without you all.

I would also like to thank my AMAZING team - The Hearts - for all their hard work, and for having faith in me, to sign up with me. Thank you to everybody, you have no idea how much this means to me - thank you, thank you !

Love ‘n’ hugs – Cal xxx

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Postcards and Postage

… as promised, a few more samples for you …

Today, I have been playing with the fantastic Postcard background stamp and Postage Due stamp set.

Postcard and Postage Due 1Postcard and Postage Due 2

This combination is so adaptable for both card making and scrapbooking – use the Postcard background stamp for journalling, and the stamps from Postage Due as elements on the page – lush, lush, lush …

In this case, I have just made up the postcards themselves, and I will write my message and name and address on the back … watch your post boxes – you never who will receive them !!!

The Postcard background stamp costs £12.95 unmounted or £15.95 wood mounted – and is the actual size of a postcard !

Postage Due costs £15.95 unmounted and £19.95 wood mounted, and there are 4 stamps in the set, including a HUGE collage background stamp – great value for money you’ll agree.

To place an order, or to contact me with any queries, please email me at carole.bryson@gmail.com or call/text me on 07747 465186

Monday, 8 July 2013

Are you enjoying it ?

So, what are you all thinking about the NEW catalogue then ?  I just keep finding more and more products on every page, that I haven’t noticed before … and my wish list just keeps growing and growing !  Do you think I’d get away with feeding the family beans on toast for a couple of months ??  Mind you … have you seen the price of beans lately Surprised smile 

10 Club

That is one of the reason why you MUST join a 10 Club group.  Being able to spread the cost of buying products is one of the reasons why my customers join the group.  As well as earning FREE products during one of the months that you are a member, I also have a Member of the Month award, and offer access to tutorials and kits for Group members only. 

10 Club-001

To join the 10 Club, please email me on carole.bryson@gmail.com or call/text me on 07747 465186

I have a group starting THIS month, or you can join whenever suits you best – you’ve got to be in it, to win it !

Here are a few samples for you, as promised.

These are using the amazing Mosaic Madness bundle – you will receive the stamp set AND punch at an even more amazing 15% discount – page 123 of the catalogue !


These are two of the cards that we will be making at my Christmas Stamp-a-Stack on 21st September – again, contact me for more details.

These layouts were made using the uber gorgeous Soho Subway designer papers … how lush ?!!!  See page 151 of the catalogue.

Victoria 2 USEVictoria3USE

To place an order, or to contact me regarding any of the above, please contact me on carole.bryson@gmail.com or call/text me on 07747 465186

Cal xxxxxxxx

Monday, 1 July 2013

Its here !

The NEW 2013-14 Main Catalogue has launched TODAY !  I will be back later with some samples to show you, and to discuss some of my NEW favourite products, but for now ... kick back .... make a brew, grab a couple of chocolate biscuits, and browse ..

HERE is your link ....

NEW Catty Shares

Please see my SHARES page - for all the new shares that I am offering.

Stampin Up! are offering a 25% discount on THREE of our most popular Greeting Stamp Sets - see below, and see the .pdf  HERE

If you would like to place an order or reserve a spot in a share, please contact me on carole.bryson@gmail.com or call/text me on 07747 465186

ENJOY !  Cal xxx

Just a quick one .... isn't it always !

This months Best of series, is ............ Best of Butterflies !  The link is HERE

How adorable is this set - AND - it fits at least two of our butterfly punches !

I've seen quite a few samples made with this set, and they are stunning for adding watercolour effects, or for painting with markers !


Contact me as a matter of urgency on carole.bryson@gmail.com or call/text me on 07747 465186 to place your order.


Cal xxxxxxxx


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