Saturday, 31 May 2014

Tutorial Time & Reminders !

I am always being asked (thank you for asking), how to do certain techniques.  It made me think that it's a long time since I've given you any 'usable' freebies, and also, that there are lots of new stampers who don't know where to start, so I am repeating my Technique Series - yay !

At the bottom of the post, I will leave you a link to a You Tube video, just in case you are a visual learner, and prefer to 'see' it rather than 'read it'.  Just to let you know that they aren't my videos (why repeat what is already there) ? besides which, I have them all in document format, so if there is a technique that you are looking for, then please email me, and I'll check if I have it or not.

Anyway, on to today's technique, and back to basics !

3D Stamping

Create a 3D look by over stamping your solid image with a slightly darker ink.


  • Stamps
  • Cardstock 
  • White Pigment Ink (or other bright white ink)
  • Stamp-a-ma-jig (or other stamp positioner)
  • Dye Ink to match cardstock used

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1

S Stamp your image using white pigment ink onto coloured cardstock.

S Step 2

Let the pigment/craft ink dry, or heat set.

Step 3

Line your positioning sheet up with the corner of your Stamp-a-ma-jig (SAMJ). 

Ink the image you just used with dye ink

Line it up with your SAMJ and stamp image on your positioning sheet.

Step 4

Place the positioning sheet over the white stamped image, slightly off-center from the white image.   If you don’t have a positioning sheet or SAMJ, then you will need to do this step by using your ‘eye’

Place the SAMJ along the imaging sheet.

Step 5

Remove positioning sheet. 

Line stamp up with the SAMJ and stamp image over the white image with dye ink.

Step 6

Your stamped image should now give you the illusion of being 3D embossed.

Step 7

Finish your project.

For visual learners, here is a You Tube video link


The Stampin' Up! retiring lists are here :-



Remember, these items sell out very, very quickly, so please contact me as soon as you can, to ensure that you are not disappointed.

Clearance Rack and Weekly Deals
Can be found HERE for Clearance Rack and HERE for Weekly Deals

Again, these items sell out really quickly, so you need to place your order ASAP!

10 Club
I still have a couple of places left for a 10 Club starting in June.  Why not spread the cost of buying supplies and NEW products whilst earning FREE £££'s to spend ?  During your time with the 10 Club, YOU will be the 'virtual' hostess and will earn AT LEAST, £25 to spend on anything you wish !  You will also receive FREE catalogues whenever they launch, which is usually three times a year (one main catalogue and two seasonal catalogues).  You will also receive 10 Club only offers and deals, and be in with a chance of being Member of the Month.

As always, to book your place in the 10 Club, or to place an order, please contact me on or call/text me on

Have a great weekend everyone !   Cal xxx

PS: Sorry for the long post !

Friday, 30 May 2014

(¯`’•.¸(¯`’•.¸ Time to Retire ¸.•’´¯)¸.•’´¯)

YAY !!! Its Retiring Products and Accessories time!
IMPORTANT: As the new Stampin Up Catalogue is due shortly, the Retiring List of Stamps and Accessories is now available. WARNING: You have to be quick, as these items sell out VERY quickly as they are heavily reduced !
I will be emailing the links to customers and 10 Club members in the next few minutes, so keep your eye out for an email from me.
If you are NOT on my mailing list, then why not ? If you want the links to the retiring products, please email me on
Here are the links :
Retiring Stamps :
Retiring Accessories :
If you place a £45 order, then I am offering FREE postage – either place your orders via my online shop HERE and I will then reimburse you, or email me your orders and delete the cost of postage (worth £4.95).
What are you waiting for ?  Grab a brew and a choccie biscuit, and tick off those wish lists !
Have fun !  Cal xxx

Wednesday, 28 May 2014


If you are thinking of becoming a demonstrator, and would like to join my amazing team, The He[art]s, then NOW couldn’t be a better time !

For four weeks only starting today (28th May 2014), you can become a demonstrator for only £50 !!!!!! Surprised smile  Seriously !  You get to choose £55 worth of products, and will receive a stationery starter kit worth £45.

With the NEW Main Catalogue due to launch on the 1st July, we are now entering our pre-order season, which is only available to demonstrators !  Secondly, with the Stampin’ Up! and  Becky Higgins partnership (Project Life), NOW is very definitely the time to join the SU! Family.

You can join and be a hobby demo (receiving discounts for yourself and friends), you can join and start your own business (where else can you start your own business for £50 AND receive one-on-one help)?, or whether you want to join just for the kit – NOW is the time !

To join our amazing team, you only need to click HERE to start your journey. 

More information about the benefits of becoming a demonstrator can be found HERE

NOW ‘is’ the time !


PL image from S~U

It’s nearly time for the launch of Project Life with Stampin Up!

From the 10th June, you will be able to purchase a limited selection of Stampin Up Project Life products (the rest of the collection will be launched with the new main catalogue and seasonal catalogues)!  Whoop whoop !

I am offering a Project Life Bundle and Class which is NOT to be missed – for more details please see my dedicated Project Life page HERE.

This dedicated page will be updated regularly with ideas and inspiration, not just from me - and lots of offers for my newsletter and blog readers.  If you aren’t already on my newsletter list, then please email me on or call/text me on 07747 465186

So pop on over to my Project Life page and let’s start getting those photographs out of their boxes !

NOW ‘is’ the time !

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

It’s the end :(

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Well, we’re nearing the end of the trip now – Saturday was our last full day at sea.  I forgot Friday’s pillow gift, which was the amazingly generous NEW Documented journal with ALL the accessories, washi tape and a NEW stamp set called What’s New ? 

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I made this card using the stamp set, to show how adaptable it can be.  I can see this being used on lots of different projects including scrapbooking, journals, Project Life, cards etc.

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Anyway, back to the day …

It was a day to reminisce, say goodbye’s, and round-up the week.

Sally and I had lunch with the lovely Monica and Pete Gale at our favourite lunch time spot in Central Park.

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Do some last minute sunbathing …


And finish off our food wish list !

Cupcake shop windjammer food

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The last show of the trip was the amazing Blue Planet show.  It was all about the earth, and started with a jaw dropping tree approaching the front of the stage.  It started to move, and we all realised, that the tree was actually people !  It was stunning !

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Our last pillow gift was this stunning bag – it even has the Stampin Up logo in rubber, sewn into the handle ! 

handbag gift

So, now it was time to pack up.  We had to have our suitcases packed by 11pm and outside our cabins.  Needless to say, due to all the generous daily pillow gifts, daily hospitality gifts, shopping and Duty Free, I had no room left in my suitcases !  I had to go and buy another case, and pre-book for extra baggage on the plane Surprised smile  I managed to get my cases packed in time, but I was stressed to the max over all the extra weight !  Thankfully, it was all fine, but I returned home with THREE suitcases !

So goodbye to the amazing Allure of the Seas, and to the 100’s of achieving demonstrators that I met, and their families.

Thank you to Stampin Up! for the opportunity to earn this ‘dream of a lifetime’ trip, and for their generous gifts.

Lastly, thank you to you – my customers and friends who have supported me and enabled me to earn this wonderful adventure.  I sincerely appreciate your support – without you, none of this would have been possible.

Over the next few days, I’ll show you some more random photographs, nothing in order, just interesting and fun photographs !


To view the Clearance Rack HERE for even more clearance items – remember, they sell out quickly, so get over there post haste !

Weekly Deals – these can be found HERE and again, they sell out quickly !

MDS – new uploads today HERE

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

Catch you soon !  Thanks again – Cal xxx

Friday, 23 May 2014

Magical Mexico Moments !

Friday plaque 1

Today we arrived bright and early at the beautiful island of Cozumel, which is under the jurisdiction of Mexico.  Again, we had arranged a private tour, and we were hoping that it was going to be as good as Jamaica.

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As you can see, when we first arrived, the sun hadn’t risen, and we wondered what type of day it would be !  It soon brightened up, after we picked up our ‘guide’ for the day, Miguel, and our jeep .  Sally started off the driving .. a bit trepid at first, but she soon got into it !

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Within no time, we arrived at the beautiful coast and bays of Cozumel.  We stopped at a few of the bays on our way, which, to my surprise were quite rocky.  We didn’t stop for long though as we were headed to the islands Conservation Area.



The Conservation Area is overseen by the islands Government, as the area has been recognised as having ‘outstanding history and beauty’ .. well that was an understatement – it was stunning !

We clambered out of the jeep to face this rickety old bridge – well you can see from the photograph that the carpenters were working on it !  “Be careful of the chocrides” Miguel shouted …. huh ?!?! “They think you’re white chickens, so don’t jump” ?!?!?!?!  Huh ?!?!?!?!

So we crossed the rickety old bridge very carefully … had our photograph taken in the rickety old tower … and then ….


…. we found the ‘chocrides’ Surprised smile  The word ‘crocodile’ had been lost in translation !!!  They followed us around, and this cheeky croc, started playing hide and seek with us !  I wasn’t hanging around for him, or his friends, to find me !



The lagoon was home to quite a few crocs according to Miguel, and its comforting to know that they are being looked after and protected in the reservation.

We were just about to jump back into the jeep, when Miguel shouted “behind you” … well after the ‘chocrides’ I wasn’t taking any chances, and jumped around …. to see this huge fella !


I can’t believe how many Iguana’s we saw that today, and even while we were driving along, baby Iguana’s were playing ‘chicken’ in front of the jeep – seriously, they must have been no more than 6” long, and they were trying to out-run us !

Next, we went to the Mayan ruins, these were very small in comparison to others on the island, however, Miguel said that they were originally lit and used to let other islanders know if they were being invaded. 

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Next stop was the lighthouse.  As the island became more popular with Cargo ships, the island built this lighthouse to protect the ships – you could see far and wide from the top of it.  At the very top, the last two steps are slightly higher from all the others, and the ceiling drops – unless you have a thoughtful guide like ours, then these two steps are the locals’ idea of entertainment !  They think it is hilarious to hear all the bumps and squeals when visitors bang their heads on the dropped ceiling ! ha ha ha !  Thankfully, Miguel warned us !

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At the base of the lighthouse was a small, but extremely interesting museum tracing the history of Cozumel.  As I said above, the island didn’t begin prospering until the arrival of the cargo ships, and the transformation since the 1900’s is amazing !

The Conservation area is also home to a Turtle reservation, and these beautiful creatures have found protection here.  This is the ‘birthing’ area, which has been surrounded in case people step on the eggs.


From here, we drove to the beach Mexican Restaurant for some rest, relaxation, cocktails and mexican food !  The word ‘idyllic’ is an understatement – I could have stayed here for the rest of my life !

Mexico 1

I will rush the finish of the day here, because I’m scared that this is photo-heavy and might not post to Blogger ! Surprised smile  My last photograph is of Sally and I inside our jeep.  On the way back to the port, I stood up in the back for the whole journey … it was hot … very hot … and yup, I burned my forehead !  The rest of the holiday was spent doing an impression of a Belisha beacon !


Project Life

Here’s a great video on You Tube introducing Stampin Up! and Project Life – keep your eyes peeled on my blog for Project Life updated !  Exciting times are ahead !!! YAY !!!

Other IMPORTANT Updates

There are NEW Weekly Deals available via my online shop HERE -
Grab yourself a bargain before they all go ! 

Also, new items have been added to the Clearance Rack HERE, and you can check them out on the link below. Again, you have to be in it to win it - these items have been drastically reduced, so grab em quick !

Have a great weekend everyone !   Cal xxx


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