Friday, 1 December 2017

It's the End of Year Sale - starting now!

So maybe we didn't get the one day EXTRAVAGANZA that we were led to believe was going to happen ... however, we DO have the END OF YEAR SALE starting TODAY!

HERE is the link to the .pdf showing you what is in the Sale - however, you can get more updated information direct from the website HERE

IMPORTANT:  The products on sale WILL NOT be replaced - so if you snooze you lose.... check those Wish Lists and order as soon as possible to avoid disappointment - once it's gone, it's gone!

You an either  place your order direct online HERE or, you can email me on and I will place the order.  Either way, if you spend over £45 you will receive FREE postage from me!

Earlier this year Stampin Up held the Birthday Wishes Challenge weekend as part of a 10,000 cards challenge. Now, we want to make the next challenge even BIGGER and BETTER! This weekend is the start of the Christmas Cheer Challenge weekend and SU have doubled the goal set for the entire year of 10,000 cards to 20,000!! The cards will then be sent to the Ronald McDonald House charity and sold from their outlets to raise funds.

This Saturday, if you fancy coming along to make some Christmas Cards to help with my target, then please message me for details. I’ll make you a brew for helping! Or pop along during the day from 10am-4pm.#SUChristmasCheerUK and #SU20000cardsUK

The above card uses an old favourite of mine - Lovely as a Tree - it is a really simple card with an embossed background, one image stamp and one sentiment stamp - quick and easy!  This is one of the cards that i will be making tomorrow at my 'at-home Christmas Card Challenge event' ... if you're in the Wallasey area, and want to pop in, then please drop me a message.   Good luck to everyone taking part - i'm aiming for about 50-100 cards, but who knows .....

Lastly, I may be a little quiet for a while as i am going into hospital on the 14th December for another ear operation.  Unfortunately, the cholesteatoma that I had has recurred and necessitates the need for immediate surgery.  Although I knew this would happen, I didn't expect it to recur so quickly. 

I will be round and about though :)

So don't forget - get your END OF YEAR SALE orders in quickly!

Happy Crafting - Cal xxxx

Monday, 20 November 2017

One Day Flash Sale, One Week of Extravaganza and One Hell of a Blowout Sale!

Please join me for a week of Online Extravaganza Deals.

The first incredible offering of this promotion is the 24-hour stamp sale. Select stamp sets have a 20% discount for the first 24 hours of this Online Extravaganza. Because of the limited time urgency of this sale, this is a great opportunity for you to stock up on some  amazing stamps! It's started NOW until 22:59 (GMT).

See ALL of the Online Extravaganza deals HERE (pdf) or direct in my online shop HERE

For a week only there are other amazing offers including papers, cardstock, inkpads, framelits etc. and you can order these anytime.

Remember the discounted stamp sets are available for 24 HOURS ONLY at this price!

To complete the week, there will be a 24 HOURS FLASH SALE on the 27th November - so make sure you pop back to see what is available - I have no idea what is included, so I'll be eagerly awaiting the email from Stampin Up myself!

If your order is under £150 please use the Hostess Code MRSNFYET  when prompted - one lucky winner could win the hostess benefits for November.  If your order is over £150 then you will receive the hostess benefits during the ordering process.

As we are celebrating our 10th year in Europe this year, there is an EXTRA exclusive offering for our UK customers ....

To place your Orders, you can shop HERE from my online shop (free P&P from me for orders over £45 - contact me and I will reimburse the postage for online orders).

OR you can email me your orders at or call/text me on 07747 465186

PLEASE BE WARNED - Products will sell out quickly during this Extravaganza, so act quickly to avoid disappointment

Don't forget, you could sign up to join my team and earn even more products for your £99 starter kit by including these Extravaganza items!  For more details, please contact me or see HERE.

Have fun! 

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Pre-Order your Stamparatus ( important details)

This product launch is completely different than anything we’ve ever done before, as we anticipate there to be an extremely high demand for this. Your tool will be ordered like a pre-order, reserve your spot, and wait for your tool to arrive. Doing it this way will stop out of stocks and back orders, although we will have to wait slightly longer, we will be more efficient in our inventory, happy and stress-free! Here’s how to reserve yours.
There will be three separate product reservation windows and corresponding shipping dates, (explained in the chart below). The first window opens on Thursday 16th November, at 21:00 GMT.


To reserve your Stamparatus, you must have a customer account in my online shop. If you haven’t got one, you will need to go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Shop (shop now - right hand side of my blog), then click Create Account and follow the on-screen instructions.
STEP 1 – Click the reserve button, RESERVE HERE or directly in my online shop! (This link will not work until Thursday 16th November at 21:00 GMT/ 22:00 CET)
STEP 2 – Your product reservation will appear on the screen. Customers are limited to 1 Stamparatus per Reservation Window. Please note, if you’d like to cancel your reservation you can do this on the same screen.
STEP 3 – A confirmation email will be sent to your email inbox, no payment will be taken during the reservation.
When the Stamparatus stock comes into the warehouse you’ll receive an email notifying you that your Stamparatuds order is ready. Your Stamparatus order will sit in your shopping cart, it is important that you DO NOT DELETE this item from your shopping basket, as your reservation will be cancelled. Then simply complete the checkout as normal, and yes you will be able to add other products to your shopping basket.
That's it!
Thanks to Sarah Berry for the fab instructions - it would have taken me forever!
If you have any other queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on or 07747 465186
Happy Crafting - Cal xxxx

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Eeeh it were good! NEW products too!

What a fabulous time we all had at convention this past weekend.

Six of our team and myself all tootled off down to Solihull for a day and a half of fun, laughter and sharing.

These were the team swaps that I made for each member of my team, together with a product-based thank you gift.

And these were the general swaps that I made - the smaller ones were the general swaps and the larger ones were for friends.  I made the contents of the jar myself and I must say that the house smelt beautiful for days!  It is Handmade Lemon & Lavender Body Scrub, and for those who have messaged and emailed me, the contents are:-

*Epsom Salts
*100% natural coconut oil
*100% Lemon essential oil
*100% Lavender essential oil
* Dried Lavender seeds

This is how they started off ....

... and then they became this ....

I used the Lemon Zest Stamp Set and matching punch (available as a bundle) to produce the 'decoration' ... I only bought the set for these swaps, but I truly fell in love with the set, and fully intend to use it a lot more!  Isn't it funny the way that happens ... 

I received tons of amazing swaps in return, and over the next few weeks, I will post some of them on my blog for you to see, and may have a 'live' Facebook session to go through them with you.

Anyway, Julie and I drove down on the Friday and stayed at the Crowne Plaza NEC - our room was phenomenal and the bed ... oh my giddy aunt - it was the most comfiest bed that I have ever slept in, in my entire life .. I wanted to take it home! ha ha ha 😁

On the Friday evening, I was very fortunate to attend a Stampin Up leaders evening called Centre Stage.  At this event, we have Leader training and then a very very nice meal afterwards.  We also receive our Convention bag and some goodies ... I can't show you the goodies yet as we're not allowed to show anything until tomorrow - I think ... I'll check!

Saturday came all too early, and as I said before, I did not want to leave my comfy bed .. however, I did, and was ready to be up and at it in no time.

Here are a few photographs from the day.  I love being able to share what I love with 100's of other demonstrators - rekindling old friendships and making new ones.  It really is a wonderful experience.

Nicky struggling with her Pre-Pre Order choices!

Tammy won the stamp set she wanted during one of the Prize Patrols!

During the day, we are allowed to pre-pre Order selected products from the new Spring/Summer catalogue and Sale-a-Bration catalogue ... it really is hard to decide what to choose - if I had the money, it would have been all of it!  Honestly, there's lots to look ahead to, but that can wait for another day or so ...

Surprisingly, this also happened :o

Considering the last two years that I have had, this came as a huge surprise to me.  This was only achievable because of my lovely loyal customers, who have helped me through some hellish times.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Anyway ,... on to new news ... the Stamparatus is almost with us ... I'll leave you with the information for now, and if you have any questions or queries, please ask ...  I was lucky enough to be on the L2L demonstrator team who worked on producing this, and I really do believe that it is AMAZING!

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you ever crafted without it! Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamps crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialised stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates
  • and precision placement

I need product details!
Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
2 magnets to hold the paper in place
Magnet storage areas
Retail Price– £44.00

IMPORTANT:  Customer Q&A's can be found HERE on a .pdf.  Details of how YOU can reserve your Stamparatus can be found HERE

Want even more details?  then look at the following You Tube video and see the Stamparatus in action!

Amazing isn't it?!?!  I can't wait to get hold of mine ... so get ready to reserve yours from 16th November!  Whoop whoop - I can't wait!

And for those who want to know - 


At Stampin’ Up! we want to learn from and collaborate with our sales force to develop exciting, new products—which is why we introduced our Leader to Leader (L2L) programme. This volunteer team of experienced demonstrators works closely with Stampin’ Up! to create innovative products via brainstorming, prototyping, and testing. L2L team members also assist in the development of marketing and training materials, try newly-developed L2L products first, see them through to launch, and participate in focus groups. It’s a huge team effort that involves demonstrators from all over the world, and we love the results we’ve seen so far.
I'm sorry for the really long blog post - but there's even more to share - from the 20th November, SU will be announcing an Online Extravaganza, so keep your eyes peeled on my blog for more details.
If you wish to place an order, or get in touch for more details, please email me on or call/text me on 07747 465186

Catch you soon - and once again, very many thanks for all your support - Love you all xxx

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Are you Undecided?

.... about our NEW Stampin' Up! Blends?  If so, then there is more information on the following You Tube videos that Stampin' Up have released.

The Color Me Happy video is really informative, and gives more details about Blends.

The Basics of Blending - great for tips and ideas

How to use the color lifter and achieve great skin tones

There's also a great video below from Janet Wakeland who has done a cardstock comparison to make it easy for you!

What's stopping you now?  If you have any questions at all, please contact me at

Have a look on Pinterest  HERE for some great ideas using the NEW Stampin' Blends


Are you looking for a gift for a crafter? maybe a wife? girlfriend? boyfriend?  If you want something different, that they will love you forever for, then purchase a Stampin Up' Gift Voucher from me, and let them select what they want - all you have to do is either click the link to the right of my blog for a gift voucher, or email me on and I will send you a gift voucher wrapped and ready for Christmas Day!

Why not give me a budget to spend and I will choose for you?  Again, your gift will arrive beautifully gift wrapped ready for Christmas Day.

If you're not sure what you want, and would prefer to have a chat, then please feel free to either call me on 07747 465186 or email me on for more details.

Have a great day everyone!


Monday, 30 October 2017

Reasons and Reminders ...


You only have TWO days including today to earn the fantastic Merry Patterns stamp set for free.  If you place a £150 order, then this set is yours.  Why not get together with some friends and place a £150 order, then share the set?  My mum and her pals often 'club together' to buy a selection of products, bundles etc., and share what they buy between them.

This really is on my Top 5 list of all-time favourite Christmas stamp sets.

You have until 9pm tomorrow night to place your orders in order that you don't miss out on this stamp set.


There are lots of reasons why you should consider buying the amazing NEW Stampin' Blends.  Firstly, they really really do blend ... Secondly, they are really easy to use.  As I said in my last post, I found that by using the dark colour first, then blend with the lighter colour, you can achieve perfection!

I've done a quick video showing this, and I'll do a facebook live, so keep an eye out for it.  

Stampin Up! have a fabulous video showcasing the Blends HERE

Patty Bennett has done a fantastic video HERE also showcasing the Blends.

You can download the .pdf HERE which tells you everything else you need to know

Anybody who orders a full set of Blends from me (or direct from my online shop) will receive a FREE storage box, together with a Black Memento inkpad.  

Want to spread the cost? Then read below ...


I need four people in each group for the shares. You will receive:-
1st Month -  3 sets of markers, storage box, colour lifter, memento inkpad,
selection of A5 whisper white and coloured cardstock
2nd Month - 3 sets of markers, 12 sheets of A4 whisper white thick cardstock
3rd Month - 3 sets of markers, 12 sheets of A4 whisper white thick cardstock
4th Month - 3 sets of markers, bronze and ivory blends (plus a surprise)

Each share is £30 (collect) £32.95 (posted)

To secure your place in the share, please contact me by email  at or Facebook messenger  (Carole Bryson) with your paypal address (for monthly invoice) and your home address.

Lots more samples to follow ...

Other News

Unfortunately, I am having to go back into hospital to have my ear operated on again.  My last MRI scan showed that the cholesteatoma has recurred, and although this was expected, I didn't think it would happen this quick.  To say that I'm devastated is an understatement.
I spoke to my Surgeon on Friday, and he's sending me an appointment as soon as he can squeeze me in, so I will keep you all updated.
Due to this, I am not adding any classes other than my usual Tuesday class, and I hope you all understand.  
During my recovery period, I will be offering 'Classes to Go' ... scrapbooking and cardmaking, and will contain enough product to complete the projects - this way, I can keep my hand in, and maintain contact with you all - plus, keep my business running during said recovery.

Well, that's it for now ... remember, two days to earn the Merry Patterns stamp set for free, and two days until the 1st November :o wow! where has this year gone?!?!

Oh, one last thing ... I have our annual Stampin' Up! Convention coming up on the 10th and 11th November, and I have some gorgeous cutie patooty projects to show you that I have made for my team, some SU friends, and for general swaps - you are gonna love them.  I used a stamp set that I never thought that I would buy in a million years, but it just seemed to 'fit' the projects.  I was blasted by the set .... so keep your eyes peeled!

As always, if you wish to place an order, then please either use the Shop Now button on the top right of my blog or email me on or call/text me on 07747 465186.

I really do appreciate your custom, as a small business, your loyalty means a great deal to me.

Take care, and have an amazing week - i'll be back on Wednesday with the 'blends' ...

Lotsa Love - Cal xxx

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Beautifully Blended ...Shares!

I told you there was a surprise ahead, and there is ... the amazing NEW Stampin' Blends (alcohol markers).  You can find the .pdf with all the information you need HERE 

From the 1st November, you will be able to order the NEW Stampin' Blends.  There are 12 different colours with a light and dark of each colour and then an Ivory, Bronze and Colour Lifter.

I had to add in this beautiful project made by Clare in the Stampin' Up! Office Sydney - it really is stunning.

Check out this gorgeous piece of Christmas home decor made by Clare in our Sydney office using:-
* new Stampin' Blends (available to order November 1) 
* the gorgeous Christmas in the Making stamp set.

If you want to be able to colour like a pro be sure to talk to your demonstrator about this awesome new product range.
What will you colour first with your new Stampin' blends?

Image from Su-Mohr at

You can buy the Blends individually at £4 each, or in their Light & Dark set of 2 for £8 or you can buy the whole shabundle including Ivory, Bronze and the Colour Lifter for £108.

As a Demonstrator, I was able to purchase these early in order to use them for samples and to form an opinion of them.  

These are two of my sample pieces that I made as soon as they arrived.

Personal Opinion

Having used them I am really impressed with them.  I compared them to Copics and Promarkers, and can honestly say, that they are on par with Copics.  For me, and yes I am biased, I do prefer the Stampin' Up Blends, and for one reason only - choice!   Because there are only two colours per shade, it makes choosing the colour to use much easier.   With Copics, I spend more time selecting the right colour-blends to use, than actually making a card.  

TIP: To Use

I found that if I used the dark colour first, then blended with the lighter shade, I got a perfect 'blend' ... I then went in with the darker shade again, and then blended with the lighter shade to get different effects.
(I will be making a video showing you how I use them shortly)

I also had great success blending our new white perfect accents - it means you can colour match your embellishments to match your projects - yay!!

TIP:  It is recommended to store the 'blends' on their sides, and I have found that a 1.5l storage box is perfect. (keep reading)

Offer & Shares

Anybody who orders a full set of Blends from me (or direct from my online shop) will receive a FREE storage box, together with a Black Memento inkpad.  
Want to spread the cost? Then read below ...


I need four people in each group for the shares. You will receive:-
1st Month -  3 sets of markers, storage box, colour lifter, memento inkpad,
selection of A5 whisper white and coloured cardstock
2nd Month - 3 sets of markers, 12 sheets of A4 whisper white thick cardstock
3rd Month - 3 sets of markers, 12 sheets of A4 whisper white thick cardstock
4th Month - 3 sets of markers, bronze and ivory blends (plus a surprise)

Each share is £30 (collect) £32.95 (posted)

To secure your place in the share, please contact me by email  at or Facebook messenger  (Carole Bryson) with your paypal address (for monthly invoice) and your home address.

In Other News ......

Classes - I am now holding regular card and scrapbooking classes on :-
Tuesday (10am-12noon and 1.00pm-3:00pm) and
Friday (10am-12noon and 1:00pm-3:00pm)
Contact me on or call/text me on 07747 465186 for more details!

Thank you!
Thanks to everyone who has asked about my Mum.  Four months down the line from having a triple break in her hip, she is doing amazing.  She's frustrated at the things that she still can't do (changing the bed, walking for too long, carrying ironing upstairs etc.), but she really is doing well.  We have really appreciated all your love and support, it's meant a lot to us.  This is a very rare, recent photograph of us together at Mums monthly coffee and cake morning at Church.

I'll bid you farewell with a couple of card samples from an upcoming card class.

Take care everyone - chat soon!  
Happy Crafting!
Cal xxx


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