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

Monday, 9 October 2017

Fun News, Two days left and Class Details!

Stampin' Up!® announced last week,  the return of alcohol-based markers!!
Us lucky demonstrators (and anyone who gets the Starter Kit) can purchase these early between October 1st and the 15th! The release to everyone else will be in the near future (before 2017 ends), but the date hasn't been determined yet.
My 'Blends' were delivered on Friday, and I've been having a quick little play with them.  There's a selection of Stampin' Up! colours to choose from, and each colour has a light and a dark marker, which makes it so easy to blend and shade easily.  I've used lots of different alcohol based markers, and these are definitely the easiest for blending/shading.  Don't get me wrong, I love Copics, but I struggle with time when I'm trying to match and blend the right colours ... with the new 'Blends', the time and choice factor has been removed - they're fab!  As soon as I have a release date, I'll let you all know.


* There are only TWO days left to take advantage of the World Card Making Day Offers -Tuesday is the cut off day, so please get your orders quickly to avoid being disappointed if you miss it!
There is 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and select stamp sets. 
Also, when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE! These items will help you and your customers celebrate the best hobby of all—card-making! (IMPORTANT:  These are currently on back order, so get your order in quickly to avoid disappointment)

See all the products on offer HERE


*  Let’s admit it, we all just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper! This is why, by popular demand, SU have brought back the sale on Designer Series Paper. During October, you  can buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE! This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual and autumn/winter catalogues. And even includes select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks! So take advantage of this excellent opportunity to buy lots and lots of pretty paper.

 Oh!  I meant to add, that the stamp sets that are 15% off on the World Card-Making Day flyer coordinate with paper packs that are part of this Buy 3, Get 1 Free special. How cool is that?

You can see the full range of papers that are available for this offer HERE

Lastly, MY offer to you - FREE Postage & Packing on all orders over £45.  As Stampin Up is my only income,  I can't afford huge giveaways and regular freebies, but by offering my loyal customers free postage for orders over £45, it means that everybody gets something from me at some point.

Don't forget to keep checking the Clearance Rack HERE and keep popping back to see all the Specials and Offers here on my blog.

You can see all the Specials and Offers HERE


I had a lovely day with one of my teamies Helen.  I planned two Christmas stamp-a-stack classes and also managed to work on the design packaging for my swaps for convention! 😯  There's a couple of samples below from the classes, and a very-sneaky-peak of my swaps for Convention in November - but you haven't seen this ... sssshhh! (see below)

NEW Classes - Stamp-a-Stack
Venue - Wallasey, Merseyside (CH45)

The first Christmas Stamp-a-Stack card class is 
Friday 13th October - 10am - 12 Noon OR 1pm - 3pm.  
Tuesday 17th October - 10am - 12 Noon OR 1pm - 3pm.

You will be making 16 cards (yes you will I promise), and you will receive the full kit, plus a full pack of the embellishments  that you use during the class.  The cost is £22.50 which includes the full kit (with envelopes) and refreshments.

The second Christmas Stamp-a-Stack card class is
Friday 20th October from 10:00am - 12 Noon OR 1pm - 3pm.  
Tuesday 24th October from 10am - 12 Noon OR 1pm - 3pm

You will be making 16 cards and you will receive the full kit, plus a full pack of the embellishments that you use during the class.  The cost is £22.50 which includes the full kit (with envelopes) and refreshments.

I will be selling the kit on it's own with everything cut and ready for you to assemble - however, as is Stampin' Up! policy,  you will need to stamp your own images.  Die cuts and punched embellishments will be provided.   The cost of the kit will be £20 plus £2 postage.

For more information or to book your place, please call/text me on 07747 465186 or email me on

One of the cards from Class 1
One of the cards from Class 2

Convention swap

Love to you all - Happy Crafting!  Cal xxx

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Quick and Easy Xmas Cards Continued ....

I literally made this card using the framelits from Bethlehem Edgelit Dies.  There is a matching stamp set, but I really just wanted the framelits.  

I used a Rich Razzleberry card base, a whisper white cardstock insert, and then cut and adhered the images out of gold foil sheets (more like cardstock weight).  I then stamped the sentiment on the inside using Rich Razzleberry ink, and that was it.  TIP:  I used dimensionals to create depth on the top layer of 'houses'.

The framelits are Item No 144676 and are £29.  The gold foil card is Item No 132622 and is £3.75.

This card will be one of the cards we make in my upcoming Christmas card class - date to be announced shortly. 

Talking of Card Classes, put the 2nd and 3rd of December in your calendars.....

Stampin' Up! has a long history of supporting philanthropic causes. 'Helping others' and 'making a difference' is part of the mission statement. Over the past two decades, almost three decades in fact, demonstrators all over the world embrace these words and make a difference in the lives of others.
Stampin' Up! is celebrating their 10th anniversary in the UK, and to mark this special occasion; Stampin' Up! UK has set a challenge to make a whopping 10,000 cards across two card-making weekends in 2017, to donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Earlier this year we held the first of our card-making weekends ‘Birthday Wishes’ from 23 – 25 June. Demonstrators across the country rallied together to hold their own events and produce an astounding 9,493 cards! It was an incredible show of support for the challenge !
Now, we want to make the next challenge even BIGGER and BETTER
Stampin Up! are asking you once again to offer your support, enthusiasm and crafting skills as they welcome back the second half of the 10,000 cards challenge with the Christmas Cheer Challenge! However, due to the incredible success of the Birthday Wishes weekend they are doubling the goal they set for the entire year of 10,000 cards, to a whopping 20,000 cards! This means that Demonstrators are aiming to make over 10,000 cards in just one weekend and we know, with your help, we can do it!
Therefore, I am holding a Christmas Cheer Stamp-a-stack Day on the 2nd December.  Venue details are being finalised, but basically, I am asking you to take part in the challenge by taking the class.  You will make one card for you, and one card for Ronald McDonald House.  I will be holding the class on the 2nd and 3rd December.  
Don't worry if you can't make it in person, as I will be selling a 'Christmas Cheer Class to go' ... so you will receive everything except the stamp sets that are being used, but you can easily use your own Christmas stamps instead.

More details to follow soon.....

*   See my post from yesterday regarding the World Card Day offers - some great deals to be had.  I know that some people have commented that the bundles are a cheaper way to buy the stamps (which I agree), but there are 3 stamp sets that are not in the bundles and that are a great offer.  The fast fuse offer has been extremely popular, so to avoid disappointment of back orders, place your Orders as soon as possible.
*   There is also, the Buy 3 get 4th Set of designer series paper offer - again, the list of papers in the offer is in my post from yesterday.  If placing your order online, the last papers that you add will show up as £0, even if they're the most expensive!
*   Have a look at the Clearance Lines, there's lots being added.
As always, you can place all orders via my online shop - link on the side, or you can email me on or call/text me on 07747 465186.

Happy Crafting - Cal xxxx

Sunday, 1 October 2017

October Offers that are NOT to be missed!

(Lots of information, so please read to the bottom)

This year the world celebrates World Card Making Day on the 7 October, but one day wasn’t enough for us. For ten days (between 1 and 10 October), you can get 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and select stamp sets. Also, when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE! These items will help you to celebrate one of the best hobby's of all—card-making!

These are what is on offer .... or you can find them in a .pdf HERE

PLUS - the fast fuse offer is below - buy one fast fuse and receive TWO FREE refills! 

This offer is only available from the 1st to the 10th October

PLUS - Not only are we offering all the bargains above, but Stampin' Up! thought they would offer a PAPER SALE as well .... from the 1st to the 31st October ONLY.

You choose 3 papers full price below, and then select a 4th set of papers for FREE

Or you can find them on a .pdf HERE - the offer is on until 31st October ONLY - As this is always a popular offer, please order as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment or delays.

EXTRA OFFER - Spend over £45 and receive FREE P&P from me as a thank you for your Order.  

DON'T FORGET - The Merry Patterns offer is also still running until the 31st October - place a £250 Order (or more), and receive this stamp set FOR FREE!

I'm sorry this post is picture heavy, but I didn't want you to miss any of the great deals!  Whilst you're shopping, don't forget to take a look at the Clearance section HERE

If your Order is under £150 and you are shopping online, please use the hostess code BFKBTAUM
At the end of the month, one lucky winner will win ALL of the hostess benefits!  

Last months winner was Linda Jacobs - well done Linda, I have sent you an email xx

To place your orders, please either shop online direct SHOP HERE or Email me on or call/text me on 07747 465186

Happy Crafting - have fun shopping!   Cal xxx

Monday, 25 September 2017

Time to Celebrate - I did it!

It's time to celebrate, in more ways than one!

So I finally hit my £100,000 sales last week! YAY!  It's taken a long time, and a lot of hard work - However, it would not have been possible without my amazing customers, the orders that you have placed, attending classes and attending retreats.  Thank you so much for sticking with me through thick and thin.  Talking of which, I know I've been a bit thin on the ground the last two years, but if you're still here with me - then thank you again!   Thank you also to my wonderful team "The Hearts" for all their support, and of course my friends and family.

Recovery from my huge 'ear & bits' operation took a lot, lot longer to recover from than expected (I'm still adjusting even now), then leaving my husband and moving back to my home town in Wallasey.  My lovely Mum with her fall two years ago, and then her recent fall in Copenhagen when she fractured her hip in three places, has all meant a break in my business.  Which is why, I appreciate you sticking with me all the more.  Hopefully, it's business as back as usual and now that Stampin' Up! will be my only career, you should see and hear from me all the more!

Anyway, on to business ...

I made the following card using the Watercolour Christmas stamp set and a sentiment from Snowflake Sentiments.  I know I keep saying it, but the Watercolour stamp set and the Snowflake Bundle, are literally all you need for Christmas cards ... I can't stop using them!


For this card, I used a 6x6" white card base.
1.  Cut a 21/2" x 5 1/4" piece of patterned paper.  Cut 'tails' into one end, and attach to the left hand side of the card leaving a 1/4" gap to the left side.
2. Cut a 31/4" x 31/4" piece of old olive cardstock.
3. Cut a 3" x 3" piece of whisper white cardstock.  Using Old Olive ink, stamp the greeting to the top of the piece of paper.  Then using the Old Olive ink again, stamp the three trees from Watercolour Christmas in a straight line across the bottom.
4. Cut a foil snowflake in half, and attach one of the halves underneath the bottom of the stamped topper.
5.  Attach this topper to the Old Olive cardstock.  Adhere all of this to the card using dimensionals.
6. Voila!  So quick and easy, and I think you'll agree, it looks pretty stylish too!

Watercolour Christmas stamp set

Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set

Here's another card using the same sentiment, but stamped it in black memento. TIP:  I attached the stamps to the acrylic block in a row, and using Old Olive ink, stamped all over the card base.  It saved tons of time and took the guesswork out of lining up the stamps individually.  I added a layer of patterned paper and attached the sentiment over this using dimensionals - another quick and easy card!

To co-ordinate with the Snowflake sentiments stamp set there is a set of beautiful matching framelits.

You can see where they have been used below with our dazzling diamonds glitter card - stunning isn't it?!?!

If you would like to purchase any of the above products, or if you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on or call/text me on 07747 465186 or you can message me via my Facebook Page, Heartfully Yours. To order direct, please use the shop now button to the right, or click HERE

Once again, thank you again for your all support - it truly is appreciated.

Happy Crafting - Cal xxx

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Exclusive Kits and Gift

Just a reminder, that one lucky person who :-

Places an order before the end of September OR
Orders an Exclusive Creative Kit (£19.75 incl. postage) OR
Orders one of my shares ....

.... has the opportunity to win this Exclusive Gift ... 

If you place your order online please use the hostess code RUVCQTMK if your order is under £150.... 

I've had a few people ask about some of the papers that I've been using with the Memories & More cards in the Exclusive Creative Kit.  I'll let you into a secret ... they're not papers, they're the larger cards that are contained in the kit.   I literally trimmed the card down to just under 14.5cm and used it as background paper.

On the card above, I trimmed the striped paper down to 13.5cm, then punched out 6 x 3/4" black circles, glued them to the edge of the striped paper and then glued this to the card base.  I used the Merry & Bright sentiment card from the set and added a strip of rhinestones where shown.  I then tucked half of a silver foil snowflake to this layer.  Lastly, I attached this to the striped paper using the miniature dimensionals.  Voila!  Easy peasy!

Details for the Exclusive Creative Kit are in the post below,, as are details of my Paper and Embellishment Share.

Happy Crafting!   Cal xxx

Sunday, 17 September 2017

It's All Exclusive ... Kits, Gifts and more!

Exclusive Creative Kit:

Impress your friends and family into thinking that you have spent hours creating these stunning cards, when really they are super quick 'n' easy!

You will have tons of elements left over to incorporate into your own creative projects including cards, scrapbooking and home decor projects.

Your complete Exclusive Creative Kit includes:- 
  • A Memories & More pack of cards (full - including stickers and elements)
  • 10 x kraft card and envelopes
  • 10 x white card and envelopes,
  • A full pack of Foil snowflakes (silver and gold)
  • 1m x black crochet trim
  • 1m x twine.

At only £19.75 including P&P, you need to snap yours up quick! Email me on or message me via Facebook (Carole Bryson) to secure your Exclusive Kit. xx


Paper and Embellishment Shares
Embellishment Share

Paper Share

You could also add the paper and embellishment share to your Exclusive Kit - or purchase them individually.  Combining all of the elements of the Exclusive Kit and the two shares, would give you an unlimited amount of creative ideas.
I have used the paper share for cards, scrapbooking, home decor and gift wrapping.  Below is a beautiful homemade scented candle that my teamie Julie Smith made using a combination of the paper share and embellishment share products. Isn't it stunning?!?!

Combine elements of my exclusive embellishment selection to create stunning Christmas, Halloween or home decor projects.

With the embellishment kit, I knocked out these beautiful wired ribbon bows in no time (until I started faffing with the bow) I'm definitely going to order more of the striped ribbon and make slightly smaller bows for this years Christmas tree, and then use it again on the gift wrapped christmas presents that I give out to family and friends - what would you use it for?!?!

To buy these embellishments individually (just for the bow), would cost you £24.25!

Paper Share - £16.50 plus £2 P&P
(includes a 10% discount on what you would normally pay for these items individually)
You will receive:-
12 @ 6x6 sheets of Quilted Christmas
12@ 6x6 sheets of Merry Little Christmas
12@ 6x6 sheets of Around the World
8 @ 6x6 sheets of Year of Cheer
2@ 6x6 sheets of Champagne foiled card
12@ 6x6 sheets of Painted Autumn
12@ 6x6 sheets of Spooky Night
24 @ 6x6 sheets of Merry Music 
That's a total of 94 @ 6x6 sheets of double sided paper (excluding the foil card)
Embellishment Share - £23.50 plus £3 P&P
(includes a 10% discount on what you would normally pay for these items individually)
You will receive:-
6 x quilted Christmas felt embellishments
2m x Quilted 1/4" Christmas ribbon
2 x mini ornaments
1m x Striped black & white ribbon
3 x christmas tree sprigs
2m x Mini tinsel trim (1m each colour)
9 x mini gift bows (3 of each colour)
2m x Real Red 1/8" ribbon
6 x Wood Christmas around the world embellishments
6 x Year of Cheer metal embellishments
1m x Burlap ribbon
6 x Wooden Touch of Nature embellishments
6 x Foil Snowflakes (3 of each colour)
1m x Vintage crochet trim
A surprise from me ;)
AND ... that's not the end .... One lucky person who places an order with me before the end of September, has the chance to win this exclusive prize ....
... what's inside?  
You need to place an order via my online shop - link to the right, order an exclusive kit, embellishment share or order a paper share to be in with a chance of finding out .......... *evil cackle*
As always, you can contact me via any of these mediums ... email me at, call/text me on 07747 465186 or message me via Facebook (Carole Bryson) ... it couldn't be easier!
Happy Crafting my friends ....
Cal xxx



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