Sunday, 30 September 2012

Pretty Butterfly

I was lucky enough to get a try of this gorgeous stamp set and punch from my Sister in Law when she came over from the US when the Olympics were on.  

How pretty is this .. are you in love?

I've used four different stamp sets on this card - Creative Elements which is a must for the beautiful scroll swirl that I've used on the background, the small flower from another favourite set of mine Summer Silhouettes and Papillon potpourri and the sentiment is from the set loving thoughts I just love that font. PLUS PLUS have you seen on Page 184 the most gorgeous matching punch for the butterfly.  I love this punch as the butterfly is just so much more realistic than the last one.

Card Details:
Colours for this card are Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade and the now retired and very sadly missed Peach Parfait - I just can't bear to part with this colour so you will be seeing some more of it I'm afraid.

I used Whisper White cardstock for my base again another good investment if you are just starting out in card making as you get 40 sheets for £7.50.  I've also used our Vellum and Gems to add a final touch on the punched butterfly.

Product Details:
Loving Thoughts (W) £26.95 126843 (C) £21.95 125845
Summer Silhouettes (W) £21.95 126445 (C) £17.95 126447
Papillon Potpourri (W) 126757 (C) £13.95 125759
Elegant Butterfly Punch £14.25 127526

A few peeks

Now this has to be one of my favourite stamp sets from the new catalogue its is called Summer Solstice and is hidden on the bottom of Page 93 it is fantastic value at only £12.95 for the clear set.

Card Details
The card base is Naturals Ivory - 108630 £6.75 for 40 sheets which is exceptional value - it is a great weight card perfect for your own card bases.  There is Naturals White in the new catalogue. I've also used the Music Notes wheel on Page 114 120327 at £5.95.

The colours are Soft Suede, Pool Party and Lucky Limeade

Product Details
Naturals Ivory 108630 £6.75
Music Notes Wheel 120327 £5.95
Summer Solstice (W) 122024 £15.95 or (C) £12.95 122037

Finally here .. YIPPEEE .. new products and free prize draw

Well the new catalogue is finally here .. have you had a look .. are you in love .. how big is your wish list .. personally mine is massive there are so many gorgeous new stamp sets to pick from, Sizzix products, papers, ribbons, buttons I could go on and on .. how about you have a look and let me know what you think.

If you would like to place an order I am offering free P&P for the month of October .. October it seems strange typing that really where is the year going?  

Also any orders placed from the new catalogue over £50.00 will be entered into a draw to win £50 of free Stampin Up Products.  

Contact me on and I'll be happy to place the order for you.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

The 12 weeks of Christmas

Did you know there are only 92 days to Christmas!!

Can you believe that only 92 days to go!  How scary is that?  I for one cannot believe how fast this year has gone it seems to be going at supersonic speed and I feel I am just not ready to think about Christmas.

Every year I try and pre-plan and fail spectacularly at being prepared .. is this you too?

If so how about subscribing to my 12 weeks of Christmas newsletter.  It will be full of ideas for how to get the most for your money to produce stunningly simple and beautiful cards to the more elaborate cards for those very special people in our lives.

I will be kicking off the first newsletter on 1st October I will add the link shortly but if you are interested in receiving this please contact me at

The first project is simple and stunning and is all about cheap and mass producable but still offering stunning results.


Want to try something different and spend a pleasant evening crafting?

Ever wondered what Stampin Up Products are and what you do with them?

Just starting out crafting or a seasoned pro?

Or do you just want to meet like minded people who love to craft?

Personally I know I can probably answer yes to all of the above.   I am an avid crafter and passionate about Stampin Up so have decided to hold some classes and would like to open an invitation to those in the Aylesbury area or Bucks in general area to come along for an evening of crafting.

If you are interested all classes will be detailed in the classes menu here.

If you would like a chat or further please do not hesitate to either contact me by leaving a comment or emailing me directly.

Stampers 6 Club

Only 4 places remaining in my Stampers 6 Group starting 1st October 2012

There are only 4 places left so please let me know as soon as possible if you want to join as I'd really like to kick start this club on the 1st October to make the most of both the seasonal catalogue and the launch of the new 200 page plus main catalogue. 

If you would like to find out more please see the Stampers Club information above or contact me for a chat.

All you need to do is commit to spend £25.00 a month plus P&P for 6 months during this period  you will earn hostess products for the month you are hosting.

I look forward to speaking to you and welcoming you to the Stampers 6 Group.

Seasonal Catalogue

Well are you in love?

The NEW Stampin Up Seasonal Catalogue is here and its packed full of luscious new products

Have you had a chance to have a good look?  I thought I would share with you some of my personal favourites:
Greetings of the Season
Greetings of the Season (Wood-Mount 128030, £13.95 or Clear-Mount 128033, £10.95) on page 8 of the catalogue.  This is such an essential set of sentiments I just love the fonts.  You wouldn't need much to make some beautiful cards just some paper, ink and ribbon and it's good value too.
Scentsational season stampin up rubber stampsScentsational Season Bundle (Wood-Mount Bundle 129945, £31.95 OR Clear-Mount Bundle 129946, £28.95) on page 16.  Now this is exceptional value and you save money by buying this as a bundle.  The stamp sets are available separately if you do not wish to buy as a bundle (£16.95(w) or £13.95(c)) the framelits are available separately at a cost of £20.95 so you can see it makes perfect sense to buy it as a bundle and save yourself some money.  

Perfectly Preserved
Perfectly Preserved Bundle (Wood-Mount Bundle 129943, £39.50 OR Clear-Mount Bundle 129944, £35.50) on page 29 of the catalogue.  Again another set of fabulous dies and stamps.  Isn't that jar a must have.  You can buy these separately but again why would you want to not save money?  There is also a gorgeous set of papers that go so well with this stamp set called Orchard Harvest (126895, £9.95).

Festival of Prints dSP
Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack (126904, £6.25) on page 20 of the catalogue.  This is one item that jumped out at me as soon as I saw the catalogue it is a card maker's dream!  You get 48 double sided sheets YES 48 sheets of double side paper - this is a little different to the normal paperstacks as its smaller in size (4 1/2 x 6 1/2) I just found this so much easier to work with and with a wide spectrum of colour combinations - cherry cobbler, crumb cake, island indigo, lucky limeade, early espresso you are going to have so many choices to make some fabulous cards.

I'd love to hear what items you have fallen in love with from the new catalogue again if you would like to place an order please do not hesitate to contact me.

NEW In Color 2012 - 2014

Did you know that you can place an order NOW for the new in color collection?


Aren't they just beautiful the picture does not do justice to them in real life they are more vibrant. 

Would you like to order the NOW if so please get in contact with me on and I'd be happy to order them for you.

Ink pads are in the new formulation and retail at £4.95 per ink pad - fantastic value and will last for a very long time - I still have inkpads from 4 years ago that are going strong!  Old style inkpads are on the retired list if you would like to grab yourself a bargain.

Ordering Details 
Gumball Green               Ink Pad £4.95        A4 Card stock £6.25
Midnight Muse                Ink Pad £4.95        A4 Card stock £6.25
Primrose Petals              Ink Pad £4.95        A4 Card stock £6.25
Raspberry Ripple            Ink Pad £4.95        A4 Card stock £6.25
Summer Starfruit            Ink Pad £4.95        A4 Card stock £6.25

So why are Stampin Up! changing their inkpads?

Stampin Up! are Introducing firm foam pads! They will change your stamping experience for the better.

We know you’re going to love these new Stampin’ Pads and just look at all the exciting benefits listed below:
  • Provide better ink coverage for your stamps!
  • Light-tap stamping produces flawless images!  
In addition the new Stampin’ Pads
  • Create wonderfully solid images. The Firm Foam releases more ink onto your rubber stamp than the felt pads. When using the Firm Foam pad, your stamp will get an even, solid covering of ink that you may not have been able to achieve with the felt pads. Please note: if you are using the ink pad frequently you may need to re-ink your Firm Foam pad more often. We recommend that you purchase a refill at the time of your ink pad purchase.
  • Have a crisply printed, glossy label on the top of the pad that is easier to read and that will not fade or chip off!
  • Come with colour name labels in all four languages (English, Spanish, French, and German)—just choose your language, peel it off the back, and add it to the side of the pad for easy identification!
  • Use the same patented flip-top case design that stores the inking surface upside down, so the pad surface stays moist!
  • Are available in all colours, including our exclusive In Colors!