Monday, 24 September 2012

Last chance alert

There are only a few days left to order products from the
2011-12 catalogue and then its gone...  to place an order all you need to do is contact me

After next week you will be able to order from the brand new 2013 catalogue . I'm not allowed to post a picture or links to it  until it goes live on Monday, but it is fantastic and packed with page after page of gorgeousness.

To find out how to get your personal copy of the new catalogue  or to learn more about how Stampin' Up! could enhance your crafting please just drop me a line here.

Over the next few days I will post a few projects...using products that we are saying bye bye to soon alongside sneaky peeks of products we will welcome in next week.

Until next time, take care
             Christa   xx 

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Stampin' Day

I am off tomorrow for a fun stampin' day with my extended team members. I am really looking forward to it, apart from the early start and the train journey that is...but once I get there, it will all be worth it. Since I stopped working outside the home I am definitely not a morning person!

As part of our team meet ups we swap samples for our inspiration boards and this time round the suggested theme is winter...and so in addition to making a dozen tree cards, I have used the fabulous new snow flurry bigz die from the Autumn Winter Seasonal Catalogue to make some really simple but pretty hanging snowflake ornaments. The die itself is so pretty that all was needed was a little glitz with dazzling details and a rhinestone in the centre, but you could add far more decoration if you wanted or you could cut the whole thing out of the glimmer paper for extra sparkle.

The photo isn't the best as the swaps are all bagged up and ready to go so I popped one into the scanner for quickness, but I hope you get the general idea of how pretty this die is...

My bag is all packed up and ready for the morning and now its time for me to head to bed if I want to be able to move when the alarm goes off tomorrow. Who knew there was a 7.30 in the morning too?

Until next time, take care

Christa   xx  

Thursday, 20 September 2012

95 days and counting

Oh my goodness did you know that there are just 95 days until Christmas???


 I have a couple of festive events planned and need to do a lot of prep for those and with that in mind I have been trying out a few festive projects.

This cute little tree card is inspired by something I saw online a while ago. Unfortunately I did not save the project link and so had to figure out the dimensions etc myself...which meant this one took way longer than any future cards will take, but it really is simple and it fits nicely inside a standard envelope.

This very basic sample was made using the new Festival of Prints designer series paper stack from the new Autumn Winter Seasonal catalogue and the trim was made using the scallop ribbon border punch. I plan to try a few others using the ruffled edge ribbon that came with the 2011-13 in-colour collection too.

Once the card is assembled as in the picture you can then go ahead and decorate it as you wish... even  really bling it up if you wanted to...  The punched square base can be stamped or embossed (or both) you can add a tag or label, or a ribbon, tulle or twine. The gorgeous glimmer paper (also in the A/W seasonal) would make a perfect star for the top of the tree. You could also use some of the mini punches or even the smaller framelits to add decoration to the tree and of course it would not be the festive season without a glitz and glitter....

And of course you can use up all the offcuts to make smaller versions  as  really cute matching gift tags...

Until next time, take care

Christa   xx 

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Happy Stampin'

Today our niece turned eighteen and family members turned to me to make cards for her special day... by the time I had made six different designs and had delivered them to various family members, I realised I had yet to make a card from us ...

So this card  includes her favourite pink, uses some of my favourites from the summer mini catalogue and provides a sneaky peek of something very new.

The stamped flowers were coloured with watercolour wonder crayons,cut out by hand, fixed to the card using dimensionals and then highlighted with crystal effects and to finish I popped a rhinestone in the centre of each. The end result was quite pretty...and sadly lost in the rather poor quality photo.

I am off to join other team members for a stampin' day out this weekend and will be busy making swaps -starting tomorrow. I have yet to decide on the design for my swaps,  but once I have it figured out I will post a sample...or two...  since I am known for not being able to stick to just one design

Until next time

Christa   xx 

Thursday, 13 September 2012


I just wanted to share a couple of the lovely gifts I received at in the past week or so.

The first is this very cute brooch (right) which everyone at leadership training was given by the very lovely Donna , who came over to join us from the USA to share some of her experiences and projects with us all.  It is just the perfect gift for a group of Stampin'Up! demos and I  have never seen anything like this anywhere... It is just so cute...I love it! Thanks Donna!

On the same day I got the beautiful  brooch  (left) from my lovely upline Bekka. This is just so pretty and has been admired by many. To be honest the picture really doesn't do it is made using twisted fabric, lace trim and the gorgeous new scallop edge tulle from the new seasonal catalogue with a fabulous antique brad at the centre. Thanks Bekka, I love it and will wear it often.

And my final gift was from my Mum who stumbled across these in a little shop in Devon ...she said I saw it and I thought of you... Its actually a fridge magnet but I have fixed it to my magnetic board in my craftroom where I can see it...Thanks Mum!

I spent a lovely few hours today with my new downline Karen, talking about stampin' matters and then of course doing some actual stampin'...because we love what we do and we love to share.

Until next time, take care

Christa   xx  

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

One sheet wonderful

On Saturday my husband and I went to the last day of the Paralympics athletics competition...which was a real WOW! It was totally amazing, inspiring and just plain wonderful!

The Wow factor has remained with us  and so when I saw a project idea listed with the heading WOW I was immediately  drawn to it.

As Stampin' Up! demos we like to share ideas and this is how some of the fabulous projects and variations on projects happen. This particular one is taken from a project shared  by Rebekah Harwood,  so HUGE thanks to Rebekah for sharing...and prettiness aside, the WOW factor here is that the entire project  is made using just one sheet of 12x12  designer paper!

 This was my  trial run using designer paper I had left over from the Berry Blossoms pack which featured in the Spring mini catalogue. I plan to start making loads more of these cute boxes using some of the newly released  collections of  papers, but I simply couldn't wait to show this one off, because tomorrow it will be on its way to someone..                                                                 

From the one sheet of designer paper you can make the box, matching lid, a belly band to secure the two and a paper ribbon bow to decorate the band... and still have enough paper left over to make a pretty gift tag to compliment the project.

There is also the option to make a smaller insert to  provide another layer to the inside of the box, although  this would need to be from another piece of card  or paper as one 12 x12 sheet will only stretch so far and even a Stampin' Up! demonstrator cannot do the impossible... 

 But this little project shows just how great Stampin' Up! designer series paper is really good quality of course but the real bonus is that all designer papers from Stampin'Up! are double sided so there is no such thing as a wrong side to the paper and the only 'difficulty' you will have is deciding which side to use. 

  I will upload more projects in the next few days...
Until next time, take care

                         Christa   xx                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            



Thursday, 6 September 2012

Caught the Bug

I took delivery of  a new order today and after unpacking and admiring my new goodies I did the sensible stuff first and  mounted the stamps, attached labels and found a home in my craft room for each new item...

and then I got them all out again and started stamping and cutting and generally trying everything all at the same time. It looks like a dervish ran through here...

I finally have the gorgeous ornament bundle (featured in the project on the front page of the seasonal catalogue) and I have stamped and cut loads of the ornaments tonight so that I can start trying different designs tomorrow - hopefully I will have something to share shortly.

You know how sometimes you look at something in the catalogue and you think oh that's nice (or unusual or useful) but you don't absolutely love it straight away... that is until you see something someone else has made and then it goes straight to the top of your wish list...well,  I felt a bit like that about the perfectly preserved set when I first saw it...but now I am  delighted that I finally have the perfectly preserved set and I am having such fun trying out all the ideas I have for that cute little jar...

The possibilities are absolutely endless...but there was one that was simply too good to resist. ...  and since the Ghoulish stamp set was still on my desk anyway,  it seemed pointless to even try ...

This little fella will be winding his way to a pal who caught a bug and  is a bit off colour at the moment - after all, they do say laughter is the best medicine.

Remember if you'd like to order anything from any of the current catalogues or fancy holding a workshop or coming to a class just drop me a line and I'll get right back to you.

Until next time, take care

Christa   xx  

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

From Ghoulish Ghouls to Cookie monsters

   Yesterday I talked about bundles and the Ghoulish stamp set and kit and today I would like to give a quick mention to the the delightful new cookie press stamps... 
This  brand new product line gives you stamps that you use to make embossed patterns on your home baked cookies and biscuits....and there are three designs in each set. They are so cute and have resulted in a flurry of baking among demonstrators. Cookie press stamps can provide fun for kids of all ages.
 I can't share pictures of cookies made by me because they simply don't exist  at the moment, but if you buy the cookie press stamps and send me pictures of the cookies you made using the cookie press stamps, I am happy to feature

 of your cookies 
 right here 

If you plan to bake your smart new cookies to give as gifts, there is even a kit available to help you produce great packaging...that's assuming you manage to save any cookies from being eaten by the cookie monsters in your home. 

Tomorrow my latest order will be delivered and I can't wait to get started on a couple of projects which I hope to be able to share with you soon.

Until then, take care

Christa   xx 

Monday, 3 September 2012

A few of my favourite things

Okay so the new seasonal catalogue is out and its fabulous... There really is something for everyone inside - even for the non-crafters.

The most obvious gorgeousness is the Christmas ornament on the front cover ( it is just amazing and has such potential...I can't wait for mine to arrive and as soon as it does I will be making a few sample projects)  but once you start to turn the pages, you will find that Stampin' Up! have great things in store for us....

First great new thing is bundles... these are specially chosen products  and when you buy them as a bundle you save 15% of the individual prices. There are a total of seven bundles in the seasonal catalogue including stamp sets with matching framelits dies, calender bundles ( these will make great little gifts)  a ghoulish bundle which includes a stamp set , treat bags and accessories (everything you need to make super fun treats) and a note cards bundle to make beautifully personalised Christmas cards  that family and friends will treasure...

I was at Leadership training in Reading yesterday and as part of all our Stampin' Up! meetings we swap sample cards and projects with other demonstrators. Among my swaps were some cards I made using the Ghoulish Googlies bundle.

 This is just one of the cards I made using the Googly Ghouls stamp set with a googly eye embellishment. Like so many other people, a bag of eyes was one of my very first purchases when I began my crafting adventures years ago now, but these are really super cute and the little black pupils roll around in the eyeball!

Now I am known for never making two exact versions of the same card, so of course I used all the stamps in the set in my swap making...and ended up with a full compliment of monsters, witches, bats and spiders...

This set is perfect for Halloween of course, but I can see it having lots of uses throughout the year.  for cards and other projects for monster fans.

While I wait for my order to arrive I am planning the projects I will make...I will share some more thoughts tomorrow as I complete my tour of the new seasonal catalogue .

Until then, take care

Christa   xx 

Sunday, 2 September 2012


The new Seasonal Catalogue ...

Autumn Winter 2012 sees the release of first new seasonal catalogue from Stampin Up!

 No longer a mini catalogue, this is a full sized A4 catalogue with 40 pages of fabulous new goodies! And the gorgeousness starts right there on the cover with the fabulous ornament bundle and carries on right through the very last page with something for everyone.

 If you would like your own copy of the new seasonal catalogue  or would like to order any of the gorgeous goodies  all you need to do is contact me 

And as the new products arrive we say goodbye to some old favourites with the release of the retiring products lists. 

The list is split into two parts this year. Retiring Stamps are on one list - here you will find all the stamp sets that are retiring. When they are gone, they are gone, never to be seen again. If one of your favourites is on the list now is the time to act. Among those on the list are a few at reduced prices, so you could bag a bargain too.

The second part of the list is accessories...on this list you will find all the non stamp items like designer papers, card stock and ink pads some at 25% or even 40% off normal catalogue price. Just as with the stamp sets, these are only available while stocks last and once these are gone, they are gone.

If you have any questions about any of the items in the new seasonal catalogue or anything on the retiring list please just let me know and I will do my best to help.

Christa   xx 

PS I was at an all day  Stampin' Up! training seminar today...had a fabulous time too. Will share more very soon.