Thursday, 23 November 2017

Party Time!

What a busy week!  On Sunday I was back up in my hometown of Skipton to do a very special children's birthday craft party for my niece Ashley who turned 8.   Way back in the summer she asked if I could do her a craft party for her birthday and of course I jumped at the chance. Ashley and her little sister Alice love crafting with me whenever they visit me or I visit them so I knew that they would both be happy but I didn't know how crafty her friends would be.
Last month I had a little 'consultation' with Ashley and we decided what project would be good. As there would be some boys there as well as girls she thought it was really important to make something that they would love too. We used Pinterest and I had pinned a few ideas there, she immediately fell in love with the idea of a dreamcatcher.  So I designed this one:
I used an inexpensive bamboo embroidery hoop as the frame and then took one of the masks by Stampin' Up! from the set 'Pattern Party Decorative Masks' and used it as a stencil for acrylic paints and using sponges everyone had fun making a paper 'mandala' for the centre of their dreamcatcher.  I punched holes all round and then with the help of a couple of other grown ups we assembled the basic frame.  The children then had to thread lengths of yarn and ribbon through the holes and onto these thread some beads. The feathers were attached by making loops in the yarn and ribbon and tightening around the feather quills. 
The dreamcatchers did take a while to assemble as each child had differing abilities; some could tie knots and some couldn't - same with loops so it was handy having my Mum and Sister-In-Law there to help out.  Everyone had enormous fun though and as I supplied sucker hooks for each child they couldn't wait to get their dreamcatcher home to hang on their bedroom window! (you can just see my example hanging on the window in the large picture).
If I was to do this project again I would eliminate the hole punching and just tie the yarn and ribbon straight to the hoop and then assemble the paper in the middle.
Birthday Girl and her BFF!

Saturday, 18 November 2017

WOOHOO! We all love a sale and what's better than a sale?  A Stampin' Sale, that's what!!

Who needs 'black friday' when you can have 'marvellous monday'... well that's what I'm calling it anyway.  There's a wonderful Online Extravaganza happening but please make sure that you understand that it's in TWO PARTS:

  • Firstly - a 24 hour sale on MONDAY 20TH NOVEMBER (you can order between 23:00hrs Sunday 19th November until 22:59hrs Monday 20th) with lots of stamp sets with 20% OFF

  • Second - some exclusive deals from MONDAY 20TH - SUNDAY 26TH NOVEMBER

Here's what you need to do:

  • Click HERE to see the PDF of what's on offer
  • Check it out and place your order with me by visiting my SHOP  (Don't forget those dates, 
Happy Shopping!

Monday, 13 November 2017

WOOP!  I'm just back from the autumn On Stage event where as a Demonstrator I was able to see brand new products, the new Spring/Summer catalogue and all the new Sale-A-Bration products early!!!!  OMG, you're so in for a treat come January.

One brand spanking new product that received a massive warm welcome from us all there was this baby... the Stamparatus!  Don't you love that name?  You say to-mahh-to, I say to-may-toe or something like that, personally I don't give a hoot how we pronounce it I just want it NOW!

I'm not going to to waffle on about what it is and how to use it.. because I don't need to, here's a video;

Now Stampin' UP! are doing something a bit different to launch this new product to market, it's going to be a phased release and you will need to reserve your item
Here are the release dates:
16–30 November 2017Approx. 1 February 2018
5–30 December 2017Approx. 19 March 2018
15–30 January 2018Approx. 15 April 2018
To learn how to reserve your Stamparatus click HERE 

Monday, 2 October 2017

OMG!  Do you love DSP as much as I do?  Forget Christmas, THIS is the most wonderful time of the year... FREE DSP, what's not to love!!!

If you're feeling guilty for wanting it all then why not do a share with a friend?  Did you know that all the large size (12" x 12" / 30.5cm x 30.5cm) stacks of our DSP have 2 sheets of each design so it's really easy to split a pack with a friend which means that you can grab four of those beautiful packs of Designer Series Paper only the price of one and a half if you go shares :-D

Can't bear to share? Why not just stock up while there is this brilliant offer, it won't be repeated this year and it's the perfect time to have a ton of DSP in your craft room / dining room / stashed under your bed. ;-)

Click the banner to find out what's on offer.

Sunday, 1 October 2017


I don't know about you but I don't need an excuse to make a card or ten!  But if someone deems it to be 'World Card Making Day' I'm going to jump up and join in :-)

If I'm happy about an excuse to get crafty then I'm even more delighted that Stampin' Up! have given us all a super reason to want to make cards - a whopping 15% off a fabulous selection of essential products.

There really is something in the selection for everyone, no matter what your taste or the season... so, what are you waiting for?  Click the banner and have a look at what's on offer and treat yourself, after all you've got the perfect excuse... It's officially World Card Making Day!  Happy crafting.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Harvest Festival!

Well the sun is shining again here in Lound and I've even managed to have an hour in the garden pulling weeds and pottering about this morning.

It really is a beautiful time of year as the crops have ripened and been harvested.. in fact the harvest continues in earnest locally with tractors passing our home until late last night taking their crops back to storage.

Although I've been looking at the new seasonal catalogue for the last few weeks and I've slipped a couple of Christmas cards into my regular classes recently I am just not feeling ready for Christmas while the sun is still shining!  So, I want to share with you my favourite suite of products in the Autumn/Winter catalogue... it's proving very popular if you look at Pinterest!

Yes, it's the Painted Autumn suite.  This beautiful suite features a Stamp Set
(Painted Harvest item number 144783, photopolymer £19.00)
and a co-ordinating punch
(Leaf Punch item number 144667, £14.50)

Both these items can also be purchased for a bundle price of just £30 saving 10% (Painted Harvest bundle item number 146021).

Now for me this bundle is a magic price as anyone locally who attends one of my classes can get the class totally FREE if they spend £30 or more.  I'm also offering a fabulous Free card making tutorial if you shop with me for the Painted Harvest bundle. The tutorial features five gorgeous card designs and includes step by step instructions and can be provided either printed or in PDF format.

If you live locally I will be featuring these card designs in my classes over the next few weeks so why not book your place now... Better still, book your free place by ordering the bundle now and get a free tutorial and a free class!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Free Stamp Set!

Hi!  Really the picture says it all!!  How would you love to get a fantastic and exclusive new stamp set totally free?  I thought so!

This stamp set called Merry Patterns is exclusively available to party hosts during September and October only.

So, don't delay and call me now to book your party - I've got a few dates available during September and lots more in October.