Monday, 2 October 2017

CLICK THE BANNER TO FIND OUT WHAT'S ON OFFER!
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

CLICK PIC TO FIND OUT WHAT'S ON OFFER!


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.

Stampin' is for life, not just for Christmas!



I'm writing this short blog just before I go away for a few days.  Before I go I want you all to know that the new 'seasonal' catalogue for Autumn/Winter is going live on September 1st.  Of course, my regular customers already know this as I've been showcasing a few new products on 'sneek peak' in classes already.

For some of you it might still be way too early to mention the 'C' word so please forgive me (and know that I am the original but now reformed Grinch!).  The new catalogue has some fabulous products that are not at all Christmas, they celebrate the beautiful season of Autumn too.

Here is a super, short video which will give you a chance to see ALL the Designer Series Papers available in this catalogue one by one.  Sit back and enjoy!







Contact me now to get your own copy of the new catalogue!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Join my team!

just being!
Hi, hope you read my earlier post about the brilliant offer for joining Stampin' Up!

I thought I'd follow up in my recruitment campaign by highlighting some of the best things (in my opinion) about being an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  Firstly, I'm always recruiting, never aggressively I just always want to welcome people to my team, however this latest offer is so fantastic that I had to shout about it!

So, here is my top ten list of why it's the best thing EVER to be a demonstrator:

1)  The best products at a discount!
2)  A great compensation programme that keeps on giving you rewards.
3)  Endless inspiration to create
4)  True independence to do it your way... but...
5)  A sharing community that supports you to copy their ideas
6)  Opportunities to travel and meet other Demonstrators and Stampin' Up! employees
7)  Products that are totally co-ordinated and no need search elsewhere
8)  SO many new friends and lasting friendships
9)  Great support from everyone, not just your team members
10)  Access to new products before they are on the market

I haven't even mentioned the fabulous quarterly magazine with inspiration and tips, a superb website that is populated by Stampin' Up! and requires nothing but a small monthly fee to be personalised for you, the training events, the weekly e-newsletter or the fun you can have!

The most common questions I get asked or sometimes the most common myths I hear are:

Q) Do I need to make a lot of sales to be a demonstrator?
A) NO!  you actually don't need to make a single sale be BECOME a demonstrator, you can sign up today and receive £240 worth of kit for an initial outlay of just £99.  At that time you will have signed an agreement but you don't need to stay a demonstrator ... of course I would encourage you to stay a demonstrator so you can keep receiving the benefits listed above...
If you decide that you can't make sales then you will simply 'drop' or no longer remain an active demonstrator.
If you do want to stay an active demonstrator then you need to make sales of £270 per quarter (£90 per month).  This can be done all at once or little by little over the quarter.  When you first join you actually get 6 months to make your first quarter.    Your orders can be from yourself or from friends and relations or from people you promote your business to.
There are many sales 'models' whether they are parties, handing out catalogues to friends and colleagues, craft fairs, classes or all of the above.

Q)  Do I have to recruit other demonstrators?
A) NO, but if you did then you would get extra team commission.. a perk.

Myth... "I'm rubbish at designing stuff, I could never do what you do"
This is a self-limiting belief - I rarely come up with totally unique designs of my own. Mostly because I'm a busy person and just don't have time.  I use a number of resources to decide projects that I make or teach in my classes; firstly the Stampin' Up! catalogues are a wealth of creative inspiration, then there are the other Demonstrators who freely share ideas on-line, Pinterest is the best thing since sliced bread for finding ideas and there is no such thing as stealing!  If it's been put out there then it's available to copy.

Myth... "I can't run classes or parties, no-one would come"
If you believe you can't then you won't... I have had extremely busy classes with not much room to move and also really quiet classes with just 3 or 4 people, it all depends on whether people have a slot in their diary to come.  Believe in yourself, book the venue and advertise it (or even host round your own dining table to start with) and then if people want to get creative they will come.  As your 'upline' or team leader I will support you all the way with ideas and motivation to make your dreams work.

Myth... "I'm hopeless at selling, I couldn't do that"
Stampin' Up! products are so fabulous that they sell themselves.  If you know other crafters who enjoy using products that are right on trend and excellent quality then just show them a catalogue and a few projects that you've made and they will want to buy.

I hope this short blog has enticed you enough to be more than curious.  I would love to chat in person (if you know me than you know I'm good at this!) about being a demonstrator and answer any questions you might have, never any pressure or obligation.  So, contact me today.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

I'm Recruiting!

Having fun in Amsterdam with my Stampin' Up! BFF gang!
Is crafting a big part of your life? Do you want to earn money while doing something you love? How about the convenience of setting your own hours? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then Stampin' Up! is the perfect opportunity for you.
Being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator means sharing your passion for stamping with family and friends, meeting new people, and building a great business doing so-plus, you get to set your own schedule!


Even better, Stampin' Up!'s Demonstrator Starter Kit is completely customisable! Build your Starter Kit your way! For just £99, you get:

* Your choice of up to £130 worth of any current Stampin' Up! products!
* A business supply pack valued at £45!

That's a total value of £175!

Wait!  There's more... if you join my team in July you can add a further stamp set and essential tool kit worth an additional £65!!!   That's £245 worth of kit for a total outlay of only £99!!!!

It's really easy to join my team, just follow this link and take three simple steps.  I can't wait to welcome you to Issy's Crafty Bees.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wedding Season

Well 'wedding season' is well and truly here! Since 24th April I've attended 14 weddings...! That is because I've started my new job as a Registrar.  It's a part-time role that I'm fitting in with running my business consultancy practice and being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  I love it! I've been able to see lots of different styles and colour choices so far.

At every class I run I always ask my attendees to suggest what they would like me to include in future classes and last month one lady asked for wedding and anniversary cards - woohoo! brilliant, what a great idea.

So I set about planning the class starting with colour schemes. Where better to start than trusty Pinterest and I found lots of inspiration with all the latest colour schemes for this season.  I can also confirm that the three I've picked are very popular so far this summer.
Firstly I chose a cool minty and coral scheme and for this I used Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Peekaboo Peach, here's the mood board I found on Pinterest.
And here is my bendy card design.  I used the Bloomin' Hearts thinlets dies and Bloomin' Love stamp set with added texture from the Celebrations Duo embossing folder and the sentiment is from my all time favourite Teeny Tiny Sentiments, it just fits perfectly in that banner stamp.



My second colour scheme was a richer one; Summer Berry.  I immediately knew I wanted to feature the new 'in-colours' of Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide and this is my finished result.
I used the new Stampin' Up! texture paste to create that gorgeous background and then following on from the last class where we did some watercolouring (using the watercolour pencils last time) this time I used ink and aqua painters to colour the big fat rose from Birthday Blooms which was 'fussy cut' and adhered onto a circle layer.  I absolutely love watercolour techniques and it's really easy to get great results using just a little ink in the lid of the case and an aquapainter dipped in water. I think that rich gold glimmer paper really finishes off this lush design.

My classes with these cards are both next week; Wednesday 21st June 7pm and Thursday 22nd June 10am.  If you're in the Retford area you can book a place now and make these projects with me. If you're not and still want to make them all the products used are Stampin' Up! and are available from my on-line shop - just click the link above.





Thursday, 1 June 2017

Oh happy day!


It's the BEST day of the year!  I say it every year because the launch of a new annual catalogue is more exciting than Christmas... tee hee!

Today is the day you can order fabulous new Stampin' Up! products from me.

I'm not writing a long blog post because that would be wasting valuable browsing or shopping time!
.... go! Click the link to my shop and browse away... shop 'til you drop!

If you would love to get your hands on a paper copy of the catalogue so you can stroke it please contact me and I can arrange to send you one... I make a small charge for p&p only.

Happy stamping
Issy
x

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Inspire, Create, Share....

Did you know that this is the key message from Stampin' Up!  It says pretty much everything that I love about what I do as a Demonstrator.  Inspiration is something I hope I give as much as I gain, I certainly gain it from Stampin' Up! and my fellow Demonstrators around the world.   Creation is constant and sharing is the main reason why I converted from a customer to a Demonstrator just over five years ago.
The people I have met through Stampin' Up! are, for me, equally as wonderful as the products I have bought and used and all the new techniques I have learned.  I have made lasting friendships and together we have made fantastic memories and I hope will continue to make many more.  Let me tell you about how this happens for me by recounting some recent experiences;
Earlier this month I attended On Stage Live (our convention) in Amsterdam, I can't even begin to describe this event... it's just 'full on fantastic'!  This first photo starts to explain 'belonging', it shows Monica Gale (top rh), she is my 'upline', on my left is Donna Barrow who is my latest recruit or 'downline' team member.
Part of our 'team'
Shizzer Sisters!
Here is a photo of the 'Shizzer Sisters', we are a group of Demonstrators who just happened to travel together to a convention one year and were christened Shizzer Sisters by Alison (who is peeping round the giant frame at the back) as she calls me Issy Shizzy.  Our group name stuck even though we are not a team in Stampin' Up! terms, our group has grown too... we added Donna this year. L - R: Helen, Beth, Donna, Me, Alison, Pat and Barbara.  Pat and Barbara live in Texas and they joined our group last year when we were in Brussels, we love our American Shizzers and are so blessed that they were able to travel to Europe to be with us again this year. We were missing three Shizzers this year; Val and Nicola and newbie Karen were all unable to come.

 While we were in Amsterdam this year we also got together for pizza and drinks on an evening cruise with a much larger group of other Demonstrators who are all just friends, here are a couple of pics of the Shizzers cruising!

I don't know about 'I am' I know WE were having a fantastic time larking about!

During the event there were lots of presentations by Stampin' Up! showing us new products (like the beautiful stamp above) and sharing great techniques and business ideas... there were also VERY exciting moments when we got prizes... look how happy that made us!  Woohoo Donna and Alison!!
Once I was home I was so inspired I couldn't wait to share with my customers, here I am in a class the week after On Stage, although I didn't have any new products to share at this point I was excited to share my stories and some new techniques.

Yesterday the Shizzer fun continued as just five of us travelled up to see Nicola (one of my 'downline' team members) who was unable to come to Amsterdam.  We took her some of our new products to play with and three of us designed cards using new stamp sets, ink and paper which we shared. It was fantastic to see how they all turned out slightly different, this demonstrates to me how inspire, create, share works!
Same but different!
Here are all the cards we made:
Daisy Delight
I shared these two, they use a new stamp set and punch bundle and the first card just demonstrates stamping the daisy image twice makes a fuller flower and turns it into a gerbera. The second card uses the two stamped images punched out with the co-ordinating punch.
Bike Ride
Here is Beth's wonderful card.. I totally love the feeling that the bike is whizzing along sprinkling birthday wishes as it goes.  This is a builder stamp which means you build up the image of the bicyle with different components; the frame, wheels, wheel rims, basket and flowers are all separate pieces. In photopolymer so you can see right through and where you are stamping.
Fabulous Flamingo
For Alison's card we used the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set, I really do love this set and think that the flamingo is totally fab-u-lous! It's also a photopolymer set so you can see where you are stamping and build up the layers.  I have to say that I'm not a perfectionist stamper and although I wanted to make sure the flamingo legs were lined up I wasn't too bothered that the body outline stamping was slightly off the colour, for me this makes it reminiscent of that vintage print look.

I hope you've enjoyed this post and that I've inspired you to get creative... most of all I hope I've inspired you to join Stampin' Up! as a Demonstrator and share your creativity through friendships you've yet to make.
Please get in touch if you would love to join my team; Issy's Crafty Bees... remember you will also become a member of the Shizzer Sisters and a whole world of fun times are here!! You can contact me by phone, email or PM all my details are on my contacts page.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Stampin' Up! retiring products listings for 2017

Hey Stampers!  It's that time of year again where our stampin' emotions run high.  On the one hand as a Demonstrator I'm excited to get an early look at the new Annual Catalogue and new products that are on their way to you.....eeeek! On the other hand I'm feeling a little tiny bit blue about some favourite products that will be retiring at the end of May... boooo!

So, here's my message to you; join your emotions and get happy that you can get some of these wonderful favourite products before they retire and some of them are discounted.

There are too many for me to put on individual pictures but here is a link to a PDF document for you to print and peruse at your leisure or you can click the header of this post and you will be directed straight through to my shop where there are pictures and prices.  Please, please, please do this quickly as these products are only available WHILE STOCKS LAST and I don't want you to be disappointed.

Place your order with me during April using this host code:   QCJPF2X4   and I will put your name on my mailing list for a free catalogue posted out during the last week of May.

footnote: you may notice on the 'retiring bundles' section that some of these include stamp sets and dies that are not on the individual retiring pages, this simply means that they are only retiring as a bundled price and they will be available in the new catalogue but priced individually.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017


Woohoo, thanks for stopping by.  If you just can't get enough of our freebies during SAB we just added some extras!  You've got just over a week to grab yourself some of these free items, the deal ends on Friday 31st March.
How: place an order with me for £45 or more
Why: Choose a FREE item for every £45 you spend
What: More FREE items just added to the list - click the link above to see what's available.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Don't miss out!





Well we're halfway through the month and almost at the end of Sale-A-Bration for another whole year. It's been such a brilliant SAB this year with so many freebies to choose from, did you have a favourite?  Mine was the 'Inside the Lines' speciality designer series paper.  I love it for three reasons; it has BEES in it!, I love colouring in and lastly... because I got it FREE.

All you have to do to get your own free pack of these papers is place an order with me for £45 - so easy. Don't know what to order?  Well how about the stamp set and matching dies that Kerry mentioned in the video, they're available in a bundle for £42.25 (item number 144728) saving you 10%, add some adhesive and you're there... Or how about some colouring media?  Those gorgeous watercolour pencils Kerry used are £14.50 (item number 141709), add a set of Stampin Write markers in the colour family of your choice for £27.50 and some adhesive ...

Such fun! let's stay inside the lines ;-) Don't forget SAB ends 31st March.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Last Month of SAB

I've just loved Sale-A-Bration so much this year... not only for the freebies but the inspiration and creativity using those free products has been so wonderful.

I created a Pinterest board specifically to share any special offers available so if you don't follow me there already, check out that board using this link.

We're just entering the last month of Sale-A-Bration and then it's over for another whole year, so if you haven't placed a qualifying order during this promotion yet.. what have you been waiting for?!!

Here's a little inspiration from Carrie at Stampin' Up! home office to help.  Don't forget, SAB ends on 31st March, once it's ended no more freebies for another year.




It's so easy to shop with me, you can click the link at the top of this page or if you're local to Retford then you can call, email or direct message me.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

More FREEBIES!


WOW! What's better than free stuff?  MORE free stuff!!

As you know it's Sale-A-Bration time at Stampin' Up! which means that for every £45 you spend on products from either the main catalogue or the Spring/Summer seasonal catalogue you get to choose one free item from the SAB list.

Well, some of my customers already managed to get all the items from the SAB brochure ... I know, but it's true, they did!  So, it gives me much delight to reveal today the new additions to the selection - aka SAB #2.

You can choose from two different stamp sets and .... drum roll please.... a pack of 6" x 6" glimmer paper in three different colours.  And breathe.

Reverse Words is the first stamp set, this is fabulous as it features a nice wash of colour effect with the word sentiment shown as a negative image.  Really simple but fun and effective.  It's available in either wood mount or clear.

The second stamp set is this adorable Make A Medallion set of 8 stamps, this one is photopolymer for a good reason.  The medallion images layer up perfectly to allow you to stamp them in a variety of different ways.  Including those three simple sentiments just adds the icing on the cake for me.... love it!
Who doesn't need more glimmer paper? A stack of it is awesome and in colours never seen before in glimmer, just perfect to co-ordinate with some of the amazing suites of DSP in the Spring/Summer seasonal catalogue.  Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron and Sweet Sugarplum, yes please!

Want some ideas on how to use this scrummy paper?  Here is Shannon from Stampin' Up! home office with a tasty video.



Don't forget that these are all available when you place a qualifying order (£45) until the end of March.  All the first release SAB items are also still available.
It's easy to place your order - just click the 'visit my shop' link above.



Monday, 13 February 2017

Little crafters

 I've had awesome 'half-term' visitors today in the form of my friend Sarah and her gorgeous girls Edie and Sally.
Sally is 'addicted' to crafting and has been looking forward to a trip to my craft room for ages.  She immediately clocked a project I made a few weeks ago and said she wanted to make one of her own.  It's a small 'altered' tin and mine has birds in but Sally was very clear that hers needed to have a red rabbit in it.
Edie is really creative too but just has such a zest for life that she wants to do everything all at once!  She made a great 3D panda floating on a cloud (which I sadly didn't take a picture of) and then interspersed her activity (indoors and outdoors with Mr Mo) with a little colouring using the free DSP from Sale-A-Bration.. a hit!
Their visit really cheered me up as I'm full of a head cold.  Here are a few pics of Sally's masterpiece.

Sally hard at work creating the Red Cage (her name)

My tin on the left.. Sally's interpretation on the right!

The Red Cage! Utterly adorable.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Lets get carried away...





As soon as I saw this fantastic demonstration by Brandi I knew I had to share it with you.  I've been using this stamp set and FREE Designer Series Paper in my local classes but I think this is a great way of sharing with everyone.
So, I'm offering you a chance to get a pre-prepared kit containing all the materials you need cut to size, to make these 12 gorgeous cards and you can use the video to help you assemble them.

The card kit will contain:
  • 12 card blanks
  • 12 pieces of DSP = 12 pieces of small DSP for trim
  • 12 pieces of whisper white for stamping + 12 pieces for sentiment
  • 12 pieces of bakers twine
  • 12 whisper white envelopes
  • 1 x snail glue
  • 1 sheet of dimensionals

All you have to do is contact me via email to place your order stating which option you want.  
Orders will be placed on weekly basis for these kits until the end of March.
Kit options and prices are: 

a) I already got the stamp set so...
just kit (as detailed above) for 12 cards = £15.00

b) I already got ink but need stamp set so...
kit + stamp set (no ink) = (clear mount) £34.00 or (wood mount) £41.00

c) I want it all...
kit + stamp set + ink (4 full ink pads) = (clear) £58.00 or (wood mount) £63.00 + get a FREE tin to keep your cards in!

d) Hey! I got a Big Shot and want to do more...
kit + bundle (stamp set and matching dies, not used in video) (no ink) = (clear) £56.25 or (wood mount) £62.00 + get a FREE tin to keep your cards in!

I will be taking PayPal payments only for these kits






Monday, 30 January 2017

Shine a light!

It's all about the boys this week. I've just finished making all the card projects for class this Wednesday (I'll be posting them later in the week) and they're all masculine layouts. Then I realised I need to post a card to a friend's husband for his birthday.  Luckily I have some fab new stamp sets from the seasonal catalogue that I've been dying to use.
This one is High Tide and is a photopolymer set. This make stamping the lighthouse so easy with 2-step stamping...see how I got that gray over stamp as well as the red? Ooo, I also just masked tge lighthouse to stamp the sea background,  I used two colours for the sea as well. From start to finish this card took no more than 30 minutes and that's because photopolymer stamps are so easy to position. I just used an age old favourite simple sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments, I just thought that was all it needed.
Hope he likes it!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Yay! Happy New Catalogue Day


It's the most wonderful time of the year... new goodies and FREE goodies!  I just get so excited when it's new catalogue time and I'm SO ready for Spring and Summer.  I have actually had a copy of this new catalogue since November when I attended a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator event, so I've been drooling over new products pretty much all winter.  Now YOU can get your hands on lots of beautiful new products too.
If you follow me on Pinterest you will see that I have a board which showcases projects from the new catalogue and Sale-A-Bration brochure.
Sale-A-Bration makes this just the very best time of the year for me as a Demonstrator and it should be too for you as a customer.. FREE stuff!  For every £45 you spend you get to pick one item from the SAB brochure for free.. if you spend £90 you get 2 free items.. and so on and so on.. all the way from today until the end of March.
The excitement doesn't stop there either.  It's just the VERY best time of year to join Stampin' Up! as a Demonstrator.  Join my team during Sale-A-Bration and you can add a further two stamp sets to your starter kit.  That means you pay just £99 and get to choose £130 worth of kit from either the annual catalogue or spring/summer catalogue and add another two stamp sets.
It's the VERY best time to host a party too as you can earn £20 more Stampin' Rewards when your party order total reaches £200.
So, what are you waiting for?  Visit my shop NOW and get some fresh new goodies and create some gorgeous projects.
crafty hugs
Issy x