Sunday, 11 November 2018

What a weekend - Stampin' Up's 30th birthday - UK (and friends!) demonstrator get together - Birmingham Nov 2018

hello all

well it may look like I haven't been doing too much lately on the Stampin' Up! front but honest  I have been squirreling away in the back ground putting the finishing touches to a card swap or two,  as this weekend saw me, along with a whole host of other demonstrators head towards the Vox Centre at the NEC for Stampin' Up! On Stage Local held here in the UK, in Birmingham.

... and as Stampin' Up! have been in birthday mode all year in honour of their 30th birthday, this meeting promised to be very very special. and Stampin' Up! did not disappoint! Shame I can't say the same for this photo of Yours truly!

Stampin' Up! on Stage Local  Birmingham 2018

but to explain:  'On Stage Local' This was a fabulous theme packed day to help demonstrators get the most out of their business, with amazing fact filled presentations and business hints and tips, crafty makes and takes, fabulous prize patrols, all attendee give-aways,  a chance to congratulate achievers who had managed to attain awe-inspiring business milestones,  product demonstrations and sneak previews of new items including getting our hands on advance copies of the forth coming Spring Summer seasonal and Sale-a-Bration catalogues...
Yes - we are all in for a treat!

but back to it - All in all one very very busy day!  -  and when Stampin' Up! demonstrators get together - what do we do - we make a card or a 3D item to swap - how many you do is up to you..
but this is where I came in.. 

and here were mine, well in mid-preparation - I decided to call this - 'All you need is a bit of colour!'  and what  do Stampin' Up! do very very well - they give us colour !! - 4 fabulous colour families, Subtles, Brights, Regals and Neutrals with 3 additional Basic colours of Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black - not to mention their trendy  2 'In-colour' collections available for 2 years before being replaced.

 but me and my swaps  - ready for assembly in their component piles but yes, all a bit lacking in something!

Stampin' Up! swaps on stage Local Birmngham 2018

armed with the following Ink pads: Rich Razzlebury, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed curry, some Stampin' Sponges, some protective grid paper and a bit of me time - ta dah I ended up with these!

seasonal layers - Stampon' Up! swaps Birmingham 2018

I was trying to get all my colours to morph together as a seamless colour change a bit like Autumn itself where all the yellows, oranges, reds and maroons just seems to compliment each other as they fall..

and how did I put them all together ?  Like this!

I was really pleased with the final result and here they all are,  bagged up and ready waiting to be swapped !

stampin' Up! swaps Birmingham 2018

(watch for a future post when I will share photos of all the delightful swaps I received in return. )

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used

Just click on the items below to easily access the items in my on line storeOr if you wish me to place an order for you, or have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Til next time - on this, the most eventful and moving of Remembrance Sunday's I leave you with this thought - 'there but not there' 

 we will remember them..

Jan x

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Autumn/ Winter seasonal catalogue 2018

Hello all

well its been a while - and as always,  much has happened since I posted last time but more about that later.

...but what is going on  now?
yes, it was the launch of the new seasonal catalogue at the beginning of the month, looking lovely and inviting as ever..

Copies have already gone out to all my lovely loyal customers but if you would me like to send you  a copy please don't hesitate to get in touch.

or if you would like to view a copy on line - just click on the image below.

and if you would like to go shopping there's a link on the side  bar panel at the right to take you to my on line shop.

As always the new catalogue is packed with lots of stuff to get those creative juices flowing  - fabulous new product lines not just for that all important, soon to be here 'Big  C,  in all sorts of themes, from traditional and tartan to frosty and floral to Santas and snowflakes and accessories to go with, and everything in between, but lots more besides. 

but of course these days, not forgetting those who celebrate Halloween - where trick or treating seems to have gone from  strength to strength these last few years.. 

yes,  we have you covered as well..

 perhaps this fun little video may serve as a small taster to what's in store...

and coupled with all new goodies Stampin' Up!  have introduced,  they must need more room because they have recently updated their ever popular clearance rack .

New items added some at a great saving of  some 60% off.. How nice is that, . but as always with promotions such as these  - once its gone, it has gone - just so you know.

You can easily access all of the items in my on line store   Or if you wish me to place an order for you, or have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.

hopefully when you join me next time I will have had a chance to ink up some of my new stamps and highlight some of my personal favorites - as always that list is growing alarmingly!

and for those of you interested in why I have been so quiet for the last couple of months..? . 

Well a lovely colleague from my sewing class got married last weekend and as one of her guests I took up the challenge of making my outfit,  complete with (literally the night before !)  fascinator - as you do.! Amazing what you can manage with an Alice band, a  faux flower, some diamante sprigs and a load of glue!

Well this is me with a re-cycled 8 year old frock, a coat from a piece of furnishing fabric and my piece of toning headgear.

my trusty sewing machine is now catching her breath,  is due a lot of TLC and a good clean out before she goes away for a well deserved break and I am now back wielding my craft scissors, my paper trimmer, inks, stamps and card stock for a nice change.!

and after all - that 'C' word is not that far away when you think on it...

til next time 
have a lovely week.
Jan x

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

out with the old and in with the new colours - hello colour revamp!

Hello All

well yes it's the start of another year with not only a brand new catalogue to drool over but a lovely revamp of lots of colours as well.

Stampin' Up! have said good bye to some, introduced some brand newies and brought back some previous favourites.  Couple all that with  new look, slimline and stackable Ink pads as well, and it really is a case of 'oh my, where do we start!'

today's post is all about the 2018 colour revamp -

As always Stampin' Up! have introduced a new set of in-colours - we keep them for 2 years and of course we have just had the 2016 - 2018 set,  retire. 

You can see the luscious new ones below,  along with the existing In-colours for 2017- 2019 which are half way through their time with us!
and the eagle-eyed amongst you will see that there is  a new colour group called Basics. 

 Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White,  previously part of the  Neutrals collection have now been moved out to their own set. How great is that.!

And to keep the Neutral collection as a 10 colour pallette we are used to with the other colour collections,  yes, 'Neutrals' now contains a few colours, 3  to be exact, the addition of a red, a navy and a green!  making it even more exciting. 
Note the 2 newbie additions and a returning colour - it's all go here!

and of course the formation of the Colour collections has also changed as a result. With yet more brand newies, more returning colours,  some colours moving and waving bye bye to others - well, here they all are: Subtles, Regals and Brights! Whoo hoo!

well what do you think?

whilst it's always sad to see colours retire it means there's more room for lots of shiny bright new ones and this time  is no exception.. 

which do you think will be your favorite ? 

and with the opportunity to buy packaged sets of just the New Colour assortments as ink pads, Stampin' Up! markers, and card stock - there's also the full complement of matching ink refillers, ribbon, embellishments, designer series paper packs we are used to as you would expect from Stampin' Up!
lots to get those creative juices flowing:

and whoo hoo - a mini taster - a card in the making here with the new Abstract Impressions set - why not take a look!
how cool is this!
want to go shopping for those new Stampin' Up! Supplies?

You can easily access all of the items in my on line storeOr if you wish me to place an order for you, or have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.

join me again next time  when I have a skip through the new catalogue highlighting some of my personal favourites - ooh yes, that list is growing alarmingly!

til next time

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Petal Passion Suite - all you need do is add colour!

Hello All and a Happy Sunday whatever you find yourself up to

and me? Well with Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-Bration promotion in full swing - my card today uses elements from the Petal Passion Suite which in turn earned me one of the lovely free items from the Sale-a-Bration Brochure.

This suite is a great collection of black and white brushstroke style imagery drawn in such a way that you can easily create your own watercolour masterpiece just by adding colour. There is everything in the set from stamps, to designer series papers, metal embellishments and an embossing folder, matching dies and lovely organza ribbon and an add-on Memories and More Card Pack for all you scrapbookers amongst us.

..but its not really just restricted to scapbooking though as I used 2 of the pieces from the pack as the basis for my eventual card. I did have a practice run at colouring first though. There are lots of images in the pack to use and it didn't take long to produce my first attempt.

made for a lovely crafting buddy  - hope this finds her feeling a little better now.

What do you think?

Having finished up with these - it was onto designing a card proper then!

I opted to colour just one of the cards with my Marker pens, the other I slightly cut down, and used as a matt layer.

The sentiment is from the matching stamp set, and I went with Berry Burst, one of this season's In-Colour for a pop of colour for my chosen scheme.

A bit of matching ribbon and some toning enamelled glitter accents and it was done.

You can just see the inside of the card - I just stamped my own background for this on a piece of white card stock, using Basic Black, and choosing the main leaf design from the stamp set, in keeping with the overall feel.

A really easy, but effective card and it certainly appealed to me - as painting of any kind is not what you would call my strong point. - you really don't have to be an expert to produce a lovely end result.

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used

Just click on the items below to easily access the items in my on line storeOr if you wish me to place an order for you, or have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Til next time
Happy Sunday all

Jan x
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