Sunday, 31 October 2010

Babies & teddy bears, rattles & pins ...

Hi everyone. Today I went to visit a friend and after we'd had a good chat over a coffee and (tut, tut, naughty, naughty) the most delicious Raspberry Muffin, we then set off to look round the local craft shop. Look at this lovely hanging frame I found ... just had to buy it as it matched the baby card I've just made for my neice's first little baby girl that was born a couple of days ago! What a good match - just look at that pram!

Here's a close up of the card - I've used the lovely Occasional Quotes for the wording and couldn't have said it better!
Stampin' Up! Supplies
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake
Inks: Craft Stampin' Pad (Whisper White)
Stampin' Write Marker: Blushing Bride
Stamp Sets: Occasional Quotes, Tiny Tags, Fun & Fast Notes
Punches: Corner Punch
Bits & Bobs: Stampin' Dimensionals, Whisper White Satin Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Snail Adhesive

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Garden Dream

Thought I'd have a break from all things Christmassy and rummaging through my designer papers from the old catalogue, thought I'd post a couple of quick thank you cards. These are really simple cards to do and thankfully (because of my dodgy hand & strict instructions not to put any pressure on it) there's no punching whatsoever involved!?!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White
Designer Paper: Tall Tales
Stamp Sets: Garden Dream (Hostess Level 3 set), Cute by the Inch, Wonderful Words
Stampin' Write Markers: Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait
Classic Ink Pads: Basic Black, Old Olive
Bits & Bobs: Striped Grosgrain Old Olive 1.1/4" Ribbon, Grograin Certainly Celery 1/4" Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Clear-Mount Rubber Stamps

Stampin' Up! now offers repositionable, clear-mount rubber stamps, in addition to their award-winning wood-mount rubber stamps. These new clear-mount stamps are designed to maintain the unbeatable image quality you love about traditional Stampin' Up! stamps, while at the same time offering the flexibility, ease of use and storability inherent in repositionable rubber stamps.

Traditional Christmas Suite

The Traditional Christmas Suite - perfect for cards, pages and gifts - features coordinating stamps, paper and a punch in classically fun designs.

Designer Printed Albums

Stampin' Up's new Designer Printed Albums are the creative choice for all your scrapbooking projects.

Email me today if you'd like to know more about any of these exclusive new products or if you'd like to receive the new Stampin' Up! Ideas Book & Catalogue.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Injury stops play .....

Hi everyone

Sorry to say, but I can't continue my 12 Joys of Christmas as I'm having quite a lot of difficulty crafting at the moment! Early in May I had a nasty fall and thought I'd just sprained my wrist, but this has gradually been causing me more and more pain that I had to have some x-rays a couple of weeks ago when they found out that I may have fractured a couple of bones way back in May and obviously because this hadn't been x-rayed immediately, the bones had now fused together with the resultant deterioration in the use of my left hand. So I'm now waiting to have an x-ray guided injection to the STT joint on my left wrist which, hopefully, will make things easier for a while (though I am to have a local anaesthetic where they'll freeze my arm from elbow down - so that sounds a bit drastic just for an injection if you ask me!?!) However, they have advised that this may not be successful, and may only give me temporary relief, in which case it could be a splint and plaster job after that which could then disable me for much much longer ... though I'm sure I wont be able to keep away from my crafting, so you'll just have to put up with one-handed cards!

Meantime, I've been advised to rest my hand until my treatment, which I'm hoping wont be too long as I've still lots of cards and bits and pieces to craft for Christmas.

So despite this slight setback, it's still "business as usual" and I still look forward to receiving all your orders leading up to the busy Christmas period. Don't forget to take advantage of the FREE p&p vouchers I enclosed with your catalogue!

Hopefully normal service will resume as soon as possible!

Take care.


Monday, 4 October 2010

~ Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given - when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same wamth that enfolds our hearts and our homes ~

Welcome to this first blog of the 12 Joys of Christmas - where I'll be featuring 12 delightful projects to help you prepare for the festive season over the next 12 weeks. There'll be something for everyone from Candles Galore, Perfect Presents, Wrap up in Style, Dine in Style, All things Yummy, Trim the Tree, Christmas Memories & lots more festive treats.

So, first of all ...

Let's get organised ... and where better to start than a Christmas Planner. I just love this gorgeous Christmas Planner. I first saw this idea at and knew I had to make one. Isn't it just so cute? It is passport size and so handy that it will easily fit into your handbag (or even pocket for that matter), so you never need be without a reminder ...

Inside you'll find pockets for your Gift List, STOCKING STUFFERS, Menus & Shopping Lists, together with two little pockets with flaps in the centre of the planner so that you can store all those receipts ... of course you could easily adapt this planner to suit your particular requirements and you could easily insert more pockets if required. The pockets are made using SU envelopes which are cut in half and the top flaps removed (except for the inside secret pockets).

If you would like full instructions on how to make this delightful planner, then please email

See you in a week's time for our next project ...

Stampin' Up! Supplies
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Inks: Rich Razzleberry
Designer Paper: Greenhouse Gala
Stamp Sets: Perfect Presents
Punches: Large Tag Punch
Bits & Bobs: SU Envelopes, Dimensionals, Tombow Adhesive, Snail Adhesive

Friday, 1 October 2010

Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 New Catalogue Launch!

The New 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue is now available and waiting to meet you!

It's absolutely gorgeous and packed full of new colours, STAMP SETS, embellishments and so much more ...

You can view the catalogue online by clicking HERE or on the picture above. If you would like to place an order, please contact me by email:

Here is a card using the lovely new Designer Paper Greenhouse Gala. The main colour is Pear Pizzazz from the new colour collection (see page 81 of the catalogue for co-ordinating cardstock, Stampin' Write Markers and designer paper).

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Designer Paper: Greenhouse Gala
Stamp set: Happy Moments
Punch: Two-step bird punch
Bits & Bobs: Grosgrain Ribbon (Early Espresso), Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

Don't forget the 12 Joys of Christmas will be starting on Monday 4th October .....