Friday, 28 October 2011

Beautiful Season

Hi there!

Did you think I'd got lost? Now that I've returned to the UK after a wonderful holiday in La Gomera ... this cold weather is certainly shock to the system! But at least it puts me in the mood for getting down and making some Christmas cards and what a lovely set the Beautiful Season is? I just love it. I've decided to keep it really simple, and have just stamped out the bird & holly motif in Basic Black, colouring only the berries in Cherry Cobbler. This makes for a really quick and easy make and I'll probably be using this easy design for quite a lot of my cards.

If you'd like to order the Beautiful Season stamp set, or indeed, any of the supplies to make this card, please email me: img> All orders over £50 qualify for FREE post & packing.

Alternatively, for those of you who just don't have the time (or inclination), I am currently putting together a beautiful wallet containing 10 ready made cards (5 ea of 2 designs including this one). Further details will be shown on my blog shortly. If you are interested in receiving a pack, please email me with your details.

Meantime, don't forget to visit my blog again shortly, when I'll be highlighting another lovely card using the Pines & Poinsettias stamp set.

Stampin Up! Supplies
Stamp Sets: Beautiful Season, Parlor Prints
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Classic Inks: Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Stampin' Write Marker: Cherry Cobbler
Bits & Bobs: Snail Adhesive

Saturday, 8 October 2011

It's a breeze with Nature Walk

Hi ... today I'm using the lovely "Nature Walk" stamp set combined with Crumb Cake, Old Olive & More Mustard cardstock. Now that it's getting Autumnal, I thought I'd reflect this in today's card. I'm using up some of my ribbon from the old catalogue (sorry for those of you who want to repicate this!) but there's some even nicer ribbon in the new catty ... do have a look at pages 106-107 for the fantastic new range!
Stampin' Up! SuppliesStamp Sets:
Nature Walk & Tiny Tags
Crumb Cake, Old Olive, More Mustard & Whisper White
Old Olive, More Mustard & Basic Black
Jewelry Tag, Scallop Trim Border Punch
Bits & Bobs:
Linen Thread & Ribbon (ribbon no longer available)

If you'd like to order any of the above supplies, please email me: or if you'd like your very own copy of the latest Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue then please use the link in the RH sidebar.

Bye for now and thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, 1 October 2011

It's here at last ...

At long last I can now show you the gorgeous new 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Ideas Book & Catalogue. For those of you who haven't already received your very own copy, click on the picture on the left to view the catalogue in all its glory or, better still, why not have your very own copy delivered to your home by first class post ... just click the PayPal link in the RH sidebar and your own personal copy could be plopping through your letterbox within 48 hours!

Like a copy for FREE?
Place an order with me of £50 or more, and I'll send you a complimentary copy absolutely FREE!

Like FREE postage and packing?
I am offering FREE p&p to all my customers old and new during October/November/December (saving £4.95) when you place an order for £50 or more.

How about lots of new Stampin' Up! goodies at a discount ... for ever?

With the introduction of the new Book & Catalogue comes new In Colours - a collection of fresh trendy new colours that are introduced each year. During October, you can select 2011-2013 In Colours for FREE when you join the Stampin' Up! family.

Here's what you get for FREE ...

Card Stock and Classic Stampin' Pad In Colour Kit - that's five Classic Stampin' Pads and an assortment of A4 cardstock in Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder and Island Indigo - and they're all absolutely FREE.

This kit (value £27.95) is in addition to the many new and exciting products you'll receive in the recently updated new demonstrator Starter Kit (£119, valued at more than £250) gives you the tools you need to start a successful business or simply support a hobby you already love.

Check out the Starter Kit on page 133 of the catalogue and if you're interested in finding out how to to get your big stash of stampin' goodies at a HUGE discount, then contact me, email: and join my happy team of stampers!

Monday, 19 September 2011

Sneek Peek No 3

Hi Everyone
Isn't this just divine ...
... lace effect with some added sparkle! Can you spot how many new things I've used from the new catalogue? Of course, I'm not going to let you into the secret as to what they are ... buy oh my I do love this lace effect.
All my ladies who requested the new 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue should have received their copies by now ... if you'd like your very own copy in advance of the official launch date of 1st October, these cost £4.50 inclusive of postage and will be mailed to you first class. Please either email me: or scroll down to a previous blog and use the PayPal link.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Sneek Peek No 2

Hi Everyone ... another sneek peek stampset today from the new catty ... Hasn't it been a lovely day? Too good really for sitting inside with all my Stampin' Up! goodies, but seeing as hubby is making the most of this gorgeous Autumn sunshine and getting on with some gardening, this gorgeous season of mellow fruitfulness has given me inspiration for today's cards ...
Don't forget to come back again soon when I'll have some more crafty creations from the new catty stamps ...

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Sneek Peek 1

Hi there

Over the next 3 weeks in the run up to the official launch of the 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue on 1st October, I'm going to be giving you a sneek peek at some of the gorgeous new stamp sets! The first sneek peek features a 2-step stamping set using some of the new In Colours which will become available ...

If you'd like to have your very own copy of the new catalogue then I have a stack of them here, ready to send out. The cost is only £4.50 inclusive of p&p. If you'd like me to send you one by first class post, so that you can see for yourself all the gorgeous new stamps, designer papers, etc. etc ... just click on the PayPal button in the previous post.
Thanks for visiting my blog. Don't forget to call back soon for Sneek Peek No 2!

Purchase your 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue now

It's time to purchase your Brand Spanking New 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue NOW!

I've just had my bumper delivery of catalogues from Stampin' Up! and if you'd like me to post one off to you today, these will cost £4.50 which includes first class postage. You'll also receive a coupon to use with your very first order from the new catalogue.

So what are you waiting for? Click the PayPal button below and your catalogue will be whizzing its way to you in next to no time!

Thursday, 1 September 2011

2011 Stampin' Up! Last Chance List


Well, it's that time of the year again when Stampin' Up! retires some of their stamp sets & accessories from the current catalogue to make way for new designs in the new catalogue (which comes out on 1st October). Anything that is not being carried through to next year's 2011/2012 Idea Book & Catalogue gets onto the LAST CHANCE LIST which is release on 1st September.

You can buy these products during September, but only WHILE STOCKS LAST, as once they're gone, they are gone forever. For this reason, I recommend you get in quickly if there's anything on the list you want from the current catalogue.

Get these items while you can! Click here to view the LAST CHANCE LIST or click on the link on the RH side of my blog.

Contact me on to order any items you would like. Remember, these items are "While Stocks Last" and the early bird catches the worm!

Bye for now.

-x- Linda -x-

Saturday, 27 August 2011

It's a Breeze with Nature Walk ...

Hi Everyone!

Today I've matched up the lovely Nature Walk stamp set with Baja Breeze cardstock ... a lovely combination. I used my Stampin' Pastels to colour in the flower, butterfly and bee and used the Newsprint DP inside the card. After using the scallop border punch on the DP, I then crimped the paper. I know you probably can't tell it's been crimped ... but I assure you it has!Well, it wont be long now until the new catalogue is out and I just can't wait to see all those lovely new Stampin' Up! goodies. I shall be placing my order for the new catalogues at the beginning of September, so don't forget to let me know if you'd like a copy ... see below for details of how you can receive your FREE copy. Stampin' Up! Supplies

Cardstock: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Basic Grey
Stamp Set: Nature Walk
Designer Paper: Newsprint
Classic Inks: Baja Breeze, Basic Black
Punches: Scallop Border Punch, 1" & 3/4" Circle Punches, Eyelet Punch
Bits & Bobs: Stampin' Pastels, Eyelets, Ribbon, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

All supplies to make this card can be ordered from me. And don't forget, for all orders over £45, you'll get a FREE copy of the new 2011/2012 Idea Book & Catalogue. Please email me: for further details.

Thanks for popping by!

-x- Linda -x-

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Friendly Words for a friend ...


In-Colour Paper Stack creation number 2! For this birthday card I've used the lovely Peach Parfait DP together with the "Friendly Words" jumbo wheel and "Cute by the Inch" (Hostess Level 2) stamp set.

I think you could call this card "shabby chic" as I've given it a "torn up" effect - on purpose I assure you - just in case you were thinking my guillotine was a bit blunt!

I didn't know what I was going to do with his card to start with - but think it turned out OK! Does that sometimes happen to you? You just add bits here and there with no particular idea in mind - and hey presto - it turns out better than you'd expected!

Bye for now!

-x- Linda -x-

Stampin' Up! Supplies
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
DP: In-Colour Paper Stack (Peach Parfait)
Stamp Sets: Cute by the Inch (Hostess Level 2), Friendly Words (Jumbo Wheel)

Ink: Basic Black
Punches: Scallop Trim Border
Bits & Bobs: Dimensionals, Rhinestone Jewels, Snail Adhesive

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

"Cute by the Inch" Thank U Cards

Hi Everyone

Here's the little thank you cards I promised. Aren't they just so cute? I've used the "Cute by the Inch" stamp set (Hostess Level 2) together with three of the SU In Colours - Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzaz and Blushing Bride.

The gorgeous matching DP is from the In Colours Paper Stack - 40 lovely coordinating sheets. I just love the way everything from SU matches so perfectly - which takes all the guesswork out of you cardmaking!

Here they are in Peach Parfait ...

Here in Pear Pizzaz ...
And here in Blushing Bride!

Call back tomorrow when I'll have another paper stack creation for you!

Bye for now

-x- Linda -x-

Stampin' Up! Supplies
Cardstock: Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzaz, Bushing Bride, Whisper White
Designer Paper: In Colour Paper Stack
Stamp Set: Cute by the Inch (Hostess Level 2)
Inks: Basic Black, Pear Pizzaz, Poppy Parade
Bits & Bobs: Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

Monday, 1 August 2011

Special August Promotion

How would you like to receive this beautiful, exclusively-designed cosmetic bag, some rich razzleberry 1-1/4" (3.2cm) Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and a 24-piece clip assortment absolutely FREE?

For every order that you place with me worth £75 or more, during the month of August, you'll receive this beautiful gift for FREE together with FREE postage & packing*.

Click here to see this special offer, or email: to place your order today!

Don't forget, this special offer is only valid for this month only.

Happy Stampin!

-x- Linda -x-

*Please note free p&p is not a Stampin' Up! offer.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Workshop mania ...

Hi Everyone
Sorry it's been so long since my last blog entry - but as most of you know, my father-in-law died a couple of weeks ago following a long and at times distressing time in hospital. He was a great father, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather and we shall all miss his sense of fun and quirky ways dearly. After a great deal of suffering, borne bravely and uncomplainingly, it's with a sense of relief that he is now at peace. Thanks to all for your messages of support and sympathy at this very sad time.

Onwards and forwards as they say and so for some light relief from the past few weeks, it was great fun to hold a workshop a couple of days ago at the lovely Emma's house. Emma has only just had a 2nd edition to the family - the beautiful Erin, who is just 3 weeks old.

Despite the demands of a new baby, Emma made us all feel welcome and everyone enjoyed themselves - as can be seen by the chaotic look of the crafting table! (I'm the one sat at the far end ... do I look in control?)

To greet everyone, the table was set with little gift packs containing everything they'd need for their "make'n'take", together with a Stampin' Up! Recipe Card!

As a little hostess gift for Emma, I made this cute little pouch (and tucked a delightful baby stamp inside!) Much appreciated by Emma as she's just in the process of setting up a new venture "Well Woman ~ Well Wishes" (, so this cute little gift pouch just fits the bill and hopefully will give her some inspiration for her gift packs!

For my main event, I used the gorgeous "Strength and Hope" stamp set.

I can't get enough of this stamp set - it's so beautiful. The resultant efforts by the girls reflected their imaginative and individual skills! I was particularly impressed by Rowan's effort - I'm not sure whether she was inspired to go to greater lengths - but her finished card was worthy of commendation! Huge thanks also Rowan, for helping me clean all those stamps! (Rowan is shown above on the RH side showing off her fantastic creation!)
Well, that's all for now. Do come back in the next few days when I'll have some cute little thank you cards to show you.

Bye for now!

Luv -x- Linda -x-

Stampin' Up! Supplies

Stamp Sets: Strength & Hope, Four Frames
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, River Rock
Classic Inks: Basic Black, Creamy Caramel
Bits & Bobs: Rhinestone Jewels, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Border Punch, Black Ribbon

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Nature Walk joins Botanicals for a HaBEE birthday card ...

Hi Everyone

As you realised from my previous blogs, my hubby is a keen beekeeper so I didn't have any trouble in making his birthday card ... with the Nature Walk stamp set combined with the Botanical Gazette Designer Paper ... what more could a beekeeper want?

We're (almost) knee-deep in honey still, though the only interactive part I play is in the quality control department ... of course this proves quite a challenge, especially as I'm diabetic ... so I have to have strict control ... of course!?!

Bye 'till next time!

Happy stampin!

-x- Linda -x-

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Because I Care

Hi everyone

What a lovely day it is here in Yorkshire today! A bit of a change from the miserable Bank Holiday. My hubby usually grumbles like mad when the Bank Holiday bad weather sets in ... but this weekend there were no grumbles at all as he retires at the end of the week so bad weekends hopefully wont put him in the grumpy corner !!!

Today's card is a condolence card using the lovely "Because I Care" stamp set. I think it's always rather difficult to make these cards but the sentiment on the "Because I Care" stamp set seemed just right! I've teamed this up with the Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper in Baja Breeze and then stamped the tiny flower stamp on the Crumb Cake cardstock in Whisper White craft ink.

Stampin' Up! Supplies
Cardstock: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake
Inks: Baja Breeze, Whisper White (Craft)
Stamp: Because I Care (Level 1 Hostess Set)
Punches: Scallop Oval Extra Large, Oval Large
Bits & Bobs: Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Organza Ribbon (Whisper White), Jewels

Friday, 20 May 2011

Punch Potpourri meets French Foliage ...

Hi Everyone
Here's a pretty card that I've just made for a lovely friend of mine ... she'll be celebrating her 75th birthday soon but this isn't a birthday card - just a little note to accept her invitation to join her for a celebratory meal!?!
Can't wait!?!
I've used the bird from the lovely Punch Potpourri set together with the French Foliage stamps for the background.
As I don't have any square envelopes I have to make my own --- so I used the Love Letter Designer Paper to match the card!

Bye 'till next time.

-x- Linda -x-

Stampin' Up! Supplies
Cardstock: Whisper White
Inks: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red
Designer Paper: Love Letter
Stamp Sets: Punch Potpourri, French Foliage
Bits & Bobs: Jumbo Eyelets, Jewels, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals, Snail adhesive

Monday, 16 May 2011

Fun Facts About Bees & Honey ...

It's that time of the year when our household is all a buzz frantically spinning all our honey from our bees ... little time left to get any crafting done (tho' the lovely stamp set Nature Walk came in handy for the leaflets!?!)

So, for a little break from card making, here's 10 fun and interesting facts that you may (or may not) know about bees ...
1. Honeybees have five eyes.
2. A cave painting depicting an androgynous figure robbing honey out of the hive was found in the Cave of the Spider in Valencia, Spain. It is estimated to be 15,000 years old.
3. Honey stored in airtight containers never spoils. Sealed honey vats found in King Tut's tomb still contained edible honey, despite over 2,000 years beneath the sands.
4. A queen is the largest bee in the hive. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, twice her own body weight.
5. Drones have no stinger. They do no real work. Their only purpose is to mate with virgin queens.
6. Bees must visit approximately 2 million flowers to make 1 lb of honey.
7. Bees have to fly over 55,000 miles to make 1 lb of honey.
8. On average a worker bee with make 1/12th teaspoon of honey in her lifetime.
9. Two tablespoons of honey would fuel a honeybee flying once around the world.
10. Honeybees will visit between 50-100 flowers during one nectar collection trip.

So there you have it ... perhaps you've learnt something new or perhaps you'd like to know more about the fascinating hobby of beekeeping! If so, please click HERE for a link to my beekeeping website.
We still have a buzzy time ahead with lots more honey to extract ... but hopefully it wont be too long before I'm back to my card making!?!
Bye for now!
-x- Linda -x-