Friday, 23 December 2016

Oh Christmas Tree

Better late than never, I have finally finished putting together the Forever Evergreen Project Kit. I bought it months ago, but got so tied up on other things, I sort of forgot I had it! But I love it!

The plan always was to put these (not so) little guys on the window ledge in our kitchen. Originally this was a window on to the outside, but the previous owners of our house had an enclosed porch built, so now you see through between the two. So as our guests arrive they will be greeted with these, oh so pretty, trees.

Perfect! Once I started making this kit up it did not take that long, and would be a great project to do with any children in the family (there are a few small pieces and some slightly fiddly bits that Mum and Dad may wish to help with). The kit will be retiring on 3rd January, so you could order it now ready for next year. The item number is 142994, so why not pop over to my shop and get ahead for next Christmas!

Have a great Christmas weekend and if you are in Scotland or the North, keep safe in the high winds.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Quick Christmas Card and Date Reminder

A very quick post today, mostly to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. But this would not be a post from me without a quick project too, so here is a little bit of inspiration in case you need some last minute Christmas Cards and you are pretty much out of Christmas supplies.


This card uses the two weights of Whisper White Cardstock we do, plus a feature colour matt, in this case, Mint Macaron. The image of the row of trees is stamped three times from one inking of the stamp, so one full strength, and the other two, off set and moved up the cardstock, using the residual ink, so the final one is very feint. This helps to give a sense of depth of field to the card. The single tree on the left is stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with Silver powder, a sentiment is added on the left in Emerald Envy and it is done. I love the final effect that the three generations of ink gives and ink it makes a perfect Christmas card.


I then started playing with other colours, using up some bits and pieces of card I had in my off-cuts bag and I think these are perfect for Thank You cards, which we all be needing in a few days! These are made using Soft Suede (with Kraft matt), Smoky Slate (with Basic Grey Matt), Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Marina Mist (these are all on the matching colour matt). The sentiment is from the Floral Phrases stamp set.


I love all of these and hope you do too.

I hope you are enjoying these projects. If you are, then why not subscribe to my blog so you don't miss anything. If you enjoy the videos you should also subscribe to my YouTube channel so you are alerted to any new projects I have put together for you.

Remember that on 4th January the Spring/Summer Catalogue goes live, as does Sale-A-Bration. So do pop back to see projects using the new products. I have family staying from tomorrow, so am not sure when I will be able to join you again, but with luck I will have some sneak peaks for you before the go live date.

Monday, 19 December 2016

LAST Day of the Twelve Tags of Christmas!!

Welcome to the last day of the Twelve Tags of Christmas. I thought I would save some special techniques for this last project. The inspiration for this came from US Demo, Rick Adkins, who has a card using some of these techniques, specifically some shadow stamping, with embossing. I have used this as the inspiration, but turned it into a Tag, which includes trick with extending the size of a Framelit. Pop down to the Video below to see how these all work.


Other than the slightly more advanced techniques, this is a very simple tag, and all the better for that I think. I love the colour scheme and the clean look that this all gives.


At the end of today's video you will see a (very) quick review of the other tags in this series, including me having a bit of a panic that I am not able to count to twelve!! I really hope you have enjoyed this series and that you have found it fun and useful. Please let me know if you would like me to take a bit more time going over any of the techniques we have touched on; I would be happy to take a little time going through some of these in a bit more detail if that helps you.

I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year and pray that you will all keep safe and well.

If you would like to order any of the products, or anything else, please pop over to my shop, which is open 24/7/365. Remember to use the Hostess Code if your order is over £20 and under £150 (both excluding P&P), so you can get some extra crafting goodies free from me.

So pop on over to my shop now and fill that bag with Lots of Pretty Things!

MEASUREMENTS:

Night of Navy Cardstock – 2-1/2 x at least 5 inches (6.2 x at least 13cm). The short measurement is VERY important for this, but the long length can be as long as you like, just at least that given.

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day Eleven

Only one more project after today. I really hope you have enjoyed this series so far and that you have fond some of the hints and tips I have shared helpful. Today we are using a hostess stamp set. I hesitated before using this, as you are only able to get it with a qualifying order of at least £150, but then I thought some of you may already have it and may want some additional ideas, so here you are.


This project uses as number of punches as well, one of which, the Jolly Hat Builder Punch, is retiring after 3 January 2017 – but it is currently still available at a discount, so if you want it, now is the moment to grab it before it is gone! Happily, the Owl Builder Punch is from the Annual Catalogue, so is certainly with us until the middle of next year – Hurrah!!


Today is definitely a day of using up some scraps, there is only one piece of cardstock that has measurements, the rest are very small scraps. I am also showing you how to use Stampin' Markers to do multi-coloured stamping, and how to make sure your Photopolymer stamps are prepared to work well with this technique. I have used Real Red and Soft Suede markers for the main colouring, but you could use Crumb Cake instead of the Soft Suede, which are currently available as a duo, which I have added in the list below. alongside the colour family sets.

If you would like to place an order, remember to use the Hostess Code if your order is over £20 and under £150 (both excluding P&P), so you can get some extra crafting goodies free from me, all on-line orders with get a Thank You card and a little something, but the hostess code means you get the extra crafty bits too. So pop on over to my shop now and fill that bag with Lots of Pretty Things!

MEASUREMENTS:
Thick Whisper White Cardstock – 2 x 4-1/4inches (5 x 10.5cm)
Red and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper – scraps for punching

Whisper White Cardstock – scraps for stamping



Saturday, 17 December 2016

Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day Ten

We are entering the final stretch of this series, with project Ten. This tag stands out for me, partly because if its simplicity, but also because it is the only one of the projects so far that uses Very Vanilla Cardstock. This gives the project a much warmer feel to it I think, and I like it, particularly at this time of the year when it can either be cold and crisp (which I love) or damp (which I think makes me feel colder, even if it is actually not as cold).


Minimal supplies again today, with just two colours of card, two ink pads and some of my favourite punches – go on, I must have convinced you that you NEED the Scallop Tag Topper Punch by now!


If you place an order in my on-line store by the end of today, 16th December I will automatically send you the new Spring-Summer and Sale-a-Bration Catalogues so you have them to pour over between Christmas and New Year (Royal Mail permitting!!) So pop on over to my shop now and fill that bag with Lots of Pretty Things! Remember to use the Hostess Code if your order is over £20 and under £150 (both excluding P&P), so you can get some extra crafting goodies free from me.

MEASUREMENTS:
Craft Cardstock – 2 x 4-1/4inches (5 x 10.5cm)

Very Vanilla Cardstock – 1-3/4 x 3-1/4inches (4.5 x 8cm) and a scrap

Friday, 16 December 2016

Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day Nine

Welcome to day nine of the Twelve Tags of Christmas. Today involves no stamping at all, but uses Designer Series Paper in the staring role. The Candy Cane Lane Paper has been a favourite with a lot of people, not least of all yours truly. I ordered more packs than I care to admit to, and only have four sheets and a few scraps left – and I still need at least two of the full sheets for a couple of projects. At the time of recording, the paper was still available in the UK, but I believe it has gone in the USA and is not going to be reordered as it is on the Retiring list.


So today is more about skills with cutting out than stamping. There is a small amount of Big Shot work, a bit of inking, and then you are done. Quick, Easy, Beautiful!


If you place an order in my on-line store by the end of today, 16th December I will automatically send you the new Spring-Summer and Sale-a-Bration Catalogues so you have them to pour over between Christmas and New Year (Royal Mail permitting!!) So pop on over to my shop now and fill that bag with Lots of Pretty Things! Remember to use the Hostess Code if your order is over £20 and under £150 (both excluding P&P), so you can get some extra crafting goodies free from me.

MEASUREMENTS:
Crumb Cake Cardstock – 2-1/2 x 3inches (6.5 x 7.5cm)

Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper Scraps – one with a house, the other with snow (if you want to follow the project exactly) – 2-1/2 x 3inches (6.5 x 7.5cm)



Thursday, 15 December 2016

Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day Eight

Welcome back to the Twelve Tags of Christmas. We are on Day Eight, so getting nearer to the end of this series. Today is a twist on a traditional colour scheme, using the cooler green tones of Emerald Envy and Mint Macaron, both of which feature in the Presents and Pinecones Designer Washi Tape that also appears on this tag. I am using an old favourite for the stamping – Lovely as a Tree. This is a great stamp set that covers almost every season.


Today there is some very simple masking off to ensure that there is nothing to interrupt the beauty of the washi tape, giving it a real featuring role in the tag. I have also used a slightly different way to attach the ribbon to the tag.



As for all of this series, we are only using small pieces of cardstock again, so great for using up a few scraps.

I hope you enjoy this project and look forward to seeing you for the remainder of the Twelve Tags of Christmas. You will find the measurements and list of products used below.

Remember to use the Hostess Code if your order is over £20 and under £150 (both excluding P&P), so you can get some extra crafting goodies free from me. If you place an order before 16th December (that's Friday) I will automatically send you the new Spring-Summer and Sale-a-Bration Catalogues so you have them to pour over between Christmas and New Year (Royal Mail permitting!!)

So pop on over to my shop now and fill that bag with Lots of Pretty Things!

MEASUREMENTS:

Thick Whisper White Cardstock – 4-1/4 x 2inches (5 x 10.5cm)

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day Seven

Welcome back to the Twelve Tags of Christmas. We are on Day Seven, so just over half way through. Today is a less traditional colour scheme, with Pale Blues being the main feature, specifically Pool Party and Soft Sky. We are using the Cookie-Cutter Christmas and Punch today, so still looking at a Bundle Price.



Today we look at the differences between our Classic Ink Pads and the Archival ones and the different techniques for getting perfect results every time. We also talk about the Stampin' Markers and that they use the same ink as the pads, and therefore the same refill – what a great idea. I would always recommend that when you buy an ink pad you get the refill at the same time, it will last you a very long time and can be used in the markers too – brilliant, well done Stampin' Up!



We are only using small pieces of cardstock again, so great for using up a few scraps.

I hope you enjoy this project and look forward to seeing you for the remainder of the Twelve Tags of Christmas. You will find the measurements and list of products used below.

Remember to use the Hostess Code if your order is over £20 and under £150 (both excluding P&P), so you can get some extra crafting goodies free from me. If you place an order before 16th December (that's Friday) I will automatically send you the new Spring-Summer and Sale-a-Bration Catalogues so you have them to pour over between Christmas and New Year (Royal Mail permitting!!)

So pop on over to my shop now and fill that bag with Lots of Pretty Things!

MEASUREMENTS:
Pool Party Cardstock – 4-1/4 x 2inches (5 x 10.5cm)

Whisper White Cardstock – scrap for stamping

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The Twelve Tags of Christmas will return shortly- Team Challenge and more FUN!

One of the wonderful things about doing what I do, is that I get to do it with like minded people. As well as my own Team (The Stable Hands), I am also part of another group, which has just had a Challenge issued, to use Punches to create projects. This challenge has now finished and all the entries can be found here:

Team Challenge - voting open

I have entered a few of my recent Tag projects and would be delighted if you were to vote for any of these, so go take a look.

If you would like to join in the fun yourself, then why not think about joining my Team. There are so many benefits, not least of all the discount off products (a minimum of 20%). You also get to order the new season products at least a month in advance of everyone else, so you get to play with them for longer!! And now is a PERFECT time to join (well it always a perfect time). Let's look at why this is a great time to join in detail:
  • This could be your Christmas Gift from your loved one(s), and as a Crafter (which I assume you are if you are hanging out here!), what a perfect gift. Just make sure YOU pick what goes in the kit and that it is YOUR details that are used, or they could get an unexpected surprise.
  • If you sign up now you can include items from the new Spring/Summer Catalogue in our Starter Kit. 
  • You get to chose EXACTLY what you put in the kit.
  • For just £99 you get to include up to £130 of product, which, as there is no P&P to pay, is the equivalent of an introductory discount of about 25%. 
  • You can turn this into a business if you want, but if you just want to continue benefiting from the ongoing discount yourself, then that is fine. 
  • You will meet like minded people and be inspired by, and inspire, them.
Just take a look at these pages on my Website for more information, or contact me to talk through any questions you have.

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I look forward to you joining my team very soon.

Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day 6 - FINAL DAY FOR CHRISTMAS ORDERING!!

Welcome back to the Twelve Tags of Christmas. We are on Day Six, so half way through, more or less. Today is definitely a traditional colour scheme, with Red and Gold. We are using the Merriest Wishes Stamp Set and Merry Tags Framelits sets we used yesterday, so still looking at a Bundle Price.


You will not be surprised that this uses only small pieces of card again, this time Red Glimmer Paper, Gold Foil Card and Whisper White. We will also be using a 1-1/4” Circle Punch for the sentiment in the middle of the tag.


Yesterday I gave you a few hints and tips for when to use the Precision Base Plate, and also how to keep your top plate from getting too warped when doing so; I highly recommended having a look at this post.

TODAY IS THE DAY – This is the last recommended date for placing orders that you need for Christmas. If you are in the UK, I would love you to order from me, I try to give my customers a very special experience, including exclusive projects, early updates on important Stampin' Up! Information and ALL customers who place on-line orders will get a personal 'Thank You' from me. If you use the Hostess Code, you will also be able to share in some additional Stampin' Up! Goodies, chosen by me for you.(Qualifying orders between £20 and £150, excluding P&P).

All my existing Customers, and all those who order between now and next Friday, 16th December, will receive a free copy of both the Spring-Summer 2017 AND Sale-a-Bration Catalogue (fingers crossed) between Christmas and New Year, ready to place your first order in the new year.

I hope you enjoy this project and look forward to seeing you for the remainder of the Twelve Tags of Christmas. You will find the measurements and list of products used below.

Remember to use the Hostess Code if your order is over £20 and under £150 (both excluding P&P), so you can get some extra crafting goodies free from me.

So pop on over to my shop now and fill that bag with Lots of Pretty Things!

MEASUREMENTS:
The two pieces of 'card' are all the same size for this project:
Red Glimmer Card/Gold Foil Card – 2-1/2 x 2-1/2inches (6 x 6cm)
PLUS a small piece of Whisper White for the stamping – so needs to fit into a 1-1/4inch circle punch.


Monday, 12 December 2016

Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day 5

Welcome back to the Twelve Tags of Christmas. We are on Day Five, and using Frosty tones today, just a little bit of stamping, that allows for any slight errors to be out of the main sight. So far this is my favourite, I think. I just love icy tones, and often decorate our Christmas Tree in white and glass, with a bit of silver.



Today is also making the most of Stampin' Up! Bundle pricing, by using the Merriest Wishes Stamp Set and Merry Tags Framelits – you see, I am saving you money again, am I kind to you, or am I kind to you?

This tag uses very small pieces of card again, but does use a piece of Window Sheet to give the Glimmer Card a bit of support.



Couple of tips for the Big Shot – the Precision Base Plate is great for the Intricate Dies, but you should NOT use it for standard Framelits as it can dull their cutting edge, so try to remember to use the standard plates for those. I find Glimmer Card is best cut from the back, again to try to preserve the cutting edge of the dies. When you are using the Precision Base plate in particular, you may find that the top cutting plate begins to bend. This is normal, but not ideal, so to avoid that, remember to use different areas of the plates, so not always bang slap in the middle, and turn the top plate over and around as much as you can so the pressure is distributed on different areas. Don't worry too much if you forget any of this, it is not the end of the world, but I do like to share any tips I come across with you.

BIG REMINDERS AGAIN – Tomorrow, 13th December is the last recommended date for placing orders that are needed for Christmas. If you are in the UK, I would love you to order from me, I try to give my customers a very special experience, including exclusive projects, early updates on important Stampin' Up! Information and ALL customers who place on-line orders will get a personal 'Thank You' from me. If you use the Hostess Code, you will also be able to share in some additional Stampin' Up! Goodies, chosen by me for you.(Qualifying orders between £20 and £150, excluding P&P).

All my existing Customers, and all those who order between now and next Friday, 16th December, will receive a free copy of both the Spring-Summer 2017 AND Sale-a-Bration Catalogue (fingers crossed) between Christmas and New Year, ready to place your first order in the new year.

I hope you enjoy this project and look forward to seeing you for the remainder of the Twelve Tags of Christmas. You will find the measurements and list of products used below.

Remember to use the Hostess Code if your order is over £20 and under £150 (both excluding P&P), so you can get some extra crafting goodies free from me.

So pop on over to my shop now and fill that bag with Lots of Pretty Things!

MEASUREMENTS:
The three pieces of 'card' are all the same size for this project:

Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Card/Soft Sky Card/Window Sheet – 2-1/2 x 2-1/2inches (6 x 6cm)

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day 4

Welcome back to the Twelve Tags of Christmas. We are on Day Four, and using more traditional colours for this tag. I have used Garden Green and Real Red, with a pop of Gold and Red Glimmer, and am really pleased with the result. I used the Holly Builder Punch and Holly Berry Happiness Stamps, and like yesterday's project, these are available as a Bundle, so you can save 10% on the total cost, more money for other crafty goodies – we like that!



Today there is a bit of tone on tone with the stamping for the background of the tag, then some gold embossing for the finer details on the Holly Leaves and the Bow in the middle of the tag. I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch again, have you guessed that this is one of my favourite punches yet? I love it, combined with the Project Life Corner Rounder, it is so easy to make any number of tags in moments, and you can make them as long as you want – just brilliant! Thank you Stampin' Up! For making my gift wrapping so easy.



The Holly Leaves, Berries and Bow were all made from tiny scraps that were then punched out. Remember that if they are a bit too small to get into the punch, you can attach them to the sticky bit of a Post It Note.

BIG REMINDERS – Tuesday, 13th December is the last recommended date for placing orders that are needed for Christmas. If you are in the UK, I would love you to order from me, I try to give my customers a very special experience, including exclusive projects, early updates on important Stampin' Up! Information and ALL customers who place on-line orders will get a personal 'Thank You' from me. If you use the Hostess Code, you will also be able to share in some additional Stampin' Up! Goodies, chosen by me for you.(Qualifying orders between £20 and £150, excluding P&P).

All my existing Customers, and all those who order between now and next Friday, 16the December, will receive a free copy of both the Spring-Summer 2017 AND Sale-a-Bration Catalogue (fingers crossed) between Christmas and New Year, ready to place your first order in the new year.

I hope you enjoy this project and look forward to seeing you for the remainder of the Twelve Tags of Christmas. You will find the measurements and list of products used below.

Remember to use the Hostess Code if your order is over £20 and under £150 (both excluding P&P), so you can get some extra crafting goodies free from me.

So pop on over to my shop now and fill that bag with Lots of Pretty Things!

MEASUREMENTS:
Garden Green Card Stock – 2 x 4 inches (5 x 10cm) plus some scraps for the Holly Leaves
Very Vanilla – Scrap large enough to punch the Bow
Red Glimmer Card – scrap for the Holly Berries


Saturday, 10 December 2016

Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day Three and Important Dates

Welcome back to the Twelve Tags of Christmas. We are on Day Three, and using Emerald Envy again, but this time as the basis for the tag. I have gone for an almost monochrome look this time, using the Emerald Envy, with Mint Macaron and silver, so the cool tones of green with silver to lift it.


This time we are using the Seasonal Bells Stamp set, this is a great set for Christmas, but also extends into wedding projects. This is the Wedding version of the Tag I have designed for today's project – with a sneak peak of one of the Sale-a-Bration Stamp sets (lots of lace stamps that can be used together, as here, or on their own – love it!!)


The Wedding version uses the Scallop Tag Topper Punch, while the Christmas Tag uses the Lots of Labels Framelits, but cutting off one of the ends, either as you put it through the Big Shot, or in the trimmer afterwards. Both versions use the Bell Punch and heat embossing in Silver, but I am sure you will agree that they are two very different looks. Because we need the Stamps and the Punch, this means we can take advantage of the Bundle Price, saving 10%. I love this about Stampin' Up! Products, there are so many ways of using the same supplies on different projects and they often bundle products at a saving, stretching your crafting budget is certainly important to me, and I am sure it is to you too.



BIG REMINDER – Tuesday, 13th December is the last recommended date for placing orders that are needed for Christmas. If you are in the UK, I would love you to order from me, I try to give my customers a very special experience, including exclusive projects, early updates on important Stampin' Up! Information and ALL customers who place on-line orders will get a personal 'Thank You' from me. If you use the Hostess Code, you will also be able to share in some additional Stampin' Up! Goodies, chosen by me for you.(Qualifying orders between £20 and £150, excluding P&P).

All my existing Customers, and all those who order between now and next Friday, 16th December, will receive a free copy of both the Spring-Summer 2017 AND Sale-a-Bration Catalogue (fingers crossed) between Christmas and New Year, ready to place your first order in the new year.

I hope you enjoy this project and look forward to seeing you for the remainder of the Twelve Tags of Christmas. You will find the measurements and list of products used below.

Remember to use the Hostess Code if your order is over £20 and under £150 (both excluding P&P), so you can get some extra crafting goodies free from me.

So pop on over to my shop now and fill that bag with Lots of Pretty Things!

MEASUREMENTS:

Emerald Envy Card Stock – 4 x 4-1/2 inches (10.5 x 11.5cm)
Mint Macaron – Scrap large enough to punch the bell
Silver Foil Card – 2-1/2 x 1-1/2 inches (7 x 4cm)

Friday, 9 December 2016

Twelve Tags of Christmas - Day 2

Welcome back to the Twelve Tags of Christmas. We are on Day Two, and using the same stamp set as yesterday, but creating a very different tag, more in keeping with classic Christmas Colours, but still with a bit of a twist, using Emerald Envy as the green element.


One of the real bonuses of using Stampin Up products is that all the colours are true across the whole product line. I think we all know that trying to match colours can be difficult, but Red must be the hardest to match, so using Cherry Cobbler as the base for today's tag could have been a bit of a challenge, but not for Stampin' Up! make it so easy. There is Cherry Cobbler in the Washi Tape and I used it to ink part of the stamp; they all match perfectly. The same is true of the Emerald Envy, which could have been a difficult colour to match as it is on the blue end of the green spectrum, but yet again, Stampin' Up! have done all the work for me. They make it easy for everyone to produce professional results.

I think this is particularly important for new crafters, many of whom start with Christmas Projects and can be put off continuing because it is hard to get things that match. But you will see just how easy it is with the right products from a company that wants everyone to have fun with professional results.


I hope you enjoy this project and look forward to seeing you for the remainder of the Twelve Tags of Christmas. You will find the measurements and list of products used below.

Remember to use the Hostess Code if your order is over £20 and under £150 (both excluding P&P), so you can get some extra crafting goodies free from me.

So pop on over to my shop now and fill that bag with Lots of Pretty Things!

MEASUREMENTS:

Cherry Cobbler Card – 2” x 4” (5 x 10cm)
Gold Foil – 2-1/2” x 1-3/4” (6 x 4.5cm)
Whisper White – Scrap at least 2-1/2” x 1-3/4” (6 x 4.5cm)



Thursday, 8 December 2016

Welcome to the Twelve Tags of Christmas

For the past few weeks I have been working hard making items to sell at some local Christmas Fairs, so my study has ended up looking as if a tornado has done its worst. I have been desperate to tidy up (which my husband would confirm is not in character at all), but because I have been working to a deadline, I have not been able to find the time to do so.

Finally, this morning I had a spare hour before going out, so had a serious sort through my desk, threw away all the pieces of paper that are too small to do anything with, and sorted the others into piles of Card and Designer Series Paper and then into sizes depending on whether they are large enough to be the basis of a project, or if they will just be useful to use for smaller embellishments. Everything else has been put away so I can now actually find what I am looking for. I feel so much better – and ORGANISED.


But while I was going through everything I was also thinking of what projects I could make with some of the pieces. I have been wanting to record some more Tutorial Videos, and now my voice has finally come back, I need to crack on. Then the answer struck me – The Twelve Tags of Christmas. Most people are probably past Card making by now and on to gift wrapping, so the timing seems right AND it is a way for me to use up some of the scraps I have sorted through, while I remember what there is.

The First Tag of Christmas is slightly outside the normal Red and Green, but I really like how it turned out, and is a perfect way to dress a present up, for Christmas or any other time of year.



I hope you enjoy this project and look forward to seeing you for the remainder of the Twelve Tags of Christmas. You will find the measurements and list of products used below.

Remember to use the Hostess Code if your order is over £20 and under £150 (both excluding P&P), so you can get some extra crafting goodies free from me.

So pop on over to my shop now and fill that bag with Lots of Pretty Things!

MEASUREMENTS:

Black Card – 2” x 4” (5 x 10cm)
Gold Foil – 1-1/2” x 3-1/4” (3.5 x 8.5cm)
Whisper White – Scrap at least 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” (6 x 6cm)


Sunday, 4 December 2016

Curvy Keepsake Box

One of the things I really like about social media is that you can interact with people across the world. Gone are the days when you were only got feedback from people you met face to face. So with this in mind, I was delighted to receive a request through my You Tube channel for details about how I made an item that I had used as a prop in one of the photos I had used. What was wonderful, was that this was from a lady in Texas; a very long way from rural Oxfordshire!



I am delighted to oblige, and would be happy to consider other requests too, so just let me know what you would like to see more of, and I will see what I can do. Remember to subscribe to my channel so you are alerted to all future videos, and sign up for email alerts to my blog.



This project uses our Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies set. This is so easy to use and with just two passes through the Bigshot and some adhesive, you are done. The rest is just up to you.

So pop on over to my shop now and fill that bag with Lots of Pretty Things!

Measurements:


All I have used here is half a piece of 12 x 12 vellum, so 6 x 12 inches (15.2 x 30.5cm) a scrap of Whisper White Cardstock for the tag and a 2 x 2 inch (5 x 5cm) piece of card for the base lining.


Friday, 2 December 2016

Hello December 2016

Sometimes something you thought was bad news, can actually turn out to be good. I had hoped to record a video about my Hello December Journal earlier this week, but I lost my voice, so had to wait until today. And what is good about that? The Hello December Project Life Cards are now DISCOUNTED, so it is a perfect time to go and buy them.



These are not only great for a December Journal, but can also be used for Christmas Card Toppers, so quick and easy, what is not to like?



There are lots of items still available in the Closeout sale, but some have already sold out, so if there is anything you want, now is the moment. I even spotted the Layering Circle Framelits Dies at 20% off!

PLEASE NOTE, THE PRICES BELOW ARE FULL PRICE, BUT ONCE YOU GO TO THE STORE, THE REDUCED PRICE WILL SHOW.

Remember to use the Hostess Code if your order is over £20 and under £150 (both excluding P&P), so you can get some extra crafting goodies free from me.


So pop on over to my shop now and fill that bag with Lots of Pretty Things!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Ideal Christmas Gift Idea for your Crafty Friends - AT A DISCOUNT

As December is now upon us, all my thoughts are turning to Christmas Gift ideas. In our family, these rarely start any sooner as we have four birthdays between the end of October and the beginning of December, which also brings the challenge of finding two gifts for people within the space of two months, without too much overlap, and with the obvious cost implications. So anything that is a bargain goes on the top of my list (gosh does that sound Scrooge-like?!)

Then a thought struck me, which I have been bursting to share with you all. We do two Card Kits that are complete sets, including the printed backgrounds, envelopes, embellishments, dimensionals, stamps, blocks and inks; the only thing to add would be some Multi Purpose Glue. But, I hear you say, how is this a discount? Well this is the clever part; if you buy a Starter Kit, you can get £130 of products for just £99 (with FREE Postage and Packing). Each of the kits cost £31.50, so four would be £126, which even leaves you with enough to buy one tube of Multi Purpose Glue. ALL FOR JUST £99!! That is just £24 a kit, and they each make 20 cards, so only just over £1 a card - a BARGAIN!

But that is not all. If you do not want the kits, you are still saving because you get £130 of product for £99, plus, if you buy during December, you can include discounted items (some of which are discounted by 60%) in your Starter Kit, at the DISCOUNTED price; so even more products for your money.



But that is still not all. You would then be eligible to buy any products you wanted with a minimum discount of 20% AND if you sign up now, you can even order items from the Spring/Summer Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-Bration Catalogue before they go live to customers on 4 January 2017. The 20% Discount would be available to you until the end of March, but if you buy enough between now and then (about £225 net of discount), it would continue until the end of June. There is no pressure to buy, so if you chose not to, you get to keep your Starter Kit and anything else you buy between now and the end of March, and then just stop getting the discount. No come back, no pressure, just DISCOUNTS.

Read what Stampin' Up! say about this by clicking on the picture:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By1WSHCHIaVtTHN1WDNCdWtoVms/view?usp=sharing

If you wanted to run this as a business, then I would be delighted to help you with that, again there is no pressure from me (unless you want it). You would be able to do as much or as little as you want, and it could fit around a full time job if you so wished.

Why not give it a go, you have nothing to loose. Follow the links to 'Join My Team'



Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Cookie Cutter Fridge Magnets

I have been looking at all the small pieces of Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper I have left from making other projects and wondering what to use them for. It finally came to me - Make Fridge Magnets!


These are just so cute! They are not toys, and that should be made clear to anyone who uses them, but they are still just so cute that I can see them taking up residence on our fridge before long. They are also very easy to make, as you will see in the video. You will need some thin magnetic sheets, the type ou can use for storing your Framelits and Thinlits ; you can also get self adhesive sheets, which would save a step. If you don't have and cannot get magnetic sheets, then you can still make these, but use them as Christmas Card Hangers, just clip them to some ribbon and you are away.



If you want any of the products I used to make these, please go to my online shop, which is open 24/7. Remember to use the Hostess Code, which is on the right of the full version of this page.

If you would like to join our team of Stable Hands, then follow the link at the top of this page. This will give you a heavily discounted Starter Kit, full of things that You chose, AND will give you early access to items in the next Seasonal Catalogue. Now that is something to think about!!

Monday, 28 November 2016

Last Chance to get a bargain in the Online Extravaganza

Please don't miss out on the wonderful offers currently available in my online shop, there are lots of items discounted by up to 40%. Today there are additional items included in the offer with our second FLASH SALE. The Stitched from The Heart stamp set discounts of 25% continue until the end of the month, but the Online Extravaganza finishes tonight at 10.50pm (yes, I know it is an odd time!)

So no video today, just the reminder to stock up while you can. many of these items will not be available again once they sell out, so this really is a 'Get it While You Can' moment.

In case you missed the items available I have included the links to each of them below.

That's it, short but sweet! Now go and buy, while you can.

10% OFF:

20% OFF:

30% OFF:

40% OFF:

FLASH SALE ITEMS:


STITCHED FROM THE HEART:


Saturday, 26 November 2016

Don't Forget the Current Online Offers and a new project

I am busy preparing for a Craft Fair I am at next weekend at the Blue Cross Rehoming Centre, Lewknor, Bucks. Do come along, it looks like it will be a fun event and is for such a good cause. The details of the Christmas Cracker are HERE, it runs from 11 until 4 on Saturday 3 December.

One of the items I am making for the event is a milk carton style treat box and I thought you might like to see how this is made. I also thought it would be an ideal project to make using some of the products that are currently on offer at my online shop.



I have told you about the Online Extravaganza a few times before, but have not shown you any projects specifically made with products from it, so time to rectify that. I hope you enjoy the video.



Remember that the Online Extravaganza is running until Monday, 28th November, so don't miss out on all the great deals, including some items up to 40% off; also remember the Flash Sale on Monday with extra items on offer. Whilst these are great offers, remember that the 'Stitched from the Heart' offer is running until 30th November with some stamp sets 25% off, so all in all a perfect time to stock up for you and your crafty friends. So pop on over to my shop now and fill that bag with Lots of Lovely Things!

Measurements:

The project uses a square of card that is 6 x 6 inches, or 15.2 x 15.2cm, although any square of Designer Series Paper would work.

Products Used - Discounts will apply in the online store

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Tea Bag Gift Box

Don't you just love cute little boxes that turn something 'everyday' into a real treat for someone?



This is the basis for the gift sets I am putting together for a friend of mine. She and a few friends exchange 'bits of nonsense' each Christmas and she is running out of ideas so asked if I could help by putting lots of little bits together in a larger Gift Box. So the challenge was issued and the gauntlet thrown down and this is the second item I have put together for her.



I really like Fruit Teas, well some of them, but they have to be a definite flavour and steeped for a very long time, preferably in an insulated mug with the bag left in until the last sip. So I thought it would be fun to box up a few of these using paper that matches the wrapper of the bag. The first one I made was to go with Taylors 'Sweet Rhubarb', so an almost exact match to Sweet Sugarplum, and the second was 'Spiced Apple'. I did cheat slightly with this as the nearest match was probably Cajun Craze, but I wanted to use Christmas Designer Series Paper, so went with Cherry Cobbler instead; I think it works, but what do you think?

I hope you enjoy the video that goes with this.

Remember that the Online Extravaganza is running until Monday, 28th November, so don't miss out on all the great deals, including some items up to 40% off. There are even some Christmas items discounted. So pop on over to my shop now and fill that bag with Lots of Lovely Things!

Measurements:

Imperial -
Card – 7-3/4 x 5-1/4
Score on Long Edge at – 3-1/3, 3-5/8, 6-3/4 and 7-1/4
Score on one short edge at – ½ and 1
Score at other short edge at – ½

Final Measurements – 3-3/4 x 3-1/8 x ½

Metric -
Card – 20 x 13.5cm
Score on Long Edge at – 8, 9.5, 17.5 and 19cm
Score on one short edge at – 1.5 and 3cm
Score at other short edge at – 1.5cm


Final Measurements – 9.5 x 8 x 1.5cm


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Double Yankee Tealight Box



This pretty little box is one of a number of items I am putting together for a friend of mine who wants to gift lots of little items to some friends of hers. They do this every year and this year I have been asked to help with some of the items. This is the first item I am including in the gift set. I was specifically asked to include some Yankee Candle Tealights, so this is what I came up with.

It is a sweet little box, and is a cube, so it measures 1-5/8" x 1-5/8" or 4.2cm x4.2cm. If you are looking for ideas for colleague or teacher gifts, this would be perfect and you could match the supplies to the colour of your candles, as I did here.





I hope you like it and that you will give it a go.

Cardstock base - 7 x 5-3/8" (17.8cm x 13.7cm)

Score on the long side at 1-5/8, 3-1/4, 4-7/8 and 6-1/2" (4.2, 8.4, 12.6 and 16.8cm)

Score on the short side at 1-5/8, 3-1/4 and 4-7/8 (4.2, 8.4 and 12.6cm)

Panels - 5 Squares 1-1/2 x 1-1/2" (3.8 x3.8cm)

To buy any of the products used in this tutorial, please go to my online shop here.

To join my Team, The Stable Hands, and get discounts on products, please click here



Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Online Extravaganza Bonus Deal!!!

The Online Extravaganza is continuing until next Monday, but the first Flash Sale has now finished.


BUT don't worry if you missed it, there is another great way to save EVEN MORE!! If your order is over £99, then you could get an additional £31 of FREE stuff just by signing up for the Starter Kit. PLUS you would also get FREE P&P. So you could buy items in the Extravaganza, or the Stitched from the Heart promotion that gives 25% off selected stamp sets. What is not to love about that?

If that is STILL not enough of a temptation for you, you will get 20% off future orders AND access to the new products a month early. I have seen the new products that are due to go on sale on 4 January 2017 and they are just amazing. They cover all spring summer occasions from weddings to men to Easter, to Parties ....... all so pretty.

STILL not enough of a temptation? You also get to join a great team, The Stable Hands, we will be having so much fun over the coming months, whether you want this to be a business, or whether you just want to make the most of the discounts for your own hobby, this is such a good deal that it really is a great time to join. 'What is the Catch?' I hear you say. There is no catch. If you never want to place another order, that is fine, you get to keep all of the products in your Starter Kit with absolutely no comeback.

For more information about joining The Stable Hands, just click here




Monday, 21 November 2016

The Online Extravaganza is LIVE!!

I gave you a heads up last week, well now the Sale is LIVE!!

As well as some discounts available all this week, there are also FLASH SALES today (21 November) and next Monday (28 November).

Please make the most of these amazing offers while they are available. And remember that if your order is over £20, but under £150 (excluding P&P) you should use the Hostess Code WKKDX7D6 to get FREE Goodies from me.

Today's FLASH SALE includes a number of Bundled items, with up to 35% off:
In addition to these items that are only available today, between today and next Monday, there are also the following discounts available, but please note that for any item that will be retiring at the end of the current Autumn/Winter Catalogue, once they have sold out, they will no longer be available:

10% OFF:



20% OFF


30% OFF


AN AMAZING 40% OFF



Thursday, 17 November 2016

It's Almost Online Extravaganza Time!

As the festive season approaches, it is time to start thinking about Christmas Cards and Gifts, and we hope to be able to help with that and help you save money in the process.

Online Extravaganza only happens once a year so be sure to make the most of it. For one week only, 21-28 November, you can save up to 40% on select products. To sweeten the deals, we will be having 24-hour sales on the first and last day of the promotion, featuring special products available for that day only. You can even get a sneak peek AND save on products that will be on the future autumn/winter catalogue retiring list. You won’t want anyone to miss out on this great opportunity to stock up and save!

Between 21 and 28 November we have selected items at up to 40% off, plus on 21 and 28 November we have additional items available for 24 hours only! Many of the items in the 24 hour sales are only available as a Bundle, so remember to use the Bundle Item number in order to benefit from the discounts. Also, as some of the items are for stamp sets, which may be available in different languages and mount types, remember to use the correct code. There is no minimum order amount in order to benefit from these discounts, but you can include additional items from the current catalogues at the same time.

Note: While some retiring autumn/winter products may be discounted during the retiring list promotion in December, no discounts will be greater than the discounts being offered during Online Extravaganza. So take advantage of these discounts while they are available. 

Click on this image to be redirected to our online shop and see the attachment for details of the deals available.


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Happy Stamping!

Liz Yuille