Friday, 30 September 2016

Christmas is Coming - Really it is only 86 days away!

It is slightly frightening to think that it is only 86 days until Christmas, but that also means that there are fewer than 80 days for me to finish making all my Christmas Cards. And let's be clear here, by finish, I also mean start!

The strange thing is that as a Professional Crafter, I have already made dozens of cards, just not for me. I start on Christmas in July, seriously, that is when I start thinking about Christmas projects, and then the big Christmas product order goes in at the start of August. So I have been in full on Christmas mode for more than three months, yet I still have to start on the 100+ cards Mr E and I will be sending out. So when was suggested that the Team Challenge for this fortnight should be 'Christmas is Coming' it was a bit of a stock take moment for me, because this is so true. We will blink and it will be upon us.

So, this is a bit of a long winded way of introducing today's project:

I felt it was time to make a project using the current trend for Z Cards. This is a basic 5x7 base, which means that with the added strip, it uses pretty much a full sheet of A4 cardstock (well in this case a bit more as I needed a wider band so my stamping would fit).

I am really quite pleased with the result as this is the first time I have used the Merry Mice Stamps. They were a late addition to my Christmas supplies as I was not sure I would like them, but having seen so many other projects using them, I fell in love with them, so here they are, they seemed just right for the 'Christmas is Coming' theme as they trot across the front of the card. They are perfect if you enjoy colouring in (which is another trend at the moment of course). For mass production you can do all the stamping and then colour in while watching TV. 

I hope you enjoy your build up to Christmas and that you manage to get all your card making done in a wonderfully stress free way. 

Remember, I am always here to help you, so please contact me by Clicking HERE, I have listed all the products I used below and they will link straight to my store. If you want to see what else is available, there is a link at the top of this page to my online store, which is open 24/7.

More projects to help with your Christmas products soon

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Against Breast Cancer Coffee Morning

Today I held a coffee morning in aid of our local Breast Cancer Charity, Against Breast Cancer, at The Old Stables Crafts HQ. There was a really good turn out and in just two hours we raised over £150.00 for the charity. I was totally blown away by the support and generosity of those attending.

We tried to make it easy for them to part with their money, with lots of Raffle Prizes and things to buy.

Raffle Prizes

Things to buy

Everything followed the Pink Theme of the morning, and most of the ladies (and gents) attending wore something that was pink. Most of the items available for sale were made using Stampin' Up! products and the details are at the end of this post.

It really was a joyous time. If you want details of the Charity and the very important work that they are doing, please follow the link here:

Product Details
 Cookie Cutter Christmas Photopolymer Bundle
Cookie Cutter Christmas 

Photopolymer Bundle


Picture Perfect Photopolymer Stamp Set
Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp SetPrice£23.00

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Christmas Craft Workshop Announced

I have a very special event to announce. On Saturday 15th October, there is a Workshop being held at Old Stables Craft HQ from 10am until noon. The workshop is open to anyone of any crafting level, but places are limited.

The workshop will introduce you to some of the Autumn/Winter 2016 Products. There will be Demonstrations showing how to make three projects, being two Christmas Cards and one Gift Package, which you will then make to take home with you. Everything you need to complete the projects will be provided, including the Gift and envelopes for the cards. You will also be shown how to 'upscale' the projects with the addition of a few extra products.

All of this for only £10, which is redeemable on any orders over £25 placed on the day. There will also be some fun prizes available.

The cost includes all supplies and refreshments.

Please email me for more details or to book your place

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack - This is a Great Time to buy!!

You may not be familiar with the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack, but it can be a great place to shop. The items in the Clearance Rack change regularly and are only while stocks last, but the savings can be up to 60%, yes I did say 60%.

Demonstrators are not given any advance notice when the Clearance Rack is updated, but it just has been and at the moment there are lots of Christmas and Halloween items, as well as general products that you will want to include with your order. This is one of the best Clearance Racks there has been for some time, so take advantage of it now by following this LINK.

Here are just a few of the items that will be winging there way into my shopping basket:
 Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!
Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper
Price: £10.00 £4.00
Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack by Stampin' Up!
Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack

Price: £9.00 £3.60

Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Card Collection by Stampin' Up!

SeasonalSnapshot Project Life Card Collection
Price: £13.50 £5.40

Products are already selling out, so don't hesitate, get them in your basket and checked out NOW!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Hello World! Its a Brand New Life

In just over two months my world will be changing as I give up full time work and start a new life as a 'Retired' person and a Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator.

I am so excited about this, although I know it will be hard work, I am so looking forward to it. I seem to have purchased most of the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue in the past few months and am now making a dent on the Autumn Winter Catalogue!

The Baby Bear stamp set arrived today, so I could not wait to get this little guy onto a card and I am so pleased with how it looks. This only took a very few minutes to make and is a notelet size card; I am sure you will agree he is so, so cute. One of the things I REALLY like about Stampin' Up! is that all their products go together so easily as they work from a limited colour palette.

I hope you enjoyed visiting and if you want to leave me a comment on projects you would like to see, that would be fab!

If you need any products, please click the link at the top right of the page; the store is open 24/7 and I would be happy to send you a thank you gift for any order you place.