About Me

I’m Liz Yuille and I live near Abingdon in Oxfordshire. We moved here from West London only a few short years ago and love it. Our home is on an unmade up track and is on the footprint of the old stable block for one of the original farms in the village, hence Old Stables Crafts!

I am married to Martin and although we have no children, we have three rescue cats (Mustard, Salt and Pepper), know collectively as The Condiments. 
 Mustard 

Salt

Pepper
I took the decision to retire early from a stupidly serious job in the City of London, having worked there for too many years and endured the 2 hour commute each way from home to desk, and am now in the very fortunate position that my Stampin' Up! business means that I am able to share my papercrafting passion with others and introduce them to the joy this can bring.  Stampin' Up! products make this so easy as they are all in colour families; you also know that the colours are consistent across all the products, so they are a perfect match every time. This is particularly helpful for new papercrafters who are often daunted by having to find products that 'go together', this is never a problem with Stampin' Up!

Although I have crafted in one way or another all my life (and went to Fashion College along the way), my first foray into papercraft was through Scrapbooking. This is still my main passion and I am fortunate that many of my family are recorded on film; the oldest photo dating back to the 1880s. Most of the photos I have inherited are now in scrapbooks with as much detail about those depicted as I have been able to find. 

About 15 years ago I started working with another Craft Company, travelling round the country in my spare time to Demonstrate in local craft shops; whilst this was great fun and meant I got to meet lots of new people, it did not completely satisfy my wish to run my own classes and be my own boss as I was expected to use products I was told to promote. Then I found Stampin' Up! and knew straight away that this was my home. 

Since joining the amazing Stampin' Up! family, I have exceeded normal expectations of advancement. I moved from the starting level of Bronze to Bronze Elite in just two months (the Quick Start Programme, which not everyone achieves, allows six months for this), and from Bronze Elite to Silver in just five months later. My Team includes some people who, like me, want to make this a successful business, but is mostly people who joined for the discount they get on their own purchases and I am happy to support both, or someone who wants something in the middle. 

I am thrilled to have been selected as a winner by the Global Design Project Team. This is such a great and talented group of people from across the globe, and there are so many truly spectacular projects submitted each week; being selected as a winner completely bowled me over (she says as she jumps up and down like a kid!)

Although my first papercrafting experience as an adult was through scrapbooking, I also enjoy making cards and small gift boxes and packaging for my own use and to sell, and spend more time doing this than on scrapbooking now. I make all the cards we need now and could never imagine having to buy a mass produced card again. All our Christmas Cards (and that is well over 100) are hand made and unique.

Over the years I have found that crafting is a wonderful way to get through some very difficult times, and whilst I hope none of you ever has to experience the bad times, I hope I can bring the joy of  crafting to as many people as possible.

I love meeting lots of budding and experienced crafters as I travel around the area running classes and hosting parties; I hope to meet you soon.

If you shop with me you will always receive a Thank You card, and if your order is over £25 you will also become a VIP Rewards Member.

Email me at liz.yuille@artlover.com or call me on 07958 342313 to book a party, place an order, talk about joining my Team, an upcoming class or event or for any help.


The Old Stables, Fieldside, Long Wittenham, OX14 4RG
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5 comments:

  1. It was so fun to come upon your "story" on your blog, Liz. I do so enjoy watching your videos. And your cats are precious. Hugs, Suzie from Sanibel, FL

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    1. Hi Suzie, I am so pleased you like my videos. Thank you for taking the time to watch them. Lx

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  2. What a lovely introduction to yourself Liz!

    You and Martin certainly have made the right decision to move to rural Oxfordshire from West London because where you live sounds idyllic and very peaceful, but not too far from the rest of the world either.

    Your three cats Mustard, Salt & Pepper are gorgeous! I suspect all three of them entertain you daily with their antics! Mustard is very similar to our tortoiseshell queen - Katie-Kat.

    I enjoy watching your 'un-edited' / 'go with the flow' YouTube video tutorials because you put so much JOY and enthusiasm into them, it's almost like being right there with you.

    Like me, you use Scrapbooking, card-making and 3D paper/card construction to get you through the tougher times of life - long may it continue.

    I hope to meet you soon too.

    ~ Christine ~

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    1. Hi Christine, thank you for your kind comments. We do love where we are now, and the cats have become really country cats. I still find playing with paper and ink very therapeutic. Lx

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