Thursday, 31 January 2013

NEW-Spring/Summer Seasonal Catalogue

You can NOW place orders from the new Spring/Summer seasonal catalogue! (Orders can be placed from midnight tonight!)

Click on the icon on the right hand side, or the image below to view the catalogue.

NEW Spring/Summer Mini catalogue! Stampin' Up!

Well - it's that time of year! The new Spring/Summer Mini is available tomorrow. You won't believe the gorgeous products available!

UPDATE- Stampin' Up! have added the new catalogue to their website so you can now view it via the link on the right hand side of this page!

I have been stroking the catalogue for some time now - though I have been very strong and only bought a small selection of products.

The Pinkies had a product share arranged by the lovely Nicky at Dexterous Designs so I do have lots of bits and pieces to play with.

We will also be holding a Blog Hop on the 9th of Febuary, showcasing lots of the new products. Unfortunately we are forbidden under threat of torture (well not really - but I do like a bit of drama!) from showing you the catalogue until the day of release. So I will put a link up tomorrow as soon as I get home from work.

In the mean time here is a little teaser of some of the products you'll see!


Did you spot that gorgeous ribbon? Mmmm just wonderful to work with! Available in two colour ways, you'll find it on page 13 of the catalogue!

Stampin' Up! have 7, yes SEVEN wonderful bundles in this catalogue, designed to co-ordinate and save you money. This card uses the Secret Garden Bundle on page 17. No more cutting out those fiddly but gorgeous flowers to embellish your projects, just whizz them through the Big Shot!

I really must get and do some more creating! Though at the moment I am just loving the challenges!

I will put a link to the catalogue on my sidebar when I get home from work tomorrow, but I won't have time to Blog as I am doing a party for 14 wonderful ladies!


Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #71 - Stampin' Up!

Today I am entering the Freshly Made Sketches challenge. Oh I am getting quite hooked! Can you tell?

I love the Subtles colour collection from Stampin' Up! and decided to use a combination of the Rose Red and Pretty in Pink.

I don't have a tag die so I used one of the Apothecary Accent Framelits to make my tag, I punched a hole and added a flourish of Organza Ribbon. I stamped it with En Francais and felt the card needed something to set it off. So I stamped a Doily with a flower from the Mixed Bunch set.

I couldn't decide what shape to add so I stayed with the floral theme and stamped another flower and punched it out with the Blossom Punch.

The sentiment was from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments set, punched out with the Word Window and mounted on a piece of card punched using the Modern Label punch. I joined the 3 elements with a Rose Red Glimmer brad (now sadly retired).

Finally I added a few pearls. Just because I love them!

I hope you like it!

 Here is the Sketch - what would you do with it? Are you enjoying my challenge entries? Why not leave me a comment. I love to hear what my blog followers think of the items I post!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Pals Paper Arts Challenge - PPA151

Oh my goodness - I seem to have caught the Sketch Challenge bug.

Not only am I really enjoying the challenges, my card making is being pushed outside my comfort zone. I am trying combinations I would never have tried before. Mainly because I am trying not to be too predictable with my design.

This card is my entry for the Pals Paper Arts challenge.

I started with a Very Vanilla base and added a broad strip of Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper that had been joined to a strip of Pool Party, embossed using one of the Delicate Designs embossing folders. Tied around the mat is a length of Island Indigo Bakers Twine, threaded with a Tiny Tags punched shape.

I used the smallest Labels Collection Framelit to cut a piece of Summer Starfruit card that I embellished with a Brushed Bronze Designer button, tied with a piece of Island Indigo ribbon from the Sale-a-bration Button and Brad set.

I am pleased with the finished article and getting more adventurous each day!

Why not click on the link on the left to the Pals Paper Arts blog and take part yourself!

Monday, 28 January 2013

Mojo Monday - Sale-a-bration

Yesterday we had the Pinkies quarterly training and one of the things I struggle with is inspiration. So one of the challenges we were set was to try something new.

I have never had the confidence to try any of the challenges I regularly see on the web. So I decided to step out of my comfort zone, rather than CASE designs from other people's Blogs, I thought I would enter a challenge and see how I did.

This design uses new Sale-a-bration products available from Stampin' Up! until 22nd March, each £45 you spend qualifies you for another FREE Sale-a-bration item.

For this card I have used -
  • 2011-13 and 2012-14 In-Colours
  • Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper - Sale-a-bration
  • Sycamore Street Ribbon - Sale-a-bration
  • Bloomin' Marvelous Stamp Set - Sale-a-bration
  • Scallop Trim Border Punch
  • 1 3/4 Scallop Punch
  • 1 3/8 Circle Punch
  • Bitty Banners Framelits Dies

Don't forget if you would like to buy any Stampin' Up! Products I can deliver anywhere in the UK for just £4.95! Click on my contact details to get in touch!

Meanwhile see if you can think of your own project to follow one of the sketches for this week!

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Stunning portraits by talented artist!

I don't like to bore my craft loving readers with constant chat about my animals, I am aware I can get a little tiresome. However today I just have to share the stunning graphite portraits of the boys that hubby bought me for Christmas... Last Year! I kept stalling until I found the 'perfect' pictures for the artist.

If you are looking for someone to draw your animals, children, partner, parents... or anything else for that matter you just have to check out Steph Dix!

Here is the fabulous pic of my boys. I'm sure you'll agree it is stunning!

I'll be back soon with some more of my craft projects!

Paula xxx

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Stampin' Up! 2012 Sale-a-bration is here!

Apologies for not posting this yesterday but I am super poorly with a stinker of a cold.

Sale-a-bration is so exciting this year with 17, YES 17 fabulous items to choose from and you get one with every £45 you spend.

In celebration of Stampin' Up!s 25th Anniversary, hostesses get FREE silver glimmer paper if party orders meet £150 and if they reach £300 the hostess also gets a stamp set, the ribbon and brad set AND the designer series papers. How great is that?

If you join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator you will get 25% more free on your kit - so £162.50 worth of product for just £99! And don't forget if you join Stampin' Up! there is no obligation to sell the products or hold parties - there are lots of 'Hobby' demo's who join just to get the benefits for themselves. So go to my page shown above to join up now!

Here are the products you can claim free with your orders.

Book a party or place your order today by calling 07786 860438 or 01844 342494 or e-mail

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Saleabration Sneak Peek again!

Well folks, we've had a little snow this week and I am hoping we don't get too much more! Though I must admit it has been novel bringing clean dogs home from their walks!

I've been working on a few samples to give you a sneak preview of what sort of freebies you can expect to be able to claim with your orders when Sale-a-bration kicks off next week! If you haven't booked a party, don't despair you can still earn these freebie stamp sets, papers and other accessories with any order of £45.

What is even better is that you can earn unlimited items, so for £90 you get 2 free items, £135 you get 3 and so on!

The first card uses the Feeling Sentimental stamp set, this set includes a versatile sentiment and 3 images.

The second card uses the Patterned Occasions stamp set, each of the images includes a little sentiment but if you don't want to include the text you can either mask it or, like I have here, cut out the images. The little sentiment at the bottom is from Pretty Petites and has been punched out with another Sale-a-bration item, the Petite Curly Label punch.

The next card incorporates THREE Sale-a-bration items. A stamp from the Patterned Occasions set, Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper and the cutest little button from the Sycamore Street ribbon and brad set.

Finally I used the Bloomin Marvelous stamp set to create the really simple card below. As you can see, you don't have to be a creative genius to make some lovely cards with these fantastic freebies! So get working on your wishlist and get in touch to place your orders!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Sneak Peek - Saleabration

Well I know I promised you a sneak peek of some of the SaleABration products so here it is.

This card uses two of the Stamp Sets that will be available during SaleABration, between the 22nd of January and the 22nd of March.

You cannot buy these sets... you can choose one item from the SaleABration selection with every qualifying spend (£45).

This year there is also a punch available during SaleABration... and as a punch 'lover' I just had to choose it!!!

The stamped images on this card come from Feeling Sentimental and Pretty Petites, the punch is the Petite Curly Label.

Remember to qualify for FREE SaleABration items you need to spend £45 minimum but can spend more and qualify for additional unlimited items, one for every £45 you spend!

Thursday, 3 January 2013

FREE Valentines Special from Stampin' Up!

Well we made it to 2013. Can you believe another year has gone past already?

Stampin' Up! have started the year with a fantastic promotion. They have been in business in the states for 25 years now and are celebrating this year in style. Their 5th year in the UK!

The first offer of the year is a FREE Simply Sent kit if you buy the My Little Valentine Set.

The offer is only available from today until the 21st of January so check out the details and contact me to buy. Just £9.95! Just Click the image below!

In addition check out the new Talking Tags!!!!!


With Talking Tag, you can send a gift that is uniquely you. Talking Tag is a message label you can attach to cards, invitations, gifts . . . anything! Personalise birthday cards, Christmas gifts or even record quick instructions for a recipe. Now your pictures really can say a thousand words!

How to send a voice message:

  1. Download the FREE TalkingTag™ App on you smartphone from, iTunes® or Google Play™.
  2. Adhere the message tag to your card or gift.
  3. Open TalkingTag™ App and scan the code.
  4. Record your message (recording starts immediately, so make sure you’re ready!).

You will have the opportunity to listen, re-record, cancel, or confirm your message after you’ve completed recording it. Each label allows up to 60 seconds of a greeting, song, or product message.

To play the message, recipients will need to download the app and scan the code. Messages are saved for two years, so they can listen to it over and over.

How to Buy Talking Tags:
Buy ‘em by the sheet! You get 10 tags for just 9.50 €/£7.25 (item 129723).

What a great start to the new year - why not book a party now!!!!!! 

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