Wednesday, 23 May 2012

The Open Sea

Today I was asked to make a card for an adult Grandson and since I LOVE The Open Sea stamp set in the current mini it was my immediate go to choice for this card . . . It is great for making backgrounds - I used all of the various elements on this one - and the ship image looks fabulous highlighted in a punched out porthole with mini brads as rivets

Of course this stamp set would be great for any male cards. . . including father's day which is coming up in June.

If you would like to get this stamp set or any other Stampin' Up! products please just contact me

Until next time, Happy Stampin'!

Christa   xx

Friday, 18 May 2012

Up,Up and Away

Up, Up and Away . . . I just LOVE this new  and very versatile set from the new summer mini catalogue. There are 14 stamps in this set . . . yes I did say fourteen stamps - six different balloon options, four sentiments and four additional elements.

This is just a very quick and easy card I made this evening but I just know already that this will be a stamp set I will go to time after time.

With Up, Up and Away the sky's the limit!

If you'd like to get this set or any other Stampin' Up! products simply contact me and this set could be floating its way to you in a matter of days.

Will be back soon with more form the new mini, but until next time, take care

Christa   xx

Monday, 14 May 2012

Loving the new mini

I have all my lovely goodies from the new mini now and have been like a kid in a candy store trying them all out - you should see what used to be my desk , although you'd have a hard job spotting it under the mountain of goodies spread all the way along it.

The horrible weather has meant more crafting time, but it also means the lighting here is horrible and so in the end I scanned this card ...which is not ideal as alters the colours and  it makes the pearls look like metal pins...but anyway this is a pretty little card I made to say Thank you to someone who did me a good turn recently. It is made using the gorgeous Bordering on Romance stamp set . I used Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party from the in-colour collection and the framelits die to cut the main panel.

 Actual crafting has taken priority this week but I plan to upload some new projects in the coming days

Happy Monday!

Christa   xx 

Thursday, 3 May 2012

It's Summer


 It may not feel much like summer . . .
 but the new summer mini is here!!!

     Stampin' Up! Summer Mini Catalogue                
As one door closes (on the fabulous Spring mini catalogue) another opens on the new and fabulous Summer Mini. 
Okay so with the awful weather at the moment it doesn't quite feel like summer, but what better excuse than to cheer the spirits with the fabulous new products in the new summer mini.

Would you like to know what's in the new summer mini?  As you would expect, it is packed with marvellous new products like...

Lots of lovely new stamps sets(and there really is something for everyone)  including florals, nautical themes and something sweet . . .

There are three new designer paper sets with some truly gorgeous patterned designs, there’s fabric too and ribbon and twine and buttons of course -  and there's even scented flavoured embossing powders!

And that’s not all...for the Big Shot fans (and let’s face it who is not a fan..I LOVE my Big Shot and don’t know how I ever managed without it) there are some fabulous new ultra thin Framelits dies and we also have Edgelits ...and matching embossing folders! I have had these for a few weeks now and the possibilities for them are endless. I love them!

Another NEW addition to the MINI is....

score board
 This fabulous new scoreboard is just perfect and will enhance your crafting no end, especially if you are a fan of 3D projects. . . It is great quality (its SU after all), comes with a stylus and place markers and has a handy hidden storage compartment. 


If you prefer to work in metric there is an optional metric board overlay that can be purchased separately and simply slots in place ... and if that wasn’t enough, we also now have

The diagonal plate will put an end to all those non standard size envelope (and gift box) problems – you can make envelopes in any size to fit non standard cards and in any paper or cardstock you like to co-ordinate with your card or project.  If you are like me and save all those scraps of Designer Papers that you can't bear to get rid of,  then like me, you are going to be making envelopes to match just about everything!

Although Demonstrators were able to purchase the new release items a month in advance for pre-order,  (and many were showcased in the ILWS summer mini launch blog hop on May 1st) we weren't able to get the diagonal plate...until now – and we are all so excited to get our hands on this. Mine is ordered and on its way... I can't wait!

The new summer mini is the perfect antidote to the so called summer weather. . . so grab a copy and settle back and enjoy. If you don’t have a copy of the new summer mini yet and would like one please contact me with your details and I will get one in the post to you asap. If you just can’t wait for the postman there is a link to the mini in my sidebar.

Until next time

Christa   xx 

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Joining is fun...


Join Stampin’ Up!  and do things your way . . . with the new completely customisable Starter Kit 

Stampin' Up! have made some changes this month and one of them is the new starter kit...and the new (lower) price of £99.  Now you can build your own personal kit to suit your own personal style. This new flexible starter kit means that you get to choose £130 worth of any of the high-quality products currently available, and to help you get your business up and running you'll also get a business supplies pack valued at £45 you will get a customisable kit worth up to £175  and all for for just £99!

And if that was enough, if you join during during the month of May 2012 Stampin' Up! are offering free convention registration...worth £149! 

To get started (or to learn more about joining my team) just contact me today... It’s that easy.

ILWS Summer Mini Launch Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the next step along  ILWS blog hop to celebrate the release of the brand new Stampin' Up! summer catalogue.  If you started at the beginning you should have made your way here from Sally's blog

I am sure you have already realised just how excited we all are at the great new products available in the new summer mini.  As demonstrators we are lucky enough to be able to preorder products a month before the release date. This helps us to prepare some samples to share with you and it has been so hard to choose which ones to highlight today...because I love them all.

 This first card is made using  lots of the new goodies from the new summer mini . . . the gorgeous Apothecary Art stamp set which was coloured with watercolour crayons and die cut using the new framelits dies. I also used the very pretty designer paper from the new Twitterpated suite and I cut this using the new adorning accents Edgelits dies (a set of two fabulous edgelits that you will use time and time again) and then I used two of the matching adorning accents embossing folders (from a set of three) - one that matches the die I used and the other is the really sweet hearts used as an accent across the middle of the card. Finally - as if that wasn't enough great new products, I added some of the absolutely gorgeous satin pleated ribbon.

I was having so much fun with the gorgeous papers that I also used them to cover a notepad, which I topped with a band of ribbon and an accent stamped from the new                                                     Bold Blossoms stamp set . . . 

and I also used them to make a cute little basket, which I filled with an assortment 
of  stamped flowers using the same Bold Blossoms stamp set and the matching Blossom Punch

But as I said at the start I LOVE all the new goodies and  as well as loving Bold Blossoms, I am particularly enjoying using the Bright Blossoms stamp set.  This set has so many possibilities and I made these  cards  as examples of just some of the ways you can use the stamps.

For the lilac card on the right I used the Blossom punch on plain white card and then stamped the tulip petals from the Bright Blossom set to make the flower, which was offset. The small sentiment is punched from the smallest Apothecary Art set

 Both of the black and red cards used framelits,
in each case with the smaller framelits combined
with the frames oval embossing folder.

The card on the left uses Twitterpated  designer paper and the stamp from Bright Blossoms was stamped onto  black card using white stazon ink.

For the card on the right I used  stamping markers and added rhinestones  and accent pieces to finish it off.

The flower on the yellow smile card  on the left was made in the same way as the one on the lilac card above but I have included this one purely because it shows the other edgelit die and embossing folder in the sets.

So as I am sure you can tell, I have had such fun playing with my new goodies already and  of course from today you can order these great products too. If you would like a copy of the brand new summer mini  or would like more information about Stampin'Up! please contact me today. . .  and if you just can't wait for the postman to deliver, then you can view the new catalogue online

Thank you for visiting today...your next stop along the hop will be Donna's blog where she has something gorgeous to share with you.

It seems like there have been a few scheduling problems and a couple of glitchy links and so below is the full list of the entire blog hop to help anyone who got lost along the way.

Group 1.

1. AlisonP ~ 
2. Crafting Alison ~
3. Sarnie -
4. Pat -
5. IOW Sarah-
6. Frankiesue -
7. Anne-Marie -
8. Angela -
9. Elaine -
10. Sara -
11. FrenchieJo -
12. Leanie -
13. Michelle (ShellieStamps) -
14. Fiona -
15. Tina F -
16. (9399) Amanda -
17. Emma (daisydaye) -
18. Jan (JJ66) -
19. Bluedaisy (Tracy) -

Group two

20. Nuttysgirl (Emily) -
21 CarolynUK -
22 Allyf -
23 Vronie
24 Kim
25 Beckie (Littlebeckie)
26 Sally http://girliepink.blogspotcom
27 Christa    * You are here
28. DonnaM
29 Laura
30. Emma H
31. Margaret K
32. Kate 
33. Sarah
34. Jayne
35. Clare
36. Sharon
37. Julie
38. Anthea
39. Vicky