Friday, 26 April 2013

Stippled Blossoms

I really don't know why I waited so long to get the Stippled Blossoms stamp set...It was one of the first to catch my eye when the catalogue came out back in October and it had my secret little gottta have this one mark beside it from day one...and yet somehow  it still did not arrive in my collection until this week.

But now that it is here I know it is going to join the ranks of my special favourites because it is so versatile and when I got a call asking if I could make a birthday card, I immediately grabbed this set to try it out.

This was a basic card using masks and layers but believe me there is lots more to come.  I'm not a fan of decorating but this is one form of stippling I am going to love using.

If you'd like to get your hands on this set  you know what to me today and you too could be having fun stippling.

Until next time, take care

Christa   xx

Friday, 19 April 2013

Extra, extra....

Have you ever wished you could get more Stampin' Up! Products for your money?  Well between now and Thursday 30th May you can!  And there is more than one way ...

Host a Party between now and 30 May with sales of over £250 (before p&p) and you will get an additional £25 worth of free products. This means that you will have at least £65 extra to spend on anything you want in any of the current catalogues! What would you spend your £65 on?  Contact me TODAY to book a party ...

If you can't or don't want to hold an actual party right now,  you can hold a virtual party and collect orders from your family and friends using the catalogue... and as long as the total order (excluding p&p) is £250 (or more) you still get the extra £65 to spend on anything you like in the current catalogues.

JOIN my team... If you join my team between now and 30th May you will get to choose £155 worth of products for just £99. This price includes postage and packing and you also get the business kit (£45 value) for free too. Becoming a demonstrator is a wonderful opportunity to share what you love and earn money or products from sharing your passion for crafting. Whether you want to earn discounts just for yourself (including a whopping 30% off your first demonstrator order) , be a hobby demo selling to friends and family or you want to make money from running your Stampin up! Business, the choice is yours. The options and reasons for becoming a demonstrator are as individual as each of us. The benefits of being an active demonstrator are the same no matter what your long term goals. This new demonstrator offer is too good to miss…Contact me today to discuss your options or join via the online sign up. In just a few minutes you could be a part of my team.

Until next time, take care

Christa   xx

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Stampin' Fun with the Superstars

Tomorrow is our team training  event.,..a chance for all of  us to gather together and swap  information, ideas and sample projects. It is usually a fun filled day with lots of laughter, inkiness and cake.

Swapping project samples is always a big part of any
 of our get-togethers and this time the theme for our
swaps is "Masculine".

The first sets of cards are all based around The Need for Speed stamp set.
I know a lot of people say they struggle making cards
for men,   but I love it and find it makes a great change from pretty cards  filled with flowers , butterflies or assorted cuteness.

 What I do struggle with however, is making forty cards all the same... unless its part of a wedding or party invites package where continuity is the purpose of the project, I just can't do it!

I'm not sure if its because I have too many ideas... or because I have the attention span of an ooh look shiny...  but even though I start out with one design, I just can help but morph each one a little...  I may start out with a similar design but in different colour ways like the card to the right and the one below...

 But then I will decide I want to try something else ...perhaps not as colourful and so might do a few in neutral tones like these below...which were made using a home made glimmer mist and some sentiment stamps

And then I might decide the neutrals are too sombre and I need to inject a little fun into my swaps...
and out comes the make a monster stamp set and some punches and some glitter card to end on a fun note

Some might say I may more work for myself by making so many different designs, but for me this was fun...the time flew by and I hardly noticed that I had made forty samples. I hope that my team mates will like my swap samples... I know on previous events they have said I make it hard for them because they have to choose...whatever happens, I know tomorrow will be a lot of fun and I will come home with lots of great ideas and some fabulous swapped samples.

If you would like to get the products needed to make cards like these, would like to attend a craft class, hold a workshop or want to be a part of all the fun and would like to know more about joining my team, please do drop me a line.

Until next time, take care

Christa   xx

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

How refreshing

Well I certainly had fun saleabrating... and when that ended, I  went on a short trip to the USA, hence the total lack of updates....but now I am back and raring to go...

News from Stampin' Up! .... In 2010 when we did our big colour renovation we shared our plans for smaller colour refreshes every three to five years to keep our colours on trend. Well it has been three years and we are excited to announce that the upcoming 2013–2014 annual catalogue will include 10 new colours (most of which are returning In Colors® from previous years)!                                   

The chart below shows which colours will be retiring at the end of June and if any of your favourites are among them you might want to order now before stocks run out. Of the new colours six are returning shades from previous in-colours and four are brand new shades...these new shades are Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky, Crushed Curry and Smoky Slate

Of course when the new catalogue is launched in July there will also be a whole new set of in-colours to look forward to...but for now those are still under wraps... we have to have something to look forward to after all.

This weekend I shall be joining other members of the Stampin' Up! team for a fun filled training day. As part of our team get-togethers we share inspiration and ideas and swap samples of our work. The theme this time is masculine - Father's day is coming up in June so its a great time to gather ideas for the next couple of days I shall be busy making my swap projects. Hopefully I will have something to share with you soon.

Until next time, Take care

Christa   xx