Save 25% on 25 Stamp Sets

save 25% on 25 stamp sets

Stampin’ Up! are continuing their 25th Anniversary celebrations with yet another amazing deal.

Until 28th October, you can pick up some beautiful stamp sets and save a massive 25% off the catalogue price!

Click here to see the 25 stamp sets on offer

And how about a hostess code to make the deal even better? To be in with a chance to win the hostess benefits, use the code CXGQKP7P when you shop in my online store. This code will be valid until 31st October.

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Pinkies Autumm/Winter Blog Hop

Thank
you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We’re showcasing lots of
gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin’ Up!® Autumn/Winter
Seasonal Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep
hopping!

 

If you’re following our Blog Hop through, you should have joined me from Sandie’s blog. I think I’m definitely going to have to try out a wreath with the Festive Flurry bundle.

I’ve found it quite difficult to get into the Christmas spirit as far as crafting goes. We’ve not even been back at school for two weeks, and some of my students are already counting down to the Christmas holiday. I know I’ve got a lot to do between now and then, so would prefer time to slow down a teeny bit for me!

Here’s my first Christmas card design of the year…

 

Wishing you

I chose to use the Wishing You stamp set. What I really like about this year’s Autumn/Winter Seasonal catalogue are the numbers of small stamp sets and kits. You really don’t have to spend out much to be able to make all your own Christmas cards. The set includes a sentiment, so you have a complete card with just one stamp set! Add that to the Season of Style Designer Series Paper stack, which has 24 each of two double-sided designs and the cards almost make themselves.
I always love Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive as a classic Christmas colour combination, but I know I’m going to be trying to get my new favourite Soft Sky into some of my Christmas crafting as well somehow!

stampin' supplies

Stamp Sets: Wishing You
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Season of Style DSP stack
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers
Tools: Stampin’ Trimmer
Finishing Touch: Silver ⅛” ribbon, Cherry Cobbler 1″ stitched edge grosgrain ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I do hope you keep on hopping as there is more inspiration on show than ever before. Next stop is Suzette!

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Quick Card Using Flower Shop

The card I have to share with you today was made at our most recent quarterly team training, which was the weekend before my trip to the USA.

Some crafting is always planned for the day, but I have to admit that I usually spend the time gossiping and rarely make the project planned! Michelle wanted to try something different this time, so she challenged us to come up with a card using limited supplies within 45 minutes… All I can say is that the time limit was both very motivating and rather scary!

Flower shop

It's a very simple card, but was completed rather quickly so still left me with time to chat. Some of the other cards completed in the same time were amazing, and as I have photos I am sure to CASE them in upcoming weeks.

stampin' supplies

Stamp Sets: Flower Shop, Six-Sided Sampler (sentiment)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Afternoon Picnic DSP
Ink: Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana
Tools: Pansy Punch
Finishing Touch: Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

 

 

 

 

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Chocolate Box Swaps

I didn't just take general swaps. I was too slow to get in to an organised swap, but there was a meet-up with some of the top American demos arranged for the international demonstrators attending. I have to say a big thank you to Becky Roberts for all the organising. I wanted to take something special for some of the demos that would be there, as they have given me so much inspiration over the last few years (and have been amazingly generous in blogging and sharing it all!). This is what I came up with:

Chocolate box

It's very simple, and perhaps too simple for such inspiring demonstrators! There are a couple of mini bars of Green and Blacks inside – I wanted to share some of my favourite chocolate with them. This is the first time I have used the Naturals Ivory cardstock, and I can't believe I have overlooked it so far. The box flap was cut using the Deco Lables framelits, and the ribbon and butterfly keep the box loosely closed. I didn't want this to end up like my never-opened swaps, so made the closure really simple.

I hope they liked it, but more importantly I hope they enjoyed the chocolate!

stampin' supplies

Stamp Sets: Papillon Potpourri
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Deco Labels Framelits
Elegant Butterfly Punch
Finishing Touch: Basic Gray ¼" Stitched Grosgrain, Stampin' Dimensionals

 

 

 

 

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Convention Swaps

I've just got back from the most amazing holiday. Not only have I finally been to New York, but I was also able to go to the Stampin' Up! convention in Salt Lake City! As it was the 25th anniversary convention and we were planning on being in the USA anyway, it seemed a shame not to make it part of our trip. I was able to share the wonderful experience with my upline, Michelle Last (incentive trip winner, so this was all her fault really), Lynne Fahey and Nicky Whittall. They are all really amazing friends that I would never have met if it wasn't for Stampin' Up!

So, how about I share the swaps I made? I'm very much a last minute person – I had all the pieces stamped and cut for me to assemble on the plane. I thought that would be the perfect distraction (I hate flying far too much for someone who loves to visit new places…), but then my carry-on was stashed right at the back of a locker way at the back of the plane! Luckily I really struggled with the changing time zone, so my insommnia meant I could finish them at the hotel.

Happy day with blushing bride

My first swap used Blushing Bride and Basic Gray. With hindsight, maybe there were a few too many elements on this one! 

I also made the same design with Soft Sky and Smoky Slate (I said this was my new favourite colour combo, didn't I?):

Happy day with soft sky

I really hoped everyone I swapped these with liked them. The swaps I received in return are amazing!

Check back tomorrow to see my other swap design. For such a special event I couldn't just go with one design now, could I? 

stampin' supplies

Stamp Sets: Happy Day, Label Love
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Chevron Embossing Folder
Artisan Label, Bitty Butterfly, Hexagon punches
Finishing Touch: Stampin' Dimensionals

 

 

 

 

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