Sunday, 6 November 2016

Hello and welcome...

Hello and welcome.

I apologise for my absence from this site.  My blog has taken a considerable back seat as i undertook an exciting career change.

One thing hasn't changed is my love for crafting and, of course, Stampin' Up!  I have still been holding workshops throughout 2016 and recently held a Christmas workshop which was a full day filled with projects, prizes, food and treats.

I promise to share some photos over the coming week of the projects I have been working on and also the dates for my 2017 classes and workshops.

I have also just returned from our Stampin' Up! event where I met some very inspirational demonstrators and received some amazing swaps from fellow SU demonstrators. I can promise you, this was a great place to be and I will be sharing with you how you could attend one of these amazing and inspiring events.

See you soon.

Have a fabulous week.  Best wishes,

Sam x

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

New Launch today - Spring Summer Catalogue & Sale-a-Bration

Hello and welcome,

Happy New Year to you and I hope that 2016 is a great one for you.

Today is the first day of the new seasonal catalogue and what a catalogue it is!  Full of beautiful products, it was a tough choice when I chose my products from the preview - just one of the perks of being a Demonstrator is that we get our hands on these lovely products early!
Alongside the launch of the spring summer seasonal catalogue is Sale-a-Bration.  Quite simply, 3 ways to earn free products....
SHOP - for every £45 spend (before P&P) you can choose one free product from the Sale-a-bration booklet.  Some products are only available for a limited time so catch them while you can (pages 16-19)
HOST - hold a qualifying party during Sale-a-bration and earn £20 more Stampin' Rewards.  Get in touch to book a party in your own home
and finally, a fabulous offer...
During Sale-a-Bration, join as a Demonstrator for just £99 and receive £160 of products of your choice.  You don't even have to pay p&p to have your kit shipped to you.  Join my team and enjoy the discounts and benefits of being a Demonstrator.  There is a quarterly minimum to reach of £270 but join now and you won't have to meet this until the end of June!!  No don't have to hold classes, just enjoy the benefits.
Click on the brochure pictures on the toolbar to the right to view copies of these brochures or please get in contact with me if you'd like me to post a paper copies to you.
If you'd like a no-obligation discussion about the benefits of joining my team and becoming a demonstrator, please do get in touch with me.
Finally, I used the new Large Number Framelits for my New Year these.

Happy 2016.
Best wishes,
Sam x

Sunday, 1 November 2015

2016 classes

Hi and welcome,

Looking out of my doors onto the garden, it a typical Autumn day.  There is a low mist over the grass and my trees and shrubs are all beautiful shades of green, yellow and orange.  This colour palette has inspired me to use some inks which have been neglected over the Summer months.

I have published the dates for our 2016 workshops and these can be found on the "classes" tab.  There is a slight increase in the cost of the workshops which is due to increased costs which we have to meet but we still feel that our classes provide excellent value for money for a whole day and, as always, will continue to include lunch, treats and beverages plus materials.

If you'd like to book a place on a workshop, or have any other queries or questions please do get in touch with me.

Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday.

Best wishes,

Sam x

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Craft Space

Hello and welcome,

I am always in awe of some the craft room tour tutorials I have seen on the internet and until a few months ago, I crafted on my dining room table which was frustrating when I was in the middle of projects and had to tidy away!

We have a lovely room at the back of our house attached to the dining room which has  double doors onto our garden.  This room has always functioned as our guest bedroom, computer room, filing and paperwork area and book storage.  Whilst we needed to keep all of that, we decided to replace the furniture so that the computer space became a craft desk for me and that I had useful storage pieces which fitted everything so it was to hand and I didn't have to spend time rummaging.

It goes without saying that this room is now called my craft room although it is still used as our family room and spare bedroom!

One of the ladies who attended our Christmas workshop was asking about furniture for craft rooms so I said that I would send her some photos of mine and my Ikea furniture which seems to fit the needs of a crafter perfectly.  So whilst this is not a craft room tour, it is a couple of photos of the great storage I have which really has made crafting a whole lot easier.

This trolley has been a great solution to my Big Shot problem of having to get it out of the cupboard each time I needed it and then having to find space for it.  This now sits nicely next to my desk and can be wheeled out of the way of the drawers.  The shelves have lots of space for embossing folders, dies, plates and wax paper and chipboard and I still have room for more!  By turning the top tray over, it meant I had a platform where the big shot can sit and doesn't need to be moved. 

Most things I need are now to hand.  More A4 paper sits in the desk filing drawer.  As you can see, the computer screen sits nicely on the shelf and the keyboard tucks away leaving me a craft space.

I hadn't intended on buying this unit and I only saw it in Ikea as they were using it as a filing unit in their kitchen planning department!  This is perfect for stamp sets and my punches which fit in the larger bottom drawers.

Here you can see how everything sits together and although it's not a massive space, means that I don't have to tidy up.....I could only wish it was this tidy all the time!  Above my desk is an Ikea bookshelf which we have turned & secured to the wall.  This fits the printers and, of course, has a generous section for my 12x12 papers.

I really love my space now and the difference it has made to being able to craft without tidying away after every session. 

Thank you for stopping by.

Best wishes and happy crafting,

Sam x

Christmas Workshop

Good afternoon & welcome,

At our recent Christmas workshop, we were joined by 20 ladies.  We ran a longer day starting at 9.30am and finishing at 7pm.  The ladies all received goodie bags filled with paper, embellishments, ribbon and a wooden stamp set to make their projects for the day. 

The focus of the day was the Jolly Christmas Stamp set.  I am sure the snowflakes in this set are similar to ones which were available the very first Christmas I "found" Stampin' Up!.  I still love them.

We had a hot lunch of jacket potato and salad and my lovely Hubby had made a fabulous Bolognese as a jacket topping.  Of course, we had cake and mince pies too.

One of the projects was a tin filled with cards, envelopes, gift tags, a notepad and pen.  Everything had to be made and that included the decorating of the tin too.   Some of my photos didn't come out clear at all so I am missing a shot of the inside of the completed tin.

The card above had an acetate window and I love the holly leaves.  I found instructions to make these on Michelle Last's blog which you can see here

This is one of the photos which didn't come out well but this project was an mdf plaque and shape which the ladies decorated.  It's not particularly clear but the shape was covered with Iridescent Ice powder to give it a gorgeous shimmery sheen.  The final project was mini crackers made using the Envelope Punch Board.

Everyone who joined us received a table gift of a mug filled with hot chocolate, a chocolate bar and, of course, a candy cane! 

Here you can see a couple of the ladies' desks. We also held a "Name Plate" competition where everyone who attended were asked to make a name plate to stand on their desk.  There were some fabulous designs.  In the background you can see their bags which were filled with the papers and embellishments to make their projects.  Around the room we had set up stamping, embossing, big shot and punching stations.

In the table gift mugs, was a label with a number on one side and a raffle ticket on the other.  Throughout the day we span the wheel - my Hubby does love a project - and each number received a prize.  You could only come up once and everyone had a prize.  The raffle ticket was for a large proze and the lucky winner of the Sizzix Texture Boutique embosser was Sue.
And finally, we supplied plenty of chocolate to fuel the ladies throughout the day....
Tena and I thoroughly enjoyed the day and we have had some lovely emails and texts thanking us.  Our November workshop will be our final one for 2015 and although we will have a Christmas project, we will also be focusing on non-Christmas projects.  Our dates for our 2016 workshops (including another Christmas in October workshop) will be posted soon.
If you'd like to join us in November or have any questions, please do get in touch with me at
Thank you for stopping by.
Best wishes,
Sam x

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

New seasonal catalogue

Good morning,

You may have noticed that I have added a link to the new Seasonal Catalogue on the right hand of the page.  This is 51 pages of beautiful new products to compliment your Autumn and Winter seasonal crafting and beautiful products they are!

What I am also loving about the Catalogue is that it's packed full of ideas to help you get your crafting mojo up & running.  The product suites coordinate so all of the work has been done for you leaving you more time to create and there's everything from gift tags to stamp sets, dies, punches and ready to use kits.  There are also several bundles offers for great money saving.

I hope you enjoy browsing the catalogue as much as I have and if you'd like to place an order please do get in touch with me.  Delivery can be made directly to your home address and payment can be made by card as well as cash.  If you'd like a copy of your own Holiday catalogue to browse then drop me an email with your address and I'll be pleased to pop one in the post to you.

Thanks for stopping by.

Best wishes,


Sunday, 7 June 2015

Latest Class Projects

Good evening and welcome to my blog,
What a fabulous sunny weekend, especially today where we managed a family meal in the garden.
Yesterday Tena and I held our June workshop which was another productive day joined by lovely ladies.
Below are examples of the projects we made, interjected with lunch, refreshments and every crafters essential - cake!  Luckily we managed not to get crumbs on our projects.
I am still besotted by this selection of Itty Bitty Punches and love the little flower.  Here I used it to create flowers in the new In-Colours with the leaves in the gorgeous new Mint Macaron colour.
For my last project, I had designed a different card but whilst browsing the internet, I saw a few cards really similar to this one.  I just had to replicate it as it was beautiful.  I used Pool Party and Crumb Cake and they "vintage up" really well.
Tena designed projects which the ladies made after lunch...
On Tuesday evening, to celebrate the launch of the new Annual Catalogue, I held an Open House where the ladies did a small make-and-take project.  I decided to use the Sprinkled of Life Stamp Set and punch.  When you purchase this stamp set, £2 is donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  This Charity keeps families together when their children are receiving medical treatment far from home.  It was also this week that I found out a chap I used to work with had benefitted from a RMHC House locally to stay in whilst their daughter was receiving treatment in Hospital.  Thankfully she made a good recovery and is home.  What a great reinforcement that we are supporting a worthwhile Charity.
Each lady that attended also received a copy of the New Annual Catalogue and, of course, tea and cake.  I really enjoyed welcoming them to my home to share what I love.
If you would like a copy of the new Annual Catalogue or any information about attending a workshop or hosting a party in your own home please do drop me an email at
 For the month of June, there is an offer for people wishing to sign up as demonstrators.  For £99, you can choose £130 worth of products and receive two free stamp sets too.  Now that can't be bad to start to Summer off!  You don't have to hold workshops, classes or publish anything you make, you can simply sign up to become a "hobby demonstrator".  This is what I did initially as I was purchasing a lot of products for my own personal use and realized that as a Demo, I could receive discount on my purchases.
If you would like more information about the current offer or a no-obligation chat about becoming a Demonstrator then please feel free to get in touch about this fabulous offer. I would love to welcome you to my team.
Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great week.
Best wishes,
Sam x