Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hello Lovely Project Life Card kit for more than Memory Keeping

Last night saw the last of my Project Life by Stampin' Up! Hello Lovely Card Kit Classes. 

I've often seen customers flick past the Memory Keeping section in our Catalogues, when they aren't scrapbookers or into Memory Keeping, but they've dismissed a whole host of fabulous opportunities. 

This Card Kit offers no less than 100 cards of three different sizes that work beautifully as card fronts, matting layers, boarders, embellishments and inserts and not just for slotting into pockets for Memory Keeping. 

Here I took just six card bases of two different colour card stocks and with some matting layers, mounted these beautiful cards that I stamped and heat embossed with various sentiments to finish them off. 

Such a simple way to produce a quick and easy, yet beautiful card. 

The little flower embellishments you can see on the two cards with oval sentiments, have been fussy cut from another card within the pack. I've literally just added some cardstock, Linen Thread, Pearls, Doillies, Pom Pom trim, a few die cut sentiment panels and some ink ... and this was the result. 

Check out the Retirement list as this card kit will be leaving us at the end of May and is available whilst stocks last. 

Remember also, I'm into my last week of celebrating my 5th Year with Stampin' Up! and be it that last week's All Inclusive Kit proved to be popular, I'm running the same Prize again this week. 

Orders placed 24th April - 30th April inclusive

This week I am offering a Party Bag containing a randomly selected Designer Series Paper Sampler and Embellishment pack for every order placed, plus for orders over £35, will have their name entered into a FREE PRIZE DRAW to receive the Watercolor Wishes all inclusive Card Kit valued at £31.50. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Prize Draw and Catalogues

I have been loving how so many of you have been helping me to celebrate my 5th Anniversary with Stampin' Up! by joining in my 5 weeks of Party Bag Giveaways. More are being posted out and one lucky person, randomly selected, will receive the Lift me Up Bundle ... could it be YOU?

Do you feel you've been missing out? Well I've another great Giveaway for you. 

Orders placed 18th April - 23rd April inclusive

This week I am offering a Party Bag containing a randomly selected Designer Series Paper Sampler and Embellishment pack for every order placed, plus for orders over £35, will have their name entered into a FREE PRIZE DRAW to receive the Watercolor Wishes all inclusive Card Kit valued at £31.50. 

Would you like to receive a copy of the New Annual Catalogue when the time comes? Well click on the image, place an order of £30 and you'll receive not only this one, but also a FREE copy of the Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue when the time comes.
All of my customers that have ordered throughout the past year with me, receive a 
FREE CATALOGUE ... Reserve yours today.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

OnStage Live Amsterdam and my secret Presentation


Now I'm not one for publishing new product too far ahead of a new catalogue launch, but this seems different and will be a one off. 

A while back, I was asked if I would be willing to do a Product Presentation at last weekend's OnStage Live event in Amsterdam, a secret that I've been hiding for a while.

I felt so honoured and excited to have been invited, but none more so than when I saw the email of what products I'd be presenting. Goodness me I was a lucky girl. The Suite was just adorable and I couldn't wait for it to arrive to get playing. 

I studied the papers a while, I researched and got playing and discreetly transported out my creations, managing to keep the entire presentation a secret from my team until we were checking in our suitcases at the airport. I didn't want the girls to think me twitchy, if suddenly I needed to open my case to lessen it's weight or appear overly anxious if my case didn't arrive.

On the day of my presentation, I met our lovely CEO, Sara Douglass, just moments before I went live. Eager to sit in on a Presentation, she chose to come and sit in on mine. I was both delighted and nervous all in one. Not just a presentation to our European market, many of whom I look up to, but to our very own VIP Sara Douglass. 

Thankfully I pulled my presentation off without fault. What a fabulous experience! I had just 10 minutes to present to nearly 200 experienced Demonstrators at a time. As if once wasn't enough, I had to repeat my presentation three times over, with my first presentation being to a Dutch market, fully translated. 

The Product Suite that I had to work with, was this nostalgic, retro style Birthday Memories suite. Oh my word, I nearly fell off my seat when I saw it. Those papers! That Stamp Set! Could I do it justice?

Following my initial excitement, the panic set in. My style doesn't usually involve such bold colours, so how would I be true to myself and come up with something I felt happy to present? ... by presenting a Party in a Box ... Yes, generate a Party. 

This sheet of paper had to be used in it's entirety to showcase the beautiful scene, so the Party in a Box was a must. The gift box could be used afterwards, but initially housed a stack of Birthday Invites, Cupcake Toppers and Cupcake/Treat bags. 

I made the decision to couple the set up with the Confetti Celebration Stamp Set to create this Surprise Birthday Invitation. 

I thought this worked really well. The little flag banners attached to cocktail sticks made great cupcake toppers. 

I simply embellished a Petite Cafe food safe bag to house the treats or cupcake that the child would go home with. 

This project lead to something a little more my colour palate. As the colours toned down somewhat, I started to feel more in my comfort zone. 

Here I created a Box Frame Gift idea for a little boy. Perhaps for a 1st Birthday? 

I just loved the simplicity of this Box Frame and the Honeycomb Balloons and couldn't resist but couple it with a card that offered such fun. 

This suite offers Framelits to die cut many of the gorgeous images and characters in the Designer Series Papers, so I die cut the fox and fussy cut the Racoon and Turtle to produce this cute card.

I just love the font of this Birthday sentiment.

I was feeling happier now that I had started to produce something a little less vibrant, but felt I needed to cover the softer female palate. 

When I first saw the Pink Papers of this suite, I immediately thought of my Auntie's picture hanging on her wall. It was an Illustration by the Famous British Illustrator, Mabel Lucie Attwell. Researching her work and the era in which she worked, it became clear that large numbers on Birthday cards were very much the norm and that both bold colours, but equally soft muted colours were often seen. This lead me to designing this card ... which soon became my favourite. 

Isn't she cute?! Stamped onto Crumb Cake cardstock, I then used the super soft Watercolour pencils to add a wash of colour around her and to colour in the balloons. The ribbon from the suite edged the sentiment panel to pull in the colour of the number balloon. 

Still wanting to produce something femininely pink and girlie, I moved on to designing these two cards. I used the floral bouquet to edge the white cardstock to add a kind of vintage look to the card.

Finally the Make & Take that everyone had supplies to make, involved die cutting the fox and his banner, to create this great celebratory card.

Can you tell that I absolutely love this suite now and I do believe you will do too. 

If you'd like to receive this bundle soon after it's release on 1st June, then be sure to get in contact with me and I'll happily help process your order.

Well that's all the sneak peeks from me for a while, but I hope this has given you a taster of what amazing things are to come in the up coming catalogue ... but in the meantime, don't forget the fabulous deals that could be had from the Retirement List. Up to 50% off some items. 

Use this code at checkout for a free gift from me. 
Place a qualifying order and not only receive a gift, but be put into a Free Prize Draw, in my 5 year Celebration (Click the image below for more details).

Thursday, April 13, 2017

OnStage Live Amsterdam Friendships and Team Gifts

This time last week, I was in Amsterdam at OnStage Live, our annual Stampin' Up! event where hundreds of Demonstrators come together to Inspire each other. 

It's an amazing event and one I love to attend. I've attended a few Live events in Europe now, but not one in Amsterdam before. I was fortunate enough to share this event with five of my Team, who had never experienced a Live event before. 

I always like to give little Team Gifts out to my girls at events like this and Amsterdam was no exception. The first gift was given as we reached the Airport for our departure. A little wallet card with a magnetic closure. 

This cute little Piggy badge attached beautifully to the magnet and when opened, the girls each found inside a few personal words and an OnStage Luggage Label. 

They could either use this tag on their case or the OnStage bag that they would be presented with at Registration. It had their name on the reverse to help them identify their bags. It was only a little something, but a useful something from a practical me. 

Their main gift came once we arrived into Amsterdam and shared our first meal together. 

The girls surprised me by giving ME a beautiful Bracelet. A delicate little heart that sits beautifully with my watch. I absolutely love it and was totally bowled over at receiving it, even if a little embarrassed. 

Well the funny thing was ... I had chosen them each a Windmill Charm for their Recognition Bracelets. They can earn similar charms for gaining promotion, but the Windmill seemed only right and fitting for them to receive as a gift for attending their first ever Onstage LIVE event ... and this was how I packaged them. 

Swaps are something else that we tend to do at events like this to engage with others and obtain an abundance of inspiration from the many different styles out there. I made 60 of these Welcome cards that I exchanged for a fabulous array of swaps. I'll share those with you in another post. 

A LOT about OnStage events, be it Live or Local, is to do with the friendships and people that we meet and share our time with, so to share the experience with 5 of my team made it even more special. Here we are top left of this collage. 

I've created a wealth of friendships over my 5 years as a Demonstrator and love to spend time with these friends. Some I don't get to meet from one event to the next, but chat with often. We all support each other and cheer each other on ... it's wonderful and was great to see them ... Eimear, Gina, Joanne, Louise and Pip.

The smiles and laughter say it all really ...

I was last in Amsterdam as a child when I did a coach trip with my Mum and some friends. I had no recollection of the place from my first visit, so went with fresh eyes this time. 

Amsterdam has some beautiful waterways and some fabulous architecture. Allison, Holly and I took ourselves off for a late afternoon walk to take in the atmosphere. I'm so pleased we did, however brief it was, it was great to see. 

It was so lovely to share quality time with the girls, to really get to know them. We all looked out for each other, shared our aspirations and cheered each other on to achieving them ... it really was a heartwarming time to see how we each grew with confidence as the days passed. 

Here's to the next one now!

5th Anniversary Prize Giveaway
click on the image to read all about it

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Oh, So Succulent Gift Bag on your Special Day

Aren't these succulent flowers oh, so beautiful?! I absolutely love them. They are so effective and look so very real when inked up on the tips. The delicate nature of them

This was just one of the projects that my ladies made at my recent overnight Retreat, where the Succulents Bundle played a big part. I'll be sorry to see this wonderful bundle leave us. 

Made using the Gift Bag Punch Board, the top and bottom of this gift bag, slide into each other, allowing adjustment for size and allowing the bow to remain tied.

A super pretty little bag.

FREE Giveaways available with Qualifying orders. Click on the cake below to read more about it. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Sun is Setting on these Retiring Items

The 2016-2017 Retiring List is now available for you to view and with up to a 50% discount on certain products, you'd be wise to act quickly and get your order in fast.  

Click on the image above to see a PDF List. Print this out and highlight your must have products to order. 

Don't forget to place your order through my online store and add my current Club Code at check out to receive a gift from me the following month. What's more, every week until the end of April, I am offering party bags for all orders placed and a Special Prize Draw for Qualifying orders, to celebrate my 5th Anniversary year with Stampin' Up! ... so that's even more for your money. 

All of my customers receive a FREE copy of the up coming Catalogue, so place your order through me and receive your copy through the post without the need to request one. 
Anyone placing a qualifying order of £25 before postage, with me from Monday 10th April to Tuesday 18th April inclusive, will receive this Celebratory Party Bag to help me Celebrate my 5th Anniversary with Stampin' Up!

Each qualifying order will also have their name put into a FREE Prize Draw for this amazing Lift Me Up Bundle. 

Two fabulous Bundles have already been dispatched to two lucky winners over the past few weeks, could this one be yours? ...