Saturday, 21 October 2017

Stampin' Blends no frills club

Yes !!!! Stampin' Blends are here and available to customers from the 1st of November. These are fantastic alcohol markers different from the water based markers we currently stock. These are fantastic for colouring stamped images, colouring gems and other surfaces as they dry fast and don't wipe off.

To buy the whole set can seem a huge chunk of your crafty budget... but us crafters do like full sets don't we ? So here is a solution buy them in stages to spread the cost.... join my no frills Stampin' Blends club. I am naming it no frills as I am not adding loads of additional product to the kits which bumps up the price and then offering hostess rewards. Rather I am keeping the cost as LOW as possible and by giving you FREE postage and one FREE item per month you are gaining £27.90 of free goods and services... this is a better rate than hostess rewards.

So for £28.00 per month for four months you will at the end have a FULL SET of 27 blender pens, two storage boxes to hold them all, a printed insert for each box so you can clearly see what is in which box, a Stampin' blends leaflet with colouring tips and other co- ordinating products list, A Memento Tuxedo black ink for optimum results to avoid bleeding of colour from your stamped images and finally two lots of Whisper white card stock, regular and the thick heavier weight one for you to try.

for further details nip on over to my Stampin' Blends no frills page where all the details and what you receive each month is listed. There are also links for you to click and contact me via email or Facebook too so nip on over by clicking here >>> Stampin blends no frills club page

Happy stamping AND colouring xxx Amanda

Friday, 20 October 2017

Best decision EVER !!!

When I first joined Stampin' Up! all I wanted was the petite petals bundle ! ... honestly I wanted that stamp and the matching punch, and that was all. I took advantage of the amazing starter kit and got my £130.00 of goodies for £99 same as thousands of other crafters every year, and thats all I was interested in. And then.........

Then began a passion and a joy which was to become my Stampin' Up! journey. With the support of fantastic friends, customers and a great team leader I slowly began to develop a small business.

To cut the waffle short my Stampin' Up! journey has taken me to many events all over the Uk and to Amsterdam too. The latest trip was to Frankfurt. As a reward for reaching Silver Elite within a specialised focused training group, ran my Sam Hammond Donald and Michelle Last, two other demos and myself got to visit the European Stampin' Up! warehouse AND the head office.. just pinch me because I think I'm dreaming !

So here we are left to right ..ME !! Katy Freeman fellow demo, Sam Hammond Donald my amazing team leader, Michelle Last head of the Pinkies team and finally the lovely Sophie Pestrelle leading French demonstrator. Here we all are putting the world to rights after Sam and Michelle had just treat us to a beautiful evening meal in the fantastic Hilton Gardens in Frankfurt where they also paid for us to stay ... spoilt or what ! However, I am not quite sure what Katy and I are doing with those arms ? A spot of synchronised swimming maybe ?

We might have stayed up a little late ...and we may have had a few little drinkies to celebrate all our achievements... cheers to us all !

Here we all are next morning outside the warehouse where we were given a full tour which was amazing. We got to see exactly how the products we demonstrate and sell are stored, picked and packed. A fantastic experience to say the least. And totally surrounded by row after row and box after box of fantastic product ...any stampers dream.

Here we can see Sophie having a .. real good old nosey.... I think we were all hoping to see some top secret brand new products not yet released, but no such luck they kept it out of our sights.

We then got to spend the afternoon at head office. We had a guided tour and met the whole team who run the European office. Such an amazing place ...and so tidy and clean.... not like my craft room I can tell you. So from left to right we have Charlotte and Chris (I may have spelt their names wrong so huge appologies) who are both members of the home office team and helped ensure we had a fantastic day. We were lucky enough to have a crafting session with the super talented Charlotte too which was amazing. Then next in line we have Michelle Last, Katy Freeman, myself, Sophie Pestrelle, Sam Hammond Donald and country manager Paula Gorry. Paula is amazing and works hard to ensure everything runs smoothly and her dedication to Stampin' Up! and to us European demonstrators really is second to none. We were given the red carpet treatment for sure... we had a lovely lunch and then we left for the airport full of chatter and excitement about your amazing experience. I could go on and on sharing photos with you like an annoying old uncle with a slide show... but I will leave it there with a smile on my face and a case to still unpack !

So you see you just never know where Stampin' Up! can take you .... I wouldn't mind but I only wanted a flower stamp !!!

memories to last a lifetime ...... thanks for sharing this special moment with you .. Happy stamping xx Amanda

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Craft fair idea..Tea caddy

I am really having fun at the moment thinking of eye catching ideas for Christmas gifts and for Craft fairs. These ideas can be used at any time of the year but we are fast approaching Christmas and craft stall season. As well as basic all time good sellers I always think eye catching projects for your stalls can help draw customers in. So its always worth having some projects that may have taken a while longer, but will help you sell all round.

As I say this would make a great gift for anyone, teachers, friends at work, absolutely anyone and what is more English than tea. The great British icon, and all presented in this fun yet simple to make presentation caddy.

I will say I have seen similar shaped boxes for tags and using dies in this way is not new and not my idea, but I have given it my own twist and in doing so created something a little different.

It is always good to look at dies and punches with fresh eyes and have a bit of a think... how else could I use this product ?.. then you get optimum use and as we say in Yorkshire .. make sure you get ya money's worth !

Wrapped fruit tea bags are easy to find, mine came from Aldi and are raspberry, they smell divine. You can hunt on Ebay or Amazon too.

I just love how the teapot and cups turned out. I used the Just add colour DSP a very overlooked stack in my opinion. The pack holds a variety of themes as well as the tea theme there are feathers, leaves, under the sea... lots of ways to use it. I chose to fussy cut the cups and stack them and added a strand of pearls as the tea flowing from the pot. So cute ! and easy for you to replicate at home why not give it a try.

I have listed items used and measurements below, also here is a step by step tutorial on my Youtube channel for you to follow... don't forget to click like and subscribe grab a brew, get comfy and enjoy the video .. Happy stamping xxx Amanda


Cut card stock to 7 3/4 x 2 3/4" score on the long side at 2 1/2" and 5 1/4", then on the short side score at 1/2" and 2 1/4" .... cut and assemble as per Youtube tutorial above.

You will need 4 x largest lots of labels thinlits cut from whisper white and two of the next size down from dsp.

To make the envelopes for the tea cut dsp to 5 x 5 ( or adjust depending on size of your tea bags mine measure 3 x 2 1/2") then line up to the 2 3/8" mark punch and score then follow each score line with the pointer punch and score until complete . Envelopes fit in the caddy height way

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Craft fair idea... beautiful paper bows

Happy Monday everyone I hope you had a lovely weekend and are rested and eager to start your week. Today's project has gift giving in mind. These make a great Craft fair item as people love to have a quick and easy life and are prepared to pay for the things they have no time to make. And who wouldn't want these pretty bows which are just a tiny bit stepped up giving an elegant result and will make any parcel look extra special.

These are also great to just make and have on hand yourself for gift wrapping, swaps or ready to put on your cards and boxes. Awesome fun and easy to make. You get a greater feeling of satisfaction looking at a pretty package knowing " I DID THAT " so why not make the extra effort and go all out. Your friends and family will be super impressed.

Easily made with just plain card, you can stamp your own background too making them really unique to you. The envelope punch board is a MUST for any crafter I highly recommend this easy to use tool which needs no replacement blades. I honestly could play with this gadget all day long and never get bored. I have to give a shout out to the craft Diva herself Tiffany who I saw do bows this way. I had previously done them in three parts but her way is wayyyy quicker you can find her video HERE

The products I used and measurements are below and her is a step by step YouTube tutorial to follow so you can make these yourself at home ... don't forget to follow the blog and to click like and subscribe on the video ... so for now grab a brew, get comfy and watch the video ...
.....happy stamping xx Amanda

Bow:- cut card to 11 1/2 x 1" inch in the centre , flip punch again... then punch from the 3 1/4" mark punch and flip , do the same at the other end of the strip. Then place each end in the right / centre of the punch to round off ends to a point.
Tails:- cut strip to 4 x 1" punch at 2" flip and punch again. Place each end in the centre of the punch to create fish tail.
Display card:- Make to fit your size cello bags , mine measure 5 1/8 x 7".
Topper:- Make to fit your size cello bag, mine measure 5 1/4 x 2" score at 3/4 " to fold

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