Thursday, 19 January 2017

Anyone for Coffee ? - Bakers Box Die is so very versatile !

I have used my Baker's Box Die to make some really pretty and versatile projects.

I have just received the beautiful Sending Love Suite.  Amongst that is a very pretty pack of Sending Love Designer Series papers, some beautiful Love Note dies.  So I took these and set about creating this :-

Its the cutest little coffee pot, two mini reinforced (double thickness) coffee cups and sauces and tray. I think this charming little set would look great packed in a large cellophane bag with a nice big fat bow. Unfortunately, I don't have any.  But what a perfect little gift set for someone special.

I designed this set to hold Ferrero Rocher or Truffles, but one of my clever team suggested that it would be cool to gift some chocolate covered coffee beans !  Genius idea.  Thanks Jane xx

I love the finishing touches - those gorgeous wooden hearts !

It may be little but its a big project, so I have done a video tutorial in two parts - one for the coffee pot, and the other gives directions for creating the little tray and cups.

If you place an order with today, I will send you a little kit to make the Coffee Pot whilst you await your delivery.

Here is Part 1.   Part 2 will follow tomorrow :-

I do hope you like my latest project - it is one that really excited me when I dreamt it up.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Oh - and here is a little throwback to 2015 - my little Amoire x

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Free Stamps up to a value of £93 ? Oh yes indeed. Here's how !

YES REALLY  - You can get yourself TWO FREE stamp sets worth up to a combined total of £93 when you join my team between now and 31 March !  Plus you receive an instant discount of 20% on all future orders, whilst you remain a demonstrator.

And remember - you don't have to do demonstrations at all.  You can join just to supplement your hobby and enjoy doing so from the comfort of your own craft room, whilst benefitting from the instant discount.  If you choose to take it further and start a business, that's up to you, and do be assured that Stampin' Up! offers a wealth of resources to get you started and offers great support along the way.


It's a great deal - if you have been thinking of joining, now is the best time.  You have until 31st March to take advantage of this offer.

Plus you will receive a nice little welcome gift from me:-

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Customer Thank You's - So In Love and Succulent Flowers !

I have been busy catching up on admin and putting together some customer "Thank You" packs for orders received this week.  

I thought it was time to give my customers a tiny sneak peek of one of the flowers you can make using the fabulous new Succulent Framelits Dies.  So I prepared a batch of covered notebooks in gorgeous Tempting Turquoise Designer Series Paper and simply added a banner to the front cover and made the beautiful delicate little flower the focal point. (Sorry about the terrible photo quality - I didn't realise just how bad it was before I posted my "Thank You's"

I thought it would be nice to colour co-ordinate these with the handcrafted cards I always send out in my "Thank You" packs, again using the lovely flower as the focal point.   I recently received the beautiful new stamp set "So In Love".   There are a couple of cute little curly stems which I decided to use as a background and chose the very stylish sentiment.  It's such a pretty font.

These have gone out in today's post to my customers together with free complimentary packs of the sweet new Lace Doillies AND a Raffle ticket, giving each customer a chance to win my lucky draw at the end of Sale-A-Bration on 31 March.   You have to be in it to win it.  Customers receive one Raffle ticket per order from now until the end of Sale-A-Bration.  I will conduct the drawer on 1 April - "April Fool Day" !!!!!!

I thought it was a great way to celebrate Sale-A-Bration - hope you think so too.  So go on ....... if you are thinking of placing an order, order with me, and my winning Raffle ticket could have your name on it.

By the way - my prize is a Simply Scored board, Paper Piercer and Bone Folder, a fabulous collection of useful papercrafting tools.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Bye for now.

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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Quick Upcycle Job - From ugly perfume gift box to pretty storage box in 30 minutes !

After the excesses of Christmas, I guess a lot of us are clearing space for our new Christmas gifts.

My daughter is no exception.   She has been busily sifting through piles of unwanted gift packaging too.

She popped her head around the door to advise that she was chucking out this box, and could I possibly use it ?

OK - so its not the prettiest of boxes, but its a great size and sure to prove useful for storing some of my craft accessories.

I am not a great lover of purple though - so how to go about prettying it up?

I often keep cards that I really like and also those that mean something special.   A little while back Abby, my daughter, gave me a really beautiful card for Mother's Day.   Not handmade (she doesn't do handmade), but nevertheless it was really beautiful.  I kept in my drawer for inspiration.

Well out it came this morning ..... it was inspiration for a transformation.

I cut the front from the card.

Then I stuck it to a layer of Pool Party card stock and then to a piece of Kraft card stock.

It was then a question of cutting and gluing, and applying Kraft card stock each of the sides of the box.  I made a little ribbon tab on the front of the box in co-ordinating Pool Party Satin Stitched Ribbon.  Then I lined the inside of the lid and ....... "Bob's your Uncle" !!

And it took just about half an hour from start to finish.

I am well chuffed with the end result.

Hope you like it too and that maybe you will look at those rather useful but not so pretty gift boxes in a different light before you throw them out.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Bye for now.


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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Sale-A-Bration and the 2017 Spring/Summer Promotion starts Today ! So does my Raffle !!!

Yes it's officially here - the launch of the 2017 Spring/Summer Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Brochure starts today.

There are some fantastic new products and some equally fantastic FREE products in the Sale-A-Bration brochure available to you for each £45 you spend between now and 31st March.

So visit my online shop to see what goodies Stampin' Up! has come up with this year !

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Place an order of £45 (excluding delivery charge) and select from an array of fabulous free gifts.

AND .............that is not all !  

Personally, I am running my own Raffle for all of my customers.  So for EVERY individual order placed between now and 31st March, I will be sending out a Raffle ticket.   Place one order a month and receive one Raffle Ticket.   Place two and receive two Raffle Tickets .... and so on !!

At the end of Sale-A-Bration I will do a Lucky Draw and pull one Raffle Ticket from out of the pot.   The winner will receive a SIMPLY SCORED BOARD together with a BONE FOLDER and PAPER PIERCING TOOL. Great basic tools for your papercrafting pastime.

Nobody loses out though, because I intend to help my all my customers celebrate Sale-A-tion by rewarding them with a free complimentary pack of the beautiful new Lace Doilies worth £4.00 if they place an order during Sale-A-Bration.   Call it my celebration of Sale-A-Bration.

So many great reasons to shop during Sale-A-Bration and to shop direct with me.

I really look forward to hearing what you think about Sale-A-Bration and my Raffle.

Oh ....... and DON'T FORGET to use my Hostess Code shown in the top of the right hand column to participate in my Reward Club each month !    Yet more freebies !!

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Bye for now.


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Thursday, 29 December 2016

2017 Desk Calendar with Inspirational Quotes for each Month

Some of you might know (as I haven't exactly been quiet about it!) that I am the proud owner of the Heidi Swapp Minc foiling applicator.   And I just love it !

Having it has given me the scope to stretch myself and step out of my comfort zone.  I have the freedom to customise and personalise projects just as I want them.  I find that very liberating.

I invested in a Zutter binder a good few years ago, and it has mostly sat collecting dust, and I wanted to put that to good use also.

My daily Pinterest searches have helped me to acquire a rather large collection of inspirational and motivating quotes and I was hoping to incorporate them into something useful, practical and actually quite pretty.

So this is what I came up with :-

It's my very own unique desk calendar.  I was taken with the message on the cover.  I truly hope that 2017 does become my year to sparkle - especially after 2016 which has been, in all honesty, pretty miserable.  There have been various personal and health issues which I would never wish to bore you with.  Plus - just look at all those wonderful talented stars of stage and screen who have departed, some really rather too soon.

So, looking upwards and onwards, each page of my calendar gives me some thought provoking quotes to digest.   It's a world away from my usual card and box projects, but I really did have fun creating it and using the fabulous Minc to foil each page.   Its glitzy and gold and sparkles - just as I hope 2017 does for me and all my family and friends near and far.  

Thanks for stopping by today - and I hope you like today's sparkly project.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Happy Birthday Dan ! A Tagul Cloud Foiled Birthday Card

This is an almost Stampin' Up! free zone today !    Apart from the fact that I used Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla card stock, Copper Foil Sheets and copper thread.

My daughter's boyfriend celebrated his birthday at the weekend.  I find masculine cards notoriously difficult to master.  

Anyway, I am really enjoying my new found love of foiling with the Heidi Swapp Minc machine.  One of the online groups I have joined shared a link to an app called Tagul a couple of weeks ago.  Its brilliant - and I decided to use it to create a Tagul cloud in the shape of a birthday present and added lots of personalised sentiments.

This is the result:-

I used some Rose Gold Foil on Very Vanilla cardstock and it foiled beautifully.

A couple of weeks ago my daughter Abby was taken very poorly.  This is the Tagul Cloud Get Well card I created for her using the same app:

This time I used Teal Foil on Stampin' Up Pool Party card stock and layered it onto Bermuda Bay cardstock and a Whisper White base.

Its really very difficult to take a decent photo of a foiled card, but I hope these provide a good indication of what can be achieved.

Here is a link for Tagul:-   

Word of warning though - you could get hooked like me !!!!

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Bye for now.


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Sunday, 11 December 2016

3 Inch Cubed Box with Drawer and Video !

Last year I did a tutorial for a 2 1/2 inch Gift Box with Drawer.  It proved to be very popular.

So with that in mind, I have upsized the template to create a 3 inch cube which is a really good size.

I used Basic Black card stock and papers from the Candy Cane Lane Designer Series 12 x 12 pack.  I had fun decoupaging the cute little houses onto the panels.  I do love the nordic theme of these papers.

Anyway, I will keep it brief today and hope you like my box and this accompanying video tutorial:

Off for a special meal later today and maybe a spot of Christmas shopping !  Have a great day whatever you are doing and thank you for stopping by today.

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