Sunday, 16 April 2017

well its been a while -

hello all

and do hope you are having a truly lovely Easter break, filled with all sorts of nice things..

It has been ages since I last logged in but just now back and in time to tell you all that Stampin' Up! have released their Retiring Items List for 2017

yep its 'out with the old' as they say,  in time to make room for the new goodies launching with the new Annual Catalogue due out on June 01.  They are clearing out their supplies of products from both the current Annual 2016 - 2017 catalogue and the Spring Summer 2017 seasonal catalogue that will not be carried over to  the new annual catalogue.

There's all sorts of items on the list - everything from Stamps to accessories, Designer Series Papers to Framelit Dies and Punches,  Money saving Bundles to card Kits,  retiring in-colour families  to embellishments and plenty more besides and some at up to a whopping 50% off.

Stampin' Up! are continuously updating the Retirement list as inventory levels change  and you can check what's what by clicking on the image above to see items currently on offer.

Or if you would rather,  and like to browse things in list format,   here's a direct link to  either a .pdf or searchable .xls  file 


You can place an on line order yourself with me,  or can contact me with any questions you have or if you would rather I will be very happy to place your order for you.

I would just like to say items do tend to sell out fast as lots of you make the most of a chance to stock up on particular favourites. if you try to order an item and receive a notification that it has been discontinued and it  cannot be added to your order, unfortunately that does mean stocks have totally sold out and are no longer available.

but.. if you receive an 'item is on backorder' message against a particular product - this  means they should be expecting more stock into the warehouse at some point  and your order will likely be despatched at a later date.

and finally in some cases you will notice some products are itemised on the retirement list as being retired but a little note against them indicates it is just in their current format/ packaging -  not because Stampin' Up! are no longer offering them - just that they are being reconfigured / repackaged  for the new catalogue.

well am off to do my own spot of stocking up...

til next time

Happy  shopping /crafting and

Jan x

Monday, 20 February 2017

Team training day where Avant Garden meets SUO challenge #168 - Sale-a-bration Fun!

hello all

as promised  - my post today is to share some card swaps that I made for a team training event which I attended yesterday,  and to show you the lovely swaps I received in return.

We were a lovely lovely group of some 60+ Stampin' Up demonstrators.. and we all got together to indulge in some fabulous make and take sessions, and that was only the cake!

err no seriously -  we had a brilliant day with 4 great projects to make, 2 really informative classes for those running Stampin' Up!  as a business, amazing swaps, plenty of opportunity to mix and mingle with the other attendees, loads of samples on display for inspiration and a chance to applaud team members for their achievements. It was a really great day  and one I would have been sorry to have missed... and yes there really were a lot of lovely cakes!

For my swap group I opted  to join the Sale-a-Bration swap , so popular they named it twice!  - yes there was a Sale-a-Bration group 1 and 2, and with 'Sale-a-Bration Fun!' being the title of this week's challenge no #168 over at SUO Challenges , well, I couldn't resist joining in with that at the same time.

I chose the Avant Garden and Delicate Details stamp sets for my swaps


I just love both of these sets and decided to use my favourite In-colour at the moment  - Sweet SugarPlum from the current 2016 - 2018 collection as my card base.  I always have a 'go to' colour and this is 'it'  now.

 I masked off  the right hand edge of my Very Vanilla card topper, with some torn paper, sponged in the background, blending colours of Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder and Sweet SugarPlum, then  stamped a couple of renditions of one of the flowers, in both Soft Sky and Wisteria Wonder and added a stem and a couple of leaves in Wild Wasabi to complete my design.

A sentiment from the same stamp set,  'Thanks for being you' and a border repeat of one of the stamps from  Delicate Details, both stamped in Sweet SugarPlum was all that was needed to finish the card topper, in addition to my beloved sponging which I did all round that focus panel.

and inside? - I stamped a further few sets of that same flower image  all finished with some more, toning sponging.

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I love how this came together - almost a water colour effect but without getting wet!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used

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and did you want to see the lovely swaps I received in return.

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a huge thanks to these lovely people

Chris Addison, Sarah Cullen,  Nicole Foinette,  Tina Thompson-Theis, Lucy Tustian
thank you so much, ladies.

til next time - happy crafting
Jan x

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Sympathy card, Serene scenery papers and Addicted to CAS #105

hello all

So  very sad to say I needed to send a sympathy card this week. I guess we all have need of them at one time or another.

It took me a bit of time to come up with a card - more because of what it represented rather the content itself -  I knew I wanted something a little different and did not want to use dark or sombre colours so turned instead to the fabulous Serene Scenary Designer paper stack to do my 'talking' for me.

I used one of those gorgeous papers for my background. This beautiful paper, just full of branches and leaves with sun glinting through from behind. Stunning, and to my mind so appropriate for the effect I wanted.

Sympathy card

I deliberately placed my sentiment tag where I did, to showcase that particular part of the paper's design.

I thought I would enter it into this week's challenge over at Addicted to CAS where the prompt word for this week is WOOD.  I know that strictly,  the Clean and Simple ruling means there needs to be lots of space.. so am hoping the addition of just the tag and some thread  will count, given the very little content and minimal stamping?

I used Whisper White card stock for my card base with a matted layer of Pear Pizzaz, all topped with this beautiful, beautiful piece of paper from the pack..

I stamped the oval shaped tag from the 'That's a Tag stamp set, in Basic Grey and die cut it using the blank template die from the Timeless Tags thinlits. and it even punched out the little hole for me! 

Both the little leaf branch and the sentiment are also included in the stamp set so did not have to go far to find something suitable and I coloured the tiny flower with one of my Stampin' up write markers, stamping the sentiment in Basic Grey to match the tag.

I popped up the tag on dimensionals after sponging it slightly round the edges. A  piece of linen thread to 'tie' on my tag, adhering it with a glue dot,  so it looks like it is actually tied to that central branch.

Serene Scenery

Although it did take me some time to decide exactly what I wanted, once I had that bit sorted, it really was very quick to make..

I always like to decorate the insides of my cards as well so opted for this leaf stamp from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set as thought this particular one mirrored  the type of leaves on the front of the card. You can just see my stamping,  peeking out on the first photo but this one should hopefully give you a better idea.

I just stamped a few repeats down the right hand side and yet more of the same sponging,  to tie it all in.

I really was pleased with it and think it was just perfect for the effect I was after.

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used

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.. and don't forget everyone,  it is Stampin' Up!  Sale-a-Bration time - any combined spend of £45 from now til the end of March, earns you a free item from the special Sale-a-Bration brochure and with new items to  be released in a few days time, even more lovely things to choose.

Well, as mentioned in my last missive am attending a training day on Sunday, with other members of the Stampin'Up! team I belong to. And pleased to say have finished my set of swaps using my chosen theme.  (anything from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue!)

Why not check back next week - to see what we all got up to - and will hopefully be able to share some piccies of all the lovely inspiration stands and samples on display. 

with best wishes til next time and happy Stampin' !

Jan x

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Jar of Love Goldfish for challenge x 2

Hello all and hope you have had a great week.

.. Now they say you should try and learn something new every day -
well I Iearnt something - the collective noun for goldfish - in fact there are two in use apparently..
a 'Troubling of Goldfish' or,  and my particular preference,  ' A Glint of Goldfish'

and this set me thinking .. the current challenge this week at Addicted to CAS is the prompt 'Pets'!

Sad to say we don't have any Pets, nor do I have much in the way of animal stamp sets.. but I do have a goldfish stamp.!!  Yeah...

and I used this as a basis for a best 'fishes' card for a lovely friend.

Jar of Love

I used some Crumb Cake card stock for my card base, and shimmery white card stock for the inner mat.   I used the little goldfish and the leaf frond from the Jar of Love to make my side border and a sheet of 'Sea-side' themed paper from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack made for a matching card topper.

I positioned a couple more of the fishes and another of the leaf fronds direct onto the paper.  I then stamped my jam jar onto one of Stampin' Up!'s window sheets and die-cut this,  and it's carry handle,  with the matching framelit from the Everyday Jars set.

and with that, have also entered my card for the current challenge over at Happy Little Stampers where this week they want to see  'Anything goes with Dies'.
the sentiment made me smile too.. ' Best fishes for you'  from the same Jar of Love stamp set and very apt in the circumstances and know my friend will have a chuckle at that as well!

and remember where I came in...  ' A glint  of goldfish'.. Although a bit difficult to make out, I did use my clear Wink of Stella brush pen to add a little glint to each of my them.!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used

Just click on the items below to easily access them in my on line store
Or if you wish me to place an order for you, or have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch.

.. and don't forget everyone,  it is Stampin' Up!  Sale-a-Bration time - any combined spend of £45 earns you a free item from the special Sale-a-Bration brochure.

 and speaking of 'Sale-A-Bration',  next weekend finds me at a training day, with a lot of my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators for the group I belong to. .. And one thing Stampin' Up! demonstrators do when they meet - they swap cards/ ideas/ inspiration, and generally fit in a fair bit of crafting makes and takes as well.  

My swap group just happens to be using 'Sale-a-Bration' items. Well, with some fabulous free products  to choose from, all I need do is get crafting and will share,  once they have all been handed over!

so until next time - happy crafting to you all too!

Jan x
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